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May 2009 Straight Key/Bug Sprint (#55)

Final Official Results
SWA Category - Eastern Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
*N8BB   43   43   86   22 1892  x2  3784  w5gi@50'
K3WWP   54   51  105   18 1890  x2  3780  ~110' attic random wire
W2SH    41   37   78   22 1716  x2  3432  80m sloping dpl@65-10'
K2ZC    41   37   78   17 1326  x2  2652  delta loop@40'
N7UN    31   25   56   23 1288  x2  2576  20m dpl@55',40m rotary dpl@95'!!! 
N1LU    29   25   54   21 1134  x2  2268  cobra ultralite@40'
KD2MX   33   31   64   17 1088  x2  2176  600' loop@25'
KB4WJA  23   21   44   16  704  x2  1408  rotary dipole@65'
KA2KGP  22   21   43   15  645  x2  1290  5b dipole@??'
W9CC    21   19   40   14  560  x2  1120  80m loop@15'
W4SEC   19   18   37   15  555  x2  1110  g5rv@40'
W2JEK   23   22   45   12  540  x2  1080  20vert,40dpl@20',80m110'ef@20'
N8XMS   20   17   37   13  481  x2   962  R7 vert
AF3Z    18   18   36   12  432  x2   864  80m inv V@16'
VA2SG   23   22   45   12  540 x1.5  810  butternut hf9v
*WB1HJS 17   17   34   11  374  x2   748  W5GI 'mystery ant'@50'
*VE3FUJ 17   17   34   11  374  x2   748  102' g5rv@42'
N2COD   19   18   37    9  333  x2   666  g5rv@20'
KX3H    15   15   30   11  330  x2   660  ~66' indoor dpl
KJ4IC   15   15   30   11  330  x2   660  102' dblt@30'
KA8HFN  13   13   26   12  312  x2   624  dpl@9'
N9AKF   13   13   26   12  312  x2   624  rnd wire@20'
K8KFJ   16   15   31    9  279  x2   558  ab vert,80m dpl@30'
N7RVD   12   12   24   10  240  x2   480  hi-q screwdriver
WB8LZG  14   12   26    9  234  x2   468  lw@30',invL@30'
AC6NN   12   11   23   10  230  x2   460  80m loop@20'
WY3H    15   15   30    7  210  x2   420  ocf dipole@25'
N8ZYA   12   10   22    9  198  x2   396  indoor isotron
WA2JSG  11   11   22    7  154  x2   308  hf9 vert@40'
*KA3NZR 11   11   22    8  176 x1.5  264  102' g4rv@50'
K4JPN   10   10   20    6  120  x2   240  80m cf zepp@??'
N4FI    10   10   20    5  100  x2   200  40m attic dpl,80m rnd wire@20'
WB1HGA  11   11   22    9  198       198  g5rv@25'
KQ1P     8    8   16    6   96  x2   192  80m inv v@30'
W1OH    12   12   24    7  168       168  40m dblt@30'
AB8FJ    5    5   10    5   50  x2   100  ef rnd wire@15'
VE3HUR   4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  20vert,40dpl,80ef@??'
N3COR    6    5   11    4   44        44  inv V@14'
K4UFT    3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  hb vert@5'
*KT4FJ   7    7   14    4   56        56  50' ef wire@??'

@KA1SAW  6    6   12    3   36 x1.5   54  inside dpl
@W8BI   20   19   39   14  546 x1.5  819  75m dpl@70'

SWA Category - Central Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
W7JI    30   25   55   18  990  x2  1980  inv V@55'
WA9VEE  19   17   36   15  540  x2  1080  200' wire@30'
WI0S    18   15   33   14  462  x2   924  20m ext dbl zepp@50'
K9PL    17   17   34   12  408  x2   816  dpl@25'
NV9X    13   12   25   10  250  x2   500  dipole@40'
K4NVJ   16   15   31    8  248  x2   496  88' dpl@35'
W5AG    11   11   22    9  198  x2   396  40 m sloper dpl up 40'
WD0K     9    9   18    8  144  x2   288  delta loop@36'
K5GQ    10    9   19    9  171 x1.5  257  dipole@25'
*K9IS   11   11   22    9  198       198  80m horiz loop@30'
KD5MMM   7    7   14    6   84  x2   168  inv V@40'
KD5KJ    4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  g5rv@35'
W6GMT    2    2    4    2    8 x1.5   12  40m dpl@30'
XE1GXG   0    0    0    0    0         0  inv V@27'

SWA Category - Mountain Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
NO2D     3    3    6    3   18        18  80m dpl@??'
WY7N     2    1    3    2    6         6  40M Dipole @25'

SWA Category - Pacific Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
WA6L     9    8   17    7  119 x1.5  179  inv V@35'
NA7US    3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  80m loop@60'
K6CSL    2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  40 delta loop,indoor dpl&loop

@N6HE    4    3    7    2   14  x2    28  ocf dipole@25'

Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K4BAI   57   51  108   25 2700  x2  5400  beam@55',dpl@40',zepp@45',invV@50'
NU7T     5    5   10    5   50        50  ta33jr@33'
*VE5BCS  3    3    6    2   12  x2    24  2el quad@45'

@ - QRO, not eligible for certificate or prize

* - Special Award contender (first time entrants)
Drawing entrants: N8BB, K9IS, VE5BCS
Drawing winner: N8BB

1st SWA Eastern: N8BB
1st SWA Central: W7JI
1st SWA Mountain: NO2D
1st SWA Pacific: WA6L
1st Gain: K4BAI

The following appeared 5 or more times in submitted logs, but
did not submit a log themselves for whatever reason:
WB4YZA - 10
W7IEX - 9
N5KIP - 8
W9ILF - 8
N1PQ - 7
K5ENA - 6
W7OM - 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: 65 (NEW RECORD!) 
Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 106 
Total QSO's in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 1021
States represented: 34 + ON, QC, SK, KP4

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.
WY3H - Didn't make that many QSO's, however this was the first opportunity I had in some time to work a full 2 hours of the sprint. Had fun and hope to do it again. Tom.

K3WWP - WOW! Superb conditions tonight brought a new record number of QSO's to me. However, not enough multipliers for a new record score. 40m never went long here till the very end, so I couldn't work much of anything beyond 800-900 miles or so. It looks like the good conditions were widespread according to the 31 logs I've looked at so far. I'm shutting down now at 1AM, and will process any more logs that come in tonight sometime tomorrow. Thanks to all for a wonderfully enjoyable 2 hours. Oh, the new autologger is working perfectly. Thanks N4LCD and W4CGP.

W5AG - Thanks to those patient participants who made sure I could copy their exchange. Stayed on 40 meters. 73.. Arch

K4BAI - FT1000MP, 5W, TH6DXX, zepp, dipole, inverted vee. TH6DXX just repaired by K1TO today after being without it since early January. 20M was in good shape, as was 40, but there was some QRN on 40. QRN was vry high on 80, but signals were good. Heard a few more than I could work on 80. Thanks for all the QSOs. Please look for a group of us signing NF4A from the W8JI station in CQ WPX CW at the end of the month. 73/72, John, K4BAI.

KD2MX - Great to hear some new calls. Welcome to all the new sprinters. Tonight was a good one. Started out with a few Qs on 20M but it was slow. 40M was jammed and in fine shape. Not especially long, my best DX was OK. Had a couple of pretty good runs. 80M was busy too but I only had a couple of minutes before having to QRT. Nights like this set off those long winter nights sitting in a black hole.

K2ZC - Started out on 40m. Was pretty busy for about an hour. Then things got quiet on 40m. I qsy'ed to 80m. It was kind of noisy. I had to ask for many repeats. My logging program locked up about halfway through and I lost 1 entry. I apologize to whoever it was. This is a personal best for me in this sprint. Thanks to all for the qso's. 73 es 72

W7JI - Enjoyed operating in the sprint and looking forward to the next one.

KA1SAW - Conditions were not very Good from this QTH, but it was still a fun evening on the radio. KA1SAW - Neal - NAQCC # 2502

WA2JSG - Another fun event, as always!

KD5MMM - It was noisy, but heard quite a few stations. Had fun.. 73, Phil

N1LU - This was the busiest night on 40M since I've been doing this (not really that long). Had to use my 250 Hz filter!!. I learned I've become too dependent on my logging software. The new version on Genlog I downloaded has some problems and I got flusterd. Probably got a few wrong.


W1OH - Fun sprint tonight! First time on the air in over 6 weeks. Conditions seemed pretty good and made contacts on 20m, 40m, and 80m. Even worked K3WWP #002 on two bands, and WY3H #001 on 80m. I was enjoying my new Kent Twin paddle for the first time since receiving it for my birthday a month ago - nice paddle!! And thanks to NAQCC for another great sprint!

WB1HJS - My first Sprint!

KJ4IC - The bands were pretty good here in NC. 40m was even crowded. I even worked a couple on 20! Had a great time as usual. CU next month- 73 -Bob

VA2SG - Good condx on 40, 80 not cooperating. I hope my lousy keying with the old Hi-Mound semi automatic bug didnt give you too much headaches! Fun as usual. My claimed score is 810.

WA6L - I had a great time on my first NAQCC sprint. I met a few folks at FDIM this year who told me to give it a try and they weren't wrong. There seemed to be a good level of activity and some great ops. All my contacts were on 20m, which died at about 0200. It was still too light on the Left Coast to get any traction on 40m, but I gave it a try. I downloaded GenLog about 15 minutes before the contest. It is a fine program, but learning to use it during a contest was not my brightest idea. I think I had the received and sent RSTs backwards for my first few QSOs, and that is entirely my fault, not the software's. At any rate, I will be back next month with high hopes and a better handle on the logging software. 73 to all! John

XE1GXG - Heard many worked none

K4JPN - Heavy QRN, seemed all I could hear and work was NJ and MI. 72, Steve

AC6NN - Good conditions tonight on 40m! Heard lots of stations and had a great time.

N6HE - First NAQCC Sprint - only got in 20 minutes, but you'll see me again! 73, Ray

KX3H - My first sprint in several months, and I almost missed it! I was tuning my ATS-3B around on 40 and heard "CQ NA." I decided to jump in, operating on an old 9v battery. Didn't have watt meter connected but measured 1w into a dummy load after the contest. What a powerhouse! I stayed on 40 the whole time and heard lots of nice signals. It was a lot of fun and I got a celebrity (John, K3WWP) in my log! (Aww, shucks - K3WWP)

W8BI (op-KA8OQF) - First Sprint -- a nice little "brush the rust off" special -- operated W8BI club station, just to let 'em know we're out here...I'll have to try another radio out here next time -- ya can't turn a Yaesu 990 down below 10w...

AF3Z - It was about 2 months since I'd been on cw. Thanks for an enjoyable evening!

K6CSL - 20 was virtually dead here. 40 was the only usable band. I worked W7OM up in Seattle but the QSB was severe and I was unable to get a fill on his number before he moved on to the next QSO. TNX to N6HE AND W7EIX. I live in a mobile home park that allows no "visible" antennas so my QRP options are pretty slim. Bert

VE3HUR - All contacts were at 1.5 watts with an HW-8 which is, sadly, now my main rig.

WB8LZG - Good test tonight. Condx were gud here in Mich. 20 was open fer a bit right at the start. 40 was the "meat n taters" band fer me. Only got to play fer an hour, but the bands were hot,so got a gud bunch of Q's. Extra nice to work Charles W2SH agn, as he es i met fer an "eyeball" at Dayton this past weekend. It's always nice to meet the guy on the other end of the QSO. Well see u all next month. I'll be portable at the ball diamond, using the old light poles fer a longwire. 73 Gregg

KA2KGP - YES! a great sprint evening with very good conditions on 40m. but 80m. was exceptionally in poor shape. Nice turnout with several new members worked. See ya'll next sprint. 72

K9PL - Used PFR-3 (5 watts) and NorCal 40A (3.5 watts) with J-37 key.

KB4WJA - Mostly good here in NC. Worked 40m first and then switched to 80m at 0130. 80m was so noisy I switched back to 40m after 3 contacts. Exactly the same number of contacts as last month's sprint. Looking forward to June!

N2COD - A VERY nice sprint night with the best band conditions in a long time on 40m. I worked several stations on multiple bands, including Tom, WY3H (0001) & John, K3WWP (0002) on both 40 & 80. A decent turnout for a fun & productive sprint.

K8KFJ - It was fun using my Whiterook MK-22 key for the Sprint again. It's smaller than a matchbox but fun to use. It's always nice to work both NAQCC #1 and #2 in the Sprint. My thanks to those who participated and thought band condx were fairly good. 72 fm West Virginia. Gary K8KFJ NAQCC #265

WD0K - 1st half hr was great; then band went long and from their it almost died here in MN. Worked w7ji at 0030z with a 599. When I closed ststion he was a plus 10 by 1112z. Band turned very noisy. The sprint is always fun. 72 all Rich / wd0k /664

K4UFT - Got in the last fifteen minutes with three contacts on 40. Band crowded and noisy here in SC. Nothing on 20, no antenna for 80. Icom 703+, 5 Watts, ChiCom Army K5 key, home-brew vertical.

N8ZYA - My best results yet.... but I missed a golden opportunity to work K4BAI on three to remember to do that! Band appeared to be short and I was able to work extra stations this time. I was especially glad to hear from N7RVD/M in his RV from Va. LOTS of fun and I was able to work K3WWP for the first time. I now have #1 and #2 in the log book. Thanks John (You're welcome, and thank you for contributing to my record number of QSO's - K3WWP) N8ZYA--Charleston, WV

WY7N - Success is in achieving goals. Here is my story... A week or two ago I joined a tennis league. What I didn't realize is that my match on Wednesday would conflict with this month's sprint! I needed to report in at the pro shop at 01:15Z. Yikes! What was I to do? I'm at the top of the participation award list for the western division. Steve (NU7T) will pass me up if I miss a sprint. I decided to operate in the park near the Tennis club where I had to play. I grabbed my ATS-3B (neat radio in an Altoids tin!), a lightweight dipole I made last summer to carry with me on a backpacking trip, a key, battery, notepad, etc.; everything I needed fit in a small box. Time was of the essence. I arrived early, chose two nice trees that were far enough apart. One shot each with the EZ-Hang put the dipole up about 25'. Set up time was around 45min. That's a record for me operating Field Day style! I had extra time to settle in, remind myself how to use the ATS-3B and get comfortable. I would only have around 30 min of operating time. Hopefully that would be enough to snag a couple contacts to prove I was on the air, then it would be QRT to play tennis. 00:30Z arrived. I started sending CQ. Suddenly there were loud key clicks all over the band. I tuned up a few KHz and found W7MBR. I was surprised at how strong his signal was because he was located about 70 miles south in Provo, UT--the other side of a few small mountains. (I was operating in Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, if you know the area.) He was looking for a rag-chew. He must not be a NAQCC member. I moved away from him as much as I could and resumed CQing. It wasn't long until KA9UDA in CA returned my call. Thanks Roger! A few minutes later W7IEX did the same from NV. Thanks Vance! Goal achieved! Time to focus on tennis. Tear down took 17 minutes--another record! I reported in for my tennis match with the calm feeling that I had already achieved something challenging. (The tennis match? It was grueling three-hour affair. In the end I wore my opponent down. The score: 6-6 8/10, 6-3, 6-1. I give the credit to the NAQCC for the win!) Thanks for putting together such a fun club!

W6GMT - Bad T-Storm S9+ noise so quit early 73 brock

N8XMS - I only played for an hour but had a lot of fun. I used my 1941 US Army Signal Corps J5A key. Conditions were OK and there seemed to be a good amount of participation.

KQ1P - Wow 40M was great last night. 20M was open but I got a late start because of my daughter's birthday party (cake & home made ice cream is hard to miss). These were the best sprint conditions this year for me. 73. John

NA7US - My very first Sprint and even though I could only be on for an hour, I had a blast and am looking for more!

NO2D - Only had a few minutes at the end of the sprint. Used iambic keyer. Hope that was legal this month. (yep, you just miss out on the x2 bonus mult - K3WWP) Will be back to my old Ameco straight key next time. Pete

W2JEK - glad 20 was open for a change. 40 also was busy. went to 80m. my first qso was wy3h #1 and second qso was k3wwp #2--naqcc pres. and vp in consecutive order. what luck! 72 and 73 don younger w2jek #1135

KT4FJ - My first Sprint - lots of fun! 20m was pretty dead, 40m was packed and 80m was ok but not nearly as active as 40m. I used my Elecraft KX1 with long wire antenna. Looking forward to next month.

N9AKF - Started on 20m and heard a lot of activity. Most sigs were not too strong and most would slowly fade out, then slowly back. I worked the strongest stations that I heard then went to 40m. 40m was very good so I just stayed there for the rest of the sprint. 14 qs is pretty good for me, might be my best so far. Thanks to all for another fun filled sprint! 72, Bart

K4NVJ - Lot's of activity. 20 was especially good early.

N8BB- First time in the NAQCC sprint. Where do I start, it has so many great things about it. I worked casually and found it getting more exciting as I went. More and more activity and it became more exciting right up to the end. I did find NAQCC # 1 and #2 and certainly found that gratifying. Worked only 80 and 40 with 80 meters having well over an s-7 noise level but managed 14 Q's but 40 was the bread and butter with 29 Q's. Many thanks to all with those great ears and patience to dig the signals out. Werner N8BB Elecraft K3@5watts

W2SH - Because it's usually fashionable to complain about band conditions, here's my gripe: too darn much sprint QRM! K4BAI's commanding signal proved 20m to be open. It stayed that way for nearly a half hour until becoming unstable before closing, but I snagged a couple of long-distance multipliers. 40m was in fine shape; really too good, for when my CQs brought triple replies with near-zero readability, everyone suffered. Spent the last half hour on 80m where summertime QRN was evident; activity seemed light, but conditions were good and I worked AA1TJ's 80mW. After it was over, I saw that I had QSO'd the first and last of then-listed members, nos. 1 (WY3H) and 3733 (KT4VFA), plus a few of those in between.

N7UN - N7UN in NJ: Thanks for the great little sprint. Band condx were great for me...some QRN on 40m that challenged me to copy the weak stations. Thanks for the effort!

WI0S - Fun sprint, been awhile since I did one of these NAQCC sprints and I really enjoyed it. Thanks for the 18 fun QSO's. Had a nice run going on 40 meters then had to qsy for W1AW. Tried 80 meters but no answers so went back to 40 and found a spot to make a couple more contacts. Hope to do it again next month. 72 de Kieth wi0s 1334

KA3NZR - This was my first NAQCC Sprint. I was only able to make a few contacts but had a great time. Harry

WB1HGA - Great to have a antenna back up with my K1!

VE5BCS - Im trying and learning hope to cul

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

RULES specific to this month's sprint:

Date and time:
Thursday May 21, 0030-0230 UTC
(Remember that's Wednesday 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 submitting a sprint report for the very first time. A further qualification is that you must have made at least 5 QSO'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 - I have records here that will tell me if this is your first report

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.