December 2018 QRP/CW mW Sprint
SWA - STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna W1 Division KN1H 8 8 16 8 128 x2 256 400' End-fed wire K1MZM 9 9 18 7 126 x2 252 80 Meter OCFD at 35 feet W1PQO 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 25' center fed dipole with 100 ft lead WB1GYZ 3 2 5 2 10 x2 20 Sloping vee into the pines K1IEE 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 OCF 120FT long wire @ 30FT KQ1P 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 trap dipole @30' W2 Division KA2KGP 14 11 25 10 250 x2 500 G5RV up 25 ft. W2SH 10 10 20 9 180 x2 360 inverted L, V86',H68';270'cf dpl@45' KN2G 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 fanned inverted vee @55 ft K2JT 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 dpl@30' WA2FBN 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 EFHW at 25 ft W2JEK 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 110 ft end fed wire up 20 ft N2HTT 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 g5rv at 35' W3 Division KD3CA 16 15 31 14 434 x2 868 ocf Windom @ 33 ft K2DEP 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 G5RV @ 28ft W4 Division K4KRW 13 13 26 11 286 x2 572 Dipole @ 35 Ft K4JPN 12 12 24 10 240 x2 480 80M CF Zepp K4PQC 7 7 14 6 84 x2 168 Horizontal random wire loop up 20' WG8Y 6 6 12 5 60 x2 120 HB 10-80M OCF dp@30ft WT4U 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 EFHW W4DUK 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 End-fed Zep @ 20' W4HH 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 End-fed, 63 ft long, 20 ft up KJ4R 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 34' vertical W5 Division N5GW 18 18 36 14 504 x2 1008 CFZ at 50' & 75' WA6EEM 4 4 8 3 24 x2 48 132' EFW @32' KA5PVB 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 80 meter 1/4 wave Inv. V @ 30 FT. KE5YUM 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 OCF 40 @ 20 feet $N5ZN 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 dipole @ 30 feet W6 Division W7 Division KC7DM 2 2 4 1 4 x2 8 480' horizontal loop @ 60' W8 Division AB8FJ 3 3 6 2 12 x2 24 End fed random wire @ 15' AA8R 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 gnd mtd vert N8XMS 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 R7 Vertical W9 Division W9CC 6 6 12 6 72 x2 144 inverted vee @35' WB9HFK 6 6 12 5 60 x2 120 OCF Dipole @ 20 Ft. KC9IL 5 4 9 5 45 x2 90 G5RV at 45 feet NI9M 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 Random wire sloper KD9EBS 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 Fan Dipole at 25 feet, in the attic N8HWV 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 EFHW AT 15 FT W0 Division AA0W 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 Dipole @ 30ft NN0SS 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 80 meter inv vee @40 feet Canada Division DX Division SWA - BUG CATEGORY Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna W1 Division W2 Division W3 Division K3WWP 0 0 0 0 0 x1.5 0 ~110' attic ef random wire W4 Division K3RLL 4 4 8 3 24 x1.5 36 33' Wire fed with HB 9:1 Unun W5 Division W5ODS 12 12 24 8 192 x1.5 288 G5RV @ 50ft. NF5U 7 7 14 6 84 x1.5 126 40m/80m trap dipole at 33ft W6 Division W7 Division W8 Division W9 Division W0 Division KD0V 6 6 12 5 60 x1.5 90 cf Zepp @ 30 feet Canada Division DX Division SWA - KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna W1 Division N2CN 6 5 11 5 55 55 ZS6BKW @ 60 feet KB1M 4 4 8 4 32 32 20 mtr inv V, 40mtr dipole @ 30ft K4RHG 2 2 4 2 8 8 End-fed dipole at 30 feet W2 Division W3 Division W4 Division N4MJ 5 5 10 5 50 50 Windom @ 55' $N4NSS 2 2 4 1 4 4 GND MOUNTED VETICAL AND W3EDP WIRE UP 25 W5 Division W6 Division KX6A 1 1 2 1 2 2 60' End Fed W7 Division W8 Division WB8LZG 8 8 16 6 96 96 dipoles @ 30' W8RTJ 5 5 10 5 50 50 endfed wire up about 25' N8IFU 0 0 0 0 0 0 NorCal Doublet @ about 20 ft $K3CTN 2 2 4 2 8 8 inverted L @ 30' W9 Division N9BC 0 0 0 0 0 0 inverted V @40' AB9BZ 0 0 0 0 0 0 End fed half wave, and indoor loop W0 Division $WD0K 0 0 0 0 0 0 center fed zepp Canada Division DX Division GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 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
KN1H - Ran the IC7300. At the 1% power setting the output is 19.5V P-P into the 50 ohm load for 950 milliwatts. It produces 780mw at the 0% power setting, but tonight I needed all the milliwatts I could muster as conditions were not favourable! Worked 8 intrepid souls and had a wonderful time. Happy Holidays everyone! 73, John, KN1H
K1MZM - This was my first Sprint, and I had a ball. I often wonder when I contact a station who is running high power how hard it is to copy my little signal. With everyone running less than 1 watt I got a chance to see what it was like. No trouble pulling out most of the signals. I look forward to the next Sprint!
W1PQO - First time in the 1 watt sprint...lots of fun! Surprised that I could raise anyone with my 100 ft coax
KB1M - k1 AT 900mW. Thankfully 40 was very quiet, QSB not so good, band seemed to have improved over last weeks sprint and Sundays RFTB. I especially enjoy mW sprints, thanks for the Q's. 72/73 Walt
WB1GYZ - Marginal conditions - so much so, that when I worked a close by station (our antennas almost touch) he didn't even give me a decent signal report.
K4RHG - Only two QSOs in two hours but had a lot of fun doing it only running 500 mw. RBN showed me getting out as far as Kansas (2db) but could only hear and work NY and PA.
K1IEE - The little HW8 tried real hard but only station heard and worked was Walt KB1M on 40M. I did try the HW9 and found same poor conditions. Fun sprint playing with the HW8. 73 Dick K11EE
KQ1P - It was very lonely on 40M. One station heard but no QSO made, try as I might. 73 and pleasant holidays to all.
KA2KGP - 20m. was nil, only one QSO on 40m. with the rest on 80m. This MW sprint a tough go, QSB on 80m. but QRPp still cut thru despite poor band conditions. Rig: IC-7000 at 1w. into G5RV up 25 ft. 73 to all.
W2SH - 40m was in failing shape; it took a while to achieve my first QSO, and I was cheered that my 600mW reached a kilomile away to N5GW. After two more QSOs I moved to 80m for the remainder of the sprint.
KN2G - 40m was unusable here in the Mohawk Valley. 80m was only somewhat better. Everyone worked hard to pull me out of the background. Thanks to all the patient ops!
WA2FBN - Heard several very weak stations on 40m, but couldn't copy with stations fading in and out. Pwr 1 watt into EFHW; key CWmorse straight key. N5GW only strong NAQCC station heard. 72 Ken
W2JEK - Used my OHR-500 at 900 MW. WM-2 wattmeter. made one qso with W2SH. Found that my Yaesu FT-840 has a better receiver. Next time will try a relay with a foot switch and use the OHR-500 as a transmitter and receive with the Yaesu 72 DON
N2HTT - Sigs really low, and the one QSO took a couple of repeats. Called CQ for a while on 40 but no takers, although I turned up on RBN. Fun event, thanks to all and 73.
KD3CA - Pretty rough condition with lots of QSB here . Very sorry to the stations that called & just couldn't pull them out of the QRN and QSB . Many thanks to all. Wishing all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year Best 73 Don
K2DEP - Horrible conditions at my location in MD. Did not hear any participants and no one heard me CQing on 40 or 80 on my KX3. Not the norm. Hope to be on next month. 73 and MC and HNY.
K4KRW - All of my contacts were on 80m. I heard a few very weak signals on 40m. Best signal out of state was K4PQC. The one that got away was W5ODS in OK. I used my KX3 with a Begali Blade key and a fan dipole. Great fun as always. 73, Richard
K4JPN - Heavy QRN on 80M, tried 20M and 40M, but none heard and could not raise anyone with a CQ. 72, Steve K4JPN
K4PQC - I tried 20, no luck then 40 meters and still no luck then there was quite a bit of activities on 80 and this I guess is the watering hole... at least for me. All bands were a little noisy S3-4, no static crashes here in the boonies.
WG8Y - Not my nite tonite. Genlog always just fires rite up.Not tonite. I must have monkeyed something up. Had to go talk nice to it. Hi Hi. That put me 1/2 hour late.Ran the 817 at app.700mw.Tough going. No 20m,didn't work anyone on 40m.40 was long.Heard a CO non NA station calling CQ S7. Did catch 5 on 80m. Had to pull the plug at 10PM. My wife is still ill and needed my attention. Thanks for the MW Sprint. Still fun. Merry Xmas all & gud nite from N.C. Mark WG8Y
N4MJ - Surprised at the number of stations I heard in the Sprint. Was working a Fox Hunt simultaneously. Most of the time was spent Fox Hunting. Condx have been terrible in recent months. Skunked again in the Fox Hunt but did a bit better in this Sprint. Thanks to all participants & CU in the January 2019 Sprint. 73, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. God Bless America. N4MJ
K3RLL - Ran 90 degree VizKey bug to HB 9:1 Unun to 33' wire over garage. Turned practically everything in house off to eliminate noise. Result? Four skilled and patient ops pulled my mW signal out of the QRN tonight. I think I qualified for the Worked ALL New England Award. (Smile) Good ears there in ME, NH & VT. Thank you.
WT4U - When I finally heard a call back, after an hour of wondering if my 1W was getting out at all, I half suspected he was answering someone else! Glad I stuck with it.
W4DUK - Made a couple of contacts and I'm satisfied, considering propagation at my QTH tonight. 73/72 and Merry Christmas / Happy New Year!
N4NSS - First try at a sprint. Sigs were not strong or even readable.
W4HH - Rotten conditions on 80, 40, 20. Called CQ for 30 minutes, moving from band to band. Heard one weak signal each on 80 and 40. See everyone next month. Merry Christmas!!
KJ4R - PFR 3B with homemade attenuator for 950mw. 40M was in poor shape. Never heard anyone to work and called CQ for almost an hour with no replies. I set up my rig about 2 hours before the sprint and heard AA9AA calling CQ and was able to have a nice QRP to QRP/p QSO with Mike. I hoped the band would hold up, but didn't happen tonight. This morning I checked the reverse beacon to see if any of them picked copied my CQ. there was one spot from K3LR @ 5db. Pretty poor for an hour of CQing. Last time I was 'shut out' in a sprint was when I operated from a hotel room in Canada with a wire hanging in the window. Looking forward to next month. Just got a KX3 and looking forward to building it and putting it on the air. Merry Christmas to everyone!
N5GW - I was using my KX3 at 900 mW and rake tine straight key. I started out on 40M which had sparse, generally weak QSB signals but was able to work nine sprinters before the band faded out. Moving to 80M I found several fairly good signals, except most sprinters seem to have departed toward the end. Best signal was NF5U whose HW-8 was booming in on 80M, but he could barely hear me. A two bander with KC7DM in OR was a surprise.
W5ODS - My first Sprint at 1 watt power level. Harder to pull sigs out of the s7-s9 noise on 80M. 40M was a no go after 1 contact due to band noise here in OK. Surprised at how many stations on tonight.
NF5U - I fired up the old HW-8 tonite and the results were not that bad considering it has poor ears and was only putting out .75 w at the transmitter with 100ft of coax. It was fun, it was challenging. Merry Christmas to all and see you next year. 73s Jerry NF5U
KA5PVB - First time using my 'Lil Joe 40 meter xmtr and really had a blast despite only 2 QSO's. The 650 milli-watt power level DOES reach out. Rcvr - Yaesu FRG-100 with 500 Hz. filter and active ant. at 30 ft. Already looking forward to the next MW event. Happy Holidays all. Best 73, Chuck
KE5YUM - I heard a lot of QRO but only one QRPp and could not make contact. FT 817 @500 mw..Merry Christmas to all. Terry
KC7DM - Began the sprint logging N5GW on 40. Ended the sprint logging N5GW on 80. Between - nothing. Very few signals heard and those were weak. TU Gene
WB8LZG - Hello milliwatt-men! Tough nite fer the peanut whistle crowd last evening. I Hauled out my neglected K2 and cranked er down to 900mw. Whew! 20 was dead an hour before the sprint, 40 was poor to say the least. I only heard 2 stns on 40 and I couldn't make out the calls. 80 was the spot. Lots of peeps out there but many right at the noise level. started out slow es got a bit better as the nite went on. Got 3 in NY and several New Englanders, but no on from down south or out west heard here in Mich. I heard but didn't work , KD0V,WB4M, K4MJ, es K4JPN Tns to all who call me. There were several of u out there I just couldn't pull out the call. After an hour of static es noise in the ears, I finally pulled the plug. Great to hear all of the HARD CORE QRPp guys poundin away last night. Have a Merry Christmas es hope to hear you all next sprint in the new year. 73, Gregg WB8LZG
W8RTJ - Started on 40 , not much heard . Went to 80 for my only 5 qs . Still fun an like all am sure hoping for better conditions next time. 72 JIM W8RTJ
AA8R - My first QRP sprint
K3CTN - Very poor conditions on 80M, nothing heard on 40M or 20M.
N8IFU - Well, this my first time trying the mW Sprint. 40 seemed pretty bad to me, so spent most of my time on 80 which seemed a little better. No contacts @ 1 watt. Was running Hunt and Pounce only. Heard you KN2G, and tried a couple times to answer your CQ on 80, but you did not hear me. Did not hear many CQ NA's tonight.
N8XMS - Well that was 35 minutes of frustration! I briefly heard parts of QSOs that WA2FBN and N4NSS were making but I never even had a nibble on my CQs. I don't think that I even heard more than a couple of QRO stations as I tuned around! Oh well, I guess that's the way the sunspot cookie crumbles sometimes. Merry Christmas and 73 to everyone.
KC9IL - 1st time on the QRPp sprint. Even better test of my ears. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
N9BC - Tried but no success.
NI9M - I tried but got no answers and did not hear much. I was spotted a couple times so I know my 800mW was getting out but sadly, not well enough.
AB9BZ - I tried not expecting much, as I can't make any contacts lately in the 5W sprints with the high noise level. Started with the EFHW, then moved to my indoor loop where I could hear stations (not QRP) but was not heard. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
N8HWV - I heard a call or two, but that was about it. No QSO this time but condx have been pretty poor lately; didn't expect much tonight.
KD0V - Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
AA0W - Heard stations but conditions would not allow an exchange. KX2 internal battery 900 mws.
WD0K - No propagation here in the metro area! Band can't get more dead than that.......Merry Christmas to all! 72 Rich wd0k
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Operate at 1 watt or less (the lower the better) to be eligible for any awards or prizes. Others welcome to participate and submit check logs.
Date and time:
Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 0130-0330Z
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VA3PEN Comments - Results produced on 2018/12/23 19:18 EST.