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October 2018 QRP/CW Sprint (#168)


Andy N2CN is responsible for the contents of this page. Questions should go to him at pix_newemail_n2cn (1K).


N2CN Comments - Cross-checking is complete, and the results are final. Thank you all for your participation.

Final Results
SWA - STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna

W1 Division
KN1H     31   31  62   12  744  x2  1488  400' End-fed wire
WB1GYZ   17   17  34   11  374  x2   748  Sloping vee over and down two pines
K1IEE     7    7  14    4   56  x2   112  OCF 120FT long wire @ 30FT
KQ1P      1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  80/40 dipole @30'

W2 Division
KA2KGP   27   27  54   16  864  x2  1728  G5RV up 25 ft.
W2SH     21   21  42   13  546  x2  1092  Inverted L-V86ft,H68ft;270ft dpl at 45ft
W2JEK    22   22  44   12  528  x2  1056  End fed wire 110 ft. long
WA2JSG    8    8  16    4   64  x2   128  Vertical @ 10'
N2HTT     6    6  12    5   60  x2   120  135ft doublet @30 ft
K2KGJ     3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  Trap dipole at 40 feet

W3 Division
K3ESE    44   43  87   19 1653  x2  3306  20M EDZ @45'; 40M Delta Loop apex @57' 
K3EW     32   31  63   17 1071  x2  2142  160 Mtr Horiz Loop , 540 ft lg, 65 ft up
AK3X     18   18  36   12  432  x2   864  88 ft doublet at 27 feet
KQ3Z     19   19  38    9  342  x2   684  135' dublet vee at 30'
KD3CA    15   15  30   10  300  x2   600  Windom @33 ft
W3TTT    10    9  19   10  190  x2   380  INVERTED VEE AT 50 FEET
N3KZK     0    0   0    0    0  x2     0  Dipole@15 feet

W4 Division
KB4QQJ   33   32  65   17 1105  x2  2210  Five band doublet @ 33'
WG8Y     22   22  44   16  704  x2  1408  HB 10-80M OCF dp@30ft & 6bvt
NA4O     16   16  32   11  352  x2   704  Dpl@45'
W4NLT    14   14  28   10  280  x2   560  84' END FED @ 30'
K4KRW    10   10  20    9  180  x2   360  Dipole @ 35 Ft
WX4RM     9    9  18    7  126  x2   252  6BTV gnd mtd vert
K4KBL     9    9  18    5   90  x2   180  OCF dipole @ 45'
WD4EXI    7    7  14    5   70  x2   140  Dipole@35'
WD4OHD    4    4   8    4   32  x2    64  80m dipole sloper
N4OW      4    4   8    4   32  x2    64  80m Dipole 12 feet 
AF4OI     4    4   8    4   32  x2    64  80m doublet @ 25ft
AE4RM     3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  Dipole at 30 feet
N4FI      3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  110' random wire @ 25 '
K4JPN     2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  80M Zepp
W4DUK     2    2   4    1    4  x2     8  End-fed Zepp @ 20'

W5 Division
N5GW     32   32  64   16 1024  x2  2048  CFZ at 50' & 75'
WA6EEM    3    3   6    2   12  x2    24  132' EFW @ 32'

W6 Division
AI6SL     5    5  10    5   50  x2   100  Inverted V, fan @ 32'
AA6OC     2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  Stealth 33 ft end-fed vertical dipole

W7 Division
KC7DM    16   16  32    9  288  x2   576  480' horizontal loop @ 60'

W8 Division
WB8LZG   25   25  50   12  600  x2  1200  Dipoles @ 30'
N8BB     17   17  34   10  340  x2   680  Dipole @50'
WV8DH    12   12  24    7  168  x2   336  160 doublet @20'
KB8FE     8    8  16    6   96  x2   192  End Fed 66' sloper
NF8M      5    5  10    5   50  x2   100  6BTV (40) OCF dpl @35ft (80)5
WB8ENE    4    4   8    3   24  x2    48  40M dipole @ 15'

W9 Division
WB9HFK   30   29  59   21 1239  x2  2478  OCF Dipole at 25 Ft.
AB9LM    25   24  49   15  735  x2  1470  43' gnd mtd vert
W9CC     12   12  24    9  216  x2   432  Gnd mtd vert
K9QEW     7    7  14    6   84  x2   168  4BTV GP VERTICAL
W9YAP     4    4   8    4   32  x2    64  Dipole @ 35'
KA9FQG    3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  G5RV @ 37 FT
K9EYT     2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  Inverted vee 25'

W0 Division
N0TA     35   34  69   20 1380  x2  2760  Doublet @ 30', 1/4 wave Gnd Mnt Vertical
NN0SS    13   13  26    9  234  x2   468  80 meter Inv V @ 40 ft

Canada Division
VE3DQN   31   31  62   11  682  x2  1364  Dipoles@40ft
VE3RDE   11   11  22    9  198  x2   396  OCFD @ 25'
VA3NU     6    6  12    5   60  x2   120  Inverted Vee @25'
VE9BEL    2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  END-FED DIPOLE @25'

DX Division

SWA - BUG CATEGORY
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna

W1 Division
K1IX      7    7  14    5   70 x1.5  105  OCFD @ 38'

W2 Division
WB2LQF    5    5  10    4   40 x1.5   60  EFHW Inverted L at 30 feet

W3 Division
AC2C     10   10  20    9  180 x1.5  270  Random Wire at 30'
AH6AX     5    5  10    4   40 x1.5   60  Windom OCF @ 50'
K3WWP     1    1   2    1    2 x1.5    3  Attic inv vee dipole

W4 Division
KJ4R     14   14  28   10  280 x1.5  420  34' Vertical  

W5 Division
K5GQ      2    2   4    2    8 x1.5   12  Dipole @ 22 feet
WI5H      2    2   4    2    8 x1.5   12  95' wire loop

W6 Division

W7 Division

W8 Division
W8ES      8    8  16    5   80 x1.5  120  CF Doublet @ 30 ft

W9 Division
AA9L      7    7  14    5   70 x1.5  105  160-80-40 trap dipole @ 50 feet

W0 Division
K0FG     10   10  20    8  160 x1.5  240  Carolina Windom @ 50 ft

Canada Division

DX Division

SWA - KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna

W1 Division
KB1M     20   20  40    8  320       320  20 mtr inv V, 40mtr dipole @ 30ft
N2CN     11   10  21    9  189       189  ZS6BKW @ 60'

W2 Division
K2YGM    24   24  48   13  624       624  40m INV VEE   80m EFHW
WA1GWH   14   14  28    7  196       196  40M dipole @ 15 ft
N2JJF     9    9  18    7  126       126  Par end fed QRP up 25 feet
N2ESE     7    7  14    7   98        98  80MtrOCFdipole
WA2FBN    7    7  14    5   70        70  EFHW at 25 ft
N2EI      7    7  14    5   70        70  Dipole @ 35'

W3 Division
K3RLL    19   19  38   13  494       494  G5RVjr @ 35'
KC3RN    12   12  24   11  264       264  G5RV Jr at 35'

W4 Division
N4MJ     21   20  41   13  533       533  Windom @ 55'
KU4A     10   10  20    7  140       140  Slp dip @ 40'
N4IAG    10   10  20    7  140       140  Horizontal loop at 70'
WU4B      8    8  16    7  112       112  Dipole @ 50'
WB4OMM    7    7  14    6   84        84  G5RV at 35 feet

W5 Division
K5MBA     4    3   7    4   28        28  40M EFHW abt 20'
KE5YUM    2    2   4    2    8         8  OCF 40 @20 feet

W6 Division
KG6UBG    2    2   4    2    8         8  Long wire loop @ 30 ft

W7 Division
K7MK     10    9  19    8  152       152  58' inverted-L w/AH-4 tuner at base
K7III     2    2   4    1    4         4  40m EFHW sloper /P
AG7CC     1    1   2    1    2         2  17ft loaded vertical on car
KG7WHX    1    1   2    1    2         2  Gnd mtd vert @ 5'

W8 Division
N8NK     14   14  28   11  308       308  40m inv v  in the pines at only 28 feet
WA8SAN   11   11  22    7  154       154  End Fed wire @ 25 Ft.

W9 Division
K9CW     20   20  40   12  480       480  40m/80m inverted V at 60'
NX1K     16   15  31   13  403       403  30' ell with base at 12'
N9WKE     8    8  16    6   96        96  OCF @ 35'
AB9BZ     3    3   6    3   18        18  EFHW, inverted L @ 15'

W0 Division
K9OSC    26   25  51   17  867       867  CF Zepp @ 30'
AA0W     10   10  20    7  140       140  Dipole @ 28 feet
WZ0W      6    6  12    4   48        48  End-fed dipole, 20' high
WD0K      4    4   8    3   24        24  Center fed zepp @ 30'

Canada Division

DX Division

GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna

Straight Key
K4BAI    29   29  58   15  870  x2  1740  Th6DXX  @ 55; 40M dip; zepp; 80M inv vee

Bug

Keyer/Keyboard

N#A Category
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  Operator, 80-40-20 Antenna

N2A      65   62 127   19 2413  x2  4826  NW2K, 40/20 fan dpl @ 40', 80 dpl @ 40'
N8A      36   35  71   18 1278  x2  2556  N8XMS, R7 Vertical
N3A      38   36  74   18 1332      1332  N3HEE, Dipole on 40/20M & 300 foot loop on 80M
N9A      24   24  48   12  576  x2  1152  AC9EZ, Homebrew verticals ground-mounted
N5A      24   23  47   15  705 x1.5 1058  NF5U, 40m/80m trap dipole at 33ft
N0A      16   16  32   13  416 x1.5  624  KD0V, Cf Zepp @ 20 feet
N1A      12   11  23    9  207 x1.5  311  NF1U, GROUND MOUNTED VERTICAL
N4A      14   14  28   10  280       280  K7EK, 135' OCFD, 90' T2FD.
N6A       9    8  17    7  119  x2   238  N6IET, Rooftop fan dipole
N7A      10   10  20    9  180       180  AF9W, Multi-Band EFHW 80-10m

Not eligible for certificate or prize for the following reason(s):
@ Non-member
$ QRO power
! Late log
~ Submitted as check log
CERTIFICATES
SWA STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY
Division1st2nd3rd
W1KN1HWB1GYZK1IEE
W2KA2KGPW2SHW2JEK
W3K3ESEK3EWAK3X
W4KB4QQJWG8YNA4O
W5N5GWWA6EEM-
W6AI6SLAA6OC-
W7KC7DM--
W8WB8LZGN8BBWV8DH
W9WB9HFKAB9LMW9CC
W0N0TANN0SS-
CanadaVE3DQNVE3RDEVA3NU
DX---
SWA BUG CATEGORY
Division1st2nd3rd
W1K1IX--
W2WB2LQF--
W3AC2CAH6AXK3WWP
W4KJ4R--
W5K5GQWI5H-
W6---
W7---
W8W8ES--
W9AA9L--
W0K0FG--
Canada---
DX---
SWA KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY
Division1st2nd3rd
W1KB1MN2CN-
W2K2YGMWA1GWHN2JJF
W3K3RLLKC3RN-
W4N4MJKU4A N4IAG (TIE)WU4B
W5K5MBAKE5YUM-
W6KG6UBG--
W7K7MKK7IIIAG7CC
W8N8NKWA8SAN-
W9K9CWNX1KN9WKE
W0K9OSCAA0WWZ0W
Canada---
DX---
GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY
Key Type1st2nd3rd
SKK4BAI--
BUG---
K/K---
N#A ANNIVERSARY OPERATORS
Key Type1st2nd3rd
SKN2A/NW2KN8A/N8XMSN9A/AC9EZ
BUGN5A/NF5UN0A/KD0VN1A/NF1U
K/KN3A/N3HEEN4A/K7EKN7A/AF9W
FIRST TIME ENTRANT HIGH SCORE
Key Type1st2nd3rd
SKK3EWAB9LMW9YAP
BUG---
K/KK7IIIKG7WHX AG7CC (TIE)-
PRIZE DRAWING WINNER
PrizesWV8DH

STATS:
Logs submitted: 110
Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 168
Total QSOs in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 1408
States represented: 36 + MB NB ON 

SOAPBOX:

K3WWP - See my web site diary at k3wwp.com

AE4RM - Conditions were really bad. I called CQ for an hour and got 3 responses. .

WB4OMM - DISMAL!!! Worst conditions here in a long time. S9 noise, and really fast/bad QSB. Nothing on 20M, nothing on 80M. I worked everything I heard on 40M and called CQ several times with no response. I gave up after 45 minutes. A bit windy here in Florida, Big Blow Hurricane Michael out in the Gulf - glad I'm on the FL East Coast! My prayers for those in the path of this nasty storm. It's really warm 82 deg - and humid - 80%. Thanks to all that I worked! 72/73 to all, look for me as an anniversary station this week. Steve WB4OMM

N2CN - Every band had something to offer tonight.

WB8ENE - 40 was pretty bad here in NE OH this evening, but managed to make a few contacts with my QCX40. Thanks and 73, Art

K1IEE - 40M band was very poor in Maine. Most signals in the noise level. Still nice to be in the sprint. Thanks to all 73 Dick

AG7CC - My very first QRP CW QSO! I didn't have time after work to set up my best antenna, but I made a contact, so I count that as a success. I heard some stations, but they faded so much that I couldn't quite get their call. Finally broke in the KX2! I was operating mobile/stationary about a block from my apartment. .

K9QEW - TX = HB Xtal control RX = TS530. 40 meters conditions fair early poor later. Last sprint until April. Packing up and heading for Arizona early November. Limited operations in RV Park. C U in the Spring.

K5GQ - heard some stations calling CQ - no takers. I called but each could not hear me either. .

KJ4R - Got an early day at work in the morning so quit early. PFR 3B and Vibroplex bug. Only worked 40M. Lots of QSB. Some signals that were solid 599 faded to no copy in a few seconds. Always enjoy participating and thanks to everyone for the contacts. 73 until next time.

WB2LQF - So five minutes before the Sprint, I work PZ5JW on 7035. Surinam is a new country for me. Oooh, this is going to be a great night! My first Sprint contact,KB9ILT, sounded like a kilowatt station and AB9CA and N2A weren't far behind on the decibel scale. Then, all of a sudden here comes heavy noise and QSB. I quit after one hour. Looking forward to next month.

WZ0W - Used my newly-built QCX 40m xcvr. Band was pretty noisy at my QTH west of St. Louis.

AB9BZ - Noisy on 40M, glad to have started on 20M. Fun sprint, thanks for Q's

K5MBA - A very challenging evening here in North Texas. Was able to work 4 contacts through the QRM/QRN... Still had fun.

NA4O - It was a very rough night. It sounded like I had an RF sponge over my qth. Some very weak signals with qsb, but happy with what I heard.

W8ES - Fun as usual. TNX ES 72, Jay .

K3RLL - IC-706 to G5RVjr @ 35' -- Despite deplorable propagation report, 40m was jumping tonight with wall-to-wall NAQCC ops. It was great fun this evening with more 'perfect doubles' than ever before. Need far better CW filters! Big signal was W4NLT. 72/73 ... Don .

K9OSC - Started out on 20 meters but the band folded quickly. The 40 meter band was the workhorse for me. Lots of activity there. Operated through the second day of almost continuous rain but no static for a change. Lots of terrific contest ops making this a really fun Sprint. See you next month.

NX1K - First time using a keyer in this contest. A different dynamic than my usual straight key or cootie. Nice to hear lots of activity on 40m.

N9A - Another great NAQCC sprint. Heavy qsb at the start, but better conditions towards the end. Hope everyone is enjoying the Anniversary week! 73/72 Jim ac9ez

K4KRW - I only got to play the last 20 minutes. I cannot believe I got 10 contacts in. The bands seemed pretty dead. No strong signals tonight. Fortunately, the noise was low. Great fun as always. 73, Richard .

WD4OHD - Got a late start. Not much heard on 40m. Signals generally weak on 80m. Nothing heard on 20m. .

N0TA - Nice evening. Most Q's on 40m, with a couple on 80m. Thanks for the Q's! K3, doublet and vertical, GenLog.

NF8M - Had a meeting tonight so got on late after recovering from a near disaster last night - water in the shack! Dishwasher in kitchen upstairs started leaking and dripped around the heating duct onto gear in the basement, so first thought is save the ham gear! But no major damage (possible wattmeter failure) so put enough gear together to manage a handful of Qs before time ran out. I think I heard N3A call me back so that may be a bust (tried a couple times but very noisy here). Well, 72 to all and happy anniversary to the club! .

N0A - I got QRM'ed a lot during the sprint. Band condition were not very, but managed to make QSO's on 20, 40, and 80 meters. It was a hard evening.

N5A - I started out on 40m tonight. 40 died here in TX at 0145. I switched to 80m for the remainder of the sprint. It was touch and go at that point. I know I missed several stations calling, but I could not pull you out of the qrn, I apologize. It was a fun sprint as usual. My first as a NA anniversary op. 73s and thanks for all the qsos. N5A/NF5U-Jerry

K1IX - Got a late start band seemed like lo activity until 0100 then boom band shifted and could hear lots. Thanks for the Q's 72 til next time. .

N2A - Happy Anniversary! Special thanks to all NAQCC volunteers for all of their efforts. Conditions seemed pretty good up here. I think 5 on 20, 43 on 40, and 20 on 80. My multipliers are really low! Had fun and thanks for all QSOs and thanks for letting me use N2A. 72, Dean, NW2K.

WA2JSG - 40m was terrible here early on, but improved slightly. 80m was better. Only made 8 contacts, but 4 of them were from NC... had a nice pipeline to there. Picked up a couple new NxA stations.

N2HTT - Haven't been in a sprint in a while, had pretty good luck tonight with 80m the band of choice. 73, Mike

KQ3Z - First sprint in a very long time. Took awhile to shake off the rust. Noise was too strong on 80, worked a few then went to 40 and stayed there. Thanks for the contacts and thanks to those who make these sprints happen.

N3A - Great fun again this year ! Started out on 40 meters with very few takers. Tried 20 meters with no luck at all. Moved to 80 meters and had fun working many member stations. Thanks for all of the QSO's ! Joe N3A/N3HEE

KB4QQJ - Another one in the logs. Great to hear all the NxA stations. Conditions were odd in that all the stations I normally hear strong were faint and all the one I don't normally here were there. That's a good thing since I made some new contacts. Started on 20m but it was silent here in NC so moved on to 40 and had a nice run going. Got squashed there and moved to 80m and it was alive. Finished out on 80 and did my best to copy the last call of the sprint. O?VE? or ?v??r and then bingo!! Someone was sending "over" as it was 0231z..LOL Thanks for that reality check and removal from the zone. Whoever you were. ;-) Rig KX3, Antenna, doublet at 33 feet. Key was my SKCC Club Key 73 for now, Randy_KB4QQJ

N4MJ - Really lousy night. Fast QSB would take a station out while txing call. Happened multiple times. Several stations had decent signals but could not hear me or other stations calling. Example: K9WKW 599, KF7Z 439, WA6EEM 329, WA5PRI 569, all on 40 meters. N9A 579 on 80m. Sure will be glad when/if the bands get straightened out. Thanks to all who participated, especially those who had the patience to work me. 73 de n4mj//glenn -

WG8Y - Hi all, Was rag chewing on 75m b-4 the sprint with my brother & the path to OHIO started fading as we signed right b-4 the Sprint started. It was the start of some crazy conditions during the Sprint. Lots of signals but most were water weak. Got some what better toward the end.Heard some gud signals at the end on 80m. 40 was long but weak. Heard N6A but the 817 could put enough smoke in the wire to be heard. Hi Hi. My ears took a beating. Thanks all & still fun.72 from N.C. Mark WG8Y

WI5H - Just got home in time to catch a couple of stations. TNX K3ESE & K4KRW. Until next month, 72 DIT DIT. .

VE3RDE - I can't believe how fast the 40m died after 01:30Z... Glad I made the QSO's I did beforehand. This is my first NAQCC sprint using my new W1SFR Sideswiper. See you next month!

WV8DH - Interesting band conditions this evening. Participation seemed to be down or at least I was not able to hear that many. But, all in all, it was fun. Worked with my new 160 meter doublet which goes around my city lot at 20 feet above ground, is 250 feet, end to end and has for 90 degree bends in it. Works great and I am now on 160 meters too. Ran my Icom Ic-7300 at 5 watts and my key was one side of a cootie used as a straight key. Thanks to all who copied me and to the organizers. Best 72/73 from Wild and Wonderful West Virginia, Dave WV8DH .

AB9LM - This was my first cw sprint/contest ever. I was so excited on that first call, even having a small pileup. No way I'm going to sleep tonight :) Rig was an HB-1B running on internal batteries with a J-38.

KN1H - Happy Anniversary NAQCC! Lots of activity but strangely low on multipliers. Worked MD six times and NY seven times. Worked seven stations on both 80 and 40. Thanks to all for the good time!

VE3DQN - I haven't checked back but this is probably my best Sprint for total QSO's. Not many strong signals and I wasn't getting the variety of states I usually get. But noise level was low, and many folks stayed till the end.

K2YGM - Not a very productive night here on Eastern LI. Bands didn't seem to be in good shape and there was rapid QSB. So I decided to just search for signals and give out a few contacts.. Still had lots of fun and look forward to the next one. 72 de K2YGM

AI6SL - Very poor conditions on the west coast. Nothing heard at all on 20 or 80m. .

W9YAP - My first NAQCC sprint. It was nice to here so many qrp sigs all at the same time. Im hooked! .

WA6EEM - Tough conditions tonight with nearby lightning. Tried to work AB9LM twice, but he said no. Hi Hi

KG7WHX - I tried to make contact with N8A several times but due to QSB I never heard him clearly enough after the CQ to tell if he was responding to me on another station. I also tried to work WA6EEM but just as I figured out the call sign and tried to respond I didn't hear from him again. It was my first NAQCC sprint and was fun but I realize I need to work on my antenna system if I am going to do a lot of QRP. .

VA3NU - Always fun. Propagation was a little better than expected. Apologies to AB9LM, I acknowledged your report then QRM and QSB took you out before I could hear if you got my report. 72 to all. .

K4KBL - Had a great time even with the noise. Digging out 11 QRP QSO's means more than a bunch of easy QRO contacts. Check out the NAQCC FACEBOOK PAGE - OVER 315 MEMBERS ABOUT COUNTING ! .

K3ESE - Pretty decent conditions on forty. Only one QSO on twenty, but I wonder if anybody was calling...? Eighty was sparse, but serviceable. I apologize for the partially-tamed cootie. .

K3EW - First day of operation as NAQCC member. Thank you for all of the qso's and great ears out there. Had a great time.

N8NK - 1st sprint in 6 mos due to auto accident and long recovery. Decided to operate an hour at the most, stick to 40, use no PC, copy #s by ear, log by hand. All #s copied correctly! Fun, fun, fun!

KC3RN - Worked tonight's sprint in memory of my dad, who passed on 9/21/18. He was not a ham, but was a radioman in the navy. He originally taught me CW when I got my Novice license back in 1977. RIP Dad.

WB8LZG - Hello Fellow Sprinters! I fired up the FTDX-1200 on battery power agn last night. Started out on 20m and got a couple there before the band faded. 40m was busy wid signals , but most seemed down a bit in strength. NO ONE heard west of the Mississippi, ??? Almost all of my QSOs were with East Coast es New England stations. I DID get N2A on all 3 bands, and N3A on 40 es 80. Had a beeline into MD es NY. Only one GA station. I usually have a pipeline into FLA, GA es TX , but not much heard from the southland. Strange condx, but still a fun sprint! See u all next month! 73 Gregg WB8LZG

VE9BEL - BAND CONDITIONS WERE HORRIBLE ON 40M AT MY QTH. SEEMS TO ME A LOT OF PEOPLE LEFT AFTER THE FIRST HOUR. I STILL HAD A GREAT TIME. TNX TO ALL! 73 BERNARD

N8A - That was a lot of fun! The N8A callsign drew plenty of attention and I even had to deal with a few minor pileups. That 1100 membership number sure does take a lot longer to send than my own 675! Thanks to all of the participants and especially the ones that managed to work me. - N8A/N8XMS

W4DUK - Combine limited time available to get on the air with terrible band conditions at my QTH, and I was only able to make two contacts. Better than none, I guess! See y'all next month. .

WD4EXI - KX3@5W WITH VIKING STRAIGHT KEY AND 35FT DIPOLE FROM HOME QTH Only worked 40m S&P. Haven't worked sprint in quite awhile. Very few signals heard and got no response on my CQs. Thanks to all. .

K4BAI - 20M was open to the north only, but not too much activity there. 40M was open all over, but signals beyond NC, TN, and TX were weaker than usual. 80M was the best it has been in months, but there was too little activity on that band. I felt weak all night. Called many with no answers and many CQs with no answers. Best "DX" were N7A in WA on 40 and VE3DQN on 80. This is my lowest score in a long time. 73/72, John, K4BAI.

WA2FBN - Fun sprint as always. Sigs seemed pretty strong on 40m. First three stations heard and worked in sprint were N1A, N2A and N3A in that order! Tnx to the NxA stations. 72 Ken .

KU4A - Heard some nice strong signals for the first time in months, though with deep fading. Still nothing heard on 80m here. .

N3KZK - I had a fine time calling CQ and trying to answer...but no luck .

N4IAG - Noise and QSB made hearing the pint-sized signals kinda difficult here. Still fun, and thanks to all.

KA2KGP - All bands were useable here in WNY. 20m. was weak, 40 & 80 were good. Nice October NA sprint. Rig: IC-7000 at 5w. into G5RV up 25 ft. .

N1A - DE NF1U. First sprint in quite awhile. Either condx were poor or just not much participation. I was able to work everyone I could hear. Hope others had better results. .

KB8FE - Lots of signals heard in northern Ohio. The background noise was minimal and was a pleasure to be listening on 40 meters tonight. .

N8BB - Started out very very slow, found KB9ILT then it got really quiet so I went to watch TV with the YL until; the last half hour. Storms came through and noise was a bit loud so it was looking like a sad evening. I returned 1/2 hour left and heard a few more, worked them then slid up a bit and called CQ and was getting responses for the balance of the sprint. Reminder to all out there, call CQ, don't just S@P, there can be so much to be worked if we all holler loud enough. lol Enjoyed it after all. See you next time. N8BB KX3

KC7DM - October seems like the bell curve sprint at this QTH, with short openings on 20 and 80 at the tails and 40 strong through the middle. N2A is in the log -- NY to OR -- on all three bands. Pretty cool. Thanks all, and especially the organizers and the excavators who dug my signal out of the noise.

WX4RM - I knew it was going to be difficult when even the signals on 40 were just barely readable thru the noise level. Thanks to all who pulled my peanut whistle signal out of the mud! Had fun, but just can't wait till the solar cycle starts to improve. Ron WX4RM .

K0FG - Thunderstorms here so had to close down. Hard to work anyone with 5 watts and lots of lightning over the antenna. .

KG6UBG - kind of a tough go at it. heard k7A. cudnt get back east with current antenna. 73 from 6 land. mike/kg6ubg .

K7MK - Had time for about 2/3 of the sprint. Updated inverted L works much better than the "Wad of Wire in a tree", so happy about that. I like the easy speed of the CW, so comfortable calling CQ. Tnx. .

N7A - Had some technical difficulties the last half hour. .

WB1GYZ - And I thought conditions couldn't get much worse...though there was some improvement toward the end. Thanks for a fun evening, looking forward to the next Sprint.

KD3CA - Great fun as usual , conditions a bit down here. Thanks to all for the calls Best 73 to all Don

N4OW - Gruesomely bad conditions for me. I saw many stations on the RBN but I could hear none of them. The few I called did not hear me .... grrrrrrrrr!

WB9HFK - 40M Only. Fun as always. 72, Mark WB9HFK

KE5YUM - Conditions on 40 meters were noisy. With that said I did make two great contacts to AB9LM and K3ESE. I tried to work WB4OMM but I guess I could not be heard. This was my 92nd sprint. FT 817 at 5 Watts. Terry

N5GW - KX3 & rake tine straight key. I started out on 20M and got 7. Main band was 40M which was quieter than I expected considering there was a hurricane in the Gulf to the east and an approaching rain front from the west. Even more interesting was that I was able to work 7 stations on 80M! Time was spent listening for the N*A stations because I was lacking N9A and N0A, neither of which had much of a listing on the spot page. I was able to work N3A, N6A and N8A but no others. As usual it was fun.

KB1M - QSB was problem at times, thankfully QRN was very low here in NH for me, otherwise I would not done nearly as well. 20 was better than I expected with 5 Q's, the first being N2A in NY, a unusual sprint state for me on 20. 72/73 Walt

AK3X - Heard nothing on 20. 40 seemed good for the time I was able to operate there. Long interruption for other priorities and finished on 80, which seemed also in good shape. A fun sprint. Rig TenTec Argonaut V, 5 watts, 88' doublet at 27 ft, ZM-2 tuner. 72, Peter

N6A - Op Rick N6IET at home, using rooftop fan/bent/inverted-vee dipole 70 ft above street level. 20 meters died at the starting gate. Signals were very weak on 40 and 80 meters, often failing to override my S7 and S9 background noise levels. (Sorry!) People need to learn to zero beat the station calling CQ, who might be using a very narrow filter just to copy your QRP peanut whistle. (I was; few did.)

KQ1P - What! Plenty of QRN and QSB (as in weak to no signal and it was a struggle to make any QSOs. Still fun, of course. Happy Anniversary NAQCC! .

AA0W - Conditions fair strong QSB at times KX2 internal battery

W3TTT - I worked one non member, I counted him as a new state, hope that was correct. He sent me "SRI SRI SRI NOT IN TEST" ... I was hearing N0TA and spent some time calling but he did not hear me. Ended a bit early, spent most time on 40, then switched to 80.... Still making adjustments on my rig IC-718 to get the installed CW filter to work optimum, seems pretty close to optimum now.... Worked four N#A stations.

W2SH - 20m was dying, but I managed two QSOs before it quit. Chased N5GW several times, but no luck. 40m skip was quite short. 80m has come along nicely and my QSOs there equaled those made on 40m. Much of the first hour was spent searching for a strong noise source. It turned out to be the switching power supply inside a 120 vac-to-12 vdc wall wart lighting a rarely used bedside table lamp.

WD0K - 20 FOLDED UP LIKE A SNOWBIRD HEADED SOUTH. 40 WAS NOISY BUT HAD A FEW GOOD CONTACTS. ENJOYED THE Q'S. 72'S WD0K .

WU4B - Was able to operate 1H. Worked all that I could hear with my handcrafted K2 #6011.

K2KGJ - Very limited time to work this month. Tried to get one contact on each band. Hopefully, more time next sprint.

N2JJF - Another enjoyable sprint. Lots of QRN but managed to work all stations that i heard.

N4A - Very poor QSO count to extremely poor propagation and higher than usual noise levels. Best regards, Gary, K7EK, KY

W2JEK - Missed the first half hour. Found 20 dead, went to 40 but not much activity. Finished up on 80. Had a good time with good conditions. 72 73 DON W2JEK

WA1GWH - 40M seemed in good shape with stations much closer in to NY than the last few months. Most sigs louder accordingly. 72, Garry WA1GWH