December 2020 QRP/CW mW Sprint
SWA - STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna W1 Division K1MZM 15 15 30 10 300 x2 600 160 meter horizontal loop at 55 feet WB1GYZ 6 6 12 4 48 x2 96 Sloping Vee KN1H 4 4 8 3 24 x2 48 400' END FED WIRE K1IX 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 HB EFHW 260' W2 Division KA2KGP 14 14 28 8 224 x2 448 G5RV @ 25 ft. WA2NYY 10 10 20 5 100 x2 200 80m OCF dipole at 20' W2SH 8 8 16 6 96 x2 192 270' cf dpl @ 45' W2JEK 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 end fed wire 110 ft long up 20 ft W3 Division KC3MIO 17 17 34 8 272 x2 544 Doublet 125' @ 40' KD3CA 13 12 25 8 200 x2 400 OCF Windom @55 ft K3JZD 13 13 26 7 182 x2 364 107' EFRW @ 20' WA3FIR 8 8 16 6 96 x2 192 Dipole @ 20' W3TTT 8 7 15 6 90 x2 180 vertical fed wid ladder line wid tuner AK3X 7 7 14 5 70 x2 140 102 ft inv vee @27', 300 ohm feed W4 Division WG8Y 17 17 34 12 408 x2 816 80M Full wave loop N4ARY 17 17 34 12 408 x2 816 Horizontal EFHW @ 40' N4PIR 5 4 9 5 45 x2 90 windom @35ft N4OW 4 3 7 4 28 x2 56 VERTICAL - HP6V ELV. 7' WA4ZOF 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 80 mtr inverted V @ 50' K4KRW 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 Inverted V @ 65' K4JPN 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 80 M CF Zepp N4FI 2 2 4 1 4 x2 8 115 ft random wire at 25 ftr W4HH 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 end-fed 150-ft wire 20 feet up KA8VZB 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 60ft End Fed Wire @ 20ft KB4TOX 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 ground mounted vertical KG4MTN 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 HOA Special (rain gutter) W5 Division N5GW 18 17 35 9 315 x2 630 T vertical 50' high KE9DR 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 420' Random Loop @ 50' AC5BX 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 G5RV 25' over house KA5PVB 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 80/40 M. Unv. V @ 30 ft. W6 Division WU6P 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 dipole@30 feet K6GPB 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 end fed 65' wire @15' W7 Division KC7DM 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 480' horizontal loop @ 60' KJ7KDB 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 vertical 24' dipole KF7WNS 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 232 ft OCF Longwire W8 Division N8AP 10 10 20 6 120 x2 240 80 mtr end fed half wave NF8M 7 7 14 6 84 x2 168 6BTV (40) OCF dpl @35ft & 6BTV/bev (80) N8GZ 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 Hustler 5 BTV ground mounted W8CDC 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 dipole @70' W9 Division KC9IL 22 21 43 15 645 x2 1290 G5RV at 45 feet. WB9HFK 13 11 24 11 264 x2 528 40M - OCF Dipole -- 80M - 150 Ft. Random KD9EBS 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 Attic Dipole at 25 feet N8HWV 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 EFHW @ 15 ft W0 Division W0ITT 7 7 14 5 70 x2 140 40m inverted vee @ 32' NN0SS 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 80 meter Inv Vee @40ft W0LGU 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 dipole@20' AA5LH 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 40-10 Delta Loop @ 25' $N0YMA 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 inverted V @ 45' $N0TA 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 Doublet @25' Canada Division VE3DQN 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 80/40 trap dipole @18ft VA3RSA 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 inverted vee fan dipole up 25 feet DX Division SWA - BUG CATEGORY Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna W1 Division KQ1P 0 0 0 0 0 x1.5 0 80/40 dipole@ 35' W2 Division W3 Division W4 Division KJ4R 12 12 24 7 168 x1.5 252 67' wire vertical K3RLL 3 3 6 3 18 x1.5 27 Black, after-dark 4-BTV W5 Division W6 Division N6HDV 0 0 0 0 0 x1.5 0 vertical W7 Division N7QR 0 0 0 0 0 x1.5 0 W2AU dipole @30' W8 Division K8NGW 6 6 12 5 60 x1.5 90 43' gnd mtd vert w/ 32 radials N8XMS 5 5 10 4 40 x1.5 60 HyGain AV-640 vertical W9 Division K9DRP 8 8 16 7 112 x1.5 168 EFHW 80 @ 40 ft W0 Division KD0V 2 2 4 1 4 x1.5 6 cf Zepp @ 30 feet Canada Division DX Division SWA - KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna W1 Division KB1M 3 3 6 2 12 12 20m inv v, 40 m dipole @ 30' W2 Division WA1GWH 8 7 15 6 90 90 80m 1/4 wave inv L w/ ground system WY7N 1 1 2 1 2 2 80M dipole @ 90' W3 Division KM3D 9 9 18 7 126 126 80/40 trapped inverted V @ 48' W4 Division NW2Z 23 23 46 15 690 690 Dipol 50 ft AGL looking N-S AD4N 9 9 18 8 144 144 Inverted Vee in NVIS configuration WD4CFN 9 8 17 7 119 119 140' doublet up about 40' WA4AAK 6 6 12 6 72 72 10/20/40 EFHW @ 25' K4KO 5 5 10 4 40 40 OCF inverted vee for 80-10M at 32' ag WB4OMM 3 3 6 3 18 18 G5RW at 35 feet WB8LZG 2 2 4 2 8 8 homebrew vert 10 radials W5 Division W6 Division KI6M 5 3 8 5 40 40 roof mounted vertical W7 Division W8 Division WI8J 10 10 20 6 120 120 130 Ft EFHW at 20 Ft AB8FJ 2 2 4 2 8 8 End-Fed Wire @ 15' W9 Division AB9BZ 1 1 2 1 2 2 EFHW at 30' W0 Division W0PWE 11 11 22 6 132 132 80M doublet at 55ft. HB remote tuner N0AR 3 3 6 3 18 18 43' vertical/remote tuner/radials Canada Division DX Division GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna Straight Key KN2G 3 3 6 2 12 x2 24 55FT FANNED DIPOLE INVERTED VEE W6GY 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 3 El 40M Wire Beam at 33 (Beaming South) Bug Keyer/Keyboard KF6C 12 12 24 9 216 216 40 Steppir DB18 at 50 ft. 80 dipole 50ft Not eligible for certificate or prize for the following reason(s): @ Non-member $ QRO power ! Late log ~ Submitted as check log
K1MZM - A noisy band here in Vermont. Lots of fun digging out the signals. Thanks for all the fills.
WB1GYZ - 80 was the place to be. Have you ever QSL'd a contact and then realize you didn't send your part of the exchange? I'm gonna chalk that up to being tired... again.
KN1H - Got a late start due to other commitments. Conditions seemed good but just could not get through to the many I called.
KB1M - 40 was slow for me, but had fun trying, always enjoy the mW sprints the most. 73, Walt
K1IX - Wow, tuff sledding on 80m with 600 millwatts. Managed to make at least 1 QSO. Heard several others but no go. Even CQ's could not scare up a contacts. On the bright side got to know the FT817 again.
KQ1P - QRN and QRM made for a no-score evening.
KA2KGP - Soapbox: 20m. was nil, only 2 QSO's on 40m. & 12 QSO's on 80m. here in WNY. 14 QSO's this MW sprint, same as I got in the last NAQCC 5w. sprint. Rig: IC-7000 at 1W. into G5RV up 25 ft. w/ old WWII German Junkers straight key. Merry Christmas, a better new year & 73 to all.
WA2NYY - Tough conditions tonight. Nothing doing on 20 and 40. Didnt hear too much on 80 but managed to make my goal of 10 QSOs before shutting down after 90 minutes. After the mW sprint, running 5 watts seems like a kilowatt! 72
W2SH - On 40m I heard K3RLL (presumably in FL) nicely but couldn't raise him. As has been the case for the past three months 80m has been more reliable than 40m and there I made eight QSOs. I took time away to join the 40m Fox Hunt and scored two pelts with 5W. For this sprint it was 820 mW from a Tentec 539 (Argo 6) manipulated by a Junker straight key.
WA1GWH - Worked only 80m. Sigs not very strong and quite a bit of QSB. 72, Garry
W2JEK - bands noisy. rig oak hills Used 80M. Band was noisy. Rig Oak Hills OHR-500 at 900 MW with WM2 wattmeter. SPEEDX key Happy Holidays 72 and 73 DON W2JEK
WY7N - Operating from NY tonight! Only time for 1 QSO.
KC3MIO - It amazes me what can be done with one watt. 40 was the band for longer distance contacts last night, but signals were not always there. Thanks to all my contacts especially the ones that I had a tough time copying and who hung in there. The NAQCC Sprint Logger is a great aid for the sprints. Thanks as usual to the NAQCC and - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
KD3CA - Pretty tough conditions with the QRN , but managed to work a few, and missed a few , Merry Christmas to all , Take Care 73 Don
K3JZD - Just like a week ago, I could not make any progress at all on 40m. All QSOs were on 80m. KX3 @ 0.9w into 107' EFRW. Jody - K3JZD
WA3FIR - Conditions pretty bad here. Lots of QRN QSB.....But still had fun as always.
W3TTT - Operated 1.5 hours. Actually I did better with one watt than I did with five watts last week. I heard K0NIA in Iowa, but did not work him. I really enjoyed the one watt contest. How about a 'contest' for QRPp every month? Or alternate between 5 watts and 1 watt every month? January would be 5 watts and February would be one watt? It doesn't need to be a contest with a score, just a time for QRPp ops to get together. Or does this already happen?
AK3X - The mw sprint overlapped with the QRP Foxhunt on 40 meters so I spent most of my time in that event.. got both foxes. Used my OHR 100A 80 meter rig at 900mW for the sprint. A fun event. Thanks for the contacts and Happy Holidays 72 Peter
KM3D - Wow! I enjoyed the milliwatt sprint (my first sprint) very much while running my Elecraft K1 at 1 watt... needed the headphones, for sure! Thanks Ron, AC2C - you NAQCCLogger ran beautifully on my Linux Mint tower. 72 to all!
WG8Y - Hi all, Was 20 minutes late. Listened on 40M. Signals were down so went to 80M. Boy! Lot's of Gud signals for QRPp.But that's what makes low power Fun. I worked a couple S&Ping but then called for awhile. Did go back to 40M & catch K8NGW in MI. Thanks for the repeats guys. Used my Elecraft KX1 at app. 800 MW with my old Nye Viking SK into my Full wave 80M loop. 72 all & Merry Christmas & Happy New year from N.C. Mark WG8Y
N4ARY - Started out running w/100 mW until a few stations started calling CQ on top of me. After I had enough of that, I pulled out the big guns and bumped the power to a whopping 500mW. Now that I was registering on the wattmeter, I started making Qs. Had a good run on 40, then S&P'd on 80 for a while. Had a fun night making contacts all over the country with less than a watt.
NW2Z - I love ultra-low power and I have great fun. I was running KX2 set at 1 watt with a dipole. I wish that we have a multiplier for lower power. F. ex for 500mW x2, for 250mW x3 etc... Thanks to all. 72
KJ4R - Had about an hour for the sprint. Only tried 80M and conditions seemed okay here in SC. Ran Kx3 at 900mw. Thanks to everyone for the contacts! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
AD4N - Missed first hour of sprint but still a great night on 80M, 1 Watt, and an Inverted Vee in an NVIS configuration. Worked K1MZM in VT! Go figure...
WD4CFN - another fun event! Thanks for the Q's!
N4PIR - 80M WAS VERY NOISY. HAD SEVERAL MORE STATIONS ANSWER MY CQs BUT COULDN'T PULL THEM OUT OF THE NOISE. 73 ALL FROM N4PIR
WA4AAK - Enjoyed my first Milliwatt Sprint! Ran 1W to a 10/20/40 EFHW, and even made a contact on 80m with that antenna. A big thanks to W0ITT for telling me about the event! 72 to all, Evan WA4AAK Huntsville, AL
N4OW - Many stations seen on the RBN, few heard, even less worked :) Quite a challenge. I started at 700mw and went QRO at 1watt after 20 minutes. 40 seemed poor and 80 was covered with plasma rfi. Fun in spite of the condx. 72 and Happy Holidays to all, de AL N4ow 7700
K4KO - First, FORGIVE ME! I mistakenly sent the wrong NAQCC #. I sent 507 but my member # is 506. As soon as I realized my mistake, I stopped participating. I apologize for the error and any confusion I might have caused. Next time I will look up my number BEFORE logging QSOs. Thanks to those who make these Sprints happen. I hope to e more active (and accurate) in the future. - Greg
WA4ZOF - MFJ CUB @ 750mw into 80 mtr invee @50ft. fun event MERRY CHRISTMAS to ALL. 72s Tom WA4ZOF
K3RLL - K3 to my after-dark-only, flat black 4-BTV. Business was pretty slow in the 40m shop this evening until another contest moved in at 02:00. Customers all moved out of reach down to the 80m mall. Happy for my three customers with good ears that came my way tonight. Thank you. 72/73 ... Don
WB4OMM - Wow. That was painful! 20M dead; 40M had S6 noise, bad QSB. 80M....well, I heard WG8Y once in the clear, he faded away, and nothing else! Also S6 noise on 80M here. Really bad conditions tonight...but thankful for 3 Qs on 40M! Used my Elecraft KX-3 running .9W with a Vibroplex Code Warrior Jr. Worked the QRP Fox Hunt also on 40M, snagged both foxes (yeah they were 5W). Best wishes to all for a safe and Happy Holiday Season! See you next year! Steve WB4OMM
K4KRW - Thanks everyone!
K4JPN - Hvy QRN on 80M, I just could not hear many stations. Checked the Reverse Beacon site and found out I was getting out to the East Coast. 72, Steve K4JPN
WB8LZG - Hello fellow Sprinters ! Whew ! tough nite at mw pwr levels. 40m only tonight. FT817 and mobile whip up 8 feet with 10 radials. I heard several stns that did not hear me. Managed QSOs wid n5gw,es n4ary. Heard KD3CA,AJ4YA,WB9HFK,CL3OR,K4KO,KJ4R, and NW2Z. 73 to all. Gregg #1444
W4HH - Operated 30 minutes; heard few weak sigs.
KA8VZB - For the first time in ages the noise level on 40m at sprint time was less than S9. Unfortunately I only had a few minutes that I could devote to my favorite sprint so I went to max power (1000mW) rather than the usual 500mW. Great fun!
KB4TOX - Well was a real bust conditions not in my favor with rain storm coming in, was able to pull K0ZK out of it then down hill from there...next time??running 500mw with a yaesu 817..on battery was good test....
KG4MTN - Both 40 and 20M dead here, my 80M rig is on the fritz, so no fun tonight. Rig is Hendricks PFR3B to rain gutter and key is a Junker SK. MC es HNY to all!!! Hope to see all next month.
N5GW - KX3 at 900 mW to a T vertical with 16 radials. I was operating in my pickup truck during the rain, using my new 160M ant which will load on 80M & 40M. I expected 40M to fade out after the first hour, but it was still open with low noise toward the end of the sprint. Half way through the sprint I stood in the rain and switched the tuner to 80M which turned out to have weak, warbly signals and fair amount of noise - gess I should have stayed on 40M! But as usual it was a fun challenge.
KE9DR - Nothing heard on 20m, 40 and 80 had lots of noise but had signals, but you had to dig them out. Lots of fun. TU, 73 Bert KE9DR
KA5PVB - Talked to myself all evening. NO other signals heard across either 40 or 80 meters tonight. Used Lil' Joe (circa 1981 Sept QST)on 40 at 7.048 and 4S Cricket on 3.560 on 80 M. Running 650 and 500 milli-watts respectively. Hope someone had some fun in this event, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 73, Chuck - KA5PVB
WU6P - Well, QRPp is tough, especially in the current condition. Seems no one can hear me on 40m and 80m. But still, a lot of fun.
K6GPB - Did both calling CQ's and lots of listening on 40M, but no contacts or hear anyone. Lots of noise. Look forward to the next QRPp and hopefully more success.
KJ7KDB - Still had a lot of fun trying to make a QSO. 20m and 40m were dead. I did hear signals on 80m but very weak and extremely hard to make out. Lots of QSB and QRN last night. I learn something new every time I participate in these events. Thank you NAQCC. 73, Tim KJ7KDB
KF7WNS - Not heard from the Oregon Coast. RBN spots heard me from BC, WA, OR, and central CA.
N7QR - 51st sprint - KX3 1958 Vibroplex W2AU balun 40 meter dipole @ 30', stayed on 40 and didn't hear much beside noise. Did a lot of CQing on 7037.5 CU next year - Russ, Portland OR
NF8M - Made it to this one after missing last week's monthly (other things going on). Noisy but fun. Setup here: for 40, KX1 into 6BTV (t&r). For 80, used the TS590SG/Beverage for receive and FT817ND/6BTV or 80m OCF dipole for transmit. Key is American Morse KK1. Total time about 1/2 hour divided into 2 segments. TNX HNY es CU in 2021!
WI8J - 80M seemed to get better as the night went on. Thanks for the contacts! 72
K8NGW - Another tough night with QRN and QSB. My farthest QSO was Gene/N5GW at 796 miles with 890 mW of power.
N8XMS - I used my Elecraft K2 at 900n mW into my new HyGain AV-640 vertical. I got off to a good start with 3 40-meter QSOs made in about my first 4 minutes and then a FaceTime call from my very chatty 10-year old granddaughter came in. I did eventually get back to the sprint for 2 more QSOs but conditions and participation had changed a lot by then. My apologies to the couple of people that tried to call me near the end, but I just couldn't get the callsigns even after multiple repeats. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everybody! - N8XMS
N8GZ - It was my first mW sprint and I do say the condx were tough. To those that I tried but couldn't copy, my thanks. N5GW, thanks for not letting me strike out! 73 and GL all.
W8CDC - Tried, but could not make a contact. Had one station answer my cq but could not complete the qso due to qsb. Tony W8CDC
KC9IL - Started out on 40 meters, but things were coming a bit slowly. Moved to 80 meters and found more victims. Most signals were in the noise level, which thankfully wasn't too bad until late into the event when some electrical noise appeared. 80 in the winter is always a challenge for my QTH. Thanks to all who participated. Happy Holidays to all and best wishes for a Healthy New Year!
WB9HFK - Icom 7300 @ 900 mW. OCF Dipole for 40M, and 150 Ft. Random Wire for 80M. Using my trusty J-38 Key. Thanks for all the Q's and sorry to those I just could not pull out of the noise. See everyone next time! 72, Mark WB9HFK
K9DRP - Copied many more sigs than could hear me. First run with my new (to me) Eagle. Nice to hear so much activity! Another fox hunt at the same time as the sprint, makes for a challenge. Merry Christmas to all.
AB9BZ - I was glad to make a contact, signals have been very weak for me lately - I made no contacts in last weeks sprint. I enjoyed trying though. Thanks for the sprint. Happy Holidays, 72 ab9bz Dave
N8HWV - Put a 30 dB pad inline with the feedline to get 50 mW out. Can hear just fine. Came so close to working three stations, but no cigar.
W0ITT - Thanks to all for the great QSO's. The pipeline this time was to the SE, especially to NC. Unusual conditions, my normal 'calling CQ' technique didn't work from the MW. Hello Search & Pounce! See you guys in the next sprint. 72 de Gary W0ITT #9113
W0PWE - My first NA sprint - just joined up last week. Chuck (KA5PVB) suggested I run the mW sprint with homebrew gear. I used single band XCVRs that I built Manhattan style about 20 years ago. Both are loosely based on the SST design and both were easily turned down to 1 watt. Highlight was working K1MZM - 1079 miles per watt!
NN0SS - 20 and 40 Meters Dead. Worked 3 stations on 80M.
N0AR - Conditions were not so good here in MN tonight. Only heard signals on 80 and that was ruff. Ran the TS-590 with a 10 dB pad in line. My ears were glad. Did copy quite a few others but they were on the qsb train and never came back around. The few I did work were all Q5 and moving the s-meter. Good fun. Have a Happy Holidays. 73 Scott
N0YMA - My first try at contesting
N0TA - Where was everybody?
AA5LH - My comments mirror other 40M warriors, just couldn't hear due to poor conditions. Motivation is there but with S6-7 noise and such, kinda hits ya between the ears. Went to 80M but same happening there. After 1+20 timeframe, it was time to pull the switch. See you all next month. Merry Christmas to all. 72's. Take care.
VA3RSA - No luck for me during this milli-watt sprint - no QSO's. I started at 8:30 pm local time and called CQ on 80 meters at 1 watt on my IC-705. I heard and saw a few stations on my spectrum scope. At times I thought I heard someone calling back but signals were very faint and unreadable due to the QRN level. After 30 minutes I shutdown.
KF6C - 1st time below 5 watts on HF. Surprised to work so many. Missed CA tried to work with 0 power!
W6GY - I enjoyed at least hearing a couple of stations using the new Icom 705. Heard N6HDV #9991 and KI6M #8519. I'm Planning on becoming more active on all sprints. Look forward to the next one at 5 Watts! 73 from Idaho, W6GY
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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, December 16, 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 2020/12/21 10:04 EST.