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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  ??'@??'

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

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.

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.
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 ( 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
pix_dec09sprint_ke9dr (173K)

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.
pix_dec09sprint_w3ts (47K)

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)

Special Award:
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.

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 send a picture of your rig 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.