June 2020 QRP/CW mW 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 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, June 17, 2020, 0030-0230 Z
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 2020/06/21 22:39 EST.
SWA - STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna W1 Division K1MZM 22 21 43 15 645 x2 1290 160 meter doublet @50 feet KN1H 15 15 30 10 300 x2 600 400' END FED WIRE W2 Division WA2NYY 25 25 50 14 700 x2 1400 80m OCF dipole @30 ft KA2KGP 21 21 42 11 462 x2 924 G5RV @ 25 ft. W2SH 20 20 40 10 400 x2 800 inverted L 86'V,68'H; 270'cfdpl@45' W2JEK 12 12 24 7 168 x2 336 end fed wire 110 ft long WA2FBN 6 6 12 5 60 x2 120 EFHW sloper at 25ft AA2VG 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 Carolina Windom 80m-10m @ 42' KN2G 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 73 ft he vertical W3 Division KD3CA 26 26 52 16 832 x2 1664 OCF Windom @55 ft KC3MIO 14 13 27 13 351 x2 702 Doublet 125' @ 40' AK3X 7 7 14 6 84 x2 168 102 ft unv vee apex 27 ft, 290 ohm feed K2DEP 6 6 12 5 60 x2 120 G5RV @ 27 ft W3TTT 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 Inverted Vee at 50 feet W4 Division KC5F 28 28 56 16 896 x2 1792 80m end fed half wave at 40' K4KRW 21 19 40 13 520 x2 1040 Inverted V @ 65' N4OW 18 18 36 13 468 x2 936 HF6v Vertical Elv.8' WG8Y 12 12 24 11 264 x2 528 40-80 dp 40ft & HF6V K4JPN 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 80 M CF Zepp WT4U 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 132' end-fed Inv V @ 35' N9CB 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 end fed 130' wire @ 20' NA4O 3 3 6 2 12 x2 24 30' wire@25' W4DUK 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 135 ft End-fed Wire at 20 ft WX4USA 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 Long wire on roof $K4ZEB 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 Inverted vee @25 ft $K2EKM 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 EFHW inverted Vee up 12 feet W5 Division N5GW 21 21 42 15 630 x2 1260 doublet at 50' WI5H 7 7 14 5 70 x2 140 Aerial-51 404-UL Inverted V @ 33 ft W2AFE 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 30' vertical W6 Division W7 Division N7KM 14 14 28 11 308 x2 616 OCF DIPOLE @ 80 FT KC7DM 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 480' horizontal loop @ 60' WU7F 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 EndFed @ 20' KF7WNS 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 232' OCF Long Wire W8 Division N8XMS 12 12 24 10 240 x2 480 R7 Vertical NF8M 10 10 20 9 180 x2 360 6BTV W9 Division WB9HFK 28 28 56 17 952 x2 1904 OCF Dipole at 25 Ft. W0 Division W0DCX 7 7 14 6 84 x2 168 29' end-fed wire @ 14' AA0W 7 7 14 5 70 x2 140 Dipole @ 30 ft W0EJ 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 OCF dipole@ 30' W0LGU 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 dipole@20' KD0V 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 cf Zepp @ 30 feet AA5LH 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 Delta Loop @ 25' NN0SS 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 80 meter Inv Vee @40ft N8LA 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 dipole @ 35' Canada Division VE9BEL 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 end-fed dipole @25' DX Division SWA - BUG CATEGORY Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna W1 Division WB1GYZ 10 10 20 8 160 x1.5 240 Sloping Vee W2 Division W3 Division K3WWP 1 1 2 1 2 x1.5 3 attic dipole W4 Division KJ4R 12 12 24 10 240 x1.5 360 33' vertical K3RLL 2 2 4 2 8 x1.5 12 After dark-only HOA stealth vertical W5 Division W6 Division W7 Division W8 Division K8NGW 10 10 20 9 180 x1.5 270 43' gnd mtd vert w/ 32 radials AB8FJ 5 5 10 4 40 x1.5 60 End-Fed Wire @ 15' W9 Division W0 Division W0KFG 1 1 2 1 2 x1.5 3 Wire loop in garage attic @ 16' Canada Division DX Division SWA - KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna W1 Division KB1M 23 23 46 15 690 690 20m inv v, 40 m dipole @ 30' N2CN 22 22 44 14 616 616 ZS6BKW at 60 feet K1IX 2 2 4 2 8 8 HB EFHW 260' W2 Division WA1GWH 12 12 24 12 288 288 40M dipole @ 15 ft N2JJF 2 2 4 2 8 8 par end fed up 25 feet W3 Division W4 Division KI4TN 14 14 28 10 280 280 G5RV at 30 feet N4MJ 13 13 26 9 234 234 40 Windom at 18 feet W4QO 12 12 24 8 192 192 80M loop @ 75' WD4CFN 10 10 20 8 160 160 105ft doublet @40ft N4SO 7 7 14 6 84 84 Half Square for 40 Meters at 35 feet WM4AA 5 5 10 4 40 40 ZS6BKW @ 60' KE4D 1 1 2 1 2 2 inverted Vee @ 20 feet W5 Division KE5YUM 1 1 2 1 2 2 80 meter dipole @ 23 feet W6 Division N6MST 2 2 4 2 8 8 20M dipole up 35 feet W7 Division W8 Division WB8LZG 13 13 26 13 338 338 dipoles @ 30' W8EWH 12 12 24 9 216 216 EFHW at 20' W9 Division AB9BZ 6 6 12 5 60 60 20M Dipole and EFHW on 40M W0 Division K9OSC 9 9 18 7 126 126 CF Zepp @ 30 feet N0TA 10 10 20 6 120 120 Doublet at 25 ft W0MQY 7 7 14 6 84 84 40 meter dipole at 30' N0AR 4 4 8 3 24 24 R-5 Vertical up 25', 40m 43' Vertical K0EW 1 1 2 1 2 2 OCF Dipole @ 25' Canada Division DX Division GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna Straight Key K4BAI 29 29 58 19 1102 x2 2204 TH6DXX, 40M dip. cf zepp, 80M inv vee.99 Bug Keyer/Keyboard Not eligible for certificate or prize for the following reason(s): @ Non-member $ QRO power ! Late log ~ Submitted as check log
KB1M - I was looking for miles per watt tonight so ran at 500 mW on the KX3. 20 was ok and all 3 Q's over 1 K miles/watt, 40 was active, with some calls surprisingly strong and scored 9 Q's over 1 K miles/watt, with 2 being over 2 k/watt. Thanks for the QSO's, maybe I will try lower power next year, 72/73 Walt
N2CN - Things were pretty good on all bands. I even worked my old summer camp friend Evan, WB2EMR -- known him since 1974!
KN1H - Missed the whole first hour due to a family call, but had a good time in the second hour. Conditions not too bad for a Summer Solstice MW sprint, noise was mercifully low and some of the 900mw signals were pretty loud. IC-7300 @ 900mw output- 1% power with my power supply- and Nye Viking Master Key.
WB1GYZ - Gud Sprint - condx better than expected. Super sig fm WA2NYY and sri to KA2KGP we just cudn't make the trip tonite.
K1IX - quit early , not a lot of activity but then at 600MW its hard to draw a crowd! thx for the Q's it was fun 73 Frank
WA2NYY - Another fun sprint. Most signals were amazingly strong for 1 watt. Made contacts on all 3 bands. Loud signals from N2CN, WB1GYZ, KN1H. Sorry I couldnt pull out KE4???. Mark
KA2KGP - Nice bands this sprint. 20 & 40 were in good shape but 80 was QRN here in WNY. Rig: IC-7000 at 1 w. into G5RV up 25 ft. w/ old WWII German Junkers Straight key. Happy Fathers Day to all the Dad's! 73
W2SH - Not much success with 650 milliWatts. I looked back in the NAQCC records and was quite amazed to see that in a similar event in June 2015 I'd worked 37 stations in 19 SPCs. I don't often do that well with five Watts.
W2JEK - Good conditions. Thanks for the QSO's.Used y Oak Hills OHR-500 at 900MW to my end fed wire. Also used OHR WM-2 Wattmeter. Lot of fun. 72/ 73 DON
WA1GWH - Dusted off my SW-40+ and set it for 1W output. 40M dipole at 15 feet. 12 contacts each in a different SPC. Usually there are repeat SPCs. Glad N5GW found me after we were QRMed and I changed frequency a bit. VE9BEL (NB not BC) was tough going but I think we pulled it off! Thanks for the contacts! 72, Garry
WA2FBN - Lots of good sigs on 40m. Thanks to all who copied my sigs. 72 Ken
AA2VG - Could only work a short time but didn't want to miss making contacts with less than one watt. I am still amazed at how far 90 milliwatts will travel. In order to get the calls correct I needed to fine tune the receiver between my ears since my KX3 and antenna were doing their best at collecting the signals. 72 Peter/AA2VG
N2JJF - first time entering 1w sprint and its much harder than regular sprint. I need to get my antenna higher to better compete.
KN2G - Ferocious noise! Barely heard anyone. But still good fun!
KD3CA - Conditions were pretty good for the mW sprint with some qsb and qrm at times.Missed a K1, WA2, and a K4 station with QSB , just couldn't get all the call. Was running the K2 @ 950 mW using the Cootie key . Many thanks to all for the calls . 73 Don
KC3MIO - I was working on a new antenna and didn't start in the sprint till 0058Z. I was hoping to make a few contacts and started out on 20. I was shocked at how many signals were out there. I am amazed that I made it to OR from PA with 1 watt. The noise level was very high on 80, so I didn't pursue it. Who says that QRP is not feasible because of the sunspot cycle?
AK3X - A fun sprint. Got a few minutes on 20 meters but the band folded after two contacts. 40 was lively with good signals, just too many local distractions and responsibilities to get a lot of time and contacts. TenTec Argonaut V at 1 watt and my trusty Speed-X straight key. My fun meter was pegged. 72 to all, Peter
K2DEP - Had lots of fun. Condx were lots of QRN. KX-3 with SCHURR mahogany straight key.
W3TTT - I used my sweet Small Wonder 40 rig that I built oh so many years ago. Still works beautifully. Exactly one watt on my watt meter/tuner. In fact, I would say that the rig is better on receive than my big rig. I should do a head-to-head test. Also, did anyone else hear a station from Bogata, Columbia sending the keyboard, QWERTYUIOX etc.? Substituting X for P. It musta been a beacon station, didn't answer my call. I wish that there was a milliwatt sprint more often!
KC5F - My IC-7610 was away for screen replacement and arrived 30 minutes before the Sprint. So nice to have it back. 6x better than my first Mw Sprint, last December! The first time in any NAQCC Sprint I've made many contacts on 20 and only 1 on 80, but 40 was the best, as usual.
K4KRW - Fun night. I managed contacts on 3 bands. 40m was light early on but later really picked up. KX3 and straight key tonight. Thanks everyone. 73, Richard
N4OW - No stations heard on 20 at the start. 40 was busy, lots of QSB and QRN. 40 dried up past 0215 . 20 was open found Kc3MIO for one contact. Amazing what 900mw can do into a monopole. Mucho fun. 72 de AL, N4ow 7700
WG8Y - Hi all,Started half hour late. Was glad to hear signals on 20m. Only worked one station on 20m though. Worked 8 on 40m & pulled 3 out of the QRN on 80m. Used my Fy-817 at app.800 mw into a unadilla trapped 40-80 dp @ 40ft & used my grd mntd HF6V on 20m. The QRN was a bit hard on the RX but still fun stuff. 72 a from N.C. Mark WG8Y
KJ4R - Only worked 40m. Used PFR3B with home made attenuator. Output power was 500mw. Sorry to those that called me that I could not pull out of the noise. Always fun to see what can be done with less than a watt. Thanks for the QSO's and to those that work to make this happen. 73 until next time.
KI4TN - We had pretty good band conditions on 40 with not much QRN, so this is where I made the majority of contacts. 80 had a bit of static and I only made one contact there. One person asked me to repeat my SPC, and me being fairly new, didn't know what an SPC was. He came back with State and I knew then. Live and learn!
N4MJ - Surprised I heard so much activity. Some were difficult copy. QSB didn't help. Tnx to all participants. 73 de n4mj
WD4CFN - Thanks for the Q's!
N4SO - Thanks to all QRPp operators! And see you next time. Ken N4SO
WT4U - QRN was strong and I wasn't hearing a lot of NA calls, but it's always good to get on for a bit and see what a watt will do.
N9CB - My first NAQCC sprint, and my first 1 watt contacts.
K3RLL - Thought this was the perfect opportunity to make some contacts with newly assembled rockbound SUPER Pixie at 0.3 watts on 7.042. Well, it seemed like a good idea. Fired up something else at whopping 0.8 watts and feel very fortunate that two skilled ops heard me. 72/73 ... Don
K4ZEB - A little noisy tonight, enjoyed trying to pick up other's signals
K2EKM - Submitting entry as a checklog as running a full QRP gallon (5w). Actually, I forgot that tonight was the mW sprint, so answered WG8Y's CQ, then realized that the sprint was on.
KE4D - Had another possible QSO with AA2NYY but we just couldn't get it completed!
N5GW - KX3 & rake tine straight key. The bands did not sound nearly as good as last week. Only a few weak sigs heard on 20M. 40M was also poor at first, but gradually improved. Not much heard on 80M. I'm hoping to have a better antenna for the upcoming daylight QRP contests this summer and fall.
WI5H - Conditions varied from good to terrible and everything in between, Worked a few on 20M and went to 40 and worked the same guys again plus a few more. Good fun, especially since I forgot about the Sprint on the 10th. Pulled the switch early after condx nose dived. 72 until next time, DIT DIT
W2AFE - Challenging conditions in Roswell, NM. Lots of QRN and QSB, few stations nearby. Moving to Fremont CA end of month. Hope for more contacts from there. Big fun running 1 watt though!
KE5YUM - I heard a lot of signals on 20 but only only get one in my time allotted for the sprint. Thanks to W2AFE. FT 817 @ 1 watt. Terry
N6MST - I was finally able to play in a sprint thanks to working from home due to COVID-19. Of COURSE my first one was the milliwatt sprint, ha! Ken N7KM's signal here was FB but it was tough to get KD0YOB in the log, I appreciate you sticking with me, Peter!
N7KM - That was a workout! I had a new ham that was excited to do his first sprint. I hope the bad band conditions didn't discourage him. 20 meters had weak signals with QRN/QSB and 40 was almost not useable. At the end of two hours non-stop I was tired. Thanks to all the hams who hung in there to make hard earned QSOs.
KF7WNS - Only had a half hour to play, but heard several stations on 20m.
N8XMS - I was able to operate for about 40 minutes and had a blast! I ran 1-watt into my old R7 vertical. I found plenty of members to work and conditions on 40-meters were pretty good.
NF8M - Got on for one hour using the KX1 on internal battery at 0.9 watts into the 6BTV vertical on 40 meters not even moving the needle on the RF ammeter. Good condx and surprised to hear so many stations on. 72 (or maybe 71.9)
WB8LZG - Hello agn sprinters! I fired up the K2 at 900mw on solar power, and had a blast. WOW great nite fer the mw sprint! 20 was open nicely for us with lots of peanut whistles, even though there was a bit of QSB. Worked several states out west OR,SD,UT, and then several out east,NH,NJ,PA. K4BAI in GA made the around the country radio fun complete. Most of the stations worked, it was hard to tell we running QRPp. Some were true 599. 40m was packed with peepers too but the QSB was WICKED at times, SRI to some of u that just dissepered into the either. QRM happend to new member 10345 last night, sent my info, got his info but then he was covered up by another stn before the confirmation, when done , he was gone, SRI. I had only 1 1/2 hrs to play but even still had a very respectable score. Always amaises me how well you can do with milliwatts es a gud piece of wire. See u all next month, 73 Gregg WB8LZG
K8NGW - This was my first mW Sprint. A QRPGuys 12W Dummy Load/Power Meter kit arrived this morning. I built it up and was able to accurately measure and limit my Icom 7300 to 1 watt output (actually 930mW on 20M and 890mW on 40M)! Max distance was to N7KM in UT at 1571 miles. A great way to spend 2 hours!
W8EWH - I've been away from the Sprints too long, but had some fun for the last 90 minutes of this one. Always surprised at what you can do with 1 watt.
AB8FJ - Good sprint tonight. 20 Meters early in the event seemed the best here in SW Ohio. Elecraft K3 at 900mw to the end-fed random wire up at 15 feet. Used my old Lafayette Radio Electronics coffin bug purchased back in 1971.
WB9HFK - 40M for the entire 2 Hours. Thanks for all the QSO's! Sorry to those that I just could not pull out. It is amazing what 900 mW can do at times. Thanks to N7KM for UT just before the end. 72, Mark WB9HFK
AB9BZ - Good time tonight on the mW sprint. Thanks for the sprint and contacts. 73 ab9bz
W0DCX - Thanks everyone!
AA0W - Thanks to all on 20M and 40M. No readable signals on 80M. KX2 internal battery.
W0MQY - My first try at QRPp sprint. Thunder storms in the area made copy pretty rough. Wx conditions improved towards the end of the sprint. Maybe conditions will be better for the next one. I didn't score well but couldn't have had anymore fun. Joe W0MQY Pittsburg, KS
N0AR - Good fun! Plenty of qrn up here tonight. Used the KX3 giving the filters a real work out. 72's Scott
W0LGU - AMAZING WHAT 1 WATT CAN DO. I WISH I COULD HAVE OPERATED LONGER.
AA5LH - Enjoyed this mW Sprint. Started out on 20M hoping to grasp fading RF before it collapsed. Heard a few but could not pull them out ex. W0EJ in SD. Probably held there longer than necessary. Switched over to 40M @ 0115z. Many BIG Boomers, but like 20M a few stations were in the weeds but not worked. Took 20 minutes to snag AA0W. See all in July. Take care.
W0KFG - Was looking forward to this mW sprint & hoping to find a signal or two on 20m for which my antenna is more efficient but 40m had to do. Barely escaped getting skunked so I'm happy. Tnx, guys! (800mw to indoor wire at 16', '57 Vibroplex)
K0EW - Didn't have much time tonight, but got one. Thanks to KD3CA!
N8LA - Called CQ, on and off, for the first hour but was unable to work anyone. I think a station on 20 may have come back to me but I was unable to copy much of anything. Congratulations to all who made contacts. I hope to try again in December. Best 72/73 to all. All of you are in my prayers. Lou, N8LA
VE9BEL - Even with just 500mw it was a lot of fun. 73 Bernard