Apr 2010 Straight Key/Bug Sprint (#66)
ONE HUNDRED FOUR LOGS!!!! You NAQCC members are the greatest! Thank you. I think that shows the popularity of CW and QRP to the skeptics.
Final Official Results
SWA Category - Eastern Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna N8BB 52 51 103 24 2472 x2 4944 mystry ant@55',40 vert K3WWP 53 52 105 20 2100 x2 4200 110' attic random wire W2SH 40 39 79 20 1580 x2 3160 InvL 85'+85'; 80 dpl@35' KD2MX 37 36 73 21 1533 x2 3066 600'loop@25' K4ORD 50 49 99 24 2376 2376 40dpl@40',160dpl@35',610'lw@40' KD2JC 34 33 67 16 1072 x2 2144 40 loop@??', g5rv@33' N8XMS 27 27 54 19 1026 x2 2052 r7 vert KA2KGP 29 27 56 16 896 x2 1792 5b gnd mtd vert, dpl@??' KB3AAG 45 43 88 19 1672 1672 80 loop@35' KC2EGL 23 21 44 14 616 x2 1232 fld dpl@25' NF8M 20 19 39 13 507 x2 1014 80 ocf dpl@35' K9IRO 19 19 38 12 456 x2 912 220' loop@25' KQ1P 18 17 35 13 455 x2 910 inv v@40' KG1W 20 19 39 11 429 x2 858 80 windom@30' W9CC 18 18 36 11 396 x2 792 80 loop@15' N3IK 22 20 42 16 672 672 g5rv@40' K4UK 16 14 30 11 330 x2 660 160 inv v@??' N4ESS 16 13 29 11 319 x2 638 160 dpl@50' K4JPN 15 14 29 10 290 x2 580 80 cfzepp@32',40 sloper@??' KB9BVN 14 14 28 10 280 x2 560 attic dipole K3RLL 22 19 41 13 533 533 stealth temp vert W9ILF 13 13 26 9 234 x2 468 gnd mtd vert KM4QQ 13 12 25 9 225 x2 450 80 loop@30' W0EJ 17 17 34 13 442 442 g5rv@45' WA8SAN 14 14 28 13 364 364 g5rv@25' W8DW 15 15 30 12 360 360 6btv vert WA2JSG 11 11 22 8 176 x2 352 vertical@12' N4FI 12 12 24 7 168 x2 336 115'rnd wire@20',attic g5rv jr. W9HLY 11 11 22 7 154 x2 308 sloper@??' VA3NU 9 9 18 8 144 x2 288 inv v@30' WA1LWS 9 9 18 7 126 x2 252 ocf dpl@22' VE3MO 12 11 23 7 161 x1.5 242 windm@20' K3RSA 9 8 17 7 119 x2 238 80 dpl@15',40 1/4w vert K1IEE 9 8 17 7 119 x2 238 g5rv@30' K4UFT 8 8 16 7 112 x2 224 mobile whip@8' WA8HSB 11 11 22 10 220 220 90' lw@15' VE3FUJ 7 7 14 6 84 x2 168 33'vert@12', g5rv@42' KC4TM 7 7 14 6 84 x2 168 75'dblt@45' WB8ENE 7 6 13 6 78 x2 156 135' dblt@15' VA3PEN 6 6 12 6 72 x2 144 5b gnd mtd vert AB8FJ 7 7 14 5 70 x2 140 ef rnd wire@15' WA2OQJ 7 7 14 5 70 x2 140 40 dpl@17' W2JEK 6 6 12 5 60 x2 120 40dpl@20', 80 110'efwire@20' VA2SG 6 6 12 5 60 x2 120 hv9v N9AKF 7 7 14 4 56 x2 112 rnd wire@20' KU4A 9 7 16 5 80 80 slp dpl@40' KA9FQG 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 g5rv@35' WB8LZG 6 5 11 3 33 x2 66 lw@30',invL@30' N2COD 5 5 10 3 30 x2 60 9' mobile whip W2AAB 6 6 12 5 60 60 20 indoor dpl N9KR 6 5 11 4 44 44 ef zepp@20' @K2ZFD 5 5 10 4 40 40 attic inv v NA4O 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 40 carolina windm@40' N8ZYA 4 3 7 4 28 28 ind isotron WA2WUH 3 3 6 2 12 x2 24 80 inv V@??' KD8IFJ 4 3 7 3 21 21 g5rv@32' WV7W 3 3 6 3 18 18 25' vertical N1QLL 3 3 6 3 18 18 windom@35' KC2MJT 4 4 8 2 16 16 g5rv@25' KD8EZS 2 2 4 2 8 8 tarheel 200@6' AG4IP 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 rnd wire@22' KQ4Y 1 1 2 1 2 2 flagpole vert SWA Category - Central Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna W7JI 43 41 84 20 1680 x2 3360 inv v@45' AA9L 24 24 48 19 912 x2 1824 trp dpl@50' KD0V 24 21 45 17 765 x2 1530 g5rv@45' W5YDM 17 17 34 15 510 x2 1020 135' dblt@22' K0CW 21 21 42 12 504 x2 1008 dx88 gnd mtd vert WA9VEE 19 18 37 12 444 x2 888 200' wire@35' NV9X 13 13 26 10 260 x2 520 dpl@30' AE5KM 13 13 26 10 260 x2 520 g5rv@25' K2HT 14 14 28 9 252 x2 504 40 dpl@33' WB4KLI 19 17 36 13 468 468 inv V@45' K9FO 12 11 23 10 230 x2 460 40 dpl@50' WD5IYT 10 10 20 10 200 x2 400 40 inv v@30' K0HJC 13 12 25 8 200 x2 400 cf zepp@35' VE5BCS 10 9 19 8 152 x2 304 20 dpl@20' WD0K 11 10 21 8 168 x1.5 252 dlta loop@36' K0JEM 10 10 20 10 200 200 gr5v@35' K4VMV 8 8 16 6 96 x2 192 inv v@50' KE5YUM 8 8 16 6 96 x2 192 invV@30' K4NVJ 6 5 11 4 44 x2 88 88' dpl@35' WA4AN 7 7 14 6 84 84 sidekick mobile ant@12' N0AR 8 8 16 5 80 80 126' efhwa@40' KE9DR 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 380' loop@50' AI4VA 5 5 10 5 50 50 attic long wire W6GMT 4 4 8 3 24 24 40 v@??' VE5CUL 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 g5rv@30' KD5MMM 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 invV@40' WB5NMZ 2 2 4 2 8 8 40 vert WA5BUC 2 2 4 2 8 8 ef wire@20' AE9G 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 wire on side of apt bldg SWA Category - Mountain Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna K7DJO 9 8 17 5 85 x2 170 gnd mtd vert NO2D 8 8 16 6 96 96 80 dblt@30' AE7CG 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 20 dpl@10' N5KEV 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 dpl@15' SWA Category - Pacific Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna KH6G 12 12 24 8 192 x1.5 288 cobra ultralite@40' K6CSL 5 4 9 4 36 x2 72 dltaloop,inddpl,indsqloop K6MGO 5 5 10 3 30 30 64' indoor dblt @KA6AIL 1 1 2 1 2 2 130' lw@30' GAIN ANTENNA Category Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna K4BAI 63 60 123 32 3936 x2 7872 beam@55',cfz@50',dpl@50',invv@50' NU7T 21 19 40 15 600 x2 1200 90'invL@25',TA33jr@30' K7RE 27 25 52 17 884 884 20 3el yagi@40',40dpl@40' NP3CW 11 9 20 9 180 x1.5 270 lp@30' VE5DC 10 9 19 8 152 152 3b yagi@??',40 dpl@??' @-non member not eligible for certificate or prizes AWARD WINNERS: 1st SWA Eastern: N8BB 1st SWA Central: W7JI 1st SWA Mountain: K7DJO 1st SWA Pacific: KH6G 1st Gain: K4BAI First time entrant high scorer: K0CW Knob/handle drawing: KH6G The following appeared 5 or more times in submitted logs, but did not submit a log themselves for whatever reason: WA3AAN (nm) - 25 WA1BXY - 21 N4SAM - 12 K0MDS - 11 W7IEX - 8 AC6YY - 7 K5PSH - 7 K0TC - 6 K2MO - 6 K2NPN - 6 K4KRW - 6 KB1TTE (nm) - 6 KI6J - 6 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: 104 (record) Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 165 Total QSO's in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 1420 (record) States represented: 42 + ON QC SK KP4 If anyone wishes a list of errors found in cross-checking their log or wants to know why their score changed from what they submitted, email K3WWP. There will no longer be any automatic notification of score changes due to the greatly increased participation in our sprints.SOAPBOX:
K3WWP - 41 QSO's on 40. Wow! The band sure was alive tonight. I hated to leave but my rate was slowing down and I hadn't yet checked 80. I added 12 more QSO's on 80. It seems not a lot of folks came to 80M. I guess they did stay on 40. I came up one QSO short of my most ever - 54. I was shut out the last 11 minutes. Thanks to all for making this a real fun sprint tonight. If I made 53 QSO's with my attic antenna, I bet we'll have some logs with over 60 QSO's from those with the big antenna farms (N8BB, K4ORD, K4BAI). Well, only BAI did prove out my prediction with 64. Riley and Werner came in just below my 53 QSO's at 51 and 52. We're baaaack! 89 logs so far processed. That shatters our previous record thanks to you, our wonderful members. There's still a lot of time to send in your log if you haven't done so. C'mon and send in those logs! Let's break the 100 log mark! Even if you made just a few QSO's, your log is important.
KB9BVN - Got to spend about 80 minutes on this, it was great fun asusual. Used the PFR-3 and attic dipole for about 45 mins, then moved to the K2 at 5w and attic dipole. Used my Nye Viking Master Key and no my arm is sore. Thanks to NAQCC for another great CW QRP Event. I wish I could make more of them. Thanks to everyone that worked my ugly fist and weak signal.
KD8EZS - first NAQCC sprint - first qrp contest - I'll be back
K3RSA - I operated from the family camper in the back yard, test run for field day 2010. The 250 AH battery and IC-703 radio worked out great! 73 Bill JR
K4VMV - Good conditions, enjoyed it. Had an interruption, but got back on before over. Thanks to all who participated.
WD5IYT - Horrible static tonight. Still, much better signals than the past few months. Another fun time!
AA9L - Great fun but why does GenLog crash for the first QSO? Maybe nervous at the beginning of the contest?
NO2D - Started late (dinner), but found good sigs on 40 meters from 0200 to 0230 Z. Did not even try to go down to 80 meters as 40 was so good. Always fun. Always amazing how far 5 watts will carry! Pete
W0EJ - I had a great time tonight, 20M cooperated for awhile enough to let me pick up SD and NV so that made my night. Thanks to all and hope to work you next month. 72 Bill
KE9DR- I missed last two sprints, Ice storm in Feb. and a tornado in March. The tornado caused minor damage to house but had to work on my antenna. 20 was dead tonight. Lots of QRN & QRM on 40 but still workable. I caught K3WWP tonite, TU John (my pleasure - K3WWP). Like always I enjoyed it very much. Tnx to everyone. 73 Bert
AB8FJ - Operated on 80 & 40 Meters. Ten-Tec Argonaut II @ 5W to an End Fed Random Wire up 15 Feet. Key used was my Bencher RJ-2.
WA2JSG - Rig IC703, turned down to 5 watts, using 12v battery jumper box. My next purchase will be a cw filter for this thing! (hi hi) Nice sprint!
W9ILF - Rig K2. It is good to get back into the sprint. The bands seemed a little noisy to me but it's pretty warm out. Better band conditions than I thought we might have so it was good to get some solid QRP QSO's and also was able to pull most out. Hope to do it again next month. It is always fun. Ivin
VE3FUJ - Had fun again, band was really crowded, stn fading in and out at this Qth. Qso'd John 2 again, Tx John (my pleasure - K3WWP). 72 Brion -30-
KD2JC - Very nice evening. 40 meters was hot but noisier than 80 meters. I can't believe I stayed awake for the entire Sprint. Thanks to all that worked me. 72.
W2JEK - got on only for the last 20 minutes but had 6 qso in that time. used both 40 and 80m. conditions seemed good. 72 and 73 don younger w2jek #1135
K6CSL - I was surprized by the 2 VE5's that called me on 20. 40M didn't seem to be in very good shape this evening. or possibly it was just really long. CUAGN for the next Sprint. Bert
N8ZYA - Jumped in about 9pm to pass out a few WV contacts on 40 meters. Highlight of the evening was K1IEE (in Maine) but couldn't confirm because of QRM. Used the paddle this evening so couldn't claim the "double" for the straight key. Lots of fun and many stations on the air. Hope the few WV contacts made a difference for some...
KC4TM - First sprint I've ever participated in so it was a learning experience. I have to admit that I really enjoyed it once I got the exchange down. Looking forward to the next one. Hope I got the logs right... I forgot to log the time.
KD2MX - What a great sprint! Definitely one to remember. I haven't had much time the past couple of months to get on the air but tonight I was able to devote the entire two hours and was amply rewarded. I got off to a bit of a slow start over the first half hour which I spent on 20M. There weren't a lot of signals but I got to work a couple of "rare" ones including OK, SD, and two NV in a row. Always a thrill with QRP. Then I went to 40M and after a bit I was able to settle in and the calls just kept coming. I don't often get a chance to run but tonight was the exception. I stayed on 40M until 0200 when all went quiet so I figured everybody went to 80M. 80M was hopping too and for a time I thought I might hit 40 Qs for the night. After about 20 minutes the band (and me) were about worked out. Just for fun I checked 20M again and there was NP3CW booming in. He finished up a QSO, I called him, he came back and then just about disappeared! I was barely able to copy the exchange and then almost blindly sent my info hoping he'd get it. By the time I was done, his signal was back. Talk about slow QSB. What a great way to finish off the sprint. There were still a couple of minutes left but I was done. I did break my previous high of 35 QSOs although my multiplier total was two short a personal best so my overall score is probably a bit short too. No matter...by far the best sprint in a long, long time. And to top it off there were so many new calls. It is great to see how the club has grown. When I copied a number well in the 4500s, I was thinking I had made a mistake. Thanks to all who came out tonight. I hope everyone else enjoyed the evening half as much as me.
NV9X - Have not done this sprint in a while. Had fun. Thanks to all that put up with my fist. All great ops on other end. Thanks NAQCC. Will be going to Hamvention.
K3RLL - What a great Sprint tonight! Conditions seemed excellent with 20 meters open and not so much digi on 40. Some strong signals heard. Love that K2. I'll bet scores will be very high this time. Many thanks to those who pulled me out of the noise. Well, gotta go take down my "stealth vertical" while it is still dark outside. ... 72 de K3RLL/4 Don
N0AR - Arrived for the last 25 minutes. What a wall of TS QRN, gave the K2 yet another workout! Best signal goes to W7JI a good 599 from KS. 72's Scott
W5YDM - Using a FT-101ZD and new 135ft doublet on all the bands. Tried 20, 40, and 80m. Nothing on 80, a lot on 20, and so many on 40 that we were covering each other up. At any given spot on 40m, I could hear at least 4 signals at the same time. I would answer one guy and he would acknowledge someone else. I thought WA8HSB gave his state as W4/W3. I asked for a fill and got W3. I'm not real sure what that means.
KB3AAG - Wow a real fine nite for a sprint. Only two on twenty but when I got on fourty I could not get off! I wanted to get on eighty expecting it to be better. Every time I started to change I got another call, after 26 contacts I finally got down there only to find it was slower! I am still listing my loop as at 35 feet but after the big snow it is some lower and missshaped! I have spent the week running a chainsaw and burning the limbs and trees that came down. The yard is about to where it can be mowed and my 75 year old body is suffering. Sprints are a ---- of a lot more fun. Thanks to all. Frank
WA2OQJ - This was my first time in a NAQCC Sprint...actually only the 2nd contest of my 27 year amateur career! Just worked QRP in the past weekends skcc Sprint so far I am holding on to 4th place in that event....This was a lot of fun although frustrating...Started on 80 surprisingly it was quiet but very few NAQCC Ops...jumped to 40, lots of Ops but tons of QRM trying to find a spot to set up shop was hard so went to S&P...my score shows how well that went! had a great time and yes I will be back!!! I might even lay a new wire on the roof... :-) 72 all...cul
WD0K - Greetings All! Well things are getting a little noiser here in LC. First out of the gate I worked a new member on his first sprint "KD8IFJ" wished him luck and a big welcome. Love to hear new members. Started out on 20! nothing; moved to 40 and ran it out at about 0125z tried 80 for 2 qso's them back to 40 to finish up. All in all its a gud time. Have fun at Dayton! 73's Rich
KA6AIL - My first CW contest. Tnx Bert(K6CSL) for the contact.
W7JI - Very noisy conditions here.
KQ1P - Started on 20M but signals were weak, moved to 40M and the band was alive with QRP. Ran 1.5 watts and got many surprisingly strong signal reports. Numerous S8 and S9 signals heard all evening. Great sprint.
KA2KGP - Very good bands here in WNY, 40 m. was really good and busy too. A real nice sprint this month with lots of NA signals to work. 73
K2ZFD - My first contest. Only had antenna for 20 meters. It was an interesting experience.
KG1W - Nice to be back to CT for the NAQCC contest. Decent conditions on 40 & 80 tonight in CT. Thanks to all.
N2COD - Nice bands last nite, even 20 was open for a while, but 40m. was the place to be, almost too crowded. Rig: FT-857D at 5w. to AT-1000 tuner to a 9' mobile whip antenna.
KQ4Y - Just had time for one contact tonight - more next time!
VE3MO - Sprint started out pretty good but after the 1st hour I had lots of fading and many weak signals on 40m which made it quite difficult. I heard nothing on 80m except noise. Anyway, it was good to hear some activity and make a few contacts.
KM4QQ - Started about an hour late! First 20 meter QSO's on one of our sprints (only been in a couple!) 40 and 80 had a lot of QRN here, and not real strong signals! Didn't set any fires this time,(read yet!) but had a blast. Maybe next month will be better. Must be here at start to take advantage of 20 meters. -73-
K0HJC - 20 was dead; 80 all static crashes. 40 was noisy but workable.
VE5CUL - This was fun and worth the effort and having supper late. I used my FT-817 and the noise on 40 was unreal here. Thanks to K4ORD and AA9L for QSO's in the last half hour that made listening to static for 2 hours pay off. Until next time. 72,Brian,VE5CUL
AE7CG - This was my first NAQCC Sprint, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. My rig is an MFJ Cub, 2 watts on 20M to a low (10 feet tall) dipole. The straight key is an Ameco K4. I had fun copying all the QRP signals, and am grateful to everyone for copying my QRP signal. I look forward to participating in NAQCC Sprints in the future. 72 & 73, AE7CG, NAQCC 0523, Prescott Valley, Arizona
NA4O - Had only 30 min to operate, but glad I made it.
NP3CW - This is my first participation on this event and also my first QRP contest with 5 watts.Returned home on the last 53 minutes of the Sprint.Worked only 20 M band. I went to 40 mtrs and called there but no response. There was a lot of activity in 40m also. Much QRM in 80 mtrs. I was lucky making contact SD,NV and HI with 5W from Puerto Rico. I used a Navy knob flame proof straight key from WWII that belonged to my Elmer KP4NM who is a Silent Key for over 10 yrs. So I transmmit on his memory. It was nice meeting new NAQCC members.Good luck to all.Hope to be more active next time
VA3PEN - I was tired last night so only worked on 40M for the later part of the sprint. It was a pleasant surprising to find that the band was crowded with the sprint stations and most of them coming in with strong signals.
K7RE - I used my ATS-3B at 3 W out on a battery pack consisting of 8 cells. I also used a HB mini keyboard for CW generation that runs on the same battery pack. Conditions seemed FB on 20M. After that band died, I went to 40M, but the QRN from Spring thunderstorms was horrific here, so I missed many stations. I didn't even try 80M for the same reason. I had a great time though with my Altoids sized station. Maybe next time I will try a straight key for a better overall score.
K1IEE - The last hour I went from 40 to 20 then to 80 worked some members then back to 40. Lost lots of time. Made 2 more contacts at the end and heard them with good signals but they could not hear me both took the time to try and make it happen but it did not. Thanks WB4KLI and N8ZYA. Thanks to all it was fun time.
WB8ENE - Only operated first hour or so of sprint, but enjoyed it. 73, Art
K4UK - First try using Autologger.
W6GMT - Good to be back in MN. But much QRM. 40 and 80 Vee's next month
K4UFT - First time in a couple of months. Worked 40 Meters as usual. Lots of QRN. IF DSP in receiver sure makes a big difference with QRM and QRN. FT-950 @5 Watts to home brew vertical made with 40M Hamstick and quarter-wave counterpoise wire running West. Navy Flameproof key.
K4BAI - FT1000MP, 5W, TH6DXX, zepp, dipole, inverted vee. 20M was open well to W2, W1, W7, and W0 areas at the start. Not too much activity. 20M: 9 QSOs in 30 minutes. 40M sounded great with no skip zone noticeable and generally strong signals. Best DX: VA3NU, NO2D in CO, and K7RE in SD. No west coast stations heard. 40M: 53 QSOs in 82 minutes. 40 was so good that I nearly didn't get to 80M. I had hoped for a big rush of W4 area stations at the end on 80. Instead worked only W2SH and W9CC. Got no answers to CQs on 80. QRN was fairly high and was apparently worse to the NW from here. 80: 2 QSOs in 8 minutes. Thanks for all the QSOs and the good activity. Hope to see you all next month. Also, KU8E and I will be QRV in the FL QSO Party April 24 and 25 as W4AN/M in many FL counties.
WB8LZG - Gud condx tonight but i only had time to do 1/2 hr. Nothing on 20m but 40m was playing real gud. see u all next month. 73 Gregg
N3IK - Have not been in any contest for long time. Heard lots of stns but only worked a few. Missed SD which I need for QRP WAS. My antenna fell two days before sprint, Son (N3LPK Lars) helped get it back in the air. I cannot walk so needed the kid bad!! hi The sprint was fun but I spent a lot of time just understanding what was going on. The e log is good idea, I dont normally submit contest logs. 73 Ike
VE5BCS - I hope this works test enjoyable and I'm learning the computertnx best 73 tnx to stations worked
AI4VA - My first ever NAQCC Sprint, GREAT FUN! It was a blast, thanks to all. Rig was Small Wonder Labs SW+ for 40 meters, and a long wire antenna (mostly in the attic).
W2AAB - First effort in an NAQCC event. Being confined to 20 meters only with an attic dipole was not much fun, especially with very little activity, and condx less than stellar. NP3CW faded out then came back later for a last minute QSO. Used a keyer at QRQ most of the time, but then I got into the spirit of things and plugged in one of my favorite pump handles, a W.W.II navy flameproof key on a heavy steel base. Only made one QSO on it before the band went out. CU all next time es 72
W2SH - 20m was alive for the first half hour, and my 160m inverted V worked well there, with K7RE very loud. After it folded, 40M disappointed with its very high noise level and heavy QRM. I managed two member QSOs near 7.030 mHz , the first time I have encountered NAQCC contestants there. 80m was extremely quiet and I managed 18 QSOs in the final half hour with the last being K4BAI in GA whom I had also worked on 20 and 40. John was my only three-bagger, or three-bander.
WA5BUC - My first Sprint in quite sometime. Great to hear something on 20 after dark. Also heard N5KEV, AC6YY, and NP3CW. Rig: RockMite 20
K4ORD - spent the first 59 minutes on 20M,worked,6 stations,then went to 40M and found it loaded with NAQCC stations, most were very strong, had some qrn from nearby storms,but worked 45 stations, had a great run after finding a clear frequency to call cq. thanks for all the qso's.
NF8M - Glad to hear so much activity! 40m was wall to wall and we had to fight with the traffic nets on 80. Even made a couple on 20 now that the days are longer. 72 till next time!
K4NVJ - Short time, good time! 72 k4nvj
N5KEV - This is my first attempt at a sprint that I can remember. I used the straight key and dipole with QRP. The frequencies were not clear on my end. I look forward to getting the software working and participate in future sprints.
N8BB - Had a great time. I was worried the bands were going to be horrible but to my amazement it opened up very nicely on 40. Tried 20 meters for 2 minutes but 20 was not responding so 40 meters it was. I was going to CQ my way through until 40 dried up then hit 80 meters but 40 never really gave in so all my qso's were on 40 meters. Many thanks to all the fine op's out there, the qrn was getting bad but a few repeats and all was well. Also, the signals were great, had mostly 599 reports and they were actual, very nice signals. Thanks to the NAQCC organizers and all the work to put this together. Outstanding job.
KC2EGL - I had a blast as usual. 40M was rocking. 80M was rather dead here in WPA. Due to my results over the past few sprints I believe that the Sun may be waking up. Thanks to all who worked me. CU next time on the radio. 73 Mike
KU4A - Forty meters was awesome. Huge sigs from everyone and lots of QRM. Stayed up longer than normal since the band was so good. Missed my usual nightcap QSO with K3WWP, although I heard him S&P.
K9IRO - There was a lot of atmospheric noise on 40 and 80 meters in the Midwest. Signals were weak, not much above the noise level but with some digging contacts were made.
KC2MJT - Only had a half hour, but it was a fun half hour. This is the third time in as many months have gotten ready for the sprint, at least this time, I actually could steal the time to participate. Everyone was a gentleman, and heard many more calls than I could contact with the limited time. Hope to cu all next month. PA is well represented, as my multiplier reflects!
W8DW - Sort of fun working a contest where everyone using the same power. In other contest 100 Watts VS 1500 watts is more work than fun.
N8XMS - This month I managed to tie my best sprint score ever with 27 QSOs and 19 multipliers, all on 40 meters. Ironically my previous record was set in March 2007 in my first ever NAQCC sprint! (It's been all down hill ever since!) I'm sure that I could have beaten that original score but it was getting late for a guy that gets up at 5 AM so I pulled the plug with 15 minutes still left in the contest. I really enjoyed working some of the newer members of the club. Five of my contacts had membership numbers in the 3K range and one was in the 4Ks. Maybe next month I'll make it for the full 2 hours and set a new record for myself! My thanks to everyone that participated, whether I worked you or not - just the sound of a fairly crowded band added to the fun. 73, Paul
K4JPN - Tried 80M, but only worked one station, 20M was dead, 40M was the band, but a lot of QRN. 72, Steve
KE5YUM - I enjoyed a great time during the April sprint. Band conditions were excellent in this part of the country. Thanks to all that I was able to make contact with, and I added a new state for my QRP WAS.
KD0V - 20 Meters was surprisingly good during the first hour at my location. 40 meters had a lot of QRN and QRM during the second hour. I was very good to work members and non-members whom I have never work before. It is amazing what a few sun spots will do. 73s hope to see you all in May.
K6MGO - After 53 years of hamming, this is my first ever contest log submitted, (I don't rush into things) I only could spend 55 minutes on the sprint, but sure had fun. I will sure try to enter the next one. 72, Bill
KD5MMM - Got a couple, busy with other things (ham related!). 73 All
AE5KM - 20 meters was great, but when that died, 40 and 80 were really noisy. But, fun still, glad I could participate.
KH6G - First Sprint entered,challenging but fun. Hope to participate more in the future.
AE9G - First sprint, heard many stations but not many heard me. Will have to work on the antenna. Still fun!
K9FO - Late start but got a few anyway. too much QRN on 80 so stayed on 40. Rig: TenTec Orion @ 5W, 40 M dipole @ 50 feet.
N4ESS - My first NAQCC sprint. My 160m dipole works for me on all bands through a small tuner. It's up 50' and EZNEC shows some great lobes on the higher bands. Thanks for the fun.
N9KR - Very good conditions for this sprint. Lots of NA's heard. Didn't have long to participate - but big fun as usual!
K0JEM - This was my first sprint in many months-had a good time-enjoyed finishing up with NP3CW. Next month will get my straight key out and get those bonus points! 72 Joel K0JEM NAQCC #768
WA9VEE - Condx seem better each month.
WA8HSB - I'm on the road again! This week in WV. Hope the multiplier helped those able to hear the 2-3 watts from my KX1. Good to hear everyone! 73/72, John
See General Sprint Rules for rules common to every NAQCC sprint.
RULES specific to this month's sprint:
Date and time:
Wednesday, April 14, 0030-0230Z
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.
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.