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Feb 2010 Straight Key/Bug Sprint (#64)

Final Official Results
SWA Category - Eastern Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
N8BB    44   41   85   21 1785  x2  3570  mystery ant@60'
N3LL    41   32   73   24 1752  x2  3504  1/4 wv sloper off 30' tower
W2SH    40   35   75   21 1575  x2  3150  inv L 85'+85', dpl@35'
N1LU    35   33   68   19 1292  x2  2584  cobra ultralite@40'
K3WWP   36   34   70   17 1190  x2  2380  110' attic rnd wire
KA2KGP  32   32   64   17 1088  x2  2176  5b gnd mtd vert,dpl@??'
AA2YV   32   27   59   18 1062  x2  2124  80 ef zepp@30', 40 slpr@35'
KC2EGL  31   28   59   18 1062  x2  2124  fld dpl@25'
K4BAI   29   28   57   17  969  x2  1938  40dpl@45',cfzepp@45',80invv@50'
AC6NN   26   26   52   15  780  x2  1560  80 loop@20'
K4ORD   38   37   75   20 1500      1500  40dpl@40',160dpl@35',610'lw@40'
WY3H    27   26   53   14  742  x2  1484  ocf dpl@25'
N8QY    22   19   41   16  656  x2  1312  g5rv@25'
WA1BXY  23   20   43   15  645  x2  1290  inv L@40'
KI4FW   21   19   40   15  600  x2  1200  dpl@25'
WB8LZG  20   18   38   13  494  x2   988  lw@30', inv L@30'
W9CC    16   16   32   13  416  x2   832  80 loop@15'
K4UK    24   20   44   18  792       792  160m inv V@??'
N8XMS   15   14   29   13  377  x2   754  r7 vert
N4FI    15   15   30   11  330  x2   660  115' rnd wire@20'
W2JEK   16   16   32   10  320  x2   640  110' efwire@20'
NF8M    14   12   26   11  286  x2   572  ocf dpl@35'
KB3AAG  19   19   38   14  532       532  dpl@15'
N8RQJ   13   13   26   10  260  x2   520  windom@30'
VE3FUJ  14   14   28    9  252  x2   504  130' wire@42',g5rv@42'
KD2MX   12   12   24   10  240  x2   480  600' loop@25'
K1IEE   14   14   28    8  224  x2   448  g5rv@30'
W0EJ    16   16   32   12  384       384  205' g5rv@45'
WA1ZCQ  17   16   33    8  264       264  200' wire@60'
WD4MSM  13   11   24   10  240       240  dpl@35'
NU4I    13   12   25    9  225       225  ocf dblt@40'
KQ1P     8    8   16    7  112  x2   224  inv v@40'
KC8LTL   8    8   16    6   96  x2   192  150' ef wire@10-25'
WB8ENE   8    7   15    6   90  x2   180  135' dblt@15', 4btv on roof
KT4FJ    7    7   14    5   70  x2   140  inv v@15'
N2YHQ    7    7   14    5   70 x1.5  105  inv L@??'
AA3UJ    4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  dpl@20'
W4HH     4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  ocf dpl@25'
KU4A     5    5   10    4   40        40  40 slp dpl@40',80 slpr@40'
N2COD    4    4    8    2   16  x2    32  9' mobile whip
K3RLL    4    4    8    4   32        32  indoor dpl
K0NWT    2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  g5rv@35' 
N8ZYA    2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  indoor isotron
AG4IP    1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  dpl@22'
VE3AKV   1    1    2    1    2 x1.5    3  40 dpl@50'
VE3HUR   0    0    0    0    0  x2     0  vert,dpl@??',ef@??'

SWA Category - Central Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
KD0V    35   34   69   20 1380  x2  2760  g5rv@45'
W5AG    35   35   70   18 1260  x2  2520  40/80 dpl@40'
W5YDM   31   27   58   16  928  x2  1856  40 dpl@18'
WD0K    20   20   40   13  520  x2  1040  delta loop@36'
N4SAM   20   19   39   13  507  x2  1014  delta loop@55'
AA9L    13   13   26   11  286  x2   572  trap dpl@50'
WB5NMZ  19   18   37   12  444       444  dpl@35', vert
K0HJC   12   12   24    8  192  x2   384  cf zepp@35'
K9OSC   16   15   31   12  372       372  cf zepp@30'
N5RDN   14   14   28    8  224 x1.5  336  vert gp, 80 dpl@??'
W5ODS   11   11   22   10  220 x1.5  330  g5rv@50'
XE1GXG   9    8   17    8  136  x2   272  40 dpl@30', 80 dpl@24'
K9IS    13   13   26    9  234       234  330' horiz loop, inv L
N0AZN    9    7   16    5   80  x2   160  cobra ultralite@25'
KB5JO    6    6   12    6   72  x2   144  88' mb dblt@20'
WW5G     7    7   14    5   70  x2   140  dpl@25'
K0MDS    5    5   10    5   50  x2   100  windom@35'
NV9X     5    4    9    5   45  x2    90  dpl@20',gnd mtd vert
KD5MMM   4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  inv v@40'
K4VMV    3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  inv v@50'
N0NBD    4    3    7    4   28        28  g5rv@50'
W9WOC    1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  whip on balcony@40'
KE5YUM   0    0    0    0    0         0  inv v@30'

SWA Category - Mountain Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
@KO7X   25   22   47   14  658  x2  1316  80 slp dpl@66',40 inv v@66'
NI5L    12   10   22   10  220  x2   440  inv v@??'
WB0OEW  10    9   19    8  152       152  40 efhw@30'
K0MC     5    5   10    4   40  x2    80  dpl@35'
AA7CU    3    3    6    2   12        12  6' whip@12'

@- non-member not eligible for awards

SWA Category - Pacific Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
NU7T    11   11   22    8  176  x2   352  90' inv L@25'
KE7YTE   4    4    8    2   16  x2    32  20' flag pole, 18' buddipole

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

1st SWA Eastern: N8BB
1st SWA Central: KD0V
1st SWA Mountain: NI5L
1st SWA Pacific: NU7T
1st Gain: n/a
First time entrant high scorer: WA1BXY
Knob/handle drawing: K3RLL

The following appeared 5 or more times in submitted logs, but
did not submit a log themselves for whatever reason:
N4BP - 20
WB2YAF - 10
N5GW - 9
N9GGE - 8
N1WPU - 7
W2NED - 7
KA2CAQ - 5
WA9VEE - 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: 76
Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 127 
Total QSO's in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 1,160
States represented: 37 + ON + Mexico + Ecuador

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 some good conditions, although the south had the edge from the looks of scores. I found 40M dead here in a couple checks, so I stuck with 80M the whole way. When I hit 9 QSO's in the first half hour, I was thinking if I got 9 each of the other half hours, I'd hit 36 which would be my best total in a few sprints now. Well, I didn't do exactly 9 each half hour, but my total did hit exactly 36. It was nice to get answers to my CQ's from N5RDN in TX and W5ODS in OK. I'm looking forward to some records this month. With a lot of folks reporting at least 20 QSO's, perhaps the total QSO's record will fall. Also with 44 logs in already after about 10 hours as I write, the total logs record may fall also. It's a tribute to you, our members who are making our sprints a top of the class event. I admire the folks who send in a report even though they only made a very few QSO's or even got shut out. You're great!

WY3H - First time in a long time I've been able to work the full two hours. Band conditions pretty good. Had a great time. Also in this sprint I worked one non-member who was KC2UQA and got to invite him to join NAQCC. Don't know if he'll join, but I just can't pass up an opportunity to promote our great club. Thanks to everyone I worked and 72.

N2COD - Snow static, QRN & long bands made for a short night this sprint. I think I need grounding straps on the mobile.

N0NBD - Not too much heard tonight but I enjoyed the contacts I made. the rig was OHR 400 and PFR-3 G5RV at 50 ft de Paul

N8ZYA - Heard nothing on 20 or 40 meters. Both contacts on 80 meters but not a good band for me. Heard several others but couldn't work them. At least I gave out a few WV contacts. Hope it helped some with this state. No big winner here tonight but still lots of fun.

N1LU - I thought 40 would be better after hearing lots of DX, but it seemed to die out. Tried to get XE1GXG to pull me out, but no luck. 80 was good tonight. I might even have enough calls to finish the challenge!

K3RLL - Almost missed our Sprint tonight but did get a chance to make contact with a few (very few) Sprinters before it was over. 40 meters sounded good but just a few signals there by the time I got on the air. Could it be my indoor antenna? hi hi ... (indoor ants work great - K3WWP) Thanks to those who dug me out of the noise. ... Don

N8RQJ - Really enjoyed the the contest.

W0EJ - Had a great time and 80M was clear but no real long. Thanks again to all, I had a great time and anxious to work you next month. 72 Bill

KD5MMM - Got only 4 on 80 in the last hour, had fun. 73 all

KC2EGL - WOW! What a pleasant surprise. I had S-8 noise here all night due to the incoming storm and I stll bagged 32 QSO's. My second highest QSO total and point total. It is a shame conditions can not be like this all the time. Thanks to all who answered my CQ. Rig used-Elecraft K2. Key used- US Navy Flameproof. CU next month on the radio. 73 Mike

N3LL - Had a ball !! Fun to get the old key straight key working again. XYL says I send a lot slower on it!! (that's a great help to the newcomers to CW we try to nurture in our NAQCC activities - K3WWP) We had great conditions on 40, everyone had nice signals and very low noise level, never did get to 80 meters, maybe next time. See ya guys in the next one.

XE1GXG - It's been months since I've had a chance to do the NAQCC sprint. Had fun, and was pleased that I could be heard in USA at long last with my better antennas (as in better than before). Tnx to W5AG for pulling me out of the mud on 80: my 80m antenna is basically NVIS! Saludos desde Guadalajara 72 ;)

VE3AKV - Hello to all... This was my first NA Sprint...but only had enough air time to catch the last 15 minutes or so of the contest. I'll be back next month. Thanks, Bob VE3AKV #3452

KB5JO - Unfortunately, only had time for last 35 minutes, wish it started later. 80M seems to work best from my QTH.

N5RDN - Great fun! tks to all. Rob N5RDN

W5YDM - Lots of signals for the first hour, then I guess everyone goes to 80m. I tried to work 80m on my FT-101ZD using the 40m dipole and tuner but its not much of a match and as a result I never get responses. If it ever stops raining (rained every week since September) I'll get up a real 80m antenna.

N4SAM - Good conditions on 80 tonight, worked several QRP stations and nearly everyone was using a straight key.

AA2YV - All in all, a very good night. Would have liked to play on 20m. Used my HW-9 again, set on "wide." My end fed zepp, fed with coax and a tuner at the antenna (to tune out ca. 5K resistance), works like a charm. See you next month!

K0HJC - Glass Elbow, Tin Ear, still fun!

WB0OEW - 40 was long tonight, tnx WA1BXY for my first RI for me from Tucson. Fun as always, thanks everyone.

K4ORD - 20M was dead here, so then went to 40M, not much activity there so went down to 80M,where the noise level was very low, 80M-33qso's, 40M-5qso's Ran my K2@5W and used my little BULL DOG paddles, which I like as good as my Bencher paddles. looking forward to the next sprint.

KB3AAG - WHAT ELSE CAN GO WRONG !!! Friday nite and Saturday we got two feet of snow and ice in the "hollar" ! The snow pilrd up and all of my antennas came down! The 80 meter loop, my big G5Rv and my little G5RV are now what can only be called a wadded dipole under the snow. In addition a falling limb tore my power feed off the pole so no electric from the power company! I was aware I was located on the far end their extension cord so I have an automatic 12 kw generator that kicked in to keep the pipes from freezing. My son came over (25 miles) and we went out and toped off the oil in the gen. I brought in my computer for the sprint. The computer got forgot and went to work with him! Then I got called out for some ARES work! Finished that grabed my computer from the house and went to the club station at our airport. Hooked up the K3 and the bencher and was ready! When I put in the first call sign the logging program shut down!!! Well what the ---- I stayed and gave out 19 members in 13 states the QSOs. I hope by next sprint time things get better. I am laughing its either that or cry! Frank By the way our club station antenna stinks!

KI4FW - Lots of folks.

WD0K - Good sprint! Tnx to all for working my station. Im working on my fist to improve. All thay know me, know I have a hard time with 3,6,s,and h. I worked some new folks and it was great to hear some new ststions. Stick in their gang; it only gets better. 80 mtrs here in Little Canada was in good shape. My qrn would go up and down with the cloud cover. Strange. Till next month- 72's / Rich/664

N0AZN - Thank you for the NAQCC, I have been working 99% CW for the past year. These Sprints are great and a lot of fun.... 73/Scotty (beam me up Scotty - out of this snow - K3WWP)

W5AG - Nice conditions on 40m and 80m perhaps due to high solar flux. Thanks to all participants and sprint volunteers. (Appreciate that! - THE volunteer - K3WWP)

WA1ZCQ/1 - Operated /1 (portable 1) from Harvard, MA. Rig: IC-703 @ 5W. Ant: 200' wire up 60' Used an iambic paddle. Had fun.

K4UK - Surprised to work KO7X in WY on both 80 and 40 Meters. Never heard John, K3WWP (heard you, but always when you were S&Ping - K3WWP)

KE5YUM - 40 meters must have been quiet last night; I did not hear a single CQNA in my part of the country. Well, maybe things will improve for next month's sprint. 73, Terry

WB8LZG - Hello fellow sprinters. 80m seemed to be the band here in Mich. I started out on 40m es worked 6 Qs , but vy noisy es got worse. Went to 80m es things were a hoppin there ! Seemed i had a "pipeline" to the south es VA PA. I heard XE1GXG but he didnt hr me.Only worked 1 east coast stn. Where were all those elusive W1's ??? Lots of new NR#s out there, es worked some old friends too. Worked #2 es #1 back to back. Not amazing er anything,but stuff like that is what keeps the fun level high. Hope to see u all next time. 73 Gregg

WB8ENE - 80 was quite crowded last night. I could have used a sharper CW filter. Thanks for the Wyoming contact on 40 Alan, KO7X. I've finally worked all states. I hope you become a member of NAQCC.

N8XMS - Tough weather and tough radio conditions combined to create a real "winter blast!" A major snow storm blowing outside probably contributed to the loud QRN that I had. Almost every signal that I heard was weak and just above the noise, but there seemed to be a good number of participants and that helped to make up for the poor conditions. I made 15 contacts in 13 different states and I even managed to work 5 people on 80 meters without an 80 meter antenna. I had a lot of fun but now the work begins - I have a lot of snow to dig through! Thanks to all who participated and 73.

AC6NN - Wow, what fun! That was the first time I've ever called CQ in a CW contest. I'd like to thank everyone for helping me get up to a confidence level to do it through these sprints. I've been search-n-pouncing for some time, working on my speed and accuracy, and finally jumped it. 73 es TU. (that's great - that's what these sprints and the NAQCC are all about - helping develop CW skills - I'm delighted to hear when that happens. - K3WWP)

KA2KGP - 80m. was the band to use, 40m was hi-QRN here in a snowstorm in WNY, 20 was nil. Nice turnout for this NAQCC sprint. See u-all next month. 72

K4BAI - FT1000MP, 5W, Vibroplex Deluxe Hand Key. Missed almost the first 30 minutes due to taking the XYL to a Valentine's dinner with my Rotary Club. Took out another ten minutes to work the two 80M QRP Foxes. 20M seemed dead when I got home. 40M was OK, with weak to fair signals from as far west as NV and as far north as CT, ON and MN. Skip was relatively long with no signals heard from closer than LA. Probably stayed too long on 40M where the rate was slow, but steady. 80M was pretty good with fair signals from all areas and no long skip. Heard NI5L on 80M in AZ with a good signal, but missed a QSO with him. Thanks for all QSOs. See you all next month. 73/72, John

KQ1P - I operated at 3 watts during the sprint, my goal for 2010 is to try to match my previous month's score with less output power. If conditions continue to improve I should be able to have some luck on 40M at <1W. It also helps to connect antennas properly. I started off with my tuner set for unbalanced loads, once I spotted that error my contact success rate improved. Some very strong signals here on 80M from near and far. I am happy to report that my 10 year old daughter is now KB1TPE and I hope to have her get the QRP CW bug too! (wonderful, get her signed up John - K3WWP) 73, John

KD2MX - Got a bit of a late start as I forgot Tuesday is really Wednesday. I just don't have enough room inside my head. Conditions here were ok. They've been better as well as much worse. Could hear N4BP in the noise but he never knew I was there. Worked AL but it was a tough go. Didn't hear a peep on 40M but then again, I got a late start.

K0MDS - I had a meeting last night, so I only operated for the last 30 minutes. Conditions were good. Four of five QSOs were members I'd never worked before! Great to hear everyone on the air. - Mike

KT4FJ - Good conditions here on 40m. Lots of fun!

W2JEK - got on late and was only on the last hour. used my ft-840 at 5 watts and 110 ft. end fed wire. only worked seemed to favor nearby stations. n4bp in fl was difficult. was pleased to work wy3h and k3wwp in consecutive order. 72 and 73 don younger w2jek #1135

N8QY - Good night for 40 and 80 meters at my qth.N3ll was hot at his qth ,that antenna is fb.

KU4A - Much better condx than last month. Of course, just about anything would be better condx than last month - hi.

WD4MSM - It seemed there were better conditions this month compared to last month or, maybe there were more participants. I heard more stations than I could contact; I was below the noise floor for some stations. I operated with the K2 on battery power.

AA9L - My favorite sprint. Lot's of activity on 80, wish I would have started there.

NI5L - Pretty tough condx here in DM-52M. Lots of QRN and QRM. Looking forward to next month. I'm hooked on QRP!!!

N8BB - Was very happy with 80 meters again, very nice job by all that I worked. Called cq and it was great, many calls and very fun to sort out and work all these great signals.Worked number 1 and number 2 within 20 minutes of each other, great to hear John and Toms big signal again. Many friends from FISTS and SKCC (and they're not NAQCC members also? If not, better recruit them if they enjoy our sprints - K3WWP) also on the air making this a most enjoyable evening. Thanks to all. Werner

KD0V - Great Sprint. 80 meters was wide open for the two full hours. Thanks everyone for giving me a call.

KC8LTL - First time I entered one of your monthly sprints.

W2SH - Spent almost all of the first hour on 40m where my stubbornness was rewarded with just nine QSOs. I promised myself to return there after giving 80m a go, but that never happened, for 80m conditions were really very good and stayed that way throughout the final hour.

K1IEE - Had a fun time. Thought I was going to start on 40 but the band fell very fast. 80 was good and very little QRN and static. Ran the HW-9 with 4 watts out. Thanks for the contacts.

W9CC - Pretty good conditions on 80 meters. I heard XE1GXG but he didn't hear me. Next time maybe.

VE3FUJ - This time I started out on 80 with a brief visit to 40, pits, two contacts, then back to 80, which was really hopping. My opinion is, that a lot of guys out there need to take the advise from WD0K's soapbox comment, ME included. Therefore I need to apologize to those of you who encountered my sloppy Fist. I really enjoyed this sprint, and thanks to all I contacted, and I apologize to those who tried, and I didn't hear. Nice to contact you again John. This sprint I ran my Sierra at 4W. Brion

NU4I - Signals on 80 were strong here. Nice time working you all.

W5ODS - This is the first time I submitted a Log. Had a great time although the bands were poor with noise and QSB here in OK.

KE7YTE - That was a fun 2 hours Feb.10. My first time at contesting. I'm a fairly new ham and am a new NAQCC member. It will take me awhile to learn how to install GenLog so am submitting my log by the form. I'm looking forward to improving my skills and QSO's with group. I hope I recorded my log correctly. If not please let me know for next time.

KO7X - This is my first time participating in the NAQCC Sprint. Good signals and activity.

NF8M - Condx improving! Got to work both #1 and #2 this time around. TNX fellas es 72.

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

RULES specific to this month's sprint:

Date and time:
Wednesday, February 10, 0130-0330Z

The winner, to be decided by drawing among all who submit a valid log, gets a choice of paddle handles, straight key knobs, and/or K2 knob inserts donated by Gregg WB8LZG. See the Prizes page in the Main section of the web site for details and pictures.

Here's how the drawing is made. In all sprints for our records we number the participants consecutively from highest to lowest score. We'll then use the random number generator feature of Excel to pick a number from those numbers.

That way, the winner could be the one with the highest score, the lowest score, or anything in between. So be sure to submit a log no matter your score if you are interested in winning these beautiful hand-crafted items. We've given Gregg's masterpieces away before and every winner has commented on their beauty and usefulness.

A member can only win once, then becomes ineligible after that.

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.