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January 2020 QRP/CW 160 Meter 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 CW with 5 watts or less on the 160m band.

Date and time:
Thursday, January 23, 2020, 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 2020/01/26 21:50 EST.

Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco  Bon Final  160 Antenna

W1 Division
KN1H     23   23  46   16  736   x2  1472  400' END FED WIRE
W1IR     12   12  24    9  216   x2   432  50 ft shunt fed tower
WB1GYZ   13   13  26    8  208   x2   416  Sloping vee

W2 Division
W2SH     28   23  51   17  867   x2  1734  inverted L 86'V & 68'H;270'; cf dpl@45'
W2JEK    12   12  24   10  240   x2   480  end fed wire 110 ft long
KN2G     10   10  20    9  180   x2   360  55FT FANNED DIPOLE INVERTED VEE

W3 Division
W3TS     30   29  59   21 1239   x2  2478  80 / 40m fan dipole as a 160m Tee
KD3CA    17   15  32   13  416   x2   832  End fed  wire  @ 35 ft
KC3MIO    9    9  18    7  126   x2   252  Doublet 125' @ 50'
AK3X      8    8  16    7  112   x2   224  One side of 40M EDZ plus extension
KE3V      5    5  10    5   50   x2   100  inverted L @30'
WA2DTW    4    4   8    4   32   x2    64  160M doublet @ 30 ft

W4 Division
WG8Y     23   22  45   16  720   x2  1440  160 L tied to Hustle 6BVT
W4OEP     8    8  16    8  128   x2   256  Inv Ell @ 33 ft

W5 Division
N5NK      6    3   9    5   45   x2    90  inverted vee @ 50'.
KA2KGP    2    2   4    2    8   x2    16  G5RV up 25 ft.
N5GW      0    0   0    0    0   x2     0  random wire

W6 Division

W7 Division
KC7DM     1    1   2    1    2   x2     4  480' horizontal loop @ 60'
KF7WNS    1    1   2    1    2   x2     4  232' OCF Long Wire

W8 Division
NF8M      7    7  14    5   70   x2   140  Inverted-L & short Beverage

W9 Division
WB9HFK   20   20  40   17  680   x2  1360  150 Ft. Random Wire
W9CC      5    5  10    5   50   x2   100  INVERTED VEE AT 30'

W0 Division
N0AR      7    7  14    7   98   x2   196  43' Vertical & 3' RX Loop in the corner
AA0W      5    5  10    3   30   x2    60  Loaded dipole @ 30 ft
KD0V      1    1   2    1    2   x2     4  cf Zepp @ 30 feet

Canada Division

DX Division

Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco  Bon Final  160 Antenna

W1 Division

W2 Division

W3 Division

W4 Division
KJ4R     20   20  40   14  560 x1.5   840  Inverted L

W5 Division
NF5U      4    3   7    4   28 x1.5    42  Ground mounted half wave vertical
K5TSK     0    0   0    0    0 x1.5     0  poor 80m CF dipole

W6 Division

W7 Division

W8 Division

W9 Division
K9DRP    12   12  24   12  288 x1.5   432  EFHW 80 @ 40'

W0 Division

Canada Division

DX Division

Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco  Bon Final  160 Antenna

W1 Division
K1WHS    31   29  60   19 1140       1140  1/4 WAVE VERTICAL  80 FT

W2 Division
WA1GWH   13   13  26   12  312        312  100 ft wire + L netwk w/ground system

W3 Division

W4 Division
KB9ILT   25   25  50   19  950        950  End fed wire at 60 feet
N4MJ     11   11  22    9  198        198  160M Windom @ 50 feet
K4BAI    10   10  20    9  180        180  80M inv vee fed through tuner as T vert

W5 Division
K5MMH    13   11  24   11  264        264  Inverted L
KE5YUM    0    0   0    0    0          0  EFLW at 25feet

W6 Division
W6JIM     0    0   0    0    0          0  ENDFED@45'

W7 Division

W8 Division
N8NK     11   11  22    9  198        198  130' inv Nike swoosh, ends at 8 & 40 ft

W9 Division
NN9K      9    9  18    8  144        144  HF2V vertical

W0 Division

Canada Division
VE3DQN   17   15  32   10  320        320  160m dipole @40ft

DX Division

Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco  Bon Final  160 Antenna

Straight Key



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@ Non-member
$ QRO power
! Late log
~ Submitted as check log
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KN1H - Had a great time working everyone on 160. Conditions here were very quiet and several folks had S9 signals. First time using AC2C's SprintLogger and it went really well. IC-7300 and Nye-Viking Master Key. 73, John, KN1H

K1WHS - It sure seemed like very good activity to me here. I started late, missing the first half hour of fun. Nothing heard out west past Minnesota, but did better down south with K4BAI in GA and K5MMH in LA. KJ4R in SC was very loud here when I worked him. I couldn't convince KE4ET to send me his power, so I entered 5W! I used a single vertical and three beverage wires. My rig is a K3 @ 5 watts.

W1IR - Rusty fist and QSB

WB1GYZ - Super sigs fm W3TS, KN1H, W2SH, the rest had to be pried and cajoled from the noise. Some of my regulars never heard me, but still, a fun Sprint.

W2SH - High QRN and QSB levels were a disappointment, though they moderated toward the sprint's end. With two exceptions my skip distance didn't extend beyond 700 miles. There were plenty of stations on the air, though five QSOs were mostly higher powered non-members. KY3Y/3 flummoxed me with his member number, but that turned out to be SKCC's special event call sign and he gave his club's number. I'm especially grateful for the patience and persistence of N4MJ and W4OEP. A lot of repeats were needed to conclude those QSOs. NAQCCers don't cut and run! W4OEP in FL, a kilomile away, was my final QSO and best DX. This was my 14th of these sprints, going back to the first one in 2007; It didn't provide my highest ever score, but probably was the most enjoyable despite fairly poor conditions.

W2JEK - Had a good time on 160. Some QSB but not too bad - did need a few repeats. Hope to be in the CQ 160 contest on the weekend. 72/73 DON W2JEK

W3TS - Fun 160m Sprint. Good activity! The Log is a pain to enter on my tablet.....

KD3CA - This was my first time working the 160 mtr sprint . Was fun as usual . Band was pretty noisy here with QRN , Sri to those I just couldn't complete the QSO. Many thanks to all that called . 73 Don

KC3MIO - First time actually participating in a NAQCC sprint and submitting a log. Enjoyed it a lot.

AK3X - Got a late start and only had a little over an hour to participate. Antenna was one side of a 40 meter EDZ with about 60 feet of wire clipped on making a total of about 160 feet. I don't think it was any better than just feeding the one side without the clip on extention (107 ft). Lots of noise, lots of QSB and lots of fun. Answering a strong CQ and the station would return to me and fade away to nothing. But that's what is so endearing about 160 meters! 72 to all, and sorry to K9DRP who faded to black on me. Peter

KE3V - First time in the 160m sprint. Had a fun hour.

WG8Y - Hi all, Started slow.Worked 2 Q's at start then missed app.30 min. helping wife with her bedtime meds. My a 1/4 wave inverted L. kinda. It's hooked to my Hustler 6BVT just above the base then goes up app.30ft.then slopes up to app.45ft into another tree over 44 odd length radials. Works better than I hoped. Missed a couple but also many gud signals tonite. Really enjoy the Sprints. 72 from N.C. Mark WG8Y

KB9ILT - A little QSB and some static crashes, but otherwise good conditions here in NC.

KJ4R - Finally found myself at home and not on the road with work for a sprint. Met my goal of 20 contacts at around 0200 and decided to call it a night and go back in the house where it's warm. My heat is out in the shack. Sorry for some of my cold finger bug work! Seemed like good condx tonight and really enjoyed it. Thanks to everyone for the contacts. KX3 and 135' Inverted L.

N4MJ - An up & down evening. Band changed around from long to short back to long back to short. QRN was a bit of an issue. Took out time to check into the 4 State CW net but still got several Qs. Heard Chas, W2SH, several times before being able to work him. Tnx to all participants. 73 de n4mj//glenn

K4BAI - I have heard W2SH on 160 a lot. I'm not sure I have worked him QRP to QRP before. When I called him, he was 579. By the time he acknowledged my information, his signal had dropped to about 449. I could only operate the first hour and 28 minutes. The only station I heard consistently loud who could not hear me was WB9HFK. I heard AK3X OK when he was calling others. K1WHS had an excellent on the longish path to ME and has excellent receive antennas/ears too. Thanks for all QSOs. 73/72, John, K4BAI.

K5MMH - My 1st 160 Sprint, really enjoyed it. Surprised to hear K1WHS in ME, but after a repeat, QSO logged. Thanks

N5NK - Back on the air after wind destroyed my antennas a year ago, Didn't expect much from 5W on 160 but was pleasantly surprised. I'll be back!

NF5U - Very noisy on 160m tonight here in TX, light rain. As usual it was great fun. 73's see ya'll next month. Jerry

KA2KGP - 1st 160M. sprint in years. I can't believe I made 2 QSO's on my G5RV up 25 ft.! Sigs were weak but not noisy here in WNY. Rig: IC-700 at 5. into G5RV w/ old German WWII Junker straight key. 73

K5TSK - Seldom even listen to 160m, but was curious about the Sprint. Heard several stations, mostly in the mud, either working a station or calling CQ. My antenna so poor I only tried once to no effect. NF5U easy copy with QSB. Heard KE5YUM, K4BAI, others, even an 1 station briefly. Need some antenna height for this band. 72, Hank Saw several other 0 QSO entries, so I jumped in here.

KE5YUM - With my limited antenna I was hoping for some regional contacts. Unfortunately I heard no NA signals. See you in February.

N5GW - At a new QTH I have encountered a severe RFI problem on 160M, incompletely solved by a shielded loop RX antenna and noise blanker. Also my temporary antenna is poor for top band. Adding to the woes at sprint time was an approaching rain front with its attendant noise (that's three strikes). I faintly heard K4BAI and WB9HFK, partially buried in the noise, usually strong sigs on 80M. Better luck next sprint!

KF7WNS - Only had the first half hour to play, but I could the band getting better as I left. Happy to make one contact Dan/N7CQR. 72 to all

N8NK - This sprint was FUN & relaxed. QRN was S9 - didn't think I'd hear anyone.. but what a surprise! Can't wait to do this one again. K1WHS almost melted my antenna. lol. Thanks NAQCC!

NF8M - Great condx on 160 tonite. Got in for about a half hour before the CWT. Had a nice run on topband there too.

WB9HFK - Fun evening on 160M! Thanks for all the QSO's! Sorry to those I may have missed in the noise. Quite alot of QSB it seemed. See everyone next month! 72, Mark WB9HFK

K9DRP - What a hoot! TNX Chas W2SH for prodding us to try 160. QSB was nasty at times, loosing the QSO for me. I think KB9ILT was the loudest sig on the band, followed close by K5MMH. A lot of gud ops wid gud ears to work my 160 peanut. TNX guys!

NN9K - de NN9K--came late to the party but still was fun!

N0AR - This was some tuff going. Lots of qrn and overall weak signals. Hear nothing West of KD0V and we are neighbors! Thanks to all that hung in there as needed. 72's Scott

AA0W - Poor conditions on this end, winter storm moving in snow and ice static. Thanks for all who copied my station.

KD0V - Not much luck on 160M this evening. First time on 160 in several years.

VE3DQN - Always love the 160m sprints. You hear the signal or you don't; no guessing. So glad to hear so many on tonight. I still think 160m should also be used for the regular sprints.

KN2G - Man, was it busy in our little slice of frequency! Tremendous fun even though I lost a few in the cacaphony of signals.