January 2019 160 Meter Sprint
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IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are planning to operate in the sprint from a state other than your home state - OR - will be using a callsign that is different from one that you have used in previous sprints we need to know about it for our cross checking and record keeping. Please email Ki with this information before the start of the sprint.
See General Sprint Rules for rules common to every NAQCC sprint.
RULES specific to this month's sprint:
All QSOs must be made on 160-meters.
Date and time:
Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 0130-0330Z
All entries must be RECEIVED before 2400Z on the Sunday following the sprint. So submit as soon as possible.
Preferred method of submitting your log and report is our on-line autologger.
2019-01-28 00:00:00 GMT+00:00 left to submit your log
VA3PEN Comments - Results produced on 2019/04/16 09:47 EST.
SWA - STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 160 Antenna W1 Division WB1GYZ 13 12 25 6 150 x2 300 sloping vee about 150 feet W2 Division W2SH 20 18 38 13 494 x2 988 270' dpl@45'; Inverted L,86'V,68'H WA2YOW 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 TX:indoor wire mag-loop 30 ft perimeter K2JT 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 dpl at 30' KN2G 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 fanned inverted vee @55 ft W3 Division N3HEE 23 21 44 13 572 x2 1144 Inverted L over K2AV FCP AH6AX 16 14 30 10 300 x2 600 WINDOM @ 50' AI4SV 8 8 16 6 96 x2 192 dipole @35' AK3X 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 T vertical W4 Division WG8Y 13 10 23 10 230 x2 460 130FT invert L WA4ZOF 7 6 13 6 78 x2 156 160 mtr endfed half wave @50ft W4DUK 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 End-fed Zepp @ 20' K4JPN 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 Tee at 32 Feet W5 Division N5GW 15 13 28 10 280 x2 560 T vertical 70' long W6 Division W7 Division KC7DM 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 480' horizontal loop @ 60' W8 Division AJ8S 20 16 36 15 540 x2 1080 204' wire @ 50' NF8M 11 10 21 7 147 x2 294 Xmit: Inv-L (40+90 ft); rcv 250' Beverag W8BUD 2 2 4 1 4 x2 8 533 foot delta loop up 65 ft W9 Division WB9HFK 27 23 50 19 950 x2 1900 150 Ft. Random Wire W0 Division N0AR 12 10 22 8 176 x2 352 43' Vertical 3' rx loop & 80 mtr rx loop AA0W 6 6 12 5 60 x2 120 Loaded Dipole @ 30 Feet NN0SS 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 80 Meter- Inv V Canada Division DX Division SWA - BUG CATEGORY Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 160 Antenna W1 Division W2 Division W3 Division N3LPJ 20 18 38 11 418 x1.5 627 Inverted L, 85' vertical 70' horizontal W4 Division W5 Division NF5U 1 1 2 1 2 x1.5 3 Ground mounted half wave vertical W6 Division W7 Division W8 Division W9 Division AA9L 8 7 15 7 105 x1.5 157 160-80-40 trap dipole @ 50 feet W0 Division Canada Division DX Division SWA - KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 160 Antenna W1 Division W2 Division WA1GWH 13 13 26 11 286 286 66 ft base loaded wire w/ground system N2ESE 5 5 10 5 50 50 120ft.end fed W3 Division W4 Division KB9ILT 21 19 40 12 480 480 End fed wire at 60 feet K4BAI 6 5 11 6 66 66 tee vertical using 80M inverted vee dip WB4OMM 6 5 11 5 55 55 160M Sloper (Tower) N4EEV 2 2 4 2 8 8 25ft tall T vertical WD4CFN 1 1 2 1 2 2 CF Zepp @ 45' W5 Division W6 Division NR5NN 5 4 9 4 36 36 Inverted 'L' W7 Division W8 Division W9 Division NN9K 19 17 36 16 576 576 135 end fed@25 ft W0 Division K0EW 3 3 6 2 12 12 OCF Dipole @25' Canada Division VE3DQN 11 11 22 8 176 176 dipoles@40ft DX Division GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 160 Antenna Straight Key @N5ECT 15 14 29 11 319 x2 638 DEDICATED 1/4 W VERTICAL- BEVERAGES Bug Keyer/Keyboard Not eligible for certificate or prize for the following reason(s): @ Non-member $ QRO power ! Late log ~ Submitted as check log
WB1GYZ - Was thinking of foregoing Sprint cuz one leg of my vee still on ground encrusted in ice. Loaded 160 surprisingly well, band was in great shape, so lesson learned: ya never know till u try.
W2SH - Activity seemed light. Over the past five years an average of 47 logs were submitted for each of these sprints. We shall see how 2019 compares. Conditions were OK. I mostly used the dipole with its much lower received noise than the inverted L. Worked just about everybody I heard, and my search for more QSOs led me sometimes to inadvertently begin transmitting what would be a dupe.
WA1GWH - From here in NY started out with quite a few signals but then got rather sparse. Thanks for the contacts! 72, Garry WA1GWH
WA2YOW - 5w to an indoor mag-loop made for tough going, estimated less than 2% efficiency. RX antenna was an earth probe 24 ft long through a 9 to 1 ferrite transformer.
KN2G - It was very busy on the band with another contest going. I could only jump in for a few minutes. This is my second favorite sprint, right after the Milliwatt. Sorry I missed you WB1GYZ....
N3HEE - Lots of fun working many fine QRP signals on 160 meters ! Great conditions and the band was very quiet tonight. Flex 6600M @ 5W. Homebrew straight key. Thanks -Joe N3HEE
AH6AX - Had fun - rough night with noise levels, but managed to pull in a fair amount of stations... thanks to all I worked, and to those I couldn't quite bring through the noise - sorry... get ya next time! HNY to all!
AI4SV - Heard a lot more that I could work during the first hour -- I suspect my not very long dipole is not very efficient on 160m, but hey, it at least tunes up. Noise went up significantly during 2nd hour. I heard OH and IL, but was only able to work stations along the eastern seaboard. 73 - Jack
AK3X - I had planned to try a better antenna for the sprint but never got around to it. Used 171 foot doublet as a T vertical. Truth is I got two more contacts than I expected. Band was very noisy here. KB9ILT was very strong all night. N3HEE had a good signal as well... Heard WB9HFK and W2SH, but not well enough to attempt a QSO. Anyway, it was still a fun sprint, although I had to take a break for the 40 meter QRP Fox Hunt, where I had much better success! 72 to all... Peter
WG8Y - Hi all,Ran a 130ft wire hose clamped to the base of my Hustler 6BVT. Slopes up app.40ft then down into the backyard 12ft off the ground. worked 7 Q's. Stopped for 30 min.to check on my wife. Then worked 6 more Q's. Stopped app 3:10Z.QRN right up there tonite.Tnxs to all that heard me. C ya all in the next one. Enjoyed it. 72 from N.C. Mark WG8Y
WA4ZOF - always fun, tnx to all ... ARGONAUT VI 260ft end fed at 50ft.. TOM WA4ZOF
K4BAI - Time was limited tonight. Got in about 41 minutes. Heard a lot of guys who couldn't hear me with my compromise antenna. W2SH, WA1GRH, N5ECT, K8LBQ. Actually never heard ECT or LBQ call CQ, so probably could have worked them if I had. Also another loud station in IL and one in OH and I never heard their calls. Also called N3LPJ, but he didn't answer me until the sprint period was over. Hope to work all again in CQ 160 CW contest this weekend. 72, John, K4BAI.
WB4OMM - Slim pickins tonight. But did manage a few (just got my 160M sloper up today too!). Heard NV3N, W2SH, WA4ZOF N5GW, AJ8S but could not work them. Most signals in the noise and had QSB here. Was very surprised to work the Cuban station. 72 to all, thanks for the top band efforts! Steve WB4OMM
N4EEV - Lots of QRN. I heard several ops but they were below the noise floor. Thanks for the QSO. 72 Mike
N5GW - KX3, rake tine straight key, T vertical, metal roof ground. There was very little QRN even though an approaching rain front was only a few hundred miles away. Many sigs were very weak with QSB - hope I heard all of you that called me.
NR5NN - NR5NN/6: WOW! It's a vast and sparsely populated 160m landscape here in the west, especially on 160m. My five contacts were at 38 miles, 40ml, 300ml, 350ml, 560ml, and that's all for more than one hours ops time. In the last 25 minutes neither heard nor saw a single other station on the waterfall. Many thanks to FRN colleagues, Doug, Rick & Rob, and the one non-member I pounced on because he was the only signal in the bottom 50 KHz of the band. RBN doesn't spot my NR5NN callsign so I used a friend's with his permission - my signal was (weakly) spotted as far East as WI, CO, and TX so the RF was getting out there..... Top band is a real tough test of antenna, weak signals, and environmental noise (man made QRN). Thanks to all that tried. 72/73/77 de JB.nr5nn
AJ8S - Band was pretty quiet. Tnx to those who were patient. Had fun!
NF8M - I planned to get on for a bit and try to make 5 contacts but conditions were decent enough that I stuck around for 10 plus one more. Faintly heard a couple guys calling me - sorry I wasn't able to dig you out. 72
W8BUD - My first sprint not very good here bud 72
WB9HFK - Lots of Fun! Thanks for the Q's and sorry to those I just could not pull out. I thought conditions were pretty good. 72, Mark WB9HFK
AA9L - I was surprised at the activity on 160.
N0AR - Best conditions I've heard in months! NN9K held strong all nite and best esp contact was with N5GW, good ears Gene. 72 to all. Scott N0AR St.Paul, MN
AA0W - Fair conditions just could not pull some thru the noise.
VE3DQN - A fun sprint, good signals. I recommend (again) that during the winter months, along with 20-40-80, 160m also be used for the regular monthly sprints.
@N5ECT - Marlene allowed me to use her station, WD5R. I pulled my call, N5ECT, out of the junk pile for this contest. Both the call and the straight key were feeling old. Dedicated 1/4w vertical and pasture full of beverages.