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K8GU   Single Op HP   2522013-09-14 18:52:49
Promised KU5B I would join his team and make 20 QSOs.


--Ethan, K8GU/3 (aka Ed).
K7ZO   Single Op HP   2,1172013-09-14 20:27:02
Threw up low dipoles for 20 and 40 this afternoon to get on the air and hand
the Idaho mult. Enjoyed the couple hours I was on. Sprint really is a fun

Not sure what was going on with the bands. 20 was in terrible shape while 40
seemed to be pretty good. Then again when your antennas are only 15 feet above
the ground making any contacts should be viewed as a accomplishment.

N8XX   Single Op QRP   1,0922013-09-14 20:36:52
I thought there was an international and federal law against cruel and unusual
punishment? :)
NØTA   Single Op HP   3,3002013-09-14 20:37:38
K3, Doublet & Vertical, N1MM
K9NW   Single Op LP   6002013-09-14 20:51:15
Tnx QSOs!

73, Mike K9NW
W6SX   Single Op HP   3,8112013-09-14 21:01:06
Thanks everyone for being patient with my kaput hearing.

K3, ACOM 2000A, wire antenna at 46 feet with Matchboxes, N1MM.
K4TD   Single Op HP   7,2662013-09-14 21:03:23
First, thanks for the QSO's... Nothing like a SSB sprint to bring into specific
relief what a lid I am on phone... LOL!!!


W7WHY   Single Op LP   6932013-09-14 21:05:34
Didn't get on until 0220 so missed the 20 meter go around.

Conditions seemed pretty punk. Forty was pretty bad here and nothing hardly at
all heard on 80. Don't think there was all that much participation this time.
and thanks for the Q's.
VE4VT   Single Op HP   2,6102013-09-14 21:07:12
Missed all the 20m fun and 80m was a tough with 20 over 9 noise.

Thanks for the good ears...

KU8E   Single Op LP   7,1402013-09-14 21:07:57
First hour on 20 meters was great but down hill from there. Unfortunately I
think the Phone Sprint is dying a slow death and needs to be put to rest. Not
very smart to have it the same weekend as WAE SSB, which probably takes away a
lot of activity.

Jeff KU8E
K6GHA   Single Op LP   4,1402013-09-14 21:09:53
Well, if it could have gone wrong, it did. Computer issues at the beginning,
wireless issues in the middle, band conditions at the end, and operator errors
A sprint is always a test, and this one felt as if I failed gloriously. It was
fun hearing some of the regulars and chasing them around the bands, thanks to
all for at least some fun between those fun moments when things self-deleted,
glitched, or were transposed.
Look forward to next time doing a bit better.
KØEU   Single Op HP   11,9142013-09-14 21:10:17
My first real attempt at a phone sprint. Quite a difference from CW. Thank
goodness for all the California stations that just keep coming. 75M was very
noisy and tough to negotiate my way around all of the roundtables etc. that
were on. 20/40 were where it was at. Couldn't really do much true SO2R but had
some success with dueling CQ's at times.

Heard Tom in CT once and never heard him again. Only mult heard but missed.

Randy K0EU aka Ken for the sprints
W1UJ   Single Op HP   5,9402013-09-14 21:10:52
Fun, but not as much fun as CW. Went HP trying not to work too hard... that did
not come out as planned. Changed to new Windows 7 computer this morning, all
good until 80m RF sent things haywire. Other than that pretty good.

20m K3/Titan 4el Steppir stuck West
40m 756pII/AL80b 2el MOXON
80m K3/Titan 2el verts (no RF) Dipole (Shut station down!)

Thanks for the QSOs!


Band QSOs Pts Sec
3.5 24 24 0
7 75 75 10
14 66 66 26
Total 165 165 36
Score: 5,940

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 11 44 0 0 55 55 33.3
0100 0 0 25 19 0 0 44 99 60.0
0200 0 5 30 3 0 0 38 137 83.0
0300 0 19 9 0 0 0 28 165 100.0
Total 0 24 75 66 0 0 165

Gross QSOs=165 Dupes=0 Net QSOs=165

Unique callsigns worked = 103

The best 60 minute rate was 62/hour from 0010 to 0109
The best 30 minute rate was 70/hour from 0007 to 0036
The best 10 minute rate was 84/hour from 0026 to 0035

The best 1 minute rates were:
3 QSOs/minute 3 times.
2 QSOs/minute 39 times.
1 QSOs/minute 78 times.

There were 29 bandchanges and 3 (1.8%) probable 2nd radio QSOs.

Number of letters in callsigns
Letters # worked
3 2
4 95
5 46
6 22

------------ 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 0 11 11 0 0 22 13.3
FL 0 3 5 3 0 0 11 6.7
OH 0 1 8 1 0 0 10 6.1
TX 0 1 4 5 0 0 10 6.1
GA 0 2 4 4 0 0 10 6.1
AZ 0 0 4 6 0 0 10 6.1
AL 0 2 3 3 0 0 8 4.8
IL 0 2 3 3 0 0 8 4.8
CO 0 0 3 4 0 0 7 4.2
MO 0 1 3 3 0 0 7 4.2
WA 0 0 3 3 0 0 6 3.6
MA 0 2 1 1 0 0 4 2.4
MN 0 1 2 1 0 0 4 2.4
WI 0 1 2 1 0 0 4 2.4
OR 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 1.8
ON 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 1.8
DE 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 1.8
NC 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 1.8
IN 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 1.8
NJ 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 1.8
NE 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 1.2
KP2 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 1.2
ID 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 1.2
TN 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 1.2
WY 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 1.2
NY 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 1.2
AR 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 1.2
MI 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 1.2
MT 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 1.2
MB 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 1.2
ND 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.6
AK 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.6
UT 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.6
MS 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.6
NV 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.6
KS 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.6
Total 0 24 75 66 0 0 165

U.S. Call Areas Worked
Area QSOs Pct
0 20 12.1
1 3 1.8
2 7 4.2
3 3 1.8
4 30 18.2
5 15 9.1
6 23 13.9
7 24 14.5
8 13 7.9
9 22 13.3
Total 160 97.0

Multi-band QSOs
1 bands 56
2 bands 32
3 bands 15
4 bands 0
5 bands 0
6 bands 0

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 2 28 26 0 0
W4GV   Single Op HP   4,6552013-09-14 21:11:42
First Sprint. Took some getting used to, but I did get better. Sunspots down
and was told that so was participation. Had fun as always. Thanks all for the
Station - FTDX-9000D, Alpha 9500, Mosley Pro-67B, 80M dipole, MFJ-434 Voice
NW2K   Single Op HP   7,0402013-09-14 21:11:52
Lower on 80 might work better.
NF4A   Single Op HP   6,3572013-09-14 21:14:10
Activity seemed to be down....I guess everyone was watching College Football ;)
KU5B(@NX5M)   Single Op LP   7,8402013-09-14 21:15:26
Missed the CW part due to storms last weekend and a leaky 40m housing at the
base of the tower, so I really wanted to get on for SSB.

Fun for the first 3 hours, then it went horribly.

Thanks to KB9UWU, NN3W, and K8GU for getting on and representing WWYC.

FT-1000MP MkV Field
4/4 on 20 (NE/NW)
2/2 on 40 (NE/NW)
2 loops on 80 (NE/NW)

Colin KU5B
K4XS   Single Op HP   12,4802013-09-14 21:20:23
Yuch! Very noisy bands...even 20. 20 went long very early. 40 was a vast
wasteland even with a stack of 4/4. 75 was horribly noisy. Lowest score ever.
I should have straightened out my sock drawer instead.
KB9UWU   Single Op HP   7,9952013-09-14 21:23:40
Second sprint in 10 years, I feel rusty! Spent lots of time tuning around
trying to finding someone to work, maybe I should've CQed more? Had a few 5+
minute periods with no Q's. 80 was a disaster. It was very noisy and not much
activity. Lost at least 3 q's because the pigfarmers would whistle/hum/burp etc
over weak station saying exchange. 3850 seems odd for a suggested frequency.
Lots of room below 3800. Thanks to KU5B for organizing a WWYC team and getting
us on the air!

K3, al800h, hexbeam at 50' stuck west (rotor not turning, probably for better
with wae) 40m rotary at 40', 80m dipole at 40'

W9RE   Single Op HP   10,7072013-09-14 21:24:52
Only mult heard and not worked was a VE6.

QRN on 40 and 80 was really bad.

A lot of contest competition this weekend with QSO parties and the WAE. At
least we knew to operate above 7200 and 3800.

Worked a few new ones and that really helps.
N7VS   Single Op LP   5,4942013-09-14 21:26:42
80 was very noisy, absolutely the pits, this evening. Contacts were tough to
come by.
KW8N   Single Op HP   13,2302013-09-14 21:27:50
Too bad the static crashes got so bad as time went on. Seemed like pretty good
participation, but the QRN I am sure was discouraging. Got some decent mults,
KP4, VY1, VE6, VE4, OK, KP2 but missed some very easy ones CT, NJ, ID, IA.
ACØW   Single Op LP   1,2722013-09-14 21:29:55
Had a previous commitment but weather shortened the event so was able to get
home in time to work the last hour.
KL2HD   Single Op HP   2,9702013-09-14 21:31:29
First time using this call in this contest. A bit slow going and hard to find
people, but I like it when things work and go smooth. I like this contest.
Thanks to all.


Icom 7000, Elecraft KPA 500 amp, Mosley Pro 57-b-40 at 60ft
AE7DW   Single Op LP   8742013-09-14 21:32:55
WOW! This was my first sprint and I am sure it showed. Thank you for all those
with the great ears and an abundance of patience that was used to make QSOs
with me. I would like to say I shall look forward to the next sprint, but
really feel a mixture of fear and anticipation. Hopefully next time I shall be
a little better prepared.
KØOU   Single Op QRP   2,3402013-09-14 21:35:05
That was NOT fun. QRP on SSB is Bad. Got NO jump balls and pulled out of 0
pile-ups. Lost 2 contacts when they could not hear the confirmation that they
had it all correct! New Radio (K3/10) and new program (N1MM) made it harder.
I'll do better next time.
WB4OMM   Single Op LP   5,1602013-09-14 21:35:31
Yaesu FT-2000, Heil ProSetPlus, AT-1000Pro, HP Compaq dc7800 MiniTower dual
core; A3S Beam with 10M/15M/20M/40M at 38', Yaesu G-450A Rotator; 280' 40M/80M
loop at 35'; N1MM contest software, LOGic Logging Software.
Bands were NOT good here - noisy and what I could hear, I worked!
My first SSB Sprint, I'll be back!!!
73 to all!
Steve WB4OMM
KB9OWD   Single Op LP   5,8092013-09-14 21:36:13
Tough conditions with LP. Noise S9 + on 40 and 80. 80 especially tough this
time around. Activity seemed down a bit as others have said. Several long
stretches with no answers to CQ. None the less, had fun. Thanks for the


AA7V   Single Op LP   5,8382013-09-14 21:39:11
Heard missed VE9, CT and ARK, of course there were about 8 of them on 20 working
their qso party but like an idiot I ignored them.

Seems like my busted amplifier didn't really hurt me like on CW. There seemed
to be lots of opportunities to work mults after losing many jump balls.

Next Sprints I am going to NEVADA!

Rig; FT950
Antennas; C3SS at 38 ft, 40 Inv V at 40 ft, 75 dipole at 30 ft
K7SS   Single Op HP   5,6172013-09-14 21:40:53
Part timer in this one.

Thanks to all for the Q's.

K6LA   Single Op HP   7,7402013-09-14 21:46:48
First phone contest since getting my computer back from the shop. I'm guessing I
plugged the audio connectors in wrong because my audio was terrible when I
started. I spent the first 50 minutes playing around trying to get rid of a
terrible hum and dropout. Finally, I plugged the mic directly into the front
panel and got rid of the problem. Still messing around with it after the
contest to see if I can fix it.

On the bright side, I found a VE8 and VE6 in QSO late on 20 meters and worked
my way in and got a number from both. First VE8 mult in a sprint.

73, Ken, K6LA
N7MZW   Single Op LP   3,6722013-09-14 21:59:07
My first real Sprint attempt. Had a blast in spite of 30 over S-9 QRN due to my
QTH in Cheyenne being surrounded by thunderstorms at an elevation of 6,053
feet. 20 and 40 meters were my best bands. TX was a 25 y/o Kenwood TS-950SD
backed down to 100 watts and a homebrew G5RV up 50 feet running N-S. Heil
ProSet with HC-5 mic. element on VOX. Thanks to all who worked me and for your
patience with a Sprint "newbie". My second contest as a member of the
GMCC "Rockies" team.

73, November 7 Many Zebras Walking.
KC4HW   Single Op LP   5,7202013-09-14 22:13:23
Thanks for the QSOs.

I think about two hours into this I finally remembered why I haven't played in
the event in several years. I am sure that the conflict with WAE does not
help--I heard plenty of DX on the lower ends of 20m and 40m. Oh well!

204BA @ 108'
40-2CD @ 118'
80m Inv Vee @105'

N6ED   Single Op HP   12,0052013-09-14 22:47:09
I really miss the good old days when a decent effort yielded over 300 Q's in a
SSB sprint. It's a lot of work for a mere 250 Q's now.
Condx here were very noisy, and I knew I was in for a slog when I got to 40 and
the static was huge, definitely made 80 miserable.
Great to hear the usual suspects and fun to push the envelope in a neck-neck
race most of the way. I think I'm all warmed up now for CA QSO party coming in
a mere 3 weeks! C U all in the next one!
Craig N6ED
KCØW   Single Op HP   12013-09-14 23:55:08
Got on for a few minutes to hand out the North Dakota mult. Lot's of big signals
& lot's of piss poor ones, hihi...............Nice hearing so many familiar
call signs. The WAE contest going on at the same time didn't seem to affect the
Sprint too much.

Will be receiving the first of four BIG custom built yagis in the next week or
so. It's a 6 element 20 meter monobander on a 81' (yes, eighty foot) boom. Total
weight is just over 430 pounds. When the stack of 'em is complete they should
rattle dishes world wide...........See bio on for further info.

Good DX from the heart of 'da Oil Patch.

***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
K6CSL   Single Op LP   3452013-09-15 00:03:50
Yuk! This is the worse I've done in NA Sprint-SSB. I have a new noise problem.
It sounds like some type of line noise. I work so little phone that I probably
have not heard it before. It is S4 to S5 and masks all but the strongest
signals. I haven't particularly noticed it on CW. However the last 45 minutes I
was hearing a number of East Coast stations K4XS, W4GV, and KW8N with strong
signals on 80m. I tried to call them several times but it was obvious that they
were not hearing my 100W signal. So I'll hope to do better in the Winter
Sprints. Bert, K6CSL
WA6URY   Single Op HP   3,3302013-09-15 00:07:16
Activity seemed on the light side (as others have mentioned...probably due to
other contests going on concurrently). Always nice to hear the voices of the
Thursday night CW NS gang. Tnx for the Qs! 73, Dan - remote in Tokyo
N1LN   Single Op HP   8,7562013-09-15 04:33:35
Thanks for the Qs and thanks for the repeats. I can't say that any band was in
great condition last night. It was not raining here, but the QRN on both 20
and 40 sounded like rain static. 80 was just noisy. Sorry to those that
called and I could not hear. There were quite a few. Thanks to everyone that
participated, it was appreciated. Sure wish the participation would improve.

Bruce - N1LN
K4BAI   Single Op HP   7,7882013-09-15 05:13:38
FT1000MP, Alpha 78, 1 KW, TH6DXX, dipole, inverted vee. 20M was great for the
first 45 minutes or so. Good signals from US and Canada, far and near. 40M
was OK, but activity was low. 80M was very noisy here and I couldn't copy a
lot of the few participants on that band. Sorry for any who called
unsuccessfully. Hope for more participation next time. Thanks for all QSOs.
73, John, K4BAI.
K1ZO   Single Op LP   2,2682013-09-15 06:32:19
First Sprint in a number of years. Thanks for all the Qs

Spent the day installing the last three sections of my new 70 foot tower so
really wasn't excited about the contest.

Started on 20 with a 46 Q first hour which was satisfactory considering my low
yagi (43 feet). Bounced back and forth between 20 and 40. Discovered how
totally inadequate my 40/80 meter OCF @ 40 feet is. Never heard anything on

Pulled the plug @ 0230 and went to bed.

Looking forward to January with 2 elements on 40 and a high Inverted V on

Doug - K1ZO
N6EE   Single Op LP   162013-09-15 06:38:39
Made a couple of Q's via remote over the Internet from New Jersey to home in
California before being dragged out of the house to attend a birthday party :(

Ron N6EE
N4BCD   Single Op HP   1,3342013-09-15 07:04:28
First-time sprint effort and found my groove about 30 minutes into it. Spent a
strenuous afternoon running a messenger line 140' across the backyard and
suspending tower control & coax so the light's went out sooner than
expected. When it was time to move to 40m I moved to bed. Was good to give
out a few Q's to several ACG'ers.
KT4TX   Single Op HP   5,7332013-09-15 07:22:29
Almost a F/T effort though it seemed activity a tad low. Not having ever
put this much time in a sprint was an experience for sure. Neat to work some
OM's out of the past ie K7SS, K9PG, W7OM. Looking forward to the fall/winter
season with a few antenna upgrades. TNX for all who made into my log. Maybe
there will be a "next time" especially if ACG members muster up a
team again . TNX to Jim, KC4HW for "herding the turtles" and getting
this effort together for the ACG. Also special mention to our ACG Team
"Top Dawg", K4TD. Rick showed us all that a paddle ain't the only
thing he can handle.

73 till the next time, Tim KT4TX............ROLL TIDE
WØPAN   Single Op LP   1,2002013-09-15 07:28:26
SWR went nuts on G5RV so couldn't get on 80 meters. Fun contest that goes so
fast you blink an eye and it's over. Always enjoy working the regulars in
contesting - they are great ops.
K8MR   Single Op LP   1,2962013-09-15 09:16:02
Responded to the cheerleading of KW8N to pass out a few qsos.

Was bushed after an afternoon of planting new bushes, so did not make it until
75 meter time.
WØBH   Single Op HP   1,9712013-09-15 09:48:11
Came home early from a camping trip to make sure KS was represented. My tower is
down and my 80 SSB antennas were disconnected from the tower, so 40 was my only
good band. I did work a few 80m contacts after I found out I could load up my
80m CW vertical with the tuner and 100w. I'm surprised anyone heard me, but got
a few more Qs out there from that.

We'll keep going with the tower project and soon will be back in operation.

73, Bob, w0bh
NN7SS(K6UFO)   Single Op QRP   2,6252013-09-15 13:01:40
The first 30 minutes was great, as fun as the
30 minute NCCC Sprints on Thursday nights! I made
25% of my QSOs in the first 30 minutes. Then it
became search and try. When 20m emptied out it
was too early for 40m QRP this far west. Then
hours later, when 40m emptied out it was too early
for 80m QRP this far west. I tuned 80m a couple
times to pick up some close-in Mults, but I still
heard but missed UT and BC.

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

QSO by hour and band.
80M 40M 20M Total Cumm
00Z ---+- ---+- 31 31 31
01Z - - 14 14 45
02Z - 10 6 16 61
03Z 2 12 - 14 75
Total: 2 22 51
NN3W   Single Op HP   2,2402013-09-15 13:47:10
First appearance in a Phone Sprint in ages. KB9UWU and KU5B twisted my arm
enough to give it an hour. But, had to put the kids to bed at
K5NZ   Single Op HP   6,1202013-09-15 14:04:07
Brutal... :)
AL9A   Single Op HP   3,0452013-09-15 17:08:58
A bit overwheleming at first, but finally got into the swing of things. Once 20M
started to die out and folks moved to 40M I was pretty much dead meat. Very
loud noise level on 40M and the close guys couldn'e hear me. The one 40M QSO I
bagged was in AL! Go figure.
WØETT   Single Op LP   6,2732013-09-15 17:14:10
Decent band condx on 20m and 40m. Nice to QSO the regulars and thanks to those
who provided many mults. - W0ETT

Rig: IC756pro3 with 100w to TH7DX at 72', A3 at 50', 2 el 40m at 90', and
shunt fed 80m tower/vertical with 40 radials.
N4VI   Single Op LP   3,1682013-09-15 20:22:44
Nice diversion. Gave it up after 3 hours with all the noise from thunderstorms.
Thanks for the Q's.

Boulder, CO
K5MXG   Single Op LP   1,7082013-09-16 06:23:30
First time doing a Sprint for me. It was a little overwhelming at first but fun
once I got used to it.
N3QE   Single Op LP   12013-09-17 05:49:09
I had a phone QSO (if you can believe that).
KE7DX   Single Op LP   2,3682013-09-17 20:21:44
First Sprint of any type. Very interesting. You hear someone you know, but you
can't call them because someone else is taking the freq. Remind me next time to
ride on the Big Guns coattails towards the end of the contest. That big gun has
to move eventually, and perhaps leave someonen I haven't worked.
NV9L(@WB9Z)   Single Op HP   5,0922013-09-18 08:07:02
My first Sprint and boy did it show. Geez that's fast!
VE9AA   Single Op HP   5102013-09-21 13:21:50
Could only invest 1/2 hour as my flight was early on Sunday and contest starts
late Sat. Sorry !
Used HP.
Pleased to give a few regulars the "MAR" mult. Curious to know if
anyone else was on out this way. Does not seem to be a popular contest. My
apoligies to Wb4OMM if I came off as pushy or rude as far as the "QSY
rule" I was trying to explain. I remember feeling dumbfounded a few years
back in the contest when someone told me about it (I hadn't read the rules). I
clearing remember thinking. "what-the?" " I just got a really FB
freq here" but thankfully someone explained them to me on -the-fly.

Very addictive.

The funnest 4 hours in radio contesting, but think I'll do all future ones with
HP as I have very minimal antennas at the moment.


Mike VE9AA