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March 2019 QRP/CW Sprint (#173)


Corey KF0U is responsible for the contents of this page. Questions should go to him at pix_newemail_kf0u (1K).


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 Corey 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:
None

Date and time:
Thursday, March 21, 2019, 0030-0230 Z

Entry Deadline:
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.

2019-03-25 00:00:00 GMT+00:00 left to submit your log


KF0U Comments - All caught up this evening. Next update in the morning. Check the Soapbox for all the first timers!

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

W1 Division
KN1H     35   34  69   21 1449  x2  2898  400' End-fed wire
W1PQO    22   22  44   11  484  x2   968  Dipole @ 25ft
K1IEE     8    8  16    7  112  x2   224  OCF 120FT long wire @ 30FT

W2 Division
W2SH     30   30  60   22 1320  x2  2640  Inverted L;86'V,68'H
KA2KGP   25   25  50   18  900  x2  1800  G5RV up 25 ft.
W2JEK    26   24  50   16  800  x2  1600  110 ft end fed up 20 ft
AA2VG    18   18  36   11  396  x2   792  Carolina Windom @ 35'
WA2JSG   10   10  20    8  160  x2   320  Vertical @ 10'
WA2NYY    1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  80m OCF dipole at 30'

W3 Division
AI4SV    42   39  81   22 1782  x2  3564  Dipole @35' 
K3EW     26   25  51   17  867  x2  1734  160 Mtr Horiz Loop , 540 ft lg, 65 ft up
N3LPJ    21   21  42   14  588  x2  1176  170' inverted L at 85'
AK3X     10   10  20    8  160  x2   320  40 m EDZ inv vee apex 30 ft
KC3RN     3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  OCFD @ 40'

W4 Division
K4KBL    33   32  65   17 1105  x2  2210  OCF dipole @ 45'
WX4RM    18   18  36   12  432  x2   864  6BTV gnd mtd Vertical 
KQ4MM    17   17  34   11  374  x2   748  132' EFHW
WT4U     14   14  28   12  336  x2   672  132' end-fed inverted V @ 35'
N4FI     10   10  20    9  180  x2   360  115' random wire at 25'
W4DUK    10   10  20    7  140  x2   280  End-fed Zepp @ 20'
K8LBQ     8    8  16    7  112  x2   224  Inverted vee dipole at 30'
WG8Y      7    7  14    6   84  x2   168  Maxcon 10-80ocf & 35ft.
KB0ETU    7    7  14    6   84  x2   168  Dipole @35 feet
WM3X      7    7  14    5   70  x2   140  OCF dipole @ 15'
W4NLT     4    4   8    3   24  x2    48  84 ft end fed at 30 ft

W5 Division
N5GW     48   48  96   20 1920  x2  3840  CFZ at 50' & 75'

W6 Division

W7 Division
KC7DM    19   19  38   12  456  x2   912  480' horizontal loop @ 60'
AJ4JA     2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  EFHW @ 7' (SHORT TREES)

W8 Division
AJ8S     38   37  75   26 1950  x2  3900  204' wire @ 50'
NF8M     10   10  20    8  160  x2   320  80m dipole (xmit), 250ft Beverage (rcvg)
N8XMS     7    7  14    6   84  x2   168  R7 Vertical

W9 Division
WB9HFK   53   52 105   25 2625  x2  5250  OCF Dipole @ 25Ft - 150Ft. Random Wire
KC9IL    50   50 100   25 2500  x2  5000  G5RV at 45 feet
W9CC     12   12  24   12  288  x2   576  Gnd mtd vert
N8HWV    12   12  24   10  240  x2   480  EFHW AT 15 FT
KC9UL    10   10  20    9  180  x2   360  EFW  55' Long  20ft High
KB9EBS    3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  Fan Dipole @ 25' in the attic

W0 Division
N0TA     40   40  80   20 1600  x2  3200  1/4 wave Gnd Mnt Vertical
NN0SS    21   21  42   16  672  x2  1344  80 meter INV VEE
K0CW     15   15  30   12  360  x2   720  And Mounted Vertical
AA0W     11    8  19   10  190  x2   380  Delta Loop @ 25'
N8LA      9    9  18    9  162  x2   324  Dipole @ 35'
W0KFG     9    9  18    5   90  x2   180  Wire loop in garage attic @ 16' 
K2HT      3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  Gnd Mted 14AVQ
KE0GVW    0    0   0    0    0  x2     0  Dipole @ 17'

Canada Division
VA3NU    13   13  26   11  286  x2   572  Inverted Vee @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' attic rnd wire

W4 Division
KJ4R     39   39  78   21 1638 x1.5 2457  40m 33'  vertical  80m 67' wire vertical
K3RLL    20   20  40   13  520 x1.5  780  Black Stealth HOA Restricted Vertical

W5 Division
NF5U     36   36  72   19 1368 x1.5 2052  40m/80m trap dipole at 33ft
W5ODS    33   33  66   19 1254 x1.5 1881  g5rv@50ft

W6 Division

W7 Division

W8 Division
KI8JY     9    9  18    9  162 x1.5  243  Windom at 20'-30'
K8NGW     6    6  12    6   72 x1.5  108  43' vertical w/ 32 radials
AB8FJ     3    3   6    2   12 x1.5   18  End-Fed Wire @ 15'

W9 Division
K9DRP    14   14  28   10  280 x1.5  420  EFHW @ 40 ft
AA9L      7    7  14    5   70 x1.5  105  160-80-40 trap dipole @ 50 feet

W0 Division

Canada Division
VE3IDS   12   12  24   11  264 x1.5  396  Doublet @ 35'

DX Division

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

W1 Division
WB1GYZ   16   15  31   10  310       310  Sloping vee
KB1M     13   13  26   10  260       260  40 M Dipole @ 30ft
N2CN     11   11  22   11  242       242  ZS6BKW at 60 feet
KC1DVT    5    5  10    5   50        50  Efhw @ 30'
@N1YL     4    4   8    4   32        32  Dipole

W2 Division
N2JJF     9    9  18    7  126       126  G5RV at 20 feet
N2ESE     7    7  14    7   98        98  40mtr dipole @55ft
KB3SAR    4    4   8    4   32        32  Off-Ctr Dipole 50' 

W3 Division
NR3Z     31   29  60   21 1260      1260  OCF dipole up 35 ft

W4 Division
KB9ILT   49   49  98   27 2646      2646  Dipole at 40 ft, End fed wire at 60 ft
WB4OMM   15   14  29   12  348       348  G5RV at 35 feet
N4MJ     23   23  46   14  644       644  40M Windom @ 40 feet
K4RHG    12   11  23    8  184       184  Stealth long wire 40 ft high
KU4A      4    4   8    4   32        32  1/4-wave sloper at 40'
K9EYT     3    3   6    3   18        18  60 Ft 23ga wire HOA stealth 

W5 Division
WD5RS    11   11  22   10  220       220  Ground Mounted 6BTV Vertical
WI5H      6    6  12    5   60        60  95' vertical loop
KE5YUM    1    1   2    1    2         2  20 meter dipole @ 25 feet
K5MBA     1    1   2    1    2         2  40M EFHW inverted vee abt 25 feet

W6 Division

W7 Division
KF7Z      4    4   8    4   32        32  Dpl@ 25'

W8 Division
WA8SAN   13   13  26   12  312       312  End Fed wire @ 25 Ft.
K3CTN     6    6  12    6   72        72  Inverted L @ 30'
N9CX      6    6  12    6   72        72  G5RV jr 20 ft
N8VAR     6    6  12    5   60        60  40m Dipole @ 20ft
WB8ENE    5    5  10    5   50        50  40M dipole @ 15'
WB8LZG    0    0   0    0    0         0  Dipoles @ 30'

W9 Division
KE9V      5    5  10    5   50        50  Dipole @ 30 feet

W0 Division
AA0W     11   11  22   10  220       220  OCF Dipole
K0EW      6    6  12    6   72        72  OCF dipole @ 25'
WD0K      5    5  10    5   50        50  Ctr fed zepp

Canada Division
VE3DQN   22   22  44   16  704       704  Dipoles@40ft
VE3GNU    5    5  10    5   50        50  fan dipole---DXCC @ 35'

DX Division

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

Straight Key
KN6EY     0    0   0    0    0  x2     0  40m Isotron @ 15'

Bug

Keyer/Keyboard

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SOAPBOX:
WB4OMM - Conditions not too bad tonight. Some QSB, but what was there was fairly good and workable. No S8 noise when starting here tonight, but it was up to S4 but the time I quit. 72 and good luck to all! Steve WB4OMM

KE9V - Bands kinda noisy but what else is new? KX3 and dipole at 30-feet. Thanks for the Q's! 72 de Jeff

N8HWV - Great band conditions tonight on 40.

WG8Y - Hi all, Could only spend app. 1/2 hour in the Sprint.Been tending to my ill wife's needs.40M was long. Came close to working all four corners. Worked ME.FL.TX & OR with 2 CO stations worked in the middle. Hope to have more time next month. 73 from N.C. Mark WG8Y

VE3DQN - Fun evening. Tried to run but no takers. Maybe I don't have enough patience.

KQ4MM - First NAQCC sprint in awhile, used my new KX3 and had a blast.. Will mark my calendar for next month ...

K1IEE - Band seemed to have very little activity on 40M. Tried 80M with only one contact. Still had a good time. 73 Thanks to all Dick

KF7Z - Just had a few minutes to jump into the sprint after I replaced a bad balun, but can hear again so was a good test for the antenna. 73 Danny

WA2JSG - Used my IC-703 again, 5 watts into a vertical. Bencher Straight Key.

K4KBL - Far better conditions tonight ! Really enjoyed the Sprint even worked KF7Z in WY on 40 meters ! Heard more stations on tonight. Hope the newsletter and our FB page is encouraging more participation. Always look forward to the NAQCC Sprints.

WD5RS - My First NAQCC Sprint. Noise was up and down but 40 held together up until about 0200. Then moved to 80 meters and found even more noise. Got a couple there though.

KC9IL - Great conditions this evening on 40 meters despite the rain coming in. 80 meters was a bit noisier but still productive. Grateful for the noise blankers in the Icom 7610. Thanks everyone and see you next time.

K9DRP - 40 was working tonight! My first run with an EFHW. Couldn't get thru to KG5OWB in TX. TNX to KJ4R fer 2 bands.

K3EW - Had to dig hard for qsos. Not high participation on this sprint. Thank you for of the qsos. 40 was very good and 80 came on late.

KB3SAR - This was my first NAQCC sprint. Thank you for the contacts. This was great fun. I am still learning CW and contesting. Thank you for your patience! 73

KJ4R - Seemed like band condx were pretty good tonight. Started out on 40 and switched to 80 with a little over 30 mins left. My thanks to AA0W who had to send his call multiple times before I could get it. The QSB kept taking out the suffix. Sorry about that Ron and thanks for your patience! Used KX3 and Vibroplex bug. Thanks to everyone for the contacts and fun as always.

KB0ETU - Same number of contacts as last month. Thought the bands were pretty band tonight. Surprised to get Colorado and Connecticut. Ahhhhhh - wonders never cease. Thanks for the contacts - know it was tough. Equipment used was a K-2 with Scheunemann key and a G5RV antenna up 35 feet. Hope to hear you all better in the next sprint. 72

NF8M - Nice solid sigs on 80 tonite. The Beverage (east-west bidirectional) really makes a difference.

K8NGW - Quite a bit of QSB on 40.

N4MJ - 40m has been weird this winter. Started out fairly good tonight then at around 0145 it practically died. Have been experiencing similar condx during Fox Hunts on 40m this winter. KB9ILT (Paul), WB4OMM (Steve), K3EW (Phil) all had 599 sigs. Hope everyone had a good time. Spring has sprung. Enjoy. 73 de n4mj//glenn

K0EW - Lots of action on 40 tonight.

KE0GVW - Contacted K2MO at 0112 on 40 meters, but I was TOO SLOW to complete the QSO. Will work on my speed.

AI4SV - Tried 20 for a few minutes, nada. 40m had a lot of non-sprint activity and was noisy, so I mostly hung out on 80m, mostly hugging the east coast. There were a few calls I couldn't pull out -- sorry. Tnx participants and organizers. 72. Jack

KN1H - A very nice sprint, the perfect way to usher in Spring! Both 80 and 40 open and fairly quiet. Heard nothing on 20M however. IC-7300 and Nye Viking Master Key. 73, John, KN1H

K3RLL - K3 with 1969 Vibroplex Lightning to HOA-restricted antenna (so I appreciate each and every contact). 40m was jumping tonight but with an awful lot of QRM, carriers, digi, etc. Was giving better reports than receiving so maybe time to wax my coax? Fun night. 72/73 ... Don

W0KFG - Dabbled in a few NAQCC sprints before but this time actually submitted a log, hi. NF5U was strongest sig on the band but just couldn't hear me. Happy to net a handful of Q's anyway. Tnx/72 all.

KD9EBS - Dipole in the attic at 25 feet. "Youkits" HB-1B 5 Watt. Flameproof Navy Key. Thank you all for the good time! 72!

W5ODS - 20m was dead, 40m was active but heavy noise, 80m quieted down and turned out active also in OK. Lots of sprinters on tonight. Looking forward to another. 72 and 73 to all. Gary w5ods

N8XMS - I consider seven QSOs and six multipliers to be pretty good considering that I only operated for about 45 minutes with plenty of QRN and rain causing some SWR issues with my antenna.

KE5YUM - 20 meters was very quiet in my area, but I was able to work KC7DM who had a very good signal. I only had 30 minutes tp play in this my 97th sprint. All the best, Terry

KC3RN - Only had about 30 minutes to operate, but managed to make 3 contacts. This was my first sprint using a straight key and my TS-530 (dialed down to 5 watts). Stayed on 40m the entire time.

W1PQO - Had a rough start due to key issues at the beginning but overall a good night.

N8LA - Happy to be back at sprint after missing last month. Morning after last month's sprint, I left for Michigan to be with my brother during the last days of his life and help with his funeral. May he rest in peace. That sadness was countered by the happiness of my Spotlight story in the March Newsletter. Three ops from my past contacted me about it and we had enjoyable conversations online and over the telephone. Such is life. I do believe that sorrows shared are divided and joys shared are multiplied. Thanks for sharing. Lou N8LA.

WB8ENE - Spent about 1/2 hour in the sprint on 40 meters. Had about an S4 noise level, so the signals I heard were just above that. Rig is Elecraft K3, using Bencher BY-1 paddles. Thanks for the contacts. 73, Art

KU4A - With company from out of town, and having respiratory issues, wasn't able to put much time in on this. 40m was in excellent shape.

NR3Z - Not much activity on 40 so switched to 80. Signals were either very strong or just above noise noting in-between. Great time as always

KB9ILT - Started on 20 and nothing heard. Went to 40, then to 80 with little luck on either band. Running was unproductive, so I tried search and pounce, which wasn't much better. Absolutely the worst sprint conditions I could remember, so after almost 30 minutes I was ready to call it quits when I realized I was still using the 20 meter dipole. Switching to the long wire was like night and day. Suddenly the bands were full of NAQCC QSOs, some 10 to 20 db over! Apparently the bands were in great condition after all.

WB9HFK - I spent the first hour on 40M and was quite pleased to find alot of activity! The 2nd hour on 80M was good also. Thanks for all the QSO's! 72, Mark WB9HFK

N5GW - KX3 to a pair of doublets. 20M was dead here. 40M was in better shape than in a long time, allowing 39 contacts. Signals were mostly quite good, some very strong. 80M was fair, yielding 9 contacts. Maybe 20M will open up next month - CU all then. 72, Gene, N5GW

AJ4JA - Worked from a park behind my hotel. Low trees, and I was in a valley. 20 was dead, but I managed a couple of contacts on 40.

KC9UL - Was fun and signals were pretty good. Just couldn't spend the complete time on the air.

WT4U - Best Sprint yet. Came out of the gate with my first QRP VE3 and then added ME and CO from my most-wanted list. Bogged down toward the middle as I kept finding I was waiting around for the wrong side of a QSO to end or scanning the band w/o hearing a CQ NA. Picked back up on 80 at the end with a mad rush to squeeze in a few more.

AJ8S - It was fun again. 80 meters was still best. Thanks and 73/72 to all.

K5MBA - I only had 30 minutes to participate. Thank you.

AA2VG - It was a fun sprint. I decided to try out my newly built KD1JV (Weber tribander). It is a tribander CW kit that I built for 40,30 and 20. I spent all of my time on 40m. Wow this little radio is fantastic. Fabulous receive ability used with a leadsounds mini plug-in speaker. It may not match my KX3...but it's very close. 72 Peter AA2VG

WM3X - Firmly established that my NGM dipole doesn't work very well. NGM? Oh, that stands for "near ground mounted." No place to go now but up.

KA2KGP - 20m. was dead, 40 had weak sigs. but 80 was in good shape. Rig: ICOM IC-7000 at 5w. into G5RV up 25 ft. 73 to all

VA3NU - Conditions were pretty good last nite with some QRN on 80

W2JEK - Started on 40 with 3 QSO and then to 80 for the rest. good conditions with qso's to ok and ne on 80. Was sorry to miss qso with N6MRS but qrn beat him out. Rig Yaesu FT-840 at 5 W to 110 ft end fed wire 72DON

WX4RM - Conditions started out bad, but glad I stuck in there, 45 minutes later they were great. Had fun as always, but more fun since I was able to hear all those stations!

VE3GNU - Challenging conditions at this end---variable signal strengths on 40, and regrettably couldn't connect with NF5U in Texas, i.e. quite a stretch this time---and always looking forward to the next sprint. Thanks to all for 'being there'.

KI8JY - Good conditions in OH tonight. Thanks to all for a nice contest.

W4NLT - Got in late.

W2SH - Pleased to find that with this month's switch to daylight saving time 20m was open, and N0TA 1,600 miles distant was an easy QSO. But no other signals were heard, nor any of my CQs answered. Conditions were good, with long skip zones on 40m. Ditto for 80m with several kilomile-distant stations heard and some of them worked.

K4RHG - Spent the whole sprint at the low end of 40 meters sending CQs. Conditions were good with the band noise quiet for a change. Had best sprint in a couple of years.

K9EYT - 2OM DEAD AND 40 WAS OK LOTS OF QRN HR IN WEST CENTRAL FL, 200 FT FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO . ICOM 706 60fT WIRE UP 20 FT HOA STEALTH. 73 RAY

N2JJF - Been off the air for a few months so great to participate in sprint once again.

WB1GYZ - Good Sprint, and not only that, also snagged a SKCC number when the op mistook CQ NA for CQ SK.

N1YL - Thanks for slowing down for me.

WB8LZG - Hello fellow sprinters! This is the 1st sprint Iv'e missed in about 50 of em.I hope all of u had fun while I was On vacation with XYL out in Arizona es California. I DID bring along an FT817 go kit es dipoles . Fully intended to set up and play /7land, but we were in the middle of travel to a destination in the desert, es by the time I got to hotel parking lot to set up, there was only 1/2 hr left in the sprint. es no time to erect the antennas in time. Very disappointing! I went into "sprint withdrawl". Had to settle fer a cool 807 and relax fer the evening. Just wasn't the same! Missed it so much, that I dreamed abt it! CW in my sleep, beep beepity beep. Calling CQNA endlessly on a busy band with no answers! Guess the only thing to do is get on the air /qrp from one of the national parks this next week. See u all next sprint. 73 Gregg WB8LZG

WD0K - Late start, mostly nice conditions then at 0210z the whole show took a powder. was fun while it lasted. Till next time! 72 de wd0k

AA0W - Conditions were fair 40 and 80 were active.