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Aug 2009 Straight Key/Bug Sprint (#58)

Final Official Results
SWA Category - Eastern Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
*K3WWP  37   33   70   16 1120  x2  2240  ~110' attic rnd wire
N8QY    33   31   64   15  960  x2  1920  g5rv@25'
N1LU    29   27   56   17  952  x2  1904  Cobra ultralite@40'
*W2SH   26   23   49   17  833  x2  1666  Inv L 85' + 85'; 80m dpl@35'
WB8LZG  23   21   44   13  572  x2  1144  350' lw@30'
*KB3AAG 22   20   42   12  504       504  80m loop@35',g5rv@40'
W9CC    14   11   25   10  250  x2   500  80m loop@15'
K3OXG   13   11   24   10  240  x2   480  inv v@50'
W2JEK   13   13   26    9  234  x2   468  20 gp@20',40 dpl@20',110'ef@20'
*W3RT   13   11   24    8  192  x2   384  sloper@25'
K4JPN   10    9   19    9  171  x2   342  80m cf zepp,40m sloper@??'
WA3ZBJ  16   13   29   11  319       319  g5rv@35'
WY3H    10    8   18    8  144  x2   288  ~120' rnd wire@25'
VA3CWT  10    8   18    8  144  x2   288  gnd mtd vert
WA9ZES  12   10   22    6  132  x2   264  inv v@35'
VE3EDX   8    7   15    8  120  x2   240  gnd mtd 6BTV
KA2KGP   9    8   17    6  102  x2   204  5b gnd mtd vert
VE3HUR   8    8   16    6   96  x2   192  dpl 40, vert 20, ef 80@??'
KG1W     9    9   18    5   90  x2   180  windom@35'
N8XMS    9    8   17    5   85  x2   170  r7 vert
KQ1P    13   12   25    6  150       150  inv v@25'
AB8FJ    8    6   14    5   70  x2   140  ef rnd wire@15'
WA8SAN  10    9   19    7  133       133  g5rv@25'
*VE3FUJ  7    6   13    5   65  x2   130  g5rv@42'
KT4FJ    8    6   14    6   84        84  inv v@20'
N4FI     3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  attic 40m dipole
KU2US    4    3    7    3   21        21  Par 40m end fed long wire@??'
WB8ENE   3    3    6    2   12        12  135' dblt@15'
WB3DSJ   2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  dpl@25'
NF8M     2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  12' whip on 4th flr balcony
VA2SG    4    4    8    2   16        16  buddistick&40m hamstick cntrpoise
KD2MU    2    2    4    2    8         8  135' dpl@??'
N8BB     0    0    0    0    0 x1.5    0  w5gi @50'
#W8BI    5    5   10    3   30  x2    60  80 dpl@70'
#K8CN   28   25   53   14  742       742  135' dblt@20'

SWA Category - Central Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K9PL    18   14   32   13  416  x2   832  dpl@25'
KD0V    12   11   23   11  253  x2   506  g5rv@45'
K5ENA   11   11   22    8  176       176  dpl@40'
NV9X     7    6   13    5   65  x2   170  dpl@40'
KC0GIO   3    2    5    3   15  x2    30  66' dblt@15'
*W9WOC   3    3    6    2   12  x2    24  mobile whip on balcony
K4NVJ    2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  88' dpl@35'
#VE4AEO 26   25   51   17  867       867  g5rv inv v@25'

SWA Category - Mountain Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
*W6GY    4    3    7    2   14  x2    28  1/4 Vert 40M, Loop 80M@??'
@WY7N   10    9   19    7  133  x2   266  80M "Y"@70-46'

SWA Category - Pacific Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
KA7SPS   8    6   14    7   98  x2   196  20m hor dpl@35',40m vert dpl@35'
AA7EE    4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  1/2w dpl@8' on a peak 1902'asl

Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
*K4BAI  30   27   57   17  969  x2  1938  TH6DXX@55';88'CFzepp@55';40M
*NG7Z   17   14   31   14  434  x2   868  7EL YAGI 20, 2EL YAGI 40@??'

* - Special Award contender K3WWP-64, W6GY-45, KB3AAG-75, NG7Z-60,
                            K4BAI-67, W9WOC-79, VE3FUJ-75, W2SH-75,
Drawing entrants (oldest): VE3FUJ,W9WOC,W6GY,K4BAI
Drawing winner (oldest): W9WOC
Drawing entrants (youngest): K3WWP,W9WOC,W6GY,NG7Z
Drawing winner (youngest): W6GY
It's nice the way the drawing worked out as the overall oldest and
youngest participant (of those who reported their age) were winners

# - Non-member not eligible for awards
@ - Check log received past deadline

1st SWA Eastern: K3WWP
1st SWA Central: K9PL
1st SWA Mountain: W6GY
1st SWA Pacific: KA7SPS
1st Gain: K4BAI

The following appeared 5 or more times in submitted logs, but
did not submit a log themselves for whatever reason:
VE3KQN - 19
WB4YZA - 10
K4PQC - 9
AC6YY - 8
K3SWZ - 8
K9TJL - 8
W5TM - 8
K9JWI - 7
N5KIP - 6
W7IEX - 6
W9PRD - 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: 49
Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 90
Total QSO's in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 577
States represented: 30 + MB 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 got a little late start in the sprint, but still managed 37 QSO's. I seem to hit that number 37 a lot in our sprints. Tom said I should probably play that in the lottery. Why the late start? I wound up watching my neighbors 7 year old twins for a while just before the sprint. That was probably more fun than the sprint anyway so I didn't mind missing a little bit of it.
Conditions seemed very good tonight. The noise was high, but so were the signals. 80M was fabulous. I think of my 80M QSO's, almost all the stations I worked were the strongest I've ever heard them. Too bad more folks didn't check 80M.

KU2US - Had off work tonight, thought I would participate, been gone for awhile.Heavy static, but heard many members on 40m. Only 4 contacts, but it was fun. Gotta get a day job :)

N1LU - Lots of QRN here. 80 was impossible. Just 20 and 40 for me. KA2KGP, thanks for your patience. Ruff copy, but we got it.

KT4FJ - Started on 20 meters but no luck. Switched to 40 and stayed with it for the entire contest. Used my Elecraft KX1. Heard some really big signals out there, QRP is amazing!

K5ENA - QSB, but really enjoyed the sprint.

WA3ZBJ - Nice to be back in PA where signals are SO much louder than they are in FL. 40 meters seemed really hot tonight with some super signals, particularly K8CN, N8QY and N1LU. Nice to hear Pete VA2SG/P from QC. My score could be a lot better, but my old ears aren't as good as those in my little FT-817, I guess. (Smile) See you next time. 72/73... Don

K3OXG - Band seemed quiet here, some stations very strong but could not hear me

W6GY - Didn't hear much activity on the West Coast on 40M or 80M. By the time mid-west stations started coming in on 40M, only 10 minutes left in the contest. However, I did notice on the latest Membership list quite a few new stations from the Northwest signing up. Welcomed increased activity out here may be just around the corner! 73, Gary W6GY #0013

AB8FJ - Stayed on 40 meters for this Sprint. A lot of QRN this evening here in Ohio. Used my Ten-Tec Argonaut II at 5 watts to the end fed random wire up 15 feet. Key used was my Bencher RJ-2.


KB3AAG - Wow, what a nite. The thunderbumpers arived in my hollar about an hour before the start and stayed the whole time! Boom, boom and bang! Lets try to keep the schedule for next month secret so perhaps those weather people will miss sending them! It is now 0348 Z and I just finally figured out how to get this thing to "PASTE" my log into the autologer! As you all know by now I aint much of a CW operator and you might as well know I aint much of a computer operator neither, fact is I guess I just aint much! Oh well I know by next month I will have forgotten how to do it anyhow. Thanks to all, I got John and Tom both this time! Sorry to all I couldnt dig out. Frank

NG7Z - Split my time between the qrp fox hunt and the sprint. So spent the first half hour of the sprint, well, sprinting. Took an hour off to futilely hunt for the foxes. Then back to the sprint. Should have been sprinting instead of foxing. (ABSOLUTELY! - We need those western mults back here - K3WWP) No pelts for this hunter. 72 Paul

W8BI - We have GOT to get a decent 40m wire up here at the club station. Special award? Well, my birthday was two days ago...oughtta be good for something... Oh yeah -- that last contact started before the contest end, I just didn't hit the 'enter' key in time. It counts...right? (Sure - K3WWP)

K8CN - First time in NAQCC Sprint - worked many great fists who inspire me to haul out MY straight key for the next go-around! At times it was easy to forget that this is a QRP sprint - there were several S9+10dB signals. Only managed one Q on 20M at very beginning, and I wasted time on 80M from 0140 - 0200Z; had forgotten just how bad summer QRN is on that band - heard only one very weak signal. It was great to hear West Coast on 40M late in the run, but alas no Qs with them, and missed some good mults (LA!) that were heard in S&P passing.

WB8ENE - Thanks for the 20 over S9 report N8BB. I guess I have a pipeline to Michigan on 40M. Amazing what 5W into a wire antenna 15' off the ground will do.

WB8LZG - K2 at 5w, good conx here in Mich, this month. had several stns that i couldnt quite get, but nice to hear lots of activity. Bagged K4BAI es K3WWP on 2 bands. 20 closed here early, es 80 just wasent vy hot. only 2 qsos on 80. Had a gud time. See u all next sprint. 73 Gregg

K4BAI - FT1000MP at 5W output. Unable to operate the whole time due to thunderstorms that required a shut down of the station at 0146Z. 20M sounded very good, but not too much activity there. Was unable to complete a QSO on 20 with WA3ZBJ. Sorry about that. 40M had high QRN from the nearby thunderstorms, but signals were strong and activity was pretty good. 80M was very noisy and no NA signals were heard on that band prior to QRT. Hope for a full-time entry next month. 73/72, John

KD0V - Good Sprint. Lots of QRN here on 40 meters, but the band was sounding very good. 20 meters was open to the west coast and NE, but not many on the band.

KG1W - My favorite Sprint! (Right on!! - K3WWP) See you again soon. Rich

K9PL - PFR-3 and J-38.

N8XMS - A tough one! I wanted to spend as much time as possible on 80-meters to help me work on the August challenge requirements as well. But with a multiband vertical that is not supposed to even work on 80 it was not a fun place to hangout! I did have the thrill of working both #0001 and #0002 on 80-meters and actually worked John on 40 as well.

K4JPN - Heavy QRN on bands, only band sigs heard were on 40M. I tried several times calling CQ NA on 20M and 80M, but nothing heard or worked. 72, Steve

W2JEK - got on late. used my ft-840 at 5w to wire antennas and straight key. 40m seemed to be the better of the bands. only one qso on 20m and two on 80m. much qrn on 80m. tried to work kb3aag but no luck this time- sorry.

KA2KGP - Summertime storm QRN was almost unbearable here in WNY, compounded by QSB made for difficult copy. Still, nice to work those who dug me out of the mudline. Better conditions next sprint! 73 all

WA9ZES - This was my first NAQCC event - very enjoyable experience even with so much QRN and lousy band conditions. Walt WA9ZES #3840

WB3DSJ - my first sprint log lots of sigs but hard to pick out of the static hope my large no. of contacts doesn't overload the system hi hi tnx 73

W3RT - Fun activity! Tried 20, only 1 qso there; the rest was on 40m with a lot of noise. Seems like other stations said the same thing. Good to be able to get substantial reports with only 5 watts from the '940 and the sloper. Used the Speed-X straight key for this one. Many west coast signals heard, but I guess they didn't hear me! 73 to all. Red

W9WOC - Lots of good signals here, but my mobile whip is not the best radiater. Tough to get the RF out, but had much fun. (your whip whipped your signal in to me pretty good - thanks for having me as the first of your 3 QSO's - K3WWP)

AA7EE - Operated portable from Vollmer Peak 1902 feet above sea level in the hills above Berkeley, CA. Beautiful view and had a great time, though only made 4 contacts due partially to my inexperience as a CW operator and also to my uncomfortable operating position on the ground (lots of quick stretching breaks taken.) Nevertheless, it was a great reason to get out of the house. Lots of fun.

N8QY (ex-KA8MPT) - 40 Meters was great,never left all night. Great qso's with my friends from Canada.Lots of qsb and qrm .Thanks to all who worked me with my new call N8qy, 30 yrs with Ka8mpt hard to let go hi hi. John

W2SH - Spent a bit more than the first half hour on 20m where 10 QSOs provided 10 multipliers. Among them was newcomer VE4AEO, and he also had a good signal on 40m. That band was active but very noisy. With reception so difficult, calling CQ seemed to produce busted QSOs, yet I didn't have much luck with "search and pounce". One CQ was answered by a W4 who wanted to ragchew, and after learning he was 93 years old, I politely hung in with him for several more minutes. Any special award for oldest op worked? Went to 80m where the noise was no worse than on 40m, but little activity was apparent. My one QSO there secured my home state multiplier.

KD2MU - Lots of static here, some signals on 40 and nothing on 80. Fun just being in it. 73

NF8M - We were on vacation up north at beautiful Bay Harbor, Michigan. Took just a few minutes to set up the KX1 and try for some QSOs as the sun went down. Thanks to K4BAI and NG7Z who pulled my 20m pipsqueak signal out of the noise. Tried for a few on 40 - heard W1CVE, N8QY and K3WWP FB but couldn't work them, so I went QRT after the two 20m QSOs and enjoyed the gorgeous Lake Michigan sunset.

N8BB - Sure would have been nice to record my points if my computer didn't eat my files. Don't know where but my log went to cyber space Thanks guys for all the great ears through the s9+ noise and I will certainly do ette nxt time Werner

K4NVJ - Short time. I didn't find condx to be so good here in Bama.

KQ1P - Operated portable from Grindstone Island in the St.Lawrence River. Lots of QRN from thunderstorms in area. Much fun to hear new calls for me and work a few of them. 73. John

VA2SG - Couple contacts with friends at campground.

WY7N - QTH this month was Scout Camp Frontier at the East Fork of the Bear River Scout Reservation in the Uintah mountains. The elevation was approximately 10,000 ft. 40m was crowded with signals and the band was very quiet. It's weird that I couldn't seem to work the strongest stations. Very notable was N8QY's (ex-KA8MPT) S9+20db. He had a lot of stations calling him. I couldn't break the pileup. The log is late. Hopefully it is still good for a participation point. (Yes-K3WWP)

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

RULES specific to this month's sprint:

Date and time:
Wednesday August 12, 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 being the youngest or oldest participant. That's two drawings and two awards overall, one to the youngest and one to the oldest participant.

Autologger SA info:
Eligible for the Special Award.......' box - Select Yes if you are competing for the award
Special Award info.......' box - Your birthday - Month, Day, and Year

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.