|AL: 6 / 122||AR: 1 / 5||ARG: 1 / 57||AZ: 3 / 73||BC: 1 / 4|
|CA: 10 / 187||CO: 2 / 24||CT: 5 / 60||CZE: 1 / 20||DE: 1 / 26|
|ENG: 1 / 16||FL: 5 / 51||FRA: 1 / 36||GA: 9 / 293||IL: 7 / 166|
|IN: 4 / 157||KS: 4 / 36||KY: 3 / 74||LA: 1 / 31||MA: 5 / 112|
|MB: 2 / 21||MD: 6 / 221||MI: 8 / 117||MN: 3 / 63||MO: 12 / 344|
|MT: 2 / 10||NC: 7 / 525||NE: 2 / 30||NH: 4 / 200||NJ: 5 / 194|
|NY: 6 / 107||OH: 9 / 106||OK: 6 / 107||ON: 3 / 38||OR: 3 / 79|
|PA: 6 / 193||PHI: 1 / 2||PR: 1 / 66||SC: 2 / 38||TN: 4 / 210|
|TX: 14 / 264||VA: 10 / 372||VT: 1 / 19||WA: 2 / 71||WI: 4 / 349|
|WV: 2 / 59||WY: 1 / 53|
KX3 at 5 Watts to 80m doublet - using Nye Viking Speed-X key
For AA6AC S&P works best. CONDITIONS in SOCAL POOR at best. Lots of users on K3UK page but not herd. DID some CQ on 20 and 15 meters little joy.
Found only 4 colonies. Saturday IARU contest was everywhere. Sunday somewhat better without contest. One DX station KP4SJ PR. rest stateside.
QSL's follow. AA6AC Bob 6276T SOCAL.
Worked 40m early, then did chores and set up my qrp rig on my back porch. Made one qso on 40 and then switched to 20m, which was all IARU contest throughout the band. Ended up working a bunch of contesters from my back porch. Came back to the WES this morning and off and on through the day. Always a fun weekend. 73, ab3ru.
Very first WES participation, mostly a little sniping after midnight when activity cooled down. WI, CA, KS, MO, MS, & MI worked from colony MD, but no other colonies--go figure! :-p Helpful folks on sked page! Fun! 73's de Joe AB3WW
K3/10 at 5W to the Inverted L. Key used was my Bencher RJ-2. Managed to work 3 colonies on 40 meters Sunday afternoon.
Very busy weekend here with many distractions, so limited time with on/off operating windows. I managed a UK/France sweep and missed ONLY Delaware for a 13 Colonies sweep.
DATE_ON ON CALL FREQ NOTES
20150711 0031 K3ZGA 7.059588 569 NC BOB 17331
20150711 0038 KG2GL # 7.057588 599 NJ TONY 5947
20150711 0043 AK4NY # 7.053588 599 GA TOM 12363S
20150711 2135 K2OGT/3 # 7.054584 599 pa bob 5266t
20150711 2141 AC2C # 7.055584 599 MD ON 2748S
20150711 2210 K9EYT 7.049584 589 IL RAY 7941T
20150712 1108 WH6LE # 7.055568 579 nc pete 13533t
20150712 1150 K4DJ 7.051568 579 nc rich 11060s
20150712 1225 WS1K 7.049568 MA JON 12959T
20150712 1230 K8IJ 7.051568 589 ky chas 4781t
20150712 1912 AK4NY 14.057592 599 ga tom 12363s
20150712 1920 KE5PRL 14.055592 579 pat ms 7975
20150712 1927 W5BM 14.053592 559 ok dan 7754s
20150712 1934 W9CC 14.051592 579 in larry 469t
20150712 1945 W9DLN 14.048592 559wi dan 3635s
20150712 2032 N7DC # 7.050576 559 VA DANNY 482T
20150712 2105 KC9W 14.059592 579 TN RANDY 5277S
20150712 2111 K8WSN 14.057592 569 MI B ILL 4986S
20150712 2118 W0YZZ 14.054592 MO DAVE 5519T
20150712 2129 W9DLN 7.055604 579 WI DAN 3635S
20150712 2134 N9SE 7.053604 559 IN MARTY 12753S
TOTAL 19 S-10 T-8
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
No DE, no RI. Also no DX except for Walt LW3EX on 20m. Guess we will have to get used to these prop condx over coming years. QSZ? Rig: Elecraft K3 @ 100w; indoor cobweb antenna; Junker straight key.
Propagation not so good this weekend. I could hear folks on 20 m, but they couldn't hear me. For awhile, the only person I heard on all of 40 m was W9DLN! Always a fun challenge. Most QSOs on my YouKits HB1A running 4 watts to a dipole using my trusty Vibroplex as a cootie.
As usual not much time for WES. But got 8
New numbers for my S list. 73, Peter
Managed to work 12 of the 13, never heard a DE on the air. Propagation was not good to EU off my G5RV, there seemed to be a fair amount of QRN and a strange QSB - signals appeared and disappeared very rapidly. I had fun, spent about 6 hours across the weekend on the air.
Having more free time than usual, I was ready for staying several hours in front of my hand keys, but unfortunately propagation was horrible, the worst I had after 63 WES participations.
However it was a pleasure to get those 36 QSO, some of them were a bit difficult.
I think some guys were calling me but the signals were so weaks than I was unable to copy them, please excuse me to those friends!
I missed CT, DE, PA, RI and SC.
Thank you and see you all soon for brag contacts, SKS-E or WES events.
Good fun and got to play with 2 straight keys. One Welsh "GW" big key and an American Bendix Radio Corp.key on a home made black base plus a custom made finger piece.
I managed 16 QSO's and one more point towards my "T x 7" Propagation pretty dire again for across the pond contacts.. 73 all
I pulled into my spot at dawn (about 5:30-still using headlights) and 2 big bull elk, with heavy antler growth, were grazing in the meadow next to my spot. You got to love Wyoming! Honda generator for power, Kenwood TS-480SAT, 90 or so watts, into a Chameleon Mini Hybrid with an inverted 66' wire. Czech military key. Started on 40 and should have stayed there-20 was not worth a darn for the most of the day. 20 got better later, but dropped again in the late afternoon. 15 was barely there with no QSO's there. Thunderstorms were headed my way in the late afternoon from the west. It was just starting to sprinkle when I left at about 5:30 PM. Thanks for the QSOs. Also, thanks to the folks who spotted me, you can sure tell when that happens.
The comments confirm the condx that we had in Mo. I could not hear G0RDO, F5DE was 339...worked 10 of the Colonies, five new members in the log. Not a bad time given the condx...Thanks to all...73 Rick
Lot of QSB and other contest activity
Mostly worked on Sunday. Very poor band conditions. Mostly 20, a few 40 es 1 15. Lucked into Delaware twice. Still missed NY, RI, MA-ME and NH.
Camping in the White Mtns. National Forres...Best 73's Ed
Little time to operate, but as one of the 13 Colonies SE operators for Mass I wanted to get on for a while. Fun theme!
Yaesu FT-817nd @ 5 watts/ 40 meter Pill Bottle antenna
Got some time at the end of the day to play radio, sat out in the backyard and worked 40 meters with a 22 1/2" Pill Bottle antenna and managed to snag 5 40 meter contacts! What Fun! :-)
not fun with test on 20 and then bands closed up solar flares again
Terrible conditions - all bands were completely wiped at the beginning of the WES, and only started to recover late on Sunday. I started the WES QRP, but quickly realized that I would not be very available from VA if I kept that up. At one point, I even called CQ with 500W, but received absolutely no callers, although one station did hear me and commented on it. Since I never worked anyone at 500W, and dropped back down to 100W before making any further contacts, I have entered my results as 100W or less QRO. Hope that is ok. I was lucky to be called by many stations, and I tried to use a variety of straight keys and bugs throughout, just for fun. The picture shows the keys I used in this WES. Even though I have been a bug users for 37 years, I haven't touched one in about 4 years, and only recently dusted them off for SKCC. I know my bug fist is not great, so thanks to all who tolerated me. My Bunnell Navy straight key remains my favorite though. Thanks for a lot of fun. What a great group of Ops SKCC is! 73, Harv
Thanks for the Qs. 73 Dale K3SEN
My first WES - two 90 minutes sessions arranged around honey-do's. :) Conditions seemed better on 20M on Sunday; too much QRN on Saturday.
Had a great time! Could not find a RI or SC station for a clean sweep of the colonies. I did manage a sweep during their Special Event, though.
FT1000MP, Alpha 78, 1 KW, TH6DXX, dipole. 37 QSOs on 20M; 7 QSOs on 40M. Thanks for all QSOs. Glad to give out the GA Colony points. 73, John, K4BAI.
Limited time due to family commitments. Condx lousy. Hope I helped a few get a clean sweep with SC.
Saturday was a loss with the QRM contest. Just for laughs I loaded my CW memories with call and exchange and wound the keyer up to 55 WPM with 2.5:1 ratio ... made about half dozen QSOs by just pushing two buttons ... couldn't tell you the call sign of any of the stations were and couldn't care less..
Sunday I relaxed and got to work a few stations in "our" contest that I don't look on as a contest ... just good fun as always.
FT-450D, 20W, low dipole, and Czech Army key.
On Saturday I only worked one station, KP4SJ, apparently the SKCC folks were hiding from those participating in the "TEST" event.
Worked 17 more stations on Sunday. QSB was so bad (this seems to be coming a normal thing) that I felt like a 1950s Novice who used QSB as an excuse for not being able to copy another station (usually code speed). This time I feel sure that dang ionosphere was drifting around though.
Most signals seemed down. KE5PRL in Mississippi had the loudest signal I heard (and worked), he was a 599 into Amarillo.
Didn't have much time to put in this time. I hope to have more next time.
Concentrated on my club call KZ5OM.
Difficult condx. No EU QSOs.
Added 1 new skcc member number.
Managed to catch a few hours of this Weekend Sprintathon. Fun theme (conditions notwithstanding)!
RIG: Yaesu FT-857D (100w)
ANTENNAS: Cushcraft A3S Yagi & Butternut Vertical for the low bands.
KEYS: My noice J-38, 80's Vibroplex bug, 40's National Telegraph bug
Not much action to be had on 15m and 10m. Cycle 24 is definitely waning.
IARU HF (which was also a great time) was going in the lower part of the bands so we mostly congregated a bit further up.
Nice WES. Tnx to all and 73.
Saturday was a loss with all of the noise and other contests. But after rain for 20 of the last 25 days, I was glad to get out in the sun. :-). Sunday was better but church was a priority. Still, I love every single WES, whether I have a lot of contacts or am only able to work a few hours and just get a handful. See you all next month :-).
Great fun as always and great ops. Vy 73, Chas
Tried 40M Saturday evening but some other contest had usual SKCC freqs all tied up. Sunday mid day worked better for me, but 20M was just about dead and 40M had a few stations to work. Not a good sprint for me this month :(
Only had an hour for this event but had a great time & worked a few new stations. See everyone in the two hour sprint. 73's to all from Ohio
Operated both SKCC WES and the IARU contest this weekend. A highlight for me was getting called by FO5RH who was using a straight key and had a very nice fist. Since I was operating IARU at the time I couldn't count him for WES scoring. Perhaps one of our French speaking members can try recruiting FO5RH for SKCC membership.
Thanks to all the FB SKCC op's. Had fun !
Worked IARU Saturday, WES Sunday. 20 meters was the only game going at this QTH most of the day. At times, had multiple stations calling me. Sorry to the ones I missed. Look for you all at the next SKCC event! Enjoyable time for all.
A rookie within the SKCC so this was my first WES. Hope I didn't step on too many toes! Used Bert's (W5ZR) pgm for the WES and seemed to work vy well. Need to figure out how to import adif file to regular log. Had a great time and hopefully will improve. Tnx!
Had a lot of fun. Using my FT-817nd for the first time. Appreciate all the good reports. 73, de KA1DBE
used my "new" ten tec omni 7. 40 meters and 20 meters. 20 meters crowded with contesters
It was a very ruff weekend for QRP. We don't thank you guys for pulling us out of the noise often enough so let me include my thanks. Hope to CUL.
do not understand what the unique S,T,C is all about? or the SPCs also? I guess I am getting stupid in my old age.
First 24 hours shot due to IARU HF World Championship. Last 12 hours was rough due to lot of QRM/QRN. Lot of storms in the area. But, that just added to the challenge. Looking forward to the SKS. Used K-2 with G5RV up 35 feet. 72/73, Phil
QRP was a rough go but had fun anyway.
This was my first WES and I had a lot of fun. Thanks everyone for the contacts and new numbers
That was fun....A MUST for each year after the 13 colony Special Event. (hint hint Mr Pete)
I got to play off and on through out the weekend and heard several old salts I haven't heard in a while. It was great work Walt, LW3EX again, it's been a while. I managed to drop into the PUB twice (K1PUB) thanks to Chas. And a real treat was to hear KE3O calling CQ with a /p...and that portable station was in DE!! whoo hoo! got him.
But for the want of a RI and UK, I did not make the sweep. Never heard RI and tried my best for John, G0RDO but never made it completely through the ether. Great fun this time.
Used the Mountain Topper Radio at 3w and the KX3 at 5w into PAR Endfedz at 33 feet. Key was my Marconi AS-300A and My Patriot by LnR Precision.
73 for now,
Pretty tuff with "TEST" everywhere, thankful for a small corner on 20M. Two birthday parties on Sunday, so no time to operate.
Tough conditions here. Got plenty of halfway decent spots on the Reverse Beacon Network but one of the least productive WES events as far as my QSO and SPC totals. Enough of this summer propagation stuff already, bring on fall and winter!!
BOY THIS WEEKEND WAS A CHALLENGE. SATURDAY WASN'T TOO AWFUL BAD BUT WENT DOWN HILL. STRANGE QSB. A SIGNAL IS S9 ONE MOMENT AND GONE THE NEXT. HAD TO WORK FOR MOST CONTACTS. SOME STATIONS WERE STRONG TO ME BUT THEY JUST COULDN'T HEAR ME NO MATTER HOW HARD I POUNDED THAT KEY. SPEAKING OF KEYS DON'T MISS MARTY'S NEW BEGALI, WHAT A BEAUTY. THAT KEY IS ALMOST BIGGER THAN HIS KX3. THE COMBO SURE SOUNDS GOOD ON THE AIR. WAS HAPPY TO HEAR LOTS OF NEW MEMBERS. NEEDED DELAWARE AND CONNECTICUT FOR THE COLONIES SWEEP AND MANAGED TO SQUEAK OUT A QSO WITH BERNARD TO GET FRANCE. G0RDO WAS THERE ON SUNDAY AND QUITE A FEW GUYS GOT HIM BUT I NEVER EVEN HEARD HIM. BUT IT WAS FUN LIKE ALWAYS.SEEMS LIKE MORE QRP GUYS IN THE WES THIS MONTH. OUR NORMAL CALLING FREQS ON 20 METERS WERE PRETTY MUCH UNAVAILABLE ON SATURDAY. HIGH SPEED HIGH POWERED CONTESTERS WERE ALL OVER 14050 PLUS OR MINUS SO ACTIVITY WAS UP AROUND 14115. HATS OFF AGAIN TO THOSE WHO ORGANIZE THESE EVENTS. TOUGH SUMMER CONDITIONS BUT FUN AS USUAL. CANT WAIT FOR NEXT MONTHS WES.
72 DE KC9W RANDY IN TN!
It was tuff weekend for QRP! Merlin KD0V #1243S
Poor conditions kept my interest at a low. See you all next month. 73
Trekked out to Fenwick Island Delaware on Sunday for some /P ops, about 150 yards off the Atlantic ocean. Setting at nearly sea level, ran 80w from my Yaesu 757 into one of either a 20m or 40m hamstick mtd on my vehicle roof. Called CQ many times with minimal results. 40 meter prop was poor early .. switched to 20 meters in early afternoon as condx improved. Was hoping to put DE on the map for the 13 colony WES but not much materialized. Tnx fer those who picked up my signal. 73, es c u nxt time.
Only had a few minutes, but had a few QSOs anyway. Fun as always!
Not a great showing, but had a good time. I wish I'd have thought of going above 14.100 earlier. That other contest was murder.
I was really looking forward to working this sprint, sounded like fun, but summer chores left me with only 45 minutes to spare. In that time I only heard W9DLN clear enough to respond to. Guess Dave couldn't hear me. Hoping I have more time for the next WES.
Given the great weather we have had over the past winter and spring in Portland, I have found more to do outdoors and I have not had as much time over the past few months for WES/SKS, but still have joined in when I got a moment. This month was going to be different - weather was predicted to be cloudy and rainy, so I put aside quite a bit of time for WES.
In actuality, mother nature still dictated - as everyone knows, propagation was a bummer....my poorest qso count (8) for an event for 4 hours listening or pounding. The nature of the propagation was interesting....I could hear Bernard/F5DE and Doug/N3PDT try to connect but not hearing each other, but I could hear both just fine. I tried calling both but they could not hear me. Then I get a qso with NC but cannot hit CA until Sat. afternoon...huh? This quirkiness kept what was otherwise dismal propagation somewhat entertaining. See you all in SKS. Don KF7DS
A real struggle this time! Couldn't even get a RBN spot. But, last contact was KO1U for MA...thanks Mark. See everyone again next sprint and hoping for better band condx. 73/72, Gary
best WES I have been in.
Limited time this weekend. Great time and as always thanks for all the contacts. Hope to catch you on the next one. 73, jack
Had enough time to play this time. Missed DE GB FR. I heard both GB and Fr but no dice. I modified my Lightning Bug as I didn't like the noise, works great and reasonably quiet. I kept the parts for you purists :). Kelsey
/MM in Ga. No time :-(
Thanks to all members that participated in this WES, because ConDX were not good at all. I have to congratulate the Amigos from FRA and UK for the effort they did with the bad conditions.
73 de Pablo.
Miss CT, DE, G & F for the sweep. Tough condx.
Added a few new numbers.
Good openings on 21 & 28MHz but few on... 14MHz was with heavy QRN due to local storms.
Never heard STNs from SC, DE, CT and RI managed to work all others easily.
THANKS all for the Q´s BCNU 73, Walt- ..-
TA33 - 75W - HM DSK + Nomen Nescio Flameproof type SK (¿?)
Conditions not great but I still had a good time. Thanks to all those who took part. See you all next time....Bill
Was only on for 7:30 hours and only got 7 colonies & France. The IARU World DX Contest forced most QSO's to the alternate frequencies but that made it interesting.
Couldn't operate more than an hour or so, and when I could the bands chose to be catatonic! Next time will be better I'm sure. Thanks to those who were able to pull me out through the QRN and QSB!
The IARU HF contest took some of my time from this month's WES. Family took even more time. End result - poor scores in both - hi.
Band conditions were not very good on the upper bands. As a result, 20 and 40 meters were the workhorses in this WES.
Totally solar-powered 100w station on my balcony. FT-857, American Morse mini straight key, AV-680 vertical. All but 2 contacts were on 20 meters; 80, 40, and 15 were dead on the West Coast during the day Sunday.
I got my one. Busy with other things but I did work an old friend from Top Band contest that I haven't seen in 5 years, N7DC. Thanks Danny.
Another fun WES. Thanks to all who pulled my 5 watts out of the mud. Thanks to all at SKCC who make it all work so well. Ron
Weekends like this challenge my desire to run QRP. Some WES weekends I know right away that I need to go to the 100 watt category. One weekend I even went from QRP to QRO+. This weekend was a border case. It started out fairly decent on 40 meters, and 20 meters didn't sound too bad when I moved there late Saturday morning, but it was downhill after that. Should I have switched gears and went to the 100 watt category? Probably not, but it definitely got a little frustrating during the day on Sunday. I was even considering pulling the plug when WS1K posted on the K3UK website that he was thinking of giving up. I worked him on 20 meters and I guess we both decided to stick it out.
All of my complaining notwithstanding, it was good to get on the air and forget about work for a while. It was great hearing everyone, especially the new folks. Welcome aboard!
Last month I promised to comment on my new secret weapon :-) ...So, I went to Dayton on Friday this year and had a great time. I bought a few odds and ends and returned home. Saturday evening rolled around and my XYL indicated some interest in going over, so we drove back over on Sunday. During our rounds, we stopped by the Begali booth where I was showing her the keys (one in particular had caught my eye and I was quizzing the Begali folks fairly extensively). I was ready to walk away and, to my disbelief, my wife started encouraging me to buy it! At first I resisted. Ladies and gentlemen, I put forth a valiant defense, but in the end she wore me down and I caved. (okay, maybe I wasn't *that* hard to convice). So, I brought home a Begali Sculpture Swing sidewiper.
Folks, this is a fantastic key. I started my trek into sidewipers with the usual hacksaw blade homebrew model, then later I used an old beat up bug as a sideswiper with a rubber band securing the end of the pendulum arm. The latter made a pretty nice sideswiper, but I still preferred my Vibroplex bug. Well, not any more. I have been using the Begali Sculpture Swing almost exclusively. It is easy to send with and it covers the typical speeds up to 25 WPM beautifully. Is it worth 500 bucks? It depends on how much you like sideswipers, but in my opinion yes, it is. I haven't touched a straight key in over a month and I have used my bug about four times.
That's it for this month. See you all again next time!
73 de Marty, N9SE
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fun as always but i spent much of the allotted time rebuilding, rearranging and repositioning my 20m dipole looking to get a good signal. i finally felt successful when AF4K boomed into CT or at least into my part of CT with a super 59 Plus, thanks Bry.
KP4SJ was also super strong but alas he couldn't hear me.
Fred es 72
I missed NY and RI. I knew RI would be tough but NY? Was a fun event with odd band conditions. I found 6, 10 and 15m open at times with very little activity.
Appreciate the QRP guys and those that had to suffer with me switching between the sideswiper and straight key. On Sunday the carpal tunnel was flaring up so I did more on the sideswiper, but my rhythm still sounds off to me. Hopefully it will be better for the next WES.
Conditions to Europe were never great, and the west coast never really came in strong; (Though KZ5OM Jerry made do a double take when he called me Sat afternoon and it was the first CA I'd heard).
Looking forward to next month!
Definitely a challenge
So absolutely perfect new key from G0NVT and so bad CONDX. I hope to enjoy this key under better conditions. 73
In spite of bad condx I managed 7 contacts. Unfortunatelly, the SKCC logger crashed (my fault, since I may not have clicked the "Save the Log" button often enough). Initially I was only able to recover the first 2. I have since been able to recover 2 more… I was operating /QRP /P (bicyke-portable) from a local park, with the KX3, the PAR endfed tribander and the PK key. The 10-speed Shields Nishiki (Japanese, assembled in Canada) is all original from the 70s. 73 de Jose VE3DTI.
I started out not knowing it was a WES week-end. I got the hint in my first QSO. That whetted my desire to participate, so that's what I did and enjoyed it for a total of nearly 14 Hrs. Brion
Limited on-air time for this sprint and had
limited results when I was on! CUL
tried to get on portable from Iowa. Murphy's law got me. computer wouldn't hook up to internet and patch cable from rig to antenna was not in the go kit. bummer.
NOT MUCH TIME AND THE OTHER CONTEST TOOK 40 AND 20 OUT SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING.
Only had time for a couple this time. Hope to get more next month. 73.
Not a lot of time to put into this one and conditions weren't very good anyhow. Only made 17 Qs. Nice to make some first time contacts.
Ugh! IARU Chumpionship! Saturday morning I was ready to go at the SKCC WES start but wall to wall continuous IARU callers, so I went for a ride on my race bicycle. Sunday morning ready to go again, NO SIGNALS . . . well very few. So back on my race bike again. Things were better, great actually on 20m & 40m, when I got back and managed to make 61 QSOs plus 86 bicycle miles. Actually 240 miles for the week.
Sorry, just didn't have much time to get my "S" on the air! :-)
IARU contest, band conditions not the best and lots of yard work...those are my excuses for not making many contacts this WES. Hopefully next month will be better. 73
Thanks again to those who worked my little pistol QRP! Summer doldrums are prevailing, propagation-wise but I had lots of fun.
Saturday was a bust trying to get past all of the IARU HF big guns on 20 meters. Band was OK on Sunday when I had a few hours to commit, and managed to make 7 QSOs. First time entering WES as QRP which was a lot of fun. Will be doing QRP again.
Only participated for less than 3 hours on Sunday. Early morning Band conditions were tough in Oklahoma. All and all, WES was still great fun as always. Looking forward to next month. 73, Dan
Between the other contest and poor band conditions I didn't put in much air time. Enjoyed the few contacts made. Let's hope for better conditions next time.
73's for now,
Had a good time Sunday-- but Saturday all I cud hear was the DX contest... I still enjoyed it..
73 -ED- W7GVE
What a great WES! Even though I missed DE & RI and knew there was little hope of a France or England contact QRP, It was still a good experience -- even though I had to miss Sunday evening. I heard a few ops welcoming newbies into SKCC. That shows me the quality of our members. I also want to thank you all for your acceptance of QRP operators. I had a few shaky contacts, but I know the op on the other end had it worse than me for certain. I appreciate the effort you put into completing a contact. I especially thank WS1K, WB4IT, K8WSN and AF4K for copying my fist through the QRN, QSB and other gremlins in the rainy WV skies. Thanks guys! I'm also happy that this WES got me enough C,T and S's to put me over the mark for my "T." Hoorah! KX3/J-38 @ 5W into a ZS6BKW at 25 ft. See you next Sprint.
It seemed like a good turnout.
Great WES although QSB was terrible. You could start off 579 and by the end of the QSO it was 339. Worked many members with numbers greater than 14000. I took the time to welcome them all.
Special thanks to K3UK and K2RFP.
Didn't have much time for sprint; always enjoy them. QRP 4 watts into dipole at 30 ft. J38 key. Tnx to all that copied my signal.
Just a handful of contacts in this one. Beautiful weekend, so spent some time at the Jersey Shore. Used my IC-7200, 50 watts to an all-band vertical. Big ole Kent Straight Key.
Enjoyed getting my feet wet in this my first WES. Gained good experience for the next time around. Limited to ops on 40 and 15 at present, had only 2 contacts on 15, the rest on 40. Thanks for the QS0's.
Band condx were tough on Sat. Only short time to operate. Great theme. 72, Ray
Sorry for the low QSO count. Just too many other things going on these days. 73
Lots of fun, but tough conditions. Looking forward to next month!
First time I've used my Icom 706 into a Comet CHA-250B vertical up 10 feet for a WES. Were band conditions poor or was my CHA-250B showing me its poor performance?
Would have liked to spend more time in this sprint, but Saturday morning was the only time available. All contacts were made on 40, with some severe QSB at times. Thanks for the contacts. See you in the next sprint. 73, Art
I didn't really have time to work the WES this time, too many projects going on, but I had to keep the streak alive. Since the bands were pretty bad I didn't do my usual QRP and I changed from the bug to the Czech military key this time with 100 watts on the Flex 3000. One end of my dipole was pretty low (one of the projects) but it worked ok with 100 watts and let me make a few contacts. 73 and good to hear everybody after the contest was over.
All contacts made mobile from Geology Vista in the Catalina Mountains at 6700 ft.
Key: J-45 leg key
Antenna: 20m Hamstick
Started Saturday thinking this was just going to be a 40m show. What a difference a day makes! Great time had and thanks to all of the great SKCC operators. PETE Vy 73 WH6LE
No DE, no RI, no sweep.
Conditions a bit rough but good fun as always!
Fun most of the time, frustrating at other times! Thanks to everyone I worked for bearing with the poor CONDX and my QRP signal.
Missed a sweep of the Colonies by missing DE & RI.
Worked F5FGB & F5DE but missed G0RDO who just couldn't hear me on Sunday. No FR/ENG sweep either.
Thanks to those who organized the WES!
STA: KX3/5W to a 100' Doublet @ 30'