June 2018 QRP/CW Sprint (#164)
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SWA - STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
N2CN 51 50 101 20 2020 x2 4040 40m dipole @ 70' and 80m dipole at 60'
KN1H 26 26 52 17 884 x2 1768 400' End-fed wire
WU1V 25 25 50 16 800 x2 1600 10M trap dipole up 40 ft
WB1GYZ 18 18 36 15 540 x2 1080 80 ft doublet and 200 ft LW
N1XF 14 14 28 10 280 x2 560 107' Wire 50' High to 25'
K1IEE 10 10 20 7 140 x2 280 OCF dipole @ 30'
KQ1P 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 Dipole @ 30'
W2SH 28 28 56 21 1176 x2 2352 270ft dpl up 45ft; inv L 86ftV, 68ftH
KA2KGP 26 26 52 16 832 x2 1664 G5RV up 25 ft.
WA2JSG 15 15 30 12 360 x2 720 G5RV/jr @ 16ft up
KN2G 7 7 14 7 98 x2 196 Vee @ 55ft
W2JEK 8 8 16 5 80 x2 160 End fed wire 110 ft long, up 20 ft
N2HTT 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 Doublet at 35 ft
KD3CA 34 33 67 20 1340 x2 2680 132ft ocf Windom @33 ft
W3TTT 17 17 34 12 408 x2 816 Inverted vee at 45' ladder line to MFJ
AK3X 13 13 26 13 338 x2 676 OCF doublet at 27 ft
AF3Z 10 10 20 9 180 x2 360 80m inv vee 450 ohm line 30' at center
KJ4R 38 38 76 21 1596 x2 3192 34' Vertical
WG8Y 29 28 57 17 969 x2 1938 HB 10-80M OCF dp@30ft & 6bvt
W4DUK 17 17 34 13 442 x2 884 End-fed Zepp @ 20'
WX4RM 13 13 26 12 312 x2 624 6BTV gnd mtd vert
WD4OHD 11 11 22 9 198 x2 396 40m dipole @ 15 ft
WA4SPJ 9 9 18 9 162 x2 324 Inverted "L" @ 30'
K4JPN 8 8 16 7 112 x2 224 Zepp
KB0ETU 7 7 14 7 98 x2 196 Dipole @ 35 feet
N4OW 6 6 12 6 72 x2 144 80m loop Avg Hgt 12'
N4FI 4 4 8 3 24 x2 48 Attic G5RV jr
N5GW 42 42 84 27 2268 x2 4536 CFZ at 50' & 75'
KE9DR 12 12 24 11 264 x2 528 Random loop 470'@65'
WI5H 7 7 14 6 84 x2 168 90ft wire loop top 21ft
K5UP 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 84' wire 17' high
AI6SL 9 8 17 6 102 x2 204 Inverted V fan @ 32'
K6MGO 7 5 12 4 48 x2 96 INDOOR DOUBLET APPROX 10' HIGH
WK6L 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 Windom Inv. Vee.,20 and 40M
KC7DM 18 18 36 13 468 x2 936 450' horz loop @ 60'
ND9M/7 16 16 32 13 416 x2 832 OCF Dipole @ 20'
KF7WNS 6 6 12 4 48 x2 96 281' OCF Long Wire @ 35'
WB8LZG 22 22 44 19 836 x2 1672 Dipoles @ 30'
NF8M 12 12 24 11 264 x2 528 6BTV on 20/40, & 80m OCF Dpl 35ft
K8GSD 8 8 16 7 112 x2 224 VERTICAL @30'
N8XMS 8 8 16 6 96 x2 192 R7 Vertical
WB8ENE 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 40M dipole @ 15'
KB8FE 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 EFW 66' long, sloped
N8BB 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 Dipole@45'
WB9HFK 29 29 58 20 1160 x2 2320 Gnd Mtd Vertical with 60 radials
W9CC 16 16 32 15 480 x2 960 6BTV
NX1K 15 15 30 11 330 x2 660 30' ell with base at 12'
K9EYT 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 20/40 trap dipole
KA9FQG 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 G5RV @ 37 FT
K9QEW 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 4BTV GP VERTICAL
KD9EBS 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 Dipole at 20 feet.
N0TA 25 24 49 18 882 x2 1764 Doublet @ 30', 1/4 wave Gnd Mnt Vertical
NN0SS 10 10 20 8 160 x2 320 80 meter Inv Vee @40ft
N8LA 7 7 14 7 98 x2 196 Dipole @ 35'
AA5LH 5 4 9 5 45 x2 90 Inverted Vee@35'
AA0W 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 Dipole @ 28 feet
KD0DK 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 117 ft end fed long wire
AD0YM 3 3 6 2 12 x2 24 HB OCF Dipole @30'
VE3RDE 25 25 50 13 650 x2 1300 OCFD @ 25'
VE3DQN 17 17 34 12 408 x2 816 OFC dipole @40ft
VA3NU 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 Inverted Vee @25'
SWA - BUG CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
W1JAB 3 3 6 2 12 x1.5 18 130' Long Wire in Pine trees
WB2LQF 11 11 22 9 198 x1.5 297 EFHW Half Square Geometry @ 27 feet
K3WWP 10 10 20 8 160 x1.5 240 ~110' attic rndm wire 40 & attic dpl 20
W4EDN 10 10 20 7 140 x1.5 210 Fan dipole up 35 ft(40) inv v up 70ft
W8ES 4 4 8 4 32 x1.5 48 80m doublet @ ~30 ft
AA9L 10 10 20 8 160 x1.5 240 160-80-40 trap dipole @ 50 feet
KD0V 21 21 42 14 588 x1.5 882 Cf Zepp @ 30 feet
SWA - KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
KB1M 22 21 43 14 602 602 20 mtr inv V, 40mtr dipole @ 30ft
WA1GWH 15 15 30 12 360 360 40M dipole @ 15 ft
N2ESE 13 13 26 13 338 338 80m.OCF+40mDipole
W2NRA 8 8 16 8 128 128 End Feed at 30 feet
WA2FBN 4 4 8 4 32 32 EFHW at 25 ft
KD3FG 17 17 34 13 442 442 150m horizontal wire loop @ 40 ft
WB4OMM 25 24 49 13 637 637 G5RV at 35 feet
N4IAG 9 9 18 9 162 162 Horizontal loop at 70'
WK4WC 6 6 12 6 72 72 Hustler trap vertical on camper
W4OEP 5 5 10 5 50 50 Inv Ell @ 30 ft
KU4A 5 5 10 4 40 40 Slp dip @ 40'
AF4OI 1 1 2 1 2 2 80m Dipole @ 25ft
N4MJ 1 1 2 1 2 2 Windom @ 55'
KE5YUM 3 3 6 3 18 18 20 meter inverted V at 17 feet
K5MBA 0 0 0 0 0 0 102" whip
AA7CU 1 1 2 1 2 2 Mobile 10' whip on the roof @ 12 '
WA8SAN 4 4 8 4 32 32 End Fed Wire @ 8 Ft.
K8RJW 4 4 8 4 32 32 6BTV Vertical @ 15 Ft
AB8FJ 2 2 4 2 8 8 End fed random wire @ 15'
K9CW 33 33 66 24 1584 1584 40m/80m inverted V at 60'
WZ0W 6 6 12 6 72 72 End-fed dipole, 20' high
NO2D 5 5 10 5 50 50 Doublet @ 30'
WD0K 4 4 8 4 32 32 Vertical at 15ft.
K9OSC 1 1 2 1 2 2 CF Zepp 30'
VE7YU 2 2 4 2 8 8 20 Meter EDZ facing east @20M
GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
K4BAI 47 47 94 25 2350 x2 4700 TH6DXX @ 55'; 40M dipole, 88' cf zepp 50
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|PRIZE DRAWING WINNER|
Logs submitted: 94
Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 129
Total QSOs in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 1144
States represented: 36 + BC MB ON QC
K3WWP - See my web site diary entry at k3wwp.com for 6/13 for my comments.
AA9L - Stopped short. Had some surgery near my ear and headphones were uncomfortable but made some good Q's. See you all in the next sprint, 73, Rich AA9L
WZ0W - Operated an LD-5 QRP rig from the tiki bar on my back porch.
K1IEE - Could only spend one hour tonight. Stayed on 40M some QRN but band was active with strong signals. Thanks to all 73 Dick .
WI5H - I missed last month because of thunderstorms. Nice to be back. I worked an hour and made several contacts on 20 and one on 40. 72, until next time CU AGN dit dit .
NO2D - Things went well for the short time that I was operating. Always fun, and thanks to all those who make these sprints possible. Pete, NO2D. .
KB0ETU - I cut it short by 1/2 hour - too much static from storms in the area. Thanks guys for the contacts. Surprisingly how well QRP works when people are listening for you. Used a K-2 to G5RV up 35 feet in amongst the pine trees. 72, Phil .
WD0K - not to bad! noise settled down here. Can't work em if you can't hear em! 72 all! de WD0K #664 .
WB4OMM - When I started, both 20M and 80M were dead. 40M had lotsa signals, and lotsa noise! Mostly S5-S7 noise here on the Florida East Coast. Stayed on 40M the entire sprint (never really heard anything on 80M during the 2 hours). Quit at 0210Z when most of the signals got watery and QSOs were far and few. Used a new "weapon" tonight - a rotatable 36" magnetic loop at 20 feet (for receive only). Egad! It works! Used it on several QSOs to "clear out" the QRN. Made a difference in copying a few folks. 72/73 to all! See you "next month". Steve WB4OMM
KD0V - Was not too bad a Sprint, but really had to work for QSO's. 72, Merlin KD0V
W4EDN - 80 was quiet except for last 30 mins. good to hear n2cn on 40 and 80 tonight. was a lot of fun and operated the whole time for a change.
NF8M - Got on for the 2nd hour after finishing up some work at home while it was light out. Nice to have a few qsos on 20m in the evening. 40 was in good shape; 80 was noisy. TNX QSOs es 72
K9QEW - Band Condx Fair. TX HB Xtal Controlled. (Funmitter) RX TS530 .
N1XF - I changed my tactic for this sprint (now my third), I started on 20M and Pounced until I found everyone then called CQ for some time. Same on 40M, but I got better luck calling CQ. 80M was great, I pounced and heard someone with a 579 answering another call that was too weak for me so I moved up 500 hz and called CQ and got him while he was scanning up. After that I got a bunch of people in a row. My last Sprint in my 40's, dreaded 5-0 tomorrow...
K9EYT - 40 sounded good the last hour here near Chicago , IC476PRO 5 watts Bencher Key .
KJ4R - PFR 3B. Only worked 40 meters. Seems like using a simple rig makes the sprint even more fun. Good condx tonight. Only had one caller I couldn't hear well enough to work and only called one station (N0TA) who couldn't hear me. He was just above my noise level so no surprise that he could not hear me. Thanks to everyone for the contacts. 73
AF3Z - These were my first QSOs with my "new" HW-8 txcvr! It needed a good bit of work when I got it. After a number of repairs it has come back to life... This was the first on-air test. Thanks! Listening to the direct-conversion receiver is a bit of a challenge... but had a blast. 72! Jim AF3Z
VE3RDE - Condx not bad. Had a good run on 40m the whole time except for a few late ones on 80m for good measure. Fun as usual. CUAGN 73
KD3FG - My first NAQCC sprint as a member! Very pleased with my 18 S&P Qs over 13 SPCs. Started on 20m with some heavy QSB. I patiently rode the rf waves and made six contacts. Then down to a busy 40m to make eight more. The last 15 minutes were spent on 80m pulling out the last four contacts. Worked a few on two bands but none on all three. Used my K3 and 150m horizontal loop. Looking forward to the next sprint.
ND9M/7 - Operated /7 with a cootie from Glendo State Park in Wyoming, grid DN72ml, POTA KFF-3297.
KN1H - Thanks for another fun Sprint! Great to work old friends and new. 20 and 40 in good shape but only worked a few on 80. It goes that way sometimes. IC-7200 and Nye Viking Master Key.
WD4OHD - I realized just as the Sprint was beginning that my 80m dipole was not working, and I had no luck raising anyone on 20m (although I heard a few stations), so I stayed on 40m. Due to a conflict, I was only able to work the first 30 min and about the last 15 min of the Sprint, but signals were generally good on 40m. Enjoyed being on the air again after being off for the last several months.
KE9DR - Last sprint was two years ago. New HB rig and new loop. 20M was good for the first hour then I went to 40, lots of QRN but made some contacts. 80 was bad QRN. Good to be back and operating. Sorry for my poor fist. Thanks to everyone. 73 Bert KE9DR
WB2LQF - Used my new Kenwood TS-590SG ,dialed back to 5 watts, and my new KN4YB Right Angle bug. Only worked 40M and QRN/QSB was quite high. Band seemed short tonight as I heard but could not work TX, but ME was blasting into NY.
VA3NU - Lots of signals at or in and out of the noise. Lost some contacts due to QSB. Started raining here and 40 dropped out near the end. Look forward to next month. Larry 72 .
W3TTT - After a few pounce and catch tries did not work out, I just camped out on 7040.5 and called CQ. All my contacts this time were this way. Band was in excellent condx. Ended early. So all the contacts were within one hour or so. Thanks to all who participated and special thanks to those working to bring the test to us. 73, Joe W3TTT .
WG8Y - Hi all, Gud to see 20m open for awhile.Most I've worked on 20 in some time.11 Q's. Used my 6bvt on 20m & a HB 10-80 OCF HB dual core current Balun with a HB ferrit Sleeve choke. Worked KN1H on 20 & 40m but never found him on 80m.QRN was pretty tough on 80m.I was listening for you John. Hi Hi. Still fun playing in the Sprints working the group & welcome to some of the 8 & 9000 numbers I heard or worked. 72 from N.C. Mark WG8Y
W2JEK - Got on late. Conditions not great. Low activity. Was fun anyway. Welcome to KD3FG new member # 9470 72/73 Don W2JEK .
W4DUK - Just two contacts on 80m, with all the rest on 40m. Worked one new contact, and some others that I hadn't worked in several months (or even years!). A good evening, overall.
N2HTT - 40M sounded lively, but a lot of signals were weak here in NY. Called on 80 for a bit, but no takers. Got to try out my new cootie key, which was a treat. 72 all .
WU1V - A good outing, my first NAQCC sprint in ages. I held out for all 2 hours. K4BAI came in at the end, but I couldn't copy his Nr after repeated attempts, darnit. Sorry! Thanks to all who patiently responded to my repeat-info requests. Conditions were pretty good, all contacts on 40M.
KD9EBS - Greetings and thank you all for being patient with my week signal. "YouKits" HB-1B QRP, 5 Watts. Dipole at 20'. J-38 Straight CW Key. 72/73! .
N2CN - 40 was amazing. 80 opened up in the last quarter of the sprint. Thanks everyone for coming back to me.
AI6SL - Tough going. I want more sunspots.
KF7WNS - Only had 30 minutes to operate, so I did pretty well considering how terrible 20m was. I think the trick is to keep sending the exchange until the QSB comes to a peak. 72 & see you next time
AF4OI - Thunderstorms were in the forecast for today, which made for an exciting evening. Unfortunely, the approaching squall line arrived at the same time as the Sprint start time. At that point, I was nervously determined to make one contact for the log before quickly pulling the plug on my station, which I did. Luckly, I dodged the lightning this time. The storm hung around long after the Sprint ended. Till next time, 72, Bob AF4OI KY #8923
VE7YU - Poor condx, QRN&QSB very bad. Called lots of stations but no replies. K9CW was a solid S8 for a half hour but no QSO. Things can only get better! 73, Gord K3,20M EDZ
WB8LZG - WB8LZG Running solar power K2 @ 5 watts. Hello fellow sprinters ! Good sprint last night in spite of high noise condx. I started out on 20 and did ok , but the sigs on 20 were in and out and had to work to pull some of em out. Still did several gud QSOs on 20. 40 was busy but QSB was up n down. Lots of stns to work on 40. SRI to one of you out there. I heard 2 callers on near same freq calling CQ, I answer one , but both guys start sending me their info ! Only got one of you. Has this ever happend to you?? i'll bet it has, nothing to do but be frustrated. hi hi I found old friend N8LA, Louis , and was glad to work him. Seems we hadn't had a QSO in quite a spell, so it was nice to break the streak ! I tried 80 fer a few QSOs , but noise level uncomfortable on 80. good sprint with contacts on all bands. See u all in the MW sprint next week. 73 Gregg WB8LZG
N4IAG - Not a lot of contacts, but managed to work folks on all 3 bands.
WB8ENE - I got a late start (around 10:00) tonight, but managed to make a few contacts with my newly built QRP Labs QCX40. Nice little QRP kit. Key used was a Bencher RJ-1. Thanks for the contacts. 73, Art .
K4BAI - A good sprint with good participation and conditions on 20M quite good. 40M was noisy and I called a lot of members who didn't hear me. Finally got a run going on 40. Listened to 80M near the end and heard a loud station working KD3FG, but they were having so much trouble that I didn't think I'd get a call to either of them at the end, so went back to 40M for a few more unproductive CQs. Thanks for all QSOs. Best DX on 20 was KF7WNS. On 40 worked up to New England, out to MN, MO, and CO. Missed some usual mults including TX. I heard a station sending TX as his QTH and he was quite loud, but didn't hear his call and he never called me. 73/72, John, K4BAI.
KA2KGP - 20m. only had 1 QSO. 40 & 80 were a OK with QSB. CU in the Milliwatt Sprint. Rig: IC-7000 at 5w. into G5RV up 25 ft. 73 to all.
KB8FE - Nice weather in northern Ohio tonight. Only worked 40 meters near the end of the sprint. .
K4JPN - Worked a few on 40M, but then QRN got very rough, switched to 20M till it went out. I then tried 80M QRN not to bad, but nothing heard and could not raise anyone on 80M. 72, Steve K4JPN
KE5YUM - Sprint number 89 for me. FT 817 @ 5 Watts. I could only play for 30 minutes, but I had great time as always. Thanks to all who worked me. Terry
N8XMS - I made a couple of QSOs right at the start of the sprint and then a family activity pulled me away until about the final 15 or 20 minutes. I was surprised to still hear quite a few strong signals there at the end and managed to make another 6 contacts.
K8RJW - Not very many could hear me (thanks to the 4 that could/did!) Next time I will yell louder... still had fun! '72, Bob .
AA0W - Storms in the area signal were weak on 40 .
WB9HFK - Icom 7300 @ 5W - Gnd Mtd Hustler 6BTV with 60 radials - Key - J-38. QRN levels higher than normal. Sorry to those I missed down in the noise. Lots of fun as always. I hope to see you in the mW Test next week. 72, Mark WB9HFK
W1JAB - This was my first NAQCC sprint, and I must say I really enjoyed it! I have been working on improving my CW and am using an old Vibroplex for sending. I made a few fumbles with the bug, but got used to it easy enough. Thanks to those putting up with my CW accent. ;-)
K6MGO - Once again 40m was only band open for me, and it was very noisy and weak. Tnx to those who worked to pull me out of the noise. Hope next month will be better. 72 & be well, Bill, k6mgo
KD3CA - Fun as usual, lots of strong signals in spite of local storm & QRN . Started and stayed on 40 Mtrs . Using the KX3 with the VIZ cootie key. Best 73 to all & many thanks for the calls. Don
AD0YM - I am still new at this, but am starting to get the hang of it. Heard many more than I worked. I am still working on being more aggressive (confident) next time and jump in before the opportunity moves on next time.
KU4A - Storms are always a worry this time of year. I got 5 QSOs done in the first 15 minutes then had to QRT due to lightning. See everyone in July.
N5GW - KX3, rake tine straight key, hb tuner and two CFZ's. 20M was in great shape and there was good participation, allowing 26 contacts. 40M was a bit noisy from local T-storms, and QSB but fairly good. See you next week in the milliwatt sprint.
WB1GYZ - Q's on all three bands with a long shot out to OR...cdx starting to improve.
WA2FBN - LNR MTR 3B at 4 watts into EFHW antenna at 25 ft. Palm Paddle single paddle. Thanks to all who make these sprints possible. 72 Ken .
N4OW - Only got in for the last 45mins. Most of my rf stayed in my backyard :) Lots of action on 40. Tough condx for me. 72 de N4ow Al
NN0SS - As always fun evening.The 20 meter band to west coast at sun down was open here. .
W2SH - No signals were heard until I discovered my inverted L was disconnected from its base 90 feet from the shack. 20m was lightly populated and afflicted with QSB; it took me 40 minutes to make just 7 QSOs. 40m was active but QRN was fierce. Sprinters should really give more attention to 80m during these warm weather months. It has about the same summer QRN as 40m, but signals are much stronger than on the two higher bands. Besides that favorable signal-to-noise ratio, it also has less QSB. A traffic net or two will show up around 3.560 mHz at 0200Z, but are soon gone.
N4MJ - another 'bad weather' evening. Too much QRN, lightning to work the Sprint. .
WA2JSG - Operated from a different location (same state, county) using a hastily installed G5RV/jr at 16 feet up. Icom IC-703 and Kent Str Key.
K5UP - FIRST NAQCC SPRINT - MUCH FUN BUT HAD LOTS OF QRN AND NOT MUCH TIME FOR THE EFFORT. .
NX1K - For the most part signals were not very strong here, but copy was good. First NAQCC sprint with my new KX2.
KB1M - Fun evening, 40 was busy, with prime real estate hard to find, with both sprinters and non sprinters present. That's good, use the bands or lose them! 72/73, Walt
KQ1P - I wanted to work on 20M but the darn antenna gave a high SWR that I couldn't tune out. Worked 40M instead. TNX to all!
AK3X - Got a late start, began on 20 meters, which seemed to be in good shape for a change, but after 3 contacts my wife decided I needed to run an errand! Returned in 45 minutes and 20 was just a noisy mess here, so finished the sprint on 40 meters. TenTec Argonaut V at 5 watts, .. 132' OCF doublet...290 Ohm twinlead and ZM-2 tuner.. See you all next month (or maybe in the mW sprint later this month. 72, Peter
WK4WC - 40 meters was working so well I had trouble finding a place to call CQ. 73 All
N8LA - KX-3, 5W, 200' Dipole Up 35', Western Union 2A Legless Hand Key. Last night I had listed all of my sprint contacts and typed several soapbox sentences when I must have touched something I should not have touched and everything disappeared!!!! I detest computers, possibly because in the back of my mind is the science fiction idea that carbon based existence forms (e.g. us) were only allowed to develop so that they (we) could develop silicon based existence forms (e.g. computers) so that they could take over the planet. The headache resulting from beating my head against the wall has now subsided enough to allow me to try again. The band conditions here were like a QRN/QRM wall, but it felt good beating my head (ears) against that wall and stopped feeling good when I stopped. Happy to have worked home boy friend Gregg, WB8LZG. Heard friend Larry, W9CC, but unfortunately unable to work him. Sincere apologies to all whom I was not able to copy, including WB9HFK and K9CW whose information I was unable to copy completely. I know that all of these true blue, salt of the earth (and airwaves) QRPeople will not give up on me and will try again if they hear me. I hope to participate in the mW sprint and am glad there is accommodation for those who transmit but do not make any contacts. Best Wishes to All. Lou, N8LA
VE3DQN - Operated portable from an island in the Big Rideau Lake. Lots of fun till the mosquitoes chased me inside.
K5MBA - Limited to only a 102" Whip on metal patio table as I was repairing the fence holding a flagpole for the 40M EFHWA. Will use the EFHW antenna next contest.
WA1GWH - 40M was in fine shape. Sigs from near and far. Worked 12 SPCs in 45 minutes. Was holding a frequency and calling "CQ NA" only. But had to move a few times due to QRM. May I ask folks to call "QRL?" and then listen, please? Perhaps many are using extremely narrow filters and don't hear stations close by. It would also help to spread out. When it gets crowded I usually go to just off the top or bottom edge of the activity and call from there. That way the active area would keep spreading out. Thanks for the contacts! 72, Garry