|AL: 6 / 201||ARG: 1 / 1||AUS: 1 / 17||AZ: 5 / 124||BC: 3 / 28|
|BEL: 1 / 1||BRA: 1 / 13||CA: 10 / 196||CO: 1 / 2||CT: 3 / 292|
|ENG: 1 / 7||ERS: 1 / 16||FL: 11 / 462||FRA: 3 / 204||GA: 10 / 399|
|GER: 2 / 32||HI: 1 / 65||ID: 1 / 2||IL: 7 / 190||IN: 8 / 261|
|KS: 6 / 417||KY: 1 / 11||MA: 2 / 43||MB: 2 / 11||MD: 7 / 307|
|ME: 1 / 149||MI: 6 / 145||MN: 3 / 93||MO: 14 / 428||MS: 1 / 8|
|MT: 1 / 1||NC: 5 / 410||NE: 1 / 33||NH: 2 / 170||NJ: 4 / 164|
|NV: 1 / 27||NY: 3 / 123||OH: 14 / 595||OK: 5 / 105||ON: 3 / 145|
|OR: 2 / 96||PA: 8 / 716||RI: 1 / 21||SCO: 1 / 4||TN: 5 / 169|
|TX: 15 / 361||UT: 1 / 24||VA: 8 / 260||VT: 2 / 71||WA: 1 / 28|
|WI: 4 / 332||WV: 4 / 249||WY: 1 / 61|
I got on several times over the weekend for a few minutes at at time - was running a Drake R-4 along with a Drake 2-NT. Unfortunately, I only had 3 appropriate crystals for 40 meters and 1 for 20 meters, which made it a bit tough. Next time, a VFO for the transmitter!
I had hoped I'd work more boat anchors, as it worked out, I only worked three.
Well now! Decent conditions for once. Increased my 'S Quest' numbers beyond my prediction. Wasn't able to hear Jerry thru the QRN today, but I sure could've used those three "I" in his call for the puzzle... Thanks to everyone for putting up with my fist and big kudos for the theme. What a great group!
73 from the high valley on the south east side of north central West Virginia! KX3/KXPA100, 80m horizontal loop and my old 1922 Vibroplex bug.
POOR from SOCAL..SATURDAY poor SUNDAY worse fewer WES stations herd..more trying EU contest..
LOGGED:KF7WNS WB0SND KH6ZM W6UT K1PUG WB4BIN
TS830s with 3 tubes..AA6AC Bob/3 CA 6276S
1st time back on rig since June Total Knee Replacement surgery. Pills and sending CW were too much of a challenge, but I did enjoy SWLing.
Hope to be ready for September 2016 WES.
Elevated 19' wire vertical with 3 counterpoise wires
A fun sprint.
I had a great time this August WES. Operated QRP from the in-laws backyard with the FT-817 and a couple of wires in tossed over the trees. Had a blast. As you can see in the picture, I had a good help listening for calling stations, hi hi. Thank everyone for making this WES possible. Ruben, AC2RJ.
Limited time, but did a little on 40 es 20 meters!
CU all next time 73 de Jack
New callsign (+$0 HV pending). New personal best. Still in need of a CW filter. I collected enough consonants to put together most words alone, but I didn't get a single E, I, or U. So I had my pick between completing either of the words with the S's, for a grand total of 25 points on the puzzle.
The puzzle clues were... interesting. Still don't understand #7. I got a few of them immediately, and got lucky with #2 on ebay. I filled out all blanks except #7.
To those using a huge number of tubes -thanks for the bonuses!
KWD 120s, 70W, 5hrs, wall-hugging dipole @ 13ft.
Thanks everyone for the high tube count QSOs. My Swan MK 2 amp with two fat tubes is my only boat anchor. I had two big surprises Steve, VK7CW suddenly came on strong before my coffee had kicked in. I kept thinking he was a Canadian station whose call sign I was misreading. Similarly Bob, F6EJN popped out of the noise when I thought the band was dead - Thanks guys. Thanks to Charlie N0CVW and Doug N3PDT, good personal friends who I seldom work on the air.
Only worked it a couple of hours... its back to school time for kids!
Wow, actually got some DX this time around: CO8RMM, R7DA, ES5Q, F6HKA, DL1DSW, EA1AOQ (Chus and I worked hard for this QSO but it was fun). Rig: Elecraft K3 @ 100W, Junker straight key, endfed wire & indoor cobweb antennas. 73 & a tap o' the key to all!
Great turnout and a fun event. Thank you so much SKCC - what a great organization!!
I was also playing in the Maryland QSO Party, so split my time; but I managed to get a few points and still did pretty well in the MD QP too! Thanks for another fun event!
Mostly 40 meters, with a brief venture onto 20 and 15. Limited time as usual, but the bands seemed in reasonable shape for a change. Rigs DSW-40 and MFJ-9200. Fun as always.. 73 Peter
This was one of my better WES's, popped in and out and got to play about 8 hours over the weekend which is much better that the last few. Met many new members and was very happy to make the first time contacts. Looking forward to next month and maybe QRN on 40 will begin to dissipate. Hope to catch you during the month, thanks for all the QSO's and 73 de Tom
Nice theme, but I got only two boat anchor stations. Conditions were not bad, but the WAE contest made matters quite difficult. At least I scored 25 QSOs, better than the exact zero in July WES.
My boat anchors are the Sommerkamp FT250 and the Drake R-4C. Since I used the FT250 only for transmitting, I counted only the tubes that are used for transmitting.
I solved the puzzle except the "Where Shakespeare reigned supreme". But got only letters for the 3 shortest words.
This is really a little result but I am always glad to have a few QSOs with SKCC friends during SKS-E, WES, and Brag.
Other contest going on made finding SKCC'ers hard but did manage to work DK7OB, F6HKA(2 bands), AB3CV, NC1M, WB1AJX & NM1W. Mainly 20m and late on Sunday. Hope propagation picks up for next WES HI
Jelm Mountain in Wyoming. I used a 130' end fed sloper, one end suspended about 70'high on a line tied between the two hilltops that formed the saddle I was in. (Picture shows the line.) Good take off angles east and west. Pretty good prop all the way around, good to hear the east coast so well, and great to QSO with Max - KH6ZM. Solved the crossword and was able to spell out 7 of the boat anchors. TS-480 at abt 90 watts using a generator. TU to Jerry -K6III's - spreadsheet was very useful! 73, John K0FTC
Enjoyed the Boat Anchor theme, but had equipment troubles Sunday afternoon. so had to quit early. Good to see lots of the old timers out this WES.
The pictures & comments bring back thoughts of the Collins, Drake, & Hallicrafters gear. My SX-101A is on the bench but shud be ready to go soon. Thanks for the memories...73 Rick
Enjoyed the WES, but all my boat anchors are gone! I couldn't answer any of the questions for the crossword puzzle, so that was out. It was interesting though, to help others looking for the letters. Lots of activity .. a great WES!
LOTS OF TUBE RIGS WORKED (35) STATIONS TNX...HAD TO RUN EXTRA FAN ON DRAKE TR-4CW POWER SUPPLY TO KEEP IT COOL...NICE TO HEAR ALL THE OLD GEAR RUNNIING..73 TO ALL TNX FOR THE QSO GUYS..CU NEXT WES...
Started out with 19 tubes and it was down hill all the way. First QSO VFO quit, switched to rocks and could not get any responses. Gave up on Boat Anchors and fired up the TS-480 so I could get a few Q's. Thanks to everybodies patience with all my rig problems. Had a great time but looks like the solding iron needs to be fired up for more repairs.
Great WES. Had to pull the plug for a couple hour of nasty thunder storms but all else was better than usual for August. Ten Tec Eagle and G5RV. Key was Vibroplex bug and Signal Electric R-63.
Bands were pretty decent this weekend. My operating time was limited to Saturday evening and a couple of windows on Sunday. While 40 was pretty hot, I did find some activity on 20 and a little activity on 15. I even found 1 brave soul on 10 on Sunday afternoon (there was room for more there - it worth giving 10 a try during the daylight hours). The QSB was a little rough on 15 and 10 though. I ran QRO this time, with a tubeless IC-756pro3. (A 41 tube rig was the highest tube count that I encountered - wow, it must have been pretty warm in that shack!!)
Spent several hours (on and off) in the WES and had a blast, mainly operated 20M and 40M, but had a few 15M QSOs. No 80M activity (watched the Olympics). Worked 12 stations running tube gear, ranging from 2 to 32 tubes. Excellent WES theme!!
Had to QRT several times for Florida thunderstorms. Thanks for the Qs. 73 Dale K3SEN Elecraft K-Line into a MYAntenna's EFHW-4010-1K inverted V at 23'.
The WAE contest is big on the east coast, and when I was not chasing Europeans I was grabbing SKCC members. I had a straight key on each rig and a separate computer to log WES QSOs. I spent more time on 40 during daytime to avoid WAE callers, which I logged separately when they called in. It got confusing at times trying to send with straight key in WES while sending by computer in WAE on the second radio.
FT1000MP, Alpha 78, 1 KW, TH6DXX. Only 20 M and only 1 hour and 34 minutes QRV this month. 20M was good for US and Canada and bad for DX Saturday morning. Thanks for all QSOs. 73, John, K4BAI.
Didn't have much time to play, but did get on enough to be able to send score in. Was especially glad to be able to work Bert F6HKA with my QRPp station.
Enjoyed the August SKCC WES, my first SKCC event. I used a 1953 Vibroplex bug. 73, Brad K4RT
Bands turned out a bit better than I expected. Didn't experience much deep QSB; however, as K6KQV was sending his data package to me he dropped totally out and suddenly I was hearing someone else, seems like it was W8BFT. Heard Bert, F6HKA, Sunday afternoon near 14.065, around 2150 Zulu. I was never able to establish contact.
The August WES was my first time to participate, and I had less than an hour to do so. Enjoyed it and look forward to future events.
Andrew - K5VI
Managed to get in one QSO before the Thunderstorms.
Thanks for the fun! Had to work for most of the contacts as propagation from/to SoCA was marginal. Fun theme!
Well, that was fun. Bonus score was pretty though but I managed to get a sweep of the WORDS. Mostly 20m but some 40m and even got one 15m & 80m.
Jerry in NorCal
As you can tell I never really got the rig warmed up .. Just happened to find the same guy on two bands .. Running 4 or 5 watts with the 6CL6 and a make shift end fed antenna ..
I could only work a few hours but sure had fun firing-up the old "Gold Dust Twins." Hard to beat the 75A-4 audio...sweet!
Thanks to all....73, Ted K8AQM 1629S
A family reunion cut short my participation in this boatanchor WES, but I still had fun firing up the DX60 for a little while. Unfortunately, several month's storage in a damp basement apparently took a toll, as I had some difficulty getting it to tune up. My thanks to the 10 stations who heard my wobbly signal and gave me a call. Frank, K8FAC
Just had an hour Saturday evening and later that night,an other hour to work some WES QSOs this weekend. Most QSOs were on 40 with a handfull on 20 and 80M . Got a good variety of ops and states. Somehow I got nobody with a Tube count to report and I was all solid state myself.
I actually had some time to work this WES. Used a Drake TR-4 that my Dad bought new in 1971. I made my first QSOs using this rig in '76. It sure makes me appreciate CW filters. Highest tube count I heard on the air was 47. Maybe next time the boatanchor theme should be during the winter, I sure didn't need the extra heat in the shack this weekend.
Ran the IC-718 driving AL-811H amp (with 4 811 tubes which I didn't claim during the QSOs) at 350w to Butternut HF 6V antenna. Operated on 20m only where the WAE contest predominated while I was on the air. So I spent most of my time working the strong EU stations this weekend. Guess I'll have to operate SKCC more often when major DX contests aren't active. 73 and CUL
Didn't have time or make the effort to do the puzzle.
I didn't log C, T and S after their numbers - I had fun, so I did not recompute my score.
Wow! This was a nostalgia trip! Used my Hallicrafters HT 32 (20 tubes) and my SX 101 (15 tubes) for 35 tubes.This rig originally cost nearly $1000.00 in 1958 dollars! Worked S & P and it was tricky to zero beat the calling station. On 20 meters we were competing with another constest but 40 meters was hot and the crowded band reminded me of how the novice band sounded in 1958 when I got my ticket. Great fun. 73 to all & BCNU
First time using a straight key in a looooong time! Saturday was in a park, Sunday was at home. Highlight was working Bert/F6HKA with 4 watts! 72/73 de KA1DBE
Thanks to all for another fun WES. I thought i had gotten my old FT-101EE working, but no one was hearing me. So after 3 hrs, i switch to the TS-590 @ 5w. Still not being heard. Finally, turned the power up to 100w. Made a few QSO's, before family showed up for a visit. WES was still a lot of fun. Best 73 & God Bless.
The Boat Anchor Sprintathon should be in winter. August in Florida is no time to be running a tube rig. It makes for quite a hot shack. I had a lot of fun though. I ran a Heathkit HW-16 with a Heath HG-10B VFO with a little chirp. A total of 11 tubes. Also used a Czech military straight key. Thanks to all my contacts.
I took my Drake TR-3 out of the closet. I figured with 20 tubes I would be popular. No such luck. Too many contesters on and not the best conditions. Also wasn't sure if the rig was drifting a bit. Manual T/R switching isn't pleasant. I hope the points helped to the 6 worked. I am glad the Fall approaches and can use a little QRP later. 73 Art
Went to the Shreveport, LA ham fest Saturday and just got on Sunday morning for a few QSO's. Conditions were not very good here but I was there!! Used the Icom 7410 @ 5 watts and inverted vee up 30ft.
Another enjoyable sprint. Thanks to those that make this possible and to the participates. Many thanks to those that made contact with me. Used a K-2 with G5RV up 35 feet. 72/73, Phil
Only work Saturday. S&P
Thanks to all, a fun WES as always. Thanks to the Tubes: Jim NE6O (22), Gary KF7WNS (14), Jim AD0AB (2) for the score boosting qso's . Next year I hope I will have my 1 tube 6l6 up and running!
Took me longer to work out the puzzle than it did to operate in the event.....heh heh
Had fun as always.
Rig - Ten-Tec Century 21
Ant - PAR EndFedz at 33 feet
Key/Bug/Sideswiper - SKCC Club key/ RCAF Bug/ NT9K Sideswiper
Surprised how many were running tube equipment, a few double digits. Big storm came rolling in, had to bail, still had lots of fun.
Only had a limited time to operate, but had a GREAT time!!
Biggest surprise for me was finding and working Alex, R7DA on 40m. Great fun and the opportunity to give my ELAD-DUO, purchased at Dayton, a nice workout at 5W into a 105ft end fed #26 wire strung over my roof to avoid HOA scrutiny!
One of my favorite themed events. Ran my DX-60B with HG10-B VFO and a Drake 2A receiver. The surprise of the event for me was getting up around midnight and working CO8RRM (Rafael) F6HKA (Bert) and KH6ZM (Max) in that order on 40 meters. Thanks to all that worked me. 73.
Between storms passing through area, condition were pretty good , was great to hear & work operators on the tube rigs, my total worked was 273 , heard others but just couldn't make QSO . I'm not good at cross word , gave up at 9 words Many thanks to all . Don
Very late start, worked Saturday and then a family cookout, still enjoyed the challenge and had fun.
"YouKits" QRP Transceiver 5 Watts.End-Fed Wire @ ~ 30' stealth up i the attic. Thank you all. It was a lot of fun.
73! & 72!
First sprint in a long time--my first since retirement.
Very little time, Had to work a double shift.
Got to use my new KX2. Really nice rig.
Sorry, no time to play. Maybe next time.
Wow Dave/W3NP with 41 tubes... that had to be a warm shack! I swore last year I would have a VFO for this event. For sure next year. It's pretty hard being stuck on a few freq. and no S&P. Missed a few stations from my xtals being just outside their filters. My Drake 2NT and R4B held their own with the newer rigs. Also picked up 13 of the 15 words. I had a great time. 73
6 q's with old Geloso station. (G-212 TX 807 final, G-209 RX/ Drake 2B/2BQ).
Fun to get on with some new to me old gear,had a R4c for a while and was looking for a T4XC when one showed up at a KC hamfest this spring.More like operating a radio when u have to tune it to freq!
I was pleased to work R7DA on 40m Sat. eve. I tried a couple calls on an Inv Vee but Alex was just not copying my callsign.I switched to a Hytower vertical and that did the trick,a QSO in the log. Thanks Alex!
Many good signals heard and quite a few BA ops out there, a lot more than I logged.
Drake C-line 100w keyed with a Navy Flameproof by CMI. My Favorite!
73 all C YA in SKS Mark/16 KI0I
Thanks for the q's and to the great ops out there. Special thanks to mes amis Français, F5DE and F6HKA for hanging in there! All you boat anchor guys, keep those rigs warmed up!
This was a blast using my old Heathkit HW 101 and a straight key!
Fun event. Ran the Hallicrafters SX-101A/HT-32B/HT-33A combination for a total of 42 tubes. It got quite warm with no A/C in the shack!
Another limited weekend, but was a fun one. See you again next month. Thanks for all the contacts. 73, jack
Had a great time running my first WES again in a long time. Radio was an ICOM IC-706mkIIG running 100 watts into a full-wavelength 80M Loop at 35 feet on all bands. Thanks for the fun and (maybe) my Tx8!
Very enjoyable. Just obtained a "new" Drake B-Line rig, dug my old 1964 Vibroplex bug out, and had a good time! Thanks for all the Q's. Hope to be more active now that I've got a "nostalgia" rig!
lOADS OF FUN. TNX
Really enjoyable WES. Decent band conditions, with lots of activity on 20 and 40, AND 15 meters.
I always enjoy the boat anchor theme and the chance to fire up my vintage gear for a real workout. Really only got to play a bit on Saturday night and Sunday morning, but a great time it was. Especially appreciated the "jackpot" bonus from Paul N6EV - We both took 63 points from that one!
Transmitter - B&W 5100 (18 tubes)
Receiver - Drake R4B (11 tubes)
Johnson 250-39 T/R relay (1 tube)
=30 tubes total
Thanks to all! 73
Hope I submitted correctly. My first WES was a blast. Thanks to all the great ops!
Another fun WES. 20m was better than it has been for a while and I was even able to snag 19 contacts up on 15m.
A super fun WES. 10 & 15 were open at times. Many beacons heard on 10 but few WES players :) CU all next month. 73 de N4ow
Fun Event. Thanks to you all for putting it on. Jim Ewing N4TMM.
No time for this WES - too many family obligations. Nice to see some openings on 10 and 15 meters.
Busy weekend and no time to spend, but got in a few QRP.
Busy contest weekend and conditions here not the best.
Used the KX1 at 4 watts into my EFHW vertical wire antenna and Palm Radio SL as a SK.
Thanks again to the ops for pulling me out, especially Bert in France !
See ya'll for the SKS later this month !
72/73 de Ed
Only an hour to play, family matters more important this weekend. Thanks to all that worked my 1 watt.
Not much play time. Bus, rainy weekend. 73 Randy
I had alot of fun with my old Heathkit HW-16 and HG-10 VFO
VOILA..... 40 MTRS ONLY SATURDAY MAINLY. BEEN PAINTING IN THE HOUSE.. NOT THE SHACK THO.... HA.
SO, HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL AND SOME MORE IN SEPT..
73 TO ALL AND TNX TO THE SKCC BOARD MBRS....
LATER..........DAVE...N9ZXL 80WTS G5RV.. NO QRP..
It has been a long time since I have participated. Discovered the event as I was unboxing the new FT-817.
Pretty good conditions this WES. Had to shut down for tstorms Saturday night and Sunday we had a 6m opening to EU so that got my attention. 15m and 10m were both open but not many qsos.. Thanks for all the Q's, nice to hear the old rigs again! 73 -jim
Bands in reasonable shape.Thanks to all for trying to work my 1 watt signal
Another fun time working the WES. Hope to see you all next month! As always 73's from Miller City, Ohio. de Mike (NO8C)
Camping with the Grandkids, so only squeezed in a couple QSOs with the Ten Tec Century 21. Didn't see any CO participants, so I thought I'd post mine.
Nice WES! I worked a little on Sunday and made my goal of 10 Qs in a couple hours. I busted out my bug and used it on air for the first time in awhile. It was fun. Thanks to those I worked for your patience, and nice to work my old friend Ed W7GVE in AZ. Nice to see you again! 73 all! Ginnie
The conditions are difficult ,HI, this is the oldest radio I have, tks friends, CUL BEST 73
Testing a new portable antenna: the “W3EDP Jr.” (see blog at "thewakesileave.wordpress.com"). Operation was /QRP/P from the QTH backyard. Rig: KX3 at 5W. Key: PPK. Un gran merci à Bert F6HKA, special thanks to Dan W3DF for his 20-tube and to all the rest for the spelling of A-14 (DRAKE) and D-13 (SWAN). Good fun as always. 73 de Jose VE3DTI.
Loads of fun, need more playtime. Great to work those that I could - Viking Ranger
VE7CA station, Receiver Collins 51J-4 and Transmitter Viking Ranger. Total number of tubes = 30 tubes.
Total score 172 x 30 =5160
Enjoyed as usual.ICOM 7000
with Bencher straight key. CUL
Great fun as usual, but I could only operate for a small window of the WES due to participating in a local VK contest. Thanks to all who worked me. 73 de Steve VK7CW
K3s at 5 watts, 160 meter loop and a vertical, cootie key. had fun what little I was on the air
IT WAS A LOT OF FUN...i HAVE USED RIGS FROM THE COMPANIES SO IT WAS GREAT TO REMEMBER...ONLY HAD 3 LETTERS MISSED BUT THAT COST ME 3 COMPANIES...CU NEST SKS AND WES DAVE
A great WES. Ran a Drake T-4x and R-4B for most contacts but used a TS-590 for a few. Thanks to all and 73 until next time.
Was fun to listen for chirpy, drifting signals for bonus points! Very noisy Saturday night, but good cndx overall.
Part time effort.
Rig: DX-60 (4 tubes)
Hammarlund HQ-170A (16 tubes)
20 Tubes total
I really enjoy the boatanchor theme each year. I ran my Collins 32V1 (1948) with it's 17 tubes and the 75A4 with 22, plus 2 tubes in the Johnson Electronic TR switch made for the 41 tube count. The 32V1 hadn't been used for a quite a few years and was putting out about 70 watts in the lower HV position. A little freq instability at times from the stiff PTO.
I worked 19 stations reporting a tube count out of my total of 86 - 22% not bad!! Made for a nice bonus along with the 12 words I could complete in the puzzle. I just looked around my shack area and found most of those companies!
I was on 40 and 20 meters. Keys were my 1915 Vibroplex Original bug and a German Junker straight key.
73 de West Virginia
Had a great time. Sure wish the old HW-101 would stop giving me problems. Some only got 2 tubes after the HW-101 failed. I had a fun time looking up all the crossword answers. Thanks to everyone who put time into this WES. I always enjoy the Boat Anchor themes. I just need a bigger fan in my shack......
Thunderboomers everywhere! Still great fun, though. Conditions were good, but operating time was limited.
Some nice tube counts, curious to see what everybody was running.
Completed 12 of the puzzle words, then ran out of 'L's.
FUN as usual! Thanks for listening to my Cootie & 7300.
Got my license in 1983. I bought a loaded IC-740 which had just come out and still use it most of the time. I have a few tube radios but they are all in various stages of disrepair. Enjoyed contacting guys with 2, 20, 30, and even 41 tubes. Hope to have one working next time around. 73
Working K2MGR single-pass with 449 RSTs for each of us was gratifying.
I didn't have a lot of time this weekend but was still able to make a whole 5 contacts.
Good contest-- activity was really down last 3 hours or so -- but good to see you again...
Thanks all for a fun sprint. It was raining all weekend so a good break from the outside work. Loved hearing all the boat anchors out there. I ran 100 watts to a 130 ft end fed wire and used a Vibroplex Original and L n R Pro Pump. Rig was Yaesu 857D.
My apologies to Rich,k4dj My ww2 vintage j38 fell completely apart at the start or our qso with a spring and little ball bearings all over the desk! Had to switch to my Bencher paddle which I hadn't used since joining SKCC to finish the qso. It seemed to have a mind of it's own and must have been all but unreadable. Sri Rich! Reassembled my old j38 and got back into WES. Lots of fun after the mess-up!
Great WES everyone. Missed a lot of western SPC's but had fun with the bonus. Thanks DE and HI. Don't work those states too often in WES
Swept the crossword bonus Saturday so needed a little more fun. Tried it using only the first letter of the suffix. That started off good but got slow Sunday afternoon. Kept working on it and finally got the last two letters I needed in the last four minutes.
Special thanks to all the people and efforts to make these WES events such a blast.
73, GL and hope to hear you all again next month. Dan, W9DLN, Crivitz, WI
Fun sprint as always. Had to operate between t-storms; rain really came down in buckets at times. Used LNR LD5 at 5w into end fed half wave up 25 ft. Key was my old Speed-X. Tnx to all who copied my signal and all who helped run the sprint. 73 Ken
Made my customary 30 contacts. Used 40m, 20m, and 10m bands (good to see the activity on 10m). Rig IC-7200 running 50 watts to a multi-band vertical. Kent Str Key.
See y'all next month.
Operated my old Heath HW16 & HG10b to half wave 80
meter dipole up 32 feet.
I did not spend much time, the highlite for me was
working Max KH6ZM Volcano,Hi. on 15 @ 21:42Z....
I think we should try the higher bands more often ....
Tnx to all the fellows running VINTAGE for the bonus POINTS....
Conditions were favorable and enjoyed the time spent. Good to hear the good signals from the great sounding boat anchors. Also was a good excuse to fire up the old TS 520SE. Thanks to all and 73s and GL to all. Gerald
I submitted earlier, but was able to stay on longer than expected.
Thanks for the fun!
Had fun, only able to work Sunday pm. The KX3 rocks again, 73/72, Ray
We just moved, so the operating position, etc. is temporary. I have only one antenna up so far: an 80 meter doublet fed with 600 ohm line and tuned with a Johnson Matchbox. My station for this WES was a Johnson Viking 2 and Drake 2B. I alternated between my Begali Sculpture Swing Cootie Key and Begali Blade Straight Key. A big apology to those who had to endure my CW when I used the Cootie Key! It's a learning experience. When I am settled, I hope to work many more SKCC events. I really enjoy them.
I did not have much time for WES this month. I was out on my boat on Saturday and had errands on Sunday. I managed to get 21 QSOs and added a few more towards my S. I used my Kenwood TS-520S that I bought new while I was in college. It was nice to hear the old rigs!
Great to see so many boat anchors up and working on the bands! Spent the majority of my time on 20 meters. Signals were OK, but I lost a few in the QSB. My apologies to anyone I couldn't pull out of the noise. 40 meters was not too fruitful, and I only managed 7 QSOs there. Still, it was lots of fun, and I'm looking forward to the next sprint!
Conditions here better than expected on 40 meters. Especially good Sunday afternoon.
Hung around the low bands and heated up my 3-500Z for the entire WES. Rats! Didn't realize it was boat anchor month or I would have set up the Heathkit DX-40 (6 tubes). One more thing, sorry Marty N9SE for the QRM on 80. I didn't hear the other side of your QSO two times. Thanks for telling me "no prob" when we QSO'd on 40.
Thought I'd try QRPp this time, but it was a bit rough at times. Had to repeat information several times during one contact, and it took about 15 tries to contact KJ4RGH due to the pileup. Thanks to all for pulling out my weak signal. Had a lot of fun. See you in the next sprint. 73, Art
just an outing with my tubes on 40m and the transistors on 20m - I was only around on Saturday between other chores. Hard to say if I got enough QSOs to tackle the cross-word puzzle - but I was mostly stumped by it anyway, as those firms were fading out when i got started. CUL
This is the longest I worked a WES.
I am very new with CW contesting, and with QRP, it is a challenge. But I enjoyed my 6 QSOs, and am as proud of them as I would be if there were 100.
No A/C in the shack, it was 96F in there. Couldn't take the heat so worked only a few. The TS-830 still works FB. Should be cooler next month!
Another enjoyable and fun sprint. Had a lot of time out of the shack for honey do's but they were fun also. Bettered my score from last month by 3 so not too bad. A big thanks to all the organizers and also to everyone who pulled my QRP sig out. Best of 72/73.