Dec 2013 Straight Key/Bug mW Sprint
VA3PEN Comments: - Happy Holidays!
K3WWP Comments: - Considering the absolutely horrid conditions and the fact this sprint was being run with mW power levels, I think the turnout was pretty remarkable and a credit to our dedicated NAQCC members. 54 logs is pretty good. I wonder what it would have been if conditions were better.
SWA Category - W1 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna K1IEE 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 OCF long wire@30' NZ1MT 4 4 8 3 24 x2 48 280ft full loop....under snow. W1FMR 3 3 6 2 12 x1.5 18 INV. "L" UP 50' N5WVR 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 OCF 40m dpl@20' $NY1Z 3 3 6 3 18 18 40 mtr. sloping dipole at 40' SWA Category - W2 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna WA2NYY 24 23 47 11 517 x2 1034 80m OCF at 35' KA2KGP 21 21 42 11 462 x2 924 dipole up 25 ft. KD2MX 10 10 20 7 140 x2 280 600' loop@30' W2JEK 8 8 16 4 64 x2 128 110 ft end fed wire at 15 ft WB9G 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 invL@40' NQ2W 5 5 10 3 30 30 Homebrewed grd mtd vertical W2SH 3 3 6 2 12 x2 24 270' dpl @ 45' K2QPN 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 260' WINDOM KC2VBU 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 random wire @ 30ft $NW2K 25 23 48 15 720 x2 1440 Dpl @40' SWA Category - W3 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna KB3AAG 22 22 44 15 660 660 80 meter loop at 30 feet K3WWP 12 11 23 9 207 x2 414 ~110' attic rnd wire WB3T 7 6 13 5 65 65 Attic Trap Dipole KC2EGL 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 G5RVjr @ 20' SWA Category - W4 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna WG8Y 10 10 20 8 160 x2 320 homebrew ZS6BKW @45 ft K4KRW 8 8 16 8 128 x2 256 dpl@25' K4ORD 12 12 24 8 192 192 40 dpl@35', 80 vee@30' NA4O 6 6 12 6 72 x2 144 OCF dip@35'; CW@45' W4HH 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 OCF Dipole at 25 ft KE4YH 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 Gnd mtd vert K9EZ 8 7 15 6 90 90 DX88 Vert on ground W4DUK 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 End-fed Zepp @ 20' KK4DMT 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 30' ENDFED WIRE @ 25' K3RLL 2 2 4 2 8 8 Indoor loaded dipole K9EYT 0 0 0 0 0 0 grd mtd mobile vert SWA Category - W5 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna N5GW 20 20 40 13 520 x2 1040 CFZ apex at 50' W5WIL 12 12 24 12 288 x2 576 Doublet @ 30' W5IQS 9 8 17 9 153 x2 306 Fan dpl @ 30' KE9DR 9 9 18 8 144 x2 288 420' random Loop @ 50' AI5I 7 7 14 6 84 x1.5 126 gnd mtd vertical KB5JO 2 1 3 2 6 x2 12 88' doublet @ 50' $KE5YUM 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 inverted v at 30' SWA Category - W6 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna WK6L 2 1 3 1 3 x1.5 4 20/40M Windom Vee K6MGO 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 indoor 50' doublet SWA Category - W7 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna W7GAH 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 el 40m vert @ 8' WU7F 1 0 1 1 1 1 Inv-Vee @ 30 Ft SWA Category - W8 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna NI8N 39 36 75 21 1575 x2 3150 Dipoles for 80 and 40 N8IUP 10 10 20 10 200 x2 400 80m horiz loop 80/40 NVIS@10' K8RJW 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 6BTV @ 15' on garage roof W3NP 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 130' CF Zepp @ 45' - 600 ohm open wire $WB8LZG 1 1 2 1 2 2 dpl@35' SWA Category - W9 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna W9CC 11 11 22 9 198 x2 396 80Loop15' KB9ILT 12 12 24 8 192 192 Delta Loop SWA Category - W0 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna K9OSC 21 21 42 16 672 x2 1344 CF Zepp @ 30 ft. KD0V 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 C.F. ZEPP @50 FT W0CC 5 3 8 5 40 x2 80 66' long wire in attic @ 24' AGL NU0T 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 Delta loop SWA Category - Canada Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna VE2TH 18 18 36 12 432 x2 864 INV VEE UP 32 FT VE3FUJ 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 G5RV @ 50' 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 @ Non-member not eligible for certificate $ QRO More than one watt - not eligible for certificate AWARD WINNERS: 1st SWA W1: 1st SWA W2: 1st SWA W3: 1st SWA W4: 1st SWA W5: 1st SWA W6: 1st SWA W7: 1st SWA W8: 1st SWA W9: 1st SWA W0: 1st SWA Canada: 1st SWA DX: 1st Gain:SOAPBOX:
N5WVR - My first NAQCC sprint. Had a lot of problems with GenLog, but I'll get it figured out. Only operated about 40 minutes. Thought I had a couple of other contacts, but they were incomplete. Good experience though!
K3RLL - KX3 to indoor loaded dipole (Antenna Restricted) - Heard a lot more stations tonight than heard me but many thanks to the two fine Ops who came back to me tonight. mW Sprint is a lot more fun when in PA with outdoor antenna and some elevation. 72 de Don
W7GAH - Only worked 40m. Condx fair to poor. K9OSC was loud and strong. N5GW was 559 to total fade, thanks for the repeating info. K7NEW was weak but able to copy. Then the noise came up and the signals were gone. As always fun. Merry Christmas and HNY 73/72
NU0T - Tough conditions tonight.
WB9G - 4 QSOs -- 2x 40m, 2x 80m. I was surprised to reach as far as MN on 40m with less than 1W. Thanks for the QSOs. Merry Christmas to all! 72 de Chris WB9G #6311
WB3T - Q's were hard to come by despite working the entire two hours, but I got 7. My S9 noise level didn't help! Still it was fun, I look forward to milliwatt events as I am a die-hard QRPper. I had fun explaining to my XYL before the contest that this is similar to shining a one-watt flashlight and having someone a thousand miles away see it. Thanks to those who worked hard to complete the contact. Congrats to those who had more than 7 Q's running under a Watt!
K4KRW - What a fun night. I had a great time pulling signals out of the noise. Thanks to everyone who did the same for me. Initially, I could only hear SKCC sprint stations. During the first hour I didn't get many contacts. My first contacts were on 80. I went to 40 for a couple of more contacts and then finished back on 80. It is amazing what you can do with less than a Watt. I used my Wilderness Radio Sierra and a straight key. Next sprint I should have a KX3 available.
KE9DR - KE9DR - Wow, heard some very strong signal on 40 and 80. Lots of weak signals that were hard to copy but after couple repeats-QSL. Sorry to those too weak to copy. Very enjoyable night. Thanks to all. 73 Bert
WA2NYY - Spent about 3 minutes on 20 and 40, heard no activity and moved to 80. Decent activity on 80 and even had a couple of mW pileups! Called CQ most of the night. Lots of static crashes and noise from the snow storm made copy tough, but was able to pull everyone out after multiple tries. My trusty Speed-X is tired but happy this month. Happy Holidays everyone! Mark.
AI5I - Nothing heard on 20m at the start. It was a pleasant surprise to work ME (WA1PKV) and QC (VE3TH) with <1W on 40m. Used my 1963 Blue Racer.
W2JEK - Conditions a bit noisy on 80 but CW got through. Was a good challenge and a lot of fun. Used my Oak Hills OHR-500 at 900 mw to my end fed wire. Used my Oak Hills WM-2 wattmeter ad Bunnell straight key. 72 and 73 Don Younger W2JEK #1135
VE2TH - Hello, This one was hard but it was fun anyway. Again the KX3 filters & the earphone, helped. The band was noisy, and conditions changed rapidly.-. Thanks to all again, have fun everyday, see you next time 72, Michel VE2TH
W5IQS - 80 meters is the only band that I was able to work anyone on but I stuck it out the whole 2 hours. I heard some good signals and many unreadable or marginally readable. The most impressive thing was the guys that knew we were both probably 339 and stuck it out to complete the exchange. Lots of fun but working two hours in the noise floor is very tiring. See You in January
NA4O - Rough start but a nice final half hour. Mixed old and new hardware: KX3 @0.5W, Speed-X hand key.
WU7F - Only worked non-participant (does that even count?) Happy for that contact. 73
K9EZ - First QRP contest. What fun! I need to work on my antennas. Unfortunately could not get through to a couple of people, but thanks for trying!
W0CC - SKCC must have had an event occurring on 80 M during the first hour. The conditions seem the best on 80 M. There was a lot of QRM/QRN on 40 M and QRN on 20 M. Of the stations that responded, only one said that the signal was too "weak".
WG8Y - Hi all, Boy that was a struggle!With the SKCC Sprint being moved up to the same night as our Sprint there wasn't much wiggle room.20M was dead here in NC.and 40 & 80 were pretty crowded. Kept plugging away and managed to work a few of the guys.Called CQ at the end & NG3V who is an NAQCC member called me but he gave me his SKCC no. instead.When I called CQ I said NA 3 times.Not sure which Sprint he was in.I logged him as a 2 pointer.Don't know how that should work.Guess I'll find out when the scoring comes out. Still enjoyed seeing who was gonna come out of the noise. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year everyone & 72 from N.C. Mark WG8Y
KC2EGL - It was slim pickings tonight in mW land. I still enjoyed the evening. Thanks to the three who logged me. CU next time on the radio. 73 Mike Rig- KX3 Key- Begali Spark
W5WIL - A little rough tonight. 6 QSOs on 40m, 3 on 80m, then finished by 9pm with 3 more on 40m. Thanks to Steve, WA1PKV for digging out my QRPp CQ in Maine. IC-703 at 950mW to doublet at 30' with Junker key. Merry Christmas to all . . Dennis
K9OSC - Good conditions tonight and 40 was most productive for me. Signals were quite good and blended in well with other non-contest stations. Lots of fun and thanks to all for the contacts.
K2QPN - Very noisy. Hard to hear anything. 73, Bob K2QPN
W4HH - qQRP is a lot of fun!!
K3WWP - East High St. in Kittanning is NOT the place to operate a mW sprint. For only about the 3rd or 4th time in all our regular and special sprints, I pulled out early tonight. Outside of a couple good signals that rose above my steady S8 local noise, there was just too much strain involved in pulling out other signals that were well below the noise. Even 50 years of experience copying CW and just about the best receiver in the world in the KX3 could not overcome the noise tonight. I didn't even call CQ all that much. I got about half my dozen QSOs from S&P because I was afraid I would miss too many calls answering my CQs. Sorry to anyone I did miss. It will be nice to go back to working with 5 watt signals in our regular January sprint. Thanks to the dozen folks I did work.
NZ1MT - After messing up the start time of the December 11th sprint and giving up early I actually fired up the KX3 this evening on time for some mW punishment. KX3 power was set to 0.9W was feeding my 280ft full loop that is covered in snow somewhere in the backyard. 20m was dead so dropped down to 40M and heard KD0V calling around 01:41 but he couldn't hear me and then he was buried in digital QRM. On 80M noise levels were high and made it very difficult, NW2K had a nice pile up going on. First time I have heard John K3WWP calling and after a few attempts he got my call, not sure if he got my exchange though. (I did - K3WWP) Overall a fun evening. Happy Holidays everyone! - Mike
KB5JO - Rockmite 40 @ 800mW. Pickins were very slim, probably should have tried 20M instead.
K1IEE - Listen on 20M, that was very quiet so went to 40M. Noise and digital QRM was to much to handle with my Heathkit rig. Down to 80M and that more activity but still high noise level and big static crashes stayed until the last half hour then shut down. Thanks to all 73 Dick
K6MGO - As I write this, I see that nobody in W6 has posted any contacts, as of 1645z 18 Dec. I never heard one mWatter or any QRPer for that matter on 20m or 40m here in W6 Land. In fact only heard about 2 QRO signals (40m) the whole sprint. I called "CQNA" all over both bands and never got a reply. Next time.:(
K8RJW - It took me 51 years as a ham to discover QRP. Having a ball. Had to try QRPp...thank goodness for NW2K...my only contact! Will try harder the next time.
KA2KGP - 20 m. was nil & only 1 QSO on 40m. here in WNY. 80m. was the band to use with good signals & low noise. A nice QRPp MW sprint. Merry Christmas to all. 73
KB9ILT - Mostly weak signals with lots of QRN, though every once in a while a big signal popped up. Called it a night after 1 hour and 12 QSOs.
KD2MX - Conditions were pretty noisy here. Lots of digital activity on 40M that crushed my ability to hear much QRPp CW. On 80M it was the QRN that eventually caused me to call it quits. Once your head starts to hurt, then you know you have had enough. But it is always fun and amazing to see what just a little power can (and sometimes cannot) do.
KE4YH - Great fun. Used KX3 at 500mw and Palm PPK mini key. Ant was a ground mounted 6BTV.
KK4DMT - I was amazed at what 500 mW's can do!
N5GW - I had the KX3 throttled back to 900 mW on an hb tuner and cfz at 50'. First I tried 20M, hoping it was not yet closed. I heard K6MGO, but her didn't hear me. Then K7NEW appeared for my only 20M contact. Moving to 40M I had to dodge the digital stations like a small mammal among the dinosaurs, but was able to work several, including W7GAH in Idaho. But 80M again proved to be the best band this time of year. CU all next month at 5 watts.
N8IUP - Tnx everyone - N8iup
W3NP - Well, the plan was to work the SKCC sprint from 0000-0200 and then the NA MW sprint from 0202-0330. Since condx were pretty good on 80 for the skcc sprint - (ended up with 43 qso's), I tuned down to to the NA freq area and was not so pleasantly surprise to find 0, zero stations calling. I tuned up and down for awhile and then called cw na on 3539 - nothing!! Went over to the PC and checked to see if I had the date/time wrong. No, should be lots of sigs on. Went back and called cq na some more and finally heard K4KRW answer me. He was not very strong - 449 at best. Called some more with no response, then tuned up and down the band. Nothing heard so I packed it in after my ONE NA MW qso. Maybe the condx were a regional thing as I see some areas reported a goodly number of contacts. Activity for the SKCC sks was down probably due to the date change this month. Rig: Ten Tec Eagle @ 620mw per my LP-100A meter.....72 de WV
W4DUK - Got started late, heard more stations than could hear me. A good time nonetheless. 73 de Dave
WB8LZG - Hello to all the brave milliwatters! Whew! i thought the regular sprint last week was tough, but this was even worse. 20 over noise es static on 40m. 80 was a bit quieter, but not much. Started om 40 calling CQ but got no answers in 10 min. Then went to 80 where there was another contest happening (SKS) but i heard N8IUP Mike calling. I tryed several times to get him ,but no joy. Then back to 40 i heard KE5YUM , Terry calling. Same thing, they couldnt hear me at 1 watt. Then i called CQ agn es ALMOST heard VE3EDX ??? calling just couldnt dig him out of the mud. Finally in desperation at 0200 i "cranked er up" to 5 watts es called CQ agn. This time W7OM came back solid 559. I only had to ask fer 1 repeat on his #. So there u hv it. 1 QSO es had to go "QRO" to get that one ! Wheweee Doggies! Though night , but lots of fun just trying under extream condx. Merry Christmas to all, es see u in the Jan Sprint. 73 Gregg
W1FMR - Fun Sprint. It was snowing here in NH and the snow static level was very high. Used an old 1940s Vibroplex Champion bug saved from my (1955) Novice days and it really brought back memories (minus all those surprise electrical jolts from old tube transmitters). Couldn't believe that W5WL from OK answered my 900 milliwatt CQ on 40 meters ! What fun ! 72, Jim - W1FMR from snowy NH.
VE3FUJ - There was a SKS Contest going at the same time and that made it nearly impossible to pick out the mW signals on 40. Managed only 3 contacts. Thanks to all. Happy Holidays and all the best in 2014, to all. Brion 3011
NQ2W - K1 pushing 900 mW to my homebrewed ground-mounted vertical with too few radials. Single band (80 m) effort this time. Happy to have made the 5 Qs that I did. Heard some sprinters that didn't hear me and I think there were a couple answering my CQs that I just couldn't pull out of the noise. Really a great learning experience...every time we do this we improve our skills. I'm privileged to have had the opportunity and look forward to the next time. I wish you all happy holidays and a wonderful 2014! 72, Will, NQ2W
K9EYT - Working portable from the Tampa Bay area. just heard a few NA stations down here in Florida CALLED CQ FOR OVER AN HOUR ON 20/40/80, NO JOY. Rig KX3 Hustler mobile ant grd mounted on the patio of the condo , 72 CUL Ray K9EYT/4
K4ORD - Only on for about an hour, storms in the area made copy rough on 80M, 40M was better but didn't hear much activity there. Made 10 qso's on 80M and 2 on 40M. I lost come contacts because of the QRN and QSB on 80M. Ran my K3 at 900MW, Thanks for the QSO'S and Season's Greetings to all. 73/72 Riley
NY1Z - This log is submitted as a "check log".
KB3AAG - Had a good night with bad conditions. To the number 7 station that replied to my CQ, at about 18 wpm, I didn't call you because this is supposed to be a slow relaxed sprint and I don't answer people who call faster that 12 wpm. Frank
KC2VBU - Great fun with my 80M Rockmite, kind of stuck on 3.560 but thanks all for a great time!
W2SH - For my debut in a NAQCC miliWatt sprint, I used a Heathkit HW-8, built by me in 1977, and except for two recent QNIs to the weekly NEQRP 80m net, unused since 1990. I quickly learned that I had quite forgotten how to zero-beat this rig that lacks RIT. Lots of unsuccessful attempts to contact "big gun" NI1N, and other very readables like K1IEE and W1FMR.
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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 18, 2013 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.
Awards: Our awards structure is different for our special (mW, 160M) sprints. See the table below the results for the differences.
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