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Jun 2011 Straight Key/Bug Sprint (#80)


Final Results (pending appeals)

Our final total of 122 logs puts this sprint in second place among all our 80 sprints behind only 135 logs last August, and gives us 15 sprints in a row now with more than 100 logs. Thanks to all of you for your wonderful dedication to our NAQCC and its sprints. We know our sprints require a little more work than other sprints where all is needed is to report the number of QSO's made. We of course require full detailed logs which are carefully cross-checked. That makes our log totals even more impressive. The cross-checking is finished now and the ball is back in your court. Check your score below and if it's not what you expected, let me know, and I'll explain why and/or re-correct if it was my mistake that changed it. You MUST do this before Sunday the 26th at 2400Z. After that all scores are etched in stone forever. - K3WWP

SWA Category - W1 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
KB1PBA  19   18   37   12  444  x2   888  67' dblt@28'
K1NAJ   18   16   34   11  374  x2   748  80-10 ocf dpl@35'
K1IEE   13   13   26    9  234  x2   468  g5rv@30'
K1YAN   15   15   30   10  300 x1.5  450  g5rv@30'
KQ1P     7    5   12    6   72  x2   144  invV@30'
N1DN     4    4    8    4   32        32  mb dpl@70'

SWA Category - W2 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
NW2K    54   53  107   29 3103  x2  6206  loop@30'
KD2MX   37   37   74   22 1628  x2  3256  600' loop@30'
K2ZC    33   32   65   15  975  x2  1950  dpl@30'
W2SH    22   22   44   17  748  x2  1496  180' dpl@35', invL@85'+85'
W2LJ    28   28   56   13  728  x2  1456  88' edz@25'
WA2JSG  13   12   25   11  275  x2   550  el vert@12'
AA2YK   14   14   28   11  308 x1.5  462  dpl@30'
N2ESE   14   13   27   10  270       270  160 V@55',80 V@40'
W2JEK   13   13   26    5  130  x2   260  40 dpl&80ef@20'
KA2CAQ   8    7   15    6   90  x2   180  g5rv@30'
WB2VEN   5    4    9    5   45  x2    90  g0fah@35'
WY7N     0    0    0    0        0     0  80 dpl@0', 40 loop@40'

SWA Category - W3 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K3WWP   44   43   87   18 1566  x2  3132  attic rnd wire/dipole
KB3AAG  39   38   77   20 1540      1540  80 loop@35'
KG1W    22   22   44   10  440  x2   880  rnd wire@40'
K3RLL   23   23   46   11  506       506  g5rv jr@35'
AK3X     8    8   16    7  112  x2   224  40 invV@28'
AF3Z     7    7   14    7   98  x2   196  invV@15'
AI3G     6    6   12    6   72        72  mobile whip in attic
N3AEA    4    4    8    3   24  x2    48  slant V@15'
KA2KGP   3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  gnd mtd vert
WB3T     1    1    2    1    2         2  40 vert dpl

SWA Category - W4 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K4ORD   35   32   67   23 1541  x2  3082  40 dpl@40'
WX4RM   32   30   62   19 1178  x2  2356  gnd mtd vert
K4NP    30   30   60   16  960  x2  1920  24' flagpole vert
WB4MNK  31   31   62   21 1302      1302  gnd mtd vert
K4DXV   24   22   46   14  644  x2  1288  vert
WB4UHC  20   19   39   15  585  x2  1170  80 invV@30'
AE4RV   19   18   37   16  592 x1.5  888  invL@25', invV@20'
K4JPN   14   14   28   11  308  x2   616  80 cfz@??', 40 slpr@??'
W4JVY   12   12   24    9  216  x2   432  invV@40'
AI4SV   12   12   24   11  264  x2   528  40' vert wire
K2UFT   15   15   30   11  330 x1.5  495  80 dblt@20'
W4CUX    9    9   18    9  162  x2   324  80 loop@50'
W4DUK   10   10   20    8  160  x2   320  efz@20'
AF4LB   11   11   22    7  154  x2   308  dpl@55'
K4KRW    9    9   18    6  108  x2   216  windom@30'
KD4UKW   8    7   15    7  105  x2   210  45' vert
KU4A    12   12   24    8  192       192  slp dpl@40'
KB0ETU   4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  dpl@40'
KA8VZB   4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  rnd wire@20'
AI4VA    5    5   10    5   50        50  attic long wire
K4NVJ    3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  88' dpl@35'
KI4EBD   3    3    6    3   18        18  ocf dpl@20'
NZ1D     2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  invV g5rv jr@20'
N4ESS    1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  dpl@50'
*N4JD    9    9   18    7  126  x2   252  80 invV@40'

SWA Category - W5 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
W5YDM   41   41   82   24 1968  x2  3936  fan dpl@24'
W5IQS   33   32   65   20 1300  x2  2600  fan dpl@30'
WF5W    21   17   38   14  532  x2  1064  rot dpl@72'
N5NK    18   18   36   13  468  x2   936  20 slp dpl@30',40invV@45'
AE5VB   20   20   40   10  400  x2   800  invV@55'
AE5KM   14   14   28   12  336  x2   672  g5rv@25'
WD5IYT  11   11   22    8  176  x2   352  20 dlta loop@30',40 dpl@30'
K5JYD    8    8   16    8  128       128  55' lw@??'
KE9DR    6    6   12    5   60  x2   120  420' rnd loop@50'
N5RKD    6    6   12    6   72 x1.5  108  gnd mtd vert
AA5TB    4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  dpl@15'
KE5YUM   3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  invV@30'

SWA Category - W6 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
N6DIT    9    9   18    6  108  x2   216  dpl@40'
KA6AIL   5    4    9    4   36  x2    72  40 dlta loop@30'
N6OSB    4    3    7    3   21  x2    42  windom@30'
K6MGO    5    5   10    3   30        30  indoor 64' dblt
K6CSL    3    3    6    3   18        18  several indoor and outdoor

SWA Category - W7 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
AA7VW   32   28   60   19 1140  x2  2280  20 dpl@40',40 dpl@70'
W7GVE   22   20   42   15  630  x2  1260  invV@30'
KE7YTE   6    6   12    6   72  x2   144  vert dpl@18'
NU7T     7    6   13    5   65  x2   130  40 dpl@18'
K0ESX    3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  75' rnd wire@20'
AA7CU    4    4    8    4   32        32  mobile whip@12'
AE7CG    1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  dpl@10'

SWA Category - W8 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
N8XMS   30   28   58   19 1102  x2  2204  vert
N8QY    19   19   38   14  532  x2  1064  g5rv@25',vert
KB8FE   18   17   35   14  490  x2   980  slp dpl@30'
NF8M    18   18   36   12  432  x2   864  dpl@35'
W8DW    15   14   29   12  348  x2   696  vert
WB8LZG  11   11   22   10  220       220  dpl@30'
WB8ENE   9    9   18    6  108  x2   216  20 dpl@20',135' dblt@15'
WA8SAN   9    9   18    6  108       108  ef dpl@18'
KD8FKD   1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  dpl@35'
W3NP     1    1    2    1    2 x1.5    3  130' cfz@45'

SWA Category - W9 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K9KHJ   26   25   54   19 1026  x2  2052  efhw@20-50'
KB0KFX  24   24   48   16  768  x2  1536  80 loop@25'
W9CC    15   15   30    9  270  x2   540  80 loop@15'
AA9L    12   12   24    9  216  x2   432  trap dpl@50'
KC9UHZ   8    7   15    8  120  x2   240  dpl@20'
KC9MTP  11   11   22    9  198       198  dpl@32'
AB9JT    3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  5b vert
KC9HSY   4    4    8    4   32        32  dpl@20'
N9KR     3    3    6    3   18        18  efz@20'

SWA Category - W0 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
N0TA    24   23   47   15  705  x2  1410  gnd mtd vert
N8LA    12   11   23   11  253  x2   506  dpl@35'
N3PDT   13   12   25   10  250  x2   500  gnd mtd vert
KC0PMH  11   11   22   10  220  x2   440  135' dblt@25'
KD0V    12   11   23    8  184  x2   368  ocf zepp@50'
K9OSC    9    9   18    6  108  x2   216  cfz@30'
W0LGU    7    6   13    6   78  x2   156  80 dpl@20'
NO2D     8    8   16    7  112       112  80 dblt@25',20 loop@25'
WD0K     5    5   10    5   50  x2   100  dlta loop@36'
K0MIS    3    3    6    3   18        18  ocf dpl@25'
K2HT     2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  indoor 40 dpl
KA8HDE   1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  g5rv@25'

SWA Category - Canada Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
VE3MO   20   20   40   11  440       440  windom@35'
VE3FUJ  10    8   18    9  162  x2   324  g5rv@35'
VE5BCS   7    7   14    6   84  x2   168  20 dpl@25'
VE1RSM   8    8   16    7  112       112  fan dpl@??'
VE5CUL   1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  g5rv@30'
@VE2ZAZ 24   24   48   16  768  x2  1536  40 half-slpr@??'

SWA Category - DX Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
CO8CML   1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  invV@27'

GAIN ANTENNA Category
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K4BAI   64   64  128   29 3712  x2  7424  th6dxx@55',40 dpl@50'
NG7Z    39   37   76   22 1672  x2  3344  7 el yagi@??'
N6VOH   19   19   38   11  418  x2   836  tribander@30',dpl@25'
NQ2W    17   17   34   13  442       442  mini beam@25',invV@40',gnd mtd vert
KI0J    12   12   24   10  240       240  TA33@40', vert
VE3HNE   9    8   17    7  119  x2   238  yagi@30', 40 dpl@27'
WB5NMZ   6    5   11    5   55        55  TA53@40', 6btv

* QRO not eligible for any award or prize
@ non-member not eligible for any award or prize

AWARD WINNERS:
1st SWA W1: KB1PBA
1st SWA W2: NW2K
1st SWA W3: K3WWP
1st SWA W4: K4ORD
1st SWA W5: W5YDM
1st SWA W6: N6DIT
1st SWA W7: AA7VW
1st SWA W8: N8XMS
1st SWA W9: K9KHJ
1st SWA W0: N0TA
1st SWA Canada: VE3MO
1st SWA DX: CO8CML
1st Gain: K4BAI
First time entrant high scorer: KC9UHZ
Prize drawing winner: WD0K

The following appeared 5 or more times in submitted logs, but
did not submit a log themselves for whatever reason:
KB4QQJ - 21
AB9CA - 15
W7OM - 14
N1IMW - 13
K8AG - 12
K0TC - 9
K9EYT - 8
N9GGE - 8
VE1BA - 8
N9RLO - 7
W1PID - 7
AJ4SB - 6
KA9FQG - 5
W5TVW - 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: 122 
Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 190 
Total QSO's in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 1701
States represented: 43 + NS ON QC SK

GOLDEN LOGS - 57 of 122 (perfectly formatted, all info accurate):
AA5TB AA7CU AA9L AE4RV AE7CG AF3Z AI4SV AI4VA AK3X CO8CML K0MIS K2HT K2ZC
K4KRW K4NP K4NVJ K6CSL K9KHJ K9OSC KA2KGP KA8HDE KA8VZB KB0ETU KB1PBA
KC0PMH KC9MTP KD8FKD KE5YUM KE7YTE KE9DR KI0J KQ1P KU4A N1DN N3PDT N4ESS
N5NK N5RKD N8LA N8XMS NF8M NQ2W NW2K NZ1D VE1RSM VE2ZAZ VE5CUL W0LGU
W2JEK W3NP W4DUK W8DW WA8SAN WB3T WB5NMZ WB8ENE WD5IYT
If 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 pix_email_naqcc (1K) with the subject "NAQCC Sprint Question".

SOAPBOX:
K3WWP - Some of the best signals I've heard in one of our sprints on 40 meters. Once again I got so wrapped up in just sitting and calling CQ that I probably missed a lot by not going S&Ping. I'm sure I could have improved my multipliers at least by doing so. But hey, I don't get to sit and hold a frequency calling CQ in many other contests, so I'll probably keep on doing it this way and settle for a little lower score. The fun is not in making top scores, but in working so many of our wonderful members. As always a few new calls showed up in my log as well as some folks I worked before as non-members who recently joined our club. Thanks to those who showed up on 80 meters. I think I earned a worked all NJ NAQCC Sprint Participants award on 80. 5 of my 6 80M QSO's were NJ stations. 20 was open most of the contest, but I just don't perform as well on that band so I couldn't really take advantage of the openings, and only made 5 QSO's on that band.

K4NP - Breaking in the new Force 12 Flagpole antenna on Flag Day! Did good on 20m early on. Get a few on 40 in the middle. Nothing on 80. Quit at 0200.

K2HT - Thanks for the stations that strained to hear my 4 watts and indoor antenna. QRN got heavy at 0145Z in Iowa. Stations with very strong signals heard but not worked: N8QY, K9OSC, N8XMS, es WD9F.

VE1RSM - My 1st time working the NAQCC CW Sprint. Lots of stations but difficult to work. Guess it will come with practice. Bob/VE1RSM/2974

KC0PMH - I think my personal best, stuck with it for an hour and a half and once again worked new states. Thanks everyone, see you all in the mw sprint next week? 72 es God Bless all de Wayne

WD5IYT - Had to bug out early tonight, but still got in a few QSOs. 73 all. Jim

K2UFT - TOUGH GETTING ANYONE TO ANSWER MY CQs not sure why since everyone I called came back in S & P mode came back immediately. 80 meters useless this evening with lots of lightning static. Used a bug and a straight key, so my bonus should be 1.75!

AI4VA - Tough conditions for a sprint, but great fun! Tnx to all! 73 Dave

W0LGU - nice sigs. a thunderstorm cut me short 72 Tom

N3PDT - Worked 20m for the most part. Heard a lot of good sigs and band seemed pretty good here, if a little short. Only ran across a couple I just couldn't pull out. My apologies guys. As always, lots of fun, and great to see both familiar and new calls. Thanks everyone!

KD2MX - This was the most enjoyable sprint for me in ages. I had the full two hours with no interruptions. QRN was low. The bands were good, allowing me to work stations on 20, 40 and 80. Maybe I should have tried 15 to start out? There was a steady supply of stations to work. This might be my highest score, certainly close to it. Just plain old great fun tonight.

AF3Z - Late start here, but had fun making a few QSO's Sri to K1NAJ: bad qrm--zero beat right on you, at the last minute, literally :-). CY'all later! Jim

AE4RV - Another fun NAQCC sprint. Stayed with 40m tonight, nothing from the other bands. Used the bug again, but tried a new radio - an IC-7410. The new DSP noise reduction and filters helped a lot! Can't wait for next time. Thanks to John K3WWP for pulling me out of some close freq QRM and to all for participating.

N4ESS - Got home at the last minute and had to get at least one QSO in. Rich

K5JYD - Just bought a yaseu 950 this morning and put it on the air today. Don't know what all these buttons are for yet but thought I would give it a try. Larry

AI3G - First time for this contest in a good while. Still fun. Thanks to all those stations that worked me. 73 Doug

AB9JT - First time. Sorry abt poor cw skills

KE9DR - Signal on 80 were very weak, made one 80m contact at 339. 40M was not the greatest either. Tonight 20 was the best for me. I had lots of interruptions tonite with two grandkids spending to night and wanting grandpa to help catch lightning bugs. Lots of fun with the sprint and grandkids. 73 Bert

KB0ETU - Club meeting tonight - only had 45 minutes to work. Last month on the road to Dayton. Not many contacts tonight, but at least a showing somewhat. Next month hope to work the full 4 (?) hours. Really a challenge with QRP - "I'm lovin' it"! 72, Phil

N0TA - Another tough night in Colorado. Most activity on 20m, but did make a few Q's toward the end on 20m. Seemed like all signals were weak and in the mud. Thanks for the contacts. K3/5w, 1/4 wave vertical, Gen Log.

W2JEK - got home late from a meeting so was only on the last 45 minutes. no luck on 20 but 40 and 80 were in fine shape. used my yaesu ft-840 at 5 watts with wire antennas. 72 and 73 Don Younger W2JEK #113

KB3AAG - 20 was a lil bit good 80 was a lil bit good but 40 was the bad tonite! It didnt seem to me there was the usual big group perhaps I just wasnt hearing them. I am sure it will be better next week for the peanut whistle event. Frank

W3NP - Just got home from a Flag Day Function in time to make one QSO. My first NAQCC sprint entry. I used my Ten Tec Argonaut at 4.75 watts with my open wire fed dipole and Viking KW Matchbox and a 1963 Vibroplex Blue Racer Deluxe bug. I am looking forward to being able to work a full sprint. 73, Dave

AE5VB - Thanks for all the fun. Wished the bands were better... Hugh

K4DXV - Fun sprint. Thanks to all who worked me. Good conditions early on 20M for a change here; stayed there the first hour and picked up some mults I might not have gotten on 40M. Gave my new Ten-Tec R4020 a good break-in and it performed like a champ. Very impressed with receiver. Of course, this rig is not mfg'd. by Ten-Tec, but they distribute it. Still, good quality little QRP rig. Not sorry for the investment. My apologies to all for my poor sending tonight. Between using a different key than my usual contest straight key and trying to send with a brace on my wrist because of carpal tunnel acting up, it's a miracle I could send my call legibly...HI! Good to see many familiar calls in the log, but I also picked up several folks I've never worked before, including two non-members. Thanks again, everyone. CU next month! 72

VE3FUJ - It started out just fine, but got very congested on 40, everyone seemed to jump on top of one another. I had to scrap one contact, at 0104 KC2HMM got state and nr wrong, some one started calling CQ not 50cps away, and I wasn't able to find you back, sorry Alex. Otherwise it was a nice sprint. Brion

N5NK - Twenty meters was the best of some bad bands here early. Then Forty opened up and we started to have some fun...then it was over! Can't wait to do it again! Ron, N5NK

KG1W - Finally got my antenna fixed in place for this QTH (MD) Seemd to work on 20, 40, & 80 YEA ! Even worked John (K3WWP) on 40 & 80 tonight, hope he was honest with the 569 on both bands, hihi. Till next time.

KA6AIL - Tnx John (N0TA) for pulling me out. And tnx to all who copy my straight key. C U all next onth.

KB8FE - Absolutely beautiful day today ... like a sunny fall day. I stayed on 40 meters. The band was kind of 'up and down'. 569 was the weakest signal I could copy well enough to work. I used my 40 meter sloping dipole with the upper end up 60 feet. This antenna does a decent job. See you in the next NAQCC Sprint !!

K1YAN - Good conditions here in eastern MA after a few days of poor bands. QRPp at 550 mW did the job pretty well with few repeats requested.

N6OSB - First sprint ever worked! XYL was out of town so gave it a shot. It was lots of fun! Hope to join you guys next time. I got my times (UTC-PST) mixed up and only got half an hour of fun.

KC9MTP - Finally!!! I was able to get extra money and time to replace the finals on the FT-817. Woke up from a nap after work to see an email that the sprint was less then an hour away so I pulled out my PC to Rig keying cable, made sure it worked, updated the software, then waited. Was only going to to 3 or 5 contacts just to add to the log count, but I did the whole 2 hrs. Found my secret weapon buttons to be able to pick out the single whisper in the crowd of them. 300Hz filter, IPO, and ATT. Go figure?!?! Was the only thing able to knock ALL the noise down AND still get real strong sig's coming through the headset on 40's S8/9 noise levels. You 817 owners should try it sometime when it's real noisy and crowded. You might be as shocked as I was. Got to work K3WWP again, nice! Always a pleasure to work my very first CW contact. Also got to grab N0TA in CO. Cool, cause I've never been able to get into that State yet IIRC. And lastly, N8LA. I heard ya buddy, nice and loud too. Just happened to be right when GenLog decided to kill my F8 "keyboard" output to the rig and I couldn't see where I set my paddles to plug back in and answer your call back. Sorry, I even sent my info hoping you would figure it was for you. Next time. Got to get my homebrew external keyer fixed so I can share the key line between my PC and paddles. Remember: 2 is 1, 1 is NONE! Thanks for the fun everyone. Good to be back on the waves after so long and enjoying all your fine and courteous ops these past 2hrs. 73, Bill

K2ZC - Got off to a slow start because I didn't hear anyone CQing, so I wasn't sure I had the contest date correct. I went to the club web site to check the date and times. I called CQ and made a contact with a non-member and then I heard John k3wwp so I knew the contest was on. I called CQ and was pretty busy right up till about 20 minutes before the end. I had some local noise and qrm but was able work around that. It was a lot of fun as always and was a good workout for my new Flex Radio 1500. Thanks to all for the contacts 73 Dave

KD4UKW - I could only operate during the last 45 minutes. Had a great time as always! 20m was the only quiet band, so I stayed there the whole time.

WF5W - Fun again but lots of Noisey on 40.. Its a good workout for the Camelback straight key, I like it.

K6CSL - I started on 10M, found no one there. Same on 15M. Moved to 20M. Conditions were terrible with deep QSB. I lost several contacts that either I answered or that answered me, to have them drop into the noise. I finally worked W7GVE in AZ and AA7VW in OR(thanks guys). At 02:00 I moved to 40M. I returned a call to N6DIT(a local fellow, not far me in the Sierra foothills who immediately told me I was a "dupe") I hope someone hasn't been bootlegging my call. I finally worked KF6GC, who had a big signal, running 100W. He was not in the Sprint, but reduced his power after I told him I was QRP, 5W to complete the QSO. So I wenT ahead and put him in the log. The log entry revealed he is an NAQCC member, but not actually participating in the Sprint. Maybe he will be encouraged to join the Sprints again.I realized after Sprint that I had forgotten to use my straight key, so I missed out on doubling my score. 73's to all and all a good night. Bert

WA2JSG - Nice sprint, as always. Icom IC-703 turned down to 5w, English Kent Straight Key. 12v Battery. Vertical antenna (my only antenna).

WY7N - I'm eating a serving of humble pie. The 80M dipole came down just as the contest started. I used an inadequate knot. I knew it wasn't quite right when I tied it. I should have done it over, but I was in a hurry; the contest had started already. I figured it would hold well enough to get through the sprint. (I was wrong.) I switched to the backup antenna, a non-resonant loop. I must have just been warming up the coax because no one seemed to be able to hear me. I'll try again next week in the mW sprint.

WB3T - This was an exciting Sprint for me even though I only made one contact. I spent most of the evening calling CQ NA in futility right on 7.040 where there was a distant carrier apparently drowning out my QRPp signal... finally I heated up the soldering iron and plunked a trimmer capacitor in series with the crystal and moved up 2 kHz where I finally found K4ORD. He pulled out my little 364 mW Tuna Tin signal out of the noise. I just finished the tiny rig and this was its first QSO. Riley was good enough to also continue after the Sprint was over. Later, I found that the distance/power ratio did not quite meet the criteria for the QRP ARCI Thousand Miles per Watt Award, but it was a cool first QSO for my Tuna Tin nonetheless. It made me the big winner tonight if you don't mind me saying so, at least it feels that way top me. THANKS AGAIN RILEY! 72 to all, maybe I'll be back in the running in area 3 next month...

WX4RM - Thank you 20 meters for being open tonite!! Signals were pouring in from all directions, and if I heard them, I was also heard by them. I keep adding more radials to the ground mounted vertical every contest, finding out well worth the effort. 40 meters was tough here tonite, and 80 just gave up here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Had a hoot!

W5YDM - Many signals on 20 and 40. Hard to leave one for the other. Missed many calls because several stations calling at once.

K4KRW - Thanks! I just love these sprints. I had a great time with my OHR-100A on 40 meters. I think I had three QSOs where others really had to dig my signal out of the noise. Thanks for your patience. I hope to acquire an all band QRP rig kit in the near future. Can't wait to get out the soldering iron. 73

N4JD - One less than last time but nice to here the stations from west of te mississipp.

NO2D - Started on 20 M. OK for a while, but faded. Switched to 40 M. Too noisy. Tried 80 M. Way too noisy. Back to 20 M and the loop. It is a bit quieter, although it is aimed, if there is such a thing, at the North Pole. Not too many NAQCC members there. But, I did pick up a few. KB4QQJ was the loudest signal here in Parker, CO. As always, thanks for an interesting and fun sprint. Pete

N8LA - Missed Sprint in April. In May, stood next to W9CC at FDIM hotel when he worked K3WWP in Sprint. This month, worked W9CC next to K3WWP in Sprint. Go figure!!

K9KHJ - Fun. Again. Torn between being able to hear both sides of the exchanges on 40m and getting ripped apart by QRN. 20m was good but everyone was clustered around 14.060 like bumblebees. Always happy to work Bob, K9OSC who built my K1.

K4ORD - Most of the signals on 20M were weak here, but most were much stronger on 40M but the band was a bit noisy.Had S8 to S9 qrn. Thanks for all the contacts, until next month 72 Riley

AA5TB - I was using my WWII Bendix Flame Proof Key and a new dipole I just put up in a tree. I had a good time for the short time I was on. 73, Steve - AA5TB #0057

WB4MNK - Bands were in good shape. Lot of activity on 20 meters almost to the end. Again a fun time for me.

N6VOH - The sprint was fun. Have not been in one for a while. Glad to hear so many QRP signals. Rig is an IC-703@5watts and used a beam and dipole. Band conditions on the west coast were crappy. 72,73, Barry

K3RLL - FT-817 to G5RVjr: Back in PA for the NAQCC NJ Sprint tonight and what a difference an OUTSIDE antenna makes! Besides, wasn't 40 meters nice without all the digi-QRM tonight? Only had an hour to play, but one of my best runs, thanks to all those who pulled me out of the crowded band. Did anyone else notice the good showing from NJ tonight? :-)

K0ESX - Thanks for my first contest. For QRP everyone sure seemed loud. :-)

AA7CU - Worked the sprint from Arizona

VE3MO - The sprint started out quite slowbut picked up after the first 20 minutes. 20m and 80m saw weak signals and quick fading. 40m was good with typical summer-time QRN. Equipment here was the sierra at 4 watts to a windom up 35 feed. Listen for VE3QDR - the Durham Region QRP Club on field day. We will probably be running 7A ON. 72.

WB8LZG - Good sprint this month , 20m was open at the start ,but seemed to be vy iffy here in Michigan, lots of signals ,but had a hard time getting to some of the areas of USA that i usually have a "beeline" to. ( like Texas,es Florida) i usually work 5 or 6 of the lone star boys, but i couldn't snag any. 40 was a bit more reliable, es LOTS of stns. heard CQ NA's from 7.037 up to 7.050 . Plenty of stns to work but had to pull plug at 09:30. looking fwd to MW sprint next week. CUL 73 Gregg

NQ2W - Conditions were up and down on both 20 and 40. Was hoping for more activity on 80 to see how my new vertical performs but only had 1 Q there...didn't spend a lot time on 80 because 40 was pretty busy. Thanks to everyone that put me in their log and thanks to the organizers...always an enjoyable event. Hope to hear everyone and more next month. 72, Will

WB8ENE - I usually don't stay on 20 meters for so long, but the band seemed pretty good. I then moved to 40 meters, and never made it to 80. Thanks for the contacts. See you in the next sprint. 73, Art

K9OSC - Lightning and rolling thunder arrived just as the Sprint started. Stuck around all night. Pulled the plug when I could see the lightning out the shack window! Had a great time on 40 meters. Kudos to Dan, K9KHJ for a whopper of a signal and great CW skills. See you next month.

KE5YUM - I made only three contacts, but guaging the band conditions on 40, I am thankful for those. I heard several from W3 and W2 but could not pull them in due to noise. A thunderstorm passed by about 8:30 CDT, so that ended it for me. I always look forward to the sprints. All the best, Terry

K1NAJ - Had another great time. All my contacts were made on 40M and on one frequency. Thanks!

AI4SV - Spent the first hour at a grammar school band contest, so started one hour in. Apologies to my first contact -- my key more or less rattled apart during the contact. Didn't hear much on 20m, so I stuck to 40m. Had a great time. Thanks everyone. 72 - Jack

K4BAI - FT1000MP, 5W, Vibroplex Deluxe Hand Key. Left a tennis team practice early so I could be QRV for the whole two hours. Just set the home station back up today after a trip to Bonaire (PJ4) for CQ WPX CW. 20M was excellent with good signals from as close as VA and AR, a great signal from N6VOH in CA, and a surprise call from KL7CW, as well as VE1BA and two VE5s. 40M was quite noisy as there were thunderstorms in the general area. Apologies to AI3G whose number I was unable to copy on 40M due to QRM from another station who called with his call every time I asked AI3G for his number. I could have used that DE multiplier! 40M was also pretty short, although I couldn't hear K4JPN about 90 miles away. Did work NC, TN, and AL, neighboring states, as well as WA and NV. Signals and signal reports from the north seemed down. I need to get my zepp back up as it favors the north and the dipole I used last night favors the west. Thanks for all QSOs and hope to see you all next month. 73/72, John

VE5BCS - Heavey qsb up here but enjoyable

W4DUK - This was the first time I worked the same station (K4BAI) on two bands (20 & 40). Was good to get back in the saddle after missing last month's sprint. 73 de Dave

WB2VEN - Started off quick, but then had trouble being heard. Had several answers to my CQs on one freq, but then one station who answered me began calling CQ after our QSO. A first. Was surprised at the amount of stations I heard and lots on top of each other. Some very strong sigs from VE and 8 land. Hope to do better next time. Fun nonetheless.

KQ1P - Operated for the first hour, Ijust got back from a conference in DC and was tired. However, these sprints are too much fun to miss so I made the effort to get on the air. Conditions were rather good but plenty of QRN here. Too rainy and cold to operate outside here, maybe next month I hope. 73, John

K4JPN - Good to see 20M open for the sprint. Later 40M helped pick up a couple of SPC. 72, Steve

VE2ZAZ - First participation. Super fun! Surprised of how many stations (24) I could work on 40m in a two-hour QRP sprint. Straight key was warm to the touch at the end of sprint :-) Have applied for membership and will return!

KC9UHZ - This was my first sprint and I had a GREAT time. I found my code skills need improving, will work on that for next time.

KA2KGP - I operated KA2KGP/3 from my brothers place in Austin, PA this sprint. Used a metal fence mounted all band vertical. I think I need an NVIS antenna to get my signal out of the "hollow" here. Heard lots of NA calls, but worked only a few on 40m. I'll work on a better antenna!

KD0V - The highlights of this months Sprint here in Southern Minnesota were, low sun spot number, a very long lasting thunder storm, about 8 hours, with heavy rain and lightening, and a power outage starting at about 0145Z and last for 3 hours and 45 minutes. The mW Sprint next week should be interesting. Thanks to everyone who put up with me, trying to copy. I will see you all in the mW Sprint.

VE5CUL - I heard many signals come and go on 20 and 40 through the S8 noise here. Thanks to John,K4BAI for the one contact that was encouraging. I am looking at some filtering ideas for my FT817 and will report on how that works out. 72 - Brian

KA2CAQ - I always have fun.

CO8CML - There were many stations on the air, but I only complete 1 QSO...so I think: the more important thing is being in the sprint and submit the log.This way we keep CW and QRP alive...I hope see all in the next sprint and have better luck.

N8XMS - This was a lot of fun! Pretty good conditions and lots of participation. I've operated in almost all of our sprints going back to November 2007, and this was my best score yet!

KU4A - Big signals on 40. Gave out a lot of 579 and 589 reports. 12 QSOs was one short of tying my personal best.

N2ESE - Got my number 5555 in time for my first NA contest.What a BLAST!I heard Merlin send first C Q on 20M and he must have had five calls at once I could not get him with all the QRM.I did not send any CQ's just went searching. I' am hooked now !! 73 Gary

W2LJ - Nice to be able to participate - 1st time in a long time! Local neighborhood QRN behaved itself and band conditions were nice. Good to hear lots of NJ stations - will need help from N2ESE, KD2MX and W2JEK when K6JSS comes to NJ in August!

WA8SAN - Had a great time trying out a new end fed antenna / tnx to all who answered my call / MIKE

W4JVY - 80 mtrs for my location was dead 40 was ok lot of qsb qrm but still had fun.

AA9L - Didn't do the full two hours but had a good time. Forty meters was amazing even with the QRN.

AE7CG - Band conditions on 20M were not ideal. There were periodic QRN "showers." Many thanks to W5YDM for my one and only QSO!

KE7YTE - With family activities I got a late start. Was able to fire up the KX1 and make 6 Qs. Looking forward to next time.

K1IEE - Got a slow start, 20 seemed to be less QRN for me but did work the same amount on 40. Carried the little HW-9 @ 4 W 10,000 miles to AK and back and it still works great, even better with the G5RV . Thanks to all. 73 Dick

AA2YV - Hello Fellow NAQCCers: I could not participate last night because I am suffering away here in Berlin Germany (good potables!). I'll hop on board in July, hopefully - or in August. 72's Bill

NW2K - Great conditions and big crowds made for a ton of fun. Did not try 80M since 20M and 40M were so good. Thanks to all and see you next time. 5W, matchbox, 80M loop at 30 feet.

AK3X - Got in the sprint for the last 30 minutes. Weeknights always busy! Stuck to 40M with my new 40 inverted vee. Had a good time. DSW-40 @3watts thru Emtech ZM-2 tuner, and speaker wire feedline. Planning some homebrew open wire feeders as the next improvement along with a small increase in height to about 31 feet. See you all next sprint. 72 - Peter

WB4UHC - Had to jury-rig ant back up during tree cutting. Then wire from hand key to RCA jack broke and would not take solder. Seems something happens every sprint! What will it be next month? 80 mtrs was dead here. But had fun again and what a great bunch of Hams to contest with!

W5IQS - Great Sprint. 20 meters worked best for me. My last log entry, K8AAI, Bob, in Grandville MI really wanted to use his Code skills so I quit the Contest 9 minutes early to visit with him. It was great. Bob has very good handkey skills at about 8 to 10 WPM. very nice. Thanks and will see you nest month...Evan, W5IQS #3924

N8QY - Got out early tonight to crowded for me. Weak signals on 80 and 20 and heavey qrm. Always fun 73

AA7VW - Again I had a fun time. Once again I made it into the hills where the bands were relatively quiet. Signals on both 20 and 40 were a little weak but the experience is worth the effort. I was really surprised to make contact with VE1BA, John. Great to hear old and new friends.

W2SH - 20m conditions, as well as local NJ weather, were rather unstable and it was not an efficient use of available time to spend the sprint's first half there. But with fairly high atmospheric QRN I imagined the noise would only be worse on 40m. However, it turned out to be not so bad.

N9KR - Real nice conditions on 40 for this one. Only had 20 minutes to operate but wanted to participate long enough to get 2 or 3 contacts for the log. See everyone again next month.

AE5KM - Good conditions this sprint. Much easier to pull the signals out.

W7GVE - It was fun to get back in this event---lotsa FISTS and SKCC members that I work in their sprints, so I felt right at home...I will do this again.. THANKS to all who worked me...ED

NG7Z - 20M stayed strong until 0230Z but there were no more stations to work. 40M is still weak on the west coast and I didn't hear anyone cqing. CQ'd for awhile with no replies so quit at 0245Z. Nice turnout though and while 20M was open lots of guys to work. I recognized a lot of calls from the SKCC weekend sprint.


See General Sprint Rules for rules common to every NAQCC sprint.

RULES specific to this month's sprint:

Date and time:
Wednesday, June 15, 0030-0230Z

Entry Deadline:
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.