|AK: 1 / 7||AL: 2 / 48||AR: 1 / 14||ARG: 1 / 36||AZ: 3 / 248|
|BC: 2 / 20||CA: 12 / 374||CO: 1 / 7||CT: 5 / 311||CUB: 1 / 26|
|CZE: 1 / 72||ENG: 1 / 36||ESP: 1 / 44||FL: 13 / 312||FRA: 3 / 204|
|GA: 9 / 368||GER: 2 / 127||IA: 1 / 115||ID: 1 / 31||IL: 8 / 295|
|IN: 7 / 147||ISR: 1 / 6||ITA: 1 / 66||KS: 2 / 112||KY: 5 / 227|
|LA: 2 / 300||MA: 4 / 92||MB: 3 / 111||MD: 9 / 424||ME: 2 / 60|
|MI: 6 / 269||MN: 3 / 262||MO: 13 / 535||MS: 3 / 61||MT: 1 / 11|
|NC: 8 / 464||NE: 1 / 13||NH: 3 / 141||NJ: 7 / 325||NS: 1 / 35|
|NV: 1 / 26||NY: 7 / 174||OH: 15 / 727||OK: 3 / 71||ON: 5 / 90|
|OR: 4 / 99||PA: 8 / 711||POL: 2 / 90||PR: 1 / 54||RI: 2 / 48|
|RSA: 1 / 6||SC: 2 / 202||SD: 1 / 42||SK: 3 / 30||TN: 5 / 186|
|TX: 19 / 771||VA: 6 / 189||VT: 2 / 131||WA: 3 / 139||WI: 6 / 570|
|WV: 2 / 50||WY: 1 / 41||YT: 1 / 68|
Never enough time, but always fun! TU SKCC.
Band conditions were great at my QTH this weekend. I met a lot of new members on the air. Thanks to all that participated and made it a fun WES.
HAD TWO bands to work with 15m and 20m...with 15m
being slightly better...Found enough for bonus words.SURE will be great when propogation improves
TNX ALL AA6AC Bob 6276S CA..
It was a fun WES and I got my first QRP 15 MTR QSO's. Also had all the letters for Newbie Welcome except for the "i". The extra 200 points for Newbie to Newbie helped my score too. 10 new QSO'S raised my Centurion Award Count to 93...7 to go. So it was a good WES for me. I hope it was for everyone else too. My FT-817 Rig & Z817 Tuner.
Had a fun couple hours on the air for WES this weekend. These are fantastic events!
I was able to jump in and out a few times. A short time of "running" drew 15+ QSOs in a very short time. The rest of the time was S&P.
I had a blast! I got 7 new numbers and 3 new states. Thanks everybody. CU in the bands! 73 de Ruben, AC2RJ.
Thanks for a surprising WES. First time I worked a WES with my new bug that was Doug's (N3PDT) new bug first. Also, what a surprise to log Romeo, IK2DJV and Ted, V47TR both new calls for me.
Thanks for all the S9+ signals!
Not sure how to tally works...my log has the following:
Unique QSOs 14
Unique Ts 5
Unique Ss 8
First time I've made a serious effort in WES. Lots of fun!
Great WES! Lots of participants!
Just playing a little in and out over the weekend. All QSOs on 20 m or 80 m. MFJ 9020 to dipole on 20 m. MFJ Cub to 70 ft wire on 80 m.
Not much time as usual. Mostly 40/80 meter contacts with one on 20M. OHR-100A on 80 ("legal" QRP limit) and DSW-40, DSW-20 both 3 watts on the other bands. First WES as a Senator.. still keep starting to send that "T" instead of the "S". 72 to all and cu next month when it will be warmer, I hope. Peter
A little disappointing, RTTY all over the SKCC frequencies, I'd check in and out and pick up what I could. I didn't spend much time trying. Hopefully next WES will be clear of other contests. Thanks for the QSO's I did make. 73 de Tom
My first WES. It was a lot of fun. Since I'm a newbie, I could score quite a lot of theme bonus points this time.
I wrote a Python script for the calculation, I hope there is no bug in it (did some plausibility checks).
Nice WES with much fun again !!
lots of callsigns but nobody with an "i" in it :-(
hope to see you all next WES
I was "in" just a few hours but I have enjoyed vy much the WES.Beeing a new "T" , I have to work hardly in future , no time for boring in SKCC ...
Thanks for the efforts to qso me .
FT 757GX , about 100 W and a Moxon antenna for 20m , the condx pretty good , I wish it would it be the same last month in k3y he he...I have had some nice surprises , stations from hard to work USA states , and qrp stations. Thanks again . See u next activity. 73s de Andy
Good conditions on all bands and nice QSO on 10m with USA. It's always a pleasure to contact my SKCC friends. Tnx a lot !
Nice to have a few WES contacts one more time.
For this event the transceiver was an old little rig model FT747, I liked to remove it from the cupboard to be alive during the week-end, hi !
As often, keys were Nato pump key, Vibroplex Original and Lionel J36 bug keys.
Best 73 everybody and see you all soon !
Propagation good for the first time in years HI ! I had most contacts on 15M and 20M. As to why propagation was good to the USA I don't know, predictions I saw said "Poor" and Sunspot numbers low. Weird !
Pleased to work the following Newbies : IZ7ZFT, K3WW two bands, DK7OB two bands, SP9NLI, EA1AOQ and N8XI.
Rig: TS-440s, 100 watts, MA6V vertical, S.G.Brown Air Ministry key & a Marconi PS No213A GKA coast Station key.
73. John / G0RDO
My first WES with limited time to be on, bur great fun. Will try to do best next month. 73's
As I was headed up I-25 at early thirty the highway sign was lit up and said "High Wind Warning - Gusts to 65 MPH". The sign wasn't wrong and it blew hard all day. My masts give kind of an idea in the picture above and that was early in the morning, it got stronger as the day progressed. That being said, the prop conditions on 40 and 20 seemed great - digital competition on 40 made it a challenge but the stations you could hear were strong. 20 was good and got better throughout the day where I made the most QSOs. 15 was long and great for a couple of hours, and I got 3 DXs in a short span of time mid morning for me - thanks to Joe - SP6JOE, Wolf - DK7OB, and Bert - F6HKA for pulling my QRP signal out. Great fun, thanks for all the QSOs and pulling my weak signal out. As always, thanks to all the great volunteers who put these events together! 73, John K0FTC
So many signals, so little time..Valentines day es a wedding anniversary in the mix..was pleased to get a few contacts. Welcome to new members, will be looking to add to the February Brag...73 member of Mo Outlaws Posse ... Rick
This newbie enjoyed the WES and look forward to the next one. Thanks to everyone for patience, friendship and good manners. 73!
Great condx Saturday - most contacts across the pond for me in any WES so far (15 wide open), and most were bonus newbies! Sunday pretty good, too. Let's have all future WES's on weekends with condx like these - hi hi. Tnx es vy 73 to all, Lee K1LEE
Always enjoyable, tnx for QSO's. RTTY QRM so moved to 7.120 area for good contacts. Used J-38 and Champion Bug. CU next sprint.
Very limited operating time, but wanted to give out the Newbie points as much as I could. Was nice to get a Happy Valentine's Day greeting from Linda, KF4MXF! 73, and thanks for the WES QSOs!
When I turned on the radio at 6 o'clock it was 21 degrees below zero outside, a good day to stay inside and play radio. I did better than I thought with the high noise level and RTTY. The highlight of the contest was when I worked V47TR Sunday morning.
I only put in an hour or so on Saturday (1500-1600), and did not have much luck, only got AF2Z and KG6MC within that hour before I gave up.
Good event. 40 meters was where the action was for me. Moving up to the 7114 area became necessary when the high bands apparently collapsed and the horde of CQ WPX RTTY folks took over 40 meters. Knowing that I had to compete with them, I ran QRO instead of my usual QRP power this time. Jody - K3JZD
Only had 1 hour and 45 minutes to work. 20M was in great shape. Got 4 new guys and spelled "Newbie Welcome". Thanks for the Qs. 73 Dale, K3SEN Elecraft K-line to a IAC Double Boozka Stealth Flagpole.
This should help my T total.
Over 20 hours of operation.
Chose this over WPX RTTY.
Great WES. I appreciated all of the 31 contacts and was excited to have worked OK2VWB, Vasek, IK0MHR, Roberto, and V47TR, Ted. Thanks all.
Kenwood TS-440S into an Inverted L and a Begali Spark.
FT1000MP, Alpha 78, 1 KW, TH6DXX. Only QRV for 31 minutes after returning from the Orlando HamCation and before going to a family Valentines Day dinner at our daughter's house. Thanks for the QSOs. 73, John, K4BAI.
Had a blast this weekend, but it did have sum rather strange moments. Some of you others musta noticed too.
It wuzn't long Saturday morning before I noted a lot of warbling sounds. Thought 'bout it a bit, sounded like maybe we were 'bought to be invaded by lil creatures from far away planets. Sunday it sounded like they mite be gettin closer. Yeah, I know, the heavy thinkers are sure there ain't any life out there.
Later on I realized that we also seemed to have a flock of mockin' birds too, somehow modjulating RF devices. Anyway when I heard some sending a friend dit dit at the end of their traffic, mysterious dit dits from somewhere else started surfacing too. No telling wat those birds will be sending next month.
Yep, it wuz a strange weekend, but I did have fun.
Managed to get on a little from our ranch with a long wire. Some day I'll get to work the whole time.
Tnx to all.
Happy Valentine's Day.
This was my first sprint as a T8. I think I had a pretty good run; started after my 7:30 Net and worked most of the day and into the evening until after most of the bands had fallen apart. I wanted 100 qso's but the flesh was weak and so were the bands after about 7:30 local time. I had a fun time. I still haven't run my log for unique T's and S's form my "S" but I think I must have dented it some. Everyone was great and many seemed to know I had made T-8 which is a big fat deal for me since I have been chasing it for YEARS. 73 Thanks all the well wishers.
Valentine's Day took priority; but I enjoyed the WES for the few hours that I was on my radio. And I especially appreciated the relatively rare contacts with Kentucky and Wyoming.
I also am hopeful I may had added a few more numbers to my TX7 application. See you next month!
Not much radio time again this weekend. Had fun anyway. This month was the Ten Tec Corsair II and a 1952 Vibroplex presentation. Hope to see everyone next month.
Portable QTH near Granbury, Hood County, TX. Grid EM12cl. My first WES away from the home QTH. How nice to hear signals without all the QRN at home. I'll have to do this more often. Rig IC718 at 80 w to 40/10 OCF windom antenna up about 18 ft. Thanks for the QSOs! 73, Bill
My first wes. Had a ball. Newbie to newbie qso's helped the score. Rig is a QRP Plus. Used my MFJ loop on 20 15 and 10 meters. A dipole on 80. Wished I had an antenna for 40 meters. Next time.
I operated from the same portable location as last month in Florida. I only had a 20 meter dipole so missed out on the other bands.
I used my Yeasu FT 857D and my Begali Spark. WES is always a lot of fun. Look forward to next month and will be back in Michigan by then.
Dave - K9AAA - 270S
Snowbird portable from Tarpon Springs FL near Tampa Bay. Antenna 40 ft stealth wire between two palm trees next to Condo . IC706, heavy local QRN Tnx 73 Ray
Only found 2 newbies like me. Don't think you could fit any more RTTY signals into the 7040 to 7100 segment; above 7100 was fine. 40 meter antenna still loads good with a little ice on it. Picked up a few new stations for the log. CU at the Sprint.
The bands were in good shape here in East TX. I worked most of the sprint with the 7410 @ 5 watts and Sunday switched to the FT-817 to give it some air time. Glad for the 250Hz filters in the 7410 Saturday due to the RTTY QRM. Got contacts on 80, 40, 20 and 15 meters. Thanks to all who pulled me out of the noise. I got 5 new members and great to hear them out there. Good theme.
Got to spend a lot more time than usual this month. Thanks for all of the contacts - 73 de chuck ka8hde
Great WES! gets better everytime! Broke 100 QSOs
Bunch of great ops! Enjoyed this a lot!
Had a little more time to devote to to WES this time and enjoyed every minute of it. Worked many regulars and old friends and a "LOT" of new members. Welcome to all and hope to get you in the log with a nice chat sometime. Missed friend Dan as last contact by 12 seconds....bummer..I tried though. Hope everybody shares a fun Valentine with someone. 73 for now and BCNU.
KX3 - 5w
Ant - LnR QUAD at 33 feet
Key - SKCC Club key and RCAF bug
My first WES and it was great fun! Thanks to all who worked to hear my QRP sig.
Most of the time I don't get to play in WES at all so it was fun to at least get to play for a few hours.
I was able to spell out 'Newbie Welcome' so that was a success and I was pretty satisfied with the rates and activity on the bands, just wish I could have spent more time on it to increase my score!
Thanks all for a fun WES and we'll do it again!
That's my first CW contact in over 25 years. For me that's a big deal. :D
Another fun-filled WES. Started out slow with QRM from RTTY contest but ended up with some openings on 15 and 10 that gave me a few more multipliers.
Lots of fun. Just didn't have much time to spend this weekend.
Always a great time!
Lots of stations on this weekend. Guess it was the frigid weather that kept everyone indoors. Nice theme also. 73
Thanks for the great snowy Feb WES. 73 to all. SRI to the few I couldn't pick out of the QSB.
Been a member since 2009, but this was my first WES! Had a blast and thanks to all the SKCC members for making this club one of the best in our hobby.
Eric - KD7ATV
This is by far my best score on a WES. I had a great time and the bands seemed to be in pretty good shape. The weather here in Ohio was perfect for radio. 11 degrees for a high on Saturday, perfect to stay in and play radio HI HI. I worked a fair amount of QRP stations and most of them had a really good signal. Thank to all the operators that took the time out to participate in the WES. The picture was taken Sunday morning after it went down to -3 degrees Saturday night. Boy that thin air really helps your signal travel farther. HI HI
I got in 1.5hrs on 40m, and found that even armed with 14485 and ~80W, it was very hard to get any contacts going.
So... I got all of 4 contacts, 2 of which were had S's as suffixes. This ratio of S's to non S's of 2:1 is EXTREMELY similar to the ratio from my previous (first) WES.
See how lopsided this contest is for the veteran CW ops, who most likely have more expensive gear than I do? What about for the newbies?
There should be an event where only low powered HOMEBREW GEAR is allowed.
In my opinion, this WES theme wasn't a very good way to encourage new members. Do I seriously need a KW station to get anywhere?
But ok... it was fun, so I'll be at it again next time.
There were plenty of issues. One is my antenna. Being a low 40m dipole strung up right against a brick wall (I live in the city!), I had pretty noisy/inconsistent receive. And without a CW filter (I'm doing all I could with analog audio filtering), nearly everything is below the noise floor (always S5 noise!). There was also a RTTY (or something similar) mess going on.
I called CQ on and off during my 1.5 hrs in 2-3 min segments, got no responses at all. Did anyone even hear me, or am I just terrible at contesting? There were plenty of "pile-up" like situations on the 6 or 7 stations between 7.108 and 7.120 I heard, as ALL of the 7.04x through 7.06x segment got RTTY'd. I answered a few CQs when the stations weren't bombarded, but that was all. I suspect that either my CQ just wasn't loud enough, or my 10 WPM is just too slow.
Fun theme this month. Just missed the word search. Caught a few "Newbies" in spite of the poor band conditions. 10 meters was closed, 15 was open on Sunday for a few hours and 40 was obliterated by RTTY signals everywhere ... pretty much left 15 and 20 mtrs for me in the afternoon. Still lots of fun on a very cold February day. 73 all.
Interesting WES for me. I was ill Saturday, so most of my time was on Sunday. But DX was just crazy good on Sunday. I had SKCC QSOs with Italy, France, Spain, Cuba, and Canada. Not bad for 100w and a wire. It's usually 40m for me, but most QSOs were on 15m and 20m. I was told that couldn't happen at this point in the sunspot cycle ...
Had a good time. 15 was open pretty good.
TNX for the WES. This was a tough one, with the RTTY contest going on at the same time. Ric
I had a BLAST beep-bopping around the bands with my new "S" (more fun than a new dress!) :-)
Thank-you to ALL who made this special-for-me Valentine WES a success. Already looking forward to next month's WES!!! Linda
Fun WES. thanks CTS's fer Tx5
Welcome to all Newbies.
Didn't have much time to work the sprint this month. Nice to hear all the new numbers. Thanks Rich/N4PBQ for the cross-country 2xQRP QSO.
A nice way to spend a chilly day indoors. Bands were good, made contacts on 10,15,20 and 40 meters. Had a great time!!!
Great to see a lot more EU stations than I have seen in past WES's
5 Tribunes, 1 Senator. pretty good band conditions.
This was my first QRP WES and I had a blast doing it. Thanks for a of the fine Op's that pulled out my light signal.
Thanks to all who participated! Another fun WES in the books! Hope to see everyone again next month.
Due to family commitments, only got to put a few in the log this weekend. Was a great test of the new-to-me FT817ND, learning a new rig and testing it out for my upcoming SOTA expedition over spring break. Enjoyed working 9 different states and 2 DX stations on 5W using the 817 and the T1 tuner along with my American Morse KK1B straight key. Good fun. Glad to see everyone on the air this weekend, and hope to participate in WES again soon.
Installed a Hustler 4btv antenna on my trailer and worked the contest from a campground in Orlando. Much better signal than my attic mounted dipole at home. Had my photo taken at Hamcation with Katie from HRD & "100 watts and a wire". Really enjoy the WES contests.
Grandson wedding this weekend. squeezed in 10 QSOs.
Another great Sprint. Good DX PROP on 10m. Got 4 rookies.
QSO Stats: 33 on 28MHz - 3 on 21MHz
TA33 - 50W - Keys: Restored SK Marconi PS 5785A Air Ministry 10F/94 (Yes, weird design) and trusty HB DSK
Many thanks to all BCNU, 73 Walt-..- ZUT
This was my first WES in some time. It was nice to see the bands open a bit. My K2 is scattered so I ran the TS590 this weekend. I didn't get a lot of time to play but what I could do was a blast. Hope I can make it next month. 73 Jerry
Great fun as usual. It was great to catch 15 meters open to Europe. See everyone on the next sprint. Bill....N0UMP Missouri Outlaw
Good conditions here Sunday afternoon on 20. Thanks for newbie bonus points from Chas K3WW and Malcolm VE4MG. 73.
Did not work allot Saturday or Sunday, a couple things going on and worked Sunday. It was nice to work W4KRN, Karen. We have not worked each other in some time. And the WES was official after working Dan, W9DLN. I also had the chance to work my partner in crime, Tony, KD8BBK. The WX was down in the single digits the early part of the day and in the teens in the afternoon. All S & P here, and only hit 3 bonus stations.
Didn't have the whole weekend free but I did have Sunday free so I played the WES then mostly. I enjoyed the challenge of trying to work around the RTTY contest! I was using my new RadWav SDR kit radio at 30w with custom software and I had a good time doing it. Was happy to see a couple ladies doing the WES this month, they should be worth more points ;) Especially since it's valentines day. Quit a little early to get ready for my The Walking Dead date... Of course I made a map of my contacts.... https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zzy8kchTdIAo.kM5Pdbe-ytDA&usp=sharing
Lots going on this weekend but I was able to sneak out for a couple of hours. Another fun event.
Spent Saturday at the Orlando Hamfest visiting
K8NS's tailgate and meeting with John K4BAI, who I had first met many, many,years ago when his high school band was marching in the Orange Bowl Parade. We had both changed quite a bit in the intervening years:) Nice to see ya again John. 15 meters was very good to me on Sunday during the WES the band was open to all areas of the USA from Florida.
This was the second sprint I participated in and my first as a Tribune. As a new(ish) SKCC member I was a bonus station but operating QRP made a lot of the contacts pretty rough on their copy so I appreciate the effort some of the stations took to reel me in.
I am operating about 50/50 between my straight key and my bug now and my ability to copy other stations has greatly improved since the last sprint. The SKCC has been a real encouragement to me as a new operator and I appreciate all the hard work that goes into making this group work.
tried out my new yaesu ftdx 1200 at 95 watts for a change should have went qrp bands were nice and quiet here, worked 5 with no c,t,s so hope we have more moving up tried getting off and kept getting calles sunday morning,think we had a good showing this time
What a great WES! The bands were in great shape for the most part and 15 meters was back and open. DX from Mississippi for the last couple of months was Texas, Tennessee and Georgia but I managed to work Italy, Germany, France and Czechoslovakia during the WES. I also started the WES needing 21 for my Tx8 and expected to collect 6 or 8, but I managed to get 24! so I managed to get some extras just in case. A big thanks to the organizers who did a great job scheduling the WES during great band conditions. Thanks everyone! 73, Jim
Between my mother in rehab with a broken hip and so many other obligations I just didn't have much time or enthusiasm for this. Hope the year gets better as we get into the new season.
Band condx seemed pretty descent when I was able sit es play fer a bit. Tnx to all I wrkd. Enjoyed it.
Tks to all for the contacts. Ran QRO with the IC 746 at 100 watts and my Navy flameproof key on 40 Saturday morning. Got on 40 again Sunday morning with the FT 817nd QRP at 5W. and my Nye Master key, band was in really gud shape with many strong sigs Sunday. Only 28 QSOs total but lots of fun. Tks again es Tks to those at SKCC for their time and expertise making SKCC the best cw club going. Ron/N8KZH
First WES entered.
Fun and worked 5 new States and 7 new Countries.
Had a great time everyone.
HR WE ARE AGAIN.. USED NEW KX1 3 WTS G5RV 35FT INV VEE.. SUPER RADIO FOR QRP'ING... I HAD NO ''IMI'S'' USING THE 3 WTS... SO, SEE YOU ALL IN MARCH.... I HOPE WE WOULD HAVE SOME MORE QRP HAMS IN THE WES'S.... AGN, TNX TO THE BOARD MBRS AND 73 TO ALL,,,,,,,, C U L ... DAVE...N9ZXL..73.
Had a lot of fun...was missing an "M" to complete the Newbie Welcome phrase.
Had a fun WES and operated portable for about an hour trying out a portable Vertical with elevated radials. Used a KX3 at 5W, PX3, LFP battery, Tiny Bug a my iphone with a keyboard for logging. Pretty chilly , as you can see from the picture. Made about 10 contacts. Thanks to the organizers again.
Was busy with work on Sat so didnt get on til Sunday and then didnt have a lot of time to operate. Looking to do better next month. -jim
Band conditions variable. Tnx to all for listening for my 1 watt signal.
Band QSOs 80m: 35 20m: 63 15m: 8 = 106 Qs
It my pleasure to work so many fine SKCC stations. I worked 16 Newbie stations and several future SKCC members. Thank you for listening for me our QSO was very much appreciated.
Didn't have much time to work. It was great to hear so many new members. I worked K3AQ who, at the time, held the highest number.
Conditions were quite good , especially Saturday , 95 % qso on 15 meters. Thanks especially to all QRpers called me.
Used swiss straight key Signum factory made in 30's of XX century, weight of key is more 2,15 kg.
As an SKCC newbie giving away extra 25 points, I felt almost like a sought-after DX, hi-hi.
Bands were decent on the weekend. Had lots of fun and got to meet some new members.
Fun WES. Condx were a little better than expected. Welcome to all the newcomers.
Icom 703 @ 5W, the AME Bushwacker (the one on the picture rigged, as a cootie - see the shorting wire at the back) and the frozen wire antenna crossing the right side of the picture… Made contacts in 4 bands. Got 5 "newbies" and got "WELCOME" but missed the “I” for “NEWBIE”... I also missed a few contacts: sorry Lane K9MOV (you called me in someone else's QRG and I asked you to QSY but then I lost you), sorry Barry WA9ZWA (huge QSB, I got your exchange, but then the band disappeared on me), and Tom KU9RK (I got your QTH as KY but as I logged the call I realize it is IN…). I will likely miss the next two WES’es as I will be in CX-land. I may try to call from there as CX7RT but operating QRP it may be a far shot. I should be back in town for the May WES. TU es 73. Jose VE3DTI /VA3PCJ.
Short time but a good time; nice conditions made me wish I'd organized my schedule better. Thanks to all and cu on the next sprint. 73 Ron VE3FMW
First WES submission ever. Worked 2.5 hours total.
Thanks everyone for another fun WES. Until next time - 73. Brian
Better condx here this month. Used HB1B with Bencher
straight key- 20M only. Always enjoyable. CUL!
First time. It was fun being there to "welcome newbies", and hunt "T"'s
Lots of fun, as usual. Many new C, T and S stations in the log and quite a few "newbies." Hope to see folks in the NRR. --W1XT
Only had time for a few QSOs. All QSOs made on 15M.
Not much time to operate this weekend but still had fun.
Perfect way to spend a windy, snowy day. Lots of fun as usual.
See y'all for SKS.
Nice the bands were open to work some DX stations!
Another enjoyable WES in the book. I thought the bans were in just fair shape during the few hours I operated. I used both my 'Slab III' st. key and 'ZigZag' Bug, Flex 6300 barefoot and OCFD at 50'.
Wish I had more time to play this weekend, but I made the most of the time I had.
Thanks to CO8RRM for the Bonus.
This was a fun sprint and, the bands were generally good. I managed to work 30 newbies; they sprint very well! Thanks to all who worked me...73 Bert
Good fun with the newby theme -- Also found 12 new numbers--- worked more S/P/C Then I did when I was a novice many years ago// 73 to all//ed
Didn't have a lot of time this weekend to devote to WES, but had a great time when I could. This past month, I finally got an 80 meter antenna up, and got lots of contacts there. Sometimes, it's good to be a Noob. 73 to everyone, and see you next Sprint.
Great sprint. Had a good time and worked four new members. Welcome guys! Band conditions were super at my QTH. Worked mostly 40m and 20m and one contact on 15m. Rig was Yaesu 857d @100w to Par EF-quad. Used NT9K Pro Pump Standard for most of the sprint then finished up with Vibroplex Original. Finally after a few years I've worked up to using the original weight instead of a bug tamer. So if you worked me I hope my bug fist sounded OK. 73 and thanks for the QSO's.
My st. key developed a 'stutter' during wes. Maybe overwork. Might need a cooling fan. HHope to HHave problem ressolved before next SSSprint, HHii!
I have never seen a time when RTTY stations are not totally rude to the point of being complete LIDS!
I didn't have much time to participate (a few hours on Saturday and a couple hours on Sunday morning), but it was a lot of fun nonetheless. Thanks for the QSOs! A special thank-you to Tom/WB7EUX for stepping up to the plate to become our new "Wesmeister." 73 to all
Lots of fun on a Saturday night. Band conditions were good with minimal noise. Only worked 3 newcomers, but was able to spell out Newbies Welcome from the call signs. About a third of my contacts were made with a K1 running 5 watts. The low power worked really well on 20 meters.
Just a fantastic time!
Set my usual goal of 30 contacts and that is when I quit. Good to see all the newer members participating. Used my IC-7200 at 75 watts to an all-band vertical (elevated). Kent Straight Key.
See y'all next month.
Good 15 meter opening into Europe on Saturday morning with SKCC DX QSO's. Then again on Sunday PM on both 20 and 15. Thanks to all and welcome to SKCC to all the new members.
Elecraft KX3 @5wts to vertical; Vibroplex Blue Racer bug.
Operated from the back yard with battery power. Temperatures were unusually mild (60-70s)here in North TX - so it was fun.
Thanks to the 30+ operators who picked my QRP signal out of the noise and QRM - Good ears!
Hope to see you next month.
73 & CUL - Andy, WA5RML
Lots of fun... bands were clear and BUSY!
Thanks everyone - another fun WES.
Feb WES was a lot of fun. Welcome all the new member. KX3 with my OCF DIPOLE @ 55' still rocking. 73/72, Ray
As a brand new member, this was my first WES. Even with my limited home station (5 watts QRP into my rainspout antenna), I had a ball. I want to thank all of the members who took the time during QSOs to welcome new members. One particular highlight was working Bert, F6HKA, on two bands.
Lots of fun! Ran the K2 at 12 watts all weekend. Many thanks to everyone who hung in there with my weak signal. Looking forward to the next sprint!
First WES / SKCC contacts for a two day old newbie. Thanks to those who took the time to welcome me to the group. I look forward to meeting many more of you on the air in the coming days. 73 - Joe.
Worked Bert in France and Wolf in Germany....FB!
This was first WES in a while. Had a lot of fun and really enjoyed the contacts. Time was limited but still a great time! Thanks to all.
Needed one more E for WELCOME. Too bad I couldn't use my own call. Made most of my contacts on Saturday morning in less than two hours, because my grandson kept me busy the rest of the time. Nice to work Joe SP6JOE in Poland on 15 meters using 5 watts into a roof mounted 4BTV vertical. Too noisy for receive though, so I switched to my 40 meter dipole at 15' for receive. Thanks for the contacts. 73, Art
Nice activity and good to work the DX.
Enjoyed my first WES. Used a Drake C line and SpeedX key. The RTTY contest made it a challenge. A lot of participants and great QSO's.
I'm out at our family farm for the weekend so the rig this time is a Yaesu FT-990 into an inverted vee at 35 feet in an oak tree. Key is a 1941 Vibroplex Original. Thanks for the contacts with my puny QRP signal! I think this is the first time I actually made any bonus points, nice to work some of the newest members.
Used my homebrew QRP transceiver and homebrew key. Had a blast, but was confined to 20, 40, 80 meters. W5ZR was the strongest signal I heard on 20, 40 and 80 meters. Was happy to work Ted V47TR on 20M with my 4 watts and loop antenna.
Busy bands, especially dodging the digitals.
Good fun as always and got to meet many new members.
Not much time again this month, and it sure was COLD in my shack with no heat except for a small electric heater, but my Carhart coveralls and hot coffee helped. Thanks to all for the fun time as usual!
I didn't have much time this weekend. A hamfest Saturday, party Saturday night, work Sunday day.
I had a little time to make some contacts and had fun as usual.
Thanks to those that I worked and to the organizers.
Station: KX3/5W to a 200' Doublet @ 30' Homebrew Hacksaw Blade Cootie
Lots of activity this month. 15 meters was open quite a bit. I used the Omni 6+, Speed-X straight key and the stealth (low) dipole. Thanks for the contacts.
Tnx for contacts- good sigs on 20m,qrg's being busy was a matter of search and pounce.A special thanks to organisers- 73 de John