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Sep 2009 Straight Key/Bug Sprint (#59)

Final Official Results
SWA Category - Eastern Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
*K3WWP  39   38   77   20 1540  x2  3080  ~110' attic random wire
*N8BB   34   30   64   22 1408  x2  2816  mystery ant@45'
*N8XMS  27   24   51   18  918  x2  1836  r7 vert
N2ATB   30   30   60   13  780  x2  1560  windom@55'
W3IK    30   29   59   13  767  x2  1534  135' ef wire@35-10'
*W2JEK  23   23   46   15  690  x2  1380  20 gp,40 dpl,110'ef wire,all@20'
*WY3H   22   22   44   13  572  x2  1144  ocf windom@30'
AA2YV   24   20   44   13  572  x2  1144  40 dpl@30'
*KA2KGP 22   22   44   11  484  x2   968  5b dpl@??'
KC2EGL  17   17   34   13  442  x2   884  flded dpl@25'
KB3AAG  29   29   58   14  812       812  80m loop@35', g5rv@40'
KI4GLH  28   28   56   15  840       840  g5rv@40'
NR9B    24   21   45   16  720       720  hf6v@4'
W9CC    17   17   34    9  306  x2   612  80m loop@15'
*KQ1P   13   13   26    8  208  x2   416  inv vee@40'
AB8FJ   11   11   22    9  198  x2   396  ef rnd wire@15'
WA9ZES  12   12   24    8  192  x2   384  g5rv inv vee@35'
NF8M    11   11   22    8  176  x2   352  ocf dpl@35'
K3OXG   11   11   22   10  220 x1.5  330  inv vee@50'
KD2MX   10   10   20    7  140  x2   280  600' loop@25'
WA2JSG  11   11   22    6  132  x2   264  elevated butternut hf9v vert
W1OH    18   18   36    7  252       252  40M dblt@35'
WA3ZBJ  13   13   26    8  208       208  g5rv jr@40'
WB8ENE   7    7   14    6   84  x2   168  135' dblt@15'
W3RT     8    8   16    5   80  x2   160  sloper@25'
VE3FUJ   7    6   13    6   78  x2   156  g5rv@42'
KT4FJ    6    6   12    5   60  x2   120  inv vee@20'
KD2MU    9    9   18    6  108       108  135' dblt@18'
N2COD    6    6   12    4   48  x2    96  Hustler Mobile
VE3HNE   4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  40m dpl@27'
KA2CAQ   5    5   10    3   30  x2    60  dpl@25'
NA4O     5    5   10    2   20  x2    40  ocf L dipole@30'
KU4A     3    3    6    3   18        18  40 sloping dpl,80 sloping 1/4wv
VA3PEN   2    2    4    1    4  x2     8  buddystick@7'
@N9KR   10   10   20    6  120  x2   240  ef zepp@25'

@ - Arrived past deadline

SWA Category - Central Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
W5TM    36   35   71   21 1491  x2  2982  80m dipole@80'
NS9I    30   30   60   16  960  x2  1920  80m dblt@55',40m dlta loop@40'
*W5YDM  27   26   53   16  848  x2  1696  g5rv jr@30'
WA9VEE  26   26   52   15  780  x2  1560  200' lw@30'    
NS2X    37   35   72   17 1224      1224  160m delta loop @35-40'
K5GQ    17   17   34   11  374 x1.5  561  dpl@18'
K0MDS   12   12   24    8  192  x2   384  windom@35'
K4NVJ   12   12   24    8  192  x2   384  88' dpl@35'
NV9X    15   14   29    6  174  x2   348  dpl@30'
KD0V     9    9   18    6  108  x2   216  g5rv@15'
KE9DR    6    6   12    6   72  x2   144  380' rndm loop@50'
N5RDN   10   10   20    6  120       120  80m dpl@??'
K5OAI    5    5   10    5   50  x2   100  Hi-Q 5/160 vertical@20'
KD5MMM   4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  inv vee@40'
AA9WP    3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  indoor 20/15/10 dpl
KC0IEM   3    3    6    3   18        18  g5rv@25'

SWA Category - Mountain Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
WU7F     4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  g5rv@20'

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

* - Special Award contender
Drawing entrants: K3WWP, W5YDM
Drawing winner: W5YDM

1st SWA Eastern: K3WWP
1st SWA Central: W5TM
1st SWA Mountain: WU7F
1st SWA Pacific: n/a
1st Gain: n/a

The following appeared 5 or more times in submitted logs, but
did not submit a log themselves for whatever reason:
N5KIP - 15
KB4QQJ - 12
VE3KQN - 12
N5EBD - 9
N9GGE - 7
W8YMO - 7
AB9CA - 6
NU7T - 6
WA4AN - 6
W7OM (nm) - 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: 51 + one late log 
Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 93 
Total QSO's in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 803 + 10 in late log
States represented: 31 + ON

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 - Good conditions for this sprint. First sprint in a long time that I was able to work the whole sprint. Enjoyable - had a nice time. Looking forward to October's sprint. Thanks to all who participated. And just for everyone's information, my NAQCC number really is 1 - ONE. 72 to all. Tom.

pix_key2009_wy3h (35K)

K3WWP - As Tom said, very good conditions tonight. 40 and 80 complemented each other beautifully. 40 was in longer skip to get the more distant mults and 80 in short skip for the closer in ones. I think that's the first time I've gotten 20 or more mults in a while now. Also I got out of my 37 QSO rut with 39 tonight, but couldn't get that number 40. I set down some thoughts on how I manage to do well in our sprints. Instead of putting them here, I'll just refer you to my web site diary - see the Sept 17 entry if you may be interested. I'm sorry I couldn't get WU7F to hear me on 40M. He's been a good friend mostly via email for a long time now. He was only about 229 here, and all I got back from him was a QRZ? and a SRI, can't copy. Other than that, I believe I worked everyone I either called or who answered my CQ's. I didn't have time to build a new homebrew key this year so I alternated between the two I built in previous years. That's my Vibroplex Lightning Bug given to me by NAQCC member Larry W2LJ a few days ago to the left of the straight keys.

pix_key2009_k3wwp (56K)

KT4FJ - Used my Small Wonder Lab SW40+ so I was limited to 40 meters only. The band started off pretty good but it seemed to die out quickly. I also used a straight key for the first time. Thanks to all who copied my lousy fist.

KI4GLH - Band in decent shape. Using a Ten Tec T-Kit model 1340 at 4 watts, was my first sprint using the little rig. It was a joy!! Hope to operate next month's sprint in the field using battery power.

KD5MMM - plenty of static here tonight. 73 all ..

NS9I - Sri log is in cdst, last minute setup of genlog on the new pc! (I'll take the time to convert it for the cross-checking program - K3WWP) Lots of fun, sigs were better then last year, tnx to all. My old Signal Electric sure had too much dust on it, hint to myself. 73.

K5OAI - I am number 1385, formerly KA5OAI, now K5OAI. 1st sprint with my new license and license class, yippie. Band was noisy as heck and stations were hard to copy due to qsb into the noise and back a lot. Thanks to those with the patience to copy my lousy straight key fist.

WA9ZES - Lot of fun - my second sprint - Thanks to all who gave me a contact - 73, Walt

WA2JSG - 1st time in a NAQCC sprint in 2 or 3 months, good to be back. IC703 turned down to 5 watts, using a 12v battery pack (more like 10.5v). Fun event!

KC0IEM - My first NAQCC sprint I had a great time!! 3 Q's will only get better Thanks

WA3ZBJ - Only had an hour to play tonight, but certainly enjoyed our Sprint. Heard nothing on 20 meters, plenty on 40 but sigs were weak on 80 and that member from Brookville PA didn't hear me again. :-) See you next time. 72 de Don

W3RT - Strong signals tonight- not enough time to work the full 2 hour sprint. Had fun; 5 watts out sure does the trick sometimes! 73 to all, and thanks to the sponsors. Red, W3RT in PA; NAQCC #2545.

VE3FUJ - This time I was off to a good start the first 20 min, then for an hour or so, I couldn't scrape up anything. I changed band and things picked up again. I had a great time I even got to QSO with k3wwp, a rare thing. Brion

W3IK - Well, antennas blew down last Spring, lost two pieces of equipment and a tree in that lightening storm, but am back partially on the air. Phone calls kept interrupting this Sprint, but what the heck, it was fun. Worked twenty contacts about one every two minutes the first forty minutes on forty meters, forty was rockin and rollin with stations! Then the next hour and twenty minutes only worked 10 contacts. Forty was the best I have heard it for a Sprint. I thought 80m would be my usual band, but few and far between up there until late in the Sprint. Tickled to work #1 WY3H and then immediately consecutively #2 K3WWP. Hope ya'll had as much fun as I did, it would not have happened without you, and I would like to thank each of you for the contacts. 73 John W3IK (#150)

KB3AAG - A real nice nite! At least no thumping and brite flashes! Only found W5YDM on twenty, I called but no takers. Big thrill was working Lou K3OXG hated to give him the contact as we have our own contest within the sprint, he is getting good and perhaps he will beat me again. Also got NU7T on forty best I have ever done in the sprint from down in this holler! It is now 11:15 and I have the log found, copyed, and pasted already. I am either getting better or lucker. Thanks to all and see u later. Frank

KC2EGL - I am back from my annual summer hiatus. Things were rather dead here in Brookville Pa for the first 35 minutes. Then things picked up big time. I would have had a few more QSO's but some poor lost soul wanted to have a ragchew right in the middle of my pile up which evaporated during said ragchew. Had a blast as always. Thanks to all who answered my CQ. Ran into a old friend, Red W3RT. But did not run into John K3WWP. It is hit or miss (mostly miss) with John due to the short distance between our QTH's. See you next sprint on the radio 73 Mike

AB8FJ - Noisy conditions on 80 & 40 this evening. Station used was my Ten-Tec Argonaut II at 5W to an end-fed random wire up 15 feet high. Key used was my Bencher RJ-2.

VA3PEN - I re-aligned my HW-8 for 40m for this contest. It was a challenge because this was the first time to use this rig. I heard a lot of stations but could make 3 contacts only ;-) Maybe I could not zero-in to the frequency. I hear cw tone on both sides from the zero-beat and do not know which side is the right frequency ;-)

KA2KGP - Another Nice Sprint! Conditions were long but not to bad as noise levels were at a minimum here in WNY. I used my homebrewed straight key mounted on a CD base. A fun sprint, thanks to all who participated.

pix_key2009_ka2kgp (28K)

WB8ENE - Enjoyed the sprint. Ending at 10:30 is a little late for me. Ever consider starting a little earlier? (No - that would make it worse for our Mountain and Pacific time zone stations - K3WWP)

KD2MU - Conditions much improved this month. Contests are more fun when you actually make contacts! Thanks to all, see you next month. 73

KQ1P - Conditions on 40 were very good, too much QRN on 80. Some 7's were strong but I couldn't connect before the band went down. For the first 30 minutes it was wall to wall QRP on 40 with plenty of very strong signals from the east and south. Much fun as always. Just before the sprint I made a key from a hack saw blade and wood scraps with a wine cork knob. It worked great so I'll keep on using it.

pix_key2009_kq1p (54K)

KD2MX - Got a late start here. Lots of true 599s tonight with strong signals on both 40 & 80.

W5YDM - K1 40/20 and steak knife straight key. Started out on 20m with good signals but after awhile either the band dropped or everyone changed bands. Went to 40, which was full of signals..too many, in fact. There were times when 3 or 4 stations were calling me at the same time. I haven't used a straight key since 1976 when I first became a ham and I got rid of it back then as fast as I could. The combination of homemade key and lack of straight key use for 33 yrs wore me out in the first 15 minutes. My arm and wrist got so numb that I could hardly send sensible transmissions. I know a lot of my contacts thought they were dealing with a newbie. It was 2 hours of hard work for me.

pix_key2009_w5ydm (26K)

N2COD - Only had time for the first 1/2 hr. of the sprint, too bad cuz the bands were decent & I was having fun! Hope I can do the whole sprint next time. 73 to all.

N5RDN - Not sure if I submitted log correctly, hope so. Had alot of fun. Key was HB side swiper. Thanks to all who heard me. 73, Rob

W9CC - The bands seemed good tonight. Instead of a homemade key I used my Clapp-Eastman Boston spark key. Lots of fun.

KA2CAQ - This was first time in NAQCC sprint. Had fun. Tnx for ur patience guys. Hope to improve next time.

KU4A - Bizarre night. Some of the best conditions I can recall for the Sprint, but couldn't find many people to work.

AA9WP - It has been awhile since participating but it was good to be back. 40 meters was working well at the beginning. 80 seemed to be open later but antennas are lacking for working there. K1 at 5 watts into indoor dipoles trimmed for 20/15/10 leave something to be desired. See you all next time. 73's

K4NVJ - I was able to devote 45 minutes to the Sprint and condx were fair. Good time. Joe

W2JEK - conditions seemed good although not much on 20. 40 was the best band. 80 was good but not many using the band. used my yaesu ft-840 at 5 watts and my homebrew straight key made from a hacksaw blade. 72 and 73 don younger w2jek #1135

pix_key2009_w2jek (36K)

N8XMS - At the start of the sprint I heard W5YDM calling CQ with a good signal on 20 meters but by the time I finished sending him my call he had completely faded out. I then moved to 40 and got my best score so far this year (and I think my third best score of all time) with 27 QSOs and 18 multipliers. Last year I used a homebrew key that was quickly thown together using a hacksaw blade and a small kitchen cutting board. This year I planned ahead and tried to put together something with a little more class. It looks a lot fancier than the hacksaw key but didn't actually work that much better. I had a great time building the key and using it in the sprint. My thanks to all of the participants and especially to the organizers of this fine club.

pix_key2009_n8xms (42K)

N8BB - Had another great outing but this time the log didn't get eaten by the stupid PC, (can't blame the operator can you). WB8ENE had a BIG signal again to Mich. as to many other very good signals. Also a great big thanks to the weaker but still good copy ops out there, enjoyed working all of you. My feeble straight key was made in under an hour due to me not paying attention to the newsletter, but it still did me a great job and I had fun hammering away on it. Most work on 40 with a few on 80 but still didn't hear John or Tom in there (Tom heard you briefly once, I never heard you at all - K3WWP) but theres always next time. I did work WU7F and very pleased to work W7OM in Washington. Again, many thanks for a very fun two hours. Werner

pix_key2009_n8bb (25K)

K5GQ - At the end of the sprint my noise went away. I went into the other room to see if I could see what might be making it. Nope. Even the thunderstorms during the sprint left without leaving any rain; just noise during the sprint. Even had one ignition noise from an auto; I am glad it did not last long.

NV9X - Nice Sprint. Wish there was one a week. Great way to spend a couple of hours on a week night. (Please have mercy on the poor log checker - me. HI. If not for that, I agree completely. I think our sprints are the best of all sprints. - K3WWP)


KD0V - I was operating from a camp site on Gunflint Lake in northern Minnesota about a half mile south of the Canadian Boarder. I heard more stations than I could work. It was a good sprint.

W1OH - Didn't work the whole contest, but conditions seemed pretty good on 40M and 80M (tried 20M at first - seemed open as lots of PSK at 14070, but no sprinters around 14060). Finally tried genlog (in post-contest mode) so hope the log format is OK. Rig was my Elecraft K2 at 5w to my 40M doublet and Kent dual paddle key. Thanks NAQCC for another great sprint!

K3OXG - Nice conditions here and band was very active. I ran a bug during the contest and worked KB3AAG - my hero!

W9WOC - (Frank prepared this key for the sprint, but was unable to participate due to a last minute change of plans - K3WWP)

pix_key2009_w9woc (19K)

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

RULES specific to this month's sprint:

Date and time:
Thursday September 17, 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 using a homebrew key or bug they made themselves. Note that you must have made it all by yourself from scratch. It can't have been made by someone else.

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 you must submit a picture of your key via a separate email.

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.