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Oct 2011 Straight Key/Bug Sprint (#84)

Notes from K3WWP: OK, the appeals court is closed and the scores below are final now. I did restore a couple of 'not in log' QSOs after the parties involved checked with each other, and corrected one GOLDEN LOG after checking. So remember, feel free to question things in the week after the 'final' scores are posted. Although it's too late to do that this month now.

Final Results
SWA Category - W1 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
WV1N    28   28   56   18 1008  x2  2016  135' dblt@50'
KB1PBA  21   21   42   15  630  x2  1260  67' dblt@28'
K1IEE   14   14   28   13  364  x2   728  g5rv@30'
N1PQ    19   17   36   15  540       540  ??@45'
KX1NH   12   12   24    8  192  x2   384  g5rv@35'
KQ1P     5    5   10    5   50  x2   100  40 loop@??'
K1YAN    6    6   12    4   48        48  g5rv@30'

SWA Category - W2 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
W2SH    44   42   86   23 1978  x2  3956  180' dpl@35', invL@85+85'
KA2KGP  25   23   48   12  576  x2  1152  ab dpl@25', ab gnd mtd vert
KD2MX   22   22   44   12  528  x2  1056  600' loop@30'
N2ESE   21   21   42   17  714       714  80 ocf dpl@25'
W2JEK   15   15   30   10  300  x2   600  40 dpl, 80 ef, both@20'
WA2JSG  12   12   24    9  216  x2   432  el vert@12'
K2JT     5    5   10    5   50  x2   100  dpl@30'
KF2TP    1    1    2    1    2         2  indoor hamstick
WA2CCD   0    0    0    0    0         0  150' rnd wire@10'

SWA Category - W3 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K3WWP   50   47   97   21 2037  x2  4074  Attic ~110' rnd wire
KB3AAG  44   42   86   19 1634      1634  80 loop@35'
KE3HL   18   18   36   10  360  x2   720  40/80 dpl@25'
WB3T    12   12   24    9  216  x2   432  80 dpl@20'
N3AEA    3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  slantV@15'
AI3G     4    4    8    4   32        32  28' indoor rnd wire

SWA Category - W4 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K4ORD   52   48  100   26 2600  x2  5200  40 dpl@40',160 dpl@35'
K2UFT   36   34   70   18 1260 x1.5 1890  80 dblt@30'
NU4B    22   22   44   15  660  x2  1320  windom@35'
KG4UPO  20   19   39   16  624  x2  1248  windom@40'
AI4SV   17   17   34   14  476  x2   952  attic fan dpl
WD4E    25   24   49   20  980       980  80 loop@40'
KB4QQJ  16   15   31   13  403  x2   806  efz@33'
W4CUX   13   13   26    9  234  x2   468  80 loop@50'
K3RLL   14   13   27   11  297       297  stealth vert
W4HH    11   11   22    8  176 x1.5  264  ocf dpl@25'
K4KRW    8    8   16    8  128  x2   256  windom@30'
K7HAP    8    8   16    8  128  x2   256  windom@20'
KE4YH    8    8   16    8  128  x2   256  hor loop@24'
KU4A    11   10   21   10  210       210  slp dpl@40'
KB4TOX   9    8   17    8  136 x1.5  204  windom@33'
W4DUK    7    7   14    7   98  x2   196  efz@20'
WM4X     7    7   14    7   98  x2   196  invV@20'
KD4UKW   7    7   14    7   98  x2   196  45' vert
KU8S     7    7   14    7   98  x2   196  80 dpl@35'
AI4VA    9    9   18    8  144       144  attic long wire
AF4LB    4    4    8    3   24  x2    48  dpl@55'
AA4GA    3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  efz@45'
K4JPN    2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  80 cfz@??'
W1SGC    2    2    4    2    8         8  dpl@30'
N4ESS    1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  dpl@50'

SWA Category - W5 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
W5IQS   21   21   42   16  672  x2  1344  dpl@30'
KB5JO   13   13   26   11  286  x2   572  88' dblt@20'
KE9DR    8    8   16    8  128  x2   256  420' rnd loop@50'
KE5YUM   8    8   16    8  128  x2   256  invV@30'
N5NK     1    0    1    1    1  x2     2  40 invV@45'

SWA Category - W6 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
KA6AIL  10   10   20    7  140  x2   280  40 dpl@35'
AD6JY    6    6   12    6   72        72  gnd mtd vert
K6MGO    2    2    4    2    8         8  67'dblt in garage

SWA Category - W7 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
W7YSB   11   11   22    9  198  x2   396  110' dblt@30'
NU7T     6    6   12    5   60  x2   120  r6000
AA7CU    7    7   14    4   56        56  whip@12'
AE7CG    2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  dpl@10'
KF7EST   1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  vert
KF7LX    1    1    2    1    2         2  dpl@40'

SWA Category - W8 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
W3NP    31   31   62   20 1240  x2  2480  130'cfz@45'
NF8M    37   35   72   15 1080  x2  2160  80 ocf dpl@35'
N8QY    21   19   40   13  520  x2  1040  g5rv@25',hf9v vert
WB8LZG  19   19   38   14  532  x2  1064  dpl@30', trp vert
W8DW    18   18   36   13  468  x2   936  windom@30', vert
N8XMS   17   16   33   13  429  x2   858  r7 vert
AA8MI   18   18   36   12  432       432  250' hor sq loop@20'
KD8HES  12   11   23    9  207  x2   414  g5rv@30'
WB8ENE  10   10   20    9  180  x2   360  102'dblt@15',20 dpl@20'
KB8FE    5    5   10    5   50  x2   100  dpl@30'
*KG8JK   5    5   10    4   40  x2    80  vert@12'

SWA Category - W9 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
AA9L    31   30   61   21 1281  x2  2562  trp dpl@50'
KB9ILT  31   29   60   21 1260  x2  2520  gnd mtd vert
K9KHJ   26   26   52   19  988  x2  1976  efhw sloper@20-45'
KA9FQG  20   20   40   15  600  x2  1200  g5rv@35'
W9CC    21   20   41   14  574  x2  1148  80 loop@15'
K9EYT   17   17   34   13  442       442  g5rv@25'
N9RLO   10   10   20    9  180  x2   360  135' cfz@50'
NN9S     1    1    2    1    2         2  hor dlta loop@25'

SWA Category - W0 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
KI0I    41   40   81   22 1782  x2  3564  80 hor dlta loop@25'
NO2D    30   29   59   20 1180  x2  2360  80 dblt@25',20 loop@25'
KD0V    27   27   54   16  864  x2  1728  dbl zepp@50'
W4ZW    20   19   39   17  663 x1.5  995  400' loop@150'
K2HT    13   12   25   10  250  x2   500  loop@30'
WB0QQT  10   10   20    9  180  x2   360  trp vert
WD0K     7    7   14    5   70 x1.5  105  dlta loop@36'
K0MC     4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  80 invV@35'

SWA Category - Canada Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
VE2ZAZ  41   37   78   22 1716  x2  3432  40 half slpr@30'
VE3KI   50   49   99   23 2277      2277  g5rv@35'
VE5BCS  20   19   39   12  468  x2   936  loop@25'
VE3FUJ   5    3    8    5   40  x2    80  g5rv@35'
VE2KOT   6    6   12    6   72        72  g5rv@90',invV@27'
VE7KBN   2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  vert

SWA Category - DX Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna

Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K6JSS/4 64   57  121   32 3872      3872  op-N4BP a4s@65',40/80 trp dpl@62'
NQ2W    25   25   50   15  750       750  mini beam@25', invV@40'
N7YY    13   13   26   12  312       312  20 2el quad@??',40 dpl@30'

N#A Category
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  OP 80-40-20 Antenna
N1A     11   11   22    8  176       176  N1DN mb dpl@70'
N2A     57   54  111   25 2775  x2  5550  NW2K 80 loop@30'
N3A     32   31   63   17 1071 x1.5 1607  AF3Z 40 efhw@10', 80 dpl@15'
N4A     35   34   69   20 1380 x1.5 2070  K4NVJ 88' dpl@35'
N5A     49   48   97   25 2425  x2  4850  W5YDM fan dpl@25'
N6A      7    6   13    6   78        78  WA6ES invV@35'
N7A     15   13   28    8  224  x2   448  WD8KRV cfz@40'
N8A     41   39   80   20 1600      1600  AC8AP 80-10 fan dpl@60'
N9A     29   26   55   18  990  x2  1980  W9UX dpl@25'
N0A     26   24   50   20 1000  x2  2000  KC0PMH 135' dblt@25'

* non-member not eligible for certificate or prize

1st SWA W1: WV1N
1st SWA W2: W2SH
1st SWA W3: K3WWP
1st SWA W4: K4ORD
1st SWA W5: W5IQS
1st SWA W6: KA6AIL
1st SWA W7: W7YSB
1st SWA W8: W3NP
1st SWA W9: AA9L
1st SWA W0: KI0I
1st SWA Canada: VE2ZAZ
1st SWA DX: N/A
1st Gain: K6JSS/4 (N4BP)
1st N#A: All 10 contributed and all 10 are winners
Working the most different N#A stations: KG4UPO, VE3KI, WD4E (7 each)
First time entrant high scorer: KG4UPO
Prize drawing winner: N7A (WD8KRV)

The following appeared 5 or more times in submitted logs, but
did not submit a log themselves for whatever reason:
K9JWI - 29
N8NA (nm)- 21
WB4UHC - 20
KC2EGL - 16
K3VIG - 15
W7OM - 14
AA2YK - 13
K1PUB - 11
KJ4AOM (nm) - 11
K1MPM - 10
WZ9B - 10
N4FI - 9
KD6L - 8
N9GGE - 8
AC6YY - 7
K0TC - 7
WA1ISA - 6
WA4AN - 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: 107
Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 169
Total QSO's in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 1,854
States represented: 40 + BC ON QC SK

GOLDEN LOGS - 41 of 107 (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 - My first contest or sprint of any kind using a K-2 rig which will become mine later this year. As everyone says, and I can say first hand now, it is an awesome rig, especially the receiver section. I made 50 QSOs this sprint which is the same as last month, but I don't think I would have gotten the 50 without the K-2. I pulled through some really weak signals very easily this month. Last month it was strictly calling CQ on one frequency on my part. This month I did get a few S&P QSOs, and did switch frequencies. I'll make a bet right now that I'm pretty sure to win. I bet I have the highest score among all entrants who did not work a N#A station. That's right, I didn't work a single N#A. I was too busy for the most part calling CQ and getting answer after answer. Well, I'm going to post my score now, and maybe a few others before going to bed. See my notes above if you haven't already.

N2A/NW2K - Only three QSOs on 20M and five on 80M, which was in great shape but had little activity. Unfortunately, 20M was not working well here. 40M was full with sprinters and great fun!. Happy 7th Birthday NAQCC and thanks for letting me operate N2A. Thanks to all and see you next time. 5W, matchbox, 80M loop at 30 feet.

N3A/AF3Z - Thanks to all! It was fun being on as N3A. I 'threw' an end-fed halfwave ant (for 40m) out the window just for the occasion :-) Tried switching to 80 for the last half hour and lost my spot on 40! 80 was less busy... 73, Jim

N4A/K4NVJ - Operating as N4A.

N5A/W5YDM - Lots of signals tonight and very close spaced. Hard to tell who was calling who. John, I went through about half the sprint before I remembered to use #1100 instead of my own number. Have mercy on those who logged me as 3295. (It shall be so - K3WWP)

N6A/WA6ES - Worked as N6A from Long Beach CA. Had a fun tough time. 20 was good but 40 killed me. Yes it was a leaning experience for me.

N7A/WD8KRV - Operating N7A from Tucson, AZ. Started with HW-8 on 20 meters, but condx not great here. Worked N6A. Switched to 40 meters on Ten Tec 1340. Better results, but band still not great here. Lots of QSB and not many strong stations. Many thanks to everyone who stayed with me.

N9A/W9UX - Great fun. Looking forward to next months. Terry N9A/W9UX #0033

N0A/KC0PMH - What a blast, stayed the entire 2 hours as I was operating N0A and it was just so cool. What an honor and a privelage to represent the "0" area in the sprint. I'm sure others could have done better and next year someone else can have a go but I had such a good time even though after 2 hours I'm exhausted. Thanks everyone who took part and made this a special evening for me. God Bless es 72/3 de Wayne

K2HT - Thanks for the QRP QSO's.

K0MC - Didn't work as long as I wanted but got a couple . Nice signals on 20m W5IQS u were 10 over. Happy anniversary to NAQCC

W4CUX - Great sprint. This was my first NAQRP sprint with my new PFR3 rig. I'm really lovin that little yellow box !!! Thanks everyone. See you next month. 73 - Bill

KX1NH - Could only spend 1 hour, but had fun. 40m sounded in good condx. TNX for the contacts. 72/73 Randy

W4HH - Lots of activity. Heard MA and CT but could not work 'em. See you next month.

K3RLL - K2 to covert stealth night time only vertical: Good signals on 20 and 40 tonight and lots of N#A stations sprinting. K4ORD always seems to have the strongest signal heard here in FL but some other fairly good ones on tonight. That was fun. 73 ... Don

NN9S - Only caught the last 15 mins of the sprint, but managed to get two QRP QSOs in anyway! Wanted to make sure as many logs as possible were submitted for the special event. :-)

KB5JO - Lots of fun as always, contest I enjoy the most of all. Someday will find time to participate for the whole 2 hours.

KA6AIL - Another good sprint. Where dose the time go???

K9KHJ - My most productive sprint, but my ears will be ringing a while from the static crashes. No super-duper highlights except doubling W7OM on 20m and 40m. Worked both coasts on 40m and a bunch of the special stations. One slipped and gave me his regular NAQCC number.

KE9DR - Got a late start, grandson had football game. 80 had too much QRN, heard some activity but QRN won. Started out on 20 but stayed with 40. 40 was very active but some QSB. Heard John(K3WWP) on 40, about S6 and was about to call when his signal faded away. Again lots of fun. Thanks 73 Bert

WA2JSG - Always a fun event. Rig IC-703, 5w into a vertical, 12v jumper box. Little KK-1 straight key by American Morse.

KI0I - When I turned on the radio it sounded very bad for qrp sprint but there were some real fine sigs out there tonite! You never know how things will turn out,I had some pretty good runs on 20 and 40m. I apologize to the few ops I just cud not copy well enough to make it(AE7CG?)Hope the condx are better next time-not so much static..rig/ic746 -navy flamepruf-5w to horz,delta loop @25ft...72 Mark

AD6JY - My frist time in this sprint. I got home from work just as it was about to start but had to set up the logging program---it took a while. I had fun and hope to work on my skills and do better next time. 72 Dan

KB4QQJ - Great fun as always. Only got to play for half an hour. Big signal everywhere tonight. Even the SSB hi hi. Sorry for those I missed due to the QRM. Widest filter I could use and still cpy was 500 Hz. Anyone outside of that I missed. K3WWP and KI0I tied for strongest signal at 40 over (WOW - ME? with my attic random wire? shows you how important propagation is at times - K3WWP). That's as far as the K2 reads. Thanks to all. Now I can go play as N4A for a while - see you on the bands. Rig = Elecraft K2 5 watts Ant = PAR EndFedz at 33' Key = 1930's Marconi P213 Straight Key 72 for now, Randy

K4KRW - Fun (as always). I used my Wilderness Radio Sierra again. I didn\'t get started until an hour into the sprint. I still managed a couple of QSOs on 20 meters. I heard a lot of strong signals tonight. I kept running across the N#A stations in the last 30 minutes. I managed to contact all 4 that I heard. Thanks everyone!

KD0V - The Sprint started off with a bang on 20M here, but slowed down after the first hour. 40M was very noisy storms coming in to the mid west. CU all next month.

W7YSB - Conditions much better in AZ this month compared to operating /6 from SoCal last month. 20m open for the 1st hour and a half, heard and worked a couple on 40m, and nothing heard on 80m. Ran 5w from Elecraft K2. 73 Eldon

KB3AAG - Nice sprint tonite but mostly on 40 here! But I think I am about dit daw dittyed out,,279 contacts in the PAQSO over the weekend and 45 tonite makes 324 QRP contacts in three days! It surprises me how well I get out from this hollar. Frank

K4ORD - Conditions on 20M seemed fair,but 40M was super,had the qrn of S7 TO S9 again but most signals were S9 or better so copy was very good, heard a few I was unable to copy in the noise. Had a great run on 40M and it ran dry in last few minutes so on to 80M to work K3WWP & W2JEK. All the activity makes the NA SPRINT fun, thanks for all the QSO'S 73/72 Riley

W2JEK - got on late again but bands seemed pretty good although i think i was too late for 20m. conditions on 80m were good with lots of activity after the summer static. 40 was crowded and in good shape as well. was pleased to work two special event stations- K6JSS/4 and N3A. 72 and 73 Don Younger W2JEK #1135

AI4SV - Kenwood 450S into attic-mounted DX-EE at 5W. Five contacts on 20m, the rest on 40m. I tried calling on 80m, but no answers. Best dx was WA. It seemed like the band went dead at 02:30, but I continued to call for a while. I wondered if we had suffered some sort of sudden propagation disturbance. After a while, it occurred to me that the contest was over and my schedule was off by a half hour. I'm sticking a big post-it note on the computer to remind me of the start time for next month's sprint :-)

AA4GA - Only worked NxA stations, but not by design: got a late start and then was immediately distracted...didn't get back to the rig until just a couple minutes to go, so only ended up with three Qs, but all three stations had good sigs. Hope it won't be as long before my next Sprint as it was since my last one!

KB9ILT - Worked several on 20 meters, then went to 40 meters where I called CQ NA for most of the remaining time and ended up with my best effort thus far. I usually search and pounce, but really enjoyed running for the first time. Many new calls in my log and very few of the regulars, so I suspect we have a group that prefers to run and another group that prefers to search and pounce. While working what came my way I saw little activity my panadapter compared to past sprints. Where was everyone? On 80? Thanks to all! See you next month.

N4BP/K6JSS - If log format is unacceptable (Cabrillo), use as check log.

AA7CU - Worked the sprint from Sierra Vista, Arizona

AE7CG - On 20M, heard many stations but could only work two of them. The strongest signal that I heard--and worked--was AC6YY. 73, Loren, AE7CG, Arizona

WB0QQT - Another fun sprint ! Stayed on 20 meters the whole evening.

NO2D - 20 meters was good the first hour here in Denver. But the stations were so close together that I had trouble separating them even with my 200 hz. filter. Second hour 20 meters went south. Switched to 40 meters, but very noisy. Only the NxA stations were really solid copy. Always fun. NO2D, Pete.

KE3HL - Had lots of fun using my new K2! It was nice to be able to switch bands, run a full 5W, and have some serious crystal filtering capability! Looking forward to the next one ...

NF8M - Nothing on 20 so went straight to 40, and after a little S&P found a nice run frequency and sat there most of the time. Tried 80 late but was noisy so I went back to 40 to finish. Wanted to see what 1 watt would do so I dialed the 817 back. After the tuner & feedline I was probably getting about 0.7 watts to the antenna. Impressive! Nice to have some future members in the mix as well.

W5IQS - Good Sprint but the Bands didn't hold up well here in Texas.. Best to all, Evan

N9RLO - Had alot of fun tonight. I put up a new antenna for a second station I just set up in the house and got it up about 50 feet. It seems to hear very well, which is good 'cause I don't hear very well. I used my Ten Tec R4020 and it did a fine job. I had to hold my key with my other hand to keep it from creeping around the table hi hi. Next time I'll use a heavier key. I'm looking forward to the next sprint and I hope you get to feeling better, John, You do a great job! Thank you, John Hill

K1YAN - A bit tougher going for 550 mW than I expected ... no answers to any of my CQs. Four of six QSOs were with special event stations, three NAQCC and one QRP ARCI, K6JSS/4 with N4BP at the helm.

KE5YUM - Great sprint. Thanks to all who worked me.

KQ1P - Good conditions on 20M. My inverted vee was destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene so I put up a new 40M loop. It worked great on 20M but not 40M! Thanks for another fine sprint. John

WB8ENE - I heard some nice strong signals and received some good signal reports this time. I wanted to use my K1 for one of these sprints, but ended up using the K3 again. Maybe I'll set it up for the next one. Four of my ten contacts were with N#A stations. See you next month. 73, Art

NU4B - Enjoyed the sprint. A couple "RST"s may be wrong as I wasn't used to the way Genlog skipped the RST inputs when the "599" auto option was selected. I heard a Nevada station a couple times but couldn't find him to work him. Great signals also. Many were very loud and the 599s I gave out were real - easy to copy most everybody.

KB8FE - I only had a short time to operate this time around. Some signals were really pounding in but most sounded 'washed out'. I hope to get an eighty meter end-fed wire into the trees by the next sprint and see what is happening on that band. It is leaf raking season here in northern Ohio!

KA2KGP - A nice sprint with good band conditions. Nice to see N#A stations all over the bands. A real good turnout for this sprint. 73

WD4E - Another nice sprint. Heard N7A on both 20M and 40M but couldn't get back to him.

W3NP - Conditions were generally good here in WV and the quietest I have heard 80 since last winter. Rig was the Ten Tec Omni 7 and the key was the German WW2 Telefunken. The 1100 #'s from some (but not all) of the N*A stations through me off (after I figured out why there were multiple 1100's). I used the GenLog for the first time (entered after the event. I really enjoy the sprints until log entry time - then it becomes work. It must be me, because I see a lot of entries coming in real quick. Maybe next time I will be comfortable enough with the logging program to log on the fly. 73, Dave

KD8HES - 40M sounded like it was alive, but my SW40 @ 2W seemed like it wasn't getting out there. Still fun! 73 ~Zeke~

KF7EST - Only had time for one Q this month. Was glad to hear W4CUX all the way from GA nice and loud. Hope to work more next time. 73, Allen

VE3FUJ - Some how or other I didn't feel up to the task to night, my keying was lousy, too many mistakes and my concentration was way off, so I packed it in after 40 min. Sorry guys will try and do better next month. Brion

N8XMS - A 380 mile fall color drive with my wife during the day was beautiful but tiring. I managed to last about an hour in the sprint before calling it a day. It was a lot of fun and I was very pleased to work five of our special event stations. 73, Paul

KU4A - Wasn't in the right frame of mind for some reason. Messed up people's calls, couldn't send, etc. I hope these great condx continue for a long time!

N8QY - Lots of fun on 40m. Ohio had storms comming in so noise was s-7. 80m and 20m no signals in Ohio. Got to work my best friend Hank KU8S IN FL, NOW THAT MAID MY SPRINT. 73

KE4YH - Couldn't hear anyone at first on 20 so I went to 40 and worked a couple. Went back to 20 and it was hopping! Heard one station on 80 -"NU4B.." I waited to get call but he never came back. Only 9 contacts in all but, I had tons-O-fun with my OMNI-7 and Navy Flameproof key. Stew

K4JPN - Got a late start and heavy QRN & QSB here in GA. Wait till next month. 72, Steve

AI3G - KX-1 at 3 watts. Thanks to all who worked me. 73 Doug

WV1N - Wow, sounded like a lot more activity than in the past. Maybe its the fall weather and decreased QRN. I played the entire contest using my Western Electric Miniature Key and after 2 hours realized why Horace Martin developed his vibroplex. I would find it interesting to hear what keys are being used by everybody.

AI4VA - Another fun sprint! Tnx NAQCC!

KF7LX - Okay so it's just one contact but it's a start! Hard for my rookie ear to copy with all the QRM but my new KX3 will make it much easier.

VE5BCS - Still having trouble with gen ,band was very nosie tnx to all dug me out.Harold

N2ESE - Great sprint all 3 bands sounded good here in NJ. I put up a new 80M OCF Dipole at try in the sprint works great its a keeper! TNX and 73 to all, Gary

KB4TOX - First time in sprint! was fun, but phone calls seem to never stop until after it was over!!

AA8MI - It has been a long time since I participated in a contest or sprint. I am glad RSTs are not part of the entry log since I don't think I was error free in writing them in my station paper log. I enjoyed my first NAQCC very much. Mistakenly, I thought the sprint was to end at 0300Z so I kept calling CW NA on 40 after 0230Z. Getting no responses and hearing no other sprint QSOs, I wondered, "Where did everyone go? Did they all go to 80 or did they just decide to go to bed? This is a laid back group if they all went to bed! I like that." I was sleepy, so I went to bed wondering if I would be able to figure out how to use the auto logger. I hope I did it right. 73/72

KG4UPO - This was my first contest where I submitted a log. I am glad to be aboard. 20m was pretty much dead for me but 40M was wide open although noisy. It was reassuring to know that NAQCC members will slow down for the folks new to the world of contesting. I'm hooked!

AA9L - It was a crazy evening with QRM, QRN and lots of stations on 40 meters. Just never got into the rythm but still managed to have a good evening.

KD2MX - Started on 20M as usual and the band was pretty dead except for K6JSS/4 who had a huge signal. So much for my thought of giving 15M a try. Went to 40M and found lots of signals. Propagation was short tonight so worked PA without any problem. Had a good run. Did not do so good with the special event calls, worked only one and heard two others. The day caught up with me about 0130 and I had to pack up early this time. I think there was some activity on 80M but I just didn't have the energy to deal with the weak signals and QRN. A fun hour. Happy anniversary to the NAQCC.

KG8JK - The weather has been incredible here in Northern Michigan so I decided to go camping and set up portable. This was my first Sprint and I had a great time. I used a MFJ 9020 that I picked up at a swap a few years ago (so I was only able to work 20m) along with a cheap little straight key that I found at another swap. My antenna was an outbacker mounted on an old camera tripod. I was at a rustic campground so had to bring a battery for power. A lantern and a campfire were my only light sources. I even roasted a few marshmallows in between contacts. It was great fun! Thanks for hosting the contest! (Sorry I didn't keep track of the times for my contacts) (Times are extremely important for cross-checking logs. Be sure to include them in your future log submissions. Thanks - K3WWP)

WB8LZG - K2 @5w Hello sprinters! Gud test tonight. started out on 20 hoping to catch some mults but it was slow going. lots of stns , but they didnt seem to hear me well. After 1/2 hr i went to 40 . Things were a hoppin there! i worked 4 of the N*A stns in 6 mins. went to 80 but only found kb3aag there. back to 40 for a bunch of pennsylvainians. I pulled the plug a bit early but had fun wid the gang. hope to wrk u all next sprint. 73 Gregg

WM4X - Fun Sprint. Especially liked working the special event stations. Bands seemed to be in good shape. Looking forward to next month!

KD4UKW - I did very poorly this month. After missing the first hour, I managed to bog myself down as I tried to sort out the N#A calls in GenLog. Why I didn't wait until the contest to do this, I have no idea. Lesson learned. Also K6JSS/4 was operating in the sprint (thank you Bob). By the time I worked him, I was so discombobulated that I sent him my QRP-ARCI number by accident. I had to go back and re-work him later. What a mess. But hey, even after all that, I still had fun!

W4ZW - Big snow storm up here and snow static was S9+. 20m was only band I could hear anything - 40m and 80m were useless. Seemed like less turnout than my last outing. Even bought an old Vibroplex just like the one I had when I was 16. Switched to a HB TO keyer that same year and never went back. Now I remember why! Sorry to those I tried to work on 40M, my noise level was just too high! QRP is hard enough without S9 noise! Jon, W4ZW At 10,000' on the Continental Divide Breckenridge, Colorado

N5NK - The bands were full of static tonight. I never heard a soul on 20m. I heard Randy, KB4QQJ, searching and pouncing on 40 but never got his attention. Finally I heard N4A...Bonus! But nobody else. Scanned 10 thru 80 and couldn't hear anyone over the noise. Finally started monitoring non-sprint QSOs and found a call that sounded a lot like mine. I'm N5NK and he was N5RK. I worked him with 5 watts and my trusty K7 key until the sprint was over then finished using my paddles and 100 watts. Not much production but I still enjoyed myself. See Y'all next month.

VE2ZAZ - Once again, quite good band conditions on 40M. Got N1A, who replied to my CQ. Got four non-members this time, which is my max so far (or is it me who copied the calls wrong?). Looks like I got some good competition here in VE land this time. Thanks to the organizers. See you next month. 72. Bert.

K1IEE - Got a great start on 20M then slowed after the first hour so I went to 40m. Lots of strong signals. The QRM was hard to separate with the little HW-9. Had a fun time. Thanks to all. 73 Dick

NQ2W - Ten-Tec Jupiter at 5W to a mini-beam at 25ft and inv vee at 40ft. Started out on 20 meters which was in good shape...heard a lot more stations than I contacted as I waited to answer several CQ's. Moved to 40 at 0145 and managed to make some FB Q's there. Seems like this sprint always ends too early...great to have so many QRPers participating. Thanks to everyone that made it into my log and thanks to the organizers of this fine sprint. Always an enjoyable evening and I'm looking forward to next month. If you hear me during this weekend's NYQP, please give me a call...I'm hoping for a repeat in the QRP CW only category. 72/73, Will

K2UFT - All QSO's made using a 1908 Norcross Bug, one of only 28 known to exist (out of an estimated 1,000 produced) and only 3 are known to be in useable condition. The bug was manufactured in Norcross, GA in 1908, the only year bugs were produced there. The bug is on loan from its owner for use at the "Vibroplex Returns to Norcross" Special Event October 8 in Norcross, GA. See N4TRB's Website for further info.

WB3T - Couldn't believe how dead 80 was considering how active 20 and 40 were. In fact, 40 was jammed most of the night. Even so I only made 12 Qs and can't figure why. Maybe it's my antenna. I put out a good healthy 4 W on 40 and 3W on 20 from my Sierra so that was fine. Enjoyed it anyway, thanks to all, see you next month.

W2SH - My two antennas are way too big for 20m, and so that band hasn't proved very worthwhile for me, probably because I'm radiating at too high an angle. With the leaves now falling, I shall try to put up a suitable antenna for a band that recently improved propagation has made much more interesting. It will be a busy autumn because repairs to the existing sky wires are needed after tropical storm Irene's depredations. 40M was quite productive for me. Alas, activity on 80m seemed rather light; this was disappointing because the signal-to-noise ratio there was markedly better than on 40m.

KU8S - Over all a good Sprint. However Mr. Murphy decided to camp out at my qth. Anything that could have gone wrong, did. Lot's of stations on the air on 40M, so mmuch infact I had trouble copying some. Computer/logging program crashed in middle of everything. You name it, I had it. Best signals heard was AA9L, N8QY, and K4ORD! I was slow, I was down, but had fun and headache. But I'll be back!

N8A/AC8AP - I was late to the show but got in there with the croud with N8A.

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

RULES specific to this month's sprint:

Date and time:
Wednesday, October 12, 0030-0230Z

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.