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Mar 20, 2008 Straight Key/Bug Sprint (#41)

Final Official Results After Thorough Cross-Checking:
SWA Category
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
KG4W    37   36   73   19 1387  x2  2774  Carolina Windom @70'!
W2SH    38   33   71   17 1207  x2  2414  135' cf dipole @60'
AA4W    34   31   65   18 1170  x2  2340  40M dipole @45'
*K3WWP  35   33   68   16 1088  x2  2176  110' attic rnd wire
N4LK    25   22   47   16  752  x2  1504  125' ef zepp @??'
W2LJ    29   27   56   13  728  x2  1456  G5RV @25'
NF8M    24   24   48   15  720  x2  1440  80M dipole @30'
K9JWI   33   29   62   20 1240      1240  HF9 vert
K5GQ    33   31   64   19 1216      1216  dipole @24'
KB4QQJ  22   18   40   15  600  x2  1200  taktenna @20', gnd mtd vert
W4ONC   20   18   38   14  532  x2  1064  4 leg inv vee @??'
W9ILF   19   19   38   13  494  x2   988  gnd mtd vert, G5RV inv v @20'
VE3HUR  19   18   37   13  481  x2   962  40m dpl @??', 80M ef @??'
KC2EGL  21   18   39   12  468  x2   936  fld dpl @35'
K4JPN   21   20   41   11  451  x2   902  80M cf zepp
N8XMS   19   18   37   12  444  x2   888  Cushcraft R7 Vert
*N4FI   17   17   34   13  442  x2   884  attic G5RV jr.
KA8MPT  17   17   34   13  442  x2   884  Slinky all band
WA1LWS  20   20   40   11  440  x2   880  4b ocf dpl @22'
KA2KGP  18   18   36   12  432  x2   864  5b gnd mtd vert
K4NVJ   18   17   35   12  420  x2   840  88' dpl @35'
W2JEK   19   18   37   11  407  x2   814  40m dpl @25',80m efhz @25'
NF9D    17   17   34   10  340  x2   680  Gap challenger gnd mtd
K4PBY   20   19   39   11  429 x1.5  644  inv vee @35'
WB8LZG  14   14   28   10  280  x2   560  dipole @30'
*KB9BVN 18   16   34    8  272  x2   544  attic 40m dipole
K8AZT   20   18   38   13  494       494  6BTV
N1LU    11   11   22    9  198  x2   396  buddipole in L config
AA9L    13   13   26   10  260 x1.5  390  40-80-160 trap dipole @50'
AG4IP   12   12   24    8  192  x2   384  67' ef rnd wire @25'
KB3AAG  18   17   35   10  350       350  80M loop @35'
KC2LSD  18   15   33   10  330       330  80M loop @35'
AB8FJ   11   11   22    7  154  x2   308  ef rnd wire @15'
*KD0V   11    8   19    8  152  x2   304  buddistick indoors
AF2Z    10   10   20    7  140  x2   280  100' endfed wire @30'
WA3ZBJ  14   13   27    9  243       243  gnd mtd hustler 4b vert
NA4O    10   10   20    6  120  x2   240  car windom@40', 80m inv L
K3OXG    8    8   16    7  112  x2   224  165' long wire @50'
NJ1W     7    7   14    6   84  x2   168  G5RV jr. @35'
K8KFJ    7    7   14    6   84  x2   168  dipole @30'
WA1AR    8    6   14    7   98 x1.5  147  G5RV @40'
VE3EDX   6    6   12    6   72  x2   144  6BTV Vert Gnd Mtd
VE3GNU   7    7   14    5   70  x2   140  G5RV @35'
WB8ENE   7    7   14    5   70  x2   140  135' doublet @15'
N8CX     6    6   12    5   60  x2   120  Dipole @ 25'
KK5NA    8    8   16    7  112       112  dpl @50'
KD2MX    5    5   10    4   40  x2    80  600' loop @??'
K6BFA    4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  G5RV @50'
AF4LQ    4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  40m efhw @30'
AJ9ON    6    6   12    5   60        60  mb sloper @30'
WY3H     5    5   10    3   30  x2    60  rnd wire
*W1OH    5    5   10    5   50        50  attic 40M dblt
WB7AVF   3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  ocf 80M dpl @80'
KB3FJJ   5    4    9    4   36        36  dblt @20'
KC9AQD   2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  vert dipole  
N3COR    3    3    6    2   12        12  inv vee @14'
K6CSL    1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  dlta loop on mobile home
N9QU     1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  115' random wire @ 20'
WA1GCT   0    0    0    0    0  x2     0  long wire @15'
NP4FW    0    0    0    0    0  x2     0  ??@??'
@-K9FO  25   23   48   13  624  x2  1248  40m dpl@50', 80m inv L
@-KD2MU  1    1    2    1    2         2  dpl @12'

@ - Check log, received late.

Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
WA8QFE  11   10   21    8  168       168  4wl rhombic @ 60'  

* - Special Award (best score using an indoor antenna) entrants:

1st SWA: KG4W
2nd SWA: n/a
1st Gain: WA8QFE
Top score from a previous non-winner: NF8M 
Special Award (best score other than K3WWP using an indoor antenna: N4FI
CW Book on CD (donated by Chuck K7QO): KG4W

In cross-checking logs I found 11 hams who made at least 5 to 24 QSO's,
but did not submit a log themselves for whatever reason. We hope those
folks will continue to participate AND submit a log in future sprints.

Logs submitted: 61 (new record)
Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 103 (new record)
Total QSO's in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 881 (new record)
States represented: 31 + ON + Ecuador

If anyone wishes a list of errors found in cross-checking their
log, email K3WWP. If any errors cause a scoring change, you
will be notified automatically.
K3WWP - A slow start and a sluggish operator ended up a lot better than they started. In fact the very end was frantic with 3 QSO's in the very last minute. Whew! My 35 QSO's is the most I've had in a while. In fact since I had 41 in Aug 2007. Conditions were quite good on both 40 and 80 all the way this evening. I used one of my contesting tricks near the end to get a new mult. I heard WA8QFE s&p'ing and parked about a kHz up from the station he was working, called CQ, and sure enough he answered my CQ. That works for me quite often, but not as often as I would like. I think there are going to be some good scores in this one, and mine will more than likely not be good enough for even a top 5 score. We'll see. I think my streak of top indoor antenna score still stands although I've eliminated myself from the special award this month for that. It was nice to work everyone, but especially these folks I haven't worked for a while in a sprint - K0EVZ, KB9BVN, KA2KGP, KC2EGL, and K8KFJ.

KB9BVN - 40m started out great then slowly started to fade, 80m was very noisy. I stuck it out for a hour on 40m and 30 mins on 80m tonight. I have a great time every time I have time to play in this sprint. Thanks to all the NAQCC dudes and dudettes for putting this one on. 72 de KB9BVN - NAQCC #18

WB7AVF - GOOD signals on 40 tonight but was unable to start on time nor stick around due to schoolwork madness. Nice to hear a lot of fine signals, though!

N1LU - Lots of ambient QRN here plus QRN frobm my switching power supply, but managed to pick a few of you out of it. Fun as usual.

KB3FJJ - Started out good, but QRN and QSB set in for me fast! Had fun all the same! Rig was K1 @ 5W.

KK5NA - Great fun!!! My First Sprint with the club..but it won't be my last! I usually work Wednesday nights...but I am on Spring Break. Thanks for all the great CW events. Joe

NJ1W - The sprint was lots of fun as always. I was using my SoftRock rxtx and the pana display made it easy to find contesters, but some had a little difficulty hearing my 1 watt. Thanks to all for the extra effort in pulling me out of the noise.

K6CSL - Man, it was bad, except for Doc, K0EVZ. TNX Doc 73's to all.

WA1GCT - Tried to work the sprint but no one heard me. Hopefully have a better antenna up for the next sprint. My first sprint sense I moved to TX from RI. Hopefully next sprint will be better. 73 till next time. Roger

KC9AQD - This was my first sprint. Much appreciated QRS.

KB3AAG - Last month it was ice, this month its rain and flooding! I doubt if i could get home to the house now! Lots of fun tonight dont think I did good though. 20 was bad,,,,40 not much better and nobody seemed to hear me. 80 was crouded and I didnt get through well at all. Still fun and each month I look forward to it! Perhaps we should expand the band plan a bit as the group has got much bigger causing more crouding. (The listed freqs are only a rough guide line. You can spread out as much as you want as long as you don't interfere with FISTS, nets, etc. - K3WWP) I can imagine the frustration to the guys without a narrow filter! Long live QRP. Frank

NF9D - I heard nothing on 20 & 40 was very noisy but I had fun all the same. My best score so far.

WA3ZBJ - Good to be heard from down here in FL. 40 meters sounded really strong tonight. Couldn't work entire time frame, but certainly had fun. ... 72, .... D

K6BFA - A lot of QSB!

K5GQ - Got off to a late start. Used a keyboard keyer from K1EL to see if I could get a few more Qs. Used the ATS-3; hears as good as my K2. Just can't adjust the filter; if you were not in the passband I could not hear you. I did use the RIT when I could not hear anyone call. Enjoyed it. Thanks to those who gave me a Q!

W2LJ - Had a ton of fun! The local QRN on 40 Meters took the night off; so I was able to work both 40 and 80 Meters. It was good to hear so many familiar fists and callsigns. I haven't broken the 30 QSO barrier in quite a while - it was a nice little work out for a change. See you all next month, 73

KG4W - Had fun, hope all did likewise.

W4ONC - All day we were experiencing high winds of 20 to 30 mph and gusting to over 40. When I got home from work I noticed that one leg of my 4 leg Inverted-V broke off at the balun. After repairs it was hoisted back up to 55 feet. When the Sprint ended I went back outside to check the antenna and found that 2 legs were off of the same side of the 4:1 balun. I do not know how many of my contacts were made with the antenna only using 2 legs on one side of the balun. My MFJ Tuner (MFJ-929) was taking the brunt of this problem. I am going to replace the antenna with 12 gauge wire and hope that this does not happen again. Even with antenna problems I had a great time in the Sprint and posted my best score so far.

WB8ENE - 80 seemed to be the best band tonight. N8CX, thanks for the "DX" contact all the way from the west side of Cleveland.


AA9L - Forty meters was better than ever, I couldn't believe there were actually pileups on some of the calls. First try with my ebay bug, I'm working on the scratchy dots! Had a great time.

AF2Z - I heard lots of activity on 80m so thought I'd join in. There were many great signals-- sure didn't sound like QRP! Sri I didn't have a member number to give out. My rig: K2 and Junker key.

KD2MX - I was out the first part of the evening and then had a thousand things to take care of which distracted me from the main event, our sprint. So I only squeezed in a few Qs. Conditions seemed pretty good here and I hope everybody enjoyed the same.

KB4QQJ - Great Sprint!! Band was 40 was happy and so was I. Only made a few on 80. Lot of QRN there from local storms. Strongest signal was K9JWI at 8 over S9. Got one DX non-member contact and introduced him to NAQCC. Also look for WA1ZCQ to join. He was 2.8 watts. Thanks to N4LK for squeaking in there at the last. Good to hear N1LU in FL still. Thanks for pulling me out Don. Special Thanks to Gregg WB8LZG for the custom paddle handles and John for getting them shipped quickly. FUN sprint. BCNU-----------> Randy

VE3HUR - Good conditions here tonight. Thanks to all for a great time.

K8KFJ - Got home late and just caught the last few minutes of the Sprint. 80m sounded in good shape with nice signals. Nice working John (K3WWP) #2 again who always makes his number available in the Sprints. Will try to do a full Sprint next time as it's always an enjoyable operating event. 73, Gary

AA4W - I was pleased to hear so many call signs that I haven't heard before. Conditions were good and the noise level was low in Florida for a change. But, the propagation was mostly North/South.

WB8LZG - K2 @ 5W Only had time for a bit over a hour, but 40m was doing real good last nite. Heard several stns down in the mud that were probably doing the indoor antenna, but I couldnt pull out many whole calls. SRI Nice work fer w6SQQ fer his patience. 73 Gregg

K9JWI - Good activity and signals. Contest seems to be attracting more participation. Thanks to K3WWP. (You're welcome - K3WWP)

N3COR - Wanted to finally get started on QRP, but other matters came up & ran out of time. Will try again next month.

WA1AR - First time for this event, and could only operate the first hour. I used my OHR 100 that I have not turned on in more than 5 years. I needed an external home brew audio filter because it was busy at time. My key was a 1920 Vibroplex Bug. Two stations did not know about the event and I ended up in a rag chew for a while.

K4JPN - Good to see plenty of activity. Some heavy QRN on 80M, listened and called on 20M, but no sigs heard. 40M was the band for this sprint. Steve

AG4IP - My very first try out of the gate! 73 every body, Tim

K3OXG - I had a lot of fun worked a straight key all night. This is my first ever contest entry. tu..

KA8MPT - Will with all the water and rain at my qth and high swr that it gave my outside antnnas I had to go inside to my attach slinky antenna all band. Not as good as my outdoor antennas and my score showed it. I don't hear as well with it. So sorry to all that I could not pull out. 40 meters up and down all night and real bad qrm. Solid fists from W2sh,W1oh,K1lu/4 Always fun to work them. 73 John

N8XMS - What a difference a month makes! In February's sprint I only made 3 QSOs. This time I had 19 40-meter contacts in an effort that started 10 minutes late and finished 30 minutes early!

W2SH - Over the years I've noted that the autumnal equinox and vernal equinox usually produce excellent propagation on the HF amateur bands. That observation was certainly borne out for this month's equinoctial sprint! A brief listen on 20m turned up W1AW as the only audible signal, and that was deemed unlikely to produce a QSO. 40m was fine so long as one dodged the rtty signals. 80m was a bit noisy, but otherwise in good shape. Afterwards, mindful of an early morning thunderstorm warning, I went about disconnecting the station and was surprised to discover that I had been using my smaller backup antenna throughout the sprint.

KC2EGL - Was not the best of conditions for me at my QTH. First I got a late start. Second mother nature blew so hard the center of my dipole fell out of the tree. Yes it really fell out of the tree. I lost 20 minutes getting it back into the tree. What are the chances of tossing the rope back up into the tree in the dark with the wind howling away? I had a little bit of luck on my side. And third I was not completely with it during the sprint. It has been a wild work week with lots of hours. I was half asleep at best. Thanks to all who put up with my shabby operating. And thanks to all the new members who answered my CQ. This sprint is only the second sprint where I was able to bag number 1 and number 2 in the same sprint. Thanks Tom and John. I will still make the trip for the eyeball QSO's with my friends. 73 Michael

NP4FW - The only station I heard at 14.059.00 was k9klr. Obviously, I called him back with no response, then I did not hear anything else for the rest of the at least an hour I was on the air.

KC2LSD - I only wish I could take part in more of these sprints. 73! Cody

K4NVJ - Conditions were pretty good. I had a good time. Thanks. 72 Joe

W1OH - First sprint using my Elecraft K2 built at Christmas. And 40M conditions seemed quite good as well. The whole 40 CW band seemed to be loaded with signals (not just sprinters). Only made a handful of contacts as I did other chores, but fun as always. Thanks, NAQCC!

KA2KGP - Good band conditions & a new rig = a fun sprint! I tried out my new IC-7000 tonite & had a blast! Good to hear lots of sprinters out there.

W9ILF - What a great time! The bands were in great shape here. I heard a lot of activity. Though I didn't make lots of QSO's I stayed busy the whole time, worked good friends and new ops as well. I'm looking forward to next month. Ivin

W2JEK - both 40 and 80 seemed to have good conditions and worked the distant stations on 40 and the nearby ones on 80. all of my antennas are outdoors because i have aluminum siding and cant enter the special award. 72 and 73 donald younger

NA4O - Started out on 20M with no luck, but found 40 and 80 quite active. Too active. Even with a narrow filter, I had trouble separating stations. Too many stations in too small a space. Wish I could have had a chance to try to pull out some of the weaker stations. Think I will spread out more next time and hope others follow. (Absolutely, our suggested frequencies are just a starting guideline. Spread out as conditions warrant, but don't interfere with nets, FISTS' frequencies, etc. - K3WWP) Lots of fun and great to have so many participating!

AB8FJ - Enjoyed the Sprint. Good conditions on 40 and 80. Used my Ten-Tec Argonaut II and Bencher RJ-2 for this round.

KD2MU - Don't even ask!

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

RULES specific to this month's sprint:

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

Special Award:
For the one making the highest score using an indoor antenna. At least 1/2 of the radiating portion of the antenna must be completely indoors.

Autologger SA info:
Eligible for the Special Award.......' box - Select Yes if you are competing for the award
Special Award info.......' box - You need put nothing here - your antenna description earlier in the autologger will suffice.

A classic book in Morse on CD donated by Chuck Adams K7QO. The high scorer overall in the sprint gets to choose one CD from those currently listed on Chuck's web site at

Entry Deadline:
All entries must be RECEIVED before 2400Z on Mar 26, 2008. So submit as soon as possible, especially regular mail entries.

Preferred method of submitting your log and report is now our new on-line autologger. For other methods see the General Sprint Rules.