|AK: 2 / 23||AL: 6 / 240||ARG: 1 / 28||AZ: 5 / 141||BC: 2 / 28|
|BRA: 1 / 4||CA: 16 / 467||CO: 3 / 197||CT: 3 / 71||CZE: 1 / 28|
|ENG: 1 / 7||FL: 11 / 293||FRA: 2 / 125||GA: 11 / 663||GER: 2 / 20|
|IA: 1 / 18||IL: 6 / 281||IN: 4 / 169||KS: 4 / 259||KY: 3 / 81|
|LA: 2 / 38||MA: 5 / 110||MB: 2 / 64||MD: 5 / 177||ME: 1 / 37|
|MI: 9 / 590||MN: 4 / 167||MO: 14 / 462||MS: 1 / 21||MT: 3 / 72|
|NC: 9 / 477||NE: 1 / 41||NH: 2 / 201||NJ: 7 / 380||NS: 1 / 27|
|NY: 10 / 217||OH: 14 / 339||OK: 6 / 116||ON: 4 / 80||OR: 4 / 148|
|PA: 3 / 114||POL: 2 / 27||PR: 1 / 65||RI: 4 / 116||RSA: 1 / 10|
|SC: 3 / 90||SK: 1 / 22||SLO: 1 / 2||TN: 5 / 241||TX: 16 / 494|
|VA: 7 / 148||VT: 2 / 98||WA: 6 / 266||WI: 5 / 534||WV: 3 / 80|
I had another fun WES weekend. I made a hand key using a hacksaw blade with a wood base. The key worked good but it was a bit stiff, my wrist and hand had a workout. I contacted 10 other "hk" operators. Thanks to all that participated.
Had fun..built simple MACGYVER..peice of wood, few
metel strips, screws/nuts, vibrolpex red knob..used entire WES..TOUCHY however..BY end of Saturday had bonus words done..SO Sunday was S&P for whatever. DID collect few towards the TOGA "S"
ALL-IN-ALL did good. TNX ALL...MERRY CHRISTMAS
See you in K3Y event JAN 2016 as K3Y/6 @ times
AA6AC CA Bob/hk 6276T
A WES was a good way to spend a rainy weekend indoors. My homemade Scissor Tongs and Plastic Spoons Key held up well, but the wife said I had to have the Tongs back in the kitchen drawer by Sunday evening and I could keep the Plastic Spoons with holes drilled in them. Great Event!
Casually worked this over the weekend. Lots of fun!
~70F on Saturday! Took a charged-up HB1B outside to the patio for a while and worked a handful of stations QRP on an EFHW antenna sloped up to a fishing pole on the fence. The others I worked at 100W from the IC-718 inside with the 40m dipole out the window. All of this on 40m. // Sunday I switched up to 10m to hear what was going on--another 18 (non-SKCC) QSOs there. A good weekend for CW :-)
Didn't get much time this month - only a couple of hours. I was lucky to get 5 contacts on 40m today with my little 20m qtr wave elev vert at 24 ft. Sometimes it will tune on 40 but mostly won't. Nice surprise.
Thanks to all my contacts. Hope to cu in Jan!
Busy weekend here with very little time for the WES.
Thanks to all I worked for their patience in picking out my small signal.
Thanks everyone for the great QSOs.
One thing I learned is that using a homebrew key sucks! The rubber band spring kept slipping and the key kept falling apart. I gave it up after about 65 QSOs and dropped the /HK from my name. One big surprise was that Pablo in PR was so loud here in fly-over country that I thought he was local.
I've participated in the past, but this is my 1st time to report results.
My MacGyver key was fairly easy to make, but very difficult to operate. I had to QRS to make it readable! Only made 19 contacts because I was more interested in getting my "INNER MACGYVER" points than just racking up QSOs. That's a lesson learned for me. Next time, I will just snag QSOs, and let the chips fall where they may. I do not care to win at this thing, but I really hope I am not LAST! HI HI, and Merry Christmas.
I built a MacGyver key, and managed to use it for the entire WES. It worked fairly well, clicking and contact issues aside (the 577 on one QSO was deserved). Most of the time I was available for SKCC was at night when 10 m was not doing well (primary contest this weekend), but I did make a few QSOs on 15 m. Thanks to the WES activity, I made a lot of progress toward various 40 and 80 m awards.
One thing I really enjoyed was working so many new (and newer-than-I) SKCC members! Despite having updated the database on Friday before spending the weekend at an internet-free shack, I had two contacts with members so new as to have numbers that weren't in the database. It was great to hear you out there, and welcome to SKCC!
Key details (pardon the pun):
1 sq. ft. aluminum foil; 1 1/8" stereo to stereo RCA cable, 1 twist tie, 1 rubber band, 2 paper clips, 1 chip bag clip, 1/2 sheet junk mail, 1" length of electrical tape.
I held the RCA plugs with the chip clip to provide a stable platform for the rest of the key. One RCA plug was skewered into a corner of the Al foil to create the ground plane (it also shorted the unused stereo line). The other RCA plug was isolated with a 1" square of the junk mail, and a piece of Al foil wire (1" strip twisted fairly tightly) was attached to the center pin using the twist tie to bind it firmly. For motion control, the wire was routed between the jaws of the chip clip (held open by the RCA plugs).
The key action was created by folding the rest of the junk mail in half enough times to get it so it was difficult to get the paper to stay closed (i.e. it got springy). One paper clip held the paper on the Al foil ground plane, while the other clip pinned the Al foil wire.
I suspect much of the clicking came from poor contact between the Al foil wire and the paper clip. The electrical tape, which was first used to hold the foil/paper-clip contact tightly, was repurposed to insulate all but the tip of the paper clip contact, which cut down significantly on the clicking.
The key held up for all of the contacts (some were not pretty), but clearly was not meant to become a permanent fixture in the shack. Shortly after the included photo was taken, it was dismantled.
I improvised a key from salad tongs. The forks (steel wires) were electrically isolated, so I tied each set of three together with wire. Also, I taped the fork lock open after it locked my key in the middle of the second QSO. The key worked best with two hands, but was not easy to use and made for sloppy code. Thanks to everyone for being a good sport about it.
THANK YOU to everyone for the QSOs. I got to meet a number of our newest members. GREAT! Welcome to this austere group. I didn't get on very long due to other commitments this weekend but it sounded like a lot of fun. Conditions were fairly good and a whole lot better than they have been lately. Good to herar those HK homebrew keys, he he! Some of the pictures are priceless!
I really enjoyed playing in this WES... thanks for another great event!
I had fun in the WES testing my HK and getting practice—and did you ever give me practice! My score was a personal best, because of you.
I have a preference for a low-profile, close-contact key, so my design used a 3.5” wall plaque, 5 disposable ice cream spoons, a length of wire, 1 screw, 3 thumbtacks, some felt feet, and Elmer’s glue to laminate the pieces of 4 of the spoons to the spoon used as the lever. It worked great and lasted the entire contest!
Thanks to everyone in the contest. You folks are the best!
73, Charles, AI4UN
Bands weren't too bad this weekend. I expected to hear from more homemade keys. Only 2 of my 32 contacts had /hk. My sideswiper is made from strap hanger, corner braces, scraps of wood and various bolts, nuts, and screws. Worked great!
Bands (40 and 80) were in decent shape. OHR-100 on 80 with 5 watts and my trusty DSW-40 at 3 watts on 40. Not that many HK stations, and I missed the Inner MacGuyver bonus by one "R". 7 new ones on my Senator list (13 to go), and a good start on my Tx10 collection, so all in all, a good WES. Nice to see some of the newest members joining the fun... be careful, it is addictive.. 73 for now, Peter
I didn't have a lot of time for the WES but managed to have some fun and few pleasant surprises. Met some new members, members new to me and a special thanks to two DX callers, OK2VWB and F6EAZ.
Another fun WES. Used my blue racer bug just for something different this event. Busy holiday season with work and family. Happy Holidays to all !
Yesterday was a very bad WES activity for me.
I had only eight contacts during the two last hours of the WES.
Unfortunately not many free time to participate but mainly because of the very bad propagation, sometimes in the afternoon the 20 m band was as quiet as without any connected antenna !
I did only one contact on 20 m with my quite neighbor F6HKA (QRB less than 100 km) and seven on 40 m band with WR2E, W4TMW, W9DLN, W2RAN, AI4UN, W4KLY and WA1BXY just in time, two minutes before the end of the event !
I really hope it will be better for next SKS-E and WES times, and of course during the K3Y anniversary month, hi !
If no contact before next year, I wish everybody a nice Holiday Season, a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year 2016 !
Sunday was dire with just 1 QSO on 20m - thanks to Art / WK2S for pulling in my weak sigs.
7 QSO's in total all on 20m : KP4SJ/Pablo, AH6AX/Larry, KA5VZG/Alan, IK2DJV/Romeo, SP9NLI/Andy, KK4WX/Russ and WK2S/Art.
No home brew key, but used a treasured Marconi 6th design small spark key ca 1910+.
Rig TS-440s 100 watts, Cushcraft MA6V vertical.
73 John / G0RDO / SKCC #2133T
I was going to go to WY for WES, but then they said snowstorm. Discretion got the better part of valor. So played WES at home in CO. I was using an Elad FDM-DUO SDR transceiver. 5 watts to an end fed 117' random wire laying over the roof (peak at 31') or a mini GR5V in the attic. Great fun. Thanks to all who copied my QRP effort. Thanks to the volunteers for putting events like these together. 73, John K0FTC
Great reading all the comments for this WES, Looking forward to contacts with new members as well as old friends. Don't forget to vote for one of the great K3Y qsl cards for 2016 Anniversary 73 Rick
Got rained out most of the weekend (big thunderstorm). Used my old homebrew junkbox bug (2007 vintage) for no credit.
Haven't been active for a while and didn't have much time to operate but sure enjoyed it!
Great fun. I started to make the key in the photo after the Sprintathon started. It took about 3 hours including lunch. The key is mainly wood and screws. The knob was cut from a 1" dowel. There is no left-right play in the key. It is quite comfortable to use - except for the sharp edge on the dowel, which will be removed. The spring came from an old flashlight. I can't remember where the 90 degree angles came from. Can't wait for the next challenge. My thanks to all the good folks I contacted.
First WES, learned a lot and had fun.
Happy Holidays from Frosty Maine
Tnx fer the QSO's. Limited time due to two Christmas Dinners and ARRL 10 Meter. Had a great time on the air and ate to much food. CU next month. Merry Christmas to a great bunch of amateur radio operators.
wild time on 40 contest on 20 no help
Fun building the MacGyver key. it was somewhat wobbly but a 6 inch scale stuck over the arm fixed the problem. it worked well and I had fun.
Great Time. Used 20-40-80 meters. Work three sweet sounding HK's and managed to find all the letters in the bonus phrase (thanks to all with the helpful call signs!)
A Very Merry Christmas Season to all. 73,
Kenwood TS-440S to a 134 foot inverted L. Alternated between my Kent cootie and my Navy Flameproof keys.
Only had little over one hour to play, but will put score in anyway. Was only running 2.5W, but did manage to catch Bert at end to tie it all off.
Thanks to all who pulled out my 5W signal. 73, Steve K4JPN
First WES Contest. Had a great time.
My IM key started its life as a clothes pin. A lot of tweaking finally got the spring tension adjusted and a small wooden wedge (not shown)inserted behind the spring adjusted the contact spacing. Contacts were the heads of a couple of brass tacks. The knob is a wooden button from some long-forgotten craft project.
I couldn't devote a lot of time to the event, but thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks to all involved.
Busy weekend, but managed to get in some operating time on 20. 10 Meters was open with contesters, 15 was dead, 20 was okay, 40 and 80 were extremely noisy.
FT-950 @ 10 Watts to NVIS Dipole. Navy FP key.
Had only three hours to play on Sunday. Stayed on 20m and kept running at a good pace. Thanks for the pile ups. Good fun. Plenty of weak ones to pull out of the mud, but doable. Sorry to the few ones I couldn't hear. I'm really liking this LNR SKCC key. Makes it even more fun (well that and a new radio :) ). Thanks for all the QSOs and see you for K3Y in January.
Had my tower up/down multiple times for antenna work on both days so I just did S&P for a few minutes for new numbers/letters when I came back inside to do antenna checks while the tower was up. Bands seemed wide open to me in the short time I listened. Hopefully I'll be able to do a full WES next time.
73 de K6ELQ
I was gonna stop at 50 QSOs but....
SKED Page seems to have crashed several times during the activity (overloaded?)
Used my standard Vibroplex Vibrokey so no /HK bonus.
Great fun started the night prior to WES when I scrounged around the QTH for things I had on-hand, and then it occurred to me, I have metal banjo finger picks that are not only here at the QTH, but fit, ahem, on-hand (rimshot)(hi). So I whipped-up a cootie key using a couple of my banjo finger picks, an eye-screw, some wire, screws, crimp terminals, wood, and solder. The picks fit on my fingers perfectly and are light and made for speed, and I just soldered wires to them, and the other side of the circuit was a metal eye screw I had in a piece of wood, the other end sticking-out and wired to some lugs, which then go to the cable that leads to the rig's CW key jack. I was not much of a cootie keyer previous to this WES but I am more of one now! There's a short YouTube video of the key being demo'd prior to WES linked from my QRZ.com page ( or direct here: https://youtu.be/wVDKQWN4rBA ) if you want to see how it worked.
Great theme! Please do this every year! I can't wait to see the other MacGyver keys I worked! Also, I managed to work a good number of other /hk stations as well as being able to claim the Inner MacGyver spelling bonus with the calls worked. That plus the keymaker bonus (and that's why I was up late the night before making the Pick-Key).
For this WES I was running 300w into either a Yagi on 10m/15m/20m and an Inverted-L for 40m/80m/160m.
Lastly, I want to give a BIG SHOUT OUT to all the new SKCC members I worked this weekend! Thank you all and please come join us in the chat room (linked from here on the SKCC site, over to the left of this column)! Also, thank you to NX1K for my last towards Tx7!
Nice WES. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
Nice to meet so many new members.
Lots of fun. Have not done one of these in quite some time. Very cool.
Fun event. Junk on the workbench = 1 MacGuyver Key. Total manufacturing time - 7 minutes. Worked great.
Always a fun time - thanks to all. Vy 73, Chas
Had about 3.5 hours on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon to work the event. Not a big score but I did get 4 new members in my 15M log toward my single band endorsement !
I had most of my QSOs on 450M with a few on 80 and 20M and 4 on 15M.
I finally looked up the theme for this month's WES after noon local time on Sunday. Looked in my tool box and found a pair of wire strippers which I used for the base connection after taping them to my desk. Selected a medium sized straight edge screwdriver and connected it to the other side. (Wish I could post a picture of this - it would be good for some laughs.) Amazingly this setup did OK as long as I kept my eyes focused on where the screwdriver blade was making contact with the base. (And as long as I kept my speed below about 10 wpm.) I apologize to the ops who put up with some terrible sounding CW when I tried to rush things a bit too much. It was especially bad when trying to send characters with lots of "dits" in them. I'll try for a better design next time the "HK" theme comes up. Thanks for all the QSOs and Merry Christmas! 73 Bill, K8WSN
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all. It has been a long while since I worked a WES.
Thank you to all for the good Week End Sprint.
Especially enjoyed working K6III and KK7YJ as well as many others. 73's to all.
Rained all day here Saturday so got to play on the radio! Used the 7410 at 5 watts and did well. Got contacts on 80, 40, 20 and 15. No luck on 10 meters. Used the Vibroplex straight key the hole time. TNX for the QSO's and CUL.
Great time as always. Built this key out of shotgun shells.... It wasn't ease yo use but it made it through all of it. 73 KA6ROD
First Sprintathon - big fun - thanks and apologies to everyone copying my homemade cootie, first time I used one. The inner MacGyver thing almost did me in until I worked W5VYN (the V, the Y and the second N all at once!) Looking forward to the next one, and dusting off the bug again. Scott ka9p
20 meters left at about 2256z, 40 was way too noisy, and 80 meters just wasn't there. Guess it was time to QRP and have supper. Thanks guys & gals for the contacts. Be glad when the bands get back into shape. C U all in the SKS. 72/73, Phil
Super good WES! gets better everytime!
Had my "switch key" (really a side swiper Dan, no trains involved) all ready to go and boom, unexpected guest show up after 8 contacts.
Still had fun as always.
Rig was LD5 at 5 watts
Antenna - EF-QUAD at 33 feet
Key - cut and pasted from magnetic switch
73 for now,
Really enjoyed the MacGyver theme!
Lots of HK on the band. Way to go guys/gals great way to spend a rainy weekend. 73
Too much going on here... had to confine ops to Sunday, but lots of fun as usual. Been perusing the soapbox pictures of McGyvers, great ingenuity.
Bygolli PinFlex Pro
Great Fun! Band Conditions could have been better Running QRP is lots of fun and you have to be patient to get contacts
Not much time to spend. Still fun. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 73
Was a very good & interesting WES , I used a home brewed cootie key for entire WES. I'm very sorry to stations I worked and sent Don/HB when I should have been sending Don/HK .The very best to all . 73 Don
Busy weekend, Saturday night, 10:15 pm EST, realized this was WES wknd. Then realized it was homebrew WES. Had no clue so I put on my MacGyver hat and threw together a 3 screw, two paper clip homebrew hand key. With little available time worked some old friends and new ones on 40 meters. Glad to work CO8RRM (Rafael) from Cuba as well. Fun as usual. Happy holidays to all. 73
Can't believe how many OH stations I worked! I wasn't being real serious this WES, but I still made a ton of QSOs. Bands were in pretty good shape especially 40m. Hats off to everyone who made a key. Every HK I worked had a good fist, too!
Didn't operate much, but had a good weekend, putting up Christmas tree and two gigs with the band.
I set up my KX3 on the back porch and experimented with my Buddipole in different configurations while working the WES last weekend. I had a blast. I felt like a kid with a new toy. Thanks again for the fun weekend.
Randy always encouraged me to clean my contacts during the sprints. He is sorely missed. God Speed, KC9W.
Bands were good and had a GREAT TIME! My second WES and earned my "C". Thanks to all the stations I worked. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all. 73 Tim.
Tough bands here for QRP. My homebrew key worked pretty well after some adjustments. WES is always fun. See everyone next month.
back in business except for Carolina Windom (possibly rain soaked coax) Antenna was mainly vertical. 10M contest seemed to be going good.
looking forward to next year and straight key nite!
Only made 10 qso's but was really fun.
Thanks for all the contacts folks ... looking forward to the next one during K3Y. Merry Christmas and a very blessed and happy New Year to you all! 73, jack ... dit dit
This WES was a lot of fun and most rewarding using the HB Key. Parts included to make key: Wood, 2 L-brackets, 14G wire, screws, Briggs & Stratton Lawn-Mower Engine Points, decrative brass nut and a piece of Buffalo Horn for a finger pad. Solid as a rock! Ran fast enough and was easy to use! Hope to see you in the next WES! 73 & Merry Christmas to all...
My first WES and a new CW op. My apologies to those on the receiving end of the QSOs. All were very patient in helping with the exchange. Many thanks to all!
Only able to get on the air on Sunday. Great to QSO with the regulars, and put some new calls in the log. Really enjoyed putting the new Kent straight key to the test and getting it dialed in.
wkd during down times from 10 meter tst.
Had fun! Looking forward to the next WES!
Just Casual ops.
Jerry Canal Zone Brats RC
Despite bad local WX enjoyed another great WES
Got 5 /HK: W9DLN, KK4WX, W5WIL, AA6AC, WK2S...WTG guys!
QSO stats: 10 on 28MHz - 18 on 21MHz
TA33 - 50W - I used two Homebrew Keys (but they are not MacG type, so NO /HK credit) an SK Camelback style and a DSK aka Sideswiper
Thank´s everyone for the QSO´s & HAPPY HOLIDAYS! BCNU, 73 Walt- ..- ZUT
Working a commemorative station all weekend, WW1USA. But I had to at least participate in WES.
Another great sprint. Bands not so good but still fun. Running IC-7000 with my usual old home brew straight key. 73 all and cul....Bill
I don't know which was more fun - building the key or operating WES! The key was made from PCB, nylon and brass screws, and some stainless steel hardware, all my bench stock. The knob was left over from a key repair kit. This little critter worked better than I anticipated. Conditions were fair this weekend, and a lot of time was spent on holiday shopping (and a bit on the 10 meter contest) but overall it was a good run and I had lots of fun. Best holiday wishes to all the ops, 73, Mike.
Back after a long hiatus !! ... Photography and family have been keeping me busy but will be ready for K3Y ... thanks !!!!
I was planning on working at least 24 hrs. but ended up having to respond to a fire. I am a "First responder" and E.M.T. here. Had fun with the time I was on. Oh well,there is always another "test" down the road!
Played a little on Saturday morning, and late Sunday. Christmas season, plus we had warmer than normal Temps here in Ohio. I spent Saturday washing cars and smoking ribs and wings. TT Jupiter and Viz 90 Degree Bug. Dan, W9DLN, once again you made it a complete Sprint. Jack, KK0I, nice to work you. We have not crossed keys for sometime. We will be on the air for K3Y/8 with the Adrian Michigan Radio Club and here in Ohio the following weekend as K8PRC, The Pedestrian Amatuer Radio Club.
My first SKCC. I operated QRP. Found S&P more effective. I need to improve my antenna farm and increase operating time!Especially on 80m. Thanks to all operators for a fun time and thanks to the SKCC team. 72 de Dick N4HAY
This was my first WES and I had a lot of fun with my MacGyver key. It actually worked quite well for the first day but by the second day the foam began to compress and it got more difficult to use :) Here is a link to a photo of my MacGyver key http://imgur.com/z71lOZa Also I'll never stopped being amazed at how far 50w or less of power can go. With less energy than it takes to light an Edison style light bulb you can talk to the world! - Here is a link to a map of my contacts. I really like maps - https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zzy8kchTdIAo.k0xDa90FZfts&usp=sharing
That was fun! My keyer was made from an old hacksaw blade, some screws and a scrap piece of 2x4. The end knob is one of those plastic washers that hold a new clock in it's box. Thanks to everyone, I think this WES put me over the 'century'//dB
I am a fairly recent CW operator being on-air about 3 months now. This was my first SKCC WES. Very challenging and fun. Thank you for organizing these events.
Sorry I miscounted Unique Senators in my first submission. N4TMM
Worked both the SKCC and the ARRL 10-M contest...didn't do well in either - but had fun!
Merry Christmas everyone!!
Had fun using my MacGyver key. put it together late Friday night. Two pieces of wood, a hacksaw blade and Gorilla Tape. Worked pretty good with 42 QSOs. Thanks to all fer the contacts es thanks to everyone at SKCC who make it the best CW club going. Merry Christmas. Bet 73 Ron
Great to hear everyone this weekend. Good conditions, especially on 40 and 80. My home-brew cootie key was made using a hacksaw blade.
SAME-O..ARGO 6, G5RV, 5 WTS HB DUBBUG, PIX OF IT ON QRZ SITE...SO, SEE YOU ALL NEXT YEAR !!! HA.
AND AGAIN, TNX TO THE SKCC BOARD... CUL DAVE..N9ZXL/QRP 7114T
Haven't done a SKCC event in ages and had fun working a lot of new(er) members! I went back and forth between a Junker key and my old original Japanese ball-bearing Novice key (1961). This is a great group -- I need to do this more often!
Fun weekend sprint.
Merry Christmas to all!
Great fun-Had other obligations but I did manage to operate a few hours each day. Thanks to all especially the organizers of another great event.
#1 Part of an old split bolt connector
#2 3/4" x 3/4" Copper slip coupling
#3 Old hacksaw blade
#4 Scrape plywood
#5 1 hour
Equals HB side swiper (cootie key)
Equals HB side swiper (cootie key)
Lots of fun as always. Bit of lightening and lots of rain on Sunday. Wired an old mouse for my MacGyver key. Both left and right buttons were wired, I thought I could use it like a two finger cootie. But the old fingers were not fast enough. Ended up tapping on one or the other.
Quite good condition on 7 - 21 MHz, but very few station was on right place at right time, HI. Really booming signal from KP4SJ - the strongest station on 7 and 21 MHz. 73 es CUAGN
Thank you to all friends SKCC, best 73 de PS7HD
Some band noise, QRM and QSB added to the challenge but
I still had fun as always. Even tried out my Russian TKF key
for the first time. It's noisier than my Navy Flameproof but
I stil liked the feel of it.
Used my normal HB1B and bencher straight key setup.
First real workout with the new call sign. No
new states in my quest for the WAS QRP SKCC .
Fun. Thanks for the Sprints--CUL
missed the G and Y for the extra bonus. using new K3s at 5 watts with 160m loop and 5 band vert. key was a cootie as usual. managed to catch 2 Missouri Outlaws this time. Had fun, 90% was on 40meters
A great run sorry I wasted Sat on 10 meter contest till Sat night. Had a great time 80 good too. Dave W0YZZ
only HAD TIME FOR 1.
I stole a coat button from the XYL's sewing box and glued it to a 60 year old lever switch I found in my junk box. The lever was very "springy" and made it difficult to develop a good CW rhythm. Thanks to all who were able to decipher my "springy" fist. 73.
3 contacts in 7 mins. Hi Hi Got caught up in Football games.
TNX TO ALL I WORKED IN THIS WES. GOT ALL BUT THE LETTER G. HOPE TO SEE ALL NEXT WES. 73 RON
80/40/20 were good here. Did not hear alot of activity on 15. Marty, N9SE, gets my vote for the best HK fist. Looking foreward to K3Y 73
Only had a few minutes but wanted to get in the log. 73 de West Virginia
Granddaughters take precedence over radio 8-))
My rig of choice for this WES was the incredible Knightkit T60, Drake 2B/2BQ at 30 watts. Key was the McElroy teardrop....smooooooth key. Merry Christmas to each and everyone and your families. Remember our USA Military Men and Women and their families! GOD BLESS AMERICA
Got a dozen QSOs into the event and realized I had my power set at 5 Watts. So what the heck? See it through as QRP. Luckily, the lower bands were in great shape.
Good to hear so many "MacGyver" keys on the air.
Y'all have a Merry Christmas and we'll hopefully see you for SKN.
I ran 50 watts this time. It was the first test of the tower and antennas I installed through the month of November and I pall is good. Thanks to all for another great WES !
Very enjoyable WES this month, although I didn't get to work as long as I wanted :). No 'HK' key for me. Rig: Flex 6300, Ant:OCFD at 50' Keys: Homebrew St key and Homebrew Bug (Zig-Zag)....see my QRZ page for pix. Merry Christmas 73 Tom
Well that was fun! Ran just under 1W with a quickly made hacksaw blade key. Quite a challenge making contacts with that combination. Highlights were working Walt, LW3EX on 15m and then being able to complete Inner MacGyver with Ed, W7GVE. He is always has such a consistent, accurate fist. Thanks to all who dug my signal out of the noise. Merry Christmas to all .
A lot of fun. Everyone was great! Thanks!
Fun time but only 4 15mtr QSOS -- ;LOTS of sigs on10 but they were for another contest...CU Next month-- thanks for all your 2015 QSOSS 73 ED W7GVE
Great fun again, even though the bands were marginal to unreliable. No time to attempt a MacGyver key, and judging from some of the fists I heard on them, it pays to use a quality key. Just saying. I'm anxious to see any pictures of the contraptions.
Didn't get as much time as I wanted due to the dog tangling with a skunk, and the drains backing up after her bath. Honest. It was an eventful weekend.
73, and hope to see you all next time.
Always Fun! Thanks everyone.
It was a great time and great fun to put the Michigan State University Station on the air even if it was for only five hours!
Built a hacksaw blade straight key Saturday morning. Had a blast passing out bonus points. Wish I had more time to operate.
Overall it was a busy WES. I don't remember any slow times at all. Our friends to the north showed up in force. I worked VE1 through VE7 and even VY2! Worked F, OK, ON and DL in Europe and LW3EX for DX. Also thanks WL7WH for AK!
The key was an Idea I have had for a while. I am not sure what to call it. I am leaning toward "My Two Cents Worth" but I think "Penny Pincher" is pretty accurate. The only drawback is you must watch it when you are sending. If you don't hit the flat spot it sounds scratchy. It's also not the most ergonomic key. I think my shoulder will feel it tomorrow. I did manage to hit 17 WPM on it though according to RBN!
Another FUN WES! Thanks everyone. ~73~
Busy weekend for me not much time to spend on sprint. Mountain Topper QRP 3 band cw rig. Ant end fed up 25 ft. Key my old J-38. Thanks to all who copied my 4 watt sig.
Just 30 contacts for me this weekend. 14 on 20m, 14 on 40m, and 2 on 80m. Stayed away from 10 meters due to the 'other' contest there (hi hi). Used my Icom IC-7200, mainly because I have it synced with my computer logger, running 50 watts to an elevated all-band vertical. Key was nothing fancy, just one of my favorite Kent Straight Keys (pictured). Looking forward to K3Y next month. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all. 73 de Curt
Merry Christmas to all SKCC members
Hope to see everyone agn in 2016
It has been awhile since I have participated...
Got some new numbers and hope I gave out some as well. Thanks to all for a great WES - Preston
Here's my MacGuyver key,canibalized contacts from a 20A/120VAC relay, gap is adjustable by the screw at the far end of the paint brush handle. Tension is adjustable by adding/removing rubber bands.
HAD A BAD SINUS INFECTION SO WAS NOT ABLE TO WORK
THE WES AS MUCH AS I WOULD HAVE LIKE TO. THANKS TO THOSE WHO PUT THE WES ON.
Enjoyable WES. HK from my junk box was a BT-38. Big Toe-38. Whittled the toe and mounted it to a piece of wood with a hunk of solid metal stock for the pivot point. two pieces of copper for the contacts. Finished off with a paint job. It worked quite well. I really sounded like I was sending with my big toe. Hihi. 73.
Didn't get to work much, spent most of Saturday in urgent care and ER with an infection in my bad leg. Got to work 40m with the KX3 and my homemade straight key. 72, Ray
Worked 40 meters most of Saturday. Did work some 20 meters late Saturday afternoon. Back on Sunday mid morning and most of the day off and on 20 meters. Bands seemed pretty good in Alabama. I had set my goal at 100
QSOs due to conflicting obligations during the weekend. Rig was KX3 with Elecraft Amp at 80 watts. Antenna 125 foot Long Wire, end fed into 9 to 1 Balun.
Enjoyed hearing the many “Home Brew” keys. Many sounded great!
It's been a while since I've gone QRO so I fired up my AL-80B to see if it still works. It heats the shack best when rag chewing. Looking forward to the next WES.
Started off on Saturday using the Peaberry V2 and the Hardrock 50 amplifier running about 40 watts on 40 meters and about 25 watts on 20 meters. Switched to the K3 on Sunday, running 100 watts to try and pick up a couple of contacts on 15 meters, but I didn't hear anything on 15 until after my 24 hours were up. Wanted to try out the 40 meter dipole on 15 meters. Oh well, maybe next time. Antennas are 40/15 meter dipole @ 15' and 20 meter dipole @ 20'. Thanks for the contacts. 73, Art
Fun event. Went HI-tech this year but did use the obligatory hacksaw blade. Micro switch conveniently connected to cable jack on non-functioning PCB. Heard many stations /HK at the beginning then not so much. Next year, please consider extra points for those ops that use their contraptions for the ENTIRE WES. My arm hurts........
This is my all-time record lowest score but I didn't get skunked! I was at our farm for the weekend and didn't have time to make contacts but I made 1 just to keep the string alive! Rig was Yaesu FT-990 to an inverted vee at 35 ft, keyed with a J-37 hand key removed from its leg clamp.
Great WES with decent propagation; able to work 80/40/20. Pete
A fun sprint. Good conditions, lots of participants.
The first time I gave out more bonus points than I accumulated.
Thanks to all that suffered trying to decipher my home brew key. I had to concentrate and when I didn't it tended to spew out random characters.
Special mention to : kk0I, w2raN, N3ro, wh2lE, k9uRk, k1dbM, wA1hff, aC8jw, kG4upo, w4haY, aa5vE, and w1sfR.
My creation. In keeping with the holiday spirit, the knob is a glass ball from a previous year's wreath. The primary construction material is aluminized duct tape. The switch is from an old computer keyboard. No sure why is was in the junk box. Total construction cost $0.00.
Kudos to the organizers.
Not much time to devote because of work and other stuff but I couldn't let the WES go by without making a little noise.
I did't make a "new" key either but I did use a cootie I made a few weeks ago. So no /HK bonus.
Station: KX3/5W to a 100' Doublet @ 30'