|AL: 3 / 47||ARG: 1 / 1||AUS: 1 / 8||AZ: 1 / 10||BC: 2 / 4|
|BEL: 1 / 2||BRA: 1 / 21||CA: 13 / 188||CO: 1 / 27||CT: 4 / 133|
|ENG: 1 / 5||FL: 10 / 289||FRA: 2 / 61||GA: 6 / 186||GER: 1 / 6|
|ID: 1 / 27||IL: 4 / 53||IN: 7 / 328||KS: 6 / 198||KY: 1 / 10|
|MA: 3 / 158||MD: 4 / 49||ME: 3 / 184||MI: 6 / 259||MN: 3 / 26|
|MO: 13 / 130||MS: 1 / 22||MT: 2 / 7||NC: 7 / 243||NE: 1 / 83|
|NH: 1 / 81||NJ: 7 / 321||NM: 1 / 31||NS: 1 / 7||NY: 6 / 126|
|OH: 11 / 311||OK: 4 / 63||ON: 4 / 152||OR: 2 / 35||PA: 7 / 381|
|PR: 2 / 85||RI: 1 / 49||SC: 3 / 50||SK: 1 / 10||SLO: 1 / 0|
|TN: 4 / 111||TX: 11 / 142||UT: 1 / 30||VA: 7 / 295||VT: 1 / 48|
|WA: 3 / 85||WI: 3 / 36||WV: 2 / 122||WY: 1 / 36|
Great Sprint! Lots of QRN and weak signals, but great participation and a neat theme. S&P for all contacts except a run of 3 stations. HI Lost one contact from QRM, SRI Tom K7ROH. Deja Vu -> Needed DE for a sweep of the colonies. I did hear Frank N3RSD S&P-ing on 40m, but wasn't able to catch up with him. I also picked up nine calls for Tx8. 22 to go... I really enjoyed this one and look forward to the SKS on the 26th and then August's WES. 73 to y'all who worked me and all y'all that keep things running! And, thanks to Ron for the SKCCLogger! KX3/KXPA100 @ 100W into a 270 ft. horizontal loop at ~30 ft.
CONDITIONS POOR..SATURDAY contests..Sunday somewhat better..LOGGED:W8BFX W0YZZ N7MFB W7GB K6KQV K6BHH KC7QY K3WW (PA) S&P with some CQ's QSLs follow..AA6AC CA Bob 6276S
Didn't have much time for hamming this weekend but enjoyed what I got. Thanks to those who worked me.
Ant: Elevated 19ft wire Vert -- counterpoise wires - tip at 29ft.
Good WES - Wish I had more time
Another fun WES!! I could operate only operate for one hour, but I still managed to make 6 contacts. It may be a personal record :D Thanks everyone, the organizers, the participants and all of you that struggle to pull my signal out of the static. I see you in the bands! 73, AC2RJ, Ruben.
Weird bands, but a lot of fun. Got to work my local CW buddies, Don, W0DEW, Doug, N3PDT and Charlie, N0CVW. Don and Doug are the guys that got me into CW about 3 years ago.
I spent a lot of fun time on the sked page chatting with Jerry, K6III, when there were no signals to be heard on the air.
Thanks everyone for the contacts, Jim.
Condx were pretty variable. I kept checking the bands throughout the weekend to try and snag a few more QSOs. Got lots of practice with QSB, haha... Good to see some 80m activity. Tks to Randy KB4QQJ/K4INC for the NPOTA QSO! Rig here: Elecraft K3 @ 100 watts; Junker straight key; endfed wire and indoor cobweb antennas. Thanks & a tap o' the key to all!
Loads of fun as always. I could only work a few hours but enjoyed the times when the QRN dropped below S9 !!
Worst conditions I've experienced for a WES. At times I heard NO signals at all on 20 m and 40 m. Well, it can only get better! YouKits HB1A 4 watts to dipoles. Vibroplex Vibrokeyer wired as cootie.
Very limited time, but 2contacts is better than nothing. 73, Peter
I would have made more contacts but I was glad to get 20 QSO with SKCCers ! Best 73 to everybody and see you next time !
Very difficult this WES, contest saturday evening, european football cup finally this sunday. May be better in august. 73 for All and tnx for Qso.
Saturday resulted in Nil QSO's. A big contest and terrible Propagation. Was away at RAF Fairford all Sunday so only got to play radio in the last hour or so. Thanks to K3WW, KG4W, K8NS, WR2E & KA9FOI.
I've worked this little narrow saddle before on Jelm Mountain WY. Truck is a tight fit. Great take off angles on either side to the east and west. TS-480SAT, Czech military key, Chameleon Mini Hybrid with 120'long wire. Started off really great and then things went to pot for me about mid morning. Lots of QRN, deep QSB, and the prop fell out the bottom. Was not planning to spend the night so gave up about 2 PM with about 6 hours operating. Anyway, had fun no matter and thanks to those I did get a QSO - some new folks as well. May give it a go on Sunday at home in CO. 73, John K0FTC
Operated with my Vintage Collins rig, would have operated more but someone told me my transmitter frequency was unstable, so had to check that out. Was able to work F6EJN with the 32S-3 barefoot to a trap vertical.
Interesting conditions "now ya hear em-now ya don't" from that I managed to catch 10 of the
13 colonies. F5DE Bernard, thanks for hearing me under tough conditions. G0RDO, John you were
up to 339 but it was a one way path...Randy..K4INC...thanks for hanging in there...also Hello to
the new SKCCÚrs welcome to a great group...73 Rick
Conditions sure could have been better but was thrilled to pick up 19 contacts toward my S and a nice contact with K4INC. A rainy cool weekend in VT and good time to be on the bands.
SUMMER BAND CONDS VERY WEAK SIGNALS ON 40M DID HAVE ONE QSO ON 20M TO WEST COAST SOLID 599..73 HANK PUG
Great fun. 40M and 80M was all I could really hear. See you next time. QRP @ 5W this go around using KX3 with G5RV @ 28ft. 73's
storms all weekend didnt help -plus dx contest took over 20m most of time worked mostly 40m from mountain top in pa 1 non member
Really good sprint considering poor conditions. Couldn't find South Carolina. New G5RV at 60 feet performed well.
Long weekend. IARU + WES! Thanks for the Qs. 73 Dale K3SEN
1 QSO at very end of first 24 hours as I went from a casual IARU entry to WES. Worked until lunch time when went to a local club picnic, got back for the last few hours. Tricky weekend for WES, I heard very little SKCC activity during IARU event.
Tough contest this month for me. Ran half QRP and half at 100 Watts (put score in as QRO)Thanks for all the stations that dug me out of the noise. I appreciated your patience! Always a good time and thanks to the organizers. See you next month.
Used a TS-440S at 100 watts as well as an HB-1B at 5 watts. Antennas were a EFHW and a Perth Outbacker. Keys were a Begali Spark and a Navy Flameproof.
Being from one of the original 13 colonies, I just had to get in WES for a little bit regardless of conditions.
Things bad enough, but running QRPp at 1w didn't help any either. Still enjoyed what little I was in. Be back for next one.
I was surprised. As a 500 point bonuas station, out of 318 (cw) QSO's from the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park only 52 were with SKCC members participating in WES. Mostly due to the bands I suspect. They were in pretty dismal shape for me. I did manage to make the 2xNPOTA contact with Art, WK2S at TR23 for a 1000 point bonus!! Thanks Art for a new NPOTA designation. Had a blast from the park making a total of 526 (gasp ..208 SSB) Contacts. Thanks everybody for the contacts and hope to do this again before the end of NPOTA year event.
Rig = K2
Antenna = LnR Quad
Keys + RCAF bug, NT9K sideswiper and SKCC club key
Great WES and good theme. Worked out well considering the other contest going on. 73s all and hope to catch you next month.
I think if propagation doesn't improve I'm gonna enter as an SWL next time...
Maybe it was the hot weather.
Thanks for your patience K3WW. Great contact! I hope to get better. 73.
Snagged on on 6M!!
This is my second time participating and only 5 contacts but it was nevertheless a fun WES.
Wow! WES was a real challenge this month. Propagation in and out of SoCA was almost non-existent. Never even made it to the Eastern seaboard for those tasty bonus points. Only spent a little over an hour of active operating, but all of it was fun! Thanks for the hard-won QSOs.
Missed 4 Revolutionary War States - CT,DE,NY,RI.
No F or UK made it into the log.
1 NPOTA (K4INC)
I was out of town except for the last few hours of this one so I had a blast running on 20m with a fairly solid rate despite conditions.
Very poor daytime conditions.
Tnx to everyone who made the WES a fun weekend.
ONE 20 METER CONTACT .. 26 ON 40 METERS .. SAT WAS OUT WITH THE OTHER CONTEST ON 20 METERS .. PROBABLY WOULDN'T HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE WITH CONDITIONS AS THEY WERE .. TS-130S AND A HB 80 METER TRAP DIPOLE .. STILL FUN BUT FRUSTRATING ..
Back into sprints, still had limited time and poor band conditions. 40M yielded best results.
This month I was QRP. Used a "Forty-9er" kit off of EBay with a DDS VFO. The project was in March QST. The little rig makes 2 watts, and 40 meters only. Band conditions were not great, but had a blast with the little rig and my 1956 Vibroplex Champion. One of these days I will get the rig in a case instead of laying out on the bench. See you all next month.
First WES in a while. Bug was out of adjustment and was adjusting on the fly. Didn't sound good in my headphones so I am sure it didn't sound good on your end. Propagation was not my friend and lots of QSB. Glad I could give out a few bonus points. BTW, the logger works great in Linux under wine. Bravo!
That was fun; most contacts I've had in a while; will keep my straight key!
onlyable to work a few hours and almost all on 40 meters.
Besides the bands being poor and the IARU HF World Championship, didn't leave much to work with. Maybe better luck the next time. 72/73, Phil
A fun WES, had to work very hard & longer for the contacts with the band conditions as they were & the IARU contest on Saturday. Worked 10 colonies, South Carolina only one I never heard. Did manage to work Cuba & Mexico.. Many thanks to John KL2AX in Alaska for the 2 contacts & the lengthy Chat. I was using the KX3 @ 5 watts & using the VIZ Cootie key. Many thanks to all ,. 73 Don
Had a good time playing in the WES this weekend. Didn't get much time yesterday but had most of the day to play. It was such a nice day here in Ohio that I took the rig and set up outside on the patio and had a nice time. Bands were very bad but still managed to make some contacts. Thanks to all who participated.
had a Colony Sweep; had 2 French stations and heard G0RDO, John in England but he didn't hear me :(
nice Q with Santi in Panama too :)
I ran about 15-20W.
I didn't hear any loud stations at all this month, most everything was buried in noise. I put up a new 20m "baluned" dipole, 4 feet off the ground, but got no contacts on it. K3WW, I heard you on 20m and tossed my call into the mix with the dipole, but gave up after 4 attempts. I would have given you a 549, which is a huge drop from the usual 599 +20.
I was surprised by K8JD today, who's signal sounded to me like a whisper. I definitely wasn't expecting a response; the signal was extremely faint, but without QSB, it was readable. He copied my call 1st time around, and even gave me a reasonable report.
This is one of my better WES's, coming in at 5 QSOs. :)
Attempted to work /P from DE on Saturday but suffered a transmitter failure during testing. Returned to MD on Sunday for a short operating period ... grabbed a few colonies and Bob (F6EJN)in France. A mix of frustration and fun. 73.
Bands were awful on Saturday. Not bad at all on Sunday, though. Work some new numbers and a bunch of QRP stations.
Good time despite the other contest and band conditions.
Tough one with poor propagation and the IARU HF Contest.
Suggestion for theme: One's SKCC history.
The number of contacts with SKCC op with whom you have had the most contacts.
Example: in all the WES's that I have participated in,
I have contacted AD0AB in 5 WES's, the number is 5
The maximum number of consecutive WES contacts with the same SKCC op.
Example: in all the WES's that I have participated in,
I have contacted AD0AB in 2 WES's in a row (Mar/Apr 2016), the number is 2
In WES with this theme, after I send my SKCC #, I send 5 / 2.
Perhaps a whole history is too much. The current year (to date) or previous year may work better, especially for those who log on paper.
Had fun for my first WES
Where was DE ? My qro+ power = 200w. Did not operate past 0230z. I began to wonder if my S meter was broken ! lots of S1 & S2 readings. Missed 11 of the lower 48 states. Lots of fun.
IARU Contest going hot and heavy, but managed 4
qsos. One with K6KPH (might not count ?) historic
I could not get any QSOs out of the Western US.
Thanks for the QSOs. Every OP I worked (and you know who you are!) was great!
Good fun this time 'round. Got to operate a good chunk of time for this one. Didn't realize about the activating of NPOTA sites until I started to play. I'm only 45min from Cowpens. We should keep this theme next year and have bonus stations activate the revolutionary war sites again; I'd try to get out and activate Cowpens.
limited operating time ... as always ... fun event running QRP ... K1/inverted vee/sideswiper. Thanks for the QSOs. See you next month.
Breaking in the new IC7300 with the Viz Key Camel Back. Great fun was had by all,,,
Only operated for a few QSOs but good fun as always. 20 was fading up and down, 599 to 559 in a single exchange. Good to exercise the straight key for a bit.
1 NPOTA (K4INC)
Missed 4 Revolutionary War states: CT,DE,NY,RI
No F or UK
Really, really busy summer weekend, but was able to grab a couple of QSOs during quiet moments.
Great fun as always, tnx all ops and 73, Mike
New member, first SKCC event.
Great contest! Used an Attic Trapped Dipole and 15 Watts. Normally I run QRP. I think the little extra power helped. I was surprised at my high mult to QSO score ratio. Thanks to all who worked N4HAY and to the organizers of WES. 73.
Oops forgot to submit my results :) I was happy to have at least some time to participate in the WES this month. Band conditions were horrid but as always the people were just wonderful. I've got a map! I love maps :) Here are my contacts from this month. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1udcJuuVhKIlIoavKw_kI5ph2BBg&usp=sharing
Heavy local RFI and line noise + weak sigs had me using the RBN to find most of my contacts. 40 was pretty good on Saturday night. Sunday was really bad. CU all next month. 73 de N4ow Al
My first logged WES. Most enjoyable!
Not enough good conditions for my 5 watts and wire on the roof...fun though!! 73
Another fun WES....but little time, worked all weekend.
But picked up three of the original 13 colonies. Condition's didn't seem the best either for the short time I was on.
Used all three radios, the KX1, KX2 and KX3, into my EFHW vertical wire up 32' and my TinyBug and Palm Radio SK.
Thanks to the ops for pulling my QRP signal out.
Wish I'd have had more time, next month....
72/73 de Ed
Bands seemed lousy so I ran QRO this time. Nice to hear everyone.
XMAS 6 MTHS AWAY !! WOW, WAS RUNNING KX1 AT 3 WTS AND G5RV AT 35 FT INVEE RNG N/S...SATURDAY I WAS AT THE ROCKFORD, IL ''MIDWAY VILLAGE'' SENDING TELEGRAPH MSGS FOR KIDS... IT IS A HISTORICAL SITE FROM THE 1800'S...... SUPER..... SO C U ALL IN AUGUST.. WOW, THE MONTHS GO BY FAST... SO, CUT DOWN YOU POWER AND HAVE SOME REAL SELF ACHIEVEMENT...!!!! AGN,TNX TO THE BOARD (NOT WOOD) MEMBERS FOR THEIR WORK IN THE SKCC.
DAVE............N9ZXL.............73..... CK QRZ..
I seemed to have had a good N/S path on 40mtrs for QRP. Still heard more station than could hear me, gess I need to work on antennas. Still had a good time playing. Next Time.
Seems there is a little problem with the bonus points scoring. It does not like bonus points that don't end in zero(0). my 9 colonies x25pts equaled 225 plus the NPOTA of 500 leave me 725. system would not except it so i just took 720 and entered that. 72/73's
Bands were noisy and conditions were not great in the midwest. But I tried a couple of QSOs anyway.
Not the best of conditions; had family obligations Saturday; made the best of rainy Sunday. Managed 5 contacts on 15m, the rest were 20m and 40m. Thanks to everyone for the contacts.
Poor conditions for QRPp this month.
Thanks for the FB QSO's. I had a great time. As always best 73's from Miller City, Ohio. (Mike/NO8C)
Poor conditions.Able to work only 5 SKCC members on 20 meters.Rain and thunderstorms on Saturday here.Good luck.
I've been away from radio and SKCC and WES for awhile and enjoyed giving it a try. I'm a little rusty, but I had fun! It's nice to be back!
Just a short time to operate on Sunday. All Qs on 20M. I don't seem to make many band changes with the old hybrid rig - lol.
Kenwood TS-530S, Mosley CL33, and Begali Spark.
Received a You-Kits HB-1B on Friday and decided to use it for WES. Very impressed with the receiver and the 4 Watts did well compared to my normal 5 Watts. For key I used a Palm Portable Key stuck on the side with the Palm Magnetic mount. Thanks to Randy for the NPOTA bonus.
TKS friends who heard my signal , HR VY QRM , CUL 73
Had time for only one quick QSO (W1TAG on 20m - thank you John for the contact and the MA/ME bonus!). Rig was ic-703 es Ant. was endfed 50+ ft endfed wire (w/LDG RT-100). 73 de Jose VE3DTI.
Went QRO this time due to condx here. Still pretty slow! Anyway, thanks for the contacts and the sprint. CUL
Due to poor band conditions and also participating in the IARU HF Championship, I could only manage 8 QSO's in this months WES. Thanks to those who worked me and especially to Mike, K8NS, who managed to work me on 3 bands, great ears. 73 Steve
Elecraft K3s at 5 watts, vertical and 160m loop, cootie key. Had a good time what little time there was for the sprint
poor cond another contest all over the bands better luck next month CU sks Dave
Stumbled upon WES this afternoon while playing with the new P3 in the shack (had been a long time since I did WES). Thanks for the handful of QSOs. I had 3 bonus states for a total of 75 bonus, but the scoring sheet won't take a bonus unless it ends in 0, so I put 70.
Only had time for one Q
Nice rainy weekend to stay in the shack.
Used the K1 at 5 Watts this go around. Band conditions made it *interesting*.
Last week I barely knew how to spell "QSB", and now my fingers send it automagically.
Got distracted by the IARU Championship. Bands were kind of noisy. Wish I could have hung around more and contacted more members. See you next month.
I don't think that old adage of 'practice makes perfect' is true. Have been a ham for 63 years and my straight key sending keeps getting worse! Thanks to all who managed to put up with it. w8nqi
Thanks for the QSO AI4UN.
Always enjoy these sprints. Thanks to all who make these sprints possible. Lots of T storms in the area limited on air time. LNR LD5 at 5 watts into 62 ft end fed antenna. Key old Speed-X straight key.
Made my customary 30 contacts, which is pretty good for me as I was running QRP on this one. Used my IC-7200 4 to 5 watts out to a multi-band vertical and my big Kent Straight Key. Fun event! Thanks to all that heard my signal.
Curt WA2JSG NJ
My first QRP WES entry. Worked on 40, 20 and 15 with my new (to me) K1 @ 5 watts. Worked both CQ and S&P, but with not so great results during the time I had available; I often couldn't work stronger stations I heard during S&P because they were also working S&P! Since I got 4 of my 14 contacts by calling CQ on 20 meters during the last 30 min of WES, I think next time I'll call CQ mostly and see how how that works out. Still lots of fun getting acquainted with my new rig in the context of WES. Thanks to all who make WES possible, esp. those who worked me.
Only got in a couple of hours mainly on Sunday Evening due to busy summer activities. 20 Meters was good late on Sunday. FTdx1200 and HYgain AV640 vertical. Junker straight key. CUL and 73 to all!!
Here at Shaver Lake for the Summer... using a LNR Trail Friendly end-fed up in the trees.
Thanks for the fun - again!
Only short tome to operate. Great theme for July WES, 73/72, Ray
Heard lots of stations in the IARU, but not too many in the WES. I guess not too many heard me either, as I didn't get a lot of response when I called CQ. Only managed one to contact of the 13 colonies. Thunderstorms shut me down Saturday afternoon and evening. Conditions improved Sunday afternoon. Looking forward to the next Sprint.
Stayed on 40 meters for the most part. There were some openings but I called CQ for long periods with no response.
FT-2000 running 5W to a G5RV sloper. Only had a few hours at the end of the contest to play, conditions were OK, some QSB on 20M, and 40M not much to work. Was able to work one of the NPOTA in a bonus location and F6EJN too - Will try again next month! 72/73 to all!
Between the IARU HF World Championship dominating the bands for 24 hours, local thunderstorms and normal life around my house in general, I was only able to operate my MFJ-9020 in the WES for a few QSOs. Used my Vibroplex straight key this time around. It still amazes me what 5 watts will do with a full quarter wave ground plane at 20 feet. C U all agn next SKS/WES.
Had very little time for the sprint this weekend, but still managed to make a few contacts. 20 meters seemed to have better conditions than 40 this time. Rig is a Peaberry V2 into a Hardrock-50 amplifier, running 40 watts on 40 meters and 25 watts on 20 meters (except for the contact with K0RO on 20, which was at 14 watts because I forgot to crank up the power). Hope to spend a little more time in the WES next month. Thanks for the contacts. 73, Art
I was working at the farm last weekend and didn't have much time to get on the air. I finally got on and my little Flex 1500's CW jack wasn't working! I could hold the plug in just the right spot to make it work so I held the plug with one hand and sent code on the J-37 with the other. I made 1 contact just so I could keep the streak alive!
Good fun with the Colonies/Parks theme.
On Saturday I operated 40m 1945Z to 2200Z from Washington-Rochambleau National Scenic Trail (TR23). Location was FN21vb in Mahwah, NJ. Thanks to K4INC for park to park!
On Sunday I operated 20m 1800Z to 2030Z from Morristown National Historical Park (HP28). Location was Fort Nonsense (FN20st) in Morristown, NJ.
Both park visits used my KX3 with a brand new KXPA running 100w into a trailer hitch mounted Buddipole dipole, SLA battery powered, and of course my trusty J38.
If you are chasing parks, the activation contacts are uploaded to LOTW as WK2S/P.
Thanks to the organizers for including National Parks On The Air in WES. I know it is extra effort but all the theme variations keep things interesting.
I usually run QRP but ran QRO 100W to make it easier on those who wanted the bonus points.
CONDX not the best but not the worst either.
Used the above key a Japanese Hi-Mound NKY-4 and my HB cootie.
29 to go for TX8!
Station: K3 to a 200' Doublet @ 30' Homebrew Hacksaw Blade Cootie
Tough weekend but a lot of fun. Thanks to everyone that was able to copy my QRP 5W station. Looking forward to next month and hope the bands are better. 72/73!