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NA2U   Single Op HP   1602016-11-19 20:54:14
CW SS is OK. I really don't like SS phone.
 
K3OQ(@W3RFC)   SO Unlimited HP   4,4102016-11-20 06:46:49
Put in an hour for PVRC amongst other family activities.
 
K3DCW   Single Op LP   6002016-11-20 08:10:08
Only had a very short time, so knocked out 20 QSOs using S&P, simply to help
out the club.
 
KO7SS   SO Unlimited HP   140,5562016-11-20 08:50:43
K3 SO1R, 2 el SteppIR and 40/80 OCF at 55'

My annual foray into the world of SSB contesting. The first 4 hours was fun.
Goal was 1000 Q's but I couldn't keep my BIC.

73, Bill KO7SS on Mt Lemmon in southern AZ
 
W3DQ   Single Op HP   10,9042016-11-20 11:03:32
First time on with new amp and (sort of) repaired wires. I'm awfully rusty and
didn't have much fun. Now I remember why I've avoided SS for all these years.

Oh well...

73, Eric W3DQ
 
K2RD   SO Unlimited HP   83,0002016-11-20 12:38:28
Thanks for the qsos. Pretty good conditions for a change!
 
K3NDM   Single Op LP   12,7682016-11-20 13:11:53
Band QSOs Pts Sec Pt/Q
3.5 51 102 21 2.0
7 38 76 19 2.0
14 25 50 16 2.0
Total 114 228 56 2.0
Score: 12,768
1 Mult = 2.0 Q's
 
AI6DO   Single Op HP   1,1402016-11-20 13:38:24
Fierce QRM tenderized my brain and ears. Still haven't recovered.
 
N5XE   Single Op QRP   5,5482016-11-20 13:54:31
Casual effort - decided to go QRP.

FT-2000 at 5 watts
3 element yagi at 45 feet
 
W2GR   SO Unlimited HP   108,7302016-11-20 14:00:39
Thanks for the Q's!
 
W4VIC   SO Unlimited HP   1,3202016-11-20 14:08:34
Thanks for the Qs. 73, Vic, W4VIC
 
K4NV   Single Op HP   166,0002016-11-20 14:08:34
Part time effort. Thanks to all for the contacts.

73, Dennis K4NV
 
N8IVN   SO Unlimited LP   29,7002016-11-20 14:09:12
First my thanks to Dick/WN3R for his guidance, tutelage, and assistance in
installing an 80m dipole at 55 ft. at my QTH. His efforts made it possible for
me to do some light contesting from here. This was the first time in recent
memory that I put my bic at my home QTH for any contesting, light or otherwise.
Customarily, I'm at WX3B, N3HBX/Poolesville, or previously at K4VV. Also, my
thanks to the folks who spotted me. It made for some fun rates, especially on
80m last night. Though, I did seem to get things rolling on 40m for a while
this afternoon. Then, it is always nice to find other PVRC members and assist
in pushing each other on.

While I only put in an abbreviated effort due to other family considerations,
it was an enjoyable time!

73
Dennis N8IVN
 
WØPAN   Single Op LP   11,2322016-11-20 14:18:50
TOUGH GOING FOR THOSE OF US IN THE WEST.
 
W4KW   SO Unlimited HP   23,0462016-11-20 14:28:39
Sinus infection won.
Tnx to all for the Q's
73's
Bert
W4KW
 
WA3AER   SO Unlimited HP   66,8802016-11-20 14:32:18
Was there less participation this year?
80M surprised me Saturday night with its Q production, both S&P and Run.
Runs were certainly helped by the spots received, many from PVRC members -
thank you all.
I had expected 40M to be a much larger contributor, but, except for 80M, 20M
beat it handily for me. The couple of times I went to 15M was because M&Q
looked like there ought to be contacts to be had. Whether it was my intrinsic
noise level or that M&Q was misleading I'm not sure. I do know that Sunday
afternoon's noise level was quite high at my QTH - TU NFL fans and your TVs!
hihi That also proved to be true of 40M on Sunday afternoon, which I ended up
taking as off time.
By 2200Z Sunday, the bird had been picked pretty clean and my stomach was
crying for dinner. I'd bettered my previous contact counts, met my goal of 400
Qs, but fell short of the BIC goal of 20hr. IMO, that's a lot easier to do in a
Multi-op setting. So, another one in the books. Go PVRC!
 
W2CDO   Single Op LP   8,4602016-11-20 14:34:01
FT-MP Hexbeam @ 35', OCF dipole @ 50'
thanks for the Qs/
Peter
 
W2NO   SO Unlimited HP   33,2002016-11-20 14:38:09
A few hours of fun. Nice to get the sweep.

Dan W2NO
 
WUØB   SO Unlimited LP   18,5602016-11-20 15:02:20
Kenwood TS-850 @ 100W. Spiderbeam for 10-20m, horizontal loop for 40-80m. Spent
more time taking care of the baby than working the contest, but had lots of fun
with both. So close to a clean sweep this year, but ran out of time before I
could finish. Looking forward to next year!
 
AB3CX   SO Unlimited HP   188,5762016-11-20 15:08:54
40 M during the day was uncrowded and easiest to listen to, so I ended up
spending lots of time there. Last section for the sweep was PAC which did not
have alot of activity.
 
KØBBC   SO Unlimited LP   8,9042016-11-20 15:14:21
K3 100W into OCF Dipole @ 100 Feet NE/SW Orientation. Part time effort from
remote base station in section NNY. My wife's birthday was Saturday so it was
careful balance between marital bliss and ham radio fun.
 
W3BW   SO Unlimited HP   43,1602016-11-20 15:14:35
Clean Sweep by 1430 EST on Sunday.
 
KJ5Y   Multi-Op HP   114,3742016-11-20 15:37:50
Well what can I say.
Just the two ops for this one KJ5Y Pat & MM0LID Scott.
GOT THE SWEEP! FINALLY! NL In the dying moments of remaining time available

but anyway. enjoyable contest.
Was the first time I operated Sweepstakes, got the hang of the exchange
quickly.

20 metres was a warzone most of the time, when you had a somewhat clear
frequency within seconds someone was jumping into bed with you.
But that's just contesting I guess.

Thanks to everyone who called.

See you next weekend in WW CW!

73 Scott
MM0LID
On behalf of team KJ5Y
 
KØACP   SO Unlimited LP   34,0202016-11-20 15:37:58
Missed PAC and NE for a sweep. Otherwise, another good contest, thanks to
all whom participated.

73,

Art/K0ACP
 
VO1BQ   Single Op HP   24,3202016-11-20 15:50:29
Got home from a cruise at 0400hrs...slept until late morning, walked dog and was
on the air most of the afternoon. 20M condx were poorer than expected while 15M
was very good for a couple of hrs. 500W and D3 dipole at 30ft.

Still recovering from spending all day Sat in an airplane, 5 hrs San Juan to
Toronto then another 3.5 Toronto to home. See you next year. 73 Joe VO1BQ
 
K6IJ   SO Unlimited HP   58,4822016-11-20 15:59:16
Boy the narrow filters sure work on CW. I gave SSB a try, cannot stand all the
splatter, and poor sounding radios.. but tried for a sweep, missed NT and SB!
Conditions not the best either.

See you all on CQWW CW

73, Fred K6IJ ex KH7Y
 
K4UB   SO Unlimited LP   41,2382016-11-20 16:02:39
Living in the shadow of an 11000' mountain, makes for tough radio... Thanks to
everyone who took the time to copy my info! See you all next year.
 
N7WA   Single Op HP   11,6102016-11-20 16:12:54
Not my mode but I threw on the amp and ran as fresh meat for a couple hours.
Thanks for the contacts

cheers
dink
 
KD3TB   SO Unlimited HP   31,4642016-11-20 16:24:53
Band conditions were a little better than last week. Still not that great.
 
N6HI   Single Op QRP   1,3202016-11-20 16:27:34
Ran QRP, 5W to a 20 foot piece of wire thrown into a tree out my window. Ugh!
Horrible Conditions, week signals and high noise levels here. Never heard a
peep above 20m. Did my best for a few hours until I couldn't stand it any
longer and gave it up. Lets hope conditions improve for the BIG CW TEST next
week! Thanks to all 30 of you for the QSOs! GO ARIZONA OUTLAWS!! 73, John N6HI
 
K3MAW   SO Unlimited LP   13,8002016-11-20 16:52:43
First timer with this contest, 100 watts and a wire.
 
VE3CX   SO Unlimited HP   191,2322016-11-20 16:54:08
Had the first winter storm of the year, and my power went out Friday night. Did
not come back on until 23:45Z, so I missed the first three hours.

Thanks for the Q's, and hope to work everyone next weekend in the CQWW.

Tom - VE3CX
 
N1CC   Single Op QRP   49,6122016-11-20 16:54:31
Elecraft K3/100 @5W. Force 12 C3 @64', 80/40 Meter Fan Dipoles @ 50', 160M
Inverted L (Used on 40) and DXEngineering 43' Vertical w/Tuner at base.

Conditions not as good as CW weekend, weather better. More contacts made and
fewer Sections found. 10 Meters not open. 15M a "shadow of the
past" with about half the QSOs from 2015. 20 Meters worked well, very
crowded of course. 40M was marginally better than last year and 75 Meters was
much better. No 160M stations were heard.

The comment I made about alligators on the CW weekend applies to this Phone
effort also. Missed Nebraska again, at least I heard one guy but could not
complete the QSO. QC and NL were not found and Mississippi was yet again not
in range of conditions. 80 and 40 were either not open or too long for MS and
NE to be worked from this site.
 
K3SEN   Single Op HP   28,4162016-11-20 17:00:16
Just couldn't get into it? Thanks for the Qs. 73 Dale K3SEN. Elecraft K-Line
with MyAntenna EFHW-4010 antenna in an inverted V configuration with the peak
at 23'.
 
N4YDU   Single Op HP   37,4002016-11-20 17:04:16
Nice conditions on 80M Sunday evening.

73,

Nate/N4YDU
 
VO1MP   SO Unlimited HP   66,4002016-11-20 17:08:16
Tough Sledding ... from here .. we have the dubious distinction of being farther
away from some of the tougher sections .. eg kh6 - kl7.... lots of absorption
especially overnight on Saturday.... cq'ed for about 1.5 hrs otherwise was
strictly S and P.... lots a skewed path propagation here..hopefully
conditions will improve for CQWWCW ..
Tks for Q's.. 73
C'Y'ALL
NEXT ONE
GLWCDR
GUS VO1MP
 
KE4S   SO Unlimited HP   59,0962016-11-20 17:08:16
K3/P3, SPE Expert 1.3K, SteppIR 4el, 80m horizontal loop. I was pleasantly
surprised by the number of contacts on 80 meters. I will have to spend more
time there in the future. Made the clean sweep: the usual hard NT was in the
log very early (thanks!) but the last one I needed was QC, which finally got in
the log late on Sunday afternoon. Enjoyed the contest!
 
VE3BR   Single Op LP   28,8422016-11-20 17:10:14
Radio: Ten-Tec Orion
Antenna: DX-Eng 80/40 Thunderbolt 55ft Dual Band Vertical
Software: N1MM Logger+ 1.0.5982.0

1. Saturday: bands fine and contest buzzing, but I had little time for it.
Family competition for best home made pizza had a much higher priority. I got
the 4th place award. My daughter said it was only because my older son was
away; presumably with him around I would come fifth.
2. Had a bit more time starting Sunday afternoon, but by then everybody was
done and likely walking their dogs or otherwise enjoying the outdoors. Hardly
anybody still active. Or was it my ears?
3. This was a historical event: did not work a single Ontario station, zero
sections out of four; zero VE3s worked. I heard all sections, and multiple
times, and multiple bands, and strong. And called, and called, and called. And
nobody answered. I am not sure what I have done to offend all Ontarians and all
CCO members, but I promise to behave from now on. If you hear me next
Sweepstakes, I might even treat you to some home made pizza (made fresh and
from scratch)...
 
K3TD(@K4QPL)   SO Unlimited HP   46,5082016-11-20 17:11:35
Many thanks to Jim, K4QPL for the use of his fine station, and for the help
configuring N1MM+ for ESM.

K3s, KPA500, P3
Inverted V antennas for 75 and 40
TH7DXX and SteppIR for 20 and 15

Was only able to operate 2 hours on Saturday and 3 on Sunday but had a great
time.

73,
Tad, K3TD
 
KØEJ   Single Op HP   118,9082016-11-20 17:12:47
PT effort and station shakedown for CQWW-CW. Wasn't looking hard for the sweep
but no SC or WTX in the log. 73 es Happy Thanksgiving to all y'all! Mark K0EJ
 
W6SX   SO Unlimited HP   31,4162016-11-20 17:13:13
K3, ACOM 2000A, wire antenna at 46 feet with Matchboxes and MB-V-A, N1MM+
 
K3SV   SO Unlimited HP   50,7002016-11-20 17:14:09
Wires and verticals. 40 foot high doublet surprises me.
 
NX4N   Single Op HP   1,0002016-11-20 17:22:05
Next time, someone please shoot my mic ;->
Back to cw...
73,
Chris, NX4N
 
KØLUZ   SO Unlimited HP   59,4282016-11-20 17:23:28
Usual practice is getting a clean sweep and then stopping. This years SSB clean
sweep did not come easily due to no short skip on 20. Knew the missing sections
were on the bands, but I couldn't hear them. More than anything else,
determination finally resulted in keeping the clean sweep strings intact.
 
K2CYE   SO Unlimited HP   25,9122016-11-20 17:27:03
Missed NL! Was looking for the sweep and all Q's were mostly S&P. See you
all in CQWW CW next week!


73,
Mike K2CYE
 
W1DYJ   SO Unlimited LP   7,4882016-11-20 17:46:17
RIG: TS590S
ANTENNAS:
80, 20, 10 - fan dipole at 30'
40, 15 - 1/4 lambda vertical, 4 elevated radials at 10'

100% S&P
Logger: N3FJP ARRL Sweepstakes Log Version 6.3

Sunday was a travel day back to EMA from my ME QTH, so I could only operate
Saturday night and early Sunday. Half the time as last year ~ half the Qs
& Sections ~ about 1/4 the score.

With my simple antennas I didn't feel loud and had a hard time being heard, but
I still grabbed a few more band slots for ME WAS on 80 and 40. 10 was dead. 15
was so-so. I didn't spend much time on 20.

73 -- Larry -- W1DYJ
 
K3WA   SO Unlimited HP   11,1102016-11-20 17:46:24
Rig: Flex 6700, SPE 1.3K-FA
Antennas: SteppIR DB-18E at 80 ft, SteppIR 3 El at 42 ft, Inverted L for 80
and 160M, Shared Apex Loop SAL-30 for low band receive
 
N8HM   Single Op LP   5202016-11-20 17:49:47
Rig - Yaesu FT-450D
Antenna - MFJ-1786 Magnetic Loop
 
W1LX   Single Op HP   99,3822016-11-20 17:50:59
First time contest. Thanks for the Qs. 73 de W1LX.
 
K4IU   SO Unlimited HP   26,8602016-11-20 17:53:10
A sweep was probably in reach if I had just a little more time.
 
NØFCD   Multi-Op LP   104,0822016-11-20 17:58:18
Worse conditions than last year, but we still had a good time. We took a
45-minute break for dinner with spouses and family members on Saturday evening.
We finished our Sweep early Sunday afternoon with a KL7. Forgot to order the
mugs last year, but we will try to correct that this year. 73, John/N0FCD
 
N9GUN   SO Unlimited HP   29,8962016-11-20 17:59:32
Got a few hours on Saturday afternoon and Sunday to work the contest. Missed
IA,DE,PR,PAC,GTA,NL,NT,ONN,QC.

Always fun.

73 de Tom, N9GUN
 
K2WK   SO Unlimited HP   105,5762016-11-20 18:01:32
Get the broom...
 
NSØR   Single Op HP   49,7422016-11-20 18:06:36
I mostly operate CW, but I really enjoy sweepstakes. Family obligations
prevented me from putting in a serious effort, but I still had fun. Thanks for
the Q's.

73, Morgan, NS0R
 
VE3KI   Single Op LP   30,5142016-11-20 18:07:31
Experimenting with remote operating methods (via wifi) while sitting in the
shack with my back to the radio. All S&P.
 
NN2NN   Single Op HP   9,1522016-11-20 18:08:27
Working the weekend so very limited air time :(
 
N4CF   SO Unlimited LP   46,8002016-11-20 18:17:58
It was a struggle this year. The bands weren't in very good shape, but 75M held
up pretty well both evenings.
 
W4TG   Multi-Op LP   64,7402016-11-20 18:22:38
ARRL Section : VA
Club/Team : Potomac Valley Radio Club
Software : N1MM Logger+ 1.0.5982.0

Band QSOs Pts Sec Pt/Q
3.5 191 382 28 2.0
7 126 252 18 2.0
14 93 186 31 2.0
21 5 10 1 2.0
Total 415 830 78 2.0


Score : 64,740
Rig :

Antennas :

Soapbox :
 
W4UT   Single Op HP   36,5202016-11-20 18:29:32
Happy to get the 83 sections for a sweep. SC was doing an excellent job of
hiding from me, but I finally found them Sunday afternoon. He was hiding under
a pile-up.
 
K9NW   Single Op LP   18,0002016-11-20 18:31:07
Tnx QSOs!

73, Mike K9NW
 
KD6WKY   Single Op LP   75,0322016-11-20 18:35:12
80 meters was the best band for me Saturday night followed by 20m mid-day
Sunday. Put Buddipole on roof of house for 80m.
 
K6LA   Multi-Op HP   166,1662016-11-20 18:37:02
Warming up the frequency before the contest on 20m, we were told we were loud.
After a handful of QSOs we couldn't buy a contact and went to 15m. Lots of QSB
on 15 but worse on Sunday.

Arnie and I called it a day after we finally found a KH6 for the sweep, just
after hitting 1000 contacts.

It we hadn't been doing a multi-op it would really have been painful.

Ken, K6LA
 
N7US   Single Op HP   80,0802016-11-20 18:41:06
K3/P3, 87A, SteppIR 4L @ 50', 40M 2L @ 60', 80M sloper, N1MM+

Started to operate about noon on Sunday for a couple of hours and ended up with
6 hours. I don't see a bonus for starting with a sore throat.

40 stayed open Sunday evening, which was a surprise.

It's always fun to work old friends.
 
N4OO   Single Op LP   35,4962016-11-20 18:42:41
It was likely sometime before 2004 that I had not operated this contest FT. I
heard from some of the regulars that I picked the right one to sit out given
the condx especially here in the SE.

Ran the entire 3 hours having a fairly steady flow. Even op'ing just 3 hours
way below the normal pig slop and running LP, I still got qrm'ed by an obscene
recording for about 10 minutes. A few HP guys called in - never missed a beat -
and away the low life went.

73 N4OO
 
NF4A   SO Unlimited HP   17,8642016-11-20 18:44:39
Part time effort only 2.75 hours most S&P except near the end on Sunday
night
 
N3AM   SO Unlimited HP   60,5902016-11-20 18:47:21
Remote operation from South Florida.

K3 with RemoteRig and K3/0-mini
Expert 2K-FA
Skyhawk 20/15/10 @70'
Bushcraft XM-240 @84'
80m inv vee @65'
K9AY RX antenna
 
W1KQ   SO Unlimited HP   42,1642016-11-20 18:48:49
Second consecutive phone sweep!
 
VE3YT   Single Op HP   170,5602016-11-20 18:49:02
Missed PAC for the sweep. Had a great time, thanks for Qs. 73 Vic
 
KØTG   SO Unlimited LP   6,6302016-11-20 18:50:28
Just on for a little here and there.


73, John K0TG
 
AB9YC   Single Op LP   14,5922016-11-20 18:56:41
Part time effort, ran an self-defined Fresh Meat Challenge, only ran. Loads of
fun.
 
AA6PW   Single Op HP   221,7282016-11-20 18:58:42
Missed NL
 
VY1AAA(W1VE)   Single Op HP   152,6842016-11-20 18:59:27
Great Thanks to J for so much effort on the ground! Also, thanks for the many
people who spotted me! From NT, SPOTTING is the lifeblood of QSOs. Many dead
times when I knew I was loud, but nobody pointing antennas. Propagation not as
good as in the CW event, but happy with the result. Did not hear PR all weekend
and missed it for the Sweep. Oh well!

Let's do this again! One of my favorite contests, after CW!

73,

Gerry W1VE (VE1RM, etc)
@ VY1AAA@VY1JA
 
WC7Q   Single Op HP   14,0802016-11-20 19:00:46
Could not find EPA, PR or QC for a sweep. Hope everyone else did.

Sam WC7Q
 
K7IR   Multi-Op LP   234,8902016-11-20 19:01:16
Setup for this contest took about twice as long as we anticipated, but in the
end we were rewarded by everything prepared and working at the beginning of the
contest. Seems like the more we prepare and practice, the luckier we get!

For the first time ever, we had nearly identical radio/computer setups with a
K3 and K3S. One station had a DB42 w/80m option on top, with a 4 Element
SteppIR 37 feet below it; the other station had a DB32 (2 elements on 40m, 4
elements on the rest). We also had a listening antenna this year for 80m, which
helped for California stations.

Conditions seemed quieter than normal, and better than last year, despite
forcing us from the high bands earlier.

Thanks for getting into our log, see you next year!
 
K8BKM   Single Op LP   15,7942016-11-20 19:03:02
Out of town for most of the weekend but managed to get on late Sunday. Ran for
nearly two hours on 80, then tuned around a bit to pick up some mults.

Thanks for the Q's

73, Tom
K8BKM
 
WT9U   Single Op LP   118,7462016-11-20 19:05:01
Missed PR and MS. Never heard PR and couldn't catch up to the one MS station I
heard.
 
WØMU   SO Unlimited HP   89,5442016-11-20 19:05:55
K3 500watts and many antennas. Miss the extra 1000w in this one.

A very distracted contest. Son came home from college and missed a bunch of
time at the start. Stomach flu attacked over night. Felt better later in the
day.

Missed VO1 NL......??????????????? Heard them enough times figured they would
be easy enough on Sunday...Nope. SC, NE, KP4, KH6, ONN were tough.

Who is going to create the voice skimmer? Not too many people spotting.
Spoiled by the cw skimmers for certain!

Was happy with the new full sized 80 vertical until I got to witness the sheer
power of a 4 square on 80 and now I am sad again..HI!

Had a couple of very nice runs on 40. Felt plenty weak on 20m. 15 was good
but not enough people on it.
 
VE3TW   Single Op HP   88,5602016-11-20 19:06:21
Missed the elusive NL.
 
VE4VT   Single Op HP   232,5662016-11-20 19:06:39
Very Disappointing outing. The high noise on 80m locally here made running
virtually impossible. Many people calling that I could not hear.

Lost several frequency wars which killed rate while looking for a run
frequency. Stubbornly held on to some after someone moved in 1 KHz away.
Another rate killer.

Alaska was the last section to be worked. Went to sleep needing ND, QC, NL, MAR
and PR. Found a ND right at the start on 80m and the rest called me shortly
after.

Congrats to all the great scores out there.

73

Ed VE4VT
 
WN6K   Single Op LP   136,8902016-11-20 19:07:30
Missed PR & SB

WN6K, Paul
 
WC6H   Single Op HP   287,8442016-11-20 19:07:42
Had fun.
Thanks for all the Q's
Rich
 
K6TD(@K6MTU)   Multi-Op HP   140,4362016-11-20 19:07:57
Great team. MVP is W6LD. Disaster for our equipment setup. No end of
problems.
Still did manage to get a sweep.
 
W2LK   SO Unlimited HP   21,6082016-11-20 19:08:14
Couldn't operate much due to family commitments. Conditions were poor for the
few hours I was able to do.
 
W6YI   Multi-Op HP   335,1542016-11-20 19:09:19
Thank you for all the QSO's. The crew did an outstanding job working together.
Band conditions were fair. There were no 10 meter openings. @0 and 40 closed
early. We were assisted by my yellow lab who attempted to lie on the foot
switches. He enjoys the warmth from all the computers under the desk. We ended
the day with the traditional BBQ steak dinner. Station description is on QRZ.
COM.
 
N8XX   Single Op QRP   5,2482016-11-20 19:09:39
Again, condition quite unfavorable to 5 watts or less operation much of the
time. I don't have the patience to work 8 or less Q's per hour in the bleak
times when even 80 meters is long and signals are weak. Sunday mornings until
mid afternoon are out for personal reasons. I stuck through it for 6 times the
number of Q's I had promised to attempt, so, I did my part.

Anyway, on Sunday Afternoon, instead of trying 40, I stuck with 15 and 20 until
they died (for me, at least). By then 40 was long, weak, and folks hadn't
migrated to 80. By the time folks arrived on 80, it was long, weak, also. So
I worked only a few, and gave up.

The contest community has said I'm nuts, and I'll agree. I've operated as guest
op in a multi-multi "contest grade" station. Such an operation is
akin shooting ponds in a duck, and hardly worth the (lack of finesee in the)
effort to rack up a score.

So, I'm content with a modest score, depending on conditions, and I'll let the
"contest aficionados" laugh at my laughable efforts.
 
NDØC   Single Op QRP   59,0402016-11-20 19:09:57
This was my first big contest of the season due to conflicts with CQWW SSB and
CQP, so I was really looking forward to it. I was concerned that the
conditions would be poor or at least unstable, but I was also hopeful that 15
might actually be open a little to take the pressure off 20 during the day. The
conditions did seem to be pretty poor here with deep QSB on all bands. 15 was
open a little on Saturday afternoon but definitely had a VHF feel to it with
"spot-light" propagation.

Saturday afternoon went pretty well and my rate was OK (by QRP standards) even
through the night until I headed for bed around 1:30 AM local. But my rate
really tanked on Sunday morning - just could not find new ones to work on 20 or
40 and wasn't able to run to any extent.

I had hoped to improve on last year's score and get another sweep, but neither
were "in the cards" this year. It was very hard to find a KH6 or
KL7, so when I finally did the pileups were pretty daunting. On the other hand
I stumbled across VY1AAA all alone. Early Sunday afternoon I moved from 40 to
20 to hunt for the VE4 I was missing. I had to tune for about 10 seconds
before coming across VE4VT. Crazy luck! Disappointingly I never did hear a KP4
and that was the one mult I ended up missing.

It seemed like the activity was down this year - maybe just my imagination.
But there sure weren't many stations running from all the traditionally
"rare" sections. I guess that's why they're consistently rare! My
wife is in favor of going to KP4 next year to activate it. It sure be fun to
run from there!

It was nice to get so many compliments on my signal - even on 40 and 80. And I
did "feel loud" at times, especially on 20. 80 is, not surprisingly,
brutal when it comes to running QRP. But by choosing my battles I could slog
it out - never calling a station if they weren't at least 5dB over S9 (and
preferably 10 over!). I thought both 40 and 80 seemed to go long early both
evenings, then eventually shortened late Saturday night.

I never could get any runs going - my CQs resulted in short strings of only 2-3
QSOs - not worth it. I just wasn't being heard well enough to attract
attention. Ahh - the life of a QRPer! So the vast majority of my QSOs were
S&P which is really wearing after a while.

All in all, it was fun and also a bit miserable at times. Missing the sweep
was definitely disappointing. Oh well, there's always next year! As always,
thanks to everybody for the good ears and putting up with the repeats on 80
meters. (Typical reply to my exchange on 80: "I need it all again.")


73,
Randy, ND0C

Antennas: TX38 tribander Yagi at 40 feet - 2 separate full length elements on
15 and 20; rotatable dipole for 40 at 43 feet; inverted vee for 80 with apex at
38 feet
Rig: Yaesu FTDX3000 running 5 watts output

"You don't have to be crazy to run QRP in the SSB Sweepstakes ... but it
helps!"
 
NQ6N   SO Unlimited HP   75,9242016-11-20 19:13:02
Between work, kids, and naps I managed to put in a few fun hours. I erroneously
thought that going assisted would make it easy to find a sweep. Hence, no
sweep.

Really superb conditions on Saturday, and a nice opening on 15m Sunday with a
pipeline first to CA then to AZ, nearly all signals were S9+20. I even got a
call from a UK station wishing to get in on the fun on 15m.

The most useful thing I did since SSCW was to create a hotkey in Windows to
toggle between antennas. I wrote a short script using a program called
AutoHotKey that allows me to press CTRL-A and switch between all antennas
configured for the band I'm on. In my case that's only 40m and only two
antennas, but it made it very fast to determine which antenna offered better
copy and to switch it up during CQing, all without removing typing focus from
N1MM or touching the mouse. Looking forward to adding a few more antennas and
using this on bands besides 40. I'm happy to share this script with anyone who
is interested.

40 and 80 got really noisy in the last hour or two, and it seemed like most
participants had already called it quits in the last hour.

Thanks to all for the Q's.

Station:

K3, Expert 2K-FA, Yamaha CM-500 headset. N1MM+ Logger. Apple 101 Key USB
keyboard.

Antennas:
160: Inverted L + FCP
80: Inverted L + FCP
40: 1/4 wave vertical w/ 27 radials, dipole at 35'
20: 20m EDZ at 60'
15: ''
10: ''
 
KD2RD   Single Op HP   197,7602016-11-20 19:13:05
Heavy winds wreaked havoc on the wire antennas, but recovered best I could. No
excuses. Was still fun. Thanks for the contacts. See you in the next one!

73's
John
KD2RD
 
N2RJ   Single Op HP   64,7402016-11-20 19:13:06
Haven't really done this one in a while. Put in 10 hours in the chair in between
thanksgiving grocery shopping and taking my children out for lunch on Sunday.

Fun is working all the weak stations out West and getting nearly everyone on
the 1st call. I had a Flex Maestro to use for the test and I can see the
advantages and disadvantages. Still on the fence as to whether I will get the
current iteration or wait for an improved model. The 6700 performed pretty
well. I did lose a polyphaser which I was going to get rid of anyway. It
flashed over, SWR went to infinity and amp protection threw it offline. Had to
go bypass it in the rain and snow. Not fun.

I was unsure whether I would get a sweep and in the end I was looking for SB
and NE. Found a weak SB with deep QSB. After about a dozen calls he was in the
log. Joe, K0NEB topped it off with NE for the sweep, after which I just took it
casual until quitting time.

Bands were fairly good. 80 was open pretty much all night Saturday which was
nice. 40 was the money band and 20 provided some mults. 15 was vital to getting
KP2 and KP4. Nothing on 10.

Until the next one.
88, Ria
 
W9AV   SO Unlimited LP   67,3962016-11-20 19:13:36
Finally got HI for sweep at 2300Z Sunday.
 
KG6N   SO Unlimited HP   34,4002016-11-20 19:13:36
Spread my participation out with family duties this weekend. I'm happy I was
able to work as many sections as I did for the time I had. Its seems the rarer
sections were far easier this time, and some simple ones took more work.
Frank KG6N
 
ACØW   Single Op LP   88,3962016-11-20 19:13:37
Sorry for the stuffed up sound, had some work done inside my nose and still have
the splints in. Think the biggest challenge was the check, had a lot of repeats.
Think 8 hours was about my limit with the recent surgery.
 
AJ4A   SO Unlimited HP   100,7622016-11-20 19:13:41
AJ4A's Contest Summary Report for ARRL-SS
Created by N3FJP's ARRL November Sweepstakes Contest Log
Version 6.3 www.n3fjp.com

Total Contacts = 607
Total Points = 100,762

Operating Period: 2016/11/19 21:01 - 2016/11/21 02:55


Total Contacts by Band and Mode:

Band CW Phone Dig Total %
---- -- ----- --- ----- ---
80 0 198 0 198 33
40 0 313 0 313 52
20 0 24 0 24 4
15 0 72 0 72 12
-- ----- --- ----- ---
Total 0 607 0 607 100



Total Contacts by Section:

Section Total %
------- ----- ---
MDC 47 8
VA 37 6
IL 28 5
OH 25 4
MI 24 4
ENY 18 3
MN 17 3
NC 16 3
WNY 16 3
EPA 14 2
NNJ 14 2
CT 13 2
WI 13 2
SCV 12 2
MO 11 2
NLI 11 2
AZ 10 2
IN 10 2
SV 10 2
KY 9 1
NFL 9 1
STX 9 1
TN 8 1
AL 7 1
CO 7 1
GA 7 1
NH 7 1
NTX 7 1
ONS 7 1
WMA 7 1
WPA 7 1
AR 6 1
EMA 6 1
ID 6 1
SDG 6 1
SNJ 6 1
WCF 6 1
WV 6 1
AB 5 1
KS 5 1
NV 5 1
WWA 5 1
BC 4 1
DE 4 1
GTA 4 1
LAX 4 1
MT 4 1
NM 4 1
OK 4 1
OR 4 1
UT 4 1
EB 3 0
EWA 3 0
MB 3 0
ME 3 0
MS 3 0
NNY 3 0
ORG 3 0
RI 3 0
SB 3 0
SC 3 0
SF 3 0
SFL 3 0
VI 3 0
VT 3 0
WTX 3 0
IA 2 0
LA 2 0
MAR 2 0
ND 2 0
ONE 2 0
ONN 2 0
PR 2 0
SJV 2 0
SK 2 0
WY 2 0
AK 1 0
NE 1 0
NL 1 0
NT 1 0
PAC 1 0
QC 1 0
SD 1 0

Total = 83


Total Contacts by State \ Prov:

State Total %
----- ----- ---
NY 48 8
MD 47 8
CA 46 8
VA 37 6
IL 28 5
OH 25 4
MI 24 4
PA 21 3
NJ 20 3
TX 19 3
FL 18 3
MN 17 3
NC 16 3
ON 15 2
CT 13 2
MA 13 2
WI 13 2
MO 11 2
AZ 10 2
IN 10 2
KY 9 1
TN 8 1
WA 8 1
7 1
AL 7 1
CO 7 1
GA 7 1
NH 7 1
AR 6 1
ID 6 1
WV 6 1
AB 5 1
KS 5 1
NV 5 1
BC 4 1
DE 4 1
MT 4 1
NM 4 1
OK 4 1
OR 4 1
UT 4 1
MB 3 0
ME 3 0
MS 3 0
RI 3 0
SC 3 0
VT 3 0
IA 2 0
LA 2 0
ND 2 0
SK 2 0
WY 2 0
AK 1 0
HI 1 0
NE 1 0
NL 1 0
NT 1 0
QC 1 0
SD 1 0

Total = 58


Total Contacts by Country:

Country Total %
------- ----- ---
USA 566 93
Canada 34 6
US Virgin Is. 3 0
Puerto Rico 2 0
Alaska 1 0
Hawaii 1 0

Total = 6


Total Contacts by Continent:

Continent Total %
--------- ----- ---
NA 606 100
OC 1 0

Total = 2


Total Contacts by CQ Zone:

CQ Zone Total %
------- ----- ---
05 282 46
04 229 38
03 88 14
08 5 1
01 2 0
31 1 0

Total = 6
 
N5UM   Single Op LP   40,8802016-11-20 19:13:47
Another part time effort. Only on from 0418Z to 0630Z, 1446Z to 1550Z, and
2057Z to 2208Z. 80 meters was excellent Saturday night.

Did not work SD, ME, VT, VI, DE, AL, PR, LA, PAC, AK, NL, ONE, and SK I
resisted the temptation to go class U and use packet to get all sections.
Big surprises were when NT and NE called in during runs.

73, Al N5UM
 
W6RW   SO Unlimited HP   154,5462016-11-20 19:14:49
Wow! New tribander works a lot better than my vertical did. My goal was to make
1000 contacts but fell short. Sunday afternoon I worked a VE3 on 14233 and a
guy there got upset that I was jamming his image transmission. I worked the VE3
and went back to my run frequency. I had a great run going when that guy started
putting a carrier on after my CQ and I could not copy who was calling me. Then
he recorded my CQ and transmitted it after I CQed making it look like I was
CQing continuous. I would change frequency and he would follow me. This made me
move to 40 meters a lot sooner than I had planned. I guess it makes all kinds of
people to make up the world. I had a great time. GO OUTLAWS!!!!
 
W6KC   SO Unlimited HP   34,6942016-11-20 19:15:06
I was happy to complete sweeps in both the CW and Phone Sweepstakes weekends
again this year. With declining band conditions it seemed harder to get them
all this year. My last section was SB. There were 3 spotted on 20M, but I was
too close to work them. Finally I found W1PR on 40M, but the propagation was
too long there too. Finally after calling him about a hundred times, he heard
me and we squeezed out a QSO for the Sweep!

73, Jim W6KC

Station:
K3S, P3, AL80B & N1MM+
TA33jr, 40M Inverted-V & 80M Dipole all @ 30 Ft
 
W1SRD   SO Unlimited HP   248,1702016-11-20 19:15:43
Tons of fun. 15m was weak, but 20m made up for it. Flex 6000 is just an amazing
receiver. Didn't hurt that it rained all weekend and kept the noise down.
Thanks for the QSO's.
73,
Steve
W1SRD
 
K3AJ   Multi-Op HP   174,7982016-11-20 19:16:02
Equipment:
Radio- K3/P3
Amplifier- Acom 1000
Antennas:
80M - 68 ft. vertical
40M - 2-el at 70 ft.
20M/15M - 3-el SteppIR at 50 ft.
RX - 2 X 240 ft. beverages/K9AY
N1MM+ logger/Win 10 PC/K3 DVK
 
K6RIM   SO Unlimited HP   38,0482016-11-20 19:16:06
Non-serious part-time effort.

Missed NL.

Thanks for the Qs!

73,

Al, K6RIM

TS-990, Alpha 9500, Traffie Hexbeam, SteppIR Big IR Vertical
N1MM+
 
VA3WU   Single Op LP   67,5622016-11-20 19:16:35
[log removed from comments]

START-OF-LOG: 3.0
CREATED-BY: N3FJP's ARRL November Sweepstakes Contest Log 5.8
CONTEST: ARRL-SS-SSB
CALLSIGN: VA3WU
LOCATION: ON
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-STATION: FIXED
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
CATEGORY-POWER: LOW
CATEGORY-ASSISTED: ASSISTED
CATEGORY-BAND: ALL
CATEGORY-MODE: SSB
CATEGORY-TIME: 12-HOURS
CLUB: VA3CCO
CLAIMED-SCORE: 67562
OPERATORS: VA3WU
NAME: Rick Barron
ADDRESS: 8 Swayze crt
ADDRESS: Thorold ON
EMAIL: va3wu@cogeco.ca
END-OF-LOG:
 
W9PA   SO Unlimited HP   86,2642016-11-20 19:17:03
K3, P3, K-POD, Skyhawk, Moxon-modified XM-240, 80M Dipole
Software: DXLog by 9A5K, V2.3.9

Either my K3 is really sick or there was a lot of distorted audio. 40 and 80
were L O N G. Worked WQ5L at the 11th hour - never heard AK.

Intended to operate unassisted but sinus trouble caused a change to Unlimited.
I forgot to change my Precedence and so I stuck with "A" but will
enter as "U".
 
N4CW   Single Op HP   84,5302016-11-20 19:17:23
Lots of fun and lots of work (at times). This is not my favorite mode, but I
worked at it anyway to garner points for PVRC. I was pleasantly surprised by
the patience and cooperation of the many stations that I had to ask for
"fills" repeatedly as conditions varied so rapidly. Thanks to all!
Also a delight working so many QRP stations...many with outstanding signals!
Missed NNY, SC, NT, and ONN.
Several folks were disappointed that I wasn't in SC instead of NC; apparently
there wasn't as much activity from SC as during the CW portion of SS. 73
 
K6GHA   SO Unlimited LP   80,3442016-11-20 19:18:00
I missed my goal for this contest, but looking back on past performances I
should be surprised. Conditions didn't seem all that good, but as a second goal
I got my first sweep since 2012. Thanks to the school guys at W6RFU in SB for
hearing me and pulling in my call for the sweep. I really appreciated that with
my weak signal in their direction, they took time to listen for me. It made my
contest.
 
N8FYL   SO Unlimited LP   43,5242016-11-20 19:18:21
Missed a sweep by 5 sections. Never heard a SC, heard but couldn't work PAC, AK,
NL, ONN. After getting a CW sweep I was hoping to get the SSB too so I could
get both in the same year. Next year!
 
W7YAQ   Single Op HP   124,5002016-11-20 19:18:23
Happy with the sweep. NNY and EWA were the last two.
Always glad to put voices with the familiar calls.
73,
Bob W7YAQ CK-54
 
K1VR(KC1CWF)   SO Unlimited HP   23,5282016-11-20 19:20:22
I spent the day rebuilding the inside of the K1VR station. I got on for 2 hrs to
test things, and see how the new ergonomics were. Station played well, although
I accidentally didn't plug in the stackmatch until halfway through, and was
running with a yagi pointed EU and 2 to NA by mistake! Expect another score
from me at K1TTT/NJ1F Multi.
 
K5KG   SO Unlimited HP   88,7762016-11-20 19:20:32
Missed SFL and ONN.
 
KØVXU   Single Op HP   199,8642016-11-20 19:21:03
K3, TL-922A, TH6DXX, Slopping Vees (80 & 40), N1MM+

Great contest, great fun. Only part-time again this weekend. Other things
intruded on the op time. Glad to snag the clean sweep early Sunday. Just left
to grind out QSOs. As usual the money band for me was 20 but 40 and 80 provided
many unexpected QSOs. I ignored 15 and 10 meters as well as 160 meters. Just
nothing much happening on those bands. Some activity, but only slight here in
the middle country.

Lots of familiar callsigns and friendly voices (even those guys who usually
speak with their fingers like N3JT).

Conditions seemed fairly good to me as I could copy most stations calling. QSB
proved be to a challenge at times. I found that one should not spend too much
tome on 40 after the sunsets. It goes long and does not yield the close in
mults.

Speaking of mults, the surprise of the contest was when I was on 80 and K9PG
broke in to work VE in ONE to complete his sweep and I asked him who he had
worked in NT. Of course he said VY1AAA. I mentioned that I need that one and
lo and behold on my next CQ who should answer but VY1AAA. The tough mults for
me this time were ... wait for it....GTA and NL. Finally snagged them Sunday
morning on 20.

The only regret was not trying to work one last QSO before the bell rang at
0300Z to push my score over 200K. Well, there's always next year.

Good to see so many of the Kansas City Contest Clubbers in the test.

Thanks to all who pulled me out of the muck and provided a QSO.

73,
Russ - K0VXU
 
K6JS   Single Op HP   31,9202016-11-20 19:21:03
Very high noise level S9+ on 40 and 80.
 
WA6KHK   SO Unlimited LP   66,9122016-11-20 19:21:20
Missed QC for the sweep. PAC stations came aboard late. I got my FT DX9000
Contest xcvr back from Yaesu the day before the contest! I blew the finals in
the SS CW Contest 2 weeks ago! hihi. CQ WW CW DX Contest next week end!
 
K8MR   Single Op LP   8,4602016-11-20 19:21:50
Rather a disappointing contest. Went off to the salt water at mid-day Sunday,
but 15 was not good - the only east coast heard was W1WMU in far north Maine,
and a VE9. 20 was packed, and 40 at that time of day is not a good contest band
in Florida. This time I tried a 43 foot vertical hoping to get good all band
performance. It may have worked, but lots of ATU tuning needed for small QSYs.

I hope CQWW CW will be more forgiving for my puny signals.

73 - Jim K8MR
 
NN3W   Multi-Op HP   206,8362016-11-20 19:22:35
This was a last minute operation. Was supposed to operate from N4RV for Sweeps
phone, but owing to -nasty- QRN from power line noise near his house, we
decided to scratch. So, I could either rake leaves all weekend or play radio.
Since KL2A was in town, we decided to do a multi-single effort -> true
multi-single.

One radio, two operators. No SO2R, no splitters, no coax stubs, and no idea
how we were supposed to do this contest. In fact, this is the first time I've
ever done a multi-op effort from the home QTH.

We were worried about 80 meters since 40 and 80 have been going long early, so
we put up a cloud warmer dipole at 1600z. We had it up and operational by
1800z. It worked!

Rough start. Could not get traction on 20 - at all. Fumbled around until we
found our groove on 40. Had some good runs on 40 and 80. Not much doing on 20
- especially since I don't have a single yagi on the property - all dipoles or
wire loop antennas. Oh, how I'd love even a tribander with a bit of gain on 15
and 20.

Anyhow, enjoyed the sweep. Worked states like NT, MS, ND, and MS pretty early
on. Last three mults were PR (found on 15), HI (WH7W), and then AK (nasty
pileup).
 
K4PV   Single Op HP   204,8442016-11-20 19:24:26
Discovered a Log Log Error with the last QSO time recorded as 03:00 Zulu.
Therefore, the last QSO was invalid. Removed this QSO.
 
NS3T   Single Op LP   17,8802016-11-20 19:28:55
Didn't have much time, but got on here and there during the weekend. Used some
time to set up antennas for CQWW CW. As always, if you had a contact with me,
it was with my recorded voice files. Without them, I would not have been on
because my real voice has been on the disabled list for several months. More
on that at https://goo.gl/P80u3r - Thanks to those of you who offered
encouragement during the contest. Hope to see you on the AM radio again soon.

73 Jamie NS3T
 
KØUK   SO Unlimited LP   183,4302016-11-20 19:33:09
STARTED ON 15 BUT THE RATE WAS SLOW. PICKED ALL I COULD TILL I WENT TO 20 AND
THE PACE PICKED UP.40 WAS THE MONEY BAND DID STAY ON 80 TO GET ABOVE 100 QSO'S
THERE. WHEN I WENT TO BED NEEDED PR AND NL. PICK BOTH NEXT DAY. THE KP4 WAS
VERY WEAK HERE. THE ONLY ANTENNA THAT HEAR HIM WAS THE OLD TH6 AT 20 FT.
THANKS TO ALL THE GREAT OPS. HAD FUN AGAIN. HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL NEXT YEAR.
PTL BILL K0UK
 
KØTT   Single Op HP   154,8722016-11-20 19:34:46
Low K index = good propagation on 40m and 80m. Skip on all bands quite long.
West coast pounding in on 40m and 80m. Two AK stations worked on 80m were much
stronger than normal.

No sweep this year. Missed NT and PR.
 
KØOU   SO Unlimited HP   139,9382016-11-20 19:34:47
poor conditions-maybe because all my antennas are tuned for the CW bands. The 40
meter antenna was hard to load, and I stayed at the low end of the 75 meter
band. 20 worked pretty well but it was hard to burrow in for a cq freq. got the
sweep by working W0SD on 20 at 14:18 Sunday morning and KP4/KA1R at 17:46 on 15.
Took a nap after completing the sweep and lost an hour of operating time. Ended
up working a number of SD and PR later on Sunday. Fun Sport but very tiring.
TNX to all for the Q's.
 
N9TF   SO Unlimited LP   55,3002016-11-20 19:35:07
The usual low power battle to be heard! I did have some small success with a few
short runs, but they dried up way too soon, and I kept getting nudged off my run
frequency by other stations. Bounced between S&P, short runs when I could
find a slot to slid into, and running after mults from spots.
Missed ND-DE-MS-QC. Saw them all spotted, but ND was always on the wrong band
(20m) at wrong time for my prop. Could not break through the pile on DE
Saturday night, and never saw a DE after that. Ran into a MS station S&Ping
along with me and tried to get his attention a couple times by calling CQ on a
frequency in the direction he was moving, but no joy. Battled for the one and
only QC I heard on the band Saturday night (40m), but never got into his log,
and then he was gone S&Ping.
So very happy with the K3S roofing filters and DSP filtering. Some really wide
signals from some reputable contest stations. (Not in 9 land) Really amazing!

Hoping for a little propagation help for CQWWCW next up. I think it's going to
a challenge and a bit frustrating for us low power low/small antenna stations.


73 Gene N9TF
Operating conditions: K3S/P3 100 watts, N1MM+ logger, 2 element trbander at 37'
10/15/20, 40/80 short dipole (100') at 35'.
 
N6OIL   SO Unlimited LP   21,6002016-11-20 19:40:46
N6OIL's Contest Summary Report for ARRL-SS
Created by N3FJP's ARRL November Sweepstakes Contest Log
Version 6.3 www.n3fjp.com

Total Contacts = 135
Total Points = 21,600

Operating Period: 2016/11/19 21:00 - 2016/11/21 02:22


Total Contacts by Band and Mode:

Band CW Phone Dig Total %
---- -- ----- --- ----- ---
80 0 9 0 9 7
40 0 26 0 26 19
20 0 30 0 30 22
15 0 70 0 70 52
-- ----- --- ----- ---
Total 0 135 0 135 100



Total Contacts by Section:

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

Total = 80


Total Contacts by State \ Prov:

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

Total = 58


Total Contacts by Country:

Country Total %
------- ----- ---
USA 116 86
Canada 14 10
Puerto Rico 2 1
Alaska 1 1
Hawaii 1 1
US Virgin Is. 1 1

Total = 6


Total Contacts by Continent:

Continent Total %
--------- ----- ---
NA 134 99
OC 1 1

Total = 2


Total Contacts by CQ Zone:

CQ Zone Total %
------- ----- ---
04 58 43
05 45 33
03 26 19
08 3 2
01 2 1
31 1 1

Total = 6
 
AD8J   Single Op HP   115,1822016-11-20 19:41:54
Goal was to beat last year's score and I did. Missed SC and VI.
 
K6NV   SO Unlimited HP   28,1522016-11-20 19:42:22
What a struggle for me from here, weird conditions all around, heard no KL7 or
KH6, only got one short run going which was on 80m. Did not feel loud at all.
Was aiming for a sweep, but fell short by a long ways. Had some antenna issues,
one leg on my 80m dipole came out of the tree and my yagi has developed an
intermittant issue, which I though I had fixed. Wait until next year, TNX for
the Q's..................


K3
KPA 500
TH-3
40M DIPOLE UP 70'
80' DIPOLE UP 50' (or was).
 
N6ER   Single Op HP   46,5002016-11-20 19:44:06
Always fun, but I like SS CW much better!
 
KI7FPL   SO Unlimited HP   15,6802016-11-20 19:47:36
Thank you to all! See you next year! :)
 
W4WWQ   Single Op LP   58,8762016-11-20 19:50:09
Lots of activity from NT this time. VY1AAA was first QSO this contest. But
where was WYO ? Interesting how the rare sections move around in different
contests. I would have expected more than one from KP4, but that's all I
heard. My last years total SS score was 581 Qs, and this years is 561 Qs. But
hopefully the near clean sweep made up for it in the scores.

I was challenged only twice to repeat numbers but had to ask many times for
repeats. It pays to slow down to a conversation speed rather than to see if
you can run as fast as commercials on the radio.

Pete W4WWQ
 
W2RQ   Single Op HP   134,0802016-11-20 19:54:11
Did not really have much time for SS this weekend and was unable to get my 40
meter antenna going until Sunday afternoon. And 15 meters crashed both days as
soon as the sun went down here. Missed DE, PAC (which I did hear) and VY1.
But...enjoyed what time I did have available. Back next year.
 
KD5UVV   Single Op HP   43,3622016-11-20 20:00:53
First time in the ARRL-SS-SSB contest. Took me a while to warm up to the long
exchange. I mostly listened and copied the info first then called the station.
Not a productive way to do this and you miss a lot of stations due to changing
conditions, but it was all for fun.

I did have a run on 20 meters for almost 2 hrs. for stations looking for MS.
Nice pileup! Used my Orion 1 and End fed wire running about 800 watts from the
TL-922 amp. Thanks to all for the contacts. Had a ball, 73
 
W7KAM   Single Op LP   20,1002016-11-20 20:08:18
All contacts S&P. Found the conditions interesting with the bands coming
and
going. Never heard: DE, EPA, WPA, PR, LA, PAC, SB, WV, MO, NE, NT, ONE, QC,
or NL. Heard but not worked: IA, SD, 100 watts into a G5RV up 20 foot.
 
WO9S   Single Op QRP   14,3642016-11-20 20:08:50
Nice to work both coasts. Where were the checks from past 16 years?
The only 09 I heard was from W1AF, and that was not 2009!
 
N7MZW   Single Op LP   126,4002016-11-20 20:14:48
Kenwood TS-950SD,Heil BM-10 Headset,and 102 ft. long G5RV up 50 feet,running N-S
at 6,053 feet elevation in Laramie County.I missed ND,PR,NT,and QC for the
sweep.Could not find a run freq. on 20 meters at the start and did more Hunting
and Pouncing than I normally do. 15 Meters was lonely when I looked and I never
heard a soul on 10 Meters. Nice to work several young students from the school
category. I'm hoping for my 4th SOLP Rocky Mt.Plaque to go with my 1996 Rocky
Mt. QRP Plaque. However,...I had to shut down my rig twice for 20 plus minutes
when the finals protection circuit folded back my power to 70 watts in spite of
excellent SWR after long periods of calling on VOX ???, and I also wasted an
hour and a half over sleeping after a break, so who knows how I really did.
Still a serious attempt, with a lot of BIC time, and a good effort I think for
a Apartment QTH with a single wire antenna. I LOVE SS SSB! Thanks to all who
worked me. I dedicate this effort to Alan,KO7X.
 
WB2P   SO Unlimited LP   203,1842016-11-20 20:19:21
This is by far my favorite contest. Normally I earn the sweep within the first 5
hours, however I didn't get NT until 11:30AM EST on Sunday. This was the first
contest that I tried to run more than search and pounce. I held on to 7.169 for
5 hours on Sunday. Had a long run on 80m also. It was awesome. 160m and 10m were
totally dead. I only made 17 contacts on 15m to quickly grab 16 Mults. I did not
get out of the chair for the first 10 hours, took a 6 hour nap, then stayed in
the chair until 0256z. That made a real difference in my final score. Special
thanks to W2YC for the use of the 40m Beam, (it makes a huge difference running
LP) and for all of his contest mentoring in general. GO FRC!!!!!
 
K9DR   Single Op LP   29,1842016-11-20 20:20:34
Couldn't make a serious effort this weekend due to other priorities. Thought
I'd try a low power unassisted entry for the first time in decades. Mistake.
Won't do that again. I like being heard on the first call and having people
call me when I call CQ. Gary can have the low power crown. I don't know how
he does it!
 
WA3EKL   Multi-Op HP   123,8362016-11-20 20:22:47
FROM THE PVRC CONTEST STATION OF WA3EKL:
THREE OF OUR NEWEST CONTESTERS AT THIS STATION HAVE DRAMATICALLY
INCREASED THEIR CONTESTING SKILL AND STATION EQUIPMENT KNOWLEDGE.
ALL THREE NEW OPERATORS PERFORMED WELL RUNNING STATIONS WHICH THEY
ENJOYED VERY MUCH. IT WAS INTERESTING THAT 40 METERS WAS OPEN TO VK AT 0800Z
SUNDAY MORNING. ALL EQUIPMENT PERFORMED EXCEPTIONALLY. THE HAM 4 ROTOR COULD

NOT PREVENT THE 20M THREE ELEMENT BEAM FROM WINDMILLING WHEN THE BREAK WAS
RELEASED DUE TO THE VERY HIGH WINDS AT THIS QTH ON SATURDAY NIGHT.
THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT--WELL PREPARED BY WA3EKL'S XYL SUSAN(N3DPB) AND THEIR
THREE GRANDDAUGHTERS. ALL OPERATORS ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT CONTEST.

73

ALAN WA3EKL
 
KU6F   Single Op HP   148,9022016-11-20 20:27:22
THANK YOU, STEVE, K6SFK, FOR HOSTING AGAIN.
 
W7ZZ   SO Unlimited HP   165,4762016-11-20 20:29:36
Stellar conditions early in the test, but as the sun set on Saturday, conditions
turned very sour and the rate plummeted. Never did recover. Still my favorite
contest of the year.
 
WØEEE   School Club HP   37,6822016-11-20 20:39:07
Antennas : 80m trapped dipole, 40m dipole, 80m OCFD windom 20' above ground

Soapbox : Another clEEEan swEEEp from W0EEE! We had a great number of operators
and loggers, and tons of members hanging out on the weekend before Thanksgiving
Break. We had to go without use of the amp until the very end, when we had to
jury rig it to get it through the pileups for our last 2 sections - AK and PAC.
It ran without ALC, so sorry for the distortion! We didn't shoot for high score,
but instead for the sweep and a lot of fun. Many people got to sit in the
operator and logging seats, and Alex even made his first contact. He's quickly
working on his technician's license. The team also had fun stringing a dipole
in the a yard away from the noise of the building, which saved us on 40 and 80
meters at night. LED lights gonna give it to ya. Til next sweeps! 73 from W0EEE
 
WQ6X(@W7AYT)   Single Op LP   19,0722016-11-20 20:51:08
This was another portable operation from W7AYT's QTH in East Bay (EB) Section.
Signal levels were quite a disappointment. This contest I FINALLY work
Nebraska (NE) and miss 19 other sections - SIGH! Maybe next year.
You can read more about this operation in the WQ6X Contest Blog:
http://WQ6X.Blogspot.Com
 
N3TD   SO Unlimited LP   47,8882016-11-20 20:51:43
Still need to do more antenna work to improve the signal on 40 and 80 meters. I
still have not recovered from all the storm damage to the station. Missed a
sweep by 1 section PAC!!!! I heard them but not the other way around. I really
wanted a sweep mug!
 
N5NU   Single Op LP   5,1202016-11-20 20:55:45
100w to 20m dipole at 35ft. Some Sporadic-E on Sunday on 15m.
 
N2YO   SO Unlimited HP   69,1742016-11-20 21:08:29
Missed PAC, NL.

73s de Chip N2YO
 
WD5K   Single Op LP   131,2002016-11-20 21:17:16
Elecraft K3 110W
TH7DX @ 50'
40m sloping dipole
80m Inv V

Never found KP4
 
VA7VF   SO Unlimited LP   28,9502016-11-20 21:19:58
Goal was to get clean sweep-maybe next year. Worked 75/83 this year compared to
80/83 last year. Propagation seemed to be major difference. First time unable
to make contact with PR, NLI, MS, QC or NL. Enjoyed being able to work 160m for
first time. Using doublet antenna. Pouring rain-good day to be inside working
radio. Next year expect to have towers up and available.
Margaret VA7VF
 
K4OV   Multi-Op HP   324,1982016-11-20 21:20:27
We didn't beat our all-time score from last year, but we were close. Although
we did not reach our goal of 2000 Q's, we hope that we improve on our finish
from last year. The bands were odd this year, with 20m & 40m going long
early, but 40m & 80m were super quiet. Things died out early this year
too, and we packed it in Saturday night at 06:15Z, 90 minutes earlier than
usual. Saturday night was a fun romp on 40m and 80m. Sunday felt like more of
a slog than usual, but 15m was surprisingly productive to the Rockies and West
on Sunday afternoon. We were pleased that we didn't get too much intentional
interference and/or jamming, and we didn't have any frequency fights until
Sunday evening. One K9 was particularly covetous of our hard-earned 40m clear
frequency, and he started CQ'ing 300 Hz below us. It took a few minutes, but
he finally got the message that we were not pleased.

We put in a lot of work to upgrade the 20m wire beams, and didn't quite get
them working. We also threw up a last minute wire beam for 15m, and that was a
complete failure. All this work was done outside with a very
"special" odor, but we survived. The rotator on the tribander/402-CD
was also stuck NW. But otherwise, everything worked perfectly.

Thanks for all the Q's.
 
K5YAA   Single Op HP   214,3062016-11-20 21:25:01
CKs prior to 1959 are getting rarer and rarer. I suppose in a handful more years
even 59 will start to fade from the exchanges but for now still going pretty
strong.

40 and 80 more than made up for the lack of ten meters. Starting on 15 at the
beginning wasn't necessarily the best choice as rates on 20 were much stronger
once moving there. Sunday on 15 had DX answering CQ SS so the band was quite
long. Mostly west was where all the 15 action was both days.

What a difference a mode makes as DE was not worked on the K5YAA CW run yet 5
stations called in from DE on SSB. Not using any spotting and mostly just
running and running makes a sweep is a treat.

Things are now greased for whats to come next weekend. Somehow the WW always
seems to "open" the bands so we shall see.

Thanks ARRL for keeping this contest patriarch going.

73 - Jerry K5YAA
Rig: K3, Alpha 9500, 6el 15, 6el 20, 3el 40 and a Vee on 80. N1MM+ logging.
 
WE9V(KB9OWD)   SO Unlimited HP   264,2722016-11-20 21:25:12
Thanks to Chad for the invite to do a serious effort from his place. This is
really my first "all out" single op in awhile with family and kids
taking priority. It was good to get back in the chair for the long haul and
pull forth a full effort.

In general, the bands played alright but way down from my last all out
Sweepstakes effort in 2013. I started out on 20 for the first hour with
alright rate, but felt I really had to push to hit triple digit hours from the
start. About three hours in, I knew I was off my pace from a few years ago and
it's difficult to make that up later in SS.

40 was LONG early on Saturday however, the band acted strange throughout the
evening and would go short, then long and reverse several times. I struggled
the first night to get anything going on 80 and stuck with 40 for the most
part. Both evenings, 40 and 80 had periods of deep QSB here. Some QSO's were
lost as stations faded during the exchange to never return. I pushed straight
through until 0815Z Saturday night and slept for 3 1/2 hours.

I started briefly on 80 and quickly changed to 40 on Sunday morning. 40 had a
nice mixture of distant east coast and close stations throughout the morning on
Sunday and I stayed with 40 all morning, never leaving and the rate maintained
about 60 to 70 an hour, which I was happy with for Sunday.

After lunch, I pointed west and called CQ briefly on 15. The signals that
called in from out west were LOUD however I had difficulty getting anything
going. This seems to be the case from our upper Midwest location. 15 is
challenging to get a maintain a run in SS and most activity stays on 20 and 40.
After a bounce to 20 it was back to 40, which was again long. I finished out
on 80 and the last 4 hours or so were a major grind. Slow rates and lack of
sleep catching up at the same time made for a long ending.

Once nice thing to see from this end as noted by others were the number of
recent check numbers, a lot of 15 and 16 in there. Great to see! Chad's
station played very well and Chad put a lot of pre-contest effort into station
repairs and making sure everything was ready to go. No visits from Murphy and
the station performed great!

One down side was the number of dupes that called in. I don't know if this was
a problem for all, but as compared to recent memory, I had a very high number
call in. Over 50 were logged and several others turned away. Not sure what
was up with that.

A great weekend at the radio and a lot of fun regardless of a bit of a score
reduction and general poor conditions. Thanks to Chad for the use of his great
station! Thanks for all of the QSO's and see you next weekend from K9CT for
CQWW CW!

73,

Ryan KB9OWD
 
K7XC   Single Op HP   91,3682016-11-20 21:25:31
Started out as "U" category but after a few Qs decided to switch and
do this one old school as unassisted high power. With the flux being lower this
year 10M never was a factor, while 15M was filled with waves of QSB as if you
were listening to the ocean. The 20M yagi and 80M Inv Vee were both great
performers this year. I planned my off times and was up early Sunday with great
results on 20M.

Suddenly around 11AM I felt very drained and stopped to take a break. I didn't
return until later in the afternoon and even then only for a hour or so.
Deciding to stop early wasn't what I had planned months ago but when your dead
tired it pays to punt, put your feet up and relax watching the NFL. GO
STEELERS!

Used an IC746 driving an AL-80B to 700W. Monobanders on 10, 15, and 20. Inv
Vees on 40 & 80 with a flat top dipole on 40 that really worked well. See
you next week in CQ WW DX CW!

73s de Tim - K7XC - DM09jh... sk

ARRL SS SSB (Nov)- 2016-11-19 2100Z to 2016-11-21 0300Z- 564 QSOs
K7XC Max Rates:
2016-11-20 0022Z - 3.0 per minute (1 minute(s)), 180 per hour by
2016-11-20 1505Z - 2.3 per minute (10 minute(s)), 138 per hour by
2016-11-20 1557Z - 1.8 per minute (60 minute(s)), 108 per hour by
 
K9PG   Single Op LP   13,7782016-11-20 21:59:51
decided at 2059z that I'd try for the Natural Sweep... the last 3 needed were
MS, AK... and.... wait for
it.............................................................................
Indiana!

N8KR in IN was the final Q at 1945z.

low power & wires only here at DIPOLIO HQ
 
KV8P   Single Op LP   7,3922016-11-20 22:04:03
I got started rather late on this one and could only operate a couple hours. I
found 40 meters rather quiet, but did work a few before heading to 75m for the
remainder of the night. My time was just spent sweeping up 75m and then
settling in calling CQ (where I was most productive). About 3 hrs and 24 mins
operating time for me.
 
NA6O   SO Unlimited HP   1922016-11-20 22:26:38
Still looking for states... a few more to go.
 
VA7ST   Single Op HP   112,3202016-11-20 22:58:26
Had to miss the 40M primetime Saturday night for father-in-law's birthday. Had a
good time with family, but missed the crucial EWA mult that usually depends on
early close-in paths that are gone when things stretch out later. Didn't hear
EWA at all anywhere. Even hunted 75M in vain until 0800z.

Went to bed at 0800z with 260 Qs and 68 mults. Got everything but NL (none
heard), EWA and NNY -- and man, did I ever try to find them. Worked every 2 I
ran across, and picked thm out of the lineups, but none worked. I even followed
a NNY up the band on 20M and parked ahead of him for a quick CQ, but no luck.

That 8 in the check 82 sure ruins the fun. But after years of unsuccessful
fiddling with the mic equalization, I think I figured it out on Sunday. Had far
fewer repeat requests (like, almost none) after switching from the Heil DX
element to the full-range element in the ProSet Plus. Will see next year.

Thanks to all the guys who jumped in for a few -- you make this one so great.
Also special thanks to the NT operators for being there. Worked two, and VY1AAA
seemed to be everywhere both days. Heard him several times 10-over with no
callers on 20M and 40M. Wonderful to hear such a strong and consistent presence
from the far north.

Thanks to VE7NY and VE6SV for hanging in for the difficult lone Qs from BC and
AB.
 
WA6URY   Single Op HP   14,0002016-11-20 23:11:50
Tnx for the Qs ! 73, Dan -remote in Tokyo
 
KØVBU   SO Unlimited LP   21,4622016-11-20 23:14:07
K3; TH6DXX @ 50\'; 80/40 Trapped Inverted V @ 30\'

Very limited time. Great to hear the voices of those I often work in the CW
tests.

73 and Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Bill, K0VBU
 
K4WDR   Single Op HP   45,1562016-11-20 23:26:55
Rsn out of steam. Couch was very comfortable after spending time with my grand
daughter and flying her remote control helicopter (and getting it stuck in a
tree). A good bit of the overall operating time also counted time off playing
with her. Getting a higher score on the ARRL November SSB SS would have been
good. Spending time with my Grand Daughter - Priceless!!!
 
KL4SD   Multi-Op LP   71,8782016-11-21 00:43:58
Started the weekend with optimistic goals and made some of them. Goals: Clean
sweep {check}, 500 QSO's same as CW {Short}, Raise bar on AK section MOLP record
{check}, Had fantastic food available for every shift {Double Check}.

Traci KL7TH licensed last month is a natural in the chair and provided amazing
meals and snacks. Artisan vegetarian Pizza - Amazing. All make on a wood
cook stove. This station is totally off the grid running on solar panels and a
small generator.

Paul KL4ET newly minted General is ready for prime time.

Ended the first night with 50 sections. Traci and Wes Sunday morning reduced
that to 9 sections needed by mid morning (missing at that time NE, NLI, NNY,
WPA, PR, SC, MS, GTA, ONN.) A bit past noon with the full team on deck it
was down to (MS, SC.) A chance switch to 15 meters (Wes is claiming this as
genius) resulted in MS calling us! OK Wes is a genius.

Then our bleating on air request for SC resulting in Phil KR4NO making our day.
Sweep!

First low power station from AK section making sweep in over +10 years.
 
N3HEE   SO Unlimited HP   85,0202016-11-21 01:49:28
Too many chores this weekend for a full effort. Lots of nice runs on 80 and 40
meters. Good band conditions. Lots of activity. Fun ! k3/1000 & wires.
-Joe N3HEE
 
ND4Y   Single Op HP   144,2542016-11-21 02:10:53
Part time effort this year. Had out of town family drop in. Nice working many
of the regulars and running into a lot of Ky ops too. See ya next year.
 
W3EAX(K3TN)   School Club HP   62,0462016-11-21 03:15:53
I had two objectives for phone SS: (1) Try to help revive the University of
Maryland club by putting the W3EAX call on as a club entry; and (2) the usual
generation of a few points to help the PVRC battle for the Sweepstakes Club
gavel. Had a lot of fun meeting both objectives - was great to hear all the
comments about hearing the W3EAX callsign again. If you are interested in
helping the U of MD club get going again, contact me at my CBA or what I guess
these days is known as "QDCEA - QRZ.COM email address".

As the sections added up, I added a 3rd objective - get the sweep so the Club
could have a new coffee cup. SB has turned into a tough section for me for
some reason - heard a few of them S&Ping but never caught up with one. I
never even heard a PAC station - the usual Sunday am 40M check was for naught
this year.

The last one I did get was AK. While S&Ping on 20M Sunday afternoon, came
across an odd signal. I switched to LSB and sure enough someone was CQing in
the wrong mode and probably just blaming the low rate on the Sunday afternoon,
football games are on, effect. As an offering to the Clean Sweep gods, I
stopped by and told him he was on LSB - and sure enough, a few minutes later I
found KL7IEH and managed to break through for section 81. But, apparently I
didn't earn enough "pay it forward" points to earn finding SB and
PAC...

K3/KPA500 to a 135' OCF windom that was lowered to about 40' to survive the 50
mph windstorm that started up right at 2100z and continued the entire weekend.
 
W3UL   SO Unlimited HP   72,1602016-11-21 03:27:13
Band QSOs Pts Sec Pt/Q
3.5 188 376 30 2.0
7 213 426 22 2.0
14 49 98 27 2.0
21 1 2 1 2.0
Total 451 902 80 2.0
Score: 72,160
1 Mult = 5.6 Q's
 
N1LN   SO Unlimited HP   150,0642016-11-21 03:42:29
This was another part time effort to put add to the PVRC club point totals.
Sunday was mostly off the air time helping around the house and shopping as we
get ready for Thanksgiving.

The bands were as expected on Saturday with 15 only being good for the
occasional mult thanks to running SO2R and Unlimited class. 20 was hard to get
a decent run going but the fun started when moving to 40. Good that I went to
40 early as it went long early causing the move to 75 much earlier than
expected. That was a good thing as it was easier to get a good run frequency.
Well, I thought that anyway. Seems I was on one of those - OWNED - 75 meter
frequencies and the - OWNERS - decided it was time to QRM me. Tuning up, using
many of those special 75 meter expressions, etc. Oh what fun. So, they did win
and I finally moved from 3815 to 3731 . What a difference. No yelling, no
intentional QRM, and the rate picked up and then the sweep.

My sweep came after 6 hours 45 minutes with the last three being NL, SB and
then MB. VE4VT called me at 0345 for number 83.

Thanks to all for the Qs, the fills and fun.

Happy Thanksgiving !

73,
Bruce N1LN
 
WS9V   Single Op LP   143,0922016-11-21 04:02:06
Great Limited time to operate thanks all who called me
 
VA2CZ   Multi-Op LP   68,0602016-11-21 04:10:35
First experience both operators. We loved it !
 
KG4W   SO Unlimited HP   40,6622016-11-21 04:16:43
All S&P, didn't actually "talk" much. Wav files worked well.
 
WW4LL   Multi-Op LP   222,7722016-11-21 04:25:47
I continue to love the Flex 6700 for contesting. Waiting for their new software
to come out in next couple of months to run another Maestro. Changing to the
W3JK antennas this summer was a good investment too, as they continue to
perform well in these bad conditions.

KP4 is normally a chip shot but that was the last one that we needed for the
Sweep. Got it around 1:00 pm local time Sunday.

Paul and Mike are always a lot of fun to operate with so it was a good time
this weekend. Thanks to everyone for their participation and Happy
Thanksgiving!

73'...Fred, WW4LL
 
WØPV   Single Op LP   10,3022016-11-21 04:48:25
Awful band condx but still fun to hear all the action. Thanks for copying my
little peanut whistle!
 
VA3HFP   Single Op LP   5,8222016-11-21 04:48:46
Band QSOs Pts Sec Pt/Q
7 44 88 24 2.0
14 27 54 17 2.0
Total 71 142 41 2.0
Score: 5,822
1 Mult = 1.7 Q's
 
N2MUN   SO Unlimited HP   49,5722016-11-21 04:51:47
missed NL and PAC
 
K2ZR   Single Op LP   52,3922016-11-21 05:01:09
RIG: K2 @95W
ANTS: 660' CF WIRE - 425' EF WIRE - 160M WINDOM - HX5Bi HEXBEAM
LOG: N1MM LOGGER+
73,
DICK, K2ZR
 
W1IE   SO Unlimited HP   100,5962016-11-21 05:09:32
[log removed from comments]

START-OF-LOG: 3.0
LOCATION: VA
CALLSIGN: W1IE
CLUB:
CONTEST: ARRL-SS-SSB
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-ASSISTED: ASSISTED
CATEGORY-BAND: ALL
CATEGORY-MODE: SSB
CATEGORY-POWER: HIGH
CATEGORY-STATION: FIXED
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
CLAIMED-SCORE: 100596
OPERATORS: W1IE
NAME: Gerald Knowlton
ADDRESS:
ADDRESS-CITY:
ADDRESS-STATE-PROVINCE:
ADDRESS-POSTALCODE:
ADDRESS-COUNTRY:
CREATED-BY: N1MM Logger+ 1.0.5982.0
END-OF-LOG:
 
K4WI   SO Unlimited HP   56,4402016-11-21 05:16:33
Strange how every year the mults come differently! Got the hard ones out of the
way early.... but ND, SC and last one MS were scare as hen's teeth. Makes a
sweep both modes this year! Thanks to all! 73's Cort K4WI
 
K4HQK   Single Op HP   26,2402016-11-21 05:19:38
Participated in dribs and drabs over the weekend on a time-available basis to
help PVRC. Spent Saturday night on 40m in S&P mode hollering into the mic
to little avail. I thought the IC7410 + 500w amp had been replaced with a
Heathkit AT-1. It didn't help that the band went long early evening, with W6s
and W7s heard around 8:30pm EST. The 40m band was very noisy, too, but I had no
alternative for a lower band; my 80m wire remains in pieces on the ground
following a tree-removal job.

Sunday daytime on 40m was much better, with cleaner, stronger signals, so I
attempted a run and was nearly run over! A lot of "small potato"
operators like myself had come aboard Sunday morning with 30-40 QSOs, and all
were doing S&P. I had a great run and wish I'd tried it earlier. Next year
I will.

Near the end of that run on 7182 mHz I experienced deliberate QRMing by
"frequency owners," just as N1LN and K4OV had mentioned in their
reports.

Signals from my R6000 vertical were scattered and not very strong on 20m, and
almost non-existent on 15m, so I only spent a little time on those bands.

It was a special treat to work stations whose operators greeted me with
"Hi, John!"--fellow PVRCers.

John Fuller - K4HQK
Alexandria, VA
 
KK4XX   Single Op LP   16,8962016-11-21 05:30:33
Got the foot switch and headset plumbed in time for a token SSB effort :-)
 
N2BJ   SO Unlimited HP   175,1302016-11-21 05:31:30
P/T
 
KS5Z/VY2   Multi-Op HP   239,5382016-11-21 05:52:39
Great time at VY2TT thanks to Ken's setup and hospitality! George, VY2GF was an
excellent host and guide. We enjoyed using the station, the pileups, and the
last Section worked when WH7W called us! Thanks to all who worked us for a fun
time. Sorry to those we couldn't hear through the pileups.

Like K4XD, I like SS-SSB! It was my first contest ever as a ham of ten years.
I'm a phone operator who has picked up operating CW contests which I now prefer.
However, my other team members are phone operators so here we were in PEI for
SS-SSB.

Last year, Terry, KS5Z, and I operated from W0LSD. We set records for CO and
RMD running ML. That was so much fun that Terry immediately found VY2TT and
reserved this great station for 2016.

We use N1MM+ while Ken has VY2TT configured for WriteLog including the
unsupported SO2R hardware. It was challenging to get almost everything working
correctly. We still had to switch the bandpass filters. I missed a 160m
contact with W8REW Friday night which was a good lesson about the filter
switching.

Terry began the contest on 20m with good rates for the first hour. The second
hour dropped quickly. Greg, KB7KYK, Terry's brother, joined us for his first
truly busy contest from a decent station. Greg's first hour track a little
down from Terry's at 50. But Greg picked up his gain to 112 in his second
hour, the team’s fourth.

20m was fading quick when I took over at 0200 so I moved to 40m. It was tough
going there, even with a beam at 151'! The rates remained low throughout the
rest of Saturday until I quit at 0700.

We had short bursts of high rates, but concentrated on training. We had a lot
of casual callers who struggled with our very long call sign. We also had a
lot, I mean a lot, of dupes! I finally resorted to "Dupe! Please check
your log." That cut them in half and I logged the rest.

I worked George, VY2GF, in September as W6H for Route 66 On-the-Air. We kept
in touch and he graciously met us for dinner at a local pub in Charlottetown
Tuesday. We had a great time with him and Rosanne and appreciated the insight
of a PEI Prime Minister's grandson!

Ken's station has a lot of gear, towers, and antennas crammed into a great, old
farm house with little space outside for more antennas. I had QRM from a PA3 on
40m Sunday morning! We had great signal reports but often had to fight QRM from
"locals" in the CONUS.

While tuning around 40m early Sunday morning looking for a clear spot, I heard
an old friend on 7163--WB2REM. Jim is the one who got me into contesting in
the early 1970's. There was a VY2 on frequency, but I couldn't hear him. He
said he would move to 75m but I never heard him so I decided to start running
there and had some good runs there before returning to 40m.

I suffered through intentional QRM on mostly 75m Saturday evening, but some on
40m too. Still, overall, it was a fun contest for the three of us. I think
we've hooked Greg on contesting. Terry and I are already discussing where to
operate an upcoming DX contest.

Our wives enjoyed traveling throughout the island to see many, many sites. We
all met wonderful, helpful people who made us feel very welcome! However, I
got orders to find a warmer spot for SS-SSB 2017 if I don't operate from home.

73,
Bill, K8TE
Terry, KS5Z
Greg, KB7KYK
 
KS4X   Single Op LP   17,0562016-11-21 05:54:41
all s&p . I spent last 3 hours looking for MS, no luck missed the sweep by
one section.
 
K7AZT   Single Op LP   1,4722016-11-21 06:00:18
Rare use of phone. Wanted to get idea how far the rig would reach running SSB
with my low antennas. Did surprisingly well but not a powerhouse.
 
K9QJ   SO Unlimited LP   7,5522016-11-21 06:02:45
Great fun. S&P, Very part time
 
WB4OMM   Single Op LP   33,2922016-11-21 06:16:40
Yaesu FT-2000, Heil ProSetPlus, AT-1000Pro, HP Compaq dc7800 MiniTower dual
core; A3S Beam with 10M/15M/20M at 38 ft, G5RV ay 45 ft 80/40M, Yaesu G-450A
Rotator; N1MM contest software, LOGic Logging Software.
No joy for the sweep! Only a partial operation, had multiple family/work
obligations on both days. RATS! Never could get SFL! Heard W4MLB on 20M (was
actually an S6 on my meter), but called for almost an hour (twice) and guess he
just couldn't hear me. K4FCG was spotted, but couldn't hear him. NFL and WCF
all over the place. Oh well, got to try out new antennas and some operating
position mods, and they seemed to work well. Got 82 sections, made just over
200 Qs - with the last 94 in the last hour of the contest! 80M was the money
band here, best 80M contest conditions here that I can remember. 40M was almost
as good, but a bit noisy Sunday night. 20M was long here most of both days.
15M was not good at all (very few signals - but did get PR there!), and 10M was
non-existent. As always, I enjoyed my still favorite contest! 73 and Happy
Holidays to all, see you on the air! 73, Steve WB4OMM.
 
AE1P   Single Op HP   17,4002016-11-21 06:22:42
I was only able to get on for a couple of hours Sunday evening,
but still had fun...Hopefully next Year I will have a better effort.
Thanks to all for the Q's...
73 from NH
Neil,
AE1P
 
K1KNQ   Single Op LP   121,6622016-11-21 06:27:40
Rig: Yaesu FT-1000D (150 watts)
Ant: 75M 4sq vertical array, 40M sloping dipoles, 20M 4el quad, 15/10M 4el
interlaced quad.
Logging: N1MM+

Mostly tough going except on 20M.
Missed SC, NL
73, Jack K1KNQ
 
AA9A   Single Op HP   106,7642016-11-21 06:48:24
Busy weekend with family commitments limited my operating time.
 
NØIJ   SO Unlimited HP   60,1522016-11-21 06:58:34
Only had the first 6 hours and first time ever going assisted.
 
N9RV   Single Op HP   352,2522016-11-21 07:05:18
Not sure what gets in my head to make me run this contest every five years or
so, but there it is. It has been a learning experience here in the west now
that the MUF is lower.

15 meters was a real teaser -- it was productive on Saturday, which gave me
high hopes for Sunday. But despite the many loud signals on the band all
afternoon, there was no rate and no "legs" to any runs.

Not too many Q stations in the log this mode and this year. Had quite a few
call in on the Sunday night run on 40, where I had a pretty clear freq. They
said they'd been calling me all weekend! Sorry, but that's SSB.

Nice to work all the School stations, and heard some newbie's being coached in
the background (yep, could hear the coach too!). Nice.

Congrats to the winners. It has been a fun SS season here.

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

CALLSIGN: N9RV
CONTEST: ARRL-SS-SSB
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 0 175 0 175 175 8.2
2200 0 0 0 70 81 0 151 326 15.4
2300 0 0 5 142 0 0 147 473 22.3
0000 0 0 175 0 0 0 175 648 30.5
0100 0 0 123 0 0 0 123 771 36.3
0200 0 8 79 0 0 0 87 858 40.4
0300 0 13 69 0 0 0 82 940 44.3
0400 0 13 66 0 0 0 79 1019 48.0
0500 0 20 42 0 0 0 62 1081 50.9
0600 0 11 50 0 0 0 61 1142 53.8
0700 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 1145 54.0
0800 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1145 54.0
0900 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1145 54.0
1000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1145 54.0
1100 0 11 29 0 0 0 40 1185 55.8
1200 0 8 65 0 0 0 73 1258 59.3
1300 0 0 25 1 0 0 26 1284 60.5
1400 0 0 26 46 0 0 72 1356 63.9
1500 0 0 0 90 0 0 90 1446 68.1
1600 0 0 0 75 2 0 77 1523 71.8
1700 0 0 0 49 33 0 82 1605 75.6
1800 0 0 0 24 28 0 52 1657 78.1
1900 0 0 0 29 5 0 34 1691 79.7
2000 0 0 0 81 1 0 82 1773 83.6
2100 0 0 0 61 0 0 61 1834 86.4
2200 0 0 2 59 2 0 63 1897 89.4
2300 0 0 56 21 0 0 77 1974 93.0
0000 0 3 65 1 0 0 69 2043 96.3
0100 0 4 48 0 0 0 52 2095 98.7
0200 0 4 23 0 0 0 27 2122 100.0
------------------------------------------------------
Total 0 97 949 749 327 0 2122

Gross QSOs=2143 Dupes=21 Net QSOs=2122

Unique callsigns worked = 2122

The best 60 minute rate was 176/hour from 0002 to 0101
The best 30 minute rate was 198/hour from 2107 to 2136
The best 10 minute rate was 204/hour from 2117 to 2126

The best 1 minute rates were:
5 QSOs/minute 1 times.
4 QSOs/minute 49 times.
3 QSOs/minute 208 times.
2 QSOs/minute 363 times.
1 QSOs/minute 571 times.

There were 183 bandchanges and 75 (3.5%) probable 2nd radio QSOs.

Number of letters in callsigns
Letters # worked
-----------------
3 1
4 758
5 924
6 426
7 5
8 6
9 2

------------ 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
-------------------------------------------------------------
Il 0 3 45 54 10 0 112 5.3
Mi 0 1 32 41 16 0 90 4.2
Oh 0 5 31 28 23 0 87 4.1
Va 0 3 39 15 28 0 85 4.0
Mdc 0 9 29 16 25 0 79 3.7
Mn 0 4 35 32 1 0 72 3.4
In 0 1 14 35 12 0 62 2.9
STx 0 1 24 27 9 0 61 2.9
Nc 0 2 32 15 11 0 60 2.8
Az 0 0 30 30 0 0 60 2.8
NTx 0 2 27 29 0 0 58 2.7
Tn 0 1 19 21 8 0 49 2.3
Mo 0 3 20 21 0 0 44 2.1
EPa 0 0 18 12 12 0 42 2.0
Ga 0 1 15 13 11 0 40 1.9
Wi 0 5 19 15 0 0 39 1.8
Ct 0 1 19 7 10 0 37 1.7
NFl 0 1 16 6 13 0 36 1.7
WNy 0 3 11 10 12 0 36 1.7
Scv 0 4 19 11 0 0 34 1.6
Lax 0 1 10 21 1 0 33 1.6
Sv 0 0 27 2 4 0 33 1.6
Co 0 1 29 3 0 0 33 1.6
Ky 0 3 7 12 10 0 32 1.5
Al 0 1 10 13 8 0 32 1.5
ENy 0 0 18 5 7 0 30 1.4
Org 0 1 9 19 0 0 29 1.4
Ks 0 4 13 12 0 0 29 1.4
EMa 0 0 18 8 2 0 28 1.3
Sdg 0 2 11 13 0 0 26 1.2
NNj 0 1 11 7 6 0 25 1.2
Ok 0 0 11 14 0 0 25 1.2
Nh 0 1 8 10 4 0 23 1.1
SFl 0 0 7 13 2 0 22 1.0
WPa 0 0 9 8 5 0 22 1.0
Sc 0 0 12 7 3 0 22 1.0
WcF 0 0 12 6 4 0 22 1.0
NLi 0 0 10 5 6 0 21 1.0
SNj 0 0 9 4 8 0 21 1.0
Nv 0 2 17 1 0 0 20 0.9
Ons 0 0 6 9 3 0 18 0.8
Ms 0 0 9 4 5 0 18 0.8
Sb 0 1 2 13 2 0 18 0.8
WWa 0 4 12 1 1 0 18 0.8
Ut 0 2 15 1 0 0 18 0.8
One 0 0 5 4 7 0 16 0.8
La 0 0 8 3 5 0 16 0.8
Ia 0 0 9 7 0 0 16 0.8
Nm 0 1 5 10 0 0 16 0.8
Ar 0 1 6 9 0 0 16 0.8
Eb 0 1 13 2 0 0 16 0.8
WMa 0 1 8 3 3 0 15 0.7
Sjv 0 1 10 4 0 0 15 0.7
Wv 0 2 0 9 3 0 14 0.7
Sf 0 1 5 7 1 0 14 0.7
Gta 0 0 3 4 6 0 13 0.6
Me 0 0 10 3 0 0 13 0.6
WTx 0 1 6 3 0 0 10 0.5
Ne 0 0 5 5 0 0 10 0.5
Or 0 1 8 0 0 0 9 0.4
Nd 0 3 3 2 0 0 8 0.4
Ak 0 0 2 3 2 0 7 0.3
Ri 0 0 5 0 2 0 7 0.3
Id 0 1 3 0 3 0 7 0.3
Sd 0 1 5 1 0 0 7 0.3
Bc 0 1 5 1 0 0 7 0.3
Pr 0 0 1 2 3 0 6 0.3
De 0 0 2 3 1 0 6 0.3
Mb 0 1 2 3 0 0 6 0.3
Mt 0 2 0 0 3 0 5 0.2
NNy 0 0 4 0 1 0 5 0.2
Qc 0 0 2 2 1 0 5 0.2
Ab 0 1 3 0 1 0 5 0.2
Mar 0 0 0 4 1 0 5 0.2
Vt 0 1 3 1 0 0 5 0.2
Vi 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 0.1
Onn 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 0.1
Wy 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0.1
EWa 0 0 2 0 1 0 3 0.1
Pac 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 0.1
Nt 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0.1
Sk 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0.1
Nl 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0.1
------------------------------------------------------
Total 0 97 949 749 327 0 2122

Sweepstakes Checks
Check QSOs Pct
----------------------
00 19 0.9
01 13 0.6
02 19 0.9
03 20 0.9
04 6 0.3
05 8 0.4
06 23 1.1
07 22 1.0
08 23 1.1
09 27 1.3
10 26 1.2
11 36 1.7
12 30 1.4
13 52 2.5
14 63 3.0
15 61 2.9
16 57 2.7
17 1 0.0
18 0 0.0
19 1 0.0
20 0 0.0
21 0 0.0
22 1 0.0
23 0 0.0
24 1 0.0
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 2 0.1
32 1 0.0
33 1 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 1 0.0
41 1 0.0
42 0 0.0
43 0 0.0
44 0 0.0
45 2 0.1
46 0 0.0
47 3 0.1
48 0 0.0
49 2 0.1
50 2 0.1
51 3 0.1
52 12 0.6
53 11 0.5
54 20 0.9
55 28 1.3
56 28 1.3
57 31 1.5
58 46 2.2
59 51 2.4
60 42 2.0
61 46 2.2
62 43 2.0
63 47 2.2
64 43 2.0
65 45 2.1
66 25 1.2
67 34 1.6
68 53 2.5
69 46 2.2
70 38 1.8
71 47 2.2
72 38 1.8
73 29 1.4
74 39 1.8
75 37 1.7
76 86 4.1
77 65 3.1
78 38 1.8
79 35 1.6
80 27 1.3
81 26 1.2
82 25 1.2
83 20 0.9
84 17 0.8
85 12 0.6
86 24 1.1
87 20 0.9
88 18 0.8
89 31 1.5
90 24 1.1
91 48 2.3
92 50 2.4
93 33 1.6
94 21 1.0
95 21 1.0
96 20 0.9
97 14 0.7
98 25 1.2
99 16 0.8

U.S. Call Areas Worked
Area QSOs Pct
--------------------
0 220 10.4
1 154 7.3
2 173 8.2
3 166 7.8
4 319 15.0
5 214 10.1
6 229 10.8
7 134 6.3
8 203 9.6
9 224 10.6
--------------------
Total 2036 95.9

Sweepstakes Precedents
Precedent QSOs Pct
----------------------
A 1032 48.6
B 416 19.6
Q 57 2.7
M 135 6.4
U 461 21.7
S 21 1.0
 
WX3B   Multi-Op HP   136,7762016-11-21 07:07:36
Well now....that was a fun part-time event!!

It helps having my good friend Bill, K3WI running a parallel operation to keep
me motivated....

During a parallel operation it is necessary for one person to be on an
"off" band while the other is on the best band...and since my plan
was to operate all day and most of the night Sunday, I made sure Bill had first
choice of bands.

Amazingly, my warnings about how terrible 15 meters would likely be turned out
to be false. I started out on that band and managed to work almost 36 sections
on it in the few hours I was active. There was some good backscatter up and
down the east coast, and the mid-west and west coast was booming. It was a
relaxing, yet productive pace....

After a nice dinner break, I returned to 40m and found that band in excellent
condition. Based on most of the scores I have seen, it may be that 40m was a
better producer than 80 was this year.

When Bill retired for the evening - early - I jumped on 80 and rode it for all
it was worth.

Got back on 80 starting at 7:30am Sunday morning after a nice break, and still
found it productive for over an hour. Went to 40....to 15....then to 20....and
that's when things really slowed down.

Decided that after 13 hours, enough was enough, I had my fun, and it was time
to return home to the urban location and enjoy a cozy fire and family time.

Did anyone see K4OV's 40 meter total of over 1,000 QSOs??? That IS a magic
trick - what a GREAT job...and a QSO total near 2,000. Amazing.

I can't believe I missed NL...I never even heard them when they were spotted on
the bands I was running...no sweep for me this year.

Still...about as good as it gets in 13 hours.
Best holiday wishes to all, and here's hoping CQWW CW is fun!

73,

Jim WX3B
 
K9CQ   Single Op LP   57,9202016-11-21 07:11:26
I spent most of the contest just learning a new rig. On Friday an Anan 200D
arrived so I put it through it's paces. SDR is the clear winner on the
receiver side. Stations could be right next to it's band pass and never heard
them. I missed a couple of Canadian sections and PR for a sweep. The low bands
seemed moderate to good. 40 and 80 have been going long early for the past
couple of weeks and this weekend they were slightly better close in. SS is
always a fun contest to work for me no matter what the score or conditions. 73
Tim, K9CQ
 
VE3RCN   Single Op LP   35,2802016-11-21 07:25:29
I have finally dropped anchor in Fort Erie. No more moves with the Navy. HF
tower not up yet (and wont be till the spring), so I used a G5RV laying on the
roof of the house. Amazing what an antenna like this can do! 1-It can get the
Blue Ray player in the living room to turn on/off repeatedly; 2-It can raise
the XYL's voice by a few db to get your attention down the hall while you have
the Heil headphones on; and 3- it can make 202 contacts into 70 sections on low
power on a part time effort!
 
N4MM   Single Op HP   33,2002016-11-21 07:30:54
Paper log mailed this morning.
 
NJ6G   Single Op HP   33,9002016-11-21 07:35:46
40m was so long it was easier to work ZS than stateside at one point. Note:
During the contest I had my first ZS SSB contact! Antennas continue to be the
issue. Switched between 500W doublet and 100W vertical multiple times,
oftentimes the vertical was hearing better. Running was ineffective,I don't
think I'm being heard.
 
N8II   Single Op LP   178,4502016-11-21 07:46:50
The XYL woke up very weak on Saturday, probable bacterial infection. So, I was
caregiver and chief cook/dishwasher for the weekend. The skip zones were
"very looong" making it difficult to work the high population areas
on my doorstep (only 65 miles NW of DC). I made lemonade out of lemons, and
surprised myself with an average of 75 QSO's per hour. The 14.4 hours was the
N1MM+ calculation, actual time per rules a bit longer.

After a very slow first 7 minutes on 20 phone, I got a good run going until
just past 23Z when it was time to fix dinner. I had 200 Q's in the log by
2301Z. After dinner, it was down to 75M at 2351Z where I settled on a very
prime frequency and had a great run until 0230Z with a total of 502 Q's and 77
sections in the log. Best 60 minute rate of test was 132 at 0050Z. My back and
neck were bothering me, so I went up to wash the dishes and just did not feel
like more operating.

Sunday went pretty well starting at 1355Z (starting earlier than around 13Z
would not have been that productive. I operated whenever I could, taking time
off for XYL, meals, and walking the dog. The AM 40M run went well with minimal
QRM and I returned to 40 early afternoon for a nice run on a clear frequency
with lots of very casual guys with very low NR's calling. About the time
everyone was abandoning 40 at 16Z was when the skip zone finally shortened
enough to work PA, MD, and VA. 20 was a bit rough with LP, but did manage to
run a few off and on. RI popped in around 1630Z, but in general the skip zone
was very long not allowing Q's with IL. 15 was best in the 17Z hour and never
was good for any volume; a few signals were very loud, but CA/OR/WA were mostly
weak or no prop. Interestingly, BC was coming in well, but no WWA to speak of.

The quest for the sweep was not easy. I spent no time hunting sections
Saturday.
WV was one of the last six and I had to hunt down the other 5. The last 3 were
PR at 1738Z (weak on 15), MS on 20 at 2037Z, and finally PAC at 2336Z not long
before 20 would close for good! I spent time off and on tuning 15 for KH6 and
never heard one.

Many thanks for the QSO's and standing by when there was a pile-up. I would
have to say that the average operator needs to practice logging pn there
logging program before the contest as many seemed to be struggling to input the
data even when I sent it at a moderate pace.

73, Jeff
 
K3ZJ   Single Op HP   64,6762016-11-21 07:47:48
Drove out to the cabin in WV on Sunday for its annual winterization and some
needed antenna work but very windy and cold. High temperature Sunday afternoon
was 28 degrees F (-2 celsius) with a light dusting of snow. So I fired up the
radio for a short time while there. No antenna work accomplished, so C31XR
remains without its 20M reflector (which fell just before CQWW SSB when all 8
rivets in the element-to-boom mount failed). Maybe we'll have some warmer days
after the Thanksgiving holidays. Thanks to all for the QSOs.
 
KD4D(@N3HBX)   Single Op HP   229,2462016-11-21 07:56:23
The bands seemed less crowded than last year - it was easier to find run
frequencies. That said, I found myself on the high end of 20 and 40 sometimes.
I made more band changes than usual trying to keep the run rates up.

I was quicker to recognize that 20 wasn't producing at the beginning of the
contest than last year - I switched to 40 in the first hour.

VE8GER called me late Sunday morning for the Sweep - NT was my last section.
I found VY1AAA on the low end of 20 meters later with a good signal.

I only worked one station from Newfoundland and had at least two QSOs from all
the others. SB was a surprising late section for me.

Thanks to John Evans, N3HBX, for letting me use his fine station again. John
has done a lot of work on the station repairing lightning damage and everything
was working. Every time I do this contest, I'm reminded that I really like CW!

See you in the next one!

73,

Mark, KD4D

Hourly Rates
Day Hr 3.5 7 14 21 Tot Accum
2016-11-19 21 0 22 35 17 74 74
2016-11-19 22 0 68 9 0 77 151
2016-11-19 23 54 7 3 0 64 215
2016-11-20 00 76 8 0 0 84 299
2016-11-20 01 50 11 0 0 61 360
2016-11-20 02 28 44 0 0 72 432
2016-11-20 03 4 87 0 0 91 523
2016-11-20 04 6 87 0 0 93 616
2016-11-20 05 27 28 0 0 55 671
2016-11-20 06 12 41 0 0 53 724
2016-11-20 07 23 18 0 0 41 765
2016-11-20 08 15 7 0 0 22 787
2016-11-20 11 25 3 0 0 28 815
2016-11-20 12 26 22 0 0 48 863
2016-11-20 13 0 51 2 0 53 916
2016-11-20 14 0 20 17 0 37 953
2016-11-20 15 0 48 7 0 55 1008
2016-11-20 16 0 10 42 0 52 1060
2016-11-20 17 0 0 26 27 53 1113
2016-11-20 18 0 0 0 19 19 1132
2016-11-20 19 0 0 14 8 22 1154
2016-11-20 20 0 0 31 3 34 1188
2016-11-20 21 0 0 52 3 55 1243
2016-11-20 22 0 49 1 0 50 1293
2016-11-20 23 6 11 2 0 19 1312
2016-11-21 00 21 28 0 0 49 1361
2016-11-21 01 9 11 0 0 20 1381
Total 382 681 241 77 1381 1381

QSOs by Section
Section Tot
IL 70
MN 56
MDC 49
VA 48
MI 45
OH 45
NTX 41
AZ 38
STX 37
CO 35
NC 32
WI 29
WWA 28
SCV 26
TN 26
GA 24
IN 24
AL 23
KS 23
MO 23
SV 22
KY 21
ENY 20
LAX 20
NFL 20
CT 19
EMA 19
WCF 19
UT 17
AR 16
EB 16
NV 16
OK 16
SDG 16
SFL 16
WNY 16
ORG 15
SF 14
LA 13
OR 13
WMA 13
EPA 12
ID 12
MT 12
NE 12
NH 12
SJV 12
NNJ 11
IA 10
ONS 10
BC 9
NLI 9
NM 9
SC 9
WPA 9
WTX 9
EWA 8
MS 8
ND 8
ONE 8
SD 8
AB 7
AK 7
MB 7
SNJ 7
WV 7
WY 7
SB 6
GTA 5
MAR 5
ME 5
NNY 5
QC 5
RI 5
SK 5
VT 5
DE 3
PAC 3
PR 3
VI 3
NT 2
ONN 2
NL 1
 
VE3RZ   SO Unlimited HP   139,2742016-11-21 08:01:36
Thanks for all the Qs. Good to hear the northern stations on - wrked 2 x VY1, 3
x NL. Most wanted section for me was KH6, only worked the one for the sweep.
 
VE6EX   Single Op QRP   68,2222016-11-21 08:06:26
Hi All: If this was a book it would be ::


**** 5watts from a place far away ****


This was an exercise in propagation playing from Calgary..
20 was wall to wall with the meter sitting at 30 over nine most of the time
and at least three on every frequency.. No hope there not even the big guns the
first day.. Thank god for 15 and wide open spaces.. Not a hope for a sweep and
the strategy was run and hope to get spotted, butttt.... lots of VE6es on
killed that..
The low bands were hi noise and it was mostly over by 0100z (maybe a Q every
20 or half an hour ) . So if you heard me the band was open to me and I was
probably loud..
I concentrated on running in the openings and forget the sweep (same as my
cw ss effort) Next to no QRP on tho...
See you all in the ww..Dan VE6EX.. 72/73
 
VY2LI   Single Op HP   36,2702016-11-21 08:18:16
Just playing and flying MAR flag.73,Bill
 
WB6CZG   Single Op QRP   11,0002016-11-21 08:18:50
Well this contest surprised me. 80 Meters was my best band for contacts and
sections.
I could not work any 1 or 2s although I did hear them.
I did work Vi and AK and several VEs and I did get all of the 5 sections.

Rig KX3 with PX3 and 80 meter dipole at 70FT and I guess it helps to be at
6400FT
 
NW3Y   SO Unlimited HP   85,0502016-11-21 08:30:15
Missed Pr and VI for clean sweep.....ugh.
 
AA5B   Single Op HP   302,1202016-11-21 08:37:04
The station was about as simple as you can get: 1 radio, 1 antenna -- a push-up
mast with a 40/20 fan dipole at about 50 feet.

Last 2 sections were DE (worked several on Sunday) and NT.

The 40-mtr band sounded more like 160, or maybe even 6, with weak signals that
faded in and out of the noise, and an occasional ear blaster.

73,
Bruce AA5B
 
K3YEO   Single Op LP   2,4182016-11-21 09:06:25
Fine talented operators across all sections.
 
N7XU(K4XU)   Single Op LP   113,3782016-11-21 09:06:30
Rain brought on a new noise source. I quit after working my last section - VE2.

Toughest section was NL. NT was easy.
See y'all next weekend on the preferred mode.
73,
Dick
 
K4XD   SO Unlimited HP   66,5662016-11-21 09:12:52
I'm coming out of the closet on this one guys and gals... I actually enjoyed SS
SSB. There, I said it. I know the coolest kids don't even own a microphone
'cuz keys and keyboards are where it's at, and yes, I do love a good CW or RTTY
test, but despite wanting to hate it, I found myself enjoying SS SSB. I hope I
won't be ostracized now :-) !

How'd dat happen?! Good question. I had to look in the virtual mirror and ask
myself, "when did this start?" I then realized a familar pattern...
weeks of dread leading up to the contest, the anticipation of endless repeats,
straining to hear signals barely flirting with the noise level, raspy vocal
cords and ringing ears... argh! Why do we have to have phone contests? But
then sometime in the second or third hour, when the interminably long SS
exchange becomes second nature, and I start really digging the thrill of a new
section multiplier and the countdown and hunt from 83 to zero... a wee bit of
guilty pleasure starts creeping over me. When I take a break from the radio,
after ten or fifteen minutes I start feeling drawn back to get "just 50
more Q's..." I wake up with a surge of adrenaline from a nap... did the
elusive PR mult get spotted while I snoozed? Gotta go check!

And so it went in 2016 SS SSB. I had fun. I wanted more. And now if I can
just remember this feeling until SS SSB 2017...

I started the setup and shakedown process early... well, early for me at least,
it was before noon on Saturday. Why is it that N1MM+, MK2R+ and my radios
secretly file divorce papers in between contests? #$%&!! it, that worked
last time! Saturday's mystery was why my N1MM+ voice file function key macros
refused to make it to the radios. Troubleshooting 101, start at one end of the
chain and keep probing until the signal disappears. I could get N1MM+ wav files
to come out my PC speakers, so N1MM+ was off the hook. Digging into the MK2R+
microHam USB Device Router, I loaded the N1MM+ profile and nada. I tried the
USB Device Router's own DVK, and it didn't send any sound to the radio either.
OK, something's messed up with the config here. On to the audio settings panel.
Looks fine. Long boring story short, switching from CmCmA to ABA made the DVK
start working. I'm sure if I pored over the manual I could learn why, but
honestly, this thing is a bit too all-singing all-dancing for me. I appreciate
configurability, but OMG, sometimes there are just too many options and they all
have to line up perfectly. I've threatened to toss it and go with something
simpler a hundred times, but after pounding my forehead flat against the
tabletop, I eventually get it working and move on to the next problem.

Next, tuning up the N1MM+ macros. In another one of those "how does this
happen?" scenarios, my macros all seemed to point to the wrong directory
to find the wav files. The error message seemed to say "nothing found in
directory X" but when I looked in that directory, the wav files where
there. I ended up copying the files into four different places and then it all
magically* started working.

*magically = I somehow stumbled on the solution as in 'even a blind squirrel
occasionally finds an acorn'

Never one to leave well enough alone, I started wondering if I could get N1MM+
to voice serial numbers. Yeah, I know it can sound obnoxious and off-putting
to have a Q with what sounds like an IVR system (hmmm, that might be cool...
next contest my macros will start with "thanks for contacting K4XD.
Please pay attention as our menus have changed..."), but the tinkerer in
me just had to see if I could get it working. More head-scratching and
puzzling error messages. I spent an embarrassing amount of time fiddling with
it until it dawned on me that the {OPERATOR]/ string was part of the filename
and I was breaking it by sticking #, in between the / and the filename.
D'oh!!!

OK, that's working, now what? Prefills... another hotly contested (bad pun,
sri) topic, but it saves some typing and yes, I log what I hear not what it
says. I load the prefill file and enter my own call to check it out. Wha..?
I tab to the exchange entry field and it's blank... but the message area
beneath, where the bearing shows up, has my check and section showing. I try
it again, and again... lots of Google searches for "N1MM prefill no
worky" but nothing. Oh well, I'll just read the fine print under the
exchange box although it kind of defeats the purpose of saving on typing.

OK, N1MM+ seems happy other than prefills, it's 2035, time to check the bands.
Lots of guys "warming things up" on 20M, hey, is there a contest
starting in half an hour? I had no idea, I just felt like calling CQ here on
20M and talking about the weather... maybe I'll join the fun later and see what
it's all about!

I saw VY1AAA spotted, and man, isn't it nice for NT to be a relatively easy
mult? Thanks guys! I kinda miss the epic pileups though...

2100 rolled around and I heard the CQer mystically transform into a contester.
Actually, it was 20:59, but hey, who's keeping track? At 2100 I started
S&P'ing on 20. I type in the first call and hit space. Hey, prefill is
working?! How'd 'dat happen?! Then it dawns on me... tab from the callsign
box = no pre-fill, space from it = prefill. Something else to forget when it
happens to me again in a year or so...

At this point I'm still not sure how many hours I'm going to put into this
thing, but I know I'm good for at least 83 Q's, so I start looking for the red
spots. My first 15 Q's were all mults, hey, I'm almost 20% of the way to a
sweep!

---Begin boring introspection---

Another confession - my appetite for the sleep-deprived, 24 hour grind has
lessened in recent years, and the thought of what it was going to take to beat
last year's score was actually de-motivating me. I had to do some
reflection... did I still love radio? Yes! Did I still love making lots of
Q's? Yes! So what was bugging me? I realized that feeling like I had to do a
full contest turned it into a job. Knowing that I couldn't leave the chair made
me feel almost trapped there. So I decided this time, I would spend time doing
what was FUN, and get up whenever I felt like it. Bingo! Mind games, yes, but
taking the pressure off changed everything. I focused on enjoyment, and did
what I felt like doing. I chased mults. I chased The Sweep. I
"DX'ed" in the pileups. I S&P'd when I got tired of running. I
S&P'd when I could't find a run frequency wider than 1 kHZ. When the guy
2.5 kHz away on 80M complained about splatter, I moved. When the SSTVers 4 kHz
away jammed me, I moved. When I hit a technical problem, I stopped to solve it
and didn't worry about my rate. And... it made me happy!

No, I didn't beat any personal records, win a certificate or earn bragging
rights. But I probably spent more hours, got more points for PVRC, and am
looking forward to the next one way more than if I had attempted the grind.
Baby steps.

---End of boring introspection---

In the first 30 minutes I put WTX, CO, SD, SDG, NM, AZ, AB, MAR, MN, SV, VI
STX, NE, NT, NC, and SK in the log. They were joined in the second 30 minutes
by LA, WWA, IA, SF, UT, MO, WY, KS, WI, MB, RI, and SCV. All on 20M. Things
were off to a good start! Several in there that had defeated sweeps in years
past. The next hour brought me WMA, BC, NTX, EB, WV, OK, ND, ID SB, PAC and
LAX, the last four on 15M. The crew at WX0ND was everywhere all weekend - it
was hard to miss ND. ORG and IN wrapped up my session as we had to go out for
my daughter Elyse's birthday dinner, which kept me away from the dials until we
got home at 0230. But then my wife felt ill, and I didn't want her to be alone
at the opposite end of the house, so I hung things up for the night and
unfortunately completely missed 80M the first night, and only had 2 Q's on 40.

No alarm set and I found myself waking up at 1115 - whoa! Made coffee and got
to the radio by 1130, and 80M was in great shape. Very quiet, plenty of room
to stretch out, and since I hadn't worked anything on 80 yet, plenty of targets
for S&P. As expected, it was dominated by stations East of the Mississippi
and the new sections included AR, GTA, ENY, MDC, OH, QC, VA, ONS, NH, AL, NFL,
MI, IL, EMA, ME, EPA, TN, NNJ, SC, WNY, ONE, WPA, NLI, and VT. One westerly
mult snuck in, MT. Yes, no VA or MDC until Sunday morning for me!

At 12:35 I decided to check out 40M and found SNJ and WCF. 40 was open to the
East Coast, one of the few times during the contest I was on the band when it
was not long. N1MM+ told me there were mults waiting on 80M so I hopped back
down there at 12:45 and picked up KY and DE. I'm always a bit surprised how
late in the morning 80M is productive. I never check it out that late unless
there's a contest, but during contests, there's activity long after sunrise.
Maybe we should all call CQ on a "dead band" more often...

More mult-chasing - around 1300 I grabbed NL, GA, ONN and SJV on 20M, then
spent a couple hours on 40 mixing S&P and running. 40 stayed
"local" the whole time.

I decided it was time for some SO2R and tuned the K3 to 20M. Whoa, SWR was
99:1! What was going on? Some more step-by-step sleuthing narrowed the
problem to my ICE 419B filter. I took it out of the circuit and the K3 was
happy once more. Interestingly, I didn't notice any real interference between
my 20M and 40M radios without the 419B in place. I haven't tested every
permutation of bands, running and S&P'ing without the filters, but if
things hold, I'll just leave them out as simpler is better. Kind of scratching
my head over that one though...

By 1530 EWA, NV and OR joined the blue boxes in N1MM+'s Multipliers display. A
couple of calls show NNY in the prefill box, but end up being from other
sections. Uh-oh, is NNY going to be a bust this year? Then at 15:48, bang, a
call with no prefill turns out to be from NNY so I sigh with relief as that one
drops into the "been there, done that" pile.

I spend some "DXing" time chasing a SFL mult on 20M and he's just not
hearing me. Hmmm, wasn't SFL one of the trail of tears sections last year?
This could be a problem. Back to 40M and decide to run for a while. Fifth
caller is from... SFL! You just gotta have faith... CT dropped in at 16:16
and now we're getting down to the short strokes on The Sweep. N1MM+'s
multiplier box is all blue with three blank boxes, AK, MS and PR. One call
sign keeps showing up as MS but he's not hearing me or he's on a non-contest
band. Then at 1700, an AK station shows up on 15M. I pop up from 40 and he's
not busy. Drop in my call... nothing. Again... CQ in my face. Frustrating!
After five minutes, I notice the yellow 180 degrees light on my SteppIR
controller box is lit. Another forehead slapper - my rotator is pointed at AK,
but the SteppIR is "reversed" and pointing at the Bahamas! Push the
Norm button, the stepper motors whir, and then try again. Bingo! First call.
I guess it just wasn't a long path kinda day.

Heeding the PVRC SS gurus advice, I steer clear of the lovely, quiet, wide-open
spaces of 15M and go find a spot on the cramped, noisy, splattery beast that is
20M on a SS day. I find a not too bad spot and start running. My callers are
all West of the Mississippi, except for one... Mississippi! Yay! Now only PR
eludes me for The Sweep.

I continue running on 20M for another hour, and then decide to hop up to 15M
because that's often where I've found PR on a Sunday afternoon. Still no red
spots and the PR box is blank in the N1MM+ multiplier box, but hey, what's
this... a station with a KP4/ prefix? I dial him up, make the call, and bingo,
PR and The Sweep. Not sure why he didn't show up as "red" in the
spots and mults box, but glad I checked 15! As much as I enjoy the hunt, it's
fun when it's done and I know another Clean Sweep mug will join the
collection.

What next? I decided to fire up both radios and put the K3 on 40M and the Icom
756PII on 20M. I find myself gravitating toward the Icom for two reasons - the
built-in spectrum display and the 1KW amp. The K3 has 500W so it's more than
enough for a domestic contest, but my confidence is always higher when I'm
pushing a KW down the coax. Yeah, more head stuff. But the spectrum display
is a big help when looking for a spot to run, so I decide to fire up the
LP-PAN2 that's hooked to the K3 and run the NaP3 spectrum display. Naturally,
it's not working. Now what? More wire tracing... and the audio cables from
the LP-PAN2 box go ... nowhere! Oh yeah, I borrowed that sound card box for a
RemoteRig experiment. A few experiments (was it Mic In or Line In?) and it's
working again. It's actually a very nice spectrum display, and for the rest of
the contest it provides a very helpful way to see that indeed, there are no
empty spots on 40M to run in. Isn't technology wonderful?

After a dinner break I head back to the radio, telling my wife that yes, we can
watch another episode of Blue Bloods after I hit 400 Q's, my new "enough is
enough" goal for the contest. I'm at 362, how long can it take? What, am
I nuts? It's the last 90 minutes of the contest and the only people left on
the bands are the guys who have been on all weekend (heard 'em, worked 'em
already) and one or two guys giving out single and low double digit serial
numbers and working a pileup that would put BS7 to shame. I tried running. I
tried SO2R and 80 and 40. I tried S&P on every spot that W3LPL's lovely new
fast cluster node could dish out. And finally, just before 0200, I worked
number 400 and then 401 for good luck.

Yup, with log checking I'll dip below 400 but I'd remember the wrath of my XYL
for missing "TV Time" far longer than I'll remember that I only
worked 385 good ones in 2016 SS SSB.

But it was fun.

73,
Rowland K4XD
 
KP2XX   Single Op HP   179,1722016-11-21 09:27:35
The 40 meter band filled up fast, I stayed on 20 longer rather than struggle
with all the splatter on 40. As in the sweepstakes I was called by a good
number of “DX” stations during the contest and gave out signal reports to
them between sweep contacts. Had a surprise run of dozens of Japanese stations
calling me on 40 meters, gee where were they in CQWW, well it was fun working
them. Checked 10 a couple of times and heard nothing. Sadly, Lots of
background noise on 40 made it difficult to hear the many QRP stations, would
have enjoyed working more of them.

Jim, KP2XX
 
4U1WB(AJ3M)   SO Unlimited HP   66,5662016-11-21 09:42:17
Part time effort from 4U1WB at the World Bank. Thank you for the QSOs.


Rig and Antennas: Icom IC-706MKIIG, Alpha 78, HyGain TH7DX, and W9INN inverted
vee

73,

Masa
AJ3M
 
AB9M   Single Op LP   1,8002016-11-21 09:44:44
I noticed some recent licensees amongst the long time contesters, which is good
for contesting. All my contacts were S&P, less than 100 (but with up to 15
dB of RF clipping) from a TenTec OMNI-VII and HF-2V vertical over two dozen 66
foot radials. A Flex-1500 operating as a sub-receiver was used to zero beat
stations by visual reference, and a AOR TDF-370 DSP in FFT augmented the
receive audio for my Siemens PURE BX-5 hearing aids. Still with all the
technology, it takes at least one repeat to confirm I have the correct
exchange, for that reason I won't slow down a running station by asking for a
repeat, but I will call after I know I have everything in the exchange (and the
incremented number) from his previous exchange.
 
W9QL   SO Unlimited LP   66,7322016-11-21 09:56:44
SS Phone was the first contest I ever worked many years ago, so I always try to
make a good showing. I was happy to see 15 open to the west early on. I usually
start on 15, when the band cooperates. Sometimes AK and NT will pop up and get
into the log early. Not this year, though. I did sweep the 6's and 7's (save
for UT) in the first two hours, including PAC. N3FJP's logging program has the
map feature, and it was interesting to watch how propagation was affecting
sections logged. Operating low power always presents a challenge. Once a rare
section is spotted it is very difficult to get through the pileups. My
experience has been to work S&P at the beginning but then try and get a run
going on 40 and 80 in the evening. A lot of the sections some folks seemed to
miss actually called me (NE, MS, DE). Bedtime came and I was still missing NT,
NL, PR and SC. I was a little worried that both NT and NL were not in the log
on Saturday, but Sunday morning there they both were. In fact, I worked three
NL's almost in a row. PR was strong on 15 and easily worked. So, that left SC.
Not sure why they were so tough this year. I saw them spotted on 40 about noon,
but they were really weak with a huge pileup. So, I waited about 20 minutes and
threw my call out. He took another call and then said "who was the
nine?" I threw my call out again and the sweep was in the books at 12:18
local (10 hours of operating). Then, with the sweep behind me, I could have
some fun just trying to add to the score and not worry about watching spots.
Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and holiday season.

Dave
W9QL
FTdx5000MP with a G5RV @ 35ft.
 
KØEU   SO Unlimited HP   313,2422016-11-21 09:58:27
Almost had to bag this one when I discovered that the sound card setup on my
shack computer was not working right with the MK2R. It was working fine earlier
in the week, so go figure. I struggled with it for a few hours, and decided
something was either wrong with the sound card or that the Win-10 update last
Thursday must have scrogged something. So, I opted to replace the shack
computer with my work computer. If I was smart, I would have already had it
setup to contest. But, I am not and so I had to install N1MM and the MK2R
driver software from scratch. Took me another couple of hours to get things
working, except that I couldn't do on-the-fly recording of messages.

Things went great for the first four hours. I was only 10 QSO's behind last
year at the four hour mark. But, I fell behind by 60 Q's at the 8 hour mark,
and behind by 110 Q's at the 12 hour mark. In the end, it looks like the rate
was consistently down by about 10 percent this year compared to last. I think
the main reason was 40M conditions. There seemed to be a lot of quick QSB,
making it tough to get the exchange info from weaker stations. In fact, there
were quite a number of stations that were just too weak to pull through.

Congrats to the big scores out of Texas and N9RV in MT, and especially to Bruce
AA5B who was kicking my butt using his temporary wires setup in NM. And also
congrats to N8OO who was quite a bit ahead if my QSO total Sunday morning. I
assume he will be the winner of HP-U.

Thanks KA9FOX, N5RZ, and K3LID for providing "fresh meat" in the last
hour. Seems like there used to be a lot more of that in years past.

73 Randy K0EU (aka "Ken" in NAQP)
 
KK6NON   Single Op LP   15,6802016-11-21 10:34:11
Just some fun in the first few hours of the contest before i went up to NX6T.
 
K1SD   SO Unlimited HP   75,5302016-11-21 10:46:31
K3, Titan
SkyHawk @ 70, A4S @ 42, inverted Vs.
 
KA6JLT   Single Op LP   1,5362016-11-21 11:05:00
[log removed from comments]

START-OF-LOG: 3.0
CREATED-BY: N3FJP's ARRL November Sweepstakes Contest Log 5.4
CONTEST: ARRL-SS-SSB
CALLSIGN: KA6JLT
LOCATION: NV
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-STATION: FIXED
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
CATEGORY-POWER: LOW
CATEGORY-ASSISTED: NON-ASSISTED
CATEGORY-BAND: ALL
CATEGORY-MODE: PH
CATEGORY-TIME: 6-HOURS
CATEGORY-OVERLAY: TB-WIRES
CLAIMED-SCORE: 1536
OPERATORS: KA6JLT
NAME: Rob Walker
ADDRESS: 4800 KIETZKE LN
ADDRESS: APT 26
ADDRESS: RENO, NV
ADDRESS: 89502
EMAIL: ka6jlt@itl.cc
END-OF-LOG:
 
W7WA   Single Op HP   350,5922016-11-21 11:37:43
This time the SS did not begin well for me as I could not keep a clear frequency
on 20 and 40 until those bands began to empty out. Kudos to George K5TR who got
off to a great start. The Sunday morning hours were more productive for me than
last year but I suspect that may be due to beginning the day with a lower QSO
count.

73 Dan
 
N6EE(@NN2DX)   SO Unlimited HP   36,9382016-11-21 12:02:30
Operated remote to station in Schoharie County New York from our condo in
Northern New Jersey where it is impossible to install even the most simple wire
or whip antenna.
 
K8CC   Multi-Op HP   209,9902016-11-21 12:25:32
Another fun year in SS Phone. After two weeks of getting the station ready to
go, we were shooting for a bigger score. But with the same equipment/antennas,
and mostly the same crew, we finished slightly behind our 2015 claimed score.

But here in the midwest, 2016 was very much a different contest from 2015.
Last year, we had triple-digit QSO counts on both 15 and 10, mostly from
running the west coast during Sunday afternoon. This year, 10 was completely
dead and 15 didn't have much activity at all. As a result, we had big numbers
on 20/40/80 so that our breakdown looks more like what is expected from W8.

Sunday morning, we only needed PAC, AK & PR for a sweep. While tuning
around, I found a WP4 someone he had answered. I flipped to the SE yagi and
when they were finished, I blurted out his call and "up five please!"
which usually doesn't work. But this time it did, and shortly thereafter
completed the QSO on a dead quiet 14348 KHz and mult #81 was in the log.

That left just PAC and AK. We had heard WH7W a couple of times during the
night on 40 working people he had called, but we could never get his attention.
A couple hours after the WP4QSO, while tuning around on 15M I heard WH7W answer
someone. Would the trick work again? When they finished I blurted out
"WH7W up five please!" and he acknowledged. Thankfully, up five was
clear and mult #82 was in the log.

#83 was a little different. While tuning around, Mike/WD8S found an AK station
with a sizable pileup. After a few calls, we had our sweep.

The lesson here: after working most of the section mults by running, our last
three didn't come from packet or skimmer spots, but good old-fashioned spinning
of the VFO dial and an operator listening patiently.

My thanks to the all-MRRC crew who traveled here and operated the station.
Thanks for your efforts and a fine job!

Thanks also to all the participants for the QSOs!

73, Dave, K8CC
 
KB1RI   Single Op LP   70,2242016-11-21 12:33:16
I was surprised to be able to hold a frequency on 80M twice and get a couple
good runs. Wasn't able to do that on 40 or 20 with my simple dipoles and low
power. I was surprised to have missed the DE, NNY and SB sections. Really
didn't think those would be so rare. Operating time was curtailed a bit with
out of town guests. Will plan that better next year! Still had a great time
operating after a 23 year layoff from contesting when I was up in WMA with my
Yankee Clipper Contest Club buddies. I really do miss my tower and tri-bander
from those good old days! Need to figure out how to improve my 15M and 20M
antennas for the next time. Fuel up for the winter and have a happy
Thanksgiving!
 
K5NA(K5OT)   Single Op HP   258,7942016-11-21 12:47:07
Thanks to Richard K5NA and Susan K5DU for their gracious hospitality and station
access this weekend.

Congratulations to all who participated this weekend ... and in the CW version
two weeks ago. It's great fun to be a part of a radio competition that dates
back to 1930!

73,
Larry K5OT
 
AI6JB   SO Unlimited LP   7,3922016-11-21 12:49:10
Great Fun! Personal Best!!
 
K3KU   Single Op LP   46,6102016-11-21 12:54:28
An even bigger drop from last year than in SS CW (but less disappointment, as I
don't care so much about 'phone). I could not get runs going on 80M as in
previous years, and I was getting clobbered in the jump balls. Correlating
that with similar experience in SS CW, and remembering a few years ago when I
discovered that the ladder line feeding my antenna has open-circuited, I may
have been using a Zepp instead of a dipole, or maybe an open feedline and a
talented antenna tuner. I think it's time to lower the dipole and check the
feedline again. I'd have done that Sunday, but temperature was way down and
winds were way, way up.

With such poor results, it was easy to take time off -- especially with chance
to spend time with granddaughter and to take my wife out to dinner. Lots of
non-official off times of less than 30 minutes. Sunday afternoon I decided to
push more for the Sweep (with about eight Sections missing).

Even the Sweep began looking hopeless, so around 22Z I quit, spent time with
the granddaughter, showered and dressed up. We called the target restaurant
about 0030Z; they could take us right away, but warned that their heat was off.
Forget it. I fixed a little dinner; we ate; I cleaned up the kitchen; and I
resumed the hunt for the Sweep.

Just before my 22Z almost-QRT I had bagged the MS station that I'd had to pass
by earlier -- could not get through his pile up at first. I still needed NT
(low likelihood, if I had not heard him by now), AK (possible, if one shows
up), SB (also low), PAC (should have heard one by now), ORG (having avoided the
competition for AA6PW earlier, I'll have to fight for it now -- IF I can find
him), and OR. Oregon?!?! How can I still need Oregon? Is this going to be last
year's Oklahoma?

When I got back on at 0130Z, 15M and 20M were dead closed. I kept hunting on
40M for the mult's, and made brief excursions to 80M to generate a little
volume, with quick checks of 20M to be sure that some KH6 had not found a magic
opening. As I tuned on 40M I heard an S-5 signal say "... November
Tango," and then "...Alpha Alpha...." Whoa Ho!!! Sure enough,
there is VY1AAA. After many calls, and after the opening got a little
stronger, and with many, many repeats, he is in the log. One of my most
satisfying contest QSOs ever.

A little later I found AA6PW on 40M, louder than the VY1, but not hearing me as
well until the opening got better around 0215Z. Again, many repeats, but the
QSO was made. And with that, it was QRT. Somewhere in that last foray I did
hear somebody say "...Santa Barbara" on 40M, but never heard a real
opportunity to get SB. Never heard a peep from PAC, AK, or OR. Oregon! Ah
well, another year to figure that out.

If I find that I did this 'Test with no antenna, I'll feel like I accomplished
something. Otherwise, ...
 
WØMB   SO Unlimited HP   67,0642016-11-21 13:03:13
Kenwood TS-590 Alpha amp Pro-67b at 60 feet dipoles on 40 and 75 meters and
MFJ-434 voice keyer.
Notes for self! I got a very late start and had to help a friend on Sunday so I
didn't spend much time. I just started on 75 meters and the dipole was playing
great. When I quit for the night I had 74 sections and just needed AB and NL in
Canada. Next day just did search and pounce for the last 9 I needed. DE and AK
were the hold outs but very easy to work. I think that the hardest one was NTX
he had flutter on his signal and weak on 20 and he was under a 6 lander and I
just waited till he left. I still need to get up that 1/4 vertical on 20 meters
for state side guys. I had not played in SS for quite a few years and it was fun
but my throat doesn't think so. Now I remember why I like RTTY so much! The only
talking I do there is when I yell at the computer or some op that isn't paying
attention. Well there is always next year. Mike
 
AB4B   Single Op HP   112,0222016-11-21 13:04:24
Obligations all Saturday kept me from doing a serious effort this year.
Started out on Sunday morning on 20mtrs which seemed to be pretty active.
Only looked for sections once at that time. Found VY1MB and worked easily.
Took a few hours off and webt back to 20 with marginal results running. Took
another break then went to 40mtrs mid afternoon once again with a slow but
however got up above 7200 and zero beat a broadcast station and I was off
and running for a while. Got din-din call so another break was taken. I
returned
after sunset and started up on 80mtrs which was pretty good. I wasn't in tune
with the use of my new 80 mtr sqr array and switching it to pick folks up was
not very effecient but it was allowing me to work w6/7 plus midwest.I would
forget to switch it back to NE or SE and struggle with callers from those
locals. So I was pretty much on course for the time spent with roughly 100 Q's
average per hour
for the time I had to spend. 20mtrs was truly productive and I hop in part to
the new 3 stack of 4 el yagis there. Had been gearing up for this portion of
the solar cycle all summer long. Thanks to Dan, K1TO of A1 Tower Service for
his efforts and analysis of what I had proposed to do in this antenna
reconfiguration project.

Happy Thanksgiving to all and best of the holidays to all,

Tim AB4B
Toonersvile , AL
ROLL TIDE
 
K7RI   Multi-Op HP   201,8562016-11-21 13:17:04
Thanks to everyone who worked or tried to work us! And thanks to Walt, Curt and
Justin for sticking with it when rates were VERY slow.
 
K9YC   Single Op QRP   30,6722016-11-21 13:36:26
You've got to be a glutton for punishment to run QRP in a SSB contest, but the
last time I did it, in 2012, I won a plaque for top score in the Pacific
Division. This year was a part time effort -- I didn't even start until 01Z on
Saturday, quit around 08Z, and slept in until almost 17Z. Thanks to all who dug
my weak signal out of the noise. 73, Jim K9YC
 
WR3R   Single Op LP   156,6202016-11-21 13:40:53
Lots of fun. Thanks to all for digging me out in crowded bands. Almost
everyone seemed cordial; very few lids showed up this time.

Low bands went long quickly both evenings, making many of these Qs challanging.
At about 1PM local time Sunday, I still needed 7 sections. They all quickly
showed up except NL which I never heard. Kept thinking an NL might be found
Sunday evening on 80 or 40, but not to be. 82 still sounded good to me
considering the sections I needed at 1PM.

Operating condx: FT-1000MP. Small amp. Dipoles and inverted V on 80 and 40.
2 element Steppir for 20 and 15 up 50 feet between trees using armstrong rotor.

Tks and 73s, Gary WR3R
 
W4LT   SO Unlimited LP   162,8102016-11-21 13:44:25
Rig : Elecraft K3 with power knob turned to 11 (11=110w indicated)

Antennas : A3s @ 40 ft, 2-1/2 waves (40m) in phase @ 38ft, EFWA "M" @
45ft, MonoGAP 40 @ 6 inches

Soapbox : Murphy and Propagation were not my friend this year. Lack of high
bands made me attempt to compensate with better low band performance using a
new, sort of last minute, antenna addition.

*BIG* thanks to Danny Horvat, E73M, owner of MyAntennas, who loaned me one of
his End Fed Wire transformers from which I constructed an end fed 1/2 wave wire
antenna for 75 meters. 128 feet of THHN #14 went up into my back yard pine tree
and front yard Oak tree with my trusty slingshot lofting method. This created
a "M" shaped wire with two vertical elements and a sagging center
with the two peaks at roughly 45 feet. This antenna resonated beautifully with
a perfect match at 3.750MHz! At last! A real 80 meter antenna (even if its
still way too low, but in a city lot, that's the best I can do)!

This new configuration resulted in my actually having a viable signal on 80
meters! 180 Q's may not be a lot to you, but at my station, its a miracle!

The 40 meter antenna's southwest leg was overlapped 15 feet by the center of
the M... There was some interaction; with the SWR on the 40m wire increasing to
2.0 at 7.200MHz. Oh, well... Managed it with the tuner.

My Internet went down for several hours on Saturday afternoon, overnight and in
the morning on Sunday. This deprived me of the cluster for about half of the
contest. Never heard VY1 or KH6, thus, no sweep in Phone for the first time in
6 years.

Lost the headset mixer feed from my KRX3 while running on 80m overnight for no
apparent reason. Checking after the contest, I found that the cable feeding the
mixer PHYSICALLY FELL OUT OF THE SOCKET! That one's on me, not Murphy!

Poor conditions overall, a local buzzing power transformer somewhere in the
neighborhood, 15 being somewhat useless resulting in overcrowding on 20m were
the keys to this contest from my perspective. Tactically, I spent way too much
time looking for KH6 and KL7 on 15... and not on 20m. Ironically, I was called
by two AK stations while running there.

As always, it is a continuing challenge to battle large, multi antenna tall
tower SO2R stations in this contest and remain competitive with a tribander and
some wires. I continue to resist SO2R in this classic and highly entertaining
contest.

73

Lu Romero - W4LT
 
NN4RB   SO Unlimited LP   32,0002016-11-21 13:59:23
This year's score was less than the last two years. I did not have a beam up, so
working pileups is harder with an OCF or vertical. I missed DE, MS, and NL. The
DE was heard on 20 meters, so he was going long over me. The MS was heard on a
couple of bands, but I could not break through with my 100 watts. I don't
remember seeing the NL spotted nor did I hear one.

After about the first ten contacts, I noticed that I had sometimes had noise or
buzzing on my signal, as indicated by power out when I wasn't speaking. I
thought I had fixed that problem during the VHF contest last summer, however it
was back. I bypass the under desk mic box and things was back to normal.

I must learn to run with confidence, however every time I was thinking about
running I would have to get up put out a dog (dog sitting for my son), hold the
great granddaughter (baby sitting), or other interruptions.

I did have fun.

Rick
NN4RB

NN1MM+
ICOM IC756-PROIII
OCF at 45'
32' Vertical on metal building with remote tuner
 
VA4HZ(VE4HAZ)   Single Op LP   38,5442016-11-21 13:59:55
This was the longest effort for me in a Sweepstake and is a personal best. In
past efforts I heard most of the sections that I missed but this year with the
exception of MAR I didn't hear any of the ones I didn't get. With two wire
antennas and a HV-9 vertical, I am happy with the results.
 
NE3K   Single Op LP   19,5842016-11-21 14:01:05
Had a good bit of fun. Tried running again on every band, was best on 20. Two
fire department calls kept me off the air most of Sunday afternoon/evening,
occurring right when I was getting a good momentum on 20.

Missed NH, RI, NLI, DE, GA, WCF, MS, SB, PAC, AK, IN, NE, QC, GTA, and NT
 
W5GAD   Multi-Op LP   40,1502016-11-21 14:20:35
2xIC-756 Pro III, Steppir 3el @55ft, CL-33 @40ft, Windom @55ft, N1MM+

Each year one of the goals of the Jefferson ARC is to get more members involved
in HF operations including contesting. So this year we solicited members to
operate from the club station (http://www.w5gad.org) as a multi-op in
Sweepstakes Phone and got about a dozen volunteers, most of them new to N1MM,
Sweepstakes, and contesting in general. But after being blown away by the
lengthy exchange and intensity on the first dozen or so QSOs all ops settled
down and got their ears tuned to the QRM, the long exchange, and became
comfortable with logging in N1MM.

Most of the operation was S&P but around 0100Z our youngest member, 12 yr
old KG5HVO, dropped by with a friend and baseball teammate, both still in
uniform from a tournament they had just finished, and gave us a two-hour demo
on how to run a pileup. About 30 minutes into the demo they were spotted on 80m
and the demo became intense but continued to be well-managed. That was a
highlight of our operation and for many of the operators it was an eye-opener
and gave them something to emulate on our next multi-op which hopefully will be
in the January NAQP Phone.

73 and thanks for the Qs,

Chuck/NO5W
JARC Contest Instigator
 
KK7AC   SO Unlimited LP   103,7502016-11-21 14:23:58
My favorite of all contests.
 
K4WES   Single Op HP   26,5322016-11-21 14:44:05
Many thanks for the QSOs!

73 de k4Wes
 
VO1KVT   Single Op HP   11,1002016-11-21 14:45:04
Got a chance to get on for approx one hour on Sunday afternoon, hopefully I
helped some get the Sweep. Maybe next year I will have a chance to put in a
decent effort for this contest.
'
73 Ken, VO1KVT
 
AEØEE   Single Op LP   49,3482016-11-21 14:47:51
100 W, dipoles up 20-30'.

Another Sweepstakes is in the log, and I feel disappointment is more of a theme
than I'd like this year---but at least my microphone worked! [See AE0EE's
summary for 2014 Sweepstakes SSB for backstory]

On Saturday, there were pretty high noise levels on 20 m and down, and my
little station struggled to break most pileups. I had high hopes for 15 m,
where there's a bit more room to spread out and propagation is often more
forgiving to those running low power or QRP. Despite my wishes---and despite
my enjoyment of what seemed a repeat of the California QSO Party---15 meters
generally stayed a bit too long to work stations closer than the West Coast.
At least the California stations were loud, and perhaps more importantly, could
hear me well!

My station has never performed very well under crowded conditions on 20 m, and
that was borne out again this weekend. [Note for the future: improve 20 m
system.] With the high bands out, most of the action stayed on 20 m during the
day, and I was surprised by the activity level and distance on 40 m.

I hoped that I would find a successful run frequency on 80 meters Saturday
night, but it was not to be. Whoever designed my 80 meter antenna gave it a
>6:1 SWR above 3800 KHz, so although it would work with a tuner, it wasn't
going to deliver the performance boost I'd need to hit 500 QSOs. Between that
and the noise levels, I had a tough time making progress and called it a night
fairly early with only 122 contacts in the log.

The disappointments of Sweepstakes were not limited to just my own
dissatisfaction with my antennas and propagation. For the last two years, I
have gone to South Dakota for Sweepstakes. Due to some uncertainties involving
work scheduling and some late-breaking inclement weather, I had to stay closer
to home this year. A few stations sounded pretty heartbroken when they
contacted me (possibly from a cluster spot) only to find another Minnesota
station rather than their anticipated SD multiplier. Sorry!

Sunday was the better of the two days for me. Knowing my station won't handle
well in the thick of things, I headed up to 20 meters early, establishing a run
frequency before 7:00 AM local. Again I hoped for shorter skip on 15, but went
without. I tried running on 15 a few times. My receiver's selectivity isn't
great, and with the California stations blasting in at S9 +20-40 dB even with
the attenuator, it was difficult to operate within 10 kHz of them. At least I
reliably got through on the first call when operating search-and-pounce!

There were a few highlights to the contest---it wasn't entirely a downer. One
of the better moments was finding VY1AAA on 40 meters and getting through on
the first call. I also managed to get some traction on 80 meters Sunday
evening around sunset below 3800 kHz. Thanks to everyone who went down toward
3650, where I had a much more functional antenna!

Sunday night also finished with relief at having reached 73 multipliers, only
missing out on 10. Unlike previous years where the ones I missed were
generally ones I hadn't heard, this year I heard almost all of the sections.
Missed multipliers were: SK, NL, PR, VI, PAC, AK, DE, ND, SD, and SC.

One of these years I'm going to work VI in SS SSB!
 
N6MU   Single Op LP   12,4822016-11-21 14:56:50
Missed NL, SB, MS and WPA. Yikes!


John, N6MU TS-570 & 5BTV
 
NØHJZ   Single Op LP   113,4402016-11-21 14:57:33
Some fun runs! Thanks to everyone for the Q's!
 
W2CSI   Single Op HP   9,0162016-11-21 15:13:16
Radio:FT-450D
Antenna: dipole at 30ft.
Amp: AL-811H
 
KM4SII   SO Unlimited LP   32,1282016-11-21 15:30:07
First sweepstakes ever! 14 years old. Lots of fun especially with a high rate CQ
run on 40m! 73!
 
N4ZZ   SO Unlimited LP   211,9822016-11-21 15:30:42
Felt like I ran a marathon this morning after chasing and stomping on the foot
switch for 24 hours. Bands from here favored 40 and 80. My last section was
wp2b at 1347z on Sunday. Thanks for all the Qs! 73, Don n4zz
 
VE3MH   Single Op LP   25,5302016-11-21 15:48:48
Band QSOs Pts Sec Pt/Q
3.5 70 140 27 2.0
7 73 146 20 2.0
7 4 8 1 2.0
14 18 36 8 2.0
21 20 40 13 2.0
Total 185 370 69 2.0


Score : 25,530
Rig :Icom 7300

Antennas : Wire Dipole
 
KK4FEM   Single Op LP   11,1362016-11-21 15:51:30
Not a big effort, mostly spent time S&P hunting for sections. First real
test of the NA4RR hexbeam in a contest, worked really well! Some odd
propagation Sunday afternoon, including working a few CA stations...while both
of us were beaming over the Atlantic?? Yet other times I could barely hear
stations while beaming directly towards their location (looking at you ND...)

Fun as always, and looking forward to next time!
 
KB7HDX   SO Unlimited LP   58,5482016-11-21 15:54:11
Missed QC... First miss of a sweep in many years.
 
N6YEU   Single Op LP   35,1862016-11-21 16:23:57
Missed VT,NLI,WNY,WPA,SC,MS,LAX,ORG,SB,and QC Funny conditions here for me and
not a real effort. Too many BRAVO and UNLIMITED stations kicking sand in my
face,hi!
 
VE3KTB   SO Unlimited LP   45,4402016-11-21 16:49:20
The closest I've been to a sweep. Couldn't crack the pileup for AK or SC on
Sunday PM. Never heard an ONE. Combination of Pixel Loop and BigIR worked
well.
 
KK4R   Single Op LP   45,7602016-11-21 17:11:58
I had nearly the whole Sweepstakes weekend to myself. My kids are grown, and my
wife was in Nicaragua on an Operation Smile Mission. Except for having to quit
in the afternoon Sunday, it was wonderful to operate to my heart’s content!
Although sideband isn’t my thing, I came as close as I ever have to a clean
sweep, getting 80 sections. What did I learn?
- Remember to hit Enter!
- N1MM+ is my friend! I need to learn more about it.
- My 160m vertical was somewhat better on 40 than my 80m horizontal loop.
This was a surprise, since it gives up significant power in ground losses (est.
3dB).
- I couldn’t get any decent runs going, which made me feel like my signal
was puny and caused me to S&P 90% of the time. Here’s where some sage
advice might set me straight. I couldn’t stay put for more than about 10
minutes waiting for a decent rate to develop. Maybe I’m just not patient?
- I need to get a history file. It was fun to be recognized by other PVRC
players.
- I need to spend more time with other contesters to learn from their
experience.
Rob
 
WB9KPT   SO Unlimited HP   83,1482016-11-21 17:31:26
Missed Clean Sweep by one section! I heard NL a few times but couldn't break
through the pileups. Really wish that 10m had been open, as its been good for
me in previous contests. Got a chance to try out a new 80m horizontal loop
antenna, which certainly helped on that band.
 
VE4DXR   Multi-Op LP   85,3202016-11-21 17:34:43
Band QSOs Pts Sec Pt/Q
3.5 28 56 13 2.0
7 50 100 6 2.0
14 455 910 59 2.0
21 7 14 1 2.0
Total 540 1080 79 2.0
Score: 85,320
1 Mult = 6.8 Q's
 
KQ4LA   Single Op LP   36,9362016-11-21 17:52:44
KQ4LA's Contest Summary Report for ARRL-SS
Created by N3FJP's ARRL November Sweepstakes Contest Log
Version 6.3 www.n3fjp.com

Total Contacts = 243
Total Points = 36,936

Operating Period: 2016/11/19 21:04 - 2016/11/21 02:57


Total Contacts by Band and Mode:

Band CW Phone Dig Total %
---- -- ----- --- ----- ---
80 0 125 0 125 51
40 0 73 0 73 30
20 0 36 0 36 15
15 0 9 0 9 4
-- ----- --- ----- ---
Total 0 243 0 243 100



Total Contacts by Section:

Section Total %
------- ----- ---
MDC 22 9
VA 15 6
IL 11 5
MN 10 4
MI 9 4
NC 8 3
OH 8 3
EMA 7 3
NFL 6 2
NNJ 6 2
NTX 6 2
ENY 5 2
IN 5 2
NH 5 2
AL 4 2
EPA 4 2
GA 4 2
STX 4 2
WI 4 2
WMA 4 2
WNY 4 2
WV 4 2
AZ 3 1
CO 3 1
GTA 3 1
KY 3 1
MAR 3 1
ME 3 1
NM 3 1
SV 3 1
WPA 3 1
AB 2 1
CT 2 1
KS 2 1
LA 2 1
MO 2 1
MT 2 1
NV 2 1
OK 2 1
ONN 2 1
ONS 2 1
OR 2 1
SC 2 1
SCV 2 1
SDG 2 1
TN 2 1
WCF 2 1
AR 1 0
BC 1 0
DE 1 0
EB 1 0
EWA 1 0
IA 1 0
ID 1 0
LAX 1 0
MB 1 0
ND 1 0
NE 1 0
NL 1 0
NLI 1 0
NNY 1 0
ORG 1 0
PR 1 0
QC 1 0
RI 1 0
SD 1 0
SF 1 0
SFL 1 0
SJV 1 0
SK 1 0
SNJ 1 0
UT 1 0
VI 1 0
VT 1 0
WTX 1 0
WWA 1 0

Total = 76


Total Contacts by State \ Prov:

State Total %
----- ----- ---
MD 22 9
VA 15 6
CA 12 5
IL 11 5
MA 11 5
NY 11 5
TX 11 5
MN 10 4
FL 9 4
MI 9 4
NC 8 3
OH 8 3
NJ 7 3
ON 7 3
PA 7 3
5 2
IN 5 2
NH 5 2
AL 4 2
GA 4 2
WI 4 2
WV 4 2
AZ 3 1
CO 3 1
KY 3 1
ME 3 1
NM 3 1
AB 2 1
CT 2 1
KS 2 1
LA 2 1
MO 2 1
MT 2 1
NV 2 1
OK 2 1
OR 2 1
SC 2 1
TN 2 1
WA 2 1
AR 1 0
BC 1 0
DE 1 0
IA 1 0
ID 1 0
MB 1 0
ND 1 0
NE 1 0
NL 1 0
QC 1 0
RI 1 0
SD 1 0
SK 1 0
UT 1 0
VT 1 0

Total = 53


Total Contacts by Country:

Country Total %
------- ----- ---
USA 224 92
Canada 17 7
Puerto Rico 1 0
US Virgin Is. 1 0

Total = 4


Total Contacts by CQ Zone:

CQ Zone Total %
------- ----- ---
05 121 50
04 91 37
03 29 12
08 2 1

Total = 4
 
NW6P   Multi-Op HP   253,8142016-11-21 17:58:30
Thanks to Tom NW6P for opening his station to us. And, thanks to team mate
Michael DG1CMZ for setting up the Win-Test logging and station configuration
the day before.

We all had a great time and really enjoyed all the "non-contesters"
who curiously called in, often with serial number 1, to learn how to swap SS
exchanges.

The only bands that really worked were 20 and 40 as most everyone also
experienced. This made for very crowded conditions on those two bands. 15 and
80 were just good enough to entice us away from 20 and 40, but only long enough
to see that they were never as productive. In addition, we had S9 noise on 80
meters.

NL and SB were our last mults, picked up Sunday morning. We weren't too
worried about NL and sure enough a few showed up on 20 and 15 as normal on
Sunday morning. But, we sweated over SB because it is so close to us and we
hadn't gotten it on 40 or 80 Saturday evening.

Michael persevered through a large pileup to work our first SB on 20m
backscatter Sunday morning. Then 4 more called in during the day on 20 and 40.
But the funniest moment of the contest was when W1PR called in from SB for the
4th of the 5 we eventually worked. I remarked "Santa Barbara,
really?" to which he replied "yes, and I need Santa Clara
Valley". This must be the first time in decades of SS that I've been a
rare mult in SCV.

Unlike most recent SS weekends, we worked as many stations on Sunday as
Saturday, without too many dry periods. Michael and I just about equally
shared the main operating position while the other one listened in on another
set of headphones to help dig out weak stations. We all enjoyed the weekend.

Thanks to all for the QSOs and for tolerating our request for repeats or
confirmations of exchange data.

73,
Ed W0YK
 
WB2ZAB   SO Unlimited HP   150,7282016-11-21 18:02:02
I am thankful for my success on 80m which goes 100% to Brian, N3OC for climbing
my tower and installing an effective inverted V, set up to withstand the winds
and able to be raised and lowered in order to be resonant in either the phone
or CW portions of the band.
I found a run freq on 20 from the start and banged out 200Q's in a little over
2 hrs. Going to bed with 500+ Q's and only 4 sections needed made Sunday go
pretty well. SK was tough to find and there was only on KP4 that I heard. Got a
"Go PVRC" from WH7Y on 40, my only PAC Q.
 
WQ5L   Single Op LP   32,2002016-11-21 18:21:28
Jumped in Sunday afternoon to provide some fresh meat. Stirred up a fast &
furious run on 20 meters off the bat, followed by some S&P. Came back for
the final 90 minutes, tried to stir up some QSOs on 80 but found very few
takers, so moved to 40 where there were a few more bites. 73 de WQ5L
 
NY6DX   Multi-Op LP   68,0002016-11-21 18:29:08
Rough with the conditions. Thanks for all the contacts.
 
AJ3O   SO Unlimited HP   24,2202016-11-21 18:30:01
[log removed from comments]

START-OF-LOG: 3.0
CONTEST: ARRL-SS-SSB
LOCATION: WPA
CALLSIGN: AJ3O
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-ASSISTED: ASSISTED
CATEGORY-POWER: HIGH
CATEGORY-BAND: ALL
EMAIL: aj3o@arrl.net
CLUB: SKYVIEW RADIO SOCIETY
CATEGORY-MODE: SSB
CATEGORY-STATION: FIXED
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
CLAIMED-SCORE: 24220
OPERATORS: AJ3O
NAME: JOSEPH A. PUGLIANO
ADDRESS-CITY: MONROEVILLE
ADDRESS-STATE-PROVINCE: PA
ADDRESS-POSTALCODE: 15146
ADDRESS-COUNTRY: UNITED STATES
CREATED-BY: N1MM LOGGER+ 1.0.5982.0
ADDRESS: 324 COLLEGE PARK DRIVE
X-LOCATION: WPA
X-CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
X-CATEGORY-ASSISTED: ASSISTED
X-CATEGORY-BAND: ALL
X-CATEGORY-POWER: HIGH
X-SubQuestions: Pwr=HIGH Ops=1 Assist=Y CheckLog=notchecked
HQ-CATEGORY: Single Operator, Unlimited, High Power
HQ-DATE-RECEIVED: 2016-11-22 02:19:22 UTC
HQ-LOG-DEADLINE: 2016-12-06 03:00:00 UTC
HQ-CLUB: SKYVIEW RADIO SOCIETY
HQ-CLUB-ABBR: SKYRS
END-OF-LOG:
 
N5ZC   Multi-Op HP   247,3402016-11-21 18:30:24
After building the station over the last couple years it was finally ready for a
multi-op operation. Doug - W9PN, Adair - KD5DYP and Jeremy - W5JTC did a great
job operating. Other than the conditions, the biggest challenge for the guys
were learning how the station worked and learning how to use N1MM. I consider
this operation as a training mission for new contest ops and I was very pleased
with the results.

Station Equipment:

Flex 6700 with a Maestro
Flex 6500 with a Maestro
Pair of Elecraft KPA-500 amplifiers
4O3A Tri-plexer for 10,15 and 20
4O3A band pass filter for 10, 15, 20, 40, 80 and 160
4O3A 2 x 9 Antenna Genius for switching

Tower 1: 138' Rotating 55g

3 high stack of F12 C31's at 38,78 and 118' controlled by a WX0B StackMatch
M2 4 element 40m yagi at 130'
F12 WARC 2/2 at 55'

Tower 2: 78' of 45G

F12 C31 at 78'
F12 Delta 240/230 at 84'

The C31's on tower 1 and tower 2 are combined with a 2 antenna Stack Match
The M2 40m and F12 40m are combined with a 2 antenna Stack Match

73,

Rich - N5ZC
 
W8MJ   SO Unlimited HP   168,9202016-11-21 18:42:34
Log has been uploaded to LOTW.
 
NØKK(@NØAT)   SO Unlimited HP   251,1582016-11-21 18:50:16
TU N0AT for the use of the station. Good to work so many familiar calls again.
 
K7DD   SO Unlimited HP   46,7202016-11-21 18:52:52
K7DD's Contest Summary Report for ARRL-SS
Created by N3FJP's ARRL November Sweepstakes Contest Log
Version 5.8 www.n3fjp.com

Total Contacts = 292
Total Points = 46,720

Operating Period: 2016/11/19 22:10 - 2016/11/21 01:20


Total Contacts by Band and Mode:

Band CW Phone Dig Total %
---- -- ----- --- ----- ---
80 0 26 0 26 9
40 0 144 0 144 49
20 0 107 0 107 37
15 0 15 0 15 5
-- ----- --- ----- ---
Total 0 292 0 292 100



Total Contacts by Section:

Section Total %
------- ----- ---
SCV 15 5
MDC 14 5
WWA 14 5
NTX 12 4
CO 9 3
MO 9 3
OH 9 3
SD 8 3
STX 8 3
SV 8 3
VA 8 3
EB 6 2
IL 6 2
LAX 6 2
OK 6 2
OR 6 2
SJV 6 2
EMA 5 2
ENY 5 2
MI 5 2
ONS 5 2
CT 4 1
MN 4 1
NNJ 4 1
NV 4 1
SB 4 1
WI 4 1
AR 3 1
BC 3 1
EPA 3 1
GA 3 1
IN 3 1
KS 3 1
KY 3 1
MT 3 1
NC 3 1
NE 3 1
NFL 3 1
NM 3 1
SF 3 1
SNJ 3 1
WNY 3 1
WV 3 1
AB 2 1
AZ 2 1
EWA 2 1
ID 2 1
ND 2 1
NH 2 1
NLI 2 1
ORG 2 1
UT 2 1
WCF 2 1
WPA 2 1
WTX 2 1
WY 2 1
AK 1 0
AL 1 0
DE 1 0
GTA 1 0
IA 1 0
LA 1 0
MAR 1 0
MB 1 0
ME 1 0
MS 1 0
NNY 1 0
NT 1 0
ONN 1 0
PAC 1 0
PR 1 0
RI 1 0
SC 1 0
SDG 1 0
SFL 1 0
SK 1 0
TN 1 0
VI 1 0
VT 1 0
WMA 1 0

Total = 80


Total Contacts by State \ Prov:

State Total %
----- ----- ---
CA 51 17
TX 22 8
WA 16 5
MD 14 5
NY 11 4
CO 9 3
MO 9 3
OH 9 3
SD 8 3
VA 8 3
NJ 7 2
ON 7 2
FL 6 2
IL 6 2
MA 6 2
OK 6 2
OR 6 2
MI 5 2
PA 5 2
CT 4 1
MN 4 1
NV 4 1
WI 4 1
3 1
AR 3 1
BC 3 1
GA 3 1
IN 3 1
KS 3 1
KY 3 1
MT 3 1
NC 3 1
NE 3 1
NM 3 1
WV 3 1
AB 2 1
AZ 2 1
ID 2 1
ND 2 1
NH 2 1
UT 2 1
WY 2 1
AK 1 0
AL 1 0
DE 1 0
HI 1 0
IA 1 0
LA 1 0
MB 1 0
ME 1 0
MS 1 0
NT 1 0
RI 1 0
SC 1 0
SK 1 0
TN 1 0
VT 1 0

Total = 56


Total Contacts by Country:

Country Total %
------- ----- ---
USA 272 93
Canada 16 5
Alaska 1 0
Hawaii 1 0
Puerto Rico 1 0
US Virgin Is. 1 0

Total = 6


Total Contacts by Continent:

Continent Total %
--------- ----- ---
NA 291 100
OC 1 0

Total = 2


Total Contacts by CQ Zone:

CQ Zone Total %
------- ----- ---
04 108 37
03 93 32
05 86 29
01 2 1
08 2 1
31 1 0

Total = 6
 
N9NA   SO Unlimited HP   52,5722016-11-21 19:13:45
Ten Tec Omni 7, Ten Tec Centurion, Steppir DB-18e, 80 meter inverted vee, 160
meter inverted L
 
N6WM(@K6LRG)   Multi-Op HP   182,2682016-11-21 19:14:35
First I want to congratulate everyone in PL-259 for their various efforts on all
levels. The level of commitment is unmatched by any contest club I participate
in. This is an amazing group of operators.

As for our effort this year, remote control of a hilltop station has its
obvious advantages as well as some distinct disadvantages. It also introduces
elements of Murphy that are very unique to a remote configuration. This
contest was a perfect example of both Murphys law, as well as persistence and
determination to follow through for the team. Last year team N6WM won the
pacific division in this contest. But it was operated on site at K6LRG. This
year was the first time we did the SSB portion of this contest remotely with
mixed results.

Band conditions: I personally found 15 meters anemic but somewhat OK. Our low
numbers were due to an internet failure in the starting hours of the contest.
I dont think we were alone in thinking many were avoiding 15. With 10m
gonnered and 15m limited participation the entire contest rapidly crowded
itself into the 20 and 40 meter bands, both of which were in relatively good
shape but packed. It took a lot of persistence to find a perch on these bands.
Fierce QRG defense was needed.

Antennas: The K6LRG antennas are configured for low angle International DX so
as the band conditions worsen with the waning solar cycle, we are not getting
as much domestic contesting bonus as in the last several years. My old
reliable W6NL modified 4L on 20 was our workhorse for this contest. All
monoband radiators were operational, but not so great domestically.

Hardware: Expert 2kfa is our new remote workhorse. This amp is really working
well and its remote panel is FB! Also set up a couple of 403a Ant.
genious(overkill.. i know) to bring in a transmatch for 75m ssb as needed with
a mouse click. We are continuing our conversion to Flex at K6LRG

technical issues (remote) and weather: I have done many remote contests from
K6LRG but most on RTTY and CW. The hilltop is fed by a 45 mbit Microwave hop
and then another hop to the hilltop. With years of drought there have been
relatively few weather events to deal with. Unfortunately Murphy showed up
with a perfectly timed storm(prior to the remote this would have put us out of
business), not so bad on ground level but caused hilltop issues for us in the
start of the contest. Our remote link went down a number of times during the
first 1.5 hours of the contest essentially killing my run on 15m repeatedly. I
suspect rain fade and or wind causing dish alignment interruptions in one or
both of the hops to K6LRG. We sort of got back on our feet during 20 and 40
meter operations, but again experienced outages during prime Saturday 80 meter
time. Net result, we were way behind going into Sunday AM.

On Sunday with the internet link stablized, we were able to continue the
contest and achieve nearly 1100 qso's via iron man BIC and persistence, a great
feat by our 2 man team. I was pleased to be able to get some traction with a
solid link.

Remote control point: N6NU and his wife Sandra are outstanding and generous
hosts and I really appreciate working with Andreas, we both work in Operations
in the Computer industry and know how to push through technically challenging
situations to deliver a result. Food was way better than camping conditions
at K6LRG. Andreas' shack was comfortable and warm and represents the best
advantage of being remote rather than onsite.

Overall: We had lots of fun, and pushing through like a bulldog in the face of
adversity is one of the fun parts of contesting(after the fact of course). It
was by no means even close to our best result, but it was the best we could
produce given the set of circumstances. Those who know me are aware that I am
Fiercely competitive and both N6NU and I were 100% committed to producing the
best club result we could. I am proud of our effort.

Sweep: Swept. pretty quick. Lots of NT/MAR etc. stations. got called by
Santa Barbara and Caribbean stations were relatively easy to find.

Thanks to W6OAT and K6TU for co-ordination, and to the entire Pizza Loving team
for your dedication and commitment. We had a good time.

Listen for Team N6WM@N6RO as I sponsor the Multi-op team effort at Radio Oakley
next weekend in CQWW CW.

73 and seeya next time

Chris
N6WM
 
VE3RX   Single Op LP   80,6402016-11-21 19:27:31
Missed DE, NT and of all places, WCF. Had good runs on 80M giving out ONN, the
bread and butter band for me for this contest. Did hear NT and WCF stations,
could not work them. Never heard DE.
K3 @ 100W, th3jr @ 65ft, Inv-V for 40-80 @ 55 ft (not the best for 80M). N1MM
logger.
 
N2RHL   Single Op LP   1,8482016-11-21 19:31:26
Kenwood TS-570D with 40mtr OCF antenna
 
KD1YV   SO Unlimited LP   15,4942016-11-21 19:42:11
Rig : Icom IC756 PROIII

Antennas : 80m Loop

Soapbox : My first SS. I mistakenly exchanged precedence "A", but
submitted as ASSISTED.
 
AF6SA   Single Op HP   6,0482016-11-21 19:59:53
No sweep this year (:
Limited time and i my W8JK beam SWR was not stable and tripping my PA.
 
KB9BIB   Single Op LP   45,5522016-11-21 20:07:08
My first year back after 23 years, I'll take it with 100w into a vertical. It
took entirely too many hours to get this many, but wasn't able to hold a
frequency long enough to get any decent runs going, almost entirely S&P. I
did manage to get more sections than I ever did before. I missed some of the
ones you would expect when you get that close to 83 (PAC, AK, NT, QC and for
some reason DE).
 
KG5LRP   Single Op LP   11,6282016-11-21 21:08:21
KG5LRP's Contest Summary Report for ARRL-SS
Created by N3FJP's ARRL November Sweepstakes Contest Log
Version 6.3 www.n3fjp.com

Total Contacts = 114
Total Points = 11,628

Operating Period: 2016/11/19 21:00 - 2016/11/20 21:43


Total Contacts by Band and Mode:

Band CW Phone Dig Total %
---- -- ----- --- ----- ---
80 0 2 0 2 2
40 0 51 0 51 45
20 0 41 0 41 36
15 0 20 0 20 18
-- ----- --- ----- ---
Total 0 114 0 114 100



Total Contacts by Section:

Section Total %
------- ----- ---
MDC 12 11
SCV 8 7
IL 6 5
OH 6 5
AZ 5 4
MI 5 4
SFL 4 4
WWA 4 4
ENY 3 3
NH 3 3
STX 3 3
VA 3 3
BC 2 2
CO 2 2
EMA 2 2
EPA 2 2
ME 2 2
NC 2 2
NNJ 2 2
NV 2 2
OR 2 2
RI 2 2
SDG 2 2
VI 2 2
WMA 2 2
AB 1 1
AL 1 1
CT 1 1
DE 1 1
EB 1 1
GA 1 1
GTA 1 1
IA 1 1
ID 1 1
LAX 1 1
MB 1 1
MN 1 1
MT 1 1
NFL 1 1
NLI 1 1
NM 1 1
NTX 1 1
ORG 1 1
SB 1 1
SF 1 1
SNJ 1 1
SV 1 1
TN 1 1
UT 1 1
WI 1 1
WY 1 1

Total = 51


Total Contacts by State \ Prov:

State Total %
----- ----- ---
CA 16 14
MD 12 11
IL 6 5
AZ 5 4
FL 5 4
MI 5 4
OH 5 4
MA 4 4
NY 4 4
TX 4 4
WA 4 4
NH 3 3
NJ 3 3
VA 3 3
2 2
BC 2 2
CO 2 2
ME 2 2
NC 2 2
NV 2 2
OR 2 2
PA 2 2
RI 2 2
AB 1 1
AL 1 1
CT 1 1
DE 1 1
GA 1 1
IA 1 1
ID 1 1
IN 1 1
MB 1 1
MN 1 1
MT 1 1
NM 1 1
ON 1 1
TN 1 1
UT 1 1
WI 1 1
WY 1 1

Total = 39


Total Contacts by Country:

Country Total %
------- ----- ---
USA 107 94
Canada 5 4
US Virgin Is. 2 2

Total = 3


Total Contacts by CQ Zone:

CQ Zone Total %
------- ----- ---
05 48 42
03 33 29
04 31 27
08 2 2

Total = 4
 
W1SJ   SO Unlimited HP   248,6682016-11-21 21:13:49
 
WBØTEV   SO Unlimited HP   194,5522016-11-21 21:19:57
Rig: TS-590SG
Amp: Aging Dentron MLA-2500
Antennas: Mosley PRO-67B @ 63 ft., 40m Vertical with 24 radials, 80m Inverted
Vee at 55 ft.

Another frenetic Phone SS albeit under very different band conditions from just
the year before! The QSO count this year was almost identical to 2015 (4 fewer
this year) but this year 10m was kaput, 15m was puny but made almost 3X as many
QSOs on 80m as the year before.

After the CW SS I shortened up the legs of the 80m Inverted V to get it
resonant around 3700 kHz, made a new exchange .wav file for N1MM+ and got
things set up for SO2V as I'll typically hop off my run freq briefly when
things slow down a bit to go snag another Q up or down the same band.

Usually I start off running on 15m (or even 10m a few years ago), but I figured
it would be better to try and grab a spot on 20m right from the starting bell
and that worked well. I found a spot on the low end of 20m a little before
2100Z and rag chewed a while and shook down the station before stepping on the
gas at the top of the hour. Then it was off to the races! Kept that run
going for a little over 2 hours with 116 Q's in each of those initial hours.
Before heading to 40m I followed a couple of spots to snag VY1AAA and K7IR to
scratch NT and EWA off the wanted list.

Upon arriving on 40 I answered a couple of CQing stations for a couple more
mults then found a spot on the low end of 40m to run. Switching between the
PRO-67B and the vertical helped, but the difference usually wasn't dramatic
except for cases where the vertical would fill in the null off the side of the
beam. Can't quite put my finger on it but 40m had a different feel that I
remember. The rate wasn't bad but wasn't as stellar as I remember it being
from years past. Only stayed on 40 for just under an hour before the XYL put
out the supper call, so I followed some spots to KS5Z/VY2 (MAR) and AA5B (NM),
then took a brief 29 minute QSY to the dinner table.

Back in the shack I went down to 80m just before 0100Z to chase spots to snag
W1SJ (VT), W5JJ(AR), and KI1G (RI). I think that's the earliest I've ever gone
to 80m and while the east coast bemoans 80m going long and skipping over all
those eastern sections and high population centers, for me it was a blessing to
be able to reach out and touch someone in 1,2,3 land more easily on 80m from
here in the central time zone.

Went back to 40m thereafter out of force of habit, as in years past I hadn't
found 80 to be that productive until much later. Couldn't seem to get a run
going (or just couldn't find a hole) on 40m just sort of wandered around doing
search and pounce until heading to 80m again just before 0130Z and managed to
get a modest run going on 3676 kHz with intermittent quick QSY's to work other
stations nearby before going back to 40m again. Spent the rest of the night
going back and forth between 40 and 80 with some good runs on each band. When
the run would peter out I'd search and pounce that band before QSYing to the
other band, chase whatever spots there were for new mults and easy Q's then
find a spot to run again. As 0700 Z approached the QSO rate and my stamina
were both headed down hill so the decision was made to QRT, set an alarm for
1230Z and assume horizontal polarization for a while. At that point there were
679 QSOs in the log. Better yet, I lacked only 1 section (NL) for the sweep!

One of the nice things about living in Texas (aside from no state income tax
and a 75 mph speed limit on the interstate in my county) is that we're well
situated in terms of being able to make a sweep. Far south Texas is probably
ideal, but up here in NTX isn't so bad either. This year the close in sections
(OK is usually a tough one for me) went to 80m earlier and in greater numbers
(likely due to 20m expiring so soon in the evening) making them easier to find
and work early.

A little voice in my head (past experience? premonition?) said that a VO1 might
show up early Sunday AM.... and sure enough that turned out to be the case! I
was up and back on the air (on 20m) at 1252Z shortly after the sun rose here.
I had just been on the radio for a few minutes when I saw the spot for VO1MP
pop up. Gus was also on 20m and I quickly spun the beam to the northeast. He
had a big pile, and as the sun was barely up here, stations further east of me
had much better propagation to him. I joined the pile and after about 10
minutes he caught enough of my call to summon me forth from the cacophony and
give me the sweep.

Thereafter I could concentrate solely on rate. Found a spot in the middle of
the phone band and started a run that lasted for the next 2-1/2 hours (with
occasion quick QSY's to pick off others on the other VFO when things slacked up
for a bit). Went QRT from 1546 to 1840Z to go to church and have lunch. Upon
arriving back home I figured I'd finally take as stab at 15m. Had a good run
there for just under an hour with brief QSY's to pick off other stations that
showed up on the 15m band map. 15m was rather long and during that 15m run
it was almost all far west coast and AK except for KP2RUM in VI and some stuff
in the far north east (CT, ENY, NH).

By late afternoon I was bouncing around between 15, 20 and 40 trying to find
fresh meat, doing a combination of running at search and pounce letting the
available mults and Qs window in N1MM+ be my friend along with plain old
fashioned turning of the VFO knob and listening. In the final hours it got
harder and harder to find anyone new to work and by 0130Z I was really ready
for the contest to be over.

The last hour was brutal. The pretty decent run I'd had on the upper end of
40m fizzled and I went down to 80. After a few S and P QSOs, I saw fireworks
appear behind the multi-meter on the MLA-2500 (which I had set to read plate
current). The needle was pegged to the right (and bent!). It was still
putting out full power per my external power meter and the power meter on the
amp itself, but something was obviously suffering a grizzly electrocution. As
much fun as it was to see the flashes from behind the meter in sync with my
voice peaks, I knew that it was time to put it in standby and forget about QRO.
It was time to see what 100 watts on 80m could do. As luck would have it I was
able to poach a guys run freq that he abandoned when he got a tip about where to
find the last section he was needing so I took over 3758 kHz and had a 12 QSO 20
minute run that just.... died. After that it was just real slim pickin's.
Unlike previous years where I had a blistering run going on 40m right up to the
closing bell, I only managed to eke out 5 QSOs in the last half hour, with
nothing after 0248. For those last QSO's I was fighting through pileups on
stations with low QSO counts (that everyone else was scrapping for as well)
with just 100 watts. I was pleasantly surprised to be able to work WE5TM,
KA9FOX, N0YL, WE0Q, K3LID and KM4DAY in those final minutes. Tried to work
W1QS as well but he was in Maine, I was in Texas and his pile was a mile deep.

I couldn't work anything AT ALL at the very end and last QSO was logged at
0248.

It was great fun, but I was ready for it be over! Thanks for all the QSO's and
especially to those who make it a point to get on the air from rare (or formerly
rare) sections. With the exception of VT and NL, I managed to work each section
at least twice. Aside from those and PR, ONN, and MAR, each section was worked
at least thrice.

Stats follow. I recall that a few years ago I analyzed the Checks received and
found that the median year for the checks was 1976, the same year I got
licensed. I did a similar look at the data from this years log and found that
1976 was once again the median. (Queue up the old Steeler's Wheel tune: Clowns
to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with
you!)

See you in the next contest. Next year I hope to be on from Belize as V31VP in
the CQ WPX RTTY and/or ARRL SSB DX contests.

73, Victor

CALLSIGN: WB0TEV
CONTEST: ARRL-SS-SSB
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
OPERATORS: WB0TEV

-------------- 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 0 116 0 0 116 116 9.9
2200 0 0 0 116 0 0 116 232 19.8
2300 0 0 50 26 0 0 76 308 26.3
0000 0 3 32 0 0 0 35 343 29.3
0100 0 19 36 0 0 0 55 398 34.0
0200 0 1 71 0 0 0 72 470 40.1
0300 0 72 3 0 0 0 75 545 46.5
0400 0 49 0 0 0 0 49 594 50.7
0500 0 7 26 0 0 0 33 627 53.5
0600 0 17 34 0 0 0 51 678 57.8
0700 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 678 57.8
0800 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 678 57.8
0900 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 678 57.8
1000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 678 57.8
1100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 678 57.8
1200 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 680 58.0
1300 0 0 3 44 0 0 47 727 62.0
1400 0 0 0 56 0 0 56 783 66.8
1500 0 0 2 34 0 0 36 819 69.9
1600 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 819 69.9
1700 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 819 69.9
1800 0 0 0 0 32 0 32 851 72.6
1900 0 0 5 13 25 0 43 894 76.3
2000 0 0 12 12 6 0 30 924 78.8
2100 0 0 11 10 7 0 28 952 81.2
2200 0 0 39 4 0 0 43 995 84.9
2300 0 14 3 42 0 0 59 1054 89.9
0000 0 11 30 2 0 0 43 1097 93.6
0100 0 4 52 0 0 0 56 1153 98.4
0200 0 19 0 0 0 0 19 1172 100.0
------------------------------------------------------
Total 0 217 409 476 70 0 1172

Gross QSOs=1173 Dupes=1 Net QSOs=1172

Unique callsigns worked = 1172

The best 60 minute rate was 123/hour from 2109 to 2208
The best 30 minute rate was 128/hour from 2137 to 2206
The best 10 minute rate was 138/hour from 2115 to 2124

The best 1 minute rates were:
3 QSOs/minute 50 times.
2 QSOs/minute 261 times.
1 QSOs/minute 500 times.

There were 44 bandchanges and 7 (0.6%) probable 2nd radio QSOs.

Number of letters in callsigns
Letters # worked
-----------------
3 1
4 492
5 461
6 212
7 3
8 2
9 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
-------------------------------------------------------------
MDC 0 17 16 24 0 0 57 4.9
VA 0 11 11 32 0 0 54 4.6
IL 0 13 23 17 0 0 53 4.5
MN 0 8 13 28 0 0 49 4.2
OH 0 12 18 17 0 0 47 4.0
MI 0 8 9 27 0 0 44 3.8
AZ 0 1 11 18 0 0 30 2.6
NC 0 2 12 14 0 0 28 2.4
WWA 0 2 6 12 8 0 28 2.4
SV 0 1 10 11 5 0 27 2.3
SCV 0 4 11 6 4 0 25 2.1
WNY 0 1 11 11 1 0 24 2.0
IN 0 4 17 3 0 0 24 2.0
ENY 0 0 5 15 3 0 23 2.0
CT 0 5 5 11 2 0 23 2.0
WI 0 5 7 10 0 0 22 1.9
EPA 0 2 7 10 0 0 19 1.6
OR 0 2 2 7 7 0 18 1.5
UT 0 1 8 9 0 0 18 1.5
TN 0 2 14 2 0 0 18 1.5
ORG 0 0 3 14 0 0 17 1.5
MO 0 9 8 0 0 0 17 1.5
EMA 0 2 4 6 4 0 16 1.4
LAX 0 0 12 3 1 0 16 1.4
KY 0 9 7 0 0 0 16 1.4
EB 0 0 7 3 5 0 15 1.3
SNJ 0 1 8 5 1 0 15 1.3
NNJ 0 3 5 7 0 0 15 1.3
NTX 0 9 2 4 0 0 15 1.3
NFL 0 5 1 8 0 0 14 1.2
WPA 0 3 3 8 0 0 14 1.2
AL 0 7 7 0 0 0 14 1.2
CO 0 4 9 1 0 0 14 1.2
WCF 0 3 3 7 0 0 13 1.1
SJV 0 2 6 3 2 0 13 1.1
BC 0 1 3 6 3 0 13 1.1
SDG 0 1 8 4 0 0 13 1.1
NV 0 0 4 7 2 0 13 1.1
SFL 0 1 3 9 0 0 13 1.1
GA 0 4 7 1 0 0 12 1.0
ONS 0 1 3 7 0 0 11 0.9
KS 0 6 5 0 0 0 11 0.9
OK 0 9 2 0 0 0 11 0.9
NLI 0 0 5 5 0 0 10 0.9
MT 0 2 3 5 0 0 10 0.9
SF 0 0 5 1 4 0 10 0.9
NH 0 1 4 4 1 0 10 0.9
SB 0 0 1 6 3 0 10 0.9
ID 0 1 2 3 3 0 9 0.8
SC 0 0 3 6 0 0 9 0.8
EWA 0 0 2 2 5 0 9 0.8
AB 0 0 1 5 2 0 8 0.7
WMA 0 2 3 3 0 0 8 0.7
WV 0 0 3 5 0 0 8 0.7
MB 0 1 3 3 0 0 7 0.6
GTA 0 0 1 6 0 0 7 0.6
SD 0 1 3 3 0 0 7 0.6
IA 0 4 2 1 0 0 7 0.6
STX 0 3 4 0 0 0 7 0.6
ONE 0 1 2 3 0 0 6 0.5
NM 0 2 3 1 0 0 6 0.5
AK 0 0 1 2 2 0 5 0.4
ME 0 1 2 2 0 0 5 0.4
AR 0 5 0 0 0 0 5 0.4
ND 0 0 1 3 0 0 4 0.3
WY 0 1 2 1 0 0 4 0.3
NE 0 3 1 0 0 0 4 0.3
MS 0 3 1 0 0 0 4 0.3
VI 0 0 1 1 2 0 4 0.3
LA 0 1 3 0 0 0 4 0.3
DE 0 0 1 3 0 0 4 0.3
SK 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 0.3
QC 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 0.3
PAC 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 0.3
NT 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 0.3
RI 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 0.3
NNY 0 0 1 2 0 0 3 0.3
WTX 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 0.3
PR 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0.2
ONN 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0.2
MAR 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0.2
VT 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.1
NL 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.1
------------------------------------------------------
Total 0 217 409 476 70 0 1172

Sweepstakes Checks
Check QSOs Pct
----------------------
00 13 1.1
01 15 1.3
02 12 1.0
03 7 0.6
04 4 0.3
05 5 0.4
06 11 0.9
07 9 0.8
08 13 1.1
09 14 1.2
10 11 0.9
11 14 1.2
12 13 1.1
13 19 1.6
14 21 1.8
15 21 1.8
16 24 2.0
17 0 0.0
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 3 0.3
32 1 0.1
33 1 0.1
34 0 0.0
35 0 0.0
36 0 0.0
37 0 0.0
38 1 0.1
39 1 0.1
40 1 0.1
41 0 0.0
42 0 0.0
43 0 0.0
44 0 0.0
45 0 0.0
46 0 0.0
47 1 0.1
48 0 0.0
49 1 0.1
50 1 0.1
51 0 0.0
52 8 0.7
53 9 0.8
54 13 1.1
55 17 1.5
56 18 1.5
57 22 1.9
58 32 2.7
59 32 2.7
60 24 2.0
61 26 2.2
62 26 2.2
63 29 2.5
64 23 2.0
65 22 1.9
66 20 1.7
67 17 1.5
68 27 2.3
69 33 2.8
70 26 2.2
71 33 2.8
72 24 2.0
73 19 1.6
74 27 2.3
75 24 2.0
76 37 3.2
77 39 3.3
78 17 1.5
79 22 1.9
80 13 1.1
81 15 1.3
82 13 1.1
83 20 1.7
84 12 1.0
85 8 0.7
86 11 0.9
87 12 1.0
88 11 0.9
89 23 2.0
90 8 0.7
91 16 1.4
92 28 2.4
93 16 1.4
94 6 0.5
95 11 0.9
96 14 1.2
97 8 0.7
98 13 1.1
99 10 0.9

U.S. Call Areas Worked
Area QSOs Pct
--------------------
0 122 10.4
1 89 7.6
2 108 9.2
3 97 8.3
4 150 12.8
5 53 4.5
6 147 12.5
7 122 10.4
8 110 9.4
9 107 9.1
--------------------
Total 1105 94.3

Sweepstakes Precedents
Precedent QSOs Pct
----------------------
A 469 40.0
B 241 20.6
Q 37 3.2
M 111 9.5
U 305 26.0
S 9 0.8
 
K5TA   Single Op HP   280,5402016-11-21 21:40:47
An early time-out and trying too hard to give 15 and 80 a chance kept me from my
best effort this year. Seems there were a lot more YLs than usual -- usually in
club or multiop settings, but not always. Nice to hear. Too bad NMBRC (our
club) couldn't muster 10 logs, after the beneficial rules change....

Thanks for the Qs. 73, Scott K5TA
 
AE6Y   Single Op HP   195,2162016-11-21 22:11:00
I'm not a big fan of SS, but participated to help out the PL259 Club. The
secret to really big scores seemed to be the ability to run for hours on 40,
something that I just wasn't able to do.
I do enjoy chasing mults unassisted, though, and they seemed a bit hard to find
this year. In fact there were 6 mults where I only had one Q: DE, PR, VI, SB,
QC and ONN. The last two were a surprise, as they seemed to be much more
plentiful in the CW contest. But you never know: one of my last mults needed on
Saturday night was MAR, and I was delighted to find one on the second radio --
then on Sunday, 8 more called!
Anyway, it is nice to have a chance to exchange even brief greetings with lots
of radio buddies around the country.
73, Andy AE6Y (CU all in CQWW CW from P49Y next weekend)
 
K5TR   Single Op HP   361,2162016-11-21 23:50:52
The last two years I have gotten the opportunity to operate the
contest as a guest op at N9RV (2014) and W6NL (2015). That was great
fun and I hope to do more of that in the coming years. But this year
I decided to stay home. No new hardware at the station - but I have
been busy fixing some antenna switching issues and amplifier T/R
relay issues that have popped up. I got the last fixes finished by
Saturday morning and was ready for the start of the contest.
These repairs held up for the duration of the SS - so I think we are
in good shape for the CQ WW CW contest this coming weekend.

There are lots of fine scores out there. AA5B with is fan dipole and
K3UA low power and low dipole putting in a good signal for hours on 80
metes. In high power N9RV had a big number and was very close the
whole time and I was expecting him and W7WA to get good openings on 15
meters and pass me by on Sunday. But 15 meters just never really
happened.

I got off to a pretty good start - not my best - but better than
average. I started on 15 meters. Not really by plan but that was the
easier place to find a frequency. For many years now I have been
starting these contests by sitting down in the chair a few minutes or
less before the start and finding a frequency often during the first
minute of the contest. This has mostly worked out - I am sure it robs
me of a bigger start out of the gate but it is what I do. It keeps me
from getting upset when my very clear frequency that I had been warming
up for 10 or more minutes gets trashed at the start. I figured that
15 meters would not last too long and I started looking for one on 20
meters after about 35 minutes into the contest. I made the jump to 20
meters at 40 minutes into the contest. 20 meters was pretty good but
and added 349 contacts to the log before I moved to 40 meters (early
for me) at 23:51. I had a good frequency on 40 meters and stayed there
until 08:05z when I took 4 hours off to sleep. During this time I put
an amazing 859 contacts in the log on 40 meters. And I was surprised
to log over 1000 contacts on 40 meters this year - the most I have
ever done on this band in SS. The 40 meter yagi I built and put up a
few years ago really works.

Sunday was a bit of a challenge but I keep plugging away and tried to
keep the rate as high as I could. It mostly settled into about 70 an
hour. I did mange to find a few people to work on the second radio
but this contest is a difficult two radio contest with the long
exchange and being only allowed to work people one time in the
contest.

Speaking of that - it really is one of the great things about this
contest - the fact that you can only work a station once. It makes it
possible for people to use the bands that work best for them - be it
dictated by propagation or antennas or location. It makes it possible
to do well in the SS from all over the country.

I really do love this contest and its long exchange. I have read
though all of the soapbox comments that have been posted so far - some
great stuff in there. K5OT reminded us that this contest started in
the 1930's. This prompted me to pull the K1DG edited CQ Amateur Radio
Almanac off the shelf and read the brief history of the SS. The
exchange started out as passing message traffic. And the message had
to have at least five real words in them! And you think the exchange
is long now - and you could operate up to 90 hours. Now that is a
contest.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Traffic_System

And it is great to read posts from the new folks that did their first
or second SS - and the general excitement of most of them about trying
to work a sweep. I hope you all keep coming back. This year marks
the 37th time (consecutive) that I have operated in the SSB SS. In 1979
I got on and made 834 contacts LP and then tried for several years to
crack into the LP top ten. Some years I would prefer to forget and
others I can remember like it was yesterday. I really enjoy hearing
all of my friends during this event each year.

OK - enough rambling - I think the late hour has me getting
nostalgic.


A summary of my SS efforts:
http://www.k5tr.net/ssb-ss.html

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

2x Elecraft K3 radios (tnx k5ot)
2x Elecraft P3
2x AL-1500 amps
trlinux for logging http://www.kkn.net/trlinux/
YCCC SO2R box

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

80 - Half wave sloping dipoles - sloped NE, NW from 120'.
- NE, NW, SE, SW beverages ~500' long

40 - 4 element yagi at 120'
- Cushcraft 40-2CD at 87'
- NE, NW, SE, SW beverages ~500' long

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 130'

Lot-o-numbers:


HR 80 40 20 15 10 HR TOT CUM TOTAL SCORE
-- ------- -------- -------- -------- -------- ------ --------- -----
21 --- --- 52/18 97/39 --- 149/57 149/57 0.02M
22 --- --- 174/12 --- --- 174/12 323/69 0.04M
23 --- 24/0 106/2 --- --- 130/2 453/71 0.06M
0 --- 143/5 --- --- --- 143/5 596/76 0.09M
1 --- 129/2 --- --- --- 129/2 725/78 0.11M
2 --- 143/1 --- --- --- 143/1 868/79 0.14M
3 4/0 109/1 --- --- --- 113/1 981/80 0.16M
4 --- 107/1 --- --- --- 107/1 1088/81 0.18M
5 8/0 73/0 --- --- --- 81/0 1169/81 0.19M
6 11/1 51/0 --- --- --- 62/1 1231/82 0.20M
7 10/0 42/0 --- --- --- 52/0 1283/82 0.21M
8 1/0 4/0 --- --- --- 5/0 1288/82 0.21M
9 --- --- --- --- --- --- 1288/82 0.21M
10 --- --- --- --- --- --- 1288/82 0.21M
11 --- --- --- --- --- --- 1288/82 0.21M
12 19/0 24/0 --- --- --- 43/0 1331/82 0.22M
13 --- 6/0 26/0 --- --- 32/0 1363/82 0.22M
14 --- 10/0 56/0 --- --- 66/0 1429/82 0.23M
15 --- 29/0 38/0 1/0 --- 68/0 1497/82 0.25M
16 --- --- 65/0 4/0 --- 69/0 1566/82 0.26M
17 --- --- 55/0 4/0 --- 59/0 1625/82 0.27M
18 --- --- 61/1 11/0 --- 72/1 1697/83 0.28M
19 --- --- 68/0 6/0 --- 74/0 1771/83 0.29M
20 --- --- 73/0 1/0 --- 74/0 1845/83 0.31M
21 --- 1/0 67/0 1/0 --- 69/0 1914/83 0.32M
22 --- 5/0 53/0 --- --- 58/0 1972/83 0.33M
23 --- 6/0 65/0 --- --- 71/0 2043/83 0.34M
0 1/0 75/0 --- --- --- 76/0 2119/83 0.35M
1 --- 57/0 --- --- --- 57/0 2176/83 0.36M

TO 54/1 1038/10 959/33 125/39 0/0 2176/83


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

CALLSIGN: K5TR
CONTEST: ARRL-SS-SSB
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE

-------------- 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 52 97 0 149 149 6.8
2200 0 0 0 174 0 0 174 323 14.8
2300 0 0 24 106 0 0 130 453 20.8
0000 0 0 143 0 0 0 143 596 27.4
0100 0 0 129 0 0 0 129 725 33.3
0200 0 0 143 0 0 0 143 868 39.9
0300 0 4 109 0 0 0 113 981 45.1
0400 0 0 107 0 0 0 107 1088 50.0
0500 0 8 73 0 0 0 81 1169 53.7
0600 0 11 51 0 0 0 62 1231 56.6
0700 0 10 42 0 0 0 52 1283 59.0
0800 0 1 4 0 0 0 5 1288 59.2
0900 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1288 59.2
1000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1288 59.2
1100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1288 59.2
1200 0 19 24 0 0 0 43 1331 61.2
1300 0 0 6 26 0 0 32 1363 62.6
1400 0 0 10 56 0 0 66 1429 65.7
1500 0 0 29 38 1 0 68 1497 68.8
1600 0 0 0 65 4 0 69 1566 72.0
1700 0 0 0 55 4 0 59 1625 74.7
1800 0 0 0 61 11 0 72 1697 78.0
1900 0 0 0 68 6 0 74 1771 81.4
2000 0 0 0 73 1 0 74 1845 84.8
2100 0 0 1 67 1 0 69 1914 88.0
2200 0 0 5 53 0 0 58 1972 90.6
2300 0 0 6 65 0 0 71 2043 93.9
0000 0 1 75 0 0 0 76 2119 97.4
0100 0 0 57 0 0 0 57 2176 100.0
0200 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2176 100.0
------------------------------------------------------
Total 0 54 1038 959 125 0 2176

Gross QSOs=2182 Dupes=6 Net QSOs=2176

Unique callsigns worked = 2176

The best 60 minute rate was 174/hour from 2159 to 2258
The best 30 minute rate was 182/hour from 2153 to 2222
The best 10 minute rate was 198/hour from 2155 to 2204

The best 1 minute rates were:
5 QSOs/minute 1 times.
4 QSOs/minute 47 times.
3 QSOs/minute 195 times.
2 QSOs/minute 429 times.
1 QSOs/minute 540 times.

There were 176 bandchanges and 83 (3.8%) probable 2nd radio QSOs.

Number of letters in callsigns
Letters # worked
-----------------
3 2
4 728
5 937
6 505
8 3
9 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
-------------------------------------------------------------
Il 0 2 63 57 0 0 122 5.6
Oh 0 0 61 45 0 0 106 4.9
Mi 0 1 50 46 1 0 98 4.5
Va 0 2 45 41 0 0 88 4.0
Mdc 0 2 38 39 1 0 80 3.7
Mn 0 1 32 42 1 0 76 3.5
WWa 0 0 31 19 10 0 60 2.8
Nc 0 1 30 27 0 0 58 2.7
Az 0 0 22 33 0 0 55 2.5
Tn 0 2 23 26 0 0 51 2.3
EPa 0 0 25 23 2 0 50 2.3
In 0 0 21 28 1 0 50 2.3
WNy 0 0 21 23 3 0 47 2.2
Wi 0 0 24 20 1 0 45 2.1
Scv 0 2 12 21 7 0 42 1.9
Ga 0 0 22 20 0 0 42 1.9
Ct 0 0 14 21 5 0 40 1.8
Ky 0 1 20 17 0 0 38 1.7
ENy 0 0 16 16 4 0 36 1.7
Lax 0 0 13 16 5 0 34 1.6
EMa 0 0 17 15 2 0 34 1.6
Co 0 0 24 9 0 0 33 1.5
NNj 0 0 17 10 5 0 32 1.5
Sv 0 1 14 12 5 0 32 1.5
Mo 0 1 25 4 0 0 30 1.4
Org 0 1 6 18 4 0 29 1.3
Or 0 0 11 11 7 0 29 1.3
WcF 0 0 14 14 0 0 28 1.3
NLi 0 0 14 10 3 0 27 1.2
NFl 0 3 14 10 0 0 27 1.2
Nv 0 1 9 14 2 0 26 1.2
SFl 0 0 11 13 0 0 24 1.1
Ut 0 2 8 14 0 0 24 1.1
SNj 0 0 13 6 3 0 22 1.0
Sdg 0 1 10 7 4 0 22 1.0
WPa 0 1 11 10 0 0 22 1.0
Eb 0 1 8 8 4 0 21 1.0
Nh 0 0 8 8 4 0 20 0.9
Bc 0 1 6 10 3 0 20 0.9
WMa 0 0 10 9 1 0 20 0.9
Sc 0 0 14 6 0 0 20 0.9
Ks 0 2 15 1 1 0 19 0.9
Sjv 0 1 4 12 2 0 19 0.9
Sb 0 1 5 9 3 0 18 0.8
Id 0 0 8 9 1 0 18 0.8
Wv 0 0 8 10 0 0 18 0.8
Sf 0 1 5 9 2 0 17 0.8
Ons 0 0 6 11 0 0 17 0.8
Ia 0 2 6 8 0 0 16 0.7
Me 0 0 6 7 2 0 15 0.7
Al 0 1 9 5 0 0 15 0.7
NTx 0 2 7 2 3 0 14 0.6
One 0 0 6 6 2 0 14 0.6
Mt 0 0 4 6 2 0 12 0.6
EWa 0 0 4 5 3 0 12 0.6
Ri 0 1 5 2 3 0 11 0.5
STx 0 0 6 2 3 0 11 0.5
Ar 0 2 9 0 0 0 11 0.5
Vt 0 2 7 2 0 0 11 0.5
Gta 0 0 5 5 0 0 10 0.5
Wy 0 0 3 7 0 0 10 0.5
Ok 0 0 9 0 1 0 10 0.5
Ak 0 0 1 5 3 0 9 0.4
Nd 0 1 4 4 0 0 9 0.4
Ab 0 0 2 5 2 0 9 0.4
Sd 0 1 5 3 0 0 9 0.4
Mar 0 0 5 4 0 0 9 0.4
Nm 0 1 7 1 0 0 9 0.4
Qc 0 0 3 3 1 0 7 0.3
Pac 0 1 4 1 1 0 7 0.3
Mb 0 3 1 3 0 0 7 0.3
Ms 0 0 7 0 0 0 7 0.3
Sk 0 1 2 2 0 0 5 0.2
NNy 0 0 4 1 0 0 5 0.2
Ne 0 1 2 2 0 0 5 0.2
Onn 0 0 2 2 0 0 4 0.2
WTx 0 2 1 0 1 0 4 0.2
De 0 0 1 2 0 0 3 0.1
La 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 0.1
Vi 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0.1
Nt 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0.1
Nl 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0.1
Pr 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0
------------------------------------------------------
Total 0 54 1038 959 125 0 2176

Sweepstakes Checks
Check QSOs Pct
----------------------
00 19 0.9
01 15 0.7
02 26 1.2
03 15 0.7
04 10 0.5
05 17 0.8
06 24 1.1
07 21 1.0
08 34 1.6
09 31 1.4
10 36 1.7
11 36 1.7
12 31 1.4
13 48 2.2
14 62 2.8
15 68 3.1
16 60 2.8
17 0 0.0
18 0 0.0
19 1 0.0
20 0 0.0
21 1 0.0
22 1 0.0
23 0 0.0
24 1 0.0
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 0.0
32 1 0.0
33 1 0.0
34 0 0.0
35 0 0.0
36 0 0.0
37 0 0.0
38 0 0.0
39 1 0.0
40 1 0.0
41 0 0.0
42 0 0.0
43 0 0.0
44 0 0.0
45 0 0.0
46 0 0.0
47 2 0.1
48 1 0.0
49 1 0.0
50 3 0.1
51 3 0.1
52 16 0.7
53 11 0.5
54 16 0.7
55 26 1.2
56 32 1.5
57 41 1.9
58 42 1.9
59 51 2.3
60 39 1.8
61 48 2.2
62 46 2.1
63 50 2.3
64 40 1.8
65 49 2.3
66 27 1.2
67 27 1.2
68 54 2.5
69 44 2.0
70 38 1.7
71 50 2.3
72 40 1.8
73 35 1.6
74 42 1.9
75 38 1.7
76 78 3.6
77 57 2.6
78 31 1.4
79 34 1.6
80 26 1.2
81 23 1.1
82 20 0.9
83 24 1.1
84 24 1.1
85 20 0.9
86 24 1.1
87 26 1.2
88 21 1.0
89 30 1.4
90 19 0.9
91 39 1.8
92 46 2.1
93 36 1.7
94 23 1.1
95 24 1.1
96 21 1.0
97 17 0.8
98 21 1.0
99 18 0.8

U.S. Call Areas Worked
Area QSOs Pct
--------------------
0 200 9.2
1 185 8.5
2 204 9.4
3 172 7.9
4 309 14.2
5 80 3.7
6 259 11.9
7 214 9.8
8 221 10.2
9 225 10.3
--------------------
Total 2069 95.1

Sweepstakes Precedents
Precedent QSOs Pct
----------------------
A 1125 51.7
B 423 19.4
Q 66 3.0
M 129 5.9
U 416 19.1
S 17 0.8
 
AB1J   Single Op LP   6,4002016-11-22 04:09:03
Just a little Sunday excursion on 40m phone, a band I discovered in the 2014
ARRL Centennial.

Thanks for the Qs.

73,
Ken, AB1J

Flex 6500 N1MM+
Stealth wire out the window and down the hill into the woods.
LoTW eQSL
 
K9GY   SO Unlimited LP   14,8502016-11-22 05:39:01
This was good motivation to finally get microHam microkeyer II, WriteLog, and
IC-7300 working for voice keyer functionality. What a BIG difference, hah! I
might actually like SSB now, hah! And integrated foot switch too! Nothing like
waiting a year to get that all working. Next is getting RTTY working again on
new computer (Windows 10).

Had some distractions which caused missed goal of 400 Qs. Sat night watched
Blackhawks come back from being down 0-3 against Vancouver. Hossa scores in OT
to win it :-) Lunch with the family Sunday. Workout at gym. You get the idea.
The Cubs no longer say "wait until next year".....but DUH Bears are
definitely saying that this season, hah! All goats have left Wrigleyville now,
HAH!

On Sat night started chasing CW DX which was fun too. Working on 80m DXCC for 5
band DXCC. Couldn't get FY in South America, argh!

All the best,
Eric

IC-7300
WriteLog
Cushcraft R-9
 
W1WMU(W5WMU)   Single Op HP   204,0142016-11-22 06:08:22
Dispite 279 Q's on 80 and 479 Q's on 40, and with only 3 hours left in the
contest, I needed my own state to make a sweep. unique occurrence after 50
years plus of doing SS..nagged him a few minutes later.
 
K3UA   Single Op LP   195,5482016-11-22 06:11:00
Tough one again this year but mainly because of 15 and 10 being very poor.

80 proved to be the big bread and butter band but even 80 was not always
reliable with the long skip both nights. The band went long quite early but
seemed to recover a bit later. Lots of west coast worked on 80 with great
signals. Never thought I would work over 700 stations on 80M.

Thanks to all for the contacts and the patience with getting the exchanges
copied correctly.

Always great to say hi to old friends and make new ones as well.

Station: Elecraft K3 and IC-781 for external receive. Used MFJ-989C tuner with
25 ft high 80M dipole tuned for all bands.

Will be looking for everyone in CQ WW CW this weekend. Hoping for some quiet
bands and some help from our Sun!

Phil K3UA
 
AD1C   SO Unlimited LP   37,7202016-11-22 06:14:03
Radio: Yaesu FTDX-5000, 100 watts
Antennas: Hy-Gain AV-640 vertical
1/2 size G5RV dipole in attic
Software: WriteLog for Windows

Missed NL. PR, PAC and *SC* were the last three sections I worked.
 
W1AN   SO Unlimited HP   83,0002016-11-22 08:31:34
Conditions good. Worked VY1AAA as first QSO. Finished the sweep with PR at 1817Z
Sunday. Always an enjoyable operation.
73, John W1AN
 
N5EE   Single Op QRP   53,9202016-11-22 09:20:38
I totally agree with Randy, ND0C's comment that you don't have to be crazy to
operate QRP in SS Phone but it helps. Usually in this contest you will make a
decent run or two as a Q operator but that was not the case this year. When
you are lucky to have a rate of 10 an hour (or less) on Sunday afternoon and
evening, you certainly call into question your sanity in hanging around but
that ties into my first comment above. Strange condx with 40 and 80 going long
and everyone crammed together on 20 during the day. Thank you to those very
patient and skilled operators for pulling me out with multiple fills and to
those that gave me FB signal reports. KS and MS eluded me until the late
stages of the test and the highlight for me was working MS early in the evening
on 20 on very short skip (too long for ground wave). Never heard a KP4, NL and
only heard QC as
S&P. Look forward to next year's SS tests ... 73 ... Ken, N5EE
 
W6US   Single Op LP   43,7402016-11-22 10:18:29
Missed NNY and QC...
 
ND3N   Single Op LP   11,8562016-11-22 11:23:04
Just happy to be here - Is there a stronger word than abhor, loathe, or just
plain hate voice contesting?
 
WW9R   SO Unlimited HP   65,4402016-11-22 11:44:05
Another great contest in the log. Thanks for the Q's.

Flex 6300
Ameritron AL-811H @ 600 W
Gap Voyager for 40 & 80
Gap Titan for 15 and 20
N1MM+ logging software

Pat WW9R
Big Bend, WI
 
W8FN   Single Op HP   20,9922016-11-22 12:12:47
Just got on for a few hours Sunday, S&P only. Conditions seemed to be a lot
worse than they were for CW. After 40 went long Sunday evening, I attempted to
work a few of the (weak) signals I could hear on 80, but the amp kept faulting
for some unknown reason. Nobody could hear me with just 100W, so ended up with
no QSOs on 80 this time. Sure hope conditions get better for the NAQP in
January, but I'm not holding my breath.

See y'all in the upcoming contests.

73...
Randy, W8FN
 
K9BGL   Single Op HP   169,1202016-11-22 12:54:03
Sore throat is nothing to bring to this event, even with voice keyer.

73, KARL
 
N2GZ   Multi-Op LP   99,6002016-11-22 13:39:35
Beat last years raw score by 1 contact.

Conditions seemed poor on the first evening with 20 closing early and 40 not
being productive. Things picked up later at night on 80, and Sunday seemed
quite alright. Interestingly, PAC and PR were the difficult ones this year.

Our operators are improving :). Less intimidation and a willingness to call CQ
is emerging. Alex, KB1PXO's YL, eagerly joined us again this year and made
quite a few contacts. She is an eager learner and a natural contester. Fingers
crossed she has some call letters next time 'round.

Thanks also go to K1JR who hasn't been able to join us for operating SS Sweeps
for the past couple of years now; he still continues to contribute by assisting
with station upgrades and repairs.
 
WE2W(@N2GZ)   Single Op LP   82016-11-22 13:42:54
Jumped on at the end of the N2GZ operation. Made two contacts before realizing
that early to bed was a good idea to support an early-to-work Monday morning.
 
NC1I(K9PW)   Single Op HP   278,4722016-11-22 16:26:06
Sorry about my bad TX audio.

Difficult working close in stations with the bands being long. 80m was quiet,
so worked more west coast stations there than normal. The bands didn't seem as
crowded as normal, so finding run frequencies was easiest ever. But will still
be my lowest score in the last 8 years from NC1I. Saturday was my worst.
While Sunday was good, it wasn't enough.
 
KM8Q   Multi-Op HP   100,4302016-11-22 18:00:11
Our 1st Multi-single from KM8Q.
Bonus was a Clean Sweep!!
Ken,W8ASA and I had a great time.
Thanks to K3LR and the 2016 CTU instructors for all the great advice.
We need to finish our interlock system for next year.
 
WØWTF   Single Op LP   10,0002016-11-22 18:58:42
START-OF-LOG: 3.0
LOCATION: MN
CALLSIGN: W0WTF
CLUB: Minnesota Wireless Assn
CONTEST: ARRL-SS-SSB
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-ASSISTED: NON-ASSISTED
CATEGORY-BAND: ALL
CATEGORY-MODE: SSB
CATEGORY-POWER: LOW
CATEGORY-STATION: FIXED
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
CLAIMED-SCORE: 10000
OPERATORS: W0WTF
 
NØJK   Single Op QRP   182016-11-22 19:23:24
Originally not planned any contest operation as busy watching grandchildren and
helping my mom with home repairs. My dad W0FN has ALS and is in a nursing home.
I was cleaning in her basement and dusting off his old Heath gear. I decided to
fire up his old SB-102 and see if I could make a few contest Qs Sunday
afternoon. His antenna is a 40 M dipole in the attic. I could only receive
signals on 20M, and only get a few watts out on 20. I was able to reach 3
people to put in the log. He is unable now to talk or write due to the ALS
(also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) to help me figure out his set up. He had
it working better before he became ill.
 
N6ZFO   Single Op HP   42,0002016-11-22 19:58:56
After just over 3 hours XYL dragged me away to begin Thanksgiving journey to FL
for Thanksgiving. Surprised to be called by VY1AAA and K1SD in RI on 40m. Was
able to coax 900 watts out of the Dentron tuner on 40m to help the effort by
filling in nearby, and not so nearby, mults.
 
NK8Q   Single Op QRP   51,2002016-11-22 20:55:50
I was ready to throw in the towel and give up at 11 PM EST. I toughed it
through overnight, though, and felt better in the morning. 10AM the power went
out for about 3 hours so I was glad that I didn't end up sleeping for about 4 -
6 hours overnight! Power blinked off quite often for the rest of the contest
period, so thank goodness I was using batteries for the QRP rigs and a laptop
so I was able to keep operating after the 3 hour power outage was restored
without glitches. I ended up with a better score than last year but not as
good as in 2012 when I had my only clean sweep as QRP.
 
W9GIG   SO Unlimited HP   29,6842016-11-22 21:33:07
About 50 percent of 20M QSOs were back scatter contacts.
 
K6JEB   SO Unlimited HP   4,6802016-11-22 23:56:41
I had company this weekend but still was able to get on for a little over two
hours. Great time being fresh meat for once! I was running 300w through a
Cushcraft A3S triband Yagi up 40 feet and a Butternut HF9V with 83 radials.
 
K6KNS   Single Op HP   3,2642016-11-23 10:05:10
I had planned on working the contest many hours but family interruptions kept
interfering.

Kenwood TS-990s / ASL-600 / Hex beam / 40M inverted V
 
NØMA   Multi-Op HP   184,4262016-11-23 11:03:01
Murphy has come to live at our station this year. Radios, amps, antennas,
computers have required fixing. I guess we have been living the good life for
too long.
At our club station the SS phone contest is our most popular event so we had
plenty of help. Conditions were what you expect for this point in the solar
cycle. Our last 7 sections were NT, AK, VI, SK, IA, DE, MB. Our usual
suspects. The weirdest logging sequence was a run on 20m when we worked 4 CT
stations in a row and then 12 minutes later we worked 3 more CT stations in a
row. I guess those CT guys travel the bands as a group. Thanks for all the
Qs.
 
N6AJS   Single Op LP   24,8302016-11-23 11:29:49
Field trip to ID -- temporary antenna failed badly on 40m in the rain.
Thanks for the contacts!
 
N4NQY   Single Op QRP   5462016-11-23 14:18:23
Only got to operate Sunday afternoon and due to conditions and power I stayed on
20m for the whole time. Tried 80 and 40 but could not do anything with 5w and a
wire antenna. Started at bottom and tried everybody that was LOUD, then back
down.
 
VE3LVW   Single Op LP   6,6882016-11-23 15:03:31
Not much time to dedicate on the weekend!
 
K2DRH   SO Unlimited LP   195,5482016-11-23 15:59:55
Note to self: never plan on doing a serious contest effort 2 days back from a 2
month vacation especially when have to drive 1000 miles to get there. Came
back to a mess with one wire antenna down and most of the RX antennas rendered
useless by squirrels. Better than last year when all my wires were down, coaxes
damaged by squirrels and I could not play at all! WX was nice for one day anyway
and got most things patched up as well as my yard cut (ridiculous that it would
need it in November!), my gutters cleaned out and dealt with some other
pressing issues (like N2KMA’s broken tooth and a screw in the car tire)
before the late Friday forecast rain. In the station nothing wanted to
cooperate including myself when I was awoken too early on Saturday ,tired and
congested from a cold, by the guy who finally got my internet working again
(sort of ... it’s still intermittent but at least it held up during the
test). My first real HF test with the new Flex 6700 and it was a bit of a
learning curve to get it all set up. In retrospect I’ll do it a lot
differently next time.

By the time the test started I already felt beat up and like I needed a nap.
Working 15 and 20 meters with low power was like wading through cold oatmeal.
Having had no chance to listen to the bands beforehand was another big
disadvantage and I slogged around on 15 meters more than I should have. 20M was
tough to get any traction or any good rates going but 40 felt a lot better even
though my hourly rates never got much above 100. Never seemed to have more
than one or two calling at any given time. Had to take frequent short breaks
to keep myself together and then later realized one of my “10 minute”
breaks was over 25 minutes ... but not quite 30 … screwed the pooch on that
one! One time the 6700 went offline and it was hell getting it back requiring
a reboot of both the rig and the computer (shoulda used the Maestro). Went to
bed with a little over 500 Qs in the log, 3 short of a sweep and feeling pretty
crappy.

Usually I wake before the alarm but not this time. Five hours of sleep was more
than I usually allow and I still felt like I was underwater, but hit it as hard
as I could. No real rate, it was slugfest for me all day and I had to take off
more time off than I really wanted to. I was able to make up some ground but it
was pretty painful for the most part and I often would get really hoarse
despite the voice keyer. Had another sudden Flex crash in the middle of a QSO,
no clue why but it just required a radio reboot. Was really surprised that all
day Sunday I was still getting fairly low serial numbers (mostly double digits)
and only got high numbers when I would tune around for a while on the other
VFO/slice. While my original goal was to better my 2014 score, I had to set a
much modified goal by Sunday morning to at least better last year’s top score
in my category and just barely squeaked that out in the last hour. And while
that’s nowhere near good enough this year, at least it was a reasonable
effort to help fatten the SMC club totals. I slept 14 hours on Monday.

73 de Bob K2DRH
 
KC4HW   Single Op HP   46,4282016-11-23 17:17:55
Fun for a few hours. Thanks for all the QSOs.
 
WB4FDT(@W3LPL)   SO Unlimited HP   201,8562016-11-23 19:59:13
spent all Saturday and sunday morning on 20 and 80 meters. Didn't get on 40
until later in the afternoon. Being on a new band sure helped my QSO totals at
a time in the afternoon when QSO's slowed down. A big surprise was the large
number of newer hams giving QSO totals of less than 50. Maybe SSB contesting
has a good future. Thanks to W3LPL for having me over to operate.
 
N9YLZ   Single Op LP   5,4562016-11-23 22:36:29
First time doing ARRL SSB November SS. Just did part time S & P.
Hopefully did everything correctly.
 
WB8RFB   Single Op LP   1,4402016-11-24 06:13:29
Ran into severe RFI problem that would lock up my computer and crash logger.
Ended up shutting down the station. Waiting on arrival of ferrite clamp-on
beads to work on issue.
 
W4MYA   SO Unlimited HP   211,1522016-11-24 07:12:48
Run 'em
 
K4RC(@NR4C)   Multi-Op LP   49,4102016-11-24 12:51:54
Great time was had by all. We started Saturday with a new, untried antenna. It
gave us fits on Saturday but a little tweaking on sudsy morning, seemed to tame
it down. Fortunately, the antenna problem was mostly on 20 and 40 and it was a
killer on 75. Thus we made half our contacts on Saturday nite on 75M. Sunday
started slow and developed into a slow search for multi. This is as close as
we have come to a sweep but still no cigar (or mugs). Maybe net year.
 
VE3WPV   SO Unlimited HP   12,1522016-11-24 19:34:04
Casual participation only. Still trying to deal with RFI issues with my new amp
and recently installed Hexbeam(Smoke detectors were going off on 20 metres).
This seems to be solved now. Hopefully no other RFI issues will crop up in the
future.
 
W6YX(N7MH)   SO Unlimited HP   241,5302016-11-25 02:27:05
Rates never seemed great and I spent too much time trying to make something
happen on both 15 and 80 and also getting distracted by the second radio.

Great job by Ed, Michael and Tom at NW6P. My final mults were also NL and SB. I
saw that WA6FGV in SB was spotted on 20 but he had a pileup and was very weak. I
figured I'd work SB on Sunday evening so I didn't try calling. About a half hour
later I was called by WA6FGV on 20.

73,
-Mike, N7MH
 
WØCN(@KA4RRU)   Single Op HP   173,2802016-11-25 07:53:07
Thanks to Mike, KA4RRU for the use of his station.

Thanks for all the Qs.

73,

Dan, W0CN
 
NF1L   Single Op HP   9502016-11-25 08:55:51
Between propagation and an attic antenna not to successful
 
K6NA(N6ED)   Single Op HP   308,0962016-11-25 12:24:29
After a medical related absence from last year's event, I was happy to return
the the playing field this year for SS.

Leading up to the contest we had a 2-week heatwave with temperatures in the 80s
to mid 90's in Southern California with extremely dry air < 10% humidity
which caused tremendous allergy conditions that severely affected me. I
completely lost my voice in the 2nd hour of the contest and from there on it
was sheer misery for an additional 1500+ QSO's and 22 remaining hours.

In the first hour, I was affected by the "pristine frequency
syndrome" where a super nice frequency before the start turned to trash at
exactly 0000z, I wish guys would plan ahead and pick a frequency before the
contest and stick with it rather than dropping a big brown stinky torpedo turd
on the band when the contest starts. I struggled for a bit and finally decided
to vacate 20m and go to 15 to try and salvage the first hour, but as most of the
big guns in this contest know, you win or lose it in the first hour, and I knew
I was now at a big disadvantage due to a lackluster start. The damage had
already been done. The second hour was better, split between 15 and 20m and I
settled in until I started to feel a wavering in my throat. My fears became
reality when my words started to crack and I was losing my voice. It
completely went away in that 2nd hour and I began to rely heavily on the DVK
which slowed me down and at times caused repeats. Competitive DNA was the only
reason I kept with it. It would have been easy to throw in the towel and start
thinking about next year.
I kept pushing through the evening, with 20m closing early and an extended stay
on 40m lead to a very slow close to the night on 80m. I was about 180 Q's
behind my goal which considering my voice was a victory.

Sunday was the typical slow crawl. I didn't really get the pre-football game
burst that is relatively normal in past years, not sure if the population was
spread too thin or I was just in the wrong place. The result was a slightly
slower Sunday than in the past. I was just happy when it all ended to begin
the healing of my voice, it has taken almost a week and still a couple days to
go hopefully to recover from this year's SS. Onto next year!

I want to first of all thank Glenn and his wife for again hosting me in great
fashion. Glenn spent 18 hours in the 3 days leading up to the contest up on
the tower working on antennas preparing to give me a shot to be competitive,
not counting the many more hours he spent in the garage and out in the field
working on antennas and feedlines etc. Also to WN6K who assisted on antenna
installation prior to my arrival.
Also, an honorable mention to VE8GER and the guys behind VY1AAA (and VY1JA) for
getting the NT mult on the air. VO1MP for calling me in the first hour through
the #20M-TURD-HASH to give me the only NL QSO of the contest, good show!! I'm
very happy to have gotten the sweep, it seems to be a real tightrope dance each
year and not at all a guarantee.
Overall, given the circumstances, I'm happy with the result. Looking forward
to next year with the hopes to give the guys above me a better run for their
money if I can pull it all together and keep myself healthy :)

73 and season's greetings
Craig N6ED
 
WN4AFP   Single Op LP   23,5982016-11-25 13:39:25
Had plans for more hours, but family took priority this weekend... Enjoyed
giving out a few 'last mults for sweeps'... Go Swamp Foxes. 73s Dave WN4AFP
 
VE6CSX   SO Unlimited LP   9,9962016-11-25 15:43:37
Enjoyed this contest. Certainly upped ;my score from last year. Propagation was
pretty good. My three wire dipole for 80-10 seems to work well. Mostly, if I
could hear a station, I could contact it. Exceptions were huge pileups. I even
made it through one of these to an AK near the end of the contest. It will be
interesting to see if there are other AB entries in my category.
 
AI4QQ   Single Op LP   2,4642016-11-25 18:57:31
Band QSOs Pts Sec Pt/Q
7 19 38 12 2.0
14 25 50 16 2.0
Total 44 88 28 2.0
Score: 2,464
1 Mult = 1.6 Q's
 
KF3N   Multi-Op LP   83,8402016-11-26 05:00:11
Another enjoyable father/son effort. Score was down a bit this year as
conditions were less favorable on the high bands using just our OCF dipole.
 
WØNO   Multi-Op HP   278,3822016-11-26 17:46:32
10 & 15 meters RIP.
 
AKØBC   Single Op LP   3122016-11-27 15:53:56
[log removed from comments]

START-OF-LOG: 3.0
LOCATION: CO
CALLSIGN: AK0BC
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-ASSISTED: NON-ASSISTED
CATEGORY-BAND: ALL
CATEGORY-POWER: LOW
CATEGORY-MODE: SSB
CATEGORY-OVERLAY: CLASSIC
CATEGORY-STATION: FIXED
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
CATEGORY-TIME: 6-HOURS
CLAIMED-SCORE: 312
CLUB: Grand Mesa Contesters of Colorado
CONTEST: ARRL-SS-SSB
CREATED-BY: WriteLog V12.08C
NAME: Brad
ADDRESS: po box 23028
ADDRESS-CITY: Glade Park
ADDRESS-STATE-PROVINCE: CO
ADDRESS-POSTALCODE: 81523
ADDRESS-COUNTRY: US
EMAIL: gjcowboy06@aol.com
OPERATORS: AK0BC
SOAPBOX:
END-OF-LOG:
 
KC2LRC   SO Unlimited LP   77,5222016-11-27 17:54:44
New personal best this year as single operator low power UL!

Bands were abysmal at first - ran very slow on Saturday. Picked up on the low
bands at night. I'd have done even better if I was up earlier on Sunday to take
advantage of good conditions on the higher bands that morning. Tricky on low
power as I can't get much of a run, so alternated between calling and searching
when one or the other was slow. Still trying for that award... this score would
have been it a few years ago until some big stations got into the mix in the
Atlantic Division!
 
VE6SV(VE4GV)   Single Op HP   297,6382016-11-27 21:45:41
 
K7SV   Single Op LP   13,9202016-11-28 08:38:47
Just couldn't get into it this year. Didn't get much going Saturday and spent
good part of Sunday at NR4M preparing for CQWWCW. SO2R stopped being much fun
after finding all sections.
 
KØHC(WØBH)   School Club HP   199,2002016-11-28 20:25:01
Our 2016 Hesston College ARC Sweepstakes team included three aviation students
(Tyler, Amos, Ryuki) and two computer science students (Yedidiya, Ryan), all
unlicensed. We got in a number of good practice sessions including the
California QSO Party before the big weekend, and the practice paid off. Team
logging worked great, and both Tyler and Ryan even "soloed" the
station as others kept track of the Sweep.

We broke for the night an hour earlier than usual with a section count of 80.
The rates had really dropped off and everyone was tired. It was a good decision
as the morning brought the final three sections in short order. Our countdown
was AK MAR VI NL and PR, with KP4/KA1R giving us the Sweep at 1621Z.

Sunday was slow as usual with a few nice runs thrown in when someone spotted
us. Our "Sunday Sweep" attempt came up four short - EWA, ID, WY, PAC
(none heard). It was especially fun to chat with the other School stations:
W1YK W1YU W4UAL W3EAX W0EEE K5LSU W8EDU K8TGR W9JWC. I'm late getting this
posted, but because of that, I can report that we already have 3 QSL cards from
the other school stations! I'll return the favor shortly.

The students really appreciated those of you who took time to encourage them,
and special thanks to those of you who slowed down or repeated things for us
when needed. We want to thank all of you for being out there for us to work,
and we hope to hear you again in 2017!

73, Bob, w0bh
trustee, k0hc
Hesston College ARC
 
VE4EV(VE4DRK)   Single Op LP   35,4782016-12-03 08:06:53
finally got the numbers to match :-)
had fun as usual, very crowded on 20m, but that was expected.
i suspect this is one of the longer times i put into a contest, so probably
comparable percentage-wise as i've done in the past.
73, Dan VE4EV (VE4DRK)
 
VA7RR   Single Op LP   207,6242016-12-04 15:57:40
Have been doing SS competitively since 1975, and this was the first one ever
where my two best hours were on Sunday instead of Saturday.

The elusive missing multiplier was Delaware.

Thanks to all for the QSOs.

73,
Gary
 
K3PRC(N3QE)   SO Unlimited HP   36,1682016-12-06 06:40:26
Thanks to Ken KE3X for again hosting half of my HMO attempt!
 
N3QE   SO Unlimited HP   105,2802016-12-06 06:44:17
80M ruled in the night, and 40M ruled in the daytime!

This was the second leg of a (rather unbalanced) HMO attempt.

It wasn't until Sunday afternoon I got my alligator-clip voice keying working
at home!
 
K9WZB   Single Op LP   152,5542016-12-13 06:32:43
Working QRP Stations should be worth bonus points