With 101 members on the air for April's Sprint we had a very active evening in spite of less than ideal solar conditions.
KD8TTM(Multi-Op) in Michigan took the Top spot with 89 QSO's and 36 SPC's this month.
Mark your calendars for the May SKS coming up on the Evening of Tuesday May 26th from 8pm to 10pm EDT.
Randy, KC9W will be our Bonus station in May.
See You all then,
|AK: 1 / 2||AL: 3 / 26||AZ: 2 / 62||BC: 1 / 10||BRA: 1 / 9|
|CA: 10 / 137||CO: 2 / 66||FL: 2 / 23||GA: 6 / 91||IL: 5 / 100|
|IN: 2 / 29||KS: 2 / 35||KY: 1 / 9||LA: 1 / 40||MA: 1 / 18|
|MB: 1 / 5||MD: 2 / 40||MI: 3 / 112||MN: 1 / 16||MO: 6 / 44|
|MS: 1 / 16||NC: 3 / 74||NE: 1 / 51||NJ: 2 / 35||NV: 2 / 15|
|NY: 4 / 63||OH: 8 / 194||OK: 2 / 46||ON: 1 / 13||OR: 2 / 46|
|PA: 4 / 74||PR: 1 / 12||RI: 1 / 5||SC: 3 / 46||TX: 5 / 74|
|VA: 2 / 7||VT: 1 / 5||WA: 1 / 8||WI: 2 / 11||WV: 3 / 56|
Enjoyed my SKS on 15 meters. Some CQ. Some hunt. Conditions good. TNX W3NP, W3DF, WA5AFD, K4BAI, AI4UN, KE2HF, N3EIN, KE3O, NP3CW, and ZL2BLQ. QSL's follow. AA6AC Bob SOCAL 6276T
Thanks everybody for QSOs, it was lots of fun on 40 meters. jim
Hello to all ! Another fun evening a the key. Band conditions sure changed from earlier in the week, the A index shot up to 27. Signal levels were down here inside the auroral oval, only made 2 Qso's during the Weekday Sprint. Earlier in the week was using milliwatt power levels to work stations in the lower 48, used 75w today. Great to work VE7KBN, Ken again, afterwards lost all track of time while having a qso with KF6GC, OW. 73 to all, look forward to working everyone when band conditions permit.
Thanks to Ken, K8KIC I made the effort to get on 40M and had fun again. Great to work all, Jan
I only had about 20 minutes of operating time due to other activities. 20 meters was lively with signals from all parts of the country and I wish I could have stuck around to work everyone.
Rig here was the Collins HF-380 to the ZS6BKW dipole at 55 feet.
Well, it helps to get on the day of the SKS, not the day after. I thought the pickings were rather sparse. Thanks to all the members who worked an obviously misguided but enthusiastic new SKCC member. Next time I'll remember it's the ZULU date.
I had a great time being the bonus station again! Saw some action on 15M; 20M and 40M were in good shape, but 80M was so-so. QSO breakdown by band: 15M 6; 20M 19; 40M 20; 80M 9. I was using my 1919 Blue Racer Bug.
IC756Pro, Alpha 91b, 1 KW, TH6DXX. Got a 25 minute late start after attending a local non-profit fund raiser. No signals on 10M, but 15 was OK to CO and points west. Heard W3NP in WV working a west coast station, but no QSO. 4 QSOs on 15. Then QSY to 20 where signals were generally excellent all over, including close in stations in AL and SC. Member PS7HD and non-member DX stations UA9LL, UA9CIC, and UK8GKW were worked. Don't think I have ever heard a UK station louder than GKW was last night. Thanks for all QSOs. Hope you will all participate in teh annual Florida QSO Party this weekend. KU8E and I will be QRV with the SECC club call W4AN/M in many FL counties. 73, John, K4BAI.
Not much luck on 20M, 40M was the band for me. 72, Steve K4JPN
Fortunately got in on the last 30 minutes. Stayed on 40M. Lots of digital QRM.
FT-450D at 20W to NVIS dipole. Czech Army key.
W3DF - Your FIST was beautiful. Your signal was outstanding into the Texas Panhandle too.
Noted a couple of guys with rather poor keying notes. Also noted a bug user with contact bounce on the dit side.
First SKS this year. Stayed on 20m and on one frequency for the most part and moved to 40m for the last 5 minutes when 20m started to fade. Note to self - QSY sooner. I'll try that next time. 73, Tony
Finally logged one of my missing SENATORs!
First time using N1MM contest logger from start to finish. It worked flawlessly. I still need to figure out how to get it to calculate score for skcc contests. Thank you all for a good time.
73, Gene K8EE
Heard a lot of stations on 40 meters, but only nine heard me! It's been awhile since I worked SKS...and it's still a good time. '72, Bob
The bands were in good shape here, especially 40m. Lots of SKS activity. Rig: IC-7000 at 50w. into dipole up 25 ft. w/ straight key.
Great time as always! Thanks.
Thank You for all of the QSO's.
GL es 73,
Larry KA8HFN SKCC#2046T
First SKS since October. Very enjoyable tonight. 20 meters was very quiet and easy contacts. 40 meters not so much for being quiet and easy. Still, a nice evening. Used my K-2 @ 5 watts with G5RV up 35 feet. C U all in the WES next month.
Nice night for the sprint. No thunderboomers and bands were in pretty good shape. Managed to work quite a few new members and also so old ones. Collected a nice new low number(#12)from Kerry WD5ABC. And a last minute squeaker from John, KB2HSH! Right on the last seconds...
Rig was KX3 at 5w
Antenna was LnR QUAD
Key was Marconi AS-300A and RCAF Bug
Another Fun Sprint. First time to be worked with my new Icom IC-7200. Great filters and receiver. CUL and Tnx for the QSO's
Great time, great conditions and operating with great friends...it just doesn't get any better!
Lots of fun tonight. Signal propagation from here was very good on both 15 and 20 mtrs... 90 watts worked for me. Caught Mark, W3MSB just 2 minutes before the final bell sounded. Tnx 2 all for the QSO's. Hpe 2 c u nxt time. 73
First SKCC contest in a long time. Had a lot of fun for the short time. 73 Joe
Great sprint tonight. 15M was open coast to coast, 20M was in good shape, lots of activity. Thanks to all for digging out my signal. 72, Gary
Fun as always.
Fell asleep woke up it was over
Had fun, first SKS and will be back.
Lots of fun, thanks all.
Got a very late start (0145z)
Finally logged one of my missing Senators! (6 still missing in my log) --> TNX AI4UN
Logged one of each member level, 1S, 1T, 1S and 1 not any of these. Surely that must be some kind of record!
15 was OK but little activity, 20 was good, 40 was tough, and 80 was horrible! Thanks Mark, K3MSB, for the points. K3, Doublet & Vertical, K2RFP Sprint Logger, Begali Spark.
MY 1ST SKS NIGHT
The "force" was not with my 5 watts tonight. Thanks to K6ELQ and W6JMP for pulling me out of the noise.
Participants need to spread out. Doesn't work well with all stations on the same frequency...73 de N6CMF
Playoff hockey is here so I am glued to the TV but did manage a few contacts to keep the qrpp streak going. Lots of signals and great copy on most.
The bands sounded really good all day and they didn't disappoint this evening. Lots of fun running QRPp.
Rig: Ten-Tec OmniVI+ @1W to an 80M OCF dipole.
Key: Vibroplex Presentaion
See you all next time!
73 de Marty, N9SE
It has been months since I was able to sprint. It was so nice being back in the swing and the bands were very cooperative here. 5W KX3 Vibroplex straight key multiband dipole @ 45'.
While I've been a ham for 45 years, I'm a brand new SKCC member and had a ball in my first Sprint!
Was working in the back yard trying out an LNR Quad EFHW. KX3 @5w. Heard a busy KT2D on 40m, so just had to give a call. Ant seems to work OK, will really know in QRPTTF on Saturday
Tnx everyone for the QSO's-Lot's of fun
KX3-1 watt-EDZ @ 35 feet and Cootie Key
Poor propagation on the first hour.
Only 12 QSO's on 15 m band.
Heard and worked N3EIN in PA but lucky to get the bonus station from PA.
See you next time.
Have not done SKS in a while. Fun working new ones, for me. Thanks K3MSB for 2 bands. Started on 20, then went to 40. C U at Hamvention.
Had the wrong date in mind so was casually sending CQ on 40m. I wondered why no one wanted to rag chew. Still had fun and picked up three toward Tx8. Thanks all
Tnx fer QSOs friends, FT 897/50watts, J-36 by Lionel es P. S. 213 Marconi marine key(my best SK). CUL 73.
Condx were not the best here this evening but
still managed a few QSO'S using HB1B and Bencher
straight Key. No new states in my WAS hunt.
Had a good time Manage to get ZL2BLQ as last qso. had a nice rag chew with N5YSW on 30m. Not one MO. outlaw this round. ten tec Jupiter at 100w/ 160m loop up 25ft and a cootie key
Fine 1/2 hour of pleasurable work on 20 and 40 meters with my folded dipole, 100 watts and the Navy Flameproof key I used when I was on active duty sending from a TACAMO EC-130. Always a fun event!
Wondered why I wasn't getting out tonight. Seems the last storm that came through put one end of my antenna on the ground. Surprised me that it still loaded... Still had fun! This was the first good test of my new Begali Spark. Very nice! Tnx to all.
Condx here were good for this one. Started on 15 where sigs were strong from the west (WA5AFD was s9+20), and even got nearby K3MSB in PA there. Went to 20 and then finished on 40 where my first qso was Mark K3MSB again.
Rig: K3 @ 100w to KT34A & CF Zepp. Keys: WW2 German straight key & Vibroplex bug. 73 de WV.
I did the whole sprint on a Sideswiper! Woo Hoo!
It weren't pretty, but I did it! Tony K6ELQ was my first victim, Nathan PS7HD was my furthest, and all 15 of you that QSO'd with me...THANK YOU for being so forgiving of my bad fist! Hopefully by next month I will have the beast tamed.
For this SKS I decided to try QRP with my KX3.
I was happily surprised with the signal reports I received.
Thank you to those I worked and to those who tried to pull me out.
I tried my best but could not get my signal out-- but still have great time.. 73/ED/W7GVE
What a workout! See you next month.
Testing out a new Field Day rig and Antenna: Yaesu FT857D and homebrew 20m inverted Vee dipole with apex up 28ft. Key: Pro Pump Standard. Always fun to jump in the SKCC Sprint. Thanks for the contacts.
Needed big boy headphones for 2 qrp stations.
Worked the last 45 minutes with 900 mW on 40M with a dipole 15 ft high. Did not seem to have much trouble being heard up here in the NE and even down to NC. But my thanks to NF5U a-way down thar in TX who repeatedly attempted to copy my 529 to no avail! Jer, you were 589 up here in central NY. Garry
Enjoyed good conditions for this one. Great to hear everyone. Great operators as usual. Started on 15 meters and was able to complete 10 qsos there then spent the remainder on 20. Thanks to all. FTDX 1200 at 100 watts to a vertical. German Junker key.
My first sprint as a n SKCC member.
Lots of fun, and 20 meters was in great shape here, tonight!
Great way to end the day after a bunch of chores. Thanks to all the ops and the SKCC organizers.
Thanks for the QSOs! 73, Chris WB9G
I finally got to put in almost a full 2 hrs for a change! As has been my habit lately, tonight's station is a Flex 3000 at 5 watts, 1941 Vibroplex Original bug and antenna is a dipole at 15 feet. I stayed on 20m for the whole 2 hours this time but it was dying at the end of the sprint, I tried 15m at first but didn't hear anything at all. Thanks to all for pulling out my puny-weak 5 watt QRP signal!
I got home shortly before the contest ended. I made a quick QSO and it was over. It was snowing, lightly, here. 20 Meters was still open and the band sounded pretty good.
Got in a little late but it was well worth it. 40 was great this evening. Thsnks to all that heard my qrp sig.