January 2018 QRP/CW Sprint (#159)
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RULES specific to this month's sprint:
Date and time:
Thursday, January 18, 2018, 0130-0330 Z
All entries had to have been received before 2400Z on the Sunday following the sprint.
N2CN Comments -
Still 103 logs as of 9:10pm EST, Saturday January 19. Next and last score
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SWA - STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
KN1H 25 24 49 17 833 x2 1666 400' End-fed wire
K1IEE 9 9 18 7 126 x2 252 OCF dipole @ 30'
K1SX 7 7 14 7 98 x2 196 135' cf doublet at 40'
WB1GYZ 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 80' dipole at 35' open-wire feed
W2SH 22 22 44 16 704 x2 1408 Inverted L, V 86' & H 68'; 270' dpl
W2JEK 12 12 24 10 240 x2 480 110 end fed wire at 20 ft
AA2VG 12 12 24 9 216 x2 432 Carolina Windom @ 40'
KA2KGP 11 11 22 9 198 x2 396 G5RV up 25'
WA2NYY 9 8 17 8 136 x2 272 80m OCF Dipole at 30'
WA2JSG 7 7 14 5 70 x2 140 Vertical @ 10'
KD2MX 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 Wire loop @25'
N2GDS 1 0 1 1 1 x2 2 Loaded whip on apt. windowsill, up 100'
KD3CA 19 18 37 13 481 x2 962 132Ft ocf Windom@33 ft
AC2C 13 13 26 11 286 x2 572 Random wire at 25 ft
K3JZD 6 6 12 5 60 x2 120 59' EFRW Sloper
N3AEA 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 Inv vee @ 30'
AK3X 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 OCF doublet at 27 feet
K4JPN 30 30 60 20 1200 x2 2400 80M CF Zepp
W4OEP 28 28 56 18 1008 x2 2016 Inv Ell @ 35'
WD4OHD 28 28 56 17 952 x2 1904 80m sloper
WG8Y 15 14 29 13 377 x2 754 80 meter hf loop at 40ft.
K4KRW 15 15 30 11 330 x2 660 Dipole@35'
N4OW 12 12 24 10 240 x2 480 80M LOOP AVG HGT 12'
K4KBL 10 10 20 10 200 x2 400 OCF dipole @ 50'
W4DUK 11 11 22 9 198 x2 396 End-fed Zepp @ 20'
KQ4MM 10 10 20 8 160 x2 320 End Fed wire
W4HH 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 OCFD at 25 ft
KG4MTN 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 EFHW at 20 ft.
N5GW 37 37 74 19 1406 x2 2812 CFZ at 50' and 75'
KA5TJS 6 6 12 5 60 x2 120 80 meter inverted vee @ 30 ft.
AI6SL 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 Inverted V @ 32 ft
AA6OC 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 Vertical End-fed 33' wire in palm tree
K6MGO 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 45' indoor doublet approx 12' high
WK6L 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 Windom Inv. Vee.,20 and 40M
KC7DM 10 10 20 8 160 x2 320 450' horz loop @ 60'
KF7WNS 4 4 8 3 24 x2 48 320ft OCF Longwire
K7EW 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 And mtd vert + 2 rad/bnd
KE7YTE 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 40m dipole up 18 ft.
AB8RL 41 39 80 24 1920 x2 3840 80 meter Dipoloe up 40 feet
WV8DH 18 18 36 13 468 x2 936 ZS6BKW (G5RV) @ 32 Ft
WB8LZG 12 12 24 6 144 x2 288 Dpl @ 30'
K8RJW 8 8 16 6 96 x2 192 6BTV vertical @ 15'
K8KUF 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 Windom up 35'
N8XMS 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 R7 Vertical
N8BB 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 QCX-80
WB8ENE 2 2 4 1 4 x2 8 40M dipole @ 15'
WB9HFK 35 34 69 19 1311 x2 2622 150 Ft. Random Wire
KD9VT 33 33 66 18 1188 x2 2376 OCF Dipole at 40'
W9CC 7 7 14 7 98 x2 196 6BTV
N9SE 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 DIPOLE AT 70'
AA9L 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 160-80-40 trap dipole @ 50 feet
AA0W 10 10 20 9 180 x2 360 Dipole @ 30 Feet
N8LA 9 9 18 7 126 x2 252 Dipole @ 35'
KA8HDE 8 8 16 7 112 x2 224 G5RV @ 30'
N0TA 7 7 14 7 98 x2 196 1/4 wave, gnd mnt vertical
NN0SS 7 7 14 6 84 x2 168 80 meter Inv Vee @40ft
KD0DK 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 117 ft long wire
VE3DQN 12 11 23 9 207 x2 414 Dipoles@40'
VE9VIC 6 6 12 5 60 x2 120 G5RV @ 20 '
VE3RCN 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 G5RV laing on its side 2 feet above roof
VE3FUJ 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 LW @ 12-33'
SWA - BUG CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
K1IX 6 6 12 5 60 x1.5 90 OCFD @ 38'
NF1U 5 5 10 5 50 x1.5 75 Windom
K3WWP 9 9 18 7 126 x1.5 189 ~110' attic random wire
KJ4R 11 11 22 9 198 x1.5 297 34' Vertical ( used tuner for 80m)
W4EDN 6 6 12 6 72 x1.5 108 Dipole up 30 ft
WZ2N 2 2 4 1 4 x1.5 6 G5RV 40'
W5ODS 23 22 45 18 810 x1.5 1215 G5RV @ 50ft
NF5U 14 14 28 13 364 x1.5 546 40m/80m trap dipole @33ft
WI5H 1 1 2 1 2 x1.5 3 90' wire loop top at 21'
N7QR 1 1 2 1 2 x1.5 3 Butternut HF6V gnd mtd vert w/o radials
W8AIM 0 0 0 0 0 x1.5 0 80M doublet
KD0V 2 2 4 2 8 x1.5 12 Cf Zepp @ 50 feet
SWA - KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
N2CN 18 18 36 12 432 432 ZS6BKW @ 50'
N1JI 7 7 14 7 98 98 163' doublet @ 25'
AB1VL 8 8 16 6 96 96 80/160 dipole 40 feet
KB1M 4 3 7 3 21 21 40 mtr dipole at 30 ft
KC1DVT 2 2 4 2 8 8 EFHW @ 30'
K2YGM 19 19 38 15 570 570 40m INV VEE 80m EFHW
N2ESE 5 5 10 5 50 50 80mtr.dpl@35ft.
W3PNM 26 26 52 17 884 884 End fed long wire @ 45'
KC3RN 19 18 37 12 444 444 74' end fed
KB9ILT 49 49 98 26 2548 2548 Endfed @ 20 feet
KI4WFJ 29 29 58 17 986 986 OCF DIPOLE @40'
N4MJ 24 24 48 18 864 864 Windom @ 55'
WB4OMM 17 16 33 11 363 363 G5RV at 45 feet
K4WLW 10 10 20 10 200 200 125' End Fed Sloper
K3RLL 10 10 20 7 140 140 Black Stealth HoA Vertical
WK4WC 7 7 14 6 84 84 OCF Dipole @ 50'
AF4OI 6 6 12 6 72 72 80m dipole @ 25ft
KU4A 6 6 12 5 60 60 1/4-wave sloper @ 40'
W4LAS 3 3 6 3 18 18 End fed half wave
W5WIL 10 10 20 10 200 200 240' dblt @ 35'
KE5YUM 0 0 0 0 0 0 OCF 40 @ 24 feet
K5MBA 0 0 0 0 0 0 40M EFHW abt 20'
N7YY 10 8 18 5 90 90 160 meter horizontal loop @ 35'
W8RTJ 9 9 18 8 144 144 End fed wire @25'
WA8SAN 8 8 16 7 112 112 End Fed @ 25`
K9JWI 4 4 8 4 32 32 INVERTED VEE AT 35'
NO2D 6 6 12 6 72 72 80 M doublet @ 30'
K9OSC 1 1 2 1 2 2 CF Zepp @ 30'
WD0K 1 1 2 1 2 2 Dipole@30feet
VE7YU 7 7 14 7 98 98 20M EDZ at 60ft
GAIN ANTENNA Category
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
NN9K 18 18 36 14 504 504 3el yagi @ 50', gnd mtd vert, 135' wire
Not eligible for certificate or prize for the following reason(s):
$ QRO power
! Late log
~ Submitted as check log
|SWA STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY|
|SWA BUG CATEGORY|
|SWA KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY|
|GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY|
|First time entrant high scorer|
|PRIZE DRAWING WINNER|
Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet:
Total QSOs in master cross-checking spreadsheet:
KD0V - Some of the poorest conditions I have ever seen during a spirit. No stations heard on 20M two stations on 40M, but could not work. QRN on 80M and very weak signals. 72, Merlin
W8AIM - After listening to S9 QRN for 35 minutes, I gave up and went to get some ear drops. With propagation like it is, I think you should add 160M to the allowable bands -- it was the only one I heard anything on. CU on the 23rd for the 160M sprint! Thanks es 73. .
KA8HDE - Got on a quick hour. S&P some - ran some. Sorry for anyone I didn't hear. .
AB1VL - Ran on 80M for the first hour, then got pushed off by tuners and other CQs. Band noise got to be a bit too much as well. 40 completely dead. Almost missed N4MJ but once I RIT'd him he came up to decent copy. Thanks to organizers for all that you do. All uploaded to LOTW.
WB8ENE - Wow! 40 and 20 were the worst I've ever seen during a sprint. Made my first contact on 40 in just over 1/2 hour. Hopefully, band conditions will improve for the next sprint. Thanks N4OW and K3RLL for my two contacts. 73, Art .
N2ESE - Too Much QRN and QSB !! 73 Gary
K3RLL - K1 to my highly compromised stealth vertical: Really nice event this evening with steadily improving conditions and relatively low noise level. It was interesting to watch RBN during the event and see propagation change from area to area. Nothing great, but best into New England and Canada from here tonight. Unique. Thanks to all. 72/73... Don
N1JI - I was using the new AC2C logging program tonight and my first QSO was AC2C - Thanks for the nice software, Ron! Conditions were a bit rough here with deep QSB, but I hung in there for an hour before shutting down for the evening. 72
KJ4R - Very poor condx on 40 here in SC. Terrible QRN. 80 sounded better so used my tuner to load my 40M vertical. Made a few contacts on 80 and had several that could not copy me. K3WWP got my call but we couldn't make the rest of the contact. Sorry John. I got called into work last night at 2 AM so not much sleep last night. Being tired + poor antenna on 80 = Call it quits early. Thanks to everyone. Fun as always. 73 till next month.
K1IX - Rig FT-2000 @ 5W out. activity light, heard nothing on 40m used the new NAQCC Logger and it went smooth- I like it ! 73 Frank .
N8XMS - Well, this was another “one of those nights!” After getting home late from church I turned on my rig and tuned around my favorite “go to” band, 40m. Nada, nothing, just a lot of QRN. So I moved to 80m where my antenna is about as useful as a wet piece of string and managed to find a few weak signals. Somehow 2 of them actually managed to hear me! .
W5WIL - Very odd evening. s8 QRN on 40m and no one heard. s9 QRN on 80m but quite a few workable just above the noise. IC-718 with HST paddle and wireless headphones for my old ears. Look forward to a go at 160m next week. 73, Dennis
NN0SS - All QSO's on 80 M severe QRN
AA9L - Wanted to work all sprints starting in 2018. Wow, what a disappointment. Heard some very week stations but could not make a contact. Maybe next time. .
K3WWP - See my web site diary at k3wwp.com
WG8Y - HI All,Had shoulder surgery a week a ago and got a complimentary dose of pneumonia while in the hospital so not up to speed yet. Had to use an old portable tv tray that sat almost on my lap to use the key.I'm in a sling and not allowed to reach for anything.I hung for about an hour and pulled the plug. 40M was poor here but 80m sounded pretty gud.Gud to hear everyone and a big HI to my old bud Ron,NT8P. Gud to work you.Hope to be on the 160M sprint.See how that works out. 72 from N.C. Mark WG8Y
WA2JSG - I was not surprised when I heard nothing on 20m, but was surprised when I heard nothing on 40m. So made all my 7 contacts on 80m (not my favorite band). Spent an hour in the sprint. IC-703 into a vertical using a Kent Str Key (picture on my QRZ page).
K1IEE - The 80M band was the only active one for me in Maine. 40 and 20 very quiet. Did work K3RLL Don in FL on 40M. Called John KH1N and Joc N1JI both in NH on 80M but they could not hear me. Good time again in the sprint. Thanks to all 73 Dick
KD9VT - Quit early - Got run off too many times - 80m was in good shape tonight
W4HH - Rotten conditions. Operated first 45 minutes, worked the only station I heard, took a break until 2200 EST -- at which time the CW Ops Club weekly CWT contest opened up, heard several high speed CW ops.
K4KBL - Noise level to 58 at times. Nothing heard on 40... Can't wait for better conditions !!
KC3RN - 40m was not so good here tonight, but did okay on 80m. Been away from QRP for a while, but glad to be back in 2018.
N2CN - Awful QRN. 80 was best.
NN9K - Spent a lot of time trying to find a Q on 20-meters with no luck. Lots of QRN here on 40 and 80 but did manage a few contacts. Not a great Sprint start for the new year. Looking forward to the 160 Sprint and hopefully conditions will be better.
KF7WNS - QRN - High...Signals - Low. A real challenge tonight.
KQ4MM - New member first sprint with a new KX2 ... Used a straight key and had a blast, look forward to the next one.
W4LAS - First try at this and haven't even fully mastered Morse yet. Pretty quiet on 40.
WV8DH - Another fun sprint. 40 meters was dead for me and 80 meters was ok. Running my IC-7300 into ZS6BKW with the Japanese JJ-38 key. Thanks to all to pulled me out and looking forward to next month. 72, Dave
K4KRW - I used the HW-8 tonight. It is quite a step back compared to the KX3. But, the HW-8 is a fun rig and I had a great time. I had no luck on 40m. 80m worked pretty well for me. Thanks everyone!
W3PNM - Thank goodness for 80 cause 40 was dead. I had a great time as usual.
K3JZD - No luck on 40m - tried for about 20 minutes, but I did not hear any NAQCC stations there. (Even the CWT gang was subdued whenever they came on during the last half hour). I made my few contacts on 80m. 80m had 'a bit of QSB'. But I only have half an antenna for 80m so I can't ask for too much there. KX3 & Sloped 59' EFRW. Jody - K3JZD
NF1U - i found band condx terrible, signals way down and very few stations hearing me.
K8RJW - I'm so glad 80 meters was so open...Hi. Thanks to the 8 who were able to hear me and pull me through. 72 es HNY to all. Bob .
KI4WFJ - A lot of fun after a snow day in SC!! Ran battery power for 1st 1.25hr until it went dead, then switched to a power supply but it threw off my groove and I only got one additional QSO in the last 30 min. Oh well, still fun!! .
N7YY - Had some trouble with intermittent QRN on 40, but managed to snag a few contacts there. 80 meters was ok closer in. I could hear east coast stations on 80 but they couldn't hear me. I need a vertical on 80! Thanks for the fun evening!
WD4OHD - All the activity this evening seemed to be on 80m, where there were good signals throughout the two hours. Happy New Year to everyone.
W5ODS - Just operated 80M tonight. Had an s-9+ noise level so most signals were in the noise. 40 was completely dead for me. Good to hear so many stations on.
KN1H - Got home late due to snowstorm so got a late start. Found 40 mostly done but 80 was very good, as long as the station worked was at least 300 miles away! Was astonished to have KC7DM in OR answer my CQ on 80. Transcontinental 2X QRP on 80M, that's pretty neat. 73, John, KN1H. IC-7200 and Nye Viking Master Key.
WB4OMM - Wow! 40M was horrible! Nothing heard, called CQ and got 1 Q in 20 mins. 80M started slow, but finally picked up near the end. Oh for some good propagation! Still fun, worked some regulars, and made some new friends. Yaesu FT-2K running 5W out to a G5RV at 45 feet. 72/73! Steve WB4OMM
W4DUK - My sprint time was limited, but I did log a new contact that qualifies me for my Friendship Club 800 point endorsement (Thank you KI4WFJ!). 73/72 de Dave .
WA2NYY - Could only operate 45 minutes tonight. Didnt hear anything on 40 so I moved to 80 and it was better. Not too many strong signals. 72 Mark
NO2D - Heard no NAQCC activity on 20 or 40 meters, so spent all my time on noisy 80 meters. Managed only six contacts. Heard many others, but not strong enough to complete a QSO. Always a challenge, and always fun. Thanks. Pete, NO2D.
N7QR - IC706 and a 1958 Vibroplex Presentation to a ground mounted Butternut HF6V without radials. Nothing heard on 80 or 20 except fer some digital signals up the band. Heard a few carriers that seemed local and a couple of rag chewers on 40, but could not raise any of them to give me points. Only on fer an hour as I had to go to the monthly water boarding. CU next month. Russ, Portland OR
VE7YU - Weird cndx. Nothing on 20. No QRN on 80&40 and lots of activity but everyone was weak. Hope things are better for the next one. 73,Gord
AA6OC - My first sprint since moving to the mainland - 20 was dead, my antenna isn't good on 80, and Gene N5GW in MS was the only station I heard on 40. Looking forward to future events!
N8BB - Just had dental surgery and just not very enthusiastic today, sorry. Did get my New QCX-80 working just before the sprint and boy does it sound good. Thanks.
KE5YUM - 20 was dead and 40 was S-8 noise in North Texas, so no contacts tonight. Better luck next month. Ft 817 and Vibroplex Vibrokeyer. All the best, Terry .
VE3DQN - It was tough pickings tonight. Couldn't hear anyone from the close-in states. Always glad to contact another VE (VE9VIC this time).
N4MJ - 80m was noisy here. Rapid QSB didn't help. 40m was desolate of NA stations but busy with CWT stations. I Fox hunt on Tuesday evenings on 40m. That band has been very long for the past few weeks at night. Was surprised I didn't hear anyone from the West Coast on 40 but it was just about a dead band. 80m was busy but the noise & QSB didn't help. Have seen the same on 80m Fox hunts on Thursday evenings for several weeks. Rapid QSB is a QSO killer, especially with inexperienced Ops. On to February!!! Happy 2018 everyone and may it be prosperous & healthy for you and yours. 73/72 de n4mj//glenn
K5MBA - Worked the contest for 1.5 hours to no avail on 20 & 40. I could hear faint signals now and then but I could not pull them out of the noise level. Then @ 9PM CST, the CWops Mini-CWT contest fired up with loud signals on 40M, so I shut down. .
VE3FUJ - The condx on 40 at this Qth were the worst its ever been, even a higher than normal noise level. I heard one stn. in qso also complaining abt. condx's, that quickly faded into oblivion before I had a chance and was not heard again. I had no answers to any of my tries at CQ so after 25 I gave up. It was one of those days where I was easily discouraged as nothing had gone right all day or at least very little. Brion
W8RTJ - VERY POOR CONDX. FIRST TIME USING NEW SPRINT LOGGER, VERY NICE. HOPE FOR BETTER CONDX NEXT TIME. 73 ALL JIM W8RTJ
K2YGM - At this location, band conditions were poor on 40. Heard very few stations in the sprint. 80 was much more active here, especially to the West.. Happy New Year to all. 72 Bob K2YGM
KA5TJS - Well first sprint of the year. I had a sked with KE5YUM in TX but band was long and NIL. I stayed on 80 meters and got 6 in my 30 min. on the air. Some very good signals but the QRN was about S5 here. Icom 7410 at 5 watts and 80 meter inverted vee. Used the HB cootie key. Very cold in ETX tonight!
WB8LZG - Hello Fellow sprinters! had fun on 80 tonight. started on 40m and it seemed totally void of activity. so after 5min of CQs I went to 80. Lots of stations there and busy as a bee. had a beeline to the east coast es NC. Went to 40 later and a few stns heard. Worked new member Loyal, W4LAS #9196. Welcome aboard OM ! Had a big day so pulled plug a bit early. see u all next month. 73 ,WB8LZG Gregg PS many tns to the guys who do the logs. they even figure out MY dumb mistakes !
KD3CA - Great fun as usual, Bands were a bit QRN , did miss a few with QRM & QRN , Many thanks to all. Best 73 Don
KG4MTN - A rough night! No sigs at all on 20M and 40M, and my 80M antenna down. .
K4WLW - 20 and 40 were dead here in Florida, but 80 was in good shape. Low noise but a little QSB. Only had time to work the first hour of the Sprint, but had a great time. Thanks to all who worked me, and thanks to all who put on these Sprints. KX3 at 5 watts to an end fed sloper. See you in the 160. 72 - Bill
WB9HFK - Thanks for all the QSO's! I know I missed a few who were down in the noise - I hope to catch you next time. 72, Mark WB9HFK
WZ2N - I am not one to complain about propogation...it is what it is. That said...MY LORD that was terrible. I spent an honest hour and a half with only 2 Q's. 80m would have been better but local QRN is unbearable. Maybe next time! 73 all and keep pounding brass!
W4EDN - abysmal condx.
KU4A - Did not hear a single signal on 40 at 0130Z, so it was an all-80 event for me.
N5GW - KX3 to two switchable of CFZ's at right angles. Didn't even listen on 20M. 16 Q's on 40M & 21 Q's on 80M, both in fairly good shape. Looking forward to the 160M sprint next week - CU there.
N4OW - Extreme PLASMA RFI limited my 80m activity. CWT took over 40 at the end. Fun fighting the world of RFI. Next stop a Mag Loop for RX. HNY, 72 de N4ow, 7700
AC2C - Only had time for the first 30 minutes - ALL on 80M.
K6MGO - All three bands were dead here on west coast, just pure luck I heard N5GW calling "NA". FT-857 to 45' doublet in house. Hope next month is better.
W2JEK - Got on late. Band was long and noisy.Still made out well and had fun. 72 and 73 Don W2JEK
K4JPN - Tried 20M and 40M,heavy QRN and nothing heard. 80M was hopping for me. 72 Steve K4JPN
VE3RCN - Snowing here...so lots of static. Handed out a few contacts then off to bed.
AA0W - Poor band conditions on 80 CW lots of deep QSB.
K1SX - tnx all! 40 was gone by 0225 when I got on, but 80 seemed good here
WB1GYZ - OK, for all you ops who wimped out on this Sprint (myself included), the Top Band Sprint is right around the corner. .
KB9ILT - Twenty and forty were dead, so it was a single band sprint for me. Eighty was quiet and most signals were strong, though QSB was a problem at times. The highlight was working KC7DM in OR, which is over 2000 miles from my NC QTH. Thanks for the many repeats!
VE9VIC - first time thank to all, it was fun.73, ve9vic.
WI5H - 40 was extremely long with only a little NAQCC Sprint activity heard. The SKCC K3Y/KH6 station was strong from HI. 80 meters had lots of stations just above the QRN, but they could not copy my cloud warmer antenna at 5W. I was hearing much better than I was getting out. 72 til next time, Mike .
W2SH - 20m closed. 40m, wow, not one signal heard! First QSO at 0236Z on 80m. All operating was done there except for a 10-minute peek at 40m that only produced two QSOs, both more than a kilomile distant. Many 80m signals were 569 or better here in NJ, but were sometimes reciprocated by 339 or 449 RSTs. With 20m dead and 40m badly wounded, including 160m in the egular monthly sprints makes excellent sense. Let's do it now! The Four States QRP Club's monthly sprints began this in December. Presently the only time Topband gets NAQCC’s attention is in its once-a-year 160m sprint, and that will occur next Tuesday, 23 January 2018, in NA. .
KA2KGP - Only 80m. was usable here but very weak with QSB, 20 & 40 were dead. Lousy bands this sprint. Really had to work for QSO's. Rig: IC-7000 at 5w. into G5RV up 25 ft. and a straight key. .
AB8RL - All contacts on 80 meters this sprint. Copied a lot of weak signals on the K3S had to use the headphones and ask for some calls to be sent again and again to make the contact. Pounded hard start to finish. 40 meters was dead across entire CW band.
K7EW - V poor condx here, all bands, drat! my qso spanned about 4 mi! On 80 and 40, heard several SKCC calls/is this a bad simultaneous situation, too? KX-2, surplus mil v small key. 73
AA2VG - I gave the KX3 a rest and operated from my IC 7300. Also used the American Morse MS2 miniature straight key. It was fun to say hello to everyone. 72 Peter/AA2VG
N8LA - KX-3, 5W, 200' Dipole @ 35', Western Union 2A Legless Hand Key. The bands were real PROP(agation) Holes initially. 80 was only band where I heard anything eventually. Signals were weak, but nine FB ops were able to pull me out. Thanks to all of them and apologies to all of those FB ops I was unable to pull out. Best Wishes to all and please listen for me on 160 on the 24th; I'll be listening for you also. Lou, N8LA/QRP (mostly)
AK3X - Made it for the last minutes of the sprint. Heard Al, N4OW calling on 40 but he did not hear me. Switched rigs to my OHR 100 and worked Paul, KB9ILT on 80 meters at the last minute of the sprint. 72 to all, Peter
WD0K - No propagation! for real.
KD2MX - I finally had some time for a sprint and conditions were awful. Nobody heard me on 40m, and I didn't hear much and 80m was nearly as awful. Better luck next time!
KE7YTE - Band conditions were poor at my house on 40m.