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May 2018 QRP/CW Sprint (#163)


Corey KF0U is responsible for the contents of this page. Questions should go to him at pix_newemail_kf0u (1K).


N2CN Comments - Cross checking is complete for this sprint. Contact me before 2400Z on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at pix_newemail_n2cn (1K) with any questions about the results.

KF0U Comments - Dayton weekend is always a tough one for entries. I appreciate all the help getting the scores as clean as possible. 73 and see you July.

Results

SWA - STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna

W1 Division
WB1GYZ   28   28  56   16  896  x2  1792  80 ft. doublet at 35 ft.  open-wire feed
K1IEE    15   15  30   14  420  x2   840  OCF dipole @ 30'
N1XF     11   11  22    7  154  x2   308  107' Wire 50' High to 25'
KQ1P      3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  80/40 dipole @ 30'

W2 Division
W2SH     25   25  50   20 1000  x2  2000  Inverted L; V 86 ft, H 68 ft
KA2KGP   24   24  48   18  864  x2  1728  G5RV up 25'
W2JEK    15   15  30    8  240  x2   480  End fed wire 110 ft. long up 20 ft.
K2KGJ     8    8  16    7  112  x2   224  80-10 trap dipole @ 40'
K2JT      3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  Dipole@30'

W3 Division
AK3X      6    6  12    6   72  x2   144  OCF doublet @27'
N4KEZ     7    7  14    5   70  x2   140  "L" shape EFHW 
K3JZD     6    6  12    4   48  x2    96  59' EFRW Sloper

W4 Division
KJ4R     33   32  65   20 1300  x2  2600  34' Vertical  
K4KBL    32   30  62   18 1116  x2  2232  Inverted V @ 50'
WG8Y     22   22  44   17  748  x2  1496  10-80 OCF DP @28FT
WZ2N     22   20  42   12  504  x2  1008  G5rv
KN1H     18   18  36   13  468  x2   936  Open wire fed dipole @ 20'
WA4SPJ   16   16  32   14  448  x2   896  Inverted "L" @ 30'
W4NLT    15   15  30   12  360  x2   720  84' endfed @30'
NA4O     10   10  20    9  180  x2   360  Dipole@45'
WX4RM     9    9  18    7  126  x2   252  6BTV gnd mtd vert
N4WD      9    9  18    6  108  x2   216  OCF dipole @ 40 feet
K4JPN     6    6  12    5   60  x2   120  80M CF Zepp
W4DUK     3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  End-fed Zepp @ 20 ft
N4FI      3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  Attic 40m dipole

W5 Division
N5GW     28   28  56   18 1008  x2  2016  CFZ at 50' & 75'
KA5TJS    5    5  10    5   50  x2   100  80 meter inverted vee @ 30 ft.
WA5IEK   11   11  22    1   22  x2    44  VARIOUS WIRE AT 15 TO 20 FEET
WB5UAA    3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  Inv V @ 30'

W6 Division
AI6SL     8    7  15    7  105  x2   210  Inverted V fan @ 32'
WK6L      7    7  14    6   84  x2   168  Windom Inv. Vee.,20 and 40M
K6MGO     6    5  11    4   44  x2    88  INDOOR DOUBLET APPROX 10' HIGH
W6STR     4    4   8    3   24  x2    48  G5rv@35'

W7 Division
KF7WNS   16   15  31   10  310  x2   620  53 ft end fed wire @ 25 ft
KC7DM    10   10  20    9  180  x2   360  450' horz loop @ 60'

W8 Division
WB8LZG   13   13  26   12  312  x2   624  Dipoles @ 30'
WB8ENE    8    8  16    6   96  x2   192  40 meter dipole @ 15'
NF8M      6    6  12    5   60  x2   120  Hamstick on car

W9 Division
WB9HFK   31   31  62   20 1240  x2  2480  150 Ft. Random Wire
K9QEW     8    8  16    7  112  x2   224  4BTV GP VERTICAL 
KD9EBS    4    4   8    4   32  x2    64  End-Fed-Wire Antenna 
N8HWV     2    2   4    1    4  x2     8  Inverted vee @ 15'

W0 Division
N0TA     33   33  66   18 1188  x2  2376  1/4 gnd mnt vertical, doublet @30'
NN0SS     9    9  18    6  108  x2   216  80 meter Inv Vee @40ft
AA5LH     7    5  12    7   84  x2   168  Inverted vee@35!
N8LA      6    6  12    6   72  x2   144  Dipole @ 35'
KD0DK     6    6  12    6   72  x2   144  117 ft end fed long wire
K2HT      2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  ZS6BKW @ 40'

Canada Division

DX Division

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

W1 Division

W2 Division

W3 Division
K3WWP    26   25  51   16  816 x1.5 1224  Attic dipole (20) & attic rnd wire (40)

W4 Division

W5 Division
NF5U     26   26  52   18  936 x1.5 1404  40m/80m trap dipole @33ft
W5ODS    26   25  51   18  918 x1.5 1377  G5RV @ 50ft
WB4BIN    2    2   4    2    8 x1.5   12  85' attic random wire

W6 Division

W7 Division
N7QR      0    0   0    0    0 x1.5    0  Butternut HF6V gnd mtd vert w/o radials

W8 Division
N8XMS    32   32  64   19 1216 x1.5 1824  R7 Vertical
W8ES      1    1   2    1    2 x1.5    3  80m doublet @ ~30 ft

W9 Division
AA9L     25   25  50   15  750 x1.5 1125  160-80-40 trap dipole @ 50 feet
N9SE      2    2   4    2    8 x1.5   12  Dipole @70'

W0 Division
KD0V     20   18  38   14  532 x1.5  798  Cf Zepp @ 30 feet

Canada Division
VE3RDE   19   19  38   13  494 x1.5  741  OCFD 25'
VE3IDS   11   11  22    9  198 x1.5  297  130' doublet up 35' HW-101 @5w

DX Division

SWA - KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY
Call   QSOs Mbrs Pts  Mul  Sco Bon Final  80-40-20 Antenna

W1 Division
N2CN     43   42  85   24 2040      2040  ZS6BKW @ 60'
KB1M     24   24  48   15  720       720  20 mtr inv V, 40mtr dipole @ 30ft
K4RHG    15   15  30   10  300       300  End-fed dipole at 30 feet
K1VDF     8    8  16    7  112       112  Delta loop 40 feet
KC1DVT    5    5  10    3   30        30  EFHW @ 30'

W2 Division
WA1GWH   10    8  18    9  162       162  40M dipole @ 15 ft
WA2FBN    7    7  14    7   98        98  EFHW at 25 ft
N2ESE     5    5  10    5   50        50  40MtrDipole@50FT.
KC2MJT    4    4   8    3   24        24  G5RV @30'

W3 Division
NO3J      4    4   8    4   32        32  End fed quad band @ 25 feet

W4 Division
KU4A     18   18  36   12  432       432  Sloping dipole @ 40'
AF4OI    11   11  22    9  198       198  80m dipole @ 25ft
N4IAG     9    9  18    7  126       126  Horizontal loop at 70'
K4WLW     6    6  12    6   72        72  125' End Fed Sloper
WB4OMM    6    6  12    5   60        60  Vehicle mounted 40M Hamstick
N4MJ      4    4   8    4   32        32  Windom @ 55'

W5 Division
K5MBA     8    8  16    4   64        64  40M EFHW abt 20'
KE5YUM    4    4   8    4   32        32  20 meter home brew inverted V at 16 feet

W6 Division

W7 Division
N7YY     10    9  19    9  171       171  160 meter horizontal loop at 35'

W8 Division
WA8SAN   18   18  36   12  432       432  End Fed @ 25` 
AB8FJ     4    4   8    4   32        32  End fed random wire @ 15'

W9 Division
K9CW     13   13  26    9  234       234  40m/80m inverted V at 60'

W0 Division

Canada Division
VE3DQN    8    8  16    7  112       112  Dipoles@40'
VE7YU     6    6  12    6   72        72  20M EDZ at 20M
VE3GNU    5    5  10    4   40        40  Fan-dipole @35' NW-SE dir.

DX Division

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

Straight Key
K4BAI    49   46  97   23 2231  x2  4462  TH6DXX @ 55'; 40M dipole; 80M inverted v

Bug

Keyer/Keyboard
NN9K     43   42  85   26 2210      2210  Tri-Band@50 ft. & GM Vert

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! Late log
~ Submitted as check log
CERTIFICATES
SWA STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY
Division1st2nd3rd
W1WB1GYZ--
W2W2SHKA2KGP-
W3AK3X--
W4KJ4RK4KBLWG8Y
W5N5GW--
W6AI6SL--
W7KF7WNS--
W8WB8LZG--
W9WB9HFK--
W0N0TANN0SS-
Canada---
DX---
SWA BUG CATEGORY
Division1st2nd3rd
W1---
W2---
W3K3WWP--
W4---
W5NF5U--
W6---
W7N7QR--
W8N8XMS--
W9AA9L--
W0KD0V--
CanadaVE3RDE--
DX---
SWA KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY
Division1st2nd3rd
W1N2CNKB1M-
W2WA1GWH--
W3NO3J--
W4KU4AAF4OI-
W5K5MBA--
W6---
W7N7YY--
W8WA8SAN--
W9K9CW--
W0---
CanadaVE3DQN--
DX---
GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY
Key typeSKBUGK/K
 K4BAI-NN9K
First time entrant high scorer
Key typeSKBUGK/K
 K2KGJ-NO3J
PRIZE DRAWING WINNER
PrizesK2KGJ

STATS:
Logs submitted: 87
Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 128
Total QSOs in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 1131
States represented: 35 + BC ON

SOAPBOX:

KC2MJT - 40 was busy . . .

WB5UAA - Only logged a couple fellow QRPers on 40. I could only pick out readable signals to about 700 miles out this evening. 72, WB5UAA

N9SE - Only had about 30 minutes tonight, but I expected to hear more stations. Not sure if it was the QRN covering signals up or just low activity.

WB4OMM - On the way to Dayton Hamvention, so operated portable from Cleveland, TN (in the Parking lot of a Hampton Inn...located adjacent to Paul Huff Highway!! Elecraft KX3, 5W to a Mag Mounted 40M Hamstick on the roof of the "WB4OMM War Wagon"!! Some pretty good signals, got 6 member Qs/5 states and lowest report was 559. Wasn't gonna miss a session! Only had about 30 mins (had to take my brother to Target down the street). Still enjoyed it! Hope to see some of you at Hamvention and FDIM. Look for me in the ARRL RadioSport booth. 72 to all! Steve WB4OMM #5913

WB4BIN - Sad night.

KD0V - 20M surprised me, it had not been open in the evening for most of the month. It was good here in Minnesota this evening. The noise level on 40M was S9. Making copy very hard at best.

W4DUK - Conditions atrocious at my QTH, so pulled the plug early after only a few contacts. Hopefully, next month will be better!

N8XMS - This was a lot of fun but I finally succumbed about 0200 to all of the static crashes and QRN. My ears are still ringing! I think that this might be my best score while using a bug. Thanks to everyone that put up with my poor fist.

K3WWP - 26 QSOs in 53 mins. More comments in my diary at k3wwp.com

W8ES - Only had time for 1 tonight. TNX Barry! See you all in June. 72, Jay .

NF5U - Rough conditions tonight, very challenging on theses old ears. Thanks to all for the qso's. Lots of Static on 40m. Used the trusty old Yaesu FT-817nd into the old Dipole at 33ft and my blue racer bug. I had a great time, 73's to all till next month.

N1XF - Wow, first hour was rough, QRM prevented 3 contacts, QSB prevented a bunch more. I got 2 contacts from my home state though, on 40M, I'm thinking my wire dropped. Still had a lot of fun, I am running a Navy Flameproof on a super brass base to pick up the SK modifier. Can't wait for next month's Sprint.

K4KBL - Had a great time on 40 meters even with the noise and static crashes !

AA9L - Tried something different this time. Did more search and pounce and it worked well. Had a good time, DE AA9L Rich

K9QEW - My first Sprint this year since I returned from Wintering in Arizona. Lot of fun operating my HB xtal controlled TX. Stay Tuned, C U next month. 72 & 73s Daryl .

N8HWV - Jumped in at 9:15pm cst. Fun even if for only 15 minutes! .

VE3RDE - We were off to a good start with band conditions here. Some came booming in at 599 +20, but others were more elusive, especially as the evening progressed and in the W4 & W5 regions. Lots of fun tonight! Thanks all & CUAGN soon. 72

WG8Y - Hi all, Heard WK6L in CA. at start on 20m but missed him. Thought,oh well,at least I heard him. Worked 3 states on 20m then went to 40m. Worked 3 on 40m & decided to give 20m another look. glad I did as I snagged WK6L. Yea! First west coast in a while. 40 was tough tonite & 80 was hard on the EARS.Hi HI but managed to work 5 Q's on 80 before a final look at 40m. Also tnxs to N0TA,CO. for 2 bands. tough going but still enjoy the Sprints. To those headed to Hamvention, Have Fun! 72 from N.C. Mark WG8Y

KJ4R - In keeping with the spirit of this month's home brew club challenge, I decided to use my PFR 3B and change up from the bug I normally use to a straight key....Had so much fun I might do it again next month! Stayed on 40 for the entire sprint. Conditions were okay overall, but lots of QRN and big static crashes from nearby storms. Also I live about 10 miles from a USAF air to ground gunnery range. They were flying tonight and my QTH is often in the pattern they fly. Between noise from F-16's (the walls of my backyard shack don't cut the noise much) and static crashes it was a challenge to log some weaker stations. My apologies to those that I simply just couldn't pull in. 73 to everyone.

KF7WNS - Operated portable from Utah. Sorry if I missed you the antenna didn't hear to well. 72

W5ODS - Sprint turned out pretty well considering the storms passing nearby causing s-9++ static crashes. Thanks for all the repeats on your calls. Only made 1 contact on 20m, none on 80m, the rest on 40m. Looking forward to the next one. 72,Gary W5ODS

K1IEE - Conditions very good on 40M and 20M tonight. Great sprint. Thanks to all 73 Dick

N7YY - First sprint with recently finished K2! Lots of fun, but conditions were a little rough here in Oregon. Thanks everyone! .

N4WD - Stormy weather. Lots of lighting QRM. .

N2CN - My best in a long time. Every band had something to offer. Used KX2.

AF4OI - Thanks for another fun NA Sprint !! Worked 40m band for all contacts. Till next time, 73 Bob - AF4OI KY #8923

W4NLT - Lot of QSB. TKS to those who stuck with me during the fades. Most activity seemed to be on 40. .

KD9EBS - The rig is Youkits HB1B QRP. 5 Watt. End-Fed Wire Ant. Thank you all. 72! .

N7QR - IC706 and a 1958 Vibroplex Presentation to a ground mounted Butternut HF6V without radials. Nothing heard on 80 or 40. Slow QSB on 20. NN7K had a good signal into Portland OR. Only worked the first hour as the water board has the temerity to schedule meetings on the same night as sprints. See you next month! 73, Russ N7QR .

NF8M - A few QSOs from the parking lot of my hotel in Dayton, thus the OH QTH instead of the usual MI. Lots of S9+ sigs tonight - anyone else operating portable here? TNX QSOs, CU @ Hamvention. .

AI6SL - Bands were pretty quite. 40m picked up after about 1 hour just when I had to leave. .

VE7YU - Twenty faded quickly and forty had very high QRN.Nothing heard from the East Coast` 73 Gord .

N8LA - KX-3, 5W, 200 ft. dipole up 35 ft., Western Union 2A Legless Hand Key. Have not done this sprint for a number of months. Have been SSK (Semi Silent Key.) Decided to try it tonight since XYL was gone watching (not riding) A Streetcar Named Desire and I hear the word "Yani" for what I am told I am supposed to hear as "Laurel." Not much better at hearing CW words and numbers tonight, especially through lotsa QRN. My apologies to those I could not pull out of the QRN, especially the 7 on 20 who may have copied my information but whose information I could not completely copy accurately. Also apologies to N2CN whom I tried to work on 40 after we had worked on 20. I actually gave up for a while in the middle of the sprint and came back to the CQ of VE3OU for a 16 minute chat. Never did get his power. Anyway, I hope to try again next month and hope to work you. 72, Lou N8LA/QRP (mostly) .

WB8LZG - Hello fellow sprinters ! Good condx for sprint this month, Using FT1200 @ 5watts on solar power to dipoles up 30'. I started out on 20 and was happy to see it open nicely with many stns. SRI to some callers that I couldn.t copy. There were several stns down at the noise level. 40 was in good shape too. Lot's of activity there. Missed several callers due to crowed condx and qrm. heard and called W2SH many times but Charles couldn't pull me out of the mud. I had to pull plug early tonight but had a great time. Seeu all next month. 73 Gregg WB8LZG

N4MJ - 80/40 bands were extremely noisy. 20m seemed to have one way propagation. Several weak CQs heard. Tried answering some CQs but they just kept calling CQ. I called CQ many times but only one response - W2SH. N2CN had a good sig to begin but faded quickly. N1XF may not be a finished QSO, we tried multiple times - faded quickly. Other than KU4A & KJ4R, who were marginally readable through QRN, I heard N2CN on 40 calling CQ but he faded quickly, too. Rough Sprint. I quit early. 73 & thanks to all. N4MJ//Glenn

K5MBA - Had a great time this evening. Thanks!

VE3GNU - My third consecutive Sprint this year, but only for an hour---still quite enjoyable! My thanks to all who weathered the time and conditions! Icom 7200 @5W and Begali paddle. .

KE5YUM - 20 meters was in good shape at the start for the first half hour, but I could only stay that long anyway. I used my 20 meter inverted V for the first time. FT 817 @ 5 Watts. All the best, Terry .

NO3J - My first sprint. I hope to improve my cw. It was fun even with not real great conditions. 72 Dale .

KA5TJS - Signals were not to good here but managed 5 in 30 min. 4 out of 5 were 8k numbers so some new guys in the sprint for sure. Thanks to VE3IDS for the only DX QSO last night. Used the Icom 7410 @ 5 watts and my home brew cootie for the contest. .

WZ2N - Good sprint...made Qs on my Michigan mighty mite and direct conversion receiver and my QCX. Not really contending but I had a blast. 40m only tonight. see you next month and in the MW sprint! 73 WZ2N .

K4BAI - 20M was great with strong signals and QSOs from New England and Ontario out to California. 20 QSOs on 20 meters. 40M was good also, but there was a lot of QRN. 27 QSOs on that band. 80M had very high noise levels from nearby storms and only two QSOs on 80M. Thanks for all QSOs. Look for me next week as VP5/K4BAI and in CQ WPX CW as VP5M multi single. 73/72, John, K4BAI. .

N4KEZ - Noisy, but good turnout and better propagation. .

WB9HFK - I stayed on 40M for entire Sprint. Band not in the best condition, and seemed to be more QRN than normal for me. Sorry to those I just could not pull out of the noise. CU next month! 72, Mark WB9HFK

WB8ENE - 20 meters was pretty dead at my QTH, so I made all of my contacts on 40. Thanks for the contacts. 73, Art .

K4JPN - Heavy QRN on 80M and 40M, did not hear anyone on 40M and worked only one on 80M. Gave up after band gave out on 20M. 72, Steve K4JPN .

N4IAG - I'm sure widespread t-storms in the east kept some folks off the air, but I made a few contacts. .

WA2FBN - Only band open for me was 40m. LNR MTR 3B at 4w into EFHW at 25 ft. Key was Vibroplex vibrokeyer. Tnks to all who copied my signal. 72 Ken .

K4WLW - Happy to see 20m open long enough to make a few Q's, but it shut down here after the first 30 minutes. 40m was noisy but lots of good signals coming through. 80m was unusable here for me. Thanks to all who worked me and those that put on these Sprints. KX3 to end-fed sloper and Begali Sculpture key. 72/73 until next month. .

K6MGO - 20m was dead, and 40m was weak and long, with no short path. Thanks to those who took the effort to work me. Hope next month is better. 73, Bill, k6mgo

N5GW - KX3, rake tine straight key, HB tuner & CFZ. It is good to hear 20M open up this time of year, especially when 40M is full of summer QRN. I often marvel at the KX3's 50 Hz audio filter which helps pull weak sigs out of the noise even with nearby strong signals.

W2JEK - Had a good time with lots of activity. Welcome new member KA1FSX #9327. 72 and 73 Don W2JEK

K4RHG - 40 Meters was strong last night with lots of NAQCC and other activity. Propagation wasn't that great though. Longest QSO was only 703 miles with WG8Y down in North Carolina. .

KQ1P - Long time since I have been free for the sprint. Fun, of course. 73 John .

KB1M - 40 was noisy but also a lot of strong signals and I was able to work some close by states not usually heard during a sprint. 72/73 Walt

K2KGJ - First Sprint, finally ... modified FT301S and Johnson Speed-X I bought in '64 on a nice wooden base my son made a few years ago. KA2KGP put in the extra effort to pull a contact from my 44N signal.

K3JZD - A lot of QRN at my QTH. Jody - K3JZD

KA2KGP - 20m. was good until 0100 GMT. 40 & 80 were a bit weak with QRN. A good turnout this sprint. Rig: IC-7000 at 5w. into G5RV up 25 ft. 73 to all.

WB1GYZ - Tks for another fun Sprint. A tip of the cap for all those who make it happen.

K1VDF - Please,only 40 open. .

W2SH - 20m was pretty vacant but sprang into life when the sprint started. Reasonably strong signals were not always workable, and several calls to WK6L went unanswered. 40m skip lengthened considerably in the second hour with darkness arriving to the west. A violent windstorm had broken my 270' dipole the day before and was unavailable to help with nearer stations on 80m, where activity was lighter than usual probably because of high QRN levels.

WX4RM - Conditions on 20 meters at start of Sprint was very good. I had more contacts on 20 than I did on 40, this has not happened in a long time!! I had fun, even tho my qso count was low. .

KN1H - Operated from Big Meadows Campground in Shenandoah (VA) National Park in the pouring rain. Only able to get the dipole up 20' due to trees but conditions were pretty good and worked a lot of the faithful. FT817 on 12V battery and Nye Viking Master Key.

AK3X - Got started about an hour late, and was in and out with other distractions from time to time. Bands seemed OK but a little noisy here. Fun as always. 72, Peter

NN0SS - Good opening on 20 meters to MN

WA1GWH - Worked 40M from 0035 until 0057 and in that short time worked 10 ops in 9 different SPCs. 40M was both long and short with contacts from here in NY out to WI. Seems like 40M has mostly been long for the last few sprints. 72, Garry #6109

AA5LH - Heard many but couldn't snag them