Apr 2011 Straight Key/Bug Sprint (#78)
110 logs for our 13th straight 100+ logs sprint. Great!! Thanks to you, our members. It's late Sunday evening and I'm tired after doing the cross-checking and correcting the scores. Check yours, and if you disagree with anything, let me know at and we'll explain what happened or correct our corrections. You must do that before Sunday April 24 at 2400Z. After that, the results are written in stone. - K3WWP
SWA Category - W1 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna K1NAJ 19 19 38 13 494 x2 988 ocf dpl@35' K1IEE 11 11 22 10 220 x2 440 g5rv@30' KB1PBA 9 9 18 9 162 x2 324 67' dblt@28' N1IMW 9 9 18 6 108 x2 216 ocf dpl@25' KQ1P 7 7 14 7 98 x2 196 80 zepp & invV@40' W1PID 9 8 17 8 136 136 ocf dpl@45' SWA Category - W2 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna NW2K 41 40 81 23 1863 x2 3726 80 loop@30' W2SH 34 33 67 18 1206 x2 2412 180' dpl@40', invL@85+85' KU2US 14 13 27 13 351 x2 702 g5rv & ef @50' WA2JSG 9 9 18 8 144 x2 288 elev vert@12' KA2CAQ 7 7 14 6 84 x2 168 g5rv@30' KA2KGP 7 5 12 7 84 x2 168 gnd mtd vert, dpl@25' KD2MX 7 7 14 6 84 x2 168 600' loop@25' K2GLS 7 7 14 6 84 x2 168 40 dpl@30', 20 dpl@20' W2JEK 4 4 8 3 24 x2 48 40 dpl, 80 efw both@20' WB2VEN 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 dpl@30' SWA Category - W3 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna K3WWP 30 30 60 21 1260 x2 2520 attic rnd wire/dipole KB3AAG 39 37 76 20 1520 1520 80 loop@35' KC2EGL 19 18 37 8 296 x2 592 fld dpl@25' N3RN 10 10 20 9 180 180 vert WB3T 4 4 8 3 24 24 80 dpl@20' N3AEA 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 InvV@??' SWA Category - W4 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna K4ORD 31 29 60 24 1440 x2 2880 40dpl@40',160dpl@35' WX4RM 26 25 51 16 816 x2 1632 gnd mtd vert K4DXV 25 22 47 16 752 x2 1504 vert WB4MNK 32 27 59 18 1062 1062 gnd mtd vert K4NVJ 16 15 31 12 372 x2 744 88' dpl@35' K4UK 14 14 28 13 364 x2 728 160 invV@??', vert W4JVY 16 15 31 10 310 x2 620 invV@40' AE4RV 21 17 38 14 532 532 invL@25',20 invV@20' K3RLL 16 16 32 13 416 416 temp vert KG4YLZ 9 8 17 8 136 x2 272 ocf dpl@32' N4ESS 8 7 15 7 105 x2 210 dpl@50' AI4VA 8 8 16 6 96 x2 192 attic long wire AA2MX 10 9 19 8 152 152 vert@25' K8QI 7 7 14 5 70 x2 140 hor loop@45' AI4SV 6 5 11 5 55 x2 110 40 vert W4DUK 6 6 12 4 48 x2 96 efz@20' KU4A 7 7 14 6 84 84 slp dpl@40' NA4O 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 40 cw@45' N4FI 4 4 8 3 24 x2 48 attic g5rv jr. KB0ETU 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 dpl@45' N4OLN 5 4 9 2 18 x2 36 dpl@25' KA8VZB 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 66' efw@20' KI4EBD 2 2 4 2 8 8 ocf dpl@25' SWA Category - W5 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna W5IQS 35 35 70 21 1470 x2 2940 fan dpl@30' W5YDM 37 35 72 19 1368 x2 2736 40 dpl@22' AE5KM 30 29 59 19 1121 x2 2242 g5rv@25' N5WLA 22 22 44 17 748 x2 1496 invV@70' N5NK 14 12 26 12 312 x2 624 vert dpl feed@30' KE9DR 10 10 20 8 160 x2 320 420' rnd loop@50' WT5RZ 11 11 22 6 132 x2 264 88' dblt@30' KA5TJS 8 8 16 7 112 x2 224 g5rv@30', invV@??' AE5KA 8 8 16 6 96 x2 192 gnd mtd trp vert N5RDN 9 9 18 7 126 x1.5 189 dpl@??' K5ACO 10 10 20 7 140 140 dpl@50', 80 vert KE5YUM 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 invV@30' N5RKD 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 vert *N5UZ 11 10 21 9 189 x2 378 windom@35' SWA Category - W6 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna N6DIT 20 19 39 12 468 x2 936 dpl@40' K6CSL 10 9 19 6 114 x2 228 dlta lp@??',indoor dpl,loop KA6AIL 6 6 12 4 48 48 40 dlta loop@30',20 dpl@35' K6MGO 6 6 12 3 36 36 attic 66' dblt *WB6HVH 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 dpl@15' SWA Category - W7 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna WT6P 40 38 78 21 1638 1638 5b fan dpl@30' NX1P 21 18 39 14 546 x2 1092 g5rv@??' AA7CU 12 11 23 7 161 161 6' whip@12' WD8KRV 8 8 16 5 80 x2 160 cfz@45' NU7T 5 5 10 3 30 x2 60 40 dpl@18' W7YSB 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 110' dblt@30' AE7CG 2 2 4 2 8 8 dpl@10' WG7GW 2 2 4 2 8 8 attic loop SWA Category - W8 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna WB8LZG 26 26 52 15 780 x2 1560 dpl@30', 500' lw@30' W8DW 19 17 36 15 540 x2 1080 vert WB8ENE 12 12 24 9 216 x2 432 135'dblt@15',4btv vert@25' KB8FE 12 11 23 8 184 x2 368 ef inV@??' WA8SAN 11 11 22 8 176 176 g5rv@25' KD8FKD 8 8 16 5 80 x2 160 g5rv@50' AC8AP 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 g5rv@50' N8XMS 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 vert N8ZYA 5 5 10 4 40 40 isotron SWA Category - W9 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna AA9L 36 34 70 22 1540 x2 3080 trp dpl@50' K9PL 29 29 58 17 986 x2 1972 dpl@25' KB0KFX 27 26 53 16 848 x2 1696 80 loop@25' W9CC 24 24 48 17 816 x2 1632 invV@35' K9FO 20 17 37 15 555 x2 1110 dpls@45&35' N9KR 6 6 12 6 72 72 efz@20' KA9FQG 5 4 9 4 36 x2 72 g5rv@35' SWA Category - W0 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna K0HJC 35 34 69 19 1311 x2 2622 cfz@35' AB0TX 39 36 75 23 1725 1725 dpls@42&57' KA8HDE 18 18 36 18 648 x2 1296 g5rv jr.@25' KD0V 17 15 32 14 448 x2 896 g5rv@40' NO2D 24 24 48 15 720 720 80 dblt@25' WB0QQT 16 16 32 9 288 x2 576 gnd mtd vert K2HT 12 12 24 10 240 x2 480 20 dlta loop@30',80 dpl@33' W0LGU 13 13 26 9 234 x2 468 80 dpl@20' N3PDT 8 8 16 8 128 x2 256 gnd mtd vert KC0PMH 6 6 12 6 72 x2 144 135' dblt@25' WD0K 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 dlta loop@30' N0NBD 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 dblt@50' SWA Category - Canada Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna VE3RCN 12 11 23 10 230 x2 460 gnd mtd vert, 80 dpl@25' VE5BCS 7 7 14 6 84 x2 168 20 dpl@??' VE3FUJ 7 7 14 6 84 x2 168 g5rv@35' VE3HNE 6 6 12 6 72 x2 144 g5rv@30' VE5CUL 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 g5rv@30' VE2KOT 3 3 6 3 18 18 vert *VE7YU 12 11 23 9 207 207 20 edz@40' 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 W8RTJ 59 56 115 27 3105 3105 2 el yagi@50' N1QLL 23 21 44 14 616 616 2el quad@36',40 wndm@??' NQ2W 12 10 22 10 220 220 mini beam@25', invV@40' *: non-member not eligible for certificates or prizes AWARD WINNERS: 1st SWA W1: K1NAJ 1st SWA W2: NW2K 1st SWA W3: K3WWP 1st SWA W4: K4ORD 1st SWA W5: W5IQS 1st SWA W6: N6DIT 1st SWA W7: WT6P 1st SWA W8: WB8LZG 1st SWA W9: AA9L 1st SWA W0: K0HJC 1st SWA Canada: VE3RCN 1st SWA DX: n/a 1st Gain: W8RTJ First time entrant high scorer: WT6P Prize drawing winner: WX4RM The following appeared 5 or more times in submitted logs, but did not submit a log themselves for whatever reason: WA1LWS - 22 N4DU (nm) - 17 K5PSH - 10 N1PQ - 8 W4KRN - 8 KE9IX - 6 VE3MO - 6 W4NJK - 6 WA4AN - 6 AD1OS - 5 K2JT - 5 KE4I - 5 KE7YTE - 5 N2YHQ - 5 VE7KBN - 5 W5EEA - 5 WA1GCT - 5 WK6L - 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: 110 Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 172 Total QSO's in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 1540 States represented: 36 + BC ON QC SK DC P4 GOLDEN LOGS - 46 of 110 (perfectly formatted, all info accurate): AA7CU AE5KA AI4SV AI4VA K2GLS K3RLL K5ACO K8QI KA5TJS KA6AIL KA8HDE KA9FQG KB0ETU KC0PMH KC2EGL KD2MX KD8FKD KQ1P KU2US N3AEA N4ESS N4FI N5RKD N5UZ N8XMS N8ZYA NA4O NO2D NQ2W NU7T NW2K NX1P VE2KOT VE3FUJ VE3HNE VE3RCN VE5CUL W2JEK W2SH W4DUK W5YDM W7YSB WA2JSG WB8ENE WD0K WX4RMIf 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".
K3WWP - I usually sum up the sprint in my mind as I get up from my operating chair. Tonight's thought was "That wasn't too bad, but it could have been better." I wasted a lot of time on 20, but did get an extra multiplier in CA there. 40 started out long and slow. First two QSO's were OK and AR, then it shortened up and the next 3 were IN, NY, NY. A lot of noise here though made it rough. I think a lot of folks missed out by not going to 80 later in the sprint. Some VERY strong signals there that easily overrode any noise. I think with a little more S&P and a little better use of the bands I could have done better than 30 QSO's and 21 mults, but..... hindsight is always 20/20.
KC0PMH - Once again what a blast. Thanks to all the ops who answered my CQ and especially thanks for the honest reports. This is addictive, and so much fun! Once again the Swedish Pump got a good workout. If I didn't have a really early start in the morning I'd have stayed the full 2 hours. I'll be back again, can't get enough of this Radio Stuff. God Bless all es 72/3 de Wayne
KI4EBD - Just trying to get my feet wet with CW and QRP. They must have big ears in ME an NY to hear me at 5W in FL. Thanks guys for your patience.
AE5KA - Whew. Now I see why people buy a K3! Lots of traffic out there, thanks gang.
KB1PBA - My mistake. I sent 4596 as my NAQCC# to everyone until NO2D caught the error. Should have sent 4576. I trust those contacts will not be penalized for my error. (Nope - K3WWP)
N8ZYA - I decided to do it differently tonight, and use 1 watt for my contacts. This was a lot of fun! Used the paddles instead of the straight key. I heard a LOT of stations tonight but only worked a few. Still LOTS of fun and the bands seemed to be in great condition.
N5RDN - 40m real good and 20m even better. Thanks to all that cud copy, great fun! 73, Rob
KE9DR - Like last month 20 was good the first hour then switched to 40. Heard lots of both weak and strong signal on both bands. 80 was void of any NA stations, that I could hear, just some nets operating. 80 did have moderate QRN. Again it was fun. Tks to all. 73 Bert.
WD8KRV - Only was able to get on for about 45 minutes (40 Meters) but great fun as always. Hearing stations from all over, but signals were not exceptionally strong. Decided to only hunt and pounce instead of calling CQ like I normally do. Nice change of pace.
KA6AIL - Lots of fun tonight. I am hearing more stations from the 6 area, keep it up guys. C U next month 72
AC8AP - I sure did get in late, just the last half hour. I hit 40, 20 and 80 and bagged five. The last one at the last second.
NX1P - at my noisy Seattle location, s4 noise level, short wire and my pro3. Still, pretty amazing what you can work work with just 5 watts!
KB0KFX - Only got to operate about an hour, but had a great time this month on 20m. Unfortunately my 80m receiver gave up the ghost during the last 10 minutes of the contest. Rig: Argonaut V.
KB0ETU - Had club meeting and didn't get on the air until the last 1/2 hour. Better than nothing. Looking forward to the next one. Meanwhile, there is the (SKCC)SKS and WES to look forward to. 72, Phil
WA2JSG - Got a late start, but it worked out OK for me... 9 contacts. Fun event, as always. Rig IC-703 turned down to 5w off a 12v battery. Vertical antenna, English Kent straight key.
AI4VA - Great fun and good CW practice. Tnx to all!
KA8HDE - Wow...it seemed like everything was open tonight. 20M first hour, 40 second hour. Thanks for a great time! 72
K3RLL - How nice to hear 20 meters open tonight, and with good signals. 40 sounded good down here in FL until the digital lids came on over top of everyone. Still fun, however. 73, ... Don
N3PDT - Another fun sprint. Only 8 contacts, but certainly a well-spent 2 hours. 20m was pretty good here for the first 90 minutes or so, but 40m didn't seem to cooperate much. Thanks again for a great event.
W2JEK - got home late from a meeting and had just got the rig going when my xyl said she saw lightning, so i shut down. was ready to go on a little later when the glass globe from the ceiling fixture fell and smashed. after it was cleaned up got on with only a few minutes left. hope next month will be better. 72 and 73 don younger w2jek #1135
NA4O - First Sprint in a long while; very nice to be back! (Great to have you back. Hope you can be a regular from now on - K3WWP)
AA7CU - Worked the Sprint from Arizona
W5YDM - Wasted a lot of time on 20m where the signals were good but only two answered. Guess trying to work 20m on a low coax fed 40m dipole isn't the best way to go about it. My multipliers were low because everyone seemed to be in just a handful of states.
K6CSL - Wow! Great band conditions. I believe this is a person best for an NAQCC Sprint. (Yep, your previous best was 72 points in April 2010 - K3WWP) This was fun. 40 was quite noisey with lots of QRM from RTTY and "piccolo" digital signals. Bert
K4ORD - Well that was fun, made 12 qso's on 20M and 20 on 40M. the noise level was pretty good here except a little qrn at times on 40M. Ran my new K3 at 5W, trying to get used to all the dsp controls on it. Activity was pretty good tonight. Until next month 72/73 Riley
KB3AAG - I seem to have done better than I expected. It has pored rain in the hollar all day! And it still is! The little branch that flows past the cabin that I can normaly can step across is about to enroach on the back yard! I only found one on 20 and 80 was bad noise so pretty much a 40 contest tonite. I shure wanted that 40th contact (and he was there, a zero station that I just could not dig out, sorry om)but it was just not to be.Gobs and gobs of fun tho. Thanks to all! Frank
AE4RV - Well that was fun! I remember being overwhelmed the first couple of sprints but achieved a new personal best for the second time in a row. Lots of great signals and honest 599s. Back to the 746 Pro for this one and I sure appreciated the extra filtering tonight, the bands were crowded, especially 40. Apologies to KE9IX - we completed our exchange but I clumsily hit the VFO knob right before saying TU dit dit and had to guess where I was, sorry if I got it wrong and left you hanging. Thanks to NW2K for the last-second QSO - we got it in just under the wire at 02:29Z. I missed John K3WWP last time but got him twice tonight. A real 599 on 40 and 559 on 80. I wish these sprints were twice a month! (As if John wasn't busy enough...) Oh, also, for the first time I worked some non-members, four of them. Thanks for participating and consider signing up - it's free!
WX4RM - 20 and 40 meters were in excellent condition tonite, 80 was DOA. The 5BTV vertical with 16 radials was pulling in QRP signals easily tonite, but the digital signals on 40 still made it difficult at times. I enjoyed this sprint alot!!
K9PL - PFR-3, J-37 and newly-constructed NEScaf audio filter. NEScaf was great help; excluded QRM and boosted audio output. Conditions good: QSOs on 20-meters and 40-meters.
K4DXV - Lots of fun! Missed the March sprint and might miss May due to Dayton. Worked the full two hours and set a new record for myself -- 25 QSO's...woohoo! Thanks to all who worked me.
WB4MNK - Fun contest and the bands were in good shape.
AE7CG - On 20M after 0200Z band conditions changed, and there was more QRN and few Sprint stations heard. It is always fun for me to work the NAQCC Sprints here in north central Arizona with my MFJ Cub (2 watts) and dipole mounted at 10 feet high! 72 & 73, AE7CG, NAQCC #0523
NO2D - A wild ride! 20 meters was good. I switched to 40 meters and it, too, was lively, and where I made most of my contacts. Heard nothing on 80 meters. My apology to KB1PBA for stealing his run frequency. I thought he had gone. I yielded it back. This was one of my best sprints in a long time. Thanks to all. Pete
WB6HVH - Yep. One Contact. Didn't know what this NAQCC was. Found out. Tried, but domestic duties took over after one contact! :)
W5IQS - Bands were GREAT. Lots of stations on and good code. This Sprint is one to remember. Thanks, 73 Evan
KU2US - Didnt do as good as last month, but still had fun. Again! pile ups and crowding made it hard, but shows greater participation. 20m was good, but 40m was the best for me. 80m was workable, but I had higher noise levels. Most Long distance on 20m to west. Worked a non member station with his 1 watt from Texas on 20m which was quiet. Had a blast!
KB8FE - Worked 40 and 80 meters this sprint! KB3AAG and KC2EGL both peaked S9+5. And only two contacts were S5. All the rest were in between. Rather nice conditions. But I must say the summer static is coming back! Worked 8 states and that is an improvement. So all-in-all I would say it was a nice NAQCC Sprint. I am just starting to get my end-fed 80 meter inverted L back up into the trees. The previous winter winds took it down.
N5NK - Thanks for getting my member number set up in time for me to play in this Sprint. I had my doubts as to whether I could compete with only 5 watts and a simple wire antenna but after a slow start, things built to a flurry of action at the end. Lots of fun! In the past, if I wanted to work 20 meters I just fired up all 100 watts and used a tuner to load my 40 and 80 meter inverted vees. If I was going to go QRP that just wouldn't do. For this Sprint I made a new homebrew 20 meter dipole and tied one end of it to my lanyard and hoisted it to the top of my 50 foot mast. I anchored the line from the other end about 10 feet out from the mast. Construction was completed just minutes before Sprint start time and the first QSO was for the log. I'm pleased with its performance. With a resonant antenna, not so much of the signal was wasted heating the tuner. The game was over before I got tired of playing! I'll be back!
WT5RZ - First time, great fun, thanks for all. I got a little smoother as time went on, I just hope to get better, I bet you hope that I get better too. Thanks
VE5CUL - This was fun. I started on 20 with my FT817. Thanks Keith,K0HJC,for the first qso as the phone rang. I then talked to my wife for half an hour from Vancouver. I brought my "fancy" tv dinner in beside the key and was happy to catch Will,K9FO,through the S8 noise level. Thanks Mike,AB0TX,for a third qso on 40 as time was running out. Only 3 contacts but I enjoy the chance to meet new and old friends on these and other sprints. Thanks very much for the reminder e-mail to-day. Until next time - 73 - Brian
N4OLN - I had a little trouble getting use to GEN-LOG but it will get better. There was too much clutter on 40 meters with the digital modes. May want to consider moving the freq for 40 meters up about 10 kHz. 80 meters was not populated that much and 20 meters was just right. I liked this sprint and look forward to another.
AI4SV - Heard a ton of west coast stations on 20m, but only worked one. 40m was bustling with activity. Some qrn, but the noise reduction worked amazingly well this time. Didn't get to 80m at all this time. This contest was the first time I have used a straight key on the air in a couple decades -- apologies to my victims.
K1NAJ - Very enjoyable Sprint. Can't wait until the next time. Norm
KA2KGP - QRN was high on 80m. with no contacts there. 20m. was open a bit & 40 was just OK. Rig: Icom 7000 at 5w. into AT-7000 tuner with either a 5 band gnd. mtd. vertical on 20 & 5 band dipole up 25' on 40. 73's
WB8ENE - 80 meters seemed dead at the beginning of the sprint, so I spent most of my time on 40. I did manage to make a couple of contacts on 80 and one on 20. Thanks for two bands Mike, KC2EGL. Enjoyed the sprint. See you all next time. 73, Art
KQ1P - Great to have 20M open for the sprint. Just as the sprint started the antenna wire separated in my connector. Fixed it and it broke again. Used my noisy Zepp antenna instead and finally got my inverted vee connected during a slow spell. Until next month, 73.
WB8LZG - K2 @ 5w Hello agn to all the sprinters. Condx were vy gud here in Mich. last night. I started on 20m and got several of the western states i dont usually catch. Went to 40m abt 9pm es it was packed ! wall to wal QRPers ! nice to here all those stns. I was doing alright abt 7.046 until W1AW code practice started up ! 40 was very noisy here but no lack of stns to work. My appoligies to several guys who answered my CQ's es i didnt come back to YOU, some times i had 3 es 4 stns answering my call. (i love it when that happens !)Iwent to 80 later on es worked Karen W4KRN es Keith KB8FE, but not much activity there even though the band sounded great. So i went back to 40m to grab 6 more QSOs before pulling the plug. Got to play the entire sprint tonight es had a blast. see u all next time.73 , Gregg
KD2MX - I heard a lot more than heard me sums up this sprint experience for me. I couldn't stay around so my score does not reflect band conditions although both could have been better.
WB2VEN - First NAQCC Sprint for me. Checked in for a few 15 minute sessions. Very noisy here, but I was surprised at the activity. Had trouble getting through to some stations calling CQ NA. Seemed like there were some pileups! Had fun, even though I only logged a few QSO's. Looking forward to the next! 72, Chris
N1QLL - The sprint is fun. The logging is a pain. (Oh come on now - it's a piece of cake with GenLog. Maybe with paper it's rough - I don't know - K3WWP)
W8DW - Missed last month, was on vacation. 20 Meters was so so, 80 noisy but did OK on 40. Good sprint hope for better next month.
N1IMW - First time working 20 meters . . .I always used 40. . .couldn't find new contacts on 20 after an hour then I switched to 40, got one contact, then decided to take a 10 minute break but it turned into a 5 hour snooze! Great time as always on our outstanding weeknight sprints!
VE5BCS - The band was almost to busy then quickly went dead and nothing on 40 I enjoyed
VE3HNE - Have not been on this contest for some time, but I am back now and had lots of fun. Hope to do better next month anyway this time I left lots of room for improvement
K1IEE - Nice to hear 20 open, decided to stay until the last half hour of the sprint when to band got real quiet. Had a good time. Used my HW-9 @ 4w. Thanks to all. 73 Dick
K2GLS - Another fun sprint. 20 M was good early and late. Not many signals, but good signals and low noise. 80M was too noisy at this location so only 40M and 20M contacts. Thanks to all who pulled my K2 @ 5W with a low dipole signal out of the noise.
KU4A - Awesome signals! Nice to see the skip getting short again on 40m. Had a nice run on 7242 (7042? - K3WWP). Thanks for all the Qs, sorry if I missed anybody.
WT6P - Thank you all for the most fun I have had in years! This is my first NAQCC sprint and I am getting back into CW after years of RTTY and SSB fun! This was a great experience and look forward to getting the feel of the paddle again! Too bad we don't have these sprints more often, hi hi. Thanks also for the patient ops due to my strangely high noise level at times, but pretty great copy from all! Mark
WB0QQT - As usual.........lots of FUN ! Thanks everyone for another fun sprint.
N8XMS - I only had about 15 minutes to get on the air, and for those 15 minutes conditions were really bad with a lot of QSB and QRN. Hopefully I\'ll have more time to play next month. 73
W4DUK - Was only able to work the Sprint for about an hour, but still very enjoyable. Started on 40 and then moved to 80. 73 de Dave
NQ2W - Had a great time...both 20 and 40 were pretty good here in Albany. 40 was a little noisy but manageable. Thanks to all the participants and thanks to the organizers. Looking forward to next month...72/73, Will
K4NVJ - 20 was good.
VE3FUJ - I could only devote the first 1/2 hr to the sprint. Too bad as the band was really hopping. Prior commitment unfortunately. Thanks to all I connected with, I don't think I missed any this time, see you all again 72 Brion.
W4JVY - This is my 3rd. Sprint it gets more fun each time. thanks for it. Don.
W8RTJ - Almost missed out on all the fun , had forgotten about the sprint. Was just tuning around 40 when I heard the action . Joined in and had a blast . Tnx to all that called me I think I dug out just about all I heard. 72 to all and hope I can make it the next time..... JIM
N3RN - First timer. I'm not sure I liked the logging program. I may have logged some incorrect "RST Sent" because of being unfamiliar with the program. Seemed to be a nice turnout!
KA5TJS - Only the second Sprint I have tried. Not bad for a non contester. I used the SW40 at 2 watts for the whole thing and did have fun. The band was not bad here. With the front they day before I expected a lot more QRN. I will probably try it again next month. Hope to see you'all later. Check into the East Texas Net if you get a chance. 73's Allen
VE3RCN - I found participation light. Nice to be called by a QRP station in BC. Thanks to the XYL for sharing me between the Navy and Ham Radio/QRPing.
AA9L - Best sprint in a long time. Must have been the new Kent hand key. Dipole did not work well on 20 even with tuner. Once I went to 40 it was non-stop with some pileups. Sorry for the stations I could not pick out. Next time.
W2SH - Possibly I've registered a first-ever in a NAQCC sprint: two consecutive QSOs that produced consecutive member numbers! The QSOs, 10 minutes apart, brought forth nos. 5356 and 5357, and not only do those numbers adjoin in the member list, but so too, geographically, do the QTHs, NM and AZ. (I recall a couple folks working me and Tom #1 and #2 consecutively in a couple sprints a long time ago - K3WWP) 20m was open but unstable loud signals would often not respond. QRM was heavy around the 14.060 mHz "honey spot" and that reduced my "run rate". 40m was very noisy but became quieter towards the end. Its skip went long and from NJ I was surprised to work two AZ stations, back to back, both with fairly loud and clear signals. 80m was a real disappointment. I visited there twice and only heard K6JSS/8, calling repeated CQs from MI using the QRP ARCI callsign. For me it was a quick QSO and a hasty band change
NW2K - GenLog is great and makes life easy. The NAQCC-GenLog tutorial was perfect. Several 20M QSOs; delighted to work KU2US on 20M, my "next door" neighbor! Thanks to AE4RV for the steady fist and adrenaline rush late in the game as the clock ticked down. Fun!!!
AE5KM - The bands are really picking up, lots of competition and RST reports were a lot higher than in the past. And I finally worked the famous W5YDM, one of the people that have helped me learn CW. The ionosphere was finally good enough where NVIS was working between us.
KG4YLZ - I need to play with the log a bit in order to be comfortable during the sprint. Have been keeping paper log and putting into the log after the sprint..
AB0TX - Got a late start but had a great time like always. Haven't made a sprint for some time due to wire antenna repairs and high spring winds preventing a tower climb. Test driving a new Icom 7200 and getting used to its filter settings. 20 meters just kept producing for me so I stayed there for a long time. Worked some on 40 and ended there. I didn't get to try 80. I heard lots of signals. Some really strong. Lots of 599 signals. Ran the paddle because of an unreliable straight key cord. Needing to verify 5 watt setting on the radio is for sure 5 watts. Thanks to all that worked me! 73
VE7YU - Lost power after first hour. Finished up using weak gel cell and a candle for light. Condx on 20 poor and nothing heard on 80 or 40.
N9KR - Good conditions again this month on 40. Great to hear lots of new calls working the sprint.
WB3T - Didn't have a chance to get into the game until late but still had a few Q's. Just glad to take part anyway! Hopefully next month I can place higher!?!? 80m SW Plus and K1 for 40m.
K9FO - Hi All, 20 was good while it lasted and then 40 was a little noisy but OK. nice to hear so many in the sprint. Rig: Tentec Orion at 5 watts, a Tri-band rotating dipole @ 35 feet and a 40 dipole at 45 feet. Thanks for the QSOs. 73/72 Will, K9FO operating in Will County, IL
KD0V - Nice have a few sun spots and the flux up above 100 to help out. I wish I had not been so tired and could have spent 2 hours on the sprint. Nice to work two California members during the sprint.
KA9FQG - I had limited time to operate in this month's sprint, but it was fun as always and worth the effort. Thanks for promoting this great event...
K0HJC - Pleasure to work you FT 817 to FT 817, Brian! Nice sig from VE5CUL. And thanks to Merlin, KD0V and his code classes, this was a personal best effort on a sweet 20 meter band. Everybody got a 559 report ; I didn't have time to look at the bar-scale S-meter! Apologies to those I missed in the pile-ups - you all had good signals, and were exactly zero-beat! Thanks, all!
KC2EGL - Things were going well for the first hour and 25 minutes of the sprint. Then mother nature arrived in the form of a very nasty blowing rain storm and blew over my support mast for one end of my dipole. The ground was so saturated that I could not get my pegs to hold down the legs of my tripod. Fortunately things have dried out a little. The mast is now back up and staked down. Lets hope we are done with the monsoon like rains. Thanks to all who worked me. CU on the radio. 73 Mike. (rig K-2, key US Navy Flameproof)
See General Sprint Rules for rules common to every NAQCC sprint.
RULES specific to this month's sprint:
Date and time:
Wednesday, April 13, 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.