Our 2-hour Straight Key Sprint will take place from 0000 utc to 0200 utc Wednesday April 27, 2016
Ted - K8AQM will be our Bonus Station this month.
Mark your calendar.......
Wednesday 0000 UTC - 0200 UTC translates to.....
8:00 - 10:00 PM EDT Tuesday evening !
See You all then!
Rich - 8699S, SKS Manager
|AK: 1 / 2||AL: 1 / 8||AR: 1 / 3||AZ: 3 / 47||BC: 2 / 15|
|BRA: 1 / 2||CA: 5 / 50||CO: 1 / 10||CT: 6 / 93||FL: 7 / 95|
|GA: 8 / 117||IL: 2 / 75||IN: 1 / 26||LA: 1 / 60||MA: 2 / 17|
|MB: 1 / 4||MD: 2 / 54||MI: 4 / 116||MN: 2 / 23||MO: 7 / 62|
|MS: 1 / 11||NC: 2 / 54||NE: 1 / 12||NJ: 2 / 20||NY: 5 / 80|
|OH: 8 / 166||ON: 3 / 35||OR: 4 / 40||PA: 7 / 171||RI: 1 / 11|
|SC: 1 / 13||SD: 1 / 17||SK: 1 / 2||TN: 1 / 46||TX: 8 / 108|
|VA: 2 / 17||VT: 1 / 21||WI: 2 / 47||WV: 2 / 18|
It was another enjoyable SKS. I found K8AQM and it was busy all the time, I couldn't make it with my loop antenna. Oh, well... we will do it next time! :) Thank you everybody! I see you on the bands!
My first SKS and was only able to join in for 37 minutes at the end of it. I'm no contester... too fast paced for me and I get far too nervous. Still, a month ago I would not even have tried. So, I guess I am improving a little thanks to the ops here.
Noisy sprint. I did pick up 8 new CTS :) Thanks SKCC.
Fun SKS. Used my new MFJ 9296 at full power of 10 watts. Gotta build a dc voltage buck to get it down to official QRP levels. Fun rig and nice receiver. C U all next month 73 Peter
Very short nite, late start, early quit, on air less than 30 minutes but still had some fun.
Heard only a few stations this evening on 20 mtrs. Unable to contact W4BAI, lots of qsb on Johns signal hr in Ak. K8AQM, Ted signals peaked at around 0045 utc was able to complete a qso with him. Thanks to Tom, WB7EUX also for digging into the noise level for me. Used a 1965 Vibroplex Champion bug tonite 73 to all ! de AL7JK
Lightning and limited time...still had fun..
Thanks to all 73 rick
4/26 07:40 am cdt Golf ball plus size hail for two to three mins..unstable WX all the day..from drought to flooding aprox. 9"rain total
Got chased off the air about a 1/2 hour into the sprint by a big storm. Next time?
Had a dinner meeting to attend which caused me to miss 1 hr 45 minutes of sprint. Got 4 quick qso's before time ran out. Thanks for the contacts, CU next sprint with more time.
Where were the 1's?
Lots of activity
Storms cleared out just in time to use outdoor antennas, but plenty noisy here. Got to break in the Begali Blade.
Yikes! Bands were awful here in NorFla. It can only get better.
FT1000MP, Alpha 78, 1 KW. Had to take time off for dinner with XYL. They, when about to change from 20 to 40, I disconnected a wrong cable trying to hook back up a transmit antenna that had been used as a low noise RX antenna and burned up the coax switch and a couple of coax jumpers. All told was off the air for about 33 minutes. 20 and 40 meter bands were quite good and it was fun when I wasn't destroying my equipment. Very fortunate that I didn't do more damage. Nice to work a lot of old friends and to make a few new ones. Please look for me and Jeff, KU8E, operating as W4AN/M in many Florida counties in the Florida QSO Party this weekend. 73, John, K4BAI.
Started out on 20M and had some success, then switched to 40M, finally back on 20M to work KD6NRP on the West Coast.
TenTec Argonaut V at 15 watts into low hanging dipole.
Made 8 Qs on 20 meters and 2 Qs on 40 meters.
Squeezed in one QSO before the thunderstorms hit.
Always fun to work with friends...but bad day, blew the 20m amp...bummer!
Ops were: K8AQM, K8KIC and KD8VSQ
This was a very interesting night. The storms to the south of me were making copy very difficult. I think that many of the stations that I couldn't dig out would have been copyable without the static. My apologies to those that called and that I missed. I really try hard to dig out the weak ones.
The first 10 or 15 minutes of the contest were looking pretty dismal. It would have been very easy to quit and go watch TV. I have been contesting for quite a few years now and have learned through the years that quitting is not a winning strategy. SKS is only 2 hrs long. There is no excuse for giving up when things are not looking good. For those of you that are easily discouraged, hang in there for the whole 2 hours. I guarantee that you will be rewarded by doing so.
Thanks to all that I worked and made this another fun evening. 73, Gene.
Good conditions on 40 tonight. Great to work Rafael CO8RRM #14085 . Thanks to all who help the SKCC group & 73's to all....
After years of waiting, this was my first SKS. I was terrified. My arm felt like a peg of wood, and I was having trouble remembering how to spell my name. I'm looking forward to doing it again!
Band conditions were better this SKS. Good turn-out . Rig: IC-7000 at 50w. into Dipole up 25 ft. w/straight key.
Thanks to the 5 members who pulled my signals out of the ether tonight, MUCH APPRECIATED!
Hope to do better in the next month's Sprint. Only about 8-10 WPM this time around!
Just played on 20 meters for a while with the 7410 @ 5 watts and the dipole. Thanks for pulling me out. Signals were very good and just picked out the big ones.
Very fun as always, see you next SKS !
Another FB SKS
Well, it wasn't a great WES for me, but it was still fun and helped me make some progress towards SKCC goals.
Only made 17 QSOs but:
8 new SKCC Numbers
7 towards TxN
43,748 Prefix Points
1 new state for WAS-S
Good fun this evening. Nice pileup early on. Thanks everyone for a fun sprint.
Great sprint, most contacts made on 20M. 73's Joe
Thanks to all for the contacts, 40 mtr was good for me, but QRN very bad at times,73 to all. Don
Had some rig trouble this time, but had a good time.
Conditions on 20m starting to get better. Got my 5W working into NE about 0100Z. 40m sounded good, lots of activity. 73/72, Gary
Only got on the air for the last 30 minutes of this SKS. 40 meters was kind, and I enjoyed 10 QS0s, mostly with members I hadn't contacted before. Most Appreciated! Phil N1DN
Another fun event. I held out on 20m almost to the end, then dropped down to 40m and got one last contact. 73//dan
20 was great all night, many fine sigs. Working NN0SS with is QRPp and Stan Zl2BLQ made my night.
See you all next month. "CW is A ONE !"
Another fun SKS tonite......
40m was tough here thou, managed 4 contacts with the KX3 QRO and TinyBug.
Thanks to the ops out there tonight.....
See everyone in the next WES !!
73 de Ed in Bradenton,FL.
Only got to operate for 30 minutes, but was glad I was able to get some SKS action in this evening. Used the Lionel J36 Bug this evening.
Another fun SKS, my second. Started on 20M at 0011Z with 8 QSO's then switch to 40M at 0147Z where my first QSO was with Ted, K8AQM :) Total 14 QSO's.
5 towards my Tx9 and 9 towards my S. So not a bad night even though there were some nasty static crashes from a local storm. Thanks for the Q's gang!! 73
Strong signals on 20 meters from GA and FL. QRN on
40 meters from the storms south of MN. Tnx to all for the QSO's -
Vy QRM, only 2 QSOs, TNX Charles K3WW, best 73 fer all. Keys: J-36, HST es P.S. 213 A.
Marginal bands, but managed to snag a few more while working towards my T.
TNX to all ES 73.
No much activity
Pretty decent weeknight condx on 40. Thanks to all who showed up and to the hardworking folks who organize our fun. CU all next month. 73 Ron
The band was nicely populated to my Ear, however I only made 8 QSO's as I only had the first Hr to devote to the sprint. There was a good mix of speeds some very fast and some slow (which I enjoy also I'll answer a slow before I'll answer a very fast) and everything in between. Brion
and everything in between
I was able to get in a couple of qso's this time. Thanks Ted and John. 73 - Brian.
Only 20m using IC7000 to the usual 3 band vert.
about 8 ft off ground. Enjoyed the
QSO's with other SKCC ops. CUL!
lots of fun only had a hour to operate made the best of it Thanks Dave
Bands were very noisy here. Only time for a couple. Thanks everyone.
Fifty watts to a dipole from a 30+ year old Icom 740. Fun!
On 20 meters for all but the last few minutes and the Band was hopping, good to see so many on tonight! Thanks to all for another good SKS.
Remember there is no FUN without U!
See U next month!
Thanks to all who participated in this SKS. I only worked 40m and 20m and considering the QRN, didn't even try 80 :). One thing of significance to me was poor propagation to my (GA) north which is usually good, otherwise condx were a bit less than average. I used various keys this time....my 'Slab' st. key, SOS (son-of-slab) bug and my June Bug. See my QRZ page for pix. Anyway, I sure enjoyed it and look forward to the next 'event'...73
I operated from the Cory Hall shack for W6BB at the University of California, Berkeley. We have a Flex 6500 running barefoot into a multi-band vertical on the roof (about 125 feet tall). I used a J-38 straight key for this event. 73, Thanks for the QSOs, and Go Bears!
20m was great while it was open and 40m had plenty of QRN. 73
Propagation on 40 was pretty good, but local QRN was a real challenge. 40M was crowded, which is good to hear. 73, and see you next month.
Just a dozen contacts for me this evening. Used my IC-7200, 75 watts to an all-band vertical. Kent Straight key. Thanks to all who contacted me.
40M all night.
A fun way to spend two hours, even if cdx weren't favorable. Many thanks to the volunteers who make these events possible.
Noisy here in FL....but had fun. Used my KX3 to a wire loop at 30' and a Speed-X straight key. Lots of nice fists out there! Hope to see some of you at Dayton! 73, Steve WB4OMM
Bands were up and down - had fun and thanks to all for the contacts and to the organizers. Pix is of our neighbor cat Reilly helping out with the sprint.
Only spent about 30 minutes in this sprint. Had about an S6 noise level here. Tried to work K8AQM, but my 1 Watt signal just couldn't bust through the pileup. Actually, I didn't realize K8AQM was the bonus station. I was just picking out the strongest signals. 20 meters produced no results, so I made all of my (4) contacts on 40 meters. Thanks Gene K8EE for the local (30 mile) contact. Rig is K3, antenna is 40 meter dipole up 15 feet, and key is Begali Blade. Thanks for the contacts, and for pulling out my signal. See you next time. 72, Art
Another fun filled evening. Had a lightning storm go thru but that did not stop me but it sure was noisy. 73 Dave
Only worked 40 band was good lots of activity lots of fun as usual. Special thanks to the board who's quick reply and action made sure that even though my new vanity call took effect TODAY...I was still good in the membership rolls for the sprint tonight! You all are a dedicated bunch that really makes this fun!