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May 22, 2008 Straight Key/Bug Sprint (#43)

Final Official Results:
SWA Category - Eastern Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
*K3WWP  44   43   87   21 1827  x2  3654  ~110' attic rnd wire
N4LK    30   28   58   18 1044  x2  2088  250' cf ab @??'  
W2SH    27   25   52   18  936  x2  1872  80m dpl @35'
*WB8LZG 26   22   48   15  720  x2  1440  Dipole @30', 350' longwire
*K1YAN  23   21   44   16  704  x2  1408  6BTV vert gnd mtd 
N4FI    20   20   40   13  520  x2  1040  115' rnd wire - attic G5RV
KS7D    18   15   33   15  495  x2   990  dipole @27'
WA3FIR  15   14   29   12  348  x2   696  dblt @25', inv L @25'
*KB4QQJ 17   13   30   11  330  x2   660  TAK-tenna's @20'
W4ONC   14   13   27   12  324  x2   648  inv v @25'
*N8XMS  14   11   25   12  300  x2   600  R7 vert
KA2KGP  15   15   30   10  300  x2   600  5b gnd mtd vert
K9JWI   21   21   42   14  588       588  80m inv v@35',hf9v vert
*KC2EGL 13   13   26   10  260  x2   520  fld dpl @35'
K2ZC    13   13   26   10  260  x2   520  G5RV jr. @35'
*W2JEK  15   14   29    8  232  x2   464  20gp@20',40dpl@25',80efhz@25'
K8KFJ   11   11   22    8  176  x2   352  80m dpl @30',40M vert
W1PID   11   11   22    8  176  x2   352  ocf dipole @??'
K4PBY   14   13   27   12  324       324  hmbw vert
N1LU    11   11   22    7  154  x2   308  Cobra Ultrlite @40'
*KW4JS   9    9   18    8  144  x2   288  88' doublet @50'    
N9AKF    9    9   18    8  144  x2   288  rnd wire @20'
K4JPN    9    8   17    8  136  x2   272  80M CF Zepp @??'
@NF8M    9    9   18    7  126  x2   252  80m OCF dipole at 35'
KI4FIA  10    9   19    7  133 x1.5  200  130' Random Wire @25'
*WB8ENE  6    6   12    6   72  x2   144  135' doublet @15'
AA4W     9    8   17    8  136       136  20m vee @??',40M flat top @??'
WA3ZBJ  10    6   16    7  112       112  Hustler 4-BTV 
AF2Z     5    5   10    4   40  x2    80  100' random wire @ 30'
K6BFA    5    5   10    3   30  x2    60  G5RV @50'
VE3GNU   5    5   10    3   30  x2    60  G5RV @35'
KA2Q     5    5   10    5   50        50  dipole @24'
W1SRB    3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  mb dipole @45'
AI9J     4    4    8    2   16  x2    32  aluminum foil attic dipole @20'
KD2MU    3    3    6    3   18        18  dipole @12'
VA3RJ    2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  20M hamstick-4th flr apt balcony
N8ZYA    3    2    5    3   15        15  40/20 indoor Isotron
N2COD    3    3    6    1    6  x2    12  G5RV @20'
WB7AVF   1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  80M OCF DP @85'
NT9K     1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  40m inv v@40'

SWA Category - Central Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
W5TM    40   36   76   24 1824      1824  80M dipole @80'
*NF9D   14   14   28   11  308  x2   616  GAP Vertical - Gnd Mtd
K4NVJ    8    8   16    8  128  x2   256  88' dpl @35'
N9GGE    6    6   12    6   72  x2   144  inv vee @20'
KC0VKN   6    5   11    6   66        66  attic dipole
W5RCP    4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  ocf zepp @45'
*N9QU    3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  115' random wire @20'
NV9X     3    3    6    2   12  x2    24  dipole @25'
AD5QB    2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  attic dipole
@AJ9ON   1    1    2    1    2         2  Cushcraft AP8A

SWA Category - Mountain Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
*W0JFR  17   12   29   13  377  x2   754  1/4 wv vert gnd mtd
NO2D    11   11   22    9  198       198  20/40 dipoles @30'
WY7N     1    0    1    1    1  x2     2  100' random wire @23'

SWA Category - Pacific Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna

GAIN Category
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K4BAI   56   31   87   28 2436  x2  4872  20M stacked monobanders very
                                          high; 40M stacked Monstirs very
K5GQ    12   12   24    9  216       216  TH7 @35', 40M dpl @24'
NU7T     0    0    0    0    0         0  TA33jr@33',40m loop@20'

@ - Check logs received after the deadline
$ - K4BAI was unable to submit a log from Jamaica in any manner, and
had to wait till he got home to Georgia and had another ham extract his
sprint QSO's from the overall log and send them to him. This all caused
his log to arrive late. However I feel it is only fair to count his log,
and since K5GQ was already declared the winner, to consider them co-
winners of the GAIN Category this month despite the difference in score.

* - Special Award (most call areas worked) entrants:
K3WWP 8, W0JFR 9, N9QU 3, NF9D 8, WB8LZG 8, WB8ENE 5, K1YAN 7, KB4QQJ 8,
N8XMS 6, W2JEK 6, KW4JS ?, KC2EGL 7

1st SWA Eastern: K3WWP
1st SWA Central: W5TM
1st SWA Mountain: W0JFR
1st SWA Pacific: N/A
1st Gain: K5GQ and 6Y5/K4BAI

Special Award Drawing Entrants (most call areas worked):
Drawing Winner: NF9D
* - Ineligble as the one who is doing the drawing 

CW Books on CD Drawing Entrants (donated by Chuck Adams K7QO):
Drawing Winner: W0JFR

The following appeared 5 or more times in submitted logs, but
did not submit a log themselves for whatever reason:

We hope these folks will continue to participate AND
submit their logs in the future.

Logs submitted: 54 + 2 check logs
Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 110
Total QSO's in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 670
States represented: 35 + ON + PQ + 6Y

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 - UPDATE: Gosh, is there such a thing as a 'white hole'? If so, looks like I was right in the middle of one after processing 35 logs so far. In several logs I was the only QSO or one of just a few QSO's. AMAZING.
Super! 40 was in great shape giving me 33 QSO's in the first hour and 8 minutes then 6Y5/K4BAI near the end of the sprint. I was disappointed not more folks seemed to have tried 80M. It was in good shape also, and I may have hit over 50 QSO's all told had more folks used 80M. Still this is my 2nd best score ever in one of our sprints, and my most ever number of QSO's. We may have a record also for the number of new participants as well. What a delight to work so many newcomers to our sprints tonight. Welcome to you all. I had some bizarre things to contend with also. Somehow RF from my computer was getting into my TS-480SAT and causing the T/R relays to chatter if I positioned my hands or body in a certain way. I didn't want to stop and try to figure it out since I was running stations pretty well and didn't want to lose momentum. After the sprint I tried grounding the computer frame and that seemed to cure it. I'll have to check more tomorrow. I never had that trouble with the TS-570D.

AA4W - Terrible conditions here in Florida. QRN was AWFUL and I appologize to the several stations that called and I just couldn't get them through the QRN and QRM. I quit early and went in and watched television! Sometimes you just have to wait for another day. But it's good to hear the increased activity. Also, K4BAI was strong on 20 meters from 6Y4.

WB7AVF - My last NAQCC from NY. All I have left here is 20m QRP as shipped out all equipment to Mexico.

W5TM - 80m dipole at 80 feet fed with open wire, Johnson KW Matchbox, K3 running 5 watts. Lots of QRN. Everyone disappeared around 0145Z. Couldn't get Genlog32 to key the radio so had to use WriteLog NAQP CW module. Thanks for the Q's

N1LU - Lots of QRN but had fun with my FT817 set at 0.5W.

KI4FIA - My 1st NAQCC contest. Rig FT-1000MP MkV Field at 5 watts. Alot of QRN tonight on 40 & 80mtrs. Was surprised to find a station working 20mtrs, that was the best QRP sig I heard all night.

K2ZC - Lots of fun as always.

NV9X - Well, there is always next month.

N8ZYA - Still learning but making progress. Most effective using .25 or .50 splits. So many stations to compete tonight. It sounded like a Bee's nest. I was surprized at 20 meters....heard several stations tonight.

W0JFR - Conditions tough in Colorado. Only heard one station on 20m and none on 80m. Wish the sprint would continue to encourage/reward contacts on all bands. Used a K2 and SteppIR BigIR vertical.

N9QU - Many good signals on 20 & 40 but not much luck getting replies. Lots of fun.

NF9D - Another fun QRP evening. 80 meters was dead, but 40 & 20 were OK. I even snagged some DX (6Y5).

W5RCP - Could only join in for a half hour tonight and by the sound of the noise level my ears couldn't have taken much more. Only got 4 hits, but they were scattered throughout the country which made for some fun. I'm finally settled into the new house and have gotten a decent piece of wire up. Now if we could just get people to stop tuning-up on top of us it would be great. See you all next month.. Ron

K9JWI - Missed first half hour. Worked a few good signals on 80 mtrs. Most action on 40 mtrs. Noise low. Good Sprint.

NO2D - First attempt at using GenLog. I need more practice. Thought 20 would work great in Mountain Time Zone. Not so. 40 better, but lots of fading. I know I missed some contacts. They just faded away so I could not copy the info. Lots of fun. Enjoyed contacting John, K4BAI down in the islands. Pete.

WA3ZBJ - Had limited air time for the Sprint tonight and didn't dare subject everyone to my limited skills with my bug, but it was very nice to hear so many non-members joining in. Maybe we should award 2 points for non-member contacts and 1 for members to encourage new participants? Just a thought. Certainly enjoyed it tonight in spite of limited time. 72/73 de WA3ZBJ/4

WB8LZG - Hello to all. 40 was the band for me last night. had several nice "little runs" es seemed like condx got better as evening came.Did't hear anything on 20 at the start of the contest. I was hopeing to bag those 6 and 7 landers early on, but was not to be. Many fine ops out there. heard some more new calls es higer numbers too, so thats always nice. See u next month. 73 Gregg

KD2MU - Conditions here not the best. Wish there was more time in the day; still havin fun!

W4ONC - I finally made contact with John K3WWP. Lot's of fun on 40 since I could not hear anything on 80. I can't wait until the next Sprint.

AD5QB - IC 718 at 5 watts to an attic dipole. My first Sprint in a while, QRP is a challenge with an indoor antenna but still a lot of fun. Maybe I'll have an outdoor antenna up by the next one.

NT9K - 40 meters was noisy here in FL. I was tired and had a sloppy fist, so I quit early. I was using a new ATS-3B at less than 1 watt using a half dead 9 volt battery. Maybe next time I will be able to stay up later and put more of you in my log. 72, Bill

KB4QQJ - Only got to operate between slathering's of a half a pig on the cooker, but 40 seemed in nice condition. I only went up to 20 to work John 6Y5/K4BAI. All the rest were 40 meters. Lot of signals not hearing each other and cq's on top of other cq's. I had 3 stations calling when I worked Michael, KC3EGL. His K2 sure sounded fb. Thanks to John 6Y5/K4BAI for two bands and a huge signal. Great operator too, John was making ease of a nice little pileup. Welcome to all the non-members!! I like Don's idea, WA3ZBJ. 73 es Thanks to All. Randy


K8KFJ - Jumped into the Sprint late (so what else is new) only to find lots of QRN but had fun working some familiar calls. W5TM in OK had an outstanding signal on that band. Moved to 80 to find regulars such as K3WWP and W2LJ. Just like clockwork, I can always count on John and Larry for 80m QSOs in the Sprint. Heard but missed for a new State was KG1W in CT (#1657). DARN!! My thanks to all who pulled me out of the QRN. 73, Gary -K8KFJ- WV #265

KC0VKN - I turned on the ATS3a and heard K3WWP calling. I hopped on the net to verify that there was a sprint (I forgot!) saw there was. K3WWP was gone! I started calling CQ and operated for about 45 minutes or so. I see it was a SK/Bug sprint. Hopefully everyone assumed my perfectly spaced characters were the result of years of practice with a SK, and not the keyer in the ATS3a :). I'll submit my log for completeness, anyway. 73, Joe

N2COD - Time constraints & QRN left me with a whopping score! There's always next sprint!

K1YAN - My first NAQCC event. A lot of fun and good activity. Bands generally good here in MA. Could have made more use of 80, as the QRN was not too bad, but didn't hear anyone but KG1W there. Dust flying off the old straight key added to the fun but the fist was getting shaky toward the end. 72/73

KA2KGP - Only 2 contacts on 80m, seemed like no one there but my brother & Larry W2LJ. 20m. was best in a long time, even got DX with 6Y5/K4BAI. 40M. was supreme with the usual summertime QRN, but lots of NA calls there. Another nice sprint for the logs! 73

K4JPN - Nothing heard on 80 or 20, lot of QRN on 40.

N8XMS - I was so tired when I came home from work that I didn't think that I would even turn the rig on. But after my wife and I completed our usual 3-mile fitness walk and I had a shower, I felt good enough to give it a try. I didn't make it the full 2 hours but I had a lot of fun anyway! In keeping with this month's challenge I ran the sprint at 800 mW. So thanks to all of the "good ears" that were able to copy my exchange!

KW4JS - Thanks to everyone I worked. Hope to see everyone next sprint. 72, John

W2JEK - was pleased to make two qso on 20m, one being 6y5/k4bai. had to leave and came back later to find 80m in good shape. use my oak hills ohr-500 at 900 mw. for the may naqcc challenge 72 and 73 don younger w2jek #1135

K5GQ - lots of noise on both 20M & 40M. Not able to make it on Tue nights. Hope to hear you in two months. Mark

K4PBY - Early Wednesday morning myself and my paddling/camping buddy launched our kayaks from Prairie Lakes Wildlife Management Area onto a canal that led to Lake Kissimmee where we would spend a few days paddling and primitive camping. This is a very beautiful and remote area of Central Florida that has great scenery, wildlife, and fishing. After paddling, fishing and exploring the waters of Lake Kissimmee during the day we found a nice sandy beach area to set up camp for the evening. I had packed along my compact 20 meter portable qrpp station consisting of a Rockmite Xcvr, gelcell battery pack, homebrew "black widow" vertical antenna and a Palm Radio mini-paddle. The Rockmite had been "beefed up" a bit by adding an audio filter, vxo circuit, and a 2N3553 final to provide aprox 750 mw output. Since I was limited to 20 meters I was hoping that the band would be open for the sprint. Later in the evening I connected everything together and was absolutely delited to find 20 meters "wide open". I had great fun operating the sprint with my portable qrpp station and enjoyed making a total of 14 twenty meter qso's which included 2 Canadian and 1 Jamican station (6Y5/K4BAI).And, since I was running qrpp @ 750 mw output it satisfied the requirements of the May Milliwatt Challenge also. 73 from "The Sunshine State"--Chuck

W2SH - The calendar was such that my return from Dayton permitted my first May sprint. 20M was open initially; worked whatever I could hear to net four multipliers I might not have otherwise earned. Next stop was 40m where I dodged the rtty, and KA8MPT's customary bone-crushing signal was mercifully absent. I didn't listen around 7.030 mHz; do any QRP operators go there? Finally snagged a half dozen QSOs on 80m. That band had been so bad the night before that I couldn't even hear the Michigan QRP Net. However, tonight a storm had blown through, taking the QRN with it, but conditions were only fair.

KC2EGL - Another NAQCC Sprint and another night of fun operating. I can not say enough about these sprints. I would like to apoligize to Ernst VE3GNU for having the CW equivilant of stuttering. I got stuck on the 3 in his call a couple of times. I blame it on the V in his call Hi-Hi!!! Thanks to Ed AI9J for hanging in there when there was a LID giving us some nasty QRM. Each time Ed would reply to me this individual would start keying random characters over his transmission. The culprit was booming in at 20 over S-9. Some people have a funny way of having fun. NAQCC makes it fun operating in a proper manner. CU next during next month's sprint and maybe during FD. Keep a ear open for K3TTK. That will be me operating CW for the Fort Armstrong Wireless Association. 73 Michael

N9AKF - I worked this sprint after just getting home from an intense 10 & 1/2 hour work day. I was feeling pretty frazzled but thought that the sprint might help me unwind. I first tried 80m at 0100, but didn't hear much of anything, so switched to 40m. Lots of stations there but also a high level of qrn, and fading was bad too. I stuck with it from 0109 until 0201 and worked one last q at 0222. At that point, I pulled the plug. Next month I'm hoping to be better rested, and hoping for better band condx. What I did manage to work was fun, and I did pick up one new call sign prefix. I think I'm into the mid-70s now. Bart

WY7N - This was almost a bust here. I notice that Steve (NU7T) had similar results as I. I finally called W6JL and had a nice rag-chew. (Note that W6JL was running 500W! He's about the only station I could hear.) It's better to have one contact than none! (Must have been a vast 'black hole' out west this month - K3WWP)

6Y5/K4BAI - Guest op at the 6Y1V contest station (thanks David, KY1V). Brought my hand key, same as I did for PJ4/K4BAI last year. IC7800, 5W output, Stack of monobanders on rotary tower on 20M, and stack of Monstirs on 40M. A lot of fun and I hope I gave a lot of QRPers a new country 2xQRP. QSLs will be cheerfully answered. CU in June. 73/72, John

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

RULES specific to this month's sprint:

Date and time:
Thursday May 22, 0030-0230 UTC
(Remember that's Wednesday evening here in the USA)

Special Award:
In our new Time Zone division setup, the SA winner is determined by a drawing among the top qualifiers in each SWA Time Zone division and the GAIN category (maximum of 5 qualifiers).

Our special award this month is for working the most different call areas in the USA. In case of a tie within a division, the highest score in that division goes into the drawing. It's the state that determines the call area, not the call sign number. For example working a W6 in Florida counts for the 4th call area, not the 6th.

Autologger SA info:
Eligible for the Special Award.......' box - Select Yes if you are competing for the award
Special Award info.......' box - A list of the call areas worked and how many there were.

In our new Time Zone division setup, the prize winner is determined by a drawing among the top qualifiers in each SWA Time Zone division and the GAIN category (maximum of 5 qualifiers).

A classic book in Morse on CD donated by Chuck Adams K7QO. The winner 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 May 28, 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.