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Jan 2011 Straight Key/Bug 160M Sprint

Thanks to all who participated, especially to those who not only participated but ALSO reported their results. - K3WWP

Final Official Results
SWA Category - W1 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  160 Antenna

SWA Category - W2 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  160 Antenna
W2SH    24   22   46   13  598  x2  1196  180' dpl@40'
W2LB    20   20   40   11  440  x2   880  invL@20'
KD2MX   10    9   19    7  133  x2   266  600' loop@25'
W2JEK    3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  110' ef wire@20'
WA2CCD   1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  150' rnd wire@10'
WA2JSG   1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  elev vert@12'

SWA Category - W3 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  160 Antenna
KB3AAG  30   29   59   14  826       826  g5rv@30'
K3WWP   12   12   24    9  216  x2   432  ~110' attic rndm wire

SWA Category - W4 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  160 Antenna
K4ORD   31   28   59   16  944  x2  1888  dpl@35'
K1ZZI   26   25   51   17  867       867  dpl@90'
K4BAI   13   13   26   11  286  x2   572  55' vertT
N4SAM   14   14   28   12  336 x1.5  504  invL
W4DUK    8    8   16    6   96  x2   192  efz@25'
W4JVY    6    6   12    4   48  x2    96  loop@26'
WB5NMZ   4    4    8    3   24        24  1/2 wv sloper@40'
K4EOR    3    3    6    2   12  x2    24  helical spiral vert
WB4MNK   2    2    4    2    8         8  vert
N4ESS    1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  dpl@50'
W4KRN    1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  dpl@50'

SWA Category - W5 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  160 Antenna
KE9DR    7    7   14    6   84  x2   168  420' loop@50'
KD5KJ    4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  dblt@30'

SWA Category - W6 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  160 Antenna
N6DIT    9    9   18    5   90  x2   180  dpl@30'
N6CMF    5    5   10    4   80  x2   160  40' vert
K6KQV    2    2    4    2    8         8  33' vert
K6CSL    1    1    2    1    2         2  40M dlta loop

SWA Category - W7 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  160 Antenna
N7KM     9    7   16    7  112  x2   224  1/4 wv sloper@45'
K9JWV   11   10   21    5  105 x1.5  158  invL@30'
KK7S     5    4    9    4   36  x2    72  InvL 50'v 65'h
NU7T     5    5   10    3   30  x2    60  helical@4'
KE7LKW   2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  80M invV@28'

SWA Category - W8 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  160 Antenna
K8JD    18   18   36   10  360  x2   720  dpl@35'
N8QY    14   12   26   12  312 x1.5  468  vert
AC8AP   11   11   22   10  220  x2   440  45' vert
NI8N    10   10   20    9  180  x2   360  1/8 wv vert
NF8M     7    6   13    7   91  x2   182  InvL@50' rcv-loop ant
K8DDB    9    9   18    7  126       126  invL@52'
WB8ENE   6    6   12    5   60  x2   120  135' dblt@15'
N8IUP    2    2    4    1    4  x2     8  80/40 nvis@10'
KB8M     1    1    2    1    2         2  wndm@30'

SWA Category - W9 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  160 Antenna
N9NE    34   31   65   19 1235  x2  2470  176'dblt@65',53' vertT (wow!)
K9FO    32   31   63   19 1197  x2  2394  invL@45'+65'
N4IY    27   27   54   16  864  x2  1728  400' ocf wire@60'
W9CC    10   10   20    9  180  x2   360  invV@35'
KA9FQG   5    5   10    5   50  x2   100  24' helical vert

SWA Category - W0 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  160 Antenna
NE0S    22   22   44   13  572  x2  1144  invL@55'
K0HJC   15   15   30   11  330  x2   660  dpl@15'
K6XT    14   12   26    9  234  x2   468  1/8 wv gp
KD0V     9    9   18    5   90  x2   180  g5rv@50'
KA0RJY   6    6   12    4   48  x2    96  el L@22'
WD0K     2    2    4    1    4  x2     8  dlta loop@36'
NO2D     2    2    4    1    4  x2     8  80m dblt@25'
KC0PMH   1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  135' dblt@25'

SWA Category - Canada Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  160 Antenna
VE3RCN  18   18   36   10  360  x2   720  loop@??'
VE3FUJ  13   11   24   12  288  x2   576  130' lw@12-35'

SWA Category - DX Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  160 Antenna

Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  160 Antenna

1st SWA W1: n/a
1st SWA W2: W2SH
1st SWA W3: KB3AAG
1st SWA W4: K4ORD
1st SWA W5: KE9DR
1st SWA W6: N6DIT
1st SWA W7: N7KM
1st SWA W8: K8JD
1st SWA W9: N9NE
1st SWA W0: NE0S
1st SWA Canada: VE3RCN
1st SWA DX: n/a
1st Gain: n/a
K3WWP - Ya gotta have a better antenna system than what a friend of mine called mine to do well in a 160M QRP contest. He called my antenna farm just a simple 'victory garden'. Just look at the high scores and see the antennas they used to see what I mean. So instead of saying, "Boy was that fun!" as I did after our regular sprint this month, this time I said, "I'm glad that's over." Still I guess I must have been having fun or I wouldn't have stayed the full two hours. There's always that intrigue about who am I going to work next, if anyone. Then someone answers my CQ, and I get perked up again and log another QSO. I guess that makes contesting fun, interesting, and exciting and why it is so popular. You never know what is going to happen next. It's definitely more fun when the QSO's come more quickly though. End of rambling.


W4JVY - Don't know if 'i got the log filled out right, But here it is. Tnx for the contest. Don

WA2JSG - Only a 80m thru 6m vertical here, but a Really Really good tuner (Palstar) hi hi, so only one contact. Thanks to K4ORD for his patience in pulling my tiny signal from the frying pan. I'll be ready next time.

KC0PMH - Once again great fun but I will really have to try and improve the antenna! NE0S worked really hard to get the QSO completed, Qudos to him. Looking forward to the next one, Top Band is hard but is was great to hear all the folks out there. Hope we make 100 logs again, that's why my one qso is being entered! 72/3 es God Bless all de Wayne

KK7S - That was harder than I thought. I worked every station I heard, but only ever heard 5 :-) Haven't done an NAQCC sprint in a while. Fun to get back into it. Looking forward to good condx on the other bands next time!

NF8M - First 160m QRP sprint! Was fun to see what I could work with 5 watts. The new receiving loop worked wonders!

N6CMF - Didn't hear other stations calling NA. Many W4 AND W8 stations upband in pileups. FUN!! Be back for more.

KE9DR - Lots of NA QRM some weak some very strong. QSB was a problem at times. Lots of fun and thanks to K4ORD for his patience, he had to work hard to copy my 339 signal. Tnx to everyone. 73 Bert


W2LB - Wow, lots of stations in this sprint. I heard lots of stations calling me but they were right at the noise level. My Inverted L is very noisy. Time to make a pennant or low noise loop. Great fun though! I wish it would have lasted a bit longer.

WB4MNK - QRN bad but I sure need more wire in the air for this band. Had fun and was good experience. Sorry to the stations I was unable to copy because of QRN maybe I will do better next time. 73, Art

KD5KJ - Kind of fun to get on 160 for a change. I heard a lot more stations than I was able to work. Heard K1ZZI but he could not pull me through.

KB3AAG - Real fun as always! I dont understand it, at 4 pm my g5 would load at 1.0 over all the intended portions we were to use, at 830 it would only go to 1.6! Isuppose the 5 inches of wet snow we got in between might be it? The road comming out to the hollar was so slick that I almost gave up and went back to the house. The last mile was in 4 wheel drive and half was down hill! But I just could not miss this! Frank

K6CSL - Well, what a surprize. This was my first attempt at running QRP on 160. It is with great difficulty that I try to run some contest events on 160M due to the restrictions on my antennas by the mobile home park I live in. I tried multiple times to work N6CMF, who I was hearing from southern CA, and then I worked N6DIT north of my QTH up in Calaveras County, CA. So I guess I'll give it a try the next time there is a QRP event on 160. Bert

K4EOR - First time 160M sprint. QRM was really bad! Late start. TNX

K4ORD - Well that was a workout, had lots of qrn up to S9 or better, but at least it wasn't solid, had to ask for lots of repeats because of it and the fact I had my 200 cycle filter on my k2 in and if a station wasn't right on freq had to tune him in before I could copy. Hope the qrn is gone this weekend for the big contest,I will run qrp in that also. Thanks for all the qso's 72/73 Riley

KB8M - I had a blast. First time I did one of these. Thanks for the patience! I'll get better...! Rig: ICOM IC751 Ant: windom @ 30ft Key: MFJ564 (Christmas gift)

W2JEK - couldn't hear much due to a local qrn problem. it finally stopped and i heard more stations but they didn't hear me. tried k3wwp but no luck. guess the storm caused some qrn also. 72 and 73 Don Younger W2JEK #1135

N4IY - I tried my hardest on this one. Two hours long is just right for me. I appreciate the format of the NAQCC sprints. Operators were very patient for listening for each other's weak signals.

NE0S - Stumbled into VE3FUJ calling cq na and it hit me!!160 sprint!Grabbed a log sheet and jumped in for some fun,was a it noisy here,pretty hard to copy some thru QRN.Overall good time!TNX all 73 Mark

KA0RJY - Another ineresting and fun SPRINT

N4SAM - Late start, QRN, still fun. Good exercise for this weekend

N9NE - Nice to work old and new alike! First time I've used my J-47 straight key in ages, and my arm and neck are stiff :) Conditions were good, but CO(K6XT)was farthest west contacted and/or heard.

NO2D - Heard many calling CQ, but few heard me. Heard K1ZZI in Georgia, pretty loud, but my 80 meter doublet just could not throw a signal that far. Jim, W0CML is only a couple of mile away, so his sig vy strong. K6XT had a strong sig here all evening long, but he, too, is in CO. As always, enjoyed the event. Thanks. Pete

K0HJC - Strong signals! The dipole sure is noisy compared to the zepp. Local QRM means good participation! Another fun sprint!

K9JWV - Band was alive for the first 1.5 hours and then went south but fun to get "tuned up" some for the upcoming CQ 160 event! My shortened inverted El was working great (received a couple of 579s) and thanks to all who pulled my peanut whistle out of the mud.

VE3RCN - DANG! I still had a few CQs left to send and time ran out. I will use them up next sprint. Thanks everyone.

K8DDB - First contest with my new K3. The bands were pretty quiet here in the UP of Michigan with the exception of the NAQCC Sprint activity. Thanks to NAQCC for keeping the hobby alive!

K4BAI - Operated the whole two hours, but worked most who would ever hear me in the first hour. Called many others, most with good signals, but my lack of a good 160M antenna surely showed (mine too - K3WWP). Most signals were quite good. Best ears award to N9NE. Hope to work you all in CQ 160 CW Contest this weekend. The South East Contest Club call W4AN will be QRV this weekend from the W8JI station with VE7ZO operating. QSLs go to me. 73/72, John

K6XT - I gave incorrect member number 1349 to NZ0T, N6CMF, N6DIT before getting my act together. Sorry. Genlog wasn't working well so started out on paper. Think I got everything else right. Very strong AL station among others never heard me, missed some juicy mults. The rate seemed to drop very rapidly in hour two, something like 15 minutes between Q's at end. Power company fixed line noise just in time. QRP on 160, always a real challenge. Cya in the CQ 160 this weekend. 73 Art

W4DUK - Until now I wasn't even sure whether my antenna would play on 160m, and was pleasantly surprised. Experienced high SWR, but at 5W it was manageable. Some QRN at my location (including distant static crashes) but also manageable. I'm planning more activity on 160m in the future. 73 de Dave

K1ZZI - First time for me QRP on 160m. I got on thinking I might hear one or two stations. I was amazed how it turned out. Thanks for all the Q's and sorry for a few folks I couldn't pull out. I used GenLog for the first time tonight. I'm looking forward to the next Sprint. 73, Ralph

VE3FUJ - All in all it was an enjoyable sprint, there were one or two I perhaps should have heard but didn't, SORRY. I only had one non multiplier, sorry John you were too late. One very strong signal gave me a 5nn only, and I never heard him after that, even after repeatedly asking, no SPC no # or pwr. I always look forward to one band sprints, you know where the Action is then. HEE HEE. see you all again. Brion

W9CC - I kept trying for W2SH but no go. Heard him working K3WWP, but John was very weak here. Heard VE3RCN but no go. By the time the contest was over I started hearing 7's. It was lots of fun.

N7KM - I got home late and missed the first hour. I enjoyed the activity, thanks to the organizers. This was my first attempt at 160 meter QRP and now I know it can be done.

KD2MX - K4ORD and VE3RCN were very strong here but the QRN was pretty hig., Maybe it had something to do with the thunder snow that was moving through the area. It was somewhat debilitating to try and dig signals out of the muck. I gave it an hour plus though, and each contact was a thrill, followed by some, often many, minutes of nothing but noise. The band did seem pretty busy. I was distracted for a bit trying to work a C6 who was up the band. I thought I had a chance but then he was spotted and the big guns attacked. Here's hoping for low QRN this weekend.

N8QY - Lots of qrn and qrm.

N4ESS - Static crashes were HUGE! Great fun even if I hear more than I work. Rich

WB8ENE - The noise (nearby plasma TV?) was fatiguing even though I only operated the sprint for the first hour (9:30 is my bedtime). Thanks VE3RCN for hanging in there despite someone transmitting right on top of me. It took a lot of repeats, but we finally made it. I'm not sure why he (8th area call) wasn't hearing either one of us. Looking forward to the next "regular" sprint. Thanks for the contacts. 73, Art


KA9FQG - Enjoyed testing a new antenna project (160m helical vertical based on QST article). Combination of QRN and intermittent QSB crushed some QSO's in the middle of the exchange. Good test of operator and equipment. Thanks to all...

W2SH - With 10 inches of snow on the ground, another 14 inches started to fall just as the sprint began. A radar plot showed thunderstorms off the NJ coast about 100 miles distant and as a consequence band conditions were wretched with a very high noise level. Thankfully, this moderated during the last hour. My 160m inverted L was useless because the mile of in-ground radials were effectively isolated from the antenna by the substantial snow cover.

W4KRN - K4ORD only station I worked. Heard more stations, but they no hear me! Hopefully, better results next sprint.

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

RULES specific to this month's sprint:

Date and time:
Thursday, January 27, 0130-0330Z

Band: 160 meters ONLY - 1805-1815 kHz.

Note: Although we do require logs to be submitted, we do not thoroughly cross-check them for our special 160 meters sprints. We do look them over to try to catch any possible errors if we have a close finish for first place in any division. Otherwise what you submit stands as your final score, so please check yourself for accuracy before submitting. We will have the same categories and divisions for this sprint as we have for our regular sprints except for the first-time entrant highest score.

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.