Aug 2012 Straight Key/Bug Sprint (#94)
NW2K Comments - Great conditions all around! Signals were S9+10, well above the QRN. Couple of items: Our sprints are a great way to earn the Friendship Club Award and GenLog does all the heavy lifting for you (see the tutorial at the NAQCC website). Also, please note that you can work the same station once on each band for QSO credit so please check 80, 40 and 20 if you can.
K3WWP Comments - That's it. The results are final. The week set aside for appeals is over and all scores are locked in stone with no further chance for any change. Thanks for keeping our sprints in top notch shape with 126 logs this month. We are waiting till we hit 150 logs per sprint as a norm, then we have some exciting new features in mind. No changes to the very successful basic formula we have now, but.... Well, I'm not going to say more as we may never hit 150 logs and then you'll be disappointed. So it's up to you now. End of tease.
Final Official Results
SWA Category - W1 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna KB1UOH 29 29 58 14 812 x2 1624 Dpl @20' N2CN 19 18 37 14 518 x2 1036 G5RV @45' K1IEE 19 19 38 13 494 x2 988 OCF wire @30' W1SVU 14 12 26 11 286 x2 572 ZS6BKW inv V @55' W1PID 14 13 27 10 270 x2 540 OCF dpl W1OH 9 9 18 7 126 126 40 doublet @35' W1WQG 9 9 18 6 108 108 40 double x Zepp @30' KX1NH 4 4 8 2 16 x2 32 Dpl @35' AB1II 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 20 attic wire SWA Category - W2 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna NW2K 68 66 134 27 3618 x2 7236 Crossed inv Vs @40' W2JEK 20 17 37 16 592 x2 1184 80 end fed, 40 dpl, 20 GP all @25' WA2JSG 19 18 37 12 444 x2 888 Vert mtd @12' N2ESE 23 23 46 16 736 736 80 OCF dpl @25' K2GLS 15 15 30 12 360 x2 720 40 dpl @30', 20 dpl @20' W2SH 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 180' dpl @35' KD2MX 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 600' loop @30' SWA Category - W3 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna K3WWP 41 41 82 22 1804 x2 3608 ~110' attic rnd wire, 20 attic dpl KG3W 29 28 57 19 1083 x1.5 1625 All band dpl @24' K3RLL 26 26 52 19 988 988 G5RV Jr @35' KA2KGP 14 14 28 12 336 x2 672 Dpl @25' KC2EGL 11 11 22 10 220 x2 440 G5RV @25' AK3X 6 6 12 4 48 x2 96 40 inv V @27' N2COD 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 Mobile stick SWA Category - W4 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna K2UFT 49 47 96 20 1920 x2 3840 80 doublet AA4GA 40 38 78 23 1794 x2 3588 80 doublet @45' K4ZGB 38 36 74 23 1702 x2 3404 80 dpl @40', 40 20 vert @20' NY4G 35 35 70 19 1330 x2 2660 G5RV @50' K4ORD 48 48 96 20 1920 1920 40 dpl @45', 160 dpl @35' WB4MNK 40 40 80 17 1360 1360 31' S9 vert WX4RM 21 21 42 14 588 x2 1176 4BTV gnd mtd N4FZ 19 19 38 15 570 x2 1140 HF9V gnd mtd vert K4KRW 18 18 36 15 540 x2 1080 Windom @25' W4DUK 19 19 38 13 494 x2 988 End fed Zepp @20' KG4UPO 17 17 34 14 476 x2 952 EFHW @60' NA4O 17 17 34 13 442 x2 884 OCF dpl @40', CW @45' WD4OHD 17 17 34 12 408 x2 816 40 dpl @25' N4FI 17 17 34 11 374 x2 748 Attic G5RV Jr WM4AA 15 15 30 12 360 x2 720 Inv L @50' WG8Y 15 15 30 10 300 x2 600 84' EFD @25' WD4E 23 23 46 13 598 598 80 horiz loop @40' K4NVJ 12 12 24 7 168 x2 336 88' non-res dpl @35' WA4ZOF 15 15 30 11 330 330 80 OCF @40', 40 loop @30' K4FB 16 15 31 10 310 310 Par End Fedz @20' KJ4LEN 8 8 16 8 128 x2 256 80 inv L, 40 20 inv V @40' W1SGC 8 7 15 8 120 x2 240 Dpl @30' W3HZZ 13 12 25 9 225 225 80 horizontal loop W4RQ 10 9 19 7 133 x1.5 200 OCF dpl @30' KB4QQJ 8 8 16 6 96 x2 192 5 band doublet @33' N4ESS 8 8 16 6 96 x2 192 Dpl @40' K8QI 7 7 14 6 84 x2 168 80 loop @30' K4JPN 7 7 14 5 70 x2 144 Zepp KU4A 8 8 16 7 112 112 Sloping dpl @40' W4TZM 6 6 12 6 72 72 40 loop @25' K9IA 7 7 14 5 70 70 Gnd mtd vert W4ONC 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 Inv V $NZ1D 6 6 12 5 60 x2 120 G5RV Jr inv V @20' SWA Category - W5 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna WD5EAE 50 48 98 26 2548 x2 5096 20 dpl @30' W5YDM 42 42 84 26 2184 x2 4368 Fan dpl @22' W5IQS 34 33 67 20 1340 x2 2680 40 20 fan dpl @20' K5TRI 15 15 30 11 330 x2 660 OCF dpl @50' AE5KA 12 12 24 8 192 x2 384 Gnd mtd trap vert K5ON 17 17 34 11 374 374 Dpl @30' WB5UAA 8 8 16 8 128 x2 256 305' dpl @30' KA5TJS 8 8 16 6 96 x2 192 80 dpl @30' W5ODS 6 5 11 5 55 x1.5 83 G5RV @50' KE5YUM 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 Inv V @30' SWA Category - W6 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna WK6L 10 10 20 9 180 x2 360 40 Windom V @35' KA6AIL 6 5 11 6 66 x2 132 40 20 gnd mtd verts K6CSL 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 Loop, coaxial dpl, dpl K6MGO 5 5 10 3 30 30 Indoor 50' doublet K6ACJ 5 4 9 3 27 27 58' L-Wire @25' SWA Category - W7 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna W7GAH 6 6 12 4 48 x2 96 Inv V @50', vert @8' AA7CU 8 7 15 5 75 75 Mobile 6' whip @12' WU7F 4 4 8 3 24 x2 48 G5RV @10' NU7T 3 3 6 2 12 x2 24 R6000 AE7CG 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 Dpl @10' SWA Category - W8 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna AE8M 52 50 102 29 2958 x2 5916 Rotatable dpl @50' N8XMS 43 42 85 22 1870 x2 3740 Trap vert N8IUP 35 35 70 20 1400 x2 2800 40 loop, 80 40 NVIS @10' NI8N 35 35 70 20 1400 x2 2800 Inv L W3NP 25 25 50 17 850 x2 1700 130' CFZ @45'; 600 ohm open wire KB8FE 25 25 50 17 850 x2 1700 Inv V @45' WB8LZG 23 22 45 15 675 x2 1350 Dpl @30' W8DW 20 19 39 13 507 x2 1014 Gnd mtd trap vert WB8ENE 10 10 20 8 160 x2 320 102' doublet @15', 20 dpl @20' WA8SAN 10 10 20 9 180 180 End fed Zepp @15' W3HI 11 11 22 8 176 176 ZS6BKW @30' N8DWN 9 8 17 5 85 x1.5 128 Apartment Dpl @24' #AC8AP 7 7 14 7 98 98 Little Tarheel II @4' Mobile Op NF8M 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 80 OCF dpl @35' WV8P 4 4 8 4 32 32 80 Windom @45' W8MRL 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 Dpl @30' SWA Category - W9 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna N9SF 56 56 112 24 2688 x2 5376 80 40 inv V @50', 20 rotatable dpl @60' AA9L 56 56 112 23 2576 x2 5152 Trap dpl @50' N9RLO 38 36 74 23 1702 x2 3404 CF Zepp @45' W9CC 22 22 44 16 704 x2 1408 80 loop @15' AB9CA 22 21 43 15 645 645 17' camper mtd vert K9EYT 13 13 26 12 312 x2 624 G5RV @25' W9UX 18 18 36 13 468 468 Dpl @25' N1RU 14 14 28 11 308 308 40 attic full wave loop, 20 dpl @15' WA9NPS 8 8 16 5 80 80 Dpl @30' KC9MTP 1 1 2 1 2 2 Dpl @32' SWA Category - W0 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna K9OSC 58 58 116 25 2900 x2 5800 CF Zepp @30' KD0V 38 37 75 24 1800 x2 3600 CF Zepp @50' K0EUN 33 33 66 21 1386 x2 2772 40 loop @20' K0KCY 26 25 51 17 867 x2 1734 Dpl @40' N3PDT 19 19 38 13 494 x2 988 Doublet @30', gnd mtd vert N8LA 16 16 32 12 384 x2 768 Dpl @35' K0CW 16 15 31 12 372 x2 744 Gnd mtd all band vert K4EQ 20 20 40 11 440 440 End fed half wave @25' K2HT 12 12 24 9 216 x2 432 40 inv V @40' WB0T 12 12 24 9 216 216 g5rv@30' SWA Category - Canada Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna VE3FUJ 37 37 74 17 1258 x2 2516 G5RV @50' VE7YU 21 20 41 14 574 574 80 vert loop @60' VE3EDX 12 11 23 10 230 x2 460 Gnd mtd vert VE5BCS 9 9 18 7 126 x2 252 Loop @25' VE7KBN 7 7 14 6 84 x2 168 3 band vert @8' VE2KOT 4 4 8 4 32 32 54' G5RV @27' SWA Category - DX Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna EA5GVZ 7 7 14 5 70 x2 140 1/4 wave vert. 2el rad, by sea CO8CML 6 6 12 3 36 x2 72 Inv V @27' GAIN ANTENNA Category Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna K4BAI 59 56 115 29 3335 x2 6670 TH6DXX @55'; dpl @40' K2YGM 50 49 99 25 2475 2475 3el Yagi @40', inv V @30' NP3CW 30 29 59 16 944 x2 1888 T6 Log Per @30' W7WHY 27 26 53 17 901 x2 1802 20 2el monobander NQ2W 27 26 53 17 901 901 Mini beam @25', inv V @40' N6GA 12 11 23 10 230 230 Yagi @25' @ Non-member not eligible for certificate or prize $ QRO not eligible for certificates or prize # Re-constructed log AWARD WINNERS: 1st SWA W1: KB1UOH 1st SWA W2: NW2K 1st SWA W3: K3WWP 1st SWA W4: K2UFT 1st SWA W5: WD5EAE 1st SWA W6: WK6L 1st SWA W7: W7GAH 1st SWA W8: AE8M 1st SWA W9: N9SF 1st SWA W0: K9OSC 1st SWA Canada: VE3FUJ 1st SWA DX: EA5GVZ 1st Gain: K4BAI First time entrant high scorer: K4EQ Prize drawing winner: WV8P The following appeared 5 or more times in submitted logs, but did not submit a log themselves for whatever reason: KB9ILT - 47 KB3AAG - 33 WB5BKL - 25 VE3MO - 24 K9HXO - 17 K8AG - 16 W7OM - 14 W3RT - 11 W4OH - 11 WB3T - 10 K3NVI - 9 K7ZYV - 9 K8DIO - 9 KR9Z - 9 WB0PYF - 9 K8CV - 8 N0EVH - 8 N4JD - 8 NT8P - 8 NS7E - 7 W7IEX - 7 K2JT - 6 N2JJF - 6 WA4AN - 6 AA2YK - 5 Wow, had those 25 folks submitted a log, we would have gone over the 150 log mark and shattered our record of 137. 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: 126 Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 193 Total QSO's in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 2,361 States represented: 38 + BC ON QC SK + CM EA G KP4 LZ GOLDEN LOGS - 59 of 126 (perfectly formatted, all info accurate): AA7CU AB1II AE7CG AK3X CO8CML K0EUN K0KCY K2HT K3RLL K4JPN K4NVJ K6CSL K6MGO K8QI K9EYT K9IA K9OSC KA5TJS KA6AIL KB4QQJ KC2EGL KC9MTP KD0V KD2MX KE5YUM KG4UPO KJ4LEN KX1NH N1RU N2CN N2COD N2ESE N3PDT N4ESS N4FZ N6GA N8LA NA4O NF8M NQ2W NU7T NY4G NZ1D VE2KOT VE3EDX W2JEK W4DUK W4ONC W4RQ W8DW W9UX WA8SAN WB5UAA WB8ENE WD4E WD4OHD WM4AA WU7F WV8PIf 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 with the subject "NAQCC Sprint Question".
WU7F - TU 72
NU7T - Thunderstorm
KC9MTP - I rushed in the door after my bike ride to catch Paul on the air calling CQ NA so I cranked the 950 down to 5W and waited my turn through his small pile up. Nice signal coming in at 10 over. He came back after my first call and then it was a rush to the shower and back out the door. It was only one contact, but I don't care, just want to keep showing support for the NAQCC. Bill KC9MTP
W3HZZ - My first sprint (NW2K: Thanks for joining in Phil!). Great fun. Good operators. Only had 45 minutes. Next month, I will spend more time. Rig is K3 and Lopsided horizontal loop. Phil, W3HZZ
KJ4LEN - I was able to work the first hour. Pretty good sigs on 20 and 40. Longest contact was 1400 mi with NP3CW. I ran 5W with my TS130V. Thanks for another fine QRP sprint. Ray
WA9NPS - Great signals in here tonight! Conditions or my new antenna(?), which is a 120 foot 450 ohm fed dipole at 30 feet.
K2HT - QRN heavy due to storms in southern MO. Thanks for the QRP QSO's. See you next sprint 72/73
W4ONC - I got in late because I had forgotten about the sprint. 40 was full of members. After my first two contacts, one of which was from down the road, N4FI, I was unable to make any other contacts. By then I thought my antenna had come down. The band was still full of members but for some reason I was unable to make it out of the backyard. Maybe I'll have better luck the next time.
AB1II - My first NAQCC Sprint (NW2K: Jay, Welcome!). Thank you. This club is great. 73 from Jay AB1II
W1SVU - Last month I used an old ground mounted Vertical with no radials. This month I'm using a ZS6BKW inverted... 5 watts with my old (1960's) Navy key from when I flew as a radio operator back in '63. Lots and Lots of fun! Tony, W1SVU (ex K5MYU, W6FBC and W5SVU)
WM4AA - Conditions seemed pretty good tonight. This was my first sprint with a new vanity callsign. 73/72, Matt WM4AA
K4FB - My first sprint entry (NW2K: Welcome!). I was on 20 only. I will have a 40 antenna up before the next sprint. Nice to have EA5GZV answer my CQ. Rig was KX3 #242 into a Par End Fedz up 20' in the backyard.
AA7CU - Worked the sprint from Arizona. Lost the last 30 minutes of the sprint due to a thunderstorm.
W7WHY - This was fun. First time with the new number (NW2K: Tom, welcome and thanks for the QSO!). Never heard anything on 40. Thanks for the Q's and 73. Tom W7WHY
AC8AP - I was mobile on my way home and worked many stations. I could not remember my member number so I sent 5W. I had fun and tried to give out some points while I was driving in divided lanes, no traffic areas. I worked some 20 and 40 meters. 73 Alan AC8AP
K5TRI - Wow what a difference to last month. I figured now that I had 100 CW QSOs under my belt (total) it was time to run instead of S&P. Boy what a difference. Before I would score 5 or so QSOs, this time I made 15. I was mostly on 20 and the band worked quite well. Highlight certainly was the DX contact with Carlos (CO8CML) on 20. 40 was kinda noisy towards the end but I am satisfied either way.
W9UX - Good conditions tonight and a lot of activity. A fun evening. 72, Terry
AE5KA - My best yet, though 40 was very noisy here. Thanks everyone!
KC2EGL - Enjoyed the company on the air as usual tonight. Started out on 20 without any luck. Spent the rest of the evening on 40. I wish some people would listen while calling CQ. There were a few out there who did not even wait 2 seconds before calling CQ again. And those who try to jump in on a QSO, please wait until the current QSO is finished. Some of us are starting to act a little on the rude side. Remember this is not a big gun event. See you next month on the radio. 73 Mike Rig-TS2000 (KX-3 please hurry up and get here) Key-US Navy Flame Proof
K9OSC - Conditions on 20 were excellent tonight. Some noise and QRN on 40 but not enough to do much damage. Nice to see so many friends on again tonight.
K2GLS - 20 stayed open tonight so got some extra multipliers and a lot of activity on 40 and static crashes were not bad. Thanks to all who pulled my signal out of the QRN. 73, 72
K9EYT - 20 and 40 not too bad this time from Chicago. Nice to get back on the air. Thanks all, great fun!! Ray K9EYT
KB4QQJ - That was quick!! I got home in time to catch the last 12 minutes of the sprint....Made 8 contacts and just couldn't quite pull out that last one. To the N8? DW? I apologize. Someone was tuning right on top of you and time ran out. Rig--> Elecraft KX3. Ant--> 5 band no tune doublet. BCNU, Randy_KB4QQJ
NF8M - Was my son KD8DWF's 21st birthday but wanted to make a couple Qs and submit a log. Hope to make a few more next month. CUL and 72
N3PDT - Always happy when the NAQCC sprint happens on a night I'm not working! 20 was great here. Worked a lot of new-to-me calls. Thanks to all.
W3HI - Breaking in my new FT-857D. I'm finding that even with a 300HZ filter, the receiver overloads badly with strong close stations. I missed at least 3 contacts because of it. SRI guys. Maybe there's a cure for the receiver that I'm not savvy to and would appreciate any info. I started out on 20 and expected more, but it seemed really flat to me, so I headed down to 40 where I think the whole membership was working! A quick jaunt down to 80 and I didn't hear any NAs, so back to 40. Beyond that, I enjoyed the sprint as usual and like working this gang of great operators and look forward to the next time. 72 from West Virginia!
W5ODS - Lots of QRN tonight along with weak signals in OK.
WA2JSG - My 2nd sprint using GenLog. Sure makes things easier (NW2K: Curt, don't spread the word, GenLog is a secret weapon for higher scores too!). Icom IC-703, 5w to an elevated vertical off a 12v battery. Bencher RJ-1 Straight Key. These sprints ROCK!
K3RLL - Trying out a new FLEX-1500 with various keying methods tonight on a shake-down cruise of sorts. Many thanks for your patience with my keying problems. Computer here must be too slow for the Flex. Not a lot heard on 20 but 40 sounded really good tonight with many very strong signals. 72/73, ... Don
N4FZ - First Sprint using my new to me HW-8! 20 was very good tonite, 40 ok. Using the DC receiver was interesting, compared to the K2, hihi. Several stations were loud, but QRM prevailed a few times. Had fun, that's what it's all about! 73 Gene N4FZ
W8MRL - Thank you for working with the newbie. My copy is so slow! KX1NH stayed with me when he was being covered by a strong station. K8AP stayed patiently as I struggled with his call. These are my first two NAQCC contacts (NW2K: Welcome! You will not find a better bunch of OPs.).
K3WWP - As I thought to myself at the very end, "Well it's better than last month." And it was. 20 was very good to me tonight. I think 13 QSOs are the most I've ever made on 20 in our sprints. But as I often say, our sprints are not about making big scores or winning, but having fun. I did really enjoy the sprint tonight. There were some dry spells, but then when the QSOs come 5 or 6 in a row, that makes up for the dry spells. It was nice to work Jerry WB0T who is a regular visitor to my web site at http://home.windstream.net/johnshan/ and we often exchange emails, but that was only our second QSO. I think working W7WHY on 20 makes the first time I've worked OR in one of our sprints. Apologies to the one station on 20 I just couldn't dig out despite his persistence. I think the first letter of his suffix was N, but I'm not even sure of that. His signal never came above my noise level even though it was only S2 or S3. That's probably why I did so well on 20. OK, that's being long winded enough. I'll leave room for more of you to get on the soapbox now.
K4KRW - Bands were great tonight. Got one third of my QSOs on 20. Heard Oregon and CA from here in NC but could not make it back. Nice to get San Juan. Thanks Julio. K2UFT - sorry about the dupe. Logging error on my part. Thanks everyone.
WB4MNK - Bands were in good shape tonight. Had a lot of fun and worked some new ones tonight. Thanks to everybody and mainly the volunteers that do fantastic job making these sprints such a geat success.
K4EQ - This was my first sprint and I had a blast (NW2K: Welcome aboard. Your rig sounded great here!). It gave my newly built NorCal 40A a great workout.
WD4OHD - Another fun sprint. Thanks to all.
AB9CA - Lots of local QRM tonight. I know some called and I could not hear you. Sorry. In an RV park and the neighbor has some nasty noise maker. Would come and go and occupied from about 14056 to 14068 at different times. It did not stay on the same frequency. Hard to avoid it. Rig was K1 at 3w. Power source was 8 pack of AA batteries. Antenna was vertical attached to my small travel trailer. Operated only on 20 since my antenna is single band. Band conditions seemed to be fairly good. Had it not been for the QRM likely would have done quite a bit better. Thanks to all who stopped by and especially those that persisted and gave me fills through the QRM. 73 de Dave AB9CA
K4ORD - Started on 20, made 1 QSO then went to 40. Things were slow at first, then I got a phone call from a ham friend which took out about 24 minutes, but after the call things really picked up and I had a great run to wind up with 48 QSO's on 40. Sure be nice to have a sprint without QRN on 40! Thanks to all, 73/72 Riley
W2JEK - Got on late. was at a club meeting and got George N2CG to come on after the meeting and worked him twice. 20 and 40 were great but not much activity on 80. All in all had a good time. 72 and 73 Don Younger W2JEK #1135
K2UFT - Two members sent 5W so they were counted as non-members. Had fun as usual, FT1000 at 5W, William Nye straight key (part of an estate I'm selling) wore me out after 2 hours!
KB8FE - Conditions were very good in northern Ohio tonight. Good on 20 and outstanding on 40. I handed out a LOT of accurate 589 and 599 reports. I actually had to add lines to my log form in order to log all the contacts. Very little static, cool air, damp ground. Really a wonderful sprint! I never walked away from the rig the entire two hours. I could hear many distant stations but the strong stations kept me busy. Also, thanks to those that spread out on the band rather than crowd on top of each other. Great night!
WA4ZOF - My first sprint with the KD1JV Tri-Bander. Will connect the straight key to it next sprint for the bonus. Great time as usual... 72 Tom WA4ZOF
W7GAH - Only worked 20 tonight. 40 was quite noisy. Had a bunch of things going on this evening but tried to get the headphones on for the beginning and end of the sprint. Fun as always. 73 Jerry W7GAH
NY4G - Had one QSO with a brand new KX3 but just did not feel comfortable with it as the K2 is so much more intuitive. Stayed on 40 the whole time. Had fun - see you guys again next time - NY4G
K6CSL - Wow! Fun Sprint this evening. Conditions not awefully good, but still fun. Bert, K6CSL
WD5EAE - These sprints are something I really look forward to now. They are short enough to enjoy, long enough to work on my straight key endurance, and allow me to work on copying weaker signals. Thank you to everyone involved.
N8DWN - Had a great time this round. More contacts and member NP3CW in Puerto Rico! 20 was pretty solid for a while. Went to 40 at just after 02:00, but antenna just couldn't do it. I still had a great time...thanks for another good round guys! 73 and see you on the air. Carl
AA4GA - Got a late start - I brought my supper into the shack so I could eat and operate at the same time - often times the pause in my sending was me taking a bite of jambalaya! Conditions seemed pretty good - 80 was a bit noisy, as would be expected in August, but 40 wasn't too bad at all here. There was some QSB, and for *several* stations, I'd written down a signal report of, say, 559 and sent it, but when they came back, they were really legitimate 589! Using FT817ND at 5 watts out with the doublet. Fun time!
AE7CG - Thanks to Gregg WB8LZG and Robert W5YDM for this month's QSOs on 20. I took 30 minutes off for dinner, and then resumed listening to the sprint until the ending time. The sprints are always fun, and I consider myself lucky to make any contacts at all. Rig here is an MFJ Cub running 2 watts to a 20 dipole up 10 feet from the ground. I look forward to next month's NAQCC sprint! 72, Loren, AE7CG, Arizona
N8LA - Used my new Yaesu FT-817ND with SpeedX skirted hand key for first time in this sprint. 20 was open and 40 was very crowded. Gotta get a CW filter. Pushin' buttons and lookin' at the screen as well as turning knobs: 21st Century multitasking! Hope I do better at it than I did at trying to chew gum and walk at the same time in the 20th Century! At least the new setup was able to get thru to "Father" John (K3WWP) and "Brother" Larry (W9CC) for my final two contacts.
W5IQS - Good Sprint. Stayed on 20 all the way. Not sure I heard a QSL from AE7CG at 0045. Hope he did log me. Was happy to hear Carlos, CO8CML. Good signal from Cuba Carlos, Thanks. My Apologies to VE7CBN I could not copy your exchange due to QRM at 0225. Sorry. Best to all, See you next Sprint. Evan. W5IQS
WX4RM - Lots of good signals out there tonite. Spent 1 1/2 hrs on 20, lots of activity, but no west coast heard. Gave 40m a half hour at end, filled in the midwest station's multipliers I needed. Glad to work Canada and Puerto Rico. Love these sprints, 2 hours is just enough fun for a nite.
K6ACJ - Slow start on 7030 and 7044 but fun. Elecraft KX-1 with 10 AA batteries for power.
K2YGM - My first contest as a member (NW2K: Welcome aboard Bob!).. Lots of really good cw ops out there..40 was very noisy here so I started on 20.. Lots of activity there for the first hour, then signals started to fade..Some QRM present on 40 from non participants rag chewing near suggested frequencies..See you all again next month... 72 Bob K2YGM
N9RLO - I Hope everyone had a good time, I know I did. 20 and 40 seemed to be in pretty good shape here in Indiana. Both were busy with us. Wall to Wall brass pounding. I'll see you all in a month. 73, John Hill N9RLO
VE7YU - 20 sounded like 80 - s9 static crashes. Copy was very difficult. 40 was quiet but no activity heard.
AE8M - Activity and conditions were better than usual on 20 and I spent the first hour there. One of my contest goals is to work AE7CG in AZ with his 2W and low dipole, but no luck tonight. I heard a 7 calling in the noise but could not get anymore of his call; maybe it was Loren. 40 was also very good and I had to go down to 7035 to find a hole to call CQ. Rig was K3, 31 Q's on 40, 23 Q's on 20. 73, John, AE8M
KD0V - The band conditions were good in southern Minnesota. It was a good time. Thanks everyone. 72 KD0V
WB8ENE - I operated my usual one hour. I couldn't believe all of the S9 signals, especially on 40. One of the nice things about participating in a QRP sprint is that you don't have to compete with 100 Watt stations. The other nice thing is that others are listening for weak signals. I used an Elecraft K3 and a Begali Blade straight key. 72, Art
KE5YUM - I had a great time as always though a thunderstorm south of me didn't help with the band conditions on 40. Tried 80 with my HW-8 and dipole, but I didn't hear anyone. Thanks to all who worked me. 73, Terry
WB8LZG - Hello again fellow QRPers. Good sprint last evening. Conditions on 20 were good but a bit diferent. No short skip, and no east coast guys heard, yet several west coast stations made it into the log. AE7CG, Loren, gets the patience and persistence award. After several attempts to get his call right near the "fist" freq with no joy, I had given up. But he followed me up about 10 kcs, and had a good QSO. TNX OM! 40 was wall to wall QRP signals, but very few east coasters heard there either. I had a short QSO with Scott, VA3IED, who was /p camping in Algonquin Park running "holiday style" QRP. I worked some stations in the south, but I didnt seem to have the usual "BEELINE" into TX and FL/GA. Several VE's made it in the log though, and lots of activity from Ontario. Very weak signals on 80. No luck there. See you all next month! 73 Gregg WB8LZG
K1IEE - Band conditions good on 40. Lots of stations and little QRN. After the first hour decided to check 20 and stayed. Signals were weak but all workable. Enjoyed the Sprint. Thanks to all, 73 Dick
K4BAI - FT1000MP, 5W, WM-2 QRP Wattmeter, TH6DXX, dipole. Great participation and great conditions tonight. Had to take about five minutes out for two traffic net skeds. Great to work DX stations G3RSP, EA5GVZ, and NP3CW. 20 was so good, I nearly didn't go to 40, but needed the 4th district multipliers. 40 was also very good and packed with sprinters. 43 QSOs on 20 and 16 QSOs on 40. Thanks for all QSOs. Hope to meet many of you at the Huntsville AL hamfest and ARRL Southeastern Division Convention this weekend. 73/72, John, K4BAI.
KD2MX - Just made it for the last 10 minutes or so. Sounded like it was a good night and I saw lots of signals on my waterfall.
W8DW - Good band conditions here this month. Was doing quite well till a computer problem and had to restart my log program and lost my spot. Oh well, things happen. At least a better time than last month. See you all next month, 72
N9SF - Another fun sprint! Got a late start this time. Felt a little QLF. Tried 20 at the start, but couldn't stand the local QRN. QSY'd to 40 and never made it to 80. My new KX3 worked fine when I didn't inadvertently bump the dials. My apologies to the 3 that I lost mid QSO. CU next time. 72/73 Bob
KA6AIL - Thanks to all who put up with my bad straight key. Where does the time go. See you next month, 72.
W5YDM - FT-950 and fan dipole. Lots of 20 signals as usual. That's a good summer band and if all the stations I hear would answer me, I would never need to leave it, but after the first hour, I always hit a long streak where I wonder if I will ever make another contact. The signals are still there, but they don't seem to want to answer me. Of course it helps not to press the VFO B TX button when you intended to press the RIT CLEAR button. That happended in the second hour and I don't have any idea how long it went on before I discovered it. I was really transmitting on 14.018 instead of 14.062. You guys with CAT control probably don't have that problem. There's a cure for it and I will be sure to use it in the next sprint whenever I change frequencies - the A>B button.
WD4E - Got a late start, but it was still a fun sprint. Nice to see 20 open for a while. I heard WA, NV, and CA but could not get back to them.
KB1UOH - Conditions were good in CT. 40 was busy and a lot of fun.
NP3CW - Long time missing Sprints due to other activities with family. I tried to go with wire antenna and started in 80m band, heard few stations but very weak signals, then moved to 40 and heard few stations calling CQ NA but none heard my 5W signal. I changed to 20, heard heavy activity there but doing S&P nobody answered me. After that, made the decision for a gain antenna. First QSO was at 0041 UTC. It was nice to work K4BAI in GA again. Also working N2ESE Gary in NJ with a nice number 5555. I think this is one of my highest scores with 30 QSOs and 29 members. All the contacts were on 20. Thanks to all stations. Sorry for the ones I could not copy. Good luck to all. Julio NP3CW
W4RQ - I enjoy the sprints and I don't want to be derogative, but, since these are not contests I would like to see QSOs consist of more than RST, state abbreviation, and number. Several people don't even send CQ, but rather NA +Callsign! Some do treat it as a full blown contest, and that's fine for them. I'm just saying there should be more of an exchange, a name would be good. Perhaps bonus for exchanging ages? Something along this line would only enhance the popularity of the sprints, that's my point of view. Shutting my mouth now.
KU4A - With this Sprint I have completed 60 consecutive months of at least one Participation Point (NW2K: WOW! Keep it going!!). That's nothing like John's incredible "QSO a day" streak going back years. But it's been fun and challenging to keep this going.
KA2KGP - I had to wait for a thunderstorm to pass the first 1/2 hour, then shut down again mid-sprint for another bout of lightning. QRN was horrid, but 20 was open nice for a while. Summer storms are a real joy to work around! 73 to all.
K4NVJ - John, I promise to learn GenLog, hopefully before next month. K4NVJ
VE7KBN - Used my HB1B. Many stations heard but QSB made it a challenge. Had fun. Will be back. Thanks to the crew who put these together!!
W1OH - Been a while since I got on the air for a sprint. Always fun to hand out a few contacts with #39, especially now with member numbers up into the 6000 range - wow! Way to go, NAQCC! Conditions on 20 and 40 sounded quite good (and folks are spreading out pretty well too). Used my K2 @ 5W to the 40M doublet as usual. Thanks, NAQCC!
KA5TJS - It was hot in the garage (96F) but I did well on 20. I am still new at contesting so I am not real fast but had a good time. It will be better when we get some cooler weather down here and I can stay a little longer. 73 and CUL, Allen KA5TJS
W3NP - Started out on 20. Signals seemed to be down and kept hearing the same stations. Went to 40 and found there to be a lot of activity with mostly very good signals. Skip seemed shorter than last month. I couldn't stay until the party was over, so I had less operating time than usual. My apologies to the station or stations calling when I had to QRT. Rig: Ten Tec Eagle and key was my Junker straight key. K8DIO came up with a member number (5933) but he kept sending 5W, so I logged him as a non-member (NW2K: This happens from time to time. These type of QSOs are counted as "member QSOs"). I heard the same exchange when he worked W5ODS. I sent him his number. 73 from West Virginia
N2ESE - Good signals on 20 and 40. Never had time to check 80. Two hours sure went fast! Thanks to all. 73 Gary #5555
CO8CML - Another nice sprint. Nice to work Nando, EA5GVZ. Thanks to all. See you next month.
N2COD - A nasty thunderstorm visited north-central PA during the sprint and I only had time for a CW contact with my brother Tom, KA2KGP from the mobile. So much QRN here the bands were unuseable. 73
N8XMS - Relatively high QRN but a lot of fun and my personal all-time best score.
N8IUP - Great time.
VE3FUJ - Had a swell time again, multiplier count was a bit low but such were the conditions here, a bit of static and a few crashes. Lots of contacts but no long distance IA, TN, GA and ME was the reach. Looking forward to next month. Thanks to all. Brion #3011
K6MGO - With S6 noise level only managed one 20m QSO. Once again never heard a signal on 80. Does anyone in CA ever go down to 80? Had fun and was relaxed this time. Thanks to all and CU next month. 73, Bill K6MGO
AK3X - Started 10 minutes late, and 20 minutes later a thunderstorm ended my effort. 20 was good while it lasted. DSW-20 at 3w. Had fun anyway, and we needed the rain. 72 to all, Peter
W2SH - Collecting overseas house guests from the airport deprived me of operating for all but the final few minutes.
NQ2W - Ten-Tec Jupiter @ 5W to a mini beam at 25' for 20 and inv V at 40' for 40. Started out on 20 and made 20 Q's. Went to 40 and made 7 more...time's up...where'd the two hours go? Mostly S&P...couldn't find too many places to call CQ. I echo Dean's comment about working stations once per band. Bands were in great shape...let's hope they stay that way! Lots of loud stations on both 20 and 40 this month. Thanks to all. I've uploaded my log to LoTW and eQSL...hope you'll consider doing the same. Until next time, 72/73 Will NQ2W
VE5BCS - The QSB is killing me.
WB0T - First sprint worked in several years, and enjoyed it!! 73, Jerry WB0T 2489
EA5GVZ - What a mess at starting! Receiving so many and close spaced stations. Worked with a FT-817ND with a fishing pole style vertical placed next to the sea. Sorry to all hearing my awful code.
WG8Y - Hi all. Started a few minutes late. 20 was pretty good here in NC. Jumped between 20 and 40 picking up a few on both. Stopped about a half hour from end of Sprint with a low battery but had fun picking up two newer members in a row before I stopped. W7WHY 6158 then K2YGH 6159. Neat. 72 from Salisbury, NC WG8Y
KG3W - 20 sounded good but after 15 minutes only had K4BAI in the log. 80 was S9 static, so pretty much stayed with 40. Band was full of QRN but lots of signals. Fun night. We had our 12 year old granddaughter visiting from GA. Lots of QSO interruptions, but she is a joy! Worked John K3WWP with 9 minutes to go. He was sandwiched between two other stations, but we got her done. Very happy to hear so many fine operators. Thanks all! 73 Scotty KG3W
N2CN - Great conditions on 40 and 20. Had to take a phone call, so I only worked the first 45 minutes.
N1RU - I started out on 20 on the back deck using my new portable set-up (an R4020 to an end fed dipole) -- a great way to spend part of a summer evening. Then I went inside to work 40 with my 857D at 5W to the attic loop. I always look forward to these sprints! 72, James (NE Indiana).
See General Sprint Rules for rules common to every NAQCC sprint.
RULES specific to this month's sprint:
Date and time:
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 0030-0230Z
All entries must be RECEIVED before 2400Z on the Sunday following the sprint. So submit as soon as possible, especially regular mail entries.
Preferred method of submitting your log and report is our on-line autologger.