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Nov 2009 Straight Key/Bug Sprint (#61)

SWA Category - Eastern Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
*K4BAI  50   47   97   22 2134  x2  4268  88' CF zepp@' 40M 1/2wv dpl@50'
                                          80M inv vee@50'
*K3WWP  46   44   90   22 1980  x2  3960  ~110' attic rnd wire
*N4BP   60   52  112   25 2800      2800  dpl@62'
W2LJ    35   35   70   18 1260  x2  2520  g5rv@25'
*KC2EGL 34   32   66   19 1254  x2  2508  fld dpl@25'
W2SH    31   30   61   16  976  x2  1952  inv L 85'+85', 80 cf dpl@??'
*AA4W   40   36   76   17 1292 x1.5 1938  41' wire vert 40/80
*W2JEK  26   26   52   14  728  x2  1456  40 dpl@20', 80 110' ef@20'
*KA2KGP 22   19   41   15  615  x2  1230  5b gnd mtd vert
N1LU    23   21   44   13  572  x2  1144  cobra ultralite@40'
*K4JPN  21   21   42   13  546  x2  1092  80m cf zepp@??'
*NF8M   19   18   37   13  481  x2   962  80m ocf dpl@35'
AA2YV   18   16   34   12  408  x2   916  40m dpl@30',80m ef zepp@35'
*W9CC   20   20   40   10  400  x2   800  80m loop@15'
*N8XMS  17   17   34   11  374  x2   748  vert
*AB4PP  25   24   49   15  735       735  car wndm@25'
N4FI    15   15   30   10  300  x2   600  115' rnd wire@20'
*W8BI   16   16   32    9  288  x2   576  75m dpl@70'
WA3FIR  16   16   32    9  288  x2   576  40 dpl@??', 80 inv v@??'
*N8BB   14   14   28   10  280  x2   560  mystery@55', g5rv@55'
WB8LZG  14   13   27    9  243  x2   486  lw@30' & inv L@30'
KD2MX   12   12   24    9  216  x2   432  600' loop@20'
KD2MU   18   18   36   11  396       396  135' dblt@25'
*VE3KI  16   16   32    9  288       288  gnd mtd trap vert
VE3KQN  15   13   28   10  280       280  88' wire@??'
*KQ1P   11   11   22    6  132  x2   264  inv v@40'
*N2COD   9    9   18    7  126  x2   252  9' mobile whip
NA4O     9    9   18    7  126  x2   252  40 car wndm@40',80m 40' inv L
W0EJ    13   13   26    9  234       234  205' g5rv@45'
*KM4QQ   9    9   18    6  108  x2   216  80m full wv horiz loop@30'
W9BGJ   10   10   20    7  140       140  g5rv@30'
N8DOE    7    7   14    5   70  x2   140  135' dblt@35'
VE3GNU   7    7   14    4   56  x2   112  mb dpl@35'
*K1IEE   6    6   12    4   48  x2    96  g5rv@30'
W1OH     8    8   16    6   96        96  40 dblt@35'
KU4A     8    8   16    6   96        96  40 sloping dpl@??',80 sloper@??'
N2JNZ    6    6   12    5   60 x1.5   90  40m vert
WY3H     5    5   10    4   40  x2    80  ocf dpl@25'
AJ4SB    5    5   10    4   40  x2    80  40 inv v@25'
N9AKF    5    5   10    3   30  x2    60  rnd wire@20'
WA8SAN   6    5   11    5   55        55  g5rv@25'
VA3PEN   4    4    8    3   24  x2    48  gnd mtd vert
VE3HUR   3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  vert & ef@??'
*VE3FUJ  3    2    5    3   15  x2    30  g5rv@42'
VE3WMB   4    4    8    2   16 x1.5   24  40m vert, 80m 87' inv L
N9KR     4    4    8    3   24        24  zepp@25'
AI3G     3    3    6    2   12        12  indoor rnd wire
*WW4HX   1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  indoor ocf windom
@K9IRO  16   16   32   10  320  x2   640  220' horiz loop@??'

SWA Category - Central Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
*W5YDM  39   36   75   22 1650  x2  3300  g5rv jr@30'
*KS4L   27   26   53   15  795  x2  1590  80m inv v@45'
W5AG    22   20   42   12  504  x2  1008  40/80 dpl@40'
K5GQ    20   19   39   12  468 x1.5  702  dpl@18'
K9IS    21   21   42   12  504       504  330' horiz loop@30'
KD0V     9    8   17    7  119  x2   238  g5rv@45'
WA5RML   8    8   16    7  112 x1.5  168  dpl@25'
*K9PL    7    7   14    6   84  x2   168  dpl@25'
KD5MMM   7    7   14    6   84  x2   168  inv v@40'
NV9X     5    5   10    5   50  x2   100  dpls@20&30',gnd mtd vert
*KE9DR   6    6   12    4   48  x2    96  380" rnd loop@50"
K4NVJ    5    5   10    4   40  x2    80  88' dpl@35'
K0HJC    1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  cf zepp@35'
@WD5IYT  6    6   12    6   72        72  dpl@20'

SWA Category - Mountain Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
*N0TA   11   11   22   10  220  x2   440  dpl@??' & 1/4 wv vert
NR7T     7    7   14    5   70  x2   140  80/40 inv v@45'
*WY7N    6    6   12    4   48  x2    96  80m y@25'
WB0OEW   7    6   13    5   65        65  efhw@30'
AA7CU    3    3    6    2   12        12  vert w/12 rads@12'

SWA Category - Pacific Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
*NU7T    8    7   15    5   75  x2   150  90' inv L@25'
KE7LKW   4    4    8    2   16  x2    32  40m dpl@30', 80m inv v@30'
K6CSL    1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  dlta loop,indoor dpl&loop

Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna

@ - non-member ineligible for certificates - both subsequently joined!!

* - Special Award (Earliest licensed) contenders:
K3WWP-4/3/63, N2COD-71, N0TA-63, NU7T-10/79, KC2EGL-11/5/98, NF8M-2/10/68
WY7N-78, KE9DR-63, KM4QQ-59, VE3KI-5/78, AA4W-65, VE3FUJ-3/24/64, K9PL-76
W8BI(KA8OQF-op)-1/9/82, AB4PP-68, N4BP-6/55, KS4L-10/61, KQ1P-73,
K4BAI-11/54, WW4HX-77, K4JPN-1/62, W9CC-2/12/58, K1IEE-7/22/58,
W5YDM-3/5/76, N8XMS-70, W2JEK-12/19/51, 
Drawing entrants: W2JEK, KS4L, N0TA, NU7T
Drawing winner: NU7T

1st SWA Eastern: K4BAI
1st SWA Central: W5YDM
1st SWA Mountain: N0TA
1st SWA Pacific: NU7T
1st Gain: n/a

The following appeared 5 or more times in submitted logs, but
did not submit a log themselves for whatever reason:
KB3AAG - 28
K9FO - 22
KB4QQJ - 11
N5KIP - 10
N9GGE - 10
N7RVD - 7
AJ4AY - 7
K8DD - 7
NM5S - 6
W8VFM - 6
N5GW - 6
KE4I - 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: 71
Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 110 
Total QSO's in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 1023
States represented: 35 + ON + FRANCE

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 - 40M NG, but 80M great! My second most QSO's and second most mults ever combined for my best score ever. Activity seemed very high tonight. I hope we break our record for logs submitted. That would be something to be thankful for with Thanksgiving coming up next week. I didn't quite finish my Thanksgiving challenge in the sprint. I still need to work 1 more station with an 'O' in the call. Anyway that was really fun tonight. I had several good runs of stations here and there, and only twice did I go as much as 5 minutes between QSO's except during the first fruitless 20 minutes I spent wasting time on 40M at the beginning. Well, off to start processing logs now.

N2COD - I could only work the sprint for the first hour from my mobile on 80 meters. Conditions seemed "soft" with no real strong sigs here in WNY. I called many that did not hear me. Thanks to the 7 who pulled my mobile signal out of the mud. Happy Thanksgiving to all ! 72

N1LU - Nothing on 20. Did 40 for the first half, then switched to 80. Fun as usual.

WD5IYT - My first time in the NAQCC. Had terrible noise on 40m but made a few contacts. Fun!

KC2EGL - WOW! What a night. This is the best sprint I have had to date. I set a goal of 20 QSO's. I blew that out of the water. 80M was booming tonight into Brookville Pa. I would love to have sprints like this every month. Thanks to all who worked me. I was lucky enough to bag our V.P. John K3WWP. 73 CU on the radio. Mike

NF8M - After working EU all week on 20, was disappointed by weak sigs es QRN tonite. Like pulling in sigs from outer space.

KD2MX - Got a late start tonight but I was happy that I remembered the Sprint this month! I don't know how 40M was but 80M was quite fine. The QRN here was a bit high but signals were strong and plentiful. 12Qs in a half hour is a fine rate for the sprint. There have been times when I had trouble getting that many in 2 hrs. Thankfully no black holes tonight. Best wishes to all for a Happy Thanksgiving.

W0EJ - 40 Seemed soft just before Sprint time so headed for 80 meters. Later 80 started stretching out and gave me a shot at some of the boys down south. Thanks to all for a great time tonight and Happy Thanksgiving. 73 de Bill

WY7N - The rope broke on one end of my dipole. It's now a Y. I used it anyway. I worked everyone I could hear.

VA3PEN - The bands (80 & 40) were booming tonight. Nevertheless I could not hear any CQ NA until I heard K3WWP, and made my first contact. As always, I had hard time copying the exchanges in rather heavy QRM condition (with my HW-8). I made replies to a lot of CQ NA but only a few could copy me. I monitored 40M on and off during the sprint but it seemed to remain quite other than usual DX contacts.

KE9DR - conditions much better this time. Lots of QRN on 80, 40 was OK, 20 was dead again. Enjoyed it again. Tnx es 73

KD5MMM - Had fun, made a few and missed a few. 73 all ..

KM4QQ - Got a late start. Will try to be on time next month! still learning abou this Ten Tec Argosy. Not the greatest receiver for CW. (Needs filtering to separate stations.) Will work on that one! Still need practice at these sprints too! Ed

AA4W - A great Sprint! I heard plenty of stations I hadn't heard before. I was in a ragchew with W3EEK, #3316, when the Sprint started and called CQ after signing with him and was answered by F5OWL, in Hyeres, France! I was on my 41 Fft wire vertical so I guess it is working for DX.


K9IS - 40 meters was better than usual this month. tried 20 early, but found no activity there. fun as always.

VE3FUJ - I really enjoyed this Sprint even though I had a poor score ___ again. To those of you I answered and didn't complete the QSO I'm sorry, things just went PFUII. The band seemed rather fickle to nite every body was in and out of the noise. Brion

K6CSL - Band conditions seemed very poor here in SJV this evening. Hope for better conditions for the next Sprint. Bert

K9PL - Very poor propagation and QRN. Heard few calls. PFR-3 and J-37.

AI3G - First time I was able to work the sprint since moving to Delaware. Rig: Yaesu FT 857 @ 5W. Ant: 26' Random wire in garage. Still an enjoyable sprint. 73 Doug

AA2YV - I used my HW-9 this time. First time on 80M. Just put up an end-fed zepp, 140 feet in a big square U shape at abt 30 to 35 feet. Was hard to tune on 80. Have to do more work on it - before the snow flies. Great night!

W8BI - Switched radios to a rig with REAL filters and will crank down to 5w out. Much mo betta!!!!!

NA4O - 40 was very noisy, but my 80m antenna seemed to work much better than usual so I did better there. Should have QSYed sooner.

AB4PP - Got home late and got in the contest. Did S&P for a while on 80 and 40 and then decided to try calling CQ and did pretty good at that on 80. Bands were very noisy and had to put in all the filters to hear. A lot of signals very weak and everyone was wonderful to repeat info. It was a very good way to pass the evening and I met some new friends and a lot of old friends were in there as well. Thanks to all for being patient.

N4BP - 80M finally starting to be usable here in the SFL swamp. Is NAQCC membership really in the 3000's or did a couple send me their ARCI numbers? (We hope to hit 4,000 before the end of the year - K3WWP) I refuse to torture my fellow ham by trying to send on a straight key. :-)

KS4L - Great sprint! Not much on 40, but 80 was HOT! Used my venerable K2 at 5w. Thanks to all!!

VE3HUR - Another evening of typical band conditions. Couldn't work anyone on 40 although N0TA got part of my call. So waited till later and got a few on 80 but the going was still tough.

VE3KQN - Good to finally hear some signals on the low bands. Was running a sierra with an 88 foot wire thrown into a maple tree in the back yard. Condx were not great with S7 to S9 QRN on 80 & 40 as well as some quick QSB on 80. See ya all next month.

WB8LZG - Gud to here some high numbers out there,es also nice to run into old friends too. I only had an hour , but there were lots of signals. I heard es try to call ve3ki several times but propagation was not there. hope to see some of u in the Sweeps this weekend. 73 Gregg

VE3GNU - Just awful conditions---a possible incentive to just 'hang in there'.

KD2MU - Got the dipole up a bit higher for this month; 20 sounded dead, 40 was very noisy, so I stuck to 80. First time I was ever running and had a blast. Finally a break through. 72/73

KQ1P - Another tough night for QRP, S5+ QRN here on 80 and the now usual QSB on 40. It was work last night, but fun. VE3KI, thanks for making another try to get our QSO finished. John

K4BAI - FT1000MP, 5W, zepp, dipole, inverted vee dipole. 20M was dead. I lost the first 8 minutes due to confusion on my part as to whether I had the correct date or whether it had been the previous night when I was out of town. 40M was so good it was hard to decide to go to 80M. Most signals were strong on 40 and I was able to work AZ and NV as well as close by stations in AL, FL, GA, and NC. On 40, I heard, but did not work, W9BGJ, VE3FUJ, and a member in NC whose call I didn't get. VE3FUJ seems to be listening significantly lower than where he is transmitting, so when I call him on his frequency, he doesn't hear me. Missed him in two Sprints this week, so I'll know to try calling him lower in frequency next time. 80M was as good as it has been here in a long time with good signals from the eastern part of the country. I had QSOs from LA to WI to ME on 80. Activity seemed to be good. This is the first time I have known that the scores and soapbox are viewable almost immediately after posting on the webpage and I found them to be very interesting. Thanks for that service! (You're welcome, glad to do it even though it's a lot of late nite work - K3WWP) Please look for me and W4OC to be QRV from Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles Nov 25 to Dec 1. We will use PJ4/home calls outside the contest and in CQ WW CW contest we will use PJ4A. QSL all three calls via K4BAI. Hope to work many QRP stations from there again this year. 73/72, John

KA2KGP - A nice sprint. 20 was nil, but 40 & 80 had lots-o-sprinters & decent band conditions here in Western NY. Happy Thanksgiving everyone, see ya next sprint. 72

N2JNZ - Had a good time but only 6 Qs. Testing the new Kenwood 930s and enjoyed it lots !! Thanks to John Paul, AB4PP and Bob , N4BP for great ears and nice to work Larry , W2LJ my SKCC (and NAQCC!! - K3WWP) buddy !!!

KD0V - Got a late start this month. 80 meters was good.

VE3WMB - I just acquired a very nice Kenwood TS-820S in a trade so I put that on the air and reduced the CAR setting so I was just under 5W. I really wanted one of these rigs back in the 1980's but the cost was way beyond my budget. I used my 1940 McElroy Deluxe Bug with Marblite finish and managed to make 4 QSOs in spite of a high noise level. Almost too much fun to be legal ;-) Michael

WW4HX - Yes, only one contact...;~) Although I've been licensed continuously since, oh, ...77 or 78, I've been on an "HH" (ham hiatus) for a variety of reasons. Add to that, until recently, I haven't had A1 airtime since my early ham days..... Still, I had a blast getting reacquainted with my J38, and the Sprint process. Until the next NA Sprint, or further down the log, 73, WW4HX Gary

WA8SAN - Only one strong station on 40 mts and that was N4BP, I had to work for the rest. Had fun anyway and will see u all next Month/ Mike

W9CC - The bands were in pretty good shape tonight. Lots of fun as always.

K1IEE - This was my first Sprint. I didn't do very well but it was fun. Will be back net month. Hope to meet more NA members. All operators seemed courteous and considerate. Thanks.

W5YDM - My K1 is only 40/20m and 20m was dead so I did the whole sprint on 40. Plenty of signals..even had a pile-up a couple of times. I had 28 contacts the first call right after another, then things slowed down in the final hour where I made only 11 contacts. I guess most of you went to 80m. Those of you that describe your qrp rig as not having a good rcvr or filters ought to try a K1. If there is a signal out there, it will hear it.

WA5RML - T.T. Omni VI at 5 wts; 40M dipole; Most signals pretty weak - appreciated having a good receiver. Lots of fun.

K4NVJ - Short time.

N8XMS - Many have reported good conditions for this sprint but it was rather marginal here in the Detroit area for me. Signals were generally weak and there was so much fading on 80 meters that even a good signal would almost disappear before completing the exchange. In honor of our recently observed Veterans Day I decided to use my 1941 US Army Signal Corps J5A key. It works great and I had a lot of fun. Thanks to all who participated. 73 and happy Thanksgiving! Remember that there is still plenty of time to complete the Thanksgiving challenge.

W5AG - 73% of QSOs were on 40m, 27% were on 80M. This was a personal best with 22 QSOs. My newly installed 40/80m trapped dipole at 40 ft worked nicely ...but it may have been the good solar flux. Thanks to all in the log. Sorry, but still not using logger (typed results with notepad).

WA3FIR - 80 was good except for occasional static crashes. 40 was in and out but managed a few QSO's. As always great fun and a lot of activity.

W1OH - K2 @ 5w to 40M doublet. Evening full of chores - finally made it on the air about 0250z and went for about 30 minutes (punctuated by one phone call). 80M sounded hot here on Cape Cod, so just stayed there! Wish I could have been on the air sooner, but fun even for a short bit of S&P! Hope to finally have 80M doublet in the air by next month. See you then! Thanks, NAQCC!!

W2JEK - started on 80 but things not so hot- then discovered my recv attenuator was in. removed it and bands sounded great. used my yaesu ft-840 at 5 watts and wire antennas. looks like cycle 24 is starting up the sunspots. 72 and 73 don younger w2jek #1135

N8BB - Almost embarrassed to send in my log. 40 meters stunk and 80 was a close second here in Michigan. Looking at the soapbox I have to wonder where the heck all the good conditions were. Definitely one of my worst sprints but it will not deter me a bit. I see John is hoping for a record number of entries so I better just tuck my tail in and submit this. Oh yea, got my can kicked by them qro tuners on 7.040 consistently. Thanks for all those I worked and hope to do better later. Werner

N9AKF - I've been really busy at work for the past month not leaving much time for radio so I enjoyed this sprint very much. Marginal condx here, most sigs weak. 73, Bart

K5GQ - Had noise that quit at 15 minutes before the end of the sprint. It made it difficult to copy the weak station calling me.

NV9X - Not many stations heard at this station fer some reason. Maybe better next month. Happy Thanksgiving to all NAQCC members. Thanks NAQCC.

W2SH - 40m did not live up to my expectations. 80m showed improvement, but that mainly occurred during the final half hour.

N9KR - So-so conditions on 40. Using a homebrew transmitter @ 4 Watts &: Homebrew Rcvr.

W2LJ - It was nice to be able to participate again. I has 10 over 9 QRN on 40 Meters; so I decided to stay on 80 Meters for the entire Sprint. I was afraid that would be a dearth of activity; but was happy to see my fears were groundless. Thanks to everyone for the QSOs and if my schedule permits, I will be back next month.

KU4A - Great condx on both 40 and 80. In fact, QRM started to become a problem, and I may have some membership numbers scrambled. Gotta think about a CW filter for my FT-817.

N8DOE - My first Sprint. I was drenched in sweat when it was over. I'm still learning the rules of the road! But you can be sure that if I'm alive and above ground I'll be here next month. Late log due to computer crash! Had no paper backup Got system up this morning. (We allow late logs if they are beyond your control, so yours counts - K3WWP)

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

RULES specific to this month's sprint:

Date and time:
Thursday November 19, 0130-0330 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 having the earliest date of their first ham radio license. You need not have been licensed continually, only the date of your first license counts.

Autologger SA info:
Eligible for the Special Award.......' box - Select Yes if you are competing for the award
Special Award info.......' box - The date of your first license - at least the year if you don't know the date for sure.

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.