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Sep 2012 Straight Key/Bug Sprint (#95)


Final Results

KF0U Comments - Great job on getting so many scores in quickly. The standouts for me this month are first timers (like me scoring a Sprint) NU4M and VA3KUG. We all look forward to your participation in sprints to come.

K3WWP Comments - For the 28th time in the past 30 sprints we've crossed the 100 log mark thanks to our wonderful dedicated members. As part of our 8th anniversary celebration next month we're announcing a couple additions to our sprints that should make them even more popular. We had 112 logs this month. The books are now closed on this sprint and the results are written in stone.

SWA Category - W1 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
KB1UOH  29   27   56   13  728  x2  1456  Dpl @ 20'
K1IEE   12   12   24   10  240  x2   480  OCF wire @ 30'  
KX1NH    6    6   12    6   72  x2   144  Dpl @ 35'
KQ1P     2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  80m loop @ 30'
N1QLL    3    3    6    2   12        12  Tuned 40m Windom 

SWA Category - W2 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
W2SH    52   51  103   26 2678  x2  5356  180' dpl @ 35'; 270' dpl @ 45'
NW2K    54   52  106   24 2544  x2  5088  Crossed fan dpls @ 40'
KD2MX   33   31   64   17 1088  x2  2176  600' loop @ 30'   
W2JEK   32   31   63   16 1008  x2  2016  20m gnd pl,40m dpl,80m end fed @ 20'
K2GLS   14   14   28   12  336  x2   672  80M dpl @ 20' 40M dpl @ 30' 20M dpl @ 20'
N2ESE   21   21   42   13  546       546  80m ocf @ 25' 160m vee @ 50'
KQ2RP   15   13   28    8  224  x2   448  G0FAH @ 45'
AA2YK   11   11   22    9  198  x2   396  Dpl @ 30'
WA2JSG   6    6   12    6   72  x2   144  Vertical mounted @ 12'
KC2VBU   2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  80m EFHWW @ 50'

SWA Category - W3 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K3WWP   47   44   91   23 2093  x2  4186  ~110' attic random wire
KG3W    29   29   58   19 1102 x1.5 1653  All band dpl @ 24'  
KA2KGP  17  17   34   10  340  x2   680  G5RV @ 25'
KC2EGL  16   15   31    9  279  x2   558  G5RV @ 25'
K2DEP    6    5   11    4   44  x2    88  46' Mini G5RV @ 20' E-W
AK3X     1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  40m inv vee @ 27'  

SWA Category - W4 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
N0BS    52   47   99   26 2574  x2  5148  135' dpl @ 65'
AB9CA   54   49  103   27 2781      2781  100' wire @ 45' 
K4ORD   52   48  100   25 2500      2500  160m dpl @ 35', 80m dpl @ 40', 40m dpl @ 45' 
WX4RM   30   29   59   21 1239  x2  2478  6BTV gnd mtd vertical
NY4G    31   29   60   15  900  x2  1800  ZS6BKW multiband dpl
K4FB    36   35   71   18 1278      1278  Gnd mtd 6BTV
WB4UHC  22   22   44   13  572  x2  1144  Inv V @ 30'
WG8Y    22   21   43   13  559  x2  1118  84ft EFD @25'
WD4OHD  19   18   37   15  555  x2  1110  40m dpl, 20m vertical
W4DUK   19   19   38   13  494  x2   988  End fed Zepp @ 20'
KB4QQJ  16   16   32   13  416  x2   832  Doublet @ 33'
WA4ZOF  16   16   32   13  416  x2   832  20m half square, 80 ocf dpl both @ 30' 
KG4UPO  13   13   26   12  312  x2   624  EFHW @ 60'
W4ONC   14   13   27   11  297  x2   594  Long Inverted V with Tuner
K4NVJ   11   11   22    9  198  x2   396  88' non-resonant dipole @ 35'
K9IA    14   14   28   12  336       336  Gnd mtd vert
KB0ETU  10   10   20    7  140  x2   280  Dpl @ 40'
KJ4LEN   8    8   16    8  128  x2   256  40m/20m Inverted V @ 40', 80m Inverted L
K4KRW    9    9   18    7  126  x2   252  Windom @ 25'
KK4BE    7    7   14    5   70  x2   140  Dpl @ 30'
KU4A     9    9   18    6  108       108  Sloping dpl @ 40'
NA4O     5    5   10    5   50  x2   100  OCF dpl @ 40'
WT5L     6    5   11    5   55        55  Gnd mtd vert
K4JPN    3    3    6    2   12  x2    24  Zepp 
W1SGC    2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  Dpl @ 30'
KA8VZB   2    2    4    2    8  x2    16  Random wire @ 20'
AK4LP    2    2    4    2    8         8  G5RV Jr. in attic
NU4M     1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  Loop antenna @ 30' 
K7HAP    1    1    2    1    2  x2     4  Windom @ 20'

SWA Category - W5 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
W5IQS   33   33   66   19 1254  x2  2508  20/40m dpl @ 20' 
N5RDN   22   20   42   15  630      1260  80m Inv V
WA8HSB  21   21   42   16  672       672  Buddistick Vertical mtd on rental trk 
K5ON    20   19   39   12  468       468  Inv V @ 30'
W5WIL    8    8   16    6   96  x2   192  OCF dpl @ 25' 
K5UNY    7    7   14    6   84  x2   168  130' doublet @ 35'
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
K6CSL    8    8   16    7  112  x2   224  Delta Loop, Coaxial Dpl, Horiz. Loop
KA6AIL   7    7   14    6   84  x2   168  20m & 40m Vert 
KG6IRW   1    1    2    1    2         2  86' Inverted L, longwire @ 20'
$WY7N   44   37   81   25 2025  x2  4050  33' gnd mtd vertical

SWA Category - W7 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
AA7VW   33  30   63   17 1071  x2  2142  20m dipole @ 40' 1k ele
NU7T    10  10   20    8  160  x2   320  R6000 & dpl @ 120'
AA7CU   14  13   27    9  243       243  6' mobile whip @ 12'
W7GAH    5   5   10    4   40  x2    80  Vertical @ 8'
AD7TN    4   4    8    4   32  x2    64  30' Longwire @ 15'
WU7F     4   4    8    4   32  x2    64  35' gnd mtd vert
AE7TG    4   4    8    3   24  x2    48  Cushcraft R8 Vert @ 10'

SWA Category - W8 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
N8XMS   41   39   80   20 1600  x2  3200  Trap Vertical 
W3NP    38   37   75   18 1350  x2  2700  130' CFZ @ 45' - 600 Ohm Open Wire
WB8LZG  22   21   43   15  645  x2  1290  Dpl @ 35'
KB8FE   19   19   38   14  532  x2  1064  Dpl @ 45'
N8QY    16   16   32   14  448  x2   896  Vertical 
NF8M    17   16   33   12  396  x2   792  80m OCF dpl @ 35'
W8DW    15   14   29   13  377  x2   754  Gnd mtd vert
KO8U    20   20   40   14  560       560  Inv V @ 30'
KA8SYV  13   12   25   11  275  x2   550  40m loop @ ~40'
W3HI    12   12   24   10  240  x2   480  ZS6BKW @ 30'
WB8ENE  10   10   20    7  140  x2   280  20m dipole @ 20', 102' doublet @ 15'
NX8Y     8    8   16    8  128  x2   256  Gnd mtd vertical  
K8FZY   11   11   22   11  242       242  Butternut-V on ground
WA8SAN   8    8   16    7  112       112  End fed Zepp @ 15' 

SWA Category - W9 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
N9RLO   38   37   75   18 1350  x2  2700  CF Zepp @ 45' 
K9EYT   19   18   37   12  444  x2   888  G5RV @ 25' 
KA9FQG  15   15   30   14  420  x2   840  g5rv@35'
W9CC    19   19   38   11  418  x2   836  80m loop @ 15'
KG9HV   11   11   22    7  154  x2   308  Dpl @ 15'
W9UX     8    8   16    8  128  x2   256  Dpl @ 25'
N9KR    10   10   20    9  180       180  Longwire @ 25'  
KC9EHQ   8    8   16    7  112       112  G5RV Jr. @ 22'
WA9NPS   2    2    4    2    8         8  120' dpl @ 32' 

SWA Category - W0 Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K9OSC   62   61  123   27 3321  x2  6642  Centerfed Zepp @ 30'
K0KCY   36   36   72   17 1224  x2  2448  Inv V @ 40'
K0EUN   27   26   53   18  954  x2  1908  40m loop @ 20'
N0TA    28   24   52   17  884  x2  1768  1/4 wave gnd mnt vertical
N3PDT   20   20   40   14  560  x2  1120  33' Doublet, Gnd mnt vertical 
K4EQ    23   23   46   13  598       598  Cobra dpl / Par end fed 
AA0W    12   12   24   10  240  x2   480  Dpl @ 35' 
WB0PYF  10    8   18    8  144  x2   288  Dpl @ 55'
KD0V    10   10   20    7  140  x2   280  Centerfed Zepp @ 50'
N8LA     6    6   12    6   72  x2   144  Dpl @ 35'
KA8HDE   3    3    6    3   18  x2    36  G5RV Jr. @ 30'
K0MC     1    1    2    1    2         2  Inv V @ 55'

SWA Category - Canada Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
VE7YU   23   22   45   16  720       720  80m vertical loop
VE3GNU   9    9   18    8  144  x2   288  Multiband dpl @ 40'
VE3RCN   9    9   18    7  126  x2   252  GMV, 80m dpl @ 24'
VA3KUG   9    9   18    6  108       108  Gnd mtd vertical
VE3FUJ   5    5   10    5   50  x2   100  G5RV @ 50'

SWA Category - DX Division
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna

GAIN ANTENNA Category
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna
K4BAI   58   57  115   25 2875  x2  5750  TH6DXX @ 55', 40m dpl @45', 80m inv vee
N6VOH   35   31   66   24 1584      1584  3 el yagi @ 35' 
K5GQ    15   15   30   11  330 x1.5  495  40 dpl @ 18'; 2 el yagi @ 21'
NQ2W    11   10   21   11  231       231  Mini beam @ 25', inv vee @ 40', gnd mtd vert

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

AWARD WINNERS:
1st SWA W1: KB1UOH
1st SWA W2: W2SH
1st SWA W3: K3WWP
1st SWA W4: N0BS
1st SWA W5: W5IQS
1st SWA W6: K6CSL
1st SWA W7: AA7VW
1st SWA W8: N8XMS
1st SWA W9: N9RLO
1st SWA W0: K9OSC
1st SWA Canada: VE7YU
1st SWA DX: NO ENTRIES
1st Gain: K4BAI
First time entrant high scorer: KO8U
Prize drawing winner: AB9CA

The following appeared 5 or more times in submitted logs, but
did not submit a log themselves for whatever reason:
KB3AAG - 39
KB9ILT - 33
NI8N - 22
VE3KQN - 21
WA1LWS - 20
WB5BKL (nm) - 20
W7OM - 17
KE7YTE - 16
KO1U (nm) - 11
AB8FJ - 10
K2YGM - 10
NW6V - 10
NT8P - 9
VE6BIR/3 (nm) - 9
K0TC - 6
N4JD - 6
W7WHY - 6

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: 112
Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 185 
Total QSO's in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 1,957
States represented: 38 + BC ON + PJ4

GOLDEN LOGS - 61 of 112 (perfectly formatted, all info accurate):
AA2YK AA7CU AA7VW AD7TN AK3X K1IEE K2GLS K4EQ K4KRW K4NVJ K5UNY K6CSL K7HAP K9EYT
K9IA KA8HDE KA8VZB KA9FQG KB0ETU KB8FE KC2EGL KC2VBU KD0V KE5YUM KG3W KG4UPO KG6IRW
KG9HV KQ1P KU4A N0BS N1QLL N2ESE N8XMS N9KR N9RLO NA4O NF8M NQ2W NU4M NW2K NX8Y
NY4G VA3KUG VE3RCN W2SH W3HI W3NP W4DUK W5WIL W7GAH W9UX WA2JSG WA4ZOF WA8HSB WA8SAN
WA9NPS WB8ENE WD4OHD WT5L WU7F
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:
KJ4LEN - Worked the first 45 minutes. 20 was in good shape. Went to 40 and it was too noisy (Sorry to the K1? I couldn't pull out of the noise). Longest contact was with WY7N in Ca. I'll see everyone next time. Ray

KD0V - Sorry, very long day today and I needed to get to bed early. See you all next month. 73' Merlin KD0V

W9UX - Very poor conditions tonight. 72, Terry

W4ONC - For me there was an S7 noise level on 40M but as the night went on the signals came up quite a bit. 20M had a short opening or I was just late getting there. Had a lot of fun as usual and I will be waiting for the next one.

NU4M - This is my first sprint and I will return in the future. Thanks 73 NU4M

W3HI - It didn't seem as busy as usual on 40 and there was a lot of QRN, but nice signals from the midwest into West Virginia. Went to 20 and snagged OR (AA7VW) with 5W, but couldn't raise CA (KA6JLT). Didn't hear much else so went back to 40. Another enjoyable sprint! Tnx to all involved!

KG6IRW - Finally got up enough nerve to make a QSO - my 7th and with a straight key, too! Many thanks for staging the NAQCC contests for us learners. I'll be participating more frequently.

K9OSC - Very good conditions on 20 meters tonight. Had lot of QRN on 40 due to passing storm. Ran my K1 on battery power with my homebrew straight key. Another really great Sprint. Lots of terrific operators. Many thanks to those who had the patience to repeat info on 40 meters.

N0TA - Only caught the last hour. Spent 40 minutes on 20m, then the last 20 minutes on 40m. Tried out some in the ear canal ear buds - seemed to work super. Thanks for the Q's. K3 @5w, vertical, Gen Log.

K3WWP - Nothing on 20 as is usual for me. Went to 40 after 5 minutes and parked on 7041.3 for the next 78 minutes for 36 QSOs and 21 multipliers. Then finished out on 80 with 11 more QSOs and 2 additional multipliers. 80 was noisy but very useable. I don't know why more folks didn't go there for the last half hour or even 15 minutes. They could have added more QSOs. Keep that in mind for next month when 80 should be even better. I had a lot of fun tonight no matter how my score turns out. It's so enjoyable just sitting there calling CQ for 2 hours. Something I can't do in just about any other contest or sprint. I must concentrate mostly on S&P in them with my minimal QRP signal. I hope all of you had just as much fun whether it was on 20, 40, or 80 - CQ or S&P. See you all for our anniversary sprint next month with all our N#A calls active in that one.

KB4QQJ - Got set up in time to play for 45 minutes. Bands were strange. I was getting 579-599 and giving 449...usually the other way round!! NW6V Chris, thanks for sticking with me man, it was nasty QSB but made it! NT8P was strong signal at 20 over. Nice.

K6CSL - WOW! 20 was great. Band was quiet with lots of good signals, quite a bit of QSB though. 40 was noisy and the Dragon was beginning to rise up from its lair(Chinese Over the Horizon Radar). Even though I was a half hour late, it still turned out to be a good sprint. 73's to all and to all a good night. Bert, K6CSL

W7GAH - Started on 20m and WY7N made me jump with a +20 on my stingy meter. Seemed like a lot of weak signals. Able to contact CA and VA on 20m. Went to 40m, very noisy as usual but got to the central states. Looking forward to the next sprint as I hope to have a couple of new antennas (40m & 30m Loops VP) up at 60 ft. I wish the operator skills were as easy to up-grade the antenna. Until next time 73 Jerry W7GAH

K4FB - Good conditions tonight on 20 and 40. I checked 80 several times during the last 45 minutes but no signals heard. Rig KX3 @ 5 watts to a 1 week old 6BTV ground mounted. 72, Paul K4FB

KB0ETU - Started out good, and then I don't know what happened. But still, another fine sprint. Already looking forward to the next one. In the meantime, we have the SKS and WES to participate in. 72, Phil

WD4OHD - Good sprint. Pretty good band conditions on 40m and 20m.

KA8HDE - After missing a couple of sprints for work, I got home late tonight in time to make a few quick qso's - I usually never get my log in right after the sprint but thought I would give it a shot this evening. Started out on 20, but it quickly got pretty slim there so off to 40. 40 meters was very noisy here despite the crystal clear skies. Even some 599 sigs were rough cpy at times. There was a good amount of activity, but everyone I worked was pretty much in the same states or provinces. Rig was my Elecraft K2-10 at 5 watts and my key this evening was one of my Nye Master Keys. Another fun sprint and nice evening.

N8XMS - A lot of QRN but a lot of fun also! I started 20 minutes late but still came within 1 QSO and 2 multipliers of my all-time best score!

KB8FE - Quite good conditions here in northern Ohio with little QRN. I heard more stations than I attempted to work. 20 meters started out good then went soft so I switched to 40 meters which became quite active as the sprint continued and people were spreading out nicely. Leaves are starting to fall.

K9EYT - 20 was dead 40 had lots of QRN near Chicago, still worked John K3WWP and Dean Nw2K so things were not to bad.

N3PDT - Pleasantly surprised with condx tonight. As always, lots of fun. Thanks to all!

N6VOH - Had a good time thanks to Duaine KA6AIL calling me and telling me to forget the Sprint. Band conditions okay glad to hear lots of QRP signals 73,Barry.

WA4ZOF - Another great SPRINT. Tnx to all who picked me out of the mud.. Tom WA4ZOF

KG9HV - Tnx to all ops,it was fun. Hope to cu agn soon...73 John KG9HV

K5GQ - WOW bands were in great shape. Many strong station, few repeats; QRM, Noise started increasing on 40 and could not hear weaker stations AND QUIT EARLY

N0BS - I was feeling pretty good about my straight key fist until I hit the wall after about 90 minutes and I got embarrassingly sloppy - could hardly send my # - sorry!!! Tried 80m right at the end and got a few, but the noise was terrible. 20m was fair early, and 40m condx were quite good. Had a great time. Rig was a Flex-1500. Tnx to all who I worked. 73/72 Tom N0BS

K4ORD - Stayed on 20M for the first hour made 20 Qso's there, then on to 40M where I made 34 more, 40M had lots of Qrn. In the last few minutes I got into a qso with a slow op who was trying to get his code speed up, couldn't just run off since I called him thinking he was in the sprint. Was a fun sprint, thanks to all 73/72 Riley

WB0PYF - Had fun, I hope to get more air time, wb0pyf, 3092

VA3KUG - I just joined the NAQCC and this was my first Sprint. This was also my first attempt with QRP. First, I must say that the members I worked are outstanding operators! My CW is shaky as I am a fairly new at it, so the patience shown to me is very appreciated! I did learn that my TS-480 really could use some CW filters. With most stations very close together, it gave my rig a fit. I ran 40m exclusively and my antenna was a Hustler 5BTV ground mounted with 60 radials. Transmit power was set at 5 watts. I had a great time and look forward to many more Sprints! I also want to say thanks to the NAQCC for getting my membership number to me in time for the event.

AK4LP - Didn't have much luck this time around, heard nothing on 20 meters and 40 was tough sledding for me. Perhaps 80 meters was better, but my G5RV JR. doesn't work there. Had fun trying, though!

KC9EHQ - WOW! It has been a while since I participated in a sprint. Had a GREAT time!! Band conditions seemed very favorable, and there seemed to be lots of stations taking part. I made more contacts in two hours than I did all last weekend in the FISTS Feet Wet Weekend. Equipment used tonight: Elecraft K2/10 #7164 (built myself) CW Touch Paddle; Custom built by Sumner Eagerman G5RV Jr. @22' QSL cards ready to go out tomorrow. Looking forward to next month!

N5RDN - Great fun! Thanks NAQCC es those who worked me. HB-1A,Kent single paddle, 80m in vee 73,Rob//N5RDN

KA6AIL - Sorry to the two members who called me on 20 and I didn't come back. Local QRM makes it hard. Still had a great time. C U all next month, 72's. Duaine KA6AIL High desert So. Cal

VE3RCN - I only had one hour. Bands were quiet. I only missed one station that I heard.

N8LA - Have been coerced into being member of church choir that practices on Wednesday evenings form 7 to 8 PM Central time. Only gives me an hour or so for sprint after practice. Had the mighty Mantiz FX-2, all 4.75" x 2.375" x 1.5" of it, ready to go on 40 when I arrived at home. Lots of stations heard on 40, but only a few worked. May try same rig next sprint to see if I can do better.

N9KR - Good condx on 40 for this one.

WA9NPS - Only had a short time to operate this sprint. Strong signals and great reports. 72's.

KE5YUM - Alternated between 40 and 80 hoping I would hear some sigs on 80, but no joy. Band conditions were not that good in my part of the world, so I only had three contacts. Thanks to all who worked me. MFJ 9040, straight key, and an inverted v at 30 feet.

NW2K - Could not hear well and lots of band changes back and forth (20 Q's on 20, 30 Q's on 40, and 4 Q's on 80). Low mult count as well...but I had a fun time working many new stations towards the Friendship Club Award. Thank you for the Q's and see you next time!

KA2KGP/3 - 20m. was open here in northern PA until 0100Z. 80m was nil with heavy QRN but 40m was OK with good signals. 73

K4NVJ - Fun!

KD2MX - I got off to a slow start, partly due to getting acclimated to using my newish Genesis SDR rig in a sprint setting. One of the benefits of SDR is seeing the signals displayed on the screen but if you click in the wrong place, you've just changed frequency. Oops! Lost a couple of early QSOs that way. Apologies to anybody that I mysteriously disappeared on. Things really picked up by 0100 and I enjoyed all the activity. Gave 80M a try a couple of times but there wasn't much going on there.

W4DUK - Made the majority of my contacts on 40m, with several on 20m to start and a couple on 80m closer to the end. Another good time! 73, Dave

VE3FUJ - Never have I heard such loud Qrn and static crashes wiping out nearly averything coming my way. So after abt 1/2 hr or so I packed it in, the noise level exceeded S9 constantly and it drove me batty. Thanks to the few I contacted and see you again next month. Brion # 3011

K2GLS - Good conditions this month on 40M, 20M was long with few stations heard and only one contact on 80M. 72 & 73 K2GLS

NY4G - Rushed home to catch the start but could not get home in time - a few minutes late. 40m was great - QRN but plenty of sprinters. There were a few on 20m but I did not linger there too long. I heard John K3WWP when I went back to 40m and as usual he is fast to pick up a call. First sprint for my revised antenna - A ZS6BKW in combo with the KX3. Still learning on this new rig. Thanks for all the contacts - NY4G

AD7TN - It's been a while to participate monthly Sprint. It was an enjoyable one with having some Yakisoba (Japanese fried noodles) and wine during the contest.

KX1NH - 40m was noisy but I wanted to make a few QSOs so I could submit a log and show support. Fun sprint. K3 @ 5w and a dipole. For keys I used my sideswiper and my Czech Army straight key. Thanks for running a great event. CU all next time 72

W5IQS - Great Sprint, Good band conditions on both 20 and 40 meters here in Texas. I lost a couple of stations due to QRM and just plain low signal strength and had 2 Dups but overall very good. I apologize to the AA??? on 40 meters at 0146. I just couldn't pull your exchange out of the QRM--Sorry. 72 until next month, Evan

K5UNY - Working, just barely, NAQCC #2 was a "Big Hoot" for me. Thanks to all my other contacts for copying my very poor straight key fist.

WY7N - Oops! ...accidentally ran QRO again. I need to add checking the output power to my pre-flight check list. (For that matter, I probably should have a pre-flight checklist!) It was fun though. It provided excellent practice digging extremely weak signals out of the noise floor of the receiver. There were often several stations calling at once. Many just barely discernable.

W5WIL - Lot of fun! 20M seemed to fade fast. Had a tough time tuning specific stations among the many on 40M.

KG3W - Lots of stations heard thru the QRN. As usual 40 was the band with the most qso's. Sorry some of our qso's were incomplete. Got their info ok, but when I sent mine, they were gone. It happens. All the best to so many fine ops. Great ears to hear my little peanut whistle thru the QRN & QRM. 72 de KG3W Scotty

WB8ENE - Experienced some static here in NE Ohio, but not too bad overall. Thanks to K9OSC for being my first and last contacts of the sprint (on different bands of course). Rig is K3, and key is Begali Blade. See you all in the next sprint. 73, Art

NX8Y - Sorry I missed the first hour. A lot of good signals on 40 here in Ohio. I thought using the straight key would come back to me like "riding a bicycle" but I sure need more practice! Thanks for the Sprint...lots of fun.

KQ2RP - Glad 20m was in good shape for this one. Worked quite a few fellow NAQCCers on the left side that I hadn't worked before. Got off to a great start, but a couple of interruptions and crashes on 40m derailed me a bit. Always a fun time regardless of the final score. Thanks to all those who worked me or tried. Until next time 72! Chris

AA7VW - Conditions good, east coast signals were strong, wx good here. Being at 1000 feet elevation makes huge difference in reception. Everybody was patient with me making it a fun event. Only a few with fast cw. Hope wx allows doing it again during the Fall and Winter. Once learned GenLog is great.

WB8LZG - Hello agn radiomen es rsdio women! great test last night. Bands were in super gud shape, although here in Mich we also had a few thunder showers to add to the QRN hi hi. I only had a bit over an hour to operate but 20m was open to the whole western USA, providing some nice multipliers. I tryed an "old friend" last night. I recently acquired a Ten Tec Argo 509 (my 3rd one) due to missing the one i sold.{look fer story in next newsletter} I had some reservations abt doing the sprint wid this rig due to the rcvr is "wide as a barn door" , but was pleased to discover that the "filter between the ears" still works perty well. 40m was a different story tho wid stns right on top of each other. SRI to K0BS fer calling me while i was calling another stn. Ya had me finger tyied OM! Hi Hi sometimes it was vry hard to find a clear spot on 40. Also had a regular QSO wid Kerry , K5KS who was QRP /p in TX. Also got my 40 dipole up at a new 35'. It came down a couple months ago and i just got around to re-installing it. What a difference between a gud dipole at 35 ft vs a ground mounted vertical. Night n Day ! A lesson to be learned here abt mediocre es great antenna performance. Hope to get the whole 2 hrs in next time. See u all then, 73 Gregg

AA7CU - Worked the Sprint from Arizona again.

KA8SYV - Great fun! 73 to all!

WX4RM - Lots of activity on 20 and 40 meters, I love it!!! Worked lots of new calls, and this time west coast stations came in. My personal best score, I am glad I just made it home in time for the sprint. Tried something different this time, I tried to hold a frequency which I found greatly increases qso's, but found out that is difficult to do with my peanut whistle signal. HiHi. Search and Pounce always works, but hurts the score. Will experiment again next sprint, love it.

N2ESE - Another fun sprint! 73-Gary #5555

W2JEK - THIS WAS ONE OF MY BETTER NIGHTS. WKD 5 ON 20, 19 ON 40 AND 8 ON 80.BEST DX WAS AA7VW IN OREGON ON 20 AND SHORTEST WAS KC2VBU WHO LIVES 3 BLOCKS AWAY. 20 WAS NOT AS HOT AS LAST MONTH BUT40 WAS REALLY HOPPING. RIG WAS YAESU FT-840 AT 5W TO WIRE ANTENNAS WITH SIGNAL ELECTRIC KEY. WAS GREAT FUN. 72 AND 73 DON YOUNGER W2JEK #1135

KG4UPO - Lots of 40 meter noise here in the mountains of Virginia. Thanks to those who worked with me through some very difficult conditions. Hope to see you all next month if not before. 72, Wiley, KG4UPO

KU4A - Bands seemed down just a tad. Nobody was particularly strong. But, plenty of stations to work.

K4KRW - I only got to play for about 40 minutes. There were a lot of great signals on 40m. I heard Oregon on 20m but could not get back to them. As always, the sprint was great fun. Thanks everyone!

K1IEE - Got a slow start with lots of QRN the first hour. Seems the band improved the second hour but Q,s still came hard. Thanks to all 73 Dick

W2SH - My first QSO was K9OSC on 20m and his signal was the strongest I heard the two times I was on the band. My 180' sloping dipole is not very efficient there, but later, when more darkness had arrived further west, I picked up three additional distant multipliers. 40m had by far the most activity; the skip was short during the first hour and during the final hour nothing from less than 250 miles distant could be heard, but 80m then filled that space, and though activity was fairly light, the absence of 40m's intense QRM was a blessing. Hopefully, activity will equalize more between those two lower bands as the season advances.

AK3X - Too many hobbies.. not enough time. Involved in another activity away from home and got back at about 0200. Wife had other plans for me but did manage one QSO just to be able to submit a "log." Rig is DSW-40 at 3 watts. N9RLO was pounding into MD at 599, and I got a similar report from him. Total elapsed time from turning on the rig to switching it off was two minutes. It was fun while it lasted. 72 - Peter

KC2VBU - what fun as always even if I only had about 30 minutes....using my new high pwr HB-1B rig at 4 watts, so that's what it like to tune around hihi!

N9RLO - Hi All, 40m was hoppin! Lots of stations and lots of qrn here. I was just gonna make a few contacts and go to bed, but once I got started I went nuts and made 38! These Sprints are addicting. Sorry about all the Agn? Agn?'s guys, My hearing isn't good and qrn/qrm was pretty heavy. I'll see all of you again next month. 73, John

KC2EGL - With the exception of a phone call from someone who knew I would be operating radio tonight I had a blast. Unfortunately Randy KB4QQJ did not hear me at the witching hour. My night was made semi complete by logging my good friend John K3WWP. Unfortunately Don K3RLL is on his way back to Florida and could not participate tonight. Thanks to all who worked me. CU next time on the radio. 73, Mike

AE7TG - Hello everyone, been a while since I was able to participate in the Sprint - enjoyed it very much and heard several good signals. Thanks to all that heard me. Rig: K1 (#1919 built by me), Ant: Cushcraft R-8 Vertical at 10' in the backyard. Key: Kent Straight Key. Hope to do it again next month 73, Allen AE7TG

WA8HSB - Business travel found me in Houston, TX this month. Used my ATS3 (4W) with T1 ATU and Buddistick vertical mounted to the bed of my rental truck parked in the hotel parking lot. My key loosened up near the end causing me a bunch of frustration & sloppy code - it will get fixed when I get home. Missed WA8SAN on 20m - sorry Mike! The QSB took you to ESP levels before we could complete the QSO. Overall though, I had forgot how much fun the NAQCC Sprint really is so, I will be back soon! 73/72, John

N8FM - Got on for the second hour only. Good to hear more activity on 20 meters even late in the contest despite conditions and a high A index. I even worked my two closest NAQCC neighbors, AD7TN and N8XMS.

KB1UOH - It was hard to find a clear freq at the start. Seemed like everyone was calling CQ NA.hihi. Thanks to all for a fun two hours.

K4BAI - FT1000MP, WM-2 QRP Watt Meter, 5W, Vibroplex Deluxe Hand Key. Made a mistake and worked the first five QSOs with over 5W output. Log shows entire contest of 63 QSOs, but no credit is claimed for points or mults for the first five QSOs. 20M was quite good at the start, but rapidly went long. Stayed too long on 20M because it remained good to the west coast. 40M was very good all over, including as close in as NC and FL and as far out as ME, AZ, and NV. Went to 80 too late and worked VA and NY with no problem and very little noise. Should have been on 80 earlier to get the closer in mults such as AL. Thanks for all QSOs. 73/72, John, K4BAI. QRP QSOs by band: 20-24; 40-32; 80-2. Activity was very good this month.

N8QY - It was nice to see 20 m open and I had fun working 3 OR AND 1 WASHINGTON STATE CONTACT ALSO A UT STATION . 40 M NOISE AROUND S6 BUT WORKED A FEW .THANKS TO ALL THE WEST COAST PEOPLE ALL HAVE SOLID FISTS . N8QY

KQ1P - Made two QSO's early on and then my signals went into the QSB black hole I guess. John

W3NP - I usually never get my log in right after the sprint but thought I would give it a shot this evening. Started out on 20, but it quickly got pretty slim there so off to 40. 40 meters was very noisy here despite the crystal clear skies. Even some 599 sigs were rough cpy at times. There was a good amount of activity, but everyone I worked was pretty much in the same states or provinces. Rig was my Elecraft K2-10 at 5 watts and my key this evening was one of my Nye Master Keys. Another fun sprint and nice evening.

NQ2W - Ten-Tec Jupiter @ 5W to a mini beam at 25' for 20, an inv V at 40' for 40, and a ground moumted vert for 80. The new season of Survivor started...that means I started late. Made 4 Q's on 20, 6 on 40, and 1 on 80. Real happy W2JEK heard me on 80 - Don, your 80 end fed doing FB - my vertical is definitely a compromise for my city lot. I've uploaded my log to LoTW and eQSL...hope you'll consider doing the same. Thanks to everyone that participated and especially to the organizers of this fine sprint. Hope to hear you all next month. 72/73 Will NQ2W

K2DEP - Having been a Ham for only 5 1/2 months this was my first QRP sprint effort. Had a lot of fun and the bands were really booming. I put up a full size G5RV this weekend in hopes to improve my signals albeit the Mini G5RV does pretty good. Looking forward to the next sprint. Thanks to my QSOs.

KA9FQG - Glad to be back for this month\'s sprint; missed the last two. 73


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

RULES specific to this month's sprint:

Date and time:
Thursday, September 20, 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.