May 2014 Straight Key/Bug Sprint (#115)
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K3WWP Comments - We finished with 101 logs. All results are now final following the expiration of the appeals period. Just another reminder for future reference. Don't forget to include your call sign with any questions about the sprints - I don't have ESP nor have you memorized by name or email address. Thanks to the greatest members any club could have. We appreciate your dedication to helping the NAQCC promote and preserve CW by participating in our monthly sprints.
KF0U Comments - A few hiccups along the way, but the logs have been processed through Sunday early evening. Thanks to everyone helping me to keep it straight.
SWA Category - W1 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna KN1H 23 23 46 18 828 x2 1156 End Fed Wire @50' KB1UOH 25 25 50 10 500 x2 1000 Dpl @15' N1DN 17 17 34 12 408 x2 816 Multiband dpl W1SFR 16 15 31 9 279 x2 558 OCF Dpl K1EDG 13 13 26 11 286 x1.5 429 OCFD @60' AB1VL 6 6 12 4 48 48 OCFD @30' KQ1P 1 1 2 1 2 2 Dpl @30' SWA Category - W2 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna K2YGM 37 37 74 22 1628 x2 3256 80- EFHW, 20/40- G5RV mini W2SH 25 25 50 18 900 x2 1800 270' dpl @45'; inverted L, 76'V + 90'H KA2KGP 22 21 43 13 559 x2 1118 Dpl @25' W2JEK 15 15 30 10 300 x2 600 20m gnd pl on roof, 40m 110' end fed N2ESE 20 20 40 12 480 480 80m OCF @25' KG2LO 11 11 22 10 220 x2 440 Dpl @30' WA1GWH 11 11 22 7 154 x2 308 1/4 wave inv L w/grnd syst for 40M KQ2RP 8 8 16 4 64 x2 128 G0FAH@40' KD2MX 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 600' loop @30' N2GDS 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 Loaded whip from apartment window SWA Category - W3 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna K3WWP 42 42 84 22 1848 x2 3696 ~110' attic rnd wire, attic 20M dpl WY3H 28 27 55 13 715 x2 1430 Inv V @35' KM3D 15 15 30 11 330 x2 660 Cushcraft R8 vertical @10' KD3CA 16 14 30 10 300 x2 600 OFC 132' Windom @33' KC2EGL 9 9 18 4 72 x2 144 G5RV Jr@20' AK3X 7 7 14 5 70 x2 140 40M inv vee @27' KQ3Z 6 5 11 5 55 x2 110 165' Doublet @30' K2DEP 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 G5RV @30' KB3AAG 5 5 10 4 40 40 Vertical WB3T 2 2 4 2 8 8 40m Ground Mounted Wire Vertical AB3RU 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 G5RV @25' SWA Category - W4 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna AA2VG 30 30 60 18 1080 x2 2160 Home made qrp carolina windom (K4IWL) WG8Y 25 24 49 18 882 x2 1764 Homebrew ZS6BKW @45' K4JPN 22 20 42 15 630 x2 1260 Zepp WA4ZOF 16 16 32 13 416 x2 832 Horz. 40 mtr loop @25' & 40mtr efhw @20' W4DUK 17 17 34 11 374 x2 748 End-fed Zepp @20' NA4O 13 13 26 11 286 x2 572 Dpl @30' KK4BE 10 10 20 7 140 x2 280 Dpl @30' NA4SO 8 8 16 6 96 x2 192 OCF dpl @45' K3RLL 7 7 14 6 84 84 Indoor dpl K4KRW 6 6 12 4 48 x2 96 Dpl @25' WA2JSG 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 40m Big Stick on mag-mount W4KRN 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 invV@50' KG4GVL 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 End fed half wave for 40m WW4HX 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 Windom @25' KU4A 3 3 6 2 12 12 Slp dpl @40' W4RQ 2 2 4 2 8 x1.5 12 AVQ-640 @18' SWA Category - W5 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna N5GW 37 37 74 23 1702 x2 3404 CFZ @50' W5TVW 17 16 33 13 429 x2 858 115' end fed wre @20' WI5H 10 10 20 9 180 x2 360 Loop @20' NC5G 7 7 14 6 84 84 DBL Bazooka 80/40, dipole 20 @20' KE5YUM 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 Inv vee @30' AC5T 3 3 6 3 18 18 Homebrew vertical SWA Category - W6 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna WK6L 10 10 20 9 180 x2 360 Windom(Inverted Vee), 35ft 40M/20M W6FPS 9 9 18 8 144 x2 288 Gnd mtd 20M vertical K6CSL 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 Delta Loop, Indoor Dipole, Vertical KA6AIL 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 40M dpl @30' WB0USI 4 4 8 4 32 32 vert@25' K6MGO 3 1 4 1 4 x2 8 Indoor 50' doublet SWA Category - W7 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna KF7WNS 27 27 54 19 1026 x2 2052 Inv vee @35' K9JWV 24 24 48 20 960 x2 1920 84' horiz, 29' vert Windom AE7UT 20 19 39 14 546 x2 1092 OCFD @35' W4NML 16 16 32 14 448 x2 896 Dpl @10' AA7VW 15 14 29 14 406 x2 812 80m G5RV @70' AE7CG 9 9 18 9 162 x2 324 Roof mtd vert AA7CU 8 8 16 7 112 112 Mobile 6' whip @ 12' using 8 radials AE7AP 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 Roof mtd vert K1IEE 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 20M dpl @20' /KL7 K7JFD 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 Attic dpl SWA Category - W8 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna N8XMS 36 36 72 18 1296 x2 2592 R7 Vertical NF8M 36 33 69 18 1242 x2 2484 80m OCF dpl @35' W3NP 26 26 52 17 884 x2 1768 130' CF Zepp @45' - 600 Ohm Open Wire AD7TN 16 16 32 12 384 x2 768 45' Random Wire in the attic@24' WB8LZG 15 15 30 12 360 x2 720 Dpl @30' AB8SA 10 10 20 9 180 x2 360 Inv V @25' KB8FE 9 9 18 7 126 x2 252 Inv V @40' KA8HFN 7 7 14 6 84 x1.5 126 Dpl @15' WB8ENE 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 20M dipole @20' / 102' doublet @15' N8BB 1 1 2 1 2 2 Dpl @40' SWA Category - W9 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna KB9ILT 49 49 98 20 1960 x2 3920 Delta loop NN9K 38 38 78 20 1560 1560 OCF dpl @25' W9CC 23 22 45 15 675 x2 1350 6BTV AB9YC 20 20 40 15 600 600 Dpl @25' K9EYT 14 14 28 9 252 x2 504 43' Vertical grd mounted KA9FQG 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 G5RV @37' KD0V 0 0 0 0 0 0 Buddistick @0' SWA Category - W0 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna N0TA 53 53 106 30 3180 x2 6360 Doublet @30' K0ALN 18 18 36 14 504 x2 1008 DX-CC @38' N8LA 14 14 28 12 336 x2 672 Dpl @35' WB0PYF 16 16 32 10 320 x2 640 Dpl @55' NO2D 8 8 16 8 128 128 80M doublet & 20M dpl @30' K9OSC 6 6 12 5 60 x2 120 CF Zepp @30' K2HT 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 80M Horizontal Loop @40' K0MIS 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 OCF dpl @25' K0FNR 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 End-fed vert dpl K0EUN 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 Hamstick vertical W5GZT 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 Inv V @56' SWA Category - Canada Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna VE5BCS 18 18 36 12 432 x2 864 Loop @25' VE7YU 15 15 30 11 330 330 20M extended Zepp at 60ft facing SW K3 SWA Category - DX Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna XE1GXG 28 28 56 18 1008 1008 40m doublet @15m CO8CML 11 11 22 8 176 x2 352 Inverted "V" dpl @21' GAIN ANTENNA Category Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna K4BAI 59 59 118 27 3186 x2 6372 TH6DXX at 55'; 40m dipole at 40' K5GQ 17 17 34 13 442 x1.5 663 2 el beam @25' NQ2W 12 12 24 10 240 240 Mini beam @25', inv V @40' Not eligible for certificate or prize for the following reason(s): @ Non-member $ QRO power ! Late log
STATS: Logs submitted: 101 Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 147 Total QSO's in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 1,416 States represented: 39 + BC ON SK + CM F LZ UA1 XE SILVER LOGS - 83 of 101 (perfectly formatted): AA2VG AA7CU AA7VW AB1VL AB3RU AB8SA AB9YC AD7TN AE7AP AE7CG AK3X CO8CML K0ALN K0EUN K0FNR K0MIS K1IEE K2DEP K2HT K2YGM K3RLL K4BAI K4JPN K4KRW K5GQ K6CSL K6MGO K7JFD K9EYT K9JWV K9OSC KA2KGP KA6AIL KA8HFN KA9FQG KB1UOH KB3AAG KB8FE KC2EGL KD2MX KE5YUM KF7WNS KG2LO KM3D KN1H KQ1P KQ2RP KQ3Z KU4A N0TA N1DN N2ESE N2GDS N8BB N8LA N8XMS NA4O NA4SO NN9K NQ2W VE7YU W1SFR W2JEK W2SH W3NP W4DUK W4KRN W4NML W5GZT W6FPS W9CC WA1GWH WA2JSG WB0PYF WB0USI WB3T WB8ENE WG8Y WI5H WK6L WW4HX WY3H XE1GXGIf 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 with the subject "NAQCC Sprint Question".
W5GZT - Signals good until noise from approaching storm took over. Shut down quickly.
KQ1P - Busy long day but I had to make at least 1 QSO in the sprint. 73
AB9YC - I started on 40M, thinking it would be workable - it was dead. I moved up to 20M and found it was busy. I set up a nice run. Most people were down, not in the noise, but nearly so, as I had to really listen for most of the exchanges. I had to cut my time short, however, but had fun as always. See ya next month!
AB1VL - 80M nothing but band noise all night. 40 and 20 better, but mostly rag chews. About 0130 heard no CQ NA on any band after several sweeps up and down so called it a night.
AB3RU - Was at a friends house who kindly loaned me his rig to make a call tonight and keep my sprint participation streak alive. Nice to get a contact 5 watts in front of an audience.
K3RLL - K2 to indoor dipole (Antenna Restrictions): Nice to hear 20 meters open again but disappointed with 40m. Heard very few for the longest time and almost nobody could hear me. Couldn't possibly be my antenna; could it? Tnx 72 de K3RLL
K1IEE - Here in central Alaska the first hour had very poor conditions. Things seemed to pick up the last hour and I was hearing more signals. This was my last chance to make a contact, just one and I would be happy. Heard John K4BAI and after several calls the QSB wave was just right and we made contact TNX John. Now I pushed for a second contact and called Harold VE5BCS sure enough he came back to my call TNX Harold. All week here 20M was very poor so I was very excited to make the NAQCC sprint. Thanks to all 73 Dick
KB8FE - Marginal conditions here in northern Ohio tonight. Was on 40 meters and made 2 contacts but switched to 20 meters and stayed there. Heard XE1GXG in Mexico but could not work him. Nine contacts was a workout tonight! Worked Tom, WY3H as my first contact!
WB3T - I missed the fist hour but enjoyed the hunt for the second. The lower bands were noisy tonight and Qs were hard to come by. Thanks to KD3CA and AE7UT for the extra work it took to complete my only two good ones this month. I used my vintage HW-9 (my first real QRP rig built in 1986) with Digital Display and internal keyer at 5 Watts into the 40m vertical. Even though I didn't score big this rig is always a pleasure to use.
K9JWV - Once again, no activity on 40 or 80, out here in the "early hours outback" as far as those two bands go!
WA4ZOF - Great fun as always. Worked stations coast to coast, its always a kick to have QSO's into so many parts of the world with just a hunk of wire 5 watts of RF and an old straight key.....TOM WA4ZOF
K3WWP - My best ever 20M performance with 28 of my 42 QSOs being on that band. Good thing too because 40 was not all that good here. I don't know if propagation was bad on 40 or it was a lack of activity with everyone staying on 20 most of the time. 80 is in its summer mode. Only one QSO there. Lot of fun, especially on 20. Nice to be able to CQ there and get QSOs much like I usually can do on 40. Tom WY3H used his brand new KX3 in the sprint. So those of you who worked him helped him break in the brand new rig the club gave him. HI
KQ3Z - Just couldn't make contacts tonight. Thought it was my new antenna, 135' doublet at 30'. Switched to 20 meters near the end of the contest and worked RU4HD, Alex in Syzran, Russia.
NC5G - Fun as usual. Just didn't have much time to operate.
W5TVW - My first Sprint in several years. My XYL had a stroke in 2007. She passed away n 2013 in July. RIP Marie! We were together for 43 years EXACTLY! I am testing out a new toy to me in the FT-817ND. Cute little rig. Something to keep my K1 company! Plan more QRP in the field mow that I can leave home for a portable site again without worrying about my XYL. She was almost 81, an old anyerism got her. Just me and my dog now and hamgear!
K9EYT - Worked mostly 20M thunder storms not far away. Rig KX3 to a 43 ft vertical. CU next month 73 Ray K9EYT
WG8Y - Hi all, started on 20m. Started out with XE1GXG. Thought,that's cool. Went to 40m. Wow! QRN was S9 but did catch Tom, WY3H. Finally worked No.1. Went back to 20 to get away from the noise. Heard F6HFX calling CQ. He signed QRP. No way I thought. He was S8 here in NC. Gave him a call and got a 579 back. Thought that was pretty cool. Went back to 40M. Did some S&Ping in the QRN. Decided to call CQ. Asked if the freq. was busy. Heard nothing so called CQ and worked 3 or 4 when I heard John's call K3WWP with I think KB3AAG calling me. No he was calling John. Sorry guys. The QRN went down and there you were. Thanks for the contact though John. Missed my Ohio QRP buddy Ron NT8P for the first time in quite a few Sprints. Darn QRN. He was probably in there somewhere. Hi Hi. Always fun seeing who I might work. 72 all from N.C. Mark WG8Y
W4DUK - Started on 20m for the first half-hour, then moved to 40m for the duration (did briefly check 80m at one point but heard nothing). Some static crashes crept in near the end, but not much of a problem. 73, Dave
K6CSL - Well, I was a little late getting back home from town(Modesto) Got on the air at 01:00Z. I tuned up from 14025 and found W1AW/0 in CO on 14035, working simplex, so I gave him a call, just to see if I could get his attention with my 5W in his pile-up. I got him on the 1st call with the new HyGain 12AVQ vertical now residing in my back yard.(It doesn't stick above my roof line.) I didn't include him in my log because he was obviously very QRO. I then worked these 4 NAQCC stations in very quick order. At 02:00Z I moved to 40m. I should have stayed on 20. 40 was noisy and poor. I think the noise was coming from big thunder storms going on up in the high Sierra's east of us. However it was still a fun event and the first I've gotten to operate in for some time. 73's to all and to all a good night from the northern San Joaquin Valley. Bert, K6CSL
KF7WNS - Wow-20M was open tonite. Busy like a bee hive. See you next month. 72, Gary
WB0PYF - Good time only about one hour, QRP ROCKS, 72 Ray
AA2VG - What's a vacation without the radio? I had fun working from Fripp Island South Carolina, IOTA 110. I built a QRP Carolina Windom as described by K4IWL (google New Carolina Windom by K4IWL). The trick was hiding it from the Condo Police. So far they have not noticed the 66 feet of wire out my window!!! It tunes up on all bands and no tuner needed for 40 and 20 meters. Boy was 40 and 80 noisy tonight. Rig is KX3 and key is an MS2. If anyone would like a qsl cards from Fripp Island SC just send me a note or a card. No SASE required! Best 73 Peter AA2VG
VE5BCS - The 20m band started off slow but improved tnx to contacts.
KB3AAG - Boy was this my nite to eat 'umble pie. I sure miss my big loop out at the holler where my cabin burned! For the first hour or so I was sure I had the wrong nite! I normaly set and call CQ but tonight had to search and heard almost nothing! I fished hard but got almost skunked. Frank
W4NML - First try at this, how bad did I screw up?
K4KRW - Thanks again. I was only able to play for 45 minutes. Great fun as always. Best wishes to all.
AE7CG - Good band conditions this evening on 20M. Thanks for each and every QSO. 72 from north central Arizona! -- AE7CG
K4JPN - 80M and 40M heavy QRN, 15M seemed dead. 20M was the band for me last night. 72, Steve K4JPN
KK4BE - Missed the second hour. Too much noise. Enjoyed the first hour. KK4BE
N8XMS - I started on 20-meters where conditions were pretty good. After 30 minutes I switched to 40 where the QRN was horrible. I only made 2 contacts there and then switched back to 20 which stayed fairly good until it closed down for me about 0145Z. I then went back to 40 for the last 45 minutes and found that the QRN was a little bit better by then. Highlights for me include working K3WWP on two bands, and working WY3H who I assume was using his new KX3. It was a lot of fun. 73, Paul - N8XMS
KD0V - This was the second sprint I have tried to operate from a hotel room using a Buddistick leaning up against the wall to no avail. I did not work even though it was tune up fairly well, SWR less than 2:1. Do anyone have any ideas on what I could use???? Contact me at email@example.com. Thanks Merlin KD0V
WB8ENE - I didn't realize until after I completed the contact with WY3H that I gave him my SKCC number by mistake, so I called him again and sent him the correct number. Sorry about that Tom. Hope the new rig worked well for you. I had a lot of local power line noise this time. I used my Peaberry V2, putting out about 1.5 Watts on 20 and 2 Watts on 40. Thanks for the contacts. 73, Art
KE5YUM - The bands were very noisy, so I was only able to snag three. Except for when I forgot my club number during the contact with AC5T, I had a great time. All the best, Terry
WA2JSG - Operated portable from Knoxville, TN. Found a shopping center parking lot on high ground and made 3 contacts. Had some antenna issues with my mag-mounted BIG Stick. Rig IC-703, at 5 watts, Bencher RJ-1 Straight Key. Got some 'curiosity' stares from people walking by. Fun stuff!
KA2KGP - Another nice sprint. 20 m. was in great shape, but 40 & 80 had high QRN from t-storms. Rig: IC-7000 at 5w. into dipole up 25 ft. w/ straight key.
NA4SO - Good time - great operators - lots of people helping new-sounding hams. good.
K4BAI - FT1000MP, 5W, TH6DXX, dipole. 20M was great. I was almost sure I could make 60 QSOs when I changed over to 40 to try for more local mults. On 20, I was able to work the whole USA minus a short skip zone with QSOs as close as VA. DX on 20M was XE1GRG and CO8CML. 40M was a big let down. Not much activity and high atmospheric noise. Did get the close-in mults MS, NC, and FL plus a second band with W4DUK in VA and XE1GXG in Mexico. No signals on 80M and no answers to CQs there. Finished up back on 20M with one more mult from AE7AP in MT and last QSO with WK6L at the closing bell. QSOs by band: 20M: 54. 40M: 5. Thanks for all QSOs. 73/72, John, K4BAI.
W3NP - I missed last month so it was good to get some time this month. Condx were very good on 20 so I spent most of my time there. Got a late start (church on wed eve's). Rig was the K2-10 @ 5 watts. I used my German Junker straight key as well as the Navy Flameproof. 72 de West Virginia
KG4GVL - First sprint! I operated portable with "The Killer Watt Radio" on 40m using a homebrew 40m End Fed Half Wave antenna. Sprint was fun!
WB8LZG - Hello agn fellow sprinters! Broke out the Argo509 again this sprint. Just love this little QRP wonder. gud conx on 20 tonight! only had an hour to play , but 20 was gg hot! worked coast to coast! only went to 40 fer 1 qso wid ku4a. Had a fun time as usuall working old friends, see u all next month ! 73 Gregg WB8LZG
XE1GXG - It's been ages since I've had a chance to play in the Sprint. 20m all the way (save for two Q's on noisey 40m at the end). Used a keyer this time. 72 desde Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico...
KU4A - Major storm arrived right at 0030Z. The lightning let up just a bit around 0115 so I grabbed three quick QSOs and then shut everything down. Activity seemed much lighter than normal so I consider myself very lucky.
N8LA - FT-897D, 5W, 200' dipole up 35' fed with 450 ohm window line through MFJ-901B tuner, Lionel J-38 key (War Horse!) Still recovering from FDIM and spazzing out trying to rearrange ham pen pretending to downsize in reparation for purchasing KX-3 and Begali paddles for it. Too uptight to attend St. Louis QRP Society meeting at new venue for FD. Finally, about an hour into sprint, cleared away enough stuff to get on with dialed down FT-897D that was set up. Started on 20 and couldn't believe all stations answering my CQs. Worried that I was really putting out 100 watts, but, after reading soapbox comments about how good 20 was, am calmed a bit. Worked two on 40 and one on 80 also. Great to have eyeball with Brother Gregg, WB8LZG, and also to get my Two Tinned Tuna Mojoed, at FDIM. Great to work Father John, K3WWP, on 20, for the first time I believe. Apologies to K0FNR for not being able to pull all info out of QSB. Hope we can work each other next time.
CO8CML - Again a nice sprint, thanks to all who made me possible to get 11 QSO's.See all next month!! 73 es GL DX. Carlos, CO8CML.
K2YGM - Interesting propagation this evening. Heard little on 80 except for one QSO. 40 was active however QRN from approaching storm made copy less than desirable. Thus I stuck to 20 which seemed somewhat active to the MW/SW and a few west coast signals. QSB was a problem here.. One minute stations were perfectly readable, and on the over there was nothing, so repeats were prevalent.. Nice hearing WY3H in there as well as XE1GXG. I think I heard a WP4 come back to me but he soon went under my noise level. I tried moving K3WWP from 40 to 80 for a contact but we couldn't make the QSO due to poor conditions. All in all, it was nice having 20 open for a change with lots of participation. 72 Bob K2YGM LONG ISLAND NY
N5GW - I had the KX3 and J-38 going. All three bands were QRNish. 20M stayed open the whole time. 40M was fair. I couldn't hear anyone on 80.
W2JEK - Had a good time although I wasn't able to be on the whole time. Was happy to work Tom WY3H with his new rig. Also worked John K3WWP and new member K1EDG #7134. Conditions seemed good on 20 and 40. Never got on 80 like I usually do. Rig Yaesu FT-840 at 5W to 20m gnd plane on roof and 110 ft end fed wire. Used Signal Electric R-48 straight key. 72 and 73 DON YOUNGER W2JEK #1135
AK3X - Not much time as usual, but always fun. Since my 20 meter monobander was already set up, I started and stayed there. Thanks to all who heard me, and to those that made a valiant effort but I was just not putting enough RF in their direction. 72 until next month. Peter
K2DEP - Condx on 40M were horrible. Quit early. Thanks to those that could hear me, especially WY3H. Used my KX3 and it couldn't even handle the QRN/QSB. 72/73
NQ2W - Ten-Tec Jupiter @ 5W to a mini beam at 25' for 20 and an inv V at 40' for 40. Survivor finale was on so I only operated during the commercials! 8 QSOs on 20 and 4 on 40. Hope to hear everyone next month. Thanks to all. 72, Will, NQ2W
W6FPS - Worked this sprint portable from local mountains with K1 and Czech army key. Plenty of signals heard, but many were on top of each other and I had a hard time sorting them out. It was a little chilly for this Southern California boy. Had a great time anyway. Hope to work a few more station next month. 73 Ron
AE7UT - Condition in UT were not the best but I had a blast as always. So nice to be part of this community of great hams. 73 Stan AE7UT
VE7YU - Condx poor - QRN bad. Nothing heard on 40. Still lots of fun! 73 Gord
WY3H - Started off on 20 then after getting KB4AI, went to 40. BIG MISTAKE. Later learned that John, K3WWP, really cleaned house on 20. However, got to use my new Elecraft KX3 (thank you every one) and although I'm still learning to get used to it, it was just wonderful. Over all I didn't do that great but didn't do terribly bad either. Best 73/72 to all. Have no idea if I'll be in the June sprint, but hope to operate the July sprint from our new QTH.
K0ALN - Boy, a lot of work digging signal out for this one. Lots of QSB on 20, and too much QRN on 40 to hear much at all. After the first hour's surge, it was hard to find new calls. Sure is nice to have warm weather again though, and I plan to be in the field for the next few sprints until cold sets in again. Nice to work K3WWP again - congrats, and thanks for all you've done for NAQCC. Big signals out this way from NN9K (IL), and KF7WNS (OR). See everybody in June!
K6MGO - 20M WAS DEAD, AND 40M WASN'T MUCH BETTER, FEW LOCAL SIGNALS, NO LONG PATH AND NOISE WAS S7. HOPE NEXT MONTH WILL BE BETTER.
KB1UOH - I stayed on 7.039 and called CQ. conditions were pretty goo for local.
W1SFR - Only had 45 minutes for this on and it was the first hour. Looks like 20m was the place to be during the second hour.. You snooze you lose eh? Fun as always and maybe I'll get GenLog working before the next one cuz this manually entering QSO's into this "auto logger" is driving me nuts!!! 73, Steve
N8BB - At least I tried. Pretty darn rough but got it logged. KX3 dipole
W2SH - 20m was indeed a pleasant surprise, and the band stayed open during the second hour, albeit with a much shortened skip. Despite QSB, it was a blessed relief from the fierce QRN dominating 40m throughout. With an arriving thunderstorm storm, that QRN was so bad that I achieved more dupes two completed plus a few more aborted than in all of the 89 sprints I've entered! Some temporary hearing loss might have occurred; hopefully a temporary affliction. 80m was sadly neglected, but signal strengths from the very few signals present easily overrode the QRN. Come on down to 80m and get some easy close-in 599 QSOs during the coming summer months! QSL?
NF8M - 20 was the band to be on for the first hour, at least - best run on that band that I've ever had. 40 was noisy and 80 more so but didn't get there until late, and found K3WWP. A couple fellows probably unaware that we invade these kilocycles monthly came across my CQ and so enjoyed a short QSO with them, and have QSL'd with an invitation to join us next time. 72 to all and see you next month!
AA7VW - 80m/40m no signals heard. 20m signals down from last month. An hours worth of fun. Maybe next time I'll get to do the full 2 hours.
W4KRN - Did not hear that many stations. Nice to work Curt WA2JSG in TN from his mobile. Hope to cu all next month. 72
KC2EGL - After some much needed repair work on my dipole support poles I finally was able to get back in to the sprint of things. Winter did a number on my support poles. This past winter did a number on a lot of things including myself. Maybe I should move to the Florida Keys. Hi-Hi!!! Thanks to those who worked me. And a very special thank you to Tom WY3H for logging me into his sprint log for what may be his last sprint as a resident of Pennsylvania. And something tells me he may have been using is brand spanking new KX3. CU on the radio. 73 Mike KC2EGL
AD7TN - 20m was good but lots of noise in the first hour. Sorry for some of you called me but I couldn't copy due to the noise. Used SKCC Club Key by LNR Precision which I just bought at Dayton Hamvention. It's a really nice straight key.
K5GQ - Went out of town for the weekend, glad we had more time to submit log.
KQ2RP - Not a hardcore effort on my own score for this one. Spent a good amount of time assisting a new CW op (and new NAQCC member), following him around the bands and listening to his contacts. Always great to see new code learners out there. Nice to hear others QRS-ing for the newbies. Til next time.... 72, Chris KQ2RP
See General Sprint Rules for rules common to every NAQCC sprint.
RULES specific to this month's sprint:
Date and time:
Thursday, May 22, 2014 0030-0230Z
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.