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N8XX   Single Op QRP   1,6382013-03-16 20:28:20
Personal best. Conditions were "too good" on 40. Stations didn't come down to
80 meters until late, then not as many as on 40.
N3ZZ   Single Op HP   2,1902013-03-16 20:48:57
First timer for this one. Happy to work all of you good ops!
VE9AA   Single Op HP   2,3402013-03-16 20:55:14
Limited time. Just got on here and there between family commitments to give out
the NB mult. Hope it helped.
K9PG had me in stitches. DIdn't know WHO's freq it was by the time we finished
the Q....WTG Paul :-) HI HI

Mike VE "9AA" ;-)
WW9R   Single Op LP   5,4722013-03-16 21:02:54
Thanks for four hours of contesting fun.
Pat WW9R
KCØW   Single Op HP   832013-03-16 21:06:23

Just fooling around, nothing serious.

Nice to work AC0W for the Bovine multiplier............See ya all in CQ WW WPX
later this month. Will be using WW0WWW.

Best wishes from the oil fields of North Dakota.

As always, the KC0W contesting disclaimer:

*** I contest for the FUN of it from here in North Dakota & not to collect any
awards, plaques or "wallpaper". I use my general logging program to track
the total number of QSO's made & leave it at that. This is why I have no
information regarding my total number of mults or a final score. ***

Tom KC0W

NY7N   Single Op HP   4,3862013-03-16 21:08:01
Haven't done a sprint in a year, so it took me about 30 minutes to find my
groove. Running HP in a sprint for the first time certainly helps you win more
jump balls, but it still doesn't help my vertical hear any better. =P Thanks
for all the Qs and I'll catch you in the next one.

Equipment, for the curious:

Ten Tec Omni C
Heathkit SB-201
Ground mounted 4BTV
80m inverted V at 20ft

73, Andy NY7N
W1UJ   Single Op LP   6,9162013-03-16 21:08:06
Was fun, but 80 was exhausting.
Heard DanWA and KenCA on 80m but did not work.

The 80m Pig Farmers were a challenge.


Band QSOs Pts Sec
3.5 42 42 2
7 75 75 13
14 65 65 23
Total 182 182 38
Score: 6,916

Cabrillo Statistics (Version 10g) by K5KA & N6TV


-------------- Q S O R a t e S u m m a r y ---------------------
Hour 160 80 40 20 15 10 Rate Total Pct
0000 0 0 6 49 0 0 55 55 30.2
0100 0 0 34 15 0 0 49 104 57.1
0200 0 11 31 1 0 0 43 147 80.8
0300 0 31 4 0 0 0 35 182 100.0
Total 0 42 75 65 0 0 182

Gross QSOs=183 Dupes=1 Net QSOs=182

Unique callsigns worked = 114

The best 60 minute rate was 56/hour from 0001 to 0100
The best 30 minute rate was 66/hour from 0001 to 0030
The best 10 minute rate was 90/hour from 0002 to 0011

The best 1 minute rates were:
3 QSOs/minute 3 times.
2 QSOs/minute 35 times.
1 QSOs/minute 103 times.

There were 40 bandchanges and 12 (6.6%) probable 2nd radio QSOs.

Number of letters in callsigns
Letters # worked
4 116
5 39
6 27

------------ M u l t i p l i e r S u m m a r y ------------
Mult 160 80 40 20 15 10 Total Pct
CA 0 4 10 13 0 0 27 14.8
MN 0 4 6 10 0 0 20 11.0
TX 0 1 4 5 0 0 10 5.5
WA 0 0 3 6 0 0 9 4.9
VA 0 2 6 1 0 0 9 4.9
ON 0 3 6 0 0 0 9 4.9
CO 0 1 2 5 0 0 8 4.4
OH 0 4 4 0 0 0 8 4.4
MD 0 4 4 0 0 0 8 4.4
NY 0 2 3 2 0 0 7 3.8
FL 0 1 2 3 0 0 6 3.3
AZ 0 1 3 2 0 0 6 3.3
MS 0 1 2 3 0 0 6 3.3
NC 0 2 2 1 0 0 5 2.7
GA 0 1 2 1 0 0 4 2.2
CT 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 1.6
SD 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 1.6
MO 0 0 1 2 0 0 3 1.6
IN 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 1.6
MI 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 1.6
ID 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 1.1
UT 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 1.1
NH 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 1.1
WI 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 1.1
PA 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 1.1
IL 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 1.1
OR 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.5
NE 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.5
NB 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.5
OK 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.5
TN 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.5
BC 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.5
ND 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.5
ME 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.5
SC 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.5
KY 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.5
NJ 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.5
1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.5
DE 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.5
Total 0 42 75 65 0 0 182

U.S. Call Areas Worked
Area QSOs Pct
0 32 17.6
1 11 6.0
2 13 7.1
3 12 6.6
4 18 9.9
5 15 8.2
6 23 12.6
7 22 12.1
8 12 6.6
9 12 6.6
Total 170 93.4

Multi-band QSOs
1 bands 65
2 bands 30
3 bands 19

The following stations were worked on 3 bands:


------- S i n g l e B a n d Q S O s ------
Band 160 80 40 20 15 10
QSOs 0 9 27 29 0 0
NS6T   Single Op LP   1,7502013-03-16 21:08:07
I accidentally reported this score as an NCCC Sprint rather than the NA Sprint.
NX9T   Single Op HP   5,2822013-03-16 21:15:38
It was fun to get back into a Sprint after being away from the game for several
years. Was a real struggle with no 20m antenna (used a 40m dipole w/ a tuner)
and 40/80 wires all messed up in trees (very strange/low configurations due to
broken branches/ropes). Anyway, things worked pretty well for the most part.
Took some time off at two junctures ---one to watch a 1 hour show with the
family and then another 30 min. off time later (sports update and a bowel of
cereal). A lot different then when I used to go hard for the full 4 hours!
Hope to be back to that one day but will need some antenna work before it will
be productive and motivate me enough to hit it that way again :)

Great to run into many friends and familiar voices/calls.

Jeff NX9T
N6RO   Single Op HP   3,0362013-03-16 21:17:32
Got home late from a gig, but had a good SO2R workout. Not easy on SSB, unless
you are KW8N or K4XS!

New suggested freq. on 80m worked out ok (3760-3820). Below 7200 would have
been ok except for the Russian contest.
N6WM(@K6LRG)   Single Op HP   6,8252013-03-16 21:18:35
100% remote operation from Fremont CA QTH

Thanks to all who got on the air for this.. Much appreciated. We as a group
are starting to look at new QRG recommendations for this test.. I think its

Interesting getting a call from a J7 in the sprint. something new every time

K3/0(Fremont QTH) >Remote Rig>Internet>K3-100/kpa500/kat500(K6LRG Livermore)

Hygain 204BA
Cushcraft 402cd
inverted L wire

73 and seeya next time!
K6GHA   Single Op QRP   2,0302013-03-16 21:22:34
First time in a while for QRP, and I beat last year’s LP score. A little more
difficult on the high bands, but all in all, a fun/fast 4 hours. Look to do
this again next year.
NN7SS(K6UFO)   Single Op QRP   2,7282013-03-16 21:30:50
The poor band conditions and low participation made
this a character-building experience.

20m was okay for the first hour. Then it thinned out
and only the same few loud CQers. I stayed on 20m
for two hours because it was still 20 minutes before
sunset and 40m would be even harder.

40m slowly got better - people could finally hear
me. But by 0330z everyone was gone from 40m, and I
had to brave 80m, even though only one hour past

80m SSB while QRP this early in the evening is really
a laugh. When I can work anyone at all it seems like
a miracle! Anyone who got me in the log has good ears!

NN7SS Burt WA (K6UFO op)

20m: C-31XR at 71ft
40m: Force 12 Delta 240 at 78ft
80m: Delta Loop from 70 ft
Kenwood TS-590s turned down to 5 watts
Writelog and Microham keyer

QSO by hour and band.
80M 40M 20M Total Cumm
00Z ---+- ---+- 30 30 30
01Z - - 16 16 46
02Z - 19 1 20 66
03Z 15 7 - 22 88
Total: 15 26 47
AE6Y   Single Op HP   9,3282013-03-16 21:33:49
That was a lot of work! Unlike in CW, there wasn't much for a second radio to
do, as it seemed that there wasn't much overlap in times on the three bands.
The suggested lower frequencies worked on 80, but not on 40.
73, andy ae6y
K7GK(@W6PW)   Single Op LP   4,4452013-03-16 22:48:44
My first time phone sprinting. Boy, this is hard. I'm sure being low power and
only having inv vees for 40/80 didn't help. Still kinda fun.

73, Denis (Dan CA in phone contests)
W1NN   Single Op LP   4082013-03-16 23:05:55
I wanted to hand out a few contacts to my friends who like SSB. I mostly hung
around 3750, not wanting to interrupt those important communications that take
place higher up the band. I don't see why the action is not even lower in the
band where there is even less activity. Sure, Generals may not be able to go
down there but how many of the few Generals that are left participate in
Sprints? All they have to do is send in their box top if they want to work
lower down the band.

I found that it is somewhat difficult to tune in SSB signals using the remote.
There is a slight delay between turning the knob and hearing the result, by
which time a lot of CQ's have been finished. I don't seem to have that problem
on CW.

73, Hal W1NN (remote in Tokyo)
K6CSL   Single Op LP   6122013-03-17 01:06:18
This beat my 2012 score by 4 QSO's and 1 mult for 100 pts more than 2012.
Station record in NA Sprint SSB. TNX to everyone who took the patience to copy
my 100W and "invisible" antennas. TNX to the KBers for the points on 40 & 80.
Bert, K6CSL
NDØC   Single Op QRP   4,1812013-03-17 05:22:37
I think I had more fun (and success!) in this Sprint than any other. Conditions
seemed to be pretty good from my little corner of the world with QRP. I
actually had some success calling CQ on 80 with answers from both coasts!
There seemed to be some new operators venturing into the weird world of Sprint,
but we still need more activity, at least from what I was hearing (and not
hearing!). There were a lot of states and provinces that I just never heard.
Bummer! But thanks to everybody that was on and strained to hear "the weak

The ND0C "super-station": Yaesu FT-897D running 5 watts to Wilson 3 element
tribander at 48' and inverted vee at 45'

Randy, ND0C
KØAD   Single Op LP   6,5602013-03-17 05:52:20
I had hoped there would be a little more activity. Despite some great efforts
at pre-contest publicity, the activity seemed to only be up a little bit. I
just don't understand why guys don't turn out for this one as compared to the
CW event.......73, Al , K0AD
NW2K   Single Op HP   8,0402013-03-17 05:58:36
80 started here centered at 3850, then to 3805, and 3775 at the end. The DX
window was respected by sprinters. 40 was between 7200-7290, with very little
below 7200.
KØUK   Single Op LP   7,0682013-03-17 06:16:38
March is the month of transistion from winter to summer but when a storm cloud
is right above you its miserable.
I must apologize to VE9AA who called and I could not come back to him due to
heavy static buildup. Made a decision to shut things down. Sorry.
Had fun, was fumbling with several qso at the start due to static buildup.
Sometimes higher isnt better up on this mesa.
Worked a number of NS'ers and GMCC members and stations in Colo. Plus first
time getting both ND and SD. Also missed Arkansas. Heard one on but he wasnt a
contester and I think when so many guys came back to him. It was freak city and
off to do something else.
Thanks to W0ETT for stepping up. Glad he reminded me of the contest. If not I
would have been doing something else.
God Bless to all and thanks to all who heard the 100wts especially on 80mtrs.
Oh quick overview.
20 was good but east coast faded rather quickly. Due to storm overhead had to
go with 2nd radio and low antennas. Lots of CQs and no answers S&P
40 was good but east coast again seemed weak. Storm moved east but lots of CQs
and no answers. Lots of S&P
80mtrs was quiet for once but same lots of CQs and S&P
ON to the next one..
PTL God Bless
bill K0UK
W9RE   Single Op HP   9,7862013-03-17 07:05:08
When you combine marginal conditions and the activity of the Russian contest
that makes this one a little like work!

Thanks to the newbies who got on this time around and please come back.
WØPAN   Single Op LP   1,5362013-03-17 07:15:17
The CME sure wiped the bands for me in AZ. The Vertical worked over-time. QSB
was horrible - S9 to S1 in 3 seconds then back. Created quite the challenge.
K4XS   Single Op HP   13,6302013-03-17 07:45:04
I hoped with the new influx of activity I would be able to get back above 300
QSOs. It looked that way the first 30 minutes of the contest, but it got
slower after that. Good to see new faces.
N5DO   Single Op LP   7,7222013-03-17 07:56:29
I felt good about this Sprint -- it seemed like I worked a lot of first time
sprinters. They were especially noticable on 20M and by the time we were all
on 80M there were few left, but hopefully they will come back. I think the
efforts to get more people out for this one paid off.

I also agree strongly with N6RO that we need new frequencies, especially on
80M. The 3850 frequency suggested in the rules is way too far away from where
all the action is. Something much lower (3775 or so) would be much better.

Thanks for all the fun.
N4OO   Single Op LP   5,2442013-03-17 08:37:32
Hit a brick wall going to 40m. Lots of Vaqp >7200 and the Russian contest below
7200. Big time gaps without q's on that band.

Good however to see all the 'new' activity below 3790. Hopefully that trend
will continue.

Signals were not real strong on any band last night. Good to see old friends -

73 Br'i'an N4OO
W6YX(N7MH)   Single Op HP   9,0202013-03-17 08:53:57
The conflicts I thought prevented me from operating in this Sprint were resolved
shortly before it started. I quickly drove up to the shack, got things set up,
and began operating. But no one else was on. I struggled to work a couple of
stations before Jay, N4OX, informed me that I was an hour early. Oh yeah...
Daylight Savings Time.

With the extra hour of prep time I mostly figured out how to use the SO2R box
that K6UFO installed at the shack. I ran out of time before I got the boom
mike audio working so I hooked up a desk mike to one radio and a second boom
mike to the other.

The rate was decent on 20 but slowed down on 40 and was even slower on 80.
Dave, AA6XV, showed up to analyze a problem on the other console radio while I
was on 40. If you heard CW in the background while I was transmitting it was
Dave fiddling with the third radio which was on speaker since I'd swiped the
headset for my Rube Goldberg SO2R.

As it turned out the SO2R was fairly useless except as a quick way to change
bands. I would have had 2 band changes except for going back to 20 to work one
station which wasted 6 minutes during which time I would have been more
productive on 40. I'm used to listening to both radios all the time on SO2R CW
but on phone the second radio is too distracting. I need to learn how best to
use the SO2R box to automatically switch audio.

-Mike, N7MH
K8MR   Single Op HP   1,5002013-03-17 09:48:39
I operated Single Operator Multi Contest. I took advantage of the common QSO
number in the exchange of the Russian DX Contest and Sprint (and VA QSO Party)
and added the info for all the contests.

There may have been some sort of record set with my QSO with W0BH: he got four
QSOs for the OK QSO Party (he was at a four county corner)as well as for the
Sprint; and I got QSOs in the Sprint, RDXC, and four QSOs in the OK QSO Party.
I also got Sprint QSOs with several US stations who were in the RDXC, including
mults in WV and MD. I didn't bother getting names from the DX stations in the
RDXC for the Sprint.

73 - Jim K8MR
K7SS(@K7RI)   Single Op HP   14,5082013-03-17 10:33:18
Considering the other contests running at the same time, there was fair
activity. Have seen it much busier in the past, but more and more contests
means more and more competition for contest players. Lots of choices for radio
weekend fun.

Luckily we slid in just before the big CME hit at 0600z. Bands were feeling
effect early but still held up fairly well, as they slid down.

20m held up just barely long enough to get 40 open here in the west. Close call
this time of year.

Thanks once again to Tom K7RI for the use of his station. He interrupted his
BARTG RTTY entry to let me run the sprint for 4 hours.

congratulations to K8MR on a whole new class of contest entry (see his

And great to hear K4XS back in the saddle from FL, after years of KH7XS

A hearty THANK YOU to all the low number newbies and part time folks who,
hearing the action, jumped in to make a few Qs. Activity seemed better than in
2012, and thanks to the new guys and gals who were in there playing... it makes
a big difference.

73 DanWA K7SS
WA2JQK   Single Op LP   3,2642013-03-17 12:05:11
Too many contests conflicting with each other..made it tough to find sprint
stations !

My first Sprint contest ..It was tough, but fun !

73 !
Bob Jack Queen King
KL7RA(KL2HD)   Single Op HP   3,8752013-03-17 12:08:12
First time entry in this contest for KL2HD. It is certainly a technically
challenging contest with the different exchanges and QSY requirements along
with strategy necessary for a short contest. Lots of things to keep track of
and juggle - you definitely cannot sit back and take it as it comes - you have
to work constantly. It took me a while to get the hang of it, but the rhythm
to the process eventually started to make some sense. Perhaps I'll be fluid at
it someday... Thanks to all who were patient with me as I learned.

As a new recruit to the contest, I found it difficult to set a goal going into
it. It would have been nice to be able to query an online database for
previous contest scores from the state or region to set a realistic goal and
have something to strive towards. That's always a fun way to push yourself
just a bit more.

Timing for this contest is not optimal for Alaska because 20m is the only band
open when lower 48 states have moved to 40 or 80m. I probably missed some 40m
Qs as I was searching 7150-200 when most of the contacts I eventually made on
40 were higher around 7225-250 so I didn't think that 40 was open and I stayed
on 20 longer than I probably should have done.

Thanks to Rich KL7RA for pre-event instruction and the opportunity to use his
superstation. Great learning experience and I left a better operator.

Looking forward to working this contest again!

WØETT   Single Op LP   5,7962013-03-17 13:14:31
Nice to work some of the regulars and some new ones notably VO2NA, VE4CWF,
WB9QAF NE, and K7SMI UT who activated some rare multipliers. On the other
hand, I think I worked only one state in New England (W1TJL); heard someone
give out CT but I couldn't find him CQing anywhere. Towards the end of the
test, had to really search around to find new contacts on 40m and 75m. Did
hear KP2RUM and KC0W ND once each but missed the jump ball for QSOs. I was
wondering if some of the regular sprinters were working the Russian DX test
that was on at the same time. RDX is a fine contest and I worked about 60 in
that test right up until the beginning of the sprint.

Good to work GMCCer Bill K0UK on 3 bands and heard John N0TA but couldn't get
his attention.

Until the next one -

73 Ken, W0ETT

Rig: IC756pro3 to HF yagis and 75m vert.
KW8N   Single Op HP   11,0442013-03-17 13:20:29
Nice to see lots of new participants. And thanks to other contesters who made
an effort to get on and hand out some QSOs even though they were going to do
the whole thing seriously.

Too bad we had so much static on 75 meters here. But nice that there was still
shorter 40 meter propagation most of the Sprint and 20 meters to the west coast
lasted well into the event.
W7ZRC   Single Op QRP   4,1762013-03-17 13:48:41
My first Sprint SSB running QRP. Was a real test of endurance -ha.. CQ or QRZ
after working a station was not profitable, so spent almost whole time S&P.
Lots of good ears, and thanks to those that had to bear multiple repeats of my
information. Did work several stations on all three bands.

73, Rod/w7zrc
K9NW(@K9UWA)   Single Op HP   42013-03-17 17:01:19
Was op'ing RUDX and finally, at 0355z, I remembered I was gonna try to make a
few QSOs in the sprint.

This is probably a good weekend for this event with regard to propagation but
the conflict with RUDX, BARTG RTTY, OkQP & VaQP will always exist, and will
always be a factor. Since the contest is trying to re-establish its niche,
would the organizers maybe consider trying to run this event (this particular
one only) on Friday night? I recognize the issue for western US ops as far as
getting home from work in time and all, but is there any other reason it
wouldn't work? With regard to the aforementioned events, the only conflict
would be with the BARTG RTTY - and that not til after 0200z. The NCCC Friday
night practice sessions seem to be popular. I figure sprinters will find a way
to sprint whenever it happens.

73, Mike K9NW
W6SX   Single Op HP   4,6412013-03-17 20:48:27
Matchbox arcing on seventy-five, so pulled the big switch early.

K3, ACOM 2000A, wire antenna at 46 feet with Matchboxes, N1MM.
W2LC   Single Op HP   8802013-03-18 18:51:34
Well at least I got on for a bit. I went to 80m and didn't hear anyone, so I
called it quits. Although I think I was too early for 80.

73 Scott W2LC