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Dec 31, 2009 Straight Key/Bug Sprint (mW Special)

Final Official Results:
SWA Category
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
KA2KGP  11   11   22    8  176  x2   352  g5rv@25'
K3WWP    8    8   16    8  128  x2   256  ~110' attic random wire
KD0V     8    8   16    7  112  x2   224  g5rv@45'
K4BAI    8    7   15    7  105  x2   210  40 dpl, 88' cf zepp, 80 inv v@50'
KC2EGL   7    7   14    6   84  x2   168  fld dpl@25'
K4MF     8    8   16    5   80  x2   160  40 dpl@40', 80 vert
NF9D     7    7   14    5   80  x2   160  80m loop@35'
WD0K     7    7   14    5   70  x2   140  delta loop@36'
N1LU     6    6   12    5   60  x2   120  cobra ultralite@40'
N0AR     8    8   16    7  112       112  wfhwa@40'
KW4JS    5    5   10    4   40  x2    80  80M loop@??'
K1IEE    4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  g5rv@30'
W9CC     5    5   10    3   30  x2    60  80 loop@15'
W5TVW    4    3    7    4   28  x2    56  85' ef wire@18'
KQ1P     4    4    8    3   24  x2    48  inv v@40'
KE9DR    3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  random 380' Loop@50'
N8XMS    3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  R7 vertical
N0EAX    4    4    8    2   16  x2    32  80m inv vee@??'
NU7T     2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  90' inv L@25'
N4FI     2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  115' rnd wire@20'
WD5IYT   2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  40m inv v@30'
VE3FUJ   2    1    3    2    6  x2    12  67' wire@12-30'
KD2JC    2    2    4    1    4  x2     8  g5rv@30'  
WB8ENE   1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  135' dblt@15'
K0HJC    1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  cf zepp@35'
WA9VEE   1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  200' wire on roof@35'
WB0OEW   1    1    2    1    2         2  40M efhw@30'
WA8SAN   1    1    2    1    2         2  g5rv@25'
WB8LZG   1    1    2    1    2         2  40 inv L
W2JEK    0    0    0    0    0  x2     0  40 dpl, 110' ef wire
KE7LKW   0    0    0    0    0  x2     0  40 dpl@??', 80 inv v@??'
W7YSB    0    0    0    0    0  x2     0  40 horiz delta loop@30'

@W8BI    7    7   14    6   84  x2   168  80m dpl@70'
@K6ACJ   1    0    1    1    1         1  ef 58' wire@25'

@-QRO ineligible for certificate or prize

2nd SWA: K3WWP

PRIZE (Cartoon Book) WINNER:
K3WWP - Conditions here weren't any better than for our regular sprint a couple weeks ago. Still I guess 8 QSO's in 8 mults with 930 mW isn't too awful bad for 1 hour's work. As with every one of our sprints, even if I complain, I dearly enjoy them. I think they are the best of any current sprint anywhere on the ham bands and I'm deligted with the great growing participation we are getting. Thank you.

WB8ENE - Had to use my K1 to get the power low enough, so I was limited to 40 and 20. Made my only contact on 40 with K4MF. TNX for the contact Gary. Strong signal here in Ohio.

KE9DR - Only made three QSOs but was surprised what 1watt could do. I heard lots of "CQ NA" but weak. 40 started off good, I contacted N1LU in NH right off, then 40 dropped out. Went to 80 made two more contacts, MN and LA. Noise was moderate to heavy. Had a great time. Thanks to all and have a Great 2010! 73 Bert

NU7T - I used a Bencher straight key without a knob; just a skirt. Thank you Christian and Elwood.

KW4JS - Thanks to all that pulled my 1 W signal out of the QRN. Hope to see everyone next sprint. 72 John

N8XMS - Just for fun I kept switching between four different straight keys. Unfortunately I had more keys than contacts! Only three QSOs for the evening. Conditions seemed OK on 40 meters but there just wasn't very much activity. Happy New Year to everybody! 73, Paul

K6ACJ - Softrock RX/TX V6.3 into HFProjects PA-100 12 watts output CQ on 80/40 QRP freqs. Heard no CQ NA stations

WD5IYT - OK...that was HARD! Worked both stations I heard. Not much activity here on 40m, and again, horrible QRN at my station. The improved antenna worked better, and the Elecraft K1 continues to impress me.

N1LU - Almost gave up after the first half hour with only 2 QSO's on 40 and none on 80 (I won't even mention 20). Hung in there another half hour and 80 came alive a little, but not enough to keep me awake (been a long day). Happy New Year to all.

W5TVW - This is my first time back on in almost 2 years. Conditions were terrible then and my XYL had a stroke! Last December a big snowstorm took down my antennas and I just got the big dipole back up. 40 was very skimpy except for K5PSH. 80 was somehwat better in spite of weather to the East and some noise. Didn't do very well and not a lot heard here, although it seemed like I was getting out OK. Sandy (Nice to have you back, but sorry to hear about all your misfortunes. Hope all have good outcomes - K3WWP)

W8BI - Conditions better, but we still need antenna improvements...lotza fun doing these with a sideswiper!! Charlie KA8OQF op at club stn W8BI

N0EAX - I got started half way through the contest. It would have been nice to have a little more time to try for some more 1 watt contacts. My signal must half been ok to MN as 3 out of 4 contacts were MN. I am in MO. Thanks to the great NAQCC ops for pulling me out of the 80 meter noise. Enjoyed the event! Rich N0EAX, Jefferson City, Mo.

NF9D - Only 1 QSO on 40, but 80 was decent. There are some really great ears in this club .. thanks guys!

N0AR - Hi Guys - Good fun on a cold 13 deg nite in MN. 40 was long from the start. The K2 sure got a work out with the qrn! Some real nice signals, others were ridin' the noise. Hve a good and safe NY. Scott

KQ1P - I estimated that my input power was 800mW +/-10% by calculation since I do not have an accurate instrument to measure output below a few watts. I spent the first 20 minutes on 40M with no luck at all. One other station, W9? was the only other NAQCC station there. 80M was much better, although crowded. Began to think that I would get skunked but northern New England came to my rescue, thank you! Several stations were fairly strong here in Maine but not vice versa. Just so you know I was trying hard to contact you and you were getting a good signal out: VE3FUJ (S3); KA2KGP (S7); and KC2EGL (S7). One K8? and one very weak K?4 were also received but just at the noise level. Here's to the end of one year's worth of QRP fun and the start of a new year's worth. Thank you NAQCC officers and club members. 73, John

K4BAI - FT1000MP, 1W as measured by FT-2 QRP wattmeter. No signals on 20, but no surprise there. 40M and 80M sounded pretty good. Missed many more than I usually miss with 5W. On 40, heard, but did not work W2JEK and K6ACJ. 80M, heard, but did not work KD0V, KE9DR, WD0K, N4FI, KC2EGL. WA0ITP answered me and gave me only "339." Wouldn't give rest of info because he was NCS of some QRP net. Thanks for the few QSOs I could manage. Happy New Year to all. Hope to work many of you during ARRL SKN on Jan 1 UCT. 73/72, John

KC2EGL - Things started out well then the bottom fell out. It is amazing how well .9W works. Thanks to all who pulled me out of the noise. CU on the radio 'next year'. Hi-Hi!!! Radio- K-2, Key- U.S. Navy Flameproof. Happy New Year everyone. 73 Mike

W2JEK - i tried to make some qso's in the mw sprint. i had no luck. i think conditions were poor again. i had an almost with k4mf but could not get his qth and number. did hear him a little later and heard his qth and number but i think he was in qso with someone else. qsb was bad and he would only be good for a few seconds at a time. i was using my ohr-500 and 40m dipole and 110 ft. end fed wire. was running 1 watt out. my attemp with k4mf was on 40m at 0203 gmt.

VE3FUJ - I started on 80 as it sounded most promising Didn't do very well, perhaps due to the black "HOLE" John been talking about??? I switched to 40 after about 3/4 hr. With even worse results, Then back to 80, for another contact on that band. A total of 2 YIPPY. Where are the sunspots when you need them????

KA2KGP - Not too bad a night for a mw Sprint, at least on 80 m. 40 was pretty dry here. Rig here is an IC-7000 at 1 watt into a 5 band G5RV up about 25 ft. using a straight key. Thanks to all who worked to pull my pip-squeek signal out. Looking forward to the June mW Sprint. Happy new year to everyone, let's hope for better bands in 2010. 72

KE7LKW - No QSOs, but fun trying. Heard a few signals from 0 land, but thats it.

K4MF - Didnt hear anyone on 80. 40 was bad but hard to find a spot with all the RTTY

WA9VEE - Based on band conditions lately in early evening I didn't think I would work anyone but there was K4MF on 80. Sorry N0AR on 40... I just couldn't get your RST report.


WA8SAN - Only one contact thanks to K4MF, great sig. into OH. Gary

KD0V - Great Sprint! Happy New Year everyone. Maybe we will have more sun spots in 2010.

W9CC - As far as I can recall this is the first time I've ever used 1 watt in a contest, and frankly I didn't think it was possible to work anyone. It was definitely a surprise and thrill to do it. I hope everyone has a fine New Year, 73!

K1IEE - The 80 Mtr band was much more usable this night from my Maine QTH. My goal was for many more contacts then the 4. Heard and called the following but no contact. K3WWP, KQ1AN, N4FI, WD0K and N0AR. Had a great time and thanks to all. Dick K1IEE (Never heard a dit from you, or at least that I could identify. I did sense a couple stations calling me, but couldn't copy them at all. Maybe you were one. - K3WWP)

W7YSB - Barely heard NU7T here in Tucson. QRO stations very weak here on both 40m and 80m. Not much hope for QRPp. Would like to try again in another mW sprint.

WB8LZG - Called CQ fer quite a while es not a soul. finally heard some stns but they did not hr me. worked K4MF right before the end, so i didn't get skunked.Definetly a BIG difference between 5w es 400mw when it comes to OMPAH! see u all next sprint. 73 Gregg

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

RULES specific to this special mW sprint:

Date and time:
Thursday Dec 31, 0130-0230 UTC
(Remember that's Wednesday evening here in the USA)

You must use 1 watt or less output power to be eligible for any certificates or prizes. Stations you work may use any power.

This special mW sprint is limited to simple wire antennas (SWA) only.

For 1st and 2nd highest scoring members.

A book of ham radio related cartoons donated by our NAQCC Newsletter cartoonist Dick W9CBT. If you love Dick's sense of humor and his love of nostalgia as shown in his cartoons featured in our newsletters, you'll love to have this book. It goes to the (non-officer) member making the most QSO's (not necessarily the highest score). See the Prizes page in the main section of the web site for more details.

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 now our new on-line autologger. For other methods see the General Sprint Rules.