December 2018 QRP/CW Sprint (#170)
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76 logs total. Cross-checking is complete. Email me at the address above before 2400Z,
Sunday December 23, with any questions, comments, or disputes.
SWA - STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
KN1H 28 28 56 17 952 x2 1904 400' End-fed wire
WB1GYZ 10 10 20 8 160 x2 320 Sloping vee into the pines.
K1IEE 6 6 12 6 72 x2 144 OCF 120FT long wire @ 30FT
W1PQO 5 4 9 4 36 x2 72 DIPOLE @ 25'
KA2KGP 20 20 40 13 520 x2 1040 G5RV up 25 ft.
K2JT 7 7 14 7 98 x2 196 Dpl@30'
WA2JSG 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 Vertical @ 10'
W2JEK 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 110 ft end fed wire up 20 ft
KD3CA 31 30 61 20 1220 x2 2440 Ocf Windom @33 ft
KC3RN 22 22 44 14 616 x2 1232 Dipole @ 35'
AK3X 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 OCFD inv vee at 27 ft
WG8Y 23 23 46 14 644 x2 1288 HB 10-80M OCF dp@30ft & 6bvt
K4JPN 19 19 38 14 532 x2 1064 80M CF Zepp
N4WD 14 14 28 12 336 x2 672 80mt OCF at 40 ft
WX4RM 14 14 28 11 308 x2 616 6BTV gnd mtd Vertical
W4NLT 15 15 30 10 300 x2 600 84' END FED @ 30'
K4TRH 14 14 28 9 252 x2 504 Inverted vee @ 32'
K4KBL 6 6 12 5 60 x2 120 OCF dipole @ 45'
N3RN 6 6 12 4 48 x2 96 Butternut vertical
W4DUK 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 End-fed Zepp @ 25'
N4FI 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 115' random wire @ 25 ft
N5GW 25 25 50 12 600 x2 1200 CFZ at 50' & 75'
KE5YUM 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 OCF dipole at 20 feet
AI6SL 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 Inverted Vee @ 32'
K6MGO 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 45' indoor doublet approx 12' high
KC7DM 11 11 22 10 220 x2 440 480' horizontal loop @ 60'
AJ8S 18 18 36 12 432 x2 864 204' wire @ 50'
WB8LZG 9 9 18 7 126 x2 252 Dipoles @ 30'
NF8M 8 8 16 6 96 x2 192 6BTV (with receiving loop for 80)
WB8ENE 3 3 6 2 12 x2 24 40M dipole @ 15'
NI9M 30 29 59 21 1239 x2 2478 OCF Dipole @ 35ft
WB9HFK 21 19 40 15 600 x2 1200 OCF Dipole @20 Ft.
W9CC 15 15 30 11 330 x2 660 Gnd mtd vert
N8HWV 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 EFHW AT 15 FT
KA9FQG 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 G5RV @ 37 ft
K0FG 25 25 50 16 800 x2 1600 Dipole at 50 ft
N0TA 16 16 32 13 416 x2 832 1/4 wave Gnd Mnt Vertical
KD0DK 10 10 20 8 160 x2 320 117 ft end fed long wire
K0CW 9 8 17 8 136 x2 272 Gnd mtd vert
AD0YM 4 4 8 3 24 x2 48 Ocf dipole @ 30'
AA5LH 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 25' Horizontal Loop
GAIN ANTENNA Category
SWA - BUG CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
WB2LQF 5 5 10 4 40 x1.5 60 Inverted "L" at 30 feet
K3WWP 2 2 4 2 8 x1.5 12 Attic random wire and dipole
K3RLL 3 3 6 2 12 x1.5 18 33' Unun fed wire up and over garage
W5ODS 30 30 60 18 1080 x1.5 1620 G5RV @ 50ft.
NF5U 28 26 54 15 810 x1.5 1215 40m/80m trap dipole at 33ft
K5IX 6 6 12 5 60 x1.5 90 135' doublet at 20 feet
N8XMS 12 12 24 10 240 x1.5 360 R7 Vertical
N9SE 15 15 30 14 420 x1.5 630 Inverted-L 70'/50'
K9DRP 9 9 18 8 144 x1.5 216 OCF @ 35'
KD0V 20 19 39 14 546 x1.5 819 Cf Zepp @ 30 feet
WD0K 2 2 4 2 8 x1.5 12 Ctr fed zepp
GAIN ANTENNA Category
SWA - KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
N2CN 12 12 24 10 240 240 ZS6BKW @ 60 feet
KB1M 7 7 14 5 70 70 20 mtr inv V, 40mtr dipole @ 30ft
N2ESE 13 13 26 13 338 338 OCF dipole@35Ft.
WA1GWH 12 12 24 9 216 216 1/4 wave 80M wire w/grnd system
KC2MJT 1 1 2 1 2 2 G5RV@32'
W4OEP 26 25 51 15 765 765 Inv Ell at 40 feet
AE4Y 18 18 36 12 432 432 Dipole @ 25 feet
K4BAI 16 16 32 12 384 384 40M dipole 35', 88" cf zepp 50', 80M inv
WB4OMM 15 15 30 11 330 330 G5RV at 35 feet
WK4WC 11 10 21 9 189 189 OCF Dipole Up 50 ft
N4MJ 10 10 20 7 140 140 Windom @ 55'
KU4A 1 1 2 1 2 2 Slp dip @ 40'
K5MBA 4 4 8 4 32 32 40M EFHW inverted vee abt 25 feet
NF8H 1 1 2 1 2 2 Dipole @ 40'
AA7CU 2 2 4 2 8 8 Mobile 10' whip on the roof @ 12 '
WA8SAN 7 7 14 6 84 84 End Fed wire @ 25 Ft.
AC8JW 6 6 12 6 72 72 5BTV
N8IFU 2 2 4 2 8 8 Packtenna Mini in a Tree
AB9CA 35 35 70 19 1330 1330 80m vee@40' E/W; 56' vee@40' N/S
WZ0W 20 20 40 14 560 560 80m loop @ 30'
AA0W 12 12 24 10 240 240 Dipole @ 30ft
K0EW 1 1 2 1 2 2 Off center fed dipole at 25'
VE3DQN 9 9 18 8 144 144 Dipoles@40ft
VE3GNU 4 4 8 4 32 32 Fan dipole---DXCC @ 35'
GAIN ANTENNA Category
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 SCORE|
|K/K||K0EW NF8H (tie)||-||-|
|PRIZE DRAWING WINNER|
Logs submitted: 76
Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 101
Total QSOs in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 852
States represented: 32 + ON
KB1M - Felt very lucky to make 2 contacts on 20 and 40 seemed to start off well but fizzled out after the first half hour. 72/73 Walt .
WB1GYZ - What can be said about conditions that hasn't already been said? Gud sigs from N2CN and K2JT.
K4JPN - Heavy QRN on 80M but managed to get through, tried 40M and did not hear anyone and could not raise anyone. Good evening fun. 72, Steve K4JPN
K4KBL - Wow !! Another tough night on the air. 40 and 80 both were not good in GA this evening.
KD0V - The skip was short this evening for the most part. It did not sound like many station were in the sprint. 80M appeared to be longer than 40M. Noise was not bad on either band at this location. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone. .
AE4Y - Missed the first 30 minutes due to not remembering the correct start time. (Senior moment). Band conditions weren't the best, but since that's the status quo, I'm becoming accustomed to that. Missed a couple of contacts due to QSB which made copying the full exchange impossible. .
AC8JW - Finally managed to work Paul N8XMS.
N5GW - I had fired up the TT Argonaut V for a workout using the rake tine straight key. 40 and 80 were in fair shape, except there seemed to be fewer than usual sprinters. I did mostly S&P, as I was trying to watch a ball game replay on TV - bad idea- should have recorded it! Hope to hear many of you in the milliwatt sprint next week.
K5MBA - I only had an hour to work the contest and heard many stations, but only made contact with four. It was a fun short evening. Thanks! 73s K5MBA
WB8ENE - Well at least I made a couple of contacts this time. 73, Art .
KN1H - Started on 40 where most of my signal reports were 339, and I think folks were being charitable! After an hour I switched over to 80 and conditions were completely different, good strong signals coast-to-coast. Thanks for the fun time, will look for everyone next week in the MW. 73, John, KN1H
WB2LQF - Only operated 40M for the first hour with my brand new TS-890S dialed back to 5 watts and my eighty year old McElroy Deluxe "MAC" bug. The key is the best bug I've ever owned; the rig is a fabulous CW platform. The only thing missing tonight were decent conditions! See y'all next year.
NF8H - First time in a CW contest...ever. Just about to enter CW Academy level 2, and this was assigned by Mark Tyler (K5GQ).
WB8LZG - Hello agn fellow sprinters! Fired up the FTDX1200 at 5w last night. Tough condx agn this month. 20 was dead at start. 40 had some signals , but most very weak, es deep QSB. I had several stns that answered my CQ's but they faded away into the either before I could get full calls. Skip seemed short. No stns from the southland heard, and nothing from west of MO. Went to 80 fer a couple of QSO'S but not much better there. SRI to a couple of you that I just couldn't pull out. Only had abt an hour to play, but still had a lot of fun. hope condx are better fer the mw sprint next week. Hope u all have lot's of gud QRP DX this Chritmas season! 73 , Gregg WB8LZG
KD0DK - Another fun Sprint! Merry Christmas to all. 72/73
WK4WC - Tough conditions but was able to snag a few fine stations. Thanks and 72 to All... Lane WK4WC
WB4OMM - Quite surprised at the bands tonight. 20M was dead, no surprise there. 40M started out pretty good. Really happy to work NH, then OR and CO - pretty good signals too. VE3DQN was tough, but he finally came in clear and solid to copy (thanks for your patience Don!). 40M kinda died out after 45 minutes, so went to 80M and immediately worked K4JPN. Then nothing else! Went back to 40M, and the band was back a bit. Worked a few more! Finished with 11 SPC, not bad. No heavy static crashes tonight, just quiet background! Nice! Actually a relaxing Sprint to finish the year out. Happy and Safe Holidays to all, 72/73, see you next year! Steve WB4OMM
WX4RM - Found no activity on 20m, good strong signals on 40m, and glad I hung in there for the not so strong but plenty of 80m stations. Conditions seemed better than last month! Hurry up solar cycle!!!
N3RN - Didn't complete with Maine. A good one that got away! Next time!
K4TRH - Had fun with the sprint. Most stations on 40 and 80 here (TN) were Q4-5 and S5-6 with QSB and a little QRM at times. But due to some skilled and patient QRP operators who took on the challenge, I was able to work a few :-). Thanks for the QSOs and 72, Jack .
K0EW - My first sprint ever!
WD0K - Short log. Instead a brass key in hand, I ended up with a paintbrush. Oh well! 72 all.de wd0k
W2JEK - Was on late for the last 40 minutes. Just on 80M. Band conditions not great but had fun anyway. 72/73 DON W2JEK .
AB9CA - Surprise on 20m . . . contacts!! That has not happened in a while. 5 Q's on 20, 15 on each 40 and 80. Most stations were weak. Lost a couple due to QSB. Al the 20m Q's were to the NE - NJ PA NH CT. Activity seemed down. Maybe due to holidays or maybe just bad prop. Thanks for the Q's. Hope to see everyone next month. 73 de dave ab9ca
WG8Y - Hi all, Started on time but pulled the plug with app.half an hour to go.Wife has been ill and time to help her. Had a gud time working some of the guys. Listened on 20m & heard & worked 1 station.WZ0W,Scott.Caught him agn on 80m. Tnxs all & sorry for not being able to pull a couple signals out of the QSB. C everyone next week in the MW Sprint. That'll be fun. 72 from N.C. Mark WG8Y
KC3RN - The bands were in much better shape tonight compared to last month. 40 was pretty good here. 80 was a little noisy, but still workable. Glad to hear K4BAI, who I haven't worked for a while. Looked for K3WWP, but didn't hear him. Went with a straight key tonight, a change from my usual keyer. Had a great time with that old Speed-X.
N4MJ - Wicked ol' Prop Princess took a toll tonight. Worked the Sprint & Fox Hunt simultaneously. Fox Hunting no better than Sprint as far as propagation. I keep hoping prop will get better but instead it goes the other way. HI HI Thanks to all participants and if I didn't work ya it is because I didn't hear ya. HI HI 73 de n4mj//glenn
VE3GNU - Terrible conditions have prevailed--i.e. my first attempt since September, but with a newly-acquired Jupiter at 5 W. Even with its marvelous arsenal of filtering, etc.---was able to only garner 4 contacts over an hour plus sitting, given an assortment of usual atmospheric, propagation, and operation-gremlins. Thanks to all. .
AD0YM - Propagation/QTH antenna limited me to 40m. (Quiet on 20m and attempts to get a 80m vertical tuned failed in advance of the sprint. Was able to work four of the nine stations I heard. QSB was a factor in that regard. Special thanks to NR9R for hanging in there. After several attempts, we were successful! Fun to pound the straight key. It had been a while.
AI6SL - Tough going. 20m and 80m were dead. Managed only 2 QSOs and gave up early.
W4NLT - 20 Was dead. Some action on 40 but most QSOs on 80.
KD3CA - was fun as usual , running the KX3 @ 5 W, using Viz cootie key . Made 4 contacts on 40 mtrs , moved to 80 meters, lots of QRN but some strong signals here. To John KN1H I'm very sorry I did give you a Dupe on 80 mtrs , my mistake. Best 73 to all , and many thanks for the calls . Don
K4BAI - Forgot about the Sprint until the QRP Fox Hunt started at 0200Z. Heard lot of Sprint activity on 40M while looking for the two QRP foxes. Took me almost an hour to find and work the two foxes. Then devoted 31 minutes to NAQCC Sprint. 40M about gone. Only 2 QSOs there. 80M very good with 14 QSOs until time ran out. Thanks QSOs. 73/72, John, K4BAI.
KA2KGP - 20m. was dead but 80 & 40 were in pretty gud shape. CU in Mw sprint next week. Rig: IC-7000 at 5w. into G5RV up 25 ft. Merry Christmas to all. 73
AA0W - Good conditions on 80 the last hour. KX2 Battery power
AJ8S - I really enjoyed my first NAQCC activity. This was a nice reward for the effort I have put into getting my code back after years of neglect. Next I will build the QCX-20 kit for 40 meters. 73 to all.
NI9M - Had to work for them tonight. Thank you all that answered me. 73 Dave, NI9M
N8HWV - Tough conditions, but always fun. .
K9DRP - Conditions were much better this month. Wish I had spent more time on 80, but I was trying to fox hunt also (never did hear a fox). My first sprint using a bug.
KE5YUM - I enjoyed the best signals for the first time in a long time. Gene N5GW was booming in and the others were doing great. Looking forward to the Mw sprint next week. Merry Christmas to all. FT 817 @ 5 Watts. .
N4WD - Nice to be back. .
N2CN - Tough conditions. 80 was best.
K3RLL - Trying new 9:1 Unun wire antenna thrown up and over garage tonight. Sure hope everyone else had much better luck. High noise level here and few signals. Will be anxious to see how everyone else did tonight. Appreciate the three skilled ops who heard me. 72 ... Don
K1IEE - Found most signals very weak with deep QSB. 80M was the only band that worked for me this sprint. Thanks to all 73 Dick
W5ODS - Another night of S-9 noise levels on both 40 and 80. Hard on the ears but lots of fun. Gary W5ODS
WA8SAN - WA8SAN- Conditions started out bad and stayed that way most of the night at my QTH. Not much above S3 on 40 and nothing on 20. I still enjoyed the Sprint and look forward to the mw Sprint. Thanks for another great year of sprints. Happy Holidays To All!!!! 72 Mike
KU4A - Strange night. Didn't have much time to devote to this. Worked WB8LZG who was strong on 40, but no other QSOs there. Then discovered that my 80m antenna has gone south. Couldn't work anybody on my backup 80m antenna. So, just one QSO, my lightest log ever in many years of operating this Sprint. .
VE3DQN - Very hard to hear and to be heard tonight. The Persistence Award tonight goes to Steve WB4OMM. It took him 3 minutes to pull my full callsign out the noise. Thanks!
N4FI - N4FI
K6MGO - This was the worst band conditions I have had so far, Lets hope that next month will be better
WA1GWH - Noisy conditions on 80M from here near Syracuse, NY. Thanks for the contacts! 72, Garry
WZ0W - Spent 40 minutes on 20m and 40m, 1 QSO each, but turned out to be a good evening, once I turned to 80m. .
NF8M - Spent about 1.5 hrs split between S&P and running. Much slow QSB tonight. Heard about twice as many calls as I actually worked.
K0CW - A real challenge conditions being what they are. .
AK3X - Just a couple of minutes to work a couple of stations. Hope more time next sprint. 72. Peter
NF5U - Very noisy band conditions here in TX tonite. Sorry for the stations I was unable to pullout of the noise. Another fun sprint. 73s Jerry NF5U.
N8XMS - I only operated for the first hour but it was a lot of fun and the results were much better than last month. I decided to pull out my old 1967 Vibroplex Original bug for the first time in several months so I should apologize to everyone that I worked who had to copy my mediocre bug fist!
WB9HFK - 40M only. Thanks for the Q's! Sorry to those I just couldn't pull out of the noise. See everyone next week in the mW Sprint. 72, Mark WB9HFK