April 2023 QRP/CW Sprint (#222)
N2CN Comments - Results are final.
SWA - STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
AC1KV 37 36 73 20 1460 x2 2920 40M Ground Mounted Vertical / 20M Dipole @ 30ft
K1MZM 34 34 68 21 1428 x2 2856 40 Meter Dipole at 40 feet
KN1H 23 23 46 10 460 x2 920 400' END FED WIRE
KB1CKT 8 8 16 7 112 x2 224 dipole at 50'
N1BRI 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 g5rv
KA2KGP 39 39 78 18 1404 x2 2808 G5RV up 25'
W2SH 25 25 50 16 800 x2 1600 270' cf dpl @ 45'
KN2G 22 22 44 13 572 x2 1144 55FT FANNED DIPOLE INVERTED VEE
K2CWM 21 21 42 13 546 x2 1092 Vertical (elevated)
W2JEK 8 8 16 7 112 x2 224 end fed wire 110 ft. long up 20 ft.
KB2GKC 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 40m end fed up 30 ft
K3JZD 53 52 105 23 2415 x2 4830 40m Dipole @25'
KC3MIO 38 38 76 18 1368 x2 2736 Doublet 125' @ 45',135' OCF @40'
WA3RSR 11 11 22 9 198 x2 396 EFHW @ 25'
KA3TTT 6 6 12 5 60 x2 120 Stealth end-fed up 20 feet
N3CAA 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 Homemade frisbee retriever vertical w/ 40m coil
AK3X 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 102' inv with tuner/twin lead feed
KC5F 50 50 100 26 2600 x2 5200 80m EFHW up about 40'
WG8Y 33 33 66 16 1056 x2 2112 40/80 dp@40ft Grd mnted hustler 6BTV
N3CKI 27 27 54 15 810 x2 1620 Dipole @15'-40'
KN4RQD 20 20 40 15 600 x2 1200 40m EFHW Inverted V @ 18ft
WD4OHD 20 20 40 12 480 x2 960 Ground-Mounted Verticals
W4NLT 18 18 36 13 468 x2 936 84 ft end fed in V configuration at 30ft
K4JPN 16 16 32 11 352 x2 704 80 M CF Zepp
WX4RM 13 13 26 12 312 x2 624 4BTV gnd mtd vert
WA4AAK 11 11 22 9 198 x2 396 130' CF Zepp @ 30'
NA4O 10 10 20 9 180 x2 360 W3EDP EF@20'
WT4U 10 9 19 8 152 x2 304 80m EFHW Inv-V @ 35'
KA8VZB 6 6 12 5 60 x2 120 60ft End Fed Wire @ 20ft
KN4ZXG 6 6 12 4 48 x2 96 EFHW ~30'
W1BLU 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 dipole @ 36'
KK4ITX 1 0 1 1 1 x2 2 65ft EFRW @18ft
$N2TNN 3 2 5 2 10 x2 20 160m full loop up 55 ft
KA6J 19 19 38 14 532 x2 1064 5BTV ground mounted
KG5OWB 14 14 28 12 336 x2 672 Sloper up 22'
KE9DR 12 12 24 10 240 x2 480 380' Loop @ 55ft
AC5BX 7 7 14 7 98 x2 196 G5RV over house
N5GW 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 doublet @ 25'
KE5YUM 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 20 meter dipole at 16 feet
K6GPB 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 G5RV 20 feet
AE7CG 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 dipole@10'
KJ7KDB 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 Ultimax 100 24' vertical
NF8M 15 15 30 11 330 x2 660 6BTV
W8GG 10 10 20 8 160 x2 320 trap dipoles at 35'
$N8DD 6 6 12 5 60 x2 120 EFHW up 30 feet
WB9HFK 58 58 116 29 3364 x2 6728 EFHW Dipole @ 30Ft.
N8HWV 20 20 40 12 480 x2 960 EFHW AT 15 FT
K9QEW 19 18 37 10 370 x2 740 4BTV
K9NUD 14 14 28 11 308 x2 616 132' Doublet up 35'
KA9FQG 9 9 18 8 144 x2 288 G5RV @ 37 ft
KD9EBS 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 Attic Dipole at 25 feet
N0TA 48 48 96 22 2112 x2 4224 Doublet at 25 ft, Vertical
N8LA 17 17 34 13 442 x2 884 dipole @ 35'
W0JMW 12 12 24 9 216 x2 432 DX Commander ABV Classic
AA0W 11 11 22 9 198 x2 396 OFC Dipole @ 30 Feet
NN0SS 10 10 20 8 160 x2 320 80 meter Inv Vee @30ft
W0MFQ 9 9 18 7 126 x2 252 44' non-resonant dipole at 25' above gnd
KD0DK 9 9 18 6 108 x2 216 102 ft long wire
AA5LH 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 25' Delta Loop
VE3SIF 32 32 64 16 1024 x2 2048 G5RV Jr
VA3KRJ 26 26 52 17 884 x2 1768 Endfed random wire 105' long 20' up
VE2KZW 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 EZWire end-fed, 52 feet, sloping from 21 to 16 ft
SWA - BUG CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
WB1GYZ 13 13 26 7 182 x1.5 273 80 ft doublet and random for 80
N2DGQ 33 33 66 15 990 x1.5 1485 Dipole @ 25-Feet
NN3E 10 10 20 8 160 x1.5 240 40-80 Trap Dipole inverted vee @ 50 '
K3WWP 1 1 2 1 2 x1.5 3 ~110' attic random wire
K3RLL 13 13 26 9 234 x1.5 351 Flat Black After-Dark_Only Vertical
K8NGW 16 16 32 9 288 x1.5 432 43' gnd mtd vert w/ base loading coil & 32 radials
KD0V 21 21 42 14 588 x1.5 882 cf Zepp @ 30 feet
VE3HUR 10 10 20 9 180 x1.5 270 vertical
SWA - KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
W1ZU 24 24 48 15 720 720 Doublet up 35 feet
K1IX 12 12 24 9 216 216 K1POO OCFD @35'5
KB1M 4 4 8 2 16 16 40M EFHW, 20 & 40m dipoles
N2CN 1 1 2 1 2 2 Attic dipole
K2OID 22 22 44 14 616 616 80M OCF dipole @ 35'
WA1GWH 9 9 18 6 108 108 40m dipole at 15 ft
WA2FBN 7 7 14 6 84 84 EFHW sloper at 25ft
N2ESE 5 5 10 5 50 50 20 mtr dipole@35ft
KC3RN 37 37 74 15 1110 1110 40m EFHW @ 20'
K2PMD 17 17 34 9 306 306 OCFD 30'
KQ3Z 16 16 32 8 256 256 135' Doublet at 65'
K4BAI 50 49 99 21 2079 2079 20M dipole 30'; 40M dipole 30; 80M inv v dipole 45
K4KBL 44 42 86 21 1806 1806 ZS6BKS INV @ about 60'
N4MJ 33 33 66 19 1254 1254 40M Windom @ 40 feet
K4KRW 24 24 48 14 672 672 Inverted V @ 65'
KD0FNR 1 0 1 1 1 1 20 m halfwave dipole sloping parallel to hillside
KF7Z 9 9 18 8 144 144 Dipole at 25'
KI7LW 5 5 10 5 50 50 End Fed Vert 24 ft
N7QR 3 3 6 2 12 12 Butternut gnd mtd vert w/o radials
WI8J 17 17 34 11 374 374 130 ft EFHW at 20 ft
NG8S 12 12 24 10 240 240 Longwire up 25ft
WA8SAN 12 12 24 9 216 216 End fed wire @ 25 ft
KK9U 4 4 8 4 32 32 43' Vertical
AB9BZ 1 1 2 1 2 2 EFHW @ 30 feet
N0MII 29 29 58 15 870 870 40m inverted v at 25'; 20m vertical
KC2MJT 4 4 8 3 24 24 EFRW @ ~25'
N0MZJ 0 0 0 0 0 0 Inverted See up 15'
VE3GNU 8 8 16 6 96 96 HYEndfed @25' E-W orientation
VE6VIC 6 3 9 5 45 45 EndFed 40m up 40ft down to 6ft
GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
NQ2W 48 47 95 28 2660 x2 5320 3el yagi @ 32', 40m dipole @ 60', 80m dipole @ 50'
VE3DQN 18 18 36 11 396 396 20m yagi @50ft; 40/80m dipoles @40ft
W7XT 11 10 21 9 189 189 Hexbeam 25'
Not eligible for certificate or prize for the following reason(s):
$ QRO power
|SWA - STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY|
|SWA - BUG CATEGORY|
|SWA - KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY|
|GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY|
|FIRST TIME ENTRANT HIGH SCORE|
|PRIZE DRAWING WINNER|
Logs submitted: 102
Total participants: 139
Total QSOs: 1596
States + Provinces represented: 37 + AB ON QC
KC2MJT - Thanks to everyone that managed to copy me, and those that tried.
N1BRI - I was trying out a homebrewed 2 tube transmitter. WB1GYZ heard me. The beacon was picking me up, but I was rock bound -- that's always tough. Gave up after a bit. I was putting out 200mW at best 72 everybody!
W1BLU - 80M was quieter for my location but calling CQ yielded no QSOs. The other bands were noisy but I worked most that I heard. Enjoyable. Thanks!
K3RLL - Pretty good evening on 20m. Someone must have paid extra on the ionosphere dues this month. ;-) Pretty good RBNs throughout Europe and into Central America. Amazing what 5 watts and a simple antenna will do!
Nice contacts and good signals.
Later on 40m, it was a noisy game with a lack of QRL?s but K3JZD was able to hear me on my former street in PA. Fun! Thanks for the contacts. 72/73 ... Don
KD0V - Another good Sprint. Hope to see you all next month.
N2TNN - Fun time tonight
N0TA - 20m was great! Thanks for the Q's.
W1ZU - Fun sprint tonight. Still working on my CW and feeling a bit better with this sprint. Thanks everyone!
K2PMD - My second sprint. The bands weren't great. I couldn't get anyone on 20m, so I stuck to 40m. Called CQ for the first time in a contest. That was nerve-wracking, but I made a few contacts towards the end. de K2PMD.
KG5OWB - First time participating this year. Great fun! 20m held up quite well here in STX. 40M was S9 noise and didn't hear a peep on 80m. Tnx fer the Q's. 72! de kg5owb
K4KBL - Another great Srint in the books ! Really happy to see so many new calls and NAQCC numbers participating. Great job all aroound.
N3CAA - Decent CONDX for the first 45 minutes, then bad QRM on 40. I have a sneaking suspicion it was caused by the rice maker, but will need to investigate further. Thanks for the QSOs everyone, looking forward to next month.
N8DD - great fun using the old sideswiper! 72, Chas
WA4AAK - Incredible local static on all bands, S9+, but managed 11 contacts in 1hr15m before calling it quits. A big "thank you" to those great operators with good signals that broke through the noise! Didn't hear anyone on 80, but made contacts on 20 and 40. 72, Evan Huntsville, AL
KF7Z - good condx tonight, thanks for the QSOs 72. Danny
NF8M - Op time 1:15. Great condx on 20 and 40 - low noise & strong sigs. Didn't even go to 80. TNX and cu in the Michigan QSO Party Saturday.
KE9DR - 20 meters was hot at the start then I went to 40, noisy but made a few contacts. Again lots of fun. Thanks to all. 72, Bert KE9DR
NA4O - Fairly low noise level here tonight, so a decent evening. 5W, KX3, Vibroplex Straight Key, very compromised antenna.
VE3DQN - Caught a few on 20m before QSB made it almost impossible for me. 40m was active. I "ran" for a change with good results. Couldn't wait around for folks to turn to 80m.
AC1KV - Noisy band condition but still a fun sprint. Thanks for the Qs.
KC5F - I decided to try all three bands this month, but started on 40, so only 5 on 20 when I switched about 0130z. RBN showed me all over Europe, but calling "CQ NA" probably made them think I didn't want any Europeans! Back to 40m, then 10 on 80m to finish a fun night. Thanks, all!
VE2KZW - Late start tonight, trying a brand new MTR4B v2.3; I really like this new toy. Thanks for the QSOs and 72, Robert.
K2CWM - Used my CW-Morse Red Camelback Str Key (fun little key). Maybe one of my better showings (hi hi). Always fun event.
Curt K2CWM NJ
KC3RN - Overall good condx tonight, at least on 40m. Stayed on 40 all ebening, with decent results. This was my first sprint using my FTDX10 (set at 5 watts). That rig has an awesome receiver. Using the APF adds at least 2 S units to weak signals!
N0MII - Fun evening - sorry for all the 8s I sent with an extra dit (!).
K4KRW - What a great night. Got contacts on 20, 40 and 80. Wilderness Radio Sierra with Begali Pearl. KD0V, your bug sounded great. Thanks everyone!
K1MZM - Lots of fun tonight on 20 meters. The band was open to the west coast. Thanks for all the Q's.
KN1H - Missed the first hour due to family commitment. Found 40M quiet and short, worked several on both 80 and 40, the two bands sounded pretty much the same! 72 to all, John, KN1H
W0JMW - Second sprint and still learning. Lesson 1 is don't eat 10 Reeses Peanut Butter Eggs before the sprint or you get the jitters and it makes it hard to form numbers with a straight key. Lesson 2, RF Gain knob is useful on 40m to lessen the noise level. Once again 20m was good with a low noise level and 40m was challenging at times. Briefly checked 80m and heard nothing. TenTec Argonaut VI, 5w into a DX Commander Vertical. CUAGN 72, Jeff W0JMW.......
KA3TTT - I had fun with my stealth end-fed...until QRM wiped everything out. I can't wait to move!
K3JZD - Pleasant evening. 40m Only. Noise level wasn't too bad. Worked a nice blend of old members and new members this month. Always a pleasure to be able to get Don-K3RLL in FL and John-N0TA in CO on 40m. K4 @ 5w, 40m dipole, 73, Jody - K3JZD
NQ2W - That was fun but my wrist is tired! I apologize for the sloppy fist but it gets tired way too fast and seems to go out of control...sorry. 20, 40, and 80 were all in great shape...not much time on 80 but the 3 stations worked there were easy copy...20 and 40 had some really loud stations. Great conditions and great QRP ops make for a funtastic sprint. Thank you for the enjoyable evening! 72, Will, NQ2W
KN4ZXG - These challenges definitely make you a better CW op in more ways than can be listed in the soapbox. Look forward to the next one.
WB1GYZ - If there are Canadians in the mix, I can usually work 'em... got four tonite from ON. Tks for a fun evening.
WB9HFK - A fun evening of QRP on 40M this evening! Conditions were good!
Thanks for the Q's and see everyone next time! 72, Mark WB9HFK
N2DGQ - This was my first NAQCC Sprint. It was not like other contest where you have strong signals to hear. This every QSO was tough to pull out the signal. Looking forward to the next one.
W4NLT - A little slow on 20M so most of the work was on 40M. Good to work some of the QRP faithful again. Thanks for the QSOs.
VE6VIC - 40M was good, very little noise, most contacts made here, 20m very noisy, managed one contact. A fun night with improvement for yours truly, thanks for organizing! ..
WA3RSR - Got started late. Turned power down to 5 watts and couldn't tell much difference in RST received from regional stations than when I run 100 watts. Great fun.
WD4OHD - What a great night for a Sprint! Excellent propagation and low noise on 40m from start to finish. Good signals on 20m for the first half and 80m beginning to open up by the end. First time in a long while I've made QSOs on all three bands. Also glad to work MT and WY via QRP, probably for the first time. A couple of two-banders as well. Thanks to all participants tonight.
WG8Y - Hi all, Missed the first half hour. Darn.20M was open too. Managed 6 state and 7 Q's on 20 then went to 40M. band was gud here in NC. Stayed on 40M till 0214Z. 80M had some QRN. Still managed to work another 8 Q'S and pulled AA0W, Ron in NE out of the QRN. Thanks Ron. Sorry to a couple on 80M just couldn't get you out of the QRN.
Had 5 Doubles tonite. K4BAI, 40 & 80M. KN1H,40 & 80M. K4KRW,Rich 40 & 80M, KA6J,Jim 20 & 40M and N0TA 20 & 40M.
Had a good time. 72 from N.C. Mark WG8Y
W0MFQ - This was my first sprint and only my second contest of any kind. Great fun and plan to do more.
K9QEW - First 6 Qs using my HB rockbound rig but switched to the
IC 7300 in order to move around some on the band. Very good
activity tonight. Interesting to see all the results.
72/73s & STAY TUNED! Daryl
KQ3Z - Got a late start but lots of signals on 40 and 80 tonight. Great fun. Thanks for the contacts.
N7QR - 70th sprint KX3 5 Watts Bencher BY1 paddles Butternut HF6V vertical without radials. Heard stations but not many responded. Only 20 and 40. Gud fun for an hour and a half! Russ, Portland OR
N4MJ - Another fun evening. Thanks to all participants.
73 de n4mj
W2JEK - Got on late. Found 40M busy and finished on 80M. Had a good time.Rig Kenwood TS570D at 5W with SPEEDX straight key.
72/73 DON W2JEK
AE7CG - The propagation was good from Arizona.
KK9U - My first time getting to play in the sprint! I'll be back.
KN4RQD - Lots of fun tonight! I managed to log two new states on 40m from my QTH (thanks for your patience and great ears AA0W - Nebraska and AA5LH - Colorado). Thanks all for the contacts and I hope to see you all again next month ... or sooner!
KK4ITX - Cone of silence over my QTH. All day there were POTAs and others on 20/40 but not tonight. I heard (woke me up) WX4RM but he was gone before I could get back to him. Even 80 was dead quiet.
K2OID - Another great sprint. 40M didn't seem that good at first, but the contacts kept coming.
NN3E - Thanks Everyone for the QSO's...
KE5YUM - Signals were good on 20 and I managed to work two in my dedicated time. I seem to always have a clear path to the east coast from Arkansas. Looking forward to next month. Terry. FT 817 and a CWMORSE straight key.
KA6J - Thanks again everyone! Enjoyed the sprint! 5 watts into a ground mounted 5BTV.
K9NUD - I got in late and couldn't stay the duration. But the bands were good and I had fun!
KC3MIO - I missed last month's sprint and was anxious to get back in. I bought a K2/100 from its original owner and this was the first time using it in a sprint @5W. Made four contacts on 20 at the start but it seemed like a few of the stations that I heard very clearly could not hear me so I switched to 40 which was good from PA until the last half hour at which time I turned to 80. All in all, a lot of fun and quite a few high scores reflecting improving conditions and enthusiasm. Nice to work some 11000 numbers - welcome new ops - and a few of the original low numbers. Thanks to all and apologies to some for difficulty getting your call right (I was tired). Happy Easter and enjoy the spring.
K1IX - Lots of activity on 40m, 80m antenna down so 40m had to do. Tnx for all the Q's cuagn 72, Frank
K4BAI - Good conditions. Good activity. 16 QSOs on 20M. 29 QSOs on 40M and 5 QSOs on 80M including KN1H in NH. Only one station (on 20M) was unable to copy my whole call, so no QSO with him. Thanks for all QSOs. Please look for me and KU8E as W4AN/M in many FL counties in the FL QSO Party the last weekend in this month. 73/72, John, K4BAI
AA0W - Thanks to all for the QSO's. Conditions not the best from here not many weak stations and deep fade at times.
W8GG - Hello Fellow Sprinters ! Fired up the FTdx1200 at 5 watts with solar power last night. 20M open nicely at the start, 40M was wall to wall crowded with peepers. seemed like alot of activity. I only got to play for the 1st half hour, so didn't get a chance to see if 80 was gud. Worked 10 stations in the short time I had, and had a blast as usuall.73 gang. Gregg W8GG
N3CKI - My first sprint in over 3 years. Good to be back.
NG8S - Had a great time! Only snagged 3 on 20 meters...QSB pretty bad. Lots of QRN on 40 but still decent signals. Operated inside with battery and KX2. I'm building the QRPGuys 40m -10m UnUnTenna and hope to try that outside for the May sprint.
WX4RM - A good night for sprint, 20 meters opened nicely with good strong signals to the West and Midwest states, and 40 meters allowed me to be heard into Canada and the Northeastern states. After reading KK4ITX soapbox, I think that I give up after calling CQ on a frequency too quickly, and if I spend more time listening and putting out more CQ's (and not frequency hop so much), I would have more contacts and multipliers. Had fun as always, thanks to all who heard me. 72's Ron.
KA2KGP - Another good turnout for this NA. 20, 40 & 80 were all good here in WNY. Rig: IC-7000 at 5 w. into a G5RV up 25 ft. w/ old WWII German Junkers straight key. 73 to all.
KB1M - Long day and so short sprint for me. Reverse Beacon seemed to hear my 900 mW very well. Many thanks for the Q's, Walt
WT4U - Didn't get to spend much time on, but 20m was working and it was nice to work some familiar calls on 40m. 80m was nothing but noise for me. Ended up in a ragchew with a member who was calling CQ in the sprint section, but running QRO. All good. As usual, the Sprint attracted some new members who either saw us on the contest calendar or heard CQ NA and investigated.
KN2G - Just built my new 4 band fan dipole inverted vee. Got 160 and 80 tuned but still had 5:1 swr on 40 and 20. The KX2 tuned that fine and the contacts still came in! Special thanks to N8LA for multiple repeats. It was a fun and satisfying evening.
W2SH - 20m was good during the first half hour, but
the skip zone wasn't long enough to reach the
west coast. 40m had excellent activity and a
skip zone similar to 20m. 80m was blessedly
free of warm weather QRN with strong signals
over a short skip zone.
VE3GNU - Great conditions and a mix of strong and weaker signals made for a good evening's fun! And my apologies to AC1KV for repeating the contact---now deleted. Used both Argonaut V and Jupiter for a change, along with my trusted Bencher paddle. Thanks to all. 73---
N0MZJ - After many years of being inactive, I am getting back into ham radio. I plan to operate QRP exclusively. I have received a lot of useful information by email from Bob, K2OID (#9990, and recently completed my first CW contact ever with Bob where both of us were using 5 watts on 40 meters!
This was my first Sprint, and I made no contacts. Reception was rather poor here in southern Minnesota, and my CW just isn't up to snuff yet. I will continue to practice CW daily and perhaps I will be able to do better next month.
AK3X - Forgot all about it and when I remembered I had 7 minutes left. Fun while it lasted. 72 to all.
N8LA - KX-3; 5W; 200' Dipole @35'; NAQCCode Warrior with W8GG finger pieces wired as dual paddle side swiper by AD0BI. Happy to work old and new friends. Nice to see Jeff, N0MII, participate and to work Tom, W0MFQ. Both of these fine gentlemen are very valuable members of the St. Louis QRP Society. If you believe in he power of prayer, please pray that Larry Card, W9CC, who has participated in many sprints and is approaching his final days on this earth, experience an easy transition into eternity. Best Wishes To All, Lou, N8LA
KB2GKC - Just starting out in QRP !
N5GW - Could not stay long - cameo appearance only this sprint.
AA5LH - Late-Start, Leave-Early. Great conditions on both 20/40. Look fwd to every Sprint. Take care & see all next month. 72/73.
KD0FNR - Got in late, but had a lot of fun. I was not expecting to make any QSOs at all, but happily N4CWB turned up on the radio's rock locked frequqency of 14058.4 MHz.
I'm new-ish to 20 meters, so I'm seeing 'weird-to-me' propagation over the last several weeks. The Utah SDR the kids and I could always hit no longer sees us very often, but then we make a QSO to South Carolina from San Francisco, (then yesterday morning made our first QSO to Japan on a quarter watt!!!) Maybe our skip zone has become very, very large?
WA2FBN - Fun sprint. Used my MTR 3B (1 digit LED display) into my 40m EFHW at 4w. 72 Ken