Jan 2016 QRP/CW Sprint (#135)
K3WWP Comments - All results are now completely final and no more changes can be made. I hope we get back to our 100+ logs next month after falling short this month probably due to the horrid conditions for most of the country. You needed a big antenna system and a quiet location this month to have a good score with such conditions.
KF0U Comments - Had a great time putting this months Sprint together. I'm looking forward to the one in March and hopefully the band conditions will up the turnout. Thanks as always. 73 de KF0U.
SWA - STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna W1 Division KN1H 20 20 40 12 480 x2 960 Dpl @50' K1IEE 11 11 22 8 176 x2 352 OCF long wire @30' W2 Division KA2KGP 17 17 34 11 374 x2 748 Dpl @25' W2JEK 11 11 22 7 154 x2 308 110' end fed wire @20' WA2NYY 4 4 8 3 24 x2 48 80m OCF dpl @35' WA2JSG 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 Vertical elevated @10' W3 Division KQ3Z 21 21 42 15 630 x2 1260 135' Doublet Vee AB3RU 19 19 38 13 494 x2 988 G7FEK @33' K3JZD 10 9 19 7 133 x2 266 Dpl @25' W4 Division K4JPN 34 34 68 20 1360 x2 2720 Zepp WG8Y 33 32 65 20 1300 x2 2600 Homebrew 40-80 coil loaded DP @40' WX4RM 32 31 63 18 1134 x2 2268 6BTV gnd mtd vertical WH6LE 31 31 62 17 1054 x2 2108 Horizontal wire loop @45', 215' long K4ZGB 22 21 43 14 602 x2 1204 40 dpl & 80 longwire K4KRW 22 22 44 13 572 x2 1144 Dpl @25' W4TZM 15 15 30 12 360 x2 720 Dpl @65' N4ERM 20 20 40 9 360 x2 720 Horizontal loop @40', Windom @50' W4DUK 16 16 32 10 320 x2 640 End-fed Zepp @20' WA4ZOF 12 12 24 9 216 x2 432 Dpl @20' K4BAI 11 11 22 8 176 x2 352 40m dpl @40', 80M inv dpl @55', cf zepp @50' N4KEZ 8 8 16 8 128 X2 256 EFHW multi-band @40' N4TMM 8 8 16 6 96 x2 192 Radiowavz EFT 110 @40' N4FI 8 8 16 5 80 x2 160 115' random wire @25' AF4HL 6 6 12 3 36 x2 72 LW @60' WB4OMM 4 4 8 3 24 x2 48 268' wire loop @35' W5 Division N5GW 38 38 76 22 1672 x2 3344 CFZ @75' KE9DR 10 10 20 8 160 x2 320 Delta loop @35' WB5UAA 8 8 16 5 80 x2 160 300' dpl @30' KA5TJS 8 8 16 5 80 x2 160 80 mtr dpl @30' KG5HCF 7 7 14 5 70 x2 140 Dpl @20' WI5H 6 6 12 4 48 x2 96 Loop @21' AI5I 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 Gnd mtd vert with radial farm W6 Division KC6SSE 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 G5RV @30' W7 Division KC7DM 8 8 16 6 96 x2 192 135' dpl @60' N7KM 8 8 16 6 96 x2 192 50' vert/16 radials W7YSB 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 Dpl @30' W8 Division KE8DI 46 46 92 22 2024 x2 4048 130' Doublet @40' WB8LZG 16 16 32 12 384 x2 768 Dpls @30' WV8P 8 8 16 8 128 X2 256 Long wire @60' K8AG 12 12 24 8 112 x2 224 ZS6BKW @35' in trees KB8FE 6 6 12 5 60 x2 120 EFHW Vertical WB8ENE 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 40 meter dpl @15' NF8M 4 4 8 3 24 x2 48 80m OCF dpl @35' & inv-L (80 receive) W9 Division W9CC 16 16 32 7 224 x2 448 6BTV KA9FQG 6 6 12 5 60 x2 120 G5RV @37' W0 Division AA0W 7 7 14 7 98 x2 196 Dpl N8LA 6 4 10 6 60 x2 120 Dpl @35' Canada Division VE2TH 10 8 18 6 108 x2 216 Inv vee @32' VA3PEN 7 7 14 6 84 x2 168 Gnd mtd vert VE3DVC 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 Inv Vee @40' VE3FMW 3 3 6 2 12 x2 24 90' OCF wire @40' VE3DQN 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 40m loop @45' VE7HI 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 3 band vert... 8' off ground DX Division SWA - BUG CATEGORY Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna W1 Division W2 Division N2HTT 10 10 20 9 180 x1.5 270 135' doublet @35' W3 Division N3SW 6 6 12 4 48 x1.5 72 Dpl @30' K3WWP 2 2 4 2 8 x1.5 12 ~110' attic rnd wire W4 Division AK4NY 27 27 54 14 756 x1.5 1134 G5RV @35' WA2EDN 10 10 20 6 120 x1.5 180 Dpl @30' KC4GIA 5 5 10 4 40 x1.5 60 Inv Vee @25' W5 Division NF5U 13 11 24 9 216 x1.5 324 40/80m trap dpl @33' W6 Division W7 Division W8 Division N8XMS 18 17 35 10 350 x1.5 525 R7 Vertical WV8DH 11 11 22 7 154 x1.5 231 ZL6BKW G5RV @32' W9 Division AA9L 20 20 40 12 480 x1.5 720 Trap dpl @50' W0 Division NN0SS 2 2 4 2 8 x1.5 12 20m EDZ @35' Canada Division DX Division SWA - KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna W1 Division N1JI 3 3 6 3 18 18 163' doublet @25' KB1M 3 3 6 2 12 12 Dpl @30' W2 Division N2ESE 16 16 32 9 288 288 80&40M Dpl WA1GWH 8 8 16 6 96 96 40M dpl @15' W3 Division KB3AAG 40 40 80 21 1680 1680 Vertical loop top 30' W4 Division KU4A 37 37 74 18 1332 1332 40m slp dpl, 80m 1/4-wave sloper N4MJ 31 31 62 17 1054 1054 Windom K2YGM 29 28 57 15 855 855 BuddiStick - 2 radials W2BJN 16 16 32 11 352 352 65' end fed @18' K3RLL 10 10 20 7 140 140 HoA Special Vertical AA4MI 5 5 10 5 50 50 SWA KI4WFJ 5 5 10 4 40 40 OCF dpl @35' W5 Division N3CI 7 7 14 4 56 56 Whip antenna 16' N9SE 3 3 6 3 18 18 Dpl AB5XM 0 0 0 0 0 0 Elev 20m 1/4~ vert @24' homebrew W6 Division W7 Division AA7CU 6 6 12 5 60 60 Mobile 6' whip @12' using 8 radials WU7F 1 1 2 1 2 2 Inv-Vee @30' W4OEP 1 0 1 1 1 1 Loaded Mobile Vertical W8 Division WA8SAN 10 10 20 8 160 160 G5RV @25' K8AX 10 10 20 7 140 140 Inverted L @35' N8NK 7 7 14 6 84 84 25' indoor end fed wire AB8FJ 6 6 12 6 72 72 Inverted L @15' N8ZYA 7 7 14 5 70 70 Indoor random wire about 50' W9 Division AB9YC 6 6 12 6 72 72 Dpl @20', ground mounted vertical W0 Division NO2D 5 5 10 3 30 30 80 M doublet @32' WD0K 1 1 2 1 2 2 Delta loop @30' Canada Division DX Division GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna Straight Key NQ2W 9 9 18 8 144 x2 288 Mini beam @25', inv v @40', gnd mtd vert Bug KF6C 7 5 12 6 72 x1.5 108 STEPPIR DB18 @50' Keyer/Keyboard Not eligible for certificate or prize for the following reason(s): @ Non-member $ QRO power ! Late log ~ Submitted as check log
STATS: Logs submitted: 92 Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 135 Total QSOs in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 1,082 States represented: 34 + BC ON QCSOAPBOX:
N9SE - Operated from my hotel room in TX.
K3WWP - I got on the bands at 0000Z to get my daily streak QSOs and found the bands in horrible shape. I couldn't even get a W/VE QSO for my main streak let alone a DX station for my DX streak. After an hour of trying, I decided on a sprint strategy. I'd just get on long enough to get a QSO for the sprint if I could and that would serve as my W/VE streak QSO for the day as well. I didn't even bother with GenLog, opting to use paper instead. I got on a couple minutes past 0130Z on 80 meters and heard virtually nothing, at least nothing in the sprint till finally I found and worked KQ3Z for my one QSO. OK, let's check 40 just for fun. Wouldn't you know it. 40 is in good shape with at least a few if not a lot of sprint signals. I worked N4ERM, then debated if I should set up GenLog and try for some more QSOs. Naw, that was too much trouble and 40 is still quite noisy and might change again. So I shut down, and came here to the computer with my story for the soapbox. Next month I'll set up as usual no matter how the bands may sound before the sprint. Incidentally my noise on 80 this evening was S9 + 5 DB, not conducive to making QSOs, especially copying QRP signals.
K3RLL - K2 to temporary black HoA-Special 4-BTV - Just finished building autotuner this afternoon for the K2 I built eight (?) years ago so very happy to get to take it for a run on our NAQCC Sprint tonight. Big signal here in FL tonight was Gene N5GW. So neat to run into my former PA neighbor K3JZD, but just as we started some digi-station put his carrier smack dap right on us. Grrrr! Great to work Jody after all these years. Nice sprint tonight. 72 to all ... Don
WD0K - Where did everyone go? 40 was just lousy. Reception was not to be had here in Litle Canada. Wait till next month? 72's Rich/wd0k
VA3PEN - It has been for a while since the last time I participated the sprint so I decided to join the fun tonight. The 40m band condition was fair but I could not hear any sprint stations on 20m and 80m bands.
KI4WFJ - NOT MUCH HAPPENING ON 40M TONIGHT, BANDS UP AND DOWN. HAD A GOOD TIME THOUGH USING THE PFR-3B AND A MODEL P6 TOUCH PADDLE.
VE2TH - See you all next month in better conditions. 72, Michel
N8ZYA - Always fun but not good conditions tonight in WV. All contacts except one were on 40 meters. Big snow coming our way tomorrow! A good time for radio. Hi Hi
WA2NYY - Just able to get on the last 20 minutes. Found 40 to be dead and made a few QSOs on 80. Didnt seem to be too much activity tonight. 72 Mark
KB8FE - Fairly good conditions tonight in northern Ohio. Cold, dusting of snow. The end-fed half-wave vertical wire, toroid/cap tuner, 1/4 wave counterpoise seemed to hear well.
WH6LE - Most time spent on 80m tonight. Heard nada on 20m--and 40m not working here so well. Best to all this year and Vy 72! Pete
WA2EDN - Almost missed it, worked only the last hour. Good to work my buddy Richard K4KRW Thanks to NQ2W for my last contact and a multiplier. a great time. A bit better with the bug this time.
WA2JSG - Only 2 contacts in last few minutes. Sorry, my bad. Thanks to Mark & Tom, else I would have had none. Better luck for me next month.
AB3RU - Another fun sprint. I was very rusty due to lack of radio over the past few weeks, and had some technical difficulties. My headphones decided to fall apart while I was wearing them and I am getting used to a new key. Thank you to everyone who patiently gave me repeats and endured my erratic sending this evening. I hope to be in better form next sprint, until then, 72 and thanks to all.
N2HTT - Both band conditions and the bug were fighting me tonight, but had a bit of a run on 80 in the last few minutes. Fun as always, thanks to all you guys for being patient with my runaway key. 73 Mike
AB8FJ - Not the best of conditions on 80M tonight. I stayed on 80 for the entire sprint but the noise and severe QSB made it very challenging. Hopefully next month will be better. K3/10 at 5W to the Inverted L. Thanks to all for the sprint.
NF5U - I was able to get in on the Sprint for the last hour, great fun, thanks to all for the qso's. Look forward to many more!
K8AG - Bands were all noisy here. Sorry to those that I could not pull out. These are my favorite sprints.
KN1H - Started sprint with a 6AQ5 transmitter and a couple of crystals for 80 and 40. Called CQ for 30 minutes and worked no one. Switched to the Icom and had better luck. Maybe next month. Conditions very long on 80 tonight, great to work AB9CA and N5GW like locals!
KE8DI - What a sprint. Conditions were surprisingly good especially on 40M here. First time I have had shorter skip on 40 at this hour in a while. K8AZ - worked you on 40 and 80 go two diff #s?? Maybe a member of a different club?? Good Fun tonight. 73 All. Dave (formerly WA8AXF)
K4KRW - Great night. 80 meters was hopping. Heard lots of great signals. KX3 and Johnson straight key. Thanks everyone! Richard
N1JI - I tried working mobile on the way home from a rehearsal tonight, but no one seemed to hear me with 5 watts to a hamstick. I got home 15 minutes before the end of the sprint and managed to work a few stations on 80M. Thanks to N4MJ for hanging in there - Local QRN made it very difficult to copy your signal here. 72/73 to all
K1IEE - Found 40M and 80M with heavy QSB which made for an interesting night. Many times a signal would start with S5 or less and end contact with S9. Seems like the last hour 80M was getting better. Thanks to all 73 Dick
K3JZD - Softrock RXTX with a small amp to take it up to 5W output. Heard the West Coast, but they were not hearing me. Nice to work Don, K3RLL, from his winter home in sunny FL.
KQ3Z - Wow! Really had to work hard to make contacts tonight. 80 meters was the best band at my QTH. Thanks for the contacts and thanks to those who make these Sprints happen. 73's Bernie KQ3Z
W2JEK - Started on 20, heard nothing, then after nothing on 40 went to 80 and stayed there. Conditions were noisy and the band was long. The close in states were weak if they could be heard at all. Hope conditions are better next month. 72 and 73 Don Younger W2JEK # 1135
KB3AAG - Good band tonight though I was surprised to find 80 to be better than 40. I lost my freq three times in the first half hour! When I don't call cq for a few seconds after an exchange it dosnt mean I gave up the freq but that I am seeing if anyone is tailending with a call! When I send AGN I missed part of ur call and would you please send it AGIN. Nine degrees and snowing hard in the holler tonight! Frank
WG8Y - Hi all, First off tnxs for the repeats while I was on 80m. The signals were pretty gud but the qrn was right up there also. Started on 20m for a few min.AB9CA was my only 20m Q. Bounced between 40M & 80M then stayed on 80m the last 50 min or so. Tnxs Dave, WV8DH nr8054 for the repeats & welcome.Kept missing the 8 in your call. Had it so messed up I wrote it on my pad & entered at the end.Yeh! Have to mention AK4NY.You were 59+20 on 80m into NC. Hope all had a gud time.I always enjoy working the Sprints. 72 all from N.C. Mark WG8Y
WB4OMM - Only got the last hour......and little joy! 40m had few signals with much QRN. 80M was worse! But made a few for the log......72/73! Steve WB4OMM
KE9DR - Been off the air for almost a year, Good to be back. 20 was dead, 40 was good, lot of QRO, and 80 was fair. Once again had lots of fun. Thanks to everyone. 73 Bert
AF4HL - FINALLY made one (at least the last 30 minutes). Great fun!
NF8M - Lousy night propagation-wise. Couldn't even make out entire calls, the QSB and flutter was so bad hr. A index at 25 didn't help, certainly. Gave up after less than an hour. 72 & hpe better condx next month!
NO2D - 40 Meters was busy, at least while I was on. Did not have much time to spend in the sprint. Always fun. Thanks to those who made it possible. Pete, NO2D
N4MJ - Fairly good evening. Worked some new folks. Had fun. 73 de n4mj
N8LA - I was all set to have a big night after not participating for a number of months but QRN had a different plan. Didn't hear any sprinters, called CQ NA and a 100W station answered. I had a difficult time copying him. Then I heard a 599 CQ and called him. He was running a killerwatt! He gave me a 579 (995 watts = 2 S units??!!) Finally was able to copy 4 members with much effort. Thanks for the repeats. My apologies to the stations I could not pull out of the QRN, especially the WA2 who made several valiant attempts to get through to me. When the goin' gets tough the tough get goin' and that is what I am about to do -- get goin' to bed!
AI5I - Conditions on 40m seemed good. Didn't spend too much time on Sprint since I was looking for VP8STI and K5P QSOs.
N8XMS - I got home from church about 0200 and right away went to 40 meters where I had a good run for 45 minutes. Then it was like someone threw a switch and everyone disappeared. This was the first time that I tried to use a bug in one of our sprints and I really thank everyone that was able to copy my poor fist! 73
NQ2W - Ten-Tec Jupiter @ 5 W to a mini-beam at 25' for 20, an inv V at 40' for 40, a near bottom-loaded, homebrewed, ground mounted vertical for 80, and my Vibroplex Know Code straight key. Started out with 4 pretty quick QSOs on 20 then it went downhill fast. I struggled to make 3 QSOs on 40 and 2 QSOs on 80 during the last 1-1/2 hrs. I missed a few that were down in the noise...hopefully, next month. Thanks for the opportunity. My fingers are crossed for better condx next month. 72, Will, NQ2W
AB9YC - Had to sneak away for a few minutes. Bands have been noisy in my area lately. I hope to have more time next month.
W4TZM - Had an enjoyable run on 40 this evening.
KG5HCF - Enjoyed the sprint as always. 80m was only thing happening at my QTH. Thanks to NAQCC for all activities. 73 DAVE KG5HCF
K4BAI - FT1000MP, 5W. XYL and I were at a regional theatre production of "To Kill a Mockingbird" and returned home for the last 20 minutes of the sprint. Heard one sprinter on 20M, but couldn't identify him. 40M was still active with 4 QSOs there. Then 7 more on 80 which was quite good with QSOs from TX to NY without great effort. Know it must have been a fun two hours. Thanks for the QSOs. 73/72, John, K4BAI.
N5GW - I started out on 20M with the KX3, hoping for some west coast Q's. Got VE7HI in BC and KC7DM in OR. Heard WD7Y and WB8LZG but they didn't hear me. Moving down yielded 16 Q's on 40M and 20 on 80M. QSB was weird, from one extreme to the other. I kept hearing K4BAI on 80M but could never hook up with him. Only had four 2-banders. Maybe 20M will start to open up next month.
N4ERM - GenLog gives me a fit every time (operator's fault, NOT the program!). I'll have to do more Sprints just to get semi-proficient in GenLog.
WA1GWH - Worked 40M only and it was fairly long and in and out. Thanks to all who "listened hard", especially AA4MI, way down thar in "Floridia". Took quite a few tries to get all the info, but we did it! 72, Garry
WB8ENE - Well, I made more contacts that I did last month. Spent the whole time on 40 meters. Thanks for the contacts. 73, Art
AA0W - Fair conditions stayed on 80m
WB8LZG - Hello agn fellow sprinters ! I fired up the Argo 509 agn tonight in great anticipation of how far could I go tonight ? Started out on 20m and was happy to grab a few QSOs there. 20m was Short Skip only. Worked down south es east, but nothing heard from the western states. So that was a strange bit of propagation. Maybe a cloud????? Went to 40m es things going gud there. But lots of QSB. Whew ! One min 599 , next min , barely there. Later at 0935 local time I worked N4ERM es WI5H es both weak es had mean flutter on their signals. Some aurora maybe ??? Tns to u guys fer the repeats tonight ! Got 2 Michigan stations tonight ! usually don't get any. All n all a gud sprint here. Nice to work several new members wid high #s. Welcome aboard gents ! See u all next month. 73 Gregg #1444
N7KM - I enjoyed the brief 30 minutes I got to participate. I was all set to do the complete sprint then company dropped in. They learned a lot about ham radio, maybe we will get some new hams. I was using my newly acquired K1 and I wanted to give it a workout. I'm impressed with how well the K1 performed. Thanks to everyone who makes this happen, I'll be back when the sprint falls on a Wednesday night my time.
KU4A - At 0320Z, I hit 38 QSOs which tied my personal best of 38 in September, 2015. So I assumed I was looking at a new record. But got shut out the last 10 minutes, so it goes in the book as a tie. Good conditions, obviously, but the fading seemed worse than normal. My apologies to anyone I didn't hear calling. I think there were some people down in my noise.
VE7HI - Thanks Gene/N5GW! It was lonely on 20 around here tonight! CUL
K4JPN - Tried 20M several times, but nothing heard, 40M gave me a few, but 80M was the band for me. 72, Steve K4JPN
WX4RM - I was surprised that 20 was open to the northwest tonite! Glad I spent time on it...40 meters had many strong signals from all directions...80 meters gave me a chance to get nearby states not usually heard. Was a good mix of stations out there today!
KA2KGP - Nice sprint! I made a few 20m contacts before it went dead. 40 & 80 were in pretty gud shape here in WNY. Rig: IC-7000 at 5w. into dipole up 25 ft. and a straight key.
K2YGM - Winter vacation in West Palm Beach Fl, I took my KX3 and BuddiStick with me and looked forward to our sprint. I have to say that power line noise here is horrific with no cure in sight, but utilizing the NB and filtering, I did my best. Had to stay on 40 due to the antenna situation.. Heard many stations North of me in NC, GA, PA, NJ, and NY. some TX was in there as well as VE3DVC in ON. It was nice hearing my NY buddies in the sprint, and tried to work WA2NYY, but he was way down in the noise and others were covering him up. I'll be here for the Feb sprint and look forward to another exciting evening with my QRP buddies. 72 Bob K2YGM/4 WPB FL
W4OEP - With all the CWT activity, NAQCC QSOs were non-existent here.
AB5XM - I am only submitting this to show that I tried to participate but didn't make any contacts. The very few stations that I could hear could not hear me. A lot of noise! Hopefully, next month will be better.
KA5TJS - Well, I did not even try 20 mtrs due to the forecast. I started and 40 and it was not bad. I got 8 which is very good for me. I did the sprint with the 7410 at 5 watts with the Vibroplex straight key. TNX to all who heard me and see you next month.
AA9L - Fun sprint. Thanks to all that hung in there. See you in the next sprint, 73 Rich
VE3DVC - Always fun. A special thanks to Bob, K2YGM for his patience in pulling me out of his noise. Thanks to all, 72, Doug.
AK4NY - This sprint was a little different for me, normally I can just CQ and pick up QSO's but things got very slow so I had to S&P for QSO's. Bands were a bit noisy, had 4 busted callsigns during the evening don't know if it was condx or my lousy handwriting, but all and all a fun filled evening. Hope to cu on the air 73 de Tom
W2BJN - Enjoyed my first NAQCC Sprint experience with my Ten-Tec OM7 at 5W. Observed moderately high noise levels on all three bands. Look forward to seeing ya'll next month. 73, Joel
VE3FMW - Some nights you just take what the band gives you. Heard nothing on 80 or 20; found three signals on 40 working the sprint; logged them and went to watch the tube. Thanks again to all and congrats to Michel VE2TH on his great signal despite the crummy condx. Cheers & 73 .. cu all next month ... Ron
KC6SSE - Thanks for running the Sprint. It was a lot of fun.
VE3DQN - Sri, called away from the shack, couldn't continue. Next month...
KC4GIA - First time on the air since Sept. Tnx all for your patience. Had fun.
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Date and time:
Thursday, January 21, 2016 0130-0330Z
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