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Oct 2012 Straight Key/Bug Sprint (#96)

NW2K Comments - Happy Anniversary to All!

K3WWP Comments - We came close, but fell 5 logs short of tying our record of 137. The cross-checking is done. The results are final. Now we can all look forward to next month when we make a couple changes in our sprints, adding one category and issuing 2nd and 3rd place certificates to those division having high enough participation.

Final Results

SWA Category - W1 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
KQ1P    12   12   24    9  216  x2   432  Trap dpl @40'
K1IEE   11   11   22    6  132  x2   264  OCF wire @30'

SWA Category - W2 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
NW2K    53   53  106   25 2650  x2  5300  Fan dpl @40'
W2SH    51   50  101   25 2525  x2  5050  180' dpl @35', 270' dpl @45'
K2YGM   29   29   58   21 1218      1218  80 coax, 40 LW, 40 dpl
WA2JSG  16   16   32   12  384  x2   768  Vert mtd @12'
KA2KGP  14   14   28   10  280  x2   560  Dpl @25', gnd mtd vert
WA2WUH  10   10   20    8  160  x2   320  80 sloper @35', 40 dpl @40'
N2ESE   13   13   26   11  286       286  80 OCF @25'
N2EI    15   15   30    9  270       270  Dpl @25'
W2JEK    9    9   18    6  108  x2   216  80 end fed wire @20'
KA2FIR  12   12   24    8  192       192  80 V @50'
KD2MX    6    6   12    6   72  x2   144  600' loop @30'
K2GLS    6    6   12    5   60  x2   120  40 dpl @30'
WB2PEF   6    6   12    5   60        60  Dpl @30'

SWA Category - W3 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K3WWP   44   44   88   21 1848  x2  3696  ~110' attic random wire
AF3Z    32   32   64   19 1216 x1.5 1824  80 dpl, 40 EFHW, both @15'
WY3H     1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  ocf windom@30'
@AA3OI   7    7   14    5   70        70  Attic dpl @25'

SWA Category - W4 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
KB4QQJ  36   36   72   20 1440  x2  2880  5 band doublet @33'
K4ZGB   39   38   77   18 1386  x2  2772  14AVQ vert, 80 dpl
W4MPS   28   28   56   19 1064  x2  2128  80 loop @ 40'
K4FB    32   32   64   18 1152  x2  2304  6BTV gnd mtd vert
AB9CA   45   42   87   26 2262      2262  100' wire @45'
KG4UPO  24   24   48   17  816  x2  1632  Doublet @30'
WX4RM   21   21   42   18  756  x2  1512  6BTV gnd mtd vert
AF4LB   22   22   44   15  660  x2  1320  Dpl @55'
WB4UHC  22   22   44   14  616  x2  1232  80 Inv V @30'
K2UFT   26   25   51   12  612  x2  1224  80 doublet
K4JPN   19   18   37   13  481  x2   962  Zepp
K4UK    17   17   34   12  408  x2   816  160 Inv V
W4DUK   16   16   32   12  384  x2   768  End fed Zepp @20'
WA4ZOF  15   15   30   11  330  x2   660  80 Windom @35', 40 loop @25'
WG8Y    15   15   30    9  270  x2   540  40 20 dpl @20'
NA4O    13   13   26    9  234  x2   468  40 delta loop @50'
KK4BE   12   12   24    8  192  x2   384  Dpl @30'
WD4OHD  17   16   33   11  363       363  40 dpl @25'
WA2EDN  10   10   20    9  180  x2   360  Dpls @35'
K3RLL   18   17   35    8  280       280  Stealth vert
KK4CPO   8    8   16    7  112  x2   224  OCF dpl @45'
KK4GSQ  12   12   24    8  192       192  40 invV @30'
KJ4LEN   7    7   14    6   84  x2   168  40-20 Inv V @40', 80 Inv L
W1SGC    6    6   12    6   72  x2   144  Dpl @30'
K4KRW    5    5   10    5   50  x2   100  Windom @25'
KU4A     7    7   14    7   98        98  Sloping dpl @40'
KK4BOB   4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  Random wire @30'
NZ1D     3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  G5RV @20'
K7HAP    3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  Windom @20'
WT5L     4    4    8    3   24        24  Multiband vert
K6BFA    3    3    6    2   12  x2    24  G5RV @40'
N2NLY    3    3    6    3   18        18  85' rnd wire @20'
K4EIT    2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  80 OCF dpl @25'
KA8EFA   1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  33' wire at 20'
KA8VZB   1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  Random wire @20'

SWA Category - W5 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
WD5EAE  49   49   98   26 2548  x2  5096  20 dpl @30', OCF @30'
W5AG    42   41   83   21 1743  x2  3486  40-80 trap dpl @40'
AE5KA   20   18   38   12  456  x2   912  Gnd mtd trap vert
W5WIL   11   11   22    9  198  x2   396  OCF dpl @25'
KA5TJS   7    7   14    7   98  x2   196  80 dpl @30'
W5OXM    6    6   12    5   60  x2   120  Random wire on flat roof
KD5MMM   5    5   10    5   50  x2   100  Dpl @40'
WB5UAA   5    5   10    5   50  x2   100  305' dpl @30'
KE5YUM   4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  Inv V @30'

SWA Category - W6 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
WK6L     9    8   17    8  136       136  40 20 Windom V @35'
K6CSL    6    5   11    6   66        66  Delta loop, coax dpl, horiz loop

SWA Category - W7 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K9JWV   25   24   49   18  882 x1.5 1323  43' vert with 60 elev radials
NU7T    10   10   20    7  140  x2   280  R6000 and dpl @20'
AA7CU   10   10   20    7  140       140  Mobile 6' whip @12'
W7GAH    5    5   10    4   40  x2    80  40 delta loop @60'
AE7TG    3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  R8 vert @10'
AE7CG    1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  Dpl @10'

SWA Category - W8 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
NI8N    47   47   94   21 1974  x2  3948  Dpls
W3NP    48   47   95   19 1805  x2  3610  130' CFZ @45', 600 Ohm Open Wire
AC8LJ   33   33   66   18 1188  x2  2376  Fan dpls @40' and 30'
W8DW    25   25   50   14  780  x2  1560  Dpl @30', gnd mtd vert
NF8M    20   20   40   14  560  x2  1120  80 OCF dpl @35'
N8QY    14   14   28    9  252  x2   504  HF6V vert
N8BB    11   11   22    9  198  x2   396  Dpl @50'
WB8ENE  12   12   24    8  192  x2   384  20 dpl, 102' doublet
WA8SAN  15   15   30   10  300       300  G5RV @25'
N8XMS    8    8   16    6   96  x2   192  R7 vert
AB8FJ    7    7   14    6   84  x2   168  End fed random wire @15'
WB8LZG   8    7   15    5   75  x2   150  Dpl @35'
N8ZYA    6    6   12    5   60  x2   120  Indoor Isotron, random wire
KB8FE    5    5   10    5   50  x2   100  Dpl @45'
KK8J     2    2    4    1    4  x2     8  Dpl @22'
AD7TN    1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  30' long wire @15'

SWA Category - W9 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
AA9L    24   24   48   15  720  x2  1440  Trap dpl @50'
N9RLO   22   22   44   15  660  x2  1320  CF Zepp @45'
KB9ILT  28   28   56   20 1120      1120  40 delta loop
KA9FQG  16   16   32   15  480  x2   960  G5RV @35'
W9LHG   29   29   58   15  870       870  40 loop @15'
KK0I    17   17   34   12  408  x2   816  Inv V @25'
W9CC    17   17   34   11  374  x2   748  80 loop @15'
K9EYT   14   14   28   12  336  x2   672  G5RV @25'
W9UX     4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  Dpl @25'
KU8T     3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  Inv L

SWA Category - W0 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K0EUN   39   38   77   22 1694  x2  3388  40 loop @20'
K9OSC   30   30   60   17 1020  x2  2040  CF Zepp @30'
N3PDT   22   21   43   14  602  x2  1204  Gnd mtd vert, 33' doublet
N8LA    16   16   32   11  352  x2   704  Dpl @35'
AC0BQ   22   21   43   16  688       688  40 Crossed dpl @65'
K0JEM   21   20   41   15  615       615  G5RV @30'
KI0I    14   14   28   10  280  x2   560  Hy-tower (no radials), 40 V @55'
NO2D    16   16   32   12  384       384  Doublet @30'
K4EQ    15   15   30   11  330       330  Cobra @18', EFHW @23'
KA8HDE  10   10   20    7  140  x2   280  G5RV Jr. @30'
K2HT     9    7   16    8  128  x2   256  40 OCF Dpl @30'
W0CH    11   11   22   10  220       220  Inv L @40'
@AC0AF   5    5   10    4   40        40  400' end fed @30'

SWA Category - Canada Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
VE3KI   37   37   74   18 1332      1332  G5RV @40'
VA2FDT  12   11   23   12  276  x2   552  6BTV gnd mtd vert
VE3FUJ  14   14   28    8  224  x2   448  G5RV @50'
VE7KBN   5    4    9    5   45  x2    90  Gnd mtd vert
VE5BCS   4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  Long wire @25' in trees
VA3KUG   6    6   12    5   60        60  5BTV gnd mtd
VE7YU    1    1    2    1    2         2  80 vert loop @70'

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
K4BAI   58   58  116   28 3248  x2  6496  TH6DXX @55'; dpl @40'; inv V
K5ON    25   25   50   19  950  x2  1900  3el quad @60', dpl @30'
WA8REI  30   29   59   16  944  x2  1888  80 dpl, Mosley Pro 67B Yagi
NQ2W    18   18   36   14  504       504  Mini beam @25', inv V @40', gnd mtd vert
NP3CW    9    9   18    9  162  x2   324  40 G5RV, 20 log periodic

N#A Category
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  OP, 80-40-20 Antenna
N1A     21   21   42   13  546       546  W1OH, 40 doublet @35'
N2A     10    9   19    5   95        95  WB2LQF, 44' attic doublet @30'
N3A     30   30   60   16  960       960  KG3W, All band dpl @24'
N4A     39   39   78   20 1560      1560  WB4MNK, Gnd mtd vert
N5A     51   51  102   30 3060  x2  6120  W5IQS, 40, 20 fan dpl @20'
N6A      9    9   18    6  108       108  K6MGO, 64' doublet, garage rafters
N7A     36   36   72   24 1728      1728  WC7S, Dpl @20'
N8A     17   17   34    9  306  x2   612  N8IUP, 40 loop, NVIS @10'
N9A      1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  KG9HM, attic dpl @30'
N0A     40   39   79   17 1343  x2  2686  KD0V, CF Zepp @50'

@ Non-member not eligible for certificate or prize
$ QRO not eligible for certificates or prize

1st SWA W1: KQ1P
1st SWA W2: NW2K
1st SWA W3: K3WWP
1st SWA W4: KB4QQJ
1st SWA W5: WD5EAE
1st SWA W6: WK6L
1st SWA W7: K9JWV
1st SWA W8: NI8N
1st SWA W9: AA9L
1st SWA W0: K0EUN
1st SWA Canada: VE3KI
1st SWA DX: N/A
1st Gain: K4BAI
First time entrant high scorer: AC8LJ
Prize drawing winner: W5AG

The following appeared 5 or more times in submitted logs, but
did not submit a log themselves for whatever reason:
VE3KQN - 13
K3VPZ - 11
WD4E - 11
N2WJW - 10
NT8P - 9
W2LJ - 9
W7OM - 8
K0TC - 7
AK4LF - 6
N4KV - 6
N5GW - 6
K2JT - 5
N8VAR - 5
VE3XT - 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: 132 
Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 204 
Total QSO's in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 2,244
States represented: 39 + BC MB ON QC SK + KP4

GOLDEN LOGS - 64 of 132 (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. Email pix_email_naqcc (1K) with the subject "NAQCC Sprint Question".

AE7CG - Bad band conditions on 20M moderate QRN. Initial report from N5A was RST 229; after several tries, my signal came up and he generously gave me an RST 559 when I got through to him. The only other station I heard was N4BP, but I could not get through to him. 72, Loren, AE7CG, Arizona

W9UX - Horrible conditions. Will try again next month. 72, Terry W9UX #0033

KD2MX - Just had time to jump in here and there as I'm leaving early tomorrow on a biking/camping trip. 40 was plain lousy. Should have tried 80 sooner as there was some good activity there. Have to get to bed early but wanted to at least have a showing this anniversary sprint.

KB8FE - 40 meters was not in the best of shape in northern Ohio tonight. Not many signals heard on that band. Hope for better conditions next month. The leaves are really falling fast here now.

WA2JSG - Wow, 80m was hopping tonight! Rig hr Icom IC-703 turned down to 5 watts from a 12v jumper battery box. Ant vertical. Bencher RJ-1 Straight Key.

N3PDT - Bands, at least 40m, were better than expected. Was able to snag two of the N#A stations. Lots of fun as always, and thanks to all.

KA2FIR - Second NAQCC Sprint. Ran 5W on FT-950 into 80m inverted Vee @ 50'

AE5KA - 20m was dead, 40m was a crowd, 80m mostly hash here. Thanks all!

K3RLL - Flex-1500 to Stealth vertical - lost a lot of time and came up empty on 20 meters, but 40 was well populated tonight. Many thanks for the patience shown as I learn how to work the Flex. Had more than a few 'user errors' tonight but am making s-l-o-w progress. 72/73 ... Don

K3WWP - When exactly was it that 40 became 20 and 80 became 40? Here 40 acted just like 20 does for me. Long skip and few QSOs. Just 8 in the first 45 minutes. So I gave up on 40 and headed to 80 and found it just like 40 has been the past several months. Loaded with stations of whom 36 answered my CQs. Thanks to Geoff and Scotty who answered with their N#A calls. I never did one bit of S&P. All 44 QSOs came from my CQs. I just love sitting there calling CQ not knowing who I am going to work next. I do that a lot in regular operating also. It adds to the mysterious aura that surrounds this wonderful hobby. It was great to work NAQCC President Tom WY3H in a sprint again. He's missed quite a few of them in a row for various reasons. Also nice to work several new members and some I haven't worked for a while. I hope everyone enjoyed the sprint as much as I did (well the last hour and 15 minutes anyway - HI). I'll be running N3A a few times during the rest of anniversary week. Hope to work you then also.

N8ZYA - Terrible band conditions...nothing on 20 meters. Most contacts on 40 meters and a few with a random wire on 80 meters. Tuff...Tuff....First contact was AC8LJ in my hometown! Worked another WV station for the first time too. (W3NP). I was surprised to work Lousianna. (W5AG)

K4KRW - I only got to play for the last 50 minutes or so. Conditions were not very good here in NC. I got a few contacts on 40m. There were not many signals so I moved to 80m. Despite my 40m Windom, I was able to pick up a couple of contacts there. That was a first for me with that antenna. So, that was nice. Again, great fun! Thanks everyone. And happy 8th anniversary NAQCC!

W9LHG - I was operating from my lake place. Next time, I'll probably operate from home in MN. That ought to confuse everyone, including me. Rig was Elecraft KX3, two weeks old.

N2NLY - Late start, but great fun nonetheless! Happy anniversary es 73/72, NAQCC!

W7GAH - Just got up a 40m loop with only a few minutes to tune it. Conditions were poor. Most stations were weak with a few pretty clear from the east coast. Only 5 contacts, but all first time contacts. As always I enjoyed the sprint. 73 Jerry W7GAH

N8XMS - My goal for this sprint was to try to hunt down as many of the N#A stations as possible, and I have good news and bad news. The good news was that I worked every N#A station that I heard. The bad news was that I only heard three of them - N4A, N5A, and N7A. Conditions were about as bad as I can remember for one of our sprints. I worked a few other stations as well but there was nothing to brag about. I still had a lot of fun and I will see you all (hopefully a lot more of you!) next month.

VA2FDT - First Sprint for me (NW2K: Welcome Aboard!), it was fun, see you next time! 72!

NO2D - 20 meters pooped out early here in Colorado. Never heard anyone on 80 meters, so 40 meters was my 'money' band. (Do we get paid for doing this, hi, hi?). I seem to recall that in at least one sprint GenLog automatically completed the info when I input a call. Not so this time, and perhaps it never did. I'll have to investigate. Ie., read the directions. As always, a fun event, and thanks to all those who help to make it happen. 72's, NO2D, Pete.

NP3CW - NO CONTACT IN 80 M. 5 CONTACTS IN 40m. 4 contacts in 20 M. On east USA made NY, NJ, MD, NC and QC in Canada. On western USA NM, CO, CA, WA. Around one hour of the time worked due to QRN. GL to all participants. 73 Julio NP3CW NAQCC 2766

N9A - I tried. Rough night. Signal didn't want to leave the attic tonight for some reason. Maybe next time.

K4FB - Interesting conditions tonight. Only one QSO on 20m while 40m was jam packed with stations on top of each other. Nice to hear more and more signals on 80m. QRN is still very high here. First time with a straight key in at least 10 years. 72, Paul K4FB

KB4QQJ - That was fun. Got a late start and 20 was gone. Went to 40 and was doing ok then tried 80. Lot of signals on 80! Worked a lot of new members. Wow, numbers are growing!! Got to work a fellow KX3 owner with Marc W4MPS. Really enjoying mine. Forgot the traffic net on 3563 and was interrupted in a run. Very Nice net control asked me to QSY. He stood by while I finished the Q I was in. I thanked him for standing by and moved on. That's the way it should be. Thanks to K4EQ and the rest that stuck it out through the WSPR station that popped up on 7040. He was loud!!! Don't know why they call it whisper... ;-) Unfortunately I didn't hear the first N#A station... Bummer. I've still got a few days...heh heh. Rig - KX3 #85 Ant - 5 band homebrew doublet at 33 feet. Key this time - 1920 circa Marconi AS-300A. Thanks to everyone and 73. Randy_KB4QQJ


K2UFT - Miserable conditions, heard no one on 20 or 80. Could not get N5A to hear me, N4A should have been easy to work, but never heard. Looking forward to winter radio condx.

WA4ZOF - Not many qs spent most time hunting for the Special club calls, Great fun many signals and familiar calls heard... TOM WA4ZOF --... ...--

KI0I - Haven`t played in the NAQCC sprint for a while, busy and forgetful! hihi. Happened to look at the contest calendar and the wall clock and the lite bulb came on. Made abt half the Q`s on an old Hytower I`m rebuilding from a SK freind (K0AQO) and some of the radials are on the ground but none are attatched yet. It suprised me with 5W on it. This was a fun sprint with good bands and not much QRN here. Thanks all ..72/73 Mark KI0I

AF3Z - I started out on 20m with no QSO's. Went to 40 and got a few. 80m was where I found the most action and best signals. Used an end-fed halfwave on 40 and a dipole on 80, both about 10' to 15' up in the air. It was a good time. Thanks!

KD5MMM - Happy Anniversary NAQCC. 73 Phil, KD5MMM ..

WX4RM - Conditions bad on 20, but better on 40 and 80 meters. Heard more stations but had a hard time being heard by them. Could not hold a frequency, so back to hunt and pounce. Had fun though.

N2EI - Lots of folks on the air. Sounded like the old Novice Roundups of my youth. (But with better fists.) A fun time!

WD5EAE - Started on 20m but band was almost dead. Moved to 40m after about 15 minutes. 40m was noisy here tonight but I had a lot of fun as always. Thanks to everyone. Sorry to W3HHZ... time was running out and I rushed the exchange so we could end on time and ended up blowing the QSO with my hamhanded fist.

WD5EAE - And for those using GenLog, I have generated a utility that works with GenLog to perform SCP lookups on callsigns and looks up members by NAQCC member number. Like GenLog, it is free and can be download from Please contact WD5EAE directly for support.

K6CSL - Wow! I was 30 minutes late due to some business. I worked the 1st 3 QSO's on 20 and then had an interuption when our 'foster' grand-daughter came by for XYL and I to meet her newborn baby son (3 days old). I got back to work one more QSO on 20 and finding the band had changed in my absence I moved to 40 and worked the last 2 stations there. I was really surprised when N6A/K6MGO, called me on 40. TNX for the QSO's. 73's to all and to all a good night, from the beautiful San Joaquin Valley of California. Bert, K6CSL

WA8REI - My wrist is sore! It's been 48 years since I HAD to use a straight key, hi. Fun and lots of activity. 40 and 80 were hot: no QRN, good signals. FT-2000 5 watts; Mosley PRO 67B 2-EL on 40; 80 meter dipole on 80. TNX all for a fun 2 hours. It flew by like a flying oinker! --Ken, WA8REI MI NAQCC #557

WD4OHD - Uneven band conditions on 40m. Lots of QRN and QSB at times, but still an enjoyable Sprint. Thanks to all.

N8LA - Used FT-817ND and J-38. Able to work K9JWV in UT on 20. Ten contacts on 40 (hilight was working W2SH, #0056 at 0056 UTC)! Worked five on 80.

K2YGM - Nothing heard on 20 so concentrated on 40 for awhile. Much to my surprise, 40 wasn't to active either. Listened on 80 and heard more there than on 40. Loaded up center of coax and half of 40m dipole on 80 and worked whomever could hear me. Conditions were poor here and believe there might have been a solar flare...Worked many new stations and some old regulars. Only heard one or two of the special calls for the anniversary..Nice job everyone that participated... Best 72 to all Bob K2YGM

KK8J - My first sprint (NW2K: Thanks for joining in!). Two words: good time. Not many contacts but there will be more sprints. See you there, George KK8J #0980

VE7KBN - Only worked 20m. It seemed to shut down quickly here. Enjoyed the sprint as always.

N9RLO - I had a good time tonight. I checked 20 meters first and it didn't seem all that great, so decided I'd try 40 meters, made a couple of QSOs, but it sounded awful noisy, went to 80 and signals were fairly good. So I worked 80 for about an hour and then decided to hunt for some N#A calls, I found some but couldn't make contact with all of them, but I got two anyway. It was good to hear Dan AF4LB, hadn't heard him for awhile. I also worked some others I haven't heard before. I'll see you all again next month. 73, John N9RLO

N3A - Running as N3A was fun. 20 mtrs 19 minutes = 1qso. 40 mtrs 67 minutes = 11 qsos. 80 mtrs 34 minutes = 19 qsos. Guess I should have gone to the basement early, where the party was happening on 80 meters. Missed working most of the New England crowd. Usually find MA. CT. ME. VT. The band was WACKO all day and I was so glad to see such a fine turn out tonight. Hope to work some of you in the PA qso party this weekend. Have a nice day!!! de KG3W Scotty

K9OSC - Due to other commitments only had 50 minutes operating time tonight, but 40 meters gave me plenty to enjoy. Band was wide open from here and signals were stronger than usual. 20 meters yielded nothing due to the high absorption rate. Had a great time and see you next month.

N5A - WOW, What a Great Sprint. As N5A I achieved my best score ever. It was a real challenge! I had my old K2 cranked down tight so if you called and I didn't answer you may have not been zero beat or in some instances the QRM just wiped out the freq. Sorry. Thanks to all who stuck with me on difficult exchanges. Evan, N5A (W5IQS)


N0A - I started out on 20M, that was a mistake. The skip was to long. 40M was very active. I hope that everyone who tried to work me was eventually able to do so. There were a number of pile ups. Thanks, Merlin N0A/KD0V

KK4CPO - Great time! 20m went away for me. Solar action, I guess. I have done several of these NA sprints and like it better and better. Tnx to you folks who helped along the way - friendly, friendly. Hope to do the same for some new people as yrs go by. Tnx - 72 Ted KK4CPO

WA2EDN - Welcome to W4MPS who is new and was not in the ZIP file of yesterday morning. Conditions for me were not great but I think this is my best score for all the Sprints I've participated.

KE5YUM - I had a great time, though I was only able to spend 30 minutes. Thanks to all who worked me.

K1IEE - Started out on 40M and after a short time had to check my antenna to see if it was still was. Called lots of stations but just could not get out very well, it got a little frustrating so I finally tried 80M. Band conditions much better and started to make contacts ended on a happy note. Worked N3A (AF3Z) Jim during the day and again in the sprint as AF3Z that was fun. Thanks to all. 73 Dick

N8A - Thanks every one! N8IUP

WB8ENE - I think this is a personal best for me. I usually only operate the first hour of the sprints, and this was no exception. 80 meters was definitely the place to be. Heard a lot of 599 signals. I only managed to get two N#A calls though. See you in the next sprint. 73, Art

K4BAI - Good participation, good conditions, and a lot of fun. 20M was long, but there were a lot of western stations QRV. 11 QSOs including KH6G. 40M had a relatively short skip zone, but good signals from ON to WA to CA and AZ. 32 QSOs on 40. 80M was quiet and QSOs were from NY to WI and MO. 16 QSOs on 80 including many in the South East that had been skipping over on 40 and 80. Thanks particularly to the anniversary one-by-one stations. Hope the good activity continues next month. 73/72, John, K4BAI.

K2GLS - Our radio club moved its normal Monday meeting to Tuesday this month, so only had about 30 minutes for the Sprint. Not as many stations heard on 40M, possibly due to CME this week? 72, 73 to all K2GLS

KA2KGP - Another nice sprint, but 20m closed early here in WNY. Good to hear those N#A stations! 73

K9JWV - 20 meters was HOT out here in s/w Utah. Glad to make a couple of Qs on 40 and 80 albeit 80 had some HUGE noise this evening.

N7A - Great fun, even tho I had to take a half hour off to help my 2nd harmonic. Great to see friends, with big signals too, K4BAI, NU7T, K9JWV, W2SH, and many many more. The bands held up well, all night. Hope to see you again in the next one.

N8BB - Probably the worst conditions in a long time but it was nice to see 80 doing fair. All my contacts were on 80 and met a few new calls, nice to see everyone on again, See you all in the next get together.

W5WIL - Skipped 20m and just worked 40. I really need a better antenna. The OCF is 33' (20m and 10m). I hope to put up a 240' dipole with ladder feedline next week. Also plan to install a 580' dual beverage for receiving; that should help. Conditions seemed better this month.

W8DW - Band was very good tonight, put up a dipole for 40 and 80 this last week that preformed very well, less noise than the vertical. Had a fun night as usual. See you all next month 72's

W4DUK - Got started late and made a few contacts on 40m, but the bulk of my contacts were made on 80m for this sprint. 73, Dave

W5AG - It was nice to participate after an absence of more than 2.5 years from this sprint (NW2K: Welcome Back!). I made 12 contacts during the first hour and 30 contacts during the second hour. All but the first 5 contacts on 40 meters. During my layoff I acquired a Bird meter with a 100w slug so I think I kept within the 5 watt limit. Thanks to those who contacted me especially during a run on 40m while 'sharing' the frequency with digital mode ops.

AB9CA - Condx not so good but everyone was patient, even when it took several repeats. Had computer issues so missed a few minutes and had to enter several contacts after the 'test was over. 40 was the main band although 80 was good, but few there. See you next month.

VE3FUJ - Enjoyable Sprint, contacts were a little slow coming especially near the end, the usual close ups seemed not there. Signal were generally weak and no PA-OH-NY-MI-ME-VT-MA-NJ-IL-WI's which usually are in abundance, strange to say the least. Thanks to all I contacted, and see you next month. Brion 3011

NI8N - It was great to hear 80 meters in good condition. I started on 80 meters in September of 1951 with 5 watts and have always enjoyed the band during the winters. Perhaps 160 meters could be added to the suggested frequencies during the winter. I like the NAQCC sprints because of the friendly polite competition. Great time!

WB2PEF - Tnx all, it was a fun 30 minutes. Will attempt to budget more time for next sprint. Just happy to be a NAQCC winner. Richard WB2PEF

N6A - N6A operated by K6MGO during Sprint. Bands were in terrible shape. Never heard a single station on 20m or 80m, QRP or QRO. 40m was only band that had any signals, but also extremely high noise level. Operating as N6A was fun, normally operating from CA with indoor antenna does not make one a sought after contact, thanks for the opportunity, John.

KB9ILT - Poor conditions here near Chicago. At times it seemed as if I was transmitting into a dummy load. Both running and search-and-pounce were ineffective. Twenty was dead from the start, 40 was fair and 80 was okay considering I used a 40 meter delta loop. Strangely though, I managed 20 multipliers with only 28 QSOs. Also worked 5 of our N#A stations, which gives me 8 out of 10 so far. N6A and N8A, I'm looking for you! Thanks to all - see you next month.

W4MPS - My 1st sprint (NW2K: Marc, TU for joining in!). Lots of fun and surprisingly active. Used an antique 1909 British GPO telegraph key. It's probably been 40 years since I've made more than 1 consecutive QSO with a straight key. I was pretty sloppy in the beginning but the fist got better as I went along. Talk about old and new-- 1909 key with 2012 KX3. Great stuff. I'll be back. Tnx all. 72, Marc W4MPS

K4JPN - 80 and 40 were the bands here in GA last night. Nothing heard on 20 after a number of calls. 72, Steve K4JPN

N4A - Sure enjoyed this sprint and want to thank every one for the contacts. There were a few calls that I just could not pull through and am sorry about that. I enjoyed the mini pile ups so now I have a better under standing on how difficult it is to copy a few CW stations calling on the same frequency. I also have a better understanding of how a good CW filter is very important. Again, what a fun night. 72, Art, WB4MNK #5274

KU4A - Signals were weak weak weak. I think I heard there had been some solar flares early in the last couple days.

W3NP - What a night - good and bad! Started out on 20 and at first thought the band was stone dead, but did manage to snag N7A in Wy as my first qso of the sprint. My 2nd was N5A in TX but after that - nothing! Went to 40 and the condx there were very strange with a few good sigs but mostly weak and watery (Auroral?). After 4 qso's on 40 it was on to 80 were I spent the rest of the evening. Good signals with almost winter time condx. I worked K3VPZ as a non-member as he was running 60W. Other than rather poor condx, the only black mark of the sprint was when (after holding a freq for quite some time) the station I had just worked answered the next station calling - had a qso, and then proceeded to call CQ, so I just moved on. First time that has happened to me - but I am not a contester. Thanks N8ZYA for WV - I usually don't get my own state!! I also got to work 6 special N#A stations. N1A, N3A, N4A, N5A, N7A, and N0A. Rig: Elecraft K2-10 @ 5 watts and a German Junker straight key.

WG8Y - Hi all, Spent Sunday and Monday moving into our new home here in Salisbiry, NC. Dug out a homebrew 20-40 meter DP and stuck it on a Jackite pole and bunge'ed it to a sapling. Ends were 3 feet off the ground. This was half hour b-4 the Sprint. Operated from the garage. K4BAI, now you know why I was so weak on 80. Hi Hi. Tnxs for digging me out. Had fun. Hope to be in the Shack by next Sprint!! 72 DE WG8Y

AD7TN - It was the worst Sprint ever had! I don't know why it was because of poor condx or my poor ant, but it was hardly hearing almost anyone in any of the band. I was hoping to contact any N#A station but could not. Thank God, I made a QSO with my neighbor, NF8A and able to submit a log again this month (NW2K: Thanks and see you next month!).

VA3KUG - This was my 2nd NAQCC Sprint and slightly better QSO rate than my first. Unfortunately, I was unable to operate for the entire sprint and my operating time was under an hour. My CW is improving and I'm finding it a little easier to copy stations at a higher speed than I am comfortable with. I operated strictly on 40m using my TS-480 and 5BTV at 5 watts. Signals seemed weaker to me this time compared to the last sprint but there was very little QSB. So I was able to copy stations pretty much the first time. Since I am a CW newbie, I am utilizing the search and pounce method of working stations. Until I get more proficient, that is what I will continue to do. Thanks again to the great operators working with me during the event!

KJ4LEN - 20m in poor shape, 40m ok and 80m noisy. Used my FT840 @5W Happy anniversary NAQCC. See everyone next time. Ray

KQ1P - Very good conditions here, QRN on 40M but not too bad. I had to pull the plug a bit early. Never heard any of our special call signs. Thanks everyone, until next time! John

AA9L - It was a crazy night in this part of the country. Low noise but not many signals. I tried 80 meters this time but ended back on 40 near the end. For some reason, N1PQ gave his number as 13351?

N8QY - Ohio was a black hole. 80m was hot at the end of the sprint but everyone was in the same spot, so was s8 noise. Still the best sprint around, 73

KA5TJS - Had a great time, tried 20 and did not hear anything so dropped to 40 and found everyone. Thanks to all who heard me and hope to see you all later. I just moved the shack from one side of the garage to the other so was not sure how the new feed line would work. Seems to work well. 73's Allen KA5TJS

W0CH - Spent most of the sprint looking for N#A stations. Worked 6 of them, including the last two to finish up all 10 districts. Special thanks to N2A for hanging in there to make the last remaining district QSO despite very weak and fading signals! 72, Dave W0CH Seneca, MO

AE7TG - Was only able to operate for first 30 minutes of Sprint. Very happy that I was able to work 3 stations on 20M despite the CNDX. Thanks all and hope to do it again next month. PS: Just completed my first mW QSO (900mW) with WL7WH in Anchorage Alaska from Kent, WA for the the Oct. Challenge. Thanks Bob!

N1A - Where was 20 meters? Burned almost 20 minutes there with nothing to show for it (later saw that the sun must have burped, as A=42 and K=5 does not make for good 20M conditions)! A mix of CQ and S&P after that resulted in 20+ contacts spread between 40M and 80M. Fun time operating as N1A with my KX3 in any case! Thanks, NAQCC! Geoff - W1OH

WK6L - How about a Regular SPRINT, with an added Optional Points Column #9 with TX Power of less than 1 Watt for the sending HAM equal to 5 Points per contact, to be added to final score. Just to add more fun to the Monthly Sprints, ED WK6L

VE5BCS - The band was very quiet... nothing on 40 or 80

WB4UHC - Lots of QRN on 40 and 80 and QRM on 40. Did not hear any of the N#A stations on any band, but signals were really good on 80 with many 599's. Thanks to all for the QSOs. WB4UHC

NQ2W - Happy Anniversary NAQCC...I'm proud to be a member. Ten-Tec Jupiter @ 5W to a mini beam at 25' for 20, an inv V at 40' for 40, and a ground mounted vert for 80. Interesting propagation...heard quite a few on 20 but could only make 1 Q. 40 was better but overall signals were down. I'm really happy to have made 4 Q's on 80...I think that's a record for me during an NAQCC Sprint. These sprints are great learning experiences. Thanks to all, participants and organizers alike. If you hear me during the upcoming NYQP, please give me a call. 72/73 Will NQ2W

KA9FQG - Conditions not too great at the start from here in NE Indiana, but 40m picked up after a while and 80m had pretty good propagation. Fun as always though... Highlight was QSO with a friend who lives a couple of miles away and recently joined NAQCC.

NF8M - Condx nonexistent on 20, noisy & irregular on 40. No wonder with the A index in the thirties at the time. Nice to work some of the new members too - welcome to the club! 72 es cu next month.

AC0BQ - Thanks, it was good fun!! 72, Johnny AC0BQ

W2SH - After struggling for a quarter of an hour I worked N7A for my only QSO on 20m. I wisely quit and never went back there. Worked 27 on 40m in 60 minutes and my best DX was W7GAH in ID with gud sigs both ways over the 2,000-mile path. I did much better on 80m with 24 worked in 45 minutes. More time on 80m might have gotten me the next door NY multiplier that I managed to miss despite seven QSOs within my home state of NJ. Vexing was being called by a previously worked station and going through a laborious repeat. I hope it was a confirmed QSO for him, but it was a slow dupe for me. Love using my Junker straight key plugged into a TenTec 516, aka Argo 5.

VE7YU - Really bad cndx. No contest activity heard on 80 or 40. One (1!) QSO on 20 and according to the list, I messed up his membership number. Hope things are much better for SS!

N2A - At my QTH the conditions on 40 meters were not very good for the Sprint but the KX3's hot receiver gave a good accounting of itself.

KG4UPO - Not much happening on 20 and 40 here. 80 was hot! I was disappointed that my newly constructed doublet was cut for 40 but very happy that it did so well on 80. My thanks to Dave, AB9CA, for some antenna advice. This was my first Sprint for my 'just finished in time' K2, a great little radio. Thanks to all who suffered through my code. 72, Wiley

WT5L - Worked less than an hour with all my contacts on 40 meters. Nothing at all heard on 20 meters. Good chance to dust off the K1.

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

RULES specific to this month's sprint:

Date and time:
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 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.