|72||KG4IKQ||JIM - DF||13612T||NC||33||20||13/18/0||500||1,535|
|55||KG4IKQ||JIM - DF||13612T||NC||33||20||13/18/0||500||1,535|
|AK: 2 / 13||AL: 9 / 121||AR: 1 / 18||ARG: 1 / 34||AZ: 5 / 107|
|BC: 2 / 16||BEL: 1 / 6||CA: 13 / 689||CO: 3 / 55||CT: 5 / 132|
|ENG: 2 / 28||FL: 5 / 201||FRA: 5 / 299||GA: 7 / 307||GER: 2 / 119|
|ID: 1 / 61||IL: 9 / 277||IN: 4 / 145||ISR: 1 / 19||ITA: 1 / 21|
|JPN: 1 / 3||KS: 3 / 49||KY: 3 / 38||MA: 5 / 220||MB: 2 / 37|
|MD: 6 / 218||ME: 4 / 179||MI: 10 / 490||MN: 2 / 234||MO: 15 / 384|
|MS: 2 / 58||MT: 2 / 7||NC: 4 / 315||NED: 2 / 24||NH: 2 / 143|
|NJ: 4 / 85||NS: 1 / 11||NV: 1 / 36||NY: 7 / 148||OH: 9 / 201|
|OK: 5 / 143||ON: 2 / 96||OR: 3 / 90||PA: 7 / 698||POL: 2 / 23|
|PR: 2 / 152||RI: 1 / 21||SC: 1 / 31||SK: 2 / 63||TN: 4 / 154|
|TX: 14 / 418||UT: 2 / 34||VA: 9 / 366||VT: 2 / 109||WA: 4 / 82|
|WI: 5 / 259||WV: 4 / 284||WY: 1 / 50|
Like the easy pace of the "sprint".
I missed the big signal from Nebraska this weekend. Rest in Peace, Russ.
Thanks for all the contacts. Not a bad weekend for hamming with the SKCC group. 73 from Wild, Wonderful West Virginia!
Conditions remain on poor side..Did manage to get the words..LOGGED:VA7ADI..K0FTC/7..K6ELQ..K3WW..
follow. AA6AC CA Bob/DF 6276S..
Despite a lot of QSB, it was a fun WES. Even the 100+ power stations were going up and down.
Tried a new antenna this time. Used my 25' EARCHI antenna, but wrapped helix style to fit on a 20' crappie pole as a EFHW vertical. Made QSOs from CA to MA and WA to NC with decent reports, so it appears to work FB. I'm planning on using it for SOTA activations. Thanks to everyone and SKCC for putting on the WES. See ya'll next month.
The news of the loss of Russ, K0LUW, took the wind out of my sails. Then I decided to jump in and sprint - I sure did miss hearing Russ' superb 40M signal here. RIP Russ, K0LUW, SKCC #1702S !
A lot of fun in this WES! Operated all Saturday and early Sunday morning. Built a key that worked surprisingly well (and gave me some very valuable points), that it's going to become my portable key. I will post more pictures of the key in my QRZ.com page. Thanks to everyone! I see you in the bands. Rub-en-steen, AC2RJ.
Now I know what's like to be a short timer. But, I still got to work a few of my old SKCC friends like Bert, Walt, Julio and Tony to mention only a few. Tony's signal, as always, was the strongest on the band, any band, including the locals.
For those who worked the World War 1 memorial station WW1USA SKCC #15547C Sunday morning central time, you were probably working Charlie N0CVW or me. We were outside in a tent on the WW1 museum grounds.
It was a lot of fun.
Neither Charlie nor I were in WW1.
I hope to participate more next month.
DOCTOR FRANKENSTEIN! What fun. Great to hear those oddball keys clanking across the ether this time! Thanks guys and see you all in the NOVICE BANDS 7100 - 7125 and 3560 - 3600 kHz soon. 73 de AF4K, Bry http://novicerigroundup.com
Another great WES compiling high value QSOs and meeting new folk. Thx to all who worked with me. Looking forward to next months WES...
it's been a while with vacation and a shoulder injury, but glad to be back. Hopefully make some more qsos next time.
Bands were better but mixed with some QSB that caused a couple of busted QSOs, but I had a lot of fun this month with my DF key that I made from old computer parts. Thanks to all who participated!
Only a little time as usual spread over two days. Bands were pretty good when I was on. Sad news about Russ,K0LUW. He was my very first SKCC contact way back in Nov 2010. RIP Russ. See you all next month. 73/72. Peter
Interesting WES, I had either pileups or no one, a little strange but it made things interesting. I had times of CQing where I had no takers for 30 minutes and then bang a whole herd. I had 11 first time QSO's with members. Always nice to meet new folks, now if I could find them during the month for a ragchew. All in all it was fun looking forward to SKS and next months WES. Also this WES brought me within 5 of Sx4, but it may take me another few months before I can find them for QSO's.
This one is for you Russ. So many people contribute their time, money and expertise which creates growth to the amateur radio service. Another fun WES ! Was using my lnr straight key until I tuned across K6JEB,Jack using his bug key. I could'nt resist using mine as well. Bug key addiction at its best ;) Had a KX3 setup on 40 mtrs & 240 ft longwire, just monitoring heard F6HKA, Bert. Pounced on him, suddenly realized I'd just worked France for the first time on 40m @ 5w !! (I've got 5000ft mtn ridge blocking EU signals up to 40 deg ;) Fun ! 73 to all, CU on the bands de AL7JK, John
Decided to create a Frankenstein key right at WES start, so lost some time at the beginning. Searched the junk pile for items that could be transformed or combined to a key. See the result in the picture. Can you guess which one is the Frankenstein key?
Finally a sad tip to the hat for K0LUW who appears in my WES logs many times. RIP Russ, we miss you.
very nice WES again ! poor condx on saturday
but at the end of sunday, when it was completely dark outside, the signals became better and better.
73 es hope to meet you all next WES
FT-1000D - 100W - dipoles - czech military key
Because of my 70th birthday (!), I was very busy with friends at home, however I wanted to take a one hour break to be elligible to the October result page even for a very few contacts.
N4OW sent me the info he was happy to contact me with his vertical antenna, here also I use a vertical antenna, not a powerful aerial but efficient enough to have some DX contacts depending of the propagation.
73 es See you all soon !
very nice WES.
All qso with special key only for this WES.
plate in aluminium and contacts arent syainless steel. cleaning this contacts all 10 minutes ....
73 at all and at next time in november.
I thought conditions on 20m were better than of late. I dug out an Air MINISTRY key Type B circa 1910 by Marconi. Not home made but a bit Frankenstien'y !
Conditions not great, but was able to make QSO's on 20m and 15m. Many thanks to those who I worked.
Look forward to the next WES.
My first WES.
Thanks to the many stations from USA that have helped me or encouraged participation. Unfortunately on this occasion I have not found or heard anyone from WYOMING, only US state that is missing in my palmares for WAS. Great fun even for the short time available, a greeting to all members SKCC, Joe IT9RZU
Interesting day, interesting condx. 54 QSO's but 4 were on 12 mtrs so don't count for score. DX'd with Bert F6HKA 20 mtrs, Walt LW3EX 15 mtrs, Sugi JK7USt 40 mtrs, and Al WP3C 15 mtrs. Also some great prop all about the US - CO, GA, ID, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NH, NV, OH, OR PA, TX. 10 opened, but deep nulls, only made 3 QSO's there with CA stations. Anyway, using a My Antennas 120' long wire in an inverted V config (starting to really like this setup), TS-480, Czech military key, and about 80 watts. Wish the best to all those in the path of Matthew and hope recovery happens quickly. Thanks to all, 73, John
Shortly after joining SKCC I ran across K0LUW After my first contact with Russ I learned we had been licensed the same year within a month of each other.
I will always be grateful for the mentoring & encouragement received during our conversations. RIP Russ
A busy weekend but managed a few nice contacts, The DF keys were great. Welcome VE4MG, tks for the new number.....73 Rick
I was camping at Acadia National Park operating portable this weekend.. Anyone that needs a QSL from Acadia NP let me know and I will send you one asap......73...Ed
LOGGING COMPUTER BROKE DOWN , BACK TO USING PAPER LOG...SURE SLOW THAT WAY...LOTS OF SIGNALS HEARD..73, HANK PUG
Didn't spend much time. Have had a busy year and seems as though retirement takes up all my time. How did I ever do it when I worked. Thanks for a great CW club.
Thanks for the QSO's, Conditions were improved worked stations on 5 bands. N3CKI was most useful in spelling the bonus. First time in many years that my sprint log did not have a contact with K0LUW,Russ you are missed. 73
I came in late, due to chores on Saturday, and put together a very primitive hand key using a bit of Chimney and roof flashing, some vinyl insulating tape, and an old two wire power cord crimped between the insulated halves of the key. A bit of creative bending with a set of needle-nose pliers, and a cool SKCC branded label, and I was off to the races. This thing worked surprisingly well, and although I had to occasionally adjust the contact spacing and angle, I was able to send pretty well. I have video to prove it, should that be needed! I ran high power to give out as many /DF QSO's as I could. See you next month. 73, Harv
Lot of fun. My DF key went together well and did great on the air. A drop of solder on a brass screw head makes a fine contact. Saturdays condix were not great but Sunday was good.
Another nice event with good participation. A little action on 20 and 15, but 40 remained the activity hub. My time was a little limited, but still managed to operate quite a bit. Ran QRO again with an IC-756ProIII. I'm in PA, and the PA QSO Party was going on. And I'm in Westmoreland County, which is abbreviated as WES. So, my CQ WES with the 3 call was attracting a lot of PA QSO Party chasers. Whenever I gave them the 13330T number they kind of figured out that was not a PA QSO Party Serial Number!! I finally started to use CQ SKCC until the PA QSO Party ended to avoid that 'noise'. So, if you heard that, now you know why.
Thanks for all the QSOs, PA QSO party made things tricky for me, I handed out my QP number and county when callers sounded like non SKCC participants. I saw the theme Thursday night and decided to use some spare wood, that I bought to make knobs and levers to replace the plastic ones on some of my keys. The base is Zebra wood, the top is Blood wood, the top contact is a plated screw the bottom a piece of copper flashing taped with orange and black tape. I used a nail for a spacer between the moving parts, a 1/2 inch nut to raise the knob up a bit and take up the space needed to keep the screw from sticking through the wooden knob. Elastic bands provided the spring and duct tape kept it from wobbling since the bands were under the wood. Actually felt very comfortable. Put in over 20 hours.
FT1000MP, Alphah 78, 1 KW. Time limited this month made 2 QSOs before going out of town for the weekend. Hope to see you all next month. 73, John, K4BAI.
Only spent about hour and half on air Sat; spent most of time watching Andrew do his thing outside as he advanced up coast.
Lots of fun, as always. Thanks to all for the contacts.
Kenwood TS-590SG 75 watts dipole, tribander
Awesome WES as usual. I could only work WES for a few hours this weekend. Had a blast anyhow. 73 and thanks. - Jamie
Rig was TenTec Argonaut running 15 watts. Dipole on 80/40, Vertical on 20/15. Key was a Jim Creation.
Key used for this event was simple. Made from a piece of scrap wood 13 inches long, 3 inches wide, and 3/4 inch thick, provided by neighbor.
Add a brass strip, one of those sold in hobby shops, 12 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. Toss in 3 brass wood screws, a piece of hard 1/4 inch diameter plastic tubing used as a pivot. A pair of picture frame hangers held that tubing in place. Hangers used to clamp tubing were attached to base with 4 tiny nails.
Holes were drilled in that brass strip to allow 2 wood screws to be used at end opposite of the operator to hold that strip in place. Three holds were drilled in the operator end to hold a knob designed for a chest drawer, plus an 8-32 brass screw allowing adjustment of key travel, plus another 8-32 brass screw that held a spring "borrowed" from an alligator clip which provided tension. Two brass nuts for each 8-32 screw.
Key leads were soldered in place, one on brass woodscrew which is mounted under travel adjustment screw. Solder was flowed over that woodscrew head and wire soldered on it. The other wire was soldered on brass strip.
Jim's mistakes? First he failed to tighten nuts for key travel screw enough to keep them from coming loose. He also failed to think to use washers. Two keying failures occurred. Both occurred during different contacts with K3WW. The first was nuts coming loose. Not sure what second was, it never occurred again. Thankfully K3WW later worked me on 2 more bands during the event.
Got to spend more time than usual in this one.
I always listen for SKCC event stations when I am operating other events, such as the Oceana DX CW contest, this weekend and the PA and AZ State QSO parties. I also take time out and call CQ WES each time I cross the SKCC Calling Frequency. Bert, K6CSL
Saturday went quite well but the propagation gods threw a RF sponge over the planet on Sunday. Low noise floor but that's where a majority of the signals were hiding until the QSB would occasionally kick them out only to have them fall back. France and Germany were the only EU stations I heard/worked worked from here. China and Japan helped a little with the shortfall. Missed WAS again, by three this time. I hope to add another band, 80m, for the next one. Thanks to all who participated. Hope to see you next time.
73 de K6ELQ Tony
GLAD to work WY on 10m & 12m. TNX John, K0FTC/7 portable in WY.
That sweeps WY in the WAS-S, all bands!
I was mostly operating with my club call KZ5OM (reported separately). No Bonus calls logged.
Good WES, even with QRM from the AZ QSO party, hi hi.
Another enjoyable weekend .. Thanks for a fun contest ..
First SKCC event and first contest I've ever participated in. Great Fun! See my 10 minute "Saw Blade Key".
Here's a JPEG of my Dr. Frankenstein key. Surprisingly, as silly as it looks, it worked amazingly well, with a light, smooth action and a solid tone. This month's sprint was not only fun on its own merits, but the contacts I made this weekend put me over the top for my "S." My thanks to all.
Fun event this month, Surprized that I made so many contacts on 80M! I made a few on 20 and most on 40M as I usually do. Sad that we will not be hearing Russ on the air any longer :( I almost always worked him in the sprints .
I decided this month to try QRPp. Used my Small Wonder Labs SW40+ at a flamethrowing 1 watt. Key was a Vibroplex Champion from 1956. Rig is a single bander so was only on 40 meters which seemed to be in pretty good shape for the time I was on. A great time was had as always. See you all next month. 73, Noel
My DF key worked OK as long as I sent CW at about 10 WPM or less. But it was too clumsy for anything faster than that - it was about like sending CW with a car horn.
I heard some great high speed CW coming from several other DF ops. So I hope to come up with a better DF key design next time.
TNX for putting up with my clumsy CW efforts during this WES. It was a good time for me. 73, Bill
Found the activity less than the past few events. But had fun nevertheless. Thanks to Chas K3ww for 3 band qsos. 73 to all and bcnu on skcc
Copying all those SKCC numbers is good practice for me!
Came in late again to participate in WES.BUSY WEEKEND.
As always it was fun for the short time.
this time worked some 160 and 15 meters. had to deal with power outage on saturday
Once again the XYL diverted my attention to this event to something else (move and find furniture). I did get a chance to play Saturday night. My Dr. Frankenstein key was a Unimax Limit Switch, which I had used a few years ago. Maybe next month... 73 Art
Had a great time trying to use the cootie. I have been wanting to try one and this was a good reason to put one together and try it. About $15 in parts and scrap wood and used hacksaw blade. Worked 4 other /DF stations so picked up 200 more points.
Working QRP - Guys, it's hard to pull out individual calls when everyone is bunched up using the same frequency - spread out! Used an ICOM IC-7600 turned down to 5 watts with a G5RV up 40 feet. Next month it's back to the K-2. 72/73, Phil
Really nice WES RIP Russ
Godspeed Russ, Rest in Peace OM
73 for now, Randy_KB4QQJ
Have been wanting to try building a torsion bar key and this WES pushed me into giving it a try. It needs a few tweeks but is a keeper. Had great fun, thanks for the contacts.
Great way to spend the afternoon, I sure could have used one more call with an "R" in it.
Interesting propagation. Didn't hear a lot of stations but those I did hear and work came from all over... west coast, south, northeast and midwest. Not a lot of time for this one but lots of fun.
Mainly search and pounce. All the DFs sounded great. 73 Scott
Great fun again. I enjoyed the theme. Always nice to hear my SKCC friends in WES.
It was very interesting and enjoyable sprint. Thank you all.
Special thanks to John AC4CA and Tony K6ELQ for being patient with me.
Ones again great job organizers. Thank you and 73!
Enjoyed cobbling together another 'DF' handkey and using it 'on the air'. Key was constructed using a desktop computer PCB slot cover, a wooden knob, a few pieces of hardware and some scrap wood. It was a nice little workshop project.
Propagation was fairly good on this end on both 40 and 20 meters. It was a nice surprise to catch Wolf/DF (DK7OB) on Saturday.
Hope to see you all again next month. 73, Bill
This was a busy weekend for me, so I just worked WES when I could. 20m and 40m were in great shape and there were lots of WES OPs around. Some competition from other contests, though.
I only run boatanchor gear. This time, I used my "new" Heathkit HW-101, fresh off the workbench. I thought I'd died and gone to heaven - This rig has a CW filter! I've never had it so good!
Really missed working Russ K0LUW SK. I almost always had him in my WES log ...
Good time, but boy, that QSB!
Seemed like a good turn out again this month. 20m quit early on Saturday...40m was open, but not much action. 15m and 10m were the best surprise here on the OR Coast. 73/72
Had enough. Can't stand to beat on this DF key any longer! C U all in the next one.
WES is always a blast no matter how many hours you can get on.
Thanks for the QSOs
First thing , it's very sad news ,the passing of our friend and colleague Russ , K0LUW. 73 Russ , dit dit.
I made one qso from home Saturday nite and one from my car as a mobile at the beautiful Bennett springs MO on Sunday , where the XYL and I are fishing for trout. Unfortunately , the qso count as humble as it is , outdoes our fish count. Hihi. We will do better on Monday I'm sure ?
Hope all had fun and I'll c u in the next SKS
73 Mark ki0i.
Pic is KI0I and WA0BGV after running mobile in the Kansas qso party.
I had a great time working this weekend's sprint with my usual K4VIZ Cootie Key and Eagle. Another great event and was even better with working a few new stations. Welcome to the SKCC! Worked 80/40/20 meters ... morning and evening operation here.
This will be my last SKCC event until April as my wife and I will be spending our winter in Thailand. No station there ... withdrawls!!! Going to also miss the K3Y event ... well, you folks just keep the ionsphere active until I get back. We will be at it again next year. Take care all and see you in April 2017!
RIP Russ ... gonna miss that BIG signal.
... dit dit
Had a lot of fun this month but didnt get to work to much time. Had a blast working new to me rig. Icom IC-738
One more "R" and I could've claimed the extra 100 point bonus - what a bummer! All in all enjoyed the challenge of using the HB key. Tnx to all the DF keys who added points to my total.
The passing of Russ Halbert, K0LUW, was a shock to me. I had just worked him a couple days prior, and he had also recently approved my Tx8. I made a new key to run /DF in WES this month, and finally give K3WW a run for his money, but for some reason, hearing about Russ took the wind from my sails. Instead of going whole hog, I decided to work 73 contacts to honor Russ, since he was 73 when he passed. Thanks for all the good times and tireless work as S/T manager, Russ. You will be missed... :(
Casual ops on Saturday.
Ran most of the last hour on Sunday
Spelled the 100pt Bonus Word
/DF bonus = 200pts
Gave KL4IJ her FIRST SKCC QSO (Welcome TRACI, SKCC-16167)
Another fun Sprint. PROP is recovering slowly, good DX CNDX on 10 & 15m.
Got 2 /DF STN, K3WW, N4API FB guys!
QSO Stats: 22 on 28MHz - 12 on 21MHz
TA33 - 50W - DSK "DF" (Made by Igor)
Thanks everyone for the QSO´s BCNU 73, Walt- ..- ZUT
Don't look very retired. Need to add hf radio to the mower...
Only got to work the last half hour. It was a busy weekend traveling. Hope to be here for the next one. Outlaw #3...Bill
This was a really fun WES for me, it was the first time out for my new HX-1681/HR-1680 station. I turned the drive down to get 5 watts out, and it worked beautifully. Thanks to all the ops for a great event, 73 Mike
Been a while since my last WES. I was amazed with how much activity there was! Had some very nice runs on 40 and 20 meters. Lots of fun !
Wish I would have had more time to play but had fun while I could! 21 Qso's and only needed two R's and I could have spelled Vicor Frankenstein. Thanks every one!
Thanks to Hurricane Matthew I used my Mighty Hustler Mobile "Hat Rack" on a tripod. It worked so well in WES, that I now want a multi_band Vertical to use along side my 80m Loop. N4OW "Best Ears" awards go to WL7F,F5DE and G0RDO for hearing my weak signal ! Great fun CU all next month. 73 de N4ow
Been a while, fun fun!
Got to spend both days working the WES, Sunday was the better of the two thou !
Worked QRP with the KX3 and KX2 into my EFHW vertical wire antenna up 32 feet.
Used my TinyBug and Palm Radio SK.
Band conditions were pretty good overall, so a fun and fairly productive WES !
Thanks again to the great ops out there....see ya'll for the SKS later this month !
72/73 de Ed
Got a contact on each of My K's,5 K's and was happy. Thanks to all that worked my 1 watt.
Tnx to all fer the QSOs. Worked a little more than i usually do this time. Great fun. spent most of my time on 40,with a few on 15. Tnx to the staff at SKCC fer all they do to make it possible. Ron
Lots of work around the house plus 17 month old grand daughter. Goal...100 QSOs...Got it!!
Biggest surprise was working John, K0FTC/7 in WY towards WAS-S...Only need 9 more :)
I CQ'd on 7.051 for exactly 1 hour for 19 QSOs (+ responded to K6ELQ at the very beginning) for a grand total of 20 QSOs in an hour. That's 3 mins a QSO, which is a personal record... but I won't count it as such.
This is a huge difference from my usual performance, because instead of warming the ground with 100W into a makeshift "dipole" at home, the 100W went into a beam. The antenna definitely makes a difference. But it wasn't as fun as QRP into a bad antenna, because I didn't have to try very hard, or be a very good operator.
I'm looking forward to eventually getting some form of homebrew transceiver on the air!
Thanks to all for answering my CQs. I am operating from MI instead of IL.
Good to see great band conditions this weekend.
Super for qrping..20 40 mtr elecraft k1 5 wts g5rv at 35 ft inv "w".. not a "vee"..
Bands seemingly btr.. used St key and my design "dubbug"... pix on qrz... so cu all the month before snowfall (November).. tnx to all and the board mtrs for their work..
Russ and I were good email friends with radio and his machine shop stuff.. sorry to hear this.. I had made him a call sign plaque and he sent me some super C clamps he made..
73 to all c u L. Dave. N9ZXL
Another casual entry, but enough new #'s to get me over the Tx4 threshold. Caught F6HKA on a 15 meter opening.
Another fun WES. Amazing what will happen on the "lousy" bands when folks just start calling. Thanks to Pete and his helpers for their efforts. K3 @5W, Begali HST paddle, Hex Beam and Vertical
Was nice to see 10m open on Saturday, and then 15m both days... Fall is here...
Fish-Oil Cootie (DF Key)
A lot of activity heard on all bands on this week end.Good luck to all. Julio NP3CW
POWER LEVEL 4W 2
50W 2 TNX FOR THE 8 CONTACTS 73 RON
Have not done WES in a long time. Just a short time in this one. Some at 5 watts, others at 50 watts. Thanks to SKCC and K2RFP SprintLogger.
Worked on antennas most of Saturday. Got enough new for All Band Sx2.
Very little time for WES ... still had to hunt some stations for my Cervantes Award.
When your call is O N 7 "Don Quijote" you HAVE to get that award, right ?
So on saturday found the time to quickly make a DF key , but only got ot use it on Sunday late afternoon after I got my last one for the Platinum award.
Made 6 qso's with my key, worked very well, and to my surprise I worked 4 US stations.
I covered my DF key with an early "Halloween theme" ... scary stuff eh ?
I will reveal more pictures of it in the next "Rag Chew" !
An other fun SKCC -WES weekend! Always a pleasure to meet so many familiar callsigns.
My biggest success this WES was that I didn't get hurt in the process of producing my DF key and then while operating it.
First WES in quite a while for me. Was portable at Molega Lake with UK/RT320 and Folded Dipole 40' in pines. Had a good time and thanks to all endured the chirp.
I spend a pleasant 5hrs + playing radio. Wx was too cool to do any Garden wrk. Brion
Only used 20 meters and the band was very unstable with signals going from s9 to s2 in a very short time. The sprint was interesting even with the band changing so much.
My first WES! Enjoyed it very much, see you in the next one.
Used Bencher Straight key as usual. Not too much time for this sprint. CU next time!
I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Russ Halbert. He did a lot for the Club. RIP.
Only worked 7 stns this WES. Thanks to those who worked me, and thanks especially to the organizers of these events.
Sad news about Russ K0LUW.
My "DF" key is being retired after one weekend. It worked, but took some effort to control. Built around a brass hinge from my late father-in-law's junkpile. Those are electrical plates on the base. A bit too much mass in the arm for fine control! Thanks to the others who also built keys.
The most time I have spent on a WES in a long time.... Just hearing about the loss of Russ K0LUW before the start of the sprint really cast a pall over it for me. Have had many Q's with Russ over the years, even before 2007 when I joined SKCC. I will miss him and his distinctive rhythmic NE (dah dit dit - dah dit dit). No NE for me this month.
Ran my K3 along with an Anniversary edition Vibroplex bug. I really missed using my vintage gear this month after using my boatanchors and crystal control the past 2 events. The modern radios are nice but after 55+ years in ham radio - they can get boring!!
edit: forgot to add the 100 pts for spelling the word.
Certainly missed Russ. RIP my friend.
As always, Good Fun! Found a few old friends that I haven't heard for awhile!
Sadly though, I already miss Russ K0LUW ..._._
Fun to find the bands fairly open. Worked stations on 10 thru 80m. Contacts on both coasts as well as FRA and PR with 5W. IC-703 to 240' doublet with Junker key. 73... Dennis
hope my confuser works ok now-- Was a great session-- CUL 73/ED
Only had limited time on Sunday this month. Great fun, and great conditions. See you all next month.
Busy with outside work getting ready for winter, not much time for sprint. Always fun though. Thanks to all who copied my QRP sig. 73 Ken
Made 40 contacts, which is a good catch for me. Bands in fairly good shape, even 10 meters. Used my IC-7200 running 50 watts to a multi-band vertical (elevated). Big ole Kent Straight Key. See y'all next month.
73 de Curt WA2JSG SNJ
***K0LUW de WA2JSG AR***
My best QRP WES yet. Good signals on the bands here, working at various times throughout the weekend, mostly S&P on 40 and 20, one QSO on 15, found 7 new numbers, had 7 /DF QSO's and spelled Victor Frankenstein. Thanks to all for the QSO's and thanks to those who had to work a bit extra to copy my signal. Lots of fun. Elecraft K1 @ 5 watts to 68 ft. long horizontal loop in attic up 25 ft.
Was glad to get in a few hours on Sunday afternoon. Great QSOs and enjoyed the time. Thanks to all who make the sprints possible.
Thanks again for a great WES. For the first time, I was able to use my Bunnell Model W Speed Key (sideswiper) most of the event without being too embarrassed! Still lots of room for improvement, though. Rig was a Collins 32V-2 transmitter with 75A-4 Receiver and a 80 meter doublet at 55 feet. 73 and thanks to all who participated to make this a great event!
I operated for a few hours while anchored in Greenwich Bay off of Goddard State Park in Warwick, RI. I used my KX3 at 5W into a KX3Helper.com/W1SFR end fed antenna set up vertically using a 31' jackite pole. Conditions were good with QSOs on 15, 20, and 40M. A nice afternoon, thank you for the WES QSOs.
I operated QRP-portable on and off while camping at French Creek State Park (PA). I was set up in my pop-up camper running 5 watts to a homebrew vertical. The bands were mediocre on Saturday morning but seemed to improve as the weekend went on.
I was pleased to work DK7OB and F6EJN. I also managed to work K6ELQ in California on 40 meters. My hat is off to these excellent operators for pulling my QRP signal out of the noise.
It was nice to work some of the regulars and add enough new numbers to my log to qualify for TX3.
Fall camping is great but being able to work the WES makes it even better!
73, Craig WB3GCK
Windows decided to do the anniversary update in the middle of this WES...took a couple of hours, but the computer emerged working just fine....hi!
AZQP, PAQP, FISTS... and the WES--a target rich environment on 40/20/15 for the weekend! Lots of new call signs. Had to make sure I was returning the correct exchange. Heard some get that confused! Lots of fun!
Did n ot have much time for WES. What I did do was fun
Enjoyed building a DF key using a brass door hasp and a metal radio knob from my junk box. Only had a few hours to operate this weekend. Conditions were good. Was hoping to hear more stations using DF keys. Thanks to all that copied my haspy CW.
Decent band conditions including DX. Thanks all for a great WES.
After long time without works the WES, I just worked it for few hours. I'll be movieng to TX this November. Hope to get my remote station there and work more SKCC. Thanks everyone.
Bands were in decent shape.
Should be Tx8 after this WES.
Thanks to the organizers.
Station: K3/100W to a 200' Doublet @ 30' Homebrew Hacksaw Blade Cootie
Enjoyed the sprint, and finally made enough Qs to qualify for Senator, a longtime goal. Prop was fairly good with lots of QSB. From Massachusetts I contacted the West Coast US and 9 DX, 5 in Europe and 4 in Canada. Using my Nye Viking Speed-X key, didn't have any "spare parts" to make a df! Lots of fun!
Was not able to operate but 2 hours on Saturday and then all day Sunday. Bands were up and down for me but it was still a lot of fun. Thanks to everyone who were able to copy my QRP signal. Looking forward to next sprint. 72/73 Dave
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