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Dec 2008 Straight Key/Bug Sprint (#50)

Final Official Results:
SWA Category - Eastern Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
*W2SH   24   24   48   18  864  x2  1728  80m dipole@35'
K8BTD   17   16   33   12  396  x2   792  Windom@50', 80M Vert Wire
K4JPN   16   16   32   12  384  x2   768  80 M CF Zepp@32'
N1LU    16   16   32   10  320  x2   640  Cobra Ultralite @ 40'
W4ONC   16   16   32    9  288  x2   576  4-Leg Inv V@50'
K4QO    15   13   28   10  280  x2   560  500' loop@50', 1/2w vert for 80
KB1LZH  12   12   24    8  192  x2   384  80m dipole@??'
N7UN    16   15   31   10  310       310  40M rotary dpl, 80M vert
W2JEK   10   10   20    7  140  x2   280  110' ef wire@20'
KD2MX    8    8   16    7  112  x2   224  600' loop@25'
KB3AAG   9    9   18    9  162       162  80m vert loop@35'
KC2EGL   7    7   14    6   84  x2   168  Folded Dipole @ 35'
N4FI     8    8   16    5   80  x2   160  115' rnd wire@20',attic G5RV Jr
W9ILF    7    7   14    5   70  x2   140  gnd mtd vert
W3RT     7    7   14    5   70  x2   140  sloper@35'
K3WWP    6    6   12    5   60  x2   120  ~110' attic random wire
AA4SD    6    6   12    5   60  x2   120  gnd mtd vert
KJ4IC    7    6   13    4   52  x2   104  rnd wire@20' gnd mtd vert
NF8M     5    5   10    5   50  x2   100  160m inverted L @40'
W0EJ     8    8   16    6   96        96  40/80 dipole@40'
N8XMS    5    5   10    4   40  x2    80  Cushcraft R7 Vert
K4MF     6    6   12    6   72        72  40m dipole @35', G5RV@35'
KB4QQJ   4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  TAK-tenna 80 @30'
W9CC     3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  80m loop@15'
K2MEN    3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  80m windom@40'
KU4A     4    4    8    4   32        32  1/4w sloper top@40'
KA2KGP   4    4    8    2   16  x2    32  5b gnd mtd vert
WA3ZBJ   3    3    6    3   18        18  gnd mtd port vert
N2COD    3    3    6    1    6  x2    12  g5rv@20'
WA8SAN   2    1    3    2    6         6  Gap vert
VE3HUR   1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  ef (something or other @ ??')
N9AKF    1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  rnd wire@20'
AF4LQ    1    1    2    1    2         2  40m efhw@30'
K4UFT    0    0    0    0    0  x2     0  75m hamstick at 5'
@N1PT   17   17   34   10  340       340  carolina windom@50'

@-QRO 100 watts

SWA Category - Central Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
W5TVW   15   14   29   14  406  x2   812  135' dpl@50' fed w/450 ohm line 
W7JI     9    9   18    9  162  x2   324  80 Meter Inv Vee - Apex@50' 
KD5KJ    7    7   14    7   98  x2   196  G5RV @ 45 '
N0AR     6    6   12    6   72        72  ef 80m 1/2w wire@20-50'
N4SAM    4    4    8    3   24  x2    48  vertical delta loop, apex@55'
WD0K     3    3    6    3   18 x1.5   24  delta loop@36'
KD0V     2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  g5rv@50'
W5RCP    1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  dipole@45'
KD5MMM   1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  Inv V@40'
WB4HUX   1    1    2    1    2         2  160m inv L top@30'
WA1GCT   0    0    0    0    0  x2     0  80M dipole@??'

SWA Category - Mountain Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
N7RVD    1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  Hi-Q screwdriver on RV ladder@10'

SWA Category - Pacific Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
@KI6FEN   2    1    3    2    6 x1.5    9  g5rv@35'
NU7T     1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  full wave hor 40m loop@20'
KI6OFN   0    0    0    0    0         0  67' EFHWA @55' as Inv-L


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

* - Special Award contender
Drawing entrants: W2SH
Drawing winner: W2SH

1st SWA Eastern: W2SH
1st SWA Central: W5TVW
1st SWA Mountain: N7RVD
1st SWA Pacific: NU7T (KI6FEN - non-member not eligible for award)
1st Gain: n/a

The following appeared 5 or more times in submitted logs, but
did not submit a log themselves for whatever reason:
K4ALE - 8
K9FO - 6
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: 81 
Total QSO's in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 337
States represented: 34 + ON, QC

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've always believed if you can't say something nice about somebody or something, don't say anything at all, so here's my comment on tonight's sprint, "        ." I do apologize to the few stations I just couldn't pull through the noise - you were just too weak. I hope you were someone I did work later.
I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and asks Santa for better propagation in 2009 (in all parts of the country).

N4SAM - Nothing heard on 40. Worked the fox hunt on 80 then then looked for NAQCC stations. Managed to work four before the lightning got too close for comfort.

KB4QQJ - Bummer, only had 15 minutes to operate. 2.5 watts to TAK-tenna 80 at 30 feet. 80 was noisy in NC. Only 4 contacts but strongest signal was KD5KJ, solid S9+ Sorry I couldn't pull anymore out. W?5T?W was a trooper, but propagation tonight just wasn't on my side. Thanks to all. Merry Christmas Randy

WD0K - Lousy conditions here in Lil Canada! Even ARRL was only a s2. Like they say here in Minnesots "wait till next month". 72.

W9ILF - WOW the bands were bad.

NU7T - I did hear N7RV and W7LNG on 80m but was unable to contact them. I hope everyone has a great Holiday Season.

KI6OFN - Worked only 40M. Had RFI (which I thought had disappeared some months ago) most of the Sprint. Could not hear WA1GCT's exchange info. Heard very little else. Gave up around 0300Z.

N7RVD - condx ruff. most folks down in the noise on 80 meters. Is anybody even on 40?? (yes, but their sigs are going out into outer space, and not returning to Earth, so everyone leaves 40 quickly - K3WWP)

N1LU - I thought last month couldn't be beat for bad condx, but this month was pretty bad. 40M was DEAD and 80M had a S9 QRN level. QRN stayed high till the end, but QSO's picked up too. Kept waiting for a letter "M" to finish "CRISTMAS", but it was not to be. Had fun as usual. (Interesting how these bad conditions seem to clear up in New England first, then sweep through NY/NJ, and wind up improving too late here in PA to be of any help - K3WWP)

W0EJ - Listened to 40mtr before hand and gave up on that idea. Worked 80mtr for the entire test. Heard several stations that I just couldn't get a response from. I'll be checking my wires tomorrow. hi Had a good time as usual, sorta noisy here but was a good time. Thanks to all and to all a Happy Holiday Season. Ho Ho Ho

K8BTD - Heard 2 on 40 but they didn't hear me. Went to 80. Noisy, noisy, noisy. Lots of static crashes. But, fun. loudest station was KB1LZH. Merry Christmas to all. See you next month. Gil

KD5KJ - Pretty tough conditions but I had fun with my old J37 key.

W7JI - Got a late start and found that band was very noisy

KB3AAG - When do the nice quiet winter conditions start? Tonite I never saw my meter fall below s9+ at any time! It was worser than when my antenna was broke! Sorry I know there was plenty of people out there but I just could not hear them. KB1LZH I know when we have a qso your name will be Jobe! I had at least ten different calls for you and none of them complete! Thanks for staying with me! To all you folks I sent SRI to I could just not hear enough! Oh well there is next month.....I hope! Frank

KJ4IC - All as usual - great time, lousy bands. I had 2 or 3 more, but they all got stepped on. Sorry I couldn't pull them out, but this wouldn't be any fun if they were all guaranteed. 73 es CU next month - Bob

W9CC - I heard quite a few stations but only managed to work a few and they were in a line perpendicular to the storm front. W7JI was booming into Indiana with a 579. Same for N1PT, AB0TX,and W7JI. Maybe we will have less QRN next month. 73 to all.

N0AR - Hi all - Loads of qrn from the big TS's down south. Here very clear and 10 deg's so it was a good nite to stay by the rig. A good holiday season to all. 72 Scott

WB4HUX - This was my first contact in my first NAQCC Sprint! I appreciate W7JI's patience in copying my signal from Alabama. We had some storms coming through, so 40 and 80 had a good deal of noise. I look forward to more Sprints!

VE3HUR - Two hours of trying and I thought I was going to be skunked until W2SH pulled me out of the noise. I guess tonight was propagation's cruel joke of a holiday gift. Maybe it's time to dist off the plans for that KW rig!

W4ONC - Quite noisy and weak signals. Sorry that I could not pull out the ones that were right at the noise level. Until next time....

K4QO - My first NA Sprint and I'll be back! Conditions were rough but I did work an Alaskan station on 40 wondering what "NA" was about. He was running 720 watts so he wasn't hard to copy! The wire vertical was a temporary antenna left over from the 160 meter contest. It may become permanent!

N8XMS - I didn't think that conditions could get any worse than last month, but boy was I wrong! I only had 5 QSOs (all on 40 meters) with most of the signals down around 339. I pulled the plug after about 40 minutes so no "Christmas" here. I guess that I'm on Santa's "bad boy" list! Actually, at this time of year I often get people asking me if my callsign is some kind of special event for the season so in a way I get to enjoy "XMS" year round! Let me take this opportunity to wish all the members of NAQCC, and especially the officers, a very merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year! 73, Paul

WA3ZBJ - Thought the high noise and empty bands (only have 40/20 here) were a local problem or John had magically transferred last month's terrible propagation from the PA down here to FL until I saw the soapbox this morning. I think many gave up quickly as the few good signals soon disappeared. Sure wish RTTY stations would adhere to the gentleman's band plan. (I didn't even hear any of them up here - K3WWP) Maybe next month?

KD2MX - Conditions can't get worse you say? Yes they can! Well, maybe not worse but just about as awfully bad as last month. I was hoping that we would avoid the December blues which have frowned upon us almost yearly, but we did not. At least not at my QTH. Here's my sorry tale. Just for fun, I gave 20M a quick try, not really expecting anything. I did hear somebody calling, thought for a moment it might've been W2SH but whoever it was disappeared into the ether. On to 40M. Not much happening there. Lots of calling CQ. I was smart and grabbed a few magazines to thumb through while calling CQ in order to make the time pass less painfully. I worked N7UN (an exciting call but he's only 10-15 miles from me) at 0137 and that was it until 0201 when I had my best run of the night, three Qs in four minutes, all on 40M. I had spent some time on 80M in between but with no success. My next four Qs came over the next 40 minutes, all on 80M. I worked NJ, NH, OH and PA. Perhaps conditions were beginning to improve at 0300 but I had had enough. 80M was especially frustrating. My list of heard but not worked include AB0TX, W5RC?, N4PEG?, K3WWP, VE3DPC, KB1LZH, W2JEK, W2SH! and N0AR. Oh well...better luck next month. Happy holidays to all.

KD0V - I heard many stations, but they were to far down in the noise to copy. The noise levels in Southern Minnesota were S7 to S9+10db. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas everyone. Maybe Santa will bring better band conditions in 2009!?

WA1GCT - Nice to hear you`all again.Not sure what I was running for pwr, someware between 1 and 5 watts, Last I remember it was tuned down to 5 watts. Finally getting back on the air after abt a year. Hope to see ya`ll in the next sprint. Not in RI any more. Moved to TX. 73, Roger WA1GCT #0353

W5RCP - There comes a time when it's just not worth it. For me, last night was that time. In central Texas 40M was dead and 80M was almost dead. I heard a few signals, but they would fade into nothing before I could work them. I got KD0V but I'm not sure he got me. Oh well, it can only get better now. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See ya'll in 2009 Ron/W5RCP/K2

KA2KGP - The worst band conditions EVER for a sprint! Propogation was non-existant and noise was nerve wrecking. My head still hurts. Hope for sunspots from Santa. Merry Christmas everyone.

K4MF - Poor condx- qrn on 80 from storm in Gulf and only a few signals on 40m

N2COD - I thought my G5RV was on the ground because all signals were in the mud! I even looked outside, but it was still airbourn. This had to rank as the worst band conditions for the sprints so far!

W5TVW - My first sprint in quite a while. My XYL had a stroke September of '07 and I have been busy with other things! Conditions seemed fairto good here except for RN from weather lines passing thru. The "abbreviated" contest procedures don't work in the noisy conditions, especially when you are QRP! Time actually saved in many instances by sending your "exchange" twice. Had a good time and I quit a bit early as I was getting a splitting headache from noise. I missed some one with an "S" callsign so no special entry...drat! See you guys next time I hope.

K4UFT - FT-817 @5 Watts - ChiCom Army Straight Key - Home Brew Vertical 20 and 40 dead ..... 80 was almost dead here in upstate SC. I probably shouldn't even claim the only two stations I "worked" ..... I copied their info, but with QSB could never get confirmation from them on the exchange. Apologies to W2JEK and N1PT. A Happy Rama-Hana-Kwans-Mas (choose one or more) to all!!!

W2SH - My first QSO, and the only one on 20m, was a ground-wave contact with fellow NJ QRPer, KD2MX. Well, Paul promptly left the scene without even the courtesy of a TU, so I can only claim a SWL point for that one. Made just one ground wave and two sky-wave QSOs on 40m and those were the only stations I heard there; so I guess I batted a thousand on that band. Every QSO on 80m was a struggle and I sent more "agn" and "sri" than I did "QSL" or "TU". Although the 80m QRN abated a bit as the sprint went on, all signals were pretty much 3W-Weak, Watery and Worthless! My final QSO was VE3HUR and it was at purely ESP readability. At least I got through all nine letters of "CHRISTMAS", and with both "S"s, within my first 10 QSOs.

KC2EGL - Conditions were hit and miss. I was able to work stations that were down in the mud (needed a back-hoe to dig out KB1LZH, thanks for hanging in there), yet I could not work stations that sounded as if they were next door. I still had fun as usual. I did work three new members (new to my log for NAQCC, K4ALE, N4SAM, and KB1LZH). A Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukkah, and Happy New Year to all. See you all next year on the radio. 73 Mike

K4JPN - Heard and worked only one station on 40M. Very heavy QRN on 80M. Conditions were just terrible.

KD5MMM - conditions were rough here, storms to the north. only 1 qso, but got to give out my new number, tnx W5TVW.

W2JEK - got on late and just used 80m. conditions were horrible. had an "almost" with k4uft but lost him in qsb. didn't get enough letters to make christmas for special award- needed a and i. hope things will be better next month. happy holidays to all. 72 and 73 don younger w2jek #1135

N1PT - This was my 1st NAQCC Sprint. I really enjoyed it. I think being from New Hampshire was an advantage as I had a mini pileup near the end. (not to mention running 100 watts - HI - K3WWP) Signals were weak but seemed to get a little better as the contest progressed. I chedked 40 meters a couple of times but never heard anyone

N9AKF - I think it's all been said regarding poor conditions. The only other station that I could hear was K4JPN, and he couldn't hear me. Bart

KI6FEN - First time in this contest. All of two qso's! Oh well, things can only get better for next month. (Unfortunately we said that last month, and they didn't, but sooner or later.... - K3WWP)

W3RT - Band conditions weren't all that great, but was able to get some contacts. Thanks to all that I was able to work. 73, Red Thompson, W3RT in PA, NAQCC # 2545

N7UN - Bands were noisy beyond horrible! Thanks everyone for patience during my requests for repeats! Guy

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

RULES specific to this month's sprint:

Date and time:
Wednesday December 10, 0130-0330 UTC
(Remember that's Tuesday evening here in the USA)

Special Award:
To the winner of a drawing among the following: The one making the highest score in each division and able to spell the word 'CHRISTMAS' from the call letters of stations worked. Note you only need work one station with an 'S' to get your two S's.

Autologger SA info:
Eligible for the Special Award.......' box - Select Yes if you are competing for the award
Special Award info.......' box - Nothing need be put here

Entry Deadline:
All entries must be RECEIVED before 2400Z on the Sunday following the sprint. So submit as soon as possible, especially regular mail entries.

Preferred method of submitting your log and report is our on-line autologger.