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Dec 2010 Straight Key/Bug Sprint (#74)

We wound up with 120 logs for December. That's the 9th straight month over 100 logs and our 3rd highest total (behind 121 and 135). Thanks for making my job easier and easier each month as more and more of you submit GOLDEN LOGS which require a minimum effort on my part to post and cross-check. - K3WWP

Final Official Results
SWA Category - W1 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K1IEE   13   13   26    9  234  x2   468  g5rv@30'
K1NAJ   11   11   22    8  176  x2   352  ocf dpl@35'
KQ1P     8    8   16    7  112  x2   224  invV@40'
N1PQ     9    9   18    8  144       144  efhw@40'
KB1PBA   7    6   13    6   78  x2   156  dpl@28'
W1OH     8    8   16    8  128       128  40 dblt@45'
N1DN     6    6   12    4   48        48  dpl@70'
@K1DPE   3    2    5    3   15 x1.5   23  dpl@30'

SWA Category - W2 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
AA2YV   42   39   81   19 1539  x2  3078  dpl@35',ef zepp@30'
W2SH    32   31   63   16 1008  x2  2016  180'dpl@40';invL@85'+85'
WA2NTK  16   16   32   11  352  x2   704  120' wire@20'
K2MEN   15   15   30   11  330  x2   660  g5rv@35'
NQ2W    16   16   32   12  384       384  40 invV@40'
KB2RAW  13   12   25   10  250       250  dpl@30' 
WA2JSG   8    8   16    7  112  x2   224  elev vert@12'
W2JEK    7    7   14    6   84  x2   168  40 dpl, 80 ef wire, both@20'
KC2MJT   5    5   10    5   50  x2   100  g5rv@25'
K2QPN    6    6   12    5   60        60  mb dpl@20'
K2GLS    3    3    6    1    6  x2    12  80 dpl@20'
WB2LQF   2    2    4    1    4         4  attic dblt
WA2CCD   0    0    0    0    0  x2     0  150' rnd wire@10'

SWA Category - W3 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K3WWP   57   55  112   24 2688  x2  5376  ~110' attic rnd wire
AF3Z    28   28   56   15  840  x2  1680  dpl@15'
KB3AAG  43   43   86   19 1634      1634  80 loop@35',g5rv@40'
KC2EGL  16   16   32    8  256  x2   512  fld dpl@25'
N3GGT   13   13   26    8  208  x2   416  dpl@35'
AK3X     6    6   12    6   72 x1.5  108  efhw@25'
W0EJ    10   10   20    5  100       100  g5rv@45'
N3AEA    1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  invV@??'

SWA Category - W4 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K4ORD   37   36   73   18 1314  x2  2628  40 dpl@40',160 dpl@35'
KU4GW   28   27   55   16  880  x2  1760  260' dblt@50'
K4MF    26   26   52   16  832  x2  1664  40 dpl@40', 80 vert
NU4B    22   22   44   11  484  x2   968  car wndm@??'
AA4W    27   26   53   17  901       901  40 dpl@50',43' vert
N4SAM   20   20   40   13  520 x1.5  780  dlta loop@55'
WA4FNG  14   13   27   10  270  x2   540  dpl@75'
N1LU    13   13   26   10  260  x2   520  rain gutters/downspouts
N4ES    18   18   36    9  324       324  vert
K3RLL   14   14   28   10  280       280  blk stealth vert
K4JPN    9    9   18    6  108  x2   216  80 cfz@32',40 sloper
WX4RM    8    8   16    7  112  x2   224  5btv vert
N4FI     8    8   16    6   96  x2   192  115' rnd wire@20'
KU4A     8    8   16    7  112       112  1/4wv sloper@40'
AC4RM    7    7   14    6   84        84  gnd mtd vert
NU4I     8    8   16    5   80        80  ocf dblt@45'
K4NVJ    5    5   10    4   40  x2    80  88' dpl@35'
WD4OHD   6    6   12    5   60        60  dpl@25'
AJ4AY    5    5   10    4   40        40  gnd mtd vert
W4HH     4    4    8    3   24 x1.5   36  ocf dpl@25'
KB0ETU   3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  dpl@15'
K7HAP    3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  windom@20'
AI4SV    5    5   10    4   40        40  40 1/4wv vert
N4ESS    2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  rnd wire@20'
WA4FYN   1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  attic dpl
K4JC     1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  gnd mtd vert
KD4UKW   1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  rnd wire 75' vert
WA4IQL   0    0    0    0    0         0  ??@??'
@N3RSD  12   10   22    8  176       176  286' loop@30'

SWA Category - W5 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
WD5IYT  27   26   53   17  901  x2  1802  40/80 dpls@40'
W5IQS   16   13   29   10  290       290  dpl@30'
WF5W    13   10   23   11  253       253  rot dpl@72'
WB5UAA   8    8   16    6   96  x2   192  fld dpl@20'
KE5YUM   8    8   16    6   96  x2   192  invV@30'
K5MMH   11   10   21    8  168       168  gnd mtd vert
N5KIP    8    8   16    7  112       112  40 vert, 80 300' loop@??'
N5JKY    6    6   12    4   48  x2    96  attic dpl
KE9DR    5    5   10    4   40  x2    80  dlta loop@35'
AE5KM    1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  g5rv@25'

SWA Category - W6 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
N6VOH    4    4    8    4   32        32  wndm@35'
KJ6EIF   1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  invV@22'
K6MGO    1    1    2    1    2         2  64' dblt in garage

SWA Category - W7 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
N7YY     8    8   16    5   80        80  dpl@30'
NU7T     2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  gutter and downspout
N7RCS    1    1    2    1    2         2  dpl@20'
KE7OJV   1    1    2    1    2         2  g5rv@30'
AA7CU    1    1    2    1    2         2  mobile whip@12'
KF7EST   0    0    0    0    0  x2     0  g5rv jr@18'

SWA Category - W8 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
WB8LZG  24   23   47   18  846  x2  1692  dpl@30',500' lw@??'
W8RTJ   30   28   58   18 1044      1044  F12 C4SXL(??), 80/160 dpl@??'
W8DW    20   20   40   13  520  x2  1040  wndm@??', vert
K8WSN   21   21   42   10  420  x2   840  vert@4',135' ef wire@5'
N8XMS   17   17   34   12  408  x2   816  r7 vert
KB8FE   19   19   38   10  380  x2   760  399' wndm@??'
N8JIW    9    9   18    8  144  x2   288  g5rv@30'
AC8AP   12   12   24    6  144       144  g5rv@50'
WB8ENE   7    7   14    5   70  x2   140  135' dblt@15'
WA8SAN  11   11   22    5  110       110  wndm@25'
NF8M     6    6   12    3   36  x2    72  hamsticks on car
KD8FKD   4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  g5rv@50'
N8IUP    3    3    6    2   12  x2    24  dlta loop@35'
N8BB     0    0    0    0    0         0  ocf dpl@55'

SWA Category - W9 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K9FO    29   26   55   16  880  x2  1760  40 dpl@??',80 rnd wire@??'
KA9FQG  20   20   40   13  520  x2  1040  g5rv@35'
WA9VEE  20   19   39   13  507  x2  1014  200' lw@35'
WD4MSM  25   24   49   20  980       980  dpl@45'
K9PL    19   18   37   10  370  x2   740  dpl@25'
W9CC    17   17   34   10  340  x2   680  80 loop@15'
W9NU    15   15   30    9  270 x1.5  405  80 car wndm@35'
K9IS    15   15   30   12  360       360  330' hor loop
K9DTH   12   12   24    8  192 x1.5  288  dpl@35'
KX9N     6    6   12    6   72  x2   144  90' dblt@22'
N9RLO    7    7   14    4   56  x2   112  cfdz@25'
NV9X     3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  dpl@30'
N9KR     1    1    2    1    2         2  zepp@20'

SWA Category - W0 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K9OSC   34   33   67   19 1273  x2  2546  zepp@30'
KD0V    34   33   67   15 1005  x2  2010  g5rv@50'
WD0K    23   23   46   13  598  x2  1196  dlta loop@36'
K0HJC   14   14   28    7  196  x2   392  cfz@35'
KA0RJY   9    9   18    6  108  x2   216  6btv vert
KC0DD    7    7   14    7   98  x2   196  ocf dpl@??'
K0KCY    9    9   18    6  108 x1.5  162  dpl@40'
KA8HDE   6    6   12    4   48  x2    96  g5rv@30'
NO2D     5    5   10    4   40        40  80 dblt@30'
KI0J     4    4    8    4   32        32  DX-B sloper
W6GMT    4    4    8    2   16        16  invV@35'

SWA Category - Canada Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
VE3RCN  19   18   37   10  370  x2   740  80 dpl@??'
VE3GNU   8    8   16    8  128  x2   256  mb dpl@35'
VA3PEN   4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  gnd mtd vert
VE3FUJ   4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  40 dpl@22'

SWA Category - DX Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
NP3CW    2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  dpl@23'

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

@ QRO not eligible for certificates or prizes

1st SWA W1: K1IEE
1st SWA W2: AA2YV
1st SWA W3: K3WWP
1st SWA W4: K4ORD
1st SWA W5: WD5IYT
1st SWA W6: N6VOH
1st SWA W7: N7YY
1st SWA W8: WB8LZG
1st SWA W9: K9FO
1st SWA W0: K9OSC
1st Gain: n/a
First time entrant high scorer: WA4FNG
Knob/Handle winner: K2GLS

The following appeared 5 or more times in submitted logs, but
did not submit a log themselves for whatever reason:
K3VIG - 23
K9TJL - 17
N4BP - 12
VE3MO - 10
AB9CA - 7
K7ZYV - 7
W7PAU - 6
AB4GK - 5
K4UFT - 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: 120
Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 178 
Total QSO's in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 1421
States represented: 37 + DC + ON + QC + KP4 + F + XE

GOLDEN LOGS (perfectly formatted, all info accurate):
If you're not listed as a GOLDEN LOG or your posted score is different from what you computed and wish to know why, we'll tell you if you ask before 2400Z the second Sunday after the sprint. There will no longer be any automatic notification of score changes or "not in log" QSO's due to the greatly increased participation in our sprints. Email pix_email_naqcc (1K) with the subject "NAQCC Sprint Question".

K3WWP - Excuse me a minute while I catch my breath. Didn't have much time to breathe during the sprint. HI Well, I guess you'll never believe me again when I say conditions aren't usually very good for our sprints in December. I guess the propagation gods just wanted to make fun of or insult me. I sure am glad they did. It was my best sprint ever with 57 QSO's in 24 sections. Both 80 and 40 were great here. I wish I could have had more time to be on 40, but I just almost never had a break on 80 to go and check that band. 40 was in rather short skip late in the sprint. I worked MD, VA, and NC just to name a couple pretty close states. I even made a couple QSO's on 80 with my 930 mW to keep my mW streak going. Worked OH and AL with the QRPp. Exciting stuff. I had a ball. Hope you all did also. Well, let's see how you did, as I am going to get to the logs now.

WA2CCD - Please match a newbies' slow code speed when he calls CQ. If I'm too slow for you, contact someone else. Can't work you if your speed is too fast for me. Thanks. (This is why we have the huge bonus for a straight key. It's easier for someone to slow down when needed. I echo Rich's plea - PLEASE QRS when needed. If you call CQ at 18 WPM and someone answers at 10 WPM, slow down to 10 WPM when you go back to him. Don't assume because he copied your CQ at 18 WPM, he is comfortable at that speed. He may have been listening to you for a few minutes just to get your call at that speed. Also NEVER call CQ at a speed faster than you can copy well and answer a CQ at the speed it is sent. Remember this is one of the reasons our sprints are so popular. Don't ruin that popularity nor discourage someone new to contesting who expects more from our sprints than other sprints. - K3WWP)

VE3RCN - WOW! I only had 40 minutes for this Sprint. I got on right at the beginning to get in one QSO so that I could help make 100 logs entered (I was expecting the same conditions as November). I made that contact and then a few more. I had to go...but I came back for 30 minutes at the end. I wish I had the whole 2 hours. That being said, as 2010 draws to a close, I want to say thank you to all you QRPers. Thanks for having me as part of the group. It all started back a while ago when a fellow military member, VE1RSM, Bob #2974 introduced me to your group. An unsure phone call that I made to John K3WWP on the morning of the June Sprint and he updated the memberlist to show that #4004 would be on and I jumped in and made my first Sprint entry with CF3NAVY, saving 2 hours of the 100th anniversary air time for you guys. Since then, I have entered each Sprint...and have enjoyed it enormously. I have discovered that QRP works! I also want to thank one and all for the electronic news letter each month. Through that, I have found old friends. Even lost Navy associates such as VE7CPO, Robert#3405 who was featured in one of the articles a few months ago. Finally, I want to wish you all happy QRPing and a great upcoming year. Yours, Aye. Kevin #4004. VE3RCN (Royal Canadian Navy). Thanks for the bandwidth here in the Soapbox.

KC2EGL - I thought I was going to have a record night after bagging our VP John K3WWP. Unfortunately things went rather slowly for a while. Fortunately the activity picked up. Thanks to all who came back to my CQ. This was a great way to end a year of NAQCC sprints. Thanks to John K3WWP for all the hard work that goes into running our sprints and our club. 73 es Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Mike

AC8AP - It was noisy here on 40. Maybe the neighbors Christmas lights. Went to 80 and had fun. It was great to hear K3WWP John right at the last minute and get him in the log. Signals were up tonight for me on 80.

K9OSC - Another great Sprint! Used my newly made cootie key. Worked K3WWP on 40 and 80 meters. 40 meters was best for me. Thanks for the contacts.

N1LU - This was my first NAQCC Sprint from my new QTH in TN. Haven't had time to sneak up an antenna yet (restrictions here), so I connected a wire from my FT-817 and T1 tuner to a metal downspout. Nothing heard at all on 20m, only a few strong stations on 40m, but 80m was busy. Thanks to all who pulled me out of the gutter. (GREAT line!! HI HI - I was glad to be the first to give you a hand. - K3WWP)

KE9DR - I missed the last two sprints and enjoyed getting back. 20 meters was dead, 40 & 80 were workable with some QSB. I worked K3WWP(thanks John) and he was 449 and then I heard him about ten minutes later and he was a S8. I know I lost several contacts because of QSB. But hey! Thats part of the challenge. Lots of Fun, tnx to all. 73 Bert

KC2MJT - Fun with a capital FUN! Still a lot of noise for this time of year. Tnx Jim, KC0DD, you were arm chair copy! I'm beginning to think I have some new noise source near me as I haven't had good condx in a long time. At least I didn't hear any space ships tonight! All smiles - Nate

W9NU - I just joined NAQCC so this was my first Sprint. I had a lot of fun and I will be back for the next sprint. Two hours is just about ideal as far as time is concerned. Using Ft-817 into a 80M Carolina Windom at 35' ALL signals seemed strong for QRP. QRP power levels seemed to work just fine. Only a couple stations asked for a repeat. Hay, I caught K3WWP (Nr 0002) That was fun! 73's Neil

K1NAJ - Hi John, Hope this log is ok. I noticed that in my hand-written log I had worked KX9N twice. Sorry about that. That broght my total QSO's down to 11, not 12 as I mentioned on the phone. This was my first ever Sprint/Contest that I have submitted a log in all the years I have been licensed. I will not be able to be in the Sprints on Wednesdays as I am a Pastor and have Wednesday service. Thanks for alternating between Tuesday and Wednesday. Thanks John for all your hard work and encouragement. Nice talking with you this morning. Hope to hear you on the air again soon. 73 and God Bless! Norm (Thanks for confirming our idea of alternating days as a good idea. I had a nice chat on the telephone with Norm today. - K3WWP)

K3RLL - K2 to "stealth night only vertical" - Nice to hear 40 meters free of digital QRM. Signals sounded pretty strong there but everybody seemed to leave the party at 0230z. Tried to follow down to 80 meters with essentially a dummy load on top of the 4-BTV vertical, but it was like whistling in a hurricane. Many thanks to K4JPN & KB0ETU for pulling me out of the noise on 80 tonight. 72, Don

VE3FUJ - 40 was relatively quiet as far as static went, though, very few signals I packed it in at 0250. Thanks to all who heard me, CUL. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. From the snowy north. Brion

N1DN - Thanks to all for the contacts. Had to work harder than usual to pull out signals tonight. Thanks to VA3PEN, Ki for the final QSO right before the closing bell! 72 phil

WD5IYT - Decent conditions on 40 and 80 for this sprint. Impressed how much better the K3 receiver is than my K1! I had a decent run this time, and my straight key speed is improving.

KJ6EIF - Thanks for the push to return to CW. It's been 42 years but I made my first CW QSO tonight during the sprint. Now that I've made the jump, I will be back! Steve (Wonderful! - K3WWP)

N4ES - Used keyer this time. Felt sorry for anyone trying to copy me on straight key.

N4ESS - Out in the freezing weather here in West Central Florida. Working on keeping my orange grove safe. FT817 in my truck with a random wire over an orange tree. Temp 30.5F and the sprinklers are running to heat the trees. (Now that's dedication to our club, first class. I certainly hope the oranges were saved - K3WWP)

AA4W - 40 started out long and then shortened up. I was surprised when a French station called me! But I was on a very tall vertical and it sure has a low takeoff angle. Finally , the northeast came in. There were plenty of signals on 80 but none of them were strong but I still worked a few. It was great to work some of the new members.

NO2D - Worked NAQCC and the Fox Hunt together. 80 meters worked better tonight at my QTH. But, did get John K3WWP on 40 meters, which was very nice. Both bands sounded better in Parker, CO. this evening than they have in quite some time. Now if I could only make that pine tree grow faster so I could get my doublet up higher! Pete

VA3PEN - I could participate only later part of the sprint. The traffic condition was terrible tonight for no particular reason (only a bit of snow) and I was stuck on the Highway 401 for more than a couple of hours. It took me exactly 3 hours to drive home 55Km (about 34 miles). Still a few stations were available for me to make contacts and many thanks to those :-) Happy holidays to everyone.

W0EJ - 20 and 40 were out for me tonight so plugged away on 80 for the duration. Battery died in the first thirty minutes and had to go fetch a new one to get back on the air. I knew I should have checked that earlier. hi Only worked ten stations tonight but for a period I felt like I was going to "Work All PA". Nothing wrong with that though. Did I miss info about a 160M Sprint added in next month? Happy Holidays to you and yours, see you in Jan..... 72 Bill

K4JC - Due to other commitments I wasn't able to play in the entire contest, but did manage to get one contact in just under the wire! So here's my log, and hopefully we get over the 100 mark again!

KB0ETU - My apologies to NU4B. I didn't realize I had some filters on, but I did and when the band faded, I lost you. Sorry. Good sprint. Wish I had been able to work it longer. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all. 72/73 Phill

N5JKY - Pretty tough conditions here in OK. (Fun anyway) Happy holidays to all and 72!


KF7EST - Worked the entire sprint on 40m and didn't bag even one Q. Heard W7PAU 599 and must have called 10 times to no avail. Heard others and called CQ for about 30min on 7040 with no takers. Cndx and the ant are just not up to it this time of year here I guess. My New Years Resolution is to erect a better antenna - something that can at least work 80m - I can't do much worse :-). Merry Christmans and a Happy New Years to all. Thanks to everyone out there that made my first full year as HAM an enjoyaable one. 73

W2JEK - got on late. 40m seemed pretty good but 80m was noisy here. used my yaesu ft-840 at 5 watts to wire antennas. Seasons Greetings to all. 72 and 73 don younger w2jek #1135

WX4RM - My peanut whistle was having trouble being heard tonite, must have been the cold weather, 9 deg outside, 55 in the basement. My excuse is that it is hard to key the transmitter with mittens on.

KB3AAG - Another fine nite with NAQCC! It is 11 degres in the "hollar" tonite and about 20 knots of breese. The stove is devouring wood pellets like mad. I just went out to start my truck and found the yard full of frozen dots and dashes, cant tell the inbound one from the outbound ones though! Sorry to those folks I just could not dig out. Thanks John for sending last months noise down to me this month! (Must have been someone elses, mine was still here although signals overrode it this month - K3WWP) If I may get on a soapbox for a minute, fellows when you get a good signal report a 57,8,or 9 try sending your exchange just once! When you are loud and clear I only need to hear it once. If you are asked to repeat just part it is quicker than sending it all twice. (Excellent points! - K3WWP) Okay, sermon over, have a nice christmas and a healthy and enjoyable next year! I'll see you all in the January sprint! Frank

K4ORD - Started on 20M worked KC2MJT in NY, heard nothing else on 20 so on to 40M which seemed much better than the last few sprints, stayed there until the last few minutes when I went to 80M, but too late to make a qso. Used my old J-38 Key I started with 51 years ago,put the knob I won in the NAQCC drawing a few months ago on it and it worked great. Thanks to all, Riley

WB2LQF - My very first NAQCC Sprint. Unfortunately, I was misusing my new audio filter for most of it. When I finally figured out how to use it --- WOW! Bring on the next Sprint. I'm ready now!

N4SAM - Band condx pretty good on 80; never heard any NA calls on 40.

WD4OHD - My first Sprint and first time to use Gen Log. Very noisy on 40m tonight on the Sprint frequencies. Some strong signals from New England area. A fun intro to NAQCC Sprints.

AJ4AY - This was my first NAQCC sprint and it was a fun event. I managed to catch both 80m foxes and continue working in the sprint. 80m was quite noisy do I moved to 40m and called CQ. My thanks to everyone that called. See ya'll next month. AJ4AY Jay NAQCC#55 Mobile, AL

KA8HDE - Had a great time-a shout out to 3 fellow MN chapter members I worked. Not many QSO's by most standards, but doubled my first sprint count. Not much on 40 - 80 was busy. Already looking towards the next one. 72 - chuck

AA2YV - Another good night. after 1 hour I went to 80. It was quiet, but then I got 15 QSO's out of it. Cold here tonight, with more snow on the way. I used just one 40 meter dipole tonight. I like to have two up and running. But the WX is a killer out there.

AF3Z - I tried 40 for a QSOs. Moved to 80, wandered a while, then found a spot to call CQ. Thanks to all who called me, I had fun and kept busy on the freq almost to the end. 80 was in good shape here. I had one qso in my log that I couldn't figure out with W8RAJ in NH & no #/pwr @0245z. Sorry if that was you... I took it out of the log since I didn't have all the info and couldn't make sense of it. :-(

K5MMH - First NAQCC Sprint , great time working folks, super ops.

K9PL - 40-meters: PFR-3 80-meters: Ft. Tuthill 80 Key: J-37 One QSO on very QRN 80-meters, the rest on 40-meters. 20-meters, nil.

WA8SAN - Great night for a sprint, too cold outside. Thanks to all who answered my call. Happy Holidays / Mike

KU4GW - I had a great time in tonight's Sprint! Was using my Begali Camelback straight key. I found out rather fast that 40 meters was not working very well signal wise to my QTH, but when I switched to 80 meters it was great with many strong signals.My 260 feet doublet up 50 feet works great for QRP! I have been a member of NAQCC for several years, but to my recollection this was my first NAQCC Sprint, I think, correct me if I'm wrong John. (You were in the November 2007 sprint with 12 QSO's and 352 points - K3WWP) I have worked a QRP Sprint before, the Zombie Shuffle back at Halloween and was amazed what I accomplished with only 5 watts! I will definitely be back for many more! Very enjoyable! A very Merry Christmas to all my fellow NAQCC members and hope to hear you again in January 2011! Very 72 de Cliff KU4GW NAQCC#1491

NU4B - I wish I had more time. Started Late. I heard many stations. As always a great sprint that's a lot of fun. Thanks everybody for the QSOs.

N8JIW - SHAKER HEIGHTS,OHIO :I had a great time.This was my first sprint.I prepared my station 15 min. ahead of time,log sheet,freq notes, exchange info,etc. My first qso took a disappointing 45 min. I was looking for my problem while calling CQ. I found it.I was using a 500k filter which was to narrow and I had my shift adjusted incorrectly. I basically could not hear very much.See you in January.Happy Holidays.Don

NU7T - The gutter and down spout antenna ( GADS ) at my new home did not work well. Maybe, I shouldn't have cleaned the leaves out of it.

WD0K - Gud Sprint! All types of ops. Special tnx to n5jky for hanging in their, and the folks who put up with my lousy 3's! 72's and Seasons Greetings!!

KA0RJY - NICE SPRINT, THIS WAS FUN AS ALL SPRINTS ARE. (Yep, I love our NAQCC sprints for sure! - K3WWP)

W1OH - First time for the sprint in several months - why am I always so busy?!?! Good time, decent conditions, some familiar calls, all on 40M & 80M (heard but couldn't work K4ORD on 20M near 0130z). Thanks, NAQCC!

N8BB - I am sorry to say I missed the sprint. Christmas stuff, church and a whole lot of things crossed on this day, including a sinus infection that is really hurting my teeth. Trip to the doctor and hopefully Christmas will be saved. Just wanted to say I really wished I had worked the sprint, always my favorite bunch of fellow hams. Last Sunday I was playing with 1 watt and worked UX1AA in the Ukraine so as John say's, QRPp is working, just have to use it and you will be very surprised and happy when it works for you. Take care all my friends and have a safe and Merry Christmas, God Bless You All. And God bless our servicemen and women.

KQ1P - Worked several new calls, that was a treat. The activity came and went like waves on a beach. I wish everyone a pleasant holiday season. 73 John

VE3GNU - Difficult conditions at best---lots of noise at this end (Eastern Ontario)---needed to use max filtering at times (200hz) to retrieve signals on my Argonaut V. Thanks to all for contributing.

WB8LZG - A bit of a slow start for me on 40m , but bands were in gud shape. lost KE5YUM on 40m early , but managded to snag him a little later. Great to work KY7T in AZ fer one of the western sections. Also nice to work some high numbers (KB2RAW #5299 welcome to our sprints) Went to 80m es it was gud condx there also. More QSOs on 80 than i've had in quite a while. Merry Christmas to all of you. Hope Santa brings everyone some "qrp goodies". 73 Gregg

KE5YUM - I enjoyed the sprint as always. I spent the entire time with my MFJ 9040 with a straight key, and it is always great to work new numbers. Thanks to all who worked me.

NQ2W - First time in this sprint. Pretty good activity on 40 meters. Some QRN and QSB but managed to make some FB QSO's. Thanks to eveyrone that put me in the log and thanks to the organizers. Hope to c u next time. 73 and Happy Holidays, Will

K2QPN - First time I had a chance to enter the sprint. Bands very noisy.

K2GLS - As you mentioned in your Sprint email, this is a busy season. No exception in my case as Tuesday was the Winter concert at my granddaughter's high school. An event not to be missed. Fortunately, we got home just before the end of the contest, so no big score, but I can submit a log to help you get over 100 logs again this month.

N7RCS - This was my first NAQCC sprint. Band conditions here in North Idaho were a bit noisy so I only managed a single contact. I look forward to future sprints. Thanks for keeping the flame burning!

KB8FE - Very nice conditions during this December sprint! Heard lots of signals. Worked far fewer than I heard. Stations spread out which was very helpful. Hope to hear more states grab a frequency and call CQ NA for 10 minutes or so. It would give me a chance to increase multipliers. I will try this in the next sprint and hand out 'OH'. Everyone have a nice holiday season!

W8DW - Forgot to submit my log last month with all the contest going on in November. Condition pretty good here and I think the most contacts for me in this sprint. Had a good time, Merry Christmas to all and see you next month.

K4JPN - Condition rough in GA, both on 80 and 40. 72, Steve

K8WSN - Stayed on 80 meters where conditions were superb. Some NAQCC members were peaking 20 over S9 on my vertical. Sorry I missed the first half hour. Completed all attempted QSOs in spite of bad QRM from the CW traffic nets at times. I have to learn to avoid their frequencies. TNX for the FB QSOs. Holiday Greetings to all. Bill (Yes, it's very important to avoid QRM to other services like nets and other clubs' activities. The NAQCC has always made that a top priority and is very good at it - K3WWP)

KD0V - Good Sprint here, not much QRN. 80 meters was very hot the first hour and a half and then cooled off. I had a pipe line between here and OH and PA. I think K3WWP had a long wire stretching to MN or may be hooked on to the end of my antenna. (Seriously, I've always been able to work into MN (and WI, IL) quite easily. I used to work W0CEA in Chisago City regularly on 80M before it was even really dark here. MN is about the most distant state I can work easily on 160M also. - K3WWP)

NU4I - I need to do this more often. (As do ALL club members - K3WWP) Hope to do better next year! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all! 72, Ken

K9DTH - I am a new member and this was my first sprint. It was a challenge using 5 watts, but I really enjoyed it. Will look forward to the next sprint...73s Ron

K6MGO - I was hearing "regular" QSO's, but, no NAQCC members, almost got skunked till the last 5 minutes. Where was everyone?

W9CC - It is always fun!

K1IEE - Got my usual count. Had expected to increase it this time as the band sounded great without the heavy QRN. Glad to work NU4B in TN another HW-9 station. Thank you all, 73 Dick

WA4IQL - Tried valiantly to make a contact to no avail. I heard WZ3P and VE3JEV on 40 meters and tried to contact them unsuccesssfully. It's possible my inverted vee needs tweaking. Enjoyed the sprint even though no contacts were made. 73, Bill

AK3X - Got a late start due to other commitments, and had several interruptions. Things just got rolling for me as the sprint ended. 40 meters seemed in pretty good shape for a change. 3 watts to an EFHW @25 feet. It was fun while it lasted! Pete

KX9N - I only was on 40 but later on found 80 had been evan better.Now i know to set up for either one next time.

N9KR - No time this month but did squeeze out 1 late contact for the log submission. Trying out a SDR kit for the 1st time. Nice, but not ready to abandon the knobs & key just yet...

AC4RM - Just getting back on the air after 15 year hiatus so the sprint was my first qso's. The Argonaut 515 has some problems with noisy pots and my power dropped out several times but after being stored for 15 years it performed pretty good. I heard K7YY but the qsb and qrn ate more than their share of signals. I could only steal a few minutes at a time to play but still enjoyable. Thank You, Rob

NP3CW - The 80 mtr and 20 mtr bands were close to Puerto Rico. Many stations heard with strong signals in 40 mtr band but only W8RTJ and WA4FNG. One of the strongest signal heard was N1PQV but he never heard my QRP signal. I was motivated to break my previous score of last Sprint,but need a bit of luck for next one in 2011. Happy Holidays to all. Julio San Juan,PR

KU4A - Didn't hear anybody on 40. Fortunately, 80 was playing pretty well. K3WWP too weak to work.

AA7CU - Worked the sprint from Arizona. 40 meters in SE Arizona was very poor.

N3AEA - Better signals last nite then in previous...Ron

W8RTJ - Just became a member a few days ago and really enjoyed my first NAQCC. Lots of fun and look forward to many more . 72 to all JIM

N8XMS - This was certainly not my best sprint but it was still a lot of fun. I spent about an hour on 40 meters were conditions were pretty good. Then for a little extra challenge I switched over to 80 meters, and even though my old Cushcraft R7 vertical is essentially a dummy load on that band, I still managed to make three contacts there. 73 and Merry Christmas to everyone!


W4HH - Awful conditions on 40 not much better on 80. Had fun in spite of QSB, QRN.

KA9FQG - Almost missed this month's sprint thinking it was Wednesday night instead of Tuesday - thanks for the reminder emails! Ended up having one of my best efforts ever in a sprint. 80m was very active tonight and enjoyed that a lot. Thanks for another great event. Merry Christmas to all, Mark

WA4FNG - This was my first NAQCC sprint and I had a blast. It was great to hear all of those QRP signals on 40m. Look forward to a better score next time.

N9RLO - I had alot of fun this sprint. Made one more contact than last time. [I'm improving! hi hi.] I intended to work the whole sprint, but I was a bit tired. The s**w and cold wx is getting me down. The deep freeze has come early this year. I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! 73, John

AI4SV - Local noise made it hard to hear on 40m, but 80m was really hopping.

N1PQ - limited to 45 minutes op time

WB8ENE - Rig here is K3. All of the signals on 80 meters were stronger than the ones on 40. Nice sprint. See you in the next one. 73, Art

W2SH - On 20m I only heard FG8AR, and although his signal was strong, I couldn't raise him. At the start 40m was all noise and no signals, but toward the end it was able to provide eight QSOs. 80m was where almost all the action was, and after the first hour I took a short break to join the 80m fox hunt, nailing one pelt.

AE5KM - I had equipment problems, only 1 QSO. But hey, need to report it anyway. (That's what we like - send in a report, no matter how many or how few QSO's it contains. Let's show not how many QSO's are made, but how many hams still love and use CW - K3WWP)

NF8M - At work again this time around, so had to use the car mobile antenna since no HF antennas up at work yet... Had a 75m hamstick which was resonated down in the CQ portion thanks to a bit of lagniappe provided by a cliplead for a topload. Worked for one QSO! (Ingenious! And great dedication to our sprints - thanks - K3WWP)

K9FO - 40 was poor so most of the QSOs on 80. With cold WX the 80 QRN is lower. Rig, TenTec Orion @ 5 watts. McElroy Streamkey, 1940. Flexradio 1500 not yet ready for prime time. Needs a little work on CW. See you next time. 73/72 Will

KD4UKW - Only had time to operate for a few minutes but wanted to participate. I made only 1 QSO... and I sent the wrong member number! I hope to have more on the ball next time....

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

RULES specific to this month's sprint:

Date and time:
Wednesday, December 15, 0130-0330Z

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.