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Sep 20, 2007 Straight Key/Bug Sprint

Final Official Results:
SWA Category
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
KI4GLH  40   37   77   19 1463  x2  2926  G5RV @45'
KG4W    32   28   60   19 1140  x2  2280  Carolina Windom @130'
K6XT    25   21   46   20  920  x2  1840  GAP Titan; 80M vertical
K3WWP   29   28   57   16  912  x2  1824  -110' attic random wire
KA8MPT  25   25   50   18  900  x2  1800  G5RV @25'
W2SH    29   27   56   16  896  x2  1792  80m horiz bisquare @ 75'
K8DD    26   24   50   16  800  x2  1600  40M dpl @ 55', 80M dpl @ 90'
*W0JFR  24   21   45   17  765  x2  1530  SteppIR BigIR Vertical
AE5BH   24   23   47   15  705  x2  1410  inv vee @ 20'
*W2JEK  23   21   44   14  616  x2  1232  40M dpl @ 25', 80M efhz @ 25'
*W9CC   19   19   38   14  532  x2  1064  fan inv vee @35'
WB8LZG  19   18   37   13  481  x2   962  40m dpl @??'- 300' lw @??'
N4LK    20   19   39   12  468  x2   936  CF all band 250' 7p 25'
N4FI    18   17   35   12  420  x2   840  attic G5RV Jr-115' rnd wire@18'
K4PBY   19   19   38   13  494 x1.5  741  40 mtr inv vee @ 35'
K5BGB   14   13   27   11  297  x2   594  1/2 G5RV @30'
*N1LU   17   16   33    9  297  x2   594  Cobra Ultralite @40'
K4UK    15   14   29   10  290  x2   580  160M Inv vee @??'
KD2MX   13   13   26   11  286  x2   572  600' loop @??'
N8XX    20   19   39   14  546       546  66' dpl @30'
K9DXA   20   20   40   13  520       520  dipole @16'
*K8AZT  20   20   40   13  520       520  G5RV @25'
WA1LWS  13   12   25   10  250  x2   500  ocf dipole @22'   
K8KFJ   15   14   29    8  232  x2   464  dipole @30'
WA1ZCQ  13   11   24    9  216  x2   432  80' sloper @40'
*WY3H   12   12   24    9  216  x2   432  ~90' random wire @25'
K5GQ    18   15   33   13  429       429  single element (??)
WC7S    16   12   28   13  364       364  360' dpl @20-50'
NO2D    10   10   20    9  180  x2   360  40M Inv vee @34'
AB4QL   15   13   28   12  336       336  80m horiz loop @ 25'
AA9L    10   10   20    8  160  x2   320  inv vee @50'
AF4LQ   11   10   21    7  147  x2   294  77' endfed-V @30'
KE4I    12   11   23   11  253       253  G5RV @30'
KA2KGP   9    9   18    7  126  x2   252  5 band gnd mounted vertical
K4NVJ    8    7   15    8  120  x2   240  88' dipole @35'
NU7T     8    8   16    6   96  x2   192  40m horizontal loop @15'
KA5OAI  11   10   21   10  210       210  12' 40M whip @20' w/16 radials
N1VWD    7    7   14    6   84  x2   168  windom @30'
VE3HUR   7    7   14    5   70  x2   140  40M dpl @??' 80M ef @??'
*N9AKF   6    6   12    5   60  x2   120  120' ef wire @20' 
WA9NPS   8    7   15    8  120       120  Tuned Dipole @25'
WU7R     7    6   13    5   65 x1.5   98  WINDOM @??'
WA3FIR   5    4    9    3   27  x2    54  44' doublet @20'
W1SRB    4    4    8    3   24  x2    48  mb dpl @45'
KL7V     4    4    8    3   24  x2    48  20M dipole @30'
WA2DTW   6    6   12    4   48        48  160 meter inv v @35'
W1OH     4    4    8    5   40        40  attic 40M doublet 
N9KR     5    5   10    4   40        40  ef zepp @25'
AI9J     3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  Aluminum foil attic dipole
*WY7N $  3    3    6    2   12  x2    24  40m inverted vee @65'
N2COD    3    3    9    1    9  x2    18  vert.
AA9WP    2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  half in/half out 40M dpl @20'
K6BFA    2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  G5RV @ 50'
KD2MU    2    1    3    2    6         6  Dipole @12'
W5RCP    1    1    2    1    2         2  Inv vee @30'
*KG2GL   0    0    0    0    0         0  homebrewed 80m loop @30' 

$ at KG7QT's station

Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna

NOTE: Due to the increased number of logs and other reasons,
I am no longer sending a list of log corrections to each participant.
I will only notify you if the corrections involve a scoring change.
If you didn't hear from me, but still want to know if there were any
other corrections, you may email me and I'll let you know. - K3WWP

* - Special Award (using 4 watts or less) entrant

2nd SWA: KG4W
1st Gain: n/a
Top score from a previous non-winner: K8DD 
Special Award (high scorer using 4 watts or less): W0JFR
CW Books on CD (donated by K7QO): KI4GLH

The following appeared 5 or more times in submitted logs, but
did not submit a log themselves for whatever reason:
KB3AAG - 16
K0EVZ - 12
AB9CA - 9
WA6L - 9
KB8TT - 8
W3CQB - 8
AB8DF - 6
K7ZYV - 5
N5KIP - 5

We hope these folks will continue to participate AND
submit their logs in the future.
WY3H - First contest I was able to enter in a while. It was enjoyable and I hope that everyone had a great time as I did. I ran 4 watts on 40M and 3 watts on 80M.

K3WWP - Well, my streak is over at 5 wins, but I've still got a chance at never having been beaten by someone with an indoor antenna. We'll see. Congrats to KI4GLH (and probably others) with his G5RV at 45' who ended my streak at a fivepeat. Conditions were just not that good here for whatever reason. I suspect they were better down south. It will be interesting to see as the logs roll in. Still I had fun and really enjoy our sprints tremendously.

W5RCP - Didn't stick around. Same ol' noise in my neighborhood. Someday soon...... Ron

AI9J - What a feeling when stations respond! Using DC40 with 1W out to aluminum foil attic dipole. Thanks for the monthly sprint. Ed

K6XT - Called on 80 but no replies and heard no activity. Great fun with the old Navy hand key. I'd not sent hand CW for 2 hours since I was a kid, and it showed! Great fun, looking forward to the next Sprint. I tried to run 4W but really cannot measure that close, just turn the wick all the way down, so rate myself ineligible even if I was fortunate enough to get that high a score! OK off to soak my sending wrist in hot water. 73 Art

N1LU - Good fun. No trouble making contacts. Even managed too stay awake!!

KG2GL - Extremely rare for me to be off on a Wednesday night. I heard only 2 stations try to return my call with an unusual S8 noise level. I did not legally complete the contact of these 2 stations.....My score is zero..... It beats a good night at work ! Better condx next time. I hope I submitted my empty log correctly. I hope to try again in the future... 73 ....Good DX.......... Ps.....I enjoy the newsletters!........Tony

KI4GLH - Had Fun!

KD2MX - Just made it for the last 30 minutes to give out some points. Had a good rate which would've give me >50 QSOs if only....Should've run the KX1 to meet the 4W Special Award but read this month's rules too late (just now). Oh well...a nice way to finish up the evening. 73 all.

W0JFR = Lots of firsts for me: first QRP (K2 @ 4w), first NAQCC Sprint, and first time using GenLog. GenLog was the most challenging! Had a great time -- thanks for having me!

K8DD - Straight key and paper logging - what a trip! Gave my FT-817 a workout.

AE5BH - I had a blast tonight. If you've read the newsletter, you'd know that I've been without my FT817... well, it came back in the mail from the doctors late last night. Tonight was it's first test back on the air. I will have to say, it didn't dissapoint. Conditions on 20 weren't as bad as I thought they might be with 7 Qs in the first 40 mins up there. Headed down to 40 and snatched 17 more in the next 80 mins of the contest. This was another personal best as I seem to be getting the hang of these. I increased the # of Qs by 50% and doubled my previous score! It was nice hearing some numbers from the class of 1800 :) specially K8AZT who signed up just before me (nr 1875) we met up twice! To finish of the sprint in style, thanks to N1VWD by giving me Vermont! Make that 4 more states to go for QRP CQ WAS!

WA1ZCQ - Rig: 703 @ 5W Ant: 80' sloper Key: Homemade Straight Key that K1GRU made for me. Started a little late. 40M was 'buzzing' with stations so never moved off band. Used S&P this month. About 1 and a half hours later I was so hungry I took a break and made a few chicken sandwiches. Were they good! Got back to rig just a few minutes before end and made one more 'Q'. Fun time, hope to meet YOU next month. 7 2, Carl

N2COD - I better get an all-band vertical up soon, my 20/15/10 M. vert. just doesn't cut the mustard on 80/40/20 !

WB8LZG - Typed in all my log es info and Soapbox. only to have the computer dump it into bit bucket. dont have time to enter it agn. see u in the next test. 73 Gregg (Dang computers - they all have minds of their own - K3WWP)

K6BFA - First time with the NAQCC Sprint. I had a great time. It's good to be back in ham radio after a 50 year hiatus.

WU7R - Bands were pretty good for this sprint, but I didn't have very much luck getting out. As always, however, it was great fun. I used my K-2 with a Vizkey vertical bug. I am looking forward to next month…Ci

K8KFJ - Poor condx here in West Virginia on 40m so I didn't stay there very long. Found huge signals on 80m making QSOs mucho fun. Great to work numbers 1 (WY3H) and 2 (K3WWP) again. States worked were NJ, MI, AL, FL, NH, OH, VA and PA. 72, Gary

W9CC - 40 meters seemed in fair shape, but 80 was better. A very enjoyable sprint.

W2JEK - started on 20 and heard nothing so went to 40 until 0200z. stopped to join local 2m club net for 35 minutes and came back to find 40m band going out. then went to 80m for the rest of the sprint. john, thanks for running the sprints and other club activities. 72/73 don younger

N4LK - Ths is the first time in several months that there was much activity on 80 meters! Hope the new submission form works well and makes your job a bit easier John. 72/73s Jack

W1OH - I sure was pleased that my first contact tonight was with K3WWP! Good strong signal too on 40M (not the usual thing at Kittaning to Cape Cod distance). Another few contacts on 40M before YF came home from late meeting, then one final QSO on 80M just before the final bell. Setup the usual FT897 @ 5W to attic 40M doublet. And hopefully the last time for that! Should be moving soon, and then an actual outdoor antenna for the next sprint! And thanks, NAQCC!

K4PBY - Lots of 40 mtr activity was heard here in Florida but high QRN made weak signals difficult to copy. The NAQCC sprint always generates lots of QRP activity and is always a fun event.

AB4QL - Nice to see some decent band conditions. Maybe next time I will have fewer distractions and operate the full time. . . Nahhh...that will never happen :)

KA2KGP - Decent band conditions, at least noise was quiet. Weak sigs on all bands this sprint, but a fun run anyway. 73 to all.

NO2D - This is fun. The Argonaut V did a credible job and the band was not in too bad shape. Things are on the upswing. I hope for better results next time. Stupid me did not find the on-line log until after I finished putting all this together, so I will send this in and use the autolog next time. Peter

AA9WP - All in all it was pretty ugly. Added a 20/15/10 dipole in the attic and reoriented the outside half of my dipole. I think it messed up my signals. Back to drawing board for next month. See ya then.

W2SH - At the start 20m was closing down and I managed just one QSO, but my 5W legged it all the way to CA. 40m was noisy. Spent the last 45 minutes on 80m where signal strengths from the same stations increased by two or three S units by the time the sprint ended.

KD2MU - I'm definitely going the wrong way; no QRN to blame this month. See you next month (hopefully).

KA8MPT - Worked 40 meters for a short time then want over to 80 meters. I had better ears to the west for some reason. Most of the time I hear better up the east coast to 1 land but sprint night it was to the west. Thanks to all

KA5OAI - 40m was good here in TX. Wish I could have worked the whole 2 hours.

KE4I - I'm new at this logging process so if anyone who checks this can let me know what I did wrong I would appreciate it. I look forward to working the next Sprint.

AF4LQ - Not a big effort here but fun as always. Quit early after a ragchewer called whom I hated to waive off, but I enjoyed that too. Looking forward to next time.

WC7S - I wish I could say that the box for logs was too small, but 13 states in 40 minutes isn't too bad. What a great bunch of ears folks have tho. And thanks to all that made it so much fun. All the work behind the scene, and in front of the radio too. C U next time

N8XX - I was lazy, and let my computer run my rig, even though I found a nice J38 courtesy of QRP-L reflector. Conditions seemed nil on 20, so stuck mainly with 40 metres. Here's hoping we get a few more spots in the sun soon.

K9DXA - Had a great time. Let's do it again. This QRP sprinting is a lot of fun. Maybe soon I'll get that antenna up higher than 16 ft. Lots of activity on 40M.

N9AKF - 40 mtrs was in great shape! I could have worked lots more stations, but didn't try real hard. I guess I may never be a true contester. Code speeds were great, too! I heard lots of ops in the 10-15 wpm range. It was a fun sprint.

N9KR - Great conditions on 40. Only had an hour to operate. Using a homebrew transmitter @ 5 Watts & Homebrew Rcvr.

N1VWD - Icom 736 @ 5w Windom @ 30' Bencher RJ-1 straight key Qth Waltham, Vt

AA9L - My first Sprint. No a lot of Q's but great fun.

See General Sprint Rules for rules common to every NAQCC sprint.

RULES specific to this month's sprint:

Date and time:
Thursday Sep 20, 0030-0230 UTC
(Remember that's Wednesday evening here in the USA)

Special Award:
The purpose of having a special award is to perhaps award a certificate to someone who knows they can't win one of the regular 1st/2nd/TNW certificates, but would still like one of our beautiful NAQCC certificates to display in the shack. Our special award this month goes to the one with the highest score using 4 watts or less power. If the highest scorer wins a 1st or 2nd place certificate, then the SA goes to the next highest scorer.

Continuing this month we are giving away a set of CD's to one participant according to the following rules:

1. The participant meeting the requirements below and posting the highest score will be the winner of a set of CD's in the following months: July, August, September, October, November, January, February, March, April, and May.
A. Requirements: The participant must be a NAQCC member and can not have won a CD set previously. Previous winners are:
K4BAI (Jul 07)
K1EV (Aug 07)
B. If the highest scorer does not meet the requirements, then the CD set winner will be the next highest scorer who does meet the requirements.

2. Twice a year - in the December and June sprints, the winner will be a participant drawn at random who meets the requirements in 1A and who makes at least 5 QSO's in the sprint.

3. Club Officers (WY3H (ex-KB3LFC), K3WWP, W2LJ, K5DUZ, KD2MX) are not eligible.

The set of CD's features K7QO, Chuck Adams' code course designed to increase code speed - in Chuck's words:

"At the present time I have a set of CDs that I call Books in Morse on CD. Each CD (there are 8 at the present time) is a classic book in Morse that gives an individual a complete book to listen to for practice receiving plain text. This gives one much more practice receiving plain text for times from 24 hours to 3 days depending upon the text and speeds chosen. Titles include Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz at 10-17WPM, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at 17WPM, The Time Machine at 20-25WPM, The War of the Worlds at 20-26WPM and 30-36WPM for the two different CDs, Desert Gold at 20-25WPM, and others that you can find at
Each month I will give a complete set of the CDs including my code course to the winner chosen by NAQCC determined by the given criteria setup by the contest group. Value of the set nearly $80. The books were created to replace the old practice of copying plain text from news sources at HF frequencies in the 50s and 60s before such transmissions were replaced by modern digital means for ships at sea."

I'm sure you all know of Chuck and his work in promoting CW/QRP. Chuck has generously donated the CD's for this prize. We hope that all our CD winners and non-winners as well will thank Chuck for his generosity.

In case of a tie, the winner will be determined by the following tiebreakers:
1. Most QSO's
2. Most 40 meter QSO's
3. Most 20 meter QSO's
4. Most 80 meter QSO's
4. A coin flip

Entry Deadline:
All entries must be RECEIVED before 2400Z on Sep 26, 2007. So submit as soon as possible, especially regular mail entries.

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