|AB: 1 / 3||AK: 1 / 4||AL: 3 / 36||AR: 2 / 35||ARG: 1 / 35|
|AUS: 1 / 4||AZ: 4 / 101||BC: 1 / 7||BEL: 1 / 4||BRA: 1 / 19|
|CA: 9 / 148||CO: 4 / 108||CT: 3 / 291||ENG: 2 / 37||FL: 8 / 340|
|FRA: 4 / 320||GA: 11 / 457||GER: 2 / 125||GRE: 1 / 3||HI: 1 / 145|
|ID: 1 / 69||IL: 7 / 320||IN: 5 / 312||ISR: 1 / 3||JPN: 1 / 1|
|KS: 4 / 245||KY: 2 / 14||MA: 1 / 2||MD: 7 / 225||ME: 3 / 135|
|MI: 8 / 207||MN: 4 / 146||MO: 12 / 266||MS: 2 / 50||MT: 1 / 1|
|NC: 5 / 347||NE: 1 / 24||NED: 2 / 22||NH: 2 / 119||NJ: 7 / 134|
|NV: 1 / 42||NY: 11 / 213||OH: 12 / 256||OK: 5 / 165||ON: 3 / 157|
|OR: 4 / 202||PA: 9 / 804||PR: 2 / 71||RI: 1 / 54||SC: 2 / 22|
|SCO: 1 / 7||SD: 1 / 53||TN: 4 / 118||TX: 12 / 317||UT: 2 / 26|
|VA: 9 / 380||VT: 3 / 127||WA: 2 / 50||WI: 4 / 171||WV: 5 / 291|
|WY: 1 / 14|
1st SKCC event. 40m was fun. Worked KH6ZM Max, 4940 miles with 5 watts.
Another good WES. Picked up 35 more for my S. Should make it by Christmas! ;-) Thanks for all the contacts. KX3/KXPA100, 80m horiz. loop and a bug with a mind of its own. Here's a pic of Maggie, that watches out for me while I'm operating.
73 from the WV mountains.
POOR at my QTH socal...TOOK what I herd...Did some CQs with S&P...LOGGED: K3WW W7GB VA7ADI K1PUG W5FKW W0YBS W7RIP N7MFB KH6ZM and WL7WH..QSLs follow. AA6AC Bob CA 6276S...
After missing two WES events I could ignore some of the poor conditions and just enjoyed what was coming through. On 40 Mtrs I had New Zealand, Canada and Japan but not a single local Oregonian????
It's been a while! Just hung out on 40m and grabbed a few here and there as I was passing through. Nice to shake the rust off every once and a while :-)
Great fun using my TunaTin 2 on 40m at 600mw (2N2219 as the final amp) and my Howes Kit AT-160 transmitter on 80m at 5W. Both using xtals. Used my TenTec Argonaut II as the receiver and manual TR switching for both transmitters. Took me back to my Novice days, having to throw switches and using the receiver as a sidetone monitor. Thanks to all for the contacts!
Didn't work the WES too long this time; had some other things going on. But I was able to log a contact with Max, KH6ZM in Hawaii on 5 watts with a TenTec Rebel and home-brew Z-match tuner to an end fed vertical thrown into a tree. The end fed was of the EARCHI (Emergency Amateur Radio Club - Hawaii) design, fittingly enough. Looking forward to next month. 73 es GL to all.
A fun WES with a fun theme. I had a bit more time for this one that some in the past.
Family and friends kept me away from the radio with lots of awesome food, sri I couldn't resist! :) In the couple of hours I had available, I managed to make a few contacts. I operate QRP from the backyard with a homebrew 62 ft. endfed antenna and tuner. Thanks everyone for making this WES possible. I see you in the bands! 73, Ruben, AC2RJ.
Still need ME on 40! Oh well - maybe next time! Good condx out this way and many new members.
Thanks to one and all! 73
That was a fun wes! I managed to work Bert in France to the east and Max in HI (twice) to the west, Alaska to Florida, Montana to Texas and Maine to SoCal. The bands would flash hot, then turn cold.
Thanks for the QSOs, Jim
Finally got a chance to operate on an SKCC weekend, from Saturday night through Sunday afternoon local. The bands seemed okay, even a bit long. All of the action for me was on 40 m and 20 m, despite both my efforts to warm up 15 m and break the pileup to KP4.
Thanks for all the QSOs!
Great to hear those old NOVICE RIGS this month. Don;t forget the NOVICE RIG ROUNDUP is coming in FEBRUARY!! NINE DAYS OF FUN with many more Crystal Controlled Novice rigs on the air. See: hp://NoviceRigRoundup.com I never heard K9SKC, sadly. Also I didn't see many /X stations announcing on the K3UK chat page. Thanks to everyone for the September WES contacts. It was a blast, even with the summer QRN at S9 on 40m.
OOps! on a 2nd look I submitted too early...anyway...did much better that I presumed...thx to all who work with me...73
PS Pleae delete the first submission...thx
As always, a fun event - thanks!
Only time for 1 contact. Too may honey dos. Better luck next month I hope. 73 Peter
Crazy weekend, only had short periods of on air time but did manage to make about 6 first time contacts for me so that is always nice. Hope everyone had fun, I am looking forward to winter conditions when there is less QRn and more folks on the air. 73 de Tom
From DK7OB, Wolf
This WES was real fun, my best WES so far. Good conditions on 20m, a quiet band without major contests and OPs with good ears. Highlights were
- F5DE on 80, 40 and 20
- VA6FUN Mike/x with his 1951 Heathkit XTAL TX
- KH6ZM Max who answered my 100W CQ on 20m.
See you next month!
Image: WES break at midnight with beer and co-operator Melli
fun, as every WES !!
condx up and down , but better
than last WES
73 es hope to meet you on the bands
Always a pleasure to do some contacts in the WES, many thanks to all !
Contacted DK7OB on three bands, K3WW (biggest signal here) on two bands.
In addtion to six new members, that made a short but nice CW activity as usuall.
See you all next time !
Well I can honestly say that was a fun WES my first one. I suffer from QRN from shop lights etc so is difficult at times. A big Plus to all you Pro's with good ears who dig my signal out of the noise.
without my SotaBeams DSP CW filter I would struggle to work anyone.
Propagation improved over the weekend and it made for good fun, almost all on 20m. I also added 10 to my "S" Quest tally too, so now only need 60 more HI
used old Drake 2-NT with 7025KHz(for 20m) XTAL.
On Saturday hunted bear early morning and evening, explored and played radio during the rest of the day in Jackson County, CO. Home on Sunday. New radio - X108G /p on a car battery - 5 watts into a W1SFR end fed. At home, TS-590 - 5 watts into a FD3 dipole. Seemed to have pretty good prop all the way around, and always exciting to have KH6ZM answer your call. Thanks to all, great fun. 73, John
Fun to work especially with an ulterior motive. Just got TX8 on 9/7 so almost every QSO counted towards S. Good activity with less than the best conditions.
In and Our operation...a good weekend to catch up on outside work..used a Blue Racer that I received from the original owner that purchased new it in 1955..It is very smoooooth...it was great to hear the Xtal bound rigs..73 Rick
It was fun using our club call this weekend. We were portable at the Atwater,Mn. Threshing Show, demonstrating Ham Radio to the public, and working the WES. My personal call is KA0CSW, and it was fun to work many of yous again. I was running my FT 101 to a Buckmaster antenna. Great fun to work DK7OB and F6EJN. 73 Jim
I tried returning calls from every station I heard. hope everyone scored a qso with CT. 73, Hank PUG....
Limited time but as always enjoyed the WES. Glad to hear stations on 10 + 15 meters. Tnx for QSO's C U next sprint.
Been a long time since I have had time for a WES...Operated backyard portable on 20 and 40 meters with the Yaesu FT817nd @ 5 watts into a 40 m 5 1/2 inch homebrew antenna and a 9 inch 20 meter homebrew...had a lot of fun for a couple of hours...
with conditions very storms around did not do as well as i would have liked hot weather didnt help but was fun
Great weekend!40, 20, and 15 open. More DX stations than any sprint this year. Ten-Tec Eagle and Vibroplex bug kept the shack warm.
I ran QRO rather than QRP - but I worked quite a few stations who had solid QRP signals. 20m had some light activity, but it was not enough to keep me there for long. Nice to have Joerg-DL9CYS out there for SKCC contacts whenever 20m is open between the states and Europe. So, good old 40m carried the load for me again. It was nice to see a 40m opening out to the West coast on Saturday evening - but it did not hold long enough for me to find all of the elusive 7-land states. As always, a very enjoyable event.
Between house work and a wedding I only got to spend a few hours in this month’s WES. I finally achieved Sx1 status! The biggest surprise I had was when Vasek OK2VWB called me on 40M CW at around 0330Z! No tube rigs here this time around, just my IC-756 and 1919 Blue Racer Bug.
Just had too many other things to do this week. Only got on for less than 1.5 hours. hanks for the Qs. 73 Dale K3SEN
Enjoyed my new Stampfl Swiss Army Key!
Pretty warm in the shack this weekend.
FT1000MP, Alpha 78, 1 KW, TH6DXX, zepp. QSOs by band: 10M: 1; 15M 2; 20M: 32; 40M: 22. Bands in fair shape. 10M open to Caribbean and Central America. 15M open to west coast and Spain. 20M open all over. 40M open from UT to the west to Scotland to the NE. Thanks for all QSOs. 73, John, K4BAI.
Was using my Chinese Pixies this time, one for 80 and one for 40; only one xtal for each one, but more on order for next time. For PS I used an old wallwart, added more filtering and a 9v regulator. Not much time with wife keeping me busy, but still managed to get some time in. Combination of xtal controlled and low power definitely makes it more of a challenge.
Very disappointed that very few on the SKCC SKED Page picked me to QSO with and earn the Crystal Control points. After about 2 ½ hrs and only 15 contacts I gave up.
Ran my TenTec Argonaut V at 15 watts output.
Ant for 20/15 was a ground mounted vertical.
Ant for 80/40 was a an 80 meter dipole fed with a 50 ft run of RG-8X using a tuner on 40 meters and taking the SWR loss hit for that band. The feed point is 13 feet off the ground. The end points droop to about 11 feet. Many thanks to Max, KH6ZM. Max must have a superb receiving antenna. He gave me a 439 report on 40. I had worked him earlier on 15 meters and got a bit better report. Thanks for that 40 meter contact Max.
While I didn't have much time to operate this month, it was still fun. Thanks to all who endured my poor fist!
Radio: Yaesu FTDX 3000 at 100 watts
Antenna: Inverted V on 40 meters up 27 feet.
73 and Adios,
Andy - K5VI
El Paso, TX
Well, I got all set up to be able to run my old xmtr and rcvr with 1 xtal and 13 tubes, but fate intervened. Got the XYL home from the hospital late Saturday and managed to squeeze in only 1 QSO.
radio troubles... anyway, I got on and played looking for new band/states and numbers, etc.
Most QSOs on 20m, 2 on 80m, 3 on 15m and about a dozen on 40m. Logged 5 XTAL stations. Did a bit of spotting on the SKCC web page.
Fun WES, even with poor daytime bands.
Another one without interference from "test" and "Ritty" ... Band was in pretty good shape .. Guess I'll be around for the next one .. Fun contest .. Thank You All ..
Fun time. I was portable at Curt Gowdy St. Park between Cheyenne and Laramie. Antenna was an old Master Mobile center loaded whip on the front of the trailer.
This month I only had about 90 minutes to make contacts. but I enjoyed about half those contacts on 80M and the other on 40M, did not hear much acvtivity on 20 until I was taking a last look before I had to leave the house. I heard Ed in AZ making contacts but did not have time to call him !
I always enjoy WES. I didn't run crystal control at all this time, instead used my "new" Ten Tec Triton IV digital. I only worked 2 crystal stations, and heard one other. See you all in the next WES. 73, Noel
My first Weekend Sprintathon. Haven't used a straight key for over 50 years. Thank you for all your patients. Practice dont make perfect but sure helps. A great way to make new friends. So, until next time ---- 73, Chuck K9IA
Hello all. Band conditions were the best I have heard in a year. Saturday night I started on 40 meters, dropped down to 80 later where I logged 32 QSOs. Finished off Saturday night on 40 where I worked Max,KH6ZM in HI land. For the weak stations that called me, thanks for your patience while I dug out your call. Every QSO matters! Great fun event as always. Thanks to all those who administer and participate.
Interesting WES. Seems most xtal controlled stations have the same rocks. Spent most of the time reading the mail while trying to find a station close to xtal freqs. Called a bunch of stations, but apparently was outside of their passband. Old Johnson Viking II and HQ-170 here. Still love the boatanchors. Gotta get me some 20M xtals. Got in about 2 hours. Did get some new additions to the Centurian list.
Thanks to all who participated. WES is always fun. I started at QRP 5w level but was not having any luck. Even at 100w, I was receiving reports that I'd expect to get at QRP. Family activities took me out of the game on Sunday. Best 73 7 God Bless. Ric
My crystal rig was a heathkit hw16 operating on 40 and 80. the 80 metre3r freq did not do well and I only made three 80 m qso. had a blast. my new tower and triband quad did well on 20m too.
Sorry I didn't get to play much. Fired up the old Yaesu FT747GX. Conditions weren't that bad. See ya'll next month. Having the McElroy Bug being worked on. 73
Saturday morning was ruff here on 40. Did a little better on Sunday. Icom 7410 @ 5 watts and 80 meter Inverted V at 30 ft.
Very fun as always!
Another fun filled sprint. Hope the next one I will have more time to participate. Tnx to KH6ZM for my first Hawaii contact ever! Not many contacts, but trying to get the yard decent before autumn arrives. Used K-2 to G5RV up 35 feet and a Scheunemann morsetasten (straight key). 72/73, Phil
condx were pretty good here.
Was hoping to do 100 but bands were poor on Sunday.
Storms Sat nite put a damper on it, but still had a great time!
Didn't get started till 2030z on the 11th but had lots of fun running back and forth between house guests and WES. I looked for all the "X" stations I could to give them some contacts from their rockbound frequency.
Rig - KX3 to a doublet at 33 feet. Keys used were my Marconi AS 300A, NT9K Sideswiper and RCAF Bug.
73 for now es BCNU
Could not buy a QSO on 40M though tried for with an RM40. Used an RM20 @ 800mW for QSOs.
Had some nice propagation surprises to Hawaii, the west coast, and Europe. Thanks to all who pulled my 5000 milliwatts out of the noise. Lots of fun.
Great WES,using Yaesu FT 840 running 50W connected to G5RV mini installed in attic @ 35ft. Worked Max (KH6ZM) in HI and Bert (F6HKS) in France. Looking forward to next month. 73's Joe
Only spent 1 hour using crystal control. Was not happy with quality on my signal. The rest of the marginal effort was with a VFO. Still fun but need to set priorities so I can spend more time on the air 73 and thanks.
Was a busy weekend for me. what time I spent on radio was great fun, as usual for me. Had a few QSO'S with old friends I hadn't heard in a while. Worked several SOTA stations. Thanks to the 3 stations using crystals that I worked . Till next time many thanks to all , 73 Don
I planned to put in a full WES but the weather had other plans. Saturday thunderstorms left my community without power and a big mess. I spent the Sunday helping clean up the neighborhood.
Once again it was fun fun fun! Thank you all and 73!!!
had fun when able to get on
I missed most of this WES due to being out of town. But, I did get a few hours in at the beginning. Too bad I couldn't put in more time, because the bands were alive and noiseless at my QTH.
I used my 55w flamethrower (Hallicrafters HT-40) because it has the least chirp with crystals of all my vintage gear. I also used my miserable Heathkit HR-10B receiver. It's so wide, I figured I'd have a better chance of hearing another crystal station calling way off my frequency. I managed to have one XTAL-to-XTAL QSO with N4HAY.
Great theme that I really enjoyed. It made me the object of a couple of mini pile-ups for a change!
Had a great time and gave my Drakes (2NT/R4B) a workout. Worked quite a few stations I had not worked before. Nice to hear all the activity and give out all the bonus points for xtal collection. 73/72 to all.
BIG TNX for ALL the Q's! 73
Wow. That was more fun than the FCC should allow. I hope you ops with the xtal-controlled rigs had as much fun as I did.
A nice weekend to work a few hours on the sprint. Many thanks for all those ops out there. Ran the Eagle and the K4VIZ Cootie Key along with my "droopy dipole". Got the old Annie out for just a few contacts. As always ... a fun event. Looking forward to the next ... 73, jack
Worked for about 10 hours, and enjoyed some really good propagation Saturday night to Europe and Hawaii on 40 meters. Hope to make Tx8 from this one! Can't do Sunday, so I'm submitting early. Had a good time though!
It was a fun WES, conditions were good, Just did not have a lot time to play radio.
Had a few contacts on Sunday...worked on an off through the afternoon. Glad to put some hours on the new KX3 from the shack.
Another great WES, thank you to all who made it so and everyone for the QSO´s.
Stats: 1 on 14MHz - 22 on 21MHz - 12 on 28MHz
TA33 - 50W - Keys: Restored N.N. Flameproof-type SK (Mystery brand / maker ¿?) and HB DSK (aka Cootie)
BCNU,73 Walt- ..-
This was a particularly fun event for me because I got to exercise my home-brew QRP tube transmitter, a classic MOPA design using a 6C4 oscillator and a 5763 final. This version is based on an original design by the famous Don Mix W1TS that appeared in QST in 1968. A very nice Drake 2-B receiver completes the station.
As usual it was a very busy weekend, and I only got about an hour of operating time split between early Saturday and late Sunday. And, there was a first for me: a 2-way crystal controlled QSO with Bob KA3OCS on 7.060.
Great fun, and thanks to all the ops that make it that way, 73 Mike
Freqs weren't too bad. Couldn't dig a bunch of stations out of the noise. Spent the majority of time running vice S&P. Used a straight key and believe my sending is getting better :-))). Overall, a good way to spend the weekend while watching NCAA and NFL football games on my IPAD.
I was operating portable from West Branch State Park. Saturday I worked Ohio State Parks On The Air. Played a little on WES on Sunday. IC718 with Viz 90 Bug, G5RV Jr. Worked one bonus station.
Had a ball! Operated my breadboard homebrew XTAL rig at 10Watts into my attic dipole on 40m. Consists of a NE602 mixer in the DC RX and a W7ZOI Design as the TX with Miniboots to get to 10Watts. Also tried my new bug for a few QSOs at the end. Made 17 contacts with my homebrew over 7 hours. I shut down when the band opened. Swamped frontend due to big signal QRM. Really enjoyed myself. Thanks to all stations who worked N4HAY. 73.
Played a little but stormed all day Sunday,got a few Sunday, thanks for pulling out my 5 watts, best was F6HKA BERT @ 5 watts
Thanks for all the q's. Highlights were KH6ZM answering my CQ on 40m and working him on 80M. Thanks, Max! First time in a while I have been able to put some time into WES--I had a ball.
I'm going to call band conditions decent, not great but decent. It was a great WES and I managed to work several new stations. I started the WES needing 59 for my "S" and had hopes of gathering a few. I was pleasantly surprised to collect 29 new numbers! The participation was great! Thanks to the organizers for all the work that goes into putting these things together so we can have fun. Looking forward to seeing everyone in the SKS later this month. Icom 7410 to my 80 meter loop. 73, Jim
Fair conditions. Quieter than past few months. Usual fun. 73
A good WES this weekend, had time to spend on the radio!
Conditions seemed good for QRP this time around !
Used my KX1 and KX2 both this time along with my TinyBug and Palm Radio SK.
Antenna was my trusty old EFHW vertical wire up 32 feet, that antenna still amazes me on QRP !!
Thanks again to the ops out there for the contacts, you guys are amazing !!
Look for everyone again later this month in the SKS !
72/73 de Florida
Bad weekend,mother was hit by a car and spent most of the time out of the house. Managed 1 contact to stay in the show.
Too many interruptions this weekend along w/ Saturday's storms.
Tnx for the QSOs. Used my new IAC bazooka es it worked excellent on 40 meters, all 599 reports. Hpe to cu all next time. Ron
Last WES was in June.
Its been a busy, fun summer.
Thanks for the QSO's gang.
15 mins with 5W.
Bands seemed to be pretty good this time. Highlight of the weekend was F5DE answering my CQ on 40M.
Equipment: TX:Drake 2NT, Receiver: Drake 2C, Key: Speed-X bug, Antenna: Inverted-Vee @68 ft.
HELLO. SAME ARGO 6 G5RV HP.. NO QRP WITH BANDS LIKE THEY ARE HR...DID MY USUAL TIME IN THE WES... SO CU ALL IN OCT. 73 AND GET UR SNOW BLOWERS READY AS IT WILL BE HERE AGN SOON... HI.. TNX TO THE WES BOARD ALSO...........DAVE......N9ZXL..........73...
I REALLY LIKE THE AMOUNT OF NEW MEMBERS COMING IN MONTHLY.... SUPER.....
I answered a couple WES CQ's on 20, then called CQ once and was there for over an hour until I had to go. Short time, but lots of fun meeting many ops I'd not worked before . . . and always fun connecting to old friends. As usual, used my old novice Japanese ball-bearing key from 1961.
not a lot of time to get on but enjoyed the qsos
At the times I was able to operate 40m was my best band. It stayed open for me both afternoons. Was very pleased to work Max on 15 and Bry on 20m. Loads of fun.
Fun couple of hours operating - tested new antenna, received better reports than my EFHW :)
Rig: FT-817nd @ 5W
Antenna: WV0H Park Portable Doublet @ 9m
Tuner: Emtech ZM-2 tuner
Key: Palm Mini-Key
Power: Solar / Battery
Nice weekend! Tnx
well have been again in a WES event and had fun. Condx a bit down; no 15M or 10M. Did try to make the best of it and searched to band and worked some with CQ-ing. Some stations just to weak to copy on my dipole. Used again the old Junker key. Hope to see all again next WES, 73 from Amsterdam, Jan PG2AA
It seems that things are improving, sideswiper key, TKS CUL BEST 73 DE PS7HD
First day in the field.
First SKCC Contest, First Contest EVER!
First real CW event on a SWL40+ I built myself.
I re-learned CW this year. This is the first serious CW session on the air. A real confidence booster.
This was a day of a lot of firsts for me :-)
Warming up my 1951 Heathkit AT1 TX was "FUN"! Only 11 watts into my Spiderbeam...Highlight's were working Wolf DK7OB in GER es Bert F6HKA in FR! My only QSO's out of NA with the AT1 so far!Tnx all who made this WES possible! Mike
Wes caught me by surprise this time, my head was full of other things, which happen sometimes. My rig was set up for mW operation so I left it there, also my big G5RV was down the coax had been run over by a Lawn-mower. "The neigbour's kid did it" it was laying in the grass, anyway I had a swell time. Brion
I had a very hectic weekend and unfortunately I was unable to spend a lot of time in the WES. I managed to squeeze in 4 QSOs so all was not lost.
Elecraft K2s at 5 watts, 160m loop and cootie key. only had a few hours on Saturday morning, but had fun
Had a good time using all of my boat anchor radios. Didnt put a whole lot of time into the contest but worked some more stations towards my "S." All EF Johnson and Hammarlund gear this time. Swapped keys of and on as well. Thanks for the qso's. Bob-W0YBS
Didn't have a lot of time worked Panama & France +SKCC # 12 thanks all. look for my XYL WD0BBL Bonus station next SKS/// Dave
Family weekend, so less operating time than usual. Fun to work in shorter stints on the air. Thanks to all.
I only worked 2 other crystal controlled stations - KF7WNS Gary, and N4HAY Dick. Just like in my novice days of 1959/60 - I never seemed to have the right xtal!! I was able to find several that doubled and tripled to usable spots on 40, 20, and 15. It was fun and challenging.
I ran my Drake 2NT transmitter along with a 2B/2BQ receiver setup. I did exercise my R4A for a few Q's at the end. I used a bug for the entire time - a vintage Vibroplex from 1915.
Antennas were a KLM KT34A and a CF Zepp.
I was able to give out 79 /x bonus contacts and had more fun than when using my modern gear.
....73 de West Virginia
Busy Weekend and many Thunderstorms, but had a good time on 20 meters. Thanks to all !
Tough band conditions with QSB and Weak sigs.
Had a great time. Used SKCC Logger for the first time. Great program and mega thanks to Ron, AC2C for all his good work developing it. Vy 73 ... de Del / W5QQ
Enjoyed the contacts this weekend. IC-740 at 5w to 240' doublet with Czech key. Mostly 20 & 40m with a few on 80 and 1 (KH6ZM) on 15m. 73
Bands were noisy here on the west coast and not many strong signals, so not a great score this weekend. Had fun and hope to up the tally next month.
First Time in!
Always enjoy these sprints. Thanks to all who copied my 5 watts sig. 73 Ken
My second QRP entry for WES with the K1. Forty meters provided most of my QSO's with important supplements on 20 and one on 15, all by S&P. Best DX was KH6ZM on 15 (tnx Max) followed by F6EJN on 20 (tnx Bob). Made 3 /x contacts (tnx KA3OCS, WA9ZWA, W3NP, unable to raise others heard), good to hear the somewhat chirpy signals. Tnx to all who had to dig for my signal, and to all who help make these fun times.
WES is always fun. Thanks to all the t's,s's & c's who contacted me. I should have enough contacts to make the move from C to T. See you all next month.
Great fun. Fair band conditions on 40 and 20 meters and enjoyed the contacts with old and new friends. Thanks and 73 to all.
Will never forget
Great way to get back in after fixing a down folded dipole.
HAD A GOOD TIME AND THANKS TO ALL WHO PUT THE SKCC ON.
Had fun, no time for radio, hope more time next month, 73/72 Ray
Not feeling well this weekend, so only intermittent operation. My beloved Johnson Viking 2 shot craps in the middle, so I replaced it with the Collins 32V2 which worked well. At least after I figured out to not plug it into the GFCI socket! Really enjoyed it as always.
A fun WES. I operated on 15, 20, 40, and 80M. 15 had some openings which was nice. Good conditions to Europe on 20M. I was able to work Max, KH6ZM, on both 15 and 40, new bands for us. I picked up 22 more S/Ts towards my S.
First time trying flee power. My IC-7200, turned all the way down, shows about 700mW on the external meter. Less than a watt to a tuned Cushcraft R6000 at 20 feet. I think more power is required to supply bias to the final transistors than I'm getting to come out the antenna jack. I'll claim credit for two QSOs--W3NP and KF7WNS. Thanks for the patience and thanks for the extra 200 points Gary/X and Dave/X! As for K3WW and KA3OCS, Although you repeated my call sign correctly at first, I didn't get an acknowledgment for my final transmission and I'm not sure you copied my info, so I won't count those. By all means, if you got my info correctly, claim credit. As for me, I'm going back to *at least* QRP to make it easier on those I'm calling in the future. It was fun, but I think it's more fun if your QSOs are not struggling to hear you. Thanks once again!
wow -- operated between chores. late in contest decided to try some rocks -- too much fun - had not used a rock since I was a teen aged novice. nice to mix up using a modern and vintage rig
Best WES thus far. A ton of fun! 15 meters was quite good on Sunday afternoon.
I was working out at the farm this weekend but took a little time to make a few contacts. Thanks to you guys who pulled out my puny-weak QRP signal. The rig this time was a Flex 1500 into an inverted vee at 35 feet. Working Max in HI with 5 watts was very cool and the highlight of the sprint for me. The key was a 1941 Vibroplex Original. It's great to see the level of activity these days now that we have a lot of members, not long ago we had to beg for contacts. Keep up the good work of promoting hand-generated CW!
Search and pounce all weekend long, but managed some good QSOs with my QRP power. It was fun hearing the xtal controlled rigs. Had good propagation between AZ and PA on 20 meters. WES always fun and I wish I could do more of them.
Was not prepared for this sprint, but made a few contacts anyway, and had a good time. Will be sure to be ready for next month, though.
Limited time to play but fun is fun.
Not much time to operate..Nice to hear some signals...
A really fun sprint and I was able to spend a lot more time in the shack. The bands, for me, were pretty good although I spent the majority of my time on 40 meters. The thrill for me was working KH6ZM on 40 with 5 watts. I know I had a couple new states for WAS QRP as well as several new numbers for my quest of the "S". Thank you everyone who was able to copy my QRP station and also the organizers of these sprints. 72/73