December 2022 QRP/CW mW Sprint
VA3PEN Comments - Results are final.
SWA - STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
K1MZM 18 18 36 12 432 x2 864 160 meter horizontal loop at 55 feet
K1IX 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 OCFD @ 35' + 160 INV L
K1YAN 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 G5RV Jr. @ 30'
KQ1P 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 80/40 dipole @ 30'
KA2KGP 14 14 28 9 252 x2 504 G5RV up 25 ft.
W2JEK 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 end fed wire 110 ft. long, up 20ft MFJ -948 tuner
$AC2YD 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 gnd mtd 1/4-wave fan vertical with 32 radials
KC3MIO 16 16 32 11 352 x2 704 Doublet 125' @ 45',135' OCF @40'
K3JZD 15 15 30 10 300 x2 600 40m Dipole @25', 80m 107' EFRW @ 20'
AK3X 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 102' inv vee at 35'. Twinlead and tuner
KD3CA 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 OCF Windom @55 ft
WG8Y 22 21 43 16 688 x2 1376 40/80 dp & 80m loop
KC5F 23 23 46 14 644 x2 1288 80m EFHW up about 40'
K4JPN 19 19 38 14 532 x2 1064 80M CF Zepp
WT4U 10 10 20 8 160 x2 320 80m EFHW Inv-V @ 35'
WD4OHD 9 9 18 7 126 x2 252 Ground-Mounted Vertical
K4KRW 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 Inverted V @ 65'
W4NLT 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 84 ft end fed in V configuration at 30ft
KA8VZB 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 60ft End Fed Wire @ 20ft
NA4O 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 W3EDP@20'
KK4ITX 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 EFRW 35ft Inv V then 30ft L
N5GW 11 11 22 10 220 x2 440 doublet at 25'
KE5YUM 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 20 meter dipole @16 feet
WU6P 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 EFHW @ 25 gt
K6GPB 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 dipole @ 20'1
KN1H 6 6 12 6 72 x2 144 80' doublet @ 28'
K7TRT 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 135 ft end fed wire @ 40 ft
N7KM 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 80 METER OCF DIPOLE @ 40 FEET
K9QEW 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 1/4 Gotham Vertical
KJ7KDB 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 Ultimax 100 24' vertical
$WV3V 4 3 7 4 28 x2 56 HF6V vertical, gnd mounted.
NF8M 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 6BTV
$W8PU 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 OCF DIPOLE @ 55'
WB9HFK 8 8 16 7 112 x2 224 EFHW
K9NUD 7 7 14 6 84 x2 168 132' Doublet up 35'
K9KHJ 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 EFHW
AA9L 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 Trap dipole @ 50 feet
N0TA 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 Doublet at 25 ft
N8LA 3 1 4 2 8 x2 16 dipole @ 35'
NN0SS 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 80 meter Inv Vee @30ft
AA5LH 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 delta Loop @ 25'
$VA3NU 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 40M EFHW @25'
SWA - BUG CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
WB1GYZ 10 10 20 8 160 x1.5 240 100' Doublet
K3RLL 5 5 10 5 50 x1.5 75 End fed 44' waxed string
N0DA 1 1 2 1 2 x1.5 3 G5RV @ 50'
N7QR 1 0 1 1 1 x1.5 1 Butternut HF6V gnd mtd w/o radials
K8NGW 6 6 12 5 60 x1.5 90 43' gnd mtd vert w/ base loading coil & 32 radials
N8XMS 4 4 8 4 32 x1.5 48 HyGain AV640 Vertical
KD0V 10 10 20 7 140 x1.5 210 cf Zepp @ 30 feet
VE3IDS 9 9 18 7 126 x1.5 189 Doublet @ 35'
SWA - KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
KB1M 3 3 6 3 18 18 40M EFHW, 20 & 40m dipoles
WA1GWH 4 4 8 3 24 24 40m dipole at 15 ft
AC5XK 12 12 24 11 264 264 dipole at 40 feet
KM3D 5 5 10 5 50 50 80/40 trapped inverted V -apex @48'
KQ3Z 3 0 3 3 9 9 Doublet at 60 feet
WB4IT 32 31 63 17 1071 1071 Beverage RX, Vertical 40m, Doublet on 80m up 60'
K4KBL 20 20 40 13 520 520 Inverted V @ 50'
N4SD 9 9 18 8 144 144 EFHW 80-10 @35 FT
N4MJ 5 5 10 5 50 50 40M Inverted Vee @ 40 feet
$WB4HMA 7 7 14 6 84 84 dipole at 35', gnd mtd vert
WI5H 4 4 8 3 24 24 Elevated verti on 20M OCFD on 40M
KD0FNR 0 0 0 0 0 0 20m halfwave inverted V about 20 ft up
W8GG 14 14 28 11 308 308 trap dipoles at 35'
WI8J 9 9 18 7 126 126 130 ft EFHW at 20 ft
AB9BZ 1 1 2 1 2 2 EFHW @ 30'
N8HWV 1 1 2 1 2 2 EFHW AT 15 FT
GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
NQ2W 30 30 60 17 1020 1020 3el yagi @ 32', 40m dipole @ 60', 80m dipole @ 50'
Not eligible for certificate or prize for the following reason(s):
$ QRO power
|SWA - STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY|
|W7||KN1H||K7TRT N7KM (TIE)||-|
|SWA - BUG CATEGORY|
|SWA - KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY|
|W9||AB9BZ N8HWV (TIE)||-||-|
|GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY|
|FIRST TIME ENTRANT HIGH SCORE|
|PRIZE DRAWING WINNER|
Logs submitted: 67
Total participants: 93
Total QSOs: 448
States + Provinces represented: 34 + ON
AB9BZ - Thanks for the sprint, Happy Holidays 72 ab9bz
K9KHJ - Got skunked on the 14th, so happy to bag 3 tonight before packing it in. I'll take it---and see you next time.
K1YAN - One QSO 1 minute into sprint. 45 minutes later and many CQ's still one QSO. Heard a couple signals around the noise level and then gone. Only 40M nothing heard on 80 or 20.
KD3CA - Band's very QRN here, just spent a few minutes and shut down . Merry Christmas to all . Best 73 Don
VA3NU - Little bit of QSB but conditions not too bad tonight. Fun time getting ready for Christmas. Merry Christmas everyone.
KM3D - Did better w/5 watts last week mostly 80m - lots of QRN there tonight. Got 5 Q's on 40 in this one with one watt using a Xeigo X108G. Hope to be running homebrew in the next MW Sprint. Many thanks for the contacts! 72 de Harry, KM3D
K3RLL - 20M: Heard stations but no joy and no RBN.
40M: Better but band was in and out down here. RBN SNR reports were dropping off as contacts were picking up. Go figure?
Big mW signal heard here was N5GW. Gene always has a good signal into this part of FL but was particularly easy copy tonight despite QRM. (I need to run some coax to Gene's antenna farm there in MS.) Thanks for the fun. 72 ... Don
KJ7KDB - No luck tonight. I heard a few stations on 40m. Still fun to try. Thanks for the sprints! Merry Xmas to all. 72 de KJ7KDB Tim
K9NUD - I know of at least two that I could not pull from the noise. Sorry OM! KX3 @ 1W and a Cootie
WU6P - QRPP is always fun.
Thanks for the Qs.
K4KBL - Think I will try and see how many states I can work with 1 watt, maybe 1 watt 2 way !! nice to work my friend W8GG and KB1M... Gregg on 2 bands !
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all...
K9QEW - Snowbird Portable OPS from Mesa, AZ. 20m only. Band gave out
early but enjoyed the mw Sprint. Heard good activity on 40m
but unable to transmit. Used a 1965 modified Gotham vertical.
72/73s, Merry Christmas and STAY TUNED! Daryl
N4MJ - QSB and a long band wreaked havoc. HI In addition to what's in the log almost worked Garry, WA1GWH. We tried several times but it just didn't work out. Also, heard the following AK3X & W4JPN but couldn't get their attention.
Tnx to all participants.
73 and MX de n4mj//glenn
NF8M - Listened and called CQ on 40 and 20 for about an hour total. Only heard/worked N8XMS who is about 5 miles away. Rig KX1 turned down below 1 watt.
K1IX - Pretty good condx here, quit early, too tired. Thnx for the Q's
N8HWV - I could hear so many of you but my 200 mW could only reach one; #555 KA2KGP Thanks for hearing me.
AC5XK - Thanks everyone for making an effort with just 1w!
N0DA - Thank you K7TRT, my one and only contact.
KC5F - So different than last week, but conditions seemed worse, too. None on 20m, 40% on 40m and 60% on 80m, even with the static crashes. Thanks to all - fun, as always!
KN1H - Operating portable from McDowell Mountain Regional Park near Scottsdale, AZ. Put up an inverted V doublet on a 28' MFJ telescoping mast with the ends pretty much touching the ground. Tuned well on 20 and 40 but didn't find anyone to work on 20. Used the KX-2 and KY-605U straight key. Had a great time working both new and old friends at 900mw. 73, 72, John, KN1H/7
K4KRW - We had company so I didn't get much time. 80m was it for me. Thanks everyone!
WT4U - Could have skipped most of the first hour, but suddenly 80m opened and stayed busy. Glad I stuck around. Noisy, but 1W was making contacts. Some easy, & some we had to work for. Fun evening and great ops. -Brent
K6GPB - No contacts but felt good about making the RBN on 40. Happy Holidays to all.
K1MZM - Only 2 QSO's on 40 tonight. Very few signals coming through although the band seemed to be in good shape earlier. Signals on 80 were plentiful but I seemed to have trouble getting out. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season.
K4JPN - Started out on 40M then switched to 80M which was great fun. 72 Steve K4JPN
K3JZD - Always enjoy the milliwatt sprints - who needs 5 watts anyway? QRN was low here tonight, which was good because most signals were pretty weak. 20m wasn't around at all. 40m seemed to dry up quickly. 80m hung in there to the end. KX3 running 900 milliwatts to wire antennas. Merry Christmas to all. 73, Jody - K3JZD
K7TRT - All my QSOs were on 40m. FT-891 into a QRPGuys Attenuator took my power down to 900mW. End fed wire at 40 ft. Soviet TKF Straight Key.Thanks for the fun mW QSOs!
WB4IT - Lots of fun tonight, thanks for the QSOs.
W4NLT - That was hard. Nothing on 20M. Only heard KD0V on 40M. Action picked up on 80M. Frustrating that many I usually work with 5w didn't hear my calls with 1W. Anyway thanks for the QSOs. 72 Andy
NQ2W - That was a blast! Fired up the K1 between 900 and 1000 mW (depending on the band) as measured by my OHR WM-2 QRP Wattmeter and went to work/play. 2 QSOs on 20m, 7 on 40, and 20 on 80. A lot of sigs were very readable...some very loud...some not so. Two-banders with WI5H (20 and 40), WD4OHD (40 and 80), and WB4IT (40 and 80). Awesome! Thanks for all the Qs and the very enjoyable evening. Happy Holidays! 72, Will, NQ2W
WG8Y - Hi all, Finally put in a full Sprint. Well, almost. had a 15 min. phone call then back at it. Only worked 2 Q's on 40M then the band was gone for me. 80M was ok but seemed to get better towards the end. Was still tuff copy at times. Tnxs all for hearing me. I missed a couple calls. Tnxs for trying guys.
Ran my Ft-817 which has a 500hz CW filter, at app 850 to 900MW into 40/80 DP @ 42 ft plus an 80m loop.
Hope Santa brings everyone some neat QRP gear. Hi Hi
72 from N.C. Mark WG8Y.
WD4OHD - Propagation was reasonable on 40m until about 0215 UTC, when it seemed to vanish. Fortunately, there was some activity on 80m that I could go to. Lots of noise. QRM was fairly light. mW Sprints are always a challenge, but it is nice to see how far a pipsqueak signal can go. Worked seven states tonight. Thanks to all.
AC2YD - Jumped in in the last 10 minutes, caught a couple on 80m. Using 5 watts, I'm not competing, just wanted to catch a little bit before it got away!
N4SD - Static crashes on 80 and QRN from the new gas furnace wipes out 40 :-(
WB1GYZ - Bands were surprisingly long tonight, which helped to nab my first mW 2 bander WB4IT.
NA4O - Worked none. Heard one station. Called CQ on 40m for 30 min. But I will keep trying- hope to catch someone next time around.
K8NGW - Wow - Another rough night! QRN and QSB on both 40 and 80 demanded careful listening.
N7KM - The bands were dead from the start. 20 had no propagation at all and 40 was marginal at best. I appreciated the station who hung in there for my few contacts. 30 minutes into the sprint Mother Mature pulled the plug for me so I watched a basketball game instead. I'll see you all next month. Merry Christmas and thanks to the sprint organizers.
WV3V - This was my first NAQCC, thank you for email reminder. It was difficult to say the least and I realized that one needs to go slow, rather than fast because it's QRP. I was using the KX3, 5 watts into an HF6V vertical. I heard a few calling but couldn't quite make them out. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Best 73, Jason WV3V
W2JEK - Had a good time. Used my OHR-500 at 900 MW at 900 mw.per WM2- wattmeter. key was SPEEDX straight key
72/73 DON W2JEK
KD0FNR - Just before the sprint I could KI5IG, but couldn't reach them. Then, a few minutes later, the little Rockmite was heard on the RBN on the East edge of Kansas!!! The kids and I re-suspended the antenna a bit further up and away from the house the day before, so getting our furhtest away RBN spot was exciting!
KE5YUM - 20 was open for a while and I managed two good contacts. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
WI8J - IC-705 at 1 watt. Thanks for the contacts! 72
N8XMS - I wasn't able to participate in the regular sprint this month so it was nice to have this special QRPp sprint to play in. I used a vintage Vibroplex bug and ran 900 mW from my KX3 into my HyGain AV640 vertical. Results were not great but it was still a lot of fun. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone. - 73, N8XMS
KC3MIO - QSO with WB9HFK at the start on 40 and then 28 minutes until the next. I thought about packing it in, but stuck with it on 80. Last 20 minutes only heard ops I had already worked and a few who couldn't copy me. Despite the difficulty, it is always amazing how far one watt will go. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all and catch you again in 2023.
NN0SS - Poor condition this evening One QSO K9NUD tnx Steve
KK4ITX - Worked for all but the last 15minutes. Prior (8:15) RBN check had me out 1224 miles on 20m 6 hits all long by start time 20m was dead. On 40m heard VE3XT & WD9DWE but couldn't get their attention. FT-450D w/Sotabeams Milliwatter. I'll try more often at mW levels.
W8GG - Hello Fellow Sprinters ! I fired up the K2 at a mighty 900mw and let er rip. Not the best propagation that we ever had, but not the worst either. 20 was barren abt 1hr before start so i started on 40. 40 was gud here for 3 QSOs to the south GA, MS, and TN. Then band just folded. Again NOTHING heard west of the Mississippi river. Went to 80 were most of the activity was. Most sigs were just above the noise but readable. Thanks to a few of you for hanging in there for the info. Worked K4KBL for the only 2-fer. Heard but did not work NA4O, AF5BA, es W4NLT. Got 11 more QSOs on 80 before i called it quits at abt 945 PM Alway fun to see what can be done with a peanut whistle and a bit of wire. Hope you all hv a merry Christmas, and see you next year. 73 Gregg W8GG
W8PU - I only was able to operate for a short time but wanted to at least hand out a few contacts for others.
KA8VZB - Ten-Tec Argosy @ 500mW to end fed wire at 20ft. Only on 40m for first half hour but not much heard here in VA. Thanks to WB4IT for my single QSO.
AA5LH - Extremely hard night hearing anyone. Spent an hour practicing my CQ's but nothing received on either 40M/80M. My signal was getting out according to RBN but nothing. Still enjoy the quest and see everyone next month. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
WB9HFK - 40M was good for about the first 1/2 hour - then, things went dead.
Thanks for the QRPp fun! Happy Holidays to all! 72, Mark WB9HFK
WA1GWH - Conditions on 40m similar to last week for the regular sprint. Weak sigs, QSB and not many stations. I was using my SW-40+ at 900mW. K4KBL had a consistently strong sig up here near Syracuse, NY. I tuned past him many times looking for contacts. N4MJ, sorry we could not make a go of it. QSB the first time and then later QRM followed by QSB. Thanks for trying and thanks to all for squinting with your ears! 72 and Happy Holidays!
KB1M - KX3 at 500mW. Very little heard on 40, and no answers to CQ's, still a fun evening, MW sprints are always my favorite. Pounding key harder had no effect on reception. 72 Walt
N5GW - Started out on 40M which had developed some new background noise; that is until I unplugged a cell phone charger and turned off the Christmal lights!
Signals were mostly weak, the expected finding. 80M was in better shape, but I only lasted for the first hour.
KA2KGP - Had Fun this mW Sprint. Snagged N8HWV's 200 mW peanut whistle at 559 here in WNY. Only 1 QSO on 40m, 80m. was the band to use. Rig: IC-7000 at 1 w. into G5RV up 25 ft. w/ old WWII German Junkers Straight Key.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all. 73
KQ1P - Skunked! I did copy one weak K5 station but no QSO when I called back.
AK3X - Started on 40 30 minutes late. One QSO and a failed contact with N4MJ. He was 559 when I called but dropped into the noise never to be heard again. Called away and made it back for the last 15 minutes. 80 was more stable.
KQ3Z - 80 was the only band with any activity at my location. I Didn't hear any NAQCC members but worked SKCC members that could hear me. In fact there was a lot of them on the band but I didn't see that they had a contest on tonight. My station was KX3 at 1 watt with a doublet at 60 feet.
N8LA - KX-3, 900mW, 200' Dipole @ 35', NAQCCode Warrior with W8GG finger pieces wired as dual paddle side swiper by AD0BI. Called CQ but could not pull anyone out of noise so returned K5LG CQ and KC5GVC CQ and had 27-minute QSO and 17-minute QSO. Called CQ again and finally was able to work WT4U. The lower the power, the greater the fun!! Best wishes to all celebrating holidays and to any not celebrating holidays. Lou, N8LA/QRPp