Jan 2017 QRP/CW 160m Sprint
SWA - STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY 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 SWA - BUG CATEGORY 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 SWA - KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY 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 GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 160 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
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 snowstorm...it 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!
K8JD - HAVE NOT BEEN IN A NAQCC SPRINT IN A WHILE, KEPT TRYING TO SEND MY SKCC NUMBER BY HABIT !
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.
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VA3PEN Comments - Total number of log submissions: 54.