March 2021 QRP/CW Sprint (#197)
KF0U Comments - Didn't quite make it to 100 logs turned in, but given conditions it was a tough goal to make. As always, thanks to all who turned in a log and participated in this month's Sprint.
N2CN Comments - Results are final.
SWA - STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
K1MZM 31 31 62 20 1240 x2 2480 160 meter horizontal loop at 55 feet
KN1H 26 26 52 17 884 x2 1768 400' END FED WIRE
WB1GYZ 14 14 28 9 252 x2 504 Sloping Vee
KQ1P 7 7 14 7 98 x2 196 80/40 dipole @ 30'
WA2NYY 40 40 80 19 1520 x2 3040 80m OCF dipole at 30'
W2SH 36 36 72 18 1296 x2 2592 270' cf dpl @ 45'
KA2KGP 27 27 54 16 864 x2 1728 G5RV up 25'
W2JEK 15 15 30 9 270 x2 540 end fed wire 110 ft long up 20 ft
K2CWM 12 12 24 8 192 x2 384 Vertical (elevated)
KN2G 10 10 20 8 160 x2 320 3 band fan inverted V 55' up
KC3MIO 24 24 48 17 816 x2 1632 Doublet 125' @ 40'
K3JZD 21 20 41 14 574 x2 1148 40m Dipole @25', 80m 107' EFRW @ 20'
KW2A 12 12 24 10 240 x2 480 End-fed wire up 50'
AK3X 6 6 12 6 72 x2 144 Inv vee apex at 35 ft/300 ohm feed/tuner
K4KRW 17 17 34 14 476 x2 952 Inverted V @65'
N4OW 18 18 36 11 396 x2 792 HP6V VERT. ELV 8'
W4NLT 15 15 30 12 360 x2 720 84 ft end fed in V configuration at 30ft
WD4OHD 15 15 30 10 300 x2 600 40m dipole at 30 ft
KC5F 12 12 24 7 168 x2 336 80m end fed half wave at 40'
N4FI 7 7 14 6 84 x2 168 115' random wire at 25'
K3FA 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 End fed wire up 65'
WG8Y 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 80m full wave loop
NA4O 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 OCF@20'
KF9LI 8 8 16 7 112 x2 224 30 FT End-Fed Long-wire
AC5BX 3 3 6 2 12 x2 24 g5rv 20' over house to trees
KE5YUM 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 Buddistick
N5GW 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 doublet @25'
AI6SL 12 11 23 9 207 x2 414 Inverted V fan @ 32'
K6FA 10 10 20 8 160 x2 320 Vertical (Butternut HF9V) Ground Mounted
WU6P 7 7 14 4 56 x2 112 dipole @ 30ft
K6GPB 4 4 8 3 24 x2 48 65' end fed 15' high
W6IRA 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 Multiband trap vertical & ground plane on roof
N7KM 36 33 69 18 1242 x2 2484 ZS6BKW INVERTED VEE APEX 45 FEET
AC7FF 9 9 18 6 108 x2 216 End Fed Wire
NF8M 12 12 24 11 264 x2 528 6BTV (40) OCF dpl @35ft/bev (80)
N8GZ 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 5 BTV Ground Mounted
WB9HFK 30 28 58 16 928 x2 1856 OCF Dipole
N8HWV 8 7 15 7 105 x2 210 EFHW AT 15 FT
KA9FQG 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 G5RV at 37 ft.
W9CC 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 gnd mtd vert
KD9EBS 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 Attic Dipole at 25'
AA0W 11 11 22 10 220 x2 440 Dipole @ 30 Feet
KD0Q 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 OCF inverted vee @ 75'
NN0SS 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 80 meter Inv Vee @40ft
VE3SIF 9 9 18 9 162 x2 324 random wire @ 20 feet
VA3NU 7 7 14 7 98 x2 196 88' dipole @ 25'
VE9BEL 6 6 12 6 72 x2 144 end-fed dipole@25ft
SWA - BUG CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
WB2LQF 11 11 22 8 176 x1.5 264 Inverted L at 40 feet
WA2FBN 7 7 14 5 70 x1.5 105 dipole at 25 ft
KD3CA 16 15 31 11 341 x1.5 511 OCF Windom @55 ft
NN3E 6 6 12 3 36 x1.5 54 40-80 Trap Dipole inverted vee @ 50 '
K3WWP 1 1 2 1 2 x1.5 3 ~110' attic random wire
K3RLL 10 10 20 8 160 x1.5 240 Nite-Only Black 4-BTV
KJ4IC 4 4 8 3 24 x1.5 36 Ground mounted 5-band verical
NF5U 16 15 31 13 403 x1.5 604 40m/80m trap dipole at 33ft
K5GQ 8 7 15 7 105 x1.5 157 dipole @ 17 feet
N0DA 7 7 14 4 56 x1.5 84 G5RV @ 50'
N7QR 0 0 0 0 0 x1.5 0 Random end fed
K8NGW 8 8 16 7 112 x1.5 168 43' gnd mtd vert w/ 32 radials
WU0A 11 11 22 8 176 x1.5 264 vertical at 18 feet
KD0V 2 2 4 2 8 x1.5 12 cf Zepp @ 40 feet
SWA - KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
W1ND 26 26 52 16 832 832 124.5' (Plus or minus) Random Wire Up 35
K1IX 12 12 24 9 216 216 HB EFHW 250'
KB1M 13 13 26 8 208 208 20m inv v, 40 m dipole @ 30'
N2CN 7 7 14 5 70 70 40m dipole strung across inside of condo
N2ESE 10 10 20 10 200 200 80mtr-ocf,40mtr-dipole
K2OID 9 8 17 8 136 136 OCF Dipole @ 40 feet
N2JJF 5 5 10 4 40 40 39 foot end fed up 25 feet
WA1GWH 4 4 8 3 24 24 1/4 wave inv L over ground system
AC5XK 1 1 2 1 2 2 dipole@35'
K4BAI 42 42 84 23 1932 1932 88' cf zepp 40'; 40m dip at 30'; 80M inv vee 50'
N4MJ 30 30 60 18 1080 1080 40M Windom @ 40 feet
WX4RM 11 11 22 8 176 176 6BTV gnd mtd vert
WB8LZG 7 7 14 7 98 98 75' EF wire top @50'
AB4QL 5 5 10 5 50 50 40 & 80 M dipoles @ 40'
W2QL 5 5 10 4 40 40 40: loaded dipole; 80: hamstick dipole
WB4OMM 5 5 10 4 40 40 G5RV at 35 feet
K4KBL 2 2 4 2 8 8 HyEndFed @ 50'
KU4A 2 2 4 2 8 8 slp dip @40'
N1RBD 1 1 2 1 2 2 WRC on 4th flr bacony rail
WI5H 8 7 15 8 120 120 OCFVee @ ABT 33 ft.
K5WX 4 4 8 4 32 32 ZS6BKW inverted V at 40 ft
W2AFE 2 2 4 2 8 8 end fed 20' up
KF7ZZ 1 1 2 1 2 2 OCF Dipole
WI8J 10 10 20 8 160 160 130 ft EFHW at 20 ft
WA8SAN 6 6 12 5 60 60 End fed wire @ 25 ft
W5DT 4 4 8 3 24 24 End Fed Wire @ 40'
NN9K 39 37 76 22 1672 1672 HF2V Vertical & 130ft end-fed wire
KD9LTN 3 3 6 3 18 18 EFHW inverted vee up 35'
AB9BZ 3 3 6 3 18 18 Fan Dipole at 30'
W0PWE 33 32 65 21 1365 1365 80M doublet at 55ft. HB remote tuner
NO2D 10 10 20 8 160 160 80 M doublet at 30 feet
N8LA 10 10 20 7 140 140 dipole @ 35'
K0EW 3 3 6 3 18 18 OCF dipole @ 25'
VE3DQN 23 23 46 14 644 644 40/80m fan dipoles @40ft
GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
W6GY 11 10 21 5 105 x2 210 3 El 40M Wire Beam at 33ft (Beaming South)
Not eligible for certificate or prize for the following reason(s):
$ QRO power
! Late log
~ Submitted as check log
|SWA - STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY|
|SWA - BUG CATEGORY|
|SWA - KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY|
|GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY|
|FIRST TIME ENTRANT HIGH SCORE|
|PRIZE DRAWING WINNER|
Logs submitted: 96
Total participants: 132
Total QSOs: 1040
States + Provinces represented: 40 + BC NB ON
KC5F - Suggestion - don't try to operate with earbuds when you have vertigo! I held out long enough to get a few contacts in, but now it's off to bed. Good luck, all, with the high QRN!
KD0V - Tried 20, 40, and 80 Meters. Band condition were very poor at this QTH.
WB4OMM - The worst noise here tonight that I have experienced in a long time - S8 on 40M, and S7 on 80M. Using everything in my FTdx3000 to reduce it, I had a HUGE headache at 45 minutes in to the sprint. Could barely make out the signals (and only a few). Just too much tonight....and I only got to Q with a few folks (sigh). But no worries, there is always next month! Hope all of you are safe and healthy! I HAD FUN ANYWAY!! 72/73, Steve WB4OMM
KF9LI - Had fun. Thanks all for the QSOs.
WG8Y - Hi all, Didn't stay long tonite.Between being very tired & the QRN I pulled the plug early.
72 from N.C. Mark WG8Y
N1RBD - Three ops in a row went radio silent immediately after I threw out my callsign so I figured after one QSO in an hour I could make better use of my time. HiHi! :) Maybe I'll have better luck next time.
K3RLL - 1960 Johnson Speed-X Bug to K3 to flat black stealth after dark only 4-BTV. Lots of signals on but 40m was up and down with a high noise level here this evening. Thanks for the contacts. 72/73 ... Don
AB4QL - 80M Totally unusable with the storms going through. 40 was OK but QSB was really working on me. Better luck next month I hope!
VE3SIF - Thanks for the contacts! Always fun to work QRP to QRP. Great to hear some new call signs tonight. See you next month.
WB9HFK - 40M was really good for about the first hour. QRN was a bit high, but lots of activity! Thanks for the Q's and see everyone next time! 72, Mark WB9HFK
VE3DQN - Best "dx": TX and IA. So glad to qso with an ON station: VE3SIF :-)
WD4OHD - Good signals on 40m tonight until about 0145 UTC. Only heard a few west coast stations after that, none of which I could work successfully.
WB2LQF - Noisy night on 40M but fun as usual. Really enjoying my new FTdx10's great receiver. Finally solved the"scratchy dits" problem that's been plaguing my bug for the last two weeks. Wasn't the bug! I had a cootie connected in parallel and a loose post on the bottom of it was being bounced by my heavy bug fist. So folks, check all your parallel-connected keys HI.
N8HWV - Lotsa static everywhere; my ears got a workout. great to work anyone tonight. TNX
KN1H - As always a very enjoyable sprint, the noisy atmosphere made it just a little challenging. Good to exercise the Nye Viking Master key. 72, John
K5WX - Tough night. Leprechauns were out to get me. First, antenna started acting up. Then, began contest on 20m and after one QSO, my power supply went out. I switched to my little battery powered MFJ Cub but after one QSO, my headphones went out. Stopped operating and took power supply apart. Got it working with 15 minutes left in sprint. Still, it was fun...!
K4KRW - Thanks everyone! This is the first time in a while I got to work the full 2 hours. 80 meters was horribly noisy. Quite a lot of QSB tonight. But, still fun.
W1ND - Another good one. Technically, I got the dates wrong and was on last night and got no one :-) Tonight it started out a bit slow, decided to run and basically most of my contacts are from running. S6 Noise on 80m here but my most productive band.
K1IX - Both 80 & 40 pretty noisy here and not a lot of activity, but fun. Tnx for Q"s
K1MZM - Things started off very slow on 80 meters but as the evening progressed signals picked up. 40 was long; thanks to AC7FF for AZ and N7KM for UT.
N2CN - My first sprint since I moved here in August. Radio was a KX2. Antenna was terrible, conditions were terrible, but I still managed 7 QSOs. Thanks to all who came back to me.
NA4O - Storms approaching. Almost impossible here to copy a full call between qsb and qrn. A few I did copy could not hear me. But I'll try again next time...
K2CWM - Got my typical dozen for the evening (hi hi).
5 watts into a vertical using a Kent straight key.
K6FA - To late for 20 meters but did work one station and to early for 80 meters, did not hear anyone but the NTC stations. 40 Meters is so - so at that time for CA. Did not even work a CA station. Be glad when sun spots pick up. Did do better than last month though. Using K2, Vertical gm, and mini straight key.
K0EW - 80 was toast tonight, nothing heard but static. 40 seemed to be where the action was, which is unusual for my QTH. Good sprint nonetheless.
K3JZD - Storm moving into WPA created a lot of QRN. Hard on the ears. 40m not real good - too long - just two there. Rest were on 80m. Started with an 80m QCX-Mini @ 3w but the noise was too bad for a radio without any AGC. Soon switched to a KX3 @ 5w. Jody - K3JZD
WA2NYY - Tonight was the most fun Ive had in awhile. Finally got to hear my neighbor WB2LQF on 20m. Moved to 40 and made a few decent contacts and on to 80, which was really hot. I had a really good run for about 30 minutes with many stations calling me. 5 watt pileups are great! Conditions were a bit noisy on 80 but I think I got everyone I was able to hear. Thanks for all the Qs.
KN2G - First try with the auto logger on my new laptop. Until now it was all done by hand and pecked out on a tablet... The vertical got no responses. The inverted v gave me all the contacts tonight. The bands were active, maybe too active! As always, too much fun to be legal!
N7QR - 53rd sprint - KX3, 1958 Vibroplex, QRP Guys random end fed
in trees at daughter's house for the first hour. Nothing
on 20, stayed on 40. Heard a couple and K7KM reeling
them in but couldn't make myself heard. Eventually ran out
of Lithium ions and had to go to the water board meeting.
Russ, Portland OR
AI6SL - 20m was open for the first couple of minutes. Then 40m was pretty good. Not a peep was to be heard on 80m. Seemed like much more participation than last sprint.
KF7ZZ - Just one first time but happy.
K8NGW - Called on 20M for 10 minutes to no avail. Made a few QSO's on 40M but the noise was horrendous! Switching to 80M, the noise was still there but the signals were much stronger. What a GREAT NIGHT!
NO2D - 40 meters was hopping here. I tried calling CQ and a pile up ensued. I got all mixed up and had to go QRT to straighten out my log. I really need to practice more! Thanks to all who make the sprints possible.
N4MJ - Started out with lots of QRN but the storm passed about midway through the event and 40m got quiet. The band became longer as the evening wore on, allowing a few contacts out west. Grateful for those; early on propagation was more to the NE.
Thanks to all participants.
73 de n4mj//glenn
VA3NU - Some strong signals on 40 at start but it didn't last. Moved to 80 and the QRN and QSB made things interesting. Had fun.
W2JEK - Good conditions on 80M. The new 5 field logging is great - no need to type in your call for each qso Had a good time. rig yaesu ft840 and SPEEDX key.
72/ 73 DON W2JEK
NF8M - Time on, 1 hour. Somewhat cruddy conditions on 40; was able to make out several stations but they could not hear me. 80 was in much better shape. First time logging using N1MM (have logged on paper in the past), converted the member list into a call history file and wrote a little shell script to rearrange the Cabrillo into a Genlog format for submittal. TNX and CU next month!
NN3E - First QSO using my new QCX-Mini on 40 Mtrs .
Thanks everyone for the QSO's
Hope to CUL
N4OW - Tough going on 40 heavy local rfi + QRN crashes . If you answered a CQ and I did not
reply I apologize. 72 de N4ow 7700
AB9BZ - Ran the ubitx with attenuator @ 5W. I need to check out my gear better in preparation. My keyer started acting up on me mid-QSO, a battery change and all was ok. Thanks for the contacts and for the fun sprint. 73 ab9bz
N5GW - Heavy QRN from local tornadic storms plus power line noise did me in receptionwise. I am hoping for a 20M opening next month.
WB8LZG - Hello Fellow Sprinters ! My last sprint from Florida for the year. Using the FT 817 and EF 75' wire. Condx were a bit rough here. About an hour before the sprint I grabbed a QSO with SP3HLM in Poland, and figured we were abt to have great condx for the sprint, Not so, as the noise levels increased throughout the nite. 40 was the band for me , but only managed 7 QSOs in abt an hour of noise. then pulled the plug. Had a great time with the gang. Had the DREADED double QSO last nite.I know this has happed to many of you too. I answered WB9HFK CQ But K4BAI also thought I was calling him. I worked K4BAI hoping i'd catch up to the other stn. I did finally work WB9HFK later in the sprint so made up for the confusion. But sure threw me fer a loop early. Answered several calls from 1 land who didn't hear me, and 80 was solid noise. Still had a great time with my FD style stn.Pulled plug a bit early. See u all next month. 73 , Gregg WB8LZG
KD3CA - Bands were very QRN with storm about to move in . Had to take a few breaks and give the ears a break from the QRN. Sorry to those I couldn't complete the QSO with the noise. I did manage a very nice QSO with AC4KS. Who perhaps will join the Naqcc Many thanks to all for the calls 73 Don
K4BAI - QSOs by band: 20M: 1; 40M: 36; 80M: 5. QRN was very bad on 40 and 80M. Thanks for all QSOs. Fun, as usual. 73/73, John, K4BAI.
N7KM - Nice sprint! I used my K2 which I built about 20 years ago and in a moment of poor judgement I sold it. I just got it back in a trade and it's nice to have it back in the shack. A lot of great fists out there tonight! Thanks to the stations who worked through the QSB & QRM with me. Thanks to the organizers, well done!
WI8J - My best "DX" for this sprint... UT and TX on 40m. Thanks for the contacts! 72
K5GQ - QSB & QRN very rough. 339s I would call CQ with and answer with 5w. Hoping that those WEAK station would not call.
Stations would run number together when repeating; -
when I repeat - 878 NR 878 bk SO one know when the number the starts and ends versus 878 878..
W0PWE - Bands were great except for all the static crashes from storms in the South. Thanks for all the repeats that allowed me to copy through the noise.
N8GZ - 40m was unusable, static crashes from the storms to the south made it hard to even hear anyone. 80m was better, but no joy! Thanks to all who participate. Hoping for better luck next month! 72, Dave, N8GZ
KC3MIO - I was feeling tired last night and almost skipped the sprint. I tried 20 (hope springs eternal) and heard N6IET but he didn't hear me. I wasn't hearing much and figured that I might quit after the first hour, but I contacted K4BAI after 14 minutes and then the contacts dribbled in until a streak of 11 over 30 minutes got me going. There was a flurry in the last 12 minutes of the sprint and I could have made one more if the clock hadn't hit midnight (figuratively speaking). My apologies to K6FA for not realizing he was a member, but I was happy to work CA on 40. Nine of my contacts were on 40 which was encouraging.
Thanks to all and thanks to the NAQCC.
WA2FBN - Tough band conditions; 40m very noisy with 80m a little better and some stronger sigs. Tnx to all who copied me out of the noise. 72 Ken
KA2KGP - 20m. was dead,40m. was weak with QSB, 80. was good here in WNY. Good turnout of NA's this sprint. 73
KB1M - Nothing on 20 and 40 was noisy with lots of QSB. I find it strange how static crashes can cover just what you need to hear even after several repeats.
WA1GWH - Well I thought with the change to DST and being near the equinox that 40m might start to work out. But it was pretty poor from here in the Syracuse, NY area. I only worked four stations in the hour I spent participating. Thank you for all the repeats as I dug sometimes barely copiable sigs out of the noise!
WU0A - My second sprint and my firs submitted log. It was a lot of fun.
K2OID - Tough night here in Western NY. Forty started out good but "died". Eighty was very noisy.
KJ4IC - Finally back on the air. Had a great time. CUL 73
VE9BEL - GREAT FUN!
AA0W - Poor Conditions Winter storms in the area.
QSB on both 40m and 80m. Lost two stations they were gone in the go around. KX2 Internal battery
KD0Q - 1st NAQCC QSOs
AK3X - Busy evening, late start, and several interruptions, but a fun Sprint anyway. New IC7300 dialed down to 5 watts and new antenna mast got my antenna up to 35 feet at apex. All seems to work great. 72 to all and be safe.
KQ1P - Some atmospheric QRN but hard to believe we were all QRP, plenty of S9+ signals. Worked a few new ones for me and had great fun! TNX John/KQ1P
WX4RM - Started out strong on 40 meters, but after 45 minutes, the signals just went away. Could have been the storm front moving thru the area. Had fun as always.
W6GY - Icom IC-705 and 40M Wire Beam.
Pipeline to CA on 40M. Nothing from the East. W0PWE IA #10548 was heard at the end but he couldn't pull in my complete call with many tries. Great to work a newer member K6FA #10626! I tried 80M, but with no success. I will be active next month. CU Then, 73..Gary ID
K4KBL - XYL's birthday today !! Just wanted to make a couple of contacts for the record this evening. You all understand I'm sure !!!
W5DT - Got into it late. Surprised at so little activity on 40M.
K3FA - Better conditions since last time. Great to hear many QRP CW signals. Thanks everyone!
W2SH - DST's additional hour of evening daylight failed to open 20m. 40m had a good activity level but was surpassed by 80m, as has been the case throughout this winter. A Tentec 539 (Argo 6)manipulated by a Junker straight key were used to feed the 160m dipole.
N8LA - KX3; 5W; 200' Dipole Up 35 Ft.; NAQCCode Warrior Paddles. Noisy as usual, but that adds to the fun of making co1ntacts. "When the goin gets tough, the tough get goin." Thanks for all the contacts and apologies for missed and busted contacts. Looking forward to doing it again next month. Until then, stay safe. Best 72/73 to all. Lou N8LA
AC7FF - Band conditions weren't the best but managed to make 9 Q's and had a great evening participating in the sprint!!
N2JJF - Only had an hour to play radio. Did not hear many stations. Those I heard I was able to work.