May 2018 QRP/CW Sprint (#163)
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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.
SWA - STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
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'
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'
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
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
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'
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'
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'
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
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'
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'
SWA - BUG CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
K3WWP 26 25 51 16 816 x1.5 1224 Attic dipole (20) & attic rnd wire (40)
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
N7QR 0 0 0 0 0 x1.5 0 Butternut HF6V gnd mtd vert w/o radials
N8XMS 32 32 64 19 1216 x1.5 1824 R7 Vertical
W8ES 1 1 2 1 2 x1.5 3 80m doublet @ ~30 ft
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'
KD0V 20 18 38 14 532 x1.5 798 Cf Zepp @ 30 feet
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
SWA - KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
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'
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'
NO3J 4 4 8 4 32 32 End fed quad band @ 25 feet
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'
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
N7YY 10 9 19 9 171 171 160 meter horizontal loop at 35'
WA8SAN 18 18 36 12 432 432 End Fed @ 25`
AB8FJ 4 4 8 4 32 32 End fed random wire @ 15'
K9CW 13 13 26 9 234 234 40m/80m inverted V at 60'
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.
GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
K4BAI 49 46 97 23 2231 x2 4462 TH6DXX @ 55'; 40M dipole; 80M inverted v
NN9K 43 42 85 26 2210 2210 Tri-Band@50 ft. & GM Vert
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|
Logs submitted: 87
Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 128
Total QSOs in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 1131
States represented: 35 + BC ON
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