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Jun 18, 2008 Straight Key/Bug Sprint (mW Special)

Final Official Results:
SWA Category
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
KG4W    13   13   26    9  234  x2   468  Carolina windom @70'
KB4QQJ   8    6   14    6   84  x2   168  130' marconi inv L, bend@80'
N8XMS    9    7   16    5   80  x2   160  R7 vert
K1YAN    5    4    9    4   36  x2    72  Hustler 6BTV gnd mounted
K9JWI    7    7   14    5   70        70  80M inv vee @35'
K3WWP    6    5   11    3   33  x2    66  ~110' attic random wire
K5JHP    6    6   12    5   60        60  20 METER EDZ @40'
K3OXG    6    5   11    5   55        55  ef wire @50'
N0LX     5    5   10    5   50        50  33' EFHWA 20/40m on 8' rowboat
N4FI     4    4    8    3   24  x2    48  attic G5RV jr.
KB3AAG   5    4    9    5   45        45  80m loop @35'
WD5INA   5    5   10    4   40        40  205' G5RV @40'  
NV4B     3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  g5rv @30'
WA3ZBJ   4    4    8    4   32        32  g5rv jr. @45'
WB8LZG   3    3    6    3   18        18  dipole @30'
N8ZYA    3    3    6    3   18        18  indoor isotron
K4JPN    2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  80M CF Zepp@32' 40M Sloper@32'
W2JEK    2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  40M dpl @25' 80M efhz @ 25'
WY3H     3    3    6    1    6  x2    12  sagging random wire
KD0V     2    1    3    2    6  x2    12  G5RV @50'
W1OH     2    2    4    2    8         8  attic 40M doublet
KD8HCT   1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  44' indoor fld dpl
WU7F     1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  g5rv @20'
N9QU     1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  115' random wire @20'
KA2KGP   1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  5 bnd gnd mtd vert
AF4LQ    1    0    1    1    1         1  40M efhw @30'
WA5BUC   0    0    0    0    0         0  135' ef @??'

Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K7RE    14   12   26   12  312  x2   624  tribander @35'
$NU7T    8    8   16    7  112       112  TA33jr@33' 40M hor loop@20'

$-Check log only, ran 5 watts

1st SWA: KG4W
2nd SWA: n/a
1st Gain: K7RE
K3WWP - I think a good analogy to getting QSO's in a mW sprint in June with a simple hunk of wire in the attic in a noisy neighborhood would be like finding a straw-colored dull needle in a haystack. Perhaps we should consider moving this sprint to a quieter time of year. At least I beat my previous mW sprint score by 2 QSO's and 2 points. Hopefully next time I'll be able to use 20M. I haven't gotten around to switching my RF attenuator for the higher bands 20-10 yet. I can just run QRPp on 160-30 currently. From the logs received, it looks like 20 was quite kind to mW signals for the sprint.

WY3H - Conditions were poor but we tried, and tried, and tried..... I heard N8ZYA, WA1ZFE, and WD5INA, but they didn't hear me. John and I are toying with the idea of holding another mW sprint in December (I hate to think of that cold month) and hopefully band conditions will be better for the lower HF bands. Thanks to all who participated. 72 Tom

K5JHP - Vy noisy band condx here in Houston, TX on 40. Worked mostly 20.

KG4W - Lots of fun, started on 20, then 40 but never made it to 80. Nice to work SD & MT.

WB8LZG - Wow ! What a workout for the ol' ears tonight. Noise levels vy high on all bands here in central mich. Worked 2 stns on 20m then tryed 40 with no luck, went to 80m same story. Went back to 20 es found n0lx fer one more. I had fair copy on kg4w on 40 near the end of the test ,but he couldn't pick me out of the mud. Not a great night to be running the k2 at 500mw with just dipoles. I heard several half calls but they never came up enough to get the whole thing. Vy challenging eveing, but fun just the same. See u all next month.73, gregg

WU7F - One is better than none!

N8XMS - I got mixed up on the starting time and spent 20 minutes wondering why no one was answering my CQ NA! Conditions were challenging for QRPp but if it were easy it probably wouldn't be as much fun.

KB3AAG - I sure didnt strain my little yaesu tranmitting at a half watt but I fear I gave the receiver a rupture trying to hear above the s9 noise I had! Sorry to I think it was W1OH by the time I think I got your call I lost you! Still fun! I hope someday we get a nice quiet evening for one of these. John I apologize for the corrections needed in my log tonite and thanks for all the work you do and the time you put into making all this fun and frustration for us!

WA3ZBJ - MilliWatt Sprint was great chance to try out new rig on 1/2 a watt. Even without all the QRN crashes tonight, was still tough making contacts with 0.5 watt output, but our Sprint shows it is possible. This was fun and I liked the 1 hour format. Some really good signals on tonight. KB4QQJ always has good signal. 72/73 until next Sprint. ... Don

K7RE - What a blast! Used my ATS III, and for once this season, no real QRN from the thunderstorms. Only 14 QSO's but for 1 watt, I am very happy. Thanks to all who put these on and to all the folks who brave the world of the missing sun spots with their mighty 1 watt. Maybe next time I'll venture outside again and throw up a wire rather than use my main station antenna.

N8ZYA - I'm shocked...this is my first try at 1 watt. I honestly didn't think that I could work ANY stations. I caught three.... I could hear MANY stations on 40 meters! Got to get outdoors on a hilltop soon to work a contest. This was a blast!

N9QU - Listened on 20 for 15 min. Heard several stations but no contact. Spent the rest of the hour on 40. Missed several due to QSB & QRN. Finally worked KG4W. Thanks ED for digging out my 500 milliwatts. Great fun. 73

K3OXG - I had a lot of fun and very suprised to work South Dakota non member K0WIU in South Dakota. He was a non member and worked him for 10 minutes or so. Band seemed pretty good here south of Pittsburgh. There were a couple of ops that I could hear but could not copy. Radio was a K1 running 0.9 watts. Really amazing what you can work with such low power. Had a blast. dit dit lou

K4JPN - Hvy QRN, only a few sig heard.

AF4LQ - I didn't make it to the rig until the last half hour and found 20m open but no members heard there after numerous calls and listening around. QRN was terrible here on 40 so I went back to 20 for a few more calls without success club-wise but I did get a call from Clark, KE4RQ in Georgia which led to an enjoyable chat, so the effort was well worth it just the same. Ran a K2 at 500mW. Best wishes to all es 73.

K1YAN - Heard several stations on 40 that I just couldn't copy through the S8 QRN. Only heard K7RE on 20. Fun event .... how about a replay in the winter months?? 72/73 Gary

WA5BUC - Heard K7RE, K5JHP, and N5KIP. Hope everyone has a good Field Day. 72/73 Fred #2398

KB4QQJ - Well, I'm glad to see Paul started early!! hi I got so confused after making two New Zealand contacts I couldn't believe no one could hear me anymore. Doah!! it was a one hour sprint, no wonder no body answered my insistent "cq na" hihi Grand time on 600 mW. Didn't hear a thing on 40. All whopping 8 contacts were made on 20. Strongest signal was a tie between VA3NR and WA3ZBJ. Both were a solid 559 staccato. The best fist goes to WA3ZBJ, fine job Don, very well sent. After the two New Zealanders the sprint was over so I only missed the last 12 minutes. Great to make the contact though. Great fun, Let's do it again.

KD0V - Only heard one station on 20m, NU7T. Did not here any activity on 80m. This was my first try at using QRPp. The way the band conditions were, I am surprised anyone heard me at all at 500 mW. Had contact with total of 5 stations, but band changed before we could have a two way exchange of info. Very interesting and a real challenge.

K9JWI - K2 set at 1.0 watt. First QSO after 40 minutes of listening and calling CQ. All QSO's were on 40m which was a bit noisy with summer QRN. Is there a winter mw Sprint?

KA2KGP - I agree with John-K3WWP, think about moving this event to a quieter time of year! QRN killed me again this sprint. Fun operating QRPp, but not in continuous S-9 atmospherics. Only one 40m. contact, nothing on 80 or 20 here in WNY.

W2JEK - got on late due to meetings. bands seemed to be in poor shape with little activity. 72 and 73 don younger w2jek #1135

W1OH - Ran the K2 at 900 mw - sure seems a lot tougher than running 5w!! Only made 2 contacts, as everyone was pretty weak, and I'm on an indoor antenna to boot! On 20M, K7RE was reasonably strong here on Cape Cod until the last 10 - 15 minutes of the hour. The few signals I could hear on 40M were very weak. Well, didn't expect to do much with less than a watt and an indoor antenna! Thanks once again, NAQCC!

N0LX - This was my first ever CW contest! I chose to complicate matters by operating Marine Mobile from my 8' row boat. Here are some photos of the setup and details: Good weather, noisy bands, and lots of fun! Best "DX" was Florida at 1500 miles.

WD5INA - Had a great time and took a chance that 40 may work better at this time instead of fretting with 20. Still trying to understand this antenna though. It is run E-W but seems to work better off the ends instead of N-S.... Noisy condx made it challenging and glad I didn't jump to 80 any sooner. Tnx to all for a great time.

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

RULES specific to this special mW sprint:

Date and time:
Wednesday Jun 18, 0130-0230 UTC
(Remember that's Tuesday evening here in the USA)

You must use 1 watt or less output power. Other station can use any power.

Special Award:

For 1st place SWA and Gain categories or 1st and 2nd SWA if no Gain entries.


Entry Deadline:
All entries must be RECEIVED before 2400Z on Jun 24, 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.