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KØEJ   Single Op LP   1,5002010-02-13 20:00:08
just a few minutes here and there - 73, Mark K0EJ
ACØW   Single Op LP   1,5662010-02-13 20:06:32
Missed first few hours due to taking XYL out for Valentines day. Sounds like MN
was rare from the many "thanks for the new one" comments I received.

WW9R   Single Op LP   4,1402010-02-13 20:06:58
Wow, that was a rough one. Hope to work everyone in the WPX contest.
Pat WW9R
N4JIK   Single Op LP   2,4642010-02-13 20:07:04
FT897/Windom & 80m Dipole/Had a great time with this one, still learning the
ropes with the Sprint format haven't quiet figured out how you guys get 100+
maybe I just need to get into the HP category for that. Also had a logger
problem and couldn't get it to take KH7XS (worked him as well)
K6III   Single Op HP   3,4682010-02-13 20:08:39
Broke 100 ! Just passing out the points.
300 watts
N6RO   Single Op HP   9,0302010-02-13 20:09:31
Hadn't done a phone sprint in a while, now I know why! Bands were ok, but
little activity. You would think it was a holiday weekend, with Olympics and a
RTTY contest on.
NO3M   Single Op LP   3,0692010-02-13 20:11:26
Not a big fan of SSB, but fun while on.

73 - Eric (ty) NO3M
W7WHY   Single Op HP   1,1552010-02-13 20:13:37
Not much time for this one due to work today.

Sure hope next year the Sprint and CQ WPX RTTY aren't scheduled for the same

Thanks for the Q's.

TS-450SAT x 2 + SB-200
80 meter dipole, 40 meter vertical
N1MM Logger 10.2.5
K6LL   Single Op HP   10,6722010-02-13 20:15:06
Sunspots!! Yeehaa!
KU5B(@NX5M)   Single Op LP   5,9152010-02-13 20:15:45
Thanks to the other 6 gents for joining the team!

The last two hours were by far the MOST frustrating I've ever experienced.
There must've been something really strange going on between K7RI and
myself...he was consistently 10 over and never heard me on 80.

I made 2 q's in the last 20 minutes....super frustrating.

The difference between the SSB and CW version is like night and day. In CW I
found myself never running out of stations to work but I quickly exhausted that
luxury every time I changed bands this weekend. I did notice something pretty
interesting...I found that the same stations would bounce between a couple of
freqs as I had the bandmap up and would hear the station I worked there some
minutes before on that freq again. It seems like N6TV explained this in the
Webinar for CW but I really saw this practice put into use during the SSB bit.

But, after all was fun! The first hour and a half were an absolute

Thanks for getting on everyone. My LAQP mobile plans fell through so I didn't
get a chance to give out that rare mult. I've made it VERY clear to my driver
(dad) that we're going mobile next year :)

Colin KU5B
KH7XS(K4XS)   Single Op HP   15,4532010-02-13 20:17:58
What a struggle....begged most of the contest. 20 closed early and signals were
weak on 40. 80 was a vast wasteland when I hit it with only eight minutes left.
I went back to 40 to finish the contest. Lowest QSO total in years.

Does KH6 count as a mult yet? NA took it. If you are KH6 can you work DX for
QSO points?
WW2Y   Single Op HP   5,4362010-02-13 20:18:10
Equipment: FT1000D, Ten Tec Titan, dipoles and 80m 45ft TEE vertical.
Conditions seemed to be okay, but there could have been more activity.
Thanks for the contacts.
N4PN   Single Op LP   6,3212010-02-13 20:20:33
S&P S&P S&P...etc....can't remember when this started to be fun.
Have a dental appointment next week...but feel like I went tonight..
This was pretty brutal for a sprint that is usually a lot of fun...
Guess many were out for Valentine's and sure lots were in the RTTY the other contest all going on too...
It wasn't so bad that I won't be back..
73, Paul
W6SX   Single Op HP   4202010-02-13 20:21:46
K3, ACOM 2000A, 80-meter dipole at 46 feet with Matchbox, TR4W
K9NW(@K9UWA)   Single Op HP   2402010-02-13 20:26:00
Tnx QSOs!
WI9WI   Single Op HP   1,5862010-02-13 20:47:23
Did this one from home in Madison. Quickly ran out of stations to work on 20. S7
noise on 40 and 80 had me using my tribander for receiving on those bands.
Thanks to those who hung in there to complete the QSOs.


K7RL   Single Op HP   12,7502010-02-13 20:55:22
Wow, that was tough. This is my first Sprint since September 2008 and I felt a
bit rusty. It took the first hour to really get in the groove.

I thought a higher SFI might attract more stations, but it didn’t feel like
it. As in previous Sprints, the last 30 to 40 minutes was spent begging for
Qs. Thank you to all the casual stations for filling in the gap.

Congrats to some of the big numbers heard like: KA9FOX, W9RE, N6ED, NR5M, and

Thanks to all for the fun and the Qs.

73 de Mitch, K7RL
K6LRN   Single Op HP   5,1062010-02-13 20:59:00
Where was everyone?? No 2s, few 1s, no MI, no IA, etc. Mucho foreign b'cast on
40, tho.
W1WBB   Single Op LP   2,5732010-02-13 21:01:26
Mostly S&P ... I don't feel very loud with 100w on phone with a single OCF
dipole below 40ft, and not many answers to my CQs...but when they did respond,
surprising to see the new mults that appeared!

Twenty meters faded within 45 mins of contest start here...then moved to battle
the Broadcast stns on 40m...not so much fun. Went to 80m early and stayed,
working around the ragchewers and slowly adding Q's. Set modest goals of 75
Q's / 30 mults for my 1st time in this event so am pleased to have just reached

Kudos esp. to K0TO in much-needed ID for hanging in to complete the QSO with
much QRM on 40m...and many others for pulling out this LP signal.

73, Bill W1WBB
KW8N   Single Op HP   11,2802010-02-13 21:05:31
Tough one from here this time. Was hoping to be rested and ready to go this
time, but wound up fixing things all afternoon.
W6FB   Single Op LP   1,5862010-02-13 21:12:49
N6ED   Single Op HP   11,2242010-02-13 21:21:36
Sure feels like we are still in the gutter of the sunspot cycle. Never really
settled into a groove in this one, of course that is a rarity anyway, but
steadily found QSO's with lots of begging and working the dial alot. SO1R as
usual. I missed some really easy mults but just never heard them :-(
Was delightful to work a lot of old friends and everyone sounded great! Can't
wait when we are capable of 300+ QSOs again.

73 de Craig N6ED
W9RE   Single Op LP   9,4402010-02-13 21:38:36
Guess this just wasn't my day. How I could miss so many mults baffles me.
Missed AL, AR, IA, KY, ME, MI, ND, SC, SD, VT, WV, VE1,2,4,5,6, and 8. Just
barely worked MN, VE3 and TN!

I thought the improved conditons might bring back activity but no, only worked
20 CA stations on 20.

Some big Q numbers and big mults out there-congrats.
KU8E   Single Op HP   5,5482010-02-13 22:09:58
Bad conditions + low activity = Bad Score

That had to be the worst phone sprint I ever operated!!!

A suggestion to the sponsor - Change the suggested 75 meter frequencies to
somewhere lower in the band (i.e around 3700) so we don't have to deal with the
"head cases" that frequent this band above 3800. This KE5*** station in LA would
call people making up a bogus number and then proceed tell you you have great
audio and ask what type of radio and mike you were using. He would then bark
like a dog making you think his dog was barking at him. He would then start
asking off the wall questions like "Do you have a dog? I heard him repeat the
same routine to other stations he called. Weird !!! I did get a good laugh when
I heard K4BAI working him and asked him how his dog was doing ? John must know
this guy ?? I truely believe many people avoid the phone sprint because of what
you have to deal with on 75 meters.

Jeff KU8E
K6CSL   Single Op LP   5762010-02-14 01:47:06
Well; as small as my score is, it's a personal best in an SSB NA Sprint. The
competition from big stations kind of left me having to wait until the lake got
fished out a little. I was surprized however at some of the stations that did
hear my call. Probably my biggest problem is my inability to hold the frequency
and complete the couplet. That did happen a few times but not very many. I was
often left picking up the couplet from a station that inherited the ffrequency.
The effort was fun though, and for some reason not near as frustrating as the CW
event because of the high speeds of CW calls & exchanges. Bert, K6CSL
N1LN   Single Op HP   6,2162010-02-14 03:55:43
In a word, PAINFUL.

- 20 died in about 30 minutes from the east. Why did I stay for 1 hour?

- 40 was long from the beginning. Europe was 30db - 40db over and that were
the Hams below the broadcast stations.

- 75 good, but typical Saturday night 75 mtr QSOs going on everywhere. Nothing
but Pig Farmers.

Heard but missed: AL, UT, WV
Missed: ME, VT, KY, SC, AR, NM, IA, MO, ND, SD and all Canadian provinces
except for VE7.

Strongest signals: KA9FOX, W9RE, NR5M

Question: Why have the Sprint suggested frequencies not taken advantage of the
new priviledges? Can't SSB Sprint get moved down the bands a bit on 40 and 75
for the next time?

K3TN   Single Op LP   9842010-02-14 04:47:18
Earned some major Sensitive New Age Guy (SNAG) points by taking my wife out to a
play and dinner, so just got on late to give out the rare MD mult. Couldn't
hardly find anyone - 40 was totally long and I heard as many Sprinters on 80
chatting as I heard running.
KØOU   Single Op HP   1,2002010-02-14 08:59:01
Operated the better part of the first hour just to get a taste of the contest
that I knew I could not work. Had real life to live, and saving myself for the
ARRL DX contest coming up next weekend. Hope to hear everyone then. 73 de K0OU
Steve in MO
NA4BW   Single Op LP   5,0842010-02-14 08:59:55
Thx to Colin KU5B for having those of us from the SECC on his team this time.

40 was as bad as I can recall in the past several years. Hopefully the loud
Euros' on that band bodes well for next week's ARRL DX contest.

Another shallow pool for this 1 and I have said it here before and others have
stated in this 1 - why the need to fight the 3800 - 3850 crowd when there is
plenty of room below the window.......

Did anybody hear the group on ~ 3810? - swine cultivators? - absolutely but
what a riot!!

Thx and 73 Brian NA4BW
KA9FOX   Single Op HP   10,4282010-02-14 10:25:55
Rate by hour: 89, 55, 51, 42
Mults Missed: AR, IA, KY, ME, NM, SC, SD, VT, WV, VE1/2/3/5/6/8
DX Mults worked: XE, KP4

Station: FT1000MP, AL-1500, Force12 C4XL 20/40m, Force12 EF180C 80m
Pics at:

Started out great, but ran out of stations to work from here. Congrats to
NR5M, N6ED and others with big scores.

Once again, this contest has turned into a CQ fest, at least from here. Not
enough contesters to work. It's too bad, because with enough guys operating,
this contest is a flurry of activity and really a blast.

What can be done to put the spark back into SSB Sprint?

Scott KA9FOX
WØBH   Single Op HP   7,4102010-02-14 10:29:08
The Qs and mults slowly trickled in, with the emphasis on slowly.

Missed and didn't hear UT ND SD KS IA AR AL MI KY WV VT ME and worked only BC
in VE-land. A number of mults came from working QSO parties or special events
stations .. all were happy to help out. My favorite was N0Y celebrating the
Chinese New Year. He gave me his home call for the log and was my first NY.

Overall, I worked 128 unique calls and had 20 three-band contacts (including
one from OK!) :


Thanks to everyone for the Qs!

73, Bob, w0bh
W4AU   Single Op HP   2,2682010-02-14 11:24:58
Got on during slow times and ads while watching the Olympics.

20 was marginal when I started, about 0040, but there were big signals form
KH7XS and NX7T. Still a bunch of AM broadcast stations on 40 and just a lot of
noise in general here last night. A lot more fun and time spent on 75.

73 - John, W4AU
KØEU   Single Op HP   1,3682010-02-14 13:26:36
Got on to try and work some of the local GMCC guys. Didn't find any. Can't wait
for the next CW contest.
WA7NWL   Single Op LP   802010-02-14 16:58:50
Thanks to those stations who pulled my tiny signal out. Had a great time - not
a lot of Q's, but a lot of fun.

K4BAI   Single Op HP   5,9662010-02-14 18:06:14
FT1000MP, Alpha 78, 1 KW. TH6DXX, zepp, dipole, inverted vee. Very poor
participation. Was everyone watching the Olympics? Thanks for all QSOs. 73,
John, K4BAI.
AL9A   Single Op HP   3,1802010-02-14 21:40:42
Got to operate more than I thought, but not as much as I would have liked.
Started off good instead of stumbling around with the exchanges for the first
30 minutes or so like I usually do. Everyone went to 80M too early for me -
band wasn't open yet and then the family came home! End of contest!
KO7X   Single Op HP   3,7442010-02-15 09:20:53
Not a serious effort, obviously. As some have pointed out, we need a bit more
activity, but with other events taking place concurrently, it is hard to get
focused on more than one thing at a time. Some of us are not very good at
multi-tasking. I was told that there was another Wyoming station on but I never
heard it.
WØETT   Single Op LP   3,8942010-02-15 12:43:24
I had a bad cold for this one but got on anyway to support the team. Seemed to
run out of new stations to work so I gave up after 2 1/2 hours; besides, I had
a good headache. I think most of our local contesters were working the RTTY
contest, and I'm guessing others elsewhere were doing the same thing. RTTY
contesting is getting very popular.

It might only be the date conflict is causing the operators to avoid the SSB
Sprint. However, if it is no longer popular, perhaps the contest
administrators could experiment with this contest, such as: another weekend
(my preference), different days of the week (would more people turn out for a
mid week contest?), maybe low bands only - and, when the solar cycle peaks -
maybe high bands only. Perhaps the QSY feature should be looked at - I don't
mind the QSY rule but we have a few in the club who hate it; would amending it
be amenable so that instead of QSYing 5 khz after the CQ, you only have to QSY
1, 2, or 3 khz?

73 Ken, W0ETT
Parker, CO
K6VAR   Single Op LP   4962010-02-15 19:24:21
For me it's less of a sprint, more like a stumble. 100 watts + a low end-fed
wire + having to manually key in frequencies into N1MM Logger = comical
frustration in SSB Sprint. But it was a fun comical frustration :-)