|66||KF5NRO||George Paxson Jr.||13863T||TX||35||18||3/13/2||750||1,565|
|51||KF5NRO||George Paxson Jr.||13863T||TX||35||18||3/13/2||750||1,565|
|AK: 3 / 51||AL: 4 / 24||ARG: 1 / 51||AZ: 4 / 178||BC: 2 / 3|
|CA: 13 / 333||CO: 3 / 59||CT: 2 / 107||CZE: 1 / 11||ENG: 1 / 13|
|FIN: 1 / 8||FL: 8 / 211||FRA: 2 / 101||GA: 9 / 450||GER: 1 / 9|
|IL: 7 / 190||IN: 5 / 95||KS: 4 / 137||KY: 4 / 56||LA: 1 / 21|
|MA: 5 / 22||MB: 2 / 31||MD: 8 / 178||MI: 4 / 108||MN: 4 / 78|
|MO: 11 / 190||MT: 2 / 7||NC: 7 / 263||NE: 1 / 34||NH: 2 / 69|
|NJ: 7 / 279||NS: 1 / 5||NV: 1 / 36||NY: 10 / 98||OH: 12 / 212|
|OK: 4 / 160||ON: 2 / 16||OR: 3 / 82||PA: 5 / 138||PR: 2 / 61|
|RI: 2 / 34||SC: 1 / 16||SK: 2 / 20||TN: 6 / 268||TX: 13 / 347|
|UT: 1 / 6||VA: 5 / 88||VT: 3 / 118||WA: 4 / 100||WI: 4 / 256|
|WV: 2 / 26|
Condition so-so..FOR EVERY SKCC WES there was two contesters. MOST activity was 20m..LOTS of different keys in use. I run SKILLMAN hand key..TNX KE5AL, KD8BBK, K2HT, KK0I, AF4K, K7EP, WL7F, VA7JC, LW3EX, KF5NRO, KC0GP, W9DLN, AK4NY, KF7DS, N7LKL, KE7AV, W7SAG, W0YBS, KP4SJ, N9SE, and W7GB...DID make some progress in S QUEST (+15)
WAYS to go yet. TNX ALL AA6AC BOB CA 6276T
My first event in months not limited to QRP -- IC-718 is back from the shop with 100W & working INRAD CW filter! Unfortunately, only had a room for a few minutes of contacts at the beginning and end of the event--just 18 QSOs X-) Still fun! Picture of rig & my trusty old KENT KT-1.
Strange band conditions for me here. Up & down plus many stations I heard either moved or qrt just as I got on frequency. Maybe my signal has BO? Also enjoyed the keyer type bonus. Thanks to all!
The manufacturers I got were VIB, J38, MILUK and BRIT OAMP? 73
K3/10 @ 5W to the Inverted L. Key used was my Bencher RJ-2. Conditions were very good on 80 & 40 Meters Saturday night. Great to work Bert, F6HKA, on 40 meters late Saturday night using 5W.
Sorry to have totally missed the event. We were on a foliage-chasing trip in Northern Pennsylvania.
Great propagation this time around!
Thanks to all es 73
Thanks everyone for the QSOs - especially Walt, LW3EX, and Pablo, KP4SJ, you guys were my only "long Haul" contacts. Jim
Except for a few mts Sat night I worked only the final two hours of the WES. Activity seemed pretty good on 40 and 80... It was fun collecting the key names. I used only my Junker in order to give out the extra points... If we do this again, or have some similar event involving exchange of key names, suggest that those members who use multiple keys could be allowed to make repeat same-band contacts and get full QSO points for each contact for each different key... My rig: Elecraft K3 at 100 watts to attic cobweb and endfed wire ants.
Lots of fun and so glad we had great conditions for a change. It seemed like the ether died back down again after WES!! Here is a picture of my British WT-8 amp Key No2 which is very similar to my first key I used in 1967 which I brought here from England with me!
Didn't have time to really enjoy the "brews" but did get a few in...
Just played on the edges as usual. It's nice to be part of a group keeping all these beautiful keys alive!
A lot of fun!
Used my J-45 for this WES.. essentially a J-37 mounted on a bear trap! When using this leg clamp key, it is best to remove the key before getting up to respond to the XYL's request for help on something.. don't ask how I learned this. Rigs were my trusty little blue Small Wonder Labs DSW-40, and my gigantic OHR-100A 80 meter rig. Great fun and a couple new calls added to my Senator tally. CU all next month.. 73/72 Peter
Another fun WES, I was in and out but still had a good time. Worked WD5ABC, my lowest SKCC number(12), I don't see very many 2 and 3 digit members on the air so that was a very pleasant surprise. I got to work 11 members new to me for the first time, so that is always nice to make new contacts. Looking forward to SKS and next months WES. Thanks to all for the QSO's - 73 de tom
My Qrp binge continues on despite the recent solar activity. Hooked up a FT-817 to the 240 ft longwire, used a Kent straight key for this WES. Lurked and stalked signals as they appeared in the noise level up north here. Managed to work both W7GVE, Ed and VA7JC, Jon over the weekend. Ya, just two contacts but then WWV & WWVH were down in the noise floor hr too ;) Fun !
72/73 de AL7JK,John
Unfortunately not many contacts but I was pleased to send my CW with a Vibroplex "Original", a Lionel "J36", a NATO key or an ETM "SQ" (a German brand squeeze key wired for a cootie use).
I had not enough free time and propagation to use other models I prepared for this event.
Best 73 to all and see you next time.
Really enjoyed the theme - at one point I had six keys lined up for use HI. Only downer was the very very poor propagation, I was itching to give out bonus points, but few USA stations heard over here. Keys on desk included: Marconi (UK), Ericsson (Sweden), Jacobsen (Norway), Sarem (France), Pye (UK) and Clipsal (Australia). I did manage to get one more for my T x 8 quest, thank you Pete / WH6LE - I only need 46 more (I had been stuck on 47 needed since 1st July) !
Can we have this theme again please ?
73 John / G0RDO / SKCC 2133T
Enjoyed hearing the various keys/fists this weekend. Family activities limited my time..The Kent St. key and Vibroplex Blue Racer used for this one...
Thanks to all, enjoy reading the comments 73 Rick
My HBBUG stands for "homebrew bug". Lots of fun as always..
I was Portable in New Hampsher White Mtns. National Forest camping.
Could not get a callsign with an H. Boo. Had fun with one of my 2 Schurr keys for this event. Wish condx were better on 40. QRN was in and out here in MD for me. My G5RV is still bringing 'em in. Can't wait to get my tower and TA-33-jr up.
Thanks for QSO's. Worked 25 different keys and spelled both words. TNX to N2HTT for the 2 T's needed to complete Octoberfest. Conditions were a bit ruff but as always had much fun!
Backyard portable - Yaesu FT-817nd - 5 1/2 inch 20&40 meter antennas
Beautiful Fall afternoon on Sunday and brought everything out to the backyard to get in a little WES action and enjoy the crisp Fall air! The Teenie Weenie 5 1/2 inch antennas did the job for me and produced 2 new states for me for tiny antenna WAS! VT and CT are now in the Log just need a MAINE-iac to be able to completely cross off 1 land! Thanks to all 5 SKCC stations who heard my tiny antennas and the 1 non-member who gave me a nice 5W 2xQRP contact! 72/73 de Jim K2MIJ
condx very poor football games cut time
Could only work 4 hours but had lots of fun. Next month's WES from VP2M land.
Was away for the weekend - only managed to get in for the last hour and a half. Interesting theme.
Fun time using my SKCC Club Key and G3YUH Project Keys!
Lots of contest activity this weekend! I managed to get all the letters in the two word bonus, plus I collected 19 different key mfg's. I also did some research and found my Navy Flameproof was most likely made in Philadelphia by the Molded Insulator Company. I always wondered and this months challenge prompted me to search!
Another great WES, thanks to all with whom I connected! See you next month. 73, K3ZGA
TS-440S into a 134 foot Inverted L. Used my Kent SP-1 modified to work as a Cootie Key.
I'd never heard of Alberto Fratinni's recreation of the French Dyna Maniflex until Stan WB2QLF wrote about sideswipers in his article in the NAQCC newsletter, "The Forgotten Key" http://naqcc.info/newsletter_202.pdf . Now I have one. Here's what it looks like. I also used a VizKey cootie and a Palm Single Lever paddle with the cootie option selected.
Tnx all es 72/73
FT1000MP, Alpha 78, 1 KW, Vibroplex Hand Key, TH6DXX, dipole, zepp. Pretty good band conditions and good activity. Thanks for all QSOs. 73, John, K4BAI.
Only worked one station on 80M, 40M and 20M were good.
Always fun to pick some of the SKCC members while I'm working DX and state QSO parties.
This WES was less about quantity and all about quality. I had a real blast actually 'tasting' each of the different makes of keys. What a great theme idea; it made me bring my 1940's Telegraph Apparatus Company ('TAC') bug down off the shelf to be shined-up and made ready as my primary key for October WES. I did use my UR5CDX ('UA') paddle-wired-cootie with one of several memorable QSOs with N6EV (especially the 150-year-old Tillotson! Imagine the many things that key has sent over both wires and over the air!!!), as well as my 1983 novice Radio Shack brass J-38 (still remember walking into Radio Shack to buy it as a teenager with my paper route money). Missed 'Munchen Oktoberfest' by one 't', but hey, I had a blast even though I had to bow out a bit early for a trip down the Coast with the XYL (oh the first world problems! hi hi). Many great fists out there. Managed to work a few FISTS too since they had a sprint happening as well. 73 and dit dit! Jack, K6JEB
Great WES! Many nice keys out there and good fists too. Even with poor conditions it was a fun time. ZUT.
This event was a blast! My day began at 14:47 UTC and continued until QSO 50 at 0223.
20 meters was open a bit; it was not the brick wall it had been earlier in the week. I put the Junker on line with a brace of bugs and keys (see picture) but stayed with the Junker for most of the day. I thought I would tire of the old girl, now a olive drab clunky box compared to my shiny fleet of high end bugs and SKs but I didn't tire of her and used her almost the entire time. My dx was LW3EX, Walt in Buenos Aires he was running a German Key of a make I had never heard of. All the keys were amazing. Some I had never hear of others, like the Lionel Toy Train Bugs were legion which pleases me. I intermittently used my two Fratinni bugs the Evolution and the J-36 and met no other ops using one of those which I thought off. Couldn't buy a consonant: I got my spelling done with a final "R" ripped happily from the call of Mike AC0PR in Utah at 02:23 UTC and that was it for the day. My Old Kentucky Home: I have needed KY for WAS forever. That was supplied by KG4KGY, Tom, at 23:35 (about time). Thanks for being the only ham in KY Tom. I wound up with 19 numbers unique to my assault on T7. Lately I had been discouraged finding new numbers difficult to obtain. All in all a pretty good time which will keep me coming back to the WES. 73 Art K7EP
The noise level was a little high, but this WES was fun. I am happy with my 39 contacts on 4 bands. My 20 states included Alaska; and also heard from France, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Also lots of different keys out there :-). See you next month.
Very busy weekend for Family events here, Had about an hour and a half Saturday night and another half hour Sunday morning to make some QSOs for the WES this month.
Most of my QSOs were on 40M but got a bunch on 80M on Saturday late evening. One on 160M and a few on Sunday morning were on 20M. See you next month.
Got a late start Sat..Too many storm windows to put up...then had to wait for the RTTY guys to clear out...worked a few today on 20 & 40...Key today was the U.K.Military model WT-8amp MKII...Thanks to all & see you in the two hr sprint....
Good to get back on the air after a busy summer. Was pleased to see 80 meters open. It has been dead for a long time. 40 meters was its usual lively self. Key exchange info was most interesting. Glad to work you all and BCNU
Thanks to all for a great WES as always. Tried to work QRP for the first 8 hours, with zero contacts - the RBN wasn't even hearing me. Switched to 100w and started to make a few contacts. 40 meters picked up late Saturday evening. The Bencher BY-1 has been rewired for use as a Cootie key. Best 73 & God Bless. Ric
It has been a while since I have been here. I hooked my old Nye straight key to my Kenwood TS2000 and hand out a few points.
Sorry, somehow I put wrong call sign..... This is correct call.
This was a fun event.
Too nice of a days(s) to stay inside and play radio. Did think about going portable, but didn't do it. Enjoyed the sprint. Did better this time than last. Looking forward to the SKS.
Used a Begali Spark key with my K-2 with G5RV up 35 feet. 72/73, Phil
Outdoor QRP, Elecraft K1, Czech key, norcal doublet suspended by a crappie pole, fed with homebrew open wire line made from an old ethernet cable and popsicle sticks.
A really fun event. It was a little tedious spelling out Navy flame proof all the time.
Best Laid Plans....eh? With over 60 individual key names and 6 at the time on the bench I was set to give out some serious bonus points....and then...30 minutes into the game, I get called to help local ham with dead radio. Got maybe and hour total but had fun collecting keys from those I did manage a contact with. It was nice to work two homebrew keys. Bands were pretty dead but still a fair amount of action it looks like.
I like this theme and hope to see it again.
Worked WES and ARCI and FISTS all at same time with new 1WATTER XCVR
Better than last time out. Conditions were not great but I managed to get in some QSOs. The key was (is) a Swedish Pump. As the picture shows I also have a Vibroplex bug but I'm not quite ready yet to inflict my sending with that on the SKCC community :) Thanks all for pulling my QRP signal out of the mud, you folks are awesome. Here's to the next time, dit dit - Wayne.
Very interesting working mobile from Estes Park, Colorado
A Wild Wes! Used the Vibroplex Straight Key, a GHD Sideswiper and W1SFR Torsion Bar Straight Key... I'm trying to get the hang of the sideswiper and sometimes it just didn't do what I thought my fingers were doing! In other words, thanks to those who managed to figure out what I was sending with it.
ANOTHER FUN WEEKEND SPRINT. UNFORTUNATELY A FALL INCAPACITATED ME FOR OPERATING ON SUNDAY,CONDITIONS WEREN'T THE BEST BUT IVE SURE SEEN WORSE, MANY CONTESTERS WHO SEEM TO LOVE SKCC CALL FREQS. HI HI. ALWAYS CAN COUNT ON WORKING BERT F6HKA HE MAKES HIS OWN CONDX. AS USUAL THANKS TO THE ORGANIZERS. SORRY IT TOOK ME A COUPLE OF DAYS TO COMPILE AND ENTER MY RESULTS.
Nice theme. Many unique keys out there. Thanks to all. 73
Many tnx to all stations worked . I didn't realize they made so many different keys. I worked a total of 30 different keys. I was using KX3 rig @ 5 watts. one new 40 mtr Windom in trees @50 ft & old 6 to 8o mtr Windom @35 ft,. used 3 different keys , Begali HST as a cootie , J-38 and a VIZ cootie key .
Tough conditions but a lot of fun. Only used 50 watts and a wire antenna. Thanks for all the QSOs. A lot of nice sounding keys and fists out there. 73 de Scott - KD4EE
Wish I would of had more time to operate.
Fun as always! I even worked 3 DX stations this time. Surprising variety of keys, including several homebrews.
I'll have to say that Bert, F6HKA, must have the best antennas on the planet. I can always hear him and he can always here me. It's not because I have good antennas!
Enjoyed it. Bands seem to be improving.
THANKS FOR THE QRP STRAIGHT KEY FUN LAST WEEKEND
Darn... Only one T callsign in my log. Fun sprint though. Thanks SKCC.
Sending was poor, while getting used to a key I had not practiced on for a while, getting OK most of the time, and not so good as my hand tired at the end. A lot of fun.
Great theme...lots of vibros and begali's....as others have said, bands so so and had to work for what you got, but fun all the same. Used a Vizkey right angle bug. Don KF7DS
Had a great time again. Used my 1940's Electric Speciality Mfg - (Cedar Rapids)CR Speed Key. Pretty good Bug - the only bug sold as a kit.
No excuses. Will do better next month. CU Then. KG6MC
First WES using my new PFR-3B. I was portable up in VA for this WES, attending a friend's wedding. Had about an hour to play and had fun. Sat on the porch swing and antenna was a 60ft end fed wire going from a tree to the porch. On Saturday morning I could work anyone I could hear but on Sunday morning, nobody would return my calls.
TNX Next time ...
Portable near Raleigh, NC with 5W, a long wire, and Foote Pierson landline key.
An interesting event ... great idea. It was fun to see what kind of keys were out there. Some manufacturers I had never heard of before. Spent most of my time on 40 meters, but managed a few on 20 meters and then one DX on 15 and one on 80 meters. Ran with the Vizkey Cootie, the Les Logan Speedx Model 500 and the McElroy Model 600 "marbleized" ... a very pretty bug. It was another great event. Thanks folks for all the contacts and look forward to the next. 73, jack
Another fun WES event! Met lots of new operators with many name brand keys I've never heard of. Hope to hear and work everyone again next month!
K3 @ 5 watts
Hi-Mound HK-802 key
Another fun WES, GREAT theme! Worked 31 different keys (2 GER), can´t spelled the two words (
Thanks everyone for the QSO´s, looking forward to the next...BCNU 73, Walt- ..-
TA33 - 50W - German straight keys: Firma Konski & Kruger Model T1 (Luftwaffe) aka "Baumuster T1", Firma Junker D.R.P. (Kriegsmarine), Firma Siemens & Halske (GPO).
Learned a lot about keys. Surprising how many different ones there are.
I was running my IC-7000 and my Homebrew key. Bands were pretty bad here until about the last half hour and then things got busy. 73 to all and cul...Bill
I was predominately QRP for this WES, but did make three QSOs using my boat anchor: Knight T-60 xtal controlled xmtr, and HR-1680 receiver running 30 watts. So I put my log in as QRP, sorta. Photo shows T-60 setup, the QRP part is my KX3 not shown here.
It was really interesting to hear the number of different keys in play - almost everyone had something different or unusual.
Great theme - great fun. 73, Mike
Lots of fun, in spite of poor conditions and constant grow light QRN. Several ops found my
"Twanger" key a good laugh. I also used by Begali Blade for two contacts. Now I need a Bitburger Pils to relax. See you all next month. 73 de N4ow
"auf Wiedersehen" dit dit
FORGOT MY BONUS FOR DIFFERENT KEYS, NOT MUCH TIME THIS WEEKEND AS USUAL BUT CONTINIUE TO DO 1 WATT OR LESS EACH MONTH , THANK TO W9DLN FIRST CALL TO HIM HE CAME RIGHT BACK,HE WAS BOOMING INTO AL 599 PLUS,GAVE ME A 579 FOR 1 WATT WITH MY BEGALIHST2 COOTIE, ALWAYS OPERATE COOTIE, AND SEE MORE AND MORE USING THEM AND MORE QRPp OPS JOINING US, THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR TAKING MY CALLS.73 TO ALL LOOK FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH,,,RODNEY
Far too many things going on this weekend so I got my one and then did the run. Picnic with my mother and other family matters. Hopefully things will improve propagation wise next month, I know I am ready for it.
Not much time to play this weekend.
I love the themes the past couple of months! I had very limited time (23 minutes on Saturday and 170 minutes on Sunday), so went QRO to maximize the fun, and fend off contesters : ) I found it interesting how many different key reports I got at the beginning --the first 14 QSOs were each using a different key. Not counting J-38 and Vibroplex, nearly eighty percent of the stations were using unique keys. The top five keys were: Vibroplex (11 percent), J-38 (8 pct), Bencher (6 pct), Nye (6 pct) and Navy Flameproof (5 pct)
I used a Ten-Tec Omni 6+, Alpha 78 and a dipole @68 ft... oh, and the Begali Sculpture Swing. See you all next time!
73 de Marty N9SE
VOILA !! ARGO SIX G5RV 35FT INV VEE.5 WTS AS USUAL... HAD OTHER THINGS GOING ON THIS WEEKEND SO ONLY GOT TO CREATE A BIT OF ''QRM''.... HA..
SO, AGN, TNX TO THE SKCC BOARD AND CU IN NOV WES.
Been member 9 years but this was my first SKCC event. Next time I'll spend time on it because this was fun.
Not a lot of activity for this, or for the FISTS Sprint on Saturday. I guess the bands are still recovering... My Czech Army key gave several folks some bonus points I hope.
Rarely do my Bonus Points exceed my QSO/SPC points ;-)
Liked the theme. Worked portable in the back yard trying out a new vertical ant - a variation of the MFJ Big Stick, worked OK.Used a KX3+PX3 plus a Palm Radio single paddle, and Begali HST cootie and a VIZKEY vertical bug. Didn't work many dupes, but did hand out some bonus points. Some strange keys names or else I copied them wrong
This was my best WES so far. I was going to use my N3ZN key but used my German made Palm PPK (not to be confused with the Walther PPK) since it was worth an 100 bonus points. See you next month!
Didnt have a lot of time to operate but had fun.
Fun as always. Enjoyed the theme. Thanks to all who organize these monthly events .
Thanks for the FB QSO's. best 73's from Miller City, Ohio. de Mike (NO8C)
Only a total of 11 contacts.
Contacted the states SC,KS,CA,TN,FL,AZ,MS,GA,IN and KP4SJ Pablo in PR.
Thanks to all that worked my in 15M.
Good luck to all.
Thanks, Walt! Who sez 10 is dead?
Tnx everyone who heard my HB1B 5w, from my 58 ft lg wire and J38 keyer from my Man Cave Sat. WAS A GREAT DAY. Tnx BERT F6HKA for hearing me. Also heard F5DE.
KK4WX we were only 40 min away from each other. Thanks everyone for the QSO's. FT-450D with 100w into a 140' horizontal loop antenna. MK-32 Mini Sideswiper Cootie Key from www.electronicsusa.com.
Only had a short time to operate but it was fun to learn what keys folks had. I rotated among three - Navy Flameproof, Kent SP-1 wired as a Cootie (with 1/2 finished wooden paddle), and my old favorite a Nye Viking Master Key. Thanks for a fun time. It was good to see KC9W back on the air.
Sorry, BAD BAD BAD conditions. Worked only a few East coast "big guns" with signals 20-50dB below normal. Key - G0NVT (PB213LTSLC = copy of Marconi)
Fun WES. Operated portable with the 320 and as usual have to apologize as i'm still trying get use to the leg key.
Cheers to all and thanks for the contacts.
Low Solar Flux + high Solar Wind = poor propagation and QSB (not good for QRP). Hence, only 8 QSOs in 40m and 2 in 20m, but enough to sample 10 different brews (one German!) in 7 SPC's... I hope that, in spite of my CW, everyone enjoyed the SCHURR Schwaben brew by Uli Scheunemann aus Auenwald). 73 de Jose VE3DTI.
My favourite key is still the Wilson that I bought with the No. 19 set when I first got my licence. I just figured out that that was 56 years ago - scary. Hi. I also enjoy playing with other keys,bugs and keyers. I sure wish I had kept the No 19 set. Thanks for making a very windy,rainy Sunday a fun "inside" day. Until next time. 73 - Brian
A fair sprint, but poor band condx.
Very poor Band cond on 20 Sunday Afternoon I just shut down early will try again in November
Fun while camping on the Mendocino coast. Doublet on a pole to the KX3 at 10 Watts. Switched between a J47 and a Winslow key.
Only time for a couple. Interesting theme. 73...Joe
I was able to pop in occasionally and give out some 100 point bonuses with a German Kenski & Kruger Baumuster T-1 key. Was nice to run into a few folks I havent had contact with in a long time!
Was driving east all weekend from New Mexico but managed a couple contacts mobile from the Lake Erie shoreline. Sorry I couldn't spend more time but still fun as always.
MY CALL SIGN WAS NO USE IN THIS WES BUT MY MCELROY KEY SHOULD HELP A FEW. ENJOYED THE FEW CONTACTS I MADE. SEE YOU ALL NEXT WES. 73 RON
Not much time again. My 2 keys are Begali Sculptues Swing and Begali HST II (used a sideswiper). Thank you for the QSOs. 73 es GL de Art W2NRA 11634Sx4
Only had time for the last hour of WES. Most of the weekend spend watching the grandkids. See you next time.
There are a lot of different keys out there.
Not much time to play this weekend. Thx all for the contacts.
Used only the Junker this time, no bug, so I'll definitely be rubbing some horse liniment on my wrist tonight.
Heard quite a few brands of keys used, which made for an interesting sprint.
I Love Oktoberfest! Great bonus theme!
Thanks to all !
I really enjoyed this WES. It gave me a chance to use the keys I've been making this summer. Rig Flex6300, Ant. OCFD, I used 8 different homebrew keys. Due to limited space, only 1 is posted here. The balance will be posted on SKCC Facebook. Here is the code I used to communicate the different keys; ie tom/1 meant I was using a ParkwoodBug.
6=Slab st. key
Another good Wes, great fun. Thanks to all who participated. 73, Dan
Event reminded me I'd never been able to ID my key, given to me long ago by a retired shipboard op as a gift to an eager newcomer. Here's a photo of it.
It's good to be working a WES again. The last one I participated in was in June so I'm a little rusty. I have sinced moved from Simi Valley, CA to Camarillo, CA. Distance of about 25 miles. The new place has a good sized back yard that I should be able to, eventually, put up some decent antennas. For now I'm working with an end fed long wire that runs from the shack thru the top of a fig tree to an orange tree at a height of about 12 feet. It was an interesting and somewhat challenging WES what with all the different keys in use. Till next time, 73 to all.
Nice idea as we often exchange key info in reg QSOs. A few keys I am not familiar with --
15m was open for several hours -- made qso with out F6HKA --- Sorry I missed you Bert..-- CUL 73 ED W7GVE
Only got to work the last 45 minutes or so. Great fun, anyway.
Went QRP this time to try out the "old" FT-817 Commander software that I had recently discovered.
Great program, fun doing QRP without having to put my fat fingers on the radios little buttons and knobs. Thanks to those who heard me and for another fun WES.
Did not work 'fest vy long but enjoyed working another old Waterway cw netter- Richard KC8KCR in Fl. Only a few more cw net ops still to go! Maybe next Sprint, HI!
That was fun. We should do it more often.
Wow, what a WES! Despite spending a lot of time off air dealing with bronchitis it was one of the most enjoyable. Didn't quite know the best way to hand off bonus points but I eventually figured it out. Started off with my usual "keyboard" then realized my SKCC key also counted. Then I tied in a HB key. I actually didn't use either of them much. Then I remembered an old keyer driver I built as a novice. I took it down and realized it was almost two complete ARTeC J-38's! I quickly disassembled my old project, sanded the contacts on one and nailed it to the board. Man did that thing send sweet! It might replace my Signal Electric R-48 as my favorite key. I'm sure I gave out a lot of bonus when I got that going. The other one I have that I didn't hear was a "Jap" JJ-38. I kept that one active as well. I wish I could identify my "USN" key because I believe it is a spark key. I think the most fun was Googling the keys people sent me and then looking them up. Several were quite rare and some of them very expensive! That was neat. You can see by the map I was not very successful into NW USA. I even missed WA and ID which are usually pretty easy. Best DX was LW3EX twice booming in. Took a long time to nail the bonus using only first letter of suffix but W4TMW finished that off for me. Pretty weak score for me but it was a blast. Special thanks to K2RFP and K3UK. Couldn't do it without you guys. Sure miss KL7GLL and his efforts. Stat Page was the main reason to get this crazy every month. I would be interested in resurrecting this if nobody else grabs the torch and runs with it. 73, GL All... Dan
This was one of my favorite themes. I always like to know what key is being used by the station I'm working, so this was really fun for this old CW Nut. Thanks to all for a great WES! ~73~
Not much time to work WES. Key SpeedX (Unknown mft). Tnx to all who copied my QRP sig.
Only had a few minutes Saturday morn to make a handful of contacts (thanks Pete, Dan, Tom, Jeff, Lane, & Bry), as I had much to do before leaving for TN in the wee wee hours Sunday morn. Ran QRP with a measured 4 watts from an IC-7000 (my IC-703 packed up) to an all-band vertical, using a Kent Straight Key. Please listen for my peep-squeek signal from Cobble Nob, Sevier County, Tennessee for the next week or so. See y'all next month.
p.s. The September Brag Report will be a few days late (hi hi).
My 3rd and best to date WES. I only lacked M to get the extra 150 bonus points. Lots of fun hearing all the different brands of keys; I worked a total of 23 including 3 German ones. I sent "RS" as mine is a key I bought at Radio Shack over 40 yrs. ago with no other markings, similar to a J38. Thanks to all for the Q's and to those who make the sprints possible.
Greetings to all. Thanks to all the great ops and organizers. On and off operation here but great fun. Got the bonus with only 42 QSOs! Glad to get to use my Junker key to provide extra points for any that worked me. Hope to get to work all again in the future. 73
Great theme, discovered the McElroy key, looked it up, great story. 73 everybody...
THANKS TO THE PEOPLE PUTTING ON THE SPRINT.
Had fun, 20m was in good shape, didn't get to work very long. I used a Nye key and an Vibroplex bug. 72, Ray
I decided to op from my boat for this WES. I anchored in Dutch Harbor (in Narragansett Bay, RI) overnight an operated some on both days. For upload to LOTW I will be signing as Newport County.
A number of WES firsts for me: operating from my boat, QRP with my KX3, and first use of new antenna (EndFed from KX3Helper/W1SFR).
I had to chase some major S9 RFI before starting. I discovered that the 12V NovaKool fridge generates a LOT of RFI, turned it off while operating. The Blue Sea Systems 12V to USB power sockets also emit a lot of RFI, all the way up to 10M, I pulled the fuse for them. Very quiet after turning these off, much quieter than my home.
It was fun to learn how many different keys are in use. My LNR 2015 SKCC club key worked great.
Used my somewhat unique Jones key. About 100 made in UK before the maker passed away...back in the 1970s. Weighs about 4 pounds. Sold in US by Palomar Engineers. Worked all but one contact on 40 meters.
Interesting idea for this sprint. There was one key that I never heard of before, the British WT8AMP. Thanks for the contacts, and see you all next time. 73, Art
The bands were better than I expected, all my contacts were on 20m again since that's the highest band that was open for my low dipole and my puny-weak 5w signal. Thanks for another fun sprintathon de Kerry, WD5ABC, #12
Great fun and thanks to all!
Well I was building a test circuit (board) for a sampling detector. Testing is going slow and all the ICs are surface mounted. The radio gear sat behind me and "played" as I soldered and pondered the progress (or lack of). I occasionally took a break and worked a station calling CQ WES. Only worked 8, but did pick up 6 new numbers. Need one more for Tx6. Hope all of you had a great WES. TNX for the QSOs! CUL, Mike.
A serious collection of keys! 33 different with 2 German.
Poor conditions to EU, thanks Bert and Vasek.
The theme was fun. Kudos to SKCC organizers.
Once again a fun event, but condx were very bad for me!!! Hopefully things get better soon..
We went up to Maine for the weekend Saturday morning. Our son lives in Orono. I got one Q in before we left so that I wouldn't be skunked this month. Thanks Glen NK1N.
I know I should have brought my gear with me and operated from Maine but I know better after being married for so long. I still like the big bed:)
Key used was a USN CJB (Bunnell) 28001
Station: KX3/5W to a 100' Doublet @ 30'