August 2018 QRP/CW Sprint (#166)
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Sunday August 26.
SWA - STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
KN1H 20 19 39 14 546 x2 1092 400' End-fed wire
WB1GYZ 13 13 26 8 208 x2 416 80 ft Doublet, 200 ft random
K1IEE 8 8 16 7 112 x2 224 OCF dipole @ 30'
KQ1P 4 4 8 3 24 x2 48 Trap dipole @ 30'
W2SH 41 40 81 19 1539 x2 3078 270' dpl at 45'; inv L up 86', out 68'
KA2KGP 27 27 54 18 972 x2 1944 G5RV up 25 ft.
W2JEK 14 14 28 10 280 x2 560 110 fo end fed wire at 20 ft
WA2JSG 10 10 20 7 140 x2 280 Vertical @ 10'
KN2G 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 Fanned inverted vee @55 ft
WA2FBN 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 EFHW at 25 ft
KD3CA 17 16 33 13 429 x2 858 Ocf Windom @33 ft
N4KEZ 14 14 28 7 196 x2 392 EFHW @ 30'
K2DEP 10 10 20 8 160 x2 320 G5RV @ 27 ft
W3TTT 8 8 16 6 96 x2 192 Inverted vee at 50 feet
AK3X 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 135ft OCF doublet at 27 ft
W3TU 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 INDOOR 52' OPEN LOOP AS ENFLW ON 1ST FLR
NA4O 31 31 62 17 1054 x2 2108 Dipole@45'
WG8Y 31 30 61 15 915 x2 1830 HB 10-80M OCF dp@30ft & 6bvt
K4KBL 25 25 50 16 800 x2 1600 OCF dipole @ 45'
W4OEP 22 21 43 15 645 x2 1290 Inv Ell @ 35 ft
W4NLT 14 14 28 9 252 x2 504 84' END FED @ 30'
K8LBQ 14 14 28 9 252 x2 504 Inverted vee dipole at 30'
W2BJN 11 11 22 8 176 x2 352 Zero-Five 30 ft Flagpole
KQ4MM 8 8 16 7 112 x2 224 80-10M EFHW Wire
WX4RM 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 6BTV gnd mtd vert
N4FI 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 Attic 40m dipole
KB0ETU 5 5 10 3 30 x2 60 Dipole up 35 feet
W4DUK 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 End-fed Zepp @ 20'
$K6BFA 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 G5RV @ 50 ft
N5GW 26 25 51 17 867 x2 1734 CFZ at 50' & 75'
WB5UAA 9 9 18 6 108 x2 216 InvV@30ft
KE5YUM 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 20 meter dipole at 17 feet
AI6SL 11 10 21 8 168 x2 336 Inverted V, fan @ 32'
WK6L 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 Windom Inv. Vee.,20 and 40M
KC7DM 12 12 24 9 216 x2 432 450' horz loop @ 60'
AL7JK 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 20 mtr vertical
WB8LZG 8 7 15 6 90 x2 180 Dipoles @ 30'
N8XMS 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 R7 Vertical
NF8M 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 40m hamstick on car
N8BB 3 3 6 3 18 x2 36 Dipole @50'
WB8ENE 2 2 4 2 8 x2 16 40m dipole @ 15'
WB9HFK 42 42 84 20 1680 x2 3360 OCF Dipole at 25 Ft.
NI9M 38 38 76 21 1596 x2 3192 31ft home brew vertical wire w/unun
NX1K 17 17 34 14 476 x2 952 30' ell with base at 12'
K9JWI 16 16 32 10 320 x2 640 GND MTD VERTICAL
W9CC 13 12 25 11 275 x2 550 Gnd mtd vert
N9SE 6 6 12 5 60 x2 120 Dipole @70'
N8HWV 5 5 10 5 50 x2 100 EFHW AT 15 FT
K9QEW 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 4BTV GP VERTICAL
K9EYT 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 20/40 trap dipole up 24ft
KD9EBS 1 1 2 1 2 x2 4 Dipole at 25 feet in the attic
NW0M 30 30 60 19 1140 x2 2280 OCF Dipole at 45'
N0TA 26 25 51 17 867 x2 1734 Doublet @ 30', 1/4 wave Gnd Mnt Vertical
NN0SS 12 12 24 10 240 x2 480 80 meter Inv V @40ft
KD0DK 9 9 18 9 162 x2 324 117 ft end fed long wire
KA0OBI 7 7 14 6 84 x2 168 135' OCF Dipole @ 35'
AA5LH 7 6 13 4 52 x2 104 Inverted vee@35'
K2HT 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 ZS6BKW @ 40'
N8LA 4 4 8 4 32 x2 64 Dipole @ 35'
VE3RDE 18 18 36 13 468 x2 936 OCFD @ 25'
VE9BEL 5 5 10 4 40 x2 80 END-FED DIPOLE 39'
VA3KOT 3 3 6 2 12 x2 24 End-fed long wire up 60ft at apex
KJ4R/VE3 0 0 0 0 0 x2 0 Dipole / Loop
SWA - BUG CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
WB2LQF 8 8 16 7 112 x1.5 168 EFHW Half Square Geometry @ 27 feet
K3WWP 0 0 0 0 0 x1.5 0 ~110' attic ef rnd wire & attic dpl
WZ2N 7 7 14 6 84 x1.5 126 G5rv 40'
NF5U 32 32 64 18 1152 x1.5 1728 40m/80m trap dipole at 33ft
K5GQ 3 3 6 2 12 x1.5 18 Dipole @ 22 feet
N7QR 1 0 1 1 1 x1.5 2 Butternet HF6V gnd mtd w/o radials
AB8FJ 6 6 12 6 72 x1.5 108 End fed random wire @ 15'
AA9L 13 13 26 12 312 x1.5 468 160-80-40 trap dipole @ 50 feet
SWA - KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
KB1M 17 17 34 10 340 340 20 mtr inv V, 40mtr dipole @ 30ft
N2CN 13 13 26 9 234 234 ZS6BKW @ 60'
KC1DVT 6 6 12 5 60 60 EFHW @ 30'
K2YGM 28 28 56 17 952 952 40m INV VEE 80m EFHW
N2JJF 12 12 24 10 240 240 G5RV at 20 feet
N2ESE 5 5 10 5 50 50 80Mtr.OCF@25ft.
WA1GWH 5 5 10 5 50 50 G5RV Jr at 5 feet
KC3RN 17 17 34 12 408 408 Dipole @ 35'
K3RLL 10 10 20 8 160 160 G5RVjr @ 35'
WA3FIR 5 5 10 5 50 50 Inverted vee @ 20'
KB9ILT 64 64 128 25 3200 3200 End fed wire at 60 feet
WB4OMM 20 20 40 12 480 480 G5RV at 35 feet
N4MJ 20 20 40 12 480 480 Windom @ 55'
K4KRW 13 13 26 10 260 260 Dipole @ 35 Ft
KU4A 4 4 8 4 32 32 40m sloping dipole @ 40'
AA4W 3 3 6 3 18 18 43 ft vertical
KD5KJ 2 2 4 2 8 8 Gnd mtd Vert
$KW1K 27 27 54 15 810 810 Ground mounted vertical
K5MBA 7 7 14 7 98 98 40M EFHW abt 20'
WI5H 5 5 10 5 50 50 90' wire loop top at 21'
AA7CU 0 0 0 0 0 0 Mobile 10' whip on the roof @ 12 '
WA8SAN 16 16 32 11 352 352 End Fed wire @ 25 Ft.
K8RJW 13 13 26 10 260 260 6 band vertical @ 15 ft
K9CW 17 17 34 11 374 374 40m/80m inverted V at 60'
N9WKE 6 6 12 5 60 60 OCF @ 30 feet
AB9BZ 3 3 6 3 18 18 Dipole 25'
K9OSC 36 36 72 22 1584 1584 CF Zepp 30'
AA0W 21 21 42 15 630 630 Dipole @ 28 feet
WZ0W 11 11 22 10 220 220 End-fed dipole, 20' high
VE3DQN 4 4 8 4 32 32 Trap dpl @18ft
VE3GNU 3 3 6 3 18 18 4band endfed @18'-30'---E-W orientation
GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY
Call QSOs Mbrs Pts Mul Sco Bon Final 80-40-20 Antenna
K4BAI 51 50 101 19 1919 x2 3838 TH6DXX at 55'; zepp at 50'; dip; inv vee
NN9K 14 14 28 9 252 252 3 El Yagi@55' --GM Vertical
K7TQ 6 6 12 6 72 72 2 el yagi @ 60'
W7TAO 5 5 10 5 50 50 4 element yagi at 60 feet
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 SCORE|
|PRIZE DRAWING WINNER|
Logs submitted: 106
Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 140
Total QSOs in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 1289
States represented: 33 + AB DX NB ON
WB5UAA - Conditions not too bad. Kinda noisy on 40M for me, but usable. Could only do the first hour. 72 and C U AGN!
K3WWP - See my web site diary at k3wwp.com
WZ2N - awful conditions here but lots of fun...only worked an hour and a half total and only on 40m 73 de WZ2N
WB2LQF - The grand kids were over and I was in charge of clarinet lessons for one of 'em so could only grab 40 minutes on 40 meters with 4 watts! Rain and electrical storms were around but the band seemed OK from my QTH. See you all next month.
KQ4MM - Ran my newly built 40M QCX, seemed to get good reports and it has a great receiver with a nice narrow filter ... .
NW0M - K3 5 Watts, OCF Dipole, German Junker Straight Key, and AC2C Logger
WB4OMM - Only heard one signal to start on 20M....worked him and he quickly faded away! Nothing else heard here. 40M had bad noise, S5-S7 all night (what a surprise...not!). Signals were OK, but noise and QSB was pretty bad here on the Florida East Coast and made for tough copy. Heard two signals on 80M in the noise, could not make them out. Pretty good spread of states, and glad I would work what I could. But it was definitely work! (Still fun). Big signal for the night was WG8Y, 59 plus 10 on the meter, followed by K4KBL and K4BAI, both a solid 59 (John always is - we must have a FL-GA pipeline!). 72/73 to all, hope to see you again soon! 73! Steve WB4OMM
KW1K - First time - thanks for the QSOs and a great time.
N2CN - Wow... condx not so hot. Had some good QSOs on 80. .
K9QEW - TX HB Funmitter Rock Bound (Feb 81 73 Magazine) RX HB Neophyte (Feb 84 QST) 40m Condx Fair. Signals not too strong this month. Hope to do better next month. Still fun trying to stay up with high dollar Elecrafts. 73s Daryl .
WA2JSG - Heard nothing on 20m, so made all 10 of my contacts on 40m, which was kinda noisy this evening. 5 watts to a multiband vertical. Kent Straight Key. .
K4KBL - Noise remains a problem but truly had a great time. Please check out the new NAQCC Facebook page. We currently have 70 members. A place to share our QRP CW interests and activities....
NI9M - Should have stayed on 40m but had to try. Lots of noise on 40 and 80m. 20m was very quiet here. 72 and thank you!
NN9K - Could not handle the QRN on 40-meters so quit early!
VE3RDE - Fun again this month. Very clear to New England from Ontario but we're in that solar low... CU next month!
AB8FJ - Another fun evening on the air. Used my old Lafayette Radio Electronics bug from the 70's ... looks exactly like the Hi-Mound BK-100. Elecraft K3 at 5W to the end fed random wire. Focused on 40M this evening. Great signals tonight.
K1IEE - After the first half hour tried 20M and only heard W4OEP we made contact then I went back to 40M. Had strong QRN and did not hear many stations. Still had a good time thanks to all . 73 Dick
K4KRW - I picked up an OHR-500 recently. So, I used it tonight. I'm really enjoying this radio. I only made it for the last hour due to work. Tonight was a lot of fun. I had to dig out a few signals. I got 3 contacts on 80 and the rest were on 40. Great hearing everyone. Thanks and 73, Richard
AB9BZ - First time at NAQCC sprint, bands noisy on 40M in Chicago. Thanks for contacts, 72.. .
WA3FIR - Conditions on 40 very good. Couldn't get on the air until 0215 but made a few quick contacts. .
K8RJW - I had so many calling me... but they were all on the telephone! Maybe 13 QSO won't be an unlucky number!! 72, Bob
KD9EBS - Greetings: HB-1B 5 watts. Dipole at 25 feet in the attic Flame-proof Navy Key Thank you 73/72
WG8Y - Hi all, No 20m this month. Heard W4OEP faintly.Called him & he faded away with 20m.Went to 40m & it was loaded.Tried S&Ping but not much luck so called CQ for most of the rest of the Sprint.Had W4OEP call me but someone Called QRl? & started calling without waiting right on top of us.Darn,I lost W4OEP for the 2nd time. Ran into him again half hour later & we made the Q. Thanks Steve.3rd time did it. Listened to 80m long enough to make me stay on 40 till the end. Hi Hi. Still fun working QRP. Hope to work some of you guys this Sunday during the NJQRP Skeeter Hunt. 72 from N.C. Mark WG8Y
KB0ETU - Only 40 meters was any good at my location, and it wasn't great. Lot of "speed demons" on the band, but don't think they were participating in our sprint. Still, this is better than my last several ones. Hope the band improves for next month. 72, Phil
KJ4R/VE3 - In VE3 land with work this week. Ended up working late and no place to set up outdoors so just tried from my room. I didn't think it would work, and I was right. I did hear W2SH, KB9Il, and K2YGM,but none of them could hear me. Oh well I tried.....Used PFR 3B with some wire in various configurations that the tuner could load. Hope to be back home next month.
KN1H - Using new IC-7300, takes some getting-used-to! Discovered part way through that what I thought was 5W was only 2W output, although it didn't make a noticeable difference. Great to work the West Coast twice tonight.
K9OSC - Very good conditions on 40 meters despite a thunderstorm passing through the area just before the contest. Great to work several Canadian's tonight. As usual, lots of fun.
AL7JK - Thanks to W7TAO, Todd for pulling my weak signal out of the noise. Used my MFJ-9020 @ 3 watts to a 20 mtr vertical on the roof. 72/73 to all !
WZ0W - Heard another Whisky Zulu station but couldn't quite close the deal. Didn't find anyone on 20m but 40m had some activity. Operated from an LD-5 QRP rig from the tiki bar on my back porch.
W2JEK - Was on late after club meeting. 40M was the band to be on. 10 QSO there and 4 on 80. Rig Yaesu FT-840 at 5W to end fed wire. SPEEDX key. 72 and 73 DON W2JEK
K5GQ - Recommended this event to two of my students CWA LEVEL 2 - I needed to be able to say I participated, so I could experience the band conditions.
AI6SL - Things started out great; did more than half of my QSOs in the first 15 minutes. Conditions went downhill from there fast.
W7TAO - FIRST TIME BACK IN A NAQCC SPRINT IN A LONG TIME. QUITE ENJOYABLE!
N4MJ - Slow night. Experienced one way propagation with several stations, one was K2YGM. Called and called but no response, he was 599. 7.040 - 7.045 gets crowded and lots of calls on top of each other. Little activity below 7.040. 20m was almost useless. Heard N0TA on 20 but he could not hear me. Did work him on 40m later. Tnx to all participants. 73 de n4mj
KC3RN - Lots of noise here tonight, but otherwise okay condx. 40m still the "money" band. Still trying to figure out the nuances of the IC-746, but overall happy with the rig (older rig, but new to me).
NX1K - 20m was a bust here and 40m was marginal for the first 45 minutes. Then things got hopping. Never know what to expect, that's what makes it fun.
W2BJN - Sferics from a t-storm ninety minutes before sprint start contributed to an "interesting" evening. Got a late start, but enjoyed the event. Look forward to working more stations next month! 72, Joel
KE5YUM - My 91st sprint. 20 meters was weak but I was able to snag two in my time available. I heard N0TA but could not make contact. I was running 5 Watts with my ICOM 718. Terry
WB8ENE - I forgot about the sprint until it was time for bed, so I only spent about 5 minutes in it, making 2 contacts. Hope to remember a little earlier next time. Thanks for the contacts. 73, Art
N8LA - KX-3, 5W, 200' dipole @ 35' around roof parapet of condo complex, Western Union 2A Legless Hand Key. Greetings, thanks for the contacts and apologies to all I was unable to copy; here is hoping we can make it next time. Conditions pretty much fit my mood -- kinda lousy. XYL can confirm my mood. Glad she puts up with me and doesn't even consider attempting to become XYF! Chiggers have invaded our garden plots and eat me up every time I go there even though I cover up and use bug spray. Anyway, QRN here was like Shakespeare's tale told by an idiot, full or sound and fury, signifying nothing. However, that statement does not quite fit the situation since five contacts were yielded, signifying my gratitude to each of those fine people. Hope we can work soon. Best 72s to all. Lou. N8LA
W4DUK - Was only able to be on the air for a few minutes, but did make three contacts to keep my Sprint participation streak alive, and actually picked up one new contact for my next Friendship Club endorsement. .
KD3CA - QRN & QSB pretty bad here with the storms about . Many thanks to those that called , Sri to those that I missed with the QRN . Best 73 to all Don .
WB8LZG - Hello agn fellow sprinters! August was a whirlwind of activity fer me. My son Jordon KC8QYU got married. Just got back from N.D. in time for the sprint. Ran the ftdx1200 last night into trap dipoles at 30 ft. Seemed like good condx on 20m right before sprint, but little activity heard there. Some weak ones right at the noise level. 40m had a slow start fer me too , but lots of stns heard there. I did get a few QSOs and a new mult wid non member (hope ur one soon) K7SS in Wash. before sleep crept up on me. I yanked the plug after an hr. I'll have a write up of my N.D DX adventures in a future newsletter. 73 to all , Gregg .
KA2KGP - Nice sprint, good turnout. 20m. was nil. 40 & 80 were good here in WNY. Rig: IC-7000 at 5w. into G5RV up 25 ft. 73 to all. .
VE3DQN - Very limited time and low antenna at this QTH. Glad to finally get a fellow Canadian in the log--VE9BEL Bernard. .
WB9HFK - 40M only. Lots of fun as always. Sorry to those I just couldn't pull out of the QRN and QSB. 72, Mark WB9HFK
K2YGM - Arrived home a bit late so couldn't start on time.. 20M was dead here so off to 40 I went. S&P for awhile looking for multipliers then called cq a few times.. Always fun and thanks to those that called. Also thanks to those that make these sprints possible with their hard work 72 de K2YGM
K8LBQ - Static crashes from thunderstorms interfered with reception on 80 and 40 meters.
VE3GNU - Slim pickings---compared to last month! So only spent an hour or so---listening mostly! K-2 and Begali paddle. Looking forward to 'better times' ahead. 73---Ernie .
KU4A - With nothing heard on 80 and 40 being long, it was a short night for me. .
KD0DK - Another fun sprint! See everybody next month. 72/73 KD0DK .
N8XMS - A family activity only allowed me a few minutes to operate near the end of the sprint. I heard a number of sprinters and it was fairly easy to get 5 of them in the log so I'm anticipating that there will be some pretty good scores reported by some of you.
AA4W - Heard nothing on 20. 40 was noisy. Thunder storms in the area had noise level pretty high. See you all next month!
K4BAI - TS590SG. Signals were generally strong on all three bands. Not much activity on 20 and 80. Why not start on 20, go to 40, and finish on 80? Heard no W6/W7 activity except WK6L, who didn't hear me calling him on 40M. Thanks for all QSOs. 73/72, John, K4BAI.
VE9BEL - I WAS SITTING OUTSIDE ON MY DECK.LOTS OF BUGS AND VERY MUGGY. LOTS OF QRN AND QSB AT MY QTH, BUT IT WAS STILL A LOT OF FUN. HEARD MANY STNS ON TOP OF EACH OTHER. 73 BERNARD
KA0OBI - 80M was dead all night, I CQ'd each hour with no luck. 20M was almost as dead but my CQs did get one QSO. 40M was super packed with lots of signals from non-participants also. Had lots of fun testing my new key, a PB213.
KN2G - As the static crashed grew louder and louder during the first hour or so, I felt thunder shake the floor and clued into the fact that I should pull the plug since the storm had arrived at my location..... still fun!
N5GW - I missed last month's sprint due to T-storms. I was tired from working outside in the heat all day, but found 20M & 40M in good shape for my KX3 & rake tine key. Only one weak station heard on 80M. Hope to see many of you in the Skeeter Hunt this Sunday.
K5MBA - Significant QRN on 40 meters. I believe I have an AC noise issue in the neighborhood and need to track down the source. I made contact with K9OSC but after sending my info, QRM - radio silence so I did not log the QSO. Regardless I had a great time. Thank you very much!
W3TTT - Another fine sprint. Again, I was sidetracked with a QSO with a station W8KR not in the sprint. He sent 5w so I thought he might be participating.
WA2FBN - Tough conditions on 40m. Bad QRN with storms in area. 72 Ken
WB1GYZ - Take heart...the bands can't get much worse.
K3RLL - FT-817nd to G5RVjr: Lots of signals and many strong ones tonight made for a good time. Only tried 40m. Happy for ten good contacts in less than 30 minutes. Good mix of familiar fists and new calls. Thanks for the contacts. 72/73 ... Don .
N2JJF - Lots of stations on 40M but also lots of QRN. Had a lot of fun and look forward to next month. Could not enter challenge as I did not have any s or u in call signs I copied.!!!!! .
W2SH - Few 20m signals were heard at the beginning, all with hollow-sounding notes. That spelled trouble, but I was surprised when my first CQ brought a QRQ response from RA1M. I traded 579 RSTs with Stefan, also running 5W. It only took nine more minutes for the band to fold. 40m was very lively until the final half hour. 80m was the worst ever this summer. The usual strong signals easily overcoming the QRN just didn't happen this time. I've QSO'd W2JEK, 30 miles distant, many dozens of times on 80m during these sprints (Don 145 of these, me 135); this time his signal went from fully readable to nil in just seconds, and poof there went my home state multiplier.
W3TU - This event not good. Much QSB. Indoor ant not good. Just moved to new QTH. Hope to get an outside antenna up sometime in the near future. Still not sure what. Heard many stations but all very weak. The QSB and QRN were very bad, but glad to hear what sounded like a lot of stations on the air. Hope to be in another sprint when I nave a better antenna. Thanks to all who were there.
K2DEP - Great fun but didn't get all the way to the end. Ran out of steam from a weekend sprint in a portable mode. Enjoyed. See you next time. 72
WX4RM - Just glad to get the 5 contacts tonight, with conditions as bad as they were at my qth.
NF8M - Met my son for dinner on his birthday and made a couple QSOs from the car on the way over and on the way back. Lots of strong signals tonight. TNX fer the QSOs.
N8BB - S-9 plus all night. Got a few but very noisy on the bands. .
AA0W - Fair condition on 40 thunder storms in the area made copy tuff.
N7QR - IC706 and a 1958 Vibroplex Presentation to a ground mounted Butternut HF6V vertical without radials with a tuner. 20 unusually dead. Wasted time recalibrating power with new tuner, but did learn a little. Russ, Portland OR
KQ1P - Started on 20M, just one weak station heard. 40M started hot then deep QSB rolled in and the band went quiet. Always fun, thanks NAQCC!
AK3X - My XYL apparently did not get the memo about tonight's sprint (or perhaps she did!). At any rate, I only got on for about the last 30 minutes and even then was interrupted several times. Stayed on 40 meters the entire time, using my TenTec Argonaut V and also used my little MFJ 9200 running on 12.4 volts to keep it to 5 watts. In spite of a few quirks it is a fun rig with a hot receiver. 72 to all till next sprint. Peter
WA1GWH - Despite my temporary 5 ft high G5RV Jr on 40M I worked 5 members in less than 25 minutes with 4.5W. Guess 40M was in pretty good shape because I was calling CQ for the contacts. Had to shut down due to approaching thunderstorms. 72, Garry