Feb 2017 QRP/CW Sprint (#148)
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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:
Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 0130-0330Z (Note this sprint has been postponed one week from it's normal date due to Valentines Day.)
All entries must be RECEIVED before 2400Z on the Sunday following the sprint. So submit as soon as possible.
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2017-02-26 19:00:00 GMT-5 left to submit your log
N2CN Comments -
Still 98 logs as of 9:00pm EST, Saturday February 25. Next and last update from me is Sunday night.
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SWA - STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
N2CN 34 34 68 20 1360 x2 2720 ZS6BKW @ 60'
KN1H 28 28 56 17 952 x2 1904 END FED WIRE @50'
WB1GYZ 21 21 42 14 588 x2 1176 80' dipole fed with open wire
K1IEE 13 13 26 12 312 x2 624 OCF long wire@30'
WI1B 14 14 28 9 252 x2 504 Dpl @ 25'
W1RVY 6 6 12 5 60 x2 120 InvV@50'
W2SH 35 35 70 23 1610 x2 3220 Inv L: 86' V, 68' H; dipl. 270' @ 45'
AA2VG 19 19 38 12 456 x2 912 Carolina Windom 10-80 @ 40 feet
KA2KGP 15 15 30 10 300 x2 600 Dipole up 25 ft.
K2JT 14 14 28 8 224 x2 448 Dpl@30'
W2JEK 13 12 25 8 200 x2 400 110 ft end fed wire up 20 ft.
WA2JSG 10 10 20 9 180 x2 360 Vertical elevated at 10'
N2HTT 9 9 18 7 126 x2 252 135' doublet @ 35 ft
KD3CA 28 27 55 18 990 x2 1980 132 ft ocf Windom @33 ft
KQ3Z 26 26 52 18 936 x2 1872 135' Doublet Vee
W3TTT 12 12 24 8 192 x2 384 Inverted vee at 65 feets
AK3X 7 7 14 6 84 x2 168 OCF doublet at 25'
K3JZD 6 6 12 5 60 x2 120 EFRW@8'
AB3RU 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 G7fek@33'
K4KRW 37 37 74 21 1554 x2 3108 Dipole@35'
WB4OMM 26 25 51 18 918 x2 1836 G5RW Sloper at 40 feet
WG8Y 24 24 48 19 912 x2 1824 Hb coil loaded 40-80 dp @45 ft.
W4OEP 20 20 40 14 560 x2 1120 Inv Ell at 40 feet
N3CKI 14 14 28 8 224 x2 448 Dipole@20'
N4FI 12 12 24 9 216 x2 432 115' random wire at 25'
WD4OHD 10 10 20 9 180 x2 360 80m & 40m dipoles
NA4O 9 9 18 8 144 x2 288 Dipole@45'
W4KRN 8 8 16 7 112 x2 224 InvV@50'
W4DUK 7 7 14 7 98 x2 196 End-fed Zepp @ 20'
N4WD 8 8 16 6 96 x2 192 OCF 80mt dipole @ 40ft
N1IIX 6 6 12 4 48 x2 96 InvV@30'
N5GW 30 29 59 21 1239 x2 2478 CFZ @ 50'
WI5H 9 9 18 7 126 x2 252 90' loop @ 21'
W5WIL 6 6 12 4 48 x2 96 240' doublet @ 30'
K6MGO 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 Indoor doublet
WB0USI 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 Ground mounted vertical
KC7DM 17 17 34 14 476 x2 952 450' skyloop @ 65'
W7PAZ 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 Elevated vertical
KF7WNS/7 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 53' end fed wire
AL7JK 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 Longwire
WV8DH 14 14 28 10 280 x2 560 ZS6BKW (G5RV) @32'
WB8LZG 9 9 18 8 144 x2 288 Dpl@30'
N8QY 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 G5rv 30ft
WB8ENE 5 5 10 3 30 x2 60 40M dipole @ 15'
N8XMS 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 R7 Vertical
WB9HFK 32 32 64 19 1216 x2 2432 150 Ft. Random Wire
W9CC 25 25 50 15 750 x2 1500 6btv
AA9L 16 15 31 14 434 x2 868 Trap dipole @ 40 feet
K9PL 12 12 24 10 240 x2 480 Fan Dipole @ 25'
KA9FQG 7 7 14 6 84 x2 168 G5RV @ 37ft
KD9EBS 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 End-Fed Wire @~25' Attic
KD9VT 2 2 4 1 4 x2 8 G5RV in inverted V at 38ft
AA0W 12 12 24 11 264 x2 528 Dipole
KD0DK 12 12 24 8 192 x2 384 End fed long wire
VE3IDS 12 12 24 7 168 x2 336 Doublet at 35'
VE3DQN 8 8 16 7 112 x2 224 40M deltaloop@45ft, 80M dpl@25ft
@VE2BZO 1 5 6 1 6 x2 12 Ocf / 30' 135' long
SWA - BUG CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
K1SX 3 3 6 3 18 x1.5 27 135' cf doublet at 50'
K3WWP 52 52 104 27 2808 x1.5 4212 ~110' attic rnd wire
AK4NY 34 34 68 23 1564 x1.5 2346 G5RV @ 35 ft
KJ4R 23 22 45 17 765 x1.5 1148 40m Vertical 80M Random Wire
W5ODS 24 24 48 17 816 x1.5 1224 G5RV @ 50ft
NF5U 24 23 47 15 705 x1.5 1058 40m/80m dipole at 33ft
N7QR 1 0 1 1 1 x1.5 2 Butternut HF6V gnd mtd vert w/o radials
N9SE 10 0 10 8 80 x1.5 120 Inv Vee @68'
KD0V 40 40 80 24 1920 x1.5 2880 Cf Zepp @ 50Ft
SWA - KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
KB1M 13 13 26 10 260 260 40 mtr dpl, 20 mtr invV @30ft
W1ZU 11 10 21 10 210 210 80 meter doublet
AB1FD 7 7 14 5 70 70 G5RV @ 50'
K2ZD 24 24 48 17 816 816 OCF Dipole & ground mounted vertical
N2ESE 22 22 44 13 572 572 80+40M.Dipoles
KC3RN 15 15 30 12 360 360 Carolina Windom 40+ @30'
N3NFL 6 6 12 5 60 60 Windom up about 35 ft
K2YGM 38 38 76 22 1672 1672 MOBILE WHIP BASE LOADED COIL
N4MJ 22 22 44 16 704 704 Windom
K3RLL 10 10 20 8 160 160 Covert after dark vertical
W2BJN 10 10 20 8 160 160 End Fed 65' Wire @ 18'
K4WLW 5 5 10 5 50 50 125' End-Fed Sloper
KU4A 4 4 8 4 32 32 40m slp dip, 80m 1/4-wave slp
W4HH 4 4 8 4 32 32 Off-center dipole at 25 ft
K5MBA 8 7 15 7 105 105 EFHW 40M invL @ 20'
KE5YUM 2 2 4 2 8 8 Buddistick
WW7Y 4 4 8 4 32 32 80M Loop@30'
AA7CU 3 3 6 3 18 18 VERTICAL @ 12' USING 10 RADIALS
N8NK 25 25 50 18 900 900 Dipoles for 40 and 80 both up 36 feet
WA8SAN 16 16 32 14 448 448 End fed wire @ 25 ft
NN9K 44 41 85 26 2210 2210 135'wire@23'
K9CW 24 24 48 16 768 768 InvV@60'
W9PZ 20 18 38 14 532 532 Windom at 30 feet
K9FO 15 15 30 12 360 360 65 foot vert wire
AB9YC 8 7 15 7 105 105 Inverted L
N0TA 25 23 48 19 912 912 Gnd Mnt Vertical
NN0SS 9 9 18 7 126 126 80 Meter Invert V @35ft
NO2D 5 5 10 3 30 30 Doublet @ 30 feet
K8UDH 3 3 6 3 18 18 Multiband Inverted V @ 30'
VE7YU 17 17 34 15 510 510 2 - switchable 20M EDZ's @ 70 ft
VE3GNU 5 5 10 5 50 50 Mulltiband dpl@40'-NW/SE
GAIN ANTENNA Category
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
N2WK 12 11 23 8 184 184 2el@110'
Not eligible for certificate or prize for the following reason(s):
$ QRO power
! Late log
~ Submitted as check log
|SWA STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY|
|SWA BUG CATEGORY|
|SWA KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY|
|GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY|
|First time entrant high scorer|
|PRIZE DRAWING WINNER|
Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet:
Total QSOs in master cross-checking spreadsheet:
K3RLL - K3 to the black vertical I must remember to bring back inside before the sun comes up or the Condo Commandos will get me. Wow, our Sprint tonight was great FUN! I knew it was going to be good when John K3WWP was my first contact. Made my 10 contact goal in only 16 minutes - a record for me. Good strong signals, easy copy, and no digital QRM. How good can it get? Many thanks to those who pulled my call out through my compromise antenna tonight. Happy Days are here again! (Well, at least for tonight.) 72/73 ... Don
AB9YC - Only had a short time available, and since 80M was so good last month, that's where I started. I worked a local op, N9LQ, who I hope will join in on future events. .
VE3IDS - Band was great tonight. Lots of ops on 80. Just had a half hour and stayed on 80, lots of stations to keep busy with. 72, Don VE3IDS .
AA2VG - Had fun. Forty meters was good tonight. 72 Peter AA2VG
K3JZD - Just able to do the last 30 minutes this time. 40m was busy by then, so relied on 80m.
N0TA - Lot's of very weak signals in Colorado! Thanks for the Q's.
KD0V - A very good SPRINT, no magnetic storms, no thunder storm, and no winter storms. It was really good to hear other station for a change. 72, until next month.
WB4OMM - Wow! Bands were different here tonight......20M was closed, nada! 40M was very noisy, and too many SKCC Sprinters for the first 30 mins....But signals were decent for the first hour or so...and then 40M went aways too! Went to 80M, also noisy, but made a few there. Was still fun, got to work my good friend Curt WA2JSG whom I haven't had the pleasure in a while. Did pretty good on mults, so no complaints. Hope to "see" everyone again soon. 72/73, Steve WB4OMM
WV8DH - Rough night, 40 was pretty much dead to me and 80 was really noisy. Oh well, had a lot of fun anyway. Thanks to all who managed to pull me out. There were a few tough ones. Best 72/73 from Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
KC7DM - 40M was solid into OR throughout the sprint. The longer days are beginning to impact 80M. But 20 ought to be springing to life soon. tnx all
N2HTT - 80 meters was busy tonight, and in pretty good shape. Did the whole sprint with my homebrew cootie key, really good practice. 73 and thanks for a fun event.
WD4OHD - I got a late start this evening. Band conditions were not ideal on either 80m or 40m tonight. Still trying to recover from ten days of the flu, so I wasn't at my best tonight anyway. Here's hoping for better conditions all around next month.
W3TTT - Great band conditions tonight - I didn't get fatigued halfway through so I stuck with it and made a few more contacts. I used my Icom 718 tonight because there was some issue with my Small Wonder. I'll look at that tomorrow. Thanks again to all.
K4KRW - I stayed on 80 all night. Lots of noise here so things were a bit rough at times. There were about 4 of you that I just could not make out. A few I only got using the APF. It was nice to get to work a complete sprint for a change. Great hearing everyone. I heard a lot of great sounding bugs. I used the KX3 tonight. 73 - Richard
KF7WNS/7 - On vacation in WA. Worked from 4th floor balcony with a 53' wire hanging over the side. Local QRN was pretty tough, but was still able to hear John/Al7JK through it all. 72 es sorry if I couldn't pick you out of the noise.
KJ4R - Another fun sprint. Condx didn't seem as good this month as last month, but overall not too bad. I sure need a better 80M antenna! Spent most of the sprint on 40. Tried 80 for a bit, but most stations I called could not hear me. Thanks to everyone I worked and sorry to at least two stations that I just could not copy due to lots of QRM. 73 until next month.
W5ODS - Another challenging Sprint with plenty of band noise on 40 and 80. Had fun as usual. 73 & 72 Gary W5ODS
K1IEE - Good band conditions. Great time. Nice to work Walt KB1M in NH again this sprint. Thanks to all 73 Dick
KN1H - Great to work everyone in the Sprint! Conditions very long with lots of QSB. Surprised to work VE7YU for a transcontinental 2x qrp 40M qso.
WG8Y - Hi all, After a full day of doing one chore or another I didn't have much desire to do much more than a bit of S&P'ing. Was ready for the easy chair not the radio chair. Hi Hi. Did mostly S&Ping. Called cq on 40 at the end of the first hour but not much luck.Went back & forth from 40 to 80M then called for the last 12 minutes on 80 & picked up 4 more states & 7 Q's. Fun working some of the regulars.Haven't met but a few of you guys but still think of the NAQCC gang as Friends. Oh yea,Dave WV8DH,sorry for messing up your call, TWICE. Hi Hi. 72 from N.C. Mark WG8Y
N4WD - Tried working with a head cold, its going around you know. CW sounded like I was in a hole. HI HI
K3WWP - Wow, another great sprint. These things are sure a lot of fun when my local noise is low. I remember the first part of last year I really struggled with my noise. Then in March the noise abated a little and after that it has been not much higher than S6 and I've averaged 38 QSOs per sprint. Tonight I broke my previous record of 25 SPCs by working 27, 26 of them on 80 (got FL on both 40 and 80). I got a kick out of the way the sprint started. My very first CQ on 40 got an answer from our WPA Chapter member Don K3RLL now wintering in FL. Tnx Don. Later another WPA member got in my log - Ken N3CU. 80 was really hot here, both short and long. Nice to work KC7DM in OR. I haven't worked OR on 80 in a very long time. Since Jan 9, 2005, in fact. I got stuck at 49 QSOs and didn't think I was going to hit 50, but with 4 minutes to go, KA2KGP, W9CC, and K4KRW pushed me to 52. I've got a ham radio high on right now and could go on and on talking about the sprint, but don't worry, I won't. I'll just close by saying thanks to the 52 folks who answered my CQs.
K9PL - PFR-3 and J-37 key.
W9PZ - I had difficulty with K9CHZ as his power level threw me off a bit
N8XMS - My one and only QSO (thanks WB9HFK!) was literally made in the final minute of the sprint. I won't go into the details here but the entire evening was a real "comedy of errors." I'll have a little write-up about it in the March newsletter. It will make you smile!
W2JEK - Got on late. Had 2 qso on 40 ad then to 80 for 11 more. bands seemed good tonight.was lots of fun. 72 and 73 Don Younger W2JEK # 1135 .
K9FO - Only had 45 minutes at end of contest but wanted to try out new vertical wire antenna for 80. It is 65 feet long and held up by a big tree. it uses the same feed as the 160 meter inv L. It is resonant at about 3730 so have to use a tuner in the shack. It works lots better than trying to load the 160 inv L. Hope to be on for the next one. 73/72, Will K9FO
KQ3Z - Wow! What a night. Nice to have the band back again. Only had time to work the last hour but it was great on 80 meters. Thanks for all the contacts and sorry to those I missed. Thanks to those who make these Sprints and the Newsletter happen. Really miss Frank, KB3AAG. Rest in Peace Frank.
WA2JSG - Spent an hour in the SKCC SKS Sprint and made 10 contacts, then spent another hour or so here in the NAQCC Sprint and made another 10 contacts. Used my IC-7000 running 4 watts here in NAQCC to an elevated multi-band vertical, and Kent Straight Key. Fun stuff, as always.
W4HH - Band condx in East VA noisy, QSB.
K2YGM - with HOA restrictions, I operated mobile in the parking lot of my condo in WPB, FL.. Used my KX3 and a 19 FT MFJ collapsible whip base loaded on 40/80.. The bands weren't too bad tonight, and I moved from 40-80 frequently.. Thanks to all that called and of course to those that score and make these sprints so enjoyable. 72 Bob K2YGM .
N7QR - IC706 with a 1958 Vibroplex Presentation, 30th sprint, on for 3/4 hour. 20 and 80 dead, heard a couple of stations on 40 at the noise level. Only worked my neighbor a mile away, WA7MLH, after meeting him the first time at a local ham fair an hour away. CU next month! Russ, Portland OR .
AL7JK - Started out on 20 mtrs after a few minutes with no takers, quickly switched to 40 mtrs and heard KC7DM working another station on 7044 khz. Carefully tuned about 40 mtrs could hear bits a pieces of signals in the noise floor, with the rapid Qsb. Put out a few periodic CQ's on 7044 khz in the blind, hoping for the best. VE7YU suddenly boomed in out of nowhere with an RST of 559, quickly exchanged info before Qsb wiped us out. Continued in search and pounce mode, sifting through the noise floor. Noticed Gary, KF7WNS signal buried in the ambient noise peaking up now and then. Was able to pull off a qso at 0311z with him after numerous tries. With an active aurora taking place & polar cap absorption degrading signals hr in Alaska, I'm thrilled to have successfully completed two qrp qso's. Thank you to everyone that makes this monthly sprint possible. 72/73 to all
AB3RU - Only three contacts last night. I was very tired and went to sleep early. Looking forward to spring, hamfests and more daylight. See you all next time. .
N2WK - 1st time with new mem#. Did do the 160m last month but used other software and did not submit. Only did 40m this time to get my feet wet. Used Genlog but wish it was connected to radio. Tnx for the Q's. 73
KE5YUM - 40 meters was not a signal rich environment last night! S-9 noise made it nearly impossible to hear signals, so I am thankful for the two that I snagged. All the best, Terry in North Texas .
K5MBA - Strong signals this evening.
WB8ENE - 40 seemed noisy, but my MFJ noise canceller didn't help. However, I found that the K3's noise blanker definitely made an improvement. I tend not to use it much. Anyway, I managed to make five contacts in the 30 minutes I spent in the sprint. Thanks for the contacts, and see you next time. 73, Art
KA2KGP - 20m. was nil here, 40 & 80 were both pretty good. 1/2 hr. overlap with SKCC Sprint. Nice turnout for these 2 sprints. Rig: IC-7000 at 5w. into dipole up 25 ft. and a straight key.
WI1B - Tnx for a fun sprint.. .
N8NK - SOAPBOX: first outdoor antennas used since 1994! And first ever 80m antenna. OH what a blast! The last 10 minutes on 80 was a rush - with rapid fire contacts, all on the same frequency. What a new experience it was having 80 available! Thank you NAQCC and thank you fellow QRPers!
WB8LZG - Hello fellow Sprinters. Fired up the Argo 509 again last night, but several stns I worked said I had a chirp. Oh Oh, time to pop the hood es see what sa matter. Still I had fun fer about an hour, then called it a night early. Condx OK on 40 , lots of sigs on 80. See u all next month. 73 Gregg WB8LZG
KC3RN - Rough condx at my QTH on 40, but my new 84' Inverted L worked out okay on 80.
K4WLW - Started the Sprint on 40m, but QSB was BAD! Heard N8NK calling CQ NA and was S9, but by the time he finished calling he was gone into the noise! Went down to 80m and made a few Q's, but I had static crashes S9+20 and I guess I'm getting to old as my poor ears just can't take the noise like they used to, so I cut it short. KX3 to an end fed sloper and Begali key. Thanks to all who work so hard to put the Sprint on and see you next month. 72 - Bill
KD9EBS - Thank you all! HB-1B ; END FED WIRE @ 25' Attic 73/72! .
K6MGO - Just before the sprint, I checked 20m on Reverse Beacon Net, and got good hits all over the west up to Canada, but when the sprint opened up, never heard a single signal, and calling CQ didn't give me any results, so after about 10 minutes moved down to 40m where I made 3 contacts and then 40m seemed to close so after about an hour, I gave up with only 3 contacts. Using my K3 @ 5 watts to my bedroom special antenna. A wire strung from my bedroom closet clothes pole, to the living room bookcase, almost 45 feet of wire.
K1SX - 40 seemed good with a minimum of QSB, but only had time to make a few (and catch a fox). tnx all! .
KB1M - Good to see improvement on 40, tried a few CQ's on 20 no luck, maybe next month. Had a good time as always. 72, Walt
W4OEP - Tried 20m (dead) and 80m (vy QRN) to no avail. Maybe next month???
AK4NY - Fun sprint, seemed to be a lot of participation, a fair amount of QRM from a bit of band crowding, but that's OK and that's what filters are for. Had a wonderful time, wish I had better ears to pick calls out of pileups or a way to signal one at time guys but that's not how radio works. A very enjoyable evening thank you to all for the QSO's 72 de Tom
N3NFL - I was glad to be able to try the sprint again. I appreciate that with my code speed around 13 wpm people were working with me. I hope to try this again in March. 72 .
KD0DK - Another fun Sprint! I was only able to be on for an hour, so the results for me were pretty good. See everybody next month! 72/73 KD0DK .
VE3GNU - Strange conditions prevailed---i.e. signals were either very strong or very weak at this neck-of-the-woods. Managed to hang in for an hour, and glad to get 5 multipliers for 5 contacts! Icom 7200,5w, and Begali Paddle. Thanks to all for their participation. .
N3CKI - Horrible noise on 80M. I heard no one on 40M. Cheers. .
NO2D - Minor conflict w/ fox hunt. Could not hear the 2nd fox, so enjoyed making contacts in the NAQCC. 40 M stayed open at least for a while. Thanks to all who make the sprints possible. 72's, Pete, NO2D .
K2ZD - My NEW LNR All Mode 160-6 Meter SDR-DSP QRP Transceiver was delivered at 5PM the day of the contest. I had it set up for the start of the contest and had a great time operating this GREAT RADIO. I have a FTdx-5000MP, FT-450D & a FT897 and this little radio gives them a run for the money. I also have the LD-5 QRP Transceiver which is only 40 to 17 meters. Don't know if it was the NEW LD-11 Rig but I had my personal best score this Sprint. I heard a K6 calling CQ NA but he never heard me. Thanks to all who worked me and looking forward to the next SPRINT. 73 Mario K2ZD 8316
KD3CA - Missed first half hour , working another sprint . only worked 8o mtrs. as band was very good for me. I know I missed a few , as a few doubles gave up . Sorry the OM may not be fast enough for some , I'm not up to new technology , as for logging , I still do it the old fashion way, Paper log. 73 to all Don
VE3DQN - Really wish I could have been on the whole two hours tonight. The bands were hopping, strong signals.
AA0W - Thanks all for the reports on 80 cw .
AK3X - Participated for about the last 20 minutes. 80 meters was sounding great. Rig was my MFJ9296 at 4 watts and OCF doublet. Most signals were booming, relative to being QRP. I heard someone running 1 watt, did not catch the call, but not because the signal was weak... a real 599 in Maryland.. but local QRM from my cat distracted me. Oh well.. good fun. See you all next month. 72.. Peter .
W4KRN - Split my time with SKS & NAQCC. 80m was working well. Tnx for the contacts. Hope to cu piggies next month. 72 >('o')<
VE7YU - Nothing heard on 20M. Forty was good for the first 10 minutes but then the QRN came up with rapid QSB and I had to work for every QSO. Hope cndx are better for the next one! 73 Gord
N5GW - I was giving the Argo V a workout with my J38. 40 and 80 were in good shape. I didn't even bother listening on 20. The NRR and Foxhunt were also in progress but didn't seem to cause any conflict.
W2SH - 20m was closed and 40m initially seemed pretty dead, but over 15 minutes calling CQ yielded nine QSOs, two of which were with the west coast. Maybe my radiated five Watts stimulated the ionosphere. The skip was definitely long, but 40m faded after 0200Z and I only recorded seven QSOs during the following 40 minutes. 80M was the place to be for the final 45 minutes.