Dec 2015 QRP/CW mW Sprint
Since there is no cross-checking of logs for our mW or 160M sprints, the results are now final as of the submission deadline of 2400Z Sunday December 21. We wound up with 65 logs.
SWA - STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna W1 Division KN1H 17 17 34 11 374 x2 748 DIPOLE@50' N2CN 11 11 22 8 176 x2 352 ZS6BKW @60' K1IEE 12 12 24 7 168 x2 336 OCF long wire@30' NZ1MT 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 Par End-Fed 10/20/40 in attic W2 Division W2SH 16 15 31 10 310 x2 620 270' dpl@45' W2JAZ 13 11 24 7 168 x2 336 Carolina Windom @ 40' WA2NYY 7 7 14 6 84 x2 168 80m OCF dipole at 30' W2JEK 7 7 14 6 84 x2 168 110 ft end fed wire up 20 ft KA2KGP 7 7 14 5 70 x2 140 Dipole up 25 ft. NQ2W 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 Gnd mtd vert W3 Division KD3CA 18 17 35 11 385 x2 770 132 Ft OCF Windom @33 ft K3JZD 6 6 12 5 60 x2 120 dpl@25' AK3X 3 3 6 2 12 x2 24 EF Random wire W4 Division WH6LE 16 15 31 13 403 x2 806 215' horizontal loop@45' WD4OHD 15 15 30 8 240 x2 480 80 meter dipole (sloper) K4JPN 14 14 28 8 224 x2 448 Zepp K4KRW 11 11 22 9 198 x2 396 Dipole@25' W4DUK 11 11 22 9 198 x2 396 End-fed Zepp @20' WG8Y 9 9 18 8 144 x2 288 HB coil loaded 40-80 DP @40ft W4TZM 7 7 14 6 84 x2 168 dpl@70' N4TMM 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 End Fed w Vertex 37' also G5RV 40' N4FI 3 2 5 1 5 x2 10 110' random wire @ 25' W5 Division N5GW 18 18 36 14 504 x2 1008 inv V CFZ apex 80' W5TVW 6 6 12 5 60 x2 120 80 meter fullwave horiz. loop at 20 feet W5WIL 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 240' doublet @ 30' AI5I 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 43' vertical, gnd mtd KA5TJS 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 80 mtr dipole @ 30 ft. WI5H 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 Loop@20' W6 Division WK6L 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 Windom(Inverted Vee),Up 35ft, 40M/20M W7 Division KC7DM 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 135' dpl @ 60 ft KF7WNS 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 Long Wire @ 45' W8 Division N8XMS 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 R7 Vertical WB8LZG 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 dpl@30' KA8KUF 3 3 6 2 12 x2 24 Windom at 30' NF8M 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 160m inverted L K8AG 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 ZS6BKW @ 35' in trees KD8FKD 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 dpl@35' W9 Division N9SE 16 16 32 10 320 x2 640 Dipole @68 feet W9CC 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 6btv W0 Division NN0SS 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 EDZ@30' Canada Division VE2TH 4 3 7 4 28 x2 56 INV VEE@32FT VE3EDX 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 Gnd Mtd Vertical VE9BEL 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 end-fed sloper dipole@35' DX Division SWA - BUG CATEGORY Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna W1 Division W2 Division N2HTT 4 4 8 4 32 x1.5 48 135' doublet at 35' W3 Division K3WWP 1 0 1 1 1 x1.5 2 ~110' attic rnd wire W4 Division W5 Division NF5U 7 6 13 6 78 x1.5 117 40/80m trap dipole at 33ft W6 Division W7 Division N7QR 0 0 0 0 0 x1.5 0 Butternut HF6V gnd mtd vert w/o radials W8 Division W8LU 13 12 25 9 225 x1.5 337 elev. vertical $KD8WA 3 3 6 3 18 x1.5 27 ZS6BKW @32' W9 Division W0 Division KD0V 15 15 30 10 300 x1.5 450 cf Zepp @ 50Ft Canada Division DX Division SWA - KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna W1 Division K1QO 16 15 31 7 217 217 OCF DPL@30' K1SX 13 13 26 7 182 182 40m dipole @ 30' 80m doublet @ 15' N1JI 2 2 4 2 8 8 163' doublet up 25' KB1M 1 1 2 1 2 2 dipole @ 25 ft W2 Division K2JT 7 7 14 6 84 84 dpl@25' N2ESE 7 7 14 6 84 84 80m dipole@35ft. $WA1GWH 7 7 14 4 56 56 104' CF insul wire lying on lawn W3 Division KB3AAG 26 25 51 18 918 918 ver loop top at 30ft KB3TEL 9 9 18 8 144 144 80m dpl@30' and 40m dpl@ 25' W4 Division AB9CA 23 22 45 19 855 855 100' wire up 55' K4ORD 16 16 32 9 288 288 80m vee@30', 40m dpl@40' K3RLL 6 5 11 4 44 44 Nitetime only Vertical N4MJ 2 2 4 2 8 8 Windom K4RHG 1 1 2 1 2 2 Stealth Long Wire W5 Division W6 Division W7 Division W8 Division AB8FJ 3 3 6 2 12 12 Inverted L@15' W9 Division W0 Division Canada Division DX Division GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna Straight Key Bug Keyer/Keyboard Not eligible for certificate or prize for the following reason(s): @ Non-member $ QRO power ! Late log ~ Submitted as check log
KN1H - As if operating at 900mw wasn't challenging enough, the qsb and qrn made for an interesting ride. Great to hear so many stations on at 7db below QRP!
K1IEE - Decided to try 80M and stayed there for the sprint. Some QSB but it worked out well. Thanks to all 73 Dick
K1QO - Ran 900mW on my K3. Conditons were not as good as the June mW sprint. I was hoping for at least 20 but ended up with 16. Nothing heard on 20 and 40 only netted me a few contacts so I headed up to 80 which seemed to be the band. I'm sorry for a few folks I just couldn't pull out of the mud, there was a lot of noise here and I'm sure I missed more than a few who called. 72/88 de Ann
K1SX - Tnx all! My better ant. is for 40 but no one was workable except the reliable AB9CA. 80 lacked activity early. But I checked at 0240 and found a good New England turnout , just what the nvis ant. needed. So, more q's than last time tho mults were tough to get.
NZ1MT - After participating in last weeks December Sprint I was looking forward to the mW Sprint this week. I dusted off my KX3 connected it to my end fed attic dipole and then adjusted the power level down to 0.9W. I started to tune around on 40M and heard nothing but noise, OK maybe one feeble CW QSO down the low end of the band. Had a tune around on the voice section of the band damn nothing. I'm thinking to myself is me antenna even connected, recheck everything? Tuned around 80M and no much better. The bands at my QTH were basically closed. Packed it in after 30 minutes. 73, NZ1MT
W2SH - An opening 40m QSO with AB9CA in AL raised my hopes, but thereafter nearly 45 minutes passed before my second QSO. Switched to 80m and it was in good shape up until the half-way mark. Then it really pooped out and I only made five QSOs during all of the final hour. A TenTec 539 ran at 650 mW, manipulated by a Junker straight key.
W2JAZ - I haven't experienced such horrible conditions in a sprint! 40m was just about useless especially when the other contest began and fortunately contacts were possible on 80m which surprised me.
WA2NYY - Bands were terrible tonight. Listened on 20, no signals. Went to 40, made a few QSOs and then 2 on 80, which was very noisy. I quit at 9:15 pm. I heard quite a few stations answering my CQs but even my KX3 couldnt help me pull them out. Sorry guys. Catch you next month. Happy Holidays to all! de WA2NYY Mark
W2JEK - Used my Oak Hills OHR-500 at 900 MW. All qso's on 80M. Had a lot of fun. 72 and 73 Don Younger W2JEK # 1135
KA2KGP - The worst band conditions in a long time, especially for a MW Sprint! Just terrible... Rig: IC-7000 at 1w. into dipole up 25 ft. and a straight key.
WA1GWH - Well, the foF2 was down around 3 mHz for the mW Sprint, so I decided to use 80M. But, no mW rig for 80M and no 80M antenna! I had a length of TV twinlead split down the middle for 54 feet so I laid it on the lawn as a doublet and ran the rest into the shack and a balanced tuner. Into that I put (a sporting) 5W and made 7 contacts in the hour and a half that I operated. I could hear the 80M ambient noise level very well, but my lossy antenna knocked me down well into the mW class I'm sure! Thanks to the ops I worked and who all gave me between S4 and S6 (quite surprising!).
N2HTT - Conditions again were not so good, and 8o was definitely better than 40. I heard a few stations that I couldn't work because of QSB - everything was really right down at the noise floor. The bug was playing nicely tonight though. Best holiday wishes to all, 72, Mike
NQ2W - K1 at 900 mW to my homebrewed near-bottom loaded, ground mounted vertical. Played only on 80 m and only during the commercials of Survivor's finale. Privileged to make the 3 QSOs under relatively difficult conditions. Happy holidays! 72, Will
KB3AAG - Fine group tonight. Like last week it seemed 40 was long and vacant so I went to 80. Had my calling freq. stolen once. I got a fine Bugali key the other day but it is kind of putting lipstick on a hog hasn't improved my code any! I am enjoying the summer weather no snow yet and half way through Dec. Ill put up with the summer bank conditions all winter for this. Hope to see you all next month. Frank
KD3CA - Many thanks to all that called , very sorry to those we just couldn't get through the QRM & QSB.. running the KX3 @ 900 mW to an OCF Windom @ 33 ft. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all . 72 Don
KB3TEL - 500MW VS 5WATTS or bad conditions.. It was a struggle to copy and be copied on 80m
K3JZD - I had a pretty high noise level this evening. And on top of that also had some QSB. If you answered my CQ and I did not respond to you, your signal must have been below my noise level. But, I enjoy using 750mw - it will get the job done if you are patient. Jody - K3JZD
AK3X - First mW sprint...had a few minutes here and there so cranked down my OHR-100 80 meter rig to 1 watt. Still no proper 80m antenna, so used end fed wire about 55 feet long. Had fun and will try again, especially once I build an attenuator for my other non-adjustable power QRP rigs. 72 for now. Peter
K3WWP - If you can't hear 'em, you can't work 'em. So true, so true. QRPp and S9 local noise just don't mix well at all. I decided since my local noise was as ferocious as ever, I would get one QSO and quit. Well, after getting the one QSO, I wasn't sure it was good, so I decided to listen to see if anyone else would pop up over my noise. In a half hour of listening there were none on 20 or 40, and only one more on 80. I worked him, then did quit. I envy all of you who have quiet listening locations. HI
AB9CA - Rig was K3 turned down to 900 mW. Was surprised to be heard reasonably well considering the power was about 7 1/2 dB down from the usual 5w. Started on 20 by got no takers. Most of the activity was on 40. Lots of QSB. Lots of fills. But noise was not too bad. KC7DM out in OR must have an outstanding antenna farm to be able to hear my puny signal. Prop on 80 seemed weak. But maybe I was a bit early going there. Had to quit about 0300z so missed the last half hour. Thanks to everyone who stopped by. See ya'all next month. 73 de dave ab9ca/4
WH6LE - Had to pull the plug early...worn out.
WD4OHD - Got started late, then 80m changed around 0300 UT, and I only managed to make one more contact after that. Noise and loud stations across 40m. Nothing heard on 20m. Still, my best effort to date on a mW Sprint. Thanks to all who participated this evening.
K4KRW - What a night. Not many signals on 40m here. But, ones that were there were an easy copy. 80m had a fair amount of noise. I had to really use the KX3's filters to dig out the signals. WH6LE was a true 599 here when his signal peaked (QSB). Amazing. Thanks everyone! Great fun as always. 73, Richard
W4DUK - Power was 900 mW. Didn't hear a thing on 40m, so moved to 80m and stayed for the duration. QRN a little tough on the ears at times, but a fun time nonetheless.
K4ORD - Not a good night for "flea power", started on 40M and called KD0V then he faded into the noise not sure if he heard me, then on to 80M and at first not much better very deep qsb would call stations and they couldn't hear me then it got a bit better later. Many stations were strong on their peaks then down they would go! 72/73 Riley K4ORD
WG8Y - Hi all, Started 47 minutes late. Was at my Grandson's 18th Birthday party.Ran the FT-817 at 1/2 watt.Agn no 20m here. Went to 40 and made 4 Q's in 9 minutes then nothing but noise. Boy,I could hear signals on 80M but the noise made it really hard to pull most of them out. Then the CW OP bunch starting calling over the few that were above the noise.And they;re supposed to be good ops. I'll stay here with the QRP guys.Still had fun trying but almost glad I was late starting. The noise coming out of my FT-817 this time around was the winner.Hi Hi Still fun trying. Merry Christmas to all the QRPers out there & 72 from Salisbury,N.C. Mark WG8Y
K3RLL - K3 to my HoA banned temporary vertical - Nothing heard on 20m, but no surprise there with conditions as they are. Nice to hear activity on 40m, mostly all NH to FL tonight. Funny how that works. Very honored to work K1SWL after building and enjoying his various rigs. Neat! Thanks for the fun. ... 72, ... Don
N4MJ - First effort in the milliwatt sprint. Got started late then had company arrive shortly after I got going. Argh!!! Worked two stations, one on each coast. Heard a few more but they didn't hear me. I like this sprint. Hope to make it a regular. 73 de n4mj
K4RHG - I was running a half watt from southwest Florida. Didn't hear any CQ NA and only got one QSO. Thanks W2SH for hearing me 1,086 miles away! Still was fun, and will try again in January.
N5GW - I had the KX3 cranked down to 900 mW, hooked up to a hb tuner and CFZ. I had pulled out the old J38 key, expecting the sprint would be over before I developed BPC (brass pounder's cramp)! 20M was dead at the start. 40M was fair, but only sparse, mostly weak signals. I suppose it was a combination of the flea powered stations and poor propagation. 80M was similar but even fewer sprinters heard. Anyway it was a fun challenge.
W5TVW - Started on 20 meters, but nobody heard! Band dead here. Wandered to 40 and got skimpy results. Decided to listen to 80 even though we had bad rainstorms. Actually this was the best sounding band tonight! Still sparse activity. Hung things up early. Wish conditions had been better here, but maybe next time will be better. Was running the FT-817 right below 1 watt (950 mw according to my Bird meter) See you guys on the next sprint!
W5WIL - Got on an hour late. A few folks heard on 40 and 80. Seemed like quite a struggle this evening but always fun to try. IC703 at 900mw with spark key. Merry Christmas to all..
AI5I - ICOM IC-7200 wound back to 1.0W out, Czech military straight key. Tough going this evening. Almost a whole hour between my last 2 QSOs! N5GW had the biggest signal here.
KA5TJS - Did not even try 20 due to the propagation forecast. Did the sprint with the FT817 at 500mw on 40 meters to my 80 meter dipole. Had fun and CUL.
WI5H - Conditions were especially poor at my location tonight for weak signals on 40 and 80. No signals on 20. Worked the first 55 minutes and worked 3 members on 40 meters. Thanks to Merlin, Gene and Dave. 72, Mike
KC7DM - Decent opening to the SE early, on 40M, which my wire favors. But after 0200Z, neither 40 nor 80 were being kind at this QTH.
KF7WNS - Tough night...thought I was going to get skunked. Thanks to AI5I/NM for my one Q in the last ten minutes of the sprint. Heard a bunch of stations, some pretty strong N5GW - N1IX - AB9CA. Better prop and less QRN would have been nice. 72, Gary
N7QR - First mW sprint for me. Used IC706 turned down with 5 x 3dB (Voltage) pads on the output which I removed on receive (although it didn't seem to make much difference on receive.) (Actually, I had too many pads in, I only needed 1) Did not hear anyone calling "CQ NA" but did hear KE7LKW carrying on a net. 80 seemed decent as did 40. Nothing on 20. Perhaps need a better antenna. Will try it again next mW sprint (after I study the relationship between Watts, dBm's, Vrms and VPtoP again. I used to be able to do this in my head.) Used a scope to check power by measuring Voltage off a BNC "T" into a dummy load.
W8LU - 100% 80m, QRN es QSB. Had to work for these contacts! But - it was FUN! Thanks all. Rig was a 1922 Vib. Bug to a KX3 at 500 mW into a 27' HB elev. vertical. Merry Christmas es Happy New Year to all and yours. See ya' next year!
N8XMS - I only had about 20 minutes available for the sprint but I managed to make 4 QSOs at 900 mW. That's twice as many contacts as I had last week in 45 minutes of operating in our regular sprint. I only operated on 40m and it seemed long. From MI I worked AL, MS, MN, and OK but everything was weak and there was a lot of QRN.
WB8LZG - Did this once. 73 Gregg
KD8WA - I went as low as I could on the IC-746Pro and only able to get down to 3 watts. Bands were worse than last week by far here in WV. Still fun. 72, Dave KD8WA
KA8KUF - Rig Yaesu FT-817 set at 1 watt to a Windom antenna.
AB8FJ - Very rough night here in SW Ohio. Called and searched for two hours and only managed three contacts. Big difference compared to the Sprint last week. K3/10 @ 900mW to the Inverted L. Decided to use the paddle/keyer tonight. Apologies to anyone who called and I did not manage to pull out of the noise tonight.
NF8M - Wow, talk about Silent Night! Got on at the start, heard nothing but noise on 40 and 80, called CQ a few times with no results. Thought I heard a weak signal but couldn't make it out. Took a break and came back toward the end, listened on 40 and 80, still no NAQCC but could hear some of the CWops guys on 40 so I figured the bands weren't totally wiped. Even checked SWPC to see if there had been a sudden radio blackout but no. Finally with 1 minute to go W2JAZ popped up out of the noise and I worked him. TNX Rick for the point! 72 to all and to all a good night.
K8AG - Wow! Band was just not cooperating tonight. Lucky I got 1 QSO so I can turn in my log. Thanks Tom. Noise from all of the decorations doesn't help. I actually had about 2 QSOs if I can prorate. :-p But there were about 3 that just QSB'd away. Better luck next time. Happy Holidays everyone.
NN0SS - 20 and 40 meters dead-80 meters few stations but QSB limited QSO's to 3
VE2TH - Well it was very quiet here tonite. Condx were bad again, The good things, I worked some new ones, and had fun.- See you next year, and I wish all, a very nice seasons greeting, 7 a very prosperous new year, 72/73 Michel
VE3EDX - Very poor condx. 900mW into vertical. Besides one local, worked IN on 80 and MS on 40. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year to everyone.
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Date and time:
Thursday, December 17, 2015 0130-0330Z
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