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Jun 2009 Straight Key/Bug Sprint (#56)

Final Official Results
SWA Category - Eastern Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
N7UN    32   31   63   22 1386  x2  2772  20 dpl@55',40 rotary dpl@95'
K3WWP   34   32   66   20 1320  x2  2640  ~100' attic rnd wire & 20 dpl
KA8MPT  27   22   49   18  882  x2  1764  hf9v, g5rv@25'
NR9B    26   23   49   18  882  x2  1764  inv vee@20'
W2SH    24   23   47   15  705  x2  1410  80m sloper@60-10'
N2ATB   23   21   44   13  572  x2  1144  g5rv@35'
NF8M    17   17   34   13  442  x2   884  80 ocf dpl@35'
KA2KGP  13   13   26   11  286  x2   572  5 bnd dpl@??'
KB3AAG  21   19   40   14  560       560  80m loop@35'
KA8HFN  13   13   26   10  260  x2   520  dpl@9'
VA2SG   16   14   30   11  330 x1.5  495  HF9V
W2JEK   11   11   22   10  220  x2   440  20 gnd pln,40 dpl,80 ef wire@20'
KD2MX   12   12   24    8  192  x2   384  600' loop@??'
KC4GIA  10   10   20    9  180  x2   360  40m inv vee@35'
N8XMS   11   11   22    8  176  x2   352  r7 vert
W3RT    12    9   21    8  168  x2   336  sloper@25'
N9AKF    9    9   18    8  144  x2   288  rnd wire@20'
K4JPN    8    8   16    7  112  x2   224  80m cf zepp@32'
AC6NN    7    7   14    6   84  x2   168  80m loop@20'
W9CC     7    7   14    5   70  x2   140  80 loop@15'
N4FI     7    7   14    4   56  x2   112  attic g5rv jr
VE3EDX   5    5   10    5   50  x2   100  gnd mtd 6BTV
N8ZYA    6    6   12    4   48  x2    96  indoor isotron
N2COD    6    6   12    4   48  x2    96  g5rv@20'
AB8FJ    4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  ef rnd wire@15'
VE3WMB   5    5   10    3   30  x2    60  40 delta loop,80 inv L
W1SRB    5    5   10    3   30  x2    60  mb dpl@35'
KU4A     5    5   10    5   50        50  sloping dpl@40'
WY3H     4    3    7    3   21  x2    42  ocf dipole@25'
WA3ZBJ   5    5   10    4   40        40  stealth vertical
VE3HUR   1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  dpl@??'
KB8FE    1    1    2    1    2 x1.5    3  132' ef wire inv L config

SWA Category - Central Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
NB4M    35   31   66   19 1254  x2  2508  sloper@60'
W7JI    25   24   49   19  931  x2  1862  inv v@55'
W5YDM   33   31   64   23 1472      1472  g5rv@30'
WA9VEE  21   19   40   16  640  x2  1280  200' wire@30'
K9PL    21   18   39   13  507  x2  1014  dpl@25'
W9WE    15   15   30   11  330  x2   660  80 g5rv@30'
NV4B    14   13   27   12  324  x2   648  g5rv@30'
WD0K    11    8   19    8  152 x1.5  228  delta loop@36'
KD5MMM   7    7   14    6   84  x2   168  inv v@40'
W6GMT    9    9   18    9  162       162  40 dpl@30'
K5ENA    6    6   12    6   72  x2   144  gnd mtd hustler 4btv vert
NV9X     6    6   12    5   60  x2   120  dpl@40'
*KD0V    6    5   11    5   55  x2   110  buddistick@2'
W0EA     6    5   11    4   44  x2    88  gutter downspout
XE1GXG   3    3    6    2   12  x2    24  40m efhw@30',20m dpl@24'

SWA Category - Mountain Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
WY7N    14   12   26   11  286  x2   572  80m dpl@38' w/ladder grabber
NO2D    10   10   20    9  180  x2   360  dblt dpl@33'
*K9JWV   7    6   13    4   52  x2   104  85' wire@20'
KH6OZ    5    5   10    4   40  x2    80  40m windom@32'
W7YSB    3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  40 horiz delta loop@30'
W7GVE    2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  ocf dpl@35'

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

Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K4BAI   53   49  102   21 2142  x2  4284  THDXX@55',40dpl@40',40zepp@45'
W8SH    14   14   28   10  280  x2   560  20 yagi@60',40 dpl@65',80 dpl@55'
W5AG    14   13   27   10  270  x2   540  W8JK 2el beam@25'
VE5DC    7    7   14    6   84        84  6el yagi@??',trap dipole@??'

* - Special Award contender (portable operation)
Drawing entrants: KD0V, K9JWV
Drawing winner: K9JWV

1st SWA Eastern: N7UN
1st SWA Central: NB4M
1st SWA Mountain: WY7N
1st SWA Pacific: n/a
1st Gain: K4BAI

The following appeared 5 or more times in submitted logs, but
did not submit a log themselves for whatever reason:
KB4QQJ - 12
WB4YZA - 12
N1WPU - 7
N5KIP - 7
VE3DJX - 6
N1PQ - 6
AF4LQ - 5
WA4AN - 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: 57 
Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 92 
Total QSO's in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 743
States represented: 32 + ON,QC,SK + DL,XE

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 - My apologies for the late postings. See the diary on my web site ( later Wednesday for the reason. I won't detail it here to save space. I finally had some good conditions on 20M here and I think I broke my record for QSO's on that band with 9 in 8 mults. 40 was good when I went there a little after 0100, but it became poor around 0130 with QRN, longer skip, and QSB. I know I couldn't copy a few who called, and I apologize. I hope we worked later in the sprint. I see from his soapbox one was Bruce WY7N. 80M was quite good, if you could manage the QRN. Signals were very strong there and over rode the noise, but very few folks seemed to have gone there. My total QSO's were down by 20 from last month although I did work 2 more mults this month than last. A lot of fun, as I was in my relaxed mode instead of pushing myself as I did last month.

VA2SG - 20 was FB, 40 was dul, 80 was niet!

N8ZYA - I worked a few NEW stations tonight but cut the contest short due to NOISE (thunderstorms)...the 'ol ears just couldn't take it! Worked N7UN on both 20 and 40 meters. (a first for me) The only other 20 meter station was K4BIA (always seem to work him on 20 meters). Heard a VE5 (maybe VE5DC ?) (Yes, got him here - K3WWP) but couldn't work him. This will put my QRP contacts at around 90 tonight. This is always a good way to add a few extra's to the log book.

KD2MX - Only made the last hour. 20M was dead quiet in the qrp zone although I did hear some stations lower in the band. Don't know if I missed anything there. 40M was ok but I had a couple of signals drop away to nothing in the time it took to send the exchange. Gave 80M a shot about 0215 but I seemed to be the only one there. (Nope, you and me and a couple other brave souls. Sorry we didn't hook up - K3WWP) A pleasant hour.

NV9X - Was not hearing much tonight. Propagation ? Participation ? (Choice #1 - K3WWP)

KH6OZ - (to) W5AG: Sorry I could not complete our QSO. QSB. I got all your info except my RST. Thanks for trying. 73's to all.

K9JWV - Took my ATS-3B, 85 foot long wire and one radial and small gelcel down to a park near my home. That was the fun part of the contest as the condx were absolutely MISERABLE here in s/w Utah. Oh well, can only hope it's better next month.

K4JPN - Did not hear anyone on 80M or 40M. 20M was so so here in GA. 72, Steve

N7UN - QRN in the NE was tough after big front moved thru today. 20m was still good at 9pm!

WY7N - Now using an 80M dipole using the Ladder-Grabber I won a few months back. This is my record score to date. I even heard John-K3WWP. You heard me John, but you couldn't quite pull me out of the noise. I'll comment more on my improved antenna in another forum. Right now I need to submit this log and go on a bike ride with my son. He's been patiently waiting.

WA3ZBJ/4 - With only 30 minutes to work, our Sprint tonight was still fun and conditions didn't seem too bad. Best signal tonight into FL came from KA8HFN ... 72 de Don

W0EA - I was stuck on 40m the entire sprint with very bad QRM & QRN on 20 and 80m, but managed to work a few stations with my gutter vertical! Thought I'd try my hand at the bug for the first time but found it too complicated to try in a sprint so I stuck with the straight key instead. Strongest signal goes to W7JI who I kept thinking was someone else just to find out I'd already worked him! I wish I'd had better luck, but it is what it is! Hope to see you all again. 73.

KC4GIA - This is a fun, low pressure way to get back on the air. (That's one reason we have the big mult for SK operation - that helps make our sprints newcomer friendly - K3WWP) Thanks! It might not be many contacts, but it's a start.

KD5MMM - enjoyed it, 73 all..

W7JI - I was in the middle of a typical Kansas Thunder Boomer all during the sprint

NO2D - Got started at 0130z, too late for 20 meters here in CO. 40 meters noisy, but the best band available. Tried 80 meters at 0200, but all noise and no signals,so back to finish on 40 meters. As always, fun, and lots of nice ops involved. Pete

K5ENA - Enjoyed the sprint. QSB but enjoyed the few contacts I made. John

WD0K - Checked the log but found no location for a entry for level of QRN on each entry? Had to use my ole bug so my ctk's could figure out what the devil I was sending. Was fun! either the sprint or reruns of Housewifes of NJ! Duh! 72's Richard/664

XE1GXG - Not as good as when I am WB7AVF from New York City but at least I worked four. My antennas are quite low. Improving them height-wise should help. W7JI had a tremendous signal here in Guadalajara, and of course 4BAI. Lots of fun. 72 desde Jalisco y menos es mejor!

VE3HUR - A strange night. Lots of strong signals but the NAQCC stations were weak and at times non-existant. K9PL prevented me from being skunked.

W5AG - Used a nice portable 2 el W8JK style wire "beam" made with 4 each 12' crappie poles. No. 10 aluminum wire formed in an "X" was attached to the poles with wire ties. This was fed in the middle with 300 ohm balanced line and with a tuner could be matched to 20 meters (and even 40 meters for one late qso). This style of antenna might be given some consideration to qualify as a "simple wire antenna" in the future. (Anything that is multi-element and provides gain it can't be a SWA - K3WWP) It was mounted on 7 fiberglass mast pieces and guyed with tarred nylon cord. The height is about 25'. The boom was an 8' length of 1.5" aluminum angle form. 73.. Arch

KD0V - I setup in one of our new city park, no big tress. Two boys about 10 years old thought it was interesting. It would have been better if I had made a QSO while they were there. The Buddistick didn't work on 20M, but was ok on 40M. The K2 with battery pack was working well. By 0200Z I was getting very cold and it was getting dark, so I pulled the plug. I should have brought a parka and lantern. The weather was cloudy and 59 degrees F. with a north wind at 5 mph.

KA2KGP - Whew! I had to really work for this one. The bands were not very nice here with plenty of QRN & QSB to deal with. Still, it was a fun sprint. Thanks to all who worked me. 73

W8SH (op-WB8LZG) - Well as luck would have it, the one night i plan to go light up the wires at the baseball diamond, there was a ball game! So not to be totally done in, i headed for the club stn at Mich. State Univ. W8SH and tryed a contest from MSU.Running 5w with a Ten Tec Orion.fooled few wth the call. ( too close to Charles W2SH, who i was pleased to work also) Had a bit of fun early on 20m. The Force 12 up on the roof of the Eng.Bldg. sure put out a fine punch to a 5w signal.However i didnt work as many "out west"stns as anticipated. 40m was the busy band agn. Lots of stns calling. Sri to the W2SW??? who i couldt pull out of the mud.Only one stn worked on 80m. very noisy. See u all in the next sprint. 73 Gregg

K9PL - QSO times after 0159 approximate. PFR-3 transceiver at 5 watts output. Speed-X straight key.

K4BAI - 20M was quite good with strong signals from W1, 2, 3, northern 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 0, and VE2 and VE3. Could have used more activity. 40 was noisy, but signals were pretty good. Apologies to K2SZ whose QSO information I was unable to copy through the QRN. 80M was a washout here due to QRN. Only signal I could identify was K3WWP and I only got a QRZ? from John. Glad to have some new calls and mults. Mults seemed to lag overall, however. Particularly noticeable was the lack of activity from states west of the MS. Only W5YDM in TX, K9JWV in UT, and W7OM in WA were heard and I didn't work W7OM. Thanks for all the QSOs and I look forward to next month's Sprint. 73/72, John

W6GMT - Very poor signals here bad band conditions. See you all nest month. 73 brock

W3RT - My first Sprint in a long time! Good to work the stations that I did work. Hope to do better next time! 73, Red, W3RT, Nr. 2545 in PA

NR9B - Conditions were good on 40 meters tonight. Many signals were very strong here, peaking 20db over S9 at times.

VE3WMB - I hadn't participated in an NAQCC Sprint in a while but I had just cleaned up a German Baumuster T1 straight key and decided to give it a try. Great to hear and work some familliar calls. It was a lot of fun, so I will be back next month. Michael

N9AKF - That was the toughest sprint I can remember! Signals generally were weak with added QSB and lots of QRN on all the bands. I still had fun as always and used the contacts I made toward this month's challenge. 72, Bart, 1252

KB8FE - After listening to the very weak signals on the band for five minutes I discovered I had not attached my end fed wire to my antenna tuner. Attaching the antenna made (in my opinion) a considerable improvement! I made one contact just before the contest ended.

KB3AAG - Boy was it tough tonite! Noise on all the bands was awful! I was trying to use the new k3. second day on it. It has a lot of buttons, some times you tap one to get something other times you hold them to get a different result. Well I was tapping when I should hve been holding and visa versa. I am glad it was CW because there was a few violent expurgatives flowing around that I would not have wanted to go out on the air! Frank

N8XMS - I spent most of my time watching game 6 of the Stanley Cup championships. I managed to make 11 QSOs - mostly between periods of the game. Go Wings!

N2COD - My head hurt & ears were ringing from the heavy QRN here in WNY, so I pulled the plug early to listen to the crickets instead. I surrendered & my brother KA2KGP kicked my butt again! Rig: Yeasu FT-857D at 5w. into G5RV up 20' w/ straight key. See ya'll next sprint. 73

WA9VEE - Missed 2 folks calling me.. sorry QRNy location I think. Fun and ruff nite.

NF8M - Nice to see some 20m action, though 80 is starting to get noisy again.

W7GVE - First Sprint QSOS in last 4 tries--- some encouragement at last

W2JEK - band conditions seemed very noisy here. only one qso on 20 and two on 80. all the rest on 40. making qso's like pulling teeth with many repeats. 72 and 73 don younger w2jek #1135

NB4M - 80m was too QRM here, so kept with 40 and 20m. Good turn out and lots of fun on the straight key. 72/73 de NB4M

VE5DC - My first sprint. Used a Heathkit HW-9 and a 30/40 trap dipole antenna for 40 meters, and a 6 element tri-band yagi for 20 meters. 72 de Jerry

W9WE - First NAQCC Contest/Great fun. Tks Lee 73

W2SH - At the start, 20m was open, but skip distances were not especially long. 40m had plenty of activity but atmospheric noise from recent bad weather made for difficult copy, and I was unable to complete a QSO with a namesake call, W8SH (Michigan State University ARC). At 0143Z, I went back to 20m and worked AC6YY in CA. His was the only signal I heard. 80m was in wretched shape, obvious from the RST 339 I received from KB3AAG, 300 miles distant. I never even HEARD any stations in New England, NJ or NY on 80m or 40m!. I had heard W2JEK on 20m, but thought I wouldn't take the time then to work a local. Little did I know that I would miss a multiplier from NJ, my home state.

KA8MPT - Worked 40m all night had a good time.I even worked a DL9PO in Germany at 7040 around 0037z.A lot of qsb at the end but a good night. Thanks John

KU4A - Four of my five QSOs had member numbers higher than mine, making me feel like an old timer - hi! Seriously, it is good to see that so many of our new members are active in the Sprints.

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

RULES specific to this month's sprint:

Date and time:
Wednesday Jun 10, 0030-0230 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 operating portable away from their own property (or at least 500 feet from your house if your property is very large).

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, but describe your portable operation briefly in your comments below.

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.