Mar 2011 Straight Key/Bug Sprint (#77)
We finished with 116 logs, breaking the 100 log mark for the 12th straight month now. Congratulations to all our winners and special thanks to those who took time to send in logs no matter how many or how few QSO's you made. Each and every one is special and very much appreciated. It was another great sprint and now we're looking forward to our next one in April. Maybe we'll approach or break our record of 135 logs next month. - K3WWP
Final Official Results
SWA Category - W1 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna WA1BXY 33 31 64 20 1280 x2 2560 160 wndm@50' K1NAJ 19 19 38 11 418 x2 836 ocf dpl@35' WV1N 17 17 34 12 408 x2 816 135' dblt@35' K1IEE 15 15 30 12 360 x2 720 g5rv@30' KQ1P 11 11 22 9 198 x2 396 invV@40' N1DN 6 6 12 5 60 60 mb dpl@70' K1DPE 5 5 10 5 50 50 dpl@30' KB1CKT 5 5 10 4 40 40 g5rv@10' SWA Category - W2 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna NW2K 37 36 73 18 1314 x2 2628 80 loop@30' W2SH 21 21 42 15 630 x2 1260 180'dpl@??',invL@85+85' KU2US 16 16 32 13 416 x2 832 g5rv@??',ef wire@??' WA2JSG 13 13 26 11 286 x2 572 elev vert@12' KA2KGP 12 12 24 10 240 x2 480 g5rv@25' W2JEK 12 12 24 8 192 x2 384 40 dpl, 80 ef both@20' K2GLS 8 8 16 7 112 x2 224 dpls@20-30' K2VT 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 dpl@32' KD2MX 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 600' loop@25' SWA Category - W3 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna K3WWP 35 34 69 20 1380 x2 2760 ~110' attic random wire KC2EGL 21 19 40 17 680 x2 1360 fld dpl@25' KB3AAG 33 33 66 21 1386 1386 80 loop@35' AK3X 12 11 23 9 207 x2 414 67' wire@20' AF3Z 7 7 14 6 84 x2 168 dpl@15' AE3J 5 5 10 5 50 50 vert AA3UJ 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 dpl@30' KD8HCT 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 attic dpl SWA Category - W4 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna K8IJ 38 38 76 18 1368 x2 2736 vert AA4GA 22 21 43 17 731 x2 1462 40 efhw@50' K4ORD 30 30 60 18 1080 1080 160 dpl@35', 40 dpl@40' WX4RM 19 19 38 14 532 x2 1064 vert W4KRN 17 17 34 11 374 x2 748 gnd mtd vert N4ESS 15 15 30 11 330 x2 660 dpl@50' N1LU 14 13 27 10 270 x2 540 70' ef wire@25' W4DUK 13 13 26 10 260 x2 520 efz@20' WB4MNK 18 18 36 13 468 468 S9V@31' W4JVY 12 12 24 9 216 x2 432 invV@40' K4JPN 10 10 20 8 160 x2 320 sloper@30' AF4LB 9 9 18 8 144 x2 288 dpl@55' AE4RV 14 14 28 10 280 280 invL@25' KB0ETU 9 9 18 7 126 x2 252 dpl@45' KG4YLZ 9 9 18 9 162 162 ocf dpl@30' K4NVJ 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 88' dpl@35' KD4UKW 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 45' vert AI4SV 5 5 10 5 50 50 40 vert KU4A 5 4 9 4 36 36 slp dpl@40' KA8VZB 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 66' efw@20' AA4W 2 2 4 2 8 8 20 dpl@??' AD4PM 1 1 2 1 2 2 vert @N4JD 3 3 6 3 18 18 80 invV SWA Category - W5 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna WF5W 33 31 64 24 1536 x2 3072 rotary dpl@72' W5IQS 27 26 53 16 848 x2 1696 fan dpl@30' AE5KM 22 22 44 17 748 x2 1496 g5rv@25' N5RKD 23 23 46 17 782 x1.5 1173 43' vert W5TVW 15 15 30 13 390 x2 780 115' efw@15' K5JX 14 14 28 12 336 x2 672 gnd mtd vert NM5S 14 14 28 9 252 x2 504 nested marconi@40' KE5YUM 10 10 20 10 200 x2 400 invV@30', dpl@30' K5ACO 15 15 30 12 360 360 dpl@50', 37' vert KE9DR 9 8 17 8 136 x2 272 420'loop@50' WB5UAA 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 305' dpl@30' AE5KA 4 4 8 4 32 32 trap vert N5RDN 2 2 4 2 8 x1.5 12 gp vert SWA Category - W6 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna N6DIT 25 24 49 17 833 x2 1666 dpl@40' WK6L 8 8 16 6 96 x2 192 windomV@32' KA6AIL 9 9 18 8 144 144 20 dpl@??',40 loop@??' K6ACJ 6 6 12 6 72 72 58' lw@25' SWA Category - W7 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna NX1P 40 38 78 25 1950 x2 3900 dblt@50' K9JWV 17 15 32 13 416 x2 832 invL@30' KE7YTE 8 8 16 8 128 x2 256 vert dpl, ctr@18' AA7CU 10 10 20 7 140 140 mobile whip@12' AE7CG 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 20 dpl@10' AD7KS 1 1 2 1 2 2 dpl@30' SWA Category - W8 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna AC8AP 17 17 34 14 476 x2 952 g5rv@50' N8QY 16 15 31 11 341 x2 682 g5rv@25', vert N8XMS 12 12 24 9 216 x2 432 r7 vert WA8SAN 11 11 22 11 242 242 g5rv@25' WB8ENE 7 7 14 7 98 x2 196 135'dblt@15', 4-BTV@25' AA8SN 7 7 14 7 91 91 80 loop@25' WB8LZG 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 dpl@30' N8BB 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 collinear dpl@60' SWA Category - W9 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna KB0KFX 27 27 54 18 972 x2 1944 80m loop@25' W9HLY 24 24 48 14 672 x2 1344 40 sloper@??',80 dpl@??' AA9L 25 25 50 13 650 x2 1300 trp dpl@50' KA9FQG 20 20 40 13 520 x2 1040 g5rv@35' K9IS 23 23 46 14 644 644 33' horiz loop@35' NV9X 13 13 26 8 208 x2 416 dpl@30' WA9VEE 9 9 18 8 144 x2 288 200' lw@35' W9CC 10 10 20 7 140 x2 280 invV@35' K9KHJ 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 ef 1/2 wv@??' N9AWP 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 dpl@30' NN9S 1 1 2 1 2 2 ef dpl@20' SWA Category - W0 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna N0TA 50 50 100 27 2700 x2 5400 gnd mtd vert K0HJC 18 18 36 12 432 x2 864 cf zepp@35' K2HT 15 15 30 13 390 x2 780 ocf windom@38',80 dpl@33' N0AZN 15 15 30 13 390 x2 780 80-10 dblt@25' N8LA 16 16 32 12 384 x2 768 dpl@35' NE0S 12 12 24 9 216 x2 432 40-80invV@55', 20 hlf sq@30' W0LGU 9 9 18 8 144 x2 288 80 dpl@25' NO2D 11 11 22 10 220 220 80 dblt@25' WD0K 4 4 8 3 24 x2 48 delta loop@36' KC0PMH 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 135' dblt@25' $N3PDT 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 gnd mtd vert,ocf dpl@25' SWA Category - Canada Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna VE3RCN 26 26 52 19 988 x2 1976 gnd mtd vert VE5BCS 19 18 37 15 555 x2 1110 lw@25' VE3GNU 8 8 16 7 112 x2 224 mb dpl@35' VA2NB 7 7 14 6 84 x2 168 204' dblt@50' VE3FUJ 5 4 9 4 36 x2 72 dpl@22' VE2KOT 2 2 4 2 8 8 66' invV@27' SWA Category - DX Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna GAIN ANTENNA Category Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna K4BAI 49 48 97 26 2522 x2 5044 several@50-55' K0KCY 26 26 52 14 728 728 dpl@40', 3el yagi@50' K5GQ 15 15 30 12 360 x1.5 540 2el yagi@30', dpl@28' KL8DX 14 9 23 12 276 x2 552 TA-34-XL@43' KI0J 19 19 38 15 570 570 3el yagi@40' WB5NMZ 14 12 26 12 312 312 TS-53M@40' NQ2W 9 9 18 9 162 162 mini beam@25', invV@40' N1QLL 3 2 5 3 15 15 2el quad@36' W7GAH 1 1 2 1 2 2 2el yagi@50' @- QRO, not eligible for certificate/prize $- non-member, not eligible for certificate/prize AWARD WINNERS: 1st SWA W1: WA1BXY 1st SWA W2: NW2K 1st SWA W3: K3WWP 1st SWA W4: K8IJ 1st SWA W5: WF5W 1st SWA W6: N6DIT 1st SWA W7: NX1P 1st SWA W8: AC8AP 1st SWA W9: KB0KFX 1st SWA W0: N0TA 1st SWA Canada: VE3RCN 1st SWA DX: n/a 1st Gain: K4BAI First time entrant high scorer: NW2K Bug/paddle handle - K1/K2 knob insert drawing winner: VE5BCS The following appeared 5 or more times in submitted logs, but did not submit a log themselves for whatever reason: W7IEX - 23 WA1LWS - 19 K9FO - 14 W7OM - 11 AA3TG - 9 WD4MSM - 8 K1CM - 6 W6ZKH - 6 K7ZI - 5 W9NX - 5 We hope these folks will continue to participate AND submit their logs in the future. Remember your listing in the results shows the ham radio world you are a Morse Code supporter. STATS: Logs submitted: 116 Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 168 Total QSO's in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 1587 States represented: 38 + VE2 VE3 VE5 VE7 LZ UR GOLDEN LOGS - 45 of 116 (perfectly formatted, all info accurate): AA3UJ AA4GA AA7CU AD7KS AE5KA AF3Z K0HJC K2GLS K2VT K4NVJ K8IJ K9KHJ KA8VZB KA9FQG KC0PMH KD2MX KD4UKW KD8HCT KE9DR KU2US KU4A N1LU N4ESS N8BB N8LA N8XMS NN9S NO2D NQ2W NV9X NW2K NX1P VA2NB VE2KOT VE3FUJ VE3RCN W2JEK W2SH W4DUK W5TVW W7GAH W9CC WB5UAA WB8ENE WV1NIf you're not listed as a GOLDEN LOG or your posted score is different from what you computed and wish to know why, we'll tell you if you ask before 2400Z the second Sunday after the sprint. There will no longer be any automatic notification of score changes or "not in log" QSO's due to the greatly increased participation in our sprints. Email with the subject "NAQCC Sprint Question".
NN9S - New ham here, just learning CW for the first time. Can do about 10wpm. This was also my first time attempting *any* contest or sprint. I was bit overwhelmed to say the least! Only 15khz of bandwidth was available on 40m, and the overlapping conversations were just crazy. I could barely isolate a conversation. Even if I narrowed my filter to do so, right in the middle of the QSO somebody loud would start calling CQ on top of us and blast my ears off. I lost at least 3 in-process QSOs this way. I lost a couple more due to mid-conversation QSB (which I guess is just normal for QRP operation). A few more QSOs never completed because a number of people simply didn't slow down for me, even when I signaled 'pls qrs'. (That distresses me. If you're one of those who didn't slow down for Ben, I'd like to see you print out his comments and post them near your rig for future sprints. Remember our sprints are designed to help newcomers to contesting, not to turn them away from contesting. You were there at one time yourself. You weren't born with the ability to contest at high speeds. You started just as Ben did. End of sermon. I hope it takes. - K3WWP) K3WWP - Well, I had the same high noise level I had last month so first of all my apologies to those who may have called and didn't burst through my noise level. However this month was a little different than last since I had 40 meters for longer where the noise is a little less. Then later on 80, sigs were really good and on the whole I could pull them through the noise. It was actually fun again for the last 50 minutes or so on 80 meters. Still I wish I lived in a quieter location. That won't happen, so I guess I'll just have to live with what I have. Still it helps to complain now and then. HI. Off to process logs now for a while after I check on the NCAA BB Tournament.
AA4W - 20 meters sounded fine. Lots of signals! I got started and then got caslled away. Only 2 contacts this month. I lost the first contact due to QRM. Sorry W0L??
KC0PMH - I was in and out of the shack so I only got to make 1 QSO buy.... better 1 than none at all. God Bless all de Wayne
N4JD - First sprint had a blast realy noisy but still fun
KI0J - nice to see 20 meters open tonight
AE3J - FT-817 with a Butternut HF2V vertical on my camper in the back yard.
N5RKD - First time out in the Sprints. So, a bit of a learning experience, especially getting familiar with the controls and options in GenLog. Thanks to all who managed to wrestle meaning from my bug code --- that\'s another work in progress! I did resort to the straight key a couple of times when I lost my rhythm. Bill
N5RDN - I worked 2! Thanks to both stns. 73,Rob//N5RDN 3835
K2HT - Built a 40-10 OCF Windom antenna, very pleased with results. Nice to be at home QTH for sprint instead of trying to operate from hotel rooms with indoor antenna
KA6AIL - It has taken one year but I got 10!!!!!!!! Q's tonight.
KC2EGL - WOW!!! 40 meters was awesome tonight. I spent most of the night on 40. Met some new NAQCC friends and met 2 non members as well. I can take these conditions all the time. Thanks to all who worked me. CU next time on the radio. 73 Mike. (rig K-2, Key US Navy Flameproof)
NX1P - Wow! great conditions on 20. Thanks guys, for all the reports from the east coast!
W9HLY - but terribly noisy on 80 - my best band
N3PDT - My very first NAQCC sprint. Logged a whopping 4 contacts, but I had a lot of fun. Applied for membership earlier today. Plan to do many more. Great event. Thank you!
NM5S - It was sweet to have some daylight to take advantage of 20m. Woohoo!
AF3Z - I made it home for the last 30 minutes only. Some strong signals here on 80, but strong QRN too! Tnx es 73, Jim
NE0S - Bands seemed a little soft here..and a lot of qrn to deal with.. a lot of fun tho working the stations I cud copy thru the noise..73 all cul Mark
KB3AAG - Down from last month but just as much fun! I hope I didnt make a big mistake, one guy gave me a call that came back in the Phillipenes (I doubt if that is how it is spelled!) I asked for a repeat four times but got the same thing each time. As I have never worked a DX station from here I dumped him! From the hollar any station west of the Mississippi is considered DX! I had Johns noise tonite! Frank
K9KHJ - Only caught 20 minutes but had fun anyway. See you next month, boys. (Don't forget our girls too - at least 2 I can think of were in the sprint this month - K3WWP)
WA2JSG - Another fun sprint, esp after adding a cw filter to radio..hi hi. Icom IC-703 5w off 12v battery to a vertical. English Kent straight key.
W2JEK - got on late. seemed like 40 was in very good shape. 80 was also good. stations heard on 20 were weak by the time i got on so no qso's there. was pleased to work k3wwp and two of our new members with 5000+ numbers as well as all others. rig yaesu ft-840 at 5w to wire antennas. 72 and 73 don younger #1135
K4ORD - Had a bad head cold and really didn't feel like getting on, but glad I did.Nice to hear 20M open so good for most of the sprint.80 had loud qrn of S9 and better, but 40 was rather quiet,except for the digital stuff. Hope to see everybody next month. 73/72 Riley
NO2D - 20 meters was "hot" at the beginning here in Colorado. I could hear it while I was eating dinner (but not on the air). By the time I got started 20 had died, and 40 meters was the band of choice, at least for me. At about 0200 I got into a QSO with KA4DQJ in Tennessee. He was running an old Heathkit CW Xmitter. While he was not in the sprint, we had a great QSO. I got into one more QSO with W4VPI in VA., who also was not in the sprint. Also a fun QSO. I guess that is what it is all about, in the sprint, or not. As always, I enjoyed the opportunity to participate. Pete
AE4RV - Lots of fun! Antennas are back up and glad to participate. I even held a frequency a couple of times for the first time in a sprint. Noise and propagation both seemed OK. Left the shack and set up in the kitchen this time with an IC-703 on battery power, logging with a netbook. Picture of my set up is here: http://ae4rv.com/temp/100_2350.JPG
AE5KM - Conditions were pretty good, the most contacts I've made in a sprint, I think. Did about the same number of contacts on 20m and 40m, but where was everyone on 80m? And maybe we should add 15m? It was getting awfully crowded, which I suppose is a good thing :). Sorry, to n1qll, your ears are better than mine, I couldn't quite hear you well enough to copy. And I would have loved to add Maine as a state. I did have someone work me that wasn't in the sprint, and I wasn't quite sure what to do. Do I get their power and count them? (Absolutely - K3WWP)
VE3RCN - Lots of FUN! Nice to see SK and QC out of Canada. Still have to work a station in my own area!
N0TA - Fantastic night - probably the most Q's I've ever made in this sprint. Started on 20m - band was quiet and signals strong; however, it died down after about 20 minutes. Spent rest of time on 40m, but did check out 80m at 02z. K3@5w, 1/4 vertical, Gen Log.
N8LA - Weather here beautiful today even though I felt "under it." Took four and a half hour nap this afternoon to rest up for the sprint. Got up, ate a chicken breast and ice cream bar to give me energy for the sprint. It worked! Made sixteen contacts ( eight on 40 and eight on 80): one more contact than my previous high! (Called CQ on 20 for a while and worked Z1LCH, but didn't get QTH, number or power, HI!) Spring is coming and in spring an OM's thoughts stay turned to thoughts NAQCC sprints!
K0HJC - Good to have 20 meters back! Fun night!
KE9DR - 20 was fair the first hour then I went to 40. Had some QSB on 40 and lots of RTTY QRM. Had a large range from CA to RI to ON. Again lots of fun. 73 Bert
NV9X - Had Fun. Have not done this one in a while. (Hope to see you regularly from now on - K3WWP)
WX4RM - Was glad to see 20M open, the time change helped. West Coast coming in good and loud, with QSB, glad they heard me. 40M good as usual to the North, glad to hear Canada again. I will have to put up a low dipole for 80M for next sprint for a short hop into New England, the vertical angle of radiation was just too low for the short distance QSO's. Love these sprints, a learning experience for me!!!
KU2US - 20 Meters was better for long stuff, 80 meters had static, 40 meters was the band of choice for me! Bagged Oregon! Again, the fun was unreal, some pile-ups, and prop was pretty good. Heard some new calls this time around and tried to work the "new ones". Maybe (Hint) the sprint could be a half hour longer?? I was just getting warmed up! Either way, it was another fun night, cant wait for April.
AE7CG - I made all of my contacts during the first hour of the sprint. Thereafter 20M band conditions changed, and moderate QRN conditions prevailed, leaving only the U.S. QRO DXers operating on the lower 25 MHz band edge segment. I really enjoy the NAQCC sprints, because all of the hams listen for QRP CW signals!
K1DPE - Lots of static. Not many people heard me, but I heard them.
WK6L - This is my first Sprint contect . Thank You for reviewing my Log. Sorry if I do not have the NewMult Column . I just not sure my understanding of it is correct.
KL8DX - Arrived home in time to work a bit of the contest now that we sprung forward and hour. 20 meters was great and I was shocked at what I was able to work with my 5 watts! Icom 703Plus @ 5 watts and my Navy Flameproof key made the QSO's. Thanks for the contacts and I'm looking forward to catching more of these Sprint's with any luck. 73 - Phil
AI4SV - At the beginning, I tried 20m, hoping for some westward contacts where the sun still shined. I could hear them, but not work them. 40m was my best band, although I know qsb was pretty bad as I would completely lose stations at times, or after calling for a while on a seemingly dead frequency, another station calling on the same frequency would fade in and then out again. I heard a good number of Canadian stations calling and responding, but didn't manage to work any of them. Still, had a lot of fun. I've ordered a straight key. Next month, no more one point per contact :-)
AA7CU - Worked the sprint from Arizona
W7GAH - New HAM, very new in QRP and CW. My token log is to let you know that there is interest in the sprint, but I have a bit of work to do to get up to speed.
WB8LZG - K2@ 5W HELLO TO ALL THE RADIOMEN. THE TIME CHANGE IS GOING TO HELP OUT WITH PROPAGATION ON 20M. i ONLY HAD ABT 20MINS TO PLAY LAST EVE BUT 20 ES 40 WERE HOPPING WITH SIGNALS HERE IN MICH. WANTED TO DIVE IN BUT HAD OTHER COMMITMENTS. i DID WANT TO SUBMIT A LOG ES HELP US GO OVER 100 LOGS AGAIN. I CAN HEAR A NOTICEABLE IMPROVMENT IN PARTICIPATION COMPAIRED TO JUST A FEW YEARS AGO. WE SEEM TO BE GETTING MORE NEW MEMBERS ALL THE TIME. THE CASUAL OP RUNNING UP THE BAND SURLEY HAS TO WONDER WHAT ALL THE 'FUSS' IS ABT WITH PEANUT WHISTLES TAKING UP 10Kc OF THE BAND ! CU ALL NEXT SPRINT. 73 GREGG
W2SH - 20m was open, aided by the change to daylight saving time, but conditions were unstable. Loud stations often could not be worked. Extra multipliers were earned, but it turned out that few QSOs on the two lower bands were realized, so the multipliers had less effect. 40m had a longish skip but lots of QRM, while 80m had very high QRN.
WF5W - my little new tentec r4030 roared.. it was fun sprint but the rttyers were not happy...
KE5YUM - I enjoyed the sprint at always. Started on 20 and ended on 40 and worked for about an hour. Thanks to all who worked me.
K5GQ - Signals were up and down; and ask for repeats. Overall signals were up, just were very few most of the time. There were some stations that I could not copy but tell they were there.
WB8ENE - It started off kind of slow. I couldn't find any members calling CQ on 20, so I moved to 40. Finally made my first contact with AA9L at 0051Z. Finished the first hour of the sprint on 80. Rig is K3 @ 5W. 73, and see you in the next sprint.
K4BAI - FT1000MP, 5W output, WM-2 QRP wattmeter, Vibroplex Deluxe key on chrome base. Thanks for all QSOs. All three bands seemed to be in good condition. 20M: Good signals from New England, MN, TX, CO, states west, plus VE5BCS and KL8DX. Unable to work W5IQS who had a vry good run going. Loudest signal was KI0J in CO. 24 QSOs in 60 minutes. 40M: Good signals from NJ, MD, IN, MO and stations west and north of that line. Best DX was W7OM in WA. 23 QSOs in 45 mins. Rate was still good on 40 when went to 80 hoping for some fourth district mults. Rate not good on 80. QRN must have been high elsewhere. Did get VA and KY mults plus another QSO with K0KCY in MN who had been my first QSO on 20M. Congrats to N0TA for a FB score. Hope to work you all in the 50th Anniversary GA QSO Party April 9 and 10. Special awards for those who can spell out G-E-O-R-G-I-A by the suffixes of the one-by-one special event call signs that will be QRV in GA. KU8E and I should be QRV in many GA counties as W4R/M. See http://gqp.contesting.com. 73/72, John, K4BAI.
K9JWV - The usual crummy condx here in s/w Utah! 20 meters was "fun" for about 30 minutes and then it folded. Heard a few midwest stations on 40 but the QRM levels around 040 to 045 drowned them out - ended up working "locals," e.g., NM, AZ, OR, CA, WA.
WB4MNK - Fun sprint and did a little better. QRM was some times very ruff. I was amazed at how well the little KX1 performed.
KQ1P - Home late from a long work day and wasn't sure if I could make the sprint. But I did! I found 40M to be lively for the evening. Great to hear a few new calls and new numbers. Even at 1 watt, it was pretty much if I could hear 'em I could work 'em. Thanks everyone.
W4DUK - At my QTH in southwest-central Virginia, 40m was the overall better band for this Sprint. Made one solid contact on 80m early-on, but the heavy QRN chased me back to 40. Tried 80 again later and things were better. As usual, had a great time! 73 de Dave
K8IJ - Great fun! 40 was awesome for me, 80 had some noise. Worked into MN and NJ a lot. Many thanks to all. Vy 73, Chas
VE3GNU - Glad to be back after a 2-month absence (terrible conditions heard!)---needed to use all available audio and DSP filters to 'get around'---Did anyone else hear the teletype carrier on 7.041 'getting in the way of things'? My apologies to KB3AAG for not being able to complete the contact.
KD2MX - I was looking forward to working the whole sprint this time out but a full bore attack on me by some wily germs had me in bed for much of the past few days. I did manage to sit at the rig and eke out a few contacts though. Conditions seemed kind of lousy. Lots of QRN here, seemed to be a weird pulse to it too, especially on 20m. Might have been a couple stations there but could not copy through the noise. Thirty minutes was all I could take, CW and QRN was a bit much for my feverish brain.
N8QY - Lots of qrn at my qth on all the bands. 40m had a lot of qrm from PSK 31 . Had to work to get 18 qso. Sorry to all that I could not pull out of the qrn. Yes John I worked LZ2UA on 40m .I hope others got him to so we can have a conf contact.
VE5BCS - I hope I did everything right the test was fun and band was good for first hour and 15 min. then went by by. I enjoyed
VA2NB - Lots of fun. I hope that I didn't confuse anyone by using my VA2 Call (my home call is VE3WMB) as we were at our cottage in QC for the March Break week. This was a very casual effort for me and an opportunity to get used to my new Czech RM-31 straight key. I found that both 40m and 80m were somewhat noisy and I was very surprise to work CO at 10:00 pm local time on 20m. Station 204ft doublet at 50 feet, Ten Tec Argonaut V @ 5w. Michael VE3WMB / VA2NB
W5IQS - For me this was the best sprint yet. 20 and 40 meters were very good. 80 meters was noisy here in Texas. I was shocked at the LZ2VV Contact at 0229Z. 40 was going very long. He gave me a 439. I'll take that for 5 watts Texas to Bulgaria....Great Sprint Evan
WV1N - 40m was the hot spot here. 80m had qrn and 20m never showed up at the table. I wonder if the west coast uses 20m more then the east coast. This was my first time using genlog. I always wondered why the other guys knew my name. Now I know. I think it makes the contest more friendly.
W4KRN - Signals on 40m were 559 or better. Almost didn't seem like it was a QRP sprint! Shame, shame...I worked K9KHJ, guess I'm one of the boys! hi hi Thanks to all I worked for the contacts. Used a Swedish Elektrisk Pump key.
KG4YLZ - Hope the log is OK. Had a problem with the log accepting the data Had to insert the data after the spring ended.
K4JPN - Some QRN on 40, tried 80M but QRN to heavy so stayed on 40M. 72, Steve
K2GLS - Finally some sun spots and 20 meter activity. Band was just about closed so only worked western states. First cw 5 watt contacts with NV and NE. Hopefully 20 will be better next month.
KA2KGP - A nice sprint, 40 was very good, 80 not too bad with hi-noise, but 20 was nil here in WNY. A good turnout for this sprint. 73 to all.
N8XMS- I was able to enjoy about 45 minutes of the sprint. Conditions seemed to be pretty good. I made a couple of contacts on 20 and then moved to 40 for the rest of my time. As always, it was a lot of fun. 73, Paul
KU4A - Dead tired, so couldn't stick around long. 40m seemed to be in good shape though.
AA8SN - This was my first sprint with this group. I forgot I was even a member until I looked it up recently, and then an e-mail alerted me last night that the sprint was already started. Sorry I didn't have time to even get a proper logging program going. Heard some familiar calls from some other cw sprints.
W4JVY - BAND WAS NOT THE BEST HR IN ALABAMA. LOT OF QRN/M BUT HAD FUN LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT ONE.
VE3FUJ - This time I was not able to devote the entire 2 hrs to the sprint. hr it sounded as if the band was in excellent shape. An LZ appeared on the scene S 20+ and in the clear, but before I realized what I had, OHHH the pile up. Most signals were good. I only had just an hr to operate, enjoyment could only have been superseded by a 2 hr operating time. Brion
KD8HCT - That was fun. Plenty of activity on 40M. Working that 6:00 to 2:00 shift makes it hard for me to stay up late or I would\'ve made more than one QSO. No records set here but it\'s still fun to get one. Thanks for all the encouragement, great club and website. -Joe
AA4GA - My first NAQCC Sprint - I didn't have access to a straight key, so I used the dah paddle of my Bencher for a hand key - not the most fun. Other than that, it *was* a lot of fun, although I feel I should have worked more stations than I did (doesn't everyone?..I sure do - K3WWP)...we'll see what happens next time!
NQ2W - Got a late start...great to make some Q\'s on 20. Moved to 40 and made a few more - the QRN was pretty loud but manageable because the signals were strong. Looking forward to next month...thanks to all who put me in their log, all the participants, and especially, the organizers. This QRP CW stuff rocks. :) 72/73 Will
W5TVW - My first sprint in quite a while now! Got in a little late and left a little early due to XYL having problems. Propagation seemed fairly good but some knucklehead on RTTY on 40 ran me off from my "place" early! This was my first sprint with a new Russian straight key I got some months ago. Hope to be able to participate more in future. Plain on revising my end fed antenna in the near future to get it higher and more of it outside my master bedroom! Using the K1 and an external homebrewed "L" section tuner. "Ground" counterpoise is the house wiring "ground buss"! Plan an external counterpoise at bottom of siding on top of slab runn ing around each adjacent corner of the slab. (Welcome back. Hope the XYL's problems will soon be a thing of the past - K3WWP)
AK3X - Had fun with good condx on 40. 3 watts to 67'wire up abt 20'. I added a 33 foot counterpoise wire (in addition to a cold water pipe ground connection) running over my roof at right angles to the 67' wire that may or may not have improved my station performance. All I do know is that I have no more RF in the shack when operating 20 meters, and I just worked a VK station LP with 3 watts! (OK, he had a 5 el yagi). This is fun. See you all next sprint. 72, Peter
AA9L - I knew it was going to be a good sprint when the first station I worked was K3WWP. Things were going well until Genlog decided to give me problems. 40 was great but 80, well there he was again, the only station I worked on 80, K3WWP. Genlog would not convert to an ASCII file so I had to type everything in by hand. Hope I didn't screw that up. GREAT FUN!
KD4UKW - I was reluctant to transmit on 40m because of the emergency situation in Japan. Still, I had a great time on 20 and 80 even though I made only a few QSO's.
NW2K - Noisy, but fun! Lots of strong signals here.
K1IEE - Had a very high noise level on 80 so I started the sprint on 40. Then went to 20 and found it to be QRN free with conditions working well for me. Stayed there until the band got quiet then went back to 40 and spent the last half hour on 80. The HW-9 @4W work well thanks to a great bunch of QRP CW operators. Had a fun time. Thank you all. 73 Dick
N8BB - Not much time but I wanted to send in something. Signals weren't very good here at all so the attempt was less than stellar, better to spend time with the wife for a change. Thanks to Riley K4ORD for being the 1 Q I did get.
WA9VEE - Could hear well but no one heard me after 1/2 hour so quit early. Same propagation next night. Must be gray line fun and games. Will try with better fortitude in future.
K6ACJ - Elecraft KX-1 2-3 watts on 40 meters
K9IS - Very good band condx on 40 meters
WD0K - Greetings All! Short nite after long day. Went qrt early. Every time I work K4BAI and he sends his 644 number it throws me for a loop...hi! Good signals; we deserve this. 72; Rich
See General Sprint Rules for rules common to every NAQCC sprint.
RULES specific to this month's sprint:
Date and time:
Thursday, March 17, 0030-0230Z
All entries must be RECEIVED before 2400Z on the Sunday following the sprint. So submit as soon as possible, especially regular mail entries.
Preferred method of submitting your log and report is our on-line autologger.