|AK: 1 / 7||AL: 8 / 137||ARG: 1 / 2||AZ: 3 / 66||BC: 3 / 49|
|BRA: 1 / 4||CA: 12 / 255||CO: 3 / 46||CT: 4 / 86||ECI: 1 / 2|
|ENG: 2 / 6||FIN: 1 / 9||FL: 8 / 263||FRA: 2 / 153||GA: 9 / 526|
|GER: 1 / 14||ID: 1 / 12||IL: 6 / 102||IN: 5 / 343||KS: 3 / 168|
|KY: 1 / 14||LA: 2 / 64||MA: 3 / 51||MB: 2 / 19||MD: 7 / 248|
|ME: 1 / 2||MI: 7 / 217||MN: 4 / 69||MO: 13 / 458||MS: 1 / 15|
|MT: 2 / 9||NC: 7 / 307||NE: 1 / 21||NED: 1 / 9||NH: 3 / 284|
|NJ: 4 / 124||NM: 1 / 11||NV: 1 / 23||NY: 6 / 96||OH: 12 / 433|
|OK: 6 / 102||ON: 2 / 45||OR: 3 / 79||PA: 5 / 163||PR: 2 / 60|
|RI: 3 / 54||SC: 5 / 163||SK: 2 / 13||SLO: 1 / 3||TN: 6 / 273|
|TX: 17 / 412||USA: 1 / 50||VA: 8 / 210||VT: 2 / 53||WA: 5 / 88|
|WI: 3 / 109||WV: 3 / 42||WY: 1 / 161|
I had a great time participating in the weekend sprint. I had lots of fun on 20 and 40 meters. Thanks to all the CO’s and NCO’s that participated. 73’s Carl
RUFF WES..conteters everywhere 3/1 WES..THEN 20m in toilet..15m net one KF7WNS/QRP..TNX ALL... KD7ATV,KG7PVT,VE7SL,K0FTC/7,AF4K,W4FOA,KF7WNS,K6MC
follow. AA6AC Bob 6276T SOCAL.
Started off working CW on the MD QSO Party--a simple six-character exchange--when folks didn't know what I was talking about and offered skcc nrs instead. Drop the paddles and go with the flow, I guess :-) Second WES for me. Just 11 exchanges when time allowed, but happy as a clam. Tomorrow, an INRAD 400Hz CW filter arrives for my IC-718. Next month, watch out! :-)
Thanks to those who worked me! Bands were quite bad here in this part of Texas. I heard people who couldn't hear me. But I enjoyed the contacts that I did make. Also thanks to those responsible for the contest.
I had very little time for this WES. Too many other distractions around here.
Another FB event and a best score ever despite marginal propagation and QRM that was over the top. I appreciate all the ops who worked hard to pull my qrp signal out of the dirt. Thanks again for a great event.
Thanks for the QSOs. The funky bands made it fun!
73 - Jim
I collected fourteen new C/T/S member numbers which was enough to apply for my Tribunex4 endorsement. See you again next month! Mitch - AD0HJ
First use of a (pseudo-)cootie! Thanks for bearing with me. It definitely can be faster than a straight key. Photo shows how I converted a Bencher dual paddle to a pseudo-cootie, which was fed into the straight-key input on a Ham Keyer HK5A.
Did't have much time for this WES. I was surprised at how many cootie operators there seemed to be during my limited participation. More power to you guys! (Except QRPers... less power to you, haha...). My rig: Elecraft K3 at 100 watts; indoor cobweb antenna and endfed wire; Junker straight key.
It was a great WES despite having to compete with a QRQ CW contest and a QRP contest. Good to hear some of the DX stations, notably DL9YCS, F6HKA. I somehow missed the elusive K9SKC. Only had a few hours to operate, but I was very glad to work each of you. See you next month!
I used a homebrew str8 key for my 1st SKCC contest.
Enjoyed hearing all the other sideswipers out there. Conditions rather noisy near the end, but still fun. Thanks for organizing and participating. 73, Donna
I was playing in the MD QSO Party so couldn't devote the time to the WES this month. Next month, I'll be out of town... so... see you in October!
I had fun, but the bands were poor and heavy QSB resulted in several busted QSOs.
A good time as always. Even with the less than ideal conditions, I was still able to play on 20 m, 40 m, and even 80 m. Used my Twanger, a Vibroplex Vibrokeyer wired as cootie, and a Kent single paddle wired as a cootie. Great stuff!
40 meters only with my Small Wonder Labs DSW-40 at 3 watts. The first two QSO's were attempted using my Whiterook MK-44 paddles as a cootie with the rig in SK mode. That was very awkward, so I adjusted my bug and put a twist tie on the pendulum arm to hold it firmly to the damper and that worked much better. However, after 19 cootie QSO's I decided I really prefer straight keys or regular bugs. Maybe a real cootie would be best. My first QSO after putting the bug back in normal operation was interesting as I was still trying to use it as a cootie! At any rate, it was a fun time and I added 5 new ones to my Senator listing and 3 to my Tx9. See you all, or at least a few of you, next month. 72/73... Peter ..
Another fun WES, was very happy to QSO with a number of new members and members that I hadn't QSO'd with in the past. QSO's were split 60/40 between 40 and 20. 40 seemed to be where the action was but so was the QRN. Looking forward to next months WES - maybe we could have a bug WES.
Howdy all, no cooties here. Maybe if I was more socially active years ago would have something interesting to type about. 73 to all, see Yall on the bands. de AL7JK, John
I could only take part at the end of WES. I worked the two most common French station on 20m using a Kent SP1 wired as a cootie. They both have good ears BCP!. I usually use this key as a cootie in my everyday radio activity.
Working condx: FT902dm at 5W to a 8 meters long vertical antenna.
All my cooties on the photo were used almost for one contact. The main key used was the Hi-Mound MK-701.
Not many traffic because lack of free time this week-end, however I enjoyed to take part in the event one more time.
73 to all and see you next time !
What has happened to propagation I wonder. Lots of good signals around Europe, but they were in a
contest. Signals from the USA were almost nil. I did work 3 in the WES : F6HKA/Bert, PA3JD/Joop, OH7QR/Erkki.
All worked on 20m and all with very good signals.
Kenwood TS-440s, Cushcraft MA6V vertical antenna, 100 watts and a GPO morse key with unusual screw threads that are not the normal British BA. Still trying to figure out what the threads are.
73 all. John / G0RDO
Nicetobe QRV again after two year absence!
New location for me. (DN71,41 deg. 04' 45", 105 deg. 59' 25") Jelm Mountain, Albany County, SW of Laramie WY.
Picture is at sunrise looking south into Colorado which is about 5 miles away. The mountains in the distance are in the Rawah Wilderness. Not a bad place to CQ from. HI
165 total QSO's (some dupes and WARC made it 161 legal for event). Using a new antenna for me - ZS6BKW - and with some tall Ponderosa trees and a slingshot, its was flat toped at about 32'. Wish I had the room for it at home! Kenwood TS-480SAT at 100 watts and a Czech military SK.
The radio conditions seemed great to me, either it was the new antenna, or good propagation, probably a combination of both.
Thanks to all those who QSO'd with me, and thanks to the volunteers who put these events together-lots of fun. 73, K0FTC.
First WES participation 100 watts es vertical av6-20 (dipole on 40 mtrs)
The comments are great, K0FTC/7 pix, the various cootie keys used and the great fists heard. VE7SL's 6L6 rig, KF7WNS's qrp and all the others. Here I had to duck through the storms over NW Missouri.
Thanks for all the fun, CU on the next one..73 Rick
Poor conditions here today. Didn't hear all that many signals.
Lots of fun, was usual. Condx up and down, also as usual. Sharpened up my cootie fist - I'll use it for more QSO's. Only CO op I worked wasn't a co - hi hi. Nice to hear familiar calls and glad to work new ones. Looking forward to the next WES.
Vy 73, Lee/co K1LEE
Haven't been on for a bit because of family commitments and travel (Eastern Europe) but I had a lot of fun after I hooked up my KX3. Low bands improved after 9PM. Only using a G5RV and did pretty well in the limited time that I operated. I hope to get some more time in. No vacation trips planned for now, so I hope to work some of our new SKCCers in the future. 73
Thanks to the folks who used cootie keys to pass out the bonus points. Used my old Lionel J-36 which is the same age as the operator.
was fun even as I lost original log had to find back up in pc
Very marginal participation this time due to family commitments. Still, a lot of fun and several new calls for the log. Thanks for all that gave me an exchange.
only a few hours but fun.
Didn't get much time this weekend. I had 4 of our grand kids staying with us! Thanks for the Qs. 73 Dale K3SEN
Practiced for days off air with my Kent SP-1 single paddle adapted as a Cootie. Don't know if I got better or worse as the weekend went on! I had a good time, though!
I used a Kenwood TS-440S into a 134 foot inverted L. My Navy Flameproof got to sit this one out.
Great fun working 2xcootie QSOs. Tnx to all who worked me.
FT1000MP, Alpha 78, 1 KW, TH6DXX. Emphasis this weekend was on WAE CW contest, but did stop for three WES QSOs. Hope to be more active next month. 73, John, K4BAI.
Was out of town most of the weekend. Made a few contacts just to keep in practice.:)
... and I thought a bug was hard to use !?!?!?
Strapped my Vibroplex non-iambic paddle as a Cootie and was I in for a surprise. My sincere apologies to the stations that had the patience (pity?) to copy my fist. Now I'm gonna get serious about getting up to speed with my bug.
Some of the fists I heard were great ... couldn't even tell they were using a Cootie.
Fun as always.
FT-450D @20W to low dipole.
SWL entry - 20m ONLY, 10hours ONLY, Saturday ONLY.
Thanks to all for the QSOs! I managed to cross the threshold into working enough for my Tx3!! Thanks to some for the Cooties! :) Thanks to NOTHING for the lousy conditions! Was running 100 watts into a Yagi or my Butternut HF9V vertical. No cootie here, although this event has motivated me, so I've wired my iambic paddle for cootie-style keying. I was positively surprised with all the decent cootie fists! 72/73 all!
My recently purchased Signal Electric Model R-48
got a good work out. Tnx to all for a good sprint.
My first qrp sprintathon .. Think I should move to the East coast .. Tough out here in Idaho .. Didn't hear anything from the Southwest except 2 Texas and 1 California .. No East coast or South East .. Using a K1 and G5rv .. See if I can get a vertical up for the next one .. Maybe that will work better .. HOA development .. For the twelve I worked Thank you for your patientance ..
I was humbled by my homebrew cootie key. I had fun, but my apologies to all those who suffered through my erratic sideswiper fist. 73, Frank
Not much time ! Weather to nice.
Too nice to play inside all weekend so we had to split our time between the WES, the Vermilion-Mill Hollow vintage car show & enjoying the beautiful Vermilion Lagoons up here on Lake Erie. Hope to see everyone in the two hr sprint 73's Thanks to all we worked
Best conditions here were on 40 mtrs during late night hours with many strong signals. F6HKA was booming in around 0430Z while West Coast stations were also loud and clear. 80 mtrs seemed wide open but it was loaded with storm QRN. TNX for all the QSOs, it was fun as always! 73, Bill
Well, I went through about a dozen QSO's with my straight key and decided to wire up my paddle to use as a cootie. A couple of minutes of practice and away I went (boy did I ever "went"! Anyway, I struggled through the remainder of the event so that I could tag a few points on the unsuspecting gang that would QSO me. Had a ball but not too sure what advantage a cootie has. Will need to think about that a little more. Anyway, back to the straight key. Had a ball. Too bad the condx were so poor.
Fun with the Viking II and HQ-170.
Lot of QRM from the WAE contest, but managed a few Q's. Still had a good time and nice to work some new friends.
I really enjoyed the theme this month, as I've been playing radio with a cootie-wired Vibrokeyer since 2009. Band conditions seemed good during the short time available to me, enabling a steady flow of contacts. To my surprise, my eleven log entries included states at the N and S borders as well as the E and W coasts, literally bracketing the country in little more than one hour.
Lots of fun using my homemade key, wish I had more time to operate.
only able to operate for a couple hours late sunday as was operating as special event station most of weekend.
Very little time to play this weekend. Shreveport Hamfest Saturday and putting up antenna's Sunday. Lots of fun when I was there. CU all later.
I want to apologize to all the "real" cootie operators, and any other operator, that endured my sending long enough to really earn that 15 point bonus. Special thanks to Brian, N4API, for the helpful hints and information about cooties, and to Jack, K4CNW, for being sympathetic enough to even think he could send worse than me.
Only got in 25 qso's, but they were hard ones. hi hi
Even so. . . . .lots of frustrating fun and maybe a new challenge to pursue. (hopefully with better equipment that the hacksaw job I cobbled together for the wes)
Another good Sprint. This using the paddle as a "straight key" was tougher than I thought it would be. Would I do it again? Probably not, although the bonus points are nice. Anyway, used my K-2 @ 5 watts, bencher paddle as a cootie, and a G5RV up 35 feet. Hope to hear you all in the NAQCC sprint coming up and also the SKS. 72/73, Phil
Couldn't spend much time on the but I had fun.
This was my first try at 100W or less. It was easier than the 5W I usually do. Fun contest. Charlie
Finally got a decent WES after not being able to do both June and July.That's the picture of my cootie. No I didn't use my cootie in the WES.
This rates right up there with Junk Box and CW Fun Event!! I had a grad ole time. I was pleasantly surprised with all the Sideswiper operators playing. Some really great SS fists out there.
My weapons of choice this time were my Blue Bounce custom made by NT9K and my original Kungsimport.
Rigs were LD5 and an MTR into an EF-10/20/40 Endfed sloping at 25 feet.
I was set up on banks of the Haw River also playing in the Skeeter Hunt by NJQRP club.
73 for now,
New QTH with very low dipole - a small voice in a large crowd hi hi good fun using hacksaw blade cootie and was able to work 2 other cootie ops. Better antenna in the works....
THIS WEEK WAS A VERY STRESSFUL ONE FOR ME AND THE WES WAS FAR FROM MY MIND. MY RIG HAD BEEN SENT OFF TO ELECRAFT FOR REPAIR AND I WASN'T SURE I WOULD EVEN GET IT BACK IN TIME FOR THE WES. WELL, THE RIG ARRIVED BACK TO ME ON THURSDAY. I DIDN'T EVEN UNPACK IT UNTIL SATURDAY MORNING. AFTER GETTING IT CONNECTED AND CHECKING IT OVER AND ADJUSTING MANY OF THE SETTINGS TO MY PREFERENCES I JOINED THE WES ALREADY IN FULL SWING.I MADE A NUMBER OF CONTACTS ALL THE WHILE WATCHING THE RIG TO SEE HOW IT WAS PERFORMING. I NEEDN'T HAVE WORRIED AS IT PERFORMED FLAWLESSLY. I MUST SAY DEALING WITH ELECRAFT AT ANY LEVEL IS ALWAYS A PRIVILEGE. I PLAYED FOR A FEW HOURS THEN I HAD SOME OTHER PRIORITIES TO DEAL WITH. I DIDN'T GET BACK ON UNTIL LATE IN THE DAY ON SUNDAY. I WAS SO HAPPY TO SEE A LARGE CROWD GATHERED ON THE SKED PAGE AND BANDS THAT WERE NOT IN BAD SHAPE AT ALL.I WAS HAPPY TO HEAR MANY FELLOWS SIGNING /CO. IT WAS CLEAR THIS COOTIE BONUS WAS VERY POPULAR. THE MAJORITY OF OPERATORS USING COOTIES SOUNDED GREAT. AS USUAL THE WES WAS A BALL. PARTICIPATING TOOK MY MIND OFF THE WEEKS PROBLEMS.IM CONVINCED THAT THIS GROUP AND ITS MEMBERSHIP ARE ONE OF THE FINEST THING S GOING ON IN AMATEUR RADIO TODAY.
ANOTHER GREAT WES WEEKEND MY HAT IS OFF TO THE ORGANIZERS AND THE PARTICIPANTS.
72 AND TNX TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED de RANDY KC9W
Conditions not good for most of the event. Hoping things get better this Fall and Winter. Thanks to all that worked me. 73
The first contact started with a cootie, but was mostly with the Czech key. The last two contacts were with the Bencher cootie key. All three contacts were made with a Hamstick dipole from our new 3rd floor apartment. 5 watts was just not enough so ran 10 watts. Rig TS-590s.
Fun, as always! From my QTH, 40m and 20m were in very good shape. Even had a few QSOs on 15m. Heard more sideswipers than I figured I would. Most of them had very good fists!
I finally figured out that the most important part of using a cootie is the back and forth motion. I had been obsessing over the difference in dot lengths, but the back and forth is everything. I learned appreciation for the cootie, and came to enjoy it.
This is my first time to hear in real time a cootie. Very pleasant to the ear. All cootie workers (even the ones I just listened to but did not contact) had very nice fists. Thank-you for making this sprint music to my ears.
20m on Sat and Sun pretty bleak, but 40m Saturday evening was open, quiet and quite active. Great to see some old friends such as Doug/N3PDT on 40m.
Some good sounding cooties out there. I decided not to inflict mine on anyone else. Band conditions put QRP to the test again this month. My thanks to those OPs who worked to copy my signal. 73/72
COOTIES "R" US
Loved this month's theme. I use a Cootie all the time, it helps with my Carpal Tunnel. On my ICOM 7600 all I have to do is select straight key from the options and the DAH side of my electronic key works as a sideswipe Cootie.
It was amusing to listen to some SKCC'ers trying to work new muscles at first, but the quality of the Cootie CW showed much improvement as WES went on.
Too many things going on this weekend to spend enough time to be competitive. Maybe next month!! Hi HI
KEY J38. ICOM 735 developed hard to turn dial; got worried about repair.
Not much time to play this time. First time doing it QRP. As always, a fun time.
Fun Cootie event ... calculated a fuzz over 24% of my QSOs were Cootie contacts. Nice! Used the K4VIZ Cootie key. Some very nice Cootie fists out there. Thanks for all the contacts and hope to catch you all down the log again. 73, jack
This was my first WES contest as a SKCC member - looking forward to next month's WES! I had a lot of fun working so many members.
de Russ, KK4WX
Poor band conditions however, vy fun. Tks to everyone who pulled my qrp signal through.
John - KW4JS
Fun sprint. Bit of a challenge with WAE all over 20M. 15 was mostly not useable here, less than 10 qso's on 15. Only 3 European DX this time around. Can't wait for winter band condx. Great hearing all the cooties out there. See you all next sprint..73 Randy
Happily I logged k0FTC/7 and his S on 4 bands where I needed WY (15, 30, 40 & 80). I also logged WL7F in AK who I promised a WES QSO earlier in the week. And then a unique FIRST for me... Logged Jon, VA7JC in BC. He was assigned the HIGHEST SKCC member number to date (14298)! I also played with my other call (k6iii) in the SWL mode (reported separately).
Didn't have much time but made a few contacts anyhow. I put a jumper across the contacts on my paddle and used them like a cootie for my first contact. I gave up on that idea after that. I was terrible. I'll need to practice a little more for that. 73 to all. Bill Outlaw #3
My first sprint experiment.WAE contest ops were
disregarding international Frequency plan on 20m.
Not much time for WES this month. Had fun though! Made some YouTube videos. https://www.youtube.com/user/jgalicic/videos
Hope everyone enjoyed this WES, as much as I did. Handed out lots of cooties to those without a cootie shot. Lots of bonus points for everyone this time. Hope we can do this again next year !!!! 73 Brian
As a confirmed Cootie user I totally enjoyed this WES theme, I hope it becomes a yearly affair. Cooties are a part of Morse history. I hope some of those new to sending on a "double speed" start using a cootie everyday. Conditions on both days were very tough, many unanswered call and long sessions of CQ wear a guy out. Thanks to all that dug my weak TX sigs out of the grass. Big thrill to work Bert, F6HKA on the final afternoon. 72 and 73 to All. See ya next month !
Enjoyed hearing all the cooties, I love using mine all the time hope others will keep using them now
Well, I learned valuable lesson on Cootie Keys: I should not use one. My excuse is that it was homemade but I really don't think anything would have helped. I did hear some really nice ones so I know it's possible. But it sure didn't feel like it when trying to send "RICK/CO". That "/" got me every time.
Band conditions were a bit tough for QRP but there were moments when propagation and magic worked together. Thanks for the contacts and a special thanks to all the cootie operators for their efforts! Hope to CU in the SKS. 73, Jim
I shouldn't even have entered this month's WES - just too many family obligations this weekend. Had fun just the same. Hope to do better next month.
Only 3 QSO's. No cooties! See you next time!
Hope I didn't torture you few very much, first time ever on a cootie and it was a bit odd. Tony W4FOA was my first victim and just couldn't get Randy, KB4QQJ to hear my 1 watt. Next time! K3 1 watt cootie
Tried my homemade cootie fer 1 qso, wow what a mess..hihi KX1NH had to try es decipher that one... Not much time to play radio Saturday, weather was great es got outside things done. But fun as always, tnx fer all the qso's es u guys on the cooties sounded great. TU...I am gonna practice alot. hi 73 de Ohio
Interesting theme this month! Of course I am biased, since I have cooties (I always wanted to say that).
I spent most of Saturday up and down the tower putting up some better antennas. Still don't have resonant antennas on all bands, but getting better (see photo). One of these days I will get around to taking down the bare 30ft boom left from my quad, which met an untimely demise in an ice storm.
Nice to hear all of the activity again this weekend. See you all next time.
Ten-Tec Omni VI+, Alpha 78, Begali Sculpture Swing sideswiper/cootie key, dipoles for 20M and 40M @70ft & @35ft, OCF 80M (multiband) dipole @48ft.
HELLO AGAIN.... TNX FOR THE QSOS.. ARGO 6 5 WTS G5RV 35FT INV VEE RNG N/W.... TNX TO THE SKCC BOARD AGAIN... SEE YOU ALL IN SEPT... WOW THE YEAR IS MOVING ALONG... 73..DAVE..N9ZXL/QRP
Used the K3 @ 5W, Hex Beam/Vertical and a Begali HST. Worked between the WAE contesters going on and the QSB was fierce, and some Qs barely got the exchange. Also worked the Skeeter Hunt before and after the WES. Worked N1ABS with a scratchy Q in the Skeeter Hunt, thanks Pete for organizing the WES.Picture shows keys currently on the desk - HST, Begali Simplex and a Tiny Bug/Lil Tramp. Missing is the newly acquired VIZKEY vertical bug as my prime SKCC key.
Thanks Pete for organizing the WES
not much time but got on a few times. even got WY for one more toward my was-c
Bands were up/down here from NH; Was fun to work the other cooties and had a good time; Found 20m open late Sat night for a good run; 15m was awful, only a few QSOs. Thanks to all; 73 -jim
Enjoyed the WES- even with the poor band conditions.Tnx Marty-N9SE for 15-20-40 meter 2 x cootie QSO's.Tnx to all who organized the event.
Key:HB cootie key
Ant:EDZ @ 35ft
The Westmoreland Amateur Radio Club was operating from the Westmoreland State park as a special event for CCC on the air weekend.
A lot of activity on 20 and 15 mtrs bands.
Always is fun to work some known members and new ones.Lucky to work few members with cooties.
Thanks to all stations that worked me.
Less than 5 hours of activity on this WES due to other activities . Will try to get a cootie and practice a lot for next year 2016.
Had a great time with my HB1B 5W portable in my screenhouse the first 10 qsos. Later I came in and kept the IC-718 AT 5W. The weather was beautiful. Not an impressive score, but a great cw event. Bands were crowded and noisy, but lots of fun.
Had been using a Cootie (Kent SP-1) on and off for a couple months so tried it for the whole weekend. Kind of liked it. Got the last 11 I needed for Senator. Thanks, as always, to those who pulled out my tiny signal. Most productive was 2300-0300 Saturday and 1100-1200 Sunday on 40m.
Vy poor condx this weekend.
Very grateful to all friends of SKCC.
The Earth magnetic field continues to be "unsettled" and contacts were only possible in 20m and 40m in in CQ zones 4 and 5 (plus Bert F6HKA in zone 14 - un grand merci, Bert!). The rig was the ICOM 703+ (w/FL-52A) at 5W, and the antenna was the usual end-fed vertical. The key was the American Morse Bushwacker paddle rigged as a sideswiper by shorting its two contacts with a small piece of wire whose ends were inserted in the sockets of the "socket cap screws" that made these contacts. After some practice with the “Quick Brown Fox” I felt ready for some S&P hoping that the extra points for the “CO“ contact could compensate for any inconsistence in my CW. But SKCC members are only too kind, and several even complimented my “cootie fist”! 73 and thank you all. It was lots of fun. Jose VE3DTI.
This WES was challenging and fun as usual. I took my Scorpion paddles off the shelf and wired them to my keys to make them work like a cootie - side swiper. I quickly learned to be slow,careful and deliberate with my cw. Many thanks to the 7 operators who were patient in our QSO's to figure out what I was trying to send. Sorry that I lost some of you in the static and noise. Thanks again for a fun week-end. 73 - Brian
Operated hunt & pounce this WES and managed to get 10 new numbers in 10 QSOs. Thanks to all who worked me, and thanks always to the people who make these events possible.
Thanks for all of the fun and the good ears you have. I was running 13W output from my xtal-controlled 6L6 tri-tet oscillator, doubling with a 40m xtal to 14051.5KHz.
Conditions were not great and I heard very little east of the Great Lakes...hopefully better next time out.
Had a great time. Dusted off 4 of my older cooties and worked back and forth on all of them. Managed to get 3 of the Missouri Outlaws this month.
Cootie on order, didn't arrive in time. Had no time anyway. I'll do better next month. 73 de Art W2NRA 11634S
I spent about 10 hours playing in WES. 20M was the band to be on. Only 1 QSO on 15M (F6HKA)and a hand full on 40M near the end. Worked 46 stations using cooties. Some very good fists. I didn't want to torture the group with my cootie fist. Its not meant for me! Had fun in between weekend chores. Band conditions were terrible in the morning but improved during the afternoon and evening.
First time using a "cootie". I wired a Vibroplex Vibrokeyer and used it as a sideswiper. I only had time for 9 qso's but I found it difficult to make the dit's manually, since I mostly use a bug. It was interesting and a good learning experience. 73 de WV
I heard some great sounding Morse from the cootie operates.
Didn't have a cootie with which to enter the WES but I did have a brand new VIZKEY right-angle bug.
This is my first WES in a while and I had a good time.
Some fun yet again! I must say, some of these guys can operate a cootie so that it sounds as good as a bug. I need practice, or, maybe I'll just stay with the key.
Great Fun with the Cooties! Need to do this more often !
Had a good time running 5 watts from FT-817 to ParEndFedZ 40/20 wire antenna setup as a slopper with high end about 25 feet. Conditions were OK, but a lot of noise on 20 meters not to mention the QRM from the other contest.
Used an older Begali HST cootie. Rusty at first but got some better as I went (I think). 5w QRP with IC-703 to 240' doublet. All contacts on 20/40. Lot of fun. 73
Those cootie fists were very good! I was only able to get in for an hour and a half; but I had a great time. Thanks for the Q's
Slow slogging with a new, backup, antenna in the attic, but it's good to be back on the air!
I had a hard time getting time for this-- sick wife but I did enjoy my time... nil on 10 or 15 -- worked 5 new stations... CUL 73 ED./W7GVE
Great WES this month even with the other contests going on 20M. Managed to pick up my Tx2 and another difficult state for WAS. Thanks to all.
Wow, that was work! My first effort with a cootie key, and really glad to go back to my bug! If my fingers still remember how.
Thank You !
Had to quit just when 40m was settling in on Saturday. A surprise to me, there's some GREAT sounding cooties out there. I thought N9SE Marty was using paddles! Wow. Thanks all for copying my 5W from a valley in WV. KX3 into a 135' doublet @ 25'.
Bands not vy gud here this time but still fun!
My hat is off to all those using cootie keys! Maybe next time I will give it a try.
Thanks for contact K2HT
I had the usual good time doing the WES even though my operating time was very limited.
Was on four day wilderness canoe trip in the Adirondacks of NY and was only able to work about 30 min of the sprint. Rig was Mountain Topper at 3 watts into end fed wire up about 15 feet. Key was MFJ mini iambic paddle used on its side as a straight key. Fun to make a couple of contacts with this fairly minimal setup.
OK, I 'chickened out' on this one. I didn't quite feel comfortable with my Kent Sideswiper yet, so I used my big Kent Straight Key. So, I was 'nco' the whole sprint. Guess it's hard for old dogs to learn new tricks, but I'll practice for the next one. Good to hear all the newer members on this one. Rig here Icom IC-7200 running 50 watts to a G5RV/Jr (my Butternut HF9V Vertical currently down for refurbushing and cleaning). See y'all next month.
Great to get back to a SKCC sprint after a long time. Thanks for all that heard my station and especially all that made it possible. Conditions were less than optimal and Didn't have a lot of time to operate but enjoyed as usual. 73 Gerald
Only worked a short time this month, daughter received her Master in Nursing on Sat. Both days filled with many activities. 72, RAY
Ran this weekend with all boatanchors. I used my Collins Gold Dust Twins along with a Viking 2 and Drake 2B. Keys used were an AW. Bowman spark key and Begali Blade. Not brave enough to try a Cootie key yet! Kudos to those who did. I heard some great fists out there using those nearly impossible to use keys!
I think I worked every station I heard. All 17 of them.
Only had a few hours to participate, so did what I could. No 10M here at all, a few signals on 15M; seemed like 20M was the place to be. 73 to all! See you in the next WES! Steve WB4OMM
Made a couple of contacts Sunday morning and a few more Sunday evening. Always nice to work Bert F6HKA using QRPp (over 3500 miles per watt)! Rig is Peaberry V2 at 1 Watt using HDSDR software. Antennas are 40 meter dipole at 15' and 20 meter dipole at 20'. Key is Bencher RJ-1 straight key (no cootie here). Thanks for the contacts. See you next time. 73, Art
Practiced on Friday night with homebrew cootie - not bad. First real attempt on Saturday - sent gibberish. Fast transition to Spark for rest of sprint. My compliments to N9SE and KX1NH who were sending KQCC - Keyer Quality Cootie Code. Amazing. I would post a pic of my HB Cootie but the fire department came and made me put it out...
Not much time to operate and 20m was packed with contesters but it was still another fun sprintathon. The rig this time was a 1941 Vibroplex Original with a Flex 3000 at 5 watts into a dipole at 25 ft. Propagation was better than the last couple of weeks so most people seemed to hear my puny-weak QRP signal better.
Bands were not too great, but had a lot of fun with "cootie". Used Vibroplex paddles wired together until new cootie was delivered to PO Box. Took a break and went to get the Bushwhacker kit from American Morse Equipment. After the 20 miles round trip, put kit together, built cable and got back on the air. I really like the "feel" of the new cootie. Planning a simple mod for the kit next week. 72, Mike - WI5H
I didn't have much time this weekend but made a few Qs.
Station: KX3/5W to a 100' Doublet @ 30'