Jun 2014 Straight Key/Bug mW Sprint
Comments from K3WWP - Since there is no log cross-checking for our special mW and 160M sprints, what you see below are the final results.
Comments from VA3PEN -
SWA Category - W1 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna K1IEE 9 9 18 7 126 x2 252 OCF long wire@30' N1DN 6 5 11 5 55 x2 110 Dipole KN1H 6 4 10 4 40 x2 80 End Fed Wire @50' KQ1P 3 2 5 3 15 x2 30 loop@30' SWA Category - W2 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna K2YGM 15 15 30 12 360 x2 720 20/40- G5RV W2SH 12 12 24 10 240 x2 480 270' dpl@45'; inverted L, 76'V + 90'H W2JEK 6 6 12 6 72 x2 144 20m gnd pl, 40m end fed, both at 20 ft WA2JSG 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 Vertical elevated at 10' N2ESE 5 5 10 5 50 50 80mtr.OCF@25ft. AA2VG 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 Carolina Windom 80 meters at 45 feet KA2KGP 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 Dipole up 25 ft. AC2HJ 1 1 2 1 2 2 vert@43' SWA Category - W3 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna KB3AAG 12 12 24 9 216 216 dipole@20ft W4TZM 6 6 12 6 72 72 dipole@45' K3WWP 4 4 8 3 24 x2 48 ~110' attic rnd wire, 20M attic dpl WY3H 4 4 8 3 24 x2 48 Ladder line fed Inv Vee up 35 ft. WB3T 1 1 2 1 2 2 40m Ground Mounted Wire Vertical SWA Category - W4 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna N5GW 23 23 46 14 644 x2 1288 cfz at 50' K4KRW 13 13 26 9 234 x2 468 dpl@25' W4DUK 8 8 16 7 112 x2 224 End-fed Zepp at 20 ft. K4JPN 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 Zepp @32' WG8Y 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 homebrew ZS6BKW @45 ft $KE4WKH 9 9 18 8 144 x2 288 OCF DIPOLE@20' $AB9CA 9 9 18 9 162 162 100' wire SWA Category - W5 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna W5TVW 7 7 14 7 98 x2 196 115 ft end fed wire at 20 feet WI5H 5 4 9 5 45 x2 90 Loop @ 20' NF5U 3 3 6 2 12 12 G5RV at 30ft SWA Category - W6 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna NS3C 3 3 6 2 12 x2 24 Inverted Vee@30' K6MGO 2 0 2 2 4 x2 8 indoor 50' doublet $K6CSL 6 6 12 6 72 x2 144 Delta Loop, Indoor Dipole, Vertical SWA Category - W7 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna K9JWV 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 Modified Windom @ 30' KF7WNS 5 4 9 5 45 x2 90 Inv Vee @ 35' AE7AP 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 roof mtd vert SWA Category - W8 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna KD8RUQ 20 18 38 12 456 456 INVERTED VEE ALPHA DELTA DX-CC 40FT. NF8M 7 7 14 7 98 x2 196 80m OCF dpl @35ft WB8LZG 7 7 14 5 70 x2 140 dpl@30' N8XMS 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 R7 Vertical $W8MRL 3 2 5 3 15 x2 30 dpl@40' SWA Category - W9 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna K9EYT 8 8 16 7 112 x2 224 43 FT ZeroFive Vertical, G5RV W9CC 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 6BTV SWA Category - W0 Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna KD0V 13 12 25 12 300 x2 600 cf zepp@50' KA8HDE 4 3 7 4 28 x2 56 G5RV jr @ 30' W5GZT 1 1 2 2 4 x2 8 invV@56' N8LA 1 0 1 1 1 x2 2 dpl@35' $K0MIS 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 OCF dipole - 25' high SWA Category - Canada Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna VE2TH 15 12 27 11 297 x2 594 INV VEE @ 32 FT VE5BCS 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 Wire loop@25ft VE3EDX 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 Gnd Mtd Vertical VE3FUJ 5 5 10 3 30 x2 60 G5RV @ 50' VE6BIR 5 5 10 5 50 50 Gnd mtd vert, 80m windom @ 30' SWA Category - DX Division Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna CO8CML 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 Inverted "V" dipole @ 21 feet GAIN Antenna Category Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna K5LN 13 12 25 13 325 325 Hex-Beam @30' @ Non-member not eligible for certificate $ QRO More than one watt - not eligible for certificate AWARD WINNERS: 1st SWA W1: K1IEE 1st SWA W2: K2YGM 1st SWA W3: KB3AAG 1st SWA W4: N5GW 1st SWA W5: W5TVW 1st SWA W6: NS3C 1st SWA W7: K9JWV 1st SWA W8: KD8RUQ 1st SWA W9: K9EYT 1st SWA W0: KD0V 1st SWA Canada: VE2TH 1st SWA DX: CO8CML 1st Gain: K5LNSOAPBOX:
K3WWP - I think I set three records tonight. The quickest to bail out of a sprint - 25 minutes. The least number of QSOs in a sprint - 4. The most QRN I had to pick out of my ears after I quit. Severe thunderstorms in the area plus my usual local man-made QRN just made it like beating a dead horse to get QSOs. Thanks to those whom I did work. At least you kept me from being shut out. I couldn't even see any signals on my panadapter other than those I worked. In case you did call and I didn't answer, I wasn't ignoring you, I just couldn't hear you. And I didn't get W1AW/KL7 tonight either.
W5TVW - Slim pickins!! Started out on 20. managed a few contacts.....very few. Band sounded lousy here. Finally gave up and went to 40 and at least made 2 more contacts. All signals just above the noise here. Heard another station but couldn't pull him outta the muck on 40. Finally returned to 20, but no one heard at all until just 0230 and then quit. Was using the FT-817 on internal battery at 1 watt setting but was actually delivering a shade over 950 mw. according to my Bird wattmeter. Interesting sprint but not a lot of people on?
K9EYT - Very bad weather around Chicago severe thunderstorms, Sorry for the stations calling that I missed just to much QRN. Rig KX3 at .999watts 43FT VERTICAL and G5RV J38, always a good challenge Tnx all 72 Ray
KA8HDE - Never tried this before - had about 20 mins so gave it a shot. Glad I did. K1 and Czech Army key. 72 de chuck
W4DUK - Considerable QRN at my location tonight, but managed to make a few. Thanks to all who hung in there with me. 73, Dave
WG8Y - Hi all, I'm back home in NC. Had a meeting tonite that ran long. Got on long enough to dig out 3 QSO's out of the QRN on 40M. Heard NS3C in CA. on 20M but my 1/2 watt wasn't enough tonite.Hey NT8P Ron, I did work Ohio just wasn't you.Maybe next time.Hi Hi See everyone during Field Day. 72 from NC Mark WG8Y
KF7WNS - Another fun sprint. 20M was in pretty good shape. 40M not so much. Best DX KN1H/NH. Fun to see what 900 mW can do. See you next time. 72, Gary
W2JEK - Started on 20 for 1 qso, then to 40 for 5 more. Conditions not good. Used my OHR-500 at 900 mw with bunnell straight key. Not too much activity compared to the regular sprints. Still had fun. 72 and 73 Don younger W2JEK # 1135
N1DN - This has become my favorite event of all the Sprints! Five out of my six QSOs were > 1000 miles per watt. In addition, most contacts were with members I was working for the first time. Thanks to all for contacts. Phil
WY3H - Worked the first half hour then went QRT due to thunder bumpers. Had fun.
KB3AAG - Wow it was sure rough sledding tonite! I found nothing on 20 or 80. This time I worked from N3GC's location. I sure miss my big wire I have out in the holler! Why do we torture our selves this way? Perhaps because it is great FUN! Frank
K5LN - I am a new member and this is my first contest in a very very long time. I had some op issues but okay for the first time. Need to get the logging program working better and make better use of it. The log was the first time I used it too. Great fun. Tnx, Bill, K5LN
K2YGM - Conditions were bad tonight on 40 Lots of noise Stayed on 20 most of the sprint and S&P whomever I heard Not everyone heard me. Quit early to relax a bit Looking forward to next month. 72 Bob K2YGM
N8XMS - This was a really tough one. We had some big thunderstorms pass through just a couple of hours before the start of the sprint and trying to copy Brion, VE3FUJ, on 40-meters with the QRN was like trying to hear a cricket on the deck of an aircraft carrier but we somehow did it! I then switched to 20-meters where conditions were better and managed three more QSOs OK, TX, and AR. In the middle of that I also took a break from the sprint and cracked the pile-up for W1AW/7 in MT. (But that was with a full 5-watts.) 73, Paul N8XMS
W5GZT - Wish I had had more time to participate. Maybe net time.
K1IEE - Tried 40M but had very high QRN level. Went to 20M and stayed there until last half hour when band got very quiet. Thanks to all 73 Dick
N8LA - Unbelievable!!! TX: Two Tinned Tuna, 250 mW; RX: Neophythe; Key: American Morse Equipment (not "Enterprises" as I wrote in the previous sprint soapbox!) KK1 mini hand key; Ant: 200 ft dipole up 35 ft around roof parapet of condo complex fed with 450 ohm window line through MFJ-901B tuner and MFJ-9211 Balanced Line 4:1 QRPocket Current Balun; Ascom antenna switch. With all these limitations and poor band conditions on 40, according to QRZ.com site, I called CQ, first with a 7035 crystal, then with a 7040 crystal with no luck UNTIL: AD0BI's 1 Watt signal came booming in at 599 calling me!! I was 579 in MO. OK, OK, so he lives on the same street as I do only 0.6 miles from me, but I swear I did not arrange the contact; I never even knew of the gentleman nor of his QTH until I looked him up on QRZ.com after the sprint. No contacts before or after, even with two hours of calling CQ. I believe somebody up there likes, or at least feels sorry for, me! Masochistic fun!!! If anyone else in the sprint heard me or gave me a call that I did not hear, please e-mail me at the address on my QRZ.com page. Thanks. Lou
NF8M - Noisy but fun. Always good to know you can get out on less than a watt. And what would a mW sprint be without at least one ESP QSO?
AC2HJ - Heavy QRN S-8 Lightning. We were fine but earlier storms had area homes without power with trees down. One successful contact for log - sorry for the other 3 partial contacts ( just was not able to clearly hear everything through the noise).
KD0V - I was thinking for the first 15 minutes of the Sprint it was going to be a new record for me. But no! QSB got N2ESE and KF6W. Conditions on 20M were good here, but there were not very many people in the Sprint. No local QRN for thunder storms. I didn't even try 40M. I did have problems with the Mosquitoes (Minnesota State Bird) in the shack. We have had so much rain here in southern Minnesota. Standing water very where. 20M died out for Sprint participants around 0200Z. 72, KD0V
K9JWV - The propagation princess wasn't in a good mood this evening out here in s/w UT, the black hole of HF comms.
W4TZM - First milliwatt effort (500mw) from me and fun as always.
VE3FUJ - It was a noisy sprint, I lasted about 1/2 hr then came back a little later to no avail, the noise was still overpowering, sounded like T-Storms and such all around. I managed 5 QSO's and that included the three Flagships 2 old ( 1 and 2 ) and one new 675 I'm pleased with that as I don't often hear them, Thanks Guys. Brion 3011
KA2KGP - Wow,... these were the WORST band conditions yet, especially for a mW contest! Between the Solar Flare atmospheric conditions and heavy QRN from a lightning storm, it was pretty bad. I heard Frank, KA3AAG, but he didn't hear me. Had to shut down 1/2 hr into the sprint because of nasty lightning storm here in WNY. Rig: IC-7000 at 1 w. into dipole up 25 ft. Better luck in the Fall mW contest. 73
WB3T - I only participated for 45 minutes but it was hard to find any NAQCC stations. Nothing on 80, nothing on 20, but I did manage one contact on 40 (thanks K4KRW!) I ran my HW-9 at 600 mW into my homebrew 40m wire vertical hidden in the pine tree out back. I guess I should try to get something in the air for Milliwatt Sprints. Live and learn! 72, WB3T.
K4JPN - Thanks to all who repeated for me, heavy QRN made copy rough in Georgia last night. 72, Steve K4JPN
K4KRW - (repost) KX3 on internal batteries, fan dipole, E. F. Johnson straight key. I operated from my back porch so I could keep the coax as short as possible. I started on 20m and only managed 1 contact. I checked 80m twice but didn't get any there. So, most of my time was spent on 40m. The noise on 40m was reading S8 to S9. Thanks W4DUK and WB3T for your patience while I pulled you out. Somehow I managed 13 contacts in 9 states. As always, lots of fun. Thanks everyone! Richard
WA2JSG - Forgot about the mW Sprint until I got the email reminder this evening (thanks John). Set the MaxSet on my IC-703 to 1 watt, then turned it down to 900mW. Used my Kent KT-1 Straight Key, using a 12v battery pack to an all-band vertical (elevated).
K6MGO - Got skunked this time,as far as working members, but still had fun, Only heard one station on 20m from sprint, KB5AE in OK, and called and called him, but with my indoor antenna I guess he couldn't hear me. Did work K7DCG in TX on 40m though, so was getting out and being heard. Wish more guys on the west coast would participate in the sprints.
N5GW - I was back up at the cabin on the TN Cumberland Plateau using the old J-38 to a KX3. I cut the output back to 900 mW, confirmed by a WM-2. The CFZ apex was up 50' in a tall oak. 20M was OK for this time of year. 40M was QRNish mainly from local T-storms, but usable. I listened on 80M near the end of the sprint--no QRPers heard.
KQ1P - Band sounded dead at first and I had a nice QSO with AA9AA before more stations hopped in. Ran about 750 mW. Hard work on the copy but fun. John
AA2VG - Still amazed. 900 mw to WI! Peter AA2VG
K6CSL - Wow! I sat down at the radio. Took a look at Solar Ham on the computer and I figured then and there that the Sprint would be done. Flux was 114, A Index was 14 and K Index was 5. There had obviously been a flare. I figured the bands were cooked. Not so! I tuned up on 20m and though noisy, the band was alive and well. I worked these 6 on 20. At 03:12Z I moved to 40m. I shouldn't have done that. 40m was very noisy and unusable with what sounded like some nearby motor QRN that I had not been hearing on 20. It sounded like one of my neighbors vacuum cleaners. A mobile home park is a terrible place for radio. Oh, well. 73's to all and to all a good night from the Northern San Joaquin Valley. Bert, K6CSL
CO8CML - There were big signals on 20m, mainly from TX and AL, but only 2 stations worked.Used my old FT-80C and inverted "V" dipole, with less than 1 watt.See all next month!!
WB8LZG - Hello Milliwattmen ! I dialed down the Argo 509 to abt 900mw last nite es jumped into the either! 20m was in FB shape, es I started making several gud QSO there. It still amaizes me what can be done wid under 1 watt ! I worked coast to coast ! The only thing that was a problem last night , the XYL kept interrupting wid "important" questions ! So I only got abt an hour of op time but the 20 band was co operating. SRI to several stns that called me es I coulnt pull out the entire calls. Thanks fer trying. A big welcome to new member WI5H #7128, hope to see u in many more sprints! I went to 40m abt 9:30 but vy noisy es sevral CQ's wid no joy. so back to 20 to find K6CSL waiting fer a new mult ! All in all a gud mw sprint! Lots of fun working everyone with "flea power". Hope to see many of u in the FD next weekend. 73 Gregg WB8LZG
W8MRL - My rig won't go below 5 watts :-(
VE5BCS - I'm surprised anyone could here my one watt. I could almost here others call me but couldn't put it all together. the band was open for the first hour only
VE2TH - The bands were very Noisy (QRN) but it was fun. See you again, 72, Michel, 0214
VE6BIR/3 - A real challenge using mw power. Pleasantly surprised to make 5 contacts with basic antennas, but it was tough sledding. Propagation and time slot much better in the east than from VE6 land
NS3C - N0O1 was also SOTA - A milliwatt twofer!
VE3EDX - KX3 into gnd mtd vertical at 900mw. Worked several southern states.
W2SH - I tried out a new TenTec 539 (Argo VI) for the first time. Vexing was my discovery that the output power adjustment was not an analog affair. Rather, there were 10 digitally increasing steps from 1 Watt to 10 Watts. The 2 Watt setting measured a wee bit above 1 Watt, so I used the next lower setting which gave me a measured 650 mW output. 20m pooped out fairly soon; 40m had a fair amount of QRO QRM, and a short peek at 80m drove me nearly deaf with nothing but QRN.
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See General Sprint Rules for rules common to every NAQCC sprint.
RULES specific to this month's sprint:
Date and time:
Thursday, June 19, 2014 0030-0230Z
Power: 999 mW or less to be eligible for any awards or prizes. Others welcome to participate and submit check logs.
Note: We do not cross-check logs for our special milliwatt sprints. What you submit stands as your final score, so please check yourself for accuracy before submitting.
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.