Nov 16, 2006 80/40/20M Straight Key/Bug Sprint
Final Official Results:
SWA Category Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final Awd 80-40-20 Antenna *K3WWP 18 17 35 11 385 x2 770 1 ~110' attic random wire *W2SH 15 14 29 9 261 x2 522 2 80m horiz bisquare @75' *K6XT 12 10 22 10 220 220 # 80m gp @15' W9CC 7 6 13 7 91 x2 182 20/40/80 fan inv v @35' K2NPN 11 10 21 7 147 147 ?? @ ??' W2LJ 6 6 12 5 60 x2 120 G5RV @25' W2JEK 6 5 11 5 55 x2 110 ef hz @35' K4BAI 5 4 9 4 36 x2 72 Inverted vee lying on roof *N1VWD 5 4 9 4 36 x2 72 Windom @30' WB5GWB 6 6 12 6 72 72 35' vert gnd mtd VA3RKM 4 4 8 3 24 x2 48 ?? @??' W9ILF 4 3 7 3 21 x2 42 G5RV @65' W2XS 5 5 10 4 40 40 Cobra ultralite @50' *KD2MX 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 ~600' loop @30' KI4CKT 3 2 5 3 15 x2 30 mb trap dpl @25' WB8LZG 2 1 3 2 6 x2 12 Inv L at 30' KA2KGP 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 ab vert @??' GAIN ANTENNA Category Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final Awd 80-40-20 Antenna no entries # - Top score from a previous non-winner * - Special Award (Most 80M QSO's) entrants: K3WWP (18), K6XT (12), KD2MX (3), N1VWD (5), W9ILF (4), W2SH (14) Special Award (Most 80M QSO's) winner: K3WWP (18)SOAPBOX:
K3WWP - Wow, I thought I was going to be shut out tonight, but things picked up a bit after the first half hour or 45 minutes. Still overall the bands were to put it mildly, LOUSY. Nothing at all on 40M here - a few CQ's yielded nothing and spot checks throughout the two hours showed no activity. It seems that 80M went long sometime before the sprint, then about halfway into the sprint some shorter skip showed up. My first QSO on 80 to demonstrate that was K6XT in Colorado, and he was about the only station I was hearing on 80 until 0200Z or so. Let's hope next month is better. Incidentally after writing the above, I found that the Boulder K index which is reported in 3 hour segments was 0,2,5,2,0 with the 5 being the 3 hour segment that included the first 90 minutes of the sprint. So despite good conditions before and after the sprint, the propagation gods were angry with us and sent us a short duration rather heavy ionospheric storm for the sprint.
K6XT - Maybe the storm static didn't help. Can't imagine I worked enough stations for the 80 award. Heard lots of east coast working each other. 73 Art
KD2MX - I was only able to jump in for the last 10 minutes and give out some points. (Thanks - I needed the help - K3WWP) 80m sounded noisy but busy. Hope to make the full event next month.
N1VWD - First straight key sprint I have entered and I had a great time. Looking forward to the next one. I used my Icom 736@5W With my Bencher straight Key and a Windom antenna at 30 feet.
VA3RKM - A really interesting night for the study of propagation. Signals began to get through here on 80m about 0300Z and were very strong by 0330, after the big wipe-out from 0130 on. As always, thanks for the Qs and to John for admin work.
W9CC - I heard nobody on 40 or 20, and it's too bad because I had unlimited space left in my log.
WB8LZG - Condx were just plain lousy! No records set here, that's fer sure! After abt 1 hr of static, I shut down fer the night. Heard W2XN on 40 es copied all his info, but then he faded into the noise,same with KG4W, I got all his info, then nothing. Also heard a faint sig from W2LJ, all I got was the call. Heard a few other CQ's but no QSO's. Went outside to see if my antenna was still up. With only 2 good QSO's it's a bit slim, but figured everyone else was having a rough night also. Rig was Ten Tec 544 at 5 watts to inverted "L" up abt 30 ft. es my trusty Bunnell J-38. Looking forward to next months sprint es better band condx, sure couldn't get much worse. 73 Gregg
KA2KGP - Ouch! Lousy band conditions plus heavy t-storm QRM = bad score. Thanks to Larry, W2LJ for my only QSO this sprint. Hope conditions are better next time. 73
WB5GWB - Heard nothing on 40 meters here on Long Island, NY, and forgot to check 20 meters, so all QSOs were on 80 meters. Might have made more QSOs if I hadn't gotten involved in a half-hour ragchew with a QRP station who wasn't in the sprint. Oh well, it's all good.
W9ILF - I enjoyed the contest. I had to end early due to antenna trouble. Half my G5RV in an inverted V configure came out of the ground and was causing speratic SWR. I found it the next morning lying in water and against my tower. Still I had a nice time while it lasted. Next month will be better.
KI4CKT - Terrible conditions that nite but enjoyed the sprint. 73
W2SH - Ill with QRO cold and flu symptoms. First checked 20m. Silence. No surprise there. Next tried 40m. Again nothing heard. Antenna connected but my Eustachian tubes were pretty well blocked. Audio gain maxed out Wait, there's Larry, W2LJ, 15 miles away. He turned out to be my only 40m QSO. 80m was filled with severe QRN and weak fluttery signals, not surprising given our spate of summertime wx with 55 deg. F during this sprint, but conditions did improve during the final hour. Apologies for the sloppy keying, but my right wrist and the rest of me were really aching.
W2LJ - This HAS to be without a doubt, my lowest all time score. I thought the bands were broken, they were so bad! In any event, Happy Thanksgiving to all! Maybe next month I'll be able to give thanks for a higher score! 73 de Larry
See General Sprint Rules for rules common to every NAQCC sprint.
RULES specific to this month's sprint:
Date and time:
Thursday, Nov 16, 0130-0330 UTC
(Remember that's Wednesday evening here in the USA)
Bands Used This Month:
80 meters, 40 meters, and 20 meters
For the most QSO's on 80M.
All entries must be RECEIVED before 2400Z on Nov 22, 2006. So submit as soon as possible, especially regular mail entries.