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Mar 2012 Straight Key/Bug Sprint (#89)

NW2K Comments - Many thanks to K3WWP for the opportunity to help on the sprints. I'll try my best to do a good job on the scores and soapboxes.

From K3WWP - No, no, it is I who thank you Dean. I've gotten a lot more accomplished here now that you are helping out. Congrats and thanks to our members also for putting us over the 100 logs mark for the 23rd time in the last 24 sprints.

PLEASE READ the following.

I wonder why we got so many late logs this month. Remember the deadline for log submissions is 2400Z the Sunday after the sprint. Anything RECEIVED after that will not be eligible for any certificates or prizes and will be listed at the end of the scores as just a check log. There will be one exception this month though. Alan PJ2/AC8AP was unable to send his log from Curacao, and I counted it as a regular log even though it was late. Otherwise we had 4 late logs this month, another record, but not a desireable one. Our final(?) total this month is 129 logs, our second best total ever.

The ball is now in your court. You have till Sunday Apri1 1st at 2400Z to check your scores below and question any changes that have been made. With all the hard work this month, I could have made errors in the cross-checking process, and our goal is to be as near to 100% accurate as possible. We already had two queries and two QSOs restored after a not-in-log situation that shouldn't have been. In fact I had a QSO taken away and then restored after I contacted the other party who said he accidentally omitted my QSO transferring from paper to computer. Remember, these late logs are also checked, and if you worked those who sent a late log and you are not in it, that is still a not-in-log QSO for you and will be removed from your log. So keep checking the scores.

Final Results


SWA Category - W1 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K1IEE   16   16   32   13  416  x2   832  OCF wire @30'
N1IMW   10    9   19   10  190  x2   380  dpl @20'
KQ1P    11   11   22    7  154  x2   308  80 loop @25'
K1YAN    8    8   16    8  128       128  G5RV @30'
N1PQ     5    5   10    5   50        50  EFHW @40'
N1DN     3    3    6    3   18        18  multiband dpl

SWA Category - W2 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
NW2K    67   62  129   29 3741  x2  7482  invV @50'
W2SH    43   42   85   24 2040  x2  4080  180' dpl @35', invL @75'
KA2KGP  20   20   40   11  440  x2   880  gnd mtd 5 band vert., dpl @25'
N2ESE   21   21   42   17  714       714  80 OCF dpl @25'
W2JEK   17   17   34   10  340  x2   680  40 dpl, 80 end fed, both @20'
K2GLS   16   16   32    9  288  x2   576  20 80 dpls @20', 40 dpl @30'
KC2JKU  13   11   24    8  192       192  G5RV @20'
KB4CMF   9    9   18    8  144       144  G5RV@30'
N2YI     5    5   10    5   50  x2   100  GAP vert, gnd mtd
N2JJF    6    6   12    6   72        72  Butternut vert
KD2MX    4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  600' loop @30'

SWA Category - W3 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K3WWP   44   43   87   21 1827  x2  3654  ~110' attic random wire & attic 20 dpl
N3QE    29   29   58   17  986  x2  1972  130' doublet @80'
KB3AAG  39   38   77   20 1540      1540  80 loop @35'
KG3W    36   34   70   20 1400      1400  multiband dpl @24'
WB3T    10    9   19    5   95        95  80 dpl @25'

SWA Category - W4 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
AI4SV   27   25   52   21 1092  x2  2184  20 attic dpl, 40 gnd mtd vert
WX4RM   31   30   61   17 1037  x2  2074  6BTV gnd mtd
K2UFT   26   25   51   19  969  x2  1938  doublet @30'
WD4E    43   40   83   20 1660      1660  invV @40'
N3LL    21   20   41   16  656  x2  1312  40/80 invV
NA4O    21   21   42   14  588  x2  1176  invL, 40 CW @45'
W4DUK   20   20   40   12  480  x2   960  end fed Zepp @20'
WA4ZOF  15   15   30   12  360  x2   720  140' ocf dpl @30'
K4DXV   17   17   34   10  340  x2   680  Gap Titan vert
K4KRW   15   15   30   11  330  x2   660  Windom @20'
KU4A    20   20   40   13  520       520  slp dpl @40'
KC3QU   14   14   28    9  252  x2   504  G5RV @40'
NY4G    11   11   22    7  154  x2   308  end fed Zepp
K4JPN   11   11   22    7  154  x2   308  Zepp
K1AY    10    9   19    7  133  x2   266  vert
W4CUX   10   10   20    6  120  x2   240  80 loop @50'
KB0ETU   8    8   16    7  112  x2   224  G5RV @40'
K4NVJ    9    9   18    6  108  x2   216  88' dpl @35'
K3RLL   10   10   20    8  160       160  indoor dpl
WB4MNK   8    8   16    6   96        96  vert
WA4TNM   6    6   12    5   60 x1.5   90  fan dpl @25'
K4VMV    3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  invV @50'
AI4VA    3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  attic long wire
AK4LF    2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  OCF dpl @30'
KK4BOB   2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  33' end fed @20' w/30' radial
WA2EDN   3    3    6    2   12        12
K1UQE    1    1    2    1    2         2  invL @15'
#W4CJV   5    5   10    5   50  x2   100  g5rv@45'

SWA Category - W5 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
W5YDM   48   44   92   22 2024  x2  4048  fan dpl @22'
W5IQS   27   25   52   19  988  x2  1976  fan dpl @30'
W5ODS   19   19   38   15  570 x1.5  855  G5RV @50'
N5NK    16   16   32   10  320  x2   640  20 sloper @35', 40 invV @45'
KB5JO   11   11   22   10  220  x2   440  88' doublet @20'
N5EM     8    8   16    6   96        96  R7 vert @10', 40 dpl @ 20'
KE5YUM   3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  invV @30'
K4LJA    3    3    6    3   18        18  Windom @40'
K0MIS    2    2    4    2    8         8  Par End Fed @10', RV portable
@WB5BKL 21   21   42   15   630      630  20 loop @45', 40 EDZ @35'

SWA Category - W6 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
WK6L    13   13   26    9  234  x2   468  dpl @15'
K6CSL   10    8   18    6  108  x2   216  delta loop, end fed wire
KA6AIL   7    7   14    6   84  x2   168  20 & 40 gnd mnt verts
K6EEE    8    8   16    7  112 x1.5  168  G5RV JR @30'
N5VWN    4    4    8    3   24  x2    48  invL @30'
K6MGO    3    3    6    3   18        18  indoor 50' doublet

SWA Category - W7 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
WY7N    29   28   57   11  627  x2  1254  80 dpl @25'
KE7YTE  19   18   37   11  407  x2   814  vert dpl fed @18'
K7NEW   23   23   46   16  736       736  vert dpl @9'
W7YSB   12   11   23   10  230  x2   460  110' dblt @30'
NU7T    10   10   20    8  160  x2   320  Cushcraft R6000
W7GAH    8    8   16    7  112  x2   224  40 elev vert @8'
AA7CU    8    8   16    5   80        80  6' mobile whip @12'
AE7CG    2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  dpl @10'
#K7HAP   1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  6' vert@10'
#N7QR    3    3    6    2   12  x2    24  gnd mtd vert

SWA Category - W8 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
AE8M    53   52  105   23 2415  x2  4830  fan dipole @50'
NF8M    44   42   86   22 1892  x2  3784  80 OCF dpl @35'
N8IUP   34   34   68   19 1292  x2  2584  40 loop, 40 80 NVIS @10'
WB8LZG  29   29   58   18 1044  x2  2088  dpl @30'
WG8Y    26   26   52   18  936  x2  1872  80 40 dpl @35', 6BTV gnd mtd vert
K8JD    26   26   52   13  676  x2  1352  dpls, 40 loop
N8QY    20   20   40   14  560  x2  1120  G5RV @25', HF9V vert
W8DW    18   18   36   14  504  x2  1008  OCF dpl @30', vert
W8BI    17   17   34   14  476  x2   952  80 dpl @75', GP vert @20'
K8AG    14   14   28   13  364  x2   728  ZS6BKW @35'
KB8FE   13   13   26   11  286  x2   572  dpl @30'
N8XMS    5    5   10    5   50  x2   100  R7 vert
KD8FKD   4    4    8    4   32  x2    64  40 dpl @35'
N8VAR    4    4    8    4   32        32  dpl @20'
AD7TN    2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  30'lw @15'
#NX8Z    5    5   10    5   50        50  dpl@25'

SWA Category - W9 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
KB9ILT  42   42   84   21 1764  x2  3528  gnd mtd vert
AA9L    45   44   89   23 2047 x1.5 3071  trap dpl @50'
W9UX    23   23   46   15  690  x2  1380  dpl @25'
W9CC    21   21   42   14  588  x2  1176  80 loop @15'
N9RLO   19   19   38   15  570  x2  1140  ctr fed Zepp @40'
N9KR    24   24   48   18  864       864  Zepp @20'
KA9FQG  10   10   20    9  180  x2   360  G5RV @35'
N1RU    15   15   30   11  330       330  40 attic full wave loop
KA9VHG  13   13   26   10  260       260  invL @20'
NN9S     3    3    6    3   18        18  hor delta loop@25'
W9HLY    2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  sloper @ 50 ft
KG9HM    2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  attic dpl @30'

SWA Category - W0 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K9OSC   56   53  109   28 3052  x2  6104  CF Zepp @30'
KI0I    54   52  106   28 2968  x2  5936  80 delta loop @25'
N0TA    51   49  100   23 2300  x2  4600  1/4 vert & doublet @30'
KD0V    37   35   72   22 1584  x2  3168  cfz @50'
K0KCY   25   25   50   18  900  x2  1800  Dpl @40'
K0EUN   20   20   40   14  560  x2  1120  40 loop @25'
KI0J    23   23   46   15  690       690  Butternut HF6
KA8HDE  11   11   22    9  198  x2   396  G5RV @25'
NO2D     9    9   18    6  108       108  80 doublet @25'

SWA Category - Canada Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
VE3FUJ  36   36   72   16 1152  x2  2304  G5RV @50'
VE3RCN  33   33   66   17 1122  x2  2244  GMV, 80 dpl @30'
VE7YU   30   28   58   20 1160      1160  80 dpl, open wire fed
VE5BCS  19   19   38   13  494  x2   988  loop @25'
VE7KBN  12   12   24    9  216  x2   432  3 band vert

SWA Category - DX Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
CO8CML   2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  invV @27'

GAIN ANTENNA Category
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
W7LKG   50   46   96   27 2592  x2  5184  SteppIR 3el Yagi @50'
W0UFO   41   38   79   24 1896      1896  20 Yagi, 40 invV dpl, 80 Zepp
NQ2W    30   28   58   20 1160      1160  Mini beam @25', invV @40'
KJ4LEN  19   19   38   11  418  x2   836  20 Yagi, 40 dpl
K5GQ    16   15   31   14  434 x1.5  651  Force 12 C3SS @30'
N6GA    23   22   45   14  630       630  Yagi @25'
PJ4/K4BAI 15 14   29   14  406       406  40 2el Yagi @90'
PJ2/AC8AP 11  9   20    8  160       160  2el Yagi@100'
WD4OHD   6    5   11    6   66        66  AV620 vert @8'
W5NZ     5    4    9    5   45        45  Yagi @40'

@ Non-member not eligible for certificate or prize
$ QRO not eligible for certificates or prize
# Log received after deadline not eligible for certificate or prize

AWARD WINNERS:
1st SWA W1: K1IEE
1st SWA W2: NW2K
1st SWA W3: K3WWP
1st SWA W4: AI4SV
1st SWA W5: W5YDM
1st SWA W6: WK6L
1st SWA W7: WY7N
1st SWA W8: AE8M
1st SWA W9: KB9ILT
1st SWA W0: K9OSC
1st SWA Canada: VE3FUJ
1st SWA DX: CO8CML
1st Gain: W7LKG
First time entrant high scorer: K7NEW
Prize drawing winner: WA4ZOF

The following appeared 5 or more times in submitted logs, but
did not submit a log themselves for whatever reason:
WB4UHC - 21
NR7F - 19
K0EVZ - 15
K0TC - 14
KO7X (NM) - 14
NK8O - 14
W7OM - 14
W8WEU - 12
W4UX - 10
AB9CA - 9
KB1CKT - 8
KB1NFC (NM) - 8
W7IEX - 8
KR5RK - 7
N1QLL - 7
W4NJK - 7
WA1LWS - 7
KJ2JT - 6
W5EEA - 6
AE5X - 5
KB9IIZ (NM) - 5
N1WPU - 5
N4FI - 5
NI9Y - 5
VE3MO - 5
WD0K - 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: 129
Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 195 
Total QSO's in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 2,324
States represented: 38 + BC ON SK + CM DL PJ2 PJ4 UA1

GOLDEN LOGS - 55 of 126 (perfectly formatted, all info accurate):
AA7CU AA9L AD7TN AE7CG AE8M AI4VA AK4LF CO8CML K0KCY K0MIS K1YAN K2GLS K3RLL K4DXV
K4JPN K4KRW K4LJA K4NVJ K4VMV KA6AIL KA8HDE KA9FQG KB5JO KB8FE KB9ILT KD2MX KE5YUM
KI0I KI0J KJ4LEN KU4A N1DN N1RU N2ESE N2YI N5EM N8XMS N9RLO NQ2W NY4G PJ4/K4BAI VE3RCN
VE5BCS W2JEK W4CUX W4DUK W5YDM W7GAH W7YSB W9CC W9UX WA4TNM WD4OHD 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:
K1IEE - Did first hour on 20M then went to 40M to finish the sprint. Found bands much better this month. As always I had a good time. Thanks to all. 73 Dick

N1IMW - I almost forgot tonight! I was just tuning up and down 40 with my Grundig yb208 thinking I might listen to some broadcast SW stations. I ended up at the bottom of the band around 9 pm eastern and I heard the NAQCC pile ups! I jumped over to my rig, fired her up and caught 10 Q's before the end of the night. If you want to see my favorite keys you can see me in the QST (April) table of contents page holding up a J-38 and a Vibroplex mini key. Happy brass pounding to all!

KQ1P - Great conditions and fun as usual. Hot in the shack, literally. Maine broke 80 degrees in March for the first time on record! John

K1YAN - Nice to hear 20 open and the QRN down on 40. 550 mW made it challenging.

N1PQ - 20M for 1 hour. CU AGN next month, Pete - N1PQ

NW2K - Bands were in fine condition. Stayed on 20 for a good while (21 Q's), then moved to 40 (39 Q's), and 80 (8 Q's). Not much activity on 80. Thanks to all and see you next time. 5W, matchbox, inverted V at 50'.

KA2KGP - Another nice sprint. 20 was open first hour & 40, 80 were good too. Rig: TenTec Argosy II at 5w into either a gnd mtd 5 band vert. or dipole up 25 ft. 73 to all sprinters.

W2JEK - Good conditions last night. Sorry to get on late but did get 17 QSO's in 45 minutes. Rig FT-840 at 5w to wire antennas. 72 and 73 Don Younger W2JEK #1135

K2GLS - 20M, 40M, and 80M all active and relatively low noise this month. The only glitch was my old laptop, running Windows 2000, thinks we are still on EST. I missed a Windows update some how, so had to correct Genlog times.

KC2JKU - Lots of fun. Computer crashed and I hope I got everybody back in right. Terry KC2JKU

KB4CMF - Again I want to thank the GREAT operators that slowed down for me. I had a good time. 73

N2JJF - Only had time for 45 minutes and 40m band was busy. Enjoyed it a lot.

KD2MX - Not many contacts tonight but each one was a thrill. I spent much of the last six weeks building and learning to use a Genesis G11 SDR. It has been a learning experience and tonight was my reward. You can build the transmitter for one or ten watts. I decided to start with one watt since I can later upgrade. In actuality, I get about 500mw out to be generous, barely enough to get the LED on my tuner to flicker. But the challenge is to see what you can do with it. I've been very successful with WSPR, being heard in VK-land with even less than my full 500mw out, and I made one quick QSO with VA. But when running QRPp, you have to pick your spots so I was looking forward to tonight. So much so that I was all ready to go last night at 0030 until I realized I was a day early. Unfortunate too, since I was out most of tonight, getting to my shack just before 0200. My G11 is built for 40-15 meters so it was going to be 40 or nothing tonight. I heard NW2K with a strong signal but he didn't hear me (NW2K: Sorry about that!). After numerous tries I moved on. Answered VE3FUJ and he came right back to me with a 569. True excitement. After that I worked three more. Funny how the stations that you hear best sometimes don't hear you. This was my first real operational test of the radio. It is very different tuning with the waterfall display where you can actually see the CW signal. I guess I'll eventually solder in the finals so I can run QRO 10W but I'm having too much fun right now with QRPp via the latest in technology.

K3WWP - Started off with a bang, then slowed down till half-time, then came back in the second half with 28 QSOs. Overall it was runs of stations interspersed with long quiet periods. More runs and less silence and I would have had a really good score, but.... It was nice to have my 40M CQs answered by PJ4/K4BAI and PJ2/AC8AP within a few minutes. Oh, I tried to set up PJ2/AC8AP to come up correctly in the GenLog data file, but it didn't for me. Anyway I'll fix QSOs with those two stations when I do the cross-checking Sunday or Monday. Now I'm going to relax while NW2K processes the scores and soapboxes. Nice to have someone else do that for the first time in 89 regular sprints and all but one of our special sprints. Thanks Dean! Oh, it was also nice to get some 20m QSOs via S&P. I worked almost everyone I called there except KD0V and maybe 1 or 2 others. Thanks to those I did work.

KB3AAG - A good sprint and I did about average. It seems the summer noise has arrived with the fine weather we are enjoying here in the hollar! I think installing tv in here was a mistake as I could tell my fist was bad tonite. But still great fun thanks to all. 73 Frank

KG3W - Worked 7 QSO's on 20. Went to 40. Cue the theme from JAWS. It was like somebody had thrown chum in the water and the sharks were jockeying for position. This is a half hour after the start! One frequency 4 stations all the same note. Who's frequency is it? Don't want to be rude. Took me 10 minutes to get going. If only you could contact all stations you heard. But that's what makes it a contest, right? Missed K3WWP this time. As always, had a great time. "72" Scotty

WB3T - I missed the first hour due to NCS duties on my 2m net, but got in just to "make a few" so I could add to the submitted log count, still hoping we break the record soon! Thanks to all, I ended up having a great time as usual, excellent bunch of guys here and some really hard workers who gave it their all to make the QSO. Thanks especially to W4DUK for hanging in there for a tough one to wrap up the evening! I use one of the last brand new 9-band Wilderness Sierras ever sold and just love that great little rig! See you next month.

AI4SV - Knwd 450S at 5W to attic dipole for 20m, and ground-mounted vertical for 40m. I stayed with 20m for an hour, then over to 40, and never got to 80m, which had been very noisy the previous night. I'm tempted to say that PJ4/K4BAI would be my DX, but the actual distance to contacts in CA and WA was greater. 20m was very clear, and I heard quite a mix of far and near stations.

WX4RM - Conditions here in the mountains near Asheville were great! I heard so many great signals on 40 and 20 meters. I am sorry for the PJ2/ station who answered me, I messed up his call so bad due to QRM I cannot put in log. I was so happy to hear west coast QRP signals loud and clear with no QSB. As you can tell, I had fun on this sprint.

WD4E - Could not hear much on 20 here, but lots of stations on 40. Lots of QRN on 40 too. Thanks to all for the contacts and the repeats.

N3LL - Lots of t-storms in the area tonite so conditions were tough, many above the noise but I know I missed a few.

NA4O - 20 sounded great here tonite; 40 was covered with QRN, lot of noise, but the FT817 put up a good fight.

WA4ZOF - Always lots of fun. Looking forward to next month. 73s to all TOM WA4ZOF

K4DXV - Nice sprint; lots of activity tonight on 40, but not all NAQCC so I had some QRM. Went through a long dry spell and didn't think I would ever get past 10 QSO's at one point. But, as usual, everybody started scrambling toward the end and I finally got to 17. Down a bit from recent months, possibly due to the fact that I pulled out the little R4020 from Ten-Tec and it has been several months since I've used it (had to pull out the manual twice, HI HI). I've still got a long way to go, however, before I get into the same league as the big dogs like K4ORD! Missed working some of my regulars, but I did hear some new calls and higher numbers, and that is good since it means we have fresh blood. Thanks to everyone for the Q's and I look forward to seeing everyone next month! 72

K4KRW - Thanks everyone. I missed the last two sprints. So, it was nice to be back. 40 meters was pretty nice here. Heard lots of good signals. Already looking forward to next time. 73 - Richard

KU4A - A record-shattering night here. A new record 20 QSOs for me, beats previous record of 13 set in September 2010 and November 2010. Thanks to all who worked me.

NY4G - Had little time to work because of trouble setting up the Buddipole. I had to put up the end fed Zepp instead as a sloper on 40. I was portable in TN which probably threw some for a loop. I was limited to 40/20 with my portable set up. Tnx for all the Q's guys and hope to do better next time. Rig was a K2. 73 Ariel

K4JPN - 20M was the band to be on, tried 80M and 40M, but heavy QRN. Made only one contact on 80M and one on 40M. 72, Steve K4JPN

KB0ETU - Good sprint. 40 meters was the pits due to storms not too far away. 20 meters was a super band tonight. Hope to hear all of you during the SKS next week. 72 Phil

K1AY - Lost the first hour due to thunderstorms in the area!! This was my first one. I'm not a serious contester. It was fun (NW2K: That's what it's all about and welcome!).

W4CUX - Great fun. Lots of strong signals tonight on both 40 and 20m. Looking forward to next event. 73, Bill - W4CUX

K3RLL - Tough to make any contacts tonight for some reason. Thanks to those who pulled me out of the noise and good to run into another PGH Breezeshooter, N3LL tonight. Best signal tonight was PJ2/AC8AP. 73 and many thanks to those who make these sprints possible... Don

WA4TNM - My first contest ever after hamming for 36 yrs (NW2K: Welcome Aboard, Jim!). Was always a ragchewer. Very enjoyable. Thanks for having these sprints and thanks for having me as a member. Looking forward to the next one although I hope to score better next time. Hi WA4TNM Jim

WB4MNK - Fun contest. Will see every one next month. 72, Art WB4MNK

AI4VA - 1973 Ten Tec Triton II and a long wire antenna. Great fun! Thanks to all!

AK4LF - Had a great time as usual. Only got about a half hour in this sprint. Stayed on 40m using MFJ Cub. Good to hear the band busy and crowded. 72/73 and see you next time. Ty

W5YDM - FT-950 at 5 watts with a very good, and much needed 100 HZ bandwidth filter and RIT. 20m was good, and 40m was really crowded with callers, but also lots of thunderstorm static. I lost several very weak QSO's because I could never get complete call signs due to the static. Stayed on 20 and 40 all night due to 80 having too much atmospheric crackling. I wonder what KE5*** was using. Not your normal signal characteristics. This time weak, chirping, and nearly 400Hz off my calling frequency. A new kit maybe?

W5IQS - 20 worked well until about 0200. Very little heard on 40 and 80. Another Great Sprint! Thanks 72 Evan

W5ODS - Bands were in good shape tonight in OK, not withstanding QRN from nearby storms. GenLog really helps with logging and log submission. Thanks!

N5NK - This sure was a fun way to spend an evening! Got a late start but caught the tail end of a lot of action on 20m. Then went to 40m and remembered why I didn't start there! Reminds me of a small town carnival--too many people doing too many different things too close together. My filters are good but not THAT good. Still a fun thing to do. Thanks to those who produced this event; keep it going! And like all the losers say, "Wait till next time!" (NW2K: There are no losers! Just GREAT Ops!)

KB5JO - QRN was fierce here, especially at beginning on 40M, fun sprint as always. I look forward to working friends every month.

KE5YUM - I used my Heathkit HW-8 for the first time in a sprint. There were a lot of signals on 40, but I only managed to pull out three contacts. I tried to work a lot more, but I am thankful for the ones that I worked. I hope to use it on 20 later this year. All the best, Terry

K4LJA - Again -- Thanks. Could only work about 20-minutes or so, bur sure enjoyed it. Heard lots of good signals and good operators. 20-meters sounded to me as if rare DX was pounding in. Good times. Randy K4LJA

K6CSL - 20M was great this evening. 40M was a little slow and quite short here. Fun Sprint though. Bert, K6CSL

K6EEE - My first time and I really enjoyed myself (NW2K: Thanks for joining in and see you next month). K6EEE

N5VWN - This is like my second contest in years! Used a mini straight key and an ATsprint3a enclosed in a small metal clipboard with a T1 Elecraft tuner also enclosed. Used a small pack of Nimh batteries. Antenna was random length of long wire in an inverted L up abt 30'. I was sooo rusty but had fun. Wow, that two hours went by way too fast. Just starting to 'get it'. I see that GenLog was a real time saver. Next time. . . Look out! LOL

K6MGO - Bands were very noisy at start of Sprint, finally heard a few weak signals on 20m and then on 40m. Never heard any signals on 80m.

WY7N - Conditions on 20M were fabulous! Personal best for me!

KE7YTE - I fired up the KX1 this evening running 4.5w to my vertical dipole. 20 meters was good to me. I switched to 40m the last 30 minutes. I could hear lots of you QRPers out there having fun. CW QRP is a blast. My high powered ham buddies chuckle saying that its too difficult. They just don't understand do they.

W7YSB - Lots of 20m activity with time change, a big help in AZ. K2 @ 5w. 73 Eldon

NU7T - A couple of stations may have heard my report, but, I did not hear a QSL and thus, they are not included in my log. Thank you for a fun evening.

W7GAH - Good sprint. Lots of activity on 20m with low noise. Went to 40m with 30 minutes to go. More QRN and QRM on 40m. Just missed W5YDM in the last minute, too much noise not enough time. Looking forward to the next one.

AA7CU - Worked the sprint from Arizona

AE7CG - Thanks to Bert K6CSL and Mark K5GQ for QSOs on 20M. The rig here is an MFJ Cub running 2 watts to a 10 feet high dipole under the roof eaves at the back of the house. NAQCC sprints are fun events, and I look forward to them. 72, Loren, AE7CG, NAQCC #0523, Arizona

AE8M - K3 at 5W. 20M was OK, signals were strong but not very many of them. 40M was great and made for a fun contest. 80M was noisy with not many stations.

WB8LZG - K2 @ 5w Good sprint tonight, but propagation was very weird here in Michigan. I started out on 20m and signals were good but I couldn't get thru to the west coast. I usually bag an ID, WA, VE6, VE7, OR, or any westies, and although I heard several, they didn't hear me. I did get some southern and eastern states though. Then went to 40m and it was PACKED! Lot's of stations to work but not the propagation that I usually get on 40m. Usually I have a beeline to the south, but tonight most of my QSO's were here in the midwest and the east coast. I usually bag 5 or 6 Texan's on 40m, but I couldn't find nary a one. So although there WAS propagation, it was different tonite. Nice to work several members with 5000+ numbers. Welcome new sprinters! Wound up the nite with 2 QSOs on 80m. See you all next month, 73 Gregg

K8JD - Got a late start this time. Had a good run on 40M, started with my loop and switched to a 5/8 wave dipole as the band went longer, finished on 80M with my halfwave dipole. Worked many old friends and a few new calls. Did not hear any stations in the New England states ???

W8BI - ...hmmm...a vertical counts as an SWA...okay...that steel pole barn roof oughtta help a bit...only worked 40 and 20, but things worked out quite nicely...now, if I hadn't busted an eardrum a couple weeks ago and I could HEAR 'em out there...sheesh... For the Dayton Amateur Radio Assn club stn W8BI Charlie KA8OQF

KB8FE - Stayed on 40 meters for the entire sprint. I was surprised some of you pulled my signal out on the first call to you! Weather has been just beautiful here lately so no problems there. 40 meters was somewhat weak but I had plenty of available stations to work. 80 meters was not interesting at all during this particular sprint.

AD7TN - There was a conflict this month, but I was able to participate last 10 minutes of Sprint. It was a very warm day in Michigan!

KB9ILT - Wow, 40 meters was active tonight! No need to even look at 80 meters as 40 was packed with stations. Even worked PJ4/K4BAI! Great conditions, great group of ops, great sprint! See you next month.

AA9L - Well, I used the Vibroplex. Sorry for the scratchy dots. I'm working on it. I think the multiplier should be 3 for the semi-automatic key, much harder than a straight key for me. Stayed on 40 meters and had no problem finding QSO's. Great sprint!

W9UX - Conditions better tonight. Thanks to all for the contacts. 72, Terry NAQCC #33

N9KR - Lots of good signals on 40. Worked most of the 2 hours. Using an improved crystal filter on HB rcvr & made a big difference. 73.

KA9VHG - Lots of QRN and not much activity on 80m here in Wisconsin but had plenty of fun.

KG9HM - My first CW sprint (NW2K: Welcome OM!). Nervous, but finally jumped in. Thanks for your patience!

NN9S - As a CW newbie, it's not the speed that intimidates me about this contest (I can survive just fine at 12wpm); it's that the 10 or 15khz being used sounds like a gigantic pileup. (Suggested frequencies for any contest are only a starting point from which to spread out. They don't mean everyone should stick to the suggested frequencies. Some contests list only a single frequency. Obviously not everyone should operate that one frequency. So feel free to spread out. - K3WWP) Instead of desperately searching for QRP signals, I instead spend dozens of minutes just trying to find a signal that isn't overlapping three others! Maybe this is a side effect of being in the middle of the country (Chicago) -- I hear both coasts? :-)

K9OSC - 20 meters was great for the first 45 minutes tonight and then on to 40 meters. Lots of activity and great fun as usual. Nice to work some old friends.

KI0I - Didn't think this sprint wud play well here with all the rain and storms in area. But 20m was strong enough to start with and I made abt 20 QSOs before QSY to 40m. The sigs were much stronger on 40 but so was the storm QRN. A lot of S9 and louder stations and even worked PJ2/AC8AP, 579 both ways!! Good to hear all the regulars and some new as well.. Maybe WB5BKL will join in with a new number soon (we worked on 2 bands).. A lot of fun as always and 2hrs is gone in a flash. 72 MARK KI0I

N0TA - Good night on 20m; but 40m was really bad here! Thanks for the Q's. K3@5w, vertical and doublet, GenLog.

KD0V - It was good to have 20 meters open. There was considerable activity on 20. 40 meters was in good shape also. It was great to hear W7GAH in Idaho on 20 meters. QSB and QRM got K3WWP at this location, sorry John. Looking forward to April. Until then 72 - Merlin KD0V

KA8HDE - Got the first hour in - always fun.

NO2D - Thought 40 would be best to start, but quickly switched to 20 where I made the rest of my contacts. Could not stay for the second hour. As always, thanks to those whose hard work make the sprints possible. Pete, NO2D.

VE3FUJ - The band was in great shape as far as noise and static crashes goes, but were short on distance, which led to a low multi count. However I thought I did very well and had a lot of fun, busy for all of the 2hrs. See you all next month. Brion

VE3RCN - Started out really slow. I could not get a QSO by calling CQ, so I started S&P. Finally started a run on 40 and 80. Atmosphere was quiet. VE3FUJ was pounding in. Lots of WA stations on. Nice to hear everyone.

VE5BCS - The radio is fun and the computer logging is not. I hope all is ok. Tnx for fine test.

W7LKG - Propagation pretty good on 20M. Strong signals from East Coast and Central US. 40M not so good to East Coast, but Western US was better. Bands were overall somewhat noisy (QRN). Quite a few stations on the air. Makes it a fun event. See you all next time. Thanks for the call John (#0002). 73, Rick, W7LKG

W0UFO - I got going a few minutes late. Conditions seemed fairly good. Thanks to all the participants. 72 Mert W0UFO

KJ4LEN - Had to enter gain antenna category because I only have a Yagi for 20m. I started off strong on 20m but when I went to 40m I had s7-s9 noise. Same on 80m so I pulled the plug early. I had a great time and will try to get a 20m dipole up before the next sprint. 72, Ray

K4BAI - FT1000MK V 5W 2 element 40M Yagi at 90 feet. Down on Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles with three others for CQ WPX SSB this weekend. Had hoped for more time in the NAQCC Sprint, but didn't have a hand key here. Had a long, delicious dinner in town and was to hurry back to the PJ4G rental station, but the starter in the rental car failed and we had to wait for the manager of the car rental agency to pick us up and take us to the station. They will bring us a new car in the morning. So, I only operated on 40M and only the last 28 minutes. 15 QSOs in 28 minutes isn't too bad and DL1NKS with the beam on the US is pretty good. Activity sounded good. Only station called who couldn't copy my call was KD0V. Sorry about that. Hope to work many of you this weekend from PJ4Z in the contest. Send QSLs via K4BAI. Thanks for all QSOs. CU next month. 73/72, John, K4BAI.

K8AG - I gotta thank all of the ops who made the effort to pull my squeeker through the QRN. There were a few difficult QSOs so thanks. 72, JP, K8AG

N8XMS - I had almost no available time but I wanted to be able to contribute to the log count. 5 QSOs in 12 minutes isn't too bad! Three more months until retirement and then I should be able to have more time to play! 73, Paul

NQ2W - Ten-Tec Jupiter @ 5W to mini beam at 25' for 20m and invV at 40' for 40m. Started a half-hour late...Survivor was on. 20m was hopping and I stayed there for about an hour making 20 Q's and 12 multi's. Spent the last half-hour on 40 making 10 Q's and 8 multi's. Worked KB9ILT at the buzzer for a new multi. Great to have 20 open to the west and northwest...a pleasure to work VE7YU in BC and VE5BCS in SK. Hope KO7X from WY and WB5BKL from TX join/participate in future sprints. The activity is great and makes the sprint fly by. Didn't even have time to try 80...too busy on 20 and 40. Thanks to everyone that joined in the fun and special thanks to John and Dean (great score again this month, Dean...wow). Already looking forward to next month. I've uploaded my log to LoTW and eQSL...hope you'll consider doing the same. 72/73 Will NQ2W

N8VAR - I didn't get much time for this one. I had planned on getting on at 8:30 edt but homework got in the way. It was for the MIT 6002x Electronics online course a bunch of us are taking. Anyway, I got about 10 minutes of operating time before I had to head for blissfull sleep land. Not to bad though. I was hearing lots of sigs and everyone I called answered. Over all for the short time it was a great night.

N2ESE - Great sprint good to work so many new members.See ya next month. 73 Gary # 5555

K5GQ - First cw activity after last Thursday total hip replacement; (AVN). I am walking, using a walker (with pain). A day's activities are resting, going to bathroom, eating when I am not hungry and reading email. I am out of practice with the bug, maybe I can blame it on the medicine. Mark, K5GQ

VE7YU - Poor condx. Deep, rapid QSB.

WD4OHD - I haven't participated in a Sprint in some time, so I had a bit of difficulty getting used to GENLOG again and cycling between antennas properly. In the end I only made a few QSOs on 20m with a Hy-Gain AV-620 Vertical (3 dBi average, so I guess that qualifies as a Gain Antenna, but considering over 100 feet of transmission line, RF losses may have negated much of that modest gain). Didn't hear much on 80m, and 40m was pretty noisy. Attempted a few QSOs on 40m with a basic dipole but didn't complete any QSOs on that band. A fun sprint even so. Better luck next time I suppose. WG8Y - Hi all, good to see 20 starting to come around. Kinda bounced around looking for states for WAS. Still worked a fair amount for me. Dropped back down to 20 with a few minutes to go and found K7NEW in WA calling. Got him. I thought 20 had closed. Neat. Always have fun in the Sprints. 72 from Ohio Mark WG8Y

W9CC - Lots of new stations on tonight.

W2SH - 20m was very quiet just prior to the sprint, but when it began the QRP briar patch came nicely to life. 40m was OK though not sensational, but surprisingly it yielded my best DX, 4,700 miles. At first I thought it was a WA3 answering my CQ NA, but it turned out to be RA3DUO near Moscow. Boris was running 50W. 20m delighted by its improvement in the second hour.

WB5BKL - Back after a long absence. Thanks to all - including the organizers. Had fun.

N8QY - Short skip in Ohio during sprint. NC,MI,VA, no PA. Bands 80m not much going on, 40m lots of signals so I had a good time. Pulled the plug around 0240z. NAQCC is the leader in QRP.

NF8M - Haven't spent this much time on 20 in a long time - the whole first hour. Didn't even make it down to 80. Some guys need to get a little better at zero beating, though, and asking QRL? before calling CQ. Got stepped on a couple times, and had to use the RIT once or twice to answer a station outside my filter passband. All in all, a fun run. See you next month and best 72!

N9RLO - Well that was fun. Bands not in too bad of shape. A narrower filter would have helped, stations very close together. I made more contacts this time though. See ya all next month. 73, John

N8IUP - TNX everyone, had a great time.

VE7KBN - Only worked 20M. Lots of signals and very enjoyable. Thanks to those who put these things together!

N3QE - In between helping the kids get to bed and helping with homework, I got some time to put in :-). Thunderstorm noise was really bad on 80M and an issue on 40M, but 20M was good clean fun! Finishing with PJ4/K4BAI was a joy... heard him the next night in the NS and never got to work him there.

K7NEW - My first NAQCC sprint. Definitely going to do it again. (NW2K: Thank you for joining in the fun! See you next month.)

N1RU - Started out on 20 but would have moved to 40 earlier had I realized that conditions there were so good. Too bad I had to miss the first half hour too. But I had a great time as usual. 73, James (NE Indiana).

NX8Z - My first NAQCC Sprint. Had a great time. Will do again!!

PJ2/AC8AP - I had a great time working the contest from Curacao Island at the PJ2T contest station. It was really great getting the stations I did get into the log. I think many of the ops just didn't understand the PJ2/ part so they gave up or skipped me. That happened many times. It think that was the first time that station worked a sprint or contest QRP. See you all in the next sprint from home. 73 Alan


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

RULES specific to this month's sprint:

Date and time:
Thursday, March 22, 2012 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.