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Jan 2013 Straight Key/Bug 160M Sprint

K3WWP Comments: The log submission deadline is now past, and here are the final results. We got 46 logs, third best for a special 160M sprint behind 54 in Jan 2011 and 49 in Jan 2012. Take a look at the antennas of the top scorers, and don't be discouraged with your results if you used less than a really good 160M antenna. The top band is fussy about antennas unlike most other bands.

Final Results
SWA Category - W1 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K1RV     19   16  35    9  315       315  160 M inverted L

SWA Category - W2 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
W2SH     24   23  47   12  564  x2  1128  270' dpl @ 45'
WA2WUH   17   16  33   11  363  x2   726  sloper @ 35' (160-80-40-30)
W2LJ     17   17  34   10  340  x2   680  W3EDP @ 30'
K2ZC     16   15  31   10  310  x2   620  inverted L @ 25'
KD2MX    15   14  29    7  203  x2   406  600' loop@30'
WA1GWH   16   15  31   11  341       341  1/4 wave inv V @ 20' end fed against gnd
W2JEK     8    8  16    5   80  x2   160  110ft end fes wire at 20 ft
N2ESE     8    8  16    5   80        80  160m.vee@50ft
NW2K      4    4   8    3   24  x2    48  Inv L

SWA Category - W3 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
KE3HL    24   23  47   12  564  x2  1128  160M Dipole at 30+ feet
KG3W     22   19  41   12  492 x1.5  738  random wire in a tree
K3WWP     4    4   8    4   32  x2    64  ~110' attic rnd wire
WY3H      1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  ocf dipole, up 25 ft

SWA Category - W4 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
WG8Y     24   22  46   14  644  x2  1288  160M 1/4 sloping wire vert.grd mtd
K4ORD    28   27  55   15  825       825  160dpl@35'
W4DUK    12   12  24    9  216  x2   432  End-fed Zepp @ 20'
N1MB     10    7  17   10  170  x2   340  Gap Voyager IV DX Vertical
K4BAI     6    6  12    6   72  x2   144  "t" vertical up 55'
AF4LB     5    3   8    5   40  x2    80  dipole @ 70 ft
WA4ZOF    2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  windom @ 30ft
W5NZ      1    1   2    1    2         2  Loaded 1/2 sloper @ 40'

SWA Category - W5 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco  Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
N5GW     19   15  34   10  340        340  Tee (tied together feeders of CFZ at 50')
AI5I      2    2   4    2    8  x1.5   12  gnd mtd vert
WB5UAA    1    1   2    1    2   x2     4  305'dpl@30'
WB5GCX    2    2   4    2    8          8  inv L @50' 144' long

SWA Category - W6 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna

SWA Category - W7 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K9JWV     3    1   4    3   12  x2    24  43' vert, top loadng wires, elev radials
NU7T      1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  20' vertical at 18'

SWA Category - W8 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
NI8N     21   20  41   15  615  x2  1230  Inverted Ell
N8IUP    25   24  49   12  588  x2  1176  end fed wire 35'
NX8Y     26   23  49   12  588  x2  1176  OCFW @60'
K8JD     29   27  56   11  616 x1.5  924  halfwave dipole@35 ft
NF8M     10   10  20    8  160  x2   320  xmit:inv L rcv:shld loop w/preamp
AD7TN     2    2   4    1    4  x2     8  30' LW @ 15'
@W0JX    23   23  46   14  644       644  80 FT Shunt Fed Tower

SWA Category - W9 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
W9CC     27   26  53   17  901  x2  1802  160M inverted Vee
K9FO     26   24  50   16  800  x2  1600  Wire Inv L
KA9FQG    5    5  10    5   50  x2   100  Homebrew Helical-Wound Vertical 24'
W9ILF     3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  20 foot dipole
AB9YC     3    3   6    3   18        18  dipole@20'

SWA Category - W0 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
KD0V      7    6  13    6   78  x2   156  cf zepp @50 feet
K2HT      5    5  10    4   40  x2    80  Inv L
N8LA      3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  dipole @35'
WD0K      1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  80M Dipole

SWA Category - Canada Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
VE3KI    29   25  54   13  702       702  Inv. L@40'
VE3FUJ   14   13  27    8  216  x2   432  130' LW at 12-35'

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

@ Non-member not eligible for certificate
$ QRO More than 5 watts - not eligible for certificate

1st SWA W1: K1RV
1st SWA W2: W2SH
1st SWA W3: KE3HL
1st SWA W4: WG8Y
1st SWA W5: N5GW
1st SWA W6: N/A
1st SWA W7: K9JWV
1st SWA W8: NI8N
1st SWA W9: W9CC
1st SWA W0: KD0V
1st SWA Canada: VE3KI
1st SWA DX: N/A
1st Gain: N/A
K3WWP - With the temperature at 10 degrees, my furnace cycle is running about 12 minutes on and 5 minutes off. During those 12 minutes, 160 is unusable due to QRN from the computer controller in the furnace and it's just too cold to turn it down for 2 hours. Now these new high efficiency computer controlled furnaces are great for keeping the house within a 2 degree temperature range and saving on gas, but it wreaks havoc with ham radio. The noise is liveable on 80, 40, and 20, but not on 160, nor a couple of the higher bands for that matter. Anyway although I have worked 42 states QRP/CW on 160, my attic random wire isn't all that great on that band. Bottom line, I didn't feel like sitting there waiting for those 5 quiet minutes every 17 minutes, so I'm throwing in the towel after 4 QSOs. I hope one of my friends Tom, Mike, or Scotty from WPA wins the W3 section this time. However N3QE in MD was booming in here and even almost overrode my furnace QRN. N8IUP in OH was almost as strong.

K2HT - Tnx for the 160M qso's. Vy enjoyable top band sprint.

K2ZC - Very noisy. I had trouble copying many stations. QSB, QRN, and some local motorboating. It was fun anyway. I rarely get on 160m. Must do it more often. I think I'll try qro this weekend for the CQ contest. Thanks all for the qso's. 72 es 73, Dave

KD0V - Condition were not to good here in Southern Minnesota. Thanks to those who answered my call. Merlin - KD0V

K4ORD - Conditions seemed fair and noise level was very low around S5 on my K3 with the preamp on which is about as low as it gets at night on 160M! Best dx to south was AL & MS, to north NY NJ & ON, to west IN & IL. Made 28 qso's. Thanks to all 72/73 Riley K4ORD

VE3FUJ - Very enjoyable sprint, lots of activity. Thanks to all who pulled my 2.3 Watt out of the noise. See you in the next sprint. Brion # 3011

NI8N - What fun! I've always liked 160 for low power and many times find it less noisy than 80 meters. Amazing what 900 mw can do.

K4BAI - FT1000MP, 5W, T vertical. Heard at least 14 stations who could not hear me. From W2, W8, W9 areas. Logging computer failed at the end of the sprint period. I think the log is unrecoverable. I have reconstructed the log the best I can. I could remember six calls that I worked and I think that was all. I have reconstructed the log the best I can. I think I got everything correct except the times have been estimated. Will have to get a new logging computer and I hope that will be soon. 73/72, John, K4BAI.

W2JEK - was a good sprint. my xyl was out so the plasma tv was off- it puts an s9 buzz across the band. but other devices in the neighbor hood came up to s7. thanks to a good audio filter was possible to hear signals so all was not lost. thanks to all for the qso's. 72 and 73 Don Younger W2JEK #1135

N1MB - This was my first 160 Sprint. I got my GAP vertical back up just in time to participate. QSB was dominant. In some cases stations would fade completely out then come back. I don't know if a different antenna like an inverted L would work any better for me but I was hearing stations 559 and they couldn't even hear me when I would attempt to call them.It was fun and am looking forward to the next one.

K8JD - Had some noisy power lines maybe from windy icy WX here. worked about 1.5 hours before I gave up. Got 12 states/provinces tonight with 5W.

KE3HL - Well that was fun! My best Sprint showing to date! I am thankful that I was able to get a full sized 160 dipole up on a warm day last week between the s**w events. I am even more thankful that it stayed up ... Hope to put it to use in the CQ 160 contest. This was the first Sprint where I actually stopped S&Ping 2/3 through and sat on a frequency and called CQ - thanks to all those who gave a shout!

W9ILF - Rig - Elecraft K2; It was fun working 160 meters. It's very rare for me. I got home from work just at the sprint started. I ran out with my headlamp on and added a little extra wire to my 80 meter dipole on just one end. It would be less than optimal but the autotuner took it to a reasonable match for the radio and making 3 QSO's was super cool! Thanks for hosting a cool sprint. Ivin

AB9YC - Top band is tough for my station, and QRP makes it even tougher. But I had fun.

KD2MX - Lots of activity! Only worked the first half but it was a nice warmup to this weekend's main event.

K9JWV - Well, once again the NAQCC Top Band contest schedule favors the mid-West and East Coast! Expecting us "left coasters" to arrive, on scene, at 1830 local time and expect to make more than a couple of Qs, while the fellas out east enjoy an extra hour, or two, of darkness is goofy. HOWEVER, enjoyed working NU7T, who I hear often on Top Band! One has to wonder why even bother but, any day - make that evening or early morning - of operating on Top Band is mo betta than most else, ham radio wise.

NW2K - Four minutes, four QSOs. Band sounded very good here. Hope to hear everyone in this weekend's CQ 160 contest. Thank you for the QSOs, and 73.

W4DUK - Had to really use the Corsair's noise blanker tonight. Managed to make 12 QSOs (two more than I did last year), so I'm happy. 73, Dave

WA1GWH - More activity than I expected on 160M for QRP! Atmospheric noise above S9 here near Syracuse, NY but not troubled by static crashes.

N2ESE - These sprint's are Always fun! I was tired and quit after 8 QSO'S.I heard one guy running a KW. John I turn the furnace down and use a small electric heater in the shack maybe you could give that a try? See you all in February for the Big One! 73-Gary

KA9FQG - Was able to work the second half of the sprint. Heard many sprinters but of course QSB & QRN conditions made it challenging. Fun as always though...

K1RV - K3 5 watts, 160 Meter inverted L. First 160 M sprint. Hope to be back for more.

N8LA - Weak signals. Much noise. Tough going. Loved it! When the going gets tough, the tough get going! The three 160M contacts in this sprint bring my lifetime total of 160M contacts to four!

KG3W - Started out with S7 qrn then at 0200 it went to S9. Think someone got a new plasma TV nearby. Sorry to several stations heard but the qsb got us. Nice signal from VE1KI. Also W1UE but he was running a KW. Hi! Also thanks to Mark; WG8Y. My only station worked in the last 1/2 hour. Congrats to Ed; KE3HL for the winning W3 score so far. Thanks to all for a fun time. See ya at the next sprint. de Scotty KG3W #3758

W2SH - Surprisingly, a 270' center-fed dipole was my only antenna to survive Sandy. I miss the inverted L that had been positioned over more than a mile of in-ground radials. Alas, what may well be a plasma TV moved into the neighborhood two days ago. My suspicions are based on the fact that a S9 +10 dB hash covering 530 kHz to 28 mHz comes on around 7 pm. So it was a struggle to eke out 24 QSOs in NAQCC's and my seventh 160m sprint.

AI5I - I entered my log about 1 minute after the contest but after nearly a day, it hasn't appeared in the results. Let's try this again. Band conditions OK, several stations heard, but QSB was quite severe. K9FO: I'm sorry we weren't able to make it work. I tried a couple of times. You were very readable in NM on several occasions.

W2LJ - The set up here was my K3 @ 5 Watts to a W3EDP antenna I put up last fall. This is the first antenna that I've ever had to load up decently on 160 Meters. The Sprint was a blast and I was super impressed with W0JX's signal! I stuck with the sprint for the entire two hours even though pickings were slow at the end. Never really gave the 80 Meter QRP Foxhunt a thought, I had so much fun! Thanks to all.

WB5GCX - Looking forward to the next sprint. This was my first one - and I only had a few minutes to participate. My first 160M contacts!

AD7TN - First time to participate 160m Sprint. I did not expect lots of QSO with my poor ant (30' LW @ 15'), but was able to QSO with 2 neighbors within 10 miles away. Thanks to NF8M and K8JD!

N8IUP - For soom reason i thought this was a Milliwatt event, conditions good here in Ohio.. Tnx everyone 73

WD0K - Good News, local ststions were good here! Bad News? kd0v was the only one that cud hear me. Tnx! 72; Rich/wd0k

W0JX - Signed up as a new member at 0100Z and worked the contest with 1 watt. Great way to test out the antenna! Received my number the next morning, #6440.

N5GW - I was using an Omni V cranked all the way down to 4.5 watts. The rig has a separate receiving ant. jack connected to a W1FB preamp and 200' of RG-174 to a shielded loop. However, the noise level was unusually low even on the Tee tx ant. I only heard a small amount of QRN, but received sigs were not strong. The J-38 straight key almost drove me nuts last sprint, so I used a K1EL memory keyer built into a metal AC outlet box. The keyer is a bit heavy, but how many ops can stand on their keyer without hurting it? HI.

NX8Y - Had a great time. Started a little slow and then settled on a frequency and called CQ. I always thought you needed a lot of power on 160 but this contest sure proves otherwise. Thanks to all for the contacts. 72, Ron

WG8Y - Hi all, Hooked a temp.1/4 wire into my vert.wires.Slopes up app.40ft into a tree. worked better than expected.K4BAI,sorry to hear about the computer crash.You were in my log.W0JX great sig for 1 watt.FB Had fun. 72 to all from WG8Y Mark

K9FO - Love 160 Meters! Good cond here. My first contest with GenLog and was slow getting started. I managed to confuse GenLog and it shut down and I lost one QSO with a WA2. My learning curve is pretty shallow but now have it going OK. Even got my log pasted in, a lot better than copying each contact. See you in the next sprint. 72/73 Will K9FO

NF8M - Nice to work a bunch of the other regulars on 160. Good warmup for the CQ contest.

WY3H - Only one measley QSO but at least I got to Participate in a NAQCC sprint after a loooooong hiatus. Tried several stations but apparently they didn't hear me. Had fun. Best 73/72 to all, Tom, WY3H

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

RULES specific to this month's sprint:

Date and time:
Friday, January 25, 2013 0130-0330Z

Band: 160 meters ONLY - 1805-1815 kHz.

Note: Although we do require logs to be submitted, we do not thoroughly cross-check them for our special 160 meters sprints. We do look them over to try to catch any possible errors if we have a close finish for first place in any division. Otherwise what you submit stands as your final score, so please check yourself for accuracy before submitting. We will have the same categories and divisions for this sprint as we have for our regular sprints except for the first-time entrant highest score.

Entry Deadline:
All entries must be RECEIVED before 2400Z on the Sunday following the sprint. So submit as soon as possible, especially regular mail entries.

Preferred method of submitting your log and report is our on-line autologger.