Jan 2014 Straight Key/Bug 160M Sprint
K3WWP Comments - I don't think any of sprints has ever shown how important a big high antenna is for making a good score when conditions are not the greatest. Just scroll down and look at the antenna of everyone who made 10 QSOs or more and compare them to the rest of us who made fewer than 10. I count 48 logs which is the third most we've had for any of our eight 160M sprints behind 54 in 2011 and 49 in 2012. Pat yourself on the back for a job well done. Also keep in mind that was done without our usual sprint promo blitz on the Internet because Dave VA3RJ had a computer crash and was unable to make his usual publicity posts. Thanks to Ki VA3PEN for a great job on keeping the page updated.
SWA Category - W1 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 160 Antenna WV1N 25 24 49 14 686 x2 1372 doublet@50' KN1H 21 21 42 15 630 x2 1260 380' end fed wire @ 50' K1PDY 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 Long wire or 40M inverted vee !N1DN 5 5 10 5 50 x1.5 75 dipole@??' SWA Category - W2 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 160 Antenna W2SH 24 23 47 13 611 x2 1222 Inverted L@ 76'V & 90'H; 270' dipole KA2KGP 12 12 24 11 264 x2 528 160m. coiled wier ant. up 25 ft. WA1GWH 12 12 24 11 264 x2 528 65 ft inv V end fed w/grnded load coil WB9G 10 10 20 9 180 x2 360 invL@40' KD2MX 11 11 22 8 176 x2 352 600' loop@30' W2JEK 6 6 12 5 60 x2 120 110 ft end fed wire at 15 ft N2ESE 8 8 16 7 112 112 120ft.endfed@35ft. WA2FBN 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 dipole@30ft SWA Category - W3 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 160 Antenna N3QE 12 12 24 11 264 x2 528 130 foot doublet up 80 feet WA3FIR 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 Inverted L 25' K3WWP 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 ~110' attic ef rnd wire KG3W 1 1 2 1 2 x1.5 3 random wire SWA Category - W4 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 160 Antenna WG8Y 16 16 32 13 416 x2 832 homebrew coil loaded 51ft grd mntd vert K4ORD 25 25 50 15 750 750 160 dpl@35' WA2EDN 10 10 20 9 180 x2 360 triband dipoke up 40 ft W4DUK 10 10 20 9 180 x2 360 End-fed Zepp @ 20' K4BAI 9 9 18 9 162 x2 324 tee vertical NA4O 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 140'dipole@40' K4JPN 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 Tee at 32 feet KB0ETU 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 dpl@35' K4AHO 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 Inverted Vee at 40 ft feed as vertical AI4UN 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 122' random wire at 50 ' with 9:1 UNUN N4VBV 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 80-6m windom @30' SWA Category - W5 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 160 Antenna N5GW 21 21 42 16 672 x2 1344 80' linear loaded vert., metal roof gnd KE9DR 8 8 16 8 128 x2 256 420' Random Loop @ 50' KE5YUM 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 80 meter dipole at 30' WB5UAA 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 300ft dpl@30' W5IQS 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 fan dipole@30' SWA Category - W6 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 160 Antenna SWA Category - W7 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 160 Antenna SWA Category - W8 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 160 Antenna W3NP 37 36 73 18 1314 x2 2628 160m dipole @ 45' NX8Y 30 29 59 19 1121 x2 2242 Inv L 1/4 Wave NF8M 7 7 14 7 98 x2 196 tx:inv-L; rx:loop WB8ENE 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 102' doublet @ 15' AB8SA 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 invV@25ft $WV8P 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 80mtr dipole@ 45' SWA Category - W9 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 160 Antenna N9NE 33 31 64 22 1408 x2 2816 176' doublet @67' and 52' vertical 't' W9CC 20 20 40 13 520 x2 1040 invV@30' KB9ILT 6 6 12 6 72 72 Delta Loop AA9L 1 1 2 1 2 x1.5 3 trap dipole @ 50' WA9NPS 1 1 2 1 2 2 dpl@35' SWA Category - W0 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 160 Antenna KI0I 29 26 55 22 1210 x2 2420 INV VEE @ 55ft or 53ft Vertical N8LA 6 6 12 6 72 x2 144 dipole @35' AA0W 5 5 10 5 50 50 Dipole@30 feet KD0V 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 C.F. ZEPP @50 FT SWA Category - Canada Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 160 Antenna VE3FUJ 7 7 14 7 98 x2 196 long wire @ 12 - 35' SWA Category - DX Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 160 Antenna GAIN Antenna Category Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 160 Antenna @ Non-member not eligible for certificate $ QRO More than 5 watts - not eligible for certificate ! Late log not eligible for certificate AWARD WINNERS: 1st SWA W1: WV1N 1st SWA W2: W2SH 1st SWA W3: N3QE 1st SWA W4: WG8Y 1st SWA W5: N5GW 1st SWA W6: n/a 1st SWA W7: n/a 1st SWA W8: W3NP 1st SWA W9: N9NE 1st SWA W0: KI0I 1st SWA Canada: VE3FUJ 1st SWA DX: n/a 1st Gain: n/aSOAPBOX:
K3WWP - Not in a contesting mood + too much local man-made QRN + a couple other projects going here = just a token appearance for 10 minutes or so in our 160M sprint. Probably would have been deaf or nuts after two hours of my noise so it's a good thing I only did the brief stint.
AI4UN - This is my first NA sprint and my first 160 meter CW QSO ever! I did not have much time tonight, but I'll be back.
W5IQS - I used my fan dipole but the internal tuner didn't like it on 160. Only one station worked but heard quite a few. KI0I was very strong but I could not get him to hear me. Oh well at least I got one good QSO and will submit a log for the count. 72 and see you next month on the regular Sprint.
KD0V - IT IS VERY HARD TO GET OUT A SIGNAL WHEN THE ANTENNA IMPEDANCE IS ONLY 2 OHMS. I NEED TO MAKE SOME CHANGES IN THE ANTENNA.
KG3W - S9 plus qrn here in Grove city, Pa. Gave up after 1 hour. Have not been in the last couple of contests so at least wanted to try. My main antenna feedline gave up the the ghost, after almost 3 years of use. Tried to fix it in zero wx. Yeah... I know; I'm a whimp but I cut my finger trying to splice it and it was so cold I did not feel it. Started bleeding like crazy later. HI. Heard W2SH and KB9ILT, but they couldn't hear me. Only had 1 contact with N1LN. "72" de Scotty KG3W
WA2EDN - WOW.. never new 160 could be that much fun. Signals were low but not too bad QRM either. A GREAT TIME.
NA4O - I just wonder if having a real 160M antenna would have helped out... but glad I did not let that hold me back. Challenging and fun.
WB9G - Great conditions tonight. Furthest contact was N5GW in MS. Glad I found W9CC again after the NCCC Sprint broke up our first QSO. Thanks for the QSOs. 72 de Chris WB9G
KE9DR - KE9DR - Lots of noise on 160 but lots of fun. KI0I was booming all night. There were several high speed and QRO stations along with a digital. I tried calling CQ with only one contact so went back to S&P. Thanks to all. 73 - Bert
KB0ETU - WOW! First time I've worked 160 meters. I was down in the mud, so many thanks to you four for pulling me out. This was a lot better than watching television. Hopefully next month's sprint will be even better. Equip: Icom-7600 turned down to 5 watts with a G5RV up 35 feet. 72, Phil
W2JEK - Was lot of fun. Had less QRN than I expected. Had my audio filter set to a narrow bandwidth which was a good help. 72 and 73 Don Younger W2JEK #1135
K4ORD - Well I gave it my best mostly ran with a little S&P. The band seemed weak to me some stations the K3 just couldn't pull out had a VE3J?? I never could get and k3?wp probably John k3wwp but not for sure, sorry to all I could not copy. The band was very quiet with a noise level of around S5 to S6 with the preamp on the K3 turned on, about as quiet as it gets on 160M at night here. Thanks for all the QSO's and HNY to all 73/72 Riley K4ORD
W4DUK - Had S6 QRN at my QTH, but was manageable. Made about half of my contacts via search and pounce, and the other half by calling CQ. 72, Dave
WG8Y - Hi all, Well,had fun trying.I didn't have an antena for 160m up so today I put together a 51 ft vert.wire with a base coil wound on a plastic jar.Threw the vert. section over a tree that had 28 25ft radials already under it. The wire is 51 foot because I had to add wire to the vert. section as the coil was to short. It was cold and I was running out of time to wind a larger coil. Real scientific Hi Hi. Got me on the air.Thanks guys for hearing me and sorry if I missed you . 72 from NC Mark WG8Y
KI0I - Q.S.B. was torture tonite. Sigs up and down but fair propagation east.Nothing west of MO except VA6SP in AB. I had a good time and hope u all did too. Thanks for all the Calls and qso`s.Could not tell whether the Vert or Inv Vee was better, but both made contacts. 73/72 Mark KI0I IC 746 @ 5w Navy Flamepruf GenLog
N8LA - Yaesu FT-817ND; 200' dipole up 35' around roof parapet of condo complex in city of St. Louis fed -- the antenna, not the city -- with 450 ohm window line through MFJ-901B tuner and MFJ-9211 4:1 balanced line QRPocket current balun; hamfest special nameless hand key ("real" J-38 type.) Forgot about sprint until about 0210z, then got on and worked twice as many (6) as last year (3): 6 QSOs, 6 Members, 6 SPCs. 666, OH NOOOOOO!!!!!
KE5YUM - My first 160 meter sprint with my new FT-817ND. With the band conditions and my limited antenna, I was fearful of no contacts. I was however able to grab two fairly close to me. All the best, Terry
K4BAI - FT1000MP, 5W, tee vertical. Was only able to operate the first half hour and the last half hour this year. Activity seemed to be very good from the eastern and central area of the country, but not much from the southeast. As usual, I heard and called many stations repeatedly, many very strong, that could not hear me at all. Strongest station here was N3QE in MD, followed by W2SH in NJ. Best ears: N9NE. Thanks for the QSOs. Hope to work you all in CQ 160 CW this weekend. 73/72, John, K4BAI.
K4AHO - No one was more surprised than I that I was able to make contacts with this lashup. Took me about 15 minutes to move the antenna feed line around. The vertical (inverted vee at 40') ground was the tower ground. Could be the vertical was acting as a feed system for the tower which is a 50 foot aluminum tower with a VHF/UHF array on top. At any rate this has convinced me to make this a switchable situation so I can do it again... 73 Jim K4AHO
WB5UAA - It's great to be back on the air! First time on the air in several months. (New puppy chewed through all my feedlines and finally got one of them fixed.)
WB8ENE - Apparently I heard more than others heard me, but managed to make a few contacts in the hour I spent in the sprint. Rig is K3, and key is Begali Blade. 73, Art
VE3FUJ - Nice Sprint, started out very nicely even though condx here were not the greatest, and then the band seemed to shut down about 45 mins into the contest. With no further stations heard and static increasing to a high level. Tnx for the contacts I did make, 7 in all. Brion 3011
KA2KGP - The Top Band was weak with QRN here in WNY. Rig: IC-7000 at 5w. into homebrew coiled wire up 25 ft. My homebrewed antenna worked well after putting it up in near zero temperature.
W3NP - Conditions were fairly quiet here in WV but there was a good bit of qsb. Prop stretched out towards the end with some stns that were rough copy earlier becoming gud copy - N8LA in MO for example. Temp was just at 5 degrees and windy when the power went out while working AI4UN - fortunately it came back right away and I didn't lose my log!! I have been meaning to put that small unused UPS on my station PC - must do that soon, like today!! Rig was the Ten Tec Eagle and my key was the WW2 German Baumuster straight key. Had fun!!....72 de Icy West Virginia.
KB9ILT - Made six QSOs in under an hour on a band my antenna has no business being on. Would have been happy with one.
WA2FBN - Didn't have much time to work sprint. Did find a couple of good signals on band.
N5GW - I had the KX3 and J38 hooked up to my ladder line linear loaded vertical, which is a 1/4 wave vertical folded back on itself. It is a bit too long, but allows tuning out the inductive Z with a 600 pf series cap for a 50 ohm match. A 27' X 47' metal roof is the counterpoise gnd. The band was quiet here with little line noise, so I could rx on the vertical instead of using the shielded loop. QSB was the main problem, but I have no complaints if QRN is absent. Heard W2SH a few times, but he couldn't pull me out. Most sigs weak but a few strong ones. CU all next time.
K4JPN - Poor antenna plus QRN made it rough, thanks for all who pulled me out of the mud and those who tried but could not copy my call. 72, Steve K4JPN
N4VBV - Heard 4-5 stations but none heard me enough to reply w/my call. Tried about 25 min, heard more stns as time went on. No QSOs, but tried and had fun. Used surplus Soviet miniature leg key. Like playing on 160m and had fun trying even if no QSOs. Did get a "?" from a couple of stations when calling them, so thanks to those that tried a few times when partially hearing me. Overall - FUN!
WV1N - Great contest. I just got on 160m and was delighted with what 5 watts could do. Now I just need a beam at 260'.
W9CC - A good turn out. The NCCC tried to screw us up but failed!
W2SH - Signal strengths varied tremendously. A station could be 599, yet barely readable a few minutes later. Able to switch quickly between my two antennas, I soon discovered that for more distant stations the inverted L didn't offer its customary advantage. With frozen ground all around and well below my earth radials, plus the insulation afforded by several inches of dry snow, return currents flowing back to the base feedpoint were very diminished. Therefore, most QSOs used the dipole. 24 total contacts exactly equaled my results for the three preceding years, in this my eighth topband sprint. I took leave after the first 90 minutes to grab a pair of vulpine pelts in the 80m Fox Hunt, but worked nothing more back here in the final quarter hour.
N3QE - Ten-Tec Eagle at 5W, "Chinese Army Key".
NF8M - The 160 sprint is a great warmup and equipment test for the CQ contest (did 200+ this year). Found my preamp had a crispy resistor so it got fixed during the sprint - boy that really helped pull our tiny signals out of the noise. Tnx to all I worked and wish I could have worked the others I heard. 72 till next time.
WA1GWH - Atmospheric noise level seemed quite high here near Syracuse, NY. Many sigs in and out of the noise. Thanks for all the repeats! 72, Garry
NX8Y - Another fun time with the 160 Sprint. I mostly called CQ but had to move a few times because of QRM. A special thanks to AA9L that hung in there with me while I got his call & info correct. I'm not sure the band was great but I was pleased with the number of multipliers that showed up. Thanks to all who gave me a call and I apologize to the few that I just couldn't pull out of the QRN. 72, NX8Y Ron
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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:
Friday, January 24, 2014 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.
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.