Our 2 hour Straight Key Sprint will take place from 0000utc to 0200utc Wednesday May 27th.
KC9W will be the Bonus station this month. Thanks Randy!
Wednesday 0000utc - 0200utc translates to 8:00pm EDT - 10:00pm EDT Tuesday!
So...........Mark your calendars!............
For the May SKS on the Evening of Tuesday May 26th from 8pm to 10pm EDT.
See You all then!
Rich - 8699S
|AK: 1 / 1||AL: 4 / 40||AZ: 2 / 44||BC: 1 / 5||BRA: 1 / 4|
|CA: 9 / 155||CO: 1 / 7||FL: 3 / 44||FRA: 1 / 9||GA: 3 / 33|
|IL: 3 / 68||IN: 2 / 89||KS: 3 / 82||MA: 2 / 32||MB: 2 / 14|
|MD: 3 / 79||ME: 1 / 16||MI: 1 / 5||MN: 2 / 22||MO: 8 / 106|
|MS: 2 / 10||NC: 3 / 74||NE: 1 / 39||NJ: 1 / 31||NV: 1 / 2|
|NY: 4 / 64||OH: 7 / 123||OK: 4 / 37||ON: 1 / 1||OR: 2 / 24|
|PA: 3 / 89||SD: 1 / 1||TN: 3 / 45||TX: 9 / 113||VA: 4 / 75|
|WA: 1 / 10||WI: 1 / 19||WV: 3 / 53|
Input error...only one band more or less 20 meters 15 meters was dead except for weak W1AW.
DID find KC9W snuggled in there between ststions.
Sounded like WAR but glad to hear so many stations
TNX KC9W, K3SEW, N8KR, KE5AL, W3DF, K5TRI, W3NP,
WB4IT, K6ELQ, and K4ZGB. QSL's follow. 73's
AA6AC 6276T CA Bob.
Jumped in late and had a fun time.
20 meters was pretty good. I was surprised that so many operators were on the air. Had fun!
Thanks for contacts, good to hear some new call signs. 73, Jim
Thanks for the contacts!
40M was in good shape...DSW-40 at 3w and my "temporary" inverted vee put up in 2010! Don't usually get to play in the SKS but glad I made it since I added ten to my Senator total, and two new ones toward Tx9. Hope to make it next month. 72/73 Peter
Local thunderstorms limited my activity, very tough conditions of 40M QRN S7 and spiking up from there, stayed mostly 20M. CQ'd between thunderstorms, I hope for better weather and band condx next time, still had fun though.
Recently I've been on a Qrp binge and just cant stop, some type of behavioral complex with a acronym. Only made one Qso during the sprint, I'm cool with that, was a good Qso. Rather than make some pharmaceutical company even wealthier or a doctor write up a research paper on me, I'm just gonna work through this and fill my log book with Qso's. Also I put the top cover on my HW-9 when I took the photo, when I'm using it I like to stare at its innards. Guess that's why after all these years I'm not a Centurion yet, but I am Flying Pig # 222 !
Caught Bob k5ZOL B4 the storms, local ARES net and then net control for club net..busy night but some great contacts...Thank to all....73 Rick
Thanks for another Fun Sprint..Ed
Not the greatest conditions for QRP, but there were plenty of stations. Started on 20, and moved later to 40M, which was crowded. Was happy to work Gary KF7WNS QRP to QRP. Worked a fair number of other West coast stations. Sorry to have lost an F6 who called, and then just as suddenly disappeared. Despite conditions, a lot of fun!
Lots of QRN. As always, I had a GREAT time. Thanks for the Qs. 73 Dale K3SEN
Doo Waah Ditty Dum Ditty Ditty . . . Well that sure was a blast! All kinds of exciting and new things. Uh Uh! Don't ya just love these sprint things? Much fun and cheap entertainment. After I finished . . . my YL took me for a fast ride to nowhere in her white sports car. Sorry you couldn't go along. It's only a two-seater!
Had underwent a heart cath a few hours earlier. Under a few restriction such as lifting no more than 5 pounds, no bending over, etc. Needed a diversion other than TV, SKS provided it!!!
Checked the bands, 15 was dead at my QTH, 17 was still alive, 20 seemed rather good. Stayed on 20 meters the entire 2 hours. Tnx everyone for the contacts.
Somewhat crappy band conditions on both 20m and 40m one hour in. Threw in the towel after 10 contacts. Thanks for the folks who came back to my CQ. Started out QRP but then turned it up to 100 watts to get heard a little. Good to work some regulars and also some new ones. Maybe next time .. 73 Mike K5TRI
Thought I was actually going to get to operate the whole 2 hours. Thunderstorms rolled in earlier than forecast and I squeezed in two QSO's before disconnecting the antennas.
Another fun two hours. As usual, I operated only 20m, except for one 40m QSO at the very end (sun is up here for the whole event in SoCal). Fell a bit short but at least the waterfall display was colorful on 20m. See you next time. 73 de K6ELQ Tony
frustrating running QRP-5w tonight.
my first time! FUN! mny tnx for the encouraging words, guys!
20 stayed quite good the whole time, but I guess I was pretty much a pip-squeak: 5 watts but with a KX-3 so excellent RX, vertical gnd mtd w/2 radials, USN surplus leg key/vy small
Have you ever thought about the spacing between words on CW. It's very important to the readability. If the spacing is too short, your transmission sounds like one very long word. Thisiswhatitsoundslike. Very difficult to copy. Here's a trick to help you with word spacing. When you reach the end of a word, raise your hand several inches above your key before starting the next word. This will make you leave that extra space and help you be aware of proper word spacing.
Thank you all again for a very enjoyable evening.
Only worked an hour and wasn't very good at that. It's still fun and still love QRP. Hope to CUL. Bob
Thanks for a fun two hours everyone. Was great to work several new stations tonight. I hope everyone had a nice Holiday ...It was great up here on the Lake this weekend...73's Larry
80m. was QRN, but 20 & 40m. were in good shape here in WNY. Rig: IC-7000 at 50w. into dipole up 25 ft. w/ straight key. 73 all.
I started calling on 40m but activity was low switched to 20 m and found it much more active. latter back to 40 m and skip went longer. all in all not as good as some in past, fun for sure
Very fun as usual .....
K-2 @ 5 watts to G5RV up 35 feet. Looking forward to the WES. 72/73. Phil
My first SKCC Sprint, my first contact with my SKCC Number, my first contact logged using AC2C's SKCCLogger, and my first contact on the FT-847 that I recently got. Now if I can just get the CAT interface to work on this radio.....
I got in on the tail end of this months SKS. Next month Iíll be ready for all of you. :) de KC7RUN
Not much time to operate tonight and also lots of QRN here in Illinois
MY FIRST TIME AS SKS BONUS. WAS FUN. QRM VERY BAD ON 40. KILLED BY STATIONS ONE HALF KC AWAY. BUT DID WELL ALL IN ALL. THANK YOU ALL FOR PULLING ME OUT. SO HAPPY TO WORK A NUMBER OF WEST COAST STATIONS ON 20 METERS. K3SEW MANAGE TO GET ME ON THE THREE BANDS I TRANSMITTED ON 20,40,80. I TRIED TO KEEP TO THE SKCC FREQS AND STAYED PUT TILL THE VERY END. KC9IL WAS MY LAST QSO. 72 DE KC9W RANDY QRP IN TN!
Two hours pass by very quickly ... when having fun. Tnx 2 all fer the contacts. 73
First 2-hour sprint. I only jumped in to give a few OPs an extra QSO. It was fun. I'm thinking I may take the next one seriously.
Tnx for the repeats. Nasty QSB here. At least I'm above water and the vertical is well grounded.
20M was in bad shape. Took a half hour to get my first contact. Big plus I managed to find Randy/KC9W. 72's and see you next month.
No rain for weeks, but tonight, oh yes, thunderstorms, and of course right when things started to get interesting. Oh well, there is always next month.
Good sprint, again. 20 M faded after the first hour.
Tip of the hat to - Mick, LB6BG - Chris, F6EAZ and Tony, K6ELQ for digging my 5 watts out of the noise. Great ears for sure. QRP SKS is fun :)
Only had a little time to operate,tnx Randy for being the bonus it's fun when I did it
Think I'd like it better closer to my sunset! 73
I love using my old Nye straight key!
Fun as always, but had to jump out a little early as storms moved in. Cya next time. 73 de N8KQ
Live! From the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Spent a few days fly fishing, activating Cove Mountain for Summits On The Air (SOTA), and participating in SKS of course!
Equipment: KX3, dipole@12 ft., Speed-X straight key.
See you all next time.
My highest member number qso'd: 13533T
Lowest number qso'd: 12
Less than stellar showing. Better luck next time?
Tnx to all for the QSO's. Surprised to wrk KC9W-Randy as the first QSO.
KX3-1 watt to EDZ at 35 feet used my HB cootie key
The fastest two hours of the month. Good to hear the bands jumping and to hear so many newer members joining in.
Little time for activity,, but this is my club,, tks boys, 73
FIRST TIME I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO WORK THE WHOLE 2 HOURS LOTS OF FUN---DAVE W0YZZ #5519T
It was good making first contact with several newer members as well as hearing some of the regulars again. Most contacts on 20m but 5 on 40m at the end. 40 was pretty noisy here in FL. Using my usual TS-480 to Hustler mobile antenna and the Vibroplex straight key.
1. Remembered to play
3. Got called away from the radio to handle some business.
4. Got back it was over.
5. Remembered to submit score
7. See I told you I wasn't to old to remember.
I really look forward to the WES and SKS. Tonight, I ran 5W QRP with a KX3 and a Begali Spark to a 80m horiz. loop @ 25 ft. Thanks to those who dug me out of the QRN. I tried contacting Tony, K6ELQ several times but never got into CA. The midwest and northeast were doing fine into WV though. I never heard KC9W. Thanks again for a great 2 hours!
Almost forgot about sprint - bit of a late start. 20 meter condx good, 40 noisy. K7EW peaked up to 569 at times. Rig: K3 @ 100w, KT-34A, and Vibroplex bug. 73 de West Virginia.
Forgot about the sprint, so I got a late start. This evening I used a FTDX-1200, and a MAG LOOP in my down stairs office. Power was 65 watts. Always fun. Looking forward to the next one. 73, Dan
Pulled my old IC-740 out and turned it down to 5w. Found none of my keys are wired correctly for it, so turned the Bencher paddle on it side and used the dit as a straight key. 240' doublet at 35'. 20/40 both noisy after the storms here in Oklahoma, but had fun for an hour. 73.
Many thanks to all who make up this fine group.
Had a good time. Hope to hear you all again in the next SKCC event.
put up new 400 coax-- band was poor so still dont know if its good -- CU next month..73.ED
Was glad to hear and work ka3ocs, Bob, an old Waterway cw net friend! Will be looking for more cw net ops in future sprints,Hi. Van
Great Fun even with a lot of QRN !!
Only had a few minutes to get in last night on 40M. Called about 6 stations and worked 4 of them. That was with 900 mW. Most SKCC stations are real loud as heard here in central New York state. Do we really need to be stepping all over each other with 100W and more? 73, 72, Garry
It was fun while it lasted, but it didn't last long. The thunderstorms rolled in and I had to shut down early. But it was good to get on the air for a little while.
Wasn't sure I was going to be able to participate in this sprint due to a storm moving through the area, but we had a calm period for about an hour or so. Started off on 40 to work the east coast, then moved to 20 to work the stations out west. Thanks for the contacts. Enjoyable as usual. 73, Art
Another great sprint in spite of the static from all the storms. Rig was the Flex 3000 at 5w into a dipole at 25 feet, key was the 1941 Vibroplex Original. I'm getting into a rut, maybe I'll switch to the Czech key next time.
As usual, a great time and thanks to all the great ops!
Used NT9K designed ProPump key by LNR Precision.
Decided to park on a frequency instead of my usual S & P. Requires a lot more patience! Did a bit of S & P near the end.
Thanks to all.
Stayed on one freq on 40. Used the KX3, 5W to a 100' Doublet. I only operated for 1 hour but fun as always!
Tnx for all that heard my call.