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N3QE   Single Op LP   2,9702012-10-13 20:58:59
Need more participants. Felt like all 3 bands were worked dry an hour before the
end.

Saw some impressive QSO NR's from left coast, 30 and 40 ahead of me!!! Great
job guys!
 
W6SX   Single Op HP   1,4752012-10-13 21:02:24
Sorry I wasn't very active. Antenna wasn't working on twenty meters, and the
shine was off the apple.

K3, ACOM 2000A, wire antenna at 46 feet with Matchboxes, MMTTY, N1MM
 
W1UJ   Single Op LP   3,6162012-10-13 21:04:58
That last hour was rough.

JayMA




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

CALLSIGN: W1UJ
CONTEST: NA-SPRINT-RTTY
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP ALL LOW
OPERATORS: W1UJ

-------------- Q S O R a t e S u m m a r y ---------------------
Hour 160 80 40 20 15 10 Rate Total Pct
--------------------------------------------------------------------
0000 0 0 16 28 0 0 44 44 38.9
0100 0 1 28 11 0 0 40 84 74.3
0200 0 19 6 0 0 0 25 109 96.5
0300 0 4 0 0 0 0 4 113 100.0
------------------------------------------------------
Total 0 24 50 39 0 0 113

Gross QSOs=117 Dupes=4 Net QSOs=113

Unique callsigns worked = 70

The best 60 minute rate was 47/hour from 0026 to 0125
The best 30 minute rate was 54/hour from 0058 to 0127
The best 10 minute rate was 72/hour from 0002 to 0011

The best 1 minute rates were:
2 QSOs/minute 16 times.
1 QSOs/minute 81 times.

There were 46 bandchanges and 23 (20.4%) probable 2nd radio QSOs.

Number of letters in callsigns
Letters # worked
-----------------
4 73
5 28
6 12

------------ 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
-------------------------------------------------------------
CA 0 1 7 6 0 0 14 12.4
TN 0 3 4 2 0 0 9 8.0
AZ 0 1 3 4 0 0 8 7.1
ON 0 4 3 1 0 0 8 7.1
OH 0 2 3 2 0 0 7 6.2
MN 0 1 2 2 0 0 5 4.4
MI 0 2 1 2 0 0 5 4.4
WA 0 0 3 2 0 0 5 4.4
MD 0 2 2 0 0 0 4 3.5
WI 0 1 1 2 0 0 4 3.5
CM 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 2.7
PA 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 2.7
SD 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 2.7
CO 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 2.7
ID 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 2.7
VA 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 2.7
MT 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 1.8
UT 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 1.8
IL 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 1.8
NM 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 1.8
TX 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 1.8
MO 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 1.8
WV 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 1.8
NV 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 1.8
SC 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 1.8
NY 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 1.8
VE3 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.9
OR 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.9
OK 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.9
XE 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.9
QC 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.9
FL 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.9
------------------------------------------------------
Total 0 24 50 39 0 0 113


U.S. Call Areas Worked
Area QSOs Pct
--------------------
0 14 12.4
1 1 0.9
2 5 4.4
3 9 8.0
4 11 9.7
5 6 5.3
6 17 15.0
7 20 17.7
8 12 10.6
9 4 3.5
--------------------
Total 99 87.6

Multi-band QSOs
---------------
1 bands 38
2 bands 21
3 bands 11
4 bands 0
5 bands 0
6 bands 0

------- S i n g l e B a n d Q S O s ------
Band 160 80 40 20 15 10
----------------------------------------------
QSOs 0 7 18 13 0 0
 
KB7Q   Single Op LP   2,3702012-10-13 21:10:01
This was my first RTTY Sprint - I remoted out to WA7U's station and did the
contest from my house to make it interesting. The K3/0 <--> K3/100 link using
the Remoterig boxes was great. The contest itself was a long, slow slog.
73,
Gene, KB7Q
 
K6LL   Single Op HP   4,9352012-10-13 21:11:04
Band conditions were not so hot, and participation was off, so it was kind of
slow. The last hour was pretty grim.














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NW2K   Single Op LP   2,5232012-10-13 21:14:46
90W, fan dipole at 40'
 
WF7T   Single Op LP   1,2252012-10-13 21:42:11
Didn't have a lot of time today. Thanks for the Qs and pardon my QLF. Jay W1UJ,
I am so sorry...I had a heck of a time printing your transmissions. I don't know
what is wrong with my setup.

Confirmation #: 1337791.na-sprint-rtty

73 Brad WF7T
Nashville, TN

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IC-7600@100W, Doublets
N1MM v12.10.1, AFSK
 
K5AM   Single Op HP   4,2902012-10-13 21:47:13
Location: Horse Mountain, elevation 2400 m (7900 ft).
Two-element tribander, and wires. Generator power.
Photo: www.zianet.com/k5am/cabin.html
 
N6RO   Single Op HP   5,1062012-10-13 22:08:23
Activity sucked. Seems like folks don't like, or are intimidated by the Sprint
format. Almost quit halfway through, but horse-racing with K6LL kept me
diddling.

And now, to finish up the Oceania contest on 40m.
 
NG7M(@W7CT)   Single Op HP   2,7552012-10-13 22:13:33
Thanks to Jim W7CT for letting me kick the tires on his new SO2R station setup
in Layton Utah. This was my first time in an RTTY sprint. I really expected
more activity, but I think things are picking up from what I understand with
the RTTY sprints. The last hour was grim...

It was fun and a great way to play around with an SO2R setup.

I'm sure I'll be back and I think this has motivated me to do some weekly CCC
Thursday night RTTY sprints along with the CW sprints.

73 de Max NG7M
 
W7WHY   Single Op HP   1262012-10-13 23:51:19
Got on for a half hour after work. Employer called me back to work last week
after over 2 years being retired. Forgot what it was like to work again. 73
Tom W7WHY
 
ND8L   Single Op HP   2,7282012-10-14 03:40:40
Never worked so hard for 88 q's in my life. Not a lot of QRM or QRN...
just didn't seem to be a lot of guys on. Popped up on 20 around 0330Z
on the only signal on the band (well, other than the N6RO beacon) was
KH6CJJ.
 
AB3IC   Single Op LP   1,0122012-10-14 05:48:25
First time working a Sprint. I got started a little late as a new ham in our
club was having problems figuring out how to get her TS-2000 on the air and
needed my help. Turns out the powerpole connector that the previous owner had
put on the power cord was throwing her off. A little clip work with a diagonal
cutter and a couple of new ring connectors had her up and running.

So, I was about 20 minutes late in starting the contest - then it took me
nearly an hour to figure out the QSY rules. Had to read the rules several
times before I figured it out.

I was also working with a new radio (TS-590) - I'll give a better review of the
rig after a couple of more contests, but so far I really like it. One thing
that was especially helpful was the use of the equalizer feature, which allowed
me to tailor both my receive and transmit audio for the contest.

The set-up was:

Kenwood TS-590 (100 watts)
GAP Challenger DX (20M & 40M)
Inverted Vee for 80M
Using WriteLog with MMTTY plug-in
 
K7TQ   Single Op LP   2,1282012-10-14 06:03:38
A tough evening at low power from ID. Best hour was 01 Z on 40 m. Got K5AM on
all 3 bands. Worked 7 of the 9 other SWACC team members. I hope March has
better than an A of 38 and K of 3 to 5.
 
W3YY   Single Op HP   1,5502012-10-14 06:56:57
I think the contest needs more participants. 20 was kind of worked out after 45
min and 40 in another 45. So after 1.5 hours I tried to go to 80, but my
intermittent ant switch failed. Checked about an hour later and it was working
again, so I did another 30 min on 80. I think this was only the second RTTY
sprint I entered. It was fun.

73, Bob - W3YY
 
N8EA   Single Op LP   2,2962012-10-14 07:44:04
new to RTTY - found the {clearRIT} macro but could not find the {clearQLF} one.
 
K7ZO   Single Op HP   2942012-10-14 07:52:57
Always a challenge to make QSO's with my low dipole but this was silly with
propagation being poor to begin with and participation seemingly well down. I
think I worked most everyone on west of the Mississippi and really could not be
be heard east of it. There is always next time.

Scott/K7ZO
 
W8AKS   Single Op LP   8142012-10-14 08:50:07
First RTTY Sprint, tks to all who put up with my fumbling and bumbling. Had a
good time. Wish band condx had been better.
 
K6UFO(@W6YX)   Single Op QRP   2,7282012-10-14 09:46:59
I enjoy RTTY and Sprinting, but how embarrassing for me to
not even make 100 contacts!

The A Index was 36 at the start, and those stations I could
hear all sounded QRP, so I must have sounded really weak.

People left 20m early, probably a good idea, since 40m
went long quite early - leaving 20m dead, 40m long, and only
80m for some domestic activity. On 80m I could hear more
stations than could hear me, but I tried and tried... It
seemed like many stations quit early, and the last half hour
was quite empty.

Lots of Cuban stations operating, thanks! Hardly anybody in
California on, just N6RO, W6SX and me.

K6UFO MORK CA

W6YX Stanford University:
20m: 6 el yagi at 60 ft
40m: 4 el at 60 ft
80m: inverted vee at 50 ft
One Yaesu FT-1000MP turned down to 5 watts
Writelog, MMTTY, Microham keyer and FSK
 
W4SDJ   Single Op LP   4502012-10-14 10:15:33
My first NA-RTTY Sprint. Wish the bands were better.
 
W6SFK   Single Op HP   1,5342012-10-14 10:19:15
So, what's up with N1MM? When I output the Cabrillo file it didn't show the
called station information. Can anyone tell me what I did wrong? Software is up
to date.

For scoring I sent in the ADF file which did have all the info. Hope that
works.

W6SFK
 
VE3RCN   Single Op LP   5942012-10-14 12:46:01
I anticipated this sprint all day. Being it my birthday, I was quite tired by
the time 8pm rolled around. Thus, after 2 hours, the old boy packed it
in...happy that the computer was working with N1MM (thanks Rich, VE3KI for your
advice). Ground mounted vertical in a city lot. Ran about 40 watts.
 
KI7MT   Single Op HP   1,9442012-10-14 20:18:52
Well, that was interesting.

Condx here were, to say the least, terrible. Participation seemed a bit off,
maybe it was due to the other contests running, not sure.

Had loads of issues. Some were self induced (like I should have check my macros
from the last sprint), others need further investigation.

In any case, it's better to be on the radio and have a bad day than not to be
on at all :-)

Look for you all in the JARTS.

73's
Greg
KI7MT
Helena, MT.
 
WI9WI   Single Op HP   1,7422012-10-16 12:00:39
This contest needs more activity. In spite of bad conditions there were quite a
few loud signals. Way too much empty spectrum, and way too many unanswered CQs.
At one point I called CQ 50 consecutive times on several different frequencies
without a reply. I counted.

Jim