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Jul 17, 2008 Straight Key/Bug Sprint (#45)

Final Official Results:
SWA Category - Eastern Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K3WWP   30   30   60   20 1200  x2  2400  ~110' attic random wire
WA1LWS  25   23   48   16  768  x2  1536  OCF HORIZ VEE @22'   
*AI4AW  25   23   48   16  768  x2  1536  80 meter loop @60'
KD2MX   21   20   41   15  615  x2  1230  600' loop @20'
AA4W    31   30   61   19 1159      1159  20M 1/2wv ef, 40M dipole @45'
N1LU    19   19   38   12  456  x2   912  Cobra Ultralite @40'
N3ZL    23   21   44   17  748       748  20M vert dpl @35',40M G5RV @30'
KA2KGP  14   14   28   13  364  x2   728  5 band gnd. mtd. vert.
N4FI    15   15   30   10  300  x2   600  115' rnd wire, attic G5RV Jr.
W2JEK   12   12   24   11  264  x2   528  20M gp,40 dpl@25',80 efhz@25'
NA4O    11   11   22   10  220  x2   440  20 DltaLoop@40';40 Car wndm@45'
*KJ4IC  11   11   22    8  176  x2   352  1/2 G5RV @30'
N2JNZ   13   13   26    9  234 x1.5  351  Half G5RV as Sloper @35'
K1YAN   12   11   23   10  230 x1.5  345  Hustler 6BTV gnd. mtd.
*KC4GIA  9    9   18    8  144  x2   288  40M dipole @30', grd mtd vert
KB3AAG  12   12   24    8  192 x1.5  288  80M loop @35'
*KX3H    9    9   18    7  126  x2   252  attic dipole
K9JWI   13   12   25    9  225       225  80m inverted vee @35'
*AE3J    7    7   14    7   98  x2   196  hb bugcatcher on SUV roof rack
VA3RKM   7    6   13    5   65  x2   130  80M dpl @??', 40M vert
VE3HUR   6    6   12    5   60  x2   120  dipole @??????'
KB4QQJ   5    5   10    5   50  x2   100  130' Marconi inv "L" bend @80'
K4BAI/M  7    7   14    6   84        84  Hustler mobile whip
N9AKF    5    5   10    4   40  x2    80  rnd wire @20'
WY3H     5    3    8    4   32  x2    64  rnd wire @23'
*AC6NN   4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  66' OCF @25'
KB3FJJ   5    5   10    5   50        50  PAR 40/20/10 EFHWA  Sloper @15'
*AB9QN   3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  Long Wire @40'
WA3ZBJ   4    4    8    3   24        24  G5RVjr @40'
*AA1LL   1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  50' bottom fed sloper
W1OH     1    1    2    1    2         2  attic 40M dblt
#K2UFT  30   29   59   19 1121  x2  2242  80M dipole @40'  
#KC2EGL 11   10   21    7  147  x2   294 

#-check log, arrived past deadline.

SWA Category - Central Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
W5TM    47   44   91   26 2366      2366  dipole @80'
KF4KRV  12   12   24    9  216  x2   432  40m inv vee@20',20m inv vee@50'
K4NVJ    8    8   16    8  128  x2   256  88' dpl @35'
NF9D     9    9   18    7  126  x2   252  gnd mtd vert
*WX5CW   9    8   17    6  102  x2   204  wire vertical @5'
*AB0TX   7    6   13    6   78  x2   156  inv vee @42'
NV9X     7    7   14    4   56  x2   112  dpl @25'
W5RCP    5    5   10    5   50  x2   100  ??@??'
*KC0UZA  7    7   14    6   84        84  G5RV Jr. @30'
N9GGE    5    5   10    4   40  x2    80  20-30-40 fan inv vee @20'
N9QU     5    5   10    2   20  x2    40  115' random wire @ 20'
KK5NA    2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  dipole @50'
XE1GXG   0    0    0    0    0         0  ef 20M wire w/ counterpoise

SWA Category - Mountain Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
*N0LX   10   10   20    9  180  x2   360  33' EFHWA vert for 20/40M
*K9JWV  10   10   20    6  120  x2   240  Gap Eagle Vertical
NO2D     7    7   14    7   98  x2   196  80M dblt @33'
WY7N     1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  ~100' random wire @ 23'

SWA Category - Pacific Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K6CSL    2    1    3    2    6  x2    12  40M-Vert.Delta Loop, 40M,
                                          Indoor Horizontal Loop,
                                          Indoor EF Coaxial Dipole
KA7SPS   3    3    6    1    6  x2    12  dipole @40'

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

* - Special Award contender (first time entrant)
Drawing entrants: AI4AW, AB0TX, N0LX
Drawing winner: AB0TX

CD (donated by K7QO) drawing entrants: WA1LWS, W5TM, N0LX, K6CSL, KA7SPS 
Drawing winner: W5TM

1st SWA Eastern: K3WWP 
1st SWA Central: W5TM
1st SWA Mountain: N0LX
1st SWA Pacific: KA7SPS, K6CSL (tie)
1st Gain: N/A

The following appeared 5 or more times in submitted logs, but
did not submit a log themselves for whatever reason:
K9FO  - 23
AB9CA - 15
N1VWD -  6
WA1AR -  6
AC6YY -  5

We hope these folks will continue to participate AND
submit their logs in the future. Remember your listing in the
results shows the ham radio world you are a Morse Code supporter.

Logs submitted: 50 
Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 86 
Total QSO's in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 529
States represented: 34

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 - I think as far as making the most of what conditions had to offer, this was one of my best contests or sprints ever. Somehow I managed 30 QSO's in 20 sections, although I am not sure how it happened. 20 was dead except for one unID station. 80 was the pits with QRN, and I only managed 3 QSO's there. Sorry to a couple other stations who called on 80 - I just couldn't pull you through the QRN. 40 was not all that great except condx would come and go - be pretty good for several minute periods interrupted by terrible periods with almost no stations being heard. Maybe one day we'll get great conditions on all 3 bands for the full 2 hours. Won't that be fun!!

KC0UZA - First time in this event. Had a lot of fun.

WX5CW - Can't wait for more SUNSPOTS!!!

N9AKF - Another fun sprint! Only had about an hour and did the hunt and pounce thing. 40m was not too bad, but only heard stations to my east.

AE3J - I operated mobile with 5 watts from an IC-703 in the Boeing parking lot at Newcastle County Airport Delaware.The antenna was a large bug catcher with a 10 foot whip on the roof rack of my SUV.

WA3ZBJ - Only had 15 minutes to work the Sprint tonight, but thanks to those who heard me, did manage a grand total of three contacts. :-) Was it me, or did the bands seem nice and quiet tonight, but fairly empty? Still fun however. See you next month.

AA4W - QRN on 40 meters here in Florida but could hear a number of stations through it. 20 went completely dead after about an hour. I did manage to work N0LX. He was at 8000 feet in Colorado.

KB3FJJ - Ran Elecraf K1 @ 5W to EFHWA Sloper. Much QRN at my QTH. Still had fun though!

KC4GIA - Wow, 8 years off the bands has put a serious crimp in my CW skills! Thanks to all who had to deal with my fist. I never spent much time on a straight key, but need to learn. It was a lot of fun. I'll definitely be back.

NV9X - Next time I will do some CQing, besides just search and hit. Maybe I will get more contacts.

N3ZL - QRT about half the time due to a fone call. Lots of fun, nonetheless. 73 till next time de Greg N3ZL

N9QU - Had a pipeline to MD/PA. Heard lots of very weak signals on 20 & 40. But only able to work MD and PA. As usual, lots of fun using a NAVY flameproof to make cw from the K2 at 5watts. Tnx all & 73. Leo

KJ4IC - I do believe this was more fun than one is supposed to have! I really enjoyed using a straight key again and digging out weak signals. Thanks, 73 and cu next time. Bob

AB0TX - This was my first NAQCC sprint. Just recieved my number a couple of days ago (2470). This is also my first QRP contest and man these were the hardest won contacts I have ever made! Had a blast though and look forward to the next one. The straight key was getting lonely! 73 Mike

KB4QQJ - Operated at 300 mW this time but still made a few contacts. 40 meters was hopping and made all but one contact there. Got a late start at 0100 so missed 20 meters. One contact there. Lot of activity but not hearing my 300mW. Had a grand time though and look forward to next time. Maybe a 100mW if bands are good again. 73 Randy

NA4O - Noisy and not many strong signals, but still improved previous score. The biggest challenge is remembering to be in the right place at the right time.

KB3AAG - Worst score yet...lots of noise on both 40 and 80 and few on 20. Did work a 5 loud and clear a half hour before start and never again. My new ham K3OXG stomped me in the qrpp contest last month and congraduations to him. He told me he wouldnt be in this one,,,shure hope he wasnt or he stomped me again! hard work tonite but still fun. keep it up john, by the way where were you? (sitting in my 85 degree shack making 30 QSO's - K3WWP) frank

AB9QN - I got late start after I visiting my very ill father. I was too nervous to key when I did get to the radio, but then I decided that I had bought all this stuff just to do this!! This was my first NAQCC Sprint and the very first time I have ever keyed a straight key over the air. I am super slow, but I am getting better. I practiced for the last week trying to make sure it sounded like code, not gibberish.

KX3H - I'm new at this, but it was a fun event in spite of my rookie goofs. I learned a few things and will definitely participate in future events. Tim - KX3H - Pittsburgh, PA.

N2JNZ - Had fun in first NAQCC Sprint !! Used a K1-4 with a Vibroplex 100th Anniversary Bug, 5w to a half G5RV up 35 ft

KF4KRV - Well, I managed to work more than ten minutes during this sprint and I enjoyed it greatly! Whoever that was at 0110z abt 14.063mhz I'm sri I couldn't pull you out...just to weak...wish I knew who it was 'cause we really tried!!!! :) KB3AAG...we doubled on 20m and 40m!...FB!!! All in all....a VERY FUN TIME!!!!!! Tnx everybody!!! Ed/KF4KRV

K6CSL - 20 seemed to be almost dead. 40 was very noisey from Thunderstorm activity in the Southern Sierra Mountains.

WA1LWS - Used homebrew synthesized 40M transmitter running 3 watts.

KD2MX - Not a bad evening, certainly not a record setter, but a very enjoyable outing. Conditions seemed relatively decent with the emphasis on relative. I worked a few early on on 20M and although signals seemed good I got no response to my CQs. Moved to 40M for most of the rest of the evening. The band was quirky and a bit noisy. Heard K3WWP calling CQ at a good 579, called him and his signal all but disappeared. Was barely able to copy him long enough to get the exchange done and then never heard another dit from him. Got a couple on 80M but didn't seem like too much was going on there. I lasted the full two hours but didn't work too hard at it. Ended up with my best score in months.

K1YAN - Activity was slow to pick up at the start of the sprint. Propagation seemed to come and go through the night with 20 marginally open all evening and only one signal heard on 80 all night. The QRN built as the evening went and was bursting to S9 at the end.

W1OH - Not much time available tonight, but had to make at least 1 contact! And that's what I did, with a few minutes to go around 0215z. Rig is Elecraft K2 at 5w to attic 40m doublet. Thanks, NAQCC!

K9JWI - Used recently acquired HW-9 this month. It needs work. Conditions fair here. Most activity on 40m.

NO2D - Enjoyed being part of N0LX, Jake's first hand key sprint. Interrupted for dinner (forgot to tell KE4YSK about sprint), and a nice long qso with KB3QMO, Dave, who is new to ham radio. He was not in the sprint, but I could not cut it short so we had a good chat. He was also on a hand key. (and he joined the club thanks to you, Pete - K3WWP) As always, enjoy the sprints. 40 meter QRN got so bad toward the end that I shut it down a bit early. Pete

VA3RKM - Good to be back in the sprints. Condx were pretty good here on 40m. Thanks for the contacts!

KA7SPS - So much static on the west coast it sounded like a mother-in-laws convention. See ya next time. (gosh, I hope certain unnamed persons don't read this - HI - K3WWP)

K9JWV - Conditions were miserable out here in Utah! Hope it was the band conditions and NOT my new Gap Eagle. Heard many weak sigs on 20 and 40 but just couldn't pull 'em out of the mud or get a reply but did receive a 579 from AA4W so glad for that! Heard ZERO signals on 80 meters (had a temporary inverted L wire antenna strung up, just in case). Worked W5TM and AC6YY on 20 and 40 - cool! Looking forward to the August sprint!

WY7N - This month's sprint was typical of my Ham Radio activities of late. To start with, I had not restored the station from Field Day pilfering. I quickly replaced the items that were "borrowed." Next, the long wire was down. I should have used heavier cord to keep it up. I couldn't find my spool of better cord. A better repair will have to wait. I finally settled in at about 01:00Z and tried to tune up on 20. No match! I better check the grounding... but not right now. I could hear stations on 40M but conditions were NOISY. I wonder how many lightning flashes per second we are listening to? Is that NO2D calling CQ there? About that time one of my old high school buddies stopped by. He wanted to watch me run the sprint. I spent quite a while explaining everything. Finally, with only a few minutes to go, I heard N0LX calling CQ NA. With effort we worked each other. My friend and I looked up Jake's call. I was surprised to discover I had perused his web postings a while back. I wonder if he was in his row boat?

KA2KGP - I was monoband on 40m.; as 20m. & 80m. were flat useless here in WNY. Once again, summer t-storm treated me to hi-QRN levels to filter the CW signals thru.

N0LX - Portable setup 20 miles west of Denver at 8,000 feet on Genesee Mt. WX was nice and warm - predicted thunderstorms held off. This was my first time using a straight key on the air. Key was a Sox mini-key (great little device). Rig: FT-817. All contacts on 20 except final to Utah on 40.

W2JEK - qsb held the qso rates down. often needed repeats. hope for better conditions soon. 72 and 73 don younger w2jek #1135

KK5NA - Only a got a couple in between company and phone calls. Rig was K2 at 5 watts. Antenna was 44'/88' dipole @ 50'

NF9D - The bands (except 80) seemed good - much QRM from non-participating stations made things difficult. 80 sounded like someone put a blanket over my speaker - a bunch of very faint sigs I couldn't hear well enough to work. Nobody could hear me either. But, as usual, I had fun.

W5RCP - Was great fun, especially logging K3WWP way up yonder in PA. Thanks to all who worked me into their logs... Ron

XE1GXG/WB7AVF - Heard a few stations on 20m and 40m but just couldn't get into them with this crappy, compromised antenna. Better luck next month when hope to be in Morelia at my real QTH and a serious antenna. This aint' the New York QTH but we're gonna make it work! 72 de Mexico...

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

RULES specific to this month's sprint:

Date and time:
Thursday Jul 17, 0030-0230 UTC
(Remember that's Wednesday evening here in the USA)

Special Award:
To the winner of a drawing among the following: The member in each division who makes the highest score among those who have never before sent in a report for one of our sprints (regular sprints - special 160M, mW sprints don't count) and makes 5 or more QSO's in this sprint. I have a list of everyone who has ever sent in a report if you are not sure if this is your first time to report. Those on that list are not eligible.

Autologger SA info:
Eligible for the Special Award.......' box - Select Yes if you are competing for the award
Special Award info.......' box - Nothing need to be put here - I will determine for sure if this is your first report.

A classic book in Morse on CD donated by Chuck Adams K7QO. It goes to the winner of a drawing among the following: The one in each division who makes the highest score and has not won a CD previously. The drawing winner then gets to choose one CD from those currently listed on our General Sprint Rules page in the Prizes section.

Entry Deadline:
All entries must be RECEIVED before 2400Z on Jul 23, 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.