Dec 2009 Straight Key/Bug Sprint (#62)
Final Official Results
SWA Category - Eastern Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna K4BAI 29 29 58 16 928 x2 1856 inv v@55' N7RVD 23 23 46 13 598 x2 1196 whip on motorhome W2SH 19 19 38 12 456 x2 912 inv L 85'x85', cf dpl@35' KJ4IC 15 15 30 11 330 x2 660 102' dblt@30' KA2KGP 13 13 26 10 260 x2 520 g5rv@25' K3WWP 13 13 26 9 234 x2 468 ~110' attic rnd wire WA3ZBJ 15 13 28 11 308 308 attic short dpl K2MEN 10 10 20 7 140 x2 280 g5rv@35' AJ4SB 9 8 17 8 136 x2 272 40m inv v@25' K4UK 15 15 30 9 270 270 ??@??' K9IRO 9 9 18 6 108 x2 216 220' hor loop@30' AF3Z 7 6 13 6 78 x2 156 inv vee@16' W8BI 6 6 12 6 72 x2 144 80 dpl@70' *W3TS 6 6 12 6 72 x2 144 80/40 dpls@60' N4FI 7 7 14 5 70 x2 140 115' rnd wire@20',attic g5rv jr N8QY 7 7 14 4 56 x2 112 g5rv@25' K4JPN 7 7 14 4 56 x2 112 80 cf zepp@32' W1SRB 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 mb dpl@40' KA2CAQ 5 4 9 5 45 x2 90 80 inv v@??' W3RL 8 8 16 5 80 80 car wndm@75' VE1RSM 7 6 13 6 78 78 40 dpl@25' KC2EGL 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 fld dpl@25' WA2JSG 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 elev vert KT4FJ 5 5 10 3 30 x2 60 inv vee@15' KQ1P 5 5 10 3 30 x2 60 inv v@40' NK1N 5 5 10 3 30 x2 60 hustler whip out window KU4A 5 5 10 5 50 50 1/4wv sloper@40' KD2MU 5 5 10 4 40 40 135' dblt@25' N8DOE 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 ef inv vee@??' VA3RKM 4 4 8 2 16 x2 32 dpl@20' N8XMS 4 4 8 2 16 x2 32 r7 vert WA8SAN 5 5 10 3 30 30 g5rv@25' W9CC 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 80 loop@15' W8GX 2 2 4 2 8 8 43' gnd mtd vert WY3H 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 ocf dpl@25' NA4O 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 car wndm@40' W2JEK 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 110' ef wire@20' VE3HUR 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 ef@??' W4HH 1 1 2 1 2 2 dpl@25' VE3FUJ 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 33'vert@12',65'lw@9-30',g5rv@42' KD2MX 0 0 0 0 0 0 600' loop@??' NF8M 0 0 0 0 0 0 ??@??' SWA Category - Central Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna W5AG 19 19 38 13 494 x2 988 40/80 dpl@40' W5YDM 19 18 37 12 444 x1.5 666 40 dpl@18' KD0V 8 8 16 7 112 x2 224 g5rv@45' *KE9DR 7 7 14 6 84 x2 168 rnd loop@50' W7JI 10 10 20 7 140 140 inv v@55' KD5MMM 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 inv v@40' K9IS 6 6 12 5 60 60 330' hor loop@??' K9PL 4 4 8 3 24 x2 48 dpl@25' K4NVJ 4 4 8 3 24 x2 48 dpl@35' K0HJC 4 4 8 2 16 x2 32 zepp@35' KM6NN 3 3 6 3 18 x1.5 27 cushcraft A3 AA9L 2 2 4 1 4 x2 8 mb trap dpl@50' KB5JO 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 88' dblt@20' SWA Category - Mountain Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna WB0OEW 10 10 20 8 160 160 40m EFHW@30' K0MIS 1 1 2 1 2 2 ocf dpl@30' SWA Category - Pacific Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna NU7T 2 1 3 2 6 x2 12 90' inv L@25' AA7EE 0 0 0 0 0 0 ??'@??' GAIN ANTENNA Category Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna * - Special Award contender (homebrew from scratch rig) Drawing entrants: KE9DR, W3TS Drawing winner: KE9DR AWARD WINNERS: 1st SWA Eastern: K4BAI 1st SWA Central: W5AG 1st SWA Mountain: WB0OEW 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: N4BP - 29 KB3AAG - 10 KA3NZR - 9 KB4QQJ - 7 KM4QQ - 6 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. STATS: Logs submitted: 59 Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 91 Total QSO's in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 399 States represented: 29 + BC, NS, 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.SOAPBOX:
K3WWP - Finally getting the scores posted after the delay last night. If you're curious about what happened, see the diary on my web site (k3wwp.com/). Then this morning I started processing logs and had a couple more interruptions. Then just when I was about to post, a couple more logs would come in, and I decided to wait and include them. My initial analysis of a huge black hole is confirmed more and more as the logs come in. Only the south central and south east USA had good conditions. Look at the top scores and their states K4BAI-GA, N7RVD-GA, KJ4IC-NC, W5YDM-TX. I just figured out that I called about 420 unanswered CQ's in the 2 hours of the sprint. That persistence was the only reason I made as many as the 13 QSO's I did make. I just never gave up although I was tempted to a few times. Thanks to all of you who stuck it out also. I appreciate your dedication to the NAQCC and our great sprints.
KA2CAQ - I just got this used ATS-3a and it worked great. Can't wait to use it in the field.
VE3HUR - Tried a homebrew rig on 40 but only heard N4BP and he didn't hear me. So, tried a commercial rig on 80 but only heard K3WWP and N7RVD. Only managed to work John and gave him a very generous 329!
W8BI - Horrendous conditions here -- rain and snow static S9+ a squillion for the first hour or so. Got a touch better later on, but still nothing to write home about...we still gotta get those new wires up here. 160 and 75 dipoles don't do squat on 40, especially if they aren't at the right height.
AJ4SB - Condx were tough again, and it sure makes you work for it. I had a blast.
W2JEK - tried using my foxx tranceiver which is a gm3oxx design similar to the pixie and was published in sprat #35. however i live at the northern end of a swamp called "the meadowlands" , the home of giants stadium and continental arena and a multitude of bc stations that swamped the receiver very badly. wound up making one qso with my ft-840 just at the end of the sprint. 72 and 73 don younger w2jek #1135
WB0OEW - 40 was pretty weak tonight, but QRN low too so not too bad. Thanks everyone!
VE3FUJ - This time I was nursing a bad head cold, but decided to join anyway. So join I did, for the first 1/2 hr. heard one vague CQ NA but couldn't make the call, I send a couple of qrz's no results. I never thought it was going to happen but I gave up and went back to nursing my head cold. Sorry for not making any contacts. From what I could gather of the condx's, I didn't miss that much. See you all next time, on the mW sprint. Brion (Hope you're feeling better now. Thanks for your dedication to our sprints - K3WWP)
KD5MMM - Tough going tonight. Even K4BAI was tough, and he is usually solid here. Hope ya'll did better. 73 all ..
W9CC - I got my nights mixed and came dashing in at the last moment. 73 to all, and Merry Christmas!
KE9DR - 20 and 40 were ruff tonite. 80 was noisy but workable. Agn I enjoyed it very much. At the last I tryed calling CQ and my first reply gave me a 599, then the calls came faster than I could keep up. Should have started that much sooner. 73
K9PL - PFR-3 and J-37. 40-meters: Heard four stations, worked four stations.
K4JPN - Got a late start and conditions poor. Nothing heard on 40M. 72, Steve
NA4O - Had only a few minutes at the radio, but one contact is better than none.
WA3ZBJ - Nice to hear a lot of new calls on the Sprint tonight. Conditions were noisy down here in FL with a lot of digital QRM. Although signals didn't seem strong tonight, it was nice to spend an hour looking for and making new QRP friends. 72/73 Don
KQ1P - I used my ugly 40M transmitter at 1 watt, but with no success. Moved to 80M until the QRN was too much; I quit early. Heard plenty of stations but most were weak here. Thanks NAQCC for lots of QRP fun in 2009. 73, John
VE1RSM - This was my first time taking part in a NAQCC. I almost forgot all about it until the last 45 minutes or so. Not many contacts, but had fun. Shall make an effort to join in more often and sooner. Hopefully all is in order.
KB5JO - Started way too late as always. 40M dead for me
KC2EGL - Was it just me or were the conditions lousy tonight? (The second choice - K3WWP) What a difference a month makes. Last month I barely had time to breathe. This month I could have read 'War and Peace' between QSO's. Maybe I can blame it on the approaching storm. Yes, that is it. Mother Nature is at fault. I still had fun working four stations tonight. Hope things improve for the upcoming mW sprint later in the month. 73 Mike
VA3RKM - CQs for a while on 20m and 40m were not fruitful. Heavy QSB on 80m made it interesting. I don't recall John K3WWP being as loud as when the peaks came, brief as they were. A real QRO bully of a signal! Don't have much time tonight to operate. Thanks for the contacts.
K4UK - Pretty lousy conditions on all bands until about 0258 UTC. Surprised to not hear K3WWP or any PA station. 73, Stan
KM6NN - This was my first NAQCC sprint and I had a fun time. 40 meters was dead here in North Central Tenn. soon after the sprint started. 80 meters was the only band open here. The only problem was that everyone was on at the same time. Sorry I could not get back to you John-K3WWP but I had about four stations right on top of me. Next time... ha... You were coming in with no problem. The best is yet to come... 72
W3RL - I had just joined the club the morning of the Sprint and received #3999 by late afternoon! It will be interesting to see if anyone had any luck on 20 meters, as I heard nothing here in Maryland. Lots of QRN & QSB here on 80 & 40, which provided a real performance test of my rig, antenna and my own listening skills. I'm looking forward to the next one. 72, Larry
W5YDM - operating from a new QTH with a temporary 40m dipole at 18 ft. The band was in fair shape for me, but I heard more non-sprint signals than members and there was a lot of digital QRM. Normally I don't search and pounce but when signals ran dry in the second hour, I tried answering a few CQ's but several stations did not respond to repeated calls even though they had decent signals here.
N8DOE - What a night! Got started late and the bands weren't that bad but they weren't that good either. A number of RTTY stations made copying signals tough. I'm still getting used to the operating format, but I see improvement each time out. Looking forward to 12/3109 and 01/21/10. Hank
K9IRO - A winter storm was coming through Michigan and atmospheric noise was very high, which made low power QSOs very difficult and just above the noise level. 40 meters was virtually dead.
AA9L - Conditions were not that good but managed to work 2 stations. As always it is a challenge and fun.
KD0V - We had a major snow storm going on here. There was nothing on 40 meters and the noise level on 80 was much higher the most of the signals. It was a good sprint, wish I could have spent more time at it.
W5AG - Split my time between 40 and 80 meters. Thanks to all participants and sprint volunteers.
K4NVJ - Short time.
N8QY - Not much going on at my qth.I thought I missed the sprint hi hi
W3TS - W2JEK reminded me of the sprint with Homebrew as a special award so I thought I would jump in for a little with my homebrew cw xcvr. Didn't hear many calling CQ NA and I couldn't call CQ NA very long with my hand key before I had a glass arm so I didn't stay on long.
KA2KGP - Another real ruff sprint. I started using my homebrew 1/2w rig, but no QSO's with the lousy band conditions, I switched back to mt IC-7000 at 5w. to snag some QSO's. Signals sounded absorbed by the air, no real solid signals and QSB prevailed. Thanks to all who waded thru the mudline to dig out my signal. 73 & Merry Christmas to all!
N8XMS - Really horrible conditions combined with a problem with GenLog that took 20 minutes to fix pretty much knocked my score into the bucket. I could actually brag that I was able to work just about everyone that I heard, but that's not saying much because I only heard 5 different people! I just hope that any newer participants will not get discouraged. It's usually much better, and a lot more fun. Merry Christmas to everyone and see you next year! 73, Paul
W2SH - Conditions in NJ were mediocre with both 40 and 80 having long skip distances and north-south paths seemed favored. Just before I worked N4BP on 80m he was in QSO with K3WWP who was completely inaudible here. With 20m kaput and 40m in poor shape for those in the northern latitudes, maybe 160m could be included in the regular monthly sprints. (That would put those without a rig for 160 and/or the room for a decent 160M antenna at a distinct disadvantage. We try to keep the playing field as level as possible for everyone. - K3WWP)
K0HJC - QRN and Snow Static
KU4A - Well, that was pretty brutal. Never heard a single CQer on 80 or 40, so called CQ on 80 for about 15 minutes. Thanks to all callers. You'd think by December condx would be consistently pretty good, but no joy.
KT4FJ - 20 was dead and 40 wasn't much better with lots of QSB. Still a fun sprint. Rig was K1, S# 2781. Looking forward to next time! 73 Mike
AF3Z - It was good to be back on... Since the May 21 Sprint, there were only 2 contacts in my log before this sprint. Thanks to all...
NF8M - Even though I tried for almost an hour I came up totally dry in last night's sprint. Very noisy here on 80 and only a couple weak sigs. Nothing on 40 and 20. I tried calling CQ for about 10 min with no replies that I could hear. Heard a couple stations in the contest but they'd QSB in and out. Vy72 es happy holidays, Frank
AA7EE - Just thought I'd give you a bit of sprint feedback from the San Francisco Bay Area. As you know, there are fewer participants out here on the west coast, which means fewer stations for me to have a chance of hearing and working. I've missed the last 2 sprints, which, due to last night's awful conditions, I am now regretting. I sat on 7041 and called CQ NA AA7EE repeatedly for the entire 2 hours, taking short breaks to listen up and down the 7039 - 7050 segment. Not only did I not have an answer to my calls and didn't hear any other stations in the sprint, I didn't hear any stations at all in that segment during the entire 2 hours. I listened briefly on 80 and same story - no stations heard all between 3555 and 3565. My newly built Norcal 2N2 was giving it the old college try with the full 4 watts, but as you know, the propagation gods weren't smiling on us. I'm already looking forward to Jan 21st. Dave
K4BAI - 20 was dead except for a very weak W1AW. 40M was almost dead at the start. Did call W7JI in KS and NM5S in NM on 40, but they didn't hear me. 80M was pretty good, but nothing west of TX heard. Participation seemed lower this month. Maybe a lot of holiday parties? (More like the huge black hole engulfing most everywhere except the SE USA caused a lot of folks to just give up - K3WWP) Thanks for all the QSOs. Took at least 22 minutes out to work one of the QRP Foxes on 80, but never heard the second one. Maybe work some of you in the ARRL 10M contest this weekend. 73/72, John
K9IS - Trying to work the QRP-L Fox Hunt at the same time, I didn't do very well with either. Very strong QRN tonight and snowing very hard at present.
KJ4IC - Great time on 80m. 40m was pretty dead and somebody stole 20m! I even worked both foxes in the QRP Fox Hunt. Great night. 73 - KD2MX - The infamous black hole was back with a vengeance. Tonight was a first. Zero, zip, nada. I spent 90 minutes looking for QSO #1 to no avail. Conditions were just awful. Solid S8 noise level. The sprint was tonight right? Not tomorrow or next week? I had a bad feeling starting out because conditions were awful last night for the Spartan Sprint when I managed one QSO with IL before deciding it wasn't worth it. Tonight sounded the same. I listened a minute on 40M and called CQ a few times before fleeing to 80M which seemed dead too. I tuned down the band and heard a VP9 so I knew that at least my antenna wire was conducting signals. Not hearing anybody to call, I started calling CQ. I thought I might've heard somebody calling me but the signal was down in the noise. Then I heard a few stations calling the fox in tonight's hunt and then heard the fox himself. Figured I'd give it a try as I was getting nowhere. So I alternated trying to get the fox and a sprint qso. I finally got the fox in WI after about 30 minutes but still not a sprint qso was to be had. Kind of strange. I spent another 30 minutes listening and calling off and on before deciding enough was enough.
KD2MU - Tough night on the bands, even for the hounds.
See General Sprint Rules for rules common to every NAQCC sprint.
RULES specific to this month's sprint:
Date and time:
Wednesday December 9, 0130-0330 UTC
(Remember that's Tuesday evening here in the USA)
To the winner of a drawing among the following: The one making the highest score in each division and using a homebrew rig built from scratch - kits do not count.
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