January 2018 160m QRP/CW Sprint
SWA - STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY 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 SWA - BUG CATEGORY 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 SWA - KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY 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 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 - 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 "T". 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 youâll 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..
KN2G - MY ONLY CONTACT WORKED VERY HARD TO DIG ME OUT OF THE NOISE... THANKS GARRY
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 k3wwp.com 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
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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 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.
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VA3PEN Comments - Results produced on 2018/01/28 19:14 EST.