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Jul 2009 Straight Key/Bug Sprint (#57)

Final Official Results
SWA Category - Eastern Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
*K3WWP  37   35   72   16 1152  x2  2304  attic ~110' rnd wire & 20m dpl
*W2SH   29   28   57   15  855  x2  1710  invL 85'+85',80m dpl@35'
*N8XMS  23   22   45   14  630  x2  1260  r7 vert
*KD2MX  20   18   38   14  532  x2  1064  600' loop@20'
*KJ4IC  17   17   34   10  340  x2   680  102' dblt@30'
K2JT    14   14   28    9  252  x2   504  40m dpl@35'
KA2KGP  14   14   28    8  224  x2   448  5b gnd mtd vert
*WB1HJS 14   14   28    8  224  x2   448  W5GI@50'
*W2JEK  14   13   27    8  216  x2   432  20 gnd pln,40 dpl,110' wire@20'
W3RT    11   11   22    9  198  x2   396  sloper@25'
KB3AAG  16   16   32   10  320       320  80m loop@35', g5rv@40'
KC2VFT  11   11   22    7  154  x2   308  dpl@30'
VA3CWT   9    9   18    7  126  x2   252  gnd mtd vert
K4JPN    8    8   16    7  112  x2   224  40m sloper,80m cf zepp@32'
VA2SG   12   12   24    6  144 x1.5  216  HF9V
N9KR    12   12   24    8  192       192  ef zepp@25'
N1LU     9    9   18    5   90  x2   180  33' wire, 17' counterpoise
AB4PP    8    8   16    7  112 x1.5  168  fld dpl@25'
NU4I     9    9   18    9  162       162  ocf dblt@40'
KQ1P     7    6   13    6   78  x2   156  inv v@40'
VE3FUJ   7    6   13    6   78  x2   156  g5rv@42'
N9AKF    5    5   10    5   50  x2   100  rnd wire@20'
W0EJ     7    6   13    5   65        65  205' g5rv@45'
W9CC     4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  80m loop@15'
WB8LZG   5    5   10    3   30  x2    60  lw@30', invL@30'
N2COD    7    7   14    3   42        42  9' mobile whip
VE3HUR   3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  40m dpl, 80m ef@??'
VA3PEN   3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  buddistick@6'
WY3H     3    3    6    3   18  x2    36
N4FI     3    3    6    2   12  x2    24  attic g5rv jr., 112' rnd wire@??'
KW3U     2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  200' lw@25'
AA4W     2    1    3    2    6  x2    12  40m dpl@50'
*W2VV    2    2    4    2    8         8  20m vert,40m dpl@??'
KD2MU    1    1    2    1    2         2  135' dpl@18'

SWA Category - Central Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
W5YDM   24   24   48   14  672       672  g5rv jr@39'
K9PL    14   14   28   11  308  x2   616  dpl@25'
W9CPI   18   15   33   14  462       462  dpl@30'
K5GQ    11    9   20    9  180 x1.5  270  dpl@25'
*KD0V    9    9   18    6  108  x2   216  g5rv@45'     
K4NVJ    7    7   14    6   84  x2   168  88' dpl@35'
K5ENA    6    6   12    6   72  x2   144  g5rv@40'
NV9X     5    5   10    4   40  x2    80  dpl@25'
KD5MMM   3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  inv v@40'
WD0K     4    4    8    4   32        32  delta loop@36'
*N9WAY   2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  ocf dpl@30'
W9WOC    1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  mobile whip on balcony

SWA Category - Mountain Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
*WY7N   20   18   38   13  494  x2   988  80m dpl@30'   
W6GY     4    4    8    4   32        32  1/4 wave vert for 40M
WB5FKC   1    1    2    1    2 x1.5    3  butternut vert

SWA Category - Pacific Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K6WLM    3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  g5rv@30'
K6CSL    1    1    2    1    2         2  delta loop@??'

Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
*K4BAI  45   42   87   17 1479  x2  2958  th6dxx@55',zepp@50'dpl@40'
*N4BP   40   37   77   20 1540      1540  3el yagi@65',40/80 dpl@65'
K9XE    16   15   31   12  372  x2   744  40m dpl@40',20m 3el yagi@50'

* - Special Award (most call areas worked) contender
KJ4IC (6), K3WWP (7), N9WAY (2), N4BP (10), W2VV (2), N8XMS (7),
K4BAI (9), KD2MX (6), KD0V (5), W2JEK (6), WY7N (9), WB1HJS (7),
W2SH (7)
Drawing entrants: K3WWP, KD0V, WY7N, N4BP
Drawing winner: KD0V 

1st SWA Eastern: K3WWP
1st SWA Central: W5YDM
1st SWA Mountain: WY7N
1st SWA Pacific: K6WLM
1st Gain: K4BAI

The following appeared 5 or more times in submitted logs, but
did not submit a log themselves for whatever reason:
W3CQB (nm) - 9
AA9L - 7
W3PD (nm) - 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: 54
Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 87  
Total QSO's in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 590
States represented: 31 + ON PQ

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 tonight says a lot about how successful our sprints are becoming. Conditions were far from the best, at least here, and yet I managed 37 QSO's. I could have gone over 40, but there were a few stations calling me that I just couldn't pull through the QRN and QSB. A highlight was working WY7N on 40M. Bruce is one of our very active 'west coast' members. Now I've worked both him and one other very active member from out that way - Steve NU7T in our sprints. Well, a lot of logs are coming in as I'm typing so I'd better get to them. Thanks to all I worked and sorry to those who tried to work me, but I failed to make a QSO out of your effort. Oh and also great to work 2 of our newest 10 members W9CPI and KC2VFT. Finally, nice to work John K4BAI on 3 bands and to see from his soapbox I was his only 80M QSO. I think that may be the first time I've worked a station on all 3 bands in one of our sprints. I'd have to check to be sure.

WD0K - tough copy, qrn,qsb! Not fer gud copy here in MN. 72....

KD5MMM - Conditions were not great here, must be the heat... 73 All ..

W6GY - Stations heard but not worked, #3800 W9CPI and #1609 NA0L

W0EJ - Joined very late but had a good time. I missed the last two and was missing you all. Tnx to those that worked me, I appreciate it. Hope to see you next month. 73 Bill

K5ENA - This is only my 3rd NAQCC Sprint. Always enjoy CW sprints. John

AA4W - BIG static crashes and then a thunderstorm. Summer is an awful time to try to work 40 from Florida! At least I worked a couple.

NU4I - This was my first NAQCC Sprint in a long time. Glad to see the "old hands" as well as new ones. I'll try to return more often.

W5YDM - 20 was weak and 40 was noisy. That's all I've got on this K1.

K6CSL - Wow, Conditions were terrible. Particularly on 20. Sounded like distant thunder storms. I thought I was going to time out with NIL. Bert

KJ4IC - Good conditions on 40m in NC. 80m was really noisy. Had a great time. CU next month. - 73, Bob

KB3AAG - Good time tonite. Conditions not so good only found one on 20 Seems 40 is my band! Still falling in love with the new K3 great receiver on it. I got a new antenna up a full size G5RV about 5 foot higher than the top leg of my loop but I didnt detect much differance between them. It will allow me to operate on 160 so is bound to be an improvement to the holler. See you next month. Frank

N4BP - 40M in SFL is torture during the summer, but produced the most QSOs. Rig - K3 Logger - N1MM

VA3CWT - I AM GLAD TO SEND MY FIRST SPRINT LOG. (and we are glad to welcome you to our sprints - hope you'll be a regular from now on - K3WWP)

W2VV - FT-857d @5W into end-fed vertical wire on 20m, end-fed inverted V on 40. QTH was a park bench near the Brooklyn Bridge. This was my first NAQCC sprint and my second attempt at sending CW. I heard a fair number of stations calling CQ, but due to my poor CW skills I only attempted contacts with two stations, W5YDM and N8XMS, who had very nice signals into NYC from Texas and Michigan respectively. Thanks for being patient with me, guys! I am looking forward to improving my CW over time and making many more contacts in the future. 73/72. (and welcome to you also and all first-time entrants - K3WWP)

W9CPI - My first sprint. I just got my member number 3800 the day before. The capability with qrp and a dipole is impressive.

N8XMS - Despite a lot of QRN this was one of my best sprints. As always it was a lot of fun. My thanks to all of the planners and participants.

N9AKF - Only had an hour for this sprint, but it was a good time as always. Faced with the tough conditions, I was pleased with my 5 contacts. 72, Bart

KQ1P - Conditions were poor for me, 20M was dead and 40M & 80M were very noisy. I think many gave up after an hour. Still it was fun and thanks to all. Until next month, 72. John

K9PL - PFR-3 and J-37 key. Poor propagation + QRN + QSB.

K4BAI - 20M was pretty good for most of the country, but there wasn't a lot of activity there. Worked 15 QSOs in 50 minutes and worked all but two stations I heard there. 40M had strong signals from TX east and skip wasn't too long as I was able to work as close as NC there. QRN was high from local thunderstorms and I had to ask for a lot of repeats. I heard only one station on 40 that I didn't work. Total of 29 QSOs on 40, so activity was best on that band. On 80, I worked only K3WWP (thanks for three bands, John). I heard and called W0EJ, also in PA, but he couldn't pull my signals out on 80 (but thanks for the 40M QSO). Also heard KB3AAG on 80 working K3WWP, but never heard him call CQ and no one answered my CQs on 80. 80 was noisy, but I could have worked the close in stations that I was skipping over no 40 if only they had been on 80 too. Worked 9 US call areas, missing 6, KH6 and KL7. Thanks for the QSOs and look forward to next month. Also to the CQC and FP QRP Sprints this weekend. KU8E and I will be operating on 6 and 2M in the CQ VHF Contest this weekend as W4AN/R in several Grid Squares in FL and AL and perhaps GA. Hope to work some of you then, particularly if 6M opens. 73/72, John

KD2MX - The night started very slowly on 20m where signals were quite weak. After straining my ears and giving out a couple of generous 449s, I went to 40m. It wasn't much better there and I put a couple of QSOs in the log that I just wasn't sure about. Luckily my fortunes improved and I had a good run of mostly easy QSOs, despite the high QRN. Suddenly all was quiet so I decided to see what was up on 80m. This turned out to be the most pleasant place to be of the evening. Signals were strong and the QRN was lower than on 40M. I managed to round up a half dozen QSOs here. I finished up with a quick recheck of 40M where I found QC booming in for one more QSO before having to QRT.


K4JPN - Conditions were rough, listened and called on 80M and 20M, but only worked 40M successfully. Heavy QRN. Steve

KC2VFT - I'm a brand-new Ham and this was my first contest. I was a bit nervous, but it was lots easier than I thought, and lots of fun. Plus I got some good practice with numbers, which I needed. I'll be back next month to beat my score! Thanks!

KA2KGP - I had to work hard for a few QSO's this sprint! 80 was very noisey with summertime QRN, 20 was weak with QSB & closed early. 40m. was the only band producing and hooked up with a few new numbers & a couple of old time friends.

WB5FKC - on learning curve (hi) 0.73 Chris wb5fkc

N4FI - I remembered the sprint at 0150Z. (A senior moment). Only had 40 minutes with 700mW and moderate qrn. Tnx to K3WWP,W0EJ, and K4BAI for their extra effort to pull my puny sig outta the mud.

VA3PEN - First time to the sprint. I memorized my number slightly wrong so I gave the wrong number for the first two contacts - i.e. 2889 instead of 2899 :-) It was fun.

VA2SG - Didnt have enough time for this one. 40 seemed in great shape. Tnx for the Q's and sorry for my lousy bug manipulation.

KD2MU - Found some spare(?) time, jumped on and only heard a couple of sigs. Maybe next month.

K9XE - My first real effort in a NAQCC Sprint. I enjoyed it and will try to make more of them in the future.

K4NVJ - Summer noise. QSB.

W2JEK - conditions not very good for the sprint. had 2 qso on 20 and 4 qso on 80 and 8 on 40 which seemed to be the workhorse band. poor propagation on 20 and qrn on 80. hope things will be better next month. 72 and 73 don younger w2jek #1135

N2COD - Not bad for an hour operating from my stationary mobile at my camp. I can't load up too well into my 9' whip on 80m., so 80 was out, but it sounded lousy here in WNY anyway. 20m. went south fast, so I worked 40m. for most of my QSO's. Rig: FT-857D @ 5w. into autotuner under the seat.

WB1HJS - My second Sprint, after I experienced troubles at the start of the June one and didn't submit. I'll echo the "terrible conditions" sentiment here, and I was surprised how dead 20m was. 40 and 80 were very noisy, and 40 was actually so "crowded" I had to switch from my FT817 to my FT897 to use the 300 Hz filter. Great fun!

WY7N - Are conditions improving, or what? This is a new high score for me. I operated FD style near Park City because I had to be present at my daughter's girls camp. The highlight was John (K3WWP) answering my CQ on 40M. I heard him last month, but couldn't work him. Thanks John!

WB8LZG - Hello to all agn. condx here in Mich. were lousy to say the least. Highest noise levels ive heard from here in a long time. Vy slow going. only work 5 Qs in abt an hr. heard es called K3WWP, then he faded into the either. Same with a few others. listened on 20 but heard nothing. Heard a few on 80 but couldnt work em. The score was poor this month but submitting it to show activity. 73 till next time , Gregg

W2SH - 20m pooped out earlier than in recent weeks. Activity on 80m was far too sparse, yet conditions there were not so terrible. Thankfully 40m was productive. Heard a couple of 5s and one but couldn't work them. My biggest thrill was a 40m QSO with WY7N, my first ever Utah.

K6WLM - Submitted just as a tracking log. Band conditions were poor and 0030Z is a bit too early for the lower bands on the "Left" Coast. Looking forward to events like this when the bands are better. 73, Bill

VE3FUJ - This Sprint seemed to be off to a very slow start, didn'y hear much until 1/2 into sprint.I was beginning to wonder if my timing was wrong? I even went to double check the date and time. Wonder if other saw it that way? Otherwise I enjoyed it. Brion (22 of my 37 QSO's came in the first half of the sprint - 11 in the first 30 mins - K3WWP)

W3RT - Nice to be able to work all the way to UT on 5 Watts! Had to be his great ears! Thanks to all I was able to work, and looking forward to the next one. 73, Red, W3RT in PA.

N1LU - Operated from a cabin in Bar Harbor, Maine using my KX1 and 33' wire in a tree. Could only operate for part of the first hour, but was fun as usual.

KW3U - nothing heard on 80 and 40 had high noise, did hear k3wwp weakly. jim kw3u 1910

AB4PP - Worked as many as I could with sick wife and mother-in-law calling me to help them. Had to give up the contest to go to store for medicine. Had a great time, very noisy here, qrn from storms in distance. Had to unplug. Lightning also around here. Had a hard time copying a lot of stations because of the noise level, S9 at times. Sorry guys for not pulling you out. Tried to answer a few and they could not hear me evidently. I started working two stations and they faded out completely while I was waiting. Slowed down for a lot of ops and had a wonderful time meeting some new friends. Hope to do it again soon.

N9KR - So-So conditions on 40 but big fun anyway. Using a homebrew transmitter @ 5 Watts & Drake 4B Rcvr.

K5GQ - At 1 1/2 hours in, QRN was S7 and continued to rise and was not able to copy stations. 20M most stations were weak.

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

RULES specific to this month's sprint:

Date and time:
Thursday July 16, 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 working stations from the most different USA call areas (max 12 incl. KL7 and KH6). It's the station location, not the call sign number that determines the call area - i.e. W7XXX in Florida counts as the 4th call area.

Autologger SA info:
Eligible for the Special Award.......' box - Select Yes if you are competing for the award
Special Award info.......' box - A list of the call areas worked.

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.