|278||W8AEW||Arthur E. Weinschenk||8830||MI||2||1||0/0/0||0||2|
|192||W8AEW||Arthur E. Weinschenk||8830||MI||2||1||0/0/0||0||2|
|AK: 3 / 61||AL: 9 / 303||ARG: 1 / 2||AZ: 6 / 230||BC: 2 / 21|
|BRA: 2 / 29||CA: 15 / 743||CO: 4 / 169||CT: 4 / 36||CZE: 1 / 62|
|ENG: 1 / 17||ESP: 1 / 28||FL: 9 / 121||FRA: 3 / 96||GA: 5 / 317|
|GER: 1 / 8||ID: 1 / 3||IL: 8 / 187||IN: 5 / 344||KS: 4 / 177|
|KY: 4 / 77||LA: 3 / 50||MA: 7 / 128||MB: 2 / 33||MD: 8 / 324|
|ME: 1 / 52||MI: 6 / 192||MN: 5 / 67||MO: 13 / 311||MS: 2 / 38|
|MT: 2 / 9||NC: 14 / 543||ND: 1 / 21||NE: 1 / 22||NH: 1 / 65|
|NJ: 4 / 108||NM: 3 / 72||NS: 1 / 13||NV: 1 / 46||NY: 11 / 125|
|OH: 9 / 156||OK: 6 / 109||ON: 3 / 57||OR: 4 / 124||PA: 8 / 391|
|PHI: 1 / 12||PR: 3 / 188||RI: 2 / 107||SC: 6 / 48||SCO: 1 / 10|
|SK: 2 / 36||SLO: 1 / 11||TN: 6 / 194||TX: 24 / 634||UT: 1 / 14|
|VA: 15 / 429||VT: 2 / 23||WA: 4 / 50||WI: 3 / 36||WV: 3 / 55|
Used my Ten Tec Argonaut at 5 watts and my carolina windom and made many more contacts that I thought I would. Thanks Andy, WA5RML, for commenting on my good fist and asking what key I was using. It was a Martin Flash Key, one of the first ones made by the sons of Horrace Martin in the 30's. Shortly after these appeared, Bunnell acquired the rights to make the flash keys and the label was changed to Bunnell-Martin flash key.
This Martin Flash Key has the smoothest action of any vibroplex bug I have ever used.
I had a great time in the WES this weekend. My operating time was cut short due to thunderstorms and heavy rains. Lots of QRN at my QTH. Thanks to all the participated.
Thanks to all for another great WES.
Conditions at my QTH in SOCAL POOR at best. Nil on 10M. 15 and 20M so-so. Some calls herd only once and gone (down and out) Hollered as loud as I could but not a lot of joy in this WES. QSL's will follow...old school here. AA6AC Bob 6276T
Back after a couple months with shoulder and carpal tunnel problems. Got a new bug/semi-automatic key and so far so good. Still need more practice with new key but thanks to SKCC there is an environment where I can participate while trying to get back in practice. Thanks!!
I had a little more time that usual for this WES but conditions seemed quite unusual. I was giving out S3 to S4 reports and getting back S7 to S9. Then later on the pattern reversed - also, QSB seemed quick and very deep at times.
I planned radio, XYL planned lawn, garden etc. She won!
Very relaxed and enjoyable. See you next month.
Thanks for the QRP contacts!
I did not remember that it was WES until late into the sprint, but I did manage to have a lot of fun!
Activated Pike Island (MN-New, now MN100), at the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers in St. Paul, MN, with my friend Matt, K0BBC. We had a multi-two setup using my callsign, where he was on 17 and 20m SSB and I on 15m CW.
Weather was perfect, and there were few bugs (a couple ticks, though). I think 15 m was a bit long, so my QSO count was way down compared to Matt's on 20m. Power was 5-25W into a 15/40m dipole up 20', but still ~200' below average terrain (it's in the river valley).
We had a great time operating, and I enjoyed making a few SKCC QSOs and handing out some bonus points.
I think this was my first SKCC activity since K3Y! It was good to be back. I operated about almost two hours on Sunday afternoon... on 40 and 20. Neither band was "hopping" but it was fun. My very last qso was the first time I sent a 599 signal report :-). 50 watts; inv vee @ 15'; both my bug and straight key were in the mix. Tnx & 73. Jim
Thanks for another great WES event!
Not much time, with yard work on Saturday and Mother's Day on Sunday...10 whole QSOs..40 meters, DSW-40 at 3 watts. Did get two new C/T as insurance contacts for Tx8 which I just sent in. Now the fun begins anew. 73 for now...
We were travelling so I only had time for a couple of quick contacts, but I wanted to participate anyway.
This has been the best WES event for me, even with lousy conditions. Instead of the S&P approach, I CQ'd for all of my QSO's except one. I wish folks would be a little more polite when pileups start. But all in all I had a lot of fun, looking forward to next WES already.
My only chance at operating was Sunday and of course, the band (20m) was rough. Running QRP with an indoor antenna made things a bit more of a struggle. Longest successful QSO was with John, K4BAI. Station consists of Icom 703+ running 5 watts to an indoor EndFedZ 20 meter wire. Along with John, K4BAI thanks also goes to NT9L, N6EV, K6ELQ and W7GVE for pulling my QRP signal out of the static making my handful of QSO's possible. As always, thanks to all that make this and the other SKCC events possible!
Fun ! Enjoyed every minute of this event that I was able to participate in. 73 to all, look forward to having a Qso. Cheers ! AL7JK, John
Thanks to this WES activity, 14 more T/S for my future S (now Tx8 + 193).
Many thanks also to Jerry DV3GKT who called me for my DX in this event !
GL everybody and see you soon down the log !
Good fun as usual, and had a half decent score. Had to break for a couple of hours on Sunday due to a pluming emergency (water leak). Later on had a great QSO with Bob / GM3ZCH up in Scotland who was using the same type of morse key as I was - Marconi coast station key P.S. No 213A. Bob's key was once used at station "GKR" (Wick) and mine at "GKA" (Portishead). Great fun !
Got try out my new QRP radio on this WES. It is an Elad FDM-DUO. Still have to learn a bunch to even be moderately qualified to use most if its capability, but had learned enough to use it for this event. The antenna was an inverted V long wire over the roof with a 31' peak, end fed using a Chameleon Hybrid transformer. The key used was a N3ZN ZNHKC straight key. Conditions were challenging with all the storms and resulting QRN, and wet here with rain with even snow Saturday night. But...great funs as always, and tnx to all who pulled out my QRP signal. 73, John K0FTC
First SKCC event for me. Enjoyed it! Tnx
Weather and Mothers Day limited operating time here...still...some great contacts with friends and new members....thank you all 73 Rick
I worked 20M and 40M but heard nothing on the higher frequencies. All call areas were worked but only NM1W (NH) came through from New England. One highlight was a QSO with Chris, KE4WKH on USI AL003-S for a nice bonus. The tribander still isn't up, so I used the ZS6BKW dipoole and Collins HF-380 with a Vibroplex Blue Racer.
had a good time for the first event....need a month off
Great fun working from MD004S Kent Island, MD with KE3O. Set up operations on our community beach/boat ramp. WX was very damp with slight rain early AM but the sun came out a couple hours later. I used my KX3 with an 30' Eagle One vertical and was lucky to work Tony K6ELQ in CA on 15M. Condx were QRN here for the 4 hr op. We really had a great time and hope to do this again.
T/Storms and Mother's Day activities cut in to operating time. Thanks for the contacts. C U next sprint.
Only a casual effort due to other commitments this weekend. I enjoyed the opportunity to work a few stations, and the contacts, as I am finding is the rule with SKCC events, were wonderfully calm and courteous. Used my old J38 from my Marine Corps days, and I think I am starting to get my fist back after lots of electronic key use. Never heard the bonus station or any of the island stations. 73, Harv, K2PI
Terrible conditions. My QRN level was extremely high as was the QSB. I know some of you answered my CQ but I could NOT copy because of the QRN. Sorry. I will work on a better antenna for next time. Thanks for the Qs. 73 Dale K3SEN
Under poor propagation, managed to get 251 contacts and snag 3 of the Islands. Neat theme. Lots of fun. Thanks to all for the contacts. See you next time.
Awful band conditions at my place and did not hear many ops.Still had the usual fun though.
Thanks to KB4DXV for his patience in our struggle through some deep QSB in making a successful QSO.
Also appreciate PS7HD for giving a good try in beating QSB even tough we weren't successful (14.059 MHz at 2325Z 10 MAY 2015)
USED SEVERAL BUGS. LOCAL STORMS KEPT ME MOSTLY QRT. FOUND BEAM SHIFTED ON MAST AFTER WES.
Good fun. Haven't been on the air much lately, so good to be back. Conditions seemed to be OK. Didn't spend much time though due to other stuff to take care of. Looking forward to the next one. Thanks for the QSOs and cu next WES. 73 Mike
Someday I'll get to fully participate. Many thunderstorms curtailed operations this weekend.
I enjoyed operating between 2 events, CQ-M(allCW) and WES. Fun! Bert, K6CSL
Well, that was an interesting but fun weekend. Very unusual propagation with very low received signal levels for the most part and I know not everybody was QRP. Strange, the propagation numbers didnít look that bad. I only made 45 Qs on 40m, due in part to my time window here on the Left Coast, the other being power pole line noise (Iím working on it). 10m was a bust with only 5 Qs there. 20m was where the action was, as usual, for me anyway. When all was done I was only missing DE, HI and SD for a WAS. Thanks and 73 to all for another fun-filled weekend.
Update: Forgot one USI. Worked AE0EE (MN NEW), KE3O and K2DEP (MD004S) and KE4WKH (AL003S).
73 de K6ELQ Tony
Concentrated with my club call KZ5OM.
Lots of good fists copied.
Thanks to everyone who participated.
Worked PR KP4SJ on 10 meters on Saturday AM but I don't think that qualifies for island bonus points. See you all in the SKS.
73, Rick / K7CHS
SKCC - you are a great group of ops. Even tho conditions weren't the best here, especially with my antennas being near noisy power lines, at least 27 of my QSOs were with QRP stations and 2 with QRPp. You were so patient with my requests for repeats when needed. Worked 28 new (to me) SKCC numbers as well as many faithful friends. Numbers ranged from 12 to 13930 which show how high the interest is within our group. Congrats to all of you. 73 Bill, K8WSN
Glad I got a chance to play a little. I was interrupted Sunday afternoon by this little runt when it finally got active.
This was a ruff one here in TX. Thunder storms and poor band conditions made it hard for QRP. Thanks to those who pulled me out. FT-817 at 5w and 80 meter dipole. CUL later.
Very fun! Thanks to everyone...... 73
FIRST TIME AT ANY CONTESTING, VERY CONFUSING WITH THE SUBMISSION FOR A NEWBIE, BUT GETTING THE EXPERIANCE. MAY TRY AGAIN NEXT MONTH, BUT AS YOU CAN TELL BY MY SCORE, I DID NOT GET MANY CONTACTS, EVEN THOUGH I AM A BIG CW FAN SINCE I BECAME A HAM IN 1980. THE LOGGING IS CONFUSING TO ME. TOOK ME A WHILE TO FIND WHAT SPC'S STOOD FOR.
Think the weather was a big factor for participates. Didn't have much time again for this WES, but the wx was good in this area. Happy Mother's Day. 72/73 Phil
Mothers day weekend. I was busy. hihi
TNX all. It was an all time best WES for me with 45 SKCC QSOs plus 5 none members while calling CQ. I wonder if I can get the XYL to visit her folks next WES? Hi Hi Always a great group of folks to QSO with. 73 Jim
My first WES as a new member.
I had a blast.
It's harder than I thought!
Thanks, I'll be there next WES.
73 de kb4qdq
Another WES in the log and fun as usual. Got 2 hours in play time. Had good intentions of operating on Harkers Island but a nasty counter clockwise rotating hurricane thingy put the skids on that bright idea.....
Rand the KX3 at 5w into the LnR QUAD at 33 feet.
Key was my NT9K Pro-Pump.
73 es BCNU,
Did the best I could given time constraints, a huge thankyou to all the stations who pulled my 5 watts out of the mud for a contact, you folks are real superstars. These events are always grand adventures for me and I look forward to doing it again, maybe next month?
Be blessed, Wayne - KC0PMH
Ears are still ringing from the noise, which made this WES quite a challenge... but great fun as usual.
just got in at the very end - always fun!
AS USUAL THE WES WEEKEND EVENT WAS A BLAST. BAND CONDITIONS WEREN'T THE GREATEST WITH REALLY DEEP QSB. I KNEW THAT THINGS MIGHT BE TOUGH WHEN WORKING LINDA KF4MXF IN MO. USUALLY SHE IS 599 AND SHE HEARS ME WELL BUT IT WAS A STRUGGLE WITH SEVERAL P
"AGN PSE" REQUESTS. BUT SHE HUNG IN THERE AND A GOOD TWO WAY WAS RECORDED. THANKS TO CHRIS KE4WKH FOR MAKING CERTAIN I GOT HER ISLAND NUMBER.
THANK YOU TO ALL THE MEMBERS WHO EXPRESSED THEIR SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO ME AND MY FAMILY OVER THE VERY RECENT LOSS OF MY MOTHER TO COLON CANCER. I DIDN'T OPERATE ON SUNDAY AS IT WAS MOTHERS DAY AND MY HEART AND MIND WERE FAR FROM RADIO.
ONCE AGAIN THANKS TO ALL WHO "LISTEN HARD" FOR MY LOW POWER SIGNAL ON SOMETIMES VERY QRN BANDS. CONGRATS TO ALL OF US FOR PICKING OUT SOMETIMES VERY WEAK CW SIGNALS AMID A CURTAIN OF VERY WIDE RTTY TRAFFIC.
Always fun even when I had limited time on the air.
Not much time but enjoyable. Bands up and down. Thanks to all that worked me. 73.
Bands weren't great and I didn't have a lot of time. Thanks to all for the QSOs. Thanks to the QRP stations for being patient as I dug your signals our of the noise. I hope to all next month. I'll be portable from FL.
Wow ... interesting WES. KE3O (Bill) and K2DEP (Steve) activated USI MD004S, Kent Island, on Saturday for the One-Day Getaway. Tnx to those folks who worked us on any of the three bands we used. In spite of the very poor atmospheric condx, it was a happy 100th WES. There was loads of QRN and QSB and confusion for some operators by the USI number sent in the exchange but all in all it was fun. Hope you grabbed our bonus points. 73, Bill
My second WES. These events are really helping me get my copy speed up, as well as revealing how lousy my antenna farm is!
I QSL 100% for every call that is new for me. I have a bunch of paperwork to do!
I operated a TenTec Argonaut VI (5watts)from AL003S, Ono Island, AL (right at the AL/FL line). My key is a Bencher straight key. WX was good here, but I had many 449 and 339 reports. I operated qrp at 5watts on 40,20, and 15 meters. My antennas are an ocf dipole and a 15meter dipole up 20ft. Tnx and 73 to all of this month's WES participants.
I was able to work around the mother's day events and still participate in the WES a little. Good fun.
Busy weekend with Mother's Day. Had about an hour to play radio. 40 meters was in decent shape (9 out of 10 Q's on 40) but 20 meters was nuts. Could hear stations FB but nobody could hear me on 20 until Tony, K6ELQ snagged enough RF from my end to make contact. Always enjoyable, see you next time.
Conditions were pretty bad, but after being away from my key for over a month, I had forgotten how much fun sprinting was! Glad WES's come up monthly. Looking forward to the next one. Linda
Not much time this Spring with kids activities and having good enough weather to be rc flying (DLGs). Was nice to sneak in a few qso's. See everyone in June. Don KF7DS
Tough band conditions this month. Was looking for 15M to open, but never really did. 20M wasn't too good until late Saturday. 40M was better than usual. That covers the bands on my K1. Thanks to AE0EE in MN for my Island Contact. Thanks to all who dug my signal out of the mayhem. 73/72, Gary
Had to do yardwork most of Saturday and had Mom's Day on Sunday so limited to about 2-3 hours op time. Had a great time, thanks to all who found my QRP signal!!!
Used 120 to 200 watts. First time long time, thanks for the fun.
I resubmit my score, forgot I had an Island Q with KE4WKH ,thanks Chris!
IC 7100 100w to 40 and 80m Vees. 73 Mark KI0I
I wish I had a CW filter for my IC-718. With it wide open it was difficult for a newbie like me with the bands being busy. I also wish I had more time to get on the air--only spent about 15-30 minutes :-(. We'll give her another go next time.
Great fun. Mothers day obligations cut into operation on Sunday. Ready for the next one....
Great participation congratulations to all SKCC Members. Pablo.///
Was tied up most of the weekend, and only had a few hours to jump on the bands on Sunday. Made a few quick contacts, and then back to work. Glad I got to participate though.
Wish I had more time... had to get ready and leave for mother's day... next month!
Nothing to brag about. Maybe logged a few new numbers.
Lots of storms around the country. QRN was the theme of the WES this month. Worked one station from an island, but he wasn't SKCC.
Storms in the area so lots of QRN. Had fun anyhow.
73 es see everyone on the next one. Bill
Busy weekend with Mother's Day and Saturday wasn't much better... photography has been keeping me pretty busy too .. I have to get back to more radio !!! LOL ... Ten Tec Argosy 525 at 5 watts and a Vibroplex 100th Anniversary Bug
Holy Cow I got an island! Thanks Jeff N3JS Island VA002S. Really great WES this month. Started on my QRP rig, then went to visit my folks and worked on my father (N2NRA's) while there, then came home and worked my QRP, then my ICOM QRO a bit and back to a portable out back at 4 watts again. Special thanks to Jim AF3Z for trying very hard to reach me mid day Sunday at that portable set up! New key here, I've acquired a Vibrokeyer which I have rigged for cootie key (side-swiper) operations by bridging the posts. What a great event, don't ever stop with the WES! Sprint...gardening...sprint...visit with family...sprint...groceries...sprint...mothers day...it's the perfect radio event.
N3EIN in PA/TenTec-C21/G5RV-Lite/SKCC-Key
Busy with outdoor chores this weekend.
...had to work long hours this weekend...but happy to swap some sleep for a little productive time on the air...73 all
I only got 2 islands. How many islands were active?
had a good start then power went out in middle of qso sat night at 7.15 came back on after 12:30 but got some today,and yesterday in between breaks, thanks for all pulling my 1 watt out, it helps having 2 antennas to switch back and forth for strong sig, Rig Kx3 @1 watt,to loop or Dipole, 73 till next month,Rodney
Worked portable from Houston in "canyon" of two and three story houses with only a narrow "window" open to the north. Used K1 at 5watts to MP-1 vertical. Surprised to make any contacts at all but had fun. 73, Dick
1st time in years that I have run QRP. 3 elements at 40' helped do the heavy work.
This was my first WES - won't be a bystander any longer. Thanks.
It's been a long time since I made a serious effort in a WES. I had a lot of fun and look forward to future WES events schedule permitting. For this event I used a rather rare Civil War era Tillotson 'arched' Camelback from 1865. It has a great action for being 150 yrs old. 73
Not a good weekend for me. Felt horrible all through and still not feeling good. Enough to get in a log and that's about it.
Wish I could have spent more time operating. Hope to be recovered enough next month. Tnx fer the contacts that I made. Randy
Started out on 40M Saturday morning running 75 watts and worked a continuous string of stations for an hour or so before switching to 20M. Then things changed. I ended up deciding that this was another QRO sprint for me. The band sounded strange; I kept hearing really weak stations coming and going under the noise (sorta' like they were living in a parallel universe, doing their own thing). I never did hear very many really strong stations on 20M all weekend. I don't think I've ever had to hand out so many "329" or "339" signal reports.
Things perked up a little on Sunday, but being Mother's day, time was at a premium. (I did manage to make a couple of mobile QSOs with the KX3.) When we got home, I headed downstairs to wrap up the sprint and ended up trying to copy through static crashes as thunderstorms moved through the area. I'm sure I confused more than a couple of guys when I asked them to QRS after I had been running over 20 WPM. It got progressively worse, building to a S9 +20dB crescendo at the end of the sprint. (see photo) I think this was the first time I ever gave a 379 signal report on 40M. The highlight of the evening was getting called by a persistent PS7AW on 40M. I told him a couple of times "SRI NO COPY QRN", but he hung in there until we made the QSO.
As always, it's great to hang out with you guys (and gals). The interesting propagation and QRN just makes it all the more fun (afterwards : ). I was thrilled to work so many new members. I also had several non-members call and ask about WES/SKCC. See you all next time! (after my ears quit ringing)
73 de Marty, N9SE
[Station: Ten-Tec Omni VI+, Alpha 78, 80M OCF dipole @48', 40M NVIS dipole @15', Vibroplex Presentation, J-37, and experimental sideswiper (old bug with the end of the pendulum arm strapped down with a rubber band). I was running about 75 watts on 80M (don't really need the amp there), around 400 watts on 40M/15M, and 750W on 20M.]
Photo of S-meter / thunderstorm indicator:
HELLO AGN... NEW K1 KIT 5 WTS, G5RV 34FT INV VEE.WORKED ONLY 40 AND 20 MTRS QRP AGN, AS USUAL.. TRY IT, YOU'LL LIKE IT !!! HA.. SO AGN, TNX TO THE SKCC BOARD AND C U ALL IN JUNE.. SOON CHRISTMAS WILL BE HERE... HA.. DAVE..73..N9ZXL...............QRP
Only managed about a half hour Sunday morning. Always fun, though, no matter the time spent.
My first Weekend Sprint...had a lot of fun!!
Band conditions here-challenging
Tnx to all for the QSO's
Thanks for the QSO's. Hope to see everyone at Dayton Hamvention this year. As always...Best 73s from Miller City, Ohio. (Mike/NO8C)
Worked mostly 15M band. Few QSO's in 20 M and one contact in 40M with AC2C Ron.
Thanks to G0RDO John for the only European station with SKCC number worked.
Nice to work KE4WKH Chris for bonus.
Good luck to all.
Fun contest. Thank you goes to those I QSO'ed. They were very patient with me and my slow CW.
Only managed 4 QSOs from portable setup on my daughter's porch in MA. Had some help from 3 year granddaughter.
good activity, even with good reception, the vegetable propagating did not help much. I see all next WES
Cha - PS7AW
It is always great fun, TNX my DRs OMs, J-36 and P.S. 213 marine key, best 73, Nathan P S 7 H D
Band condx were pretty bad from here. Didn't have a lot of time to spend, but had fun.
Short sprintathon for me and weekend conditions were unpredictable; still worked some great fists and fine signals. Thanks to all who make the events possible and thanks to all ops for the qsos... cu in the next sprin ... Ron VE3FMW
Another nice sprint but 20 meters had some very deep QSB.
Jerry VE5DC #4440C
Still looking for my WAS using the HB1B ... no
new US states this time. But..a pleasant surprise when OK2VWB (Vasek) answered my CQ wes call on Sat. evening!
Wow! Always enjoy the sprints. CUL
Lots of thunderstorms but had a good time. Ten Tec Jupiter at 100w t0 a 160meter loop up 20-25ft. Key was a set of NYE paddles wired as a "Cootie".
Very poor condx here in northern MA. 73 to all.
Only had time for 2.5 hours of operation on 15M and 20M. Worked G0RDO, S52CC, OK2VWB and EA5IIK on 15M Saturday morning and a number of confused Russians who called thinking I was in another contest Saturday evening. FYI... I did not log the Russians.
Enjoyed using my Begali Spark this month. Thanks Piero & Bruna! I extended my ZS6BKW into a horizontal 80m loop @ ~30 ft for this WES, but after reviewing the signal reports, I think I'll change back to the 'BKW' and add something vertical to play with. Next month, I'm determined to run QRP with my KX3. I hope conditions are better. Thanks to everyone for another FB WES. What a great way to relax, even though my time was restricted.
Was able to squeeze in about an hour on Sunday afternoon. Condx not real good. Mostly worked 20 with a few on 40. 73 de WV
Fun! Rig: Knight Kit T-60 25 watts output, Heath HG-10 VFO, Drake 2B/2BQ receiver, dipole antenna. Keys McElroy teardrop hand key and Les Logan bug. I still LOVE the old tube stuff. If you haven't tried it, give it a shot....you may get hooked (too).
Tnx. Newbie,and first WES.
This is the First WES that I used a Sideswiper.
Thanks to all for copying my shaky fist.
Conditions not great on the Bands here either day, and K3SEW was consistently the strongest signal heard here both days.
Conditions were marginal with QSB as others have mentioned. But, enjoyable WES anyway. Thanks to Jeff, N3JS for the USI bonus.
Good fun. Thanks to those who worked me. See you next month 73, Dan
TX, OK storms ruined plans for Island trip; had to leave kayak in shop. Used my QRPp kit from home; Mountain Topper with 5.8v in gives 1w out. 240' doublet and KK1 key. Only on 20m and rough conditions with storms. 73
My first time at WES key. Good time, but no higher bands open makes for low count. Forgot to look for K9SKC. 73
Conditions were poor, poor and poor on Saturday!!! Made one contact on Saturday morning, thanks Marty N9SE, and called it a day. Since Sunday was Mothers Day worked only about an hour in the afternoon, seven more contacts. Hope we have better conditions for the next SKS and WES.
I had some trouble finding time this Mother's Day weekend and when I could find time conditions didn't seem to be in my favor. Still fun and I did make a few new contacts.
Condx poor to average -- fun great!
As you can see by my score I'm not a contester. I enjoy having a little fun and improving my cw skills. Thanks!
Thanks Art WB8ENE!
Great time in 6 hours. Two islands snagged. As always a lot of fun.
My first WES in months and now I know how bad it is to miss them. Not much of a score but so much fun! Hope to do better next time.
Another fun event. Used my new LNR Mountain Topper QRP ( 40-30-20m cw only) radio at 3 watts powered by 8 NiMH AA batteries. Great rcvr on radio, very quiet and sigs just pop out. Radio size of deck of cards! Ant was dipole at 30 ft. Key was J-38. Thanks to all who dug my signal out.
Afraid I could only make 3 contacts on this one... much to do this weekend, esp with Dayton coming up in a few days. Look for your club table at the North Hall #254 if you are attending Hamvention.
I'll do better next month.
Ten Tec Jupiter @100 wts to G5RV (40M) and Cushcraft MA5V (20M/15M). Vibroplex Straight Key.
What a ride! My goal was 100 QSOs and I was plodding along towards the goal until severe thunderstorms hit my area of North Texas late in the day on Saturday - This effectively wiped out 40M - QRN and Static Crashes. Those storms lasted all night and for much of the day on Sunday! My apologies to those of you on 40M that contacted me and had to put up with numerous repeats.
I ended at 96 QSOs - and still had a lot of fun.
Also - thanks to Christine, KE4WKH, for activating an island (AL003S)!
So - as I say during my QSOs - 73 and CUL!
Andy - WA5RML
I had a great time as usual and heard many familiar calls and names. Already I am looking forward to next month's WES. I used my HB-1B for my 20 meter contacts and my TenTec Scout cranked down to 5 watts for 40 and 15.
Thanks and 73 to all for another weekend of fun!
DUE TO POOR BAND CONDITIONS AND SEVER WX HERE IN OKLAHOMA PLUS MOTHERS DAY FESTIVITIES NOT MUCH TIME TO OPERATE BUT TNX TO ALL PUT THE SPRINT ON.
Had fun, was a busy weekend, didn't get to work much. KX3 with the dipole still rocks, 72 Ray
I did not have much time for WES this month. Boat is back in the water and Sunday was Mothers day. I plan to get a KX3 (maybe for Fathers day?) and will do a WES while anchored this summer!
Great WES, thanks to everyone who answered my CQ.
FB QSO with Gary AB7LK WA.clean fist slowed to my speed. Nice ragchew.97% copy. Next month I will have my QRO (Icon 706) hurray!
Wow, deep QSB here on 40 meters Sunday morning! Signals went from 599 to 539 by the time the full exchange was made. Rig is K3 with Softrock Lite II and NaP3 software for panadapter. Thanks for the contacts. 73, Art
I started off QRP, but conditions were so bad, I fired up the Kenwood for 100W. Thanks for the QSOs and hope to see you in the next WES. 73! Chris WB9G
My first WES. Thanks for the contacts!
20m was my good band again this month. 40m had too much noise due to the storms around TX and OK and my signal isn't that good due to my low antenna. Thanks for listening for my puny-weak 5w signal. Best DX this time was Surrey, BC, Ken must have very good ears! Rig again was the Flex 3000 at 5w with a 1941 Vibroplex Original.
Great fun !!!!
Thanks to all the great operators! Pete
I started out QRP and worked 6 stations, had too much happening this weekend to try for points, so looked for stations I needed when I could get a few minutes on the air. I completed my T3, have 5 toward my T4 and now only need CT for WAS. Worked 4 at 100 watts so ended up QRO instead of QRP for WES. SKCC is a great collection of nice HAMS. 72/73 until tomorrow, Mike
Operated QRP from my sister-in-law's screened in porch in Garner, NC. QTH just south of Raleigh.
KX3, J-38 with home brew leg strap and PAR end fed between porch roof to convenient tree.
Thanks to all who dug me out of the noise. Another fun WES.
Condx were terrible...lots of qsb...hope better next month!!!!
WES for a little on Saturday, a little Sunday morning and then took the wife out for breakfast. After that we did a 7 mile walk on the Cape Cod Canal. Then some more WES!
It seemed that there was a lot of participation!
Great fun as usual and thanks to those who do all the work.
The pic is the Andrew McAllister that was going through as we walked.
Shortly after the sprint started, my wife complained that I was causing loud sounds through various devices upstairs. We did have a nearby lightening strike last week which took out the arc plug in my lightening arrestor. It must have damaged the coax as well. Time to troubleshoot and repair. Meanwhile, I am QRT until I can fix the problem.