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Dec 2013 Straight Key/Bug Sprint (#110)

Final Results

K3WWP Comments - The time for appeals of scores and SILVER LOG status is over and everything about the December sprint is (as they say) etched in stone for all eternity. I think it is a real tribute to our NAQCC members that we passed the 100 logs mark this month with the almost universal poor conditions. 109 logs under those conditions is great. If I were there in person, I'd pat you on the back, congratulate you, and thank you for your dedication to the NAQCC. WELL DONE!!

N2CN Comments - 109 logs received as of the submission deadline. Thanks to all who participated.
SWA Category - W1 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
KN1H     27   27  54   12  648  x2  1296  380' end fed wire @ 50'
N2CN     27   26  53   17  901       901  ZS6BKW@60'
K1IEE    19   19  38   11  418  x2   836  OCF long wire@30'
N1IMW    10   10  20    8  160  x2   320  Dpl at 20 feet
KB1UOH    5    5  10    3   30  x2    60  Vertical
NZ1MT     0    0   0    0    0  x2     0  Full 280ft Loop

SWA Category - W2 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
W2SH     36   35  71   20 1420  x2  2840  270' dpl @ 45'
WA2NYY   33   33  66   14  924  x2  1848  80m OCF dipole@35'
KA2KGP   26   26  52   15  780  x2  1560  Dipole up 25 ft.
AA2VG    17   17  34   12  408  x2   816  Windom 10-80@45'
N2ESE    24   24  48   15  720       720  80mOCF@25ft.
KD2MX    16   16  32   11  352  x2   704  600' loop@30'
NQ2W     21   20  41   15  615       615  Inv V @40', grd mtd vert
W2JEK    12   12  24    8  192  x2   384  110 ft. end fed wire at 15ft
WA2JSG   12   12  24    7  168  x2   336  Vert mounted @ 12'
WA2FBN    9    9  18    8  144  x2   288  Dipole@30ft
WA1GWH   10   10  20    7  140  x2   280  80M 1/4 wave inv V end fed against grnd
WB9G      7    7  14    7   98  x2   196  InvL@40'
K2RFP     5    5  10    5   50  x2   100  80m loop @ 22ft
KC2VBU    5    5  10    5   50  x2   100  Random wire @ 30 ft.

SWA Category - W3 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K3WWP    39   39  78   16 1248  x2  2496  ~110' attic rnd wire
KD3CA    23   23  46   13  598  x2  1196  OCF Windom 132 ft  @ 33 f t.  high
AB3RU    17   17  34   13  442  x2   884  G7FEK@33ft.
#KB3AAG  19   19  38   14  532       532  80m loop@30ft
AK3X     10   10  20    7  140  x2   280  Inv vee @27'
KC2EGL    9    9  18    5   90  x2   180  G5RVjr @ 20'
W3UEC     5    5  10    4   40        40  Trapped dipole
KB3FTE    2    2   4    2    8 x1.5   12  EFWire @ 30'

SWA Category - W4 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
KG4W     41   39  80   24 1920 x1.5 2880  40m dple@55' & Carolina Windom @120'
KB4QQJ   40   39  79   16 1264  x2  2528  PAR EndFedz @ 33 feet
WG8Y     31   31  62   17 1054  x2  2108  Homebrew ZS6BKW @45 ft
K4ORD    39   38  77   18 1386      1386  40 dpl@35', 80 vee@30'
W4AGT    18   18  36   15  540  x2  1080  G5RV @ 60'
AI4SV    19   19  38   11  418  x2   836  40/20m: attic dipole; 80m: gnd mtd vert
K4ZGB    16   13  29   12  348  x2   696  40 vertical @15' and 80 dipole @ 60'
WX4RM    13   13  26   11  286  x2   572  6BTV gnd mtd vertical
KK4BE    13   13  26   11  286  x2   572  Dipole  at 30 ft
W4DUK    13   13  26   11  286  x2   572  End-fed Zepp @ 20'
N4FI     13   13  26    9  234  x2   468  115' rnd wire at 22 ft
WH6LE    15   14  29   13  377       377  Horizontal wire loop @ 45', 215' long
W4HH      7    7  14    7   98  x2   196  OCF Dipole at 25 ft
NA4O      8    8  16    5   80  x2   160  40m vert loop at 50';CW@45'
K3RLL    11   11  22    7  154       154  Attic Dipole
K4KRW     7    7  14    5   70  x2   140  Dpl@25'
K4NVJ     5    5  10    5   50  x2   100  88' dipole at 30 ft
W4KRN     5    5  10    5   50  x2   100  InvV@50'
KU4A      7    7  14    6   84        84  40m slp dipole @ 40', 80m 1/4-wave slp
KB0ETU    5    5  10    4   40  x2    80  Dpl@35'
K9EYT     5    5  10    4   40  x2    80  Grd mtd mobile vert
K4RHG     7    7  14    4   56        56  Stealth Long Wire
WD4EXI    5    5  10    4   40        40  Dpl@25'
K3IRV     3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  43' gnd mtd vert
KT4OM     3    3   6    3   18 x1.5   27  Dpl@60'

SWA Category - W5 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
W5IQS    21   20  41   14  574  x2  1148  Fan dpl@30'
W5ODS    16   16  32    9  288  x2   576  G5RV @ 50FT
KC5NX    16   12  28   13  364       364  40 meter vee at 40 foot
W5WIL    10   10  20    8  160  x2   320  Doublet @30'
KE9DR    10   10  20    7  140  x2   280  420' random loop
AI5I     11   11  22    8  176 x1.5  264  43' vert, gnd mtd
W5QLF     6    5  11    6   66  x2   132  Gnd mtd vertical
N5PHT    10   10  20    6  120       120  End fed wire
K5TEB     5    5  10    5   50  x2   100  Doublet @ 40 ft
KE5YUM    0    0   0    0    0         0  Inverted v at 30'

SWA Category - W6 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
KA6AIL    6    6  12    5   60  x2   120  Dipole @30'
WK6L      6    6  12    4   48  x2    96  20m/40m Windom Vee,@35ft.
K6MGO     5    5  10    4   40  x2    80  Indoor 50' doublet

SWA Category - W7 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
KF7TDF    9    9  18    7  126  x2   252  Dipole @15'
WD7Y      8    8  16    6   96  x2   192  88 ft doublet 30 feet high
W7GAH     5    5  10    4   40  x2    80  El Vert @ 8'
KF7WNS    5    5  10    4   40  x2    80  Inv Vee@35'
WB4SPB    4    3   7    4   28  x2    56  40M invV@25'
AA7CU     5    5  10    5   50        50  Mobile 6' whip @12' using 8 radials
NU7T      3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  Dpl @ 20'

SWA Category - W8 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
N8IUP    46   46  92   20 1840  x2  3680  80m horiz loop - 80/40 NVIS @10'
W3NP     51   51 102   16 1632  x2  3264  130' CF Zepp @ 45' - 600 ohm open wire
W8DW     30   30  60   15  900  x2  1800  G5RV @ 35', 145'  Longwire
NX8Y     27   27  54   12  648  x2  1296  G5RV @50' & 80mtr Delta Loop w/Apex @60'
NF8M     18   17  35   12  420  x2   840  80m OCF dpl @35ft
NT8P     17   17  34   10  340  x2   680  DIPOLES
WV8P     13   13  26   10  260  x2   520  Long wire @ 60ft
N8QY     13   13  26    8  208  x2   416  G5RV @25'
AD7TN    13   13  26    8  208  x2   416  45' Random Wire in the attic
N8XMS    10    9  19    8  152  x2   304  R7 Vertical
KB8X      9    9  18    8  144  x2   288  G5RV@30'
WA8DOF    8    8  16    7  112  x2   224  Dpl@50'
NI8N      7    7  14    6   84  x2   168  80 Mtr Dipole
KB8FE     5    5  10    4   40  x2    80  Dpl@15'
WB8LZG    3    3   6    2   12  x2    24  Dpl@35'
N8ZYA     3    3   6    2   12        12  Indoor Random Wire 

SWA Category - W9 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
AA9L     23   22  45   15  675  x2  1350  Trap dipole @ 50'
KA9FQG   21   21  42   12  504  x2  1008  G5RV @ 37ft
KB9ILT   30   29  59   17 1003      1003  Delta Loop
AB9YC    15   15  30    9  270       270  Gnd mtd vert, dipole at 25'

SWA Category - W0 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
KI0I     29   29  58   17  986  x2  1972  Inv Vees 55ft -Hytower
WB0PYF   20   19  39   16  624  x2  1248  Dipole @55'
N0TA     19   17  36   13  468  x2   936  Doublet @ 30', 1/4 vertical gnd mnt
K0CW     12   12  24    9  216  x2   432  Ground Mounted Vertical
W0FG     11   11  22    9  198 x1.5  297  GND MTD VERT
NS0D      7    7  14    6   84  x2   168  40m dpl@40'
KC0PMH    6    6  12    5   60  x2   120  176" Inverted Vee, apex @ 40'
NO2D     10   10  20    5  100       100  80 M doublet @ 30 feet
K0MIS     3    3   6    3   18        18  OCF dipole - 25' high
W0CC      1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  66' long wire in attic @ 24'

SWA Category - Canada Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
VE2TH    23   20  43   14  602  x2  1204  Inv Vee @ 32 ft
VE3FMW   14   14  28    8  224  x2   448  OCF Wire at 40'.
VE3DTI    4    4   8    3   24  x2    48  45 ft. wire up a maple tree
VE3FUJ    3    3   6    2   12  x2    24  G5RV @ 50'

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
NN9K     36   35  71   20 1420      1420  3 el yagi@45', -dipole@45',gnd mtd vert
K4BAI    10   10  20    7  140       140  TH6DXX at 55'; dipole at 40.

Not eligible for certificate or prize for the following reason(s):
@ Non-member
$ QRO power
! Late log
# Log and score constructed from cross-checker
SWA Category
Key Categories
Top Straight Key Scorer (x2)N8IUP
Top Bug Scorer (x1.5)KG4W
Top Keyer/Other Scorer (x1)NN9K
Other Categories
First time entrant high scorerKD3CA
Paddle/bug handle - K1/K2 knob insert drawingNX8Y

Logs submitted: 109 
Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 164 
Total QSO's in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 1,550
States represented: 39 + NB ON QC + CM

SILVER LOGS - 98 of 109 (perfectly formatted):
If you're not listed as a SILVER 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".

NZ1MT - I was ready for a fun evening, radio was warmed up and coffee in hand ready to go. Seemed to be a few non NAQCC QSO's on 40M but nothing else. I only heard one NA call and that was KB3AAG calling in the first half hour on 7.0315, no luck with him hearing me. I called on 7.040 for a while nothing, hecked 20M nothing, checked 80m nothing. QRT by 0130. Happy Holidays one and all. 72, Mike .

AB9YC - I was really hoping for a good sprint tonight. But with the ice and other conditions, it wasn't meant to be. I could barely hear anything the QRM was so bad. I just sat on 40M and tried calling; I had my filter choked way down, which make it even more important to zero beat when answering a call. Several of those who called me I could barely hear as they were buried in my noise floor, which was a stead S7+. I heard at least one new call, K1WT I think, but lost him. N5PHT came thundering in from TX but faded at the very end, he made it into the log. It was a tough evening for me with the conditions as they were. I called it a night early. Sorry for those I just couldn't hear. See you next month.

K3RLL - K2 to attic dipole: Almost nobody home on 20 again tonight so slid down to a very crowded 40M. Worst QRM (digital & otherwise) in a long time. Many thanks to those patient ops kind enough to pull me out of the noise. One hour was all I could take. Big signals heard here were NX8Y & N8QY. Must be all that snow up there. :-) 72 de Don

KC0PMH - Stayed for as long as I could, 40 was the place to be but the noise here was horrific. Thanks to all who pulled my sigs out of the mire, had a blast as usual God Bless all - Wayne - KC0pMH

KC2EGL - Got a late start and had to finish early. It was one of those days from the place of fire and brimstone for a mailman today. I am almost falling asleep at the key. 20 and 40M were pretty void of signals when I started so I dropped down to 80M. To my surprise 80 was jumping. Next time I will work my way up the bands. Thanks to the few that I worked tonight. CU on the radio. 73 Mike Rig- KX3 Key- Begali Spark Straight Key

K3IRV - First time in the Sprint, first contest in CW. .

W5QLF - Only heard stations on 40 meters and most were weak. Thank you for those who hung in there to complete the QSO. 72, Joe W5QLF

N8XMS - Well, I'm sure that I've experienced worse conditions but I can't remember when! After almost 40 minutes on 40-meters with only 2 QSOs to show for it, in desperation, I switched over to 80 where my old R7 vertical antenna is only slightly better than a dummy load. Surprisingly I made 2 contacts there. For the next 40 minutes I switched back and forth between 40 and 80 making a handful of additional contacts. It was a very tough night but it's always fun! 73, Paul - N8XMS

AI5I - Only worked first hour of contest. Conditions seemed average. .

N0TA - Tough night in Colorado. Thanks for the Q's. KD1JV MTR, doublet & vertical, Junker key, & GenLog. .

WB0PYF - Great fun as always, QRP STILL ROCKS, Ray .

K4KRW - Conditions were pretty rough here. But, I still had a great time. Thanks everyone! .

AB3RU - Fun sprint - didn't participate for a couple of months. Good to jump in. 80 meters was great for me tonight. 40 was ok, and 20 was dead. .

KB3AAG - No log as &$# computer locked up and dumped log, but I was there. .

WA2JSG - Ran my IC-703 off a 12v battery to an all-band vertical. Happy Holidays to all. .

W0FG - My first try at a Sprint, and the first time I've used a bug for a long time. Need to get a bigger weight for this QRS stuff. .

KB0ETU - Had club meeting tonight, so got late start. Didn't hear very many on, but then, I only worked 38 minutes. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all. See you next year. 72, Phil .

AI4SV - Glad to be on for the full 2h! Heard nada on 20m, 3 qsos on 40, the rest on 80m. The 80m vertical is short (~43ft), but has a new base loading coil, which seems to be helping. I had a couple near ESP qsos and hope they went well for patient folks on the other end! 72 - Jack .

W4HH - This is so much fun!! Terrible band condx; no heat in shack; 20 deg F outside!!! .

KB4QQJ - Well, 40 was a bummer this time....Worked only two stations and it just wasn't working for me there this time. W4AGT and his Falmeproof seemed to have it covered to I Moved to 80 and stayed fairly busy the last hour. Had a great time and found some new members. Tha't always a pleasure. Had a chat with a fellow in SC wanting to know why I was calling North America.....ha ha took time to explain NA was NAQCC. He was running 400w and droped to 5 and still had a good chat. Maybe see him in the member roster before long; Rig = KX3 at 5 watts Ant = PAR EndFedz EF-80 at 33 feet Key = Navy Flameproof Hand Key 73 and BCNU, Randy_KB4QQJ

KI0I - After the big sigs on 160m cw test last weekend it was quite an adjustment to be in qrp sprint! 20 was shot by go time here so wrked 40 awhile ,tried 80 and signals were fairly strong but the noise was too bothersome.So back to 40m to end the test. Happy holidays to everyone and thanks for the qsos 73/72 Mark KI0I

K3WWP - Remember last month when I said conditions were so bad? Well, I think tonight by comparison made last month look pretty good. It was just gosh awful tonight. QSB and QRN both just devoured about 75 percent of the sigs I worked. I'm sorry to have held up so many folks asking for repeats of their calls. I hate doing that, but it was necessary tonight as I sometimes could only pull through a single letter or number of a call at a time and had to put the call together like a jigsaw puzzle. I think I eventually did get most everyone who tried to work me. I know there was a W0 who faded out every single time he sent his suffix and I never could put his call together. So apologies to him/her and any others I missed. I hate it when that happens. 40 was pretty much dead in the water when I started up about 10 minutes late. Only 3 QSOs there, but all needed multipliers and it was nice to work Don K3RLL in FL as one of the three. Don's a WPA snowbird who comes up here when the weathe r is warm and we have some great eyeball QSOs. All the rest of my QSOs were on 3558.6 kHz where I sat and called a steady stream of CQs interrupted now and then by an answer. Still with all my complaining, I still really enjoyed the sprint as always. The challenge of pulling the signals out of the mud in a way added to the enjoyment and gave me satisfaction in so doing. OK, enough said. Thanks to all. Don't know if I'll be able to copy any mW signals next week, but I'll try.

KB8FE - Getting quite cold here in northern Ohio. On 40 meters signals were very weak and not many heard. But I was impressed how many ops heard me and made a successful contact! .

W7GAH - Missed the last couple of sprints, got a late start tonight XYL birthday. Condx terrible here. 20m quiet. 40m QRN & QSB+. New KX3 allowed me to make a few contacts. N0TA was 599+ on our contact, a few minutes later I had a hard time picking out his call. I repeated info on all but N0TA contact and had trouble with exchanges. Thanks K0CW for hanging in there. Terrible condx, didn't get to work all the sprint, score was poor; but again had a great time as always. CU next time. Cheers 73/72 .

AD7TN - I heard none on 40 and 20 tonight, and all 13 contacts were made on 80m. Condx was good but I had to fight with some noise. I would like to thank everyone supporting monthly Sprint. I had lots of fun this year. Happy Holidays to everyone and looking forward to seeing you again in 2014!

KE9DR - KE9DR - 20 was dead, worked 40 for first half then 80. Both bands had QSB and lots of noise. Enjoyed it always. Thanks to everyone. 73 Bert .

KF7WNS - 20M died just before the start-40M was really noisy. Could hear lots of stations that couldn't hear me. Lots of fun-see you next month. .

WA2NYY - Another sprint where 80m was the place to be. Called CQ most of the time. S&P gave me a lot of dupes. Started on 20m, didn't hear anything, nada, went to 40m and made one contact. Went to 80m and had a good run for the 1st hour. Lots of stations calling. It really slowed down after 10 pm and I almost shut everything down. Didn't seem like there were as many stations on tonight as usual. Managed to work 33 QSOs, all members. Looks like the milliwatt next week could be very interesting based on current conditions. 72 Mark

W0CC - I had "big plans" for this Sprint; however, my XYL got sick and I got back from the drugstore just in time for ONE QSO! Maybe, I will have better luck with the milliwatt Sprint on 12/17! .

K4ORD - Started on 80M band was in very good shape after a few qso's went to 40M and only able to work VE2TH with a good signal,then back to 80M where most stations were strong, the noise level was very low about as good as it gets on 80M at night. 36 qso's on 80M and 4 on 40M. thanks for all the qso's 72/73 Riley

N2CN - Conditions were not too shabby here. I had a nice run on 80, and also a shorter one on 40. (20 was dead.) Thanks to all for another fun sprint.

WG8Y - Hi all, Was hoping 20M would be good but not for me in NC.QRN was bad on 20 & 40 here. Was S&Ping and only had 4 Q's in the first 39 min.Almost thru in the towel.Went to 80M and found everyone.Figured the QRN would be worse on 80 but was only S4-5 here.Was S8-9 on 20&40. Called a few guys (thanks John,K3WWP, for digging me out of the QRN) then called CQ for the 2nd hour.The homebrew ZS6BKW worked better than I expected on 80M. Gotta say Hi to Ron,NT8P,my Ohio connection! Really enjoy the Sprints. Next week the MW Sprint.Hope the QRN goes down Hi Hi 72 from N.C. Mark WG8Y .

KG4W - First NAQCC Sprint for me in long time. Enjoyed it very much.

K0CW - Signals were mostly 569 or less. Handed out one 579. 40 meters very noisy in St. Louis. Managed one contact on 80. Could not operate straight through. Still an enjoyable sprint. .

W5IQS - 20 Meters was poor this evening in Texas but 40 was reasonable until about 0240 then became very noisy here. Several 80 Meter signal heard but no contacts. My apologies to the stations who called that I was unable to copy. Thanks for a fun Sprint. Evan, W5IQS .

KF7TDF - Good to be back after I missed a couple of sprints, good signals into Wyoming, but QSB snatched some from my grasp. I sure enjoy these QRP sprints and look forward to them. See you next month

NO2D - Wanted to both work the Sprint and particpate in the Fox Hunt. Managed to do both, but lots of good signals packed in that small slice of the 40 meter cw band. Thanks to all who make it possible. Pete, NO2D.

NA4O - Were did the bands go? 80m was okay, but 40 and 20 were very weak. This one was a struggle. .

N1IMW - Tough night. .

WB4SPB - This was my first QRP operating activity, armed as I was with my recently-acquired YouKits HB1B. Participation seemed very light -- I heard no one on 20M nor 80M, and only a couple of stations calling CQ on 40M (which otherwise seemed open). .

VE3FMW - Just getting my feet wet; first time in a qrp event. My thanks to all the fine ops who managed to find my 5-watts and get a report through to a very noisy downtown QTH. Lots of fun and will look for you all again next sprint. 73 Ron

KC5NX - Heathkit HW16! Radio Club KC5NX operated by WB5UDA. I used our 40 meter vee at 40' this time and worked 40 meters only. Equipment was a Heathkit HW16 modified to run at 5 watts and its VFO for all contacts..It seems to develope a chirp using xtals only but the VFO, I told, is clean. 40 meters seemed dead in my area and ended up with about 1/2 the QSOs normally worked..ended up with 5 bad call signs I had to delete.. (no such call)---Quit 30 minutes early --- see y'all next time..

WB8LZG - Hello agn fellow sprinters! Sour condx here in Michigan last night. 40 was Very noisy. Worst i've heard in many a moon. When i turned the Argo on i thought the antenna had come dome down! Sigs were weak up n down the band. I tuned around the QRP watering trough es yes there was a few peep peeps there! I did manage 3 QSO's in short order , but the noise level was increasing es 40 gg south. A quick ck of 80m showed much less noise es a few sprinters there. Unfortunetely i had recently taken down my 80m Vert fer maint es had not got it back in the air. So i pulled the plug fer the evening. Hope condx are better next week for the MW sprint! May all of you have a good and safe Christmas with your family. Hope to see you all in the New Year. 73 Gregg WB8LZG

WH6LE - First NAQCC Sprint for me and enjoyed it. It's just as advertised and quite stress-free. PETE WH6LE

K4BAI - FT1000MP, 5W, TH6DXX, dipole. I was committed to be a QRP Fox in the QRP Fox Hunt on 40M beginning at 0200Z, so I planned to work the NAQCC Sprint with a hand key beginning on 20M. Forgot to turn down the power to 5W and made the first CQ with 100W. Apologies to AA7CU who answered me, but that QSO doesn't count for me since he couldn't hear me with 5W. I did copy his number, but lost it when I deleted it from the computer log. 20M was long and only heard stations from TX and AZ well enough to copy. 3 QSOs on 20. 40M was quite good to most areas with a big hole around PA/OH/IN. Local stations were generally OK, but a few GA stations weren't worked. During the Fox Hunt, three NAQCC members called and gave me member numbers. Thanks to them for giving me their name and power, it counted for both events and I gave them my NAQCC number. Thanks for all QSOs. Seasons greetings to all. Good luck in the NAQCC Milliwatt Sprint next week. I will be out of town without a rig unfortunately. 73/72, John, K4BAI. .

W3NP - Some pretty bad band conditions for this one guys. 20 - Dead. 40 - near dead with just weak watery signals. So far not one QSO. Then I again tuned my Viking KW matchbox for another band - 80, and finally started working NA stations. 80 was noisy and signals were down. I pretty much stayed on 3560.5 calling CQ for the entire time. I did switch back to 40 right before the end and worked 2 stations - Mark KI0I was coming through very well from MO and W4MQC was nice copy from FL but that was all that I heard. Went back to 80 for one more. Rig: Ten Tec Eagle and the straight key for the event was my "new" WW2 German key. Had fun. 72 de West Virginia

W4AGT - Had a great time last night as always. I am really falling in love with my recently aqquired Navy Flameproof key, and straight-keying in general.....Setup here was the KX-3 running 5 watts and a G5RV @ about 60' BCNUL es 72/73! de W4AGT .

KA2KGP - Wierd band conditions tonite, as 20m was dead, 40 had only 2 QSO's and 80m. was QSB & weak. Merry Christmas everyone!

NT8P - Tnx for the contacts. 80 was about the only band working. Got just 2 on 40m. Always good to hear WG8Y, Mark ole OH guy in there, and as usual it was close to the end. Hpe Jan is better. Also got Randy and John who I haven't heard for a couple of months. Ron E

VE3FUJ - Hi all: First I apologize to KI0I Mark for using wrong name. 40 seemed rather dead at this Qth and could only spend th first 1/2 hr twiddling knobs. So, the end result is rather on the poor side. Thanks to all and Happy Holidays to everyone. Se you on the 18th in the mW Sprint. Brion 3011

WA2FBN - Fun sprint. 80m seemed the only band good for me. Have been using my j38 key, but used my speed-x tonight, took me awhile to get used to the change.

NQ2W - Ten-Tec Jupiter @ 5W to an inv V at 40' for 40, and a ground mounted, near-bottom loaded, homebrewed vertical for 80. Nothing on 20. 13 FB QSOs on 40 and 8 on 80. Condx not too good...QSB was quick and deep. Thanks to all participants and especially to all involved in organizing the sprints - Great job! Here's to a great holiday season and a healthy and prosperous new year! 72, Will, NQ2W

N8IUP - Not much action on 20m or 40m here, made one qso on 40m. I could not believe the pileups i had going on 80M, sure tested my operating skills. Tnx NO2D for hanging in there i just could not copy the "o" in ur call. See every one in the mW sprint on the 18th. 73, Michael - N8iup

WX4RM - Yikes, conditions were horrible here in the Blue Ridge Mtns of NC. I was just barely coping the signals thru the qrn. Thanks to all who pulled my signal out of the mud, and thanks to NAQCC team for having these sprints. I always enjoy them.

KD2MX - Kind of a quiet night. Some good signals, some down in the noise. It was nice to emit some RF to melt some of the ice off my wire, although I guess I'd have to go QRO to really have a chance at that.

W8DW - Been a few months since my last sprint because of weather and other comments but had a good time with this one. Band conditions on 20 didn't exist and 40 meters was pretty bad but I did manage a couple of contacts on it. 80 meters was not real bad but around 10:00 o'clock it got ruff thanks to W4DUK and WA2JSG who hung in there with barely readable signals. Thanks to all and Merry Christmas to all, 72's Dave

K4RHG - My second NAQCC Sprint. Did not get not nearly as many QSOs for some reason as my first.

N8ZYA - Horrible band condx....hearing only 80 meters this evening. .

KB9ILT - Rough night. QSB and QRN were relentless. The second hour was very, very lonely - where'd everyone go? I guess they either gave up or were wondering the same thing as we called and searched to no avail. I sure hope conditions improve for next week's mw sprint.

W5ODS - Wow, what band conditions! Nothing on 20, too much noise on 80. I don't remember 40 having such bad QSB. Stations were there and then gone. Checked antenna connections several times to make sure it was still there. Merry Xmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to all.

VE3DTI - Here up north the 20m band was already closed when the sprint started, and the 40m band had a severe QSB. Nevertheless, with the help of my contacts four QSO could be completed. Rig:KX3 at 5W and SK was the Schurr. 73 de Jose VE3DTI.

K9EYT - Working portable from the Tampa Bay area for the winter. conditions were poor, 20 almost dead called CQ nothing, moved to 40 heavy QSB ,QRN and ZIP on 80. Rig IC706 5 watts to a ground mounted hustler mobile on the patio. After 5 QSO gave up and went for a swim. CU next month Ray K9EYT/4

KB1UOH - 40M was really tough here in Ct. Could hear lots of weak stations but not good enough to work them. Not fun but will be back next month.

K6MGO - 20M wasn't very good, spent most of the Sprint on 40m but band was very noisy and signals were up and down. Tnx to all for the contacts, Happy Holidays to all, CU next year. 72- Bill

K1IEE - Had lots of digital QRM and was not sure what band to start with. Tried 40M with high noise level so moved to 80M for balance of the night. Thanks to all, 73 Dick

W5WIL - Started on 20m. Heard K4BAI CQ at 0130 but 20m faded out before I could try to answer. Switched to 40m; noise made it difficult to work anyone. Got 10 contacts then quit to watch tv with my wife. Should have tried 80m for a bit. Always interesting.

VE2TH - Hello, Another nice one, see you next week into the milliwatt sprint. Thanks to everyone 72, Michel VE2TH

KD3CA - My time clock was acting up at times, thus some of the utc times not filled in , no point on guessing to fill in times . If this makes for an incorrect entry , Just cancel my entry. Thank you , I had fun any ways . KD3CA Don

K4NVJ - I wish I had heat in the hamshack! .

W2JEK - I agree with all who said conditions were rotten. Heard nothing on 20, worked three on 40 and then to 80 for the rest of the night. Bands were noisy along with QSB. It made last month's lousy conditions look good. Rig was Yaesu FT-840 at 5 watts to 110 ft. end fed wire about 15 ft above ground. Signal Electric straight key. 72 and 73 Don Younger W2JEK #1135

KU4A - Made QSOs on a band other than 40 for the first time since February (dropped down to 80 as 40 really wasn't very good here). Then went back to hockey and basketball after a half-hour. Happy Holidays to everyone. .

KA9FQG - Started out on 40m but heard very few sprinters, so I moved to 80m and stayed there for the entire sprint. Things turned out better than I originally thought it would as there was steady activity on 80m. Figured out how to use the band pass filtering on my rig and that helped pull several QSO's out of background noise too. Fun as always... 73 and Merry Christmas to all, Mark

AA2VG - Was not able to operate during the entire sprint but still had fun as usual. I missed 20 meters tonight with nothing heard. Again tnx to all my contacts and to all the members that make the monthly sprints possible. 73 AA2VG Peter

AK3X - Lots of QRN on 40, but stuck it out for an hour. Lots of fun as usual. DSW-40 at 3 watts, inverted vee at 27'. CU next sprint. 72 Peter

NS0D - First shot at a sprint - haven't used a straight key for a while, but it comes right back. Thanks to all you patient hams for the qsos.

KE5YUM - Wow! Was 40 meters dead! I got to the sprint about 7:30, and thought that I had the wrong date. Better luck in the MW sprint. All the best, Terry .

WD4EXI - Made a few contacts with PFR-3 battery powered on 40 meters. Nothing going on 20 meters at my QTH. Had a good time. Thanks to all. .

W2SH - Starting on 20m I QSOd the only two sprinters heard before the band closed. 40m had a modicum of activity during the first half hour. I worked K4BAI in GA, and then again a few minutes later during his vulpine role in the 40m Fox Hunt. (Also scored with the other fox, NK9G). 40m collapsed 45 minutes into the sprint. 80m was all that was left and conditions were OK with a fair number of participants, although the skip distance was much shorter than in November and that meant fewer QSOs. With 29 80m QSOs, the average distance was 265 miles; only four were more than 400 miles, with the furthest at 546 miles. However only 15 more minutes spent on 80m in November had yielded me 39 QSOs with an average distance of 311 miles; 12 exceeded 400 miles and the furthest was 1,010 miles. Conditions and results were both worse than last month.

N8QY - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all . Bands again not good to me . Lots of qsb qrm and only 40 and 80 had anything at all to work .Lots of stations but to much noise . 72

NX8Y - Had great time...started on 40 and moved to 80 right away. Found 80 to be loaded with good signals. Thanks to all who worked me. Thanks also to John, K3WWP for not giving up on my weak signal (339). 73, Ron

KC2VBU - Didn't think I would be home early enough but fairly easily worked in a few Q's on 80. Amazing really, since my 80m EFHWW broke a couple of weeks back and I just connected one of the lengths out to a tree in order to have SOMETHING to work with...:) Thanks folks! Always a great time! Limbering up my Rockmites for next week.

NF8M - 20 was dead when I got on and 40 was noisy and sparse so I spent nearly all the time on 80. Thought I'd have to shut the lights out early but found a nice run frequency and worked a steady stream the last half hour. TNX to all, happy holidays and see you on SKN! 72

W4KRN - Only heard a few stations on 40m. 80m was the place to be in this one. Used my Czech Army key. Hope to cuagn next month. Merry Christmas to all my CW friends. 73

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

RULES specific to this month's sprint:

Date and time:
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 0130-0330Z

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.