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Jan 2015 QRP/CW 160M Sprint

Ki VA3PEN is responsible for the contents of this page - the results and soapbox. Any questions about that go to pix_newemail_va3pen (1K).

VA3PEN Comments -

Final Results
Call    QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul  Sco  Bon Final 160 Antenna

W1 Division
KN1H      25   22  47  10  470   x2   940 End Fed Wire @50'
K1IX      15   15  30   9  270   x2   540 inv L- FCP
KX1NH     11   10  21   7  147   x2   294 dpl@35ft
NR1D       5    4   9   4   36   x2    72 40 meter loop

W2 Division
W2SH      21   19  40  11  440   x2   880 270' dpl@45'; inverted L, 76'V + 90'H
W2JEK     10    9  19   6  114   x2   228 110 ft end fed at 15 ft
KN2G       6    6  12   5   60   x2   120 560' triangular horiz loop @ 45'
K2ZC       4    3   7   3   21   x2    42 random wire @25'
WA2FBN     4    4   8   2   16   x2    32 multiband dipole up 30ft
KA2KGP     2    1   3   2    6   x2    12 Base Loaded Coil long wire up 20 ft.

W3 Division
WB3FAE     6    5  11   5   55   x2   110 90' end fed at 30'

W4 Division
W4UX      32   26  58  18 1044   x2  2088 Inverted Delta Loop
WG8Y      24   23  47  15  705   x2  1410 1/4 sloping wire vert.grd mtd
K4ZGB     20   17  37  11  407   x2   814 160 meter vertical
K1RA      17   14  31  10  310   x2   620 400+' long wire @45'
K4BAI     13   10  23  11  253   x2   506 Tee vertical (80M inv vee with tuner)
K4JPN      8    8  16   7  112   x2   224 Tee@32'
WA2EDN     7    6  13   5   65   x2   130 DIPOLE UP 10M
K4KRW      2    2   4   2    8   x2    16 dipole @ 25'
W4DUK      2    2   4   2    8   x2    16 End-fed Zepp @20'
$N4FI      4    4   8   3   24   x2    48 120 ft rnd wire @ 20 '

W5 Division

W6 Division

W7 Division
KF7WNS     0    0   0   0    0   x2     0 Trapped Sloper @40'

W8 Division
NX8Y      34   27  61  19 1159   x2  2318 Inverted L
WV8P       8    8  16   7  112   x2   224 LONG WIRE UP 50FT
NF8M       5    4   9   4   36   x2    72 160m Inv-L
W8DW       4    4   8   4   32   x2    64 Long Wire
AB8FJ      4    3   7   3   21   x2    42 Random Wire @15'
$K3YP     16   13  29   9  261   x2   522 160m Dipole
$AB8OU     7    7  14   5   70   x2   140 Double L

W9 Division
WB9CIF    35   29  64  22 1408   x2  2816 70' Top Loaded 160 Meter Vertical
W9CC      30   26  56  17  952   x2  1904 6BTV
AA9L      11   11  22   8  176   x2   352 Trap diploe @ 45'
$WM9I     14   14  28   9  252   x2   504 gnd mtd 80' vert

W0 Division
K2HT       6    6  12   5   60   x2   120 160 Meter Inverted L
N8LA       4    3   7   3   21   x2    42 200 ft dipole up 35 ft
AA0W       3    3   6   2   12   x2    24 Dipole
K6XT       2    2   4   2    8   x2    16 1/8 wave GP
K0ALN      2    1   3   2    6   x2    12 1/4 wave sloper on 70' tower under TA33

Canada Division
VE3FUJ     3    3   6   2   12   x2    24 !30' long wire 12 - 35'

DX Division

Call    QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul  Sco  Bon Final 160 Antenna

W1 Division
W1FMR      7    6  13   5   65 x1.5    97 Inverted L  40' high 130' long.

W2 Division

W3 Division
K3WWP      1    1   2   1    2 x1.5     3 ~110' attic rnd wire

W4 Division

W5 Division

W6 Division

W7 Division

W8 Division

W9 Division
N9SE      11   11  22   9  198 x1.5   297 INV-L

W0 Division

Canada Division

DX Division

Call    QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul  Sco  Bon Final 160 Antenna

W1 Division
K1SX       8    8  16   6   96         96 270' open wire fed doublet at 15'

W2 Division
W2JAZ     18   14  32  10  320        320 Inverted L @35'
N2ESE      2    2   4   2    8          8 120ft.end fed

W3 Division

W4 Division
K4ORD     37   30  67  16 1072       1072 160 WIRE VEE
KG4W      35   30  65  15  975        975 Inv V Windm @ 130'/ 1/2 wv sloper @ 120"
AD8J      23   18  41   5  205        205 Inverted L with 3 elevated radials
N4NQ       8    6  14   7   98         98 invV @ 45'
WM4AA      5    5  10   5   50         50 InvL@50'
AK4JA      3    2   5   3   15         15 doublet @35 feet

W5 Division
N5GW      14   12  26   8  208        208 80' linear loaded vert., metal roof gnd

W6 Division

W7 Division

W8 Division
K8TJ      30   25  55  15  825        825 FT-817 @ 5W and Inverted "L" up 65 ft.

W9 Division

W0 Division

Canada Division
VE3DXK     0    0   0   0    0          0 75ft long wire @20ft

DX Division

Call    QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul  Sco  Bon Final 160 Antenna

Straight Key



Not eligible for certificate or prize for the following reason(s):
@ Non-member
$ QRO power
! Late log
~ Submitted as check log
Key typeSKBUGK/K
First time special sprint entrant high scorer
Key typeSKBUGK/K

K3WWP - Well at least I made one QSO, but it was rough even getting that one. Take a look at my web site diary entry tomorrow at to see a picture of what 160 looked like on my PX3 panadapter to see what I mean. Anyway my streak of never having missed nor been shut out in one of our sprints is still going. Incidentally I thought I'd use my bug for the sprint in honor of our new category setup for our sprints. Thanks to K8TJ for the QSO. I hope to be able to make my goal of 20 in next week's regular sprint. Hope to see you then.

K2HT - Inverted L antenna with 4 radials laid on top of ground and 2 eight foot ground rods. Vertical section 44 ft and horizontal section 84 ft. Antenna would be more efficient with more radials. Appreciate the contacts and looking forward to next sprint.

K6XT - Not sure K4ZGB got my report, did not hear ack. Heard him fine. Heard several who could not hear me.

KX1NH - Nice conditions on 160.

NF8M - Good condx tonight - not too noisy, but only had a few minutes. Having done last weekend's NAQP at QRP and making 10 QSOs on 160 I was ready for some more top band fun. Always good this time of year. See you next week! 72

W4UX - Good turnout. Enjoyed the 160M sprint.

AD8J - First time with 5 watts on 160. Had lots of trouble with the QSB as stations would fade away before I could complete the QSO.

WG8Y - Hi all, Put up a 1/4 wire today that went up 20' then sloped up to app.50'into a tree then bal back down inverted V fashion to app.20' from grd.Have app.30 odd radials under it.That'about all my HOA lot can handle Hi Hi.Got to figure out how to straighten it out some.Thanks to all that heard me.Always fun working all the regulars & running into some ole buddies.Hi to Ray,K3YP.Suprised me once I got your call together. 72 from N.C. Mark WG8Y

KG4W - 1st NAQCC Srint in long time. First ever 160 event. Lots of fun, first time using GenLog & got discombobulated a few times. I should do better with it next time. Used keyer in Gen Log, probably use Bug next time. Tnx for the contacts.

K4ORD - First station I called was in a SKCC contest, I was too high in the band I guess! Later on my run frequency of 1815 all at once was high speed cw from several of my CWT friends and others calling CQ NS, what ever that is, sometimes just too many contest at once, HI! Anyway conditions were very good most signals were strong with a few weak ones, noise level here was S5 on the K3 with the preamp on, which is about as good as it gets here. Thanks to all 72/73 Riley

W1FMR - Nice 160m Sprint - Thank you. Near the end band noise fell from S6 to S2 and went a little longer. Heard W2JEK,K1WHS,N3HEE,AB8OU, W1KOK, W4UX, W2SH, WB9ZIF, K3YP but no QSO. My old 1930s Champion bug was a struggle at first but ran better as the operator's brain began recovering from 60 years as a bug neglector. Happy New Year ! W1FMR

K8TJ - Great fun!


K4KRW - I was hoping I could just get 1 contact tonight. I managed 2 contacts with 4 watts into a 80m dipole. Thanks to K4ORD and K4BAI for pulling me out of the noise. Bill (WA2EDN), I heard you up around 1.815 but didn't manage to get your attention. Good hearing you tonight. This is the first time I even tried this 160m event. I need to improve my antenna situation for this band. Thanks everyone!

W4DUK - QRM from a neighbor's malfunctioning security light was horrendous at my QTH this evening. I was lucky that I got the couple of contacts that I did!

K1RA - My NAQCC # 4976 - my last QSO was with AB8OU NAQCC # 6794 - my #'s heteropalindrome or reversgram :) What are the odds?

W2JEK - Was a lot of fun despite the QSB. Used my 20m gnd plane as receive antenna and transmitted on 110 ft end fed. This was great help in dealing with the plasma tv QRN. Rig Yaesu FT-840 at 5W. 72 and 73 Don Younger W2JEK #1135

KN1H - Great to work everyone on 160! Conditions not too hot, but number of stations was inspiring.

WA2EDN - I only heard 2 other stations that I could not contact. N3HEE had big signal but disappeared during our contact.

N4NQ - My first time. Had lot of fun and was surprised to be spotted 11 times or so. Seems lots of guys out there wanted to encourage me even at my meager 17 wpm. Thanks. Sid, N4NQ

K4BAI - FT1000MP, 5W, WM-2 Watt Meter, tee vertical (80M dipole feeding both sides of the coax through antenna tuner). Very good band conditions and great participation. Only had 45 minutes available at the start and the end. Still many stations I can hear well but can't work due to the compromise antenna. Hope to work you all in CQ 160 CW next weekend. 73/72, John, K4BAI.

N8LA - This is my second attempt to submit this. I hope this one gets through if my first attempt did not. KX-3, dipole @ 35 ft., J-37. I have not participated in a sprint for a while and have not been on the air this year until this sprint. I have been depressed because many contacts had informed me that copy from my sending was "so lid." Finally, I realized that it was my copying of that information was "so lid."

K1IX - new inv L with FCP needs some more work. Could work most all I could hear except n3hee, due to deep qsb fades. Much fun ! 72 all

KA2KGP - Conditions were poor her in WNY this sprint. Noise & bad QSB fading made it rough copy. Still fun to try. Rig: IC-7000 into a base coil loaded long wire at 20 ft.

W8DW - Pretty noisy band and only about a half hour to work with but had fun.

NX8Y - Good band conditions here in Central Ohio. Tnx to all who pulled me out and who were patient with exchanges. Had a couple contacts which were a bust because of fading...sorry. Nice to see some new calls as well as familiar ones. All in all, I had a great time. See you next time. 72 de Ron NX8Y

KF7WNS - Tuned around didn't hear a peep. Called on hour and half hour. The band was really pretty quiet - usually QRN til later. 72, Gary/KF7WNS

K3YP - First time I submitted a log to NAQCC...WG8Y twisted my arm.

K4JPN - Rough here with a poor antenna for 160M. Thanks to all who pulled me out of the noise. 72, Steve K4JPN

VE3DXK - No luck last night at 160m. Just barely heard K8TJ calling CQ (S2-S3), and one more faint signal. No response to my CQs. Well, as a new member, this was my first attempt, now looking forward to upcoming sprints.

WM4AA - Thanks for nice 160m contest!

WA2FBN - Fun to try QRP on 160. Always enjoy the sprints. Speed x key. Tnx to all that copied me. 73 Ken


AA9L - Tough sprint, weak sigs and QRN. Had fun though.

VE3FUJ - Very few stations heard and they were soon logged. Only 3 station heard me. Tkanks to the ones who did. Brion 3011

AK4JA - This was my first NAQCC 160 meter Sprint. My antenna was a compromise doublet (only 140 feet long) fed with 300 ohm twin lead and a tuner. Need to put up a better antenna for sure if I'm going to work 160 meters, Hi hi.

KN2G - I was hearing so many stations at once! It was thrilling to catch Va on 160. I was so excited I know blew a few of my exchanges. Sorry old hands, I have waited three years to try something on 160. Radio has not lost its magic! Someone recently sold me an unssembled HM-9-A wattmeter. I built it and used it to set my IC-718's output to 4 watts for this event. Next year maybe a homebrew set... 72 kn2g

W2SH - QRM from nearby consumer electronic devices keeps increasing. I'd hoped to get a worthy receiving antenna in place before this event, but failing to get that done made this year's 160m sprint a real strain on the ears, with a score below what I'd earned for any of the four prior years

N5GW - KX3 to vertical in 100' oak tree. The noise level is very low in my remote country QTH, so I am able to RX satisfactorily on the vertical. However about half the stations that I hear don't come back to me. This may be due in part to higher noise levels on the other end, considering 160M QRP signals are generally weak, but I suspect I need a better counterpoise ground.

K0ALN - Boy - tough night, but easy to fill out the autologger - Hi! Guess I know what antenna I'll be working on next summer. Heard good signals from N9SE, W8DW and WM9I, but just couldn't make contacts. Can't make sprint next week, but will see everybody in Feb. Best 72's

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

RULES specific to this month's sprint:

Date and time:
Friday, January 16, 2015 0130-0330Z

Band: 160 meters - 1805-1815 kHz.

Note 1: We do not cross-check logs for our special 160M sprints. What you submit stands as your final score, so please check yourself for accuracy before submitting.

Note 2: Normally our 160M sprint is held the Friday before the CQ 160M contest. However because the month ends on the 31st this year, the CQ 160M contest is held a week earlier than usual and our 160M sprint would fall the day after our regular sprint so we altered the date just for this year.

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.