January 2020 QRP/CW 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:
Operate CW with 5 watts or less on the 160m band.
Date and time:
Thursday, January 23, 2020, 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.
VA3PEN Comments - Results produced on 2020/01/26 21:50 EST.
SWA - STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY 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 SWA - BUG CATEGORY 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 SWA - KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY 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 GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 160 Antenna Straight Key Bug Keyer/Keyboard Not eligible for certificate or prize for the following reason(s): @ Non-member $ QRO power ! Late log ~ Submitted as check log
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 ant.is 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.