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Dec 2017 QRP/CW mW Sprint

VA3PEN Comments - Results produced on 2017/12/24 19:25 EST.

Final Results
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco  Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna

W1 Division
KN1H     11   11  22    9  198   x2   396  END FED WIRE @50'

W2 Division
KA2KGP    8    8  16    6   96   x2   192  G5RV up 25 ft.
W2SH      6    6  12    5   60   x2   120  inverted L, 86'V & 68'H
W2JEK     3    3   6    3   18   x2    36  end fed wire 110 ft long, up 20 ft.
KC2VBU    1    1   2    1    2   x2     4  80M EFHWW up ~ 30ft

W3 Division
KD3CA    24   21  45   15  675   x2  1350  132 ft ocf Windom @33 ft
W3TU      1    1   2    1    2   x2     4  BNUT VERT GND MTD WITH 10 RADIALS
W3TS      1    1   2    1    2   x2     4  80 40 fan dipole at 60 feet

W4 Division
WD4OHD   15   15  30   11  330   x2   660  80m dipole sloper, 40m dipole @15'
WG8Y     17   17  34    9  306   x2   612  HB 40-80dp@ 45 ft & 6btv grd mt
W4DUK    10   10  20    7  140   x2   280  End-fed Zepp @ 20'
K4JPN     4    4   8    4   32   x2    64  Zepp
K4LNN     2    2   4    2    8   x2    16  Dipole
W4QO      2    2   4    2    8   x2    16  80M EDZ @ 75'
KM4THR    2    2   4    2    8   x2    16  dipole at 25 feet

W5 Division
N5GW     20   20  40   16  640   x2  1280  CFZ @ 75'
WB5UAA    1    1   2    1    2   x2     4  Inv V @ 30'
$W5QLF    9    9  18    8  144   x2   288  gnd mtd vert

W6 Division
NS3C      1    1   2    1    2   x2     4  dpl@20'

W7 Division
KC7DM     1    1   2    1    2   x2     4  450' skyloop @ 65'
KF7WNS    1    0   1    1    1   x2     2  232ft OCF Long Wire

W8 Division
W3NP     14   14  28   11  308   x2   616  160m Horizontal Loop @ 50'
KX4S      7    7  14    7   98   x2   196  80M Doublet @ 25 ft
K8AG      3    3   6    3   18   x2    36  Inverted L up about 35 feet
$NF8M     1    1   2    1    2   x2     4  6BTV

W9 Division
WB9HFK   20   20  40   15  600   x2  1200  150 ft Random Wire

W0 Division
W0ITT     6    6  12    5   60   x2   120  InvV@ 30 '
N8LA      5    5  10    5   50   x2   100  200' Dipole Up 35'
NN0SS     3    3   6    3   18   x2    36  Inv Vee @40ft

Canada Division

DX Division

Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco  Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna

W1 Division
K1IX      3    3   6    3   18 x1.5    27  OCFD @ 35'

W2 Division

W3 Division
K3WWP     1    1   2    1    2 x1.5     3  ~110' attic ef random wire
AF3Z      0    0   0    0    0 x1.5     0  80m inv vee 30' at center

W4 Division

W5 Division
NF5U      8    8  16    7  112 x1.5   168  40m/80m trap dipole at 33ft

W6 Division

W7 Division

W8 Division

W9 Division

W0 Division
KD0V      5    4   9    5   45 x1.5    67  cf Zepp at 50 feet

Canada Division

DX Division

Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco  Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna

W1 Division
KB1M      3    3   6    3   18         18  40 mtr dpl, 20 mtr invV @30ft
AB1VL     3    2   5    2   10         10  160/80 dipole, 40 feet
K1IEE     2    1   3    2    6          6  OCF 135' long wire@30'

W2 Division
WA1GWH    1    1   2    1    2          2  40M dipole @ 15 ft
K2YGM     1    1   2    1    2          2  40-G5RV MINI,, 80-PAR ENDFEDZ
KC2MJT    0    0   0    0    0          0  G5RV at 30* feet

W3 Division

W4 Division
WB4OMM   19   19  38   11  418        418  G5RV at 45 feet
K4KRW    10   10  20    8  160        160  Dipole@35'
K3RLL     7    7  14    5   70         70  Clandestine After Dark Black Vertical
K4RHG     5    5  10    4   40         40  Stealth Long Wire up 40 feet on roof
N6MRS     1    1   2    1    2          2  half wave end fed 18'
K4CJL     0    0   0    0    0          0  Comet Vertical CHA-250B

W5 Division
W5WIL    10   10  20   10  200        200  240' dblt @ 35'
KE5YUM    1    1   2    1    2          2  Vertical wire at 30 feet

W6 Division

W7 Division

W8 Division
WA8SAN    2    2   4    2    8          8  End Fed wire @ 25 Ft
WB8LZG    0    0   0    0    0          0  dpl@30'

W9 Division
N9SE      3    3   6    3   18         18  Dipole @68'
AC9OH     1    1   2    1    2          2  ~63' random wire

W0 Division
N0TA      5    5  10    5   50         50  1/4 gnd mnt vertical

Canada Division

DX Division

Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco  Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna

Straight Key
K4BAI    21   21  42   14  588   x2  1176  TH6DXX 55'; dip 35'; zepp 50'; inv vee


NN9K     10   10  20    8  160        160  Tribander@50ft-135 endfed@24ft

Not eligible for certificate or prize for the following reason(s):
@ Non-member
$ QRO power
! Late log
~ Submitted as check log
Key typeSKBUGK/K
First time special sprint entrant high scorer
Key typeSKBUGK/K

KN1H - A milliwatt sprint is difficult enough without conditions like this! Few signals heard and all very weak, and all over 1000 miles away. Judging by the number of unanswered calls I made, mine must have been among the weakest! Thanks for organizing the Sprint, I wouldn't have missed it for anything. Happy Holidays to all!

K1IX - Really tuff sleding with a local S9 noise level. Rig FT-817,500hz filter,battery powered 12v. output 600mw to OCFD at 38'

KB1M - K1 @ 900mW. 39 minutes into sprint before making first QSO with K1IEE, I was starting to feel like a lone voice calling out in the wilderness! Also thanks to W5WIL and K4BAI. 72/73, Walt

AB1VL - No CQ NAs heard on 40M. Callers half of QSOs heard on 80M but no workable runners. Got 3 running then gave up after an hour looking for more runners. Surprised and pleased how far my 500 mW got out, so 80M was clearly long again last night. Thanks to John et al for Sprint support. Contacts uploaded to LOTW

K1IEE - For the first half hour I was certain I had the wrong night. Then on 40M I heard K5OO with a 599 signal so I called him and Mark came back with a 339 so my little HW8 was working. Then i heard and called Walt KB1M we exchanged info and then I went QRT. Thanks to Mark and Walt both good ops for sure. 73 Dick

KA2KGP - No QSO's on 20m. as the band was dead. 40m. was very weak with only 1 QSO. 80m. was the best band this MW sprint, but all signals were very weak. Rig: IC-7000 at 1w. into G5RV wire antenna up 25 ft. and a straight key. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all. 73

W2SH - At the opening I heard a "4" call on 20m (K4BAI?). QSB swept it away and nothing else was copiable. 40m QSB was long and deep, and the skip very extended. My three QSOs were between 800 and 1,600 miles distant. Stations 500 miles away were easily copied but none could be worked. 80m presented a similar picture and my three QSOs were all over 600 miles, with nothing closer heard. With its higher radiation angle my 270' dipole was useless for the medium distance stations heard and completely outclassed by the inverted L for all six QSOs.

W2JEK - Was on using my OHR-500 at 900MW to end fed wire. Power measured by WM-2 Wattmeter. Had a good time. Happy Holidays. 72 and 73 Don W2JEK

KC2VBU - TU Don for getting me my only QSO! Tried like heck to log more but no takers. 700MW on my 40/30/20 Mountain Topper. Merry Christmas my friends!

WA1GWH - 900 mW from my SW-40+ and a dipole at 15 ft. Very few signals heard on 40M. After a lot of calling W5WIL came back to me from a-way out thar in Oklahoma. My one and only contact! TNX OM! 72, Garry

K2YGM - What a fantastic sprint this time around. I only had 5 minutes to operate, and the CWT sprint was in full swing all over the band. I heard WG8Y loud and clear and made the contact. I heard nothing thereafter... Easy peezy submitting log with just one qso.. I'm just loving this propagation decline... MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND A HEALTHY NEW YEAR.. Bob K2YGM

KC2MJT - Tough cndx. Heard one signal sounded QRO, otherwise nada. Called CQ on 20, 40, 80 and realized tonight mw was not going to work. ICOM 703+ cranked down to L, G5RV. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and may the new year bring sun spots. 73, Louii

KD3CA - Sure was a fun night for me ,some QSB , most signals not very strong , I know I missed a few , just couldn't get all the call. I was running 1mW with the KX3, using a Viz Cootie key. TNX to the stations from FL, MO, & SC that stopped by to give me a RPT & a Chat . Merry Christmas to all, and best 73 Don


W3TS - Ran my Homebrew Xcvr at 250mW into my 80 40 fan dipole with the Grand Master hand key doing the keying. Very bad band conditions for my mW signal. Only WB9HFK came back to me even though I called two others and no call backs to my CQs. Maybe next time it will be better! Merry Christmas to all the Sprinters

K3WWP - 1 QRPp QSO in 20 minutes. No more need be said.

AF3Z - We'll, I tried. Two hours; S9 noise level here; QRN; called CQ many times on 80m and 40m; listened around. Early on I heard one of you--don't remember who.... called, nothing. Near the end I almost had a qso with Richard, K4KRW... but I didn't copy RST or State. Did anybody else hear me?? ... Alas, that's all folks! ;-) Jim, AF3Z

WD4OHD - I missed this month's regular Sprint because of antenna problems and just did manage to get everything working properly before the rain set in this afternoon. Good signals on 80m. Noise on 40m and intense QRM toward the end of the Sprint. Nothing heard on 20m. Eleven states worked at 650 mW output. Lots of fun, as usual. Best holiday wishes to all.

WG8Y - Hi all,2nd week in a row 20m was open at the start.No great but did work FL.& wasn't heard by a couple more.Tnxs goes out to N8LA,Lou, who listened hard on 20m for me but my 700 mills wasn't getting there.Lou, heard you say you were going to 40m. Maybe we'll make it next time. Lots of signals.Some really strong & some not so much.But that's the fun of it.Still had a gud time trying to work some of the guys.Worked AB9CA,Dave & WB4OMM,Steve on both 40 & 80m.Cool. 72 from N.C.& MERRY CHRISTMAS.Hope everyone gets a new QRP rig.Hi Hi Mark WG8Y

WB4OMM - Wow! Nothing heard on 20M; called CQ on 40M for 25 mins before I got an answer (no, I tuned around and heard nothing there too all that time!). Slow going but did OK....went to 80M for last 40 mins...did OK there too. Most signals 339-559. Some QSB too. Was able to work several on both bands - K4BAI, WG8Y, and W2SH. Big surprise was working KN1H in NH at that power level on a SWA - 1088 mi.!! Always fun, always a challenge! Used my Elecraft KX-3 running .9W (QRPp) to a G5RW at 45 feet - Viborplex Deluxe Iambic Paddle and GenLog. My sincere wishes to all for a safe Holiday and prosperous New Year! See you all in January 2018! 72, Steve WB4OMM #5913

W4DUK - Had fun working to pull the real weak ones out tonight. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

K4KRW - Thanks everyone. Most of my contacts were on 80m. The KX3 got a real workout digging signals out of the noise. 73

K3RLL - K3 to my clandestine, flat-black, after-dark only vertical: It is always surprising how strong mW signals can be when the bands are reasonably quiet. This evening however, a S-8 level noise hovered over my QTH masking weaker signals. My apologies to several stations kind enough to call and I couldn't respond. Big signal tonight was K4BAI whose signal often rolls down from GA like thunder. Thanks for the fun tonight. 72/73 ... Don

K4RHG - 80 Meters was best last night. Only had five QSOs but two were over 1,000 miles, both into Texas from Naples, FL. Not bad for half a watt.

W4QO - Maybe I should have tried 80M. Hmmmm. de jim/w4qo/1743

KM4THR - heard more but they disappeared in qsb lots of fun

N6MRS - Fun, sort of. Heard some great ops that I couldn't work, but not for not trying hard. Thanks to everyone who patiently tried to pull my call out of the noise. 72 and Merry Christmas to all.

K4CJL - No contacts tonight. Was rough... almost had one QSO on 80, but lost it on the return call. 72/73 and hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

N5GW - Using a tennis ball launcher I put up a new antenna the day of the sprint. The apex of this CFZ was at 75' and ends at 50' in tall trees. The KX3 was cranked down to 900 mW. Very little was heard on 20 or 40. Moving to 80 I found this was the band on which to be. I'm looking forward to the 160M sprint, and as another member previously noted, am wondering if we should include 160M in our regular monthly sprints at this low point in the sunspot cycle.

W5QLF - First time participant in this Sprint. I spent the afternoon learning how to work GenLog and used it for this submission. 9 Qs, 8 SPC with a straight key. 73 Joe W5QLF

W5WIL - No one heard for 30 minutes, then signals started getting just above the QRN. 4 QSOs on 40 then moved to 80 where signals were stronger. Sorry that QSB caused me to lose a couple folks. Merry Christmas, and to all a good night.

NF5U - Another fun mw sprint, took a while to get going, 80m was the only productive band for me tonight. Merry Christmas to all. Many thanks to the good hams that put these great events together. Looking forward to another fun year.

WB5UAA - mW sprints are always tough. Lucky to get one! N9SE, I'm counting it even though the QRO/QRM wiped you out at the end! 72

KE5YUM - I didn’t hear many signals on 40, but I did manage to work KD0V in MN, one of the states that my wife and I have visited many times and also her birthplace. Thanks, Merlin, for the contact. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all. 1/2 watt with my FT 817 to my vertical wire at 33 feet.

KC7DM - Got a late start but it didn't take many turns of the VFO to realize that was not a curse. And then, with minutes to go, N3GW popped out of the 80M noise for a nice 1600 mile QSO. FB Gene.

KF7WNS - Unfortunately, poor conditions for the milliwatts to be heard. Worked one non-member in San Diego and he copied me pretty well, but that was it. I did hear KD0V and N0TA. 72 and Merry Christmas to all, Gary

W3NP - First time using my 160m horizontal loop at QRPp levels. Ran 900mw with my K3 and used my GHD 501A sideswiper. Condx were up and down - and noisy. QSB was extreme at mw pwr levels. I would call a stn repeatedly (N5GW) with no answer only to be called by him when I was calling CQ. My last QSO was with Pete NN9K. I heard him calling CQ but not enough sig to work - I waited a few min and he popped up with a decent signal - called him, worked him and called it a night. 72 de West Virginia - W3NP

KX4S - Lots of signals on there this evening - most of them buried in my QRN! Anyway, fun as usual. Thanks to all and 73 from the West Virginia Appalachians. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. Op: Jay W8AIM

K8AG - Wow! Running 100mW with these conditions is insane. But generally so am I. Still fun with 3 contacts. 72 all.

WA8SAN - WA8SAN Merry Christmas and thanks for a fun year /72 MIKE

NF8M - Wow...almost nothing heard. I spent over an hour listening and calling CQ on 40 & 80 with no replies. Heard a couple very weak sigs but couldn't make out complete calls, and was hallucinating hearing CW in the DSP noise. Finally gave up and switched to the CWops sprint (sigs weak there too) but heard W0ITT calling CQNA on 40 in the last half hour. Since I had put away my milliwatt gear and was back to the 590 I cut it back to 5 watts (as low as it goes) and worked him. So it wasn't at the mW level but at least it's a QSO. Setup here, when I was trying at <1w levels, was the KX1 cut back to 0.7 watts on 40 and the FT817 on 80 also running about 0.7 watts (which is what it does on 80 when set to the second power level). Antennas were 6BTV vertical on 40, and 80m OCF dipole on 80, receiving on the 160m loop with preamp. 72 to all and happy new year!

WB8LZG - Hello millimen! Wow 1st time i ever got "skunked" in a mw sprint. I called CQ, S&P , more CQ's. Heard all noise. I DID hear K4JPN at 0150 on 80m, but he couldn't hear me. Same wid K3RLL on 40m at 0205, wid no joy. After 45 mins of static i my ears were shot. Merry Christmas to all. 73 , Gregg

WB9HFK - IC-7300 with 900 mW out. QRN levels a little higher than normal, but fun to hear all the activity. Sorry if I missed anyone. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all! 72, Mark WB9HFK

AC9OH - I had a spare minute and clicked on the rig just long enough to hear W5QLF for what I think is >1000 miles a watt! Thank you for working with me through all of that QSB!

W0ITT - A fun exercise with 1 watt. 40 was tough at the start, with weak signals here in the Midwest. I found better signals on 80. As expected, the last half hour on 40 CWT occupied the band, but I still got a final QSO there with NF8M (thank you, Frank). All hail QRPp!

N8LA - KX-3, 900mw; 200 ft. dipole up 35 ft.; Western Union 2A legless hand key. Wow!! KX-3 @900mw worked a whole lot better than the Two Tinned Tuna @250mw and Neophythe on one 40 Meter frequency I used the last time I tried the mw sprint! Actually, I had more contacts in this mw sprint than I did in the regular December sprint using 5 Watts. Go figure!! Sorry I was unable to pull anyone out of the noise on 20 Meters. This sprint was even better than beating my head against the wall; it even felt good while I was doing it!! Best Wishes to All for a Wonderful Holiday Season and New Year!! Lou, N8LA.

KD0V - Conditions were better than during the regular Sprint. Thanks everyone for the calls. Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year - Merlin

N0TA - Worked about an hour. All signals were very weak. Thanks for the Q's! Kx2 @ 0.9w, vertical, GenLog.

NN0SS - Rig:KX3 Ant:Inv Vee @ 40 ft Pwr:900mw Band conditions poor due to QRN so not much time spent listening and calling CQ. Heard KN1H and WG8Y but they didn't hear my signal.Always fun to try no matter what the conditions are.

K4BAI - 990 mW output power. I surely heard and called a lot of members who couldn't hear me at QRPP power. Thanks for all QSOs. 20M was open to NJ, IL, OH, IN at the start. Thought it would be because W1AW was very strong here. Not many people tried 20, I suspect. 40M was OK to the eastern part of the country with many QSOs being in FL. Skip wasn't too long for a change. 80M was quite good for a change with strong signals and QSOs as far away as NY and NH. Wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 73/72, John, K4BAI. NAQCC 644,

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RULES specific to this month's sprint:
Operate at 1 watt or less (the lower the better) to be eligible for any awards or prizes. Others welcome to participate and submit check logs.

Date and time:
Thursday, December 21, 2017, 0130-0330Z

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