Dec 2016 QRP/CW mW Sprint
SWA - STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna W1 Division KN1H 11 11 22 7 154 x2 308 END FED WIRE @50' WB1GYZ 7 7 14 6 84 x2 168 3 sloping vertical wires, 2 counterpoise K1IEE 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 OCF Dipole 30 ft K1SX 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 1/4 wl vert + 16 radials W2 Division W2SH 15 15 30 8 240 x2 480 270' dpl@45'; Inv L 70' up; 90' out. KA2KGP 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 Dipole up 25 ft. W3 Division KD3CA 11 10 21 9 189 x2 378 132 Ft. OCF Windom @33 ft K3JZD 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 dpl@25' KQ3Z 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 135' Doublet Vee W3TTT 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 Inverted Vee at 60', ladder line, TUNER W4 Division WG8Y 23 23 46 14 644 x2 1288 HB 40-80 DP 40ft WD4OHD 14 14 28 8 224 x2 448 80m dipole N4WD 11 12 23 9 207 x2 414 80mt OCF @ 40ft W4UX 11 11 22 9 198 x2 396 40M @ 65' W4DUK 9 9 18 6 108 x2 216 End-Fed Zepp @20' NA4O 6 6 12 5 60 x2 120 dipole@45' K4KRW 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 Dipole@35' KF4BY 4 4 8 3 24 x2 48 Inv-V @ 30' KG4MTN 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 EFHW at 30 ft. W5 Division N5GW 17 17 34 13 442 x2 884 CFZ @ 55' W5WIL 7 7 14 7 98 x2 196 240' doublet @ 30' KA5TJS 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 80 mtr inv vee @ 30ft $KE5YUM 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 Random wire at 20 feet W6 Division WK6L 1 0 1 1 1 x2 2 Windom Vee, 40 & 20 Meters W7 Division KC7DM 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 450' skyloop @ 65' KF7WNS 2 2 4 1 4 x2 8 232ft OCF Long Wire @ 45ft W7PAZ 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 vertical up 12 ft W8 Division WB8LZG 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 dpl@30' N8XMS 2 2 4 1 4 x2 8 R7 Vertical NF8M 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 80m, OCF dpl (xmit) amplified loop (rcv) W9 Division N9RLO 8 8 16 7 112 x2 224 inv v @ 35ft. W9CC 4 4 8 3 24 x2 48 6btv N9SE 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 Inverted Vee @68' W0 Division K0PF 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 Ground Mounted Vertical and ATU NN0SS 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 80 meter Inverted V@35 ft Canada Division VE3EDX 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 Gnd Mtd Vertical DX Division SWA - BUG CATEGORY Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna W1 Division W2 Division W3 Division K3WWP 1 1 2 1 2 x1.5 3 ~110' attic rnd wire W4 Division $WH6YH 9 9 18 9 162 x1.5 243 dipole at 50ft W5 Division NF5U 14 14 28 12 336 x1.5 504 40m/80m trap dipole at 33ft W6 Division W7 Division W8 Division W9 Division W0 Division KD0V 3 3 6 3 18 x1.5 27 cf Zepp @ 50Ft WD0K 0 0 0 0 0 x1.5 0 center fed zepp @ 30' Canada Division DX Division SWA - KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna W1 Division KB1M 3 3 6 3 18 18 40 mtr dpl, 20 mtr invV @30ft N1QLL 1 1 2 1 2 2 Windom 35' W2 Division N2ESE 3 3 6 3 18 18 40mtr.dipole WA1GWH 2 2 4 2 8 8 40M dipole @ 18 ft & G5RV @ (yes!) 18" W3 Division AB3RU 2 2 4 2 8 8 g7fek@33' W4 Division W4QO 14 13 27 10 270 270 Loop 80M@75' N4MJ 4 4 8 4 32 32 Windom K4WLW 2 2 4 2 8 8 125' End-Fed Sloper WA4RG 1 1 2 1 2 2 Gnd mtd vert W5 Division WI5H 8 8 16 5 80 80 LOOP@21FT W6 Division W7 Division W8 Division K8TJ 7 7 14 6 84 84 Folded dipole@80' and vertical wire. W9 Division W0 Division K8UDH 2 2 4 2 8 8 Multiband Inv V @ 30' 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 - Deep QSB and loud QRN made it difficult to hear and be heard. Measured output 19.5V p-p into 50 ohm load, equals 950mw which is luckily what the IC 7200 puts out with the power turned all the way down. Happy Holidays to all, looking forward to the next sprint! 73, John, KN1H
WB1GYZ - A lot of effort for so few Q's. Is this insanity, or what?
K1IEE - Heard many stations but strong QSB was too much for many QSO,s on both 40 and 80M. Thanks to all 73 Dick
KB1M - Considering band conditions of late, I felt lucky to get 3 QSO's, I'm very thankful to live in a quiet country location, when trying to copy 3 db below a whisper. 73, Walt
K1SX - Got on breifly. NF5U fell back into noise after sending his exchange on 40. W4QO, K5MP and N4WD also heard on 80. Owe it to WG8Y to enter a 1 qso log!
N1QLL - MY FIRST AND PROBABLY LAST MILIWATT EVENT. KNOW WHAT THEY CALL HAMS THAT TRANSMIT ON LESS THAN ONE WATT? MASOCHISTS!
W2SH - I have operated in over 130 of NAQCC's various sprints. QRM (from various manmade sources), nature's QRN and unusual propagation conditions have always been present in varying degrees, but overall this milliWatt sprint was probably the worst I've experienced. On both 40m and 80m I had a high local noise level, lots of QSB and unusually long skip distances. There were brief moments when 80m FL and GA milliWatt sigs were reaching 589 RSTs in NJ.
WA1GWH - I saw that the foF2 was really low so I put up a temporary G5RV to use on 80M. It was on garden stakes about 18" above the lawn. My usual antenna is a 40M dipole at 18'. I had poor success because I had my WM-2 wattmeter set to the wrong scale and was using 90 mW instead of 900 mW for some of the operating period. Oh well . . . .
KA2KGP - Zero QSO's! Another nite of lousy band conditions. I heard N5GW on 80m. but no contact. Noise & absorption were nasty. Hope for better band conditions in 2017. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all.
KD3CA - Bands were a bit QSB with some QRM at times here. Many thanks to those that called , very sorry to others calling but just too much QSB . Thanks to KE4S Dave in Va, we managed about a 10 minute chat. I was running the KX3 @ 095 mW. Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year to all. 72, 73 Don
K3JZD - Worked 40m only. Used my barefoot RXTX SDR running 750mw to a 40m dipole. Activity was pretty thin. Periodically checked every signal that I saw on my SDR display that was between 7.030 and 7.045. But, I never found any CQ NAs. So, I spent most of my time calling CQ NA. I quit at 0300Z whenever the CWops group event began. Whenever they startup, it is not a friendly place to be whenever using QRP or QRPp. Jody - K3JZD
KQ3Z - We have DX visiting for Christmas. Our son and his family are here with us from France so I only was able to work the last 6 minutes of the contest. Thanks for the contacts. I was great fun. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. Special thanks to those that make these sprints and the newsletter happen. See you all in the new year.
AB3RU - Fun sprint as always but quit a little early tonight. Managed to get two qsos tonight, one on 40 and one on 80. Bands seemed to be pretty rough. I didn't hear too many stations and I got no responses to my calls - at least none I could really hear. See you all next year - Merry Christmas to all!
W3TTT - Between a family function and my night class, I had time for only one contact, but it was a great contact! I used my Small Wonder again, this time contacting Jerry in Garland Texas, for a distance of 1196 miles. This certainly qualifies us for the Thousand Miles per Watt award. And, funny thing is that everyone on the SSB nets are complaining that the "band is dead". This is the second sprint this month where my one CW watt goes farther than 100 watts SSB using the same antenna on the same band. Amazing!
K3WWP - If there really were an Ebenezer Scrooge and he were alive today and a ham radio operator, he would have this to say about band conditions this evening - BAH HUMBUG! At that, he would be issuing an understatement. It took me less than 15 minutes to be convinced I was just wasting my time sitting at the radio. Thanks to Dick K1IEE for keeping me from being shut out. Perhaps this is payback for the last three regular sprints when I seemed to be in a 'white hole' with great conditions while almost everyone else had poor conditions. Or perhaps conditions are bad all over this evening. I guess we'll find that out when all the reports are in.
WG8Y - Hi all,No 20M here in NC. Only made 4 Q's on 40m in the first 30 minutes then went to 80m. Again best band this Sprint here.some of the guys had really gud signals.Crazy how less than a watt can be so loud sometimes. Sorry to a couple guys that called & I couldn't pull out & also the repeats.Thanks all. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all the NAQCC QRP Guys & Galls & tnxs to all those making NAQCC what it is. 72 from N.C. Mark WG8Y
WD4OHD - All QSOs tonight on 80m. Pretty good signals throughout the two hours. I'd like to see us do more Sprints at the mW level.
W4UX - Never participated in a MW Sprint so I dialed the K3 down to 500 mw and went to 40M. Surprised myself with 11 contacts including TX and NH from here in NC. No 80M antenna here at this time. Thanks to everyone that was able to hear me.
W4QO - AHA! Much fun. Tnx to all who dug me out! MC es HNY de Jim/w4qo
WH6YH - FT450 (5w) and a dipole. Fully intended to run mW power, but since this is a new rig, went to turn it down and it is limited at 5w. No problem, where's my attenuator. Found it, Bird attenuator rated at 1w. By the time the next mW sprint comes around, I will already have a home brew attentuator available. Thanks for the QSO and Merry Christmas. 73 Mike
W4DUK - Running 900 mW. Heard a couple of stations who couldn't hear me, but managed to make several contacts and had a good time doing it.
K4KRW - What fun! I had a great time pulling your signals out of the noise. 80 meters was it here. I only got to play for about 45 minutes. Thanks everyone. 73, Richard
N4MJ - this is second long entry. first did not show. First mW Sprint. Challenging. Band condx were poor here in NW TN. Heard KF7WNS on 40m but could not work him. NF5U was the loudest hear. He kept calling CQ and I kept answering but no luck. 73 and Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to All de n4mj
K4WLW - Only had a few minutes to participate last night, but managed 2 contacts on 40m. Amazing to work NH from FL with .9W with such noisy bands. K3s at .9W with an end-fed sloper and Begali Sculpture Mono key. Merry Christmas to all. Bill.
WA4RG - Just plain fun.
KG4MTN - A rough night here in Middle TN. Heard some weak sigs on 40M but unable to make contacts. Called CQ for abt an hour, no takers. 80M seemed to be working OK, maybe I need to put up an antenna for it. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!!
N5GW - I hooked the J38 up to the KX3 which was cut back to 900 mW. The antenna was a 108 foot long CFZ in inverted V configuration hung on a high oak limb with apex up 55 feet. Dismal is the word for band conditions on this end. Noise levels were rather low, but signals were generally weak even for QRPp, and QSB was horrible at times. I was unable to complete QSO's with KF7WNS, KD9VT and WI5H on 40M because the QSB dragon swallowed them. I heard WK6L calling with a fair signal, but he couldn't hear me. Some callers I never could copy (sri). Many QSO's were completed only after several repeats, due to signals being at or just below the noise level. However the challenge made the struggle worthwhile. Next struggle - the 160M sprint!
W5WIL - Well now that was a challenge! QRN on 40/80 at 5-7 with mW signals made for tired ears. Managed a few on 40 and 80, went back to 40, CQ'd and to my surpirse K1IEE in Maine (1495 miles) could hear me. Figured I better end there. Merry Christmas to all . . Dennis
WI5H - Fun time on 40m. HB rig and loop could hear well on 80, but ant not very efficient on 80 TX. Need to get that inverted L built! 72 DIT DIT
KA5TJS - The conditions here were pretty bad last night. Did not hear a thing on 20 meters and only got 2 on 40 then 1 on 80. Should have spent the whole sprint on 80 I think! Did it with the FT817 at 0.5w and the 80 meter inverted vee. Had fun and CU all later.
KE5YUM - I only had a short time to participate, and I found 80 meters noisy in this part of the world. Thanks to N9SE for digging me out of the noise. All the best for a blessed holiday season. Terry
KF7WNS - 40M still in poor shape. I did hear N5GW on 40, but he was the only station. Heard several on 80 including N5GW, NF5U, W2SH. A bit too early for 80m here, but I was happy to get a couple of Q's. 72, to all... lots of fun. Merry Christmas everyone.
W7PAZ - Did anyone else find making QRP Sprint contacts in the SWA category during a Mini-CWT to be a challenge to far?
K8TJ - Conditions were pretty poor on all bands here but managed a few contacts. Always great fun.
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
N8XMS - I guess that I'm not as tough as I used to be because I could only handle about 45 minutes of that torture! I think that I might have even experienced some audio mirages trying to listen to that wall of noise! Thanks to veteran sprinters W2SH and N2ESE I wasn't completely skunked. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!
NF8M - Was busy doing other stuff and when the CWops sprint started I remembered the milliwatt sprint was on too. Very noisy on 80 here - heard a couple guys, W2SH, W4ORD (I think) but only worked KQ3Z. Tnx fer pulling me out of the mud. Rig FT817 dialed back to 1 watt which I measured at about 0.9w on 80. 72, MX HH JK GF (gleeful Festivus) es HNY (CU SKN?)
N9RLO - Boy was that noisy! Got 2 on 40m and 6 on 80m. IC-718 into inverted v, Junker straight key. Thanks to Gene,N5GW for pulling me out at the last minute and thanks to all. I had alot of fun. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone! 73, John Upland, IN
W9CC - QRN was bad. Kept getting worse all day. To all a 72.
N9SE - Rough conditions! Kinda' glad I only had time for a few QSOs. Equipment K3s @900mW, Inv Vee @60', Begali Sculpture Swing sideswiper 72 de Marty N9SE .
KD0V - Resubmit because call area was wrong the first time.
K0PF - My first sprint in years. So much noise! CQ FCC! 20 years ago the 569 would have been 599... RFI was bad on 40M, about S8. Started S&P heard very little above the noise, so I called CQ. Worked 2 on 80M and heard others but could not pull them out of the noise. Thanks for patience from both contacts! 40 opened up late in the sprint with lots of CWT contesters, way too fast for me.
K8UDH - Conditions were ruff for the sprint with weak sigs and QSB. It was fun and very rewarding to work hard and dig out the weak ones. It helps me appreciate better conditions. I would like to see more MW Sprints.
NN0SS - Conditions very poor -3 contacts-but due to QSB not sure if 2 contacts copied my info as they disappeared. Score 1
WD0K - No contacs, bur heard wb8lzg, w7paz, ka4pub, n5gw, and nf5u. Just couldn't make the trip! Maybe next time. 72's and happy holidays! de Rich/wd0k/664
VE3EDX - Gave up after an hour and one QSO. 900 mW with KX3 and vertical. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
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