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Jan 2012 Straight Key/Bug 160M Sprint


K3WWP Comments - Our new mW/160M sprint manager Ki VA3PEN did an excellent job of posting scores and soapboxes. It is a great relief to have that job off my schedule. I count 49 logs which is just a very few short of our record of 54 for a 160M sprint. Even though we did have one fairly close (W8) and one very close (W3) finish, we are not going to do any log checking of the scores involved. What you see below are the final 'etched in stone' results. If you wish to do so, it would be nice to send Ki an email thanking him for the fine job he did on this, his first sprint as manager. His email is pix_email_va3pen (1K). Thanks to Ki and all who sent in logs for the sprint.

SWA Category - W1 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  160 Antenna
W1FMR    13   11  24    9  216  x2   432  End fed wire @ 30'
KN1H     13   13  26    9  234       234  380' end-fed wire
N1PQ      4    4   8    2   16  x2    32  random wire at 40'
KQ1P      0    0   0    0    0  x2     0  Long wire @ 40'

SWA Category - W2 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  160 Antenna
W2SH     24   24  48   11  528  x2  1056  270' dpl @45'; inverted L @75' + 85'
KD2MX    18   18  36   10  360  x2   720  600' loop @30ft
W2JEK    11   11  22    7  154  x2   308  110 ft. end fed wire up 20 ft
N2ESE    11   11  22    8  176       176  160m.vee@50ft
K2JT      7    7  14    5   70        70  "T" + 3 radials

SWA Category - W3 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  160 Antenna
KB3AAG   31   31  62   12  744       744  g5rv at 40 ft
K3WWP    19   18  37   10  370  x2   740  110 ft. attic rnd wire
KG3W     21   21  42   12  504       504  83 ft. random wire & all band dipole@24 ft
N3QE     10   10  20   10  200  x2   400  130 foot doublet up 75 feet
W0EJ     16   15  31    8  248       248  G5RV @ 50'
WB3T      4    4   8    3   24        24  160m Dipole @ 7 Feet

SWA Category - W4 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  160 Antenna
K4ORD    32   31  63   13  819  x2  1638  160 dpl@35'
K4ZGB    15   15  30   12  360  x2   720  160 vertical
KU4GW    11   11  22    7  154  x2   308  260' long doublet @60'
W4DUK    10   10  20    7  140  x2   280  efz@20'
WD4E     12   12  24    9  216       216  wire vee at 40'
KT4OM     7    7  14    7   98  x2   196  dipole @ 80 feet
W4JVY     6    6  12    6   72  x2   144  FULL WAVE LOOP UP 25FT
N4FI      5    5  10    5   50  x2   100  115' rnd @ 20'
K4BAI     6    6  12    4   48  x2    96  Tee vertical, vertical portion about 55'
KJ4LEN    1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  160M Inv L

SWA Category - W5 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  160 Antenna
K4LJA     1    1   2    1    2         2  Windom @ 50-foot level
W5IQS     0    0   0    0    0  x2     0  80 meter dipole @ 30 ft

SWA Category - W6 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  160 Antenna
KA6AIL    1    0   1    1    1         1  Long wire at 35 ft

SWA Category - W7 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  160 Antenna
K9JWV     6    5  11    4   44  x2    88  43' vertical with three 25' top loading wires
W7GAH     1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  Inv V @50'

SWA Category - W8 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  160 Antenna
AE8M     29   27  56   16  896  x2  1792  Inv L, 90' long with 50' vert., 12 40' radials
WG8Y     27   27  54   15  810  x2  1620  160 Inv L up 35 FT vert rest horizonal
K8JD     22   21  43   11  473 x1.5  710  dipole @ 35 ft
N8IUP    15   15  30    9  270  x2   540  Inverted L
NF8M     12   12  24    8  192  x2   384  Inv.L xmit; sh.loop rcv
K8TJ     14   13  27    8  216 x1.5  324  Terminated folded dipole at 85 feet

SWA Category - W9 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  160 Antenna
W9CC     28   28  56   15  840  x2  1680  160M Vee apex 35'
N4IY     22   21  43   12  516  x2  1032  off-center fed wire 400 feet long at 60 feet
N9RLO    11   11  22    6  132  x2   264  CF Zepp @50ft
AA9L     11   11  22    7  154 x1.5  231  trap dipole at 50 ft
N9SF      6    6  12    5   60  x2   120  80/40 fan dipole at 50 ft
K0BXB     4    4   8    4   32  x2    64  105' G5RV with feedline shorted @25'
KA9FQG    2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  Helical-Wound Vertical

SWA Category - W0 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  160 Antenna
KI0I     15   15  30    8  240  x2   480  Inverted L up55out80
KD0V      5    5  10    4   40  x2    80  80M cfd zepp @50'
N0AR      7    6  13    6   78        78  240' inverted L @ 45'
K9OSC     1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  CF Zepp@30'
W0SZV     1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  1200' loop up 55' on 5 twrs srndng my 6 acrs

SWA Category - Canada Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  160 Antenna
VE3FUJ   11   11  22    6  132  x2   264  G5RV @ 50'

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: W1FMR
1st SWA W2: W2SH
1st SWA W3: KB3AAG
1st SWA W4: K4ORD
1st SWA W5: K4LJA
1st SWA W6: KA6AIL
1st SWA W7: K9JWV
1st SWA W8: AE8M
1st SWA W9: W9CC
1st SWA W0: KI0I
1st SWA Canada: VE3FUJ
1st SWA DX: n/a
1st Gain: n/a
K9OSC - Only heard Merlin, KD0V. Not one other station. Had fun though.

KJ4LEN - Had to disconnect because of storms. I made 1 contact with K4ZGB. I think I made a contact with W4JVY but I didn't log it because I'm really not sure he got my info. S9 noise and S9+40 static crashes made it a bad night for qrp. Looking forward to the next one.Ray

N1PQ - on a lark tried 200' zig zaggy end fed wire... next time will try a resonant dipole. operated one hour, much qsb 72, pete quinn, n1pq

W5IQS - W5IQS Got "Skunked" on this one. I only heard two stations. One around 1809.26 was running RST 229 and using a bug or paddle at 20 WPM or faster. No useable copy on him and no response to my calls. The other station was KS??? on 1808.4. He was also running in excess of 20 WPM but did slow down to my QRS. I sent him my RST-ST-NR but never received his info or a QSL for my data so I must report ZERO for the Sprint. A better antenna would help I am sure. Thanks, 73, Evan

WB3T - Not much time tonight but wanted to get in there and try 160, and add another log to the count. Thanks to the guys I did work for pulling my signal out of the floor as I was using an antenna only 7 feet off the ground. Therefor, I gave out low signal reports so as they say, "It's not you... it's me!" Wilderness Sierra at 3 Watts. See you next time. 72, WB3T


N4IY - This was just the right pace for me.

K3WWP - I started off slow, finished up slow, and was slow between the start and finish. That sums up my sprint in a nutshell. I had hoped to top my best 160M finish of 23 QSOs and 10 SPCs, but came up short. 160 works better for me near the sunspot minimums. At this stage of a cycle, 160 is more of a band for those with the big 160M antennas, not a random wire in the attic. The best part of this sprint is right now at the end when I don't have to do any log processing or score posting. That is now the job of our new mW/160M sprints manager Ki VA3PEN. Thanks for the time off, Ki. Thanks to all who did at least give me a few QSOs for my 2 hours of time mostly spent calling CQ. Apologies to those who called me and I didn't hear you, including K4BAI and W2JEK among others perhaps. My attic random wire apparently transmits better on 160 than it receives. Maybe I'll have to work on adding a receiving loop to my station.

W0EJ - Been away from the Sprints too long, I'm glad an email showed up this afternoon which reminded me. Had a good time, couple of QRO guys beat me up but had a good time none the less. I like this 160M sprint. 72 Bill

KA6AIL - Local QRM made it hard tonight. I am glad I got one Q. Still didn't get his state. First time on 160. See you next month on the regular spring. 72's

K4ORD - Conditions were pretty good some qrn which got worse later in the sprint around S9, guess storms getting closer. Best dx was NH to north, GA & AL to south and MO to the west. One station that I heard was unable to read ended in SG maybe JSG, funny how you can get the same part of a call that is hard to read each time but still miss the rest on each repeat. Turn out was very good, thanks to all 72/73 Riley

K9JWV - Noisy tonight but fun to be on Top Band!

KI0I - Kinda ruff here, the band noisy and sigs a little weak. Heard WA7LNW but no connection tonite....TNX all es 72 Mark KI0I

K8TJ - Many signals but with my poor antenna just couldn't make out a good portion of them. Things will be IMPROVED next year on this end! Had a BALL though. Was very confused why N8IUP was sending K4ORD's state and NAQCC number though...

NF8M - First time entering the 160m sprint. Weak & noisy sigs for the most part but fun to see what QRP can do on topband. Good tuneup for the CQ 'test tomorrow. 72 to all.


N0AR - Hi Guys - It was good to work you all. The band was full of qrn up here. New antenna seems to work fb, also using a Pixelsat (borrowed) for the winter, nice antenna too!The K2 and audio filter did all the work. 72's see you all down the log. Scott

N9SF - It was a challenge with the 80/40 dipole. A coat hanger might have worked better. Aerial improvements are in order for 160. The effective radiated power had to be in the milli-watts with 5W out. Thank You to the 6 lucky? folks who patiently struggled through our QSOs. 72! Bob

AE8M - It is fun pulling stations out of the noise as was the case in about half of the QSO's. Very few stations were 569 or better. Rig was a K3. I used a temporary antenna, sort of a modified and short inverted L with the first 20' vertical, second 30' at 45 degrees, and the last 40' horizontal. 12 radials each 40' long and an ancient MFJ antenna tuner at the antenna base.

K4BAI - FT1000MP, 5W, tee vertical. Only able to be QRV for 45 minutes. Called many who could not hear me, including K3WWP. Best ears award to AE8M, who was the only one outside the fourth call area to answer me. Will be QRO in CQ 160 CW this weekend and hope to work many more QRPers then. Thanks for all QSOs. 73/72, John,

VE3FUJ - The sprint started well for me, noise level were tolerable here. But all my contact seemed to be within 500 miles or so. I haven't been on 160 often to know the Band to any extend. My memory tells me its been better. Thanks to all, I may have missed a few, sorry. Good sprint though. See you all next month. Brion

KQ1P - Plenty of QRN here. I could just make out two stations but could not even copy a call. Did hear K3WW but not K3WWP.

WD4E - It was nice to see so many participants. Lots of QRN and QSB here, but I still worked 12. That's more qsos on 160 than I had in the previous 30 years! Thanks, Ki for taking some of the load off John.

KU4GW - My very first QRP Sprint on 160 meters.Conditions were very good!I had a blast,but stopped after 90 minutes,got sleepy.I look forward to the next one on 160! Very 72! Cliff - KU4GW NAQCC 1491

KD2MX - Signals were pretty good here, lots of legit 599s. Hope same remains true for CQ160. Nice to work some new members.

W7GAH - The band didn't open until about 01:40, then only a few stations heard. Attempted contact with K9JWV twice, a lot of effort but could not quite make it. Only one contact WA7LNW but still fun.

W1FMR - First time in a NACC event and enjoyed really it. Conditions were noisy here in NH and there was ample QSB and my end fed wire only reached 791 miles and then with much difficulty copying W9CC. I used a K1 with a 160m module from my condo and will try to improve this endfed wire for next time.

W2JEK - A good contest. qrn not bad tonight. tried many times to get K3WWP but he never heard me. used my ft-840 at 5w to 110 ft. end fed wire at 20 ft. also ne qrp scaf audio filter. 72 and 73 Don Younger W2JEK #1135

K4LJA - Signals were weak into Northeast Louisiana. I heard a few, but only worked one. Still -- it was fun. Thanks -- Randy

W9CC - Top Band was in good shape! QRN was vy low. Lots of fun. 72 all.

WG8Y - Hi all, Again empressd what 0.5 watts can do.Course,some of you guys have some good ears.Heard several S9 sigs.but the QRN really made it tough on others. Need a recieve ant.Really enjoy the Sprints. Sorry K4ORD that it took me so long to get your last letter.When I got it I went DAH!He's in all the sprints. 72 to all Mark WG8Y

N8IUP - Tnx - had great time.....

KB3AAG - For some reason my antenna would not load right! Perhaps wet limbs touching it. Started out gangbusters but finished slow. Only two in the last half hour! Still I had a ball. Some big signals (K3WWP) and a lot of weak ones requiring repeats. I wish we all had space for the big antennas required for this band! Frank

N2ESE - Another fun sprint,think I got the wax cleaned out of my ears with all the BUZZ+QRN!!Could not hear any thing the last half hour.TNX to Ki for helping out John. Now John can go fishing!! 73--Gary # 5555

AA9L - My first 160 meter sprint. I must say it was a challenge. Spent most of the 2 hours calling CQ. Soory I couldn't make the contact with K8TJ. We tried several times.

W4JVY - Good contest,sorry I had to leave early. Don.

K0BXB - Noise level was very high at my qth last night. Even with my IC7000 filters tight and all noise reduction on I still could only hear a few stations. So I was happy to have four 5 watt qsos!It was fun anyway.

K2JT - QRN a steady S-7, peaking at S-9. Heard a lot of weak signals under the noise but could not copy them.

KG3W - Very deep QSB made it tough for my area. You could listen and get all the info ahead of time, then when you went to call the station, he was down in the mud for a minute or more. Many repeats. Thanks all for hanging in there to get the qso. Lot's of fun but my ears were ringing for an hour after the contest. Gonna have to try the straight key next time. See ya next time. "72" Scotty KG3W

W2SH - This was my sixth NAQCC 160m sprint. Atmospheric QRN was very strong with a cold front moving in a few hours before the sprint. 600 miles was my best "DX".

N9RLO - I was able to make eleven contacts. The band was pretty muddy and QSB wasn't helping matters. I started out on my FT 450 but quickly went to my IC 718 'cause it has a 250hz filter and things were a bit crowded. My 135ft. Ctr Fed Zepp is up about 50ft. and tunes up good on 160M. I had alot of fun and plan on doing it again. Tnx to all and 73, John N9RLO

N3QE - Very impressed with ops on 160M in QRP, a very joyous occasion! 160 was very nicely low-atmospheric, low-QRM, and open well in at least the region. Took a half hour off in the middle to do the NCCC sprint :-) My 130 foot doublet up 75 feet between trees, I tied the ladder line together at the bottom and fed against ground and some makeshift radials

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

RULES specific to this month's sprint:

Date and time:
Friday, January 27, 2012 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.