Dec 2012 Straight Key/Bug mW Sprint
K3WWP Comments: The results are final now with no official cross-checking. I am doing an unofficial cross-checking since I have the time because the weather is too miserable to go out for my usual long walks. No scores will be changed though so the results are final now. Thanks to Ki VA3PEN for another fine job on maintaining this page. We wound up with the 3rd highest number of logs ever for one of our special (160M & mW) sprints. 73 (74 with one very late log) of you submitted logs despite the horrible band conditions that plagued everyone save for a very few in good locations with bigger higher antenna systems to help out.
I notice that VA3OR is a second call for VE3RCN so VA3OR IS a member. Changing points for a QSO with him to two doesn't affect any standings, so we'll let it stand as is. However Canadian members note - if you have an extra call, that call is also technically a member, and you should send your number not power so we will know how to correctly count the QSO.
A Happy New Year to one and all. May conditions in 2013 be favorable to each and every one of our sprints.
SWA Category - W1 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna K1IEE 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 OCF wire @30' N1DN 4 4 8 4 32 32 Multiband Dipole KQ1P 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 Dipole @ 30' K1YAN 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 G5RV @ 30 ft N1QLL 1 1 2 1 2 2 G5RV Jr. up 10 meters NZ1MT 0 0 0 0 0 0 EF 40 20 dipole in attic $WU1V 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 sloping dpl@20-40' SWA Category - W2 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna K2YGM 9 9 18 5 90 90 40-G5RV MINI, 80-PAR ENDFEDZ WA2JSG 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 Vert mounted @ 12' K2ZC 6 6 12 3 36 x2 72 40/80 dipole @ 30' W2JEK 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 40 dipole. 80 end fed both at 20 ft. KA2KGP 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 G5RV up 25 ft WA2NYY 7 6 13 4 52 52 80m OCF dpl@35' N2ESE 5 5 10 4 40 40 80M-ocf dipole@25ft K2QPN 2 2 4 1 4 x2 8 HUSTLER 8BTV VERTICAL NO2D 1 1 2 1 2 2 80 M Doublet @ 30' KC2VBU 1 1 2 1 2 2 80 EFHWW @ 50ft $NW2K 24 24 48 15 720 x2 1440 Fan dpl @40' SWA Category - W3 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna KG3W 11 10 21 8 168 x1.5 252 all band dipole @24 ft K3WWP 7 7 14 6 84 x2 168 ~110' attic rnd wire KE3HL 6 6 12 6 72 x2 144 80/40 Dipole @ 30' K2DEP 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 G5RV @ 30 ft AF3Z 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 80m dipole; 40m EFHW N3AEA 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 inv V, slanted, up 20 ft $KB3YOW 1 1 2 1 2 2 endfed at 30' !$W3TTT 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 40M vert SWA Category - W4 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna K4ORD 22 21 43 14 602 602 40dpl 45', 80dpl 35' K4BAI 11 11 22 10 220 x2 440 dipole 40'; inverted vee apex at 55' AA4GA 9 9 18 7 126 x2 252 80m doublet sloping from 45' down to 10' WG8Y 7 7 14 6 84 x2 168 20-80 1/4 wave wire vert grd mt WA4ZOF 4 4 8 3 24 x2 48 40mtr loop @ 25' W4DUK 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 EF Zepp @20' K3RLL 2 2 4 2 8 8 Temporary vertical KJ4LEN 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 40m/20m Inv. V@40' , 80m dipole@40' NA4O 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 40m vert delta loop@50' W1SGC 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 dpl@30' KK4BE 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 DIPOLE AT 30 FT $K6BFA 2 2 4 1 4 x2 8 G5RV @ 50 ' SWA Category - W5 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna W5YA 15 15 30 10 300 x2 600 (op KT5X) fullwave loop peak at 45 ft N5GW 9 9 18 7 126 x2 252 cfz at 50' hb tuner AI5I 5 5 10 4 40 x1.5 60 43' vertical, remote tuner KB5JO 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 88' EDZ @ 50' W5OXM 3 3 6 2 12 x2 24 OCF DPL hidden on flat roof W5GZT 3 2 5 3 15 15 invV@52' N5QN 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 vertical SWA Category - W6 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna WK6L 2 1 3 2 6 x2 12 Windom(Inverted Vee), 35ft 40M/20M $K6CSL 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 Delta Loop, Coaxial Dipole, Horiz Loop SWA Category - W7 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna KE7YTE 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 Flag Pole 20' NU7T 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 40m dipole at 18' W7GAH 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 240' RW @ 60' WB7EUX 1 1 2 1 2 2 windom@30' $KD7HXN 1 1 2 1 2 2 Horizontal Loop @ 22 ft SWA Category - W8 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna N8IUP 29 28 57 18 1026 x2 2052 80m Horiz loop 45' AC8LJ 11 11 22 9 198 x2 396 Dpls @ 40' & 30' NF8M 12 12 24 8 192 x2 384 80m OCF dpl @35ft WB8LZG 7 7 14 6 84 84 dpl@35' es vert NI8N 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 Dipole K8AG 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 ZS6BKW@35' W3NP 4 4 8 3 24 x2 48 130' CFZ @ 45' - Open Wire KB3CXQ 3 3 6 2 12 x2 24 car wdm@35' K8DRT 3 3 6 2 12 x1.5 18 OCF Dipole at 30' N8ZYA 2 2 4 2 8 8 50 ft indoor random wire $K8FZY 2 1 3 2 6 6 hf9v on ground SWA Category - W9 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna KB9ILT 9 9 18 7 126 126 Delta Loop (top @ 25ft - bottom @ 1ft) W9CC 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 80Loop15' AB4KJ 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 delta loop@40' SWA Category - W0 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna KD0V 12 12 24 10 240 x2 480 cf Zepp @ 50' WB0PYF 6 6 12 5 60 x2 120 80m dipole @ 55' K9OSC 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 CF Zepp @ 30' $N0TU 7 6 13 6 78 78 43' vertical SWA Category - Canada Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna VE5BCS 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 loop@30 ft $VA3OR 9 9 18 7 126 x2 252 Ground Mounted Vertical, 80m dipole $VE3GNU 2 2 4 1 4 x2 8 mbdpl@40' 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 NQ2W 9 9 18 7 126 126 Mini beam @25', inv V @40' @ Non-member not eligible for certificate $ QRO More than one watt - not eligible for certificate ! Late log not eligible for certificate AWARD WINNERS: 1st SWA W1: K1IEE 1st SWA W2: K2YGM 1st SWA W3: KG3W 1st SWA W4: K4ORD 1st SWA W5: W5YA (op KT5X) 1st SWA W6: WK6L 1st SWA W7: KE7YTE NU7T W7GAH (3-way tie) 1st SWA W8: N8IUP 1st SWA W9: KB9ILT 1st SWA W0: KD0V 1st SWA Canada: VE5BCS 1st SWA DX: n/a 1st Gain: NQ2W A few unofficial stats: Logs - 73 Participants - 96 QSOs - 370 Avg QSOs per log - 5.1 States represented - 35 + BC ON SKSOAPBOX:
N5QN - Bad QRM in here. Did not hear much, but many thx for a (mW) qso
WU1V - My first NAQCC sprint, as a new member. Only worked for about an hour. Used my Nye Master Key. Band condx were poor on 40m, though I eked out 2 contacts with members. 20m was dead. I used 5 watts (I know this was a <1 watt event), the lowest my rig will go, so I know I won't win any awards (especially with just 2 QSOs!). It was a challenge and I look forward to future sprints, hopefully under better band condx. 72, Rick - WU1V #6372
K3RLL - K2 to temporary stealth vertical: Heard more stations than I could work but appreciate my two patient & skilled contacts tonight. It sounded like there were lots of Sprinters out there, but below my noise level tonight. It can't be snow here in FL. 72/73 ... Don
WB7EUX - 900 mWatts is a challenge.
K3WWP - Conditions were so bad tonight..... How bad were they? They were so bad, I couldn't even hear my furnace QRN - the atmospheric noise overrode it. They were so bad I quit 45 minutes before the end of the sprint. They were so bad I don't even know how many may have answered my CQ because I heard NOTHING. If I did miss you, I'm sorry. Hard to believe, the last December mW sprint I made 35 QSOs and had the second highest overall score to K4ORD. But our sprints are like 'play what you're dealt' poker. If they were like draw poker, I would have drawn 5 new cards for this sprint. Oh well, that's ham radio. One last cliche - sometimes you bite the bear, sometimes he bites you. Tonight I'm hurting from a lot of bites. Happy New Year everyone. May conditions for all our 2013 sprints be top notch.
KJ4LEN - Only heard a few stations on 40m. None heard on 80m. Don't know if it was because of the holiday season or bad propagation but definately not a productive night. See everyone next time. Ray
N1DN - My first time ever working less than 5 watts. Brought my FT-817 out of the backpack and into the shack, operating at 500 mW to my multi-band dipole. With the winter storm in full swing outside, I was pleased to make 4 contacts in about an hour. Thanks so much to fellow members who worked to pull my signal out of the noise. Phil, N1DN
N8ZYA - Well....at least here is a log entry, even if very poor. Worked one in Canada and one on the other side of town. Heard them both about the same signal strength. Maybe better next time! Hihi
K2QPN - Very noisy. Could hear than could hear me. Tough using a straight key after all these years. Used my KX3 running 900mW and a vertical.
NA4O - 500mW from FT817. 20 was quiet. 80 antenna not cooperating. QSB on 40 made copy very difficult. Heard several but only worked one.
W3NP - Conditions were pretty rough for less than 1 watt operation. I worked Jim AF3Z but lost him before a complete exchange. Signals on 40 were weak and the band was noisy. Propagation on 80 was decent but the QRN was horrible due to the big storm system here in the east. I did not hear a lot of activity anywhere. 20 was dead. Rig was the Ten Tec Eagle @ 650 mw. Used my Nye Master Key this time. 72 de WV
K8FZY - thanks had fun again. 73 k8fzy. happy new year
KE7YTE - I HAVE NEVER TRIED THE MW SPRINT BEFORE. TONIGHT AT THE LAST MINUTE I TURNED ON MY ICOM 756PROIII, TURNED THE POWER DOWN ALL THE WAY. THE METER DIDNT BUDGE WHEN I ANSWERED W5YA. HE HEARD ME WITH A 559/579 RPT. AZ TO NM. NORMALLY I WOULD HAVE A QRP RIG SET UP PRIOR TO THE EVENT. HOPE THIS COUNTS AS S MW CONTACT.
KB3CXQ - Bands were poor due to wx condx - Couldn't hear anything
W1SGC - Tonight, I had my first and only QSO with a Breadboard Splinter that I built last week. Nice to know that I am at least getting out of Florida.
KB9ILT - Poor conditions for QRPp.
WA2JSG - Ran 900mW from an IC-703 off a 12v battery into a vertical. HNY to all.
AA4GA - I'm not sure if it was condx, or my station (my antenna's not quite as good as it was last year due to last week's high winds), but there didn't seem to be as much activity this time as last December. There was a bit of 80m QRN tonight also...very little heard on this band and last December it seemed to work very well. Still pretty neat to work folks at the sub-1-watt level! I'm sorry to K1IEE - you had a decent signal Dick, but someone started CQing on top of you before I could get your number, and never did. Looking forward to the next one!
K8DRT - Had a great time tonight. What a challenge pulling out the weak signals. There was a lot of static crashes. Didn't get very many but had fun at it. 73 all. K8DRT
AI5I - My usual 5 QSOs. Bands seemed quiet this evening. All my contacts on 40m. VA3OR at good strength here in NM but I just couldn't make the connection. WK6L was strong here but I lost him also. NW2K --- great signal on 40m!
NF8M - Was a challenge for sure tonight! Needed lots of fills and not 100% sure I got everything right, but it's always fun to see what you can work with fleapower. 72 to all and Happy New Year! (CU SKN)
NZ1MT - Talk about radio punishment tonight using QRPp! I had the FT-817ND cranked down to 1W and had no luck whatsoever making a QSO. Numerous static crashes at my QTH along with most CQs with RST at 229 /339. I started on 40M and thought I must have had the wrong day as I heard no CQ NA calls for at least 45 minutes although I did send a couple out. I finally heard W3TTT on 7.033 at 02:28, but no luck with him hearing me. Went up to 80M to listen to some more noise and heard VA3OR on 3.555 around 03:10 and finally N8IUP on 3.558 at 03:25 but no luck with them hearing me. Still fun time had fine tuning my listening and radio skills and much better than watching TV
KB3YOW - During the time I had to play, I could not get pwr down (by using mismatched antenna) to the required mW pwr out, but just tried to help a member get a contact. My rig is a TS-590S with 5W output minimum, unless I work it down. 73, Bob
K6CSL - Well, I was about 10 minutes late. Found 40 quite noisey. Finally heard W5YA calling and worked him at 02:26Z. Then someone here in the mobile home park turned on some kind of noise and wiped me out. I kept tuning up and down the band, hoping to find someone I could copy through the noise, but came up empty. I changed bands to 80M and found the band fairly quiet with several signals evident as I tuned up. In fact I tuned up a little off center, not wanting to cause QRM to a contact that was going on on 3560. No sooner than I got tuned up the noise was turned back on and wiped me out. I tried going back to 40 to no avail. Hopefully next months Sprint will be better. 73's to all and a safe and Happy New Year from the beautiful San Koaquin Valley. Bert, K6CSL
W2JEK - conditions very noisy and not much activity heard. think the snowstorm causing most of the noise. 72 and 73 Don Younger W2JEK #1135
K4BAI - FT1000MP, dipole, inverted vee. 20M was dead. 40M was long after the first few minutes. QRN from nearby storms was terrible, but I was hearing better than many I was calling. 6 QSOs on 40M, 5 QSOs on 80M. Stations heard well enough to work on 40, but not worked:VA3OR (very loud), NQ2W. On 80M: VA3OR, N8IUP (answered me once but didn't QSL), NW2K, K0TC (never heard him call CQ, so no chance to call him), WB0PYF. Sorry for any who may have called me and I couldn't hear them. Happy New Year to all. 73/72, John, K4BAI.
W4DUK - Tough going tonight, especially with the QRN on 80 at my QTH in southwest-central Virginia. Each of my three contacts was hard won. 73 and Happy New Year to all - Dave
K4ORD - Started on 40M,conditions seemed poor with plenty of QRN made 6 qso's on 40M and 16 on 80M. QRN up to 20db over S9 on 80 so made ruff copy with most signals not very strong, I'm sure I missed some. Hope everyone has a nice holiday season. 73/72 Riley
KE3HL - Six hard fought contacts ...! Less than one watt was significantly more challenging than five! I have to dig into my K2 and check up on calibrations/power settings, etc. It was hard to maintain > 1W out (I ran about 400 to 700 mW) - thank goodness for my OHR Wattmeter! I couldn't raise WU1V on 40 and would liked to have also snagged VA3OR on 80 who had a good signal here in central PA. Lots of noise on 80 tonight, but 40 was much quieter. I also need to add length to my 80 dipole as I cut it for ~3880, not anticipating to bitten by the CW bug so hard! (Though my 40 dipole is set at about 7050)
WA2NYY - My first NAQCC sprint and the first time using my new KX3 at 1 watt. Makes 5 watts feel like QRO! The KX3 receiver is really hot! Was only able to get on the air in the last 45 minutes but managed to get 7 QSOs in the log, all on 40m with an 80m OCF dipole. Tried 80m but noise level was too high. Lots of fun.
WB0PYF - NEVER WORKED SUCH LOW POWER, GREAT TIME, 72'S RAY
K8AG - Rough conditions tonight. Lots of QSB for everybody. Still fun with only 5 QSOs. Seems I had a problem installing GenLog. Using Windows 7 64-bit. I'll try again. Thanks.
KG3W - Not so hot tonight! Ran 900mw and usually do ok. Always have a good time though. Many fine operators, but much psk 31 and rtty on 40 meters. Heard KB9ILT and several Canadian stations but the snowflakes must have blocked my signal, cause I could not work them. Furthest on 80 was K4ORD at 288 miles and on 40 it was KQ1P at 625 miles. All the best. "72" de Scotty KG3W
AB4KJ - My first sub one watt contest. Was hard, but fun. Was only able to work two stations, although I heard several more. Didn't work any on 80M.
KB5JO - Condx were tough here. 20M went out before the sprint started, 40M had lot of QRN/M. I was using my K1 at 800mW, which usually pulls in lot of QSOs, but not this evening.
NW2K - Conditions were good here, particularly on 40, but only had 35 minutes (19 QSOs on 40 and 5 QSOs on 80). Loudest on 40 was K9OSC and 80, was K3WWP (+30/9 here!). QRO tonight, 5W. Happy New Year!
WB8LZG - HELLO AGN FELLOW SPRINTERS! I PUT ASIDE THE ARGO 509 ES CRANKED DOWN THE POWER ON THE K2 TO 900mw. whew, the meter on the tuner just barely movin. Ahh yes lets see what we can do. LOT's of noise tonight in many forms, but got 2 GA stns es VE3MKX in the 1st 8 mins. thought..... hmmmm this is going to be a breese. Not so. I spent the next 30 mins chasing busted calls, calling cq, change band to 80, back to 40, then finally found N5GW es got a little "kick start". Worked one of our newest members AC8LJ, Eric. Welcomen to our sprints OM hope to work u agn( WV always a needed mult hr) Seemed i had my usuall SOUTHERN propagation, es a bit of something to the east as well, i only heard pieces of some W7 calls. SRI to all u guys who called me es i couldn't pull out of the mud n crud. This one was tough, but still gud to see that mw can DO THE JOB ! i pulled the plug after an hour, es 7 Q's C U ALL IN THE NEW YEAR. 73 Gregg
KK4BE - My first mw sprint. Noise was really ruff. Hope condition better next time. 73,Ray
WA4ZOF - Bad QRN in AL. TNX to all who could hear me and put me in their log. WA4ZOF TOM
KD0V - A number of other stations called me, but QSB got their responses KE3HL, W0INS, W9CC, and W7DYL. Most of the stations worked were will below the noise level. It was a very difficult sprint. It was good to hear K3WWP. John shows what can be done with an indoor antenna. 72, Merlin
VA3OR - 80 was far too noisy. I think it is not clear if members still send membership number or (milliwatt) power level. I thought just non-members sent power level. Gave it two hours...my apologies to those who I couldnt give the Canadian multiplier.
W5GZT - First chance I have had to make a SPRINT. Band condition locally not great, but lots of fun. I hope this log submission is correct. Genlog worked well, and so did the lookup. 73....Rod
KQ1P - QRN was S6 here and I worked KG3W and K4ORD early and an hour later they were my only QSO's. I heard WG8Y and WA0QZK with deep QSB. Tried lower down the band to QSO's anyone, but with no luck. Ran my R4020 at reduced voltage to get less than 1 watt into my dummy load. Fun? Yes but noisy work too! 73 John
KA2KGP - Rough Bands for mW sprint, only 80 m. did any good here in WNY with 4 QSO's. Tnx to N8IUP, K4ORD, NF8M & AF3Z for pulling me out of the mud. Happy New Year to all QRPp ops. 73
VE5BCS - That was tought Happy new year
K2ZC - I submitted my log right after the contest but didn't see it listed with the results so I'm resubmitting. I forgot my soapbox comments anyway. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas holiday and will have a healthy upcoming new year. I hope the band conditions tonight were not an omen of things to come. I started late. I just happened to check the contest calendar to see what contests were coming up on the weekend when I saw that the mwatt contest was tonight. I used my Flex 1500 set to 900mw with my Elecraft W1 Power Meter to my dipole up about 30 feet. It was snowing here last time I looked out the window and supposed to change to rain. Thanks to all who battled the QRN and QSB for a QSO. 72/73 Dave K2ZC
WG8Y - Hi all, What a struggle my 817 had with the QRN here in NC.With all the stroms going thru and running vert wires it was tough hearing the MW sigs.Sounds like it was wide spread from the requests for repeats.Sorry to those I called that heard me that I lost in the static. Still had fun trying .72 from NC Mark WG8Y
K1IEE - Conditions very bad here also. Little HW-8 did not have a chance. Signals would be there one second and then gone the next, on one peak of the wave I heard K3RLL in FL. After the first hour I had to stop it was so noisy. 73 to all. Dick
NQ2W - Used my K1 at 900mW for one Q on 20 via the 2-element mini beam at 25ft and eight Q's on 40 via the inverted vee at 40ft. I think 20 could have supported a few more Q's but the activity wasn't there...ENY to OH is pretty short but I didn't hear anyone else. Lots of snow static on 40...barely able to hear WA4ZOF and KQ2RP but we made the trip. I'm sure others called me but the noise level here was a lot worse than normal...I'm sorry I couldn't hear you...hopefully next time. I didn't venture to 80...thought the QRN would have been too high. Quite a challenge but worth the effort. Thanks for the contacts and thanks to the organizers...Happy New Year to all! 72, Will, NQ2W
NO2D - My first milliwatt sprint. Just wanted to make one contact to see if I could do it. Colorado to New York on 0.7 watts is not too shabby. One contact is what I wanted, and that is what I got, thanks to NW2K. Imagine my surprise when he heard me respond to his CQ. I'll definitely try it again next time. Pete, no2d.
AF3Z - I was using my Lil' Squall tuna can transceiver from QRPme. It was putting out about 600 mw on 40, 800 on 80. It is crystal controlled and I have limited numbers of crystals (1 for 40, 1 for 80... in the area of the sprint frequencies). Plus, the receiver (like the rest of the rig) is minimalist for sure. It picks up shortwave broadcast stations loudly and clearly, and it has a very wide passband for the frequency I want to hear, too ;-). So, copying is a challenge at times! Thanks to Dave, W3NP for an 'almost QSO' -- email later revealed that he heard me ok but I wasn't able to copy him. Also KA2KGP tried... and N8IUP... and maybe others. Thanks! I need to work on the receive side of my tuna can: rcv offset... audio filter... BCI filter for starters. I had fun even with a score of 0. John, K3WWP, would say I'm a winner... maybe even a real winner! ;-)
K2YGM - Both 40/80 were very noisy due to storms approaching the NE. Operating in the MW category reminded me of chasing very rare dx with weak signals. The KX3 filters helped pull in the weak signals, but the static crashes hampered comfortable operating. This was the first sprint that I walked away from before its ending time. Just couldn't handle the noise. VA3OR was blasting in here but couldnt make the QSO..... Welcome to Mark WA2NYY who is my long time friend who just joined NAQCC and made this his first sprint. Hope you will join us for the real QRO stuff (5 watts) in the future.. A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO ALL MY QRP BUDDIES 72 es DX Bob K2YGM
VE3GNU - My first foray into the MW Sprint---terrible conditions, so gave up early, but will be back at another date. A 'Happy New Year' to everyone.
N5GW - Lots of QRN here from the extensive wx front that passed to the east coast the day before. QRP is one strike, QRPp is two strikes and QRN makes three, but I must have gotten to first on a passed ball. HI! I heard several stations right below the noise level on both 40 and 80, but couldn't copy them. I suppose they were running <one watt on a SWA like I was. I heard VA3OR with a relatively good sig, and several stations calling him, but he didn't come back to me or many others. Maybe he was at 5W or didn't have a good rx ant. Anyway it was still fun. I hope you other ops didn't suffer too much from my spastic J38 sending.
W7GAH - A real test to pull in the weak stations. With my operator skills and the QRN I was hoping not to get skunked. Only one contact, NW2K worked hard to pull me out. As always, I enjoyed the chase. 73 Jerry W7GAH
W9CC - Sorry I had to re-submit. Forgot I was at 900 mw. Too low for comfort, but a real challenge. 73 to all and HNY! Larry
K2DEP - Terrible QRN here in Maryland. Even the QRO stations were hard to hear but I managed to squeak out a station in Ohio using 800mw. The nasty storm here with the wind and rain didn't help matters much here. I did hear quite a few stations at 529/539 but just couldn't connect with them. Hope atmospherics get better. Happy New Year from K2DEP on Kent Island, The Land of Pleasant Living.
K1YAN - The 40m QRN made it sound like July not December, but 20 was dead and no 80m antenna so 40 was it. Lots of QSB also. Hope the next mW run has some better bands to work with.
N3AEA - Only heard a few stations on 40M
W5YA - never heard any milliwatters on 80 this year. But a good time anyway! 73 - Fred (KT5X)
N1QLL - Heard bits of two other stations calling me but no copy. QRP is fine but mW is for masochists!
N8IUP - Tnx everyone, lots o fun.. 73
KD7HXN - First participation - used 20 watts - no points for me!
W3TTT (late log) - This was my first sprint that I actually made contacts...some of the signals were very weak and I was surprised that less than a watt could be heard (by me) over 1000 miles! I first tried 80 but the band was too noisy tonight, so I switched to 40. thanks for all your work in sponsoring the sprints!!!!!! My radio does not go down to one watt, so I used 5. Sorry that I could not be a one watter tonight. Had fun anyway. I would have scored 64 point tonight. 73 Joe.
See General Sprint Rules for rules common to every NAQCC sprint.
RULES specific to this month's sprint:
Date and time:
Thursday, December 27, 2012 0130-0330Z
Power: 999 mW or less to be eligible for any awards or prizes. Others welcome to participate and submit check logs.
Note: We do not cross-check logs for our special milliwatt sprints. What you submit stands as your final score, so please check yourself for accuracy before submitting.
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.