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Nov 2014 Straight Key/Bug Sprint (#121)

Corey KF0U is responsible for the contents of this page - the results and soapbox. Any questions about that go to pix_newemail_kf0u (1K).

John K3WWP is still responsible for the contents of your logs and the eventual cross-checking, so if after submitting your log, you discover any mis-information in your log itself - missing entry, wrong call, etc. that doesn't affect anything on this page, send the info to pix_newemail_naqcc (1K).

Final Results

K3WWP Comments - I think 114 is great considering the horrid conditions. Everyone pat yourself on the back for your devotion to the NAQCC and its sprints. I think they are the best in the world and you all do your best to make me right in my thinking. The time for appeals is now over and the book is closed on this sprint forever.

KF0U Comments - Finished at 114 logs. I know conditions were rough on 20M, so the total is not unexpected. Great job to all for fighting through and making this a great sprint. Thanks to all who got your logs in so quickly. Makes for a busy Thursday and Friday, but I get to coast the rest of the weekend. Nice soapbox comments; three first timers reported. 73 and see you in January, Corey
SWA Category - W1 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
KN1H     23   23  46   13  598  x2  1196  End fed wire @50'
N2CN     28   28  56   16  896       896  ZS6BKW @60'
N1JI     15   15  30   12  360  x2   720  88' doublet @25'
K1IX     11   11  22   11  242  x2   484  HB OCFD @35'
K1IEE    11   11  22   10  220  x2   440  OCF long wire @30'
KB1UOH   10   10  20    7  140  x2   280  Vertical
K1SX      6    6  12    5   60  x2   120  270' doublet @15'
KQ1P      3    3   6    3   18        18  80/40 dpl @30'

SWA Category - W2 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
WA2NYY   37   37  74   17 1258  x2  2516  80m OCF dpl @35'
W2SH     29   29  58   17  986  x2  1972  270' dpl @45'; inverted L, 76'V + 90'H
KD2MX    20   20  40   14  560  x2  1120  600' loop @30'
NQ2W     18   18  36   12  432  x2   864  Inv V @40' & gnd mtd vert
KA2KGP   13   13  26    9  234  x2   468  Dpl @25'
W2JEK    14   14  28    8  224  x2   448  80m end fed wire @15'
WA2FBN   11   11  22   10  220  x2   440  Multiband dpl @30'
WB2LQF   10   10  20    8  160  x2   320  44' Center-Fed Attic Zepp
K2YGM    12   12  24    8  192       192  80- EFHW, 20/40- G5RV 
N2ESE    10   10  20    9  180       180  40m dpl @50'
KD2FVG    7    7  14    6   84  x2   168  Invert V Dipole, G5RV Jr. 40 @28'
WA1GWH    4    3   7    4   28  x2    56  40M dpl @16'
WA2JSG    3    3   6    2   12  x2    24  Vertical elevated @10'

SWA Category - W3 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
KD3CA    19   18  37   16  592  x2  1184  132' ocf Windom @33'
K3WWP    20   20  40   13  520  x2  1040  ~110' attic rnd wire
N3HEE    24   23  47   14  658 x1.5  987  300' Horizontal Loop
KB3AAG   28   28  56   17  952       952  Dpl @20'
KQ3Z     17   17  34   14  476  x2   952  135' sloping doublet @30'
WB3FAE    8    8  16    5   80  x2   160  90' end fed @30'
NA3V      8    8  16    6   96        96  Inv-V @24' (temporary stealth antenna)
AB3RU     1    1   2    1    2 x1.5    3  Broken G7FEK half @0'
WB3T      1    1   2    1    2         2  Gnd mtd vert

SWA Category - W4 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
KB4QQJ   37   37  74   24 1776  x2  3552  5 band doublet @33'
K4ZGB    33   33  66   21 1386  x2  2772  40/80 dipole @30'
K4JPN    25   24  49   16  784  x2  1568  Zepp
WX4RM    21   20  41   17  697  x2  1394  5BTV gnd mtd vertical
WG8Y     19   18  37   15  555  x2  1110  40-80 homebrew coil loaded DP @25'
WB4MNK   25   24  49   14  686       686  Gnd mtd vert 
K4ARQ    13   13  26   12  312  x2   624  EFZ @50'
WD4OHD   14   14  28   10  280  x2   560  80m dipole sloper, 40m dipole
N4MJ     21   21  42   12  504       504  Double extended Zepp
WB4UHC   12   12  24   10  240  x2   280  80M inv vee @30'
K4EOR    11   11  22    9  198  x2   396  G5RV @30'
NA4O     17   17  34   11  374       374  Dpl @45'
W4DUK    10   10  20    9  180  x2   360  End-fed Zepp @20'
K3RLL     9    9  18    7  126       126  Night-only Vertical
WA2EDN    6    6  12    5   60  x2   120  Triband dpl @30'
K4KRW     5    5  10    5   50  x2   100  Dpl @25'
K4NVJ     5    5  10    5   50  x2   100  88' dpl @30'
W4HH      5    4   9    5   45  x2    90  OCF dpl @25'
KU4A      7    7  14    6   84        84  40m: slp dipole, 80m: 1/4-wave sloper
K3IRV     4    4   8    4   32  x2    64  ZS6BKW @30'
KC9CS     3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  40m sloper
AA4GA     3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  80m doublet @30'
K4THL     3    3   6    2   12  x2    24  60' closed loop, second floor ceiling
KA8VZB    2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  60' rnd wire @20'
WB9G      1    1   2    1    2         2  Indoor dpl

SWA Category - W5 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
N5GW     37   36  73   19 1387  x2  2774  CFZ @50'
NF5U     13   12  25    8  200  x2   400  G5RV @30'
W5WIL     9    9  18    8  144  x2   288  240' doublet @30'
KA5TJS    8    8  16    6   96  x2   192  80 meter inv v @30'
AE5KA     5    5  10    5   50  x2   100  Ground mounted trap vertical
N5RDN     4    4   8    4   32        32  80m inverted vee

SWA Category - W6 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
KG6UBG    7    7  14    7   98        98  Loop @30'
WK6L      5    4   9    5   45  x2    90  Windom(Inverted Vee), 35' 40M/20M
W6FPS     1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  Vertical for 20 & 40 meters
WA6OEF    1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  Vertical @15'
K6MGO     1    1   2    1    2  x2     3  Indoor 50' doublet

SWA Category - W7 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
KF7TDF   13   13  26   10  260  x2   520  Dpl @23'
KF7WNS    9    9  18    8  144  x2   288  Inv Vee @35'
AA7CU     9    9  18    9  162       162  Mobile 6' whip @ 12' using 8 radials
N7QR      6    6  12    5   60 x1.5   90  Gnd mtd vert Butternut HF6V w/o radials
W7TAO     8    8  16    5   80        80  Doublet dipole @20'
AL7JK     2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  Dpl @25'

SWA Category - W8 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K8TJ     39   39  78   23 1794      1794  Bent random wire about 200' long
WA8AXF   13   13  26   11  286  x2   572  130' Doublet @40' - 20M Delta Loop
NT8P     14   14  28   10  280  s2   560  80m dpl @25'
NF8M     13   13  26   10  260  x2   520  Vert/80m OCF dpl/160m inv-L
KA8HFN   11   11  22    9  198  x2   396  Dpl @10'
AC8JW    11   11  22   11  242       242  EFHW
N8XMS     7    7  14    6   84  x2   168  R7 vertical
N8ZYA     5    5  10    5   50  x2   100  Random wire
WB8ENE    4    4   8    3   24  x2    48  132' doublet @15'
KB8FE     1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  Dpl @15'
N8BB      1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  Dpl @40'
WB8LZG    1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  Dpl @30'

SWA Category - W9 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
AA9L     28   28  56   21 1176  x2  2352  Trap dpl @50'
W9ILF    17   16  33   15  495 x1.5  743  Ground mounted vertical
AB9YC    21   20  41   15  615       615  Dpl @20'
K9EYT    10   10  20   10  200  x2   400  G5RV @25'
KG9DW    11   11  22   10  220       220  Windom @45'
W9CC      9    9  18    7  126  x2   252  Inverted Vee
N9SE      8    8  16    6   96  x2   192  40m dpl @15'

SWA Category - W0 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
WB0PYF   35   35  70   16 1120  x2  2240  160m OCF Dipole @55'
N0FN     18   17  35   15  525  x2  1050  Inv V @40',cobweb @25'
NU0S     15   15  30   12  360  x2   720  Gnd mtd vert and inv L 
K0ALN    15   13  28   12  336  x2   672  Inv V @35'
WD0K     14   14  28   13  364 x1.5  546  Delta loop @30'
N0TA     20   17  37   14  518       518  Doublet @30', 1/4 wave gnd mnt vertical
NO2D     16   16  32   11  352       352  80 doublet @25' 40 dipole
K0EUN     7    7  14    7   98  x2   196  Car-mounted 40 mtr Hamstick
W5GZT     5    5  10    5   50  x2   100  Inv V @55'
KD0V      5    5  10    4   40  x2    80  CF zepp @50'
NU0T      3    2   5    2   10  x2    20  Delta loop @30'
K0FNR     2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  Vertical @5'/vertical dipole @7'
AD0IV     3    3   6    2   12        12  Big loop, low to ground
N3PDT     1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  Inv L

SWA Category - Canada Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
VE3DVC   16   16  32   13  416  x2   832  Inv Vee @40'
VE5BCS   13   12  25   11  275  x2   550  Wire loop ant 25' in the trees
VE7KBN    9    9  18    5   90  x2   180  3 BND CUSHCRAFT 8 FT OFF GRND
VE3FUJ    6    6  12    5   60  x2   120  G5RV @50'
VE3FMW    2    1   3    2    6  x2    12  OCF wire @40'

SWA Category - DX Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
CT1BWW    7    6  13    6   78        78  Dpl
CO8CML    2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  Inverted "V" dipole @27'

Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K4BAI    52   50 102   23 2346  x2  4692  TH6DXX at 55'; 40m dip @40', zepp, 80 
F6EAZ    11    9  20    8  160  x2   320  3 el half-sloper for 40m

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Top Straight Key Scorer (x2)K4BAI
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Logs submitted: 114
Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 165 
Total QSO's in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 1,393
States represented: 39 + BC MB ON QC SK + CM CT F

SILVER LOGS - 98 of 114 (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".

AB9YC - I only had a short time tonight, so I made the most of it. I had S5-6 for most of my time. I heard at least a few signals, but they were buried way down in my noise and I just couldn't pull them out. I think I had one of the widest spans with MT/WY/UT and SK, but oddly nothing from PA.

WB9G - This is my first sprint since moving to VA. I only had about 30 minutes to operate, and I heard only one station heard above my local QRN -- N3HEE, thanks for the QSO. 72, and I hope for less noise next month -- Chris, WB9G/4

AB3RU - Well, we've had high winds in my neighborhood the past few days and after calling on 20 and not getting anything, I moved to 40 and barely made a contact with K4BAI. After wondering why I was having no success, I went out in the backyard to see half my g7fek on the ground. So, 5 watts and a broken antenna and I still managed 1 qso. qrp does work After spending an hour straight calling CQ on 20 with my (apparently) intact vertical and no contacts or spots I decided to call it a night. I'll be checking my antennas tomorrow. 73 all, and better luck (to me) next time.

AA4GA - Got a late start and was having some technical I decided to bag it after three QSOs...maybe next month!

KG9DW - First sprint and a great time!

CT1BWW - Great Challenge with QRP! Lot of fun! I will be back for sure! 73s frm Marq CT1BWW #3776

W5GZT - Noise level high this evening.

K4KRW - I only got about 20 minutes of play time tonight. The only band with activity here was 80 meters. This is the first sprint where I didn't get a 40 meter contact. Thanks everyone. Richard - K4KRW

KC9CS - My first sprint. First time also using Gen Log so I spent more time trying to figure that out than working stations. A lot of fun though. I'll get better at it.

K3WWP - Conditions horrible. Made my 20 QSOs, but it was a struggle. 20 totally dead. 40 not far behind. 80 was my savior with 19 of the 20 QSOs. I can only hope next month will be better here. Some new noise tonight that even drowned out my usual furnace noise. SIGH!

W6FPS - Very ruff conditions on the west coast. Only a couple of stations heard and only one worked. Thanks to VE7KBN pulling me out of the mud. 73, Ron

WB3T - Well only one Q tonight. I only had an hour to work with but that didn't seem to matter. S&P produced nothing so I called CQ on a few frequencies, but each time a "CQ CWT" op would come on frequency and start sending with no "QRL?" 20 was dead here by the time I got on (0230Z) and 40 didn't seem much better, unless you were working the CWT contest. Plenty of those kilowatters around (big signals anyway, prob +20) on the QRP frequencies. I hope for better conditions next time. At least my one Q was a good one - EPA to IA on 1.5 Watts. Not bad!

KF7TDF - Great little sprint tonight, West coast didn't open up here till after 3:00. worked several new stations and had a ball. .Thanks to all the keyed it up and see you next month. 72 Danny ..

WA8AXF - I started on 40M - slow going with deep QSB, switched to 20M - heard no one - finally switched to 80 and wished I got there sooner! Hope everyone is dug out of the snow! I'll probably have over 2 feet by tomorrow night. 73 til next time - Dave

K1IEE - Stayed on 40M again this sprint. Had lots of QRM with S9 signals along with none sprint stations. Heard nothing on 20M or 80M. Think its the first time I work DX in the sprint F6EAZ and CT1BWW . Thanks to all Dick

K3RLL - K3 to black "under the cover of darkness only" 4-BTV vertical: Back in FL for the winter with antenna restrictions and what seemed like unusually weak sigs this evening. Only N0TA on 20m and 40m sounded awfully noisy down here. Must be the sound of all that snow falling up north? Tnx for the contacts. 72 ... Don

NT8P - Well, looks like 80m was the only horse I could ride tonight. Only heard one NAQCC on 40m. Glad for the 14 I got on 80. Most were pretty easy copy. Sorry Mark, WG8Y, looks like we are in a drought.

WA2EDN - Tough night, high noise, low relative signal levels. All were s9 plus but could only read these above.

K8TJ - Had great time but 20m was pretty dead 15 minutes in. Also pleased to work NAQCC members #1 AND #2!

WA2JSG - I could only spend last few minutes in the sprint (saltmine is killin' this ole guy), so only 3 contacts, and two of them were same station, different bands (tnx Ray, Randy, and Ray agn hi hi). Anyway, rig here was IC-703, 5 watts from a 12v battery to an all-band vertical. Big old Kent Straight Key. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

KB4QQJ - Well the bands were in lousy shape tonight in NC. Twenty meters was a bust and 40 only netted about 6 contacts. Moved to 80 meters and it got busy for a while but due to QRN I had to keep filters tight. That made me miss a lot who weren't zero beat. I apologize but if you "ain't" where I am I can't hear where you are.heh heh. I did hear a lot of NC stations which means the band was short. One DX contact with a member in France. Chris, F6EAZ, was a solid 599+ into NC. So much for short band eh? As always though it was fun! Rig was my K2 Antenna was 5 band doublet at 33 feet Key was Swedish Military Pump key and the 2014 SKCC Club Key 72 for now, Randy_KB4QQJ

K9EYT - Skip was long on 40 best signal in Chicago was W2OR from Florida.

KB8FE - Very weak signals in northern Ohio tonight. Got on just at the end of the sprint. Tried K3RLL but could not make contact. Heard NF5U and made contact and I was given a 529. Hope next month will be better!

WA2NYY - It was good to be back after missing the sprint last month. Got off to a slow start on 40m, after the first half hour I was almost ready to hang it up, but persisted, pulled in a few more Qs, and finally went to 80 and things picked up. It was good to work the regulars and some new calls too. The bands seemed a bit longer tonight. Mark WA2NYY

N2CN - Started late, but 80 meters was a gold mine and I made up for lost time. Thanks to all who came back to me.

KN1H - A very enjoyable sprint, thanks for organizing it! 20 was completely dead but 80 was quite alive. I think Winter is finally here. 72, John, KN1H

WB0PYF - Had fun, 80m was really open and quiet for a change, KX3 matched will with the 160M dipole, 72, Ray

AD0IV - Only got on for the last little bit toward the end -- thanks for the QSOs!

K4EOR - A cold night in Georgia!

K0ALN - Good to be back for a fun sprint, but it was a challenging night! 20 went out after 15 minutes and QSB was rough on 40. Guess all the action went to 80. Hopefully will have an antenna for that before the winter is over.

K2YGM - Tonight I only had a few minutes for the sprint, so I just decided to answer whomever I could hear.. 40 mtrs didn't sound too promising here, so after a few QSO's went to 80 where there was more participation and signals were better.. I hope next month will be more productive.. 72 Bob K2YGM

NA4O - Ended up as another nice sprint after a slow start. Nothing on 20, but 80 made up for it.

WG8Y - Hi all,Now that was different.Started out on 20M and only sig. I heard was N0TA and he faded before I could work him.OK,went to 40 and ran into heavy qrn and signals were weak.Not a good combo! Then the noise started going down and the signals got weaker.The band was streching out.Then I heard & worked F6EAZ & CT1BWW that were both calling CQ NA. COOL! That helped make up for not hearing or working much on 40M. Worked W9kmp who gave me his SKCC no.I had wrote him down on paper and it took some head scratching when I went to log him afterwards.I logged him as a 1 pointer.80M was a little better. Caught John,K3WWP calling with about 13 min to go. NT8P, we missed agn. Oh well.still fun seeing what 5 watts will do even when the bands aren't too good.72 & stay warm. Mark WG8Y in N.C.

WX4RM - Rough nite on 40 meters, I could not be heard on 20 meters, so went to 80 meters and voila, there was stations!!! I knew it was going to be strange nite when Naqcc members from France and Portugal answered me on 40 meters. It's like fishing, ya never know what you are going to get. Always fun.

N1JI - I got off to a slow start with fifteen minutes before my first QSO, but things seemed to pick up a bit after that. It was nice to work Chris, F6EAZ, and John, N0TA; They're my farthest two sprint contacts to date.

KD2FVG - Great Fun

N0FN - What a great day to be learning CW! On the advice of John K4BAI I tried calling CQ and I had a great time answering two or three people at once. It was also fun to go back to the straight key after spending all my practice time with the paddle for the CWOps CS Academy class. 20 was shutting down as I started and I was having too much fun on 40 to go up to 80m, so 18 QSOs on 40m and 1 on 20m. Thanks to everyone for their patience with the new guy.

WD0K - Fun Time! I duped up on k4zgb, we had a pipe line connection. 20 was clear as a vision here, but few signals for the time. 40 again was the bread and butter as long as the noise held off. 80 was just fun! ya never know where you are going to be heard. NY had so much snow, had hard time getting over the snow banks.....HI ! Tnx all for the q's 72's Rich/wd0k

NO2D - 20m was "barren" here in CO. 40m good but noisy. 80m quiet but not many could hear me despite their often being 579 or better. Did not hear any New England stations. Did better than I usually do, and always enjoy the NAQCC Sprints. Pete. NO2D.

NU0S - Thank you for a great sprint night I used the Yaesu FT817nd at 5 watts into ground mounted Hustler BTV4 20m and 40m and inverted "L" for 80m with my Junker straight key... K4BAI sorry for stepping on you. very best 73 gang see you next sprint and I'm going to do my best on the Marconi Challenge in December... Scotty/NU0S/3715/Nebraska

WB4MNK - Sure was fun tonight. Started slow on 20 so went to forty and it was much better. 80 worked out pretty good also. Thanks to all the stations I worked and the ones I just could not pull through maybe it will work next month. 72, Art WB4MNK

W4HH - Condx on 40 terrible; 80 a bit better.

KF7WNS - Only had a short time to operate, but I had a good time. 20M dropped out pretty fast - 40M was pretty good shape tonight. Hope to have more time next month. 72, Gary

WB2LQF - Not exactly a great night! Twenty was totally dead; 40 was noisy and all the signal levels seemed less than usual. K4BAI, who usually blasts into NY, was noticeably weaker. Eighty meters was a challenge because I was using a 44' antenna meant for 40 meters and up. To cap off this splendid experience tonight, I busted a borrowed $600 sideswiper. Clean whacked the extension arm right off the assembly. I went QRT early but still managed to make seven contacts on 40M and three on 80M and put eight states in the log.

N5RDN - Been a while since I've been able to participate. Thanks to the folks that worked me. Lot's of fun. 72/Rob N5RDN

N7QR - 20 started out good and was good for me. 80 was too noisy and not much on 40. FT840 with a 1959 Vibroplex Presentation. Only could do the first hour (as I had to go get water boarded at the water district office.) Thanks to all who stretched their ears for me. No broken calls this time!

KB3AAG - About the lowest score in long time! My trusty rig acted up and gave me a bunch of error codes and wasn't working as I started to pack up in disgust it must have sensed it and went to working fine! By the way I figured out what state Q is you know --.- sure enough it is MA or Maine run together but sounds like Q even on the third repeat! hihi Frank

NF8M - What a noisy night! 20 was dead when I got on and 40 was sparse so 80 was the place to be. My usual OCF dipole is lying on the roof instead of up where it belongs so I tried my 30m vertical on 40 & my 160m inverted L on 80, both quieter than the dipole. 72 'til next month!

WA6OEF - Poor condx here this evening... sounds like 80m was the place to be. Gotta get something up for 80!

N3HEE - I forgot how much fun this contest is! Operated less than an hour. Fun ! K3 & WITS 73 -Joe N3HEE

NQ2W - Ten-Tec Jupiter @ 5 W to an inv V at 40' for 40 and a near bottom-loaded, ground mounted vertical for 80. Started late...nothing on 20. 13 QSOs on 40 and 5 on 80. Signals weren't that strong except for W2OR - loud on 40. Thanks to a little bit of luck, NU7T, and the NAQCC I am able to finally get the X2 multiplier. I used my new "Know Code" straight key...what a humbling experience. I apologize for the sloppy keying (not an equipment malfunction, definitely operator generated), especially near the end of the sprint. Practice, practice, practice...Happy Thanksgiving! 72, Will, NQ2W

VE3FMW - Condx dreadful at this location; Thanks to the couple of guys who managed to hear me and give me a report. Gave up after half an hour of S9 noise level and virtually no signals ... hope to do better next month...73 Ron ..

N5GW - KX3 to HB tuner to CFZ. I started out on 20M hoping for a short initial opening this late in the year. There I found two west coast ops but could not attract their attention. Moving to 40M I found lots of sprinters. The last 45 min. was spent on 80M which was in good shape including several ops, apparently due to 40M fading out.

K4THL - Been away from radio about 10 yrs. First NAQCC sprint. Decided to go with a straight key. Discovered I need much practice.

CO8CML - Very bad conditions on 20m. Finally, only a couple QSO's made. See all next month!!! Carlos, NAQCC Nr3908.

K4BAI - FT1000MP, 5W, WM-2 QRP wattmeter, TH6DXX, dipole, zepp, inverted vee, Vibroplex Deluxe Hand Key. 20M was long and only QSO was with VE7KBN. Heard a few other weak signals plus AA7CU who was S&P and didn't call me. 40M seemed pretty good, but I got a lot of very weak signal reports on that band. QRM interrupted an attempted QSO with a TX station and I missed the TX mult for the first time in quite a while. 80M was very good with good signals from as far away as NY and NJ and good signals from close by stations that I couldn't hear on 40M. Missed K4ZGB for the AL mult as he was S&P and didn't call me. Thanks for all QSOs. Next week (Nov 26-Ded 1), I will be QRV from Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean, as PJ4/K4BAI and as PJ4A M/2 in CQ WW CW. Hope to work all of you from there. 73/72, John, K4BAI.

WB8ENE - Didn't hear a single NAQCC station on 20 or 80, and 40 wasn't that great either. There were a few too weak to work. Maybe it got better after I shut down at 0230. Thanks for the contacts with those I did work. 73, Art

KA2KGP - 20m. was very weak with QSB, but 40 & 80m. were useable here in WNY. Rig: IC-7000 at 5w. into dipole up 25 ft. Happy Thanksgiving to all !

WD4OHD - Nothing heard on 20m and noisy conditions on 40m. Good propagation on 80m tonight. Thanks to all who participated.

WA2FBN - As always a fun sprint. The only band that seemed open to me tonight was 80m. Tnx to all. 73 Ken

N8XMS - Well, I thought that the snowy roads that made me late for the start of the sprint were tough and then I turned on the radio and heard the bands and found out that they were even worse than the roads! I didn't hear anyone on 20 and almost no one on 40. 40 was long with a lot of QRN and QSB. I managed to make 7 contacts but only one of them (W2OR in FL) was really easy. It was still a lot of fun as always. - 73, N8XMS

VE3FUJ - There were few station heard here, a few strong one which I had no trouble contacting. A lot of stations so weak I was unable to decipher their call. Not a very good evening for contacts. Brion 3011

K4JPN - Got a slow start on 40M, then switched to 80M and the sprint picked up. 72, Steve K4JPN

KU4A - Interesting: All my 40m QSOs were with New York and New England. So maybe band was long and directional. Also had first 80m QSOs in awhile.

N4MJ - 20 was a wash, 80 was no better. 40 was slow, see times and dead spots between stations worked. Unfortunately, the Sprint crossed paths with the CWT Sprint at 0300Z. Only got 3 more stations after 0300Z. It was as if everyone just quit! There's always December... 73 de n4mj


VE7KBN - Used HB1B on 20 only. Tough copy for some QSO's but always fun and challenging. Thanks for the sprint. CU next time. - 72

K1IX - 20M seemed dead, but wrkd first real Sprint DX,F6EAZ,Chris TU

K6MGO - Here on the west coast 20m was already closed, and 40m was long but weak and so all of the stations were down in the noise and it was impossible to get full call-signs and info. hopefully next month will be better as this was sure an exercise in frustration. 73/72 to all.

NU0T - 20M was tough but still made a couple of contacts. Still lots of fun!

KB1UOH - There was a lot of static here but I did the best that I could.I missed a couple of guys that I always get. Fun anyway

W2JEK - Got on late. heard nothing on 20. went to 40 and found poor conditions. called several stations but got no response. had 15 qso on 80. band was hopping. had a good time. rig ft-840 at 5w to end fed wire. sigal electric key. 72 and 73 Don Younger W2JEK #1135

K1SX - F6EAZ was 1st Eu worked in a sprint..hope it was a 2 way for Chris also. Otherwise, nothing heard on 20, 80 seemed best but ran out of time --tnx all!

W7TAO - NAQCC sprints were the first place I felt comfortable getting on the air with CW, 3 years later I reflect back to how much more comfortable I feel not only participating but holding a frequency. Thanks NAQCC for promoting CW, it's become my favorite mode. -W7TAO

AC8JW - Fun event again this month. 20M was pretty lonely

W9ILF - It's been awhile since I was in a NAQCC sprint. 80 was noisy and lots of weak stations, but that is where the signals were. I enjoyed it.

KQ1P - More QRN than QSO here but put in a few minutes. Thanks again.

KA5TJS - I did not hear a thing on 20 mtrs so jumped down to 40. I found a few but the bands were not real hot here in TX. I used the 7410 at 5 watts and the 80 mtr inverted vee. Thanks to all those I managed to work tonight and we will look for you next month. 73's Allen KA5TJS

AL7JK - Bands were slow hr in Alaska. Only two contacts this time. Heard WA4ZOF/KH6 calling was unable to make the trip into Hawaii. Checked 40 mtrs, nothing but noise. Hope to work you all soon. Cheers ! AL7JK, John

K4NVJ - Band noisy.

VE5BCS - A very enjoyable evening, It seems to go fast thanks to all 73 Harold

W2SH - A few signals were heard on 20m, but my calls went unanswered. Skip was long on 40m which may have accounted for less activity being heard. 80m was the most interesting, but the fierce local noise QRM that has arrived here in recent months makes reception on 80m and 160m very difficult. Then too are the 80m traffic nets that start up at 0300Z. In spite of these problems, 80m yielded the most QSOs. One respondent gave me a curious geographical indicator, QQ . ATH? sez I. Back comes another QQ So I left it at that, but later wondered if he was advertising ARCI's Quarterly, popularly referred to as QQ. Aha! QRZ showed MA. It had been sent twice with no internal spacing, and that says "Mama"; but surely he can't be that young!

WB4UHC - WB4UHC in SE VA. Not a great sprint, 20 was dead, 40 had long skip and W1AW stations, and 80 was noisy. Found big pileup of NAQCC stations around 7041 early on and could not separate them. It was nice having AL, FL, MS, and WI with good signals, just not enough of them. Congrats to those that did get a lot of QSOs. Not complaining, will be back next month for the next surprise! 73, John.

K4NVJ - Condx in the south not so good.

KA8HFN - Thanks for all of the nice contacts. Great Sprint. GL es 73, Larry KA8HFN

NA3V - Tried to use Genlog but display was too small for me to see clearly on my 14" laptop screen. Hope this typed in log contains few errors. Just toss it out if there are too many. QTH is a retirement community.

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

RULES specific to this month's sprint:

Date and time:
Thursday, November 20, 2014 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.