|48||KF6C||Brian D. Comer||3398||CA||6||3||2/3/0||4,103||4,181|
|7||KF6C||Brian D. Comer||3398||CA||6||3||2/3/0||4,103||4,181|
|AK: 1 / 4||AL: 5 / 268||ARG: 1 / 1||AUS: 1 / 41||AZ: 5 / 195|
|BAH: 1 / 22||BC: 1 / 4||CA: 14 / 320||CO: 3 / 61||CT: 3 / 40|
|ENG: 1 / 8||FIN: 1 / 2||FL: 8 / 261||FRA: 2 / 62||GA: 7 / 416|
|GER: 1 / 5||IL: 7 / 172||IN: 6 / 217||ITA: 1 / 16||KS: 3 / 232|
|KY: 3 / 51||MA: 5 / 66||MB: 2 / 65||MD: 4 / 123||ME: 1 / 6|
|MI: 7 / 544||MN: 5 / 62||MO: 13 / 241||MS: 1 / 31||MT: 2 / 14|
|NC: 6 / 504||NE: 2 / 74||NED: 1 / 6||NH: 2 / 128||NJ: 5 / 216|
|NM: 1 / 6||NS: 1 / 4||NV: 2 / 101||NY: 10 / 152||OH: 11 / 286|
|OK: 7 / 215||ON: 2 / 38||OR: 5 / 170||PA: 8 / 336||PR: 2 / 110|
|RI: 3 / 70||SC: 3 / 125||SD: 1 / 2||SK: 1 / 20||TN: 5 / 323|
|TX: 16 / 623||UT: 2 / 160||VA: 10 / 385||VT: 1 / 12||WA: 4 / 45|
|WI: 4 / 134||WV: 3 / 139||WY: 1 / 100|
I had another fun WES. Made most of my contacts on 20mtrs,a few on 40mtrs but didn't hear a station on 15mtrs. Thanks to all that participated.
I was out of town for most of the weekend, but I had just enough time and energy to get on the board with 3 QSOs. See you next month!
For me AA6AC only 2 bands were doing anything. Saturday 20 meters Sunday 15 meters. Lots of users on the K3UK page. Some stations CQ lasted only one time QSB and gone. I had 15 QSO within the USA. NO DX station was herd at QTH SOCAL. Did find four crystal controlled stations and herd a couple others but very weak. Several users were non-lettered HOPE they were collecting for their Centurion awards. I used a Kenwood TS830S with 3 tubes. QSL's follow via mail or skcc bureau if you had envelopes. Gotta keep Jeff busy too. TNX all AA6AC Bob CA 6276T /3(tubes).
Fun weekend - working toward my centurion endorsement. Mostly used my vibroplex straight key, and occasionally answered higher speed calls with my bug. Looking forward to next time!
Been away from the sprints for a while - nice to be back.
A fun sprint. Too bad my DX-60 and HR-10 were not ready for prime time. Maybe next year.
sorry - scoring too convoluted for me! If I need a calculator to enter, count me out!!!
So many poor signals in this WES due to antiquated
rigs. 73 de Jack
Generally a good event for QRP except for Sunday when I could hardly get out of my own backyard.
Fun WES and fun to hear old friends again. Really odd conditions caused very rapid and deep QSB here in America's heartland. That coupled with our endless supply of storms threw in some heavy QRN. Still, it was fun and a good way to spend a rainy weekend. Thanks for the QSOs.
I collected nine new C/T/S member numbers toward my Tribunex4 endorsement. Thanks to K7DMB(NV) and K0FTC(WY) for giving me two additional credits towards my LOTW Triple Play award. See you again next month! Mitch - AD0HJ
Thanks for the QSOs!
Only operated on 20 and 40. 20m was pretty wild once again with deep QSB. Not much DX this time: Bernard F5DE; Chris F6EAZ; John KN4MX/C6A. Also, Lloyd VE4AEA and Kevin VE4MR from Manitoba. Rig: K3 running 100 watts to indoor cobweb ant; Junker straight key.
Forgot to keep track of the bonus points, oh well. Enjoyed the Qs and hearing bugs and sideswipers and straight keys. 73.
Great weekend! I worked several new stations over the two days and I am always impressed at the courtesy of the SKCC ops - y'all go out of your way to help and stand by when others trying to make QSOs - way different than normal 'contests'! Y'all reach around and pat yourselves on the back! Well Done! (and thanks, Pete, for another fun event!)
Had a great time, but weak signals and heavy QSB resulted in a number of lost contacts and a challenging sprint.
Not many contacts but finally go to work out my Past Time Projects 6V6 transmitter. Got 10 watts out of it, so I'm not in my usual QRP category. Used a Ramsey 40 m receiver kit for the listening end and a coax switch for manual T/R switching. Kept me busy, but a wonderful reminder of the old novice days (1970s for me).
Just a little 40M time on Saturday night. Rig DSW-40 at 3 mighty watts. Planned Sunday activity preempted by thunderstorms. 73 to all, Peter
This was my best WES, thank you SKCC, I had a great time. A special thanks to F6EAZ for being persistent near the end of the WES. Probably could have had a higher bonus if I went S&P but I CQ'd. Looking forward to next month
band condx had been to zero.
but worked Dave W3NP who gave me 35x
so if I am wrong with the bonus points
Due to the bad propagation sunday night on my side, only one band was used for the first time (20 m).
I was lucky to work 7 new S/T stations for my Senator and I just reached the dreamed "200" level!
Many thanks to all and see you next time!
Had fun despite poor propagation and a lot of strong QRN here. Something nearby buzzing away. Finished with 8 QSO's. Thanks to DG3NCZ/Flo, YU7AE/Kare, CT1REP/Joao, KE5PRL/Pat, IK0MHR/Roberto, OH7QR/Erkki, K4BAI/John, K1ACL/Fred.
Most of the WES I used a USA Bendix Radio Corp. Type MT-11B morse key, with my added sub base that makes it nice and stable plus a custom knob and skirt.
73 all. John.
Fun, weird conditions on 20m and not too much time to take part unfortunately.
See you next one
I was portable in Wyoming (DN71gf) Saturday and was using a Chameleon Mini Hybrid and a jaw mount on a tripod with a 66' wire inverted L antenna (JacKite poles to fly the wire). A 100' counterpoise wire from the bottom of the Hybrid ran along the ground in the opposite direction of the L. Worked 102 (100 without dupes) CW straight key stations running 5 to 95 watts. Radio was a TS-480SAT running on a generator. Key was a Czech military key.
Thank you for all the QSOs! 73, John K0FTC
I ended up with 2 major events on the same weekend. The June VHF contest and the Boat Anchor June WES. I decided I'd try to put some time in each.
I spent a big part of Friday getting the boat anchors ready, that I intended to use. I have a Hallicrafters HT37 that has 18 tubes and a Collins 51S-1. That would be a total of 35 tubes. I had the boat anchor station all ready to go, I dug out an old Dow-Key relay to use for T/R switch. I set up one of my transceivers to monitor my keying,(how did we manage in the days before built in sidetone oscillators?) I used an old Dentron tuner to make the SWR perfect. What a great idea to put built in antenna tuners in rigs !! HIHI
I had it all tuned up on 14053 Friday evening a few hours before WES started and put out a few CQs but no answers. A non-member came on frequency and started a QSO so I decided to try another frequency. Somehow in the process of moving I blew a fuse on the HT-37. I of course feared the worst, a blown Power Transformer. I didn't have a 4A Slo-blow fuse, so I decided to try another transmitter. I hooked my Viking Challenger up. It had 7 tubes so that would be 24 tubes with the 51S-1 and it is crystal controlled so that would provide a nice bonus for anyone I worked. The keying on the challenger isn't so great, not grid block like the HT-37. Also I only had 1 crystal that would be in the right spot for WES.
Regardless, I had fun and made a log page full of contacts on my 7050 xtal, which was closer to 7051. It was a VERY busy frequency and the 51S-1 had a fairly broad 800 Hz filter.
The rest of the time I spent working 2 Meter SSB
A family & friends weekend along with ARES op's on Saturday..It was great to hear the Boat Anchors on
the air...Thanks to all 73 Rick k0kex
Stormy weather. Strange band conditions. Week signals and plenty noise landed on my antenna.
It was great to see so much activity. I enjoyed being active, but unfortunately, didn't have as much time as I would have liked.
Thanks to all that herd my QRP 500 miliwatt signal!!
Why would the bonus score for number of tubes have to end in "0" or "5"? I had a good time for a couple of hours using my 3 element tribander on 20M exclusively. The June ARRL VHF/UHF QSO Party was running simultaneously, so one ear was on that activity, too. It was around 95 deg.F in the shack, so I quit early on Sunday afternoon. I should have the cooling system up and running by next month. 73 from Nevada!
bands very poor most of day after I left they opened up my luck
Nice to work everyone. Dusted off the bug for this one, and it probably showed. Thanks for all your patience as I resurrected my bug fist.
My first WES. It was great.
Drove my SCR-274N during this WES and had a good time. Picked up 3 more states for my ARC-5 WAS effort - W4FOA (GA), NM1W (NH) and WA1BXY (RI) -- thanks guys!
WOW! Sure had fun. Missed most of Sunday. Went to the Manassas, VA Ham Fest Sunday morning,then had afternoon thunderstorms. Thanks to AD0AB, W4AFB and AE5S for the tube points. Never did work a crystal! Used my Buddi-pole antenna Saturday evening. It is much better than my random End fed. Thanks for the Qs. 73 Dale K3SEN
Had a great first time!
IC756Pro, SB220, 1 KW, TH6DXX, dipole. Thanks for all QSOs. Made two QSOs on Saturday and the rest Sunday afternoon. Heard no 15M activity on Sunday. QSOs on 20: 92. QSOs on 40: 39. Bands in pretty good shape. Worked a number of Europeans, mostly members, on 20M. Thanks for all QSOs and points. 73, John, K4BAI.
Really strange being rock bound. Could not S & P. Had lots of fun once I got the old gear up and running again. Used a Drake 2NT at 50-75 watts and a Drake R-4C. Lots of fun but takes soooo much patience to do WES rock bound.
It seems the QSB gets a bit worse each time. On top of that this time in the latter part of Sunday QRN here was bad due to incoming storm system.
Had a great time. Thanks to all of you that put the firebottles on the air. Worked one of you that was crystal control who was drifting down in frequency rapidly. Wondered if perhaps it was a case of one of those new fangled crystals installed in a FT-243 holder.
Enjoyed my first non-qrp WES. I was given a very gently used Icom 765 and had to try it out.
My only contact was on 6M. Thurderstorms kept me off the air much of the weekend.
This was my first WES but it won't be my last. Rig is Kenwood TS-450sat running 100 watts into 20 meter EFHW - Inverted L @ 20 feet. Using my Chinese Army Key.
12W into a random wire antenna
It's been a long time since I fired-up the Collins Gold Dust Twins. It was great fun to pass out the "53" for tube bonus. I had to great crystals but the KWS-1 does not have the ability to be crystal controlled...darn!
The noise was high and the signals were low. But I enjoy every WES. See you next month. :-)
15X - Heathkit DX60B (35 watts) and Drake 2B
Spent about 5 hours Saturday night, managed to make 8 QSOs on 80M thru all the Lightning noise and ONE QSO on 160M. A few on 20M before the QSB took the band out, Most of the others on 40M. Picked up again Sunday morning for about half hour and got a few QSOs on 15 and 20m.
See you next month !
Not a lot of time again this month. Band conditions were not good here. Didn't dig out the boatanchor, the rig this month was a Corsair II with a 1956 Champion. Had fun as always.
I had to reenter my total because I figured my bonus wrong because of the wacky bonus calculations, hi. I finally got a outdoor 20 meter dipole up, so most of my contacts were on 20 meters. 20 meters conditions were great on Saturday. Lots of storms here in Michigan over the weekend. But over all, another great WES. Looking forward to next month.
Tough weekend for QRP 24 hrs of storms in this area.
My first WES where I invested > 6 hours. Tiring for this 'ol war horse - the wrists of steel disappeared too long ago. Still, a fun event and thanks to all who pulled my QRP signal outof the mud!
could not run the full event as had other committments. ran omni 7 for 1/2 and Drake T4xb/ R4b the other
I had a great time this year. The bands were OK but had a lot of static crashes from the surrounding storms. I used a Heathkit HW-101 until the VFO became unstable, then replaced with crystal controlled Heathkit HW-16.
Well I started out Saturday morning looking for tube/xtal stations and did well. We had a Blueberry festival in Nacogdoches so that killed most of Saturday. Sunday I picked up a few more but the upper bands here were bad. I did well on the bonus stations with 15/20/20/16/9 and they were all crystal controlled!
Great them and thanks to the boat anchor operators.
Not much life on the bands today. Only life I heard was on 20 meters and caught one contact on 40 meters. Another quick weekend. Used a K-2 to a G5RV. 72/73 Phil
R-4A, DX-60B CRYSTAL CONTROLLED TO 88' DOUBLET UP 50'
Great fun. Took the opportunity to check out some portable antennas, a few different versions of center-loaded verticals from my junk box and an Alexloop to determine what antennas I'll take with me on drive-about vacations for motel/condo use. Made over half of my contacts using the loop indoors which truly was a pleasant surprise. Periodically checked the Reverse Beacon Network and found a spot from Wales at 6db SNR... not a record breaker for my QRP rig by any stretch of the imagination but nice to know that the loop functions as advertised. Unfortunately didn't catch any European SKCC stations this time around.
I WAS AMAZED AT HOW WONDERFUL SOME OF THE OLD GEAR SOUNDED. YES THERE WERE A FEW CHIRPERS BUT THERE WAS SOME VINTAGE HARDWARE ON THE AIR THIS WEEKEND. SUNDAY MORNING I THOUGHT MY ANTENNA HAD COLLAPSED THE BAND WAS REALLY POOR. THANKFULLY AS THE DAY WENT ON IT IMPROVED. WORKED LOTS OF CENTURIONS THIS TIME. GREAT TO SEE NEW MEMBERS ACTIVE. AS USUAL TIRING BUT SO MUCH FUN. KUDOS TO THE ORGANIZERS.
One of my favorite WES. Got rolling early Saturday but got too busy at home. Sunday was pretty much a blowout with band conditions from this QTH. Ran my DX-60B, matching VFO and Drake 2A receiver (not in the picture). Thanks to all that workd me and 73.
Operated /P for only 1 1/2 hours at 50W from the beach house. 40 meters was pretty much dead. Hpe to do better next month (Jul WES) running portable again .... this time from DE. 73
I thought I'd be QSO bait for sure with 9 tubes and crystals. Well, I guess I was on 40m. But that's all my Heathkit HW-16 could manage! I had a few QSOs on 80m. But none on 15m due to band condx, my poor antennas and deaf rig. The action seemed to be on 20m. And I couldn't get there!
I had a great time anyway. I *love* operating boatanchors.
I didn't really have that many QSOs. I think what got me a decent score is that several of us were able to engineer some XTAL-to-XTAL QSOs. That used to happen all the time back in the Novice Class days. Now we can use the sked page to set it up!
I had one really strange QSO. The OP answered my CQ. After my side of the WES exchange, he asked if this was a contest. When I answered "yes", he berated me that contests serve no useful purpose and went QRT. Not so unusual, until I looked him up and found he is an SKCC member! I didn't log his QSO, by the way ...
Tnx for your patience on repeats. QSB was nasty. I recall giving someone a 579, then totally lost them.
QRP with an 85 ft end fed wire laying on the roof of the house. Had fun but the bands could have been better.
Rough band conditions, but fun as always :-). Linda
First real contacts using the TCS12 TX (RX working but not used). Still need to get switching organized better and a XTAL on a better freq would be good. KX3 makes good sidetone and monitor! Pity the TCS12 stops at 12 MHz.
Been busy as a bee this Spring with kids and projects - and, the weather just has been too good to sit around in the shack!. Fun time as always - had more time on Sunday but condx seemed down compared to Saturday. Don KF7DS
Had a great time running my Drake gear (2NT/R4B). It was fun being on the receiving end of a pile-up giving away points. Thanks to W3NP,N6EV,and the other Xtal control Ops...sure helped the score. I have a bunch of crystals so it wasn't too hard to find a place to park. See you next month.
Both 20M and 40M were good for contacts for my QRP station. Had a great time!!!
Thanks for qsos. Used 200w in wes.
I was operating from the Whitehall MT (KH6OZP) area from my camper. Running a Yaesu FT 897d with my homebrew junk key. A Hustler vertical with the 20M coil, attached to the rear ladder. I was amazed when ON5UK, Luk called me. Great QRP QSO tks Luk.
Great fun this WES! First WES I've had time to spend some significant time playing in. Noticed participating has boosted my comfortable working speed up from around 10wpm to about 15ish. I'm looking forward to the next one!
Stayed on 40M. Used a SX-101A and HT-32B for a total of 35 tubes.
Fun event with not so good propagation. Only two bands worked - 40 and 20. No boat anchor, but was fun working them. As always, a great event. See you all down the log! 73, jack
This was my first WES entered. I only operated for about 4 hours, but had a lot of fun.
Great fun /C6A/MM in the Bahamas.
The fun part is setting up the boat anchor station.
Worked eleven boat anchor stations, three with crystals.
FIRST TIME IN WES. ENJOYED A LOT AND WILL DO IT AGAIN NEXT MONTH.
I was only able to get on for 38 minutes but it was fun anyway. I hope to get more QSOs next time.
I was planning to run /2x, with my QRP 2-tube xmtr. 15 minutes after arriving at our summer QTH, severe t-storms rolled in, and we lost power for the next 48 hours! No tubes, just battery operated QRP by flashlight... Worked only one boatanchor, but he was /35x!
It was a busy weekend here so not much time on the air. Still had a blast and wanted to say, as always, thank you for putting on this event. It was a nice warm up for Field Day! Best 73 to all
Was on vacation in a remote New Mexican village, up in a canyon at 7600' elevation, surrounded by mesas another 400-700 feet above me. Rig was a K1 into a 27' random wire held up by 20' crappie pole bungeed to the front porch railing, and a single counter poise.
Saturday was fun, Sunday I had the "K-index Blues".
Tip of the hat to N6EV,VK7CW,and F5DE for really digging deep to read my 5 watts. The 2 way "Twanger" QSO with Steve,VK7CW was lots of fun. Thanks to all the "Boat Anchor" Ops who made this WES special. 72/73 de N4ow Al
Not much time for WES this month - too many family commitments. Most of my time was spent on 20-M. Higher band conditions were poor.
Thanks to all...Carl, N5XE
Thanks to all who participated and made this a fun event, especially my fellow boatanchor enthusiasts. I used a Hallicrafters SX101 (15 tubes) and Viking Valiant (21 tubes!) rock bound for a tube multiplier of 36X. Key used was an early Bunnell Spark key from the 20s. It was an interesting twist having to sit in one spot waiting for a fish to swim by! Was great fun executing some xtal to xtal QSOs like the old days.
One funny anechdote: about half way through the event the SX101 developed an uncharacteristic frequency instability of about 20Hz causing each station to sound like they were drifting. As I shut down at the conclusion of the sprint I realized the oscillating fan I set up to cool the shack was the source of the instability! Funny.
Full size hi-res image can be seen here: http://www.N6EV.com/N6EV_Vintage.jpg
How many keys do you recognize?
Fun! Earned my Centurion credential this weekend... good to hear bugs on the air! See you next time,
73, Ray N6HE
Had lots of fun. Earned most of my points operating my IC-735 on my balcony using battery power. FWIW, my actual bonus was 262.
Had lots of fun going portable qrp-5 w with KX3 and alexloop
Between T-Storms es To Do List, Not enough time.... Tnx fer all the QSO's guys. 73 Randy
I only had limited operating time, but had a blast.
This was my first boat anchor regatta. Lot's of fun, but towards the end, I was beginning to appreciate the Omni VI+ sitting dormant on the other desk :)
Best QSO was with W4ALF. When I sent my report and turned it over to him he appologized and said he was a new ham and didn't know about the sprint. I think he was surprised when I slowed down to around 5WPM and explained what was going on. He said he has been a ham for about a year and has been on CW for only three weeks. I directed him to the SKCC web site and he said he was going to join, so be on the lookout for him and be sure to slow down and help him out!
I spent 90% of my time on 40M. 80 meters was pretty much nothing but a massive pile of static crashes. I ventured up to 20M a couple of times, but my receiver wasn't hearing too well on 20 and the only crystal I have (that falls on a useable frequency) drifts like crazy.
Still, it was lots of fun to go old school for a weekend. See you all next time!
--73 de Marty, N9SE
Transmitter: Viking Adventurer, crystal controlled, ~25W
Receiver: Hammarlund HQ-110A
Key: Johnson Speed-X bug ...well, I used it a little. I mostly used my new secret weapon. I will report on that key next month :)
STILL ENTERING.. ARGO 6 5 WTS G5RV SO, YOU ALL HAVE A GOOD MONTH TILL NEXT JULY WES.. C U THEN AND AGN TNX TO THE SKCC BOARD...... WAS MAINLY WORKING ON THE 63 ECONOLINE P/U RESTORE.. C U L DAVE.......73...............
Put too little time into this, my first ever SKCC event. I'll do more!
I rounded down to the nearest 5 bonus points.... I know the 2 x tubes guys are going to clean up on points ;-)
Nice contest. Lots of activity on 40m especially.
Congrats to the QRP operators, especially Ron WB0KRI at 1 watt. And to all the boat anchor operators; I heard a lot of sweet signals from you guys.
73 de NC4RT
not sure of bonus. copied paul/N6EV with paul/36x
my second wes and it was a lot of fun, in spite of the bands. Spent most of my time on 20 & 40, but did check and work a few on the other bands. Looking forward to the next one!
Tnx to W3NP, KF7WNS, N9SE,K9JWI,W4AFB and AD0AB for the extra points. The Boat Anchors sounded great. Band conditions unfavorable this month for 1 watt QRP
Rig:KX3. Ant: EDZ Key: Cootie
First WES for me- what a great time! Recently got back to radio and am having a ball with all my old qrp rigs and straight keys. Didnt have much time to devote to it since it was last minute but will be there for the next one. 72, Mike NQ7K
Worked portable at camp with the PRC320 (Chirpy). Thanks to Rich, Dave, Randy and Chip for working me. Was using the knee key which haven't used in a long time so produced some odd characters i'm sure. Great WES as usual and had a lot of fun.
Only had 30 minutes for this WES during which I was lucky to contact 4 stations in 20 meters. Then I thought I heard a fifth station replying to my call, but towards the end of my exchange I realized that I might have been doubling with someone else. My sincere apologies to the station that I though had replied to my call in case my QRP signal added to the QRM. Rig: KX3 at 5W. Ant: endfed wire at 43'. Key: small Schurr. 73 de Jose VE3DTI.
Great event and theme . 20 meters was definitely
the most productive from this QTH. Ran an TS830s
as a /3 tube participant . Hope everyone had fun .
This is the first WES I have been in for quite a while. Great to be back and conditions on 15m and 20m were quite good and had great fun as usual. It was particularly nice to work Al N4OW (who was QRP) for a 20m Twanger to Twanger QSO. Time permitting I will definitely try and enter the next WES. Thanks to all those who answered my CQ WES calls. Best 73 from Tasmania de Steve VK7CW # 10820T
Saturday morning our ARES group had a VHF Simplex voice & digital test to confirm area coverage. During a lull in the test I managed a few WES contacts from the HF/VHF station. Note the SKCC certs on the back wall...73 thanks for the contacts...Rick k0kex
My first WES. Spent most of the time listening, but made two fb contacts using Omni VII and G5RV. Hope to get my old AT-1 working for next year's boat anchor WES.
I didn't put a lot of time and effort into it this time, but I did enjoy making a few contacts.
Enjoyed running the Drake 4-line for the Sprint. Had to split operating time between the VHF contest and family activities but great fun as always.
TS520 with 3 tubes. Not much time to operate, but still had fun. Tnx to Ted,K8AMQ (53 tubes),Gary Kf7WNS(14 & xtal),and Marty, N9SE (15 & xtal) for the great bonuses. 73, Jim
Not much time and beautiful weather only played 4 hours. 73 de Art W2NRA 11634S
My greatest respect to those who operated the entire sprintathon, fighting the lousy band conditions. My weekend was tied up with family stuff, but I did get an opportunity to listen in now and then, and make three whole contacts while demonstrating ham radio! Thanks to all. What a great group. KX3 @ 5W, Begali Spark, 80M horiz. loop @ 25 ft.
Ah yes, my favorite WES theme - I love my boatanchors!! This year I chose the Viking II that I have had since 1980 but never on CW or xtal controlled. Couldn't find too many usable crystals but it worked out ok. I didn't have time to install the grid block keying mod but the 135 volts sparking on the 1915 Vibroplex contacts added a nice touch in the dimly lit wireless room! I used my 75A4 receiver again this year along with the B&W 381 TR switch for switch free TR changeover and a total of 35 tubes. Also used my Junker straight key. I worked 6 other xtal controlled stations and 21 total tube stations for a goodly bonus. Worked Paul N6EV towards the end and his 36x along with my 35x made for a good bonus in just that one qso....Being xtal controlled in a WES is a major handicap but so much more interesting (and work) than the modern gear like my K3. 73 de West Virginia
Thank you to everyone who I worked. It sure got warm in my shack with all those tubes. :-)
I enjoyed the WES, but I must admit I was ready to quit many times. During these "Low Pressure" events, lets all try to remember to be CONSIDERATE of the other operators. Check to see if a frequency is in use before laying out a series of CQs over someone's qso. Remember when we are using "boat anchors" that the receiver filters are "as wide as a barn door." We don't need to be 200 hz off someones frequency. The bands have plenty of room on them for everyone. Pick a freq, and post it on the K3UK page. Send CQ and they will come....
Ok, I am off my soapbox now. I love operating the old gear. See you again soon!
Lots of fun but two precious granddaughters took priority! Rig was Heathkit HW-16 (30 watts output, 40 meters only), Drake 2B/2BQ outboard rcvr, dipole antenna and McElroy teardrop key. Operated on 7120 crystal exclusively. I did make one 80 meter (3560) QSO. Thanks to those who came up into the "nosebleed" frequency range!
No tubes in my KX3 DUH! Ran 5 watts into a Small Mag Loop antenna inside. My first WES using the new Begali Swing that my wife MADE ME buy at Daton! (That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!) Ha HA She's a keeper! Thanks for listening to my poor Cootie fist....more practice needed here!
Thanks to KN5L and KF7WNS and others who provided so many bonus points. I offered a meager 3 with my TS-520s. Kept the plate current at 70mA which gave me 5W QRP. Some weekend storms here but otherwise 20m was in good shape. 72, Wil
I hope I calculated my score right. I counted KF7WNS, Gary, with 14X as 196 points. That's more than half of my total score!! Thanks Gary. With conditions the way they were I was able to get a lot of chores done around the house without getting grumpy about missing valuable WES air time. I enjoyed the contacts that I was able to make. Jack N5DY and Jim KE5AL had strong signals into Southern California all weekend long.
73s to all, Ron
I didn't have time to get my one tube crystal transmitter running this year but it was fun listening to everybody that did. See you all in a couple of weeks.
well, i got my superpro/q5er, 6ASG7/globe chief 90/304TH going ihto my dipole on 40 meters, so i could give out (cant remember unless i count again) somewheres near 32x as a bonus for working me best WES in a long time!!
Not sure I Understand the bonus scoring--- but I had a good time--- We can always use more ops in this,,,73 ED/W7GVE
Nice to hear some old-timey QRM again!
Only had 1 hour to operate Sunday Bud
Great WES! I'll echo what many have reported; Storm generated QRN and weird QSB. Worked 40m, 20m and made one contact on 15m -Thanks Luis, KP4ED in P.R. I checked back on 15m through out the sprint but never heard anybody else. All contacts using an old Nye Speed-X straight key with flat knob. Pictured on my QSL card. CUL 73
Caught up with another old Waterway cw net op, WA5KMA Jim. He put on great pig roasts for the Waterway Radio & Cruising Club 'hams' when he was in Fl. Sure miss them and thanks agn for relaying my health and welfare msg from the Bahamas! W8NQI
Operated from Lake Antoine in Iron Mountain MI.
Despite poor band conditions (boy do I ever miss fall/winter propagation), I had a great time nonetheless. Many thanks to the boatanchor stations for firing up those tube rigs for this event. I always enjoy hearing those old transmitters; this time they were good for bonus points, too! Many thanks also to the organizers for another fun WES. See y'all in the ether. ~73~
Most signals were not strong but with cw, they don't need to be.Sprints are always a fun ham radio activity.
Whew! Had to put on my math to figure the score. And I only made 13 QSOs! Great fun. Harvey Wells T-90 Drake 2B, and 2AQ Q-Multiplier for a total of 21 tubes.
Very enjoyable weekend with lots of activity on the bands! I liked the "boat anchor" theme. A 14X, 35X, and 36X sure helped out the point total!
What a gas to fire up the DX20 with a box of old 40 meter novice rocks! With the Drake 2B that made me a 40 watt 13X. AC2C was the only one who gave me a 579C, I was chirpin' along for sure. Tried 15 meters but the chirp was so bad I wouldn't inflict it on anyone-plus afraid and OO might hear! Between switching and tuning every QSO had me shaking like the teenage novice I was a long time ago. Had to give back a bonus point-the scoring program would only take values ending in 1 or 5-so much for modern technology!Loved it but will happily be back on the TS480 next time. 73 all and thanks for the fun!
Only able to work a couple of hours of the sprint. Bands not in very good shape at my QTH. IC 703 @ 4w into end fed antenna up 25 ft. Key J-38. Tnx to all who copied my signal.
73 Ken WA2FBN
Fun time, as always. Seems funny I worked more Senators than Tribunes and Centurions combined.
Worked new member K8PRC #14046 pedestrian mobile.
Here ran my IC-7200 at 50w to an all-band vertical. Big ole Kent Straight Key.
Had a great time, 1st SKCC submission of any sort.
I had some commitments over the weekend but I was on some both days. The DX-40 and S-85 worked great. The only problem I had was switching between receive and transmit takes 2 switches. Guys working break in were a little quick on the trigger. Had a blast!
FUN CONTEST LOOKING FOR TUBE RIGS. TOTAL OPERATING TIME CUT SHORT DUE TO MANY STORMS COMING THROUGH TULSA. THANKS TO THOSE PUTTING ON THE CONTEST
KX3 WORKED WELL TNXS FOR ALL THE CONTACTS, 72, RAY
I used my Kenwood TS-520S to hand out /3. It was fun to work the other boat anchors, for a couple I had to keep my hand on the RIT control as they drifted. The chirp on some of them sounded nice and gave them character!
Sorry I didn't have more time to participate. MNY TNX for the Welcome comments!
73, Bob WB2NVR
Not much time for ham radio.
But nice get-together with family on the weekend.
And I tried to maximize the S/P/C with the few QSOs I did make doing S&P. 73 and thanks to organizers.
WB2VVV - Operated from my Post and Beam Ham Shack in rural RI using a Center Fed Vertical Dipole on 40m. Rig was a Crystal Controlled Johnson Viking Adventurer (25W Transmitter) and a Hammarlund HQ-110A Receiver - 15 tubes total. Challenges were being rock-bound to a few frequencies and it seemed a like lot of QRM on the busy frequencies due to the vintage receiver not being very selective - and seeming quite sensitive.
Another fun WES. QSB was tough, though, and a couple of times, I lost the station right after the initial contact. My apologizes to anyone I wasn't able complete the QSO with. Looking forward to the next sprint!
Merci beaucoup Chris (F6EAZ) pour le 449 de Dijon! And thanks Steve (VK7CW) for the 549 from Tasmania! That's 1,820 miles per watt! Also thanks to KF7WNS/14X and W3NP/35X, you guys almost doubled my raw score. And I also worked *almost* 1/2 the states in a 24 hour period. I'm still amazed after all these years what you can do with 5 watts and a single conversion superhet receiver (MFJ-9020 in this case). It never gets old!
I don't believe the bonus points need to end with a 0 or a 5. I had 1452, but it wouldn't let me enter that. I spent most of my time on 40 meters, because that is where the action was. I couldn't believe how little power line noise I had after the heavy rainfall we had here the past couple of days, but it was a pleasant change. Thanks for the contacts. See you in the next sprint. 73, Art
Storms limited operating time. Attempted to run a newly acquired Drake B-line, key word "attempted", for /20. My apologies to the stations who worked me FAR off frequency. Finally got the hang of it after GOOGLE intervention.
Bands up and down, making for an interesting sprint.
Good fun and thanks to all.
Even when band conditions stink WES is still fun!
8 mile walk on the CCC with the XYL on Saturday. Pic is the Barbara McAllister towing a Bouchard barge under the RR bridge.