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February 2020 QRP/CW Sprint (#184)


Andy N2CN is responsible for the contents of this page. Questions should go to him at pix_newemail_n2cn (1K).
See General Sprint Rules for rules common to every NAQCC sprint.

Rules specific to this month's sprint:
None

Date and time:
Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 0130-0330 Z

Entry Deadline:
All entries must have been received before 2400Z Sunday, Feb 16, 2020.


N2CN Comments - 92 logs received. Cross-checking is complete. Results are final.

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

W1 Division
KN1H     27   27  54   18  972  x2  1944  400' END FED WIRE
N2CN     18   18  36   14  504  x2  1008  40m dipole at 60 feet
WB1GYZ   15   15  30   11  330  x2   660  Sloping LW
W1PQO     6    6  12    6   72  x2   144  Dipole@25'
K1IEE     5    5  10    4   40  x2    80  OCF 120FT long @30FT
K1IX      3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  HB  vert  4 raised radials
KQ1P      2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  80/40 dipole@30'

W2 Division
W2SH     33   31  64   21 1344  x2  2688  Inverted L 86'V, 68'H;270' cf dpl@45'
WA2NYY   35   35  70   18 1260  x2  2520  80m OCF dipole @30'
AA2VG    28   26  54   21 1134  x2  2268  Carolina Windom 80m-10m @ 42'
KA2KGP   26   26  52   20 1040  x2  2080  G5RV up 25 ft.
WA2JSG    7    7  14    6   84  x2   168  Vertical
KN2G      2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  73ft Homebrew vertical
W2JEK     2    2   4    1    4  x2     8  End fed wire 110 ft long

W3 Division
KC3MIO   19   19  38   13  494  x2   988  Doublet 125' @ 50'
KD3CA    16   16  32    9  288  x2   576  OCF  Windom @55 ft
W3TTT     9    9  18    5   90  x2   180  Vertical fed wid ladder line wid tuner
AK3X      3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  40 meter EDZ at 27 ft

W4 Division
WG8Y     28   26  54   20 1080  x2  2160  Hf2v vert & maxcon OCF@35ft
KC5F     26   26  52   19  988  x2  1976  80m End Fed up 40 ft
WT4U     21   21  42   16  672  x2  1344  132' end-fed Inv V @ 35'
K4KBL    16   16  32   11  352  x2   704  OCF dipole @ 45'
K4JPN    12   12  24    9  216  x2   432  80M CF Zepp
WX4RM     9    9  18    9  162  x2   324  6BTV gnd mtd vert
K4RLC     6    5  11    5   55  x2   110  Dipole at 60 ft
AC4NY     4    4   8    4   32  x2    64  Flat Top Dipole 30 feet
W8DXU     4    4   8    4   32  x2    64  Indoor end fed wire
K4KRW     3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  Inverted V @ 65'
N4FI      4    4   8    2   16  x2    32  115' random wire @ 25
NA4O      4    4   8    2   16  x2    32  30' wire@25'
W4DUK     1    1   2    1    2  x2     4  135 ft End-fed Wire at 20 ft

W5 Division
WI5H     17   17  34   14  476  x2   952  OCFD @ 36 ft on 40M, wire loop on 80M
N5GW     18   18  36    9  324  x2   648  Doublet at 25'
K5TSK    13   13  26   12  312  x2   624  33 ft gnd mnt vertical; 140 ft dipole-80
N5NK      6    5  11    5   55  x2   110  40m, 80m, 160m inverted Vee up 50 feet
KA5HZV    3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  Dipole@20'
KA5TJS    2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  80 mtr inverted vee @ 30ft

W6 Division
WK6L      3    3   6    2   12  x2    24  Windom Inv. Vee.,20 and 40M
NF6R      0    0   0    0    0  x2     0  EFHW Sloping up to 35'

W7 Division
KF7WNS   16   16  32   15  480  x2   960  232 foot OCF Long Wire
KC7DM    17   17  34   11  374  x2   748  480' horizontal loop @ 60'

W8 Division
N8RQJ     9    9  18    6  108  x2   216  Alpha Delta DXCC
WB8LZG    8    7  15    7  105  x2   210  Dipoles @ 30'
NF8M      6    6  12    5   60  x2   120  80m OCF dipole & Beverage

W9 Division
WB9HFK   26   25  51   21 1071  x2  2142  OCF Dipole/Vertical
KA9FQG    6    6  12    6   72  x2   144  G5RV @ 37 FT
N8HWV     2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  EFHW AT 15 FT

W0 Division
N0TA     41   39  80   22 1760  x2  3520  Doublet at 25'
KD0V     25   23  48   15  720  x2  1440  Cf Zepp @ 30 feet
N0AR     19   17  36   12  432  x2   864  43' Vertical or 88' dipole up 20' 
NN0SS    16   16  32   13  416  x2   832  80 meter Inv Vee @40ft
AA0W     17   17  34   11  374  x2   748  Dipole @ 28 feet
AA5LH    12   10  22   10  220  x2   440  40-10 Delta Loop @ 25'
N8LA      9    7  16    8  128  x2   256  Dipole @ 35'
KD0DK     5    5  10    4   40  x2    80  130ft end fed long wire
AD0YM     4    4   8    4   32  x2    64  OCF Dipole @ 30 FT
K0LAR     3    3   6    3   18  x2    36  OCF Windom @ 20'
K2HT      2    2   4    2    8  x2    16  80 Meter Horizontal Loop (40'-20')

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
NN3E      3    3   6    2   12 x1.5   18  40-80 Mtr inverted vee @ 50 '

W4 Division
WY4X     13   12  25   11  275 x1.5  413  G5RV @ 30'
K3RLL    10    9  19    8  152 x1.5  228  30' wire up and over garage

W5 Division
W5ODS    32   29  61   20 1220 x1.5 1830  G5RV@50FT.
K5GQ      5    4   9    4   36 x1.5   54  Dipole @ 22 ' ; END feed long wire
@K1DW    14   14  28   12  336 x1.5  504  45 FT VERT 

W6 Division
W6SMF     1    1   2    1    2 x1.5    3  EFHW 45'

W7 Division

W8 Division
K8NGW     7    7  14    6   84 x1.5  126  43' gnd mtd vert w/ 32 radials
N8XMS     2    2   4    2    8 x1.5   12  R7 Vertical

W9 Division
AA9L      5    5  10    4   40 x1.5   60  160-80-40 trap dipole @ 50 feet
K9DRP     1    1   2    1    2 x1.5    3  EFHW 80 @ 40'

W0 Division
W0KFG     1    1   2    1    2 x1.5    3  Wire loop in garage attic @ 16'

Canada Division

DX Division

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

W1 Division
KB1M     16   16  32   12  384       384  20m inv v, 40 m dipole @ 30'

W2 Division
N2EI     15   15  30   11  330       330  Dipole @35'
WA1GWH   14   14  28   11  308       308  100 ft end fed wire, L net, grnd syst
N2ESE     5    5  10    5   50        50  40mtr.dipole@35ft.

W3 Division

W4 Division
KB9ILT   27   27  54   17  918       918  End fed wire at 60 feet
WB4OMM   26   26  52   16  832       832  G5RV at 35 feet
K4BAI    20   20  40   15  600       600  40M dip at 30', 80M inv vee at 50: apex
N4MJ     16   16  32   12  384       384   Windom @ 40 feet
KE4I     14   14  28    9  252       252  Dipole @ 25'
N4SO      7    7  14    5   70        70  Half Square for 40M at 30 feet
KU4A      3    3   6    3   18        18  40m slp dip@40', Alpha-Delta model B@40'

W5 Division
KE5YUM    2    2   4    2    8         8  EFHW for 80 meters @ 25 feet

W6 Division
W6JIM     0    0   0    0    0         0  End Fed @ 35'

W7 Division

W8 Division
WI8J     32   30  62   18 1116      1116  130 ft End-fed at 20 feet
W8RTJ    28   27  55   17  935       935  End fed wire @ 25'
WA8SAN   10   10  20    6  120       120  End Fed wire @ 25 Ft.
WB8ENE    5    5  10    3   30        30  135' doublet @ 15'

W9 Division
AB9BZ     1    1   2    1    2         2  EndFed @ 30ft

W0 Division
K9OSC    13   13  26   11  286       286  CF Zepp @ 30 feet
K0EW      5    5  10    5   50        50  OCF Dipole @ 25'
NO2D      1    1   2    1    2         2  80 M doublet @ 30'

Canada Division
VE3DQN   18   17  35   14  490       490  40/80m dipoles @40ft

DX Division

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

Straight Key

Bug

Keyer/Keyboard

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! Late log
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CERTIFICATES
SWA STRAIGHT KEY CATEGORY
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W1KN1HN2CNWB1GYZ
W2W2SHWA2NYYAA2VG
W3KC3MIOKD3CAW3TTT
W4WG8YKC5FWT4U
W5WI5HN5GWK5TSK
W6WK6LNF6R-
W7KF7WNSKC7DM-
W8N8RQJWB8LZGNF8M
W9WB9HFKKA9FQGN8HWV
W0N0TAKD0VN0AR
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SWA BUG CATEGORY
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W4WY4XK3RLL-
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W9AA9LK9DRP-
W0W0KFG--
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SWA KEYER/KEYBOARD CATEGORY
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W2N2EIWA1GWHN2ESE
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W4KB9ILTWB4OMMK4BAI
W5KE5YUM--
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W8WI8JW8RTJWA8SAN
W9AB9BZ--
W0K9OSCN0EWNO2D
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GAIN ANTENNA CATEGORY
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FIRST TIME ENTRANT HIGH SCORE
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PRIZE DRAWING WINNER
PrizesAB9BZ

STATS:
Logs submitted: 92
Total participants found in cross-checking spreadsheet: 137
Total QSOs in master cross-checking spreadsheet: 1071
States represented: 39 + ON

SOAPBOX:

W0KFG - Only able to work part of the sprint and w/high local QRN at that. Heard a number of vy weak sigs, though. Just not workable. Fun regardless! .

KN2G - Tried out my new home brew 73 ft vertical grounded to an abandoned well casing. Wasn't really focused though lots of sig's on both 40 and 80. I just keep liking this laid back sprint more and more!

WB1GYZ - Long haul contact was OR on 40, best sigs were all from NY on 80. Enjoyed another fun Sprint.

K1IX - first sprint in 1 year & had to QRT early. Temporary set up but glad to be back on air. tnx for the Q's 73 , Frank ...-.-

N0AR - GE, Conditions were wild up here. 40 was good then quickly bad. Went back and forth until the "Electrolux QRN machine came on-line" in the neighborhood. Who does this at night? Anyway worked out just fine. Rig 590 at 5 watts. 72's all Scott

WI8J - Stayed on 80M for the duration. Lots of signals. Had a great time again. Thanks for all the contacts. Rig was FT=817 with 500hz CW filter. 72 dd

AA2VG - Started out with my old Heathkit HW-9. I had one QSO (K1DW tnx).Hardly any filters so it was difficult to know who was calling. It also drifts. Then switched to my KD1JV tribander (kit radio I built) which did well on 40m. I ended up with the KX3 which is always a pleasure to use. 72 Peter AA2VG

KD3CA - Band conditions not very good here QRN was 5s to 9s at times. Sri to a few stations that called and I just wasn't able to get all the info with the QRN . I was in and out, and shut down early . Best 73 to all Don

WB8ENE - Looks like 80 meters was the place to be. Heard some nice strong signals. Thanks for the contacts. 73, Art .

W5ODS - Had to endure S-9 noise level and deep QSB but found lots of stations patient enough to repeat their calls until I got them in the log. Thanks for another fine Sprint. 72 Gary

KN1H - Had fun in the sprint. Both 80 and 40 really long but pretty quiet. Tnx to N0TA for the 2-fer! 72, John,KN1H

K8NGW - Called on 20M for 10 minutes to no avail. Moved to 40M where slow but deep QSB limited me to 1 QSO. Just as it was with last month's sprint, 80M was the place to be! .

N0TA - VERY GOOD EVENING! Thanks for the Q's.

W8RTJ - Nothing at all on 20m , went to 40 where condx were not good only did 3 qs . Much better on 80 where I stayed until end of sprint. Tnx to all look forward to next one. 72 JIM W8RTJ

AB9BZ - Signals were way down by me. Tried 40M, no luck, then switched over to 80M. 73 tnx for the sprint, ab9bz .

WA8SAN - Best Band in my part of Ohio Tonight Was 80 Meters / Thanks to those who do all the work for us. / 72 Mike

K1DW - TNX to Mark K5GQ for inviting me to try, first time in the NAQP. Used a bug for first time in a contest. Am teaching myself how to use a bug at the age of 81. HI HI. Hope to join soon. Operated remote.. XMTR in Folsom La, Operator in Fate TX.

K5TSK - Tnx to all who pulled me out. There was a PBS hour long documentary on boxer Joe Lewis right in the middle of the sprint. Too many memories of watching B&W TV boxing with my dad in childhood to pass that up. 80 meters was great after the show. Much fun. 72, Hank

WG8Y - Hi all, Started half hour late. no 20 or 40M here in N.C. but 80M was pretty gud. Listened a bit then called Cq most of the way. missed a couple. sorry & thanks for the repeats. This makes my 100th regular Sprint. 72 from N.C. Mark WG8Y

N5NK - I started with CQ on 80m. First answer was after 10 minutes. After 5 more empty minutes I went looking for players. Lotsa nets and regular QSOs but no players. Went to 40m and it was about the same! Finally, in the last 10 minutes I heard some of our guys. I'll be back! 73 .

N2EI - A good night. Everyone was having fun. .

NN3E - Thanks everyone for the QSO's FUN TIME 73 Kevin .

K0EW - 80 Meters was really busy tonight. Lots of stations heard, good sprint.

AA5LH - Best band conditions heard for at least six month. Working 579+ to FL, GA & such. Even made an 80M QSO. Thank you ALL!

AK3X - Just a few contacts to participate. Spent a fun filled weekend in the hospital for suspected flu, but all tests and xrays negative. Still feel lousy but enjoyed my three contacts! 72 to all, Peter

KA2KGP - Nothing on 20m, 40m was weak but 80m was OK here in WNY. Rig: Icom IC 7000 at 5w. into G5RV up 25 ft. 73 to all

WI5H - I had the Aerial-51 404-UL on the Fiberglass Pole again and used it exclusively on 40M. Wire loop on 80M on a cold rainy night. Thanks for the contacts. CU next time DIT DIT

K4KRW - I didn't get much time this week. I didn't hear a lot of activity. Lots of QSB. Thanks everyone! .

N8XMS - I wasn't feeling too well anyway so after 40 minutes and only 2 QSOs I called it quits. I hope that both the propagation and my personal conditions will be better next month! 73

WB8LZG - Hello Fellow Sprinters! Tough start on 40 tonight. Called on 40 fer 15 mins with no answer, then went to 80. 80 was a bit better but vy busy. went back to 40 after a few QSOs es got a couple more there. Nice to work 2 new members KC5F and N4SO. Was called by first timer K1DW, Welcome to NAQCC Dallas. Also nice to here from Don K3RLL, who I hadn't heard in quite a spell. Pulled plug early tonight just as 40 seemed to get going. Another fun sprint. See u all next month. 73 Gregg

K5GQ - noise was S5 to S9 signals would go from loud, readable to unreadable.

AD0YM - All my contacts were on 40 meters during the first hour. I dropped down to 80 meters, for the last hour. Tried several stations, but no success. In the final analysis, I only was able to work 1/3 of the stations I copy. It it were easy, it would not be as much fun. Still, glad to participate. 72, Mike

KC7DM - CT, VT, NY, ME and NH - nice pipeline on 40M from the northeast into the northwest (OR) tonight. Good times on 80M as well. Thanks all

KC3MIO - My first all band sprint. Thanks to all ops for a great time and thanks to the NAQCC.

N8RQJ - Had a Great Time. Its been about 9 years since my last try. .

N5GW - At a new QTH using makeshift ant but fun anyway

KA5TJS - Very bad QSB here. Got 2 on 40 and then tried 80 but just could not pull anyone out over the QSB/QRM.

K4RLC - First time in sprint. CW Academy student. Mark K5GQ is my mentor. Very encouraging to all his students. 40 was really noisy. 80 sorta quiet. Using key from 8th grade (1964)...Girlfriend dumped me for my best friend, a ham. He felt bad and gave me his Speed-X..probably held up better than my old girlfriend :-) .

N4MJ - Split op between Fox Hunting and NAQCC Sprint so low NAQCC Sprint numbers. hi Still a fun evening and some new folks. Thanks to all participants. 73 de n4mj .

AA0W - Good Conditions on 40 and 80 tonight. Thanks to all for the QSO's. KX2 Internal Battery

WX4RM - Band conditions were different tonight, mostly North/South contacts. I was glad to work two newer members, and found one of them was only 20 miles away! Had fun as always.

WB9HFK - Fun evening. I took some time out for the 40M Foxhunt and picked up one of the Foxes. I had a very good run on 80M. Thanks for all the Q's and sorry to those I couldn't pull out of the noise. See everyone next month! 72, Mark WB9HFK

W2JEK - GOT ON LATE. BAND CONDITIONS NOT GOOD. HOPE BETTER NEXT MONTH. 72/73 DON W2JEK

WB4OMM - Wow! Bad QSB on 40M...but in spite of it, I worked up and down the Eastern Seaboard with relative ease. Plus, got KF7WNS in OR to boot! (OK, it took a few tries!). Went to 80M after the bands petered out on 40M, but not as much heard (I worked what I heard). Worked lots of folks I haven't "heard" in a long time - glad to "see" everyone tonight! All in all, it was a great night here in Florida! 72/73 to all, Steve WB4OMM

K4JPN - Tried 20M and 40M did not hear anyone and could not raise anyone. 80M had some heavy QRN. Wait till next month and maybe better luck.72, Steve K4JPN

AC4NY - Had a great time and despite the rain. Both 40 and 80 was in great shape. Looking forward to next month. 72 de AC4NY

WA1GWH - Good 80M conditions from here near Syracuse, NY. Managed to work N0TA in CO which was a pleasant surprise. Thanks for the contacts! Garry WA1GWH

KB1M - A slow start but persistence paid off for me, although my eardrums were happy when I called it a night! Thanks for the QSO's and the very fun evening. 72/73, Walt

NF8M - Got home late and on for the last half hour or so. Some QSB on most sigs tonight. Tnx es cu next month. .

KQ1P - Plenty of QRN for me made things a challenge. Fun none the less!

W2SH - A couple of CQs on 20m failed to summon any takers. Almost nothing was heard between the lower band edge and the QRP playpen. 40m was noisy with a long skip that has been usual this winter. But less than a half hour into the sprint, strong signals from New England, 100 to 250 miles distant, resulted in easy QSOs. Long skip signals stayed workable. Not hearing any new ones, I went to 80m, making 20 QSOs there.

KF7WNS - 40m was gang busters tonight. Heard lots of activity on 80m, but not being heard. 72's

NO2D - 40 meters was hopping last evening. I tried to work both the Fox Hunt and the NAQCC but got too confused and only made one contact in each. Despite my meager showing I had fun. Thanks to those who make the sprints possible. Pete, NO2D. .

N4SO - Best listener, KB1M, with very weak signals made a contact. .

K0LAR - This is a first time in a long time for me. Band seemed pretty good and busy. I only had 15 minutes on 80 meters. Made 3 contacts KC5F, W5ODS and W8RTJ. Yeasu FT 450 @ 5 watts into OCF Windom @ 20' 73 till next time!

K1IEE - Stayed on 40M again this sprint. I thought that this was the worst conditions I've heard in a long time on 40M. Thanks to all 73 Dick

W6SMF - fun and challenging at 5w. Tried N0TA and W6JIM, who I always get but not tonight. .

KC5F - Lots of fun for my first regular entry as a member. Out of the country last month, but I'll try harder to manage my schedule in the future!

K9DRP - Only 1 contact tonight; TNX Scott N0AR! I was foxhunting this evening and realized I was about out of time to work the sprint. Hate when both events run concurrently. Next month!

WA2NYY - Usually have conflicting hobbies on sprint night but it was great to be able to get on tonight. Had a blast on 80m! I felt like a big gun with many pileups. Started on 40 but not much action and went to 80. Seemed like I was able to work everyone who called me. Excellent band conditions. 72 Mark

W3TTT - I did the full 2.5 hours in tonight's spring, and did ten contacts. I started with and stayed with 80 meters the whole contest. I was working on 40 meters before the contest started, and the band conditions were not optimal there. 80 meters was ok. My rig was an Yaesu FT 891 cranked down to five watts. Thanks for reminding me to reset it back to 100. My laptop computer froze three times during the sprint. Funny, not. Keep that Attitude of Gratitude.

N8LA - IC-703+; 5W; 200' Dipole @ 35'; CW Morse Black Plastic Hand Key. Got started making contacts about 45 minutes after start of sprint. Was on 20 meters at start and heard nothing in CW portion. Something made me go up to phone portion of 20 and heard two very strong DX stations debating US politics. One station, EV1L, supported one major US political party and the other station, ST1NK, supported the other major US political party. Thanks to all who contacted me. I hope to C U next month. Vy Best (apolitical) 72 To All. Lou, N8LA

KE5YUM - Signals were regional on 80 and 40 and I worked CO and TX in my allotted time. Thanks to N0TA and N5NK. Antenna was QRPGUYS EFHW for 80 meters @ 25 feet at 5 watts. See y'all next month.

VE3DQN - Lots of activity tonight. Wish I'd stayed on 80m longer.

WT4U - 20 a lost cause as always, but 40 was solid and 80 seemed like wall-to-wall signals. Every month I swear I'm going to get some more wire up into the trees, and every time the Sprint sneaks up on me.

W1PQO - Started on 20 meters but heard nothing so moved to 40. Lot of QRM with higher power stations tuning over me. Thanks to N2CN sticking with me on one such occurrence. .

K3RLL - 40m was a little rocky but busy tonight with lots of participation. How nice! Got my 10 contacts in < 30 min and ran into several ops from years ago. Great fun with old E.F. Johnson Speed-X bug. 72/73 ... Don

WY4X - Haven't worked the sprint in a coon's age and had a fantastic time. I'll make time in my schedule for future NAQCC sprints.

KA5HZV - Haven't done a sprint in quite a while. Was running my newly built QRP labs QCX 40 m radio at 3 watts. Lots of noise on 40m so I shut down at 0300. Thank you KD0V, N4KBL and AA9L for the contacts. Great fun... Ron .

K4BAI - 40M not too long and 80M quite good. Got a late start and took out about 30 mins to work QRP Fox N7CQR. Thanks for all QSOs. 73/72 John, K4BAI. .