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December 2019 QRP/CW mW Sprint

Ki VA3PEN is responsible for the contents of this page. Questions should go to him at pix_newemail_va3pen (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 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:
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 18, 2019, 0130-0330Z

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.

VA3PEN Comments - Results produced on 2019/12/22 19:54 EST.

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

W1 Division
KN1H     16   16  32   11  352   x2   704  4
NF1O      6    6  12    5   60   x2   120  ground planes for 40 and 80
WB1GYZ    4    4   8    3   24   x2    48  Sloping Vee drooping, encrusted in ice
W1PQO     1    1   2    1    2   x2     4  Dipole@25'

W2 Division
WA2NYY   10   10  20    7  140   x2   280  80m OCF dipole @30'
KA2KGP    6    6  12    5   60   x2   120  G5RV up 25 ft.
W2JEK     4    4   8    3   24   x2    48  110 ft end fed wire
W2SH      2    2   4    2    8   x2    16  inverted L 86'V; 68'H;270' cf dpl@45'
KN2G      0    0   0    0    0   x2     0  55FT FANNED DIPOLE INVERTED VEE

W3 Division
KD3CA    18   18  36   14  504   x2  1008  OCF  Windom @55 ft
K3PXC     2    2   4    2    8   x2    16  G5RV@25 feet
AK3X      1    1   2    1    2   x2     4  40 meter EDZ at 27 ft
NN3E      1    1   2    1    2   x2     4  40-80 Mtr Dipole

W4 Division
K4ORD    17   17  34   11  374   x2   748  40m dipole @40', 80m vee @ 30'
N4OW     12   11  23    9  207   x2   414  Butternut HP6v Elv 8'
KC5F      9    9  18    8  144   x2   288  80m end fed half wave at 40'
WT4U      9    9  18    6  108   x2   216  132' end-fed Inv V @ 35'
WG8Y      6    6  12    5   60   x2   120  hf2v vert & maxcon OCF@35ft
W4NLT     4    4   8    4   32   x2    64  84 ft end fed at 30 ft
K4JPN     4    4   8    4   32   x2    64  80M CF Zepp
N4API     2    2   4    2    8   x2    16  Ground mounted 6BTV vertical
N4NN      3    3   6    1    6   x2    12  160m full wave loop up 50'
KE4D      1    1   2    1    2   x2     4  metal roof on house at 12 feet
K4CHT     0    0   0    0    0   x2     0  dipole @ 18'

W5 Division
N5GW     15   15  30   11  330   x2   660  doublet at 50'
W8WEU     6    6  12    5   60   x2   120  Dipole @ 16'
N5ZN      1    1   2    1    2   x2     4  dipole @ 30'

W6 Division
W6JIM     0    0   0    0    0   x2     0  End Fed Sloper at 45'

W7 Division
KC7DM     6    6  12    4   48   x2    96  480' horizontal loop @ 60'

W8 Division
W4XX      4    4   8    2   16   x2    32  80M doublet ~25 ft
AB8FJ     2    2   4    1    4   x2     8  Random Wire @15'

W9 Division
NI9M      8    7  15    8  120   x2   240  40M Dipole at 40ft, 80M Inv L at 40ft
KC9IL     8    8  16    7  112   x2   224  G5RV at 40 feet
WB9HFK    6    6  12    5   60   x2   120  OCF Dipole at 25 Ft, 150 Ft. Random Wire
KD9EBS    1    1   2    1    2   x2     4  Attic Dipole @25'
N8HWV     0    0   0    0    0   x2     0  End fed at 15 ft

W0 Division
NN0SS     3    3   6    3   18   x2    36  I80 M inv vee @40 ft
AA5LH     0    0   0    0    0   x2     0  40-10 Delta Loop @ 25'
N8LA      0    0   0    0    0   x2     0  dipole @ 35'
$W0ITT    2    2   4    1    4   x2     8  40m inverted vee @ 32 feet

Canada Division
VE3DQN    2    2   4    2    8   x2    16  40/80m dipoles @40ft
VE9BEL    1    1   2    1    2   x2     4  end-fed dipole @25'

DX Division

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

W1 Division

W2 Division

W3 Division

W4 Division

W5 Division
K5TSK     7    7  14    7   98 x1.5   147  33' gnd mnt vertical or 140' CF wire@25'
NF5U      3    3   6    1    6 x1.5     9  40/80 trap dipole at 33 ft

W6 Division

W7 Division

W8 Division

W9 Division
K9DRP     5    5  10    4   40 x1.5    60  EFHW 80 @ 40'

W0 Division
W0KFG     1    1   2    1    2 x1.5     3  Wire loop in garage attic @ 16'

Canada Division

DX Division

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

W1 Division
N2CN      5    5  10    5   50         50  40m dipole at 70 feet
KB1M      1    1   2    1    2          2  20m inv v, 40 m dipole @ 30'
KC1DVT    0    0   0    0    0          0  EFHW @ 30'

W2 Division

W3 Division

W4 Division
K3RLL     6    6  12    4   48         48  30 foot wire up and over the garage
WB4OMM    5    5  10    4   40         40  G5RV at 35 feet
K4RHG     4    4   8    4   32         32  stealth long wire 40 ft high
N4MJ      1    1   2    1    2          2  40M Windom @ 40 feet

W5 Division
KE5YUM    1    1   2    1    2          2  Qrpguys EFHW for 80 meters at 25 feet

W6 Division

W7 Division

W8 Division
W8EWH     8    8  16    7  112        112  EFHW @ 20'
WB8LZG    6    6  12    6   72         72  dipoles @ 30'
WI8J      6    6  12    5   60         60  130ft End-fed at 20ft
WA8SAN    2    2   4    2    8          8  End Fed @ 25`
K8RJW     1    1   2    1    2          2  15

W9 Division
AB9BZ     0    0   0    0    0          0  EFHW @ 25ft

W0 Division
N0TA      6    6  12    5   60         60  Doublet at 25 ft

Canada Division

DX Division

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

Straight Key



Not eligible for certificate or prize for the following reason(s):
@ Non-member
$ QRO power
! Late log
~ Submitted as check log
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KN1H - Had a great time straining to hear impossibly weak signals in noisy conditions. Thanks to all who worked so hard to hear my feeble output! Great to work Barry, NF1O, twice, in his first NAQCC mw sprint! 72, John, KN1H

NF1O - First ever NAQCC sprint. Had fun but only 6Qs.

N2CN - A bit noisy on 40.

WB1GYZ - Bands were fair, and I think ice on my drooping antenna filtered some QRN. Lots of activity at the watering hole 3.559 or was that an audio mirage?

W1PQO - First time in the QRPp sprint. Only one contact; almost 2 more but could not pull them out of the noise level.

KC1DVT - Heard a single CQ NA on 40 in 1.25 hours of listening but could not hear call clearly enough. This has to change to make it interesting (it is out of your hands, of course)

WA2NYY - Had fun on tonight's mW sprint after being away for awhile. Was able to get on for the last hour. Started on 40 but only could work WB4OMM who was pretty strong. Nothing else heard. Went to 80 and it was ok but very noisy. Sorry to the stations I couldnt pull out. 72 de WA2NYY Mark

KA2KGP - A rough MW sprint. QSB & low signals on both 40m. & 80m. Very poor band conditions. Rig: IC-7000 at 1w. into G5RV up 25 ft. Merry Christmas & Happy New year in 2020. 73 to all.

W2JEK - Was on late. Rough conditions with static. 80M only. Rig Oak Hills OHR-500 at 900mw per WM-2 wattmeter. also traffic nets nearby. SPEEDX key. Had fun. 72/73 DON W2JEK

W2SH - In advance of an approaching ice storm, I had lowered both antennas the night before this sprint. By its starting time, my antenna wires were fattened to a diameter of half an inch by encircled ice. Nearly 10 feet of the inverted 's vertical leg laid on the ground. My 650 milliWatts seemed unlikely to radiate from that mess. 40m had a very long skip. N5GW, N4OW, NF5U and K4RHG, all between 1,000 and 1,300 miles distant, were the only signals I could copy. Only N5GW answered my calls. WA2NYY was my sole 80m QSO. The evening's bright spot was getting two pelts in the 40m Fox Hunt running five Watts.

KD3CA - Had to work pretty hard as band here was very QRN and QSB with a storm about. Many tnx to those that stayed in there with me to complete QSO . Very sorry to a few stations I just couldn't get all the info to complete the contact. Merry Christmas to all 73 Don

K3PXC - Tough band conditions from South Central PA.

AK3X - Was focused on a 40 meter QRP foxhunt but heard my friend Al N4OW calling CQ NA so dropped power to one watt and got my only sprint QSO. The plan was to get on 80 after I worked both foxes, but I did not accomplish that until 0328Z. Happy holidays to all, Peter

NN3E - First try at your contest... Have to check it out again soon in the New Year 2020 Happy Holidays 73 Kevin

K4ORD - Lots of QRN here in VA tonight a front went through a few hours ago, some signals were very hard to copy but other were pretty good. Rig,K3 turned down to 1watt and used a model HK-3M HAM-KEY. Thanks for the QSO's and patience. 73/72 Riley

N4OW - 900mw is an education amazing results for that power and antenna. Some loud sigs on 40. No stations heard on 80 Plasma RFI covered them if they were on. QSB on 40 was rapid. First MW sprint lots of fun. 72 and Happy Holiday Season to all de N4ow AL

KC5F - First NAQCC contacts for me. Not much on 40 and lots of QRN on 80, but nice to see who could hear my 1w. I think there was only one station I called that didn't reply. Lots of fun!

WT4U - 1 watt between crashing cold-front QRN and QROers tuning up in the middle of our QSOs. It was a blast! Worked 3 members with shiny new 5-digit numbers.

WG8Y - Hi all, Tough one tonite.Big time QRN except for KD3CA,Don. He was like a Beacon here in NC. At times he was S9+ & no less than S7. Got started just about on time hoping to catch a few before they got tired of the QRN. QRPp,700mw here & QRN can make for a short nite. Anyway, it's still fun. Merry Christmas all. Hope everyone gets some fun goodies From Santa. Hi Hi. 72 from N.C. Mark WG8Y

W4NLT - My first mW event was a work out for my one good ear. For a while didn't hear any stations but working the AF/RF controls and filters, stations started coming out of the noise. Missed a bunch also cuz they didn't hear me or I couldn't copy their answer to my CQs. Thanks to all for the effort. 73/72 Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

K4JPN - I had several call me on 80M, but QRN was very heavy and I could not copy them. 72, Steve K4JPN

K3RLL - I was 'sure' the mW Sprint would be a bust considering recent conditions, but it very good! If I can make six contacts in the first half-hour from here, the big ops must have had a field day tonight. This was my 125th Sprint. It has been a race to see who went first, this old op or the bands. I guess I won. (GRIN) 72/73 ... Don

WB4OMM - Wow! What a difference a week makes! Few signals on any band, deep QSB, S5 to S9 noise here - with a huge thunderstorm/cold front moving though (yeah, the rain was so loud on the roof of the shack a few times it would drown out the CW!). Bad band conditions made for only a few Qs. Big signal of the night was NF5U, booming in here whole time. Oh well.....I wasn't skunked! Used a KX-3, .9W to a G5RV and GenLog. 72/73 to all and Merry Christmas, Happy New Year to All! Steve WB4OMM

K4RHG - Had four QSOs running 500 milliwatts. Max distance was 1,006 miles with NF5U, average miles per watt was 1,715. Sorry W8WEU I couldn't copy you. You started strong but faded into the noise. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to all.

N4API - Several CQ NA calls heard, but was not able to copy full callsigns. Loud static crashes caused me to move to a different radio.

N4NN - KX2 1w, full wave loop ant, key ss. Really neat - called CQ and got one response and answered two other strong signals. All three QTH NH!!

KE4D - Loaded my metal roof and worked W0ITT running one watt. Not a lot of stations but it was fun using the roof for an antenna

N4MJ - Thin event.

K4CHT - One hour on 80 meters. Heard activity but managed no contacts.

N5GW - KX3 at 900 mW & rake tine straight key. Both 40M & 80M were QRNish due to the big storm front on the east coast. Poor propagation plus QSB also got in on the act. However it was a fun challenge as usual. CU all next month.

K5TSK - Wow! I didn't think with all the QRN there was much point in trying. First time at QRPp and I was amazed. Paper logging with no crutch and QRPp, what fun!!!!! Reminded me of my novice S-38E and fence top antenna, but you guys got it done. 72, and thanks for the experience!! Hank

W8WEU - This sprint was a real challenge to copy on 40 meters. Nothing heard the last 30 minutes in NTX.

NF5U - Got a late start tonight Family birthday diner Bands were quiet + mw power = tough going here in TX Thanks to WB4OMM big signal, N4OW and K4RHG, all FL Merry Christmas to all 73's Jerry NF5U


KE5YUM - I could only stay for 30 minutes and orked nly one. Thanks Don KD3CA for your patience. My EFHW worked well. FT 817 at 1 watt and a Vibroplex Vibrokeyer. May everyone enjoy a blessed holiday season and happy new year.

W8EWH - Always tough running 1W but managed to log a few over the QSB, and occasional tune-up over the mW power. Can't hear us?? Worked just about everyone I heard call CQ, so I'll call that a win. Thanks to all who pulled me out of the noise.

WB8LZG - Hello milliwattmen! tough night! I fired up the K2 on solar power at 900 mw. 40 was very noisy and after 15 mins of calling I went to 80. 80 was better but not much. There were some peanut whisles to be sure, yet many were down in the mud. I did manage to work some QSOs there. I heard but did NOT work, WA4U,K4JFR,K3RLL,KF1O, WG8Y. Tns to all who called and I could not pick u out. Lots of work fer 6 QSO's , but lot's of fun too. See u agn next month. Gregg WB8LZG

WI8J - First mW Sprint. FT-817 at 1W. Had a great time! 72 dd

WA8SAN - Only worked two tonight / Thanks to them and all who make the club work !!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year /72

K8RJW - Thank goodness for Mike, WA8SAN 'cuz without him there would have been no evidence that I was even in the sprint! I only heard a couple stations and obviously they did not hear me... and I was running a full 1 watt! Better luck next time, Bob, K8RJW

NI9M - 80M wasn't too noisy but bad QSB. I lost a couple because they went from 559 to nothing in seconds. 40M got me one but didn't hear much else on band. Thank you to all that answered me. Quit 30 minutes early to visit with XYL.

KC9IL - Was baking Christmas pillow cookies with the XYL this evening, but snuck out for a while to operate. Very weak signals all evening on 80 meters. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

WB9HFK - Part time. Thanks for the Q's. Happy Holidays, and I'll see everyone in 2020! 72, Mark WB9HFK

K9DRP - What a tough night on the bands! QSB was fast and deep. I worked one station giving his NR as 10148 in NC, but hit the ESC key and lost his call. Not a valid NAQCC NR, so ???? I heard N0TA and NN0SS, but couldn't get through. TNX fer the fun guys!

AB9BZ - Very noisy, my signal just couldn't make it. 72 es Happy Holidays.

N8HWV - Had fun trying but nothing to log. Poweed down to 5 watts and then threw a 20 dB pad in the transmission line. Could hear some signals on 80 m but they couldn't hear me. 40 m pretty bad and 20 m had nothing. -72

NN0SS - Was able to work a few on 80 M. A number of stations called but unable to catch complete call SRI!

W0ITT - My favorite event of the year and I forgot it. I did work N4OW and KE4D but I was running a big 5 watts: then I remembered the QRPp event. (Old age and calendar failure.) I will see you next time.

W0KFG - Condx not favorable for even full-gallon QRP, much less milliwatting tonite. Looked like 40 was picking up just a bit near end of first hour and, thankfully, Ken N4SO kept me from getting skunked altogether! Possibly heard one or two other signals but so weak as to be unreadable and barely detectable on waterfall. Heck, could even have been my hopeful imagination, hi. Still fun...have been looking forward to this one. KX3 @ 900mw into wire loop in garage attic at 16 ft. 1957 Vibroplex Lightning. 72, all.

N8LA - Called CQ on 20, 40, and 80 but heard nothing. Heard N0TA calling CQ NA on 80 but was unable to work him. Missed December regular sprint because attended ARCH (Antique Radio Collectors and Historians) Christmas party at that time. Hope to participate in January sprint and C U then. Lou, N8LA

VE3DQN - My first foray into a QRPp Sprint. Not all that exciting to report about here from eastern Ontario. With hearing a few very weak signals and QSB I 'think' I got 2 QSO's. A look at KD3CA's log will confirm--or not--that his 'QSL' was for me or for someone else with a V and QN in their callsign :-) Incidentally, my name is Don, and my 2 QSO's were also with operators named Don.

VE9BEL - Rough condx at my qth. I heard KK4BNC and KM0I, but they did not hear me. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL and THE BEST OF HEALTH FOR 2020. 73 Bernard VE9BEL