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.
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 GAIN ANTENNA Category 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 AWARD WINNERS: 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. STATS: 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): AA3OI AA7CU AB8FJ AC0AF AD7TN AE7CG AE7TG AF3Z K0JEM K2GLS K2UFT K3RLL K4EIT K4FB K4JPN K4KRW K5ON K6BFA K7HAP K9EYT K9OSC KA8EFA KA8HDE KA8VZB KA9FQG KB8FE KD2MX KD5MMM KE5YUM KI0I KK4BOB KK4GSQ KU4A N1A N2ESE N2NLY N3PDT N6A N8BB N8LA N8XMS N9A N9RLO NF8M NP3CW NQ2W NU7T NZ1D VE3KI VE5BCS W2JEK W3NP W4DUK W5AG W5OXM W7GAH W9UX WA2EDN WA2JSG WB2PEF WB5UAA WB8ENE WX4RM WY3HIf 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 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
W2JEK - GOT ON LATE BUT HAD 9 QSO IN 20 MINUTES - ALL ON 80. WAS PLEASED TO WORK JOHN K3WWP AND N1A AND N3A. RIG YAESU FT-840 AT 5 W TO END FED WIRE AT 20 FT. USED SIGNAL ELECTRIC KEY. 72 AND 73 DON YOUNGER W2JEK #1135
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 http://www.wd5eae.org/Software.html. 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)
WB8LZG - HELLO AGN FELLOW SPRINTERS, ROUGH GG HERE IN MICH LAST NITE. I USED THE ARGONAUT AT 4W AGN THIS SPRINT ES IT WAS TOUGH! I STARTED OUT ON 20, ES HEARD SEVERAL STNS , BUT EVEN AFTER SEVERAL CQ'S NO JOY. SO WENT TO 40 IMMEDIATELY WKD KA5TJS IN TX. THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE BETTER SIGN, YET I HEARED NOT A PEEP FROM OUT EAST. NOTHING. NA DA ZIP. NOTHING LOCAL EITHER, NO W8 W9'S NONE! ONLY HEARD 2 SPEC EVENT CALLS , N4A ES N5A , ES I COULDN'T BAG N5A EVEN THOUGH HE WAS 579 HERE IN MICH. ALL I GOT WAS FL, GA, AL,TX. ALL TO THE SOUTH, PLUS 1 NON MEMBER QSO WID W6CL, CAROL, WHO WAS RUNNING 50W FROM CA. VERY POOR PROPAGATION HERE FER THIS SPRINT. WORST I CAN REMEMBER. I DID, HOWEVER HAVE A LOT OF FUN (AS USUAL) AND THE TOUGH CONDX WAS GUD TRAINING GROUND FER ME. IT MAKES U REALLY WRK FER EVERY Q! AS MR. BURNS OF THE SIMPSONS WOULD SAY, 'EXCELLENT'. CU ALL NEXT TIME. 73 WB8LZG
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 up...it 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
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.