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January 2018 160m QRP/CW Sprint

Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco  Bon Final  160 Antenna

W1 Division
WB1GYZ    2    2   4    2    8   x2    16  125' sloping wire to top of pine tree

W2 Division
W2SH     25   22  47   14  658   x2  1316  Inverted L; V 86 ft, H 68 ft
W2JEK     5    4   9    5   45   x2    90  end fed wire 110 ft long up 20 ft
AA2VG     6    5  11    4   44   x2    88  Carolina Windom @ 40'
KN2G      1    1   2    1    2   x2     4  horizontal full wave 160m triangle loop

W3 Division
AH6AX     7    6  13    5   65   x2   130  Windom OCF @ 50'
KD3CA     0    0   0    0    0   x2     0  132Ft ocf Windom @33 ft
$N3AEA    0    0   0    0    0   x2     0  inv vee @ 30'

W4 Division
WG8Y     11   11  22    7  154   x2   308  160m 1/4 L up 25ft
K4JPN     4    4   8    3   24   x2    48  T @32 Feet
W4DUK     2    2   4    2    8   x2    16  End-fed Zepp @ 20'

W5 Division
N5GW     12   12  24    7  168   x2   336  T vertical 70' long
KD5GJE    0    0   0    0    0   x2     0  83 Foot random wire

W6 Division

W7 Division
KC7DM     2    2   4    2    8   x2    16  450' horz loop @ 60'
KF7WNS    1    1   2    1    2   x2     4  320ft OCF Longwire

W8 Division
K8ZAA     9    9  18    6  108   x2   216  inverted L @ 35'
W3NP      7    7  14    5   70   x2   140  160 Meter Horizontal Loop @ 50'
AB8RL     5    5  10    3   30   x2    60  End fed wire 120 feet long
NF8M      4    4   8    2   16   x2    32  Inv L @ 40 ft (rcv shielded loop)

W9 Division
KD9VT    28   27  55   19 1045   x2  2090  135' Inverted L  up 49'
WB9HFK   17   17  34   12  408   x2   816  150 Ft. Random wire
W9CC     11   11  22    7  154   x2   308  6BTV
AA9L      9    9  18    4   72   x2   144  160-80-40 trap dipole @ 50 feet
KA9FQG    3    3   6    2   12   x2    24  Helical-Wound Vertical (K6MM design)

W0 Division
N0AR      6    6  12    2   24   x2    48  43' Vertical base tuner and 80 mtr loop
AA0W      5    5  10    2   20   x2    40  Dipole @ 28 feet
NN0SS     3    3   6    2   12   x2    24  80meter inv vee at 40 feet

Canada Division
VE3FUJ    3    3   6    3   18   x2    36  LW @ 12-33'

DX Division

Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco  Bon Final  160 Antenna

W1 Division

W2 Division

W3 Division
K3WWP     1    1   2    1    2 x1.5     3  ~110' attic random wire

W4 Division
W4EDN     8    8  16    7  112 x1.5   168  fan dipole up 35 ft

W5 Division
NF5U      0    0   0    0    0 x1.5     0  58 ft end fed wire in attic

W6 Division

W7 Division

W8 Division

W9 Division

W0 Division

Canada Division

DX Division

Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco  Bon Final  160 Antenna

W1 Division
K1WHS    20   17  37   11  407        407  shunt fed vertical
AB1VL     6    5  11    5   55         55  160/80 dipole 40 ft

W2 Division
WA1GWH   13   12  25    8  200        200  66 ft base loaded wire plus grnd system
K2YGM     6    4  10    5   50         50  random wire with tuner
W2VT      5    5  10    4   40         40  Inverted vee @ 35'
N2ESE     4    4   8    4   32         32  120ft.endfed

W3 Division

W4 Division
KB9ILT    5    4   9    4   36         36  endfed @ 20 feet

W5 Division
W5WIL     5    5  10    3   30         30  240' dblt @ 35'

W6 Division

W7 Division

W8 Division

W9 Division
K9FO     24   23  47   16  752        752  inv L at 75 feet, 4 RX wires
NN9K     17   17  34   10  340        340  135' wire at 23'
K9CW     14   13  27   10  270        270  80m inverted V at 60'

W0 Division

Canada Division

DX Division

Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco  Bon Final  160 Antenna

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K1WHS - We had an ice storm and the antenna was all iced up with a 2:1 VSWR. It was stormy with lots of static crashes which made copy difficult with the fading signals. I sure worked a bunch of Illinois stations this time. (5 stations!) I was using a K3 and a vertical quarter wave antenna along with some beverages at 220, 270, and 290 degrees mostly. I had a great time but did not call many CQs. Best DX was N5GW in Mississippi! In New England I only worked ME and VT. I missed MA,NH,CT, and RI.

AB1VL - Scratchy condx as the last bit of a winter storm passed overhead. My best proagation was to SSW, heard CQs from IL, MN and WV but they could not hear me. Tnx to contest organizers. Love the new Sprint Logger!

WB1GYZ - Not much to show for an hour and ten minutes. Heard a station in Michigan calling CQ SKS at 0126. Thought he jumped the starting time by a couple of minutes, but worked him anyway. Then realized his number ended with a &quot;T&quot;. Wrong Sprint but got a good signal report from him, so thought new antenna would play well on 160. Maybe it does but you'd never know it from my score. Heard lots of stations, just couldn't work 'em. Can't wait to try the random wire on the next Sprint.

W2SH - In advance of an arriving weather front I'd loosened my antennas. The accompanying winds blew the vertical leg of the inverted L into the branches of a nearby tree. I was unable to free it and it was considerably shortened and far from vertical. Signals were fairly weak with QRN and very bad QSB. Big guns worked here in NJ were K9FO and WB9HFK, both in IL. Closer was K1WHS; look at his QRZ entry and you’ll see why.

WA1GWH - Going was a bit tough on 160M, but my antenna minimal. 66 ft base loaded wire end fed against ground radials. Arranged as an inverted V with apex at only 20 ft. Log included working out to MN twice from here near Syracuse, NY using 5W. Thanks for the contacts! 72, Garry

W2JEK - Was only on for 35 minutes at the end.Local noise had disappeared by then. Had a good time. 72/73 Don W2JEK

AA2VG - Rough night on 160! I was glad to make some contacts. 72 Peter/AA2VG

K2YGM - first attempt on 160... condx seemed poor here, although I heard others making contacts. we should have more of these to stimulate more interest..


AH6AX - Band was extremely difficult to work - had S5-S7 noise levels. I missed at least one station who tried to send his call to me - sorry - old ears and high noise level beat you. Not many stations heard from my QTH - probably due to the high noise. But... that's QRP ham radio! 73/72!

K3WWP - See my web site diary at for my comments.

KD3CA - I gave it a try , could hear stations working , called off and on for about 20 minutes , No luck so shut down .Best 73 to all . Don

WG8Y - Hi all, Almost forgot the Sprint! Walked into the shack at 0230Z & it hit me. Managed to work 11 Q's in the next 25 minutes. Still in a sling & arm not liking the straight key but had to play. Hi Hi I used a 1/4 inverted wire that I tied onto my 6BTV just above the base. Only up app.25ft then slopes back down to 10ft. into the back yard. Hears better than it transmits but got me on the air. Had fun. 72 from N.C. Mark WG8Y

W4EDN - with qsb had to wait for cycle up, make contact quick before cycle down. so much fun I missed my 10pm NTS traffic net.

K4JPN - Made a few contacts, but poor antenna made it a challenge 72, Steve K4JPN

KB9ILT - Twenty minutes into the sprint band noise jumped to S7, so I called it a night.

N5GW - KX3 to 'T' antenna about 70' long. Not too noisy but signals were generally faint, few and far between. I couldn't tell how much was poor propagation vs. limited participation. I hooked up with WW8A but the QSB dragon ate him. A few others I couldn't pull out of the noise - SRI. Heard W2SH a few times and K4BAI once but no QSO. Better luck next month.

KC7DM - The evening started out well, logging a QSO with W0LS in MN. But despite hearing a number of CQ NAs throughout the sprint, fellow OR Gary/KF7WNS was the only other successful contact. The horizontal loop hears well, but seems to speak softly on 160.

KF7WNS - Too early for 160 on West Coast...QRN was just starting to quiet down at the end. Thanks to John/KC7DM on the other side of the state for my only Q. Did hear a few other stations -NN9K and WO6M were the strongest. Also, someone came back to my CQ, but not enough to copy. Always fun to try...never know when the band could be open. 72

K8ZAA - New member. Thanks for the fun.

W3NP - Totally forgot about sprint until I happened to take a listen on 160 for K3Y stations. I heard quite a few decent signals. Only had a few minutes but made 7 contacts. K3 @ 5W to 160 full sized horizontal loop @ 50'. Cootie key. Someone else mentioned this earlier, but I think 160m should be included in all sprints, at least during the current sunspot cycle. 72, Dave - W3NP

AB8RL - Made 5 contacts the last 15 minutes of the contest - just put up an end fed wire that got me on 160 for the first time. Glad to participate 73 from West Virginia

NF8M - Good condx, at least MI to IL. Weak but readable sigs hr. Tnx qsos.

KD9VT - There was more activity than I anticipated but the band was very noisy. Noise was S5 at times. Thank you to all of the patient ops that worked me.

WB9HFK - Lots of fun! See everyone in the next Sprint. 72, Mark WB9HFK

K9FO - Conditions OK. Sorry I missed a couple that called. Not bad QSB. This is the right month for 160 hihi. RX antennas help, even short ones. see you in the CQ test. 73/72, Will K9FO

AA9L - Sigs were not that strong but I managed to make a few Q's

N0AR - Lots of familiar calls. Much more fun than shoveling the 12' of snow we received yesterday! QRN & QSB at times here. 73 Scott

AA0W - Strong signals within 500-800 miles nothing outside of that range.

NN0SS - Used a very compromised antenna

VE3FUJ - Hi all, I fared a little better than last week. The condx didn't appear much better this week. However I did hear stns and did make 3 contacts so things are looking up. Brion

Ki VA3PEN is responsible for the contents of this page. Questions should go to him at pix_newemail_va3pen (1K).

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are planning to operate in the sprint from a state other than your home state - OR - will be using a callsign that is different from one that you have used in previous sprints we need to know about it for our cross checking and record keeping. Please email Ki with this information before the start of the sprint.

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 24, 2018, 0130-0330 Z

We do not cross-check logs for our special 160m 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.

Important when using the new autologger: if your submission has errors (red text on the right) and you didn't get the "Thank You" screen after clicking the submit button, then your submission didn't go through. Correct the errors and submit again.

If you are pasting GenLog or AC2C output into the Log text box, and the lines wrap around because they are too long, you can leave them as they are. Each wrapped log record is still counted as a single line.

Andy, N2CN, is monitoring the log submissions and will email you to help if he sees that you are having trouble getting your log submitted. Thank you all for your patience.

VA3PEN Comments - Results produced on 2018/01/28 19:14 EST.