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Jan 2017 QRP/CW 160m Sprint

Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco  Bon Final  160 Antenna

W1 Division
KN1H     30   27  57   13  741   x2  1482  END FED WIRE @50'
WB1GYZ   13   10  23    9  207   x2   414  End-fed sloper
K1IX     10    9  19    6  114   x2   228  OCFD @ 35'

W2 Division
W2SH     31   28  59   16  944   x2  1888  Inv L, 86' V; 68' H.
AA2VG    19   18  37   13  481   x2   962  Invert L with 4 radials, 3 are raised
W2JEK     8    7  15    4   60   x2   120  110 ft end fed wire
KD2MX     6    6  12    5   60   x2   120  600' WIRE @20'
K2JT      4    3   7    3   21   x2    42  "TEE" at 30"

W3 Division
W3TS     42   35  77   20 1540   x2  3080  60 foot high tee using 80/40m fan dipole
K3MSB    38   32  70   21 1470   x2  2940  Inv-L for TX/RX and BOG for RX
N3QE     32   27  59   15  885   x2  1770  130 foot wide Marconi T up 80 feet.
WB3FAE    6    6  12    5   60   x2   120  100' end fed/L at approximately 30 feet

W4 Division
AA4XX    48   40  88   22 1936   x2  3872  160M Vertical loop with counterpoise
WG8Y     36   32  68   20 1360   x2  2720  160m inverted L (kinda)
K4ORD    37   32  69   17 1173   x2  2346  160 VEE@30'
AA4GA    18   16  34   11  374   x2   748  160m inverted-L
WB4OMM    7    7  14    3   42   x2    84  160M Tower Sloper
K4JPN     5    5  10    4   40   x2    80  Tee at 33 Feet
W4DUK     5    5  10    4   40   x2    80  End-fed Zepp @ 20'
NA4O      4    4   8    2   16   x2    32  dipole@45'

W5 Division
N5GW     17   17  34    9  306   x2   612  "T" at 50' metal roof gnd
KG5HCF    2    2   4    2    8   x2    16  home brew windom @ 25 ft.

W6 Division

W7 Division
K9JWV     1    0   1    1    1   x2     2  Inverted U at 36'
KF7WNS    1    0   1    1    1   x2     2  132ft doublet
KC7DM     0    0   0    0    0   x2     0  450' sky loop @ 60'

W8 Division
NF8M     14   14  28    9  252   x2   504  Xmit 160m inv-L, rcv small loop
W8PU      9    7  16    5   80   x2   160  Inverted L

W9 Division
WB9HFK   18   16  34   12  408   x2   816  150 Ft. Random wire
N9RLO    10   10  20    6  120   x2   240  inv V @35'
AA9L      1    1   2    1    2   x2     4  trap dipole @ 45 feet

W0 Division

Canada Division
VE3DQN   14   14  28    9  252   x2   504  160M dipole @25'
VE3IDS   10   10  20    6  120   x2   240  doublet at 35'

DX Division

Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco  Bon Final  160 Antenna

W1 Division

W2 Division

W3 Division
K3WWP    11    8  19    9  171 x1.5   256  ~110' attic rnd wire

W4 Division
WA2EDN    9    9  18    6  108 x1.5   162  dipole up 20 ft
$WH6YH    5    4   9    4   36 x1.5    54  dipole at 45ft

W5 Division
NF5U      1    1   2    1    2 x1.5     3  Modified G5RV at 33ft

W6 Division

W7 Division

W8 Division
K8JD     14   14  28   11  308 x1.5   462  Dipole @ 35 ft

W9 Division
N9SE     10    7  17    7  119 x1.5   178  Inverted L

W0 Division
KD0V      0    0   0    0    0 x1.5     0  cf Zepp @ 50Ft

Canada Division

DX Division

Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco  Bon Final  160 Antenna

W1 Division
K1WHS    45   38  83   19 1577       1577  quarter wave vertical top loaded.
N1IX     22   19  41   12  492        492  Inverted "L"
NR1D     21   18  39   11  429        429  40 Meter Loop
K1QO     11   10  21    8  168        168  invL@35'
W1FMR    10   10  20    5  100        100  Inv L @40'
NG1P      8    8  16    6   96         96  160 doublet at 40 feet

W2 Division
N2ESE    10   10  20    7  140        140  120ft end fed

W3 Division
N3TWM    35   30  65   19 1235       1235  InvV at ~80ft and 1/4w vert w/ 5 radial
W3KWH    29   26  55   18  990        990  hy-tower with 36 radials
W2CDO    16   12  28   12  336        336  dpl@60'

W4 Division
AA2EA     3    2   5    2   10         10  DOUBLET IN ATTIC
K4BAI     2    2   4    2    8          8  tee vertical up 50'
K4WLW     2    2   4    1    4          4  125' End-Fed Sloper

W5 Division

W6 Division

W7 Division

W8 Division
W8AKS     5    5  10    3   30         30  l@30FT

W9 Division
K9CW     14   12  26    9  234        234  80m invV@65'

W0 Division

Canada Division

DX Division

Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco  Bon Final  160 Antenna

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K1WHS - My first log submission! What a hoot to hear all those QRP signals on 160. I had several beverage antennas to switch while peaking weak stations. It took awhile to find the best one. Thanks to all who were patient while I peaked you up. The QSB was pretty deep, and I lost a few stations due to fading.

KN1H - A perfect 160 Meter sprint night, no QRN and lots of QRPers, thanks for a fun event! IC-7200 @5W and Nye Viking Master key

NR1D - Band was surprisingly very quiet. Had a lot of fun!

WB1GYZ - Wire more wire, that's what I need.

K1IX - surprised by the great activity level, Cheers!

K1QO - First time at the party in a long time. N1IX talked me into throwing up a quick 160 inverted L and I did what I could in the wasn't great but it was fun to be back on the air after considerable time off (close to a year). I believe NEQRP had great representation in this contest...great to hear friends, genius and 160 guru K1WHS with his incredible station, N1IX, and fellow Beast KQ2RP. I was bummed out I didn't snag q's with local pals W1FMR and Capt'n Norm..K1GRU. The fantastic signal award goes to Paul, AA4XX, in NC but then again what do you expect from a contester extraordinaire!!! 72/88

W1FMR - Great Sprint...

W2SH - This was my 12th 160m sprint. It began very badly with a very high level of electrical QRM generated locally from an unknown location in the neighborhood. I quickly ceased calling CQs and cherry picked just the strongest signals to answer. Thankfully the noise ceased after the first hour and it was then possible to have some 700-mile QSOs. A Tentec 539 manipulated by a Junker straight key fed the above-noted antenna.

AA2VG - Amazed! This was my first 160 sprint. My question going into the sprint was how can you make a qrp contact on this band that is almost always filled with QRN and most Hams run amplifiers? I was surprised at how quiet the band was. Using 5 watts I made a bunch of contacts even to FL (tnx K8NS). It was even more rewarding since my inverted L is home brew with lots of thought going into its placement. 72 Peter AA2VG

W2JEK - Got on late. Transmit antenna 110 ft end fed wire. Receive antenna 20M gnd plane on roof. Good sprint and lots of activity. 72 and 73 Don Younger W2JEK # 1135

W3TS - The sprint was fun with low QRN but deep QSB. My arm is shot from 2 hours of straight keying! Orion at 5w to 80/40 fan dipole shorted and fed as a tee.

N3TWM - Operated from N3EB station near Zion, PA. Only had tx antennas for receive, as I was using my IC-7410 instead of the usual K3 at that QTH, so the beverages were not available. I don't think it made a difference in the long run, many great qrp signals. Only a little QSB. TX antennas were a full size Inverted V at 80 feet or so, and a full size 1/4w vertical with 5 elevated radials. Full QRP 5W, keyer with QSK. Thanks for those who gave repeats, often it was my copy ability, not your signal to blame. Hopefully a few new states in there on LOTW. First sprint for NAQCC as well, so I should be a new number for most. TU for the contacts and 72

W2CDO - Rig: KX3, OCF dipole @ 60' thanks for the Qs..73, Peter

K3WWP - The best laid plans etc. Figuring 160 would be noisy with poor conditions, I made other plans allotting just a half hour or so to the sprint. Poor decision. Conditions were good and my noise was only S5 or so - the lowest I've had on 160 in some time. I didn't even set up GenLog, figuring I'd log the couple QSOs I'd get at most on paper. OK, so I was wrong on everything. Wish I'd planned to operate the full two hours. With paper logging slowing me down, I racked up 10 QSOs in 27 minutes, then added one more a few minutes after that. I'll know better next year (maybe).

WB3FAE - Good conditions here in WPA. Very low noise level here in Chicdra. Some QSB but some very good signals. Thanks for the contacts. 73's Tom

AA4XX - Nice quiet band condx tonite with good turnout for the sprint. Thanks to all for a fun nite on Top Band.

WG8Y - Hi all, My best total in the 160m Sprint.I started with S&Ping & heard John, K3WWP but tuned up to another signal then never heard John agn. Went to calling after 20 minutes or so and things picked up a bit. Thanks to all the guys with the repeats.Pretty much the name of the game on 160M & were doing it with 5 Watts! It's FUN! Some signals were great & some would rise out of the noise & disappear. My QRN was S9+ without the filter. App. S5-7 with the filter & S1 with attenuator on but much signal from 5W with ATT.on Hi Hi. I used a low 80m dp some for listening. Helped some. I have to describe my 160m inverted L. It's 130 FT.long with 30Ft. vertical then it rises up to another tree app 50Ft. in the side yard & the last 20Ft.Vees down some toward the back yard.End is app. 20Ft. off ground. The radial field consists of 40 radials many at 25Ft but due to limited space on my .3 acre a few are only 12 to 15Ft long. Not great but I had fun digging. Thanks all & see ya in the CQ 160M Test this weekend. More QRN Please! 72 From NC Mark WG8Y

K4ORD - Set my goal at 25 qso's, easily beat that due to the good turnout and good conditions, some signals were a real S9 and one from NC was a good ten over S9! Hope these conditions hold for this weekend for the CQ 160 cw contest. Hope to work you all then, will be on my paddle and may send better cw then, hi. Thanks to all 72/73 Riley

AA4GA - Was able to put in one hour...lots of fun on 160, and some FB signals! KX3 at 5Watts to Inverted L.

WA2EDN - What a difference working on the right day makes ! I did almost as good as on 80 ! Rig receive died at 10pm when I went to my cw traffic net, Got my backup setup this morning. A really fun time, and the bug worked better,

WB4OMM - My first 160M Sprint for NAQCC!! And I made some Qs!! Wowee! S5 noise here, but not that bad (no static crashes). Decent signals, most 559 a few better, and some moderate QSB. Best distance was PA, so pretty happy since I am using a 1/4 wave 160M Sloper from my tower (about as narrow-banded and marginal as you can get, I guess!!) FT-2000 running 5W out with a Speed-X straight key and GenLog program. 73 to all, see you in the next 'test! Steve WB4OMM

K4JPN - Started out with a stuck antenna relay, got it fixed but got a late start. Glad I could work a few.

W4DUK - Was only able to run for about 45 minutes and the band was quite noisy at my QTH, but had fun while I was on.

WH6YH - K3 and a dipole. Need some serious antenna work here. Thanks for the QSO. 73 Mike

NA4O - My antenna did not load up - high swr- but why let a thing like that stop me. Thanks for those who were able to hear me.

K4BAI - FT1000MP, 5W, tee vertical. Got on air for only the last three minutes and very glad to have made two QSOs. Hope to work you all in the CQ 160M Contest this weekend. 73/72, John, K4BAI.

K4WLW - Only had a few minutes to work the Sprint last night, but had fun. Solid S6 noise level here but managed two contacts. AA4XX had a booming signal into North Florida. K3s at 5W to end fed sloper. Begali Sculpture Mono key. See you in next months regular Sprint. 72/73 - Bill

N5GW - KX3 and Omni V at 5W to two different "T" antennas using metal roof grounds. Fortunately QRN levels were quite low - high levels can destroy a QRP outing on top band. However as expected, sigs were generally weak and sparse. The band improves as it gets later, presumably due to decreasing ionospheric absorption and lengthening skip distance. This helps the east coast ops, especially further north, but does little for the poor ops on the west coast. Living in high population density areas helps also. If we moved the contest period to a later time, scores could be higher, but this would be too late at night for the eastern ops. Oh well, it's all relative but fun anyway. Try a new antenna next year.

NF5U - My first 160m sprint. Pulled the plug early, not many signals heard, insufficient antenna, but glad to make contact with N5GW. 73's.

KF7WNS - Didn't get skunked...that's a plus. The only station I could copy was Jim/K9JWV, but he didn't hear me. Heard other weak signals...none I could copy.

KC7DM - G00se egg, but it was fun, well, interesting . . .

NF8M - Nice condx tonight. A bit of QSB though. Topband is always an adventure!


W8AKS - first Sprint, enjoyed it. 160 is a ruff one to start on!

N9RLO - For the first hour I had S9 noise, I don't know where it was coming from. It sounded like eggs frying. It finally subsided a little and I was able to make 10 qsos. FT-450 at 5w, Llave key and my trusty old Junker key, inverted V 35ft. up in a tree. I had a load of fun! Thanks to all. 73, John N9RLO

N9SE - Only had about fifteen minutes available but it was a great fifteen minutes! I love the 160M sprint! John, K3WWP, are you *sure* you are not using a bigger antenna? Nice signal on top band! 73 until next time, Marty N9SE

KD0V - QRN was S9+. Was not able to copy any stations. We had an approaching winter storm.

VE3DQN - Signals got stronger as the hour progressed. Wish I could have stayed on for the 2nd hour.

VE3IDS - Lots of activity on the 160 sprint. In consideration of recent band conditions, maybe a regular monthly 160 sprint would be a good thing. 72, Don VE3IDS

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

RULES specific to this month's sprint:
All QSOs must be made on 160 meters.

Date and time:
Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 0130-0330Z

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

Entry Deadline:
All entries must be RECEIVED before 2400Z on the Sunday following the sprint. So submit as soon as possible.

Preferred method of submitting your log and report is our on-line autologger.

VA3PEN Comments - Total number of log submissions: 54.