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WA2CP(KC2GOW)   Single Op QRP   11,4682017-11-04 20:02:59
Didn't have more than a few hours to play this year, so had some fun running the
station at 5 watts for a little while and worked a lot more stations than I
expected. Best DX KH7 on 40m from NYC @ 5watts.
 
W1AJT(VE3UTT)   SO Unlimited HP   74,0002017-11-05 02:27:28
K3 / HexBeam @ 25 ft. / 43 ft. vertical / 80m inv "V"

Thought contest ended 0300 on the 5th instead of the 6th (dah). Ended at 500
Qs.
 
KØZR   SO Unlimited HP   58,4002017-11-05 05:34:45
Just too many requirements on this weekend to operate SS longer.
 
KO7SS   SO Unlimited HP   77,3682017-11-05 06:50:03
Contest activity seemed down. Rates were slow the first few hours even though
the
RBN had my signal as loud on skimmers all over the US (and EU!) Then it was a
grind to work anyone when 40 went long and 80 was all that was left. Not much
fun
so the radio got turned off.

This was the 1st time I posted on Contestonlinescore.com. It's a good looking
website and very interesting. I was in 2nd place just behind K9CT the whole 7
hours I operated and it was motivating.

I have been doing this contest for 47 years and some years I just can't do the
whole 24 hours with the Sunday doldrums :) It is 80F outside and time to go
for a bike ride on my day off from work!

73, Bill KO7SS
 
AAØFO   Single Op HP   86,5082017-11-05 11:05:45
Under normal circumstances (no hurricane), this would have been a clean sweep
weekend! Oh well, next year, I hope. Also, work calls so only cold put in 13
hours. Very nice to have daylight savings end too. Seemed refreshing.
 
KE4KY   SO Unlimited HP   72,0002017-11-05 11:12:51
My first ARRL SS CW ever!!!

Missed sections PR, VI and NNY.

The format took some getting used to, but overall I really enjoyed contest.
 
VE3XD   Single Op LP   9,6002017-11-05 11:13:44
20 watts into attic end-fed dipoles.
 
VE9HF   Single Op QRP   34,1702017-11-05 13:43:38
FTDX3000, Power Master wattmeter , TH11DX, Vertical on 40, Inverted L on 80.
 
WDØT(@KDØS)   Single Op HP   135,7202017-11-05 14:31:24
Had other commitment this weekend, with my daughter in local Swim Team, we
hosted a meet that I'm head timer.. so I did my Saturday session, by the time I
was done with that was tired to start the contest!!

Got off to a decent start on 20m, but kept getting slower on 40 and 80m,
condtions were decent.. Just a few signals on 15m and not runnable from here. I
think the operator is getting slower!!

Thanks for the Q's, and best to Joe at W0SD!

73 Todd WD0T
 
WB8JUI   Single Op LP   39,0002017-11-05 14:41:46
Missed NNY, VI, PR, AB & NL

73 - Rick WB8JUI
 
K4IU   SO Unlimited HP   50,4022017-11-05 14:42:54
Ran out of enthusiasm Sunday afternoon. Hurricanes definitely had an impact on
the VI and PR entities. I lucked into KL7 and VY1 early. Missed ONE NNY VI PR.
Though the bands were pretty good.
 
WØGXA   Single Op HP   80,0002017-11-05 15:01:35
I understand VI/PR...but NNY missing? Had fun for a few hours anyway.
 
KØEJ   Single Op HP   162,4002017-11-05 15:02:37
40M was awesome. Never heard a peep from KP2, WY, and NNY!!

73, Mark K0EJ
 
VO1BQ   Single Op HP   28,3502017-11-05 15:06:32
Disapointed in condx...my 500W and Dipole was struggling at times...had a few
runs at one time it was a zoo of a pile-up...but mostly when Running I was
getting few replies, so I'd say I was S & P for 80% of the time. Jagged
it in early in the afternoon and took a drive to the country place to let the
dog have a run. Jagged in at supper time in the evening...sigs just to poor
on 40 and 80 and the Q Rate was not worth the work. Hopefully we will fluke
into better condx next year. 73 and c u next time. Joe VO1BQ
 
W3IP   SO Unlimited HP   1,0442017-11-05 15:12:28
Loaded up the 10 meter vertical
 
W2GPS   SO Unlimited HP   67,2302017-11-05 15:12:36
Rig:
Elecraft K3, P3, AL-1500

Antennas:
SteppIR DB-18 @ 70 feet
80M half sloper, 80 dipole
160 meter "W3ZZ" antenna.
Hi-Z 3-element steerable vertical Rx array
 
K3NDM   Single Op LP   11,2002017-11-05 15:42:18
Just a few wires in the trees
 
KØGUZ   SO Unlimited LP   32,8862017-11-05 15:45:26
Rig: Elecraft KX3, running 13 watts to G5RV in the attic.
Logging: N1MM. Of course.

I think I want an amplifier for Christmas!
 
W8AKS   Single Op LP   13,3322017-11-05 15:54:48
was just going to play, yeah right! thanks for a good time and the Q's
 
KK4XX   SO Unlimited LP   44,6082017-11-05 16:08:19
Construction of the home station was "done enough" to use with wire
antennas. When the radio choked, I changed goals and chased sections.
Eventually found the remaining Canadians: AB, MB, and NL... to my slow U.S.
list of SD, ND, NE, WV and WY was added EWA and NNY! I eventually worked them
and VI, and even heard a PR station zoom thru - but he didn't stay long. Many
of my west coast contacts were on 40 meters using an inverted-V. For 80, I used
a sloping dipole off the 72' antenna support... uh, I mean, empty tower.
 
N2NS   SO Unlimited HP   17,9822017-11-05 16:11:17
Missed: NNY, VI
 
KK7A   Single Op QRP   10,5002017-11-05 16:14:50
You guys were great at pulling my signal out of the air from my attic dipole on
5 watts. Not too many repeat requests either.

73, Jim - KK7A
 
W7YAQ   Single Op QRP   84,8002017-11-05 16:15:01
Missed NNY (never heard), PR (heard briefly), VI (heard NP2X briefly on 15).
Always great to meet old friends in the SS!
73, Bob
W7YAQ CK-54
 
WØZP   Single Op HP   108,7042017-11-05 16:21:45
Tnx to everyone for making this a fb operating event. Special tnx to all the
Canadian stations for Joining the fray. T storms were bad here Sunday taking
me off the air a bunch, nevertheless it was 1st attempt HP here with wire
antenna's only. still tons of qso's Sunday's rates were non existent, in fact
S&P for majority of contest with a cq here and there, when finding a hole.
Best 73 and Hope to do it again next year , Wayne W0ZP
 
K5AX   Single Op LP   74,7002017-11-05 16:22:34
Thanks for the Q's
 
AA6PW   Single Op LP   125,0642017-11-05 16:25:03
Missed NNY and VI...
 
VA7KH   Multi-Op LP   84,6642017-11-05 16:29:26
Saturday night brutal, especially after discovering the day before SS that our
80m vertical had become semi-horizontal after a guy had come undone in strong
winds. 40m was the money band with 20m on Sunday morning wide open. Managed a
run on 20m lasting two hours on Sunday morning from around 0600 local time. Our
first SS contest, David VA7VK and I had a great time. Super courteous and
patient operators everywhere, a credit to contesting. Thanks for making it such
fun. See you next year. 73 Steve, VA7KH.
 
K4QPL   Single Op QRP   70,9942017-11-05 16:33:48
QRP seemed more of a grind this year. 80 was noisy and although the bands seemed
open I could never get any runs to stick. Mostly two radio S&P. I was also
missing my wire yagi on 40 aimed west that had to come down with some tree work
so only had dipole. Rates well below last year so decided to quit beating my
head against the wall :-)
Station:
K3s @5W with P3 panadapter
IC-7300 @5W
ICE 419 bandpass filters
80M inverted Vee at 70'
40M dipoles N-S and E-W at 60'
TH7 tribander @ 75'
Again, thanks for all the good ears and patience--and a raspberry for those
(very few) who could copy but wouldn't give a few seconds to complete the QSO.
NIL is your reward.
72,
Jim, K4QPL
 
N4IQ   SO Unlimited HP   122,3102017-11-05 16:36:38
Band QSOs Pts Sec Pt/Q
3.5 92 184 6 2.0
7 366 732 39 2.0
14 249 498 17 2.0
21 48 96 19 2.0
Total 755 1510 81 2.0
Score: 122,310 Time: 20 Hrs/N1mm+

Where were NNY and VI? Can understand VI after the storm.
I actually heard NNY but he worked a few Qs and disappeared.
So, no clean sweep like last year. Had more points this year
and about 100 more Qs. Great fun.

2x TS590's SO2R; 2x KWs; 160M C Windom (80 & 40M)
40/20M SuperLoopS NE/SW & NW/SE (20M); 30/15-10M
SuperLoops NE/SW & NW/SE (15 & 10M); two 80 C Windoms
SDR Pans; N1MM+ ;Two skimmers going.
 
KK6L   Single Op QRP   13,9322017-11-05 16:39:30
My QRP contesting slog continues... :(
 
W2FU   Multi-Op LP   177,2282017-11-05 16:41:49
Where were our northern NY neighbors?
 
W4UT   Single Op HP   36,0002017-11-05 16:43:48
Never could find NNY, KP2, or KP4.
 
N4QS   SO Unlimited HP   104,4682017-11-05 16:53:41
500 watts to tribander and verticals on low bands
 
K2CYE   SO Unlimited HP   80,4802017-11-05 16:58:12
Missed PR, VI and NNY for the sweep! I'll look for them in SSB!

73,
Mike K2CYE
 
N4QX   Single Op QRP   7042017-11-05 16:58:59
It was what the weekend allowed.
 
W3FA   Single Op LP   1,0802017-11-05 17:06:34
Elecraft K3s, Ten Tec Delta ll, 160 m inv L, G5RV, 40 m vert, TH3 @ 55\\\',
Eastern Shore of Maryland.
 
WF3C   Single Op LP   3,6722017-11-05 17:06:47
Poked around a bit from my home station for a change.

IC765 @ 100w + Vertical dipole (clone of a Force12 Sigma 5)

No antennas for 40m or 80m.

Had some problems with RF getting into my external keyboard, and apparently RF
getting into my Winkey on 15m. Hard to avoid when the antenna is 8 feet from
the operating position outside the spare bedroom window.

Thanks to all for hearing my peanut whistle signal.
 
N4UW   SO Unlimited LP   101,7602017-11-05 17:09:43
Missed NNY, VI, & PR. Station: K3S & OCF Dipoles
 
K1PQS   Single Op LP   68,8502017-11-05 17:13:01
I moved from ME to WTX in 2016, and got a LP
station on the air this past summer. It's a
house on a small city lot in Amarillo, so space
is limited. I've got a 130' multi-band inverted L
and a 40m dipole up. Thanks to all.
 
KH7B(K4XS)   SO Unlimited LP   151,6322017-11-05 17:13:09
I now remember why I don't like SSCW...the last part of the contest is like
watching grass grow. Threw in the towel with five hours to go. Last 45
minutes of operating yielded exactly 2 QSOs. Came back around 0100 for 4 QSOs
more and that was enough. Kinda sad to see loads of 50s and 60s for checks and
just few after 2000.
 
W3MMM   Single Op LP   2422017-11-05 17:16:35
Still working on getting back to form with CW contesting.
 
WC3O   Single Op LP   13,0382017-11-05 17:19:38
Had a good time. I messed up... Forgot about the non-assisted rule for low power
single op. Submitted as a check log. Dag... Thanks to all that made contact.
 
W7WW(W6RW)   SO Unlimited HP   176,9562017-11-05 17:20:52
Last week Dave K6LL suggested that I ask Dave W7WW to use his station in the CW
Sweepstakes. Dave K6LL said that it would be a shame to let such fine station
be silent on Sweepstakes. So I talked to Dave W7WW and said that I would be
welcome to use the station. And I thank him immensely for letting me operate
from his station. Sunday morning 20 was going kind of slow so I went to 15 and
tuned up and was going to call CQ when the skimmer spotted the Virgin Island
station which I was able to work before there was a pile up as I was ready. He
was QRP. Was beginning to think that NNY and PR would be out of the question
this weekend when NNY was spotted on meters. I had a run going on 20 but kept
going back to 40 and listening until I could here him and finally worked him.
At the end, PR was spotted on 40 meters and finally worked him.....it is the
last QSO in the log as my 24 hours ran out about 5 minutes after I worked. Did
not think the Sweep would be possible this weekend, but it happened. The W7WW
station plays really good and I had a great time. Thanks to the 2 Daves.

73 de MIke W6RW
 
VE2SSS(VA2SG)   Single Op LP   37,8722017-11-05 17:22:06
very part time
TS590S - 20, 40 moxons, 15 sloper 80 inv L thanks Qs
 
KX7L   Single Op LP   26,9082017-11-05 17:22:14
Obligations on Sunday meant this was a Saturday only SS for me. Pleased to find
15m open in the afternoon, although still fairly long. 20m was more productive,
but gave out fairly early. 40 was pretty noisy early on, and QSO's were a
struggle. 80m was much better as the night went on.
Decided to try a different approach to low power this time - left the HR50 off,
and drove the SB-200 direct with the KX3 for 100-130W out. Every dB counts!
Thanks for all the QSOs!
 
W9RE   Single Op HP   177,7602017-11-05 17:24:15
Predicted stormy weather came true on Sunday. I took one early off time for bad
storms/lightning, got back on and suffered through high static levels then
things really got bad about 5 pm with close by lightning. Tornados were one
county away so I think all my antennas survived OK. I was going to get back on
after things cleared but static levels were pretty high so I bagged it.

Missed PR VI and NNY. Pretty good activity and some new calls. Fun time and
thanks for making it happen by getting on the air.
 
KØNM   Single Op HP   37,1222017-11-05 17:25:48
Part time effort due to business travel. Half time S+P and half time Calling CQ.
 
K1GU/Ø   Single Op LP   34,5802017-11-05 17:26:01
Operated from a card table in the kitchen with coax running out the door to the
mobile antenna on the car.
 
K4XL   Single Op HP   41,5542017-11-05 17:32:01
First time in this contest. Not my cup of tea. Condx didn't seem to be very
good and the noise was unhelpful. I needed my beverages on 80, but they are
AWOL. Soon to be replaced.
 
N7US   SO Unlimited LP   54,5102017-11-05 17:35:33
SO1R: K3S/P3/KPA500 @ 150W, SteppIR 4L @ 50', 40M 2L @ 60', 80M sloper.
 
KD9MS   Single Op LP   21,7602017-11-05 17:38:47
A storm started to come through about 0100 UTC Sunday evening and the static ran
me off! Still had fun.

73, Craig KD9MS
 
VE2FK   SO Unlimited HP   101,2782017-11-05 17:38:57
Too bad 80m ant is down.
Lot of fun. We should have SS twice a year.
73 Claude VE2FK
 
W4FS(@N4YDU)   School Club HP   143,5002017-11-05 17:52:02
First off, thanks to Nate N4YDU for offering to host since UNCG does not have an
on-campus station!

Fun to represent UNC-Greensboro in the school category! Missed KP4 for clean
sweep. Conditions were great and it was fun to watch the live scores throughout
the contest.

Radios/Amps: 2 FTDX-5000's and 2 Acom 2000A's

Antennas:

20-15m: Lightning Bolt 2 element quad @ 60 ft.
40m: 2 dipoles @ 70 ft.(Oriented NE) & 60 ft.(Oriented NW)
80m: Dipole @ 70 ft.

Cheers & 73,
Tucker
W4FS
 
W7WHY   SO Unlimited HP   64,6402017-11-05 17:53:11
Never heard or saw spotted NL, VI or PR. Finally had a UT station call in just before I quit.

Just doesn't seem to be the masses of ops we used to have for the SS.

Thanks for the fun and 73.
Tom W7WHY

Radio 1 TS-450+AL-811H ~500 watts
Radio 2 FT-840 barefoot

80 meter dipole
40 meter Delta loop
20 meter HB 2-el monobander at 25 feet
 
NR4M   SO Unlimited HP   101,2602017-11-05 17:53:12
thanks for the Q\'s.

Steve
 
W2DLT   Single Op HP   1,5642017-11-05 17:54:09
Getting back into CW after many year absence - some guys QRS by my sending
speed, some don't.
Had to listen to the fast ones several times as they worked others to be sure I
had all the info.
Need practice for sure.
Sure do appreciate everyone's patience with me... Onward and upward...
Van W2DLT
 
AI6O   Single Op HP   27,2402017-11-05 17:58:18
Excellent conditions 14 MHz and down. Thanks for the fun. 73

Ed, AI6O
 
K4BAI   Single Op HP   169,6142017-11-05 17:58:42
FT1000MP, Alpha 78, 1 LW. TH6DXX, zepp, dipole, inverted vee. Still got a bad
cold, but a CW contest is easier than last weekend's SSB DX contest. 10 M was
open to central US before the contest and I worked K9UIY. But never heard any
SS stations there. 15M was OK to western US and Hawaii with a few W1 stations.
Couldn't run on that band. 20 and 40 were quite good. 80 was quiet and strong
west coast signals Saturday night. Sunday night, 80 was very noisy with QRN.
Last few hours were a real drag. Missed VI and NNY. Never heard a VI. N6EE
tried running on 40 toward the end, but the pile up was massive and he seemed
to have given up. Thanks to NP3A for the PR mult late afternoon Sunday.
Thanks for all QSOs. 73, John, K4BAI.
 
K7BV   Single Op HP   114,0802017-11-05 18:00:46
Got started pretty good. Mind wandered to thinking about being 70 in couple
months. Decided lots of naps this weekend sounded good. Score says the rest.
 
KD2RD   Single Op HP   64,8202017-11-05 18:01:22
Was glad to get in for a little while and give out some points. Good to see
continued activity, big #s and some loud signals. See you during the phone
weekend!

73s
John
KD2RD
 
K7ULS   Single Op LP   16,1882017-11-05 18:02:29
FTDX-3000d
A-FRAME flashing antenna
Ugly Balun
LDG Tuner
Really amazed how well the house works as the antenna getting all the way to
East coast on 80m. Should double my WAS count on 80 with this contest. Only 3
bands used due to being a lowly technician but was fun none the less.
de K7ULS
 
K5WA   Single Op HP   187,1102017-11-05 18:04:08
When I look at my MULT list, the only 2 holes are VI and PR. As hard as we got
hit by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, it was a cakewalk compared to VI and PR. I
know they have much more pressing issues than playing radio right now but I sure
missed them. I thought I heard K5ZD work a PR station very early but never
heard the other end of Randy's QSO. I look forward to them getting back on
their feet and having time for SS next year.

I needed a radio fix this weekend but this was drudgery again. I just
completely miss the bus when it takes off at 2100Z. If you don't have a great
start for the first few hours, you're not going to catch the taillights of the
leaders. It was still fun though. Now I've got to figure out why one of my
ACOM2000a apparently has a bad vacuum relay because it gave out mid-contest and
my S&P rig was at 100W for the rest of the contest. Conditions were too
good because EU called more than anything else. ;-)

I think this was national QRP testing weekend but I sure thank the QRPers for
the Qs.

73,

Bob K5WA
 
VY1AAA(VE1RM)   Single Op HP   143,2082017-11-05 18:04:11
Well, PR and VI were the expected misses, and they were. God Bless all the
people down there... no time for contesting (or not much!).

Missed my goal of at least 1,000 QSOs. Propagation is challenging for SS and
populated areas. When the high-bands are open, things are great. Smoking
pileups on Saturday, but once 20 meters died, 40 was not open yet (Still
daylight in Whitehorse). So, big dead period until 40 gives us some traffic.

Then, about the time the band opened, gremlins started in -- the K3 would not
operate, saying the "KPA 500 is not powered on" -- but there is no
KPA500!! Finally, it just fixed itself (!) Then, the 20m quad became
intermittent.
By turning the rotor, that seemed to fix things. 40m went very long early,
and went to bed before 80 got going.

All in all, less time than last year, and it shows in the score.

Always a pleasure to work so many friends from NT!

VY1AAA would not be possible without our good friend, J, VY1JA, doing
maintenance.
He is one fantastic tech, and still supporting us SS operators!!

Station is Elecraft K3s, Alpha 9500, 20/15/10 4L Quad at 70ft, 1/4-wave ground
planes on 80 and 40, 160m Double-L with 70 ft Vertical.

See ya in CQWW CW and ARRL 160!

Operated remotely from New Hampshire in this one.

73,

Gerry VE1RM (AKA W1VE)
 
N4YDU   SO Unlimited LP   35,1862017-11-05 18:04:24
Laid low this weekend to host W4FS (Tucker). Tucker did a great job with the
station. I dragged out a couple of old rigs and had a little fun and tried to
stay out of his way. Used my original Ten Tec Delta for most of the Qs (after I
got it working) and made a handful with my trusty HW8. Sorry if you experienced
anything crazy on my end.

73,

Nate/N4YDU
 
KI9A   SO Unlimited HP   74,4002017-11-05 18:08:51
Didn't expect to hear KP2/4, but...no NNY? Heard one, pile was crazy.

First season in the last 8 or 9 without S9 line noise. Forgot how fun radio is!


Wish I had time for a whole effort, but with a tight work sked and other
obligations, I'll take 8hrs.

Tossed up a 40m loop (apex @ 40') and an elevated radial 40 vertical (feed @
10') to go with my 80m open wire dipole @ 50'. All I can do on this small city
lot, but 3 antennas where nice.
 
WB8RFB   Single Op LP   41,1442017-11-05 18:08:56
Almost all S & P except for short attempt at run on 20 meters. Conditions
up and down and bands sometimes very noisy at this QTH. Like other ops, never
heard NNY and a few other sections but expected to see that happen this year.
 
K5RM   Single Op HP   97,1202017-11-05 18:09:39
Had a good time. Wish the bands were in a little better shape. Had problems
with main amp just before contest, so used backup for awhile, until got main
amp fixed. I didn't put in the time I expected too, but beat last years score
with 2 less hrs of operation. Missed NNY,PR,VI for the clean sweep. Also had
trouble with cw keying, but I think I have finally fixed it. Thanks to all for
the Q's.

73's
John
K5RM
 
W4PK   SO Unlimited HP   46,2482017-11-05 18:10:43
Mostly search and pouncing. My computer running W7 hung a couple of times and I
apologize for that. I was using n1mm+ in the ESM mode and occasionally it would
"add" the F8 key (AGN)to my call when I was responding to a CQ.
Other than that I had no problems and as usual thanks to all for putting up
with this CW-challenged operator.

73, Sam W4PK
 
N5EE   Single Op LP   121,2122017-11-05 18:13:31
Enjoyed the test again this year. May try burning my hours on the front end to
avoid the duldrums at the end. I heard a pileup around 0100Z Sunday for N6EE
in NNY and thought that summed up my (and probably most stations) struggles to
capture some missing sections. Thanks for the Q's 73
Ken, N5EE
 
N5UM   Single Op HP   64,3862017-11-05 18:17:27
Just a part time operation. I had zero motivation to sit in the chair very much
this weekend. I had to spend some of the weekend catching up on stuff for work
(also in chair in front of computer) and had other stuff to do around the house.

Lots of QSB on 80 made going rough there.

Spent nearly the entire op time running. Did not go looking for mults.
Op times: 2100-0000 and 0445 to 0545 Saturday, 2114 to 2228, and 0112 to 0204
Sunday.

Rig: Icom IC-7410
Amp: Ameritron ALS-600 500W
Antennas: Hustler 6BTV on ground over 32 radials
100 ft doublet up 40ft fed with 450 ohm line to balun outside of
shack
Software: N1MM+

73,
Al N5UM
 
NSØR   Single Op HP   147,2582017-11-05 18:18:04
Another one down. I'm not sure if I did well enough this year to beat my
previous score once all of the errors are calculated. Had fun. Same antennas
as last year, nothing special. The bands were fairly decent on Saturday with
20 being open into the late evening. 40 and 80 weren't too bad as well.
Sunday absolutely sucked especially in the evening. 20, 40 and 80 were
absolutely worthless. I tried 15 a few times, but didn't hear much. I guess
it will get better in another 8 years or so. Thanks for the Q's, I had fun as
always.

73, Morgan, NS0R.

K-Line
40 Meter Vertical
80 Meter Inverted-L
20 Meter HalfSquare
40 Meter Inverted-V @ 28 feet.
 
N1LN   SO Unlimited HP   184,4262017-11-05 18:19:11
Very surprised to work VI and PR for the sweep.

73,
Bruce N1LN
 
WC7S   Single Op QRP   56,0002017-11-05 18:22:27
With wires in the sky, and weather that made it good to stay inside and play
radio, I had a lot of fun, finding friends and neighbors and exchanging info.
There seemed to be a number of stations using auto fill, but they were actually
checking what was sent.. and that is a good thing. Pretty friendly action, with
plenty of stations, until Sunday afternoon, then it thinned out rapidly. The
last hour, was a search for NON-dupes. Hope to see you all again in the next
one.
72,
Dale - WC7S
 
N3HU   SO Unlimited HP   35,5602017-11-05 18:22:42
Band QSOs Pts Sec Pt/Q
3.5 73 146 7 2.0
7 85 170 24 2.0
14 82 164 34 2.0
21 13 26 5 2.0
28 1 2 0 2.0
Total 254 508 70 2.0


Score : 35,560
Rig :
 
N6EE(@W2RE)   SO Unlimited HP   4,4882017-11-05 18:26:23
Tried to get on from remote station in Northern New York section for a couple of
hours but had problems with local Internet service which kept dropping me. My
apologies to all who found me to be frustratingly erratic and unresponsive. The
pileups were huge and I really was trying to work you guys but the internet
issue made it rough. Finally had to QRT. Sorry. Thanks to all who called and
to those who made it in the N6EE NNY log.
73,
Ron N6EE
Remote in NNY
 
K2AV   SO Unlimited HP   170,3162017-11-05 18:26:42
Rig: K3 + 8410
Antennas: 80m - 160 L/FCP operated as EFHWL (see k2av.com > [160+80]),
40/20/15m - multiband Inverted Vee

Nasty QRN Sunday night covered weak signals that otherwise get copied.
Apologies to the folks I couldn't dig out of the noise. Impressive unbroken
straight line of lightning storms from Western New York to Arkansas.
 
NN7SS(K6UFO)   Single Op QRP   4,4882017-11-05 18:30:47
Only on for the next-to-last hour. Nice to be wanted as fresh meat.
I had problems with my keying, but will fix later...

NN7SS Burt WA (K6UFO op)

40m: Force12 2 Element Yagi at 78 ft
80m: 4-square array
Elecraft K3 turned down to 5 watts
K3/0-Mini control head and RemoteRig
Writelog
 
KB3LIX   SO Unlimited LP   45,7082017-11-05 18:32:50
Missed 5 sections.
2 I expected to miss (PR & VI) due to hurricanes
3 more can be chalked up to "Oh well" (NNY, WY, NL)

I heard ONE PR station on 20 or 40m, and he was innundated with callers.
No sense even trying to get thru.
 
NF4A   Single Op LP   88,4522017-11-05 18:34:08
Needed NNY and VI for the sweep.....heard N6EE in NNY but pile was HUGE and he
went away.....
 
N9TK(@WB9Z)   SO Unlimited HP   164,8202017-11-05 18:35:20
Great fun with a world class station at WB9Z/NV9L... thanks for the hospitality!
 
N1DC   Single Op LP   82,8802017-11-05 18:35:30
That was fun but a lot of work at times. I achieved a personal best score.

Big variability in signal strength between stations made copying difficult at
times. Glad to work many QRP stations.

Activity really slowed down the last 3 hours. S&P yielded very little so I
switched to running.

No sweep this year...missed NNY, VI and AB.

Thanks for the QSO's.

73,

Rick N1DC
 
W2EG   Single Op LP   83,9162017-11-05 18:36:01
Conditions okay first day. Got poor second evening. On 80 mtrs, I
kept checking to see if my attenuator was on! Did better than
last year. I was surprised to work a KP4. Never did hear a KP2.
NNY was very scarce. I heard one call a running station. I moved
up several kHz and called CQ for a bit, but no luck. Finally
heard another near end of contest on low end of forty, but he was
weak and the pile up was awful. Got tired of long waits between Qs
during latter part of contest. Finally gave up early. Thanks
all for the Qs. 73, Rich, W2EG
 
N3ZZ   SO Unlimited HP   131,8682017-11-05 18:36:11
Fun but never-the-less a slug fest.
 
K8BKM   SO Unlimited LP   126,6842017-11-05 18:36:20
Better than last year, but not a PR. Conditions Sunday evening were terrible. We
all knew PR and VI would be a challenge, if even on the air, but NNY??? What's
up with that. One guy got on at the end of the contest and ran a simplex pileup
that I was in no mood to tackle. I managed to work one of two stations from PR.


Only change in the station is a K3 instead of an FT-920. Antennas remained the
same; TA-33 at 50' and 204' inverted-v G5RV at 45'. I have finished in the same
neighborhood for 3 years in a row. The only way I'll improve my score is to go
SO2R or maybe take a shot at SOUHP instead of SOULP.

It's always fun, but 24 hours is too long to devote to a contest, IMO. Epic CW
contest though.

Thanks for the Q's

73, Tom
K8BKM
 
K4GMH   SO Unlimited LP   114,8002017-11-05 18:37:12
Thanks for all the QSOs.

Bands were good at the beginning of the Contest and not as good when I quit at
~0200Z 6 Nov. Lot of noise, QRN, on 40/80 Sunday evening.

My goal was to make 200 QSOs. This was first time operating the SS CW with LP.
Had no idea on what kind of score I would have at the end of the Contest.
Fortunately, "assisted" did help with getting the mults. I even
heard the mult. I missed, VI, on 15 but couldn't get through the pileup with my
less than 100 W. At the time 20 meters was open and I was able to generate a
reasonable QSO rate. So gave up trying to bust the VI pileup.

Had fun even with the low power. Definitely had to be more aware of timing
than with HP which should help in future contests once get the amp.
fixed:>)

73,
Mike, K4GMH
 
KZ5D   Single Op HP   128,8002017-11-05 18:38:54
Lots of high and lows this time. 15 was open at the bell, so I started there
instead of staying on the money band - 20 meters. As K5WA said, if you miss the
boat in the early hours, it's over. Couldn't get too motivated after the slow
start. Had lots of band noise on 40 and 80 causing me to ask for lots of
repeats. In fact, 80 was better than 40 here. Late Sunday afternoon I was still
missing NNY, PR and VI. When N6EE appeared on 40 there was such a huge pileup
the op got frustrated and QRTed before many of us could work him.

Can't seem to get my mind/body in condition for the late Saturday P.M. start.
But on the plus side, I did invest in a better chair and didn't move out of it
for 8 hours at one stretch.

Hard to imagine the effort it takes to do this with QRP, but their are plenty
of guys doing it with some really outstanding signals. Who needs a KW? ME!
thanks to all for the Qs and fun!
 
K9KJ   Single Op LP   67,0322017-11-05 18:41:18
Indoor antennas - My favorite contest - I had a blast
 
K3IE   Single Op QRP   44,6962017-11-05 18:44:13
Mixed it up - went for the ether signal.

Cliff, N4CCB, and his QRP School videos have forever changed my attitude
towards low wattage.

Thanks for the Q's - Hunter K3IE
 
KN3A   Single Op LP   19,0922017-11-05 18:45:58
Worked 100% remote to K3IR club station. First full CW contest working remotely
and worked out very well. I learned to use Ctrl-K very quickly in N1MM+

Kenwood TS 590s
Inverted V @ 100 ft
40/80 meter dipole @ 20 ft
N1MM Logger
Under 100 watts
 
KØACP   SO Unlimited LP   61,5002017-11-05 18:46:55
Another Great CW Sweeps, even thought a fair bit of localized atmospheric noise
due to thunder showers in area, bands were in general ok, no action on 10m but
rest seemed ok. Made real progress integrating K3s w/N1MM and found good
results.

Biggest surprise was that I was tuning at the top of 40m and found NP3W just
ragchewing. My only PR contact! Never did hear KP2. Given the destruction on
both PR and USVI, I'll settle for 82 sections. A sweep would have been nice,
but I'll take my 82 sections and be happy.

Thanks to all whom put on the Sweeps and participate, as it is so much fun.

73 es God Bless,

Art / K0ACP
 
N6DW   SO Unlimited HP   65,1202017-11-05 18:47:16
All search and pounce, running 500 watts into a dipole at 35 feet.
 
K3MAW   SO Unlimited LP   21,8682017-11-05 18:47:29
KX3, 100 w, dipole.

That was a lot of fun!
 
K3HW   Single Op QRP   35,2002017-11-05 18:49:43
New windom at 55 feet over my tree in the back yard played extremely well
stateside. The 10 extra feet added for the tribander has seemed to help as
well! Very pleased with that! QRP was a very rough go. Much easier if easy is
the right word, on the tribander than on the wires. Thanks for the all the
stations who hung in there with me. For those stations that did not hang in
there with me, I understand. No worries.

Highlight was working NT and AK QRP and them taking extra efforts to work me.
Much appreciated! Missed sweep with NNY, PR, and VI. I can understand the
islands being out due to the hurricanes but NNY? They came on towards the end
and it sounded like P5 went QRV! I am really enjoying running QRP. It really
helps to develop my operating skills. This is my first major effort at SS CW.
I had much more fun this weekend than last with CQWW phone. I am taking off SS
Phone and will be on CQWW CW probably SOSB 20 LP. See you then! 73 de K3HW ..
 
K3WA   Single Op HP   151,8902017-11-05 18:50:15
This Sweepstakes proved me wrong on a number of big issues.

* First, I had expected to do better than last year and get back abouve 1,000
Qs. WRONG. QSOs about the same.
* Second, I kinda expected the bands to be similar both days. WRONG.
Saturday was very different than Sunday. On Saturday I could hardly but a 40M
QSO. On Sunday, 40M was my money band. Sunday was slower than dirt this year.
* Third, I did a lot of antenna testing on the RBN to see what I could expect
from my antennas. WRONG. Didn't help. Performance was very different this
weekend.
* Fourth, I decided to go little "old school" and operate
unassisted. Thought it would be fun. WRONG. Doing any measure of SO2R is
really difficult without spotting assistance in a contest where you only get to
work a station once. And my tuning wrist is sore. Not fun.
* And Lastly, I did not expect a sweep figuring VI and PR wouldn't be there.
WRONG. My last section was NNY one hour before the end. And I did get the
sweep.

Other than that, I guess it was fun.
 
KY7M   Multi-Op HP   184,4262017-11-05 18:50:34
Our third year doing a multi-op in CW SS from my QTH. We made better use of a
second radio this year and will continue to improve the set-up for future
contests. We were very pleased to work NP4A on 40m near the end of the contest
to complete our sweep.
 
WT2P   SO Unlimited HP   63,4502017-11-05 18:51:24
73,
WT2P
 
AA3B   Single Op HP   190,1882017-11-05 18:53:41
Missed NT and NNY.
 
VE3YT   SO Unlimited LP   115,5062017-11-05 18:54:25
A little more challenging than last year. Some amazingly clear QRP signals
surprised me when I copied the Precedence. Lots of good cw ops. Looking
forward to hearing everyone in two weeks. You can snack all through the CW SS;
Phone, not so much. 73 Vic
 
N5NA   SO Unlimited HP   162,9722017-11-05 18:55:47
Met my goal of 1000 QSOs. Like most missed PR and VI.
 
N9DMA   SO Unlimited LP   11,8442017-11-05 18:56:44
This was my first SS. What an experience. Wanted to get 100 Q's but after
returning home Sunday afternoon, the weather beat me. Operated S+P looking for
mults. Speed was faster then what I'm normally comfortable with so S+P seemed
to work best for needing to listen more then once for the exchange. Worked AK
and ND and need those for WAS CW. Used 3 antennas, G5RV Jr, 80-10 OCF ( both
at 35' ), and a 31' vertical. It was nice to have some options to play against
propagation. Thanks for the Q's and hope to be faster next year.

73,
N9DMA, Tracy Olson
 
W5TM   Single Op LP   105,2882017-11-05 19:00:50
Missed NNY, couldn't break N6EE's pileup.
K3s
Dipoles
 
K6LA   Single Op HP   201,6902017-11-05 19:01:47
Sunday afternoon and evening were dreadful. A few years ago the big 3 clubs held
a Sweepstakes competition. That year, there really weren't any doldrums. We need
to do that every year, and get the medium and small clubs involved.

It seemed like 15m was open early Sunday morning, but very few QSOs were to be
had.

NP3A called me on 40m Saturday night to take care of a mult I was concerned
about getting. VO1MP found me Sunday morning on 20. I found NP3X and listened a
few times to make sure, YES, he was in VI for the sweep.

73, Ken, K6LA / VY2TT (for Phone SS)
 
K2SX   SO Unlimited HP   132,5122017-11-05 19:02:01
Heard a lot of people calling a NNY station oat different times but never heard
him. Not sure about my KP2 QSO since he kept changing calls and number
sequences as he went but that is someone else's problem, I guess.
 
W7ZRC   Single Op QRP   70,0442017-11-05 19:03:05
Thanks for the Qs 73, Rod/w7zrc
ps QRP is hard!!
 
W1UJ   SO Unlimited LP   94,4462017-11-05 19:03:06
Fun.
 
ACØW   Single Op LP   92,1142017-11-05 19:03:08
Sounds like lot of people need NNY base on the pile-up. See you in a few weeks
on SSB.
 
N4KS   Single Op LP   141,1022017-11-05 19:03:39
Could not find NNY - where were you guys? A few guys had clean sweeps, so VI
must have been out there some place. Good contest. ZUT = CW forever! 73 to all,
Ken
 
K1DW   Single Op LP   28,0322017-11-05 19:04:12
PART TIME FUN.... THANKS FOR THE QS ... 73 DE K1DW
 
K6MR   Single Op HP   45,4082017-11-05 19:04:29
My contest and tower work assistant dog Sam the Chow died this weekend, which
threw a wet blanket over the contest. He has watched me make lots of Qs and
was always in the yard watching me on the tower. Thanks Sam for all the
companionship and RIP.

See you all next year.
 
W9NXM   Single Op LP   29,7002017-11-05 19:04:31
Part time. K3/100; 130' Inv Vee up 35'; N1MM+;
 
KC9UJS   Single Op LP   50,2402017-11-05 19:05:22
My best Score & # of QSOs for a CW Sweepstakes since I started with CW, but
no sweep this time. Worked off and on for about half of the time overall.
Missing NNY, PR, VI this year.
 
KC9EE   SO Unlimited LP   117,4402017-11-05 19:05:44
Seemed like a totally different contest than last two years. Running success was
very sporadic. Sometimes good, then would shut off. I think I worked a lot
harder for poorer results.

73,

Gary KC9EE
 
KØTG   SO Unlimited LP   50,7002017-11-05 19:07:48
The weekend did not go as I wished. I knew it would be a busy one and it was.
So I was only able to get on a little bit. Sad, as this is a yearly favorite
contest.

Mults missed: ME, NNY, WY, IA, PR, VI, NL, AB


73, John K0TG
 
KØPC   Single Op LP   100,8042017-11-05 19:08:09
Rough conditions on 80M & 40M for me. Missed NNY, NL, PR, & VI.
 
NE9U   SO Unlimited HP   13,9442017-11-05 19:08:24
Screwed up and worked Ntx twice.

Spent most of last weekend at W0AIH in 20 meter shack working SSB....my ears
are still ringing. My brain didn't feel like the long grind I knew CW SS would
be so decided to try a 83/83 assisted S&P effort. It was harder than
expected. No one in NNY called CQ until 90 minutes before end of contest.
VI and PR were apparently using wet noodles for antennas, so that wasn't very
easy either. The rest just fell in my lap.

Speaking of VI, off to that QTH for CQWW CW. Probably some antenna work in the
works!

Scott NE9U
 
N4VI   Single Op LP   53,8182017-11-05 19:08:44
40m Dipole
20/15 2 element ve7ca wire beam fixed to the East

Pretty much a slugfest. I could call stations with great success. Trying to run
was a different story. The exception was Sunday afternoon I managed to park on
14003 or so for a little over an hour with good rates.

73's

de n4vi/chris
 
KØVBU   SO Unlimited LP   121,9862017-11-05 19:08:47
K3-100 P3; TH6DXX @ 50\\\'; 80/40 Trap dipole @ 30\\\'; 160 INV L @
30\\\'(winter only)

Wow! Exhausting! I really need to get better antennas for 80 and 40!!
Not sure if it was condx, but just couldn't keep runs going this time...
And then bad judgment plays a part - I wasted almost 20 minutes in a VO1HP
pileup, and didn't get him - only to have VO1AW call me a half hour later. Oh
well..a gamble.
Heard NP3A on 40 in the last hours, but my puny dipole wssn't pushing 100 watts
over the pile. My thoughts and hopes are with PR and VI and their recovery
efforts.

See you all in the CWTs.
73
Bill K0VBU



73
Bill K0VBU
 
NØAX   Multi-Op HP   206,1722017-11-05 19:08:49
Special thanks to the ops from KP4 and KP2 who found some time for Sweepstakes
in the midst of disaster recovery. Thanks...

Dave NN1N and I decided to try a serious M/O - a first from this station - and
decided not to use the spotting networks, just call CQ a lot and see what we
could find. As it turns out, the sweep found us with the last few sections all
calling in. I guess throwing a line in the water works pretty well. No doubt
bigger scores than ours - hats off, multiop is a lot harder than it might seem.


Amazing summer-like weather here in the midwest, even providing a thunderstorm
on Sunday afternoon so we shut down for a little while. Conditions remained
calm all weekend and that sure helped keep things moving along. 40 was our
money band this time - bottomless!

Thanks for all the QSOs and putting up with our stops and starts trying to
coordinate the two stations.

73, Ward N0AX
 
N6RO   Multi-Op HP   200,8602017-11-05 19:08:51
Enjoyed my 64th CW SS because I didn't have to do it for 24 hours. NA6O did the
heavy lifting on Sat. afternoon and Sunday morning. I did the night shift and
the last 4 doldrum hours. Gary had a great start in the first six hours
averaging 92/hr. Activity then dropped off, and Sunday activity was not great,
but enough for us both to keep BIC. A 'classic' M/S, with one SO2R station (two
K3s). Tnx QSOs.
 
N6NU   Multi-Op HP   137,9462017-11-05 19:08:55
Semi serious effort, and first time this station has been operated as a Multi op
in SS. Station performed very well, beyond expectations.

Some experimentation with flex radio in a remote environment.

We were happy with the result.

Thanks for the QSO's -- sweeeeep!

73
Andreas N6NU/Chris N6WM
 
K6ST   Single Op QRP   1,4522017-11-05 19:09:14
Fun, part time qrp on Sunday
 
KU8E   Single Op HP   147,3602017-11-05 19:09:44
K3 / KPA500 - 600 watts
130 foot center fed zepp @ 60 ft, 40 meter dipole @ 50 ft, 20 meter dipole @ 40
feet, 15 meter full wave loop

Rate really slowed down at end. Struggle to get any answers to CQ's or even
find new people to work on the 2nd VFO between CQ's. Missed NNY, PR and VI.
Heard NP3A calling people on 40 CW Saturday night but never synced up with
Eric. N6EE in NNY was on 40 CW at the end but had a huge pileup. Never heard
VI. NL was well represented. Worked VO1HP, VO1AW and VO2RAC. Also good signals
from VY1AAA on 20 CW.

Score is about the same as always in the 900 + QSO range. Just can't seem to
break 1000 contacts. Sometimes I wonder if it's worth it to bother to do SS
anymore. It would be nice if there was a class to compete in that you don't
have to go against the guys with big antennas and SO2R. Seems like it's the
same people in the top ten every year. Guess life isn't fair but it's fun to
get a CW contest fix.

Jeff
 
KM6Z   Single Op LP   96,4042017-11-05 19:10:31
Comet H-422 on the balcony.
 
K1XM   Single Op LP   146,4482017-11-05 19:10:45
Got PR and VI. Missed NNY and NL. Go figure.

This was a test of some stuff I'm bringing to the HQ9X CQ WW CW operation. The
gear is fine but the operator could be improved.
 
K6GHA   Single Op LP   60,1922017-11-05 19:10:57
Almost made my goal. Majority of S&P. Ran a little. Didn't intend to spend
as much time as I did, but I guess I was having fun.
 
KØVG   Single Op HP   25,3762017-11-05 19:11:36
Used Multi band vertical for all contacts except two. Missed over half of the
Canadian sections.
 
W6KC   SO Unlimited HP   40,0002017-11-05 19:12:38
Just a casual S&P effort with occasional runs. Tried to get a sweep but
missed NNY, VI and PR. Always fun!

73, Jim W6KC

Station:
K3S, AL80B
TA33jr, 40M Inverted-V & 80M Dipole all @ 30 Ft
 
K6CDJ(W6XK)   SO Unlimited HP   9,9402017-11-05 19:13:04
Dedicated to my dad - Carroll Dean Jensen K6CDJ (SK)
 
KE8M   SO Unlimited HP   91,2002017-11-05 19:13:05
SSCW Summary Sheet


ARRL Section : OH
Club/Team : None
Software : N1MM Logger+ 1.0.6869.0

Band QSOs Pts Sec Pt/Q
1.8 1 2 0 2.0
3.5 272 544 11 2.0
7 133 266 35 2.0
14 113 226 14 2.0
21 51 102 20 2.0
Total 570 1140 80 2.0


Score : 91,200
 
ABØS(@WØNO)   Multi-Op HP   194,8842017-11-05 19:14:32
Many thanks to W0NO for the use of his fine station. Very happy to make a clean
sweep with the devastation in VI and PR.

Doing our best the old fashion way with only one radio in the shack.

Thanks for the QSOs.
 
KØMPH   SO Unlimited LP   79,0002017-11-05 19:14:57
FD type operation from the cabin. Installed the verticals with 2 inches of snow
on the ground. The only equipment failure was that the collapsible fiberglass
pole supporting the 40 meter vertical wouldn't collapse when it was time to
take it down. It was the forty meter antenna that wouldn't quit.
 
NR7DX   Multi-Op LP   118,1842017-11-05 19:15:10
thanks to Matt K7BG for a fun weekend, tuff finding a few sections, that never
did hear...10 never opened , but the other bands seemed to be pretty good in
general...thanks to all for the q's...Eric K7ABV
 
K9NR   SO Unlimited HP   141,2662017-11-05 19:15:24
Sure didn't expect a sweep after Hurricane Maria! Also, someone needs to move
to NNY!
Storms keep me off the air frequently but did okay.
thanks for all the Q's
73, Don Kerouac K9NR
 
K6RIM   SO Unlimited HP   83,9162017-11-05 19:15:50
Missed VI & PR. Saw spots for NP4Z, but never heard a whisper. Almost missed
WY. Only heard one. That seems unusual.

Lots of activity and FB ops.

10 meters was AWOL, but, otherwise, conditions were pretty good.

Thanks for the Qs!

73,

Al, K6RIM

TS990, Alpha 9500, Traffie Hexbeam & SteppIR BigIR Vertical

Logger: N1MM+
 
N7XU(K4XU)   Single Op LP   149,4402017-11-05 19:16:22
Heard PR and NNY but not KP2.
Doesn't seem to be as much activity as prior years. Or maybe I'm getting old.
Spent last 3 hours dueling CQs on 80/40 with small success - 25 Q's per hour.
Fun anyway. See you next year. I'm done with phone.
73,
Dick
 
W6SC   SO Unlimited HP   32,0002017-11-05 19:17:10
Was hoping for a sweep until I realized that PR and VI were probably not going
to be on the air this year. Saw NP4Z spotted about 10 minutes before the end
of the contest but not sure if that was real or "fake news". Never
got NNY either - heard N6EE on from NNY but only heard him for about 40 minutes
near the end of the contest in the midst of a crushing pile up. No 10 meters
here at all.
 
AA8TA   SO Unlimited LP   35,7202017-11-05 19:17:11
Missed some time because of some other commitments. Got VY1AAA within the first
hour. Also got HI and AL, but I know I missed EWA, RI, WCF and a few CAs.

Missed some time at the end when a line of thunderstorms parked themselves over
t his area in the evening.

Much fun. Thanks for the Qs.

Kenwood TS-590SG, barefoot
GAP Titan, 16 feet AGL
 
N4PN   Single Op LP   144,0882017-11-05 19:17:21
This one seems to get longer and less fun every year...running LP is really
a bummer....have to keep moving...when someone hears that "A" in the
reply
they know I can't stay there... HP just keeps moving in...I find it hard to
believe we must run HP to work the USA & Canada.
Last three for the sweep came fairly easy on Sunday afternoon...PR, VI and MB.
Kept looking for ole reliable, Ed, VE4VT and he finally called in....
NP3R for PR and NP3X was giving VI....??
Thanks for all..
73, Paul
 
VE3NNT   Single Op HP   128,9042017-11-05 19:18:13
This was the first opportunity to exercise my new tower/antenna set up in a
contest. It was a tough haul on 40m with the QRN on Sunday, but all in all,
great fun. Thanks all for the Qs.
 
W9PA   SO Unlimited HP   120,2122017-11-05 19:18:50
K3, P3, K-Pod, Acom 1000, Skyhawk, 40M Moxon, 80M Vertical
Software: DXLOog by 9A5K V2.3.14

Severe storms and Tornado warnings in the late afternoon -bailed for an hour
Static killed 80M

Missed VI
 
WD9CIR   Single Op LP   75,0502017-11-05 19:19:07
I think this is my best CW SS score. Just 100 watts and a wire.
 
K4HQK   Single Op HP   48,7922017-11-05 19:19:58
All S&P. Good conditions Saturday but increasingly noisy with QRN from an
approaching cold front Sunday, rendering 80m useless and making 40m a struggle.
Skip never ran sufficiently long to reach Hawaii unless it happened very late
(or early morning). Alaska was present, though. So was Canada's Northwest
Territory.

IC-7410
Ameritron ALS-600
Cushcraft 20-6m vertical
40/30m dipole pair
80m dipole
WinKeyer USB
 
KC7V(@K8IA)   Single Op LP   136,3202017-11-05 19:20:24
Big thanks to Bob K8IA for letting me use his station. I did not plan a full
effort due to some other commitments but still got in about 21 hours. I felt
activity may have been down but it is so hard to tell for sure.

Lots of slow times interspersed with rate. Always fun that way. Never heard
VI and AK. Found N6EE in NNY near the end but the pile was crazy so I moved on
to a CQ frequency.

Lots of familiar calls and many new ones I did not recognize. I appreciate
those that get on for a little time, have some fun, and hand out some QSO's.
Without them the 2nd day is far worse.

73,
Mike
KC7V
 
NG7M   Single Op HP   27,9722017-11-05 19:21:31
Just a casual effort... still fun! Started on 40 Saturday afternoon in a rain
storm and really struggled. Sorry about the tough time I was having if you
called me early in the contest on 40. I should have operated more. Sunday was
fun on 15 and the last 25 minutes on 40. Nice pile on 40, Utah was still
popular. :) Max NG7M
 
N9TF   SO Unlimited LP   62,5562017-11-05 19:21:50
Personal best. Now we shall see how many calls and exchanges I busted along the
way. #s 2 and 3, "S" and "H" really taking their toll on my
brain. Sometimes the character spacing at high speeds is easy to discern, other
times it just runs together. Gave it all I had.
Storm static crashes on 80 Sunday night didn't help matters!
Next up, SSBSS in two weeks.

GO SMC!!

73 Gene, N9TF
 
N4GG   SO Unlimited HP   193,9142017-11-05 19:23:16
Would have been a great score except for VE6 and KP2 missing....
Condx seemed okay...80 and 40 were sure noisy at the end.
First time in a long time I was BIC for 24 hours...which seemed to go okay.
Thanks for all the fills. This and ARRL CW (from the DX side) and my two
favorite contests. See you next year! The station played well, no glitches.
If I am going to listen to a radio for 24 hours - Ill take analog. The 1000MP
is still the best sounding rig ever, IMHO...

FTdx5000, FT1000MP, 2 X ACOM 2000A, WRITELOG, Wires in the woods
73
Hal N4GG
 
K8CN   Single Op QRP   67,7042017-11-05 19:24:07
Always a great time in SS CW! Missed VI and PR, which was not unexpected given
the storm damage there, and never found VY1AAA for the NT mult. Heard and
chased AB and MB to no avail. I was looking back at old SS CW results and found
I did MUCH better on 80 meters when I had my 135 foot doublet up......hmmmm.
Thanks for the Qs and my hat is off to fellow QRP'ers who were far ahead of me
early Sunday: N4OGW, W1QK, W6JTI, W7YAQ, and I'm sure there are more I didn't
encounter. Great job by all!

73,
Mike, K8CN
Durham NH

Rig: K3/10 at 5 Watts to Lazy-H (cut for 20 meters, used on most all bands with
the help of a Johnson Matchbox).
 
VE3NE   SO Unlimited HP   126,7722017-11-05 19:24:37
Just tested my 80m vertical with 4 elevated radials...seems to work ok...
Good 80 / 40 CONDX....Saturday night I had EU QRM sometimes...:-)
The bands were quiet for a change...
Thanks for the Qs
73
Lali, VE3NE
 
W7RN(N6TV)   Single Op HP   218,1202017-11-05 19:25:03
Missed VI for the sweep, which I never heard. Thanks to NP3A and N6EE for
providing the rare contacts with PR and NNY!

Thanks again to Tom and Midge for the super hospitality at the Comstock
Memorial Station. Antenna details and photos at http://www.w7rn.com .

I used Win-Test to try dual CQ mode -- very challenging; thanks to all those
who waited patiently while I was finishing the long exchange on the other
radio.

Conditions seemed good, but activity seemed down. Made 41 fewer QSOs than last
year.

Got off to a great start on Saturday, but Sunday was a struggle, as usual.

73,
Bob, N6TV
 
K9MMS   SO Unlimited HP   50,8402017-11-05 19:26:07
K3 and KPA-500. WinTest logging.

Missed VI -- never heard. Last two sections worked were PR and NNY. After
working NP4Z, NP3A answered one of my CQs. 72% S&P and cluster.

Just a very part-time effort.

73,
Gary
 
K1VSJ   Single Op LP   69,6162017-11-05 19:26:10
Missed NNY, WY, AK, PR, VI, AB , NT.

Heard NP3X giving his section as VI but he suddenly disappeared. Pirate ??
 
N3HEE   SO Unlimited LP   123,7682017-11-05 19:27:35
Off to a slow start again this year but settled in and got focused for a pretty
good effort. Fell slightly (3600 points) short of last years score due to two
less multipliers and 25 fewer Q's in the log. Managed to work PR in the
closing minutes of the contest! Worked everything but NNY and VI. Spent more
time on 15 meters this year due to good conditions and lots of activity during
the day. Put the second radio to very good use Sunday afternoon S&Ping
while running on 20 and 40 meters. Managed to get some small runs going on 80
Saturday night and on 40 late Sunday afternoon however I spent most of my time
S&P. K3 & TS-590SG @100W with simple wire antennas. -Joe N3HEE
 
NQ6N   SO Unlimited HP   120,1602017-11-05 19:28:47
Set out with the usual goal of 500 QSOs to help the club score.

But watching the real time scores website made it very difficult to get out of
the chair.

As it was I didn't operate all that much on Sunday due to various
childrearing-related responsibilities.

My usually near-flawless remote setup (per the mid-week CWT) suddenly
developed
latency which created lots of embarrassing QLF in my keyboard macros.
Apologies
to the victims of this mess. I think it was the XFinity connection at fault,
not the WoW connection.

I did not chase mults but ended up with a near-sweep fairly easily this year
compared with other years. I'd been wondering the entire contest if someone
would activate NNY via @W2RE and finally it happened, but I felt guilty
calling
for the mult while doing a casual effort.

My 80m antenna is an inverted U over 27 buried radials. Maybe one day this
won't be my most effective antenna.

I highly recommend that everyone set up their logger to post scores to the
online scoreboard. It really does add a nice entertaining dimension to the
contest.

73 and thanks for the Qs.
 
N5NU   Single Op LP   59,2502017-11-05 19:30:29
Missed WY, EWA, PR, VI

AB2ZY called me 6min into the contest and gave me #3 for NNY. Never worked
another one. I heard a WY working VO1 about noon on Sunday. Never heard the
others.

Station is pretty barebones. 100w out to a 20m dipole about 25ft up in a pine
tree outside our condo. It seems to load up respectfully on 40 & 15.

CQ'ed for 85% of my QSOs but did a lot of tuning around Sunday looking for the
last mults. Wife and I are both battling a cold, so was a good way to spend
the weekend playing around.

See you in SSB.

73, Jason N5NU
 
KØAV   Single Op QRP   25,4602017-11-05 19:31:08
Normally I love to read other people's excuses in the 3830 "Comments"
- - unless the excuses are mine.

3 weeks ago I had sudden appearance of S9 power line noise. K3's Noise Blanker
is great - but . . . strong adjacent signals generate IM products.

It peaks in direction of east coast, i.e. 65 degrees.

Electric utility guys came out and they concurred with my opinion of the
offending pole: a 34,500 volt line which is 1/4 mile away from my antenna - and
located 65 degrees from me. I told them I had an radio contest this weekend . .
.. Even as late as Friday there was still the hope that line crew could still
get out and fix the problem before SS started on Sat.

In spite of the noise - thought I'd give SS a try anyway.

After 20 meters started to go out I realized that slogging through S9 noise on
40 was a real drag.

Even with only QRP 5 watts I was getting out much better than I could hear. I
bagged it after 3 hours. Then came back Sunday at the end for a brief
appearance as "fresh meat."

Usually I have a pretty quiet location - so hopefully I'll get QRN/RFI
situation back to normal shortly.

Thanks for the QSO's.

73, Alan 60 CO
 
K8MR   Single Op QRP   28,9902017-11-05 19:31:32
KX3 and a 43 foot vertical wire at the south edge of Sarasota Bay.

After doing very well last year in a Sunday afternoon QRP effort, I had high
hopes for a maybe half time effort this year. But as with humor, timing is
everything in QRP: at the start when everybody is a new QSO for everyone else,
QRP gets left behind. Saturday afternoon was all S&P, Sunday morning I had
a nice run on 20.

No photo shoots for this one (as was the case with the 2017 ARRL DX CW)test.
Best side show this time was a kid (with parental supervision) carrying around
a two foot shark that they had caught (not sure if by line or net).

73 - Jim K8MR
 
KL7SB(@KL7RA)   Single Op HP   139,9882017-11-05 19:31:55
Conditions weren't quite good enough to keep up with the top scores down South,
but overall quite good. My first go at CW SS from the KL7RA QTH. Really happy
with the new phased Yagis for 40M. We're now able to run on that band a good
bit before sundown.
 
KB1RI   Single Op LP   6,1882017-11-05 19:32:14
First attempt at remote CW contesting. Decided to stick to a single band.
Struggled to get the audio configuration working properly on my laptop in the
early going. Than fought with some network dropouts along the way. The
internet at the hotel just wasn't good enough and the latency caused a few
fumbled QSO's. My apologies to the ops on the other end that I'm sure got
frustrated with me. I was too! I did learn about some of my station
limitations during remote access that I'll need to improve. At least I
contributed a few points to the club score.
 
WT1L   SO Unlimited LP   65,2802017-11-05 19:32:48
Low power and low dipoles for 15m and 20m and a long wire for 40/80m. All below
20ft due to HOA. Still had a great time. Conditions were good with very low
noise. Heard NNY, but could not work. Did not hear PR or VI.
 
K7XC   SO Unlimited HP   124,6622017-11-05 19:32:55
Started on 15M working the VY1 for my first QSO followed by KL7
and KH6. 15M was in good shape for 2+ Hours afterwards I went to
20M for an hour or so followed by a needed break. I came back
chasing mults on 80/40M until 1:30AM Local time when I couldn't
find anyone else to work!. Around 5:30AM K1TR woke me up on 20M
when he broke the squelch. I jumped up, asked my lady to start
breakfast as I took a shower to wake up. Unlike the past few
years, I was showered, fed, & in front of the radio by 06:30 AM.
I kept my fat old butt in the chair as long as i could only
taking a couple breaks when my brain got fuzzy. Around 1130AM
Sunday a huge burst of solar noise rose up to 20 over S9 then
faded over 2 minutes. Afterwards the bands slowly deteriorated
over the next several hours. Around 22:30Z to my surprise
conditions seemed to improve on 40/80M. Throughout the entire
weekend I never heard NNY, NL, KP2, and KP4 so no sweep this
year. My heart goes out to the folks in Hurricane Alley, Hope
your back on your feet soon. Station here: An old IC-746 driving
a AL-80B to 800W. Antennas includes a dual band 80/40M Inv Vee at
38', 3ele 20M Mono0-bander @ 43', and a 3ele 15M Mono-bander @ 30'.
SS Never disappoints... My Favorite CW Contest! CU On SSB in
2 weeks! KB!
 
NC1I(K1RX)   Single Op HP   187,2882017-11-05 19:34:13
Guest Op at the NC1I station. First time seriously using the microHAM SO2R
setup with his fully automated station. First hours were a mess as this
operator was tired, and not familiar with the function keys to control the
station. Broke the first law of contesting by climbing a tower hours before the
start :) Took awhile to get up to speed but by then had lost the race to the
local competition. The early confusion and probably on-air annoyance did not
help but it was the first time. Fortunately within a few hours got on track and
started having some fun. That's what it's about - right? Did not find NNY for
the sweep - looked all day for any sign of PR or VI - got them toward the end.
That's the ham spirit in action - best wishes to all of the people affected by
the horrible WX conditions in that region.

Thanks for another fun CW SS - great practice for that other contest just a few
weeks away!

73, Mark, K1RX
 
WW9R   SO Unlimited HP   68,9602017-11-05 19:35:51
It was great to work so many old friends and to make some new ones along the
way.

IC-7300
AL-811H @ 600 Watts
N1MM+
1/4 wave meter vertical for 80
Gap Voyager for 20 & 40

See you all in two weeks.

Pat WW9R
 
N4OGW   Single Op QRP   131,3642017-11-05 19:36:14
I haven't tried Sweepstakes QRP in 10 years, so I thought I would give it a try
again. I didn't beat my previous score, I guess lower activity. The noise on
Sunday was also pretty tough for Q stations too.

The bands were pretty good until late Sunday when t-storm noise started. 20
went long immediately at sunset on Saturday. Short skip did come back to 20m a
few hours later, but most everyone had moved down. There was also some nice
propagation to W1 and the mid-Atlantic on 15 Sunday afternoon, but very few
stations were there.

Missed WY. CBS says 364 band changes and 179 probable 2nd radio qso's. Best
rate hour was 69 Saturday afternoon, all downhill from there :)

73
Tor
N4OGW
 
W3USA(K8MR)   Single Op LP   25,7422017-11-05 19:36:27
Sunday afternoon/evening effort from the condo after the earlier K8MR QRP effort
at the Sarasota Bay waterfront. I had a surprisingly good run on 20, nearly
100/hr with a dipole in the attic of condo, maybe 25 feet above ground. Plugged
away until the very end, doing my best to help out those who spent a whole
weekend trying to stay awake and alert.

73 - Jim K8MR
 
W4WWQ   Single Op LP   32,3402017-11-05 19:37:56
Looks like I quit before PR and VI woke up. There has to be a better way to do
S&P, so next time I will try Unlimited
 
K8AJS   Single Op LP   37,5202017-11-05 19:45:35
Thanks for the QSOs!

Rig: Elecraft K3 w/P3 100 watts
Antennas: 204-ft G5RV, 3 ele quad
Software: N1MM Logger+ 1.0.6869.0
 
WC6H   Single Op HP   191,2242017-11-05 19:45:47
Had fun missed VI. See you in SS phone in a few weeks.

73, Rich WC6H
 
KT4Q   SO Unlimited HP   48,1602017-11-05 19:47:08
All S&P for me as I am not proficient in Contest CW Speed. Contest gets me
ready and in the mood for SS Phone in 2 weeks. Missed only 3 sections (NNY,
AB, VI) as I never heard them and when they were spotted, they were not there.
My station continues to work great.

Rig: Yaesu FTdx5000MP
Amp: Alpha 9500 (1500w)
Ant: Cushcraft X7 @ 60', Cushcraft R7 @ 70', Carolina Windom 80 @ 45'
Key: WinKeyer USB
S/W: Writelog 11.25C
 
AA4GA   Single Op QRP   41,6162017-11-05 19:47:17
It's been over 10 years since I messed with SO2R...I recently acquired a K3/10,
and decided to play with SO2R QRP. I found a DX Doubler with Piexx SO2RXLAT on
eBay, and got that hooked up and working this week. Unfortunately, about 2
hours before the contest started I discovered a bad antenna switch, so I was
stuck with a low doublet on one radio and a 40 meter vertical on the other.
So, I just played around...I can see that the SO2R might help a bit QRP...time
will tell.

Oh, since I needed more COM ports that I could get through Parallels, I decided
to install a Bootcamp Windows 10 partition on the Mac Mini - worked
great...N1MM+ worked much better than it did via Parallels.

KX3/K3 at 5 watts to 80m doublet up 25' and 40m wire vertical.
 
N4KG   Single Op LP   65,6762017-11-05 19:47:40
I used the CW SS to familiarize myself with recently upgraded software
(N1MM+)and station control (radio keying). A BIG THANK YOU to Billy, AA4NU,
for numerous trips to my station to facilitate the upgrades and work on antenna
repairs.

I spent more time on the air than intended but did get comfortable with N1MM+
and the wireless keyboard. One recommendation to N1MM users, turn OFF the
Contest Word Spacing !

At high speeds, Contest Word Spacing runs everything together resulting in
multiple requests for repeats at 40-50 wpm when the numbers could be copied the
First Time with slightly wider spacing and lower speed.

I lost count of the number of times I was asked to repeat my CHECK.
Finally, I put a SPACE between the numbers and had way fewer requests for
repeats. A half space would be a nice addition.

15m provided some nice multipliers facilitated by the 'Geographic Filter' (i.e.
skip distance). I heard LOTS of MT and VE7 stations but never could find VE6 on
CW.

NLI was nowhere to be found until I heard one on 40M Sunday morning with a HUGE
pileup. Went to 20M and a QRP NLI station called me:-).

Missed NNY WY KP2 VE6
Last sections worked: VE4 KP4

Antennas were sub-optimum, especially for a domestic contest, but seemed to
perform adequately.

80M Elevated GP (40 ft tower w/TH7 topload)
40M Corner Fed Delta Loop (bottom wire 3 ft above ground)
20m TH7 at 40 ft plus Inverted Vee aimed JA/SA at 50 ft
15m TH7 at 40 ft

Radio: Icom 746 with cascaded 500 Hz filters at 100w.
 
K6III   Single Op LP   16,9362017-11-05 19:49:31
Casual ops. All Hunt-n-Pounce.
 
N9CK   Single Op LP   152,8002017-11-05 19:52:41
Never heard NNY or VI. I found a pileup on 40 for PR late in the contest, but
prop was no good. Tnx for the qsos. See you in two weeks.
73,Steve N9CK
 
W4VIC   SO Unlimited HP   51,4802017-11-05 19:55:17
Sections missed: NNY, VI, SB, WV, and AB!
 
W1RH   SO Unlimited HP   127,9802017-11-05 19:55:46
The only NNY I heard was N6EE. Huge pileup. Didn't work him.
 
N9NA   SO Unlimited HP   91,7982017-11-05 20:01:59
Ten Tec Omni 7, Ten Tec Centurion, Steppir DB18e, 80 mtr ocf, 55 ft twr, N1MM+.
 
K2LE(@K2LE/1)   SO Unlimited HP   68,8502017-11-05 20:04:11
Missed NNY and VI mults
7 hours total in chair
Remote from NY to VT
Must admit I had fun

Andy K2LE
 
N2RJ   SO Unlimited HP   1,7002017-11-05 20:04:42
Mostly just killing time between housework. Ran assisted so I could use
skimmer.

Looked hard for ND but could not find... also some states that I need for
triple play WAS, please look into uploading to LoTW. I am asking very nicely.
It's not hard and the certificate process is a lot easier now. Thanks. :)

CU in SSB.

88
Ria
 
VE7KW(@VE7SCC)   Multi-Op LP   98,9822017-11-05 20:06:12
The 8 hours without power didn't help but the station worked well when we had
power! Neil and I both had other commitments so MS worked for us.
 
K1TN   Single Op LP   38,5442017-11-05 20:10:58
Hurricane Irma in September blew my wire out of its tree. I got it back up but
it's not as high as before. Best I can do for the time being. Missed AK EWA ME
NNY PR VI WV WY NL SK.
 
W6JTI   Single Op QRP   83,2662017-11-05 20:14:30
Never heard EWA, NNY, or VI. NP3A was on for a short time, but the pileup was
too much for QRP.

Thanks to all who worked to copy my 5W.
 
AB9M   Single Op LP   6002017-11-05 20:14:31
Just a small contribution.... busy week end and the weather and time change did
not help, I did have a problem with selecting the correct button on the N1MM
entry panel while multi tasking during the first couple of QSO's and hit the
AGN button instead of MY EXCH info...I apologise for breaking the Run stations
rhythm. It got better as I worked a couple more.
N1MM Logger, WinKeyer USB, OMNI-VII, HF-2V on the ground, AOR TDF-370 driving
Siemens Pure binax RIC hearing aids
 
W2RQ   Single Op HP   190,2402017-11-05 20:14:37
40 was great here in NNJ, couldn't get anything going on 80 or 15 this year, and
QRN and QSB (and maybe my age!) made copying reports, especially precedence and
check, a challenge this year. Also, my main radio died shortly before the
contest, and apparently the spare I used had very bad clicks. My apologies for
the QRM, I will see what the cause is and get it fixed. Did hear VI on 15, but
was not able to work it. Always enjoy SS, and looking forward to more
sunspots....eventually
 
N6XI   SO Unlimited HP   150,3962017-11-05 20:20:11
This was a casual effort to determine whether my lightning repairs are really
done. Well, in the shack, they are. But I did determine that some more
entertainment devices will require replacement. I had no expectation of a
sweep, given the devastation in the Caribbean, but in fact did work all 83
sections, PR in the last half hour. One of my non-replicated mults is
questionable since the signal was weak on strength and the op was weak on CW,
sending three different versions of his exchange, and I finally just guessed
which one was correct. I've always said that SS is one of the best 12-hour
contests going and 2017 did nothing to change my mind. In fact, only the first
six hours were really fun. But it's a good way to check out the station. Thanks
to the unusual number of ops who spotted me and to all for the QSOs.
 
KK4R   Single Op LP   53,1002017-11-05 20:23:19
I hadn't managed to work any contests recently for practice, so I wasn't very
sharp or fast. Nor did I prepare my log and station before jumping in. It
didn't stop me from having a good time, and it was kind of funny to discover
Sunday afternoon that my power wasn't even near my full 100W. I guess that my
last time on the air I was working RTTY. So, for a guy with wire antennas, a
self-inflicted power handicap, and no Boy Scout badge for preparedness, I did a
fine job!
 
WA7AN(K9DR)   Single Op LP   78,6242017-11-05 20:24:22
Like others, I missed NNY, PR and VI. I also missed NL and, of all things, Utah!
I just realized I've been playing in this contest, off and on, since 1959. Had
several clean sweeps in the past, but not recently. Dan - K9DR
 
AA6OC   Single Op QRP   12,3762017-11-05 20:25:48
Elecraft KX3, end-fed vertical dipole/EARCHI Matchbox in a backyard palm tree.

Just moved to the mainland from Hawaii, and fit in a few hours of operation
while unpacking boxes and setting up the new household. Thanks to all who made
out my puny signal! QRP is inherently frustrating at times, but the results
with 5W and a simple wire still amaze me.

73, Bob AA6OC (ex-KH6BE)
 
W6SX   SO Unlimited HP   135,3602017-11-05 20:26:52
First hour was 101 on fifteen. Second hour almost as good.

Switched to twenty and SWR was sky high. Out in the cold I went. Fix took forty
minutes.

Only a few contacts on twenty before switching to forty. Everything okay until
I went to eighty. Again sky-high SWR. Quick look outside showed one 80-meter
dogleg on the ground. No way to fix it in the dark.

Milked forty for all it was worth, but sure missed eighty.

0700 local Sunday, outside in cold and new overnight snow to fix 80-meter
dogleg. Took a cold hour.

Slow going rest of Sunday. Invoked W6SX Prime Directive when it became clear
would not make 1000 QSOs. Switched back and forth between operating and
recreational reading.

Note to self--1000 is an arbitrary number.

K3, ACOM 2000A, wire antenna at 46 feet with Matchboxes and MB-V-A, N1MM+
 
N5XZ   SO Unlimited HP   154,0482017-11-05 20:28:01
**CLEAN SWEEP!**
Been trying to get one for years! Finally, in the last hour of the contest, KP4
and NNY came up and I worked them one after the other! Boy was that nice! (Now I
can get the mug!)
This was a great contest, even though there were slow times. My back is killing
me but it was worth it! It's hard work doing these contests when you're 60 years
old! Well, I guess I should get a better chair and adjust the height of the
table to be more efficient, then maybe it wouldn't be so bad.
I probably would have a better score, but I spent the beginning of the contest
racking up the sections...yeah, I know that is opposite what you're supposed to
do. But my first goal in this contest was to get that Clean Sweep.

Rig: K3/P3 (The BEST!)
Amp: Alpha 78
Ant: 4-el SteppIR @ 75 ft (Rotary dipole for 40)
Ant: Hy-Gain 18HT Vertical for 40/80
 
K9MA   Single Op HP   66,5762017-11-05 20:31:59
Conditions were quite good. Nice to have some propagation on 15.

K3, AL-82, SB-220
TH7 at 21 M
A3 at 15 M, fixed SE
40 M rotatable dipole at 23 M
Shunt fed tower on 80 and 160
RX Loops for 80 and 160
(18 by 36 meter city lot)
 
KØOO(@WA3EKL)   Multi-Op HP   88,6442017-11-05 20:33:26
From the WA3EKL contest team.
Special thanks to our friends in Alaska, the Pacific, the Virgin Islands,
Puerto Rico and NNY without whom a clean sweep would not have been possible.
Conditions on 80 were quite noisy toward the end of the contest. This contest
saw a few old members and a new op who was very enthusiastic and we all hope
will return. We had no equipment failures, excellent food finishing up with a
thanksgiving style meal and all had a good time. See you all in SS Phone.

73 all

Pat K0OO and Alan WA3EKL
 
N2YO   SO Unlimited HP   105,1242017-11-05 20:36:43
Missed VI.

73s de Chip N2YO
 
KØHB   SO Unlimited HP   124,6402017-11-05 20:37:53
Soapbox : We’re on countdown to heading to Senior Winter Campout in Arizona,
so K0CKB had no time at all, and I found about 16 hours. Couldn't do our usual
M1, so I decided to just try for max MWA score contribution, so ran in unlimited
(gasp!) category. Saturday evening was slow, but harvested a lot of mults.

Never saw/heard KP2, so missed our sweep. The other late holdout was NNY.
Expected that KP4 would be missing, but heard NP3A early. He was S&P’ing
on 40 --- heard him work a W2, so quickly planted myself upstream a couple of
KC’s and CQ’d. Luckily he was tuning “up band” and gave me a drive-by
QSO after my second CQ. Only used assistance twice, to find VY1AAA and NNY, so
won’t likely bother with that anymore.

Wish I had more time. Bands were soft Saturday afternoon/early evening, but
fairly decent the rest of the times that I got on.

73, de Hans, KØHB
"Just a boy and his radio"™
 
W4NBS   Single Op LP   16,0802017-11-05 20:44:29
FT-1K Mk V
150w; 80m dipole @ 30 ft
N1MM+
 
K7RL   SO Unlimited HP   137,7002017-11-05 20:45:09
This is my entry for the non-existent "12 hour leisurely contester"
category. Get a contest fix and have a weekend too. I like it.

Conditions were good and participation was solid. This contest always brings
out the best ops. Fun to be a part of it.

Missed VI and PR for the official sweep. Looks like some found all 83 mults.
Nice job. Got WTX and AB towards the end for my personal sweep.

Had some hardware issues that prevented a SO2R effort. Hope to have it fixed by
CQ WW CW.

Thanks to all for the Qs!

73, Mitch, K7RL
 
KØOU   SO Unlimited HP   105,1202017-11-05 20:50:12
I struggled in this one, Just couldn't get anything going.Got a late start after
a wedding Saturday afternoon then the Amp blew up Sat nightwith 75 mults- had
to go barefoot til the end. That wasn't too bad, with the IC-775. finally
missed NNY, PR and VI, Did not expect PR and VI to be on since the island were
blown away by hurricanes- but NNY should not have been that difficult'.I'm
getting too old for this but I'm still young enough to have fun. C U n CQWW at
the end of the month
 
KR7C   Single Op LP   5,5902017-11-05 20:50:54
First contest on the air from the new QTH in Boulder. Only a 40m dipole to work
with and too many other obligations, but I enjoyed the Q's.
73, Stan
 
VA7ST   Single Op HP   110,6562017-11-05 20:54:19
Part-time only -- missed NNY, VI, PR, EWA, WY, AB, and NL.

Heard one EWA on 40M Sunday afternoon but he was on the move and I couldn't
find him again. Didn't hear any of the others.
 
KØVXU   Single Op HP   85,0202017-11-05 20:59:10
K3, TL922A,TH6DXX, Sloping Vees (40 & 80), N1MM+

A very part-time effort. Mostly S&P looking for mults. Missed AK,NNY,VI,
PR, and NT. I did hear AK on 15 but he escaped my calling. Conditions were
good on 20, 40, 80 but lack of activity on 15 made it rough to get things
going.

Sunday afternoon and evening the QRN started to pick up making it difficult to
dig out the weaker signals.

It was good to see many of KCCCers in the test. Thanks to those who pulled me
through the QRM/QRN.

Maybe we will meet again in the SSB tes.

73,
Russ - K0VXU
 
K5GN(@W5KU)   Single Op HP   211,4842017-11-05 21:02:51
This is such a test of station, skill, and will. I was a terrible lid at times
trying to make the software go the right direction. Very happy to hear from
the West Indies after such terrible destruction!
 
NØAT(NØKK)   SO Unlimited LP   143,6642017-11-05 21:05:38
Another in the the books from N0AT.
Thanks to Ron for hosting me again..the SS tradition continues.

What a grind...Not so sure Im up to 24 hours of this any longer..it was so hard
to sit still for all but 1 hour on Sunday. At one point I had a rate of 6 per
hour! Yikes!

Had a goal of around 187k but did not take long to realize that participation
seemed down and that wasnt going to happen. I believe I only logged one station
over 1K Q's.

Missed NNY..Never heard a peep...Its rare to miss a sweep..and when using
packet even worse. I agree with Hans...spotting in SS is more a distraction
than a help.

At times I felt bands were cooperating then the switch would be thrown and
things would turn south for a while.

Good to see the MWA represent MN well...logged many of the members. Always fun
to do that.

Ill need some recovery time after this one..maybe Im ready to consider changes
to this event. Seems none of us are getting any younger..HI
 
N6MU   SO Unlimited LP   12,1682017-11-05 21:17:03
Tried for 83x83. Missed RI, UT, NNY, PR and VI. Heard RI, UT and NNY but never
calling CQ. Never heard PR or VI.

If anyone missed NT they weren't trying. VY1AAA had a huge signal all weekend.
73...

John, N6MU TS-570 & 5BTV
 
W4EE   SO Unlimited LP   22,0322017-11-05 21:17:22
TS-590S es dipole
N1MM+ logger
Tnx for the Q's
73, Jim
 
W6YI   Multi-Op HP   223,6022017-11-05 21:19:35
Thank you to everyone for all the QSO'S. All the guys did an outstanding job in
working together. Saturday's day group, N6AN, N6MJ and K6AM got us off to a
great start and kept the pace going. Special thanks to N6KI for working the
evenings and allowing for our chow breaks. N5ZO joined our group on Sunday and
did a great job with K6AM and N6KI. Our Sunday ended with our traditional BBQ
steak dinner. See everyone in the phone contest, Jim.
 
NC6K   SO Unlimited HP   121,9202017-11-05 21:20:36
As usual, my plan to operate the full 24 hours was upset by family and house
commitments. That's OK - they're more important than playing radio.

Had to run HP/LP on my SO2R operation - my Alpha 9500 gave up the ghost again,
and the Expert PA isn't truly SO2R. That was OK, because conditions were pretty
good on the bands that were open. I ran 80 W and a dipole at 60' on 80 M
Saturday night, and was able to work pretty much everyone I heard. I still
marvel at how well the SteppIR DB36 works on 40 M. Stations I can't copy on the
dipole are S4 or S5 on the beam.

Like most others, I couldn't find or hear NNY, VI and PR. I didn't waste my
time trying to bust the pileups on NNY and PR, since the few times I heard
them, my run rate was high enough to beat the eventual multiplier (I think).
That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

As always, I had a ton of fun during runs, but cursed the radio spirits every
time someone else gave me a serial number that was 100 or more higher than
mine! Great contest, and very challenging when you can only work each station
once. See you all on SSB.
 
WF7T   SO Unlimited LP   39,6642017-11-05 21:22:54
Hardly had time to play radio in between work and family responsibilities. Fun
to play for a few hours as in the Fresh Meat class.

73 Brad WF7T
Nashville TN

Confirmation #: 4368684.arrl-ss-cw
 
WD5K   Single Op LP   116,4782017-11-05 21:23:22
Elecraft K3
TH7DX @ 50\'
40m Dipole
80m Inv V
 
VE7YU   Single Op LP   70,1522017-11-05 21:32:01
Found things really hard going except for a good run on 20 Sunday afternoon.
Missed VI,PR,NT,NNY. Called them all except VI
My score has been declining each year for the past five - Hope it's cndx and
not
age! Still lotsa fun
Tnx for the Q's
Gord VE7YU

K3/LP-Pan/NaP3/N1mm+/ two 20M EDZs
 
VE7XF   SO Unlimited HP   78,0802017-11-05 21:32:31
The mug has eluded me again, in spite of a concentrated S&P effort to find
the mults. Actually, it's more like a 'click and pounce' operation.

I did hear a weak NP3 on 40m, under a huge pileup, but never heard NNY or VI,
and had given up AB until VE6EX showed up at 0216 on Sunday night on 80m.

Still using the all-band doublet. Bit of a chore changing bands - reset the
antenna tuner, then tune the amp. Not quick. I'm looking forward to getting the
Yagis up again.

Took a break on Sunday afternoon to work VK9MA on 18 and 21.

The SSB affair is a 'definite maybe' at this point. Perhaps my next one is the
10m contest. Ha ha ha, I make funny joke. I didn't see any 10m Qs in this one.

Ralph, VE7XF
 
W1SRD   SO Unlimited HP   180,8922017-11-05 21:47:31
Missed VI - though I think they called I just couldn't pull them out.
Thanks to N6EE for a late Sunday call from NNY.
PR was last mult on 40 with a massive pileup late Sunday.
Thanks to all stations from VI and PR for making the extra effort under very
difficult circumstances.
Great conditions for this part of cycle. Rain made it quiet here on Saturday
and seemed to carry over to Sunday as well.
Great fun and a personal best for SS CW.
Thanks all for the calls and participation.
73/GL,
Steve
W1SRD
 
WQ6X(@W7AYT)   SO Unlimited LP   33,3202017-11-05 21:57:36
This was another portable operation from W7AYT's QTH in
Concord (EB Section). Every Sweepstakes brings new surprises.
For this GiG, the newly installed Hy-gain 10 meter yagi didn't help.
I called CQ on 10-meters both days, was spotted on the RBN network
and yet no takers. Instead, by accident the yagi produced 20 QSOs
on 15 meters and 9 on 20 meters - Go Figure.
The Ft-1000mp tuned nicely into a WQ6X Lazy 8JK sloper 12 mh and a
CHA-250 vertical; sometimes both run in parallel.
Picking up mults started off SLOW, ending at 70.
Not surprising, I never heard KP2 or NP4 (altho I did see a spot).
NE has been dormant for YEARS in SS.
This year KR0P single-handedly put NE on the radio. Thank You! Thank You!
Where was VE5 & VE6? Not to mention AL, MS, RI, VT & WPA.
Look for a writeup on this event next week in the WQ6X Contest BLOG.
I also took a look at BLASTs from the Past from SS-2007 until SS-2016.

WQ6X.Blogspot.Com

C U in SS Phone
Ron
WQ6X
 
K9YC   Single Op QRP   66,6822017-11-05 22:03:23
I think this is the third time I've entered SS QRP. It's a very different
contest with 25 dB lower power out. The difference turns the focus from rate to
understanding propagation and optimizing antennas. Thanks for all the good
operators who patiently picked my signals out of he noise.

We expected not to hear PR and VI, but where were NNY, VE4, and NL? And why
such a poor showing from SB and UT -- I didn't work UT until 00Z and picked up
SB in the last half hour! I heard a DX-strength pileup on 40 about 02Z, which
turned out to be an NNY station. Thanks to the guy(s) who activated VY1AAA.
They had a lot of presence, good operator(s), and a decent signal.
 
KD6WKY   SO Unlimited LP   33,5522017-11-05 22:15:51
Tried 10m very briefly in the beginning with no joy. 15m, 20m, 40m, and 80m all
worked well for me. Mostly 15m on Saturday, then 20m on Sunday. Low bands were
better for me this year. I worked 30% more Q's and had a 26% higher claimed
score, with two fewer mults. Less time on the air this year due to other
commitments throughout the weekend. Looking forward to part II in a few weeks.
 
AB4B   SO Unlimited LP   17,4242017-11-05 22:24:33
My 5.5 hrs of op time in this mode felt like 15 hrs in the alternate
mode(Phone).
Just can't seem to decode fast enough and then get my fingers to get the
keystrokes right. I don't have this issue on phone. My efforts were to help
bolster the ACG score if we needed a tie breaking score. If I recall my only
serious effort in the SS CW was back in 1974 or so. Just don't have the
confidence to go big on SS CW.
Having said that I am planning a F/T effort fer the Phone weekend. Be looking
for all of you. TNX fer putting up with my sloppy and slow operating practices.
My CK is becoming a dino in this event.

Tim , AB4B Toonersville , AL ROLL TIDE

Epqt: Ten-Tec Orion
Ants: 5 el 10mtr @70ft
5x5 el 15mtr 35/80ft
4x4x4 el 20mtr @ 30/65/100ft
2el 40 @70ft
4sqr 1/4w spacing 80mtr array
Top loaded T vertical 160mtrs
YCCC 5el RX array
 
K7WA(@W6SZN)   Single Op LP   115,6562017-11-05 22:34:06
Was glad to see so many VE3 stations and missed the KP4's and KP2's - there are
more important things than ham radio contests! First full-time effort in
several years and enjoyed the activity. Thanks for all the contacts!

Many thanks to Kip, W6SZN, for allowing me to enjoy his excellent station!

Jim K7WA
 
KB7Q(@N7IP)   SO Unlimited LP   166,8602017-11-05 22:53:05
A big thanks to Bob, N7IP for letting me use his station in a very quiet
location - even the QRP stations were easy copy.

Lots of S&P this time when I couldn't get much traction calling CQ, but
some nice runs too. I just took it as it came and kept my bony butt in the
chair.

73,
Gene, KB7Q
 
K3MM   SO Unlimited HP   202,7042017-11-05 23:47:04
Well, that's a first...missed NNY! Must have had a hurricane there or something
;) First time in a while going full time and now I remember why...Sunday is
such a drag. Was hoping for a big score out of 80, but there wasnt much
activity when the skip was short. Later on Sunday an OK called me that was
louder than most of the US guys I was working! Only surprise was 20 on
Saturday before it shut down when my fellow east coasters got really loud which
gave a nice bump in the rate.
 
N4TB   Single Op LP   116,9642017-11-06 01:14:13
Always lots of fun. Had great runs on 20 and 40 meters. Very little QRN on 80
this year.

Many thanks to Dan, K1TO, who repaired the hurricane damage to my 20 and 40
meter antennas so I could get on the air. Great job as usual.

Never heard PR or VI.

73 Terry N4TB
 
K6CSL   Single Op LP   9,4762017-11-06 02:17:37
Getting mults was very difficult here. Not my best SS CW. Hope conditions might
be a little better for SSB. Bert, K6CSL
 
W3PP(AA1K)   Single Op HP   125,7122017-11-06 02:33:00
Missed NNY and PR.

Thanks Delmarva DX Association trustee K1RY for use of W3PP memorial callsign.

73/Jon AA1K
www.aa1k.us
 
K3TN   SO Unlimited HP   31,3602017-11-06 03:13:10
Remote K3 problems and real life intrusions meant only a part-time Sunday fresh
meat effort this year.
 
N8BJQ   SO Unlimited LP   86,9202017-11-06 03:42:20
Never heard a PR stations. Was on long enough to work NP2X. Took a break at
1815 for a snack and to watch the start of the race. Didn't realize that would
be the end for me. About 1900 T-storms with heavy rain started passing thru.
Unplugged everything and settled down to watch the race, figuring in an hour or
so the storm would pass. It did pass but not until close to 10:00PM. We lost
power several time and had I would guess 3 or so inches of rain here. Some of
the longest thunder I've ever heard. Some would last for a minute or more.
Lots of lightning but it didn't seem like air to ground stuff. Tornado
warnings several times - there was touch down in Celina that did some damage.
It looked like it was over about 9:00ish and I thought briefly about getting on
for a bit but just then lighting his something behind me - I would guess a tree.
It sounded like a bomb went off. The whole house shook.
Other than the weather conditions seemed to be pretty decent. No apparent
damage found so far. Will see when daylight comes.

Thanks for all the Q's
 
N1QD(@K1KP)   SO Unlimited LP   133,9882017-11-06 04:07:12
This was the most op time I've ever logged for Sweepstakes, and my highest point
total to go along with it!

Had 80 mults when I turned in at 2AM Sunday, missing NNY, PR, and VI. I was
expecting to only get to 81 and miss the islands, but instead found both
Caribbean mults and missed NNY!

Thanks to K1KP for the use of his fine station.
 
KY4F   SO Unlimited LP   84,4802017-11-06 04:11:32
Just didn't have the energy to give a 100% effort this year. Missed NNY, UT,
and VI. VI- completely understandable, but NNY and UT? Oh well, there's
always next year!

Biggest disappointment was lack of 80 meter productivity. I might have put in
more hours had 80 produced for me like it did last year. This year, I just
could not get anything going.

Best part... working so many old friends and SS stalwarts. Especially K8CN.
Mike and I have known each other since high school which now is nearly too many
years to count. Mike always has a great QRP signal out on NH!

Rig here: FTDX500 at 90watts, Horizontal loop at 30ft (one wavelength on 80),
N1MM+.

Linda (WN1G) and I plan to multiop SSSSB using her call. Hope to see you all
then.

See you in the pileups,

73, KY4F
 
K4RO   Single Op LP   170,7482017-11-06 04:13:37
Nice to be back in the SS saddle again. SS is such a unique and highly
competitive contest; it will always be one of my favorites. Missed VI and NNY
for the sweep. Heard NP2X answering CQ's but could not bag him. Found N6EE in
NNY towards the end, but could not crack the snarling pileup. Conditions
overall were pretty good, but the low bands suffered from a large storm system
to my north the second night. Thanks to the many SS stalwarts who keep coming
back in November. See you next year!

Log submitted. Confirmation number 4368740.arrl-ss-cw

Band QSOs Pts Sec Pt/Q
3.5 221 442 1 2.0
7 559 1118 27 2.0
14 220 440 39 2.0
21 54 108 14 2.0

Total 1054 2108 81 2.0

Score: 170,748
 
WJ9B   Single Op LP   174,4962017-11-06 04:21:01
73, wj9b
 
VE4VT   SO Unlimited HP   59,8402017-11-06 04:24:42
Like so many others, missed, the NNY, PR and VI mults. Heard both the PR (just
barely) and NNY but neither were strong and the pileups were deep.

Looking at my results for the past 11 years and I see that NNY has been missed
6 times.

Also struggled to work AB and SK. Never heard them on 80/40 so had to rely on
backscatter on 15 and 20m to wor ourk western neighbors.

Looking forward to the SSB event in a couple weeks.

Ed VE4VT
 
K2QO   Single Op QRP   44,9682017-11-06 04:37:10
After working PAC for my 2nd Q on the 2nd call I thought a QRP sweep might be
possible. Then early on Sunday I got into the pileup for the only NL station I
heard. Fourty five minutes of trying every technique I could muster produced no
Q. Maybe that worked out for the best as very close lightning kept me off the
air for most of the last 5 hours.

73,
Mark K2QO
K3/5W, 220’ CF dipole, F12C4e, Skookum Logger on a Mac Mini.
 
W1IE   SO Unlimited HP   41,4722017-11-06 04:47:10
[log removed from comments]

CLUB: POTOMAC VALLEY RADIO CLUB
CONTEST: ARRL-SS-CW
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-ASSISTED: ASSISTED
CATEGORY-BAND: ALL
CATEGORY-MODE: CW
CATEGORY-POWER: HIGH
CATEGORY-STATION: FIXED
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
CLAIMED-SCORE: 41472
OPERATORS: W1IE
NAME: Gerald Knowlton
ADDRESS: 1113 Pinecrest Ave
ADDRESS-CITY: Bedford
ADDRESS-STATE-PROVINCE: VA
ADDRESS-POSTALCODE: 24523-3523
ADDRESS-COUNTRY: UNITED STATES
CREATED-BY: N1MM Logger+ 1.0.6869.0
END-OF-LOG:
 
K5ZD   Single Op HP   199,4242017-11-06 04:56:04
Did the CQ WW, then 2 days with no electricity, then a one day trip out and back
to Seattle. If it wasn't one of my favorite contests I might have skipped.

Got off to my best start ever. I don't think I have ever had more than 3-4
hours over 100 in 40+ years of SS. It was incredible how short the skip was on
20m.

Stayed in the chair for first 9 hours straight. By then it was starting to get
slow and the real SS CW showed up. Nothing to do but keep calling CQ and tuning
the second radio.

Had NP3A call me on 40 early Sunday morning. Figured K9VV would make an
appearance from KP2 on 15 on Sunday afternoon - just had to find him. I kept
tuning the band listening for a wild pileup. Worked more than 2 of every
section except only one VI and no NNY.

I was mentally ready to quit after about 18 hours, but kept pushing while
watching football on TV and reading the NCJ. I kept hoping an NNY station would
show up on 80 near the end. With 1 hour to go, I packed it in. (Where were the
K2NNY guys this year? We missed you!)

This was my 41st consecutive year with more than 1000 QSOs in SS CW. I love
many things about the contest, but low activity levels are concerning.


QSO/Sec by hour and band

Hour 80 40 20 15 Total Cumm Off

D1-2100Z - - 83/35 17/10 100/45 100/45
D1-2200Z - 8/0 91/13 9/0 108/13 208/58
D1-2300Z - 12/1 90/10 - 102/11 310/69
D2-0000Z --+-- 15/4 84/3 --+-- 99/7 409/76
D2-0100Z 6/0 62/2 19/0 - 87/2 496/78
D2-0200Z 37/0 34/0 - - 71/0 567/78
D2-0300Z 16/1 56/0 - - 72/1 639/79
D2-0400Z 10/0 48/0 - - 58/0 697/79
D2-0500Z 17/0 33/1 - - 50/1 747/80
D2-0600Z 18/0 10/0 - - 28/0 775/80
D2-0700Z 3/0 - - - 3/0 778/80 54
D2-0800Z --+-- --+-- --+-- --+-- 0/0 778/80 60
D2-0900Z - - - - 0/0 778/80 60
D2-1000Z - - - - 0/0 778/80 60
D2-1100Z 14/0 12/0 - - 26/0 804/80 24
D2-1200Z 7/0 26/1 3/0 - 36/1 840/81
D2-1300Z - 29/0 13/0 - 42/0 882/81
D2-1400Z - 23/0 19/0 - 42/0 924/81
D2-1500Z - 19/0 15/0 - 34/0 958/81
D2-1600Z --+-- 12/0 15/0 2/0 29/0 987/81
D2-1700Z - 2/0 17/0 8/1 27/1 1014/82
D2-1800Z - 5/0 16/0 - 21/0 1035/82 31
D2-1900Z - - 4/0 3/0 7/0 1042/82 43
D2-2000Z - 13/0 15/0 4/0 32/0 1074/82 5
D2-2100Z - 15/0 20/0 - 35/0 1109/82
D2-2200Z 4/0 6/0 15/0 - 25/0 1134/82
D2-2300Z 6/0 5/0 4/0 - 15/0 1149/82 38
D3-0000Z 14/0 18/0 --+-- --+-- 32/0 1181/82
D3-0100Z 7/0 28/0 - - 35/0 1216/82
D3-0200Z - - - - 0/0 778/80 60

Total: 159/1 491/9 523/61 43/11
 
K5IX   Single Op LP   42,6242017-11-06 05:03:25
K5IX's Contest Summary Report for ARRL-SS
Created by N3FJP's ARRL November Sweepstakes Contest Log
Version 6.7 www.n3fjp.com

Total Contacts = 288
Total Points = 42,624

Operating Period: 2017/11/04 21:01 - 2017/11/06 02:48

Total op time (breaks > 30 min deducted): 13:18:49
Total op time (breaks > 60 min deducted): 17:44:12

Avg Qs/Hr (breaks > 30 min deducted): 21.6


Total Contacts by Band and Mode:

Band CW Phone Dig Total %
---- -- ----- --- ----- ---
80 36 0 0 36 13
40 98 0 0 98 34
20 145 0 0 145 50
15 9 0 0 9 3
-- ----- --- ----- ---
Total 288 0 0 288 100



Total Contacts by Section:

Section Total %
------- ----- ---
IL 15 5
MDC 12 4
VA 11 4
NC 10 3
MN 9 3
ORG 9 3
SCV 9 3
WWA 9 3
OH 8 3
SDG 8 3
AZ 7 2
EPA 7 2
MT 7 2
TN 7 2
CO 6 2
NFL 6 2
AR 5 2
CT 5 2
NNJ 5 2
OR 5 2
SV 5 2
GA 4 1
IN 4 1
KS 4 1
MI 4 1
MO 4 1
NM 4 1
NTX 4 1
OK 4 1
SD 4 1
SF 4 1
SK 4 1
STX 4 1
WI 4 1
IA 3 1
LA 3 1
LAX 3 1
SFL 3 1
WCF 3 1
WMA 3 1
WNY 3 1
WPA 3 1
BC 2 1
DE 2 1
EB 2 1
ENY 2 1
GTA 2 1
ND 2 1
NE 2 1
NV 2 1
ONE 2 1
PAC 2 1
SB 2 1
SC 2 1
SJV 2 1
UT 2 1
WTX 2 1
AB 1 0
AK 1 0
EMA 1 0
ID 1 0
KY 1 0
MAR 1 0
ME 1 0
MS 1 0
NH 1 0
NLI 1 0
NT 1 0
ONN 1 0
ONS 1 0
SNJ 1 0
VT 1 0
WV 1 0
WY 1 0

Total = 74


Total Contacts by State \ Prov:

State Total %
----- ----- ---
CA 44 15
IL 15 5
FL 12 4
MD 12 4
VA 11 4
NC 10 3
PA 10 3
TX 10 3
MN 9 3
WA 9 3
OH 8 3
AZ 7 2
MT 7 2
TN 7 2
CO 6 2
NJ 6 2
NY 6 2
ON 6 2
AR 5 2
CT 5 2
OR 5 2
GA 4 1
IN 4 1
KS 4 1
MA 4 1
MI 4 1
MO 4 1
NM 4 1
OK 4 1
SD 4 1
SK 4 1
WI 4 1
IA 3 1
LA 3 1
BC 2 1
DE 2 1
HI 2 1
ND 2 1
NE 2 1
NV 2 1
SC 2 1
UT 2 1
1 0
AB 1 0
AK 1 0
ID 1 0
KY 1 0
ME 1 0
MS 1 0
NH 1 0
NT 1 0
VT 1 0
WV 1 0
WY 1 0

Total = 53


Total Contacts by Country:

Country Total %
------- ----- ---
USA 269 93
Canada 15 5
Hawaii 3 1
Alaska 1 0

Total = 4


Total DX Miles (QSOs in USA not counted) = 41,672
Average miles per DX QSO = 2,193


Average bearing to the entities worked in each continent.
QSOs in USA not counted.

NA = 62
OC = 275


Total Contacts by Continent:

Continent Total %
--------- ----- ---
NA 285 99
OC 3 1

Total = 2


Total Contacts by CQ Zone:

CQ Zone Total %
------- ----- ---
04 110 38
05 99 34
03 74 26
31 3 1
01 2 1

Total = 5
 
K3AJ   SO Unlimited HP   155,2102017-11-06 05:06:48
Equipment:
Radio - K3/P3
Amplifier - Acom 1500
Antennas:
80M - Inverted V at 45 ft.
40M - 2-el yagi at 70 ft.
20M/15M - 3-el SteppIR at 50 ft.
N1MM+ logger/Win 10 PC
 
K9GDF   Single Op LP   50,9122017-11-06 05:13:45
Antenna is rain gutter and downspouts.
 
W3YY   SO Unlimited HP   74,5342017-11-06 05:16:25
Great conditions. Loud signals and good operators.

Glad VI and PR showed up for the sweep, although NNY was my last section.

73, Bob - W3YY
 
W6JCW(K6XN)   Single Op LP   27,8802017-11-06 05:23:44
SN1PE (our Siberian Husky "Snipe") and I worked part time for about an
hour at a time then took a few hours off between ham radio watches with walks
and trips to the doggie park…and napping….we never did run a pileup but
just scanned the bands and used “search and pounce” if we came across a
needed State or multiplier while cruising across a band …..although every
once in a while we would get motivated and work anything we heard if we
hadn’t worked them before. We set fairly low goals for ourselves and were
frankly just looking for “new State” CW contacts running low power (mostly
just 100 Watts) to help earn ARRL WAS CW for the W6JCW radio club. I actually
had fun..but SN1PE enjoyed mainly the walks and the trips to the doggie
park….and the naps…between contesting radio watches. Thanks for all the
fun. 73, Ted, K6XN
 
W1NN   Single Op LP   151,6322017-11-06 05:25:04
I got a good start and Saturday night generally went well. By the time I took
my first break I was 50 contacts ahead of my 2016 pace. Sunday morning up
until around noon was also pretty good. In most years 80 is my money band. I
have a better antenna there and it always plays well for me. One year I
actually had over 640 contacts there. But this year was really different. 40
just kept producing so I stayed there. I put up a new temporary 40 dipole and
I think it helped but I think conditions were also favorable for my part of the
country. It seemed like there was both short and long skip. I managed to crack
the pileup on KL7SB there on 40 on my second call, so the antenna must be doing
well.

But things went down hill fast on Sunday afternoon. The rate plummeted and I
couldn't do much about it. Then around 5PM local, the storms moved in, the QRN
level shot up, and I had to shut down a couple of times. Earlier I thought it
would be no problem to get over the 1,000 barrier, but it was not to be. I
think it's been over five years since I was able to do that.

I was among those who missed NNY. And despite all the second radio tuning I
did, I never even came across that N6EE pileup that others wrote about. Must
have happened during one of my breaks.

Lots of fun, despite the painful last 8 hours. Sticking it out to the bitter
end separates the men from the boys! I guess I can't claim to be in the first
group because I QRT'd at 9 PM local to watch Poldark. Had I stuck it out for
that last hour, my Q total might be 10 or 15 higher.

CU next year, I hope.

73, Hal
 
K8GU   Single Op HP   8,1902017-11-06 05:36:19
This was the result of the first of three planned operating sessions. The other
two never materialized.

Equipment: Elecraft K2/100, Drake L-4B, 80-meter dipole at ~55 feet

Thanks for calling...

73,

--Ethan, K8GU.
 
N3ND   Single Op LP   5,2802017-11-06 05:43:32
Very short time on Sunday morning.
 
VA3DF   SO Unlimited LP   118,0982017-11-06 05:45:14
Missed NNY and VI.

As usual, it's a jungle out there...

73,

Doug
VA3DF
 
W3UL   SO Unlimited HP   67,6802017-11-06 05:54:11
Missed the all-important 1st 5 hours due to a social obligation.

Saturday night operating later on was great with good signals from all over.
Sunday night was not so much fun with RFI locally and - of course - all the low
hanging fruit having been picked.

I'd guess the PR and VI folks get a pass this year due to all that hurricane
damage. NNY rarity seems hard to explian.

Band QSOs Pts Sec Pt/Q
3.5 89 178 32 2.0
7 213 426 32 2.0
14 116 232 16 2.0
21 5 10 0 2.0
Total 423 846 80 2.0
Score: 67,680
1 Mult = 5.3 Q's
 
KS2G   SO Unlimited LP   24,5762017-11-06 05:58:17
First time in SS-CW
 
N2QT   SO Unlimited LP   12,8522017-11-06 06:12:15
not much time and no 40m antenna makes for a low score.
 
NØAC   Single Op LP   114,3922017-11-06 06:20:33
I love CW but still struggle copying the code at Sweepstakes speeds. My interest
in the contest faded as time wore on and coupled with a hurting head I stopped
early. I don't understand the thinking of one W5 station that told me we had
worked before and then went on to tell me the exchange from our first QSO. It
seems it would have been easier to just work again since I didn't get all he
sent and he is still a NIL. Obviously I had copied his call wrong the first
time. That's my problem and now also his.

Thanks for your QSO, Bill

Operating conditions at the station of N0AC

Rig #1-Ten Tec Orion II~100w
Rig #2-Elecraft K3~100w

Antenna #1-Butternut vertical 10-80m
Antenna #2-Butternut vertical 40/80m (winter only)
Antenna #3-Butternut vertical 10-80m (winter only)
Antenna #4-KD9SV Reverse Beverage on the Ground~135 ft (winter only)
Logging-N1MM+
 
WW2Y(@N2NC)   Single Op HP   155,0342017-11-06 06:22:17
Missed NNY and VI for a sweep. Thanks to John, N2NC for letting me operate his
station while he operated at N2NT. 20 was open to all areas for the first 5
hours, which reminded me of the fine 1993 SS SSB conditions. Something special
about this contest using dipoles and be able to call CQ productively most of
the time.

73,
Peter WW2Y
 
K3WJV   SO Unlimited HP   68,2022017-11-06 06:26:54
A casual fooling around effort mostly s&p with occasional small runs.
Thought I had a chance for a sweep with all the VE sections worked but missed
KP2 and the elusive NNY. There was a KP2 on that kept sending different
callsigns and I couldn't hear him anyway. Lots of fun working many friends.

Rural wooded location 1255ft ASL

FT1000MP & Alpha 89
K3/P3 & Acom 2000A

2el K4KIO 5 band Hexbeam @30ft G-450A rotor & Green Heron
Inv vees for 40m-80m-trapped 160 @ 55ft

Palstar HF-AUTO WinKeyer USB & Vibroplex paddle
Rx ants - 200ft NE/SW kd9sv rbogs staggered & spaced @ 66ft - DXE ncc-2
SO2R >> TopTen DxDoubler-Band Aides-relays-W2VJN stubs

N1MM+ contest logger & DxLab master logger
 
K9SE   Single Op QRP   41,4642017-11-06 06:28:21
First significant contest effort in Indiana since moving from Illinois over the
summer. A G5RV antenna at 25' is not an effective QRP antenna.
 
KD5DD(NN5O)   Single Op LP   101,4402017-11-06 06:31:10
Although just a casual effort, I was thrilled to be able to use the call sign
(KD5DD) for our Deep Dixie Contest Club (http://deepdixiecc.org) in the CW
Sweeps.

Thanks to all who gave our station a Q. I was using KD5DD at my home station,
which is very modest. No beams, towers, or booming signal from here...just the
seat of happiness when I get to work CW.

It was particularly rewarding to work so many of my CWOps friends during the
contest. If you are reading this and haven't yet done so, I encourage you to
join us each Wednesday for one or more of the short, 1-hour mini-contests.
Times are 1300, 1900, and 0300z. Exchange is simple. For non-members, it's
just name and state/province/country. For members, it's name and member
number. I hope to hear you in the weekly CWTs!

73,
--Dr. Larry S. Anderson, NN5O #1327
Tupelo, MS (birthplace of Elvis)
Rig: Ten-Tec Orion 565AT ~100w into 400 foot horizontal loop up 40 feet
 
K2RB   SO Unlimited HP   47,4502017-11-06 06:31:13
Worked K2LE, found K3S and flex very close. Had some rf issues with the flex
and changed to the k3s on Sunday. It worked flawlessly. Performance still a
tossup.
 
K3UA   Single Op LP   149,4002017-11-06 06:34:22
SS CW is surely a challenge every year. Each year I always say I am retiring
from any serious operation but I continue to come back.

Station: SO1R with K3 and all band 80-Meter inverted vee up about 25 feet
at the center. I did use a remote receiving wire which I used for tuning the
same band and listening separately while running with the main radio. Had to
run the wire about three feet high along my 175 ft long driveway to get it away
from the transmit antenna but it worked and could easily hear pretty weak guys
on the remote receiver.

I have got to figure a way to do this SO2R in the future.

Congrats to all the operators and the fine scores. It is always fun to
exchange reports with old friends and all of the new ops who are first time in
the log this year.

The pile-up on N6EE in NNY was tremendous on 40M but managed to snag him by
calling a bit off frequency. Found NP4Z on 40 with ten minutes left in the
contest and easily snagged him but he was weak but remarkably there was nobody
calling him and he continued CQing with no answers.

And in final - for some reason I am always super drained after SS CW compared
to even DX contests. Must be something about the long exchange and extreme
slowing of rates after the first 12 hours or so.

73,

Phil K3UA
 
K3YDX   Single Op LP   29,9002017-11-06 06:39:23
Had a problem with salt air impacting the vertical wire connection point I had
up tied to the beach house balcony which knocked me off the air Saturday night.
Sunday morning I hung a random length coax fed dipole off the balcony and was
able to get it to match with the tuner on 80, 40, and 20 meters.
15 meters did not seem nearly as "open" as it was during the CQWW SSB
contest the weekend before so I stayed off that band.
Only ran into one station sending cut numbers which in my opinion is a
"dumb" idea in SS CW and one station not sending their call in the
exchange, clearly a breach of the rules.
Fun time overall
 
VO1MP   Single Op LP   10,9522017-11-06 06:47:24
STRICTLY S&P
FWIW I did manage to call 82 out of 83 .. low power from here is tough at the
best of times 40 meters was terrible not a lot of activity and nobody heard me
... don't know why but even VE2/VE3 stations seemed to have trouble hearing
my 100 watts on ANY Band.... in the early moments I had thoughts of a find
em ...work em... LP sweep..... only station I never did get to find/call was VI
so I almost had an SWL Sweep hi !
activity seemed to be down from other years. all fun and games
thanks or the Qs.. 73
C'Y'All Next one
GLWCDR
GUS VO1MP
 
N3SD   SO Unlimited LP   56,6722017-11-06 06:51:08
73, Greg
 
W1TO   Single Op LP   47,7162017-11-06 06:54:02
Missed PR, VI. NNY and ID
 
WA3AER   SO Unlimited HP   56,9602017-11-06 06:59:08
Didn't get in the groove Saturday until very late. Sunday felt much better. All
S&P because I don't type well, it's a l-o-n-g exchange, and my mental
buffer isn't up to head copy plus typing. A sweep once again eluded me,
although I spent much of Saturday working mults. The few that appeared on
Sunday were like DX pile ups!
I heard/saw nothing from PR or VI this year.

Eqt.: K3/P3
Acom1000
Hexbeam; 80/40M loaded dipole
N1MM+
 
NN4RB   Single Op LP   982017-11-06 07:02:24
Well I didn't break a 100 points, but I did make a few contacts for myself and
PVRC. Sunday was my 70th birthday. The boys and their families were here to
celebrate. Time change and moments of reflection did not add to my motivation
to operate CW. Near the end of the contest, I decided to turn on the radio and
see if I could make a contact or two. Not to my surprise I discovered that
N1MM+ was not sending CW to the radio. The PC W10 had been reinstalled since
the last time I used CW. I did managed to get CW working and put in a total
of 38 minutes and made 7 contacts before the contest ended.

Rick
NN4RB
 
N2IC   Single Op HP   228,9142017-11-06 07:06:25
Another fun CW SS in the books !

Didn't think anyone would make a clean sweep, but many thanks to a few
dedicated PR and VI hams for firing up the generators and getting on. To
everyone's surprise, NNY was toughest section. Had me shaking my head about why
the NNY section was ever created (The largest city in NNY is Watertown). Thank
you, N6EE for activating a remotehamradio.com station in NNY.

Activity was down. I can think of several reasons why - Good condx in CQWW SSB,
3C1L and VK9MA DXpeditions, and, sadly, demographics of CW contesters.

Thanks for the QSO's !
 
KA6JLT   Single Op QRP   3902017-11-06 07:07:08
[log removed from comments]

START-OF-LOG: 3.0
CREATED-BY: N3FJP's ARRL November Sweepstakes Contest Log 6.7
CONTEST: ARRL-SS-CW
CALLSIGN: KA6JLT
LOCATION: NV
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-STATION: FIXED
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
CATEGORY-POWER: QRP
CATEGORY-ASSISTED: NON-ASSISTED
CATEGORY-BAND: 20M
CATEGORY-MODE: CW
CATEGORY-TIME: 3-HOURS
CATEGORY-OVERLAY: TB-WIRES
CLAIMED-SCORE: 390
OPERATORS: KA6JLT
NAME: Rob Walker
ADDRESS: 4800 KIETZKE #26
ADDRESS-CITY: RENO
ADDRESS-STATE-PROVINCE: NV
ADDRESS-POSTALCODE: 89502
ADDRESS-COUNTRY: U.S.A.
EMAIL: ka6jlt@itl.cc
END-OF-LOG:
 
WX3B/1   SO Unlimited LP   122017-11-06 07:08:50
On the heels of CQWW SSB, I decided to take this weekend off, that is, until I
heard NY3A was back on the air...so I fired up remotehamradio.com's ultra quiet
W1/Athens, Maine site and made a few QSOs!!

I will be back with more passion for Sweepstakes SSB!!

73,

Jim WX3B
 
KO4OL   SO Unlimited LP   39,2002017-11-06 07:10:08
Wish NNY & PR had showed up earlier in the test. Missed NNY, PR & VI.
 
W4LT   SO Unlimited HP   104,7962017-11-06 07:11:11
I was only going to play for a couple of hours and attempt to get my first CW
seep... But you know how this goes. A very low key, low pressure operation
around home chores. Decent conditions, fun QSO's. Enjoy the long exchange...
But, for the 40th consecutive year, I missed a CW sweep! 42's the charm...
Missed Virgin Islands. Never did hear it. Was missing it and NNY (NNY!!!)
after PR called me on a 40m run (Thank you NP3A, you made my day!). Then found
a rather rowdy pileup right up the band... N6EE in, of all places, *NNY*!!!
Amazingly to me, using my wire antenna and 600w, called twice AND I WORKED
HIM!!!

Then, looked literally EVERYWHERE for VI -- Not to be for me this year.

Thanks all for all the QSO's and the fun. See you in two weeks in SS SSB.

73

Lu - W4LT
 
N3XF   Single Op HP   143,6222017-11-06 07:19:55
Everything seemed to come together well for the weekend. Band conditions seemed
good until the storms came through late Sunday with very high noise levels on
40 and 80 for a couple hours. Missed KL7, KP2 and KP4 and NNY>
 
WA9LEY   Single Op LP   30,8062017-11-06 07:23:15
Attic dipoles and a Wolf River Coils portable vertical outside for 80 meters.
 
K2PO   Single Op LP   139,4002017-11-06 07:26:23
One of the 3830 posters said that what separates the men from the boys is: who
sticks out the final hours of CW Sweepstakes. I'm with the boys this year
" I turned the rig off when the QSO counter rolled to 850, with 2.5
hours left on the clock.

I did something different this and tried SO1R this weekend " first time
in several years. It's harder than I'd remembered - having to decide when to
focus on CQing and when to focus on S&Ping. My hat's off to K3UA, who
presently has the top LP SO1R score: 900 QSOs, which he did with a low 80m
dipole. (Of course, location helps " Phil had 475 80m QSOs.)

I joined the online leaderboard this time, and had fun watching the
back-and-forth contest between K5ZD and K7JR. When things slowed down on
Sunday, I took comfort in seeing that my peers on the leaderboard were slogging
just as slowly as me.

Thanks to the crew that does so much work VY1AAA. They were easy on Sunday.
AB2ZY called me for NNY, and NP3A called me for PR - both early in the contest.
Never heard VI (although maybe if I'd been a man, and stuck it out, I might've
gotten the sweep).

dit dit,

Bill, K2PO
Portland, OR
 
NWØM   SO Unlimited LP   98,5602017-11-06 07:31:09
Well, my worst CW SS effort in the past few years regarding Qs, Mults and
operating time. I only operated a few minutes during the last 6 hours and took
time off to watch KC lose to Dallas.

Missed NNY, PR, and VI.

Still lots of fun and will be ready for next year. Now the pressure is on for
the sweep in upcoming SSB SS.

73,
Mitch NWØM
 
N2NT(N2NC)   Single Op HP   196,8302017-11-06 07:33:17
Nice short skip in beginning. Slow on Sunday. Used 9A5K DXLog.net with two
keyboards on one computer. Very nice.
 
N4OX   Single Op LP   108,3782017-11-06 07:35:27
My chronic health issue made this less than an optimal effort. Forrest Gump's
mother says it best: "My health issues are like a box of chocolates, I
never know what I'm going to get".
 
N9RV   Single Op HP   215,7842017-11-06 07:37:21
Had no idea there was a NNY station on -- I certainly looked for one. A lot.
Had to really sweat out VE6. Low power or QRP VE6's don't propagate very well
on the high bands on Sunday across the border here. Lucked out and had one
answer a CQ on 40 meters Sunday night.

Other rare ones very well represented. A nice collection of VO1's on this
year. VE4's and VE5's were also quite plentiful.

Went into this contest with a bit more enthusiasm. I put one extra stub on my
40 meter antenna and it almost completely cured the 40/20 interaction that has
been haunting me off and on for the last year. Actually thought of it (in
desperation) 30 minutes before the contest start!

Good to have 15 meters open solid. All of the bands were in good shape, but
snow static and general QRN made copying QRP stations quite a challenge on
Sunday night. I think the skill of requesting and complying with a fill is
lost on people nowadays. At best the sending station sends the entire exchange
again (only to be wiped out by the predictable QRN/QSB). At worst he/she gives
you the "deer in the headlights" response. The PREC is the worst.
"A" and "U" are only one dit apart. If I blow it, its a
bust. So I need the repeat -- but I've tried (over the decades!) every way of
trying to ask for it, with only 25 percent "getting it."

Thanks for all the folks who get on regularly and make this such a pleasant
ritual. I am even starting to enjoy Sundays! (Better call the ambulance!).

Congratulations to all of the high and low scorers out there.

Cabrillo Statistics (Version 10g) by K5KA & N6TV
http://bit.ly/cabstat

CALLSIGN: N9RV
CONTEST: ARRL-SS-CW
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
OPERATORS: N9RV

-------------- Q S O R a t e S u m m a r y ---------------------
Hour 160 80 40 20 15 10 Rate Total Pct
--------------------------------------------------------------------
2100 0 0 0 9 108 0 117 117 8.8
2200 0 0 0 32 71 0 103 220 16.5
2300 0 0 12 92 2 0 106 326 24.5
0000 0 0 65 30 0 0 95 421 31.6
0100 0 3 99 2 0 0 104 525 39.4
0200 0 13 79 0 0 0 92 617 46.3
0300 0 34 30 0 0 0 64 681 51.1
0400 0 29 35 0 0 0 64 745 55.9
0500 0 23 24 0 0 0 47 792 59.5
0600 0 16 18 0 0 0 34 826 62.0
0700 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 826 62.0
0800 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 826 62.0
0900 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 826 62.0
1000 0 0 6 0 0 0 6 832 62.5
1100 0 15 28 0 0 0 43 875 65.7
1200 0 14 15 0 0 0 29 904 67.9
1300 0 6 34 0 0 0 40 944 70.9
1400 0 0 14 7 0 0 21 965 72.4
1500 0 0 22 23 3 0 48 1013 76.1
1600 0 0 6 14 24 0 44 1057 79.4
1700 0 0 0 32 10 0 42 1099 82.5
1800 0 0 0 10 6 0 16 1115 83.7
1900 0 0 0 6 25 0 31 1146 86.0
2000 0 0 0 19 20 0 39 1185 89.0
2100 0 0 0 8 2 0 10 1195 89.7
2200 0 0 16 14 2 0 32 1227 92.1
2300 0 0 18 7 0 0 25 1252 94.0
0000 0 0 29 3 0 0 32 1284 96.4
0100 0 9 24 0 0 0 33 1317 98.9
0200 0 3 12 0 0 0 15 1332 100.0
------------------------------------------------------
Total 0 165 586 308 273 0 1332

Gross QSOs=1340 Dupes=8 Net QSOs=1332

Unique callsigns worked = 1332

The best 60 minute rate was 118/hour from 2101 to 2200
The best 30 minute rate was 126/hour from 2104 to 2133
The best 10 minute rate was 132/hour from 2102 to 2111

The best 1 minute rates were:
3 QSOs/minute 45 times.
2 QSOs/minute 311 times.
1 QSOs/minute 575 times.

There were 368 bandchanges and 177 (13.3%) probable 2nd radio QSOs.

Number of letters in callsigns
Letters # worked
-----------------
4 783
5 402
6 144
7 2
8 1

------------ M u l t i p l i e r S u m m a r y ------------
Mult 160 80 40 20 15 10 Total Pct
-------------------------------------------------------------
Va 0 8 35 14 15 0 72 5.4
Il 0 8 41 13 2 0 64 4.8
Mdc 0 5 24 15 18 0 62 4.7
Mn 0 9 25 12 4 0 50 3.8
STx 0 2 15 12 16 0 45 3.4
Oh 0 6 21 2 15 0 44 3.3
Mi 0 1 24 13 5 0 43 3.2
EPa 0 4 12 8 14 0 38 2.9
Az 0 5 10 17 3 0 35 2.6
Scv 0 2 18 7 4 0 31 2.3
EMa 0 1 18 5 5 0 29 2.2
In 0 3 12 4 10 0 29 2.2
NTx 0 3 11 12 3 0 29 2.2
Nc 0 3 7 9 8 0 27 2.0
Wi 0 5 11 8 2 0 26 2.0
Mo 0 4 12 7 2 0 25 1.9
WWa 0 5 14 3 2 0 24 1.8
Or 0 7 13 3 1 0 24 1.8
NFl 0 3 7 8 5 0 23 1.7
Tn 0 2 7 3 11 0 23 1.7
Co 0 7 13 3 0 0 23 1.7
Ct 0 1 8 3 10 0 22 1.7
WPa 0 2 11 4 4 0 21 1.6
Sdg 0 1 9 10 1 0 21 1.6
ENy 0 1 9 5 5 0 20 1.5
WNy 0 1 8 3 7 0 19 1.4
NNj 0 1 6 5 6 0 18 1.4
Al 0 2 5 5 6 0 18 1.4
Sv 0 4 13 0 1 0 18 1.4
Org 0 4 5 7 1 0 17 1.3
Ks 0 3 7 7 0 0 17 1.3
Ga 0 1 3 1 9 0 14 1.1
Gta 0 2 4 4 4 0 14 1.1
NLi 0 0 6 3 5 0 14 1.1
Ok 0 2 7 4 1 0 14 1.1
Nh 0 0 6 2 5 0 13 1.0
Nm 0 3 4 6 0 0 13 1.0
Ia 0 2 6 3 2 0 13 1.0
WcF 0 1 2 4 5 0 12 0.9
Ky 0 2 6 2 2 0 12 0.9
Lax 0 0 6 5 1 0 12 0.9
Eb 0 2 7 2 1 0 12 0.9
Sc 0 0 6 0 5 0 11 0.8
SNj 0 1 6 1 3 0 11 0.8
WMa 0 0 1 1 8 0 10 0.8
Qc 0 0 1 5 4 0 10 0.8
La 0 0 3 5 2 0 10 0.8
Sjv 0 3 6 1 0 0 10 0.8
Ons 0 4 1 2 2 0 9 0.7
Ar 0 4 3 2 0 0 9 0.7
Bc 0 1 8 0 0 0 9 0.7
One 0 1 3 1 3 0 8 0.6
SFl 0 0 4 3 1 0 8 0.6
Sf 0 0 8 0 0 0 8 0.6
Wv 0 1 0 3 3 0 7 0.5
Pac 0 0 3 2 2 0 7 0.5
Mt 0 3 3 1 0 0 7 0.5
Nv 0 1 5 1 0 0 7 0.5
Mar 0 0 2 3 1 0 6 0.5
Id 0 4 2 0 0 0 6 0.5
Ut 0 2 4 0 0 0 6 0.5
De 0 2 2 1 1 0 6 0.5
Ms 0 0 2 1 2 0 5 0.4
Vt 0 2 0 2 1 0 5 0.4
Sk 0 2 2 1 0 0 5 0.4
Sd 0 2 3 0 0 0 5 0.4
Sb 0 0 3 2 0 0 5 0.4
Onn 0 0 1 1 2 0 4 0.3
Ri 0 0 1 0 3 0 4 0.3
Me 0 0 2 0 2 0 4 0.3
EWa 0 3 1 0 0 0 4 0.3
Ak 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0.2
WTx 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 0.2
Mb 0 0 2 0 1 0 3 0.2
Nl 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 0.2
Ne 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 0.2
Nd 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0.2
Wy 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 0.2
Nt 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0.2
Pr 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0.2
Ab 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.1
------------------------------------------------------
Total 0 165 586 308 273 0 1332

Sweepstakes Checks
Check QSOs Pct
----------------------
00 3 0.2
01 3 0.2
02 5 0.4
03 3 0.2
04 3 0.2
05 7 0.5
06 2 0.2
07 5 0.4
08 6 0.5
09 4 0.3
10 3 0.2
11 3 0.2
12 3 0.2
13 5 0.4
14 4 0.3
15 7 0.5
16 6 0.5
17 4 0.3
18 0 0.0
19 0 0.0
20 0 0.0
21 0 0.0
22 0 0.0
23 0 0.0
24 1 0.1
25 0 0.0
26 0 0.0
27 0 0.0
28 0 0.0
29 0 0.0
30 0 0.0
31 1 0.1
32 0 0.0
33 0 0.0
34 0 0.0
35 0 0.0
36 0 0.0
37 0 0.0
38 0 0.0
39 0 0.0
40 0 0.0
41 1 0.1
42 0 0.0
43 0 0.0
44 1 0.1
45 0 0.0
46 0 0.0
47 0 0.0
48 4 0.3
49 5 0.4
50 3 0.2
51 5 0.4
52 13 1.0
53 16 1.2
54 30 2.3
55 38 2.9
56 28 2.1
57 50 3.8
58 44 3.3
59 61 4.6
60 38 2.9
61 55 4.1
62 55 4.1
63 46 3.5
64 40 3.0
65 41 3.1
66 35 2.6
67 36 2.7
68 27 2.0
69 45 3.4
70 31 2.3
71 34 2.6
72 32 2.4
73 24 1.8
74 28 2.1
75 32 2.4
76 49 3.7
77 44 3.3
78 37 2.8
79 20 1.5
80 18 1.4
81 13 1.0
82 12 0.9
83 8 0.6
84 8 0.6
85 6 0.5
86 19 1.4
87 6 0.5
88 10 0.8
89 15 1.1
90 6 0.5
91 12 0.9
92 11 0.8
93 14 1.1
94 4 0.3
95 11 0.8
96 10 0.8
97 8 0.6
98 9 0.7
99 6 0.5

U.S. Call Areas Worked
Area QSOs Pct
--------------------
0 147 11.0
1 105 7.9
2 115 8.6
3 145 10.9
4 157 11.8
5 110 8.3
6 141 10.6
7 116 8.7
8 106 8.0
9 115 8.6
--------------------
Total 1257 94.4

Sweepstakes Precedents
Precedent QSOs Pct
----------------------
A 566 42.5
B 237 17.8
Q 98 7.4
M 34 2.6
U 387 29.1
S 10 0.8
 
W6PH   Single Op HP   174,6362017-11-06 07:39:39
K3 1.3K-FA WinTest
Monoband yagis at 60 feet, 80m sloper

Conditions were actually pretty good both days. Activity seemed a little down.
Everything worked as it should. My antennas will all come down today until a
few days before Thanksgiving.

73, Kurt W6PH
 
K6LL   SO Unlimited HP   192,5602017-11-06 07:40:58
Not a bad score for a forty year old tribander and shorty 40 on a 48' tower.

This contest is a habit, rather than fun. The last few hours are frustratingly
slow. It needs to be shorter in duration.

Congrats to the guys in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands for getting on the
air, despite all of the problems down there.

Whipsaw award - I was calling CQ and WB9G answered. Call history says he is in
NNY, all lit up in red - YAHOO! But then he sends VA - AW SHUCKS!

I can't break the SS habit, so see you next year. I will pass on the SSB
QRM-fest.

Dave Hachadorian, K6LL
Yuma, AZ
 
NA6O   SO Unlimited HP   5,5442017-11-06 07:42:00
TS-590s, KPA500, verticals, dipoles at 15 ft, N1MM+

What to do after coming home from two shifts at N6RO? Go for a walk with the
XYL, grab a beer, and serve myself up as fresh meat on 40! Biggest pileup this
little pea-shooter station has ever seen.
 
K3EW   Single Op LP   71,0402017-11-06 07:42:50
Thanks for all of the arm twisting from Dennis N8IVN and Tim N3QE - my first
ever foray into this contest. (Licensed since 59- Used to do 10 meter contest
yearly plus some on DX Tests). Fun contest with involved exchange that is
similar to SKCC contest exchanges BUT at much higher speeds.
Observations per Tim's invitation:
1- Mainly a CW Keyboard contest- Not here- Bencher paddle ( rusty CW hand that
got better, most of the time, as the contest went on), TS590 pre-programmed
memories - dumped exchange memory after 2 hours- easier just sending exchange
manually. Next year keyboard- gotta practice but first get 590 connected to the
computer.
2.- Impossible to run on 20 and even 40 running only 100 W and a wire loop for
160 up 65 feet. Ran on 80 couple of times but most of test was S&P. Gave
up on 15 early- NO amp, no beam, everyone chasing PR and VI, very deep QSB.
3. Lots of PVRC'ers Thank you for all of the QSO's.. Missed 1 continental and
2 Carrib Mults- No skimmer- just a lot of tuning and listening for the weak
ones- especially the Hawaiian.
4. Who said CW was dead- Lots of relatively new licensees, amongst the majority
of grey beards.
Again , thanks for the encouragement and assistance. See you on the SS SSB - .
See you next year for this one again for sure!

73 Phil
 
N7IR   Single Op QRP   89,6002017-11-06 07:52:57
Lowest number of contacts since I started this SS CW craziness in 1997.

Missed EWA, NNY and VI. Luckily NP3A called me on 40 Sunday morning or I would
have missed that section too. Thanks very much OM and I hope your life returns
to normal soon. I heard EWA and NNY but couldn't crack the pileups. Didn't
hear VI at all, as expected.

Thanks for the contacts and your patience.

73
Gary, N7IR
 
W1ECH   Single Op LP   93,1502017-11-06 07:54:09
Enjoyable as always, until static levels on 80 and 40 came up Sunday night.
Missed only VI and PR, but assumed activity was low because they have other
more pressing issues down there! Happy to find an EWA station near the end and
he thanked me for VT!

Equipment: IC-746 tcvr
Trusty programmable keyer
80, 20, 15, 10 antenna was my usual 80M all band, center-fed antenna plus a
3-el fixed wire beam aimed west at 30 feet for 40M.

73,

Gary - W1ECH
 
K1SEC   Single Op LP   36,3522017-11-06 07:55:09
Band QSOs Pts Sec Pt/Q
3.5 64 128 7 2.0
7 135 270 25 2.0
14 80 160 32 2.0
21 5 10 0 2.0
Total 284 568 64 2.0
Score: 36,352
 
N4ZZ   SO Unlimited LP   180,0722017-11-06 08:02:11
Great to be able to operate another cw ss. This year makes 60 years in ham
radio for me. I got reminded by my friend k1gu/0 about my check being 57 when
we worked in the ss. I had not counted up the years until now. I was happy not
thinking about it. However, I enjoy it just as much now as when I started way
back. The computers make it a lot easier to log and submit your logs for sure.
Not sure I would still be doing this if I had to pencil log and send with a bug
with a pencil in my hand and don't forget those giant cross checks.
Thanks for the Qs. C U all next year!
73, Don n4zz
 
W4MYA   SO Unlimited HP   139,2362017-11-06 08:06:47
RUN EM
 
AA4LR   SO Unlimited LP   10,3042017-11-06 08:08:00
Antenna:
80/40m trap dipole 10m high

Equipment:
Elecraft K2/100 w/ KAT100 running 100 watts

Comments:

Very busy Saturday, went to the Stone Mountain Hamfest (the first hamfest for
me in nearly three years), then my kids came over for a visit and a home-cooked
meal, so this left no time for operating then. I did get the rig set up for SS,
though.

Initially, the K2/100 was acting very cantankerous. Pressing the ANT button
would bring a response of "not inst", even though the KAT100 was
clearly powering up and following the K2. Without the tuner, most of the bands
weren't usable.

I left the rig on for an hour, and after warm-up, cycling the power brought the
rig back into compliance. I didn't fool with it after that.

I decided this year to work from Walton County, rather than struggle to rush
over to my Gwinnett County QTH. My goal was just to hand out a few contacts and
have fun.

Bands were pretty dead. 10m had no signals. 15m had few signals. 20m was very
quiet. And I expected bedlam on 40m after dark, but signals were pretty sparse
there, too. It could be the lousy antenna.

Oh, I did put up the 160/80/40m inverted-L on Saturday, but for some reason I
couldn't find the coax to feed it. I'm thinking I may have carried the coax
back over to the Gwinnett County QTH. This antenna is lofted over a couple of
trees, and I plan to use the backyard fence as the ground plane.

I just worked whoever I could hear. Mostly S & P, but I did get a few runs
on 40m.

Sorry to anyone who had trouble with the grotty CW. I was using N1MM+, which
complains that my USB serial adapter uses a Prolific chip set, which can cause
erratic sending. Funny that the old N1MM software didn't seem to ever have a
problem with it (except when I have a lot of RF feedback).

I notice that people have a hard time believing low serial numbers on the
second day. You send 7U, and they are all like NR NR? Yes, there's some of us
who don't start until late.

Anyway, glad to get on the air and join the contest. Perhaps I'll put in a
bigger effort for SS Phone.
 
N1DID   Single Op LP   47,7002017-11-06 08:09:13
It was a disappointment that 15 meters wasn't open more. Never heard a few
sections. Oddly NT was calling CQ and no one was responding! Couldn't break
the NL Pileups. Sunday night the bands were just way too noisy with lightning
strikes.
 
N8FYL   SO Unlimited LP   60,0002017-11-06 08:09:30
My best CW SS results despite no clean sweep and not the most BIC time ever
spent on this contest. Never even heard a PR, VI, or NNY pile up to try to
break! Lucky to get AK (KL7SB) the one time I could hear them where they were
spotted. The AK completed the Worked All States sub-goal. Working VY1AAA
at2349z on Saturday (less that 3 hours into the contest) was a spirit booster!
 
W4JAM   Single Op HP   37,4462017-11-06 08:14:08
Sunday only, all S/P. Never did see PR spotted. Missed PR, NNY, SNJ, ONE. The
other 3 were spotted but on wrong band/time for me. Happy with what I did since
am not a cw person.

K3
Acom 2000A
DB36 @ 105ft
wires
 
N5RP   SO Unlimited LP   68,7302017-11-06 08:17:44
Planned to play the final hours, but lightning and tornado warnings cut me off
of the last 5 hours.
Missed being able to work AL
Never heard NNY, VI, PR
 
N8II   Single Op LP   100,9602017-11-06 08:39:18
It was a long half a SS! I was already well behind the leaders at 0140Z and my
back hurt(chiropractor visit Friday) from the stress of copying that long
exchange, so I quit for the night. I also had to cut grass Saturday. Hats of to
all who operated nearly full time or more. Sunday was great until 40 dropped off
and then very slow to slow.
At the start, 20 was going great (no great rate here) and even enhanced by Es
into 4's, 8's, and 9's well past any hope for F2, but activity collapsed around
2345Z. 80 sounded good with a very short skip zone at least at first and loud
mid western stations. Sunday was best early with short skip on 40 in the 13Z
hour never to be repeated the rest of the day (PA and most of NJ skipping
over). 15 was open fairly well, but not to very populated areas for most of the
day. It was a long time before any WA stations were heard late afternoon. Sunday
evening on 80 was pretty dreadful with a long skip zone and lots of noise from
the storms to the west; stations like N2IC and W0UA were loud around their
sunset.
Getting the mults was tough! The last mult found was SK on 15 in the 19Z hour,
next QSO was another one and found one more soon thereafter. AK was loud. Never
heard a trace of PR and VI (not surprised, hope they can recover) and NNY (looks
like NM2O from PVRC was not on or on little).
Thanks for the QSO's. As N9RV says, providing fills is a lost art, lots of time
wasted with people sending the entire exchange again. Also had a lot of the
dreaded "AGN" following sent exchange even with stations who were
very loud here and I never sent over 30 WPM and did slow slow down for the
obviously CW impaired. SS CW is not my cup of tea, phone is better with more
activity.

73, Jeff
 
WS7L   Single Op QRP   24,1562017-11-06 08:41:11
Thought I'd test the QRP waters for a change. I was pleased with the operation.
I was even able to get some runs going now and then. High bands were great for
the most part. Signals from east of the Rockies were booming and most didn't
take more than one or two calls. VY1AAA was my biggest prize but he's pretty
much a neighbor anyway. 45 states and 5 provinces in the log. Missing states
were VT, DE, RI, NH, and UT. Heard some UT's doing S&P and tried laying a
few traps but never caught one.

73 and thanks, especially to you who took extra time to dig me out of the noise
and QRM.

KX3 + DB18 up 65 feet.
Carl WS7L
 
WX5S(@NW6P)   SO Unlimited HP   80,9602017-11-06 08:41:21
Missed NNY,KP4,KP2
 
WI9WI   Single Op QRP   61,3502017-11-06 08:52:00
After attending the Wisconsin/North Dakota hockey game in Madison Friday night I
made the 260 mile drive to the cabin Saturday morning. The inside temp was 37
when I opened it up. After 2 hours I had the radio set up and the cabin up to
70 degrees. The contest started about at par for QRP up here with over 100 QSOs
the first 3 hours. Fifteen was alive at the start, and 20 was full of signals.
Then after several hours with rates in the high teens I took a break. Coming
back I had much the same rates, and rapidly started losing enthusiasm. I quit
earlier than usual with only a bit over 200 SOs in the log and slept almost 8
hours. I got back on mid morning Sunday and had decent rates for several hours,
first on 40 and then 20. I had an almost 90 minute run on 20 with rates over 80
at times. This was the only real run of the contest. All my other attempts at
running either produced short runs that dried up quickly, or often only 1 or 2
QSOs before I moved on. About 25% of my QSOs were running and 75% S&P.
Usually when QRP I make 30-35% of my QSOs in running. The only mult unheard was
VI. The other ones I missed either CQed in my face (no surprise) or were
S&P.

I'm always surprised at how many high scoring stations I never hear during SS.
I spent about 12 of the 15 hours S&P and never heard many stations with QSO
totals of 800, 900 and over 1000. And they're in QTHs with good propagation to
here. Others I hear everywhere. I heard N9RV 4367 times, and N2IC over 3000
times, or so it seems. I have no good explanation for this.

For many years I have done the full 24 hours in this one at all power levels. I
think as many of the CK numbers recede into long bygone centuries, the ops are
there, but no longer put in a full effort. I note that many old stalwarts of
past years only put in a few hours. This leads to less crowded bands (I never
had trouble finding a place to CQ) and lower QSO totals for everyone. When
things got real slow I just got up and took a break. After working only 8 QSOs
in 45 minutes on 40 with over 2 hours to go I just had had enough and quit.
About 90% of the stations I came across while S&Ping had been worked
before.

Gear:
K-3 5 watts
80: vertical, and dipole @ 50 ft
40: 2 phased switchable verticals, and dipole at 50 ft
20,15, (10): C-19 at 55 ft
3 short beverages
WriteLog

I'll be back next year, probably HP.

73 Jim
 
VE9AA(@VE9AA/M)   School Club QRP   22017-11-06 09:01:03
I was going to get on and send "NB" (which is where I am) just to be a
sh!t disturber, but my beef is not with the participants. Just the organizing
committees of a very very few contests that hang tight to old values "just
because"...(just because you've always done something a certain way, does
not make it correct)

Instead of injecting a fly into the ointment by sending NB, I decided to just
continue my silent protest boycotting this contest (and CQP) who will not
permit us to play for the home team. Instead they've come up with this place
they call "MAR" (MR for CQP) and force us to use it. (grouping us
conveniently as they see fit)

I know probably very few REALLY care, but it's my way of snubbing my nose at
these 2 org's for doing that.

There were several in NB, NS and PEI QRV this w/e, so it matters not.

I should mention, too, that the ARRL does not do this for ALL contests....just
a select few.

Weird !

Mike VE9AA "NB"
 
KF6NCX   Single Op LP   3,3622017-11-06 09:05:56
Very enjoyable contest. It was great to hear lots and lots of stations on the
air. For me, at times, there were too many stations. It was like that on 20 at
times and on 40 quite a lot. From 40 I switched to 80 and from 20 to 15 for
some relief from the madness. One of the best times, I thought, was Saturday
about 8 p.m. on 80 when the signals were loud and clear, the band noise was
very low, and the stations were well spread out. I looked for openings on 10
here and there, but found none. All in all, a wonderful contest. Like Field Day
in November.
 
VE8EV   SO Unlimited HP   16,2402017-11-06 09:15:22
Was kind of looking forward to this one as conditions were supposed to be good
and the station is in top form (although at the moment I have no antennas up
for 10/15m). Things went off the rails right at the bell as, despite my
careful configuring and testing, N1MM started doing weird things. After a
dozen QSOs I had to QRT for a few minutes and find that proverbial
"obscure checkbox" that was messing things up. Things were ok after
that but there just didn't seem to be as much demand for NT as I thought there
would be. I couldn't get anything going on 40 even with the "new"
40m yagi finally up after all these years. S&Pd through the band a couple
of times and called it quits shortly after 0400z. Never found the motivation
to get back on Sunday. Full 24-hour BIC effort guaranteed for Phone in a
couple of weeks!

73
John VE8EV
 
KØIO   Single Op QRP   25,6682017-11-06 09:17:02
Thanks to all who pulled me out of the noise. My R-8 vertical as
"they" say is equally weak in all directions. -- IO
 
N5FO   SO Unlimited HP   186,7502017-11-06 09:25:43
Always like the SS contests! Lots of fun and a relatively easy 24 hours BIC
time. This year was no exception, and a pleasant surprise to get my first SO
Clean Sweep!

As always, things started out a bit rocky here, with trouble setting up the
Cluster, and W0MU being down from the start. In the end it didn't matter, even
though I went Unl, my home service was down most of Saturday, and all day
Sunday. About 15 minutes before start, my wireless mouse failed, no problem
though, had a spare - easy install too! I did have some computer latency issues
throughout the contest, most likely due to the connection problems.

This is the first contest since last year, without any practice on CW or SO2R,
must remember next year to get a jump on things by doing a little CWT
beforehand. Thanks to all those who were patient, especially during the first
couple of hours.

15M never seemed to "turn on" here, so spent most effort on 20 during
the days. Last night 40 was quite a surprise, with many newcomers welcomed late
in the contest. It's a good thing because 20 slammed shut right at dark. 80
seemed disappointing, but looking at the final statistics, 120 Q's is more than
I would have guessed. The vertical 4-square that Rich (KL7RA SK) turned me on to
has been a great decision. And, I found the NE & NW beverages a huge help
especially on 40 last night as the static crashes started to become more
prominent after 0200.

I had a "special visitor" last night that tried to help me ride my
left radio volume, I'll submit a photo for the contest write-up, so more on
that later.


Many thanks to all for the Q's, and a special hat's off to the folks down in PR
& VI for being in this one, making my Clean Sweep possible.
 
W2LC   Single Op HP   25,1322017-11-06 09:28:05
For the 2.5 hours my rates were pretty good. 80m was really noisy and I had to
shut down Sunday due to thunder storms. I wish there were a decent contest club
in this area. Not much going on contest wise in central NY. Some club motivation
would be nice. I'm just outside the YCCC circle. But it was fun for a couple
hours. 73 Scott W2LC
 
K2ZR   Single Op LP   80,1842017-11-06 09:32:15
RIG: K2 @95W
ANTS: 660' CF WIRE - 425' EF WIRE - HX5Bi HEXBEAM
LOG: N1MM LOGGER+
73,
DICK, K2ZR
 
WC7Q   Single Op HP   95,3162017-11-06 09:35:45
Power failure during the Saturday snowstorm. during which the power came back
on.Knocked out N1MM as well but the reflector group got me back on line after 3
hours. Conditions tough to maintain any kind of run throughout the time I was
on. Lots of search and pounce.
Sam WC7Q
 
NR5M(K5GA)   Single Op HP   202,1762017-11-06 09:40:50
UGH !
 
K5CI   SO Unlimited LP   93,7982017-11-06 09:54:52
S&P brought about 95% of QSOs.
I had good start with ~60 Q's/hr. Sunday night conditions worsened. 40 and 80m
signals were weak and the bands noisy. I gave it up around 2:00Z when QSO rate
dropped to ~10 per hour.
I've missed NNY and VI
Thanks for the QSOs
 
W9QL   SO Unlimited LP   39,0262017-11-06 09:56:30
Still have yet to achieve a CW Sweep. Like many others, missed NNY, PR, VI and
PAC. Screwed up on PAC, worked KH7X and logged him as PAC and then on Sunday I
realized he was sending AZ when I heard him again. So, I didn't really look for
other PAC's because I thought I was good. They were all gone by Sunday
afternoon. Took some time off Sunday to conduct a VE test session for a local
Ham Cram class, so I missed some operating time, but it was for a good cause.
Hope to do better with SSB in two weeks.

Dave
W9QL
FTdx5000MP with a G5RV@35 ft.
 
W3IDT   SO Unlimited LP   12,4442017-11-06 09:59:18
Well, I tried.
My CW skills have regressed; the log-check-report will be ugly :-(

Sat evening: S&P a little on 15, then 40.
Sun eve: "Running" (more like crawling) on 40.
After the first couple of contacts on Sun, two with with PVRC/NW members,
I realized that I had loaded the wrong Function Key file in N1MM+;
made for some interesting "fat fingering".

Sorry to all for sounding much like a lid some of the time.
 
W6VMW(KM6I)   Single Op LP   5,6882017-11-06 10:06:01
K3S, JK Antennas Navassa 5 (20-10), JK-401 dipole (40)

Remote operation.

I was planning on spending Saturday afternoon running W6VMW remotely, then
switching to my home station in the evening. But something was wrong with
the networking - maybe XFinity, maybe the corporate VPN. Latency was
awful and audio was dropping out every few seconds, making it impossible to
operate. I tried again around 0500 and things were a lot better. So sorry
for the QLFs!

Gordon KM6I
 
K1KI   Single Op HP   53,4242017-11-06 10:11:42
I thought 80m was very good on Saturday night but suspect 40m was even better.
 
KF6I   SO Unlimited HP   68,6402017-11-06 10:25:59
Had a great time. A few interesting events occurred like the wet ropes of my 20
meter element of my hex beam melted and some SWR issues related to a bad antenna
tuner.
 
KH6CJJ   Single Op LP   45,4022017-11-06 10:48:24
This may be my first time ever in SS CW. Hard work but fun. It really
separates the good CW ops from the rest of us!
 
K1SX   Single Op QRP   9,6002017-11-06 10:57:29
tnx all for the patience. Genesis G11 SDR, 135' cf doublet at 50', or rather
less after Monday's windstorm
 
VO1HP   Single Op HP   47,0582017-11-06 11:00:44
TS590SG-Acom 1010-C3SS
 
N6ZFO   Single Op HP   162,2402017-11-06 11:21:03
As always, about noon on Sunday decided to quit and do something productive on
our 27 acres. Of course this happens every year. But the rate Sunday
afternoon on 20m was ~40, so not too bad. I did quit 30 mins early to head down
to local Mexican restaurant for some much needed warm comfort food and a Negra
Modelo.

Thanks to all for the many QSO's. In classic SS style, I simply waited out the
missing Me multiplier -- finally, a weak W2 called in on 20m 2 hours before end
of contest . . the op (W2QF) was especially courteous, like many in SS, and
helped me verify each element of the exchange for accuracy. For first time in
many years, missed Newfoundland. Earlier, also on 20m, I was missing both VT
and WY along with ME: then, on successive QSO's, W1SJ and WY7SS called in.

As a testament to currently awful conditions, I note that in 2010 LP
non-assisted yielded slightly more points with less hours. And in 2013, set SF
Section HP record using FT1000-MP MkV barefoot at 200 watts! This year with FLP,
got about the same # of pts, maybe less after subtracting errors, which will be
high this year because of weak signals to west coast.

It was a special honor to work the three ops who helped so much on our recent
trip to MS/LA . . Chuck, NO5W, Art, KZ5D, and Ray, WQ5L. We met all three for
very enjoyable eyeball QSO's.

73 Bill n6zfo
 
W2CDO   SO Unlimited HP   110,0802017-11-06 11:35:01
Sharply reduced operating time this year due to other obligations but as usual
I'm happy to play in this great contest. At my QTH there was surprising
propagation. 40 did not go long early as has happened often in the past so was
good all evening for both close-in and continental work. 20 was good for local
QSOs for much of Sunday morning into the afternoon. 80 was punk this year for
me, a real surprise.

This was also the first real trial under fire for my new K3s and it was a
noticeable improvement over my old equipment with only one or two transient
glitches. I'm sure that as I get to know it better I'll be able to take even
more advantage of its capabilities.

Thanks for all the Qs, the fills and the repeats.
Rig: K3s -> Alpha 9500 -> OCF dipole @ 60', 40m half square aimed E/W (vg
>1000 mi), hexbeam @ 35'
 
K1LT   Single Op HP   136,8282017-11-06 11:50:04
The weeks leading up to the 2017 ARRL November Sweepstakes found me in
sort of a quandary. I've been working on a fascinating project at
work which introduces some new technology that I have also been
applying to my 160 meter SDR activities. So at this point in my life,
both the work and the hobby projects are much more interesting than a
domestic contest. Blasphemy, I know, but for me new technology keeps
contesting interesting.

Since the new 160 meter technology project requires a working 160
meter station and Sweepstakes CW is sort of a low band contest, I
figured some station maintenance might be motivational. I have been
mostly ignoring the 12 Beverage antennas in favor of the phased array.
But the Beverages are useful on 80 and 40 and Sweepstakes is mostly
about the low bands. So Saturday afternoon I got all of the Beverages
working again.

The most difficult fault to find was the ground binding at the north
end of the north/south 2-wire Beverage. This connection joins the
stranded Beverage wire to the solid ground wire. Whereas unsoldered
but tightly wrapped solid wires remain functional in the weather, it
is hard to tightly wrap stranded wire. The joint had become an open
circuit which made the south direction very dead. Note that instead
of a "reflection transformer" I just tie one side of the Beverage to
ground to deliberately create a differential-mode to common-mode
transition.

The other faults were the usual collection of slightly corroded F
connectors. These are always resurrected for a few weeks by scraping
the center pin (the copper clad steel wire center conductor) until
shiny. Since my Beverage system is well beyond the prototype phase,
it it probably time to trade easy coax disconnection for permanent,
waterproof connections.

The other problem I attempted to resolve seems to be inside the K3.
Ever since one of the summer contests, (eclipse QSO party?) the K3
seems to have a new "self monitoring" mode. On CW, this mode sounds
just like a sidetone in the headphone circuit (rear "line out"
jack).
On SSB, I hear my own voice. This signal is loud and interferes with
effective SO2R operation. This behavior is different than the K3
"monitor" function accessible with the front panel knob - that audio
always goes through the speaker, regardless of the use of the line out
connector. Lots of Googling and reading of the manual did not reveal
a means to turn off this extra monitor. My other older K3 does not
produce this extra monitor signal. Anybody else observe this
phenomenon?

The contest itself started on a hopeful note. I found VY1AAA getting
ready before the contest and made note of his frequency. After a few
minutes into the contest I had the NT multiplier logged. CQing on 15
produced a modest rate and also produced PAC and AK multipliers fairly
quickly. Since I expected PR and VI to be unavailable, I figured I
was in good shape with regard to the hard-to-find multipliers.

20 meters was insanely crowded and 40 was fairly well packed. By the
time I reached 80 meters, where I typically make almost half of my
usual 1000 and some contacts, the rate was already slower than last
year. Also, VE6 was missing. Furthermore, the amplifier insisted on
play games with the temperature sensor and blower speed. The most
irritating noise in the world is the grinding buzz-saw as the blower
transitions from noisy to loud.

From last year's soapbox I see I had the same complaint. Apparently,
the temperature sensor weirdness has a band component because I don't
remember much annoyance from the blower speed problem in other
contests. Maybe the amplifier doesn't like 80 meters. Increasing the
speed of the outboard fan to continuous severe whine is better than
the cycling buzz-saw and kept the tubes particularly cool.

Normally I can just sit on one frequency on 80 and rack up 400 QSOs,
but this year I had to cycle between 40 and 80 to accumulate QSOs. I
kept operating until I had more QSOs than last year at 0600Z and then
stopped for the night. At that point, NNY, ND, NL, AB, PR and VI were
missing. Since I was feeling very sleepy, I set the alarm for 6 hours
rather than 5 hours.

Since I slept an hour longer than last year, I missed a fair amount of
the Sunday morning rush. By noon, I had all of the multipliers except
VE6, NNY, PR and VI but about 40 QSOs behind last year. By 3pm I was
ready to finish mowing the lawn. After mowing and flood-proofing the
barn, I was about 120 QSOs behind.

The rest of the evening was very slow. A run would be 3 QSOs in a
row. The rest of the time was tune for 3 minutes, make a contact, and
then tune some more. Also, the static was increasing as a storm front
approached.

When the band scope filled from MDS to MDS+40 db with solid noise from
corona on both tribanders, I turned off the radio to watch buckets of
rain blow past the window horizontally. The bright flash followed
immediately by the loud kaboom suggested that my timing was good.
Something nearby got hit, but it was at least half a mile away judging
from the flash to boom delay. A little later, the power company
kindly turned off the amplifier for me.

When the storms subsided, I though I might try operating the last 20
minutes. At that point the keyboard wouldn't work! After much
screwing with the computer, I decided that one of the USB controllers
inside the computer had gone wacko. (Not the lightning - this problem
has been developing for quite a while). I rearranged USB connections
and replaced the USB keyboard with a good, old fashioned IBM Model M
with a PS2 port, but it would not work until I discovered that I had
to cycle power on the computer to wake up the PS2 port. By that time,
the contest had ended.

Equipment: K3/100, P3, Alpha 8410; K3/10, Hardrock 50 "barefoot";
homebrew keyers and SO2R boxes; 80 meter full sized vertical, 40 meter
full sized vertical, 20-10 X7 up 101 feet and second X7 up 61 feet.
 
K2QMF   Single Op LP   2,1002017-11-06 11:51:59
Short time on Sunday afternoon...
 
KU2M   Single Op LP   80,3402017-11-06 11:57:32
I think this may have been my first attempt at CW SS. Not desiring to be
embarrassed by the big boys of NNJ who always do CW in HP (RQ & NT!), I
opted for LP. Also, looking at posted scores, was there anybody else from NNJ
doing Low Power? I know our ranks are thinning as the years go by, but who's
left around here that does SS?

Nasty band noise to the west both days due to a line of intense storms hitting
the midwest made operating on 40 & 20 less than pleasant - and
"west" is basically the whole enchilada when you're doing SS from New
Joisey.

Final note: was just planning on "fooling around" and didn't plan on
spending as much time as I did, but one does tend to get sucked into the radio,
doesn't one?
 
WA5LXS   Single Op LP   9,9962017-11-06 12:13:53
My first SS
 
NC4S   Single Op HP   32,2662017-11-06 12:28:45
My first contest from new QTH in North Carolina. Also first time on air in over
a year and a half. Great to be back! I was only using a stepper vertical on 20
through 10 and an inverted L on 160/80. I need to work on an antenna for 40
meters. Tried to use the inverted L but tuner did not like it. So I had to run
200 watts with the KPA 500. The K3 was great as always! Used S&P since it
has been along time since using CW. SS helped me get back in the grove.
From now on it will be wire antennas. I sure do miss my tower and 4 element
Steppir.
 
K9CT   SO Unlimited HP   195,3242017-11-06 12:34:09
Time and Windows caused a problem for me. I noticed late in the contest that my
log was showing the wrong hour GMT for logging of some of the QSOs! Some of the
QSOs were right but most were wrong after the time change. I had networked my
N1MM Logger computers so that I had a back up log and the time would be
synch'ed with Dimension 4. I don't really know what happened but I had to fix
the hour on some of the QSOs after the time change (easy to do because of the
sequence of QSO NR). The Logger had calculated my time off and I thought I had
5:42 minutes used and operated until 20 minutes left in SS. Well, wrong. I
operated for 25 hours! I would have gladly not operated one of those hours but
anyhow, I am submitting my log as is and will lose 23 QSOs and my last
multiplier for a sweep, N6EE in NNY.

No way to test for that and Murphy got me.

Anyhow, SS CW is a fun contest and I really enjoyed the familiar calls and
friends as we quickly made QSOs. It seemed like the activity was down a bit in
the first few hours at least. Maybe we are losing cw operators and activity
will be going down? Lots of 60's checks and not enough new ones to replace the
older ones. I hope not.

Last three needed were KP2, KP4 and NNY. I could understand the victims of the
hurricane not getting on but NNY! Thanks to N6EE for bravely dealing with the
anxious crowd in a simplex pileup!

Conditions were good and but it is tough getting traction in the Midwest. Which
way to point the antennas? We had some storms roll through during the contest
that made copy difficult at times. QRN and fading on 80m cw can be a challenge.
It seemed like there were many Q stations. You guys are very patient! It takes
timing to the get the exchange through even in pieces.

First time I used the https://contestonlinescore.com/ website during a contest.
I really enjoyed watching how everyone was doing. It was a horse race for sure.
I hope everyone goes online at some time.

One of the best cw contests and always enjoy SS. Thanks for the QSOs. See you
in two weeks!

73, Craig K9CT

Station - FlexRadio 6700 plus Maestro SO2R www.k9ct.us
 
K8BL   SO Unlimited LP   63,8882017-11-06 12:36:49
My favorite Contest above all. I enjoy the challenge of the loooooong Exchange
which isn't so bad once you're into the rhythm of it.

Last year, I missed SSCW due to a knee replacement which kept me from getting
to the Shack in my basement. That was the first time not doing CW Sweeps in
over 45 years! This year, we moved to a new QTH and a week before the Contest
I had no radios set up and no antennas. Not to be denied 2 years in a row,
the XCVR and computer were set up on a table and verified still working with
each other.

Since it seems that if an HF'er has a working station on any Band, it would
be 40 Meters, I decided to throw up an Inv VEE for 40 on a tree in the
backyard (about 35 feet). A long run of coax through a basement wall and
a crawlspace finally got me a usable station on one Band.

Starting off, I usually find a quiet freq and call CQ hoping to get a run
started if I can hold the freq and attract callers. I chose 7036.75 since
it's available to all Classes and away from the usual high power folks and
not too near the digital and QRP hangouts. Amazingly, I was able hang on to
that freq for several hours until blasted off by a couple of HP types that
decided to take it over. I jumped up to 7037.75 and stayed there for several
more hours. 1708 CQs later, I had 484 Qs with 16 dupes and stopped when the
QSO counter hit 500. Not even ONE S&P QSO which makes me wonder why I was
in the Unlimited Category and not even using the Bandmap/Cluster. DUH!!

I was pleasantly surprised to work 66 Sections by only CQing and staying on
virtually ONE freq. It will be interesting to see if very many stations made
a Clean Sweep since the hurricane devastation probably wiped out many folks
in the Caribbean and the US South. The Sections I missed were all far out
West except for NL.

Sunday evening became challenging when a line of severe thunderstorms came
through the area. QRN made smooth copy of the long Exchange difficult at
times. As luck would have it, a static crash would often come at the same
spot where I needed to get a fill on a requested repeat. So, I'm sure I'll
get gigged on a number of QSOs where I ended up guessing on the info.

Station: IC-7700, Old Dell XP Computer running old CTWin, 40M Double Bazooka
Inv VEE up abt 35 feet running SE to NW.
 
W6XU   Multi-Op HP   153,0522017-11-06 12:58:33
A great time was had by all at W6XU's in Occidental. A big thank you to Ron,
N6EE for the NNY mult late in the day on Sunday. Shortly after that Q,I finally
broke the 40M pile-up of NP3A for the sweep and then 10 minutes later had NP2X
call me while running.

Thanks for all the Q's.

RIG:K3, KPA500, N1MM
Ant: Force12 C3, M2 40M4 @ 90', 80M dipole

Side note: While walking out the door to head over to W6XU's. A package was
delivered and much to my surprise was my first ever plaque.

K6JS - 2016 Sweepstakes CW SOULP Pacific Division Winner (From my little pistol
home station.
 
K8NY   SO Unlimited HP   12,4022017-11-06 13:12:47
Could on;y devote the 1st 2 hours.
 
WR3R   Single Op QRP   64,4802017-11-06 13:39:59
Lots of fun!!!! Thanks for all those that I worked. Especially challanging due
to 1) mediocre CW skills and 2) 5 watts of juice.

Missed NNY, WY and VI; never heard any of these three. Last mult worked was
Sunday evening when I heard KP4Z and was very surprised when he dug me out of
several stations that were calling...TKS!!!

Condx: FT-1000MP at 5 watts, dipole antennas.

Thanks for all the Qs and hope to catch you in SS Phone soon!!

73's Gary WR3R
 
K9IU   School Club LP   55,7842017-11-06 13:46:00
No antenna for 80 or 160 yet. Low power effort. 10.5 hours operating time.
2 (two) tornado's took us off the air on Sunday and then the bands were so full
of static crashes that we called it a day.

I used to dream about going to YUK for the contest....now I can just go to NNY
instead.
 
W3KB   SO Unlimited LP   65,6002017-11-06 13:54:22
Worked all Sections except NNY.
 
NS3T   Single Op LP   45,2202017-11-06 13:55:16
80 was a struggle for me on Saturday night, so I went to bed early. On Sunday
after the sun went down, 80 finally acted normal for about 30 minutes during
the last hour, then went back in the mud. 20 had a lot of short skip during
the day. 40 at times felt like 80.

Maybe I just haven't been on the radio in months and forgot what it sounds
like. See you for SS SSB in a few weeks.

Jamie NS3T
 
AA4NP   Single Op LP   6,3962017-11-06 13:58:43
Fun contest. Other commitments kept me from operating much.
 
N2MM   SO Unlimited HP   166,2962017-11-06 14:00:20
Got lucky twice...AB2ZW in NNY called me early in the contest and PR called me
near the end of the contest. Never heard KP2 or saw them spotted. Long time
since I missed a sweep. I left plenty of time for the end of the contest rush.
It never happened. Condx so poor on 40m and 80m, I bagged it with 3 hours to
go! First time ever that this happened.
 
K1TR   Single Op LP   117,4402017-11-06 14:11:25
2 x K3/P3
A3S plus dipoles
 
VY2ZM(K1ZM)   Single Op HP   212,3142017-11-06 14:11:54
SS is fun but it is the ***only*** contest where you actually RUN OUT OF STNS TO
WORK!

I got so sick of tuning the second radio, dual CQ'ing etc with hardly anyone on
to work that I quit with 1/2 hour of remaining operating time just so I could
watch RICK/NEGAN and THE WALKING DEAD. If I had finished my on-time
remaining, I would have missed the first 1/2 hour.

NO WAY with a stellar rate of 18 QSO's per hour at the time - NOT!!!

A man's gotta know his priorities - HI HI.

73 JEFF K1ZM/VY2ZM
 
W7GKF   Single Op HP   114,7082017-11-06 14:43:13
As usual, lots of fun! VI and PR were sorely missed by this operator, but they
had more important things on their mind. Had to take breaks for UW, WSU, and
Seahawks football games.
 
NI7R   SO Unlimited LP   66,7202017-11-06 15:22:06
Like many others, I missed NNY, PR and VI. Late Sunday, it was impossible to
crack the pile up on the sole NNY station with all the big guns also calling.
Half way through the contest, I suddenly realized that my skimmer was not
showing any Canadian stations. After fixing that, I had all the Canadian
sections worked within an hour. Love this contest, even though my score was not
the greatest. This was my 35th SS CW contest, but my first one from SC. Because
all call history files had my section as AZ, I had to repeat my SC section at
least half the time. I worked a whole bunch of Arizona Outlaws. Thanks for the
QSOs.

K3, temporary 17 foot whip on top of a metal ladder with coils added for 40 and
80 meters.
 
N2CU   Single Op HP   27,1922017-11-06 15:25:12
Too busy this weekend. Thought I'd get in some time as fresh meat on Sunday
afternoon, but thunderstorms curtailed any last minute push.

K3, L7 1kW, TH6DXX 48', 40m dipole 32', N1MM Classic.

73, Tom N2CU
 
VE3SMA   Single Op LP   73,5682017-11-06 15:29:22
Got NT and AK in the first half hour and thought I'd end up with a really good
score (for me!). But there just weren't enough hours of high-band propagation,
even with compensation from a much improved 80m antenna compared to previous
years at this QTH. Even 80 pretty much shut down shortly after dark on Sunday
evening.

Still, my QSO total was up from last year and I had fun with my K2/100 and
inverted vees, despite not enough CW and N1MM practice lately!

73,
Steve VE3SMA
 
W4TG   Multi-Op LP   39,7802017-11-06 15:31:01
3.5 16 32 1 2.0
7 93 186 20 2.0
14 146 292 57 2.0
Total 255 510 78 2.0


Score : 39,780
 
KN4Y   Single Op LP   3,5002017-11-06 15:34:48
Plans were to do a serious search and pounce Saturday evening. Then my wife's
senior care nurse had to cancel, so shack time was limited based on napping
schedule., after wife went to sleep, got a little run on 80 meters. Sunday
went to Dothan, AL.for the Peanut Bowling Tournament during the Peanut
Festival. Hung in there for 50 QSO's.
 
KEØTT   Single Op QRP   27,7762017-11-06 15:49:47
K3/10 at 5 watts to selectable dipoles at right angles, fed with ladder lines
and Matchbox tuners. 160 and 10 M netted no SS Q's, 80 a few, with 40, 20, and
15 being the workhorse bands at various times. Thanks for your copy of my QRP
sigs. C U next time, 73, Dan ke0tt
 
N3QE   SO Unlimited HP   127,8182017-11-06 15:50:16
The second half of my two-part HMO effort. Started about 3AM Saturday AM, put in
an hour, got 4 or so hours of sleep, then operated almost all of Sunday except
when making/eating lunch and supper for the family.

Sections not heard: NNY and VI.

Ten-Tec Eagle, AL-1500, 130-foot doublet.
 
K3PRC(N3QE)   SO Unlimited HP   76,6302017-11-06 16:04:04
Thanks to Ken KE3X, for letting me use half his home station in DC for the first
half of my two-part HMO effort! Everything worked well and it was a lot of fun!
 
NO5W(@W5GAD)   Single Op LP   100,1002017-11-06 16:31:28
K3/100, 3el Steppir @55ft, Windom @55ft, CQ/X 1.8.0.14

This was a serious part-time effort if that makes any sense. At 75 I still love
the SS CW and I go all out during the part-time effort but the body just can not
tolerate the full 24 hours. This year I got behind by about 60 Qs during the
Saturday operation and spent Sunday trying to catch up. It took me a couple of
more hours this year than last to reach my goal of 100K due primarily to having
little success on 40/80 on Saturday night and missing 6 mults this year (NT, PR,
VI, NNY, WY, MS). The first three or four are not surprising but WY and MS are
usually not that difficult and were the real disappointments.

Thanks for the Qs.

73/Chuck/NO5W
 
VE3BR   Single Op HP   72,3642017-11-06 16:32:38
Radio: Ten-Tec Orion + AL-80B @ ~700 W
Antenna: DX-Eng 80/40 Thunderbolt 55ft Dual Band Vertical
Software: N1MM Logger+ 1.0.6869.0

Never heard VI. Heard PR and NNY, but could not get through the crowds. NL
(VO2RAC) I heard (multiple times) S&P-ing and calling others, never
running; I guess I also failed to CQ at the right time on the right band to be
called. Of course, being Unassisted does not exactly help. As the Sweep Nazi
(from the unreleased Season 7 ham friendly episode of Seinfeld) would say:
"no sweep for you!"...
 
K4WI   SO Unlimited LP   34,0202017-11-06 16:44:33
Mostly S+P looking for sections. Never heard or saw spotted anyone from NNY;
missed PR.... one showed up on 40... he tried to go split but many evidently
could not copy the UP at the end of his speedy sending.... turned quickly into
a mess.... last NR I heard him give was 33. I did find a VI on 15.... he gave
me a NR of 11 and didn't stick around long as the pack jumped on him. Used
latest version of Writelog with microHam keyer 2... everything played well.
Thanks for all the contacts... cu SSB SS! 73's Cort K4WI
 
N4EEB   SO Unlimited HP   112,3382017-11-06 16:45:37
Three hours into the contest, just as I had switched to 40m, my wire antenna
system suffered a failure. The cause was not readily apparent. The 40/80
antenna system here is a 135 ft. doublet flat top fed with 97 ft. of 300 Ohm
heavy duty window line. The line terminates to a DXE 5KW 1:1 balun, and 15 ft.
of LMR600 runs into the shack to a Palstar HF-Auto automatic antenna tuner. The
amp is an Alpha 87A, which was running legal limit. The first manifestation of
the problem was the amp faulting whenever it was keyed. As you can imagine, my
heart had already sunk into my feet. I started the trouble shooting by
bypassing the amp into a dummy load. Extended full power transmission
indicated the amp was working properly. (Sigh) Back on the doublet and
bypassing the amp, I noticed that at even 5 watts, the SWR was rapidly
fluctuating between 1:1 and 4:1. My first reaction was to change out the tuner
with my spare HF AUTO. This only took a few minutes, but the problem continued.
Next in line for examination was the balun, which is mounted on a 4X4 post in a
pitch black backyard. I broke open a spare DXE 1:1 balun, and armed with a
headband LED light and some tools, I took to the yard and managed to change out
the balun, but I destroyed my LMR600 connector in the process. I fashioned a 1
ft. patch from LMR400 and connected the balun and window line to the system.
Once back in the shack, the problem continued. I then realized that I forgot
to look to see if the antenna was still in the air! It was so misty outside
that I had to really work to confirm that the thing was still up, but it was.
Out of options, I decided to quit the SS with only 3-hours in the log. I
retired that evening feeling like someone had punched me in the gut. I had put
an unusually large investment of time and money getting ready for this contest
from my new QTH. When I woke up Sunday morning, I pondered how I was going to
cope with the disappointment. After pondering, and more pondering, I decided
to go work on the antenna again. I lowered it to the ground and found that the
center insulator had suffered a catastrophic failure. This was a commercially
available product rated for 2500 watts, and it was also the second of the same
model that had been destroyed within the last 6 months. I attributed the first
failure to operator error, as I was trying to load the antenna on a band that it
was not designed for, but this failure was on 40m running 1.5 KW. This
insulator was charred and melted. -- Knowing right where to find an old
fashioned dog-bone insulator and two small stainless steel cable clamps, I had
the antenna repaired and up in the air within an hour. First test showed that
the antenna was working properly. -- I took a shower and decided to mope back
to the station and give the rest of the SS a shot. I'm glad I did. I had
good, "fresh meat" runs on 20m for a few hours, and I was able to
thoroughly test the doublet with extended operation on 80m and 40m with no
issues. This was also the first heavy duty test of my Kenwood TS-590G in
contest conditions. I must say that I was very impressed with the DSP and
overall receiver performance. It's a keeper for sure. I'm glad I jumped back
in. I would have hated myself this morning if I hadn't. -- Band conditions
seemed good both days with little noise and loud signals. Some of the QRP
stations I heard on 80m had me scratching my head wondering what their antenna
systems looked like, because they were incredibly loud. - Overall activity
seemed down from previous years. Checks remain low, which is sad. Although I
never could work a bug properly, I miss hearing them during the SS. It is
always nice to run across old friends year after year.-- Vy 73 everyone, and
thank you for the Q's. John N4EEB
 
W5MX   Single Op HP   182,7662017-11-06 16:48:36
Arrived at the station Saturday about 5 hours before contest to get set up.
Threw up a low dipole for 40, checked other antennas out and moved all the gear
inside from the truck. I have the set up of gear thing down to about 1/2 hour
now. I don't leave the gear in the cabin, afraid of thieves.
Still had a couple of hours left and the wx was awesome here for Nov. Decided
to get some other things done around the place. Changed oil in the generator to
prepare for rest of contest season, split up some firewood for the woodstove,
etc. Started contest on 20, told myself I wouldn't get trapped on the high
bands for too long like I do every year/ Here in the middle of the major
population, high bands are worthless. 20 was good, decent runs but mostly out
west and extreme NE/SE. Moved to 40 after a couple hours to work the closer
stuff before it went long. Things were good enough to where I didn't go to 80
until later than normal. 80 is normally THE band from here but just couldn't
get anything going to speak of. Went back and forth on 40/80 just to try to
keep rate up. QRT for the night around 6:00z. Overslept Sun AM a bit. Went to
80 and started climbing the ladder. Knew if I was to get some of the longer
mults, especially VI and PR, it would probably be on 15.Spent a lot of time
S&P on Sunday. Just could not get any runs to speak of. All that S&P
did enable me to get the sweep/ NP3X in VI, had to listen for a while to make
absolutely sure I had the call right- not np2. WX was still good enough to
where there were several times where things were so slow Sunday I just went out
of the cabin and walked around my 14 acre property for a while. Finally got N6EE
while S&P on 40. Heard big pileup so figured something juicy must be in
there, and heard NNY! I almost moved when I heard the call until I heard the
section! Sounds like I was fortunate to get him. I tried 80 again towards the
end of the contest, but the storm QRM from just north of me was tremendous!
Used beverages for rx most of the time. Still no decent runs, more S&P. 40
and 20 were the bands this year. Don't believe I have ever had more q's on 20
than 80 in ss from KY.
I heard others comment about the CK years given, definitely an indicator of our
contester population age. Did hear a few newer ones in there so that is good.
Thank You all for the Q's
Bryan
W5MX
 
WN6K   Single Op LP   89,6282017-11-06 17:06:13
First off, let's get the missed fits : NNY ND PR VI NL & AB

I just ran out of gas on Sunday afternoon when no one new could be found @ and
NO ONE called.

Still have a few minor things to deal with the WL/Win10 kerfuffles.

WN6K, Paul
 
K6LRN   Single Op HP   50,1002017-11-06 17:10:07
Missed NNY,VI & PR(no surprise), UT, WY, MB, NL.
Thanks for the Qs
 
NX4N(@N4TP)   Single Op HP   200,8602017-11-06 17:29:25
Hi Friends,
This years SS CW contest was another great one and was both challenging and
rewarding. I again operated from the terrific Tampa ARC clubhouse; each year I
use the club's antenna farm as a foundation to build a complete SO2R station the
Friday before SS. Many thanks to the TARC Board and members for allowing me to
use the facility for my favorite contest.

First, here's my numbers:
Band QSOs Pts Sec Pt/Q
3.5 56 112 1 2.0
7 652 1304 14 2.0
14 461 922 64 2.0
21 41 82 4 2.0
Total 1210 2420 83 2.0
Score: 200,860
1 Mult = 14.6 Q's

The station built out went smoothly, especially because my friend Lu W4LT
dropped by Friday morning to help - thanks buddy! We broke for lunch about 1pm,
said our goodbyes and then I continued the station assembly and checkout. The
S&P station's tribander C19XR was replaced earlier in the year with a 3 el.
SteppIR. The SteppIR worked ok but I didn't feel it was as loud and of course
instant QSY is impacted. But I was heard and that's what counts...

Saturday I arrived at the clubhouse about 3 hours before tee-off and scurried
around inflating an air mattress, making coffee (can't do without that!),
having a light meal and double-checking the stations and the bands. DING! Off
to the races - but it seemed that my horse slow to leave the gate. Things
started out a bit rough compare to last year - the QRM was out in force and my
rate took a hit. Just like last year the higher bands were going long early so
down to 40m I went. That turned out to be a wise move with the club's 2el.
Force 12 creating a RF-cloud raining down 7MHz pixie dust far and wide. Rates
improved and unlike last year the band was quiet.
Even though I hadn't touched SO2R since last SS, I picked it up again pretty
quickly and saw my skills continue to improve. This gave me the confidence to
be more aggressive in S&P even during higher run rates - practice does make
perfect!

As the night progressed I gained back some, but not all, of the ground I missed
at the start. I decided to change my off-times a bit; it was another good move.
Between that, the nice 40m runs and my stepped-up S&P efforts I clawed my
way back to edge last year's total by 2 QSO's. Very pleased with my
situational awareness (usually not a strong point for this op).

Some other Notes:
* Got the Sweep! Had zero expectations for one. Last section was West Texas;
N5NA is now this week's hero for me :-)
* The TARC station antennas rock!
* Quieter conditions that last year
* Declining participation each year; perhaps ARRL could try adding portable and
mobile categories to get more casual FD-type ops
* The run station antenna rotator developed some binding so when ESP level NP2X
called me I had to copy him off the side of the beam - thanks Fred for your
persistence!

Thanks to all the Rare Mult Ops - you did a terrific job handling the pileups
and giving us the sweep!

As always it was great to work so many of my contesting friends, both OT's and
newbies. Big score or small it's all about friendship.

See you in 2018 SS CW!

vy 73,
Chris, NX4N
 
N9CO   SO Unlimited LP   142,8442017-11-06 17:31:26
CW SS is my favorite contest, even the Sunday afternoon slog. It becomes a test
of willpower at some point for all of us. Thanks to everyone for getting on and
making this weekend so special!

N9CO currently is:

160m shunt fed tower
80m bent wire vertical
40m 2el yagi (CC XM-240) @ 95'
20m 4el yagi (homebrew) @ 85'

IC-7300 @ 100w
N1MM+
 
WØDLE   Multi-Op LP   153,4142017-11-06 17:39:56
We were not able to do a full 24 hours on this one, but had fun on the low
bands.
 
KM4JA   SO Unlimited LP   16,3522017-11-06 17:45:34
Band QSOs Pts Sec Pt/Q
7 34 68 12 2.0
14 70 140 27 2.0
21 42 84 17 2.0
Total 146 292 56 2.0
Score: 16,352
1 Mult = 2.6 Q's
 
KB9OWD   Single Op LP   33,3962017-11-06 18:00:30
I had a busy weekend with alot of irons in the fire and not alot of time to get
on. Badger football on Saturday morning before the contest and Badger hockey
tickets and "date night" Saturday evening. Church duties took up
Sunday morning and took some time to get on Sunday afternoon. Got on about
2000Z and worked until 0200Z with about a half hour off for dinner.

40 was noisy from here but seemed to improve a bit toward evening. 80 was very
noisy and didn't produce much. Glad to work many familar calls and get on to
hand out a few QSO's.

I will miss the phone portion as it's opening weekend of deer hunting here.
Good luck to all!!

73,

Ryan KB9OWD
 
KI5LR   Single Op LP   46,7682017-11-06 18:44:43
Wow that was fun. I need to learn to call CQ. This was all Stalk and Pounce
contact. I could have done so much better if I could deal with people calling.
I will get there!
 
KG6N   SO Unlimited HP   5,4602017-11-06 18:48:16
Spare time was sparse but it was fun to play around a bit.
 
W8FN   Single Op LP   123,0842017-11-06 19:08:16
Mother Nature is proving to be a ... mother... to those of us who are
antenna-challenged on the low bands. Horrible conditions made this running of
SS a brutal exercise in frustration. As we descend into the bottom of the
sunspot cycle it seems that every year my QSO total drops by another 100 or so.
I just hope conditions turn around before I can't make any Qs at all! Things
started good enough, but in the third and fourth hours the rate dropped
catastrophically and I ended up about 100 QSOs behind, never able to recover.

Other adverse conditions made this session particularly challenging. Just a few
weeks ago a new electronic noise maker showed up somewhere in the local
environment. It's probably just another cheap nasty switching power supply.
This one is rectifying RF from my signal and producing crap that essentially
covers the bands. It raises the noise floor on the second radio regardless of
which band it's on by around 20 dB, thereby negating all the work and expense
I've put into filters to make clean SO2R possible. Yet another feature of
"civilization", I suppose. Retiring way the hell and gone out in the
country is looking better and better all the time.

Just three hours before the contest started something made my microHAM MK2R+
SO2R controller puke. I swapped in a backup, reinstalled the control software
and configured the new box with about two hours to spare. Fortunately, I didn't
have any other hardware problems. This was the first full-up effort I've put in
since I converted over to the Green Heron Everyware wireless system for
controlling the antenna and sundry other RF switching hardware. The GHE
hardware never missed a beat, but I did discover that the inability to select
only one antenna per band under automatic software control was a major
shortcoming of the current control software. I understand W2FU is working on an
improved version. I sure hope it's ready sometime soon.

Not all was bad news. The time and effort I put into building up the new
receive antenna management system proved well worthwhile. I was able to run
diversity on both radios at the same time with the shared Pixel loop. This was
a very good thing, as a lot of the stations I worked on 80 and 40 meters
wouldn't have been audible on just the transmit antenna. Another substantial
improvement was the new operating chair I installed in September. For the first
time in many years I was able to operate a full 24 hours without aches and
pains.

Thanks to everybody who put me in their log. Next time I hope to be back, and
I'll definitely see y'all in a few more contests in the future.

73...
Randy, W8FN
 
WR3Z(@W3LPL)   SO Unlimited HP   173,6642017-11-06 19:12:57
Thanks again to Frank W3LPL for use of his station. Missed PR and NNY.

Barry WR3Z
 
K7JR(KL9A)   Single Op HP   205,1642017-11-06 19:21:04
SS is not my contest, but I was talked into doing this one.

Saturday was great, and I was about 85 Q's ahead of last year when I went to
sleep for a few hours.
As others have pointed out, Sunday proved to be a bigger grind than usual.
NP3A called in for PR, and I found a very low number N6EE on 15m for an easy
QSO. The pileup on N6EE later on 40m was something special to hear! Oof.
I really worried about VE6, but luckily a couple called on 40m Sunday. Whew!

A HUGE thank you to the SRRCC guys for keeping the station going and for
letting me take over for the weekend.
Tons and tons of work goes into building and maintaining a station that big,
and going remote really adds another level of complexity.
I am lucky to be involved with such a great group of guys!
As far as the station goes, I essentially had zero issues the entire contest.
I had to re-tune the auto tuner on 40m once after it lost the memory, but that
was it.

We live and die by our internet connection, and my "good" internet
will not be installed until this week. So I was really skeptical about the
reliability of my terrible DSL. Out of 1251 Q's and 24 hours, I had less than
5 that were difficult because of drop outs. The worst was N2IC, but it came
back quickly and only required one repeat. Sorry Steve!
With fiber internet installation this week I should be golden from here on out.
It is going to be an exciting remote contest season!

Congrats to everyone who slogged it out the entire 24 hours, and to the guys on
top.

Lots of comments about skipping SS SSB, and I am squarely in that camp also.

Next stop: CQWW CW!
-Chris KL9A



Cabrillo Statistics (Version 10g) by K5KA & N6TV
http://bit.ly/cabstat

CONTEST: ARRL-SS-CW
CALLSIGN: K7JR
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
OPERATORS: KL9A

-------------- Q S O R a t e S u m m a r y ---------------------
Hour 160 80 40 20 15 10 Rate Total Pct
--------------------------------------------------------------------
2100 0 0 0 35 83 0 118 118 9.4
2200 0 0 0 81 23 0 104 222 17.7
2300 0 0 14 90 12 0 116 338 27.0
0000 0 0 49 30 0 0 79 417 33.3
0100 0 30 59 0 0 0 89 506 40.4
0200 0 14 57 0 0 0 71 577 46.1
0300 0 30 32 0 0 0 62 639 51.1
0400 0 36 22 0 0 0 58 697 55.7
0500 0 26 30 0 0 0 56 753 60.2
0600 0 15 9 0 0 0 24 777 62.1
0700 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 777 62.1
0800 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 777 62.1
0900 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 777 62.1
1000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 777 62.1
1100 0 13 28 0 0 0 41 818 65.4
1200 0 9 27 0 0 0 36 854 68.3
1300 0 0 9 4 0 0 13 867 69.3
1400 0 0 9 31 0 0 40 907 72.5
1500 0 0 0 20 13 0 33 940 75.1
1600 0 0 0 21 14 0 35 975 77.9
1700 0 0 0 29 20 0 49 1024 81.9
1800 0 0 0 24 19 0 43 1067 85.3
1900 0 0 0 12 13 0 25 1092 87.3
2000 0 0 0 4 2 0 6 1098 87.8
2100 0 0 0 22 8 0 30 1128 90.2
2200 0 0 13 17 1 0 31 1159 92.6
2300 0 0 12 15 0 0 27 1186 94.8
0000 0 0 15 7 0 0 22 1208 96.6
0100 0 5 14 0 0 0 19 1227 98.1
0200 0 13 11 0 0 0 24 1251 100.0
------------------------------------------------------
Total 0 191 410 442 208 0 1251

Gross QSOs=1281 Dupes=30 Net QSOs=1251

Unique callsigns worked = 1251

The best 60 minute rate was 119/hour from 2227 to 2326
The best 30 minute rate was 134/hour from 2104 to 2133
The best 10 minute rate was 150/hour from 2259 to 2308

The best 1 minute rates were:
4 QSOs/minute 2 times.
3 QSOs/minute 50 times.
2 QSOs/minute 259 times.
1 QSOs/minute 575 times.

There were 572 bandchanges and 315 (25.2%) probable 2nd radio QSOs.

Number of letters in callsigns
Letters # worked
-----------------
4 714
5 400
6 135
7 1
8 1

------------ M u l t i p l i e r S u m m a r y ------------
Mult 160 80 40 20 15 10 Total Pct
-------------------------------------------------------------
VA 0 4 24 23 12 0 63 5.0
IL 0 7 24 18 13 0 62 5.0
MDC 0 5 22 23 8 0 58 4.6
OH 0 4 11 11 18 0 44 3.5
MN 0 6 17 21 0 0 44 3.5
STX 0 1 7 17 13 0 38 3.0
EPA 0 3 12 16 6 0 37 3.0
MI 0 3 6 11 17 0 37 3.0
AZ 0 4 13 16 2 0 35 2.8
NC 0 4 5 13 8 0 30 2.4
IN 0 3 9 7 10 0 29 2.3
WI 0 3 10 12 2 0 27 2.2
SCV 0 5 19 2 1 0 27 2.2
TN 0 5 6 4 10 0 25 2.0
NTX 0 3 4 13 3 0 23 1.8
EMA 0 2 9 9 3 0 23 1.8
WWA 0 10 8 4 1 0 23 1.8
MO 0 4 5 7 6 0 22 1.8
WNY 0 0 7 10 5 0 22 1.8
CT 0 1 6 13 2 0 22 1.8
NFL 0 2 5 11 2 0 20 1.6
CO 0 7 4 9 0 0 20 1.6
SDG 0 1 9 9 0 0 19 1.5
SV 0 9 9 0 0 0 18 1.4
OR 0 14 3 1 0 0 18 1.4
GA 0 1 5 4 7 0 17 1.4
ENY 0 0 10 7 0 0 17 1.4
NM 0 3 3 10 0 0 16 1.3
KS 0 2 5 9 0 0 16 1.3
AL 0 2 5 3 5 0 15 1.2
NNJ 0 2 2 9 2 0 15 1.2
ORG 0 1 8 5 1 0 15 1.2
WPA 0 2 2 6 4 0 14 1.1
SC 0 1 4 6 3 0 14 1.1
IA 0 2 4 6 1 0 13 1.0
NLI 0 0 2 11 0 0 13 1.0
NH 0 2 2 7 2 0 13 1.0
GTA 0 2 6 1 3 0 12 1.0
ONS 0 3 2 3 4 0 12 1.0
WCF 0 2 0 9 1 0 12 1.0
LAX 0 2 8 2 0 0 12 1.0
BC 0 4 6 2 0 0 12 1.0
OK 0 2 4 3 2 0 11 0.9
SF 0 1 9 1 0 0 11 0.9
KY 0 5 1 2 2 0 10 0.8
LA 0 1 0 6 3 0 10 0.8
SFL 0 1 0 8 0 0 9 0.7
WMA 0 2 2 4 1 0 9 0.7
EB 0 2 7 0 0 0 9 0.7
SNJ 0 2 2 1 3 0 8 0.6
ONE 0 0 4 2 2 0 8 0.6
WV 0 1 3 1 3 0 8 0.6
MT 0 6 1 1 0 0 8 0.6
AR 0 1 4 0 2 0 7 0.6
PAC 0 0 2 5 0 0 7 0.6
SJV 0 2 5 0 0 0 7 0.6
SB 0 2 4 1 0 0 7 0.6
ID 0 3 0 1 2 0 6 0.5
QC 0 0 2 4 0 0 6 0.5
UT 0 4 2 0 0 0 6 0.5
ME 0 0 4 2 0 0 6 0.5
MS 0 0 1 0 4 0 5 0.4
VT 0 2 0 0 3 0 5 0.4
MAR 0 0 2 2 1 0 5 0.4
DE 0 2 1 2 0 0 5 0.4
SK 0 1 3 1 0 0 5 0.4
NV 0 2 3 0 0 0 5 0.4
ONN 0 0 1 3 0 0 4 0.3
RI 0 0 0 3 1 0 4 0.3
ND 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 0.3
SD 0 2 1 1 0 0 4 0.3
EWA 0 3 1 0 0 0 4 0.3
WTX 0 1 2 1 0 0 4 0.3
AK 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 0.2
MB 0 0 1 2 0 0 3 0.2
NE 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 0.2
WY 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 0.2
NL 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 0.2
AB 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0.2
NT 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.1
PR 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.1
NNY 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.1
------------------------------------------------------
Total 0 191 410 442 208 0 1251

Sweepstakes Checks
Check QSOs Pct
----------------------
00 4 0.3
01 5 0.4
02 4 0.3
03 3 0.2
04 3 0.2
05 9 0.7
06 3 0.2
07 4 0.3
08 3 0.2
09 4 0.3
10 3 0.2
11 4 0.3
12 5 0.4
13 5 0.4
14 3 0.2
15 5 0.4
16 4 0.3
17 3 0.2
18 0 0.0
19 0 0.0
20 0 0.0
21 0 0.0
22 1 0.1
23 0 0.0
24 1 0.1
25 0 0.0
26 0 0.0
27 0 0.0
28 0 0.0
29 0 0.0
30 0 0.0
31 1 0.1
32 0 0.0
33 0 0.0
34 0 0.0
35 0 0.0
36 0 0.0
37 0 0.0
38 0 0.0
39 0 0.0
40 0 0.0
41 1 0.1
42 0 0.0
43 0 0.0
44 1 0.1
45 0 0.0
46 0 0.0
47 0 0.0
48 2 0.2
49 2 0.2
50 2 0.2
51 6 0.5
52 12 1.0
53 16 1.3
54 30 2.4
55 33 2.6
56 28 2.2
57 46 3.7
58 44 3.5
59 60 4.8
60 35 2.8
61 50 4.0
62 51 4.1
63 47 3.8
64 36 2.9
65 33 2.6
66 32 2.6
67 39 3.1
68 32 2.6
69 44 3.5
70 30 2.4
71 34 2.7
72 31 2.5
73 19 1.5
74 25 2.0
75 31 2.5
76 47 3.8
77 37 3.0
78 28 2.2
79 17 1.4
80 20 1.6
81 9 0.7
82 14 1.1
83 9 0.7
84 10 0.8
85 7 0.6
86 15 1.2
87 6 0.5
88 11 0.9
89 13 1.0
90 8 0.6
91 12 1.0
92 14 1.1
93 8 0.6
94 4 0.3
95 8 0.6
96 9 0.7
97 3 0.2
98 8 0.6
99 5 0.4

U.S. Call Areas Worked
Area QSOs Pct
--------------------
0 134 10.7
1 98 7.8
2 105 8.4
3 133 10.6
4 144 11.5
5 103 8.2
6 130 10.4
7 111 8.9
8 101 8.1
9 118 9.4
--------------------
Total 1177 94.1

Sweepstakes Precedents
Precedent QSOs Pct
----------------------
A 522 41.7
B 226 18.1
Q 90 7.2
M 34 2.7
U 372 29.7
S 7 0.6
 
KG3V   SO Unlimited LP   90,5602017-11-06 19:32:46
Enjoyed SSCW as always but I was a disappointed with the total QSOs. Had many
good hours but the mid-Sunday doldrums were worse then ever for me. Just found
almost no stations to work (dupe, dupe, dupe) for about 4 hours. Had to quit
early, so I missed the usual late-Sunday run on 80 meters. I tried UNLIMITED
this year to use Spotting which did help.
 
N6GEO   Single Op HP   59,8402017-11-06 20:10:19
Missed PR, VI, NNY, ... and UT ?!?!
 
NP3A   Single Op LP   13,3562017-11-06 20:44:21
Saturday night put up a random lenght wire loop few feet over apartment roof and
a remote ATU. Connected A Flex 63000 to a low performance laptop and by local
midnight I was ready. Had problems with the CW timing between laptop (due to
low performance) and the Flex so S&P was tbe only option.

Funny moment: Answered an N9 station's CQ. After sending thanks for the needed
mult, he sent: "Want QRG?." Didnt know what he meant. So I sent
"QRG for?." He sent: "For u to run." Due to the CW timing
issue I rejected the offer. First time that somebody offers his frequency for
me to run! Lol

Thanks all for QSOs.

73 Eric G., NP3A
 
K6AW(@W6RFU)   Single Op HP   101,7602017-11-06 21:03:36
No PR,VI or MB. I heard one VE4 but could not snare him. Tnx for the Q's.
 
KA6BIM   SO Unlimited HP   71,3602017-11-06 21:06:49
Missed NNY, VI & PR. Haven't done this contest since 2002. Now I remember
why. The exchange is so long that my meager cw and typing skills can't keep
up. Thank you to the operators who slowed down for me when I sent my call at a
measly 21 wpm!
 
N9NB(@N3BB)   Single Op LP   140,2922017-11-06 21:20:56
It was great fun to operate from N3BB in Austin!

My dear friend Jim was a terrific host, re-teaching me the TR logging software,
and allowing me to try SO2R for the first time ever.

It was the same N3BB who encouraged me to "get back into ham radio and
contesting" about 12 years ago, and he has now put me on the journey of
using SO2R regularly - I have learned from one of the best, and with the help
of another world class contester, Nate N4YDU, I am now ready to try SO2R from
my VA QTH.

I have never used a bandscope before, but think I had better start, as not
using one likely caused me to miss KP4 and NNY in the last hour of the contest.
I thought they would be on, and manually scanned the bands, but never heard them
-- a bandscope might have let me "see" the pileups.

N3BB's station played superbly, and I was amazed at how easily it was to break
the VO1HP and VE9 pile-ups on low power. Thanks to Jim and Diana for their
gracious hospitality, and thanks for the Q's.

73 ted n9nb
 
KM6I   SO Unlimited HP   31,3262017-11-06 21:42:30
K3, KPA-500, Dipole @60ft
 
W6YX   Multi-Op LP   160,2282017-11-07 01:09:52
Another year of trying something new in SS CW, this time MS/LP. Chris/K6SF,
John/K2YY and I split the operating.

15 meters didn't seem very open at the beginning of the contest so we started
on 20. After seeing other reports I think we would have done better starting on
15 as our Q count on 15 is low.

We missed VI but heard NP2X on 15 and tried calling a number of times. He was
very weak and hard to copy with the QRQ sending and QRM from callers. At times
he seemed to be signing as NP3X.

73,
-Mike, N7MH
 
N4DW   SO Unlimited HP   121,3602017-11-07 03:49:54
Can't say I get any better at this, but it is always fun!
Thanks to all for the QAO's.
See you all again next year!
73, Dave, N4DW
 
KC4D   SO Unlimited HP   33,4562017-11-07 04:14:33
ONLY ABLE TO OPERATE 3.6 HOURS IN THIS YEAR'S SS CW SECTION, BUT CONDITIONS WERE
EXCELLENT ON ALL BUT 80 METERS, WHILE I WAS ACTIVE. EIGHTY (80) METERS SEEMED
VERY NOISY, NO DOUBT SUE TO THE PASSING RAIN STORM, AND MY AMP KEPT KICKING OFF
LINE. AS A RESULT, I MISSED A NUMBER OF USUALLY EASY EAST COAST SECTIONS. THANKS
FOR ALL WHO CALLED!! 73, BILL, CWops #419
 
KRØP(N5RZ)   Single Op HP   205,9842017-11-07 04:53:38
I recently retired & moved to a new QTH in Central Texas (STX) this past
summer. After the Texas QSO Party in September, was corresponding with my West
Texas buddy N5NA & mentioned I didn't yet have a QTH to operate from for CW
SS since I wouldn't have much up for antennas at the new QTH, Alan said I
should go to Nebraska since that always seemed to be a tough one. Thought
about it for a bit & made some phone calls & sent some e-mails. Ended
up hooking up with John, KR0P, who had recently put up a 80M-6M SteppIR at 90'.
Perfect! He was happy to host me, but mentioned his station wasn't really set
up for serious contesting. After a few e-mails back & forth, decided to to
bring my K3 and SPE Experts 1.3K-FA + some cables & other accessories. This
would be my first Sweepstakes ever outside of Texas, so I was really fired up!

Arrived at John's Thursday afternoon - what a great QTH! We hit it off great -
he is a super host! Looked at the situation & began setting up Friday
morning. He uses an ANAN 8000 & AL1500 with keyboard & mouse control.
We found room at his operating console to set up the K3 & SPE amp as the
"main" radio, and his ANAN for the second radio. I brought some old
ICE 419 bandpass filters & we had everything hooked up by early evening.
The K3 would use the SteppIR and a Hustler 6BTV, and the ANAN would use a multi
band sloper. He had N1MM+ which is what I used. Everything worked well.

Used the SteppIR in "bi-directional" mode, pointing E/W to hit both
coasts, alternating to the 6BTV to catch the guys down south.

Started the contest on 20M & had some deep pileups which got unruly at
times! Rapid QSB was rampant, but was able to manage 112/102 rates the first
two hours. 20M started drying up & went to 40M at 2318 to good rate.
Really didn't do too much with the second radio till I went to 80M & the
pileups settled down a bit. At that time, noticed the ANAN/AL1500/Sloper combo
at a KW would lock up the WinKeyer when it was on 40M. Throttled that amp back
to about 300W when it wa on 40M & all was OK.

Took a bit of learning curve to use the ANAN as it was mouse controlled &
finally got it down.

Took first off time at 0737 with 816 Q's in the log. Condx were good &
quiet on 40 & 80, but everyone had gone to bed. Back on at about 1000Z and
started the Sunday slog, hitting two radios hard & taking off times when
things got real slow. Listened to 15M a few times, but very few signals &
all were dupes. Never made a QSO there.

Seems like as Sunday progressed (regressed?), condx seemed to really go punk.
I scheduled my last operating time to finish up at 0115Z, and 40M sounded like
a big RF attenuator + the static crashes were really bad. 80M was no better.
Kept the SteppIR at about 110 degrees hoping to pick up the elusive VI section,
but no luck. AB2ZY (NNY) called in at 0058Z Saturday night on 40M, so got that
one in. Found VY1AAA on 20M late Sunday afternoon for #82

John showed up with Pizza & Beer when I was done - a nice ending to a
great weekend! Packed everything up & got some shut-eye.

My goal was to get NE in as many logs as possible & have a great time.
Both goals achieved! Thanks to my great host John, KR0P! BTW, John will be
doing a serious multiop in Sweepstakes Phone.

Got up Monday Morning early & made the 14+ hour 820 mile drive back to
Texas.

Thanks to all for the contacts! SS CW is always fun - See y'all next year,
hopefully from the mundane STX home QTH!

Station #1: Elecraft K3 SPE Experts 1.3K-FA amp, 80-6M SteppIR @ 90' &
Hustler 6BTV

Station #2: ANAN 8000 + Ameritron AL1500 (KW on 80M & 20M, 300W on 40M)
and multi band sloper

N1MM+ Logging Software

73, Gator, N5RZ
 
KC4TEO   Single Op LP   45,2602017-11-07 05:20:28
Good participation but missed some otherwise more common multipliers like UT,
WY, and NNY. QSB was a big issue at times requiring repeats.
 
WA7LNW   Single Op QRP   89,9102017-11-07 05:41:42
Apparently there is an advantage when you are handing out Utah section during
SS. Everyone found me except VI and PR. Should have stayed at the radio
longer on Saturday. Sunday run rates dropped and band conditions slumped mid
afternoon.

Precursor.....you will not believe this!!

The coup de gras Sunday was when electrical power suddenly went out. Yes you
guessed it.....car took out a power pole. That ended my SS CW weekend with 4
hours still remaining in the contest. Arrrg!

Next year!

73's de Jack, WA7LNW
 
KD4D(@N3HBX)   Single Op HP   179,9822017-11-07 05:56:04
Thanks again to John Evans, N3HBX, for letting me use his fine contest station
again. One of my goals was to get some "rapid S&P" practice. I
pushed the second radio hard and tried to speed up my scans. I certainly got
lots of practice Sunday.

Sunday evening, 40 and 80 were both very noisy and I never got to last year's
rates on those bands. I never heard VI or NNY.

Day Hr 3.5 7 14 21 Tot Accum
2017-11-04 21 0 0 69 8 77 77
2017-11-04 22 0 20 34 6 60 137
2017-11-04 23 18 45 0 0 63 200
2017-11-05 00 29 52 0 0 81 281
2017-11-05 01 8 74 0 0 82 363
2017-11-05 02 14 66 0 0 80 443
2017-11-05 03 30 41 0 0 71 514
2017-11-05 04 64 10 0 0 74 588
2017-11-05 05 21 37 0 0 58 646
2017-11-05 06 33 14 0 0 47 693
2017-11-05 07 13 13 0 0 26 719
2017-11-05 11 6 0 0 0 6 725
2017-11-05 12 25 15 0 0 40 765
2017-11-05 13 12 16 1 0 29 794
2017-11-05 14 0 19 13 0 32 826
2017-11-05 15 0 38 7 0 45 871
2017-11-05 16 0 21 11 1 33 904
2017-11-05 17 0 0 8 5 13 917
2017-11-05 18 0 0 14 14 28 945
2017-11-05 19 0 0 27 6 33 978
2017-11-05 20 0 0 15 8 23 1001
2017-11-05 21 0 0 15 2 17 1018
2017-11-05 22 0 12 7 0 19 1037
2017-11-05 23 0 13 11 0 24 1061
2017-11-06 00 16 7 0 0 23 1084
2017-11-06 01 12 11 0 0 23 1107
2017-11-06 02 4 0 0 0 4 1111
Total 305 524 232 50 1111 1111

Section 3.5 7 14 21 Tot Accum
AB 1 1 0 0 2 2
AK 0 0 1 2 3 5
AL 2 10 2 1 15 20
AR 1 5 1 0 7 27
AZ 5 10 8 6 29 56
BC 1 3 6 0 10 66
CO 4 10 5 1 20 86
CT 6 6 0 0 12 98
DE 6 0 0 0 6 104
EB 0 5 2 2 9 113
EMA 11 7 5 0 23 136
ENY 2 10 0 1 13 149
EPA 10 10 2 1 23 172
EWA 0 2 2 0 4 176
GA 3 8 2 0 13 189
GTA 3 7 2 0 12 201
IA 2 4 3 1 10 211
ID 2 1 4 2 9 220
IL 22 30 13 0 65 285
IN 8 15 1 0 24 309
KS 3 6 7 0 16 325
KY 3 3 1 1 8 333
LA 1 3 5 0 9 342
LAX 0 7 3 0 10 352
MAR 1 2 3 1 7 359
MB 0 1 1 0 2 361
MDC 24 15 5 0 44 405
ME 1 3 1 0 5 410
MI 6 20 0 0 26 436
MN 8 23 15 1 47 483
MO 4 10 5 0 19 502
MS 2 1 1 0 4 506
MT 0 6 2 1 9 515
NC 10 14 3 0 27 542
ND 0 1 2 0 3 545
NE 1 2 1 0 4 549
NFL 1 11 4 0 16 565
NH 2 4 0 0 6 571
NL 2 0 2 0 4 575
NLI 4 5 2 0 11 586
NM 1 7 1 2 11 597
NNJ 3 7 2 0 12 609
NT 0 0 1 0 1 610
NTX 1 13 6 0 20 630
NV 0 4 1 2 7 637
OH 14 23 2 0 39 676
OK 5 1 3 0 9 685
ONE 2 4 1 0 7 692
ONN 1 2 1 0 4 696
ONS 5 3 0 1 9 705
OR 6 6 11 1 24 729
ORG 1 5 7 0 13 742
PAC 0 6 0 1 7 749
PR 0 1 0 0 1 750
QC 1 6 3 0 10 760
RI 1 3 1 0 5 765
SB 0 4 2 1 7 772
SC 1 8 0 0 9 781
SCV 8 8 9 4 29 810
SD 1 2 0 0 3 813
SDG 2 11 4 0 17 830
SF 1 6 1 1 9 839
SFL 2 4 2 0 8 847
SJV 1 3 4 0 8 855
SK 0 2 1 3 6 861
SNJ 7 4 1 0 12 873
STX 4 17 8 0 29 902
SV 5 6 0 4 15 917
TN 7 17 2 0 26 943
UT 1 1 2 1 5 948
VA 28 16 7 2 53 1001
VT 2 1 1 0 4 1005
WCF 3 6 2 0 11 1016
WI 8 12 4 0 24 1040
WMA 2 4 1 1 8 1048
WNY 5 9 0 0 14 1062
WPA 6 3 0 0 9 1071
WTX 1 0 1 1 3 1074
WV 4 3 0 0 7 1081
WWA 3 4 17 4 28 1109
WY 0 1 1 0 2 1111
Total 305 524 232 50 1111 1111
 
K5TR(K5OT)   Single Op HP   196,0462017-11-07 06:07:02
Thanks to George K5TR for another opportunity to operate CW Sweepstakes from his
terrific station in the Texas Hill Country.

I really love this contest - it's like no other, it has a string of info to
copy correctly, and it has a long and colorful history. One of the best parts
is crossing paths with friends you have known for decades who don't contest too
much any more but always show up for SS.

Thanks for the QSOs!

73,
Larry K5OT



Station: http://www.k5tr.net/

2x Elecraft K3 radios
2x AL-1500 amp

trlinux - http://kkn.net/trlinux

160 - 1/4 wave sloping verticals sloped east and west
- SAL-30 RX array
- NE, NW, SE, SW beverages ~500' long

80 - Half wave sloping dipoles - sloped NE, NW from 120'
- SAL-30 RX array
- NE, NW, SE, SW beverages ~500' long

40 - 4 element yagi at 120'
- Cushcraft 40-2CD at 87'

20 - 6 element yagi at 80' fixed NE
- 6 element yagi at 80'
- 6 element yagi 40' fixed NW
- 4 element yagi 60' fixed SE

15 - 6 element yagi at 70'
- 6 element yagi at 35' fixed NE
- 4 element yagi at 50' fixed SE

10 - 6 element yagi at 60'
- 6 element yagi at 30' fixed NE
- 4 element yagi at 40' fixed SE
- 6 element yagi at 120'
 
WØUA(@KØRF)   Single Op HP   205,1642017-11-07 06:23:16
Not sure why I keep doing this in my "declining years?" After that
little bout with CLL--and recent MOHS surgery (yep, that's me with the bandaged
nose)--I had some serious doubts about my stamina to single-op this thing.
Turns-out it was pretty much the same as always; 8 hours of excitement followed
by 16 hours of desperation, the interminable Sunday, etc, but I felt the same as
ever, both during & after the event. Adrenaline, the wonder-drug! Anyway,
that's a big relief & I'm thankful I can still do it. OK, not all that
well, maybe, but I can still do it...

Got off to another really bad start, that's becoming an unfortunate tradition.
I made a couple of mistakes--right off the line-- that were too stupid to
confess in public. So, I won't! But, Chuck & George's Law applies here:
"QSOs lost at the start of a contest are never recovered".

Those interminable Sundays! Like a squirmy, back-seat kid on a road-trip;
"I'm hungry, I'm thirsty, I gotta' go potty! Are we there yet?"
"Quiet back there! We're not stopping for ice cream & you're not
even gonna' hear a Wyoming station."
Is it 0300 yet??

I want to take a minute here & lift my glass to two guys. NP3X called me
Sunday on 15. But, he was so weak! The first attempt at a QSO failed. But,
he came back a bit later...and back & forth we went--one piece at a
time--until we made it. The beer's on me, Fubs! In the last hour, N8CWU came
back somewhere under the noise on the barren, QRN wasteland that was 40 Meters.
All I could get was his call, a no-hoper, I ended-up CQing in his face. But he
was not to be denied--he kept calling! Hey, he wants this QSO, let's do this
thing! It took about 4 minutes...but we got it done. So, N8CWU, proud to work
ya'--grab a chair & have a cold one here with me & K9VV. You guys are
REAL hams--my kinda' folks!

From the numbers I heard, sounds like there'll be around 20 folks in the Top
Ten in this one. These are all superb ops from great stations! We'll see how
it shakes-out--but all these folks are winners in my book (soon to be available
on Amazon)...

OK, Chuck offered me this one, and I took it despite my delf-doubts. His
station worked flawlessly so any shortcomings are exclusively on the op. Mr.
Kitty (who adopted me at K5GO in 2012) bravely held down the fort at home.
But, he was pretty happy when Mr. Dad here got back Sunday night, LOL. He says
hi & ME0W to Stan, Rita & Kevin...

I saw a quote the other day: "Sometimes, you just gotta' let the dog run
around the yard 'til he's worn out." Yep. Woof!

Geo
 
W1KM   Single Op LP   111,7062017-11-07 07:19:58
Missed: NT,ND,VI,PR
 
KØEU   SO Unlimited HP   209,5922017-11-07 07:42:31
Another SS in the books. This one was fun at times, but mostly hard work. I set
what I thought were reasonable rate targets based on last year, but kept
falling short every hour. Glad that VI/PR/NNY showed up to the dance. Two out
of three ain't bad. VI station was very weak here on 15 and the pile was huge.
Figured it was better to keep working rate and hope he called later. Nope.
First non-sweep in quite a while.

Thanks to all of you that showed up late to add a little fresh meat. Special
thanks to all of you top ops that stick to the "B" category. Any one
of you would easily be top of the heap in the unlimited but choose to duke it
out elsewhere.

All station hardware and software worked great. Glad Murphy had other things to
do.

Ditto what Pat N9RV says about precedent repeats.

Hope to see you in phone SS in a few weeks.

73 Randy K0EU
("Ken" in NAQP)
 
W1SJ   SO Unlimited HP   173,3402017-11-07 07:49:01
A big windstorm came up the Sunday before the contest and knocked over trees and
took the dipoles down. So, it was a mad scramble all week to clear trees off the
house and put the antennas back up.

A few hours into the contest, 20m had significant short skip and all call areas
were workable. The pileups were huge! The rates were up, but somewhat slowed by
having to pick calls out of the mess. I felt like scores were going to be
significantly better this time out. The QSY to 80M continued with nice rates,
but things quickly ran out of gas around 0800, and I beat a hasty retreat to
bed.

Sunday was the usual slog, as the rates got slower, and slower and s l o w e
r!
By the end, I couldn't buy a contact - I even offered money. This contest is
much like the tax code - you get penalized more (i.e. no QSOs) for doing well!

It was so bad that I found I worked everyone who was CQing and appeared on the
skimmers. No one was left!

Mults were tough to get. I kind of figured that PR and VI would be not around.

The skimmers confirmed that no one was CQing from there, although I did see
NP4A pop a couple of times on 40m. Probably should have gone up there to look
for him, but at that hour, its not a band I do well on. VI was virtually
unobtainium. Fortunately, someone in the rare and mysterious NNY called me with
a hour left to go. He was QRP and gave me #20, so I know this section was tough.
It would have been a major embarrassment to miss a section only 13 miles away
from my QTH.

All and all, not a bad result considering that not a sunspot can be found.
 
K7QA   SO Unlimited HP   143,0402017-11-07 09:40:34
Decided to try HP with a recently acquired and repaired used amp with a soft
final. The extra dog biscuits helps to sustain runs on 80 and 40 but doesn't
make much difference on the high bands in this contest. Still disappointed
there was ZERO 160 activity. The limitation of working stations only once is
the culprit there. QRO also seems to attract more QRP stations calling. Worked
53 QRPs with many repeat requests. Bless them for their patience. Discovered
that using spotting services in U class to find rare sections is really more of
a distraction that can slow down or stop a good run. Am probably not efficient
with that yet. Activity really thinned out late Sunday afternoon and evening.
Was hard to find new stations to work. Too many cks in the 50s and 60s. When
all us old farts pass, what will contesting look like in 10 or 20 years?
 
W1UE   Single Op LP   3,9602017-11-07 10:29:33
Just an hour of operation, all Sunday night. Offered myself as fresh meat for
the deserving.

See you as HQ9X in CQWW CW!

Dennis W1UE
 
K7DR   Single Op LP   33,5922017-11-07 10:30:19
FTdx3000
Inv L 35V/100H
G5RV jr @ 25'
WinTest

Family commitments, prepping previous QTH for sale, thunderstorms both days
limited my activity in SS (not complaining, just worked out that way)

I'm thinking of changing my inv L to an end fed inv V, because it's hearing a
lot of electrical noise and my G5RV Jr is quiet and they are only about 40 feet
apart. The inv L does work decently on 15/20M and it was quiet on receive. May
move it back to inv L for 160M contests in Dec/Jan and add some radials.

Used WinTest for first time on SS (been using it on other contests for a while,
and I was a CT user all the way back to V6 in the 1990's). It worked quite
nicely, using the tweleve extra CW memories, did'nt need my paddle at all to do
fills.

73 from MI
Dave - K7DR
 
K1VUT   Single Op QRP   103,0402017-11-07 11:03:04
Missed VI, PR, NNY. Saturday evening and Sunday evening had entirely different
conditions at my location (very good vs pretty awful).

Sweepstakes CW is the first contest I fell in love with (circa 1964), and after
a 10 year sabbatical from HF contesting in 2002-2011, it was the first contest
to which I returned.
 
K5PI(@WK5S)   SO Unlimited HP   73,1542017-11-07 12:52:44
I couldn't do a full time operation this year due to a social commitment, so
Steve WK5S agreed to let me operate at his FB station (FTDX-5000, ALS-1306,
Pro-67 at 60 feet. It was kind of fun to be fresh meat on Sunday.
 
WBØSND   Single Op HP   104,2802017-11-07 13:00:33
Many computer problems and many conflicts through the weekend that limited some
chair time. Antenna is a "handicap" as well. Used only 1 80 meter
doublet (dipole fed with ladder line). But still have much fun!
 
NA8V   Single Op HP   125,1122017-11-07 14:33:22
Part time effort sandwiched around football. Condx seemed pretty good except
the last couple hrs - lots of qrn and the low bands had gone long. T-storm
came thru Sunday afternoon, pulled the plug for a couple hours when there was a
way too close thunderclap.

Thanks for the contacts!

greg/na8v
 
WXØB(AD5Q)   Single Op HP   199,5882017-11-07 14:44:13
Started contest on 15 with good rate, but with a beam both NE & NW I quickly
noticed that nearly all callers were out west. After only 15 minutes the rate
dropped to the 60's -- the skip was too long. I moved to 20 early, remaining on
15 while looking for a frequency. Overall the first few hours weren't the best,
and I found myself trailing (or even with) the other usual suspects here in
Texas. The big guys out west were WAY ahead as a lot of activity remained on
15.

I found myself gaining on (or pulling ahead of) the other local competition for
the remainder of the contest (encouraging). I came very close to a sweep when I
found the VI high in the band on 15 Sunday. With the tribander fixed on PR/VI
all weekend, it wasn't up to the job of breaking this crucial pileup. He went
QRT the instant the big 15 was ready for him. I swept the bands aggressively
for the rest of the contest looking for a reappearance. Found NP3A CQing on 40
late (dupe) and worked a 2nd NNY at 2136z for his 9th contact. Both NNY's were
pouncers.

Late Saturday night a yellow jacket came to visit me, walking up my neck and
all over my bald head, then down across my face, nose, lips. Not wanting to get
stung, I kept running because the rates were good, so it tickled a lot for about
15 minutes. Then it landed on my wrist: WHACK!!!

I purposely used up my off time Sunday afternoon, expecting new activity to
appear on the bands into the close. That didn't work out, and things got really
slow around 0100z. When they did pick up I stopped watching the clock and kept
going after my 24 hours was up. Never done that before. I meant to stop 3
minutes before the end. Somebody on frequency said "Thank god it's
over" and I looked at the time: 0300z.

Roy -- AD5Q
 
N5ZO   Single Op HP   13,2082017-11-07 15:27:19
Just getting used to exchange at home b4 headed to w6yi sunday morning.
 
W9ILY   Single Op LP   31,6242017-11-07 16:14:04
Optibeam OB 9/5 and phased verticals
 
KT3Y   Single Op HP   99,2242017-11-07 16:17:29
This was a SO1A operation: SO with one arm as my right shoulder
was fractured recently.

73,
Philip

K3 with 1.5 Kw amp
80 m dipole @ 80 feet fed with ladder line and
Johnson KW matchbox
 
K3KU   Single Op LP   98,1182017-11-07 16:28:41
Second year in a row of drop in score. Disappointing, for how hard I felt like
I was working, but MAYBE some of it was condx or reduced participation. We'll
see. My last off time went 10 minutes over, so I had only 20 minutes to use
when I gave up. I could tell that NNY was not going to call in in the
remaining time, nor VI nor PR (all three never heard; no surprise). Heard one
WY S&P a few times, including once on 80M, but could not attract him
anywhere. Oh, well. Sometimes 100W and a 200-ft dipole are just not enough.
But -- Hooray! -- I did manage to get through to the EWA on 20M.

Big turn out from AL (11 QSOs). Felt like I was working a lot more SDG than
the seven that wound up in my log. I remember SS when AZ was rare; this year I
had 15.

Used to be that I was ready to do it again at 0301Z. This year it took a day
and a half.
 
WØZA   SO Unlimited LP   134,2982017-11-07 17:01:02
For whatever reason, I could not get any kind of run going on 40 meters Saturday
night. Usually 40 meters is a fantastic band after 20 meters plays out. Got
behind my normal pace with 20 meters dying and 80 meters not quite open. I
haven't missed a clean sweep for sometime. Too bad PR and VI not big players as
usual. Years past, WY and NT the one's I would miss. It's always a fun contest!
 
K3CCR   Multi-Op HP   57,1962017-11-07 17:55:06
K3CCR is the club station at the Collington continuing-care
retirement community at FM 18OW in MD, just east of DC.

N3UM and W3GB operated Multi-One in 2017 CW SS, but for just
11 hr. since both of us had non-ham commitments. Our new JK Falcon
20/40 beam performed well, especially on 40. It helped us run
at good rates for the important first 4 hr., first on 20 m.and
then on 40 for 188 QSOs and 64 sections. We then found 4 scarce
mults and quit at 0216Z to sleep.

Sun. AM 1248-1548Z we got 116 Qs and 9 mults on 80, 40, and
20 m. Both ops then had to be away until the last 3 hr. It was
slow as is typical for Sun. PM SS, but we managed to scrape up
44 Qs and 2 more mults on 40.

Our last 6 mults were NLI, WTX, ME, SD, MB, and AK. We missed
NL, NNY, and (unsurprising but sad) never heard or saw VI or PR.
 
K9NW(@K9UWA)   SO Unlimited HP   121,5002017-11-07 17:58:43
Too much DXing, not enough SSing! Condx were decent. Missed NNY, PR

Tnx QSOs!


73, Mike K9NW
 
WW9DX(K9NW)   Single Op LP   2,4442017-11-07 18:04:33
QRN!
 
WB2ABD   Single Op LP   17,5822017-11-07 19:56:53
lake effect thunderstorms

K3 40invvee 35ft 80invvee 60ft 3el stepper 35ft N1MM+
 
WB8WKQ   Single Op LP   102,7202017-11-07 20:29:32
Well, a great contest, but I definitely discovered my weaknesses. I guess
pencil and paper and no memory keyer might work in state QSO parties, but for a
24 hour marathon, it just wore me out. Major plans to improve include using a
computer and some form of a memory keyer. I worked low power unassisted, but
had a lot of fun!
73 Jeff WB8WKQ
 
WH7W   Single Op HP   55,1322017-11-07 23:20:32
Band QSOs Pts Sec Pt/Q
3.5 8 16 1 2.0
7 165 330 42 2.0
14 130 260 9 2.0
21 55 110 25 2.0
Total 358 716 77 2.0
Score: 55,132
1 Mult = 4.6 Q's
 
AE1T   SO Unlimited LP   38,6542017-11-08 05:51:21
Limited operating time - seemingly, as usual. 73 de Peter, AE1T
 
AB8OU   Single Op LP   7562017-11-08 06:46:23
First time SSCW attempt. Did not want to set the bar too high for next year and
I certainly succeeded.
 
K7RI   Multi-Op HP   154,8802017-11-08 08:49:39
Thanks to everyone who worked us.
 
W4CB(W2RU)   Single Op HP   105,6122017-11-08 15:54:00
Limited time because of my wife's surgery on Friday. 40 meters was outstanding
Saturday evening!
 
N6HI   Single Op QRP   1,8362017-11-08 19:20:59
Part time effort on Saturday only. I ran 1/2 Watt to a 20 foot end-fed wire.
Wish I would have had more time. Not my favorite, but still a fun CW contest!
Thanks to all for the patience to work my QRPp station.
GO ARIZONA OUTLAWS! 73 John N6HI
 
K5XU   Single Op LP   35,8722017-11-09 04:17:29
Sure wish 10 meters had opened for even a little while.
 
WA7NWL   Single Op QRP   122017-11-09 08:02:24
Last minute (literally) step into the contest. Had forgotten how fun this one
actually is.
 
AA4SD   Single Op QRP   37,5362017-11-09 17:09:57
Fun SS...

73 - AA4SD
 
N4PD   SO Unlimited HP   43,5782017-11-09 18:21:22
K3, Alpha 9500, 3 ele. SteppIR, 80m & 40m Dipoles, Palstar HF-Auto tuner
 
W8WTS   Single Op LP   136,9602017-11-09 19:26:32
The best laid schemes o Mice an Men Gang aft agley, was the ARRL SS CW 2017
tagline for me. With significant improvements to my home station in Auburn
Township, Geauga County, Ohio, I decided to make a serious effort from home in
SS class A. I had all of the hardware checked out, the SO2R setup optimized
for SS, and N1MM Logger Plus open and ready to roll on Friday night.
I slept late and hard on Saturday until about 1 p.m. with the blinds closed.
By 3 p.m. I was cleaned, fed and tuning around to get a feel for the bands.
Conditions sounded reasonably good, but there was a serious threat of storms as
a low pressure cell above Minnesota was winding a cold front toward me.
As the contest started, rate was good but not excellent. I felt that I was
holding my own with my peers. The first five hour rates were 76, 67, 68, 68,
76. Over the years, I have become a stickler for logging accuracy. My net
rate likely suffers, but I make up for it in the UBN. My off time started
after a QSO with N8BB at 8:43Z with 610 Qs. I managed to not oversleep and
started with KS7T at 14:21Z on 40 m. I managed my off time just right, so that
I could operate the entire 24 hours. The first two hours after off time were 23
and 39 Qs. Sunday mid day rates ebbed and flowed within the 30s, but there were
no absolutely horrible hours. I anticipated a surge of fresh meat as the Sunday
evening crowd started to play.
About an hour before the Sunday evening rush, at 23:00Z the cold front slammed
through. See
http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/noaa/noaa_archive.php?month=11&day=05&year=2017&format=gif&lang=english&cycle=12&reset=no
for this horror show. While there were no tornado touchdowns, microbursts did
extensive damage to Geauga County. Read
http://www.cleveland.com/weather/blog/index.ssf/2017/11/geauga_county_hit_especially_h.html
for the ugly details. At 23:21Z I made my last Q of the contest with W8OV.
After that, the electricity went out leaving 856 Qs and 80 sections in the log
having operated only 20:16. It took until Monday evening for electrical power
to be restored.
I am sure that I could have topped 1000 Qs had storm not wiped me out. I
missed only NNY, VI and PR, never ceasing to be amazed how many A and B class
stations find the elusive sections.
It was a great weekend of radio and I appreciate all of the QSOs. Until next
year, Dare to be honest and fear no labor.
 
ND3N   Single Op LP   16,5762017-11-09 19:46:40
Took a little hiatus from contesting over the summer. Figured this would be a
good one to get back into the swing of things. Unfortunately, didn't get
enough BIC time. No excuses... Just tired from work and lack of caffeine...

Rig: Kenwood TS-590
Antennas: GAP Challenger and 40/80 wires
Logging S/W: WriteLog Version 12.22G
 
WB4FDT(@W3LPL)   SO Unlimited HP   139,3562017-11-09 21:56:13
Thanks to Frank for the use of his station. We seemed to have a lull in the
action on early sunday afternoon when only 1 band, 20 meters, was open. 40 and
15 meters were very slack, and only one of the two of operators can operate on
the open band at one time. This slowed our rate down for several hours, until
40 meters began to perk about 3:30-4pm. I missed PR, VI and NNY. I heard PR
QRP on 15 meters in the afternoon, and a different PR station on 40 meters late
in the contest but the pileup was such I gave up working him. See you all again
in SSB SS!
 
W6OAT   SO Unlimited LP   132,0302017-11-09 23:43:11
Missed KP2 and KP4.
 
NR4C   Single Op HP   962017-11-10 13:07:48
No time this weekend. Wife had list for Sat and a funeral on Sunday. Got few
minutes while she was getting ready for dinner on Saturday to operate.
 
K4HAL   Single Op LP   3,8402017-11-10 17:28:24
Lightning strike Friday took out transceiver and both computers. Only got on for
an hour using mobile rig and laptop.
 
W4AAA(KK9A)   SO Unlimited LP   159,5702017-11-10 21:00:05
During the preceding week I installed a couple of temporary Beverage antennas
around the property. Then on Saturday morning I set up the station and software
and luckily everything was working perfectly. Conditions seemed pretty good on
the first day, I had a nice run on 20m before the sun set and 40m was excellent
at night. This made for a very fun evening,rates were in the 60-70 per hour
range. Getting a sweep is a big part of this contest and I knew that it would
be even more challenging this year with the extensive hurricane damage to
Puerto Rico and USVI. Luckily NP3A called me on 40m during the first night
however early on Sunday I was still missing AB, VI, NT and NNY. Later that
morning, my run rates had slowed so I turned on the spotting network hoping to
find some new stations and multipliers. I immediately clicked on VY1AAA who was
very easy to work and shortly later I found VE6EX while tuning across 20m. So
with about 8 hours of op time left I still needed two more sections (VI and
NNY). Amazingly, I never did find either one. I later learned that N6EE was
operating a remote station from NNY late in the contest and I am sure that I
could have worked Ron if I had known. The low bands became very noisy on Sunday
evening and run rates dropped to crawl so to keep busy I often clicked on the
spots of new stations that appeared. Thanks for the QSO! Please QSL via Tim,
WD9DZV.

73,
John KK9A aka W4AAA
 
W7XT   Single Op QRP   21,9602017-11-10 22:36:26
Great fun! Next year better antenna than the 80/40 trap dipole at 35' and more
time in the first 12 hours of the contest.
 
NP2X(K9VV)   Single Op QRP   2,8622017-11-11 06:50:13
Worked a few guys when rain showers stopped NP2X antenna restoration project.
Government says 90% power restoration to island by Christmas but imported line
men say a more realistic time estimate is March, or even as late as summer.

73,
Fred, K9VV / NP2X
 
N4BP   SO Unlimited HP   175,1302017-11-11 09:47:28
Thanks to assistance from VE3DZ, a new A4S replaced the one torn apart
by Hurricane Irma in time for SS! This one included the 40M add-on
which turned out to be much quieter than my 40/80 trap dipole. But my
best bands have always been 10 & 15, poorest band 20. Started out
with a nice run on 15 which lasted less than a half hour and ended up
on 40M quite early.
Found VY1AAA with no pilup and got him with one call.
Received #4Q from NP2X, #1A from NP4Z to complete the sweep.
This was my lowest score in several years, but very satisfied that I
was able to make my usual goals of 1000+ QSOs and a clean sweep.
 
VE3RCN   Single Op LP   55,4802017-11-12 09:24:02
Had to shut down due to thunderstorms and computer issue.
 
K8CC   SO Unlimited HP   103,6802017-11-23 06:16:01
Missed NNY, PR & VI for the sweep (never heard). Spent time unsuccessfully
chasing VO1s on 20M (rotators stuck W/SW) only to have VO1BQ call me on 40M
near the end :-)

Nice short skip on 20M to the east coast Saturday evening but again the stuck
20M rotators limited how well I could capitalize on it :-)

Less than a full time effort, but still great to see everyone on the air. 73
& thanks for the QSOs