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Jan 28, 2010 160M Straight Key/Bug Sprint

Final Official Results:
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  160 Antenna
W2SH    31   28   59   15  885  x2  1770  80 cf dpl@35',inv L@85'+85'
N2WN    25   24   49   16  784  x2  1568  72' Marconi@??'
K4ORD   38   35   73   19 1387      1387  dpl@35', 610' lw@40'
KB3AAG  35   34   69   15 1035      1035  g5rv@40'
K4UK    33   30   63   16 1008      1008  inv v@??'
K3WWP   23   23   46   10  460  x2   920  ~110' attic rnd wire
KA2KGP  19   17   36   11  396  x2   792  160 coiled sloper
N1LU    16   16   32   12  384  x2   768  cobra ultralite@40'
WA1ABI  17   15   32   12  384  x2   768  27' vert w/100 rads
AA9L    16   14   30   11  330  x2   660  trp dpl@50'
K4BAI   16   13   29   11  319  x2   638  T vertical
N8QY    16   13   29   11  309  x2   618  g5rv@25'
WI0S    19   16   35   16  560       560  inv L@??'
K6XT    12    9   21   10  210  x2   420  1/8 wv gp
N3LL    13   13   26    8  208  x2   416  1/4 wv sloper@35'
W0EJ    19   17   36   11  396       396  205' g5rz@45'    
K1QO    18   18   36   11  396       396  inv v@40'
WA9TZE  12    9   21    9  189  x2   378  Alpha-Delta DX-A
K0HJC   11   11   22    8  176  x2   352  dpl@35'
AD1OS   17   17   34   10  340       340  inv L
K4MF    12   12   24    7  168  x2   336  inv L
W8VFM   15   15   30   11  330       330  dpl@30'
NU4I    17   16   33   10  330       330  inv L
K4JPN   11   11   22    7  154  x2   308  t@32'
W2JEK   12   12   24    6  144  x2   288  110' ef wire@20'
N4SAM   11   11   22   10  220       220  60'x60' inv L w/80 rads
WB5NMZ  12   10   22    9  198       198  loaded 1/2 sloper@??'
WY3H     8    7   15    6   90  x2   180  rnd wire@25'
KD2MX    9    9   18    5   90  x2   180  600' loop@25'
W4SEC    9    9   18    5   90  x2   180  43' vert w/32 rads
VE3MO    8    7   15    7  105 x1.5  158  windom@30'
VA3RKM   7    7   14    5   70  x2   140  1/4 wv wire@20'
N2YHQ    5    5   10    5   50 x1.5   75  inv L@40'
KE9DR    4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  380' rnd loop@50'
VE3RCN   5    5   10    3   30  x2    60  full wave loop@50-9'
N0EVH    4    4    8    4   32 x1.5   48  inv L
NU7T     4    3    7    3   21  x2    42  90' inv L@25'
N8RQJ    3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  windom@30'
AB8FJ    3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  ef rnd wire@15'
VE3FUJ   3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  130' wire@12-30'
WA6L     3    3    6    3   18 x1.5   27  loaded sloper@35'
WB8ENE   2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  135' dblt@15'
W9CC     2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  inv v@35'
KQ1P     0    0    0    0    0         0  (downed in storm - see soapbox)

1st place winner: W2SH
2nd place winner: N2WN

NOTE: Since this is a special sprint not in our regular series 
there was no cross-checking of logs, no divisions, nor any 
Top First Time Entrant certificate, just a certificate to the
first and second place finishers overall.
K3WWP - Remember the old joke by (I think) W.C. Fields who said the theater was so crowded, you couldn't clap sideways, you had to clap up and down? Actually it was more of a visual than an aural joke. Anyway the band was so crowded tonight that....... You can fill in the punch line. I was delighted to hear all the activity and I did better in this 160M sprint than our regular sprint. However after a while I stopped getting answers to my CQ's, and was only hearing the same strong stations over and over again as I tuned around the band.

WB8ENE - Hard to dig the signals out of the heavy noise here. Heard a couple more but couldn't quite make it. Sorry N8QY. It's past my bedtime, so 73 to all.

WB5NMZ - Another great sprint -- haven't heard this much QRP activity on 160 in quite some time. Well done!

N1LU - I don't get down (up) to top band very often, so this was fun and educational. It learned my Cobra antenna doesn't transmit as well on 160m as on the other HF bands. I was getting weaker RST's than I was giving out. Fun as usual.

WA6L - This was a lot of fun even if I didn't hear too many signals on the left coast. Thanks and 73!

N3LL - Fun...heard a lot more guys but they could not hear me . Threw ant up today, 130 foot of # 20 wire sloped of a 35 ft tower...

N8RQJ - Was my first try at a contest.

W0EJ - Thanks to all for a great time, apologies to those I couldn't pull out. I like this 160M sprint. 73 Bill

KE9DR - I have only had one contact on 160m before this sprint. The band seemed noisy but lots of QRM. DXers had 1811-1813 busy. KB9AAG was in there all night and I finally made contact after many tries. I was really surpised how well I did. Enjoyed it. Tnx to all. 73

KD2MX - I had to leave work early today in order to get home and splice together my wire. It had taken a direct hit on Sunday from a large tree limb that came down during a storm. The result was two random wires and a very high SWR. Fortunately the weather today was fairly pleasant and it only took an hour or so to repair the break. I only worked the first 30 minutes of the sprint as, being the political junkie that I am, I had to watch the State of the Union address. I just can't help myself sometimes. The band was busy and the noise level not so bad. Conditions were better than I've seen during some recent sprints. My only questionable QSO was with Tom, WY3H. He was weak here and seemed to be having trouble hearing me. I thought he got my part of the exchange and then he disappeared into the ether. This special sprint is always a pleasure. Hopefully we'll see good conditions this weekend.

W2JEK - band seemed pretty good. much qrm from dx pileup nearby. used my yaesu ft-840 at 5 watts to 110 ft. end fed wire at 20 ft. lots of fun. 72 and 73 don younger w2jek #1135

N2YHQ - Having the time and energy after a long day of work to participate on a NAQCC 160mts qrp Sprint = Amazing. Being able to work 160mts qrp using my Vibroplex "leftie" original and make six contacts under noisy conditions = Priceless :-) Tnx all! 73 Marcelo

K6XT - Lots slower than a multiband sprint! Almost packed it in after the first hour when I went almost 30 mins without a Q. All of a sudden the band opened up to the southeast. My last QSO Ed, guy in TX ran a KW to a vertical, about blew me out of the chair. Thats OK he was a mult! Broke out my trusty Navy CAQZ-26022 S/N 985 for this one (that would be a waterproof hand key of unknown vintage, probably pre-WW2 - if someone knows its provenance, please advise!) Think I got the log right this time. 73 Art

K4BAI - FT1000MP, 5W output, "t" vertical. Heard and called a number of stations without answers, but was delighted with results with my compromise antennas. Hope to work many of you in CQ 160 CW the weekend from multi-op station W8JI (or maybe W4AN). Thanks for all QSOs and those who tried to hear me too. 73/72, John

K4ORD - The band seemed pretty good, I ran my K2 at 5W, ant's were dipole at 35' and a long wire up 40'. Some stations were strong, but many were weak. Had a great time, these short qrp sprints are a lot of fun. 73 Riley

WI0S - Decided to operate the sprint at the last minute, band was in great shape, I love 160 meters. Sorry I missed the N3 or N2 station towards the end, I just couldn't pull the signal out. Nice warmup for this weekend. 73, Kieth 1334

W4SEC - great time.....Heard a K6 return my call early on, but couldn't finish the contact. the grey was in Ca...would have been cool to work ca on 5w. Im ready for this weekend now...

VE3MO (VE3KQN) - I only managed about an hour of operating last night on 160. Lots of sigs heard way down in the hash so thanks to those who called me and sorry if I "ignored" some that I couldn't quite hear. I was using a K2 at 5 watts to a windom antenna and a Johnson Speed-x bug. Hopefully condx will be better this weekend for the CQ160. Also, I beleive that SPAR has their winter FD this weekend and the following wknd is the FYBO so see y'all down the log. Jim

KA2KGP - Another nice NAQCC sprint! Last yr. I had only 6 QSO's on the 160m Sprint, much better this year with good band conditions & lots of participants. What a difference a better antenna makes! Thanks to all 160m. sprinters, 73

KQ1P - We had a terrific storm on Tuesday night and it took down the only antenna I can load on 160 and I have not been able to make repairs yet. I listened in for awhile until it was too painful to see all the fun I was missing! Next time.........

N4SAM - I missed most of the first hour but it was great fun, lots of strong QRP signals.

KB3AAG - Great sprint! I started with low expectations but got a surprise! I had never been on the band as my loop will not load on it. Well the guys put up a full size G5RV for me. As I say I am in the bottom of what is locally called a "hollar" the ends of the antenna are about 19 feet up but it crasses the back yard at 40 feet or so! Seems it works! Keep calling fellows I realy enjoy QRP CW! Frank

N0EVH - Busy evening around the house. Ran into the shack and worked a few during the sprint. Band was in good shape. Thanks for the sprint.

K1QO - Great fun!!!!!! I had a blast and will be back. WOW...thanks W2SH for remembering me!!! And it was so nice to hear my local neighbors, N1IX, N1LU and K0ZK. QRP'ers are the nicest and most supportive hams in the hobby!!!! Thanks Tom and John for creating such a wonderful club!! 72/88 Ann

VA3RKM - Good conditions. A useful practice for the weekend 160 event.

K4JPN - Lots of fun, amazed at what a poor antenna could do. Conditions sure better then the last regular NAQCC Sprint. 72, Steve

W9CC - I heard quite a few but not many heard me. Lots of noise but many guys were working DX just above the calling frequency.

VE3FUJ - Boy was that band busy. I answered many a CQ but only 3 came back to me (that I heard) 1 of those was important to me for personal reasons. I also found it hard to get a signal in edge wise. at one point a big boy parked himself close to me, just half a hair out of my passband, he was calling CQ DX, And he was strong enough to activate my delayed agc. so i had to pack up and move elsewhere. All that said, it was an enjoyable evening. Brion

N8QY - Lots of noise and qrm . Sorry to all I could not copy just to many stations in one spot. 73 to all

W8VFM - This was a first time in a sprint on 160 meters. It was noisy for the first hour but conditions were better later on. There was DX QRM up the band from 1810. I had to quit before it was over, but was fun while I could be there. Thanks and 73, Ned

W2SH - Having a week's separation from the regular January sprint certainly did wonders for the participation count. Ambient band noise here in suburban NJ was very high; I need to develop a low-noise compact antenna to improve reception on 160 and 80. Despite having a fairly substantial inverted L, most QSOs used the much lower dipole. If anyone can mount an 80m dipole, he can do 160m as a CF quarter wave, or as a top-loaded vertical with the feeders connected together at the base. No excuses! Heard WI0S at a nice RST 569 here making QSOs, but he seemed only to be answering CQs and I never did catch him for a MN multiplier. Made no contacts during the final half because no fresh callsigns appeared despite markedly improved conditions; K4UK and K4ORD were very loud, the latter registering a mere 30dB over S9

AA9L - My first sprint on my favorite band. I was not dissapointed! A lot of fun.

VE3RCN - A lot of cw qrp activity! Looks like you broke your record of 21 submitted logs. I only had a few minutes. I can hear more than those that can hear me. 73, Kevin 4004

N2WN - probably didn't score this right... been ages since I was in one of these. great turnout and sorry I missed a few of you, heard you calling and we coulda made it happen... maybe next time. HNY and GL in CQ160! 72, Julius

WA9TZE - first time in the contest and enjoyed it. See you next time.--Jim

NU4I - It's been too long since last sprint...Hope to be more active..Nice time!

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

For this special sprint, any rules below supercede comparable rules in the General Sprint Rules.

INTRO and PREMISE for this special sprint:

We are offering a fourth edition of our special 160M sprint which is an annual event shortly before the January CQWW 160M Contest similar to what the QRP ARCI does with the ARRL 160M Contest in December. We have been pleased with the popularity of previous 160M sprints and feel it is something our members really like. It is also an opportunity to do some final 160M testing before the CQ Contest. Some members don't believe QRP and simple wire antennas work well on 160M. This provides a chance for them to prove themselves wrong. QRP does work well on 160M just as on any other band, even with simple small wire antennas.

RULES specific to this sprint:

Date and time:
Thursday, January 28, 2010 from 0130-0330Z which is Wednesday evening here in the USA

Bands Used This Sprint:
160 meters only (1810 kHz +/- 5kHz)

Entry Deadline:
All entries must be received before 2400Z the Sunday after the sprint.

Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final Awd 160 Antenna

1st place winner:
2nd place winner:

NOTE: Since this is a special sprint not in our regular series 
there was no cross-checking of logs nor any Top First Time Entrant
certificate, just a certificate to the first and second place
finishers overall.