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Feb 2012 Straight Key/Bug Sprint (#88)


K3WWP's That's it. The results are carved in stone after the one week appeals period. No more changes will be made to the scores now

In future sprints, be sure to check the times in your log entries, the point value of QSOs in your log entries, and be sure your call is right in your log entries. Those three things especially made cross-checking very difficult and time-consuming this month. Thanks.

Thanks to Dean NW2K for volunteering to post scores and soapboxes for our upcoming regular sprints. That will ease my job considerably. We're working out details now and Dean should be ready to handle the March sprint. That will leave more time for me to work on just cross-checking and correcting logs.

Final Results


SWA Category - W1 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K1IEE   13   13   26   13  338  x2   676  OCF wire @30'
N1PQ    11   11   22   11  242  x2   484  EFHW 40'
N1DN     8    8   16    8  128       128  multiband ladder fed dipole@??'
KB1CKT   9    9   18    7  126       126  gnd mnt Hustler 6BTV vert

SWA Category - W2 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
NW2K    67   65  132   27 3564  x2  7128  invV@50'
W2SH    39   39   78   21 1638  x2  3276  180' dpl @ 35'; 270' @ 45'
K2GLS   21   21   42   14  588  x2  1176  80m dp @20', 40m dp @30'
W2JEK   19   19   38   13  494  x2   988  40m dipole, 80 end fed both at 20 ft.
KA2KGP  15   15   30   11  330  x2   660  gnd mtd 5 band vert. or dipole up 25 ft
N2ESE   22   22   44   14  616       616  80m.ocf-dipole@25ft
KD2MX   13   13   26   11  286  x2   572  600' loop @30ft
WA2JSG  10   10   20   10  200  x2   400  Vert mounted @ 12'
KC2VBU   1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  80m efhww @ 50ft
WA2CCD   0    0    0    0    0  x2     0  150' rndm wire @ 10'

SWA Category - W3 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K3WWP   43   43   86   19 1634  x2  3268  110' attic rnd wire
KB3AAG  35   35   70   23 1610      1610  80 mtr loop@35 ft
KG3W    20   20   40   15  600  x2  1200  all band dipole@ 24 ft
W0EJ    18   18   36   13  468       468  G5RV@50'
K3PXC   13   12   25    9  225  x2   450  g5rv@27'
K3OQ     7    7   14    6   84        84  170' Long Wire 30 ft above ground
AK3X     4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  40M inv vee@27'

SWA Category - W4 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K4ORD   52   51  103   23 2369  x2  4738  80 dpl@35', 40 dpl@40'
N3LL    52   51  103   19 1957  x2  3914  invV@40 ft
KB4QQJ  36   36   72   21 1512  x2  3024  EFHW @33 feet
AA4W    25   25   50   19  950  x2  1900  20 meter vee @ 45   40 meter vee A 50 ft
NY4G    22   22   44   16  704  x2  1408  G5RV at 40 ft inverted Vee
KJ4LEN  20   20   40   16  640  x2  1280  40m Dipole@40' , 80m Inv L
KG4UPO  16   16   32   13  416  x2   832  Windom @ 40 feet
K4DXV   19   18   37   11  407  x2   814  Gap Titan DX
NA4O    16   16   32   11  352  x2   704  windom@45',OCF dpl@30'
AG4IP   14   14   28   11  308  x2   616  100 Foot Random at 24 Feet
WB4UHC  14   14   28   10  280  x2   560  80M Invert vee @30'
W4CUX   12   12   24   10  240  x2   480  80m loop @ 50'
AK4LF   12   12   24   10  240  x2   480  OFC dipole@30'
WD8RYC  11   11   22    9  198  x2   396  Fan dipole @30 Ft
AB4QL    9    9   18    9  162  x2   324  Trap Vertical on roof
W4DUK   10   10   20    8  160  x2   320  efz@20'
K3RLL   13   13   26    8  208       208  Night time Vertical
K4JPN    7    7   14    7   98  x2   196  Zepp
K4NVJ    7    7   14    7   98  x2   196  88' non-resonant dipole @ 35'
AI4VA   11   11   22    8  176       176  120' Attic Long Wire
KU4A    12   12   24    7  168       168  slp dpl@40'
W4HH     6    6   12    6   72  x2   144  ocfdpl@25'
WB4MNK   6    6   12    6   72        72  5btv
KB0ETU   4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  dpl@40'
WA4ZOF   4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  ocf dipole @30 ft
KD4UKW   3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  45' vert
W4ONC    2    2    4    1    4  x2     8  Inverted V @ 50 feet
K4UK     2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  Unknown@??'
WX4RM    2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  gnd mtd vert

SWA Category - W5 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
W5YDM   51   51  102   23 2346  x2  4692  fan@22 ft
W5IQS   42   40   82   21 1722  x2  3444  80/40 Fan Dipole @30'
K5ACO   18   18   36   13  468  x2   936  40m dipole at 50'. 80m 37' vert 
KE9DR   16   16   32   13  416  x2   832  420' rdn Lp @50'
N5NK    16   15   31   12  372  x2   744  20m slp dipole @ 35'; 40m&80m inv @ 45'
KA5TJS   3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  80 mtr dpl@30' feed 300 ohm twn lead
KK5NA    2    1    3    2    6         6  EDZ@55'
KE5YUM   1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  inverted v at 30'
K5KGK    1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  180 ft end-fed longwire @ 15 ft

SWA Category - W6 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K6MGO   12   12   24   10  240       240  indoor 50' doublet
KA6AIL   4    4    8    4   32        32  grd mount vert, end fed wire @30'
N6OSB    2    1    3    2    6  x2    12  Windom @ 30'

SWA Category - W7 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
WA2DFI  28   27   55   18  990  x2  1980  80/40 dpl@25', 40 vert
NU7T    23   23   46   16  736  x2  1472  R6000 & 40 dpl at 20'
W7LKG   21   21   42   15  630  x2  1260  SteppIR DB-18 @ 50'
WY7N    14   14   28   12  336  x2   672  90' wire@20'
N7YY    21   21   42   14  588       588  dipole 30'
W7GAH    5    5   10    5   50  x2   100  el 40m Vert @8ft
W7YSB    4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  110' dblt@30'
AE7CG    4    4    8    3   24  x2    48  dpl@10'

SWA Category - W8 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
N8IUP   25   25   50   19  950  x2  1900  40m delta loop es 40/80 NVIS @10'
WG8Y    19   19   38   16  608  x2  1216  40-80 hb dp @30ft & 6btv grd mnted
W8DW    14   14   28   12  336  x2   672  6BTV Vertical, OCF Dipole @ 30'
KU8T    11   11   22   11  242  x2   484  INV L
NF8M    11   11   22   10  220  x2   440  40m dpl@30'
KB8FE    9    9   18    7  126  x2   252  dpl@30'
N8QY    10   10   20    5  100  x2   200  G5RV 25' AND HF9V
WA8SAN  11   11   22    9  198       198  G5RV @ 25'
WB8LZG   6    6   12    6   72  x2   144  dipole@ 30'
N8XMS    6    6   12    4   48  x2    96  R7 vertical
WB8ENE   5    5   10    4   40  x2    80  4BTV @ 25'/102' dblt @ 15'
N8VAR    4    4    8    3   24        24  dpl@20'
WB8WTU   2    2    4    2    8         8  fan dipole - 80/40/20

SWA Category - W9 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
N9SF    57   57  114   27 3078  x2  6156  80/40 fan dipole at 50 feet
AA9L    37   37   74   24 1776  x2  3552  trap dipole @ 50 feet
KB0KFX  38   37   75   20 1500  x2  3000  Butternut Vert
KB9ILT  30   30   60   18 1080  x2  2160  gnd mtd  vertical, attic dipole
KA9FQG  26   25   51   18  918  x2  1836  g5rv@35'
K9EYT   13   13   26   11  286  x2   572  G5RV @ 25'
W9UX    12   12   24   11  264  x2   528  dpl@25'
W9CC    11   11   22    9  198  x2   396  80M Loop @15'
W9HLY   10   10   20    8  160  x2   320  4O SLOPER @ 55 FEET
N1RU    12   12   24    7  168       168  Attic G5RV Jr
N9KR     6    6   12    6   72        72  EF Zepp @ 20Ft

SWA Category - W0 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K9OSC   61   61  122   29 3538  x2  7076  CFR Zepp@30'
K6XT    48   48   96   24 2304  x2  4608  vertical & center fed wire
K0EUN   20   20   40   20  800  x2  1600  40m loop@20'
W0UFO   34   34   68   22 1496      1496  40M Inverted V dipole, 80M zepp
N0OKS   10   10   20    8  160       160  Hustler 5-BTV
N0AZN    4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  dipole at 25 feet
WD0K     2    2    4    2    8         8  delta loop@??'
KD0V     1    1    2    1    2 x1.5    3  EDZ@50'

SWA Category - Canada Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
VE3RCN  17   17   34   13  442  x2   884  Ground mounted vert, 80m dip @25 feet
VE3FUJ  16   16   32   12  384  x2   768  G5RV @ 50'
VE3EDX  14   14   28   13  364  x2   728  Vertical Gnd Mtd
VE5DC   10   10   20    8  160       160  Home brew trap dipole for 30/40 mtrs
VE5BCS   5    4    9    4   36  x2    72  Loop wire at 25ft

SWA Category - DX Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
C6AKQ   72   42  114   35 3990      3990  40 dpl@??' (op-N4BP)

GAIN ANTENNA Category
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K4BAI   56   56  112   25 2800  x2  5600  TH6DXX at 55'; 40M dipole at 50';80M inv
AE8M    48   47   95   22 2090  x2  4180  80/40 DIPOLE @ 50', EL 20M BEAM @ 40'
NQ2W    14   14   28   10  280       280  mini beam@25', invV@40', gnd mtd vert

@ Non-member not eligible for certificate or prize
$ QRO not eligible for certificates or prize

AWARD WINNERS:
1st SWA W1: K1IEE
1st SWA W2: NW2K
1st SWA W3: K3WWP
1st SWA W4: K4ORD
1st SWA W5: W5YDM
1st SWA W6: K6MGO
1st SWA W7: WA2DFI
1st SWA W8: N8IUP
1st SWA W9: N9SF
1st SWA W0: K9OSC
1st SWA Canada: VE3RCN
1st SWA DX: C6AKQ (op-N4BP)
1st Gain: K4BAI
First time entrant high scorer: W0UFO
Prize drawing winner: AK3X

The following appeared 5 or more times in submitted logs, but
did not submit a log themselves for whatever reason:
N3QE - 27
N3WT - 26
AE5VB - 19
W8RTJ - 18
WA1ZCQ - 14
N4BNO - 12
K0TC - 10
KR5RK - 10
KA8P - 8
N9GGE - 8
N3ES - 7
WB0P - 6
AB9CA - 5
AC5T - 5
K8NU - 5
NI5O - 5
W1PID - 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: 111
Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 209
Total QSO's in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 1,928
States represented: 43 + DC + ON SK + C6 HA HK LZ SP 

GOLDEN LOGS - 46 of 111 (perfectly formatted, all info accurate):
AA4W AK3X K1IEE K4DXV K4JPN K5KGK K9EYT K9OSC KA5TJS KA6AIL KB0KFX KB8FE KB9ILT
KC2VBU KD0V KD4UKW KG3W KG4UPO KK5NA KU4A N0AZN N1RU N8QY N8VAR N8XMS NF8M NQ2W
NU7T NW2K VE3RCN VE5BCS W4DUK W5YDM W7GAH W7LKG W9CC W9UX WA2DFI WA2JSG WB4MNK
WB8ENE WD0K WD8RYC WG8Y WX4RM WY7N
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. Email pix_email_naqcc (1K) with the subject "NAQCC Sprint Question".

SOAPBOX:
K3WWP - An interesting sprint. I actually made some QSOs on 40 this month, but I think one or two may be a not-in-log for me. Well, one was, so I'm down to 43 QSOs. No big deal. I don't go out to win these things, just to have fun. I'm surprised I made that many as conditions weren't all that great. Not bad, but not as good as the previous couple months. 80 seemed rather deserted. I had just about a whole kHz. to myself for quite a while. The K2 RIT goes up and down about .5 to .6 kHz. and a lot of the time no one would be in that range at all. I've still got to break myself of this addiction to sitting on one frequency and just calling CQ if I want to improve my scores. I did actually get a couple s&p QSO's tonight though. Maybe that's a start. HI. Oh, thanks to Rich AA9L for being QSO #1 on 40 and #44 on 80 - first and last. Well, time to post scores now. Sure wish Ki VA3PEN was doing it like he did for our 160M sprint and will be doing for future 160 and mW sprints. Anyway it should go a tad faster with my new computer here. It will have to wait for me rather than me waiting on it like I often did with the old computer which incidentally is now in the shack. It worked great there with GenLog tonight. The display was much clearer with the LCD monitor vs. the old shack computer's CRT monitor. Also I could position it for better viewing.

W4ONC - Too much noise, Too much QRM, Gave Up.

N8VAR - The last two sprints I didn't do any good at all. This time I checked my antlers. I have two dipoles I could use. Turns out the one I was using was a mess. Changed to the good one and started making contacts again. I heard lots of sigs all over. It was a great night.

W9UX - Great fun. Look forward to next month. 72, Terry #0033

K3OQ - 2nd month in a row for this sprint. I should have submitted last months log, but got busy and time just pass. Only got little over 30 minutes to play this month...but had fun. Will see you next month.

AA4W - Many signals on tonight. Am glad to hear such a great turnout! 20 meters died 5 minutes into the sprint!

KJ4LEN - Great condx. on 40m. I couldn't squeeze a cq in between 7030-7045.It seemed to die out about 10:00PM so I switched to 80m but only made 1 contact. This was a very fun evening. Thanks to the organizers. Ray

WA2JSG - Rig Icom IC-703, 5w to a vertical. 12v battery pack. Bencher RJ-1 straight key.

NY4G - A bit noisy but great conditions tonight. K2 on G5RV. Many signals on both 40 and 80m. I hope to keep it up and till next time - tnx for the qso's

AA9L - 40 was great. I just don't get along with 80 but I tried. As always, first hour was great and second hour was a dud but I keep trying! Bella chewed her bone for the whole 2 hours.

KB0KFX - 40meters seemed to be very good in WI, or maybe it's the refurbed antenna put up in a snowstorm that's doing the trick. K1 and 746Pro with Speed-x and a sore wrist.

N0AZN - Had fun... Sorry I dropped one call band conditions terrible tonight. PSK,RTTY folks are not my friend any more... my RIGblaster is going in the trash...Thanks to all 72/73... Beam Me up Scotty/N0AZN/Nebraska...

W0EJ - Another good evening on the air, 20 wasn't too busy so worked 40 then dropped to 80. 80 was quiet and good condx so enjoyed that last hour the most. Tnx to all who worked me. 72 bill

W4CUX - Nice sprint. Lots of strong signals on 40m. Thanks to all. 73 - Bill, W4CUX

N6OSB - After spending time with my sweetheart I jumped on the radio and got a few contacts. Maybe next time I'll get to spend more time on the radio.

KE9DR - I missed the last several months, fun to get back. All three bands seemed fairly good, some QRN and QSB. I got 16 contacts, that might be a record for me. Some of the FISTS ops forget which sprint they are in and give their FISTS NR. Thanks to all. 73 Bert

K3RLL - K2 to "Stealth Vertical", tonight trying 80 meter stinger. Very inefficient on 80, though many signals were heard. Tnx to those who heard me. 72, ... Don

N9SF - Didn't try 20 meters. Amazing conditions on 40 meters this month. 80 didn't seem as good as last month. Still, it was a barrel of fun. 72, Bob

KB0ETU - Only had the last 30 minutes. Used K-2 & Spark Key to the dipole. Hope to get the whole 2 hours next month. 72, Phil

W7GAH - Good sprint. Started on 40m and was overwhelmed by the pile-ups. Went to 20m and heard a few but they couldn't hear me (sorry W8RTJ). Went back to 40m. During last 30 minutes I was able to get out. Still working hard to pull signals out of the crowd and through the digital. Until next time... 73/72

N3LL - Very good conditions, strong signals, and the noise was low. Had a blast, hope to see everyone in the next sprint. Thanks to all.

N1PQ - tnx all cu agn next sprint pete quinn-n1pq

WA2DFI - Seems like activity was down a bit, maybe due to Valentine's day distractions. 80/40 CCD dipole doesn't work very well on 20M, but I did manage to scratch out some QSOs there. There were some ops with very good ears out there this month! Have a new multiband vertical in the works for next sprint, so watch out! 72, Scotty

K6XT - Although there's 48 Q's in log, claiming 47 since N5NK and I didn't finish B4 0330. But we did start before 0330. He wanted it logged so I left it in. Super conditions on 20 and 40. Rate evaporated on 20 early most back east must have gone to 40. Not much activity on 80 although it was open. My wrist was plenty tired at 0330. 73 Art

K9OSC - Tonight 40 meters was the best in months! This is my best score so far in the sprints. Great to see so many members on tonight.

K9EYT - Started on 20 made one contact after calling CQ for about five minutes moved to forty it was sounding pretty good near Chicago then finished on 80. This time I switch to the Bencher Key from the paddle, that key got a good work out (Hi Hi) Had a good time and that's what it's all about. 73 CUL

K4DXV - Whew...what a night! Lots of activity; heard more calls than I was able to work, so it sounded like there will probably be many logs submitted. Due to Valentine's Day and other assorted domestic obligations, I got seated, the log loaded, and the rig fired up with only 41 seconds to go before zero-hour. A bit flustered, but got started okay. However, about 9:00 (ET) I was in the middle of a Q with W2SH when I heard the wife screaming at the dog, "No! Stop!" I won't go into what it was all about, but it cost me about 10 minutes. No biggie, and the laugh was worth it. Many thanks to W2SH for working me again. Many, many thanks also to K0EUN for hanging in there with me during some very heavy QRN & QRM. Good to hear and work my regular buddies K9OSC and K1IEE, although both were a little tougher than usual. I also always appreciate the mult from VE3EDX. I think I've worked non-member W5LA several times now. We need to get him a number! Still haven't got any wire back into the air for 80 meters, but I listened down there for a bit and didn't hear much activity at all. This was a really fun one. Looking forward to seeing how many logs are submitted and seeing the scores. Betting a lot of folks did really well, and I hope everyone had as much fun as I did. See you all back next month!!

N5NK - I synchronized my computer's clock with time.nist.gov moments before the Sprint started. I'm glad I did because when I "tailgated" on K6XT for my last call I had 10 seconds left when he answered and told me "time was up." We get to finish QSO's started within the time limits so I've got to give him a big Thank You for his last QSO. Thanks to all the volunteers that make the Sprint possible and thanks also to the players that make it fun. See you next month.

K4ORD - Started off slow on 40M after hearing nothing on 20M, then on to 80M where I had a great run, 80 was very good noise level low and signal strengths good.Thanks for all the qso's look forward to next month. 73/72 Riley

KB3AAG - Sure started out at a slow pace! I didnt get out to the hollar till well after dark and wondered if my loop had fallen down. Then it got wild and wooley. Got MT, AZ, and UT one after the other. Only 8 the first half hour but 16 the last!I guess every one took the xyls to dinner and started late! I heard some realy fast stations and chose to ignore them, I could copy okay but dont think Ill play that game! Also droped a 100 watt station from my log. GREAT SPRINT GUYS Frank

AB4QL - QSB was interesting! Some failed QSO's because of it but a good time anyway. Many thanks to those who put up with my lousy straight key fist, sometimes I think I could set it on the floor and use my foot better. . . Hopefully the next sprint I can put in more time. Barry

W4HH - Heard LOTS of activity, managed only a few contacts. Hope to see this much activity next month.

AE7CG - Thanks to AE8M, W8RTJ, N5NK, and W7LKG for QSOs. Heard but could not work N0AZN. The rig here is an MFJ Cub on 20M at 2 watts, and a low dipole (10 ft. high) antenna. It pays to wait for QRN bursts to subside, and then to listen carefully. Best wishes to all from north central Arizona! - Loren

KB8FE - Not the best of conditions in northern Ohio. Signals were rather weak on 40 meters and washed out because of the background 'fuzz' on 80 meters. I hope conditions are somewhat better next month. Sure is nice to be heading toward spring now!

K3PXC - Had plenty of strong signals on 40 meters, but the band was tough on me. Very few QSO's for the condition of the band. The band seemed to jump around from region to region for the whole two hours. Better luck next Sprint.

KD4UKW - I was even more distracted than usual because I was also competing in the QRP foxhunt. I got one fox, then made two NAQCC QSOs, then found the other fox. Later I made a 3rd QSO. Overall not a good effort on my part. I hope to be in better form in March!

K5ACO - band condx vy gud

WD8RYC - : I would like to thank all those who participated and had a QSO contact with me. This will not be my last, I had a great time. Keep up the great work that you all do. 73 James

KD0V - Conditions were good on the bands. I was very tired after a long day and I didn't have the will to get past one QSO. 73, Merlin

KE5YUM - I didn't get to the sprint until 0310 due to a Rotary Club Valentine's Party, but I am thankful for the one contact--K9OSC. I look forward to the sprints each month. All the best, Terry

KA2KGP - Nice sprint. 20M was nil, 40 was weak but 80m was good. Rig: TenTec Argosy at 5 w. into either gnd mtd 5 band vert. or 5 band dipole up 25', straight key.

WB8ENE - This sprint was a little different for me. I operated the first half hour and the third half hour, and I used the K1 this time. Could not make any contacts on 20, so I made them all on 40. The signal strengths of the stations I heard were definitely greater later on in the sprint. Fun time. 73, Art

K2GLS - No activity heard on 20 M, but the noise level on 40M and 80M was as low as I have ever heard it. The weak signals were easy copy making this sprint easy on the ears and very enjoyable.

K4BAI - FT1000MP at 5W. Took about 22 minutes out to work the two QRP Foxes on 80M to help my Fox Hunt team. Good conditions on all three bands and good activity. Band totals: 80M 22, 40M 29, 20M 5. Courteous operators. Thanks for all QSOs. Best DX: 20M CA. 40M VE3FUJ. 80M WA2DFI in AZ. 73/72, John

KD2MX - Got off to a quick start on 40M and then could not buy a second QSO. Lots of QRM. Finally I find a quiet spot and made some points. 80M was a nicer place to be.

VE3RCN - I thought with it being Valentine's Day that participation would be down...so I thought I would throw out one QSO to add to the log count for the sprints. One contact turned into a flurry of QSOs on 40/80m. Excellent conditions with contacts from ON as far as C6, SK and MT. Did not hear another ON station. Although only a partial effort, my Valentine appreciates these short Sprints. 72, Kevin

AE8M - I sat down to operate 5 minutes late and forgot to enter the correct frequency. (You mean someone else does that besides me? - K3WWP) Hence time was lost editing the first 7 Q's. Furthermore, I forgot about the SWA rule and used my 20M beam thereby ending up in the Gain category. It pays to alot extra time to get the brain orgainized before the contest starts. Other than that, conditions were good on 20M, not so good on 40M, but 80M was full of stations

VE3FUJ - The band seemed strange, lots of noise and yet distant station came in nicely. No nearby station like PA, NY, MI, OH and no local Ontarian's, I think my closes station was IL. Made for a nice high Multi count. I really enjoyed this sprint. Thanks to all I contacted. See you next mth. Brion 3011

WB8LZG - HELLO AGN SPRINTERS! JUST GOT BACK FROM BELIZE ES ONLY HAD TIME FER ABT 1/2 HR OF OPERATION (or risk the wrath of an irrate XYL hi hi). I LISTENED IN ON 20 AT THE START BUT IT WAS GG OUT QUICKLY. 40 WAS FULL TO THE BRIM WITH THE HAPPY TWEETS OF QRPers. HPE TO SEE U ALL AGN NEXT MONTH. 73 GREGG

KA6AIL - Had to leave early. 20 was looking up, but some local qrn made it hard. Sorry AA? I could not get the rest of your call. Great time had by all, see you next month.

AI4VA - NAQCC Ops are the best in the world! Courteous and they have great ears. Great fun! Thanks to all.

KG3W - Tried the straight key this time. Apologies to all. Hi. Jumped around this time. One station was over S9. Couldn't work him for the life of me. Oh well, Had fun. Sorry to the last station I tried to work. at 0326 on 80 M. Just did not get enough info thru the qrn. 72 Scotty

K6MGO - This was about my fourth Sprint, but the first one I operated for the full two hours. It was really a lot of fun, and I must say I'm getting comfortable with operating a Sprint, and learning how to relax and enjoy it. Thanks so much to all who put in so much effort so that we can have fun. 73, Bill

N8IUP - Tnx everyone had a great time, lots of western states this time. 73

NW2K - Good conditions here. 20M seemed long at the start and only netted 6 QSOs. 40M was quite crowded and I left early (16 QSOs). 80M was hoppin' with lots of activity (45 QSOs). Great fists and ears and thanks to all for the fun! See you next time. 5W, matchbox, inverted V at 50 feet.

W5YDM - 40 and 80m were both packed with continuous signals. I normally run the bandwidth filter at 800 kHz until I actually make contact, but tonight there were so many signals I had to run it at 300 kHz,then go to 100 Hz for the exchange.

N2ESE- Great sprint started on 20m but did not get any one there! The low noise level on 80+40 was the best I've heard in long time.Worked 4 stations on 2 bands never did that before!Sorry to hear Merlin was too tired to hang in there.THANKS to all,73 Gary

W2JEK - conditions seemed very good on 40 and 80. heard nothing on 20 and no answer to my cq's there. next month after daylight saving time should be better. had a good time. 72 and 73 Don Younger W2JEK #1135

K4JPN - Got a late start and did not hear any sigs on 40M. 72, Steve

KU4A - Could have easily set a new personal best record for QSOs if I didn't have hockey and basketball on the same night. Wouldn't it be great if we could have such great condx for every Sprint - HI!

N8XMS - I had about a holf hour to play and enjoyed every minute. 73, Paul

NQ2W - Ten-Tec Jupiter @ 5W to mini beam@25' for 20m, invV@40' for 40m, grnd mtd vert for 80m. Worked WA on 20 and then nothing...don't know if the band shut down or everyone moved to 40. Went to 40 and heard lots of activity...oh boy. Strange, it seemed like everyone I zero beat was in QSO...just starting the exchange and I thought time's awastin' better move on to find another station but the same thing happened...I did a lot of tuning and little QSOing. I figured I'd call CQ...found a clear spot but not too much success as I think I was near someone else who I couldn't hear. QSY to another clear spot...and they were tough to come by...to give another try calling CQ. That scenario played out for the hour plus I was on 40. S&P and call CQ made some Q's but not nearly as many as could have been made. Moved to 80 and added three more. Great sprint with great participation...I think the lesson I learned was to be patient and work who you hear...then move on. Next month we'll see if I really learned. Thanks to everyone for the fun evening. Looking forward to next month. 72/73, Will

KA5TJS - First time since last year for me. I will try a little harder next spring. Fun but very fast. 73's Alle

W5IQS - K2 @ 5W to a Fan Dipole at 30 feet. Navy Flameproof key. No contacts on 20, 40 was great. Only 6 Q's on 80. Great Sprint!! See ya next month.

KA9FQG - Great band conditions in NE Indiana this month. Lots of strong signals from our QRP power levels out there. Heard the most sprint activity in a long time on 40m.

W7YSB - Only had time for 4 QSOs in the first half hour. All QSOs on 20m with Elecraft K2 @ 5w to 110 ft doublet @ 30 ft.

W7LKG - Less QSO's, more points (good hand key, lousy code). Must remember, "DO NOT take a 25 minute break for spaghetti dinner" in middle of Sprint. And for NQ2W, glad to make WA a mult for you. You did have a very nice signal here. See you all next time. 73

VE5BCS - The band was not good tonite. I herd very few on the band.

WB4UHC - Band condx not good here. 20M no good, only two qso's on 40 (lost one, W9HLY, to QSB). 80M was pretty good but not a lot of stations. Oh, also lost time to solder wire from key to RCA plug that broke. Still a great contest but would like to lose Murphy!

K1IEE - Had high expectations for a better score with the HW-9 and a new audio filter. 40 seemed to slow down after the first hour then went to 80 and heard many of the same calls that were on 40. Had great fun and its a pleasure working such a courteous group of operators. Thanks to all.... Dick

W2SH - On 20m I heard only one station, in CA, but could not connect. 40m and 80m were busy, but I was puzzled at only making four QSOs during the final 40 minutes. A day later I discovered that after having switched antennas the two alligator clips connecting the feedline to the antenna tuner were touching one another.

N1RU - Good conditions on 40 in NE Indiana. Heard some faint signals on 20 at the start but couldn\'t work anyone there. These sprints are great! 72 James

AK4LF - This is my second sprint. I need to call more... still learning the ropes..shooting for a Golden Log hi hi. Lots of fun..great way to pen 2 hrs. See u nxt time 72/73

KB4QQJ - Got a late start and 20 was fading fast. Moved to 40 and had some fun and finished up on 80. Bands seemed a little noisy in NC. Had fun as always. K2 @ 4w into PAR EndFedz at 33 feet Key this time was Swedish Military Pump 72 for now, Randy

W0UFO - I finally made it to an NAQCC Sprint and enjoyed every minute. Hope to make it to next one. Thanks for so many nice qso's. 72 Mert

K5KGK - Lots of firsts here. First CW contact with my Western Electric Mini straight key on my PFR-3 kit in a Sprint using an end-fed wire and a battery. Thanks for your patience Sam. I hope to get better at this soon!

AK3X - Unexpectedly at home for the sprint, I turned on the DSW-40 at 0130Z and heard a wall of S9 plus noise that seemed to peak right on the 7040 band segment and ran down almost to 7030 and up beyond 7060. Checked again at a little after 0200 and managed a couple of QSO's, ... luckily C6AKQ was booming in and was not in the noisy segment. As usual, wife had other plans but did manage another few minutes at around 0300 for two more QSO's.. called CQ and got a those two. I am usually S&P only, but the only loud stations I heard were also operating S&P,, so I tried that and it worked. 40M has been very noisy here at night... I will have to do some investigating to find the source. 72 for now... Peter AK3X

W8DW - Bands could have been better but still had fun. See everyone next month.

N9KR - Good conditions. Had fun. 73 all.

N8QY - TO MUCH NOISE AND QSB PULLED THE PLUG AROUND 0230.

WG8Y - HI all, 20 sounded pretty good before the sprint but didn't last long for me.Did manage to snag CA & NV B-4 it faded. Was hearing 6 land on 40 but the 817 couldn't get there.Spent more time listening than working the guys. Had fun hunting though. 73 From Ohio,Mark

KB9ILT - Fun as always. Forty meters was good for an hour or so, then tried 80 meters. Lots of signals there..just need a better antenna. See you next month.


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

RULES specific to this month's sprint:

Date and time:
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 0130-0330Z

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.