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January 2019 QRP/CW Sprint (#171)

KF0U Comments - Another sprint in the books and 91 total logs. Well, next time. See everyone in a couple of months. Thanks for all the assistance.

N2CN Comments - Cross-checking is complete.

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

W1 Division
KN1H     32   32  64   16 1024  x2  2048  400' End-fed wire
K1MZM    31   31  62   15  930  x2  1860  80 Meter OCFD at 35 feet
N1XF     25   24  49   13  637  x2  1274  107' Wire 50' High to 25'
K1IEE    13   13  26   10  260  x2   520  OCF 120FT long wire @ 30FT
W1PQO     3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  DIPOLE @ 25'
WB1GYZ    0    0   0    0    0  x2     0  Sloping vee

W2 Division
W2SH     33   33  66   15  990  x2  1980  Inverted L, V86',H68';270'cf dpl@45'
W2JEK    18   18  36   11  396  x2   792  End fed wire 110 ft long
KA2KGP   12   12  24    9  216  x2   432  G5RV up 25 ft.

W3 Division
AI4SV    33   30  63   17 1071  x2  2142  Dipole at 35'
KD3CA    27   25  52   16  832  x2  1664  Ocf Windom @33 ft
K3JZD    28   28  56   13  728  x2  1456  40m dipole @ 25', 80m 59' EFRW @ 20'
KQ3Z     10    9  19    8  152  x2   304  135' dublet vee at 30'
AK3X      8    8  16    8  128  x2   256  OCF doublet at 27 ft
W3TTT     6    6  12    6   72  x2   144  Inverted Vee at 50 feet

W4 Division
K4KRW    32   32  64   16 1024  x2  2048  80m Doublet@30'
K4KBL    30   27  57   16  912  x2  1824  OCF dipole @ 45'
N4OW     19   18  37   15  555  x2  1110  BUTTERNUT HP6V VERTICAL
WG8Y     16   16  32   11  352  x2   704  Maxcon 10-80ocf & 30ft.
WX4RM    16   16  32   10  320  x2   640  6BTV gnd mtd Vertical 
W4DUK    10   10  20    7  140  x2   280  End-fed Zepp @ 20'
K8LBQ    10   10  20    7  140  x2   280  Inverted vee dipole at 30'
WT4U     10   10  20    7  140  x2   280  132' end-fed
W5BIB     4    4   8    4   32  x2    64  OCF dipole @ 20ft
KB0ETU    5    5  10    3   30  x2    60  Dipole @35 feet
AJ4JA     5    5  10    3   30  x2    60  Dipole @ 30'
W4HH      4    4   8    3   24  x2    48  End-fed 63 ft, 20 ft high
N4FI      4    4   8    2   16  x2    32  110' random wire @ 25'
K9EYT     4    4   8    2   16  x2    32  120' #22 wire HOA stealth at 25'

W5 Division
WI5H      3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  95 ft wire loop
KE5YUM    3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  OCF 40 @ 20 feet

W6 Division
WK6L      2    1   3    2    6  x2    12  Windom Inv. Vee.,20 and 40M
K6MGO     1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  46' indoor doublet 10' above gnd.

W7 Division
KC7DM     7    7  14    6   84  x2   168  480' horizontal loop @ 60'
KF7WNS    5    5  10    4   40  x2    80  232ft long wire

W8 Division
AB8RL    38   38  76   20 1520  x2  3040  Full size 80 meter wire vertical 
N8XMS    16   16  32   10  320  x2   640  R7 Vertical
KB8FE     4    4   8    4   32  x2    64  66' end fed sloper
WB8ENE    3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  40M dipole @ 15'

W9 Division
WB9HFK   46   46  92   21 1932  x2  3864  40M OCF Dipole - 80M 150Ft. Random Wire
KC9IL    38   37  75   17 1275  x2  2550  G5RV at 45 feet
N8HWV     3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  EFHW AT 15 FT
KD9EBS    1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  Fan Dipole at 25 feet, in the attic

W0 Division
N0TA     18   18  36   12  432  x2   864  1/4 wave Gnd Mnt Vertical
NN0SS    11   11  22   10  220  x2   440  Inv Vee @40 ft
N8LA      7    6  13    6   78  x2   156  Dipole @ 35'
KD0DK     5    5  10    5   50  x2   100  117 ft end fed long wire
AA5LH     3    1   4    3   12  x2    24  40-10 Delta Loop @ 25'
K0FNR     1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  Elevated vert@ 8ft/4 radials
AD0YM     1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  HB OCF Dipole @30 FT

Canada Division
VA3NU     3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  Dipole @ 25'

DX Division

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

W1 Division

W2 Division

W3 Division
K3WWP     1    1   2    1    2 x1.5    3  ~110' ef attic rnd wire

W4 Division
KJ4R     30   30  60   16  960 x1.5 1440  40M 34" Vertical  80M 67' Wire Vertical 
K3RLL    14   13  27    8  216 x1.5  324  Stealth Black After Dark Vertical
W4EDN     8    8  16    6   96 x1.5  144  Inv v up 60 ft

W5 Division
NF5U     15   15  30   11  330 x1.5  495  40m/80m trap dipole at 33ft 

W6 Division

W7 Division

W8 Division
K8NGW    10   10  20    8  160 x1.5  240  Gnd mtd vert

W9 Division
K9DRP     9    9  18    6  108 x1.5  162  OCF @ 35'
N9SE      5    5  10    5   50 x1.5   75  Inverted-L 70'/50'
AA9L      1    1   2    1    2 x1.5    3  160-80-40 trap dipole @ 50 feet

W0 Division
KD0V     12   12  24   10  240 x1.5  360  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     16   16  32    7  224       224  ZS6BKW at 60 feet
KB1M     12   12  24    6  144       144  20 mtr inv V, 40mtr dipole @ 30ft
KC1DVT    6    6  12    5   60        60  30ft efhw

W2 Division
N2ESE     5    5  10    5   50        50  40mtr.dipole
AA2VG     6    6  12    4   48        48  Carolina Windom @ 40'

W3 Division
NR3Z     40   39  79   16 1264      1264  OCF dipole @ 35 ft, gnd mtd Vert
WA3FIR   21   21  42   13  546       546  OCF Inv Vee @ 20'

W4 Division
KB9ILT   50   50 100   21 2100      2100  End fed wire at 60 feet
N4MJ     26   26  52   19  988       988  Windom @ 55'
WB4OMM   25   25  50   12  600       600  G5RV at 35 feet
K4JAZ    13   13  26   10  260       260  EFLW @ 25 ft
KU4A      9    9  18    9  162       162  Slp dip @ 40'
K2YGM     7    7  14    3   42        42  MOBILE WHIP
KJ4RV     4    4   8    4   32        32  G5RV inv @ 40 ft.
K7PTR     2    2   4    2    8         8  Windom @ 20'

W5 Division
K5MBA     3    3   6    3   18        18  40M EFHW inverted vee abt 25 feet

W6 Division

W7 Division
AA7CU     0    0   0    0    0         0  6' mobile whip @ 12' using 10 radials
K7MK      0    0   0    0    0         0  58' endfed wire w/AH-4 tuner

W8 Division
W8RTJ    30   30  60   16  960       960  Endfed wire up about 25'
K3CTN    19   19  38   12  456       456  Inverted L @ 30'
WB8LZG   17   17  34   11  374       374  Dipoles @ 30'
WA8SAN   16   16  32   10  320       320  End Fed wire @ 25 Ft.

W9 Division
K9CW     15   15  30   12  360       360  40m/80m inverted V at 60'

W0 Division
AA0W      9    9  18    8  144       144  Dipole @ 30 Feet
WZ0W      7    7  14    7   98        98  80m loop @ 30'
NO2D      5    5  10    5   50        50  Dipole & doublet @ 30'
K0EW      2    2   4    2    8         8  OCF Dipole at 25 feet
WD0K      1    1   2    1    2         2  Vertical

Canada Division
VE3DQN   14   13  27   12  324       324  Dipoles@40ft
VE3GNU    7    7  14    6   84        84  Multiband Dipole (DXCC) up 35'

DX Division

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

Straight Key

Bug

Keyer/Keyboard

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CERTIFICATES
SWA STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY
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W2W2SHW2JEKKA2KGP
W3AI4SVKD3CAK3JZD
W4K4KRWK4KBLN4OW
W5WI5H KE5YUM (tie)--
W6WK6LK6MGO-
W7KC7DMKF7WNS-
W8AB8RLN8XMSKB8FE
W9WB9HFKKC9ILN8HWV
W0N0TANN0SSN8LA
CanadaVA3NU--
DX---
SWA BUG CATEGORY
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W3K3WWP--
W4KJ4RK3RLLW4EDN
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W9K9DRPN9SEAA9L
W0KD0V--
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SWA KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY
Division1st2nd3rd
W1N2CNKB1MKC1DVT
W2N2ESEAA2VG-
W3NR3ZWA3FIR-
W4KB9ILTN4MJWB4OMM
W5K5MBA--
W6---
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W8W8RTJK3CTNWB8LZG
W9K9CW--
W0AA0WWZ0WNO2D
CanadaVE3DQNVE3GNU-
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GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY
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FIRST TIME ENTRANT HIGH SCORE
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PRIZE DRAWING WINNER
PrizesAJ4JA

STATS:
Logs submitted: 91
Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 131
Total QSOs in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 1159
States represented: 37 + MB ON

SOAPBOX:
WB8ENE - Made a few contacts again. The 40M band sounded pretty good here, but it would be nice to have an antenna for 80M again. With the days beginning to get longer, I at least have 20M to look forward to. Rig is a K3 and key is a Begali Blade. Thanks for the contacts. 73, Art

W4HH - Lots of signals on 40; had to QRT early

N2CN - I had a nice run early on on 40m.

KB0ETU - Nothing heard except on 40 meters. Only caught the last 45 minutes. Thanks guys for the contacts. Rig: K-2 72, Phil

WB4OMM - 40M was pretty quiet with good signals to start, and just like last night, after 45-50 minutes the bottom dropped out here on the North Florida East Coast. After an hour I tried 80M, only 2 signals there (and thank K9EZ for the second band!). 25 Qs, 12 states - not too bad! Always fun, thanks for all the Qs! 72/73, Steve WB4OMM

W3TTT - I was on for just a half hour. I just finished building a QCX from QRP Labs for 40 meters. Also bought the enclosure. Sweet rig. Played hunt and pounce very nicely. I hope to use this rig for SOTA and all future NAQCC sprints. Oh, and it was battery powered. I also worked K3Y/4, but he was not part of the sprint.

K1IEE - Had signals fading in and out , then static noise. Tried 20M heard one station, then tried 80M made two contacts so went back to 40M. Thanks to all 73 Dick

WG8Y - Hi all,My wife is ill so spent time checking on her in between Q's.Did manage to work 17Q's and stopped at 10PM. K3BVQ gave me his SKCC no.1873.Should have been NAQCC No.6229. I logged what he sent.Asked him twice. Oh well. Hope to see everyone in the 160M Sprint next week. 72 from N.C. Mark WG8Y

K3RLL - K3 to my Homeowner's Association prohibited after-dark only black vertical which lives by day in the bat cave (a.k.a. garage). Conditions were a lot better this month with a few really good signals. The big ones heard here were K9EYT and WG8Y. My apologies to patient stations calling that were overridden by my high line noise problem here. 72/73 ... Don

K4KBL - Much better conditions tonight until the big power guys arrived . Had a great time overall and got to work our club president, Paul N8XMS. Hope all had a great time....Be sure to check out our Facebook page and join if you haven't already !!

KF7WNS - Nice to be able to work the sprint again. Bands were weak, but QRN was down too. 72 all

WZ0W - Tough going tonight...Didn't hear anyone on 40m, and only a handful on 80m. Fun couple of hours, nonetheless. See you all next month!

N8XMS - I got a late start coming home from church and only had about 45 minutes to play but I was very pleased with the number of contacts that I was able to make on 40-meters. Conditions were surprisingly good and there were plenty of members around to work. A good start for the new year. Thanks and 73.

K2YGM - Operating from West Palm Beach FL KX3 5W to mobile whip and loading coil Tnx for the Q's. See you next month 72 Bob K2YGM

KD0V - No many stations heard here in Minnesota.

KC9IL - Much better conditions this evening. Got a chance to try out the KX-3 and an old restored J-38 key. Thanks everyone for your patience.

N2OD - Conditions continue to be tough during the sunspot minimum. Most stations were not much more than a whisper. I cherry picked those that were loud enough for me to copy with the QSB. Always enjoy the sprints and thanks to those who make them possible. Pete, no2d.

N1XF - Took a break from Ham/CW, been back on air since before holidays and enrolled in CW Academy Level 2 class. I looked forward to this Sprint as I could use my Straight Key again. 20M was dead to me, 40 was OK until neighborhood RFI killed it for me. 80 seemed to be very good for me. I camped out on a frequency and just kept pounding brass. Good fun. Only had two folks I couldn't pull out of the weeds (and I did give one 529).

N4MJ - 40m Started out terrible, same as it was last night for Fox Hunt, but came back fairly well as time passed. QSB was fast as usual. 80m was more even tempered when it comes to QSB. Good Sprint overall. Several new one's for me. Thanks to all participants. 73 de n4mj//glenn

K4KRW - What a night. Great hearing everyone. I got contacts with most of the stations I normally hear. I didn't hear John K3WWP though. I checked 20m at the beginning but nothing heard. I got contacts on 40 and 80 with 4 stations I think. Lots of nice signals. First contest with a 80m doublet I just recently finished that uses sabertooth wire. Glad it seems to work. Thanks everyone! Richard

W4EDN - Slow start but fast finish, worked my buddy k4krw.

W5BIB - Had decent band conditions until the 'CW Ops MINI CWT Test' started @ 0300 !! Kinda wiped-out all of the 5 watt NAQCC sigs.

VA3NU - QSB took a toll with lost chances here on 40. Still conditions seemed better than most nites lately. Come on Cycle 25 we need you to start!

N4OW - 40 was very good here if FL. CWT wiped out 40 at the end. Lots of fun using this new vertical. See you all next month for more QRP fun. 73 de AL, N4ow 7700

KN1H - Thanks for another fun sprint. Conditions good on both 80 and 40, got to work several on both bands. Even worked a few from my own call area which hasn't happened in a while! IC-7300@5W and Nye Viking Master Key.

AI4SV - Recently moved back to the US and testing out the new antenna. Note state has changed from VA to MD. Tonight: Nothing on 20m. Forty was noisy, but 80m was a delight. Thanks all! I've missed these sprints the last few years & glad to be back for a bit. 73 - Jack

KJ4R - My first sprint with KX3. Nice to have 80M capability that my PFR 3B does not have. Seemed conditions were pretty good on both 80 and 40. VE3DQN was loudest signal that I worked....599 plus. Fun as alway and thanks to everyone who participated.

K9DRP - Bands were much better than last month. Too bad I got a late start. I think there was a prop path between IL and NC (almost half of my contacts). I almost skipped over WB9HFK's CQ - he sounded like a QRO station on 80. Thanks to KB9ILT fer 2 bands.

WB8LZG - Hello Agn Sprinters! Fired up the FTdx1200 at 5 watts last night. Good band condx here in mid-Michigan. started out on 40 with lots of signals to work. 40 was the best ive heard it in several months, strong sigs and low noise levels. Worked several old friends and a few new members too. Welcome to WT4U 9019. Found old friend Charles W2SH on 40, es he found me later on 80 for the 2nd band. FB fun fer sure. Heard several stns that didn't hear me, WB4OOM, N0TA es others. SRI to a few of you who answered my CQNA but couldn't quite pull you out. Seemed like short skip, as I didn't hear any stns from out west es no Texans at all ?? Had only an hour to play radio , but wished I could have played longer, as the bands were still hoppin when I pulled the plug. See u next sprint. 73 Gregg

KE5YUM - Though signals were weak, I managed 3 contacts in my time available. I heard many other signals but could not make contact. This was my 95th sprint if my count is correct.

KA2KGP - 20m. was nil, 40 & 80 were a OK with QSB/QRM. Rig: TenTec Argosy II at 5w. into G5RV up 25 ft. 73 to all, KEEP WARM!

K4JAZ - Signals were almost in the noise for the most part making me work really hard for contacts but it was still fun! Thanks for the Qs Paul K4JAZ

KU4A - With the 80m antenna still broken, I had to hope 40m would be OK. Sure enough, not bad.

WB9HFK - Thanks for all the QSO's! See everyone in the upcoming mW Sprint! 72, Mark WB9HFK

AA2VG - As usual had fun. Tonight especially was fun because I just finished building my third qrp rig. It's a tribander KD1JV from Pacific Antenna (qrpkits.com). I'm impressed! 72 Peter AA2VG

NR3Z - Some really strong signals. Great to hear everyone.

KD3CA - Worked 80 mtrs only , Lots of strong signals but QRN pretty bad at times. I tried 40 mtrs but was getting wiped out with stronger signals . Thanks to all that called and sorry to those that I just couldn't pull out. 73 to all Don

K6MGO - Started out pretty good, worked KF7WNS in first 12 minutes, but never heard another station for rest of sprint. Oh well, maybe next month will be better. 72 to all and hope to work some of you at least again one of these days. Bill, K6MGO

N8LA - KX3,5W,200' Dipole Up 35', Western Union 2A Legless Hand Key. In this new year I have hit the ground crawling (or has the ground hit me?) Much QRN and: no signals heard on 20: a number of weak signals heard on 40 and 80. Thanks to all who exercised their skill and patience to work me. Apologies to any I may have been unable to pull out. Finally, with much aid, I have been able to access LoTW and will attempt to upload my contacts to it. I am working on my Spotlight story. My professional editor XYL is going over it to redact any parts which could result in law suits or cause me to be confined to a rubber room. All the Best in this new year to All. I hope we can work each other during 2019. Lou, N8LA

W2JEK - Had a good time. Think conditions could have been better but CW gets through. 72/73 DON W2JEK

W2SH - For the first half hour 40m was in fine shape and I averaged two minutes per QSO. Currently 40m starts to exhibit a longer skip after 0200Z and this occurred tonight with my QSO spacing doubling to four minutes. Switching to 80m there was reduced activity but signals were strong and fills rarely needed. A quick peek at 40m after 0300Z revealed wall-to-wall signals, all belonging to the CWOPs, then in session.

K7MK - Tough conditions out west. Heard one station on 40M, but never could get a call. Same on 80M. Called CQ on 40m/80m for quite a while with no replies. RBN reports looked reasonable, but no takers. Next time! CUL es 72.

AD0YM - Was not able to participate in the entire sprint. Was pleased to find 40 meters active. Just had enough time to get in one QSO before a contest overwhelmed the band at 03:00 UTC. Continued, but was unable to successfully search and pounce. Still, a win as I originally did not think I would be able to be back home in time to even get on the air.

AB8RL - 80-40 was so quiet at beginning of the Sprint I had to double check the schedule. 40 meters was bad in WV only made two contacts with the rest on 80 meters. Rig K3S 5 watts to full size 80 meter wire vertical with 2 above ground radials up 10 ft. Enjoyed the sprint had fun.

W8RTJ - Just a bit late getting started , split time pretty evenly between 40 es 80. with mostly better signals on 80 I think. Always fun look forward to next one. 72 all W8RTJ

W1PQO - The band started out ok but the CWOPS trashed the QRP stations.

WD0K - Not much for propagation again. Thats life in the black hole.....72's Rich wd0k

AK3X - Only had about 20 minutes to spend on the sprint. Kept on 40 meters where signals were mostly very good. Some deep QSB but it was not too much of a problem. May have lost one contact to QSB. TenTec Argonaut V at 5 watts and my trusty Speed X key. 72 to all, Peter

WX4RM - Conditions seemed better than last sprint, tho 20 meters had considerable QSB. Had short skip, could not get past the Mississippi River to the West. Had fun as always.

NN0SS - All of my QSO's were on 80 meters. KN1H was one of the strongest stations I worked. A lot of very weak signals but it was an enjoyable evening as always.

K3JZD - Bands were better than they have been for a while. Nice to have that situation for a change. Nice to see participants in there all the way to the very end. Jody - K3JZD

VE3GNU - Started on 40, but couldn't tolerate the incursion of high speed and powerful signals on a contest about half way in, so moved to 80 instead. Signals were generally weak at this QTH, with lots of QRN. Thanks to all for their participation and exchanges. Ten Tec Jupiter @ 5 W and Begali paddle. AS others have stated----and---wishing for better propagation in 2019. 73--Ernie

AA5LH - It appeared 40M would be successful, but very little activity was recorded.

AA0W - 80 Meters was in fair shape, my Bencher gave out (dirty contacts) so time on the air was cut short. KX2 internal battery for power.

WB1GYZ - Hopefully, the 160 meter band will shine for us later this month.

WT4U - Apologies to the west coast station I could _almost_ hear on 20m between QRM bursts. Great conditions on 40 and 80 the whole time. Nearly everyone I called came back to me.

K9EYT - IC706,(5w) AH4 remote ant/tuner key J37 120' stealth wire. 40 was good for a while, WB4OMM and K3RLL very strong but just a few hundred miles away I did not hear the Midwest at all . TNX for the Q 72