Our 2-hour Straight Key Sprint will take place from 0000 utc to 0200 utc Wednesday February.24, 2016
Rob - AJ4SB in Tennessee will be our Bonus Station this month.
Mark your calendar.......
Wednesday 0000 UTC - 0200 UTC translates to.....
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST Tuesday evening !
See You all then!
Rich - 8699S, SKS Manager
|AL: 2 / 36||AZ: 1 / 32||BC: 3 / 21||BRA: 2 / 13||CA: 6 / 58|
|CO: 3 / 88||CT: 2 / 22||FL: 5 / 101||GA: 2 / 52||IA: 1 / 39|
|IL: 2 / 16||IN: 1 / 3||KS: 1 / 39||KY: 1 / 24||LA: 1 / 15|
|MA: 3 / 47||MB: 1 / 7||MD: 2 / 29||ME: 2 / 10||MI: 3 / 37|
|MN: 2 / 39||MO: 7 / 135||MS: 2 / 15||NC: 3 / 56||NE: 2 / 22|
|NJ: 3 / 43||NV: 1 / 22||NY: 5 / 38||OH: 8 / 179||OR: 3 / 62|
|PA: 3 / 112||PR: 1 / 29||SC: 1 / 40||SD: 1 / 24||SK: 1 / 6|
|TN: 5 / 114||TX: 6 / 96||UT: 1 / 12||VA: 2 / 15||WA: 2 / 17|
|WI: 1 / 11||WV: 3 / 32|
Only got to work about 40 minutes but I picked up another 10 toward my S quest.
All S&P. Missed AJ4SB. Most contacts on 40, but I had to dig in the grass for some. Fun as usual and a lot of new callsigns.
Begali Spark & KX3+amp for ~60W into a 80m loop @ 30ft. 73 ES GN from WV.
FUN SKS 20m held together 'til 0145Z..Did NOT find
AJ4SB..DID S&P..TNX: WB7EUX, W7GB, N0TA, W0YBS, WA7RCT, NS3X, K4BAI, K9TM, and K3SEN...herd a few others but no joy.. AA6AC Bob CA 6276S..
High QRN in the house tonight swamping 40m. 5 QSOs before running errands and shutting down. Still, nice to find some new faces :-)
Lots of fun, and I got a new number. Not bad for working with a magnetic loop. Thanks everybody! See you again on the air!
Thanks for the contacts mostly on 40m.
Sorry for messing up some callsigns, QSB was brutal to the west. At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Jim
Aside from 20M - and above - being useless, and the buzz saw on 40, it was a lot of fun.
I had to drop out after a little over an hour, but band conditions were pretty good. I caught three SKCC'ers on 15M, then dropped down to 20M for the balance of the contacts. KP4RD and KP4ED were there along with VE4AEA and PS7HD for some DX. I hated to quit but had another commitment. Apologies to W8VN, but your signal disappeared with a fading band.
Thanks for the QSO's. QRN was bad due to t/storms.
40 was better than 80 tonite. Used Vibroplex Champion and J-38 keys. CU next sprint.
An agonizing event at the QRP level. Band was poor to match my signal apparently. There was broadband noise across the entire 10KHz of from 7050-7060 which drove up the noise floor. I don't think it was local. I lost a few QSO's to QSB and a few to QRM when others who couldn't hear me started calling in the middle of the QSO. I am no stranger to QRP, but this was a tough one dropping 26dBM down for the event ;) Thanks to all who dug my signal out. Was happy to beat out many callers for Rob AJ4SB, so one victory for the bonus. 73 till next time.
FT-817ND, Bunnell Straight Key, 43 Foot ground mounted vertical with 20 radials.
20M was great at first. After it died I had problems with 40m. Good to see lots of early numbers! Thanks for the Qs. 73 Dale K3SEN Elecraft K-line to an IAC Stealth Flagpole Double Bazooka.
Nice evening. Thanks for all the contacts and a couple new numbers! 73,
Kenwood TS-440S, 134 foot inverted L with a Begali Spark.
FT1000MP, Alpha 78, 1 KW, TH6DXX, dipole, zepp. Got a slightly late start and, by mistake, made the first QSO on 20 using the zepp tuned for 80M. WB4BIN has good ears. Wasted more time calling stations usually hear me well before discovering the mistake and switching to the beam. Immediately, much better results. Stopped for supper with XYL. Operated about 1 hour and 43 minutes. 30 QSOs on 20, which was pretty good to most of North America plus PS7HD in BRA. 40M had some good signals, but also a broadband buzz type of QRM that I don't think was local. When several stations called and I couldn't ever get the calls, I switched to 80M after only 5 QSOs on 40. 80M was very noisy as a storm front was approaching from the west. It passed through here without causing any damage about 0500Z. Made 10 QSOs on 80M. Thanks for all QSOs. 73, John, K4BAI.
Casual ops. 30min
Oops. I did QSO AJ4SB on 40M. Very fun. Best conditions in a while. 72/73
Propagation better than last month. 73, Gene.
Fun Sprint tonight-40 & 80 Both in good shape
Thanks to all....
Short operating time. Got some more contacts for the Centurion list. 40 M great at 0000Z start time.
Snagged a few on 20m. before it went dead, 9 on 40m. & the rest on 80m. 40 had a terrible noise I never heard before. Rig: IC-7000 at 100w into dipole up 25 ft. w/ straight key.
Had fun on 40 for the first hour. TNX for the guys who pulled me out of the QRN. 7410 @ 5 watts and Dipole for the sprint. I worked the Special Event station and did not know he was till I looked at the rules this morning! First time I got one I think.
Couldn't spend more than 10 minutes this time....
Bad storm passing through the area - had to cut this short. Thanks for the contacts. 72/73, Phil
W2NRA was the first contact tonight, and the very first to receive my newly minted "S". It was nice to hear west coast stations on 20m at 0000 UTC. IC746PRO@100W, G5RV, McElroy Stream key. See ya next time! Have a lot of fun es 73 de Andy
I was able to participate in WES and SKS in the same month! Don't think that has ever happened before. Was great to get a few new numbers in the log.
I got home late, so I only had an hour and 10 minutes to devote to this SKS. The rig I had hooked up was my Heath HW-16 / HG-10B. Great for the Novice Rig Roundup, but not the best for SKS. Still, I managed to do okay. Mostly by calling CQ on 80m. I'll be back next month - hopefully with a more potent rig!
Days are getting longer. 20 was open for quite a while.
Good turn out and 20M was in good shape. Stayed on 20M til the last 15 min. K1 @5W and 3 wave length long wire and a J-38. 73/72, Gary
Fun to get on and play a little.
73 all KI0I Mark
A good night for SKS here in SW OH, except for something that sounded like a chain saw running on 40m. QSO's were found on 15m ,20m, 40m & 80m. Special thanks to Rod in CA for a 40m QSO, Felix in PR, and John in GA for his patience in copying my call-sign. 73, Dave
Hi gang! I got on 40 meters and stayed there. Band was in good shape here. Thanks to all. I was running with IC-7000, homebrew straight key and 40 meter dipole. 73 to all. Bill Outlaw #3.
Had family commitment tonight. Drove through the snow, dashed in the shack at 0148z, got 3 QSOs in the Log by top of the hour!
The Space Music has moved from the back side of the Moon, to 7050 thru 7060 kHz.
Late to the Sprint. Sat on 7061 and called CQ for 1.5 hours - had a great time. 73 to ALL de N4ow
Heavy rain in Mississippi this evening and the lots of QRN but fun as always. Thanks for the contacts and a special thanks to the organizers who put these events together each month. This month it was the Icom 7410 to the 80 meter loop. 73, Jim
Pretty descent bands this evening in Eastern Ohio. Worked some 40, 20 es 80 Meters. Tnx fer the QSO's 73 Randy
This was a nice diversion in the middle of the work week. With this Sprint, I also (hopefully) met the requirements for the basic Tribune Award. I look forward to future SKCC activities.
Great conditions -Enjoyable to hear so many great signals. Very strong signals with no QRN on 80 meters-Tnx to all the stations I worked
Thank you for a great 2-hour Sprint. Worked six (6) more towards my Senator award.
Thank you for the Q's:
80m - 14
40m - 2
20m - 8
73 es see you on the air .. .. .. ..
.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. NS3X dit dit
FB sks, tnx fer qso´s.
cuall in next sks.
Best 73 CUL
I made good use of my SKCC straight key. It is fast becoming my favorite.
Band conditions weren't bad and I snagged some more new SKCC numbers.
TNX to all who were on the air.
Very 73 from Kaslo, BC. Canada
Thanks for the 6 QSO's. The bands were very busy so I had lots of notes - call signs,numbers,etc as I searched for clear signals to call. Sometimes my system works and sometimes it doesn't. HI - Thanks Tim,KF7VUT for sending your call on the final so I got it right. Thanks also to Butch,W6BIV for answering my CQ and the FB QSO from CA with 5 minutes to go. The SKS is always a good reason to eat supper later. Thanks all. Until next time. 73 - Brian.
Condx were better here for this SKS. Used HB1B
with Bencher straight key. CUL!
Got a late start by 45 minutes. Thought it was tomorrow night. Just happened to turn on some rigs. Band conditions seemed they could be better. Had a good time despite missing some time. See you all in the next one. Used my favorite 1919 ATOZ bug.73-Bob
I inadvertently posted my SKS run frequency on the K3UK Sked page as 3553. Since this violated the rules for SKS I did not include the 6 QSOs that were on that frequency. 73 de Art W2NRA
The storms down South caused very high QRN levels on 80 and 40 in NE TN tonight. I could tell some stations were calling me, but couldn't dig them out of the hash. There was a horrific buzzing around 7.055 that made it very difficult, so concentrated on 80. I don't think it was local.
As always, it was fun, though.
Everyone be safe and hope to hear y'all in the March WES.
Another good SKS! Thanks Rob-AJ4SB for being our Bonus station this month and logging 40 SKS exchanges from Tennessee.
The bands were good shape with many strong signals. Nice not having to pull calls out of the mud.
Which was worse-- band condx or just me/???
Noisy bands, and lost 3 QSOs to QSB and QRN. Challenging and fun!
St. key worked fb after overhaul after WES. No more 'stuttering' except for the usual problems with the operator's 'fist', hi!
Got in late during last few minutes, so I did a Search & Pounce and got 4 stations (tnx Bert, Bob, Rob-bonus & Tom). Ran 50 watts all on a noisy 40m into a vertical antenna and a Kent Straight Key. Someday I will retire from the salt-mines spend more time on these early-evening sprints...
My best SKS so far; several new numbers, but unfortunately no AJ4SB QSO. Worked all on 40M, no signals loud enough above my noise level on 80. Best catch was WC0G giving me ND for new state. Now just need DE, MT and NM for SKCC WAS. Rig: Heathkit HW 16 and HG10B vfo to 126 ft. long loop in attic at 25 ft. Thanks to all for a fun evening.
Well that went by quick!
20 meters was in good shape tonight. Took a break half way through the sprint to try to work KA6LMS (Last Man Standing TV show), but could not break the pileup.
Lots of fun, and looking forward to the next sprint!
This was a blast! I hand logged all of my contacts just for giggles and that brought back memories. I believe this is the most contacts I have made in a sprint. This is also the first time I have sat on one frequency for an hour and let ops come to me. Different then the usual S&P. 20 and 40 were hot. Thanks to all for the contacts and thanks to the SKS organizers. I had a great time! Tom
The bands sounded good this time, low noise and mostly strong signals. Only worked the first hour, and made most of my contacts on 20 meters. Thanks and 73, Art.
Good conditions on 80m. 40m had heavy broadband QRM.
A fun time, thanks to all.
First time entering SKCC Sprint and it was really fun. All contacts except one were on 40 meters and the one was on 80. Will try QRP next time around. 73, Dave
Lots of noise on 80M for me tonight so struggled through QRN sometimes. Thanks for being patient!