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December 2018 QRP/CW Sprint (#170)


Andy N2CN is responsible for the contents of this page. Questions should go to him at pix_newemail_n2cn (1K).


N2CN Comments - 76 logs total. Cross-checking is complete. Email me at the address above before 2400Z, Sunday December 23, with any questions, comments, or disputes.

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

W1 Division
KN1H     28   28  56   17  952  x2  1904  400' End-fed wire
WB1GYZ   10   10  20    8  160  x2   320  Sloping vee into the pines.
K1IEE     6    6  12    6   72  x2   144  OCF 120FT long wire @ 30FT
W1PQO     5    4   9    4   36  x2    72  DIPOLE @ 25'

W2 Division
KA2KGP   20   20  40   13  520  x2  1040  G5RV up 25 ft.
K2JT      7    7  14    7   98  x2   196  Dpl@30'
WA2JSG    5    5  10    4   40  x2    80  Vertical @ 10'
W2JEK     5    5  10    4   40  x2    80  110 ft end fed wire up 20 ft

W3 Division
KD3CA    31   30  61   20 1220  x2  2440  Ocf Windom @33 ft
KC3RN    22   22  44   14  616  x2  1232  Dipole @ 35'
AK3X      2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  OCFD inv vee at 27 ft

W4 Division
WG8Y     23   23  46   14  644  x2  1288  HB 10-80M OCF dp@30ft & 6bvt
K4JPN    19   19  38   14  532  x2  1064  80M CF Zepp
N4WD     14   14  28   12  336  x2   672  80mt OCF at 40 ft
WX4RM    14   14  28   11  308  x2   616  6BTV gnd mtd Vertical 
W4NLT    15   15  30   10  300  x2   600  84' END FED @ 30'
K4TRH    14   14  28    9  252  x2   504  Inverted vee @ 32'
K4KBL     6    6  12    5   60  x2   120  OCF dipole @ 45'
N3RN      6    6  12    4   48  x2    96  Butternut vertical
W4DUK     3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  End-fed Zepp @ 25'
N4FI      2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  115' random wire @ 25 ft

W5 Division
N5GW     25   25  50   12  600  x2  1200  CFZ at 50' & 75'
KE5YUM    4    4   8    4   32  x2    64  OCF dipole at 20 feet

W6 Division
AI6SL     2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  Inverted Vee @ 32'
K6MGO     0    0   0    0    0  x2     0  45' indoor doublet approx 12' high

W7 Division
KC7DM    11   11  22   10  220  x2   440  480' horizontal loop @ 60'

W8 Division
AJ8S     18   18  36   12  432  x2   864  204' wire @ 50'
WB8LZG    9    9  18    7  126  x2   252  Dipoles @ 30'
NF8M      8    8  16    6   96  x2   192  6BTV (with receiving loop for 80)
WB8ENE    3    3   6    2   12  x2    24  40M dipole @ 15'

W9 Division
NI9M     30   29  59   21 1239  x2  2478  OCF Dipole @ 35ft
WB9HFK   21   19  40   15  600  x2  1200  OCF Dipole @20 Ft.
W9CC     15   15  30   11  330  x2   660  Gnd mtd vert
N8HWV     5    5  10    4   40  x2    80  EFHW AT 15 FT
KA9FQG    5    5  10    4   40  x2    80  G5RV @ 37 ft

W0 Division
K0FG     25   25  50   16  800  x2  1600  Dipole at 50 ft
N0TA     16   16  32   13  416  x2   832  1/4 wave Gnd Mnt Vertical
KD0DK    10   10  20    8  160  x2   320  117 ft end fed long wire
K0CW      9    8  17    8  136  x2   272  Gnd mtd vert
AD0YM     4    4   8    3   24  x2    48  Ocf dipole @ 30'
AA5LH     1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  25' Horizontal Loop

Canada Division

DX Division

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

W1 Division

W2 Division
WB2LQF    5    5  10    4   40 x1.5   60  Inverted "L" at 30 feet

W3 Division
K3WWP     2    2   4    2    8 x1.5   12  Attic random wire and dipole

W4 Division
K3RLL     3    3   6    2   12 x1.5   18  33' Unun fed wire up and over garage

W5 Division
W5ODS    30   30  60   18 1080 x1.5 1620  G5RV @ 50ft.
NF5U     28   26  54   15  810 x1.5 1215  40m/80m trap dipole at 33ft
K5IX      6    6  12    5   60 x1.5   90  135' doublet at 20 feet

W6 Division

W7 Division

W8 Division
N8XMS    12   12  24   10  240 x1.5  360  R7 Vertical

W9 Division
N9SE     15   15  30   14  420 x1.5  630  Inverted-L 70'/50'
K9DRP     9    9  18    8  144 x1.5  216  OCF @ 35'

W0 Division
KD0V     20   19  39   14  546 x1.5  819  Cf Zepp @ 30 feet
WD0K      2    2   4    2    8 x1.5   12  Ctr fed zepp

Canada Division

DX Division

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

W1 Division
N2CN     12   12  24   10  240       240  ZS6BKW @ 60 feet
KB1M      7    7  14    5   70        70  20 mtr inv V, 40mtr dipole @ 30ft

W2 Division
N2ESE    13   13  26   13  338       338  OCF dipole@35Ft.
WA1GWH   12   12  24    9  216       216  1/4 wave 80M wire w/grnd system
KC2MJT    1    1   2    1    2         2  G5RV@32'

W3 Division

W4 Division
W4OEP    26   25  51   15  765       765  Inv Ell at 40 feet
AE4Y     18   18  36   12  432       432  Dipole @ 25 feet
K4BAI    16   16  32   12  384       384  40M dipole 35', 88" cf zepp 50', 80M inv
WB4OMM   15   15  30   11  330       330  G5RV at 35 feet
WK4WC    11   10  21    9  189       189  OCF Dipole Up 50 ft
N4MJ     10   10  20    7  140       140  Windom @ 55'
KU4A      1    1   2    1    2         2  Slp dip @ 40'

W5 Division
K5MBA     4    4   8    4   32        32  40M EFHW inverted vee abt 25 feet
NF8H      1    1   2    1    2         2  Dipole @ 40'

W6 Division

W7 Division
AA7CU     2    2   4    2    8         8  Mobile 10' whip on the roof @ 12 '

W8 Division
WA8SAN    7    7  14    6   84        84  End Fed wire @ 25 Ft.
AC8JW     6    6  12    6   72        72  5BTV
N8IFU     2    2   4    2    8         8  Packtenna Mini in a Tree

W9 Division
AB9CA    35   35  70   19 1330      1330  80m vee@40'  E/W; 56' vee@40' N/S 

W0 Division
WZ0W     20   20  40   14  560       560  80m loop @ 30'
AA0W     12   12  24   10  240       240  Dipole @ 30ft
K0EW      1    1   2    1    2         2  Off center fed dipole at 25'

Canada Division
VE3DQN    9    9  18    8  144       144  Dipoles@40ft
VE3GNU    4    4   8    4   32        32  Fan dipole---DXCC @ 35'

DX Division

GAIN ANTENNA Category

Not eligible for certificate or prize for the following reason(s):
@ Non-member
$ QRO power
! Late log
~ Submitted as check log
CERTIFICATES
SWA STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY
Division1st2nd3rd
W1KN1HWB1GYZK1IEE
W2KA2KGPK2JTWA2JSG
W3KD3CAKC3RNAK3X
W4WG8YK4JPNN4WD
W5N5GWKE5YUM-
W6AI6SLK6MGO-
W7KC7DM--
W8AJ8SWB8LZGNF8M
W9NI9MWB9HFKW9CC
W0K0FGN0TAKD0DK
Canada---
DX---
SWA BUG CATEGORY
Division1st2nd3rd
W1---
W2WB2LQF--
W3K3WWP--
W4K3RLL--
W5W5ODSNF5UK5IX
W6---
W7---
W8N8XMS--
W9N9SEK9DRP-
W0KD0VWD0K-
Canada---
DX---
SWA KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY
Division1st2nd3rd
W1N2CNKB1M-
W2N2ESEWA1GWHKC2MJT
W3---
W4W4OEPAE4YK4BAI
W5K5MBANF8H-
W6---
W7AA7CU--
W8WA8SANAC8JWN8IFU
W9AB9CA--
W0WZ0WAA0WK0EW
CanadaVE3DQNVE3GNU-
DX---
GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY
Key Type1st2nd3rd
SK---
BUG---
K/K---
FIRST TIME ENTRANT HIGH SCORE
Key Type1st2nd3rd
SKAJ8S--
BUG---
K/KK0EW NF8H (tie)--
PRIZE DRAWING WINNER
PrizesKD3CA

STATS:
Logs submitted: 76
Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 101
Total QSOs in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 852
States represented: 32 + ON

SOAPBOX:

KB1M - Felt very lucky to make 2 contacts on 20 and 40 seemed to start off well but fizzled out after the first half hour. 72/73 Walt .

WB1GYZ - What can be said about conditions that hasn't already been said? Gud sigs from N2CN and K2JT.

K4JPN - Heavy QRN on 80M but managed to get through, tried 40M and did not hear anyone and could not raise anyone. Good evening fun. 72, Steve K4JPN

K4KBL - Wow !! Another tough night on the air. 40 and 80 both were not good in GA this evening.

KD0V - The skip was short this evening for the most part. It did not sound like many station were in the sprint. 80M appeared to be longer than 40M. Noise was not bad on either band at this location. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone. .

AE4Y - Missed the first 30 minutes due to not remembering the correct start time. (Senior moment). Band conditions weren't the best, but since that's the status quo, I'm becoming accustomed to that. Missed a couple of contacts due to QSB which made copying the full exchange impossible. .

AC8JW - Finally managed to work Paul N8XMS.

N5GW - I had fired up the TT Argonaut V for a workout using the rake tine straight key. 40 and 80 were in fair shape, except there seemed to be fewer than usual sprinters. I did mostly S&P, as I was trying to watch a ball game replay on TV - bad idea- should have recorded it! Hope to hear many of you in the milliwatt sprint next week.

K5MBA - I only had an hour to work the contest and heard many stations, but only made contact with four. It was a fun short evening. Thanks! 73s K5MBA

WB8ENE - Well at least I made a couple of contacts this time. 73, Art .

KN1H - Started on 40 where most of my signal reports were 339, and I think folks were being charitable! After an hour I switched over to 80 and conditions were completely different, good strong signals coast-to-coast. Thanks for the fun time, will look for everyone next week in the MW. 73, John, KN1H

WB2LQF - Only operated 40M for the first hour with my brand new TS-890S dialed back to 5 watts and my eighty year old McElroy Deluxe "MAC" bug. The key is the best bug I've ever owned; the rig is a fabulous CW platform. The only thing missing tonight were decent conditions! See y'all next year.

NF8H - First time in a CW contest...ever. Just about to enter CW Academy level 2, and this was assigned by Mark Tyler (K5GQ).

WB8LZG - Hello agn fellow sprinters! Fired up the FTDX1200 at 5w last night. Tough condx agn this month. 20 was dead at start. 40 had some signals , but most very weak, es deep QSB. I had several stns that answered my CQ's but they faded away into the either before I could get full calls. Skip seemed short. No stns from the southland heard, and nothing from west of MO. Went to 80 fer a couple of QSO'S but not much better there. SRI to a couple of you that I just couldn't pull out. Only had abt an hour to play, but still had a lot of fun. hope condx are better fer the mw sprint next week. Hope u all have lot's of gud QRP DX this Chritmas season! 73 , Gregg WB8LZG

KD0DK - Another fun Sprint! Merry Christmas to all. 72/73

WK4WC - Tough conditions but was able to snag a few fine stations. Thanks and 72 to All... Lane WK4WC

WB4OMM - Quite surprised at the bands tonight. 20M was dead, no surprise there. 40M started out pretty good. Really happy to work NH, then OR and CO - pretty good signals too. VE3DQN was tough, but he finally came in clear and solid to copy (thanks for your patience Don!). 40M kinda died out after 45 minutes, so went to 80M and immediately worked K4JPN. Then nothing else! Went back to 40M, and the band was back a bit. Worked a few more! Finished with 11 SPC, not bad. No heavy static crashes tonight, just quiet background! Nice! Actually a relaxing Sprint to finish the year out. Happy and Safe Holidays to all, 72/73, see you next year! Steve WB4OMM

WX4RM - Found no activity on 20m, good strong signals on 40m, and glad I hung in there for the not so strong but plenty of 80m stations. Conditions seemed better than last month! Hurry up solar cycle!!!

N3RN - Didn't complete with Maine. A good one that got away! Next time!

K4TRH - Had fun with the sprint. Most stations on 40 and 80 here (TN) were Q4-5 and S5-6 with QSB and a little QRM at times. But due to some skilled and patient QRP operators who took on the challenge, I was able to work a few :-). Thanks for the QSOs and 72, Jack .

K0EW - My first sprint ever!

WD0K - Short log. Instead a brass key in hand, I ended up with a paintbrush. Oh well! 72 all.de wd0k

W2JEK - Was on late for the last 40 minutes. Just on 80M. Band conditions not great but had fun anyway. 72/73 DON W2JEK .

AB9CA - Surprise on 20m . . . contacts!! That has not happened in a while. 5 Q's on 20, 15 on each 40 and 80. Most stations were weak. Lost a couple due to QSB. Al the 20m Q's were to the NE - NJ PA NH CT. Activity seemed down. Maybe due to holidays or maybe just bad prop. Thanks for the Q's. Hope to see everyone next month. 73 de dave ab9ca

WG8Y - Hi all, Started on time but pulled the plug with app.half an hour to go.Wife has been ill and time to help her. Had a gud time working some of the guys. Listened on 20m & heard & worked 1 station.WZ0W,Scott.Caught him agn on 80m. Tnxs all & sorry for not being able to pull a couple signals out of the QSB. C everyone next week in the MW Sprint. That'll be fun. 72 from N.C. Mark WG8Y

KC3RN - The bands were in much better shape tonight compared to last month. 40 was pretty good here. 80 was a little noisy, but still workable. Glad to hear K4BAI, who I haven't worked for a while. Looked for K3WWP, but didn't hear him. Went with a straight key tonight, a change from my usual keyer. Had a great time with that old Speed-X.

N4MJ - Wicked ol' Prop Princess took a toll tonight. Worked the Sprint & Fox Hunt simultaneously. Fox Hunting no better than Sprint as far as propagation. I keep hoping prop will get better but instead it goes the other way. HI HI Thanks to all participants and if I didn't work ya it is because I didn't hear ya. HI HI 73 de n4mj//glenn

VE3GNU - Terrible conditions have prevailed--i.e. my first attempt since September, but with a newly-acquired Jupiter at 5 W. Even with its marvelous arsenal of filtering, etc.---was able to only garner 4 contacts over an hour plus sitting, given an assortment of usual atmospheric, propagation, and operation-gremlins. Thanks to all. .

AD0YM - Propagation/QTH antenna limited me to 40m. (Quiet on 20m and attempts to get a 80m vertical tuned failed in advance of the sprint. Was able to work four of the nine stations I heard. QSB was a factor in that regard. Special thanks to NR9R for hanging in there. After several attempts, we were successful! Fun to pound the straight key. It had been a while.

AI6SL - Tough going. 20m and 80m were dead. Managed only 2 QSOs and gave up early.

W4NLT - 20 Was dead. Some action on 40 but most QSOs on 80.

KD3CA - was fun as usual , running the KX3 @ 5 W, using Viz cootie key . Made 4 contacts on 40 mtrs , moved to 80 meters, lots of QRN but some strong signals here. To John KN1H I'm very sorry I did give you a Dupe on 80 mtrs , my mistake. Best 73 to all , and many thanks for the calls . Don

K4BAI - Forgot about the Sprint until the QRP Fox Hunt started at 0200Z. Heard lot of Sprint activity on 40M while looking for the two QRP foxes. Took me almost an hour to find and work the two foxes. Then devoted 31 minutes to NAQCC Sprint. 40M about gone. Only 2 QSOs there. 80M very good with 14 QSOs until time ran out. Thanks QSOs. 73/72, John, K4BAI.

KA2KGP - 20m. was dead but 80 & 40 were in pretty gud shape. CU in Mw sprint next week. Rig: IC-7000 at 5w. into G5RV up 25 ft. Merry Christmas to all. 73

AA0W - Good conditions on 80 the last hour. KX2 Battery power

AJ8S - I really enjoyed my first NAQCC activity. This was a nice reward for the effort I have put into getting my code back after years of neglect. Next I will build the QCX-20 kit for 40 meters. 73 to all.

NI9M - Had to work for them tonight. Thank you all that answered me. 73 Dave, NI9M

N8HWV - Tough conditions, but always fun. .

K9DRP - Conditions were much better this month. Wish I had spent more time on 80, but I was trying to fox hunt also (never did hear a fox). My first sprint using a bug.

KE5YUM - I enjoyed the best signals for the first time in a long time. Gene N5GW was booming in and the others were doing great. Looking forward to the Mw sprint next week. Merry Christmas to all. FT 817 @ 5 Watts. .

N4WD - Nice to be back. .

N2CN - Tough conditions. 80 was best.

K3RLL - Trying new 9:1 Unun wire antenna thrown up and over garage tonight. Sure hope everyone else had much better luck. High noise level here and few signals. Will be anxious to see how everyone else did tonight. Appreciate the three skilled ops who heard me. 72 ... Don

K1IEE - Found most signals very weak with deep QSB. 80M was the only band that worked for me this sprint. Thanks to all 73 Dick

W5ODS - Another night of S-9 noise levels on both 40 and 80. Hard on the ears but lots of fun. Gary W5ODS

WA8SAN - WA8SAN- Conditions started out bad and stayed that way most of the night at my QTH. Not much above S3 on 40 and nothing on 20. I still enjoyed the Sprint and look forward to the mw Sprint. Thanks for another great year of sprints. Happy Holidays To All!!!! 72 Mike

KU4A - Strange night. Didn't have much time to devote to this. Worked WB8LZG who was strong on 40, but no other QSOs there. Then discovered that my 80m antenna has gone south. Couldn't work anybody on my backup 80m antenna. So, just one QSO, my lightest log ever in many years of operating this Sprint. .

VE3DQN - Very hard to hear and to be heard tonight. The Persistence Award tonight goes to Steve WB4OMM. It took him 3 minutes to pull my full callsign out the noise. Thanks!

N4FI - N4FI

K6MGO - This was the worst band conditions I have had so far, Lets hope that next month will be better

WA1GWH - Noisy conditions on 80M from here near Syracuse, NY. Thanks for the contacts! 72, Garry

WZ0W - Spent 40 minutes on 20m and 40m, 1 QSO each, but turned out to be a good evening, once I turned to 80m. .

NF8M - Spent about 1.5 hrs split between S&P and running. Much slow QSB tonight. Heard about twice as many calls as I actually worked.

K0CW - A real challenge conditions being what they are. .

AK3X - Just a couple of minutes to work a couple of stations. Hope more time next sprint. 72. Peter

NF5U - Very noisy band conditions here in TX tonite. Sorry for the stations I was unable to pullout of the noise. Another fun sprint. 73s Jerry NF5U.

N8XMS - I only operated for the first hour but it was a lot of fun and the results were much better than last month. I decided to pull out my old 1967 Vibroplex Original bug for the first time in several months so I should apologize to everyone that I worked who had to copy my mediocre bug fist!

WB9HFK - 40M only. Thanks for the Q's! Sorry to those I just couldn't pull out of the noise. See everyone next week in the mW Sprint. 72, Mark WB9HFK