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K4NV   Single Op HP   3,8442012-09-15 19:36:53
Could only spend a couple of hrs.

Thanks for all QSO's

Dennis K4NV
KCØW   Single Op HP   12012-09-15 20:42:11
Played in the Sprint for a few minutes at the start. Had to go QRT shortly
thereafter because of other commitments.

Participation level was disappointing from what I heard. Lot's of CQing with
little in return at times. Sort of a jumbled mess with the Salmon Run, Route 66
Event & the Sprint all vying for space. Oh well.

Glad to help out the deserving with the North Dakota mult in the Sprint. Hope
to see many of you next weekend in CQWW RTTY.

Will be installing some 1200' Beverages tomorrow (weather permitting) along
with some more work the 160 & 80 meter 4-Squares. Check out my bio on
for the latest propaganda regarding construction of the KC0W "Super Station".

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
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

N8XX   Single Op QRP   1,3442012-09-15 20:56:12
Wow! What a challenge! Running QRP in SSB NA-Sprint ain't for the faint
hearted! :)
AA3B   Single Op HP   7,5202012-09-15 21:01:57
All sorts of audio problems here. Thanks for the heads up.
W7WHY   Single Op HP   3,7122012-09-15 21:04:54
Actually, kinda enjoyed this one, even for a SSB contest. Only got in 2 3/4
hours, though.

Eighty meters wasn't as good as I thought it would be. Forty was the good band
here tonight.

Thanks for the Q's and 73
N6WM(@N6RO)   Single Op HP   7,4002012-09-15 21:06:52
Great to hear some calls from the past.. and some new folks on the air.. this
is a fun contest, hope to hear more on next time.

Special thanks to everyone who got on the air for SSB Sprint!

73 and seeya next time

N4PN   Single Op HP   10,7632012-09-15 21:06:54
Started HOT....cooled off pretty quick...
20m was good but not enough stations actually working Sprint..
Thanks to the Salmon Run for all the 7's willing to cooperate...
73, Paul, N4PN
NM5M   Single Op LP   2,3502012-09-15 21:07:45
Team Name = DFW Contest Group
KU8E   Single Op LP   6,8802012-09-15 21:08:03
That was fun ?
W6SX   Single Op HP   3,9362012-09-15 21:09:14
K3, ACOM 2000A, wire antenna at 46 feet with Matchboxes and MB-V-A, N1MM.
KT8TD   Single Op LP   1,4402012-09-15 21:10:32
This was my first sprint. I listened for a while and fell into a groove. I had
a blast and scored SD and NV as a bonus.
K4XS   Single Op HP   15,5652012-09-15 21:12:36
I missed the pig farmers on 80 when I did this out in KH6 since there was almost
no prop on 80 (still in daylight). They were their usual crotchety old selves.
Got real lucky when a CM4 called in at the end of the test.
WW9R   Single Op LP   4,3842012-09-15 21:13:04
Ok, that was a fast 4 hours... 20 meters started out a bit slow for me. 40
meters picked up a bit and then I went to 80. It started out ok and then
fizzled. The highlight was working KD9ZTA/AG. It was great to work a new
General class ham. The only way to get you feet wet on HF - a SSB Sprint :)

I also enjoyed working so many only friends and hopefully I made a few new ones
along the way.

Pat WW9R
Big Bend, WI

FT 1000 MP Mark V (100 W)
Gap Titan DX for 20 meters
Gap Voyager for 40 & 80 meters
N1MM for logging
NF4A   Single Op HP   3602012-09-15 21:13:24
only had a few minutes getting back from work
WØETT   Single Op LP   5,0322012-09-15 21:14:55
Ran out of stations to work after awhile, but it was great to QSO the Salmon
guys who were just as glad to log us sprinters. I was envious of John K4BAI
working a CM4 on 40m in the last few minutes, altho it took a lot to get the
exchange thru. Just when I was ready to call the CM4 the time expired! Oh,

Worked all GM Rockies team members on at least two bands: KO7X, KT0A, and
K0UK. Thanks for getting on guys!

73 Ken, W0ETT
W1UJ   Single Op LP   6,0682012-09-15 21:16:56
Discovered this to be pleasant.
Always nice hearing the voices of the sprinters.
The new 80m array never beat the Zepp tonight.


Band QSOs Pts Sec
3.5 32 32 1
7 72 72 14
14 60 60 22
Total 164 164 37
Score: 6,068

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 7 41 0 0 48 48 29.3
0100 0 0 40 16 0 0 56 104 63.4
0200 0 16 17 3 0 0 36 140 85.4
0300 0 16 8 0 0 0 24 164 100.0
Total 0 32 72 60 0 0 164

Gross QSOs=164 Dupes=0 Net QSOs=164

Unique callsigns worked = 94

The best 60 minute rate was 57/hour from 0058 to 0157
The best 30 minute rate was 70/hour from 0004 to 0033
The best 10 minute rate was 102/hour from 0004 to 0013

The best 1 minute rates were:
3 QSOs/minute 1 times.
2 QSOs/minute 32 times.
1 QSOs/minute 97 times.

There were 39 bandchanges and 10 (6.1%) probable 2nd radio QSOs.

Number of letters in callsigns
Letters # worked
3 2
4 110
5 38
6 13
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
CA 0 0 7 12 0 0 19 11.6
TX 0 2 7 9 0 0 18 11.0
GA 0 4 6 5 0 0 15 9.1
FL 0 4 4 3 0 0 11 6.7
WA 0 1 4 5 0 0 10 6.1
PA 0 4 4 1 0 0 9 5.5
LA 0 2 2 2 0 0 6 3.7
CO 0 0 2 4 0 0 6 3.7
MI 0 2 4 0 0 0 6 3.7
IL 0 1 2 2 0 0 5 3.0
IA 0 1 3 1 0 0 5 3.0
OH 0 2 3 0 0 0 5 3.0
SD 0 1 2 2 0 0 5 3.0
KS 0 1 1 2 0 0 4 2.4
OR 0 0 2 2 0 0 4 2.4
NY 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 1.8
WI 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 1.8
IN 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 1.8
OK 0 0 1 2 0 0 3 1.8
TN 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 1.8
MT 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 1.2
AZ 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 1.2
WY 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 1.2
NH 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 1.2
AR 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.6
KY 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.6
MD 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.6
NC 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.6
ON 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.6
NJ 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.6
VA 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.6
MS 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.6
NM 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.6
MO 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.6
XE 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.6
DE 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.6
NV 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.6
Total 0 32 72 60 0 0 164

U.S. Call Areas Worked
Area QSOs Pct
0 20 12.2
1 4 2.4
2 4 2.4
3 10 6.1
4 27 16.5
5 28 17.1
6 21 12.8
7 18 11.0
8 17 10.4
9 13 7.9
Total 162 98.8

Multi-band QSOs
1 bands 44
2 bands 30
3 bands 20
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 22 20 0 0
WDØT(@KDØS)   Single Op HP   3,9372012-09-15 21:17:05
Part time to give out SD mult.. thanks for the Q's and fun to talk to a lot of
CW guys!! 73 Todd WD0T
NN7SS(K6UFO)   Single Op QRP   1,8002012-09-15 21:17:57
Before the start I heard the Salmon Run and Route 66 stations,
and I worked a bunch during the Sprint - THANKS!

I snuck around in between the kilowatts hoping to be heard.
20m was good for one hour, then barely anything for the next hour.

Not even sunset yet, but I went to 40m hoping for a boost. Worked
the five local guys, the Salmon Run and Route 66. Then an hour of
nothing new. Really disappointing.

A hour after after sunset, and one-half hour to go, I went to 80m
and worked: the five local guys, the Salmon Run and Route 66.

I don't think I've ever had such a low score. Either participation
was poor, or propagation was poor. Thank you to the Salmon Run and
Route 66 stations!

NN7SS Burt WA (K6UFO op)

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

QSO by hour and band:
80M 40M 20M Total Cumm
0000Z ---+- ---+- 30 30 30
0100Z - - 13 13 43
0200Z - 16 - 16 59
0300Z 11 5 - 16 75
Total: 11 21 43
KG5VK   Single Op HP   3,8612012-09-15 21:18:17
wow that was fun, Kinda
no cluster, no dx spotting
at least I had an amp I was allowed to use :)
My first serious effort at the sprint

Now let's go chase DX !!!

KØUK   Single Op LP   6,6502012-09-15 21:21:37
K6GHA   Single Op LP   3,4882012-09-15 21:22:38
Nice to see an improvement from last year’s score, almost double. Started
slow, had some trouble breaking thru on low power. Had some good contact to the
east coast, but little in the middle states until 40/80m. Ran battery power
until my system screamed at me for more power (Like Tim the tool man), which
improved my power out a few watts.
A few unexpected contacts from Canada, while FL was coming in well, and a few
busted calls when the big guns jumped in over Q’s in process… this year
seemed a little more competitive. But a fun few hours.
NW2K   Single Op HP   6,5742012-09-15 21:25:03
500W, 80-40 fan dipole at 40', 20 3el at 40'
K7RL   Single Op HP   10,8562012-09-15 21:42:07
First time I've Sprinted in several years and I can still feel the rust. That
said, it sure seemed like participation was way off the mark. All of the
serious operators were worked much earlier than usual, forcing me to take out
the top hat and tap shoes to snag the casual guys. Nothing wrong with that in
general, it's just this contest isn't as fun with that type of border line
operating. It's much more fun when there are plenty of couplets to work. I
don't think conditions were too blame because there were plenty of super loud
signals. Time for CPR?

73 de Mitch, K7RL
K6LA   Single Op HP   9,6802012-09-15 21:44:55
Very slow start. Not used to getting beat out on 20m left and right. Couldn't
get couplets going. 40m was better. Heard AL & MO.

73, Ken, K6LA
KW8N   Single Op HP   12,9602012-09-15 21:46:29
Had a Cuba station call me on 40 meters about 15 seconds after time had expired,
rats. Conditions seemed reasonably good. I do want to thank those CW guys that
made the effort to get on phone and help support the SSB Sprint. I think that's
the most XE's I have ever worked in a Sprint.
W9RE   Single Op HP   11,8442012-09-15 21:48:41
Not sure why Q's on 80 were so hard to come by. Conditions seems ok, no QRN,
not too much QRM so I am baffled!

Missed a lot of normally easy mults-AK, NC, NE, NJ, RI, VT, WV and VE1,2,5, and

Activity did seem ok but I worked a lot of #1's on 40 the last hour.

Thanks for getting on if you normally don't and please do it again next time.
WA6URY   Single Op HP   1,2762012-09-15 21:59:52
Usually my internet connection is pretty stable, but for some reason during this
sprint I had quite a few drop outs. It takes about 5 seconds to reboot (that is
an eternity for the sprint). Also getting acquainted with N1MM logger. So this
combination made it challenging. Thanks for the QSOs and to all those how might
have waited for my response because of internet drop outs.
Was only able to operate 2.1 hours.
It was nice hearing the voices for the first time of many of the Thursday night
NS regulars / semi regulars. 73, Dan -Remote in Tokyo WA6URY / 7J1ABD
KO7X   Single Op HP   3,1362012-09-16 05:41:10
As usual, no other Wyoming stations heard or worked. Despite that, could only
generate an occasional pileup. Managed to work just about everyone who I heard
so hopefully everyone got a Wyoming multiplier who wanted one.
N4OX   Single Op LP   6,8082012-09-16 06:41:39
Had high hopes that activity would be higher than usual as first 30 minutes
brought 43 Q's........Wrong. It was a down hill slide from there on out.
N5DO   Single Op LP   7,1602012-09-16 06:56:12
The first 3 1/2 hours or so of this contest are a Sprint, with participants who
understand how to operate the Sprint. The last 30 minutes becomes an exercise
in trying to waylay innocent bystanders and convince them to give you a
contact. Many of these operators have no idea what the Sprint is, and some get
into the swing of things, but a few sit on one frequency and call CQ Sprint and
never QSY. The cure, of course, is to convince more people to become
participants so there will be four hours of real Sprint activity.
K5NZ   Single Op HP   7,3082012-09-16 07:07:04
1 radio, 400w, wires

Brutal! Almost quit when I went to 40 but KU8E and I talked and decided would
wait and at least give out a few Q's to the serious on 80 then throw in the
K8MR   Single Op LP   2,2952012-09-16 07:20:08
Just some occasional trips downstairs for a few qsos to help out the deserving.
KØEU   Single Op HP   1,5932012-09-16 07:43:33
One hour was all I could stand. Congrats to you guys that actually tough it out
for a full four hours. I suppose a voice keyer would help, as would some
nitrous oxide!

CU in next CW contest.
Randy K0EU
K7SS(@K7RI)   Single Op HP   14,0402012-09-16 08:40:33
Thanks to Tom K7RI for the use of his fine city lot station.

As others have said, after a quick start out of the blocks, it quickly
became evident that any competitive score would have to be based on
working many casual ops, which is the way it turned out.

So THANKS TO ALL THOSE who got on and made just a few QSOs on 20 40 and 75
and helped everyone out.

Goal shifted quickly from getting a high QSO number, to getting as many
mults as possible, and it became a WORKED ALL STATES quest.
Sometimes just asking for a certain missing state, someone would call
in from there, which was a real thrill. Thanks again to those who
were just tuning around, heard the ruckus and jumped in to help out.
Never did get a MAINE QSO, which would have done a sweep, but not for shortage
of pleading :-).

Hopefully, with some good info sent to them, these casual Qs will come back
next time and become active for the whole contest.

DanWa K7SS
op at K7RI
K4BAI   Single Op HP   8,8652012-09-16 09:27:21
FT1000MP, Alpha 78, 1 KW, TH6DXX, dipole, inverted vee. Pretty good conditions
on all three bands. Lot of activity at first. Dropped off. Some action
between 3775 and 3800. Tried not to CQ in the DX Window 3790 to 3800. Worked
a YY4 on 75 and a CM4 on 40. Hope for more activity next time. Thanks for all
QSOs. 73, John, K4BAI.
N4OO   Single Op LP   5,2922012-09-16 13:20:01
Too bad so few showed up. The bands were in decent shape and NO T Storms nearby
for a change. Learned about an intermittent PL259 for the 40m wire about 3
hours before the contest and had to change that out.

Worked almost all the SSC gang on 3 bands. 73 Br'i'an N4OO
N3AD   Single Op HP   4,1602012-09-16 15:34:04
I usually miss a few VE mults in this type of contest, but in this one just
missed Canada.
WØBH   Single Op HP   7,2402012-09-16 19:40:14
It soon became obvious that Kansas was not the place to be this time around, so
I kept switching back and forth to the Washington State QSO Party (Salmon Run)
and made contacts there as well. Between the two, I was busy and entertained.
This one alone would have been slow.

Overall, I worked 109 unique calls including my few (and much appreciated) VEs
late in the contest on 20m. I missed UT NM NE KS MN (really????) AR SC WV VA CT
RI VT ME and worked AB MB ON QC in VE-land. I worked 23 stations on all three

I did enjoy the fun each time I moved to a new band. I didn't use my second
radio much for this one, but I did keep it busy chasing Washington State
stations, and they were really good about also giving me Sprint contacts.

I'll be /m in the Texas QSO Party the last weekend of this month. Hope you can
all drop by and give me some Qs.

73, Bob, w0bh
WN6K   Single Op LP   3,8612012-09-16 21:37:39
Top Ten Reasons to NOT do Sprints:
10.) Getting stuck on a freq hoping someone will call me
9.) Working only TWO VEs (AB & ON)
8.) Working only TWO sections in 1 Call area
7.) Having to explain a dozen times to someone who does answer what a Sprint
Contest is and what info I need...and then not getting it from them.
6.) Getting jammed by non-contesters who are trying to count their collective
pigs on their farms - for hours on end.
5.) Wondering why I just didn't park on 20m for the whole contest as it was
too early for 40m anyway.
4.) Convincing Salmon Runners it was okay to work me.... but still not getting
a number or a name....
3.) Telling "Billy Bob" yet AGAIN that I don't KNOW his sister in Oceanside
2.) Wondering why I don't have an 80m antenna that can work past LAX - thanks
K6LA - Ken.
1.) Why I cancelled my Colonoscopy and Poke in the Eye Surgery for this past
Saturday night.

I believe that about says it for me...

WN6K, Paul
K6CSL   Single Op LP   4622012-09-17 01:43:27
Well, not my best. In Sept. 2010 I did 35x22 for 770. This is really rough with
my 100W and my "invisible" antennas. The biggest problem is not being able to
turn around the couplet. CQing doesn't work all that well either. It ends up
being a game of when the big guns will work each other out and then start
looking for the little fish. Being a small fish in a big pond is tough. TNX
for all the KBers on 80M. 73's to all. Bert, K6CSL
VE3HMK   Single Op LP   7262012-09-20 15:03:05
Thank you for getting my attention to take part in the sprint, I Was suprised
that both QSO Parties (South Carolina & Washington) at the same time so i
counted both of them as qso's Both states & contacts, Not bad so i didn't get
confused, I Will be back for more Contests down the road including CQWW DX
Contest, Thanks & 73's Mark VE3HMK.