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N6RO   Single Op HP   5,3202018-03-11 07:09:00
Twas a good wakeup call to get back to practicing sprints in the NCCC and CW OPS
mid-week sprints. Loosing ability to visually scan multiple decoders.

rate slow in last hour, but enjoyed the 4 hours.
N6ZFO   Single Op HP   1,0122018-03-11 07:17:32
Enjoyed demonstrating RTTY contesting to a visitor. She was impressed, but does
not indicate she will sign up for ham radio. However I'll keep working on

Participation seemed a bit low. . general disenchantment with rather dismal band

73 Bill n6zfo
K6LRN   Single Op LP   1,8242018-03-11 07:23:56
Talk about 'bringing a knife to a gunfight'...this was more like bringing a worn
plastic spoon. Ugly, IMO!
AA5AU   Single Op LP   1,1882018-03-11 12:14:52
The contest was a little slow for me so I moved one of the radios to 160 meters
for the Stew Perry contest. It marks the first time I've operated a RTTY and CW
contest at the same time on two radios. It was a blast!
NN7SS(K6UFO)   Single Op QRP   9182018-03-11 12:27:15
After my troubles with audio settings in NAQP RTTY, a friend of
Homer gave me some suggestions to simplify the setup. Sure enough,
they worked good. My struggles with Windows audio were cut in half,
but my struggles with propagation were immense. I could only work
West Coast on 20m!?! Finally, in disgust, I went to the kitchen for a
snack and looked out at the tower to see if the antenna was even
still there. It was, but it was pointing the wrong direction! Aargh!
Homer's friend Murphy had visited the rotator.

I proceeded carefully because I didn't want to snap any cables, but
the mast hadn't slipped, just the control box (Green Heron) was way
out of agreement with the antennas. I finally found the control box
manual and started the calibration process. I got a couple steps in,
when I read there was software to do it auto-magically. I found,
downloaded, installed and ran the software and sure enough it
worked real good. Everybody agreed on directions again. OK, now
back to the "Sprint" with only the first hour wasted!

The only things left on 20m were Californians, JA's, and SO2R CQ'ers
who aren't even listening. So I took my 5 watts to 40m. I tuned, I called,
I dodged and weaved, but the High Power operators put extra stomp
on me... Eventually they left and people desparate for anyone to call them
were willing to listen and work me. Even with the antennas pointing right,
my signal was not strong, and I called 10 for every 1 who would answer.
I could call CQ endlessly without an answer, and I never won a jump
ball. Finally it was last hour and the quiet, calm conditions of 80m.
I punched in the Attenuator, and only called people over S9, so I had a
reasonable ratio of calling 20 for every 1 who would answer...

Luckily time ran out, I had survived another sprint, and I had even found
and fixed a rotator problem - well done Old Man!


20m: Force12 C31XR at 72 ft pointing left.
40m: Force12 2 Element Yagi at 78 ft pointing right.
80m: 4-square array pointing SE.
SAL-30 Receive Antenna, not needed.
Elecraft K3 turned down to 5 watts
K3/0-Mini control head, RHR App, SignaLink USB.
Writelog, MMTTY and 2Tone
VE3RCN   Single Op LP   882018-03-11 12:38:59
Could not get the RTTY decoder screen to show up in N1MM. Uninstalled programme,
reinstalled...did updates...still no decoder screen. N3FJP was up next. Could
not get the decoder to link with the logging software. So, used decoder as a
stand alone and took down info by hand and entered it after the fact. A few
points for CCO.
N4IQ   Single Op HP   3,5702018-03-11 13:03:10
Band QSOs Pts Sec Pt/Q
3.5 44 44 5 1.0
7 57 57 18 1.0
14 18 18 7 1.0
Total 119 119 30 1.0

Score: 3,570 4Hr SO2R

Enjoyed the event but last hour was rather slow.
I was please with the way my station worked.

2x TS590's; 2x KWs; 160M C Windom (used on 40M & 160M)
2x 40/20M Super Loops NE/SW & NW/SE (used on 20M);
80M C Widom (used on 80M & 15M); SDR Pans; N1MM+
K6LL   Single Op HP   6,0042018-03-11 13:25:08
20 was OK, but sparsely populated. 40 was good, with some lightning static. 80
was its usual muddy self. I actually worked a few people who were not in the
contest, and got all their exchange info. It was slow toward the end, but still
a fun way to spend four hours.
N3QE   Single Op HP   5,3382018-03-11 13:39:28
Ten-Tec Eagle, AL-1500, 130-foot doublet.

Friday afternoon I got my SDR plugged into the rig's IF out and managed to get
some of it working. Was playing around with spectrum display from my new SDR
plugged into rig's IF out. Could watch the TN5R pileups in the CW end while
doing RTTY. Clearly have a lot to learn before I actually make USEFUL use of it
in a contest.
K4GMH   Single Op HP   1,6242018-03-11 14:19:04
Thanks for the QSOs.

Only antenna usable in a somewhat East/West direction is the 80 m inv. vee. The
mast, holding the 40 and 20 m antennas, was rotated in the rotor-mast clamp by
the recent high winds. These antennas now point South. Although the rotor
still works, not sure if the rotor loop coax is loose enough to use the rotor.

Slow the first hour although that was okay as there were a number of good
basketball games on the shack TV. Usually operate SO2R, which is a bit more
operator intensive than the sprint QSY rule. Even after folks started showing
up on 80 meters, the TV was kept on throughout the Sprint. (Go Virginia!)

Mike, K4GMH
WDØT(@KDØS)   Single Op HP   2,3222018-03-11 14:43:44
My son home for Spring Break, so only part time operation.. Thanks to Jim and
Shari for being able to use their station.. it worked FB!

Started at 0140Z, and 20m was completely dead, and 40m was starting to go very
long and shut down early also.

80m was good, not much for short skip though..

Only missed Joe W0DB for the NE mult, heard him multiple times on 80 but never
in the correct sequence..

Still great fun, thanks, 73 God Bless!

Todd WD0T
W3RGA   Single Op LP   2,2882018-03-11 15:15:20
I find the sprints very challenging. The first hour I'm trying to get in the
swing of things. The second and third hours are almost fun. And the last hour
there is no one new to work. This seems to be a recurring theme in the three
RTTY sprints I've entered now.

K3,N1MM.2Tone,GRITTY,100W and a wire.

Thanks for the Q's and your patience as I fumbled through quite a few contacts.
73, Pat..
W6SX   Single Op HP   3,6802018-03-11 15:20:42
Got my head handed to me on a dirty paper plate for this one. Never got any
traction. Finally invoked W6SX Prime Directive and pulled the Big Switch when
average time between contacts reached five minutes. My apologies to my NCCC

K3, ACOM 2000A, wire antenna at 46 feet with Matchboxes and MB-V-A, MMTTY,
2-Tone, N1MM+
WQ5L   Single Op LP   1,7752018-03-11 15:25:18
So this started out pretty normal then turned bizarre when I moved from 20 to

No one could copy me on 40. It was obvious they were hearing me but couldn't
print. Brought up RBN and they weren't seeing me either. Long story short --
something unknown caused my TS-2000 to revert all its menu settings to the
defaults. For whatever reason, I had to set this radio to Inverse polarity to
make it work with MMTTY. The reset flipped it back to Normal. I spent close to
an hour going over and over software settings, updating software, rebooting, and
so forth before stumbling on the solution. Big thanks to Ray ND8L for letting me
know that the polarity was my problem and offering some troubleshooting tips.

Quit early because I was already so far behind and it was difficult to copy
anything through the static crashes on 80. 73 -- Ray WQ5L
ND8L   Single Op LP   3,2102018-03-11 15:46:54
Where were the 9's? Conditions were pretty good here.
Just not a lot of activity.
N7WY   Single Op HP   1,7762018-03-11 15:51:20
74 contacts in 109 minutes - ended local club meeting, hence the late start
K3 with alpha 87a at just under 1KW - 80 m inverted Vee, 40 m 2 el Yagi
WW3S   Single Op LP   3,2102018-03-11 15:53:28
missed alot of W1 and W9, strange condx,
K6NV   Single Op HP   1,5122018-03-11 16:26:33
First RTTY Sprint, figured I could get close to 100 q's part time,but we had a
power outage for an hour, took care of that. Maybe next time. TNX for the
N8FYL   Single Op LP   2,4652018-03-11 16:46:37
Rig: Icom IC-7610
Antenna: G5RV/ZS6BKW at 55 ft
K7SV   Single Op LP   4,5502018-03-11 17:02:03
As I headed down to the shack I told the wife I'd probably see her in an hour or
so. Between bad intermittent line noise, conditions and activity, I didn't hold
hope for this one to provide much entertainment. Well the line noise didn't
visit, conditions weren't too bad and activity was fair. As someone commented
regarding the CW Sprints, this could probably be shortened to 3 hours. 20
provided some west coast at the beginning and a bit later we saw short skip into
closer New England, NY, NJ, PA, Il and Don N4ZZ was real loud at one time. 40
kind of did the same thing with a fair amount of close in stuff workable towards
the end. I think I've finally got things set up as I like them for RTTY. Now to
maintain it! Thanks for the Qs diddlers.
N9NA   Single Op HP   9452018-03-11 17:10:32
Flex 6500, Alpha 87a, 160 Meter Inverted L, 80 meter OCF Dipole, Steppir DB-18e.
WA8WZG(W8WZG)   Single Op LP   1,2542018-03-11 17:53:42
First time to use my new K3 ,, First ever LOW BAND Sprint.. And first time to
screw up loading the wrong contest in N1MM... Thought I had the K3 all sorted
out for RTTY, but had a few bugs to work thru at start of contest,,,Then I could
not figure out why I as not getting serial number from N1MM.. DUH, Wrong contest
loaded,,,missed some good mults on 20 while I was sorting it out!!!.. Finally
got it all sorted out, but 20 was pretty much closed for me..NEXT Hurdle was
trying to sort out the QSY rule,, Finally figured it out after listening what
everyone else was doing,,, so got a good solid hour and a half of working the
contest.. running low power, did not have time to get K3 interfaced with my
amp... Had FUN , and LEARNED a LOT!!!
Thanks to all the Outlaws that worked me AND my apologies to those stations On
20 at start of the contest that tried to work me,, they must have
thought<< WHAT A LID THIS GUY IS!!!
NG7Z   Single Op LP   1,0202018-03-11 18:46:52
20 was nearly empty at the start so it was mostly S&P with only 2 answers
after the duet. 40 was hopping but I soon realized that for me it was going to
be the west coast and midwest Q's. Wayne N2WK and Larry K7SV were the only two
east coast guys that could hear me. Otherwise and as usual, my pop gun loses the
jump ball every time. So I was forced to go to 80 at 0209Z which is way to
early. By 0230Z I had worked everyone who could hear me and got tired of
unanswered calls. So to quote Pliny the Elder, if it ain't fun anymore, do
something else. 73 Paul NG7Z
HH2AA(K6DTT)   Single Op LP   2422018-03-11 19:30:59
I operated HH2AA, one of the stations, from my home QTH in
California. HH2AA operates on solar power and is located in Obleon Haiti at

This was the first time I participated in a RTTY Sprint contest, and although I
only had just over an hour available I had a great time operating this remote

I wasn't being heard when responding to CQ's, and I think I would have done a
lot better by jumping back and forth 5k and calling CQ. I'll try that next

Looking forward to September's Srpint.

73, Alan K6DTT
K5AM   Single Op HP   4,7192018-03-11 22:18:13
Location: Horse Mountain, elevation 7900 ft, DM54wa, NM.
Off-grid, generator powered.
NG7M   Single Op HP   3,7512018-03-12 00:50:14
First time on an RTTY sprint... it's been awhile since I worked a CW sprint for
that matter. It was fun, but I wish there was more activity, so I better get on
again in the future.

Max NG7M on the AOCC Contest Club - Team Copper Devil Posse, Yeeeeee Hawwwwww!
KA6BIM   Single Op LP   482018-03-16 02:18:36
n1mm wasnt advancing nrs so some of you got dupes sri.
K6KNS   Single Op HP   2072018-03-20 15:50:14
TS-990 - ASL600 - Hexbeam - 40/80 Inverted V