|AK: 1 / 6||AL: 6 / 195||ARG: 1 / 1||AUS: 1 / 34||AZ: 2 / 70|
|BC: 1 / 18||BEL: 1 / 56||CA: 8 / 183||CO: 1 / 2||CT: 4 / 221|
|ENG: 1 / 11||ESP: 2 / 50||FL: 8 / 218||FRA: 3 / 195||GA: 10 / 323|
|GER: 2 / 58||IL: 6 / 151||IN: 6 / 124||ITA: 2 / 67||KS: 3 / 161|
|KY: 2 / 186||LA: 1 / 6||MA: 3 / 32||MB: 2 / 17||MD: 8 / 191|
|ME: 2 / 163||MI: 8 / 172||MN: 3 / 97||MO: 12 / 431||MT: 1 / 7|
|NC: 8 / 267||NED: 1 / 5||NH: 4 / 187||NJ: 6 / 198||NY: 7 / 174|
|OH: 6 / 93||OK: 5 / 76||ON: 3 / 32||OR: 2 / 70||PA: 8 / 892|
|POL: 2 / 31||SC: 2 / 86||SD: 1 / 53||TN: 3 / 169||TX: 16 / 377|
|UT: 2 / 35||VA: 10 / 334||VEN: 1 / 32||VT: 2 / 51||WA: 4 / 73|
|WI: 6 / 369||WV: 4 / 145||WY: 1 / 104|
POOOOR in SOCAL but tried. Few herd mostly weak.
20M: LOGGED K0FTC/7..KF7WNS/14X..WB9EGZ/8X.. WB0SND/52..and CF7MM aka VA7MM Mark/7 on 15M...
AA6AC CA Bob/3 (TS830S) 6276S..
Too many things going on to spend time on WES. I had about 1-1/2 hours for the WES and hope to get on more next time.
That was fun! I operated mostly from home with the FT-450 and the magnetic loop. One contact on Saturday was made from the car using the FT-817 with 5W and a mini-hamstick that is 4ft long :) All my contacts where on 40 meter this time. Thank you everyone, I really enjoy every WES. See you in the bands! 73 de Ruben, AC2RJ.
My ears are still ringing from the high noise level.
The usual condx: noise & QSB. It was tough but steady going. Pretty busy on 40m for the final two hours; very nice showing by SKCC members. The best antidote for poor condx is more operators. My rig: Elecraft K3 @ 100 watts; EFW & indoor cobweb ants; Junker straight key. 73 & a tap o' the key to all!
only operated a few hours of contest. talked to some old friends and made some new ones. used my FT840 and wire dipoles.
thanks everyone for the QSOs 73.
Matt, AF5XF #17137
Fun sprint even if limited for time. Three watt monoband QRP rigs on 40 and 20 only. (DSW40/DSW20). CU all next month. 72,Peter
Been a while since I have participated. I was at a campground using my FT-817 running 5 watts into an LNR end-fed dipole up about 35 feet on a jackite pole (pic attached). Enjoyed the sprint, thanks to everyone who responded to my call.
Worked 5 boat anchor stations, that's 3 more than last year. W4FOA's 17X added some nice bonus points.
On Sunday, output of my FT250 dropped to 35W, so workbench time ahead.
poor condx here at the weekend.
surpise when Rod, KA6ROD, answered my CQ call.
Thank you Rod !
Last QSO was also a highlight : AD0AB. Thank you Jim!
See and hear you all next WES
First time I entered a weekend sprintathon but it won´t be the last one. It was really fun. Thanks to all stations, and cu next time! Greetings from Spain!
I was glad to meet usual SKCC friends in addition to seven new members, finaly reaching the DXQ-1000 level, and one new SKCC country, my #73 with Fran YV5LAY.
73 and see you all next time !
Only working saturday and 1 qso sunday.
73 at all. Bob
Limited time on air due to good friend's 80th birthday bash left me QRK1, but did log 11 QSO's thanks to K3WW, I5EFO, F6HKA(2 bands), AH6AX, DL9YCS, DK7OB, PE2JB, F6EJN, PA3JD & KG6MC.
73 John G0RDO SKCC 2133S
Only few hrs 20&40M activity with 14 tubes of SWAN 350B rtx and SB-200 Heathkit P.A.
Mni tks to all.
73 de Emil
Jelm mountain in WY. Wind was fierce, you can see the ladder line flying toward the east in the picture and the bend in the poles in the same direction. The mountains covered in snow are in the Rawah Wilderness in Colorado to the south. To the left you can just see northern peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park. Used a ZS6BKW-G5RV and a W1SR end fed fpr RX/TX and a 80 meter loop to feed an SDR for Skimmer spots to N1MM. This site or one a bit lower will be used with N0TA for FD, and our call will be W7C. I thought conditions were great! Made one non-WES 30 meter contact, and 7 non-WES 6 meter contacts (not shown in total). Great fun as always. Thanks for all the contacts, and sincerely appreciate the SKCC folks who put these events together. 73, John K0FTC/7
Saturday evening and some Sunday, logged some nice contacts. Working Paul KG7Z was great. The comments section bring back memories from years past.
Thanks to all 73 Rick
Was camping in White Mtns. National Forrest in NH. Thank you for hearing me....73...Ed
I used a dipole instead of the beam on 20 M to work US and EU. Looks like weak propagation for FD!
Lot's of activity on 40 and 20 meters almost nothing heard on 80 meters...73, Hank PU..Gee
Was on for a couple hours with my Heathkit DX20 (ABT 25 Watts out) and National NC183D receiver. The RCVR has the typical boat anchor issues, bandwidth, noise etc. Having to manually switch from XMTR to RCVR made it hard to catch the beginning of a call. Other than I am still hearing QRN this AM I had a fun time. Hope to get my Viking Valiant on line one of these days with its complement of tubes. I had a small number of crystals making it hard to compete for a freq. Maybe we should have some rules to help crystal users for these events. Furthest I could get out to was Michigan. 73
Lot of weekend activities limited Sprint time, Band Concert in park, ice cream social, and church BBQ. Still managed to have great time working stations on 5 different bands, TNX for QSO's. C U next sprint.
conditions very poor on sat. bit better on sunday but still lousy tried my best
Not a heavy effort, but really enjoyed coming back to the rig many times over the weekend for some casual contesting in WES. Saturday, the signals were quite depressed, but stuck to low power, and made a decent number of contacts on 20M despite that. I switched to 6M late in the evening to call CQ and worked N3CKI for my first WES 6M contact (great!) but forgot and automatically turned on the Amp (not great) so changed my power category from that point on. Oh well, the number of contacts with the Amp were much more frequent.
Spent a lot of time on my new Signal Electronics Straight key that I picked up for a song at a local Hamfest last week. Brought it home, shined it up, and it looks almost new instead of 70 years old. Picture attached.
Several DX contacts, including Canada, France, Sweden, and Venezuela. Enjoyed a Sunday short-skip opening on 20M that was just astounding. Several stations that might have been in groundwave range 599 here.
As always, what a great group of Hams. I really enjoy the wonderful back to basics aspect of using Straight Keys, Bugs, and Cootie keys (I had a couple of Cootie contacts, including one 2X cootie). More than that, I really enjoy the community of SKCC, which is fantastic. I'm glad to be a part of this group.
Thanks everyone for all the QSO's and fun.
Got my broken right arm out of the sling yesterday. Arm got tired but I had fun. signals on 20 were very weak.
Used my Softrock RXTX SDR Barefoot for this event. 990 milliwatts output. Dipole at 25 ft on 40m. 3EL Tribander at 35 ft on 20m. Surprised at the many good signal reports that I got. To those of you who had to listen closely: thank you! Jody - K3JZD
Used my B&W 5100B XTAL only -- no S&P this time. Receiver was my SX-101A. That's 26 tubes. Had a great time.
Put in some time in ARRL VHF test, but mostly WES was more fun. Very weak signals on 20 most of Saturday. Only 2 tubes, but pretty big tubes. The amp does weigh about 90 pounds so pretty much a boat anchor. Handed out the 2 points but did not claim the extra 2 for each boat anchor worked. K3MSB was the biggest bonus station for me, with KE4OH just behind.
Wow! This is way, way, way beyond what I have done in the past. Many thanks to courteous SKCC operators, AC2C's logging program, and Level 1 CW Academy instructor, AG3R.. Highly recommend CW Academy -- although one must remember to switch their finger memory from paddles to straight key :-)
FT1000MP, Alpha 78, 1 KW, dipole. All QSOs on 40M. Out of town Saturday and had family and church obligations Sunday, not to mention trying to make contacts on 6M in the ARRL VHF Contest. Thanks for the QSOs. 73, John, K4BAI.
Due to working hours, only had a VERY short time Sat morning to be on. No working boat anchor equipment here, so stuck with my Wilderness Sierra at 9/10W. Hope to get a chance to either get some of my old stuff working or get me one built before next time. Finding out how much more I like my HB hacksaw cootie than I do my regular SK's. At least I did manage to get on.
My first SKCC Sprint, it was a blast!!!!! thank You all that had the patience to work me, still learning CW, but will get there!!!!!
TenTec Argonaut V at 15 watts.
Dipole on 40 meters.
Ground mounted vertical on 20 meters.
Worked opa20 and 40 meters only.
Propagation was strange to say the least. At times bands were active at times virtually dead, maybe one or two signals.
K3WW normally booms into Amarillo, as in S9+20 on my Argonaut V's S-meter if he is pointed in my direction. He was at S9+10 when bands were the best. At other times if I heard him he was as low at S5, just above the noise level. QSB was really slow moving.
I didn't have too much time to operated, but enjoyed every minute of it. Looking forward to next month!
At least I managed to participate
Put my Drake Twins (R4B/T4XB) and old Navy flameproof key in service for this one! Good to be reminded just how cumbersome the old tube technology really was. Tough going as 20 m was in poor shape from CA, but fun as always.
stopped at 50 QSO. Besides that, the 20m band closed about the time I hit 50. Seemed like a good time to QRT. Last multiplier was that rare one in DE. Glad to log Cliff there late Sunday. He was operating casually. Heard two AK stns but one was rag chewing so missed him. Logged WL7WH Sunday afternoon.
I started-out at 300 watts, and soon thereafter the XYL informed me my signal was getting into her audio system. So I turned-down the power until she couldn't hear me, and so I spent most of this WES running 25 watts, which actually didn't set me back much (note for a future WES?).
We also started fostering a dear little six-year old chi-weenie ("Milo") and so I held him most of the time I was on the air.
Conditions weren't great; but probably normal for the low end of a cycle. I was happy to hear from KY and OK; and 19 other states. And maybe I'll get a call or two closer to my Senator goal. :-)
Always fun to blow the dust off my vintage station for this event. The dependable old Knight T-50 performed like the aging fire horse that it is, but working rockbound really cut down on the number of QSOs that I was able to complete, and conditions on the 40 meter band didn't help. But still it was absolute fun to recreate my youth, and ponder how far we've come in ham radio.
This month I had unusually good luck on the higher bands, making 13 Contacts on 20M and one on 15M !
The rest of my 34QSOs were on 40M, was not operating when 80M was open this weekend. Mostly used my Vibroplex Champ bug, but 2 or 3 QSOs were QRS, requiring the old J38 key.
Never enough time, but alway's fun. Great
op's, and enjoy hearing all the key's
Between work commitments, house projects, and storms, there was very little time for WES this time around. did sneak on for a bit on Sunday afternoon and made 2 QSOs. Maybe more time next month.
Great fun. First WES as a Senator. Made some progress towards Sx2.
one hour of work. Condx on 20m very short the last hour
I look forward to SKS and WES every month but this one was made rough by noisy band conditions here. Started on 20 meters but dropped down to 40 meters where there was less noise. Got a bit of a run going Saturday night which is always fun. Good event and look forward to working the next one. See you all on Field Day! 73
Short operating time again this month. Thought I was back in 1958 as a Novice again. Of course, this time I had a much better receiver [HQ-170 vs S-85]. Paired with the Viking II gives 30 tubes with crystal control. QSB on 40 M worst I have heard in a long time. Kind of reminded you of the VHF days of hearing only one side of a QSO, if you were that fortunate. Thanks to those that tried; got parts of some transmissions but not enough for a valid contact. There's always next month.
No tubes, no crystal control here, so it got lonesome trying to run a frequency. Tough to blame propagation, anyway, because any day I can bag a MO 3-watter and a YV5 from my southwest WA location, conditions don't suck too bad. So, search and pounce became my mode of choice during most of the time I managed to get on the air for this WES. Loved every minute of it.
At least I got QSO to stay in practice!
Thanks to all who participated. Conditions were much improved over last month, but family activities limited my on-air time. i still had fun. Best 73 7 God Bless. Ric
Called and answered MANY CQ's with no joy agn. Might be time to give-up QRp-ing WES! Hope everyone had a good time in the event. 73, Chuck
Wow, that was a fun one. Some great bonus's out there but I just got 2. Thanks to W3NP and K3MSB for the tube/X contacts. Conditions were not to good for QRP but I did OK. Icom 7410 @ 5 watts and Inverted Vee @ 30 ft. Belali SS key.
Not much time to play - had company. But I managed to do better than last month. Forgot to turn down the power, so worked QRP instead of QRPp.
Elecraft K-2 to G5RV up 35 feet with Scheunemann Morsetasten (straight key). See you all for the SKS. 72/73
First few hours I used my HB AC-1 5 watts rock bound on 7.050. Not many contacts but fun trying.
Just worked Sat. Visiting the Grandson Sunday
Bands were good for a change this time! I had a nice little run on 15 meters looking for Walt LW3EX. Didn't make it to Walt but still managed several 15m Q's. The big band was 6 meters but couldn't find any SKCC guys there. It was good to hear 6 open. Next was 40m then 20m. Those were keeping me busy enough that I never made it to 80.
A grand time was had in any case.
KX3 to doublet and LNR Quad at 33 feet.
I always have a bug a straight key and a sideswiper on teh bench and try to answer with what ever the sender is using.
73 for now,
Used AC-1 Clone TX, Drake 2B/2BQ/2AC Crystal controlled. 14 Tubes total on 40M only. Tough to get answers to my calls. Next time will have a 20M coil, most folks on 20M during the day.
I only had a short time to operate, but as always, it was fun. It always amazes me what you can do with less than 1 watt.
Enjoyed breaking in my new hamvention Vibroplex HK-STD key. Now waiting for the Flexradio 6400
Saturday started out rather slow but picked up during the hours before midnight. Sunday, we closed down for a several hours to see Wonder Woman at the local theater... a fun flick! Although signals were generally weaker, the lack of competing contests and a relatively quiet ionosphere made copying much easier.
40and20 meters was up&down but made some contacts. Will conditions ever get better? Always a lot of fun to operate a SKCC WES.
Nice to get the vintage gear operating. Wish I had more time but family activities limited that. I hope I calculated my score correctly, seems my bonus is higher than some stations I worked that were vintage and had higher station totals. Thanks to all that worked me. 73
Thank you all: It was challenging and exiting.
The RIG is Alinco DX-SR8, running 10 Watts and increasing up to 100 when needed. Antenna is End-Fed Wire @ 25' in the Attic. 73!
Worked on testing a new hardware/antenna configuration for future portable operation. Only worked two stations (WB9EGZ (8X) and WB0SND (52))but grabbed some nice points.
WX permitting, hope to put DE on the air as /P during the July WES for those looking for the 13 colonies challenge. Hpe to CU then. 73
I wait all year for the boatanchor theme. It's the only WES of the year where I'm in demand!
I was /23X or /22X, depending on which receiver I was using. But all transmitting was with a Knight-Kit T-150A 100 watt flamethrower. This transmitter is new to me, but it did a good job.
Most QSOs were on 40m, with a few on 20m and 80m. Biggest surprise for me was calling CQ WES on 40m and having a non-SKCC OP answer me from Sweden.
I think having the boatanchor theme during the summer months is the way to go. If you can't stand the heat ...
I didn't have much time for radio this weekend , but I did manage two ten meter contacts when the band was open. My 33 ft vertical wire is a great performer.
Fun to give my Drake rigs a run for a change. Pretty bad conditions on 20m until late Saturday night, when I caught Steve/VK7CW. 40m was in great shape Saturday night. Had a good run including Fran/YV5LAY. Used my Drake 2NT @ 50 watts to a 232ft long wire. 73 till next time
WES is always a blast, even for a couple of hours. Did notice that I worked more "S's" than "T's" for the first time. Good to see so many HAMS sticking with SKCC for long enough to rate the "S".
Thanks for all the tubes and crystals. I started out
QRP and then accidently made a QSO at 50W. Oh well, stuff happens. Had fun. 73s to all.
Only had a little while this month for the sprint, but it was fun as always.
Didn't get on the air nearly as much as I wanted but had a great time as usual. I used to think that "boat anchor" referred to the weight of those older rigs - but now I'm wondering if it had to do with how fast they drift?
Fun sprint. Ran the HT-32B/HT-33A/SX-101A combo for a total of 42 tubes.
No boat anchors here, but managed to catch a few. Thanks for being out there! Ran mostly on 40 but caught on few on 80 and 20. Used two of my favorites ... my 1919 Vibroplex Original and my latest ... Begali HST in "cootie" mode. Hope to catch you all again down the log for a chat! 73, jack
Conditions were not so great this weekend here in Southern GA. I did manage to work Bert (F6HKA) in the late hours on 40 meters - it seems he's always strong no matter what! Wish I could've spent more time, but I had to harvest some honey from the beehives which left very little time for fun. Thanks to all who were running the boat anchors for the extra bonus points. Hope to see all of you again next month! 73 de Russ - KK4WX
A lot of fun again, thanks everyone.
Enjoyed operating for a few hours. Almost all of my QSOs were with my brand new SKCC (LNR) Straight Key that I won in the Certificate Design Contest. It has a great feel and a unique look!
Got a late start, only worked the last 2 hours using my Hendricks PFR-3A and a 43 feet (13 meter) long vertical wire antenna with no counterpoise and was pleasantly surprised when my first QRP QSO was with EA1AOQ in Spain, Still I had a great time. In the submitted photo my dog Mickey is checking out the station. Very 72 de KU4GW SKCC#652C
1 S/P/C per QSO.
I was a tubeless op.
Thanks for the contacts, especially Steve VK7CW and Mark K3MSB. 73.
IC7410, dipole @ 35ft, Ten Tec Centaur 411 @ 200w, 1936A TR McElroy T-Bar ser# 5114 with Jim W0EB Dot Stabilizer. Propagation was very good Saturday and turned poor Sunday. Remained on 20m/40m as 80m was extremely noisy here. I heard quite a few SKCC DX which was great! Heard SD, but could not catch, had an Op from RI call me while running and I almost fell off my chair. I greeted him by name and either he turned the dial, shut off his rig or propagation went south; my apologies OM. I had thought of starting a run late Saturday night on 40m after getting W7PAZ on the log but decided to go to bed; awoke to an email 449 reception report from AK. I should have started a run and if no takers then go to bed. All in all it was a pleasure to work old friends and make new ones! Thank you for the QSO, I had a blast! 73 Mike
My boat anchor needs an alignment. I was not getting any returned calls, and if I did, they were way off freq.
boxing the drake up and sending it to WB4HFN. He is the Drake Whisperer. TR4Cw
I had fun playing the WES this month :) I'm glad to hear those familiar callsigns and the new ones also! For this WES I used only a paper pad and my radio. It was fun to minimalize the experience. As usual, I made a map of my few contacts.
Boat Anchors away ! Great fun chasing the Tubes. Condx not the best. Very happy to work F5DE and F6HKA thanks for Europe to both. 73 de N4ow, AL
I really should have checked out the SB-102 prior to the contest! Finally had to QRT because I ran out of contact cleaner. Sometimes it ran 10 watts and then magically jumped to 70 watts. I didn't measure the voltage on the key but I could see the blue flash from the contacts. Perhaps the "Good Old Days" were not entirely the "Good Old Days" but the "Challenging Days". I even dug out the manual so I could correctly "dip the plate" and "Tune for Max". I would have used a XTAL but the socket would not cooperate. Great fun guys & 73.
Used my KX1 @ 4 watts for this WES, conditions weren't good for me on QRP.
Managed 6 contacts all on 20m, 40m just wasn't working for me on QRP Saturday night !
Had fun trying thou, we'll see what next month holds !
Thanks to the ops that worked me, till next month......
72/73 de Florida
Had fun. Not many contacts but listened and learned a lot. And I scored ok because N6EV was running a 34 tube monster boatanchor that was crystal controlled! Thanks for holding these! - mac
Another fun WES. Worked 40 M only. Tnx for the QSOs. IC 746 100W to a Double Bazooka up 20 ft.Old Nye Master Key. Tnx to the SKCC Staff for making it all possible. Cu next sprint. Ron
Scanned 20 & 40 with my TS-590S while working on a project.
SKCC, the KEY to Amateur Radio
Had a great time this weekend. Thanks to all the stations that I worked and hope to see you again. This time I used the SKCC Sked page and that was very helpful. I test ran my solar setup for field day and all is setup just fine. All qso were made on battery power @ 100W. Still need about 20 contacts for my C but should be able to acquire that by next month.
73 es tnx de n9dma
injoyed what time i could op.
Had a few minutes to get on the air with my Drake 2NT/2C. Key used was a Speed-X bug.
First WES and I really enjoyed the contest. I look forward to participating in more events. At 80 years old, it is good to learn and experience new things!
Argo six g5rv 5wts. Then triton 4d 80 wts as bad bands.. pix is of 2nd hb bug used in wes.. tnx to board skcc guys.
73 dave email@example.com
First time I used QRO in a WES. The old TS520s just purred nicely. Only worked 20mtrs and found it good well into the night on Saturday. Surprise. I know I could have done better if I had stayed longer and went to 40mtrs. I apologize if I missed anyone due to me using a 250hz cw filter but so much better on these old ears.
Another fine WES. Despite the poor propagation, who could not have fun pounding brass. 40M was much more productive than any other band. I expect a lot of big scores with the bonus points scheme. SKCC folks are the best. Thanks for pulling my puny signal out. IC7300 at 50W to a Butternut HF6V with limited radials. 73 Paul NG7Z PS a special shout out to K0KEX. Thanks for the welcome back and email.
conditions didnt seem great but was nice to have 15m open up to EU and south. Glad to get several new ones in the log.
Thanks for the Qs.
Kenwood TS-530S and Navy FlameProof I bought from Dave K9AAA (SK). K2RFP Sprint Logger.
Other commitments kept me away except for a few minutes outside on Sunday afternoon. In spite of K Index of 5 and and Dew Point of 72 it was still fun.
Didn't have a lot of time to operate but it was fun with my Drake R-4A, T-4XB and J-38 signing Bill/22.
Yaesu FTDX5000MP 150 watts Mosley TA53M. Bug Blue racer vibroplex
Old '50 era S-107 Hallicrafters receiver with 8 tubes and 360ft Long Wire Antenna.
73 de Gabriel (NAQCC SWL-99)
Very limited time available to operate. Conditions on Sunday not very good and was forced to pull the plug early as thunderstorms rolled in. Thanks to all who participate and make this WES a fun event.
Rig: Icom 706MKIIG at ~50W into EndFed vertical wire w/LDG RT-100 remote. Key: Nye Viking Speed-X (my first key). 73 Jose VE3DTI.
Great fun! Used a Heathkit DX40 and VF1, which give a nice warbling CW tone on 20m. Antenna was a 55ft top-loaded vertical with auto-tuner and RX was an IC-7410.
Had great fun in this months WES using my 1959 Vibroplex Champion Bug, although I had one QSO using my homebrew Steel Ruler Cootie with Allen, KA5TJS. Thanks to all those who listened out for VK. 73 de Steve VK7CW
Great theme but I didn't get the Drake Twins out like I should have. Thanks to all working with "rocks" and tubes, you made this a great WES. 73 Bill
Like a few others, I should have read the rules better - not to mention becoming acquainted with the sked page. But I'm slowly learning. And then, even given the non-multitasker that I am, I felt compelled to work some of the vhf 'test at the same time! (Wonder how many SKCC'ers I worked over there. I know there was at least one as I worked K3WW on 6m. Never thought to exchange #'s)
All that said, propagation was pretty good for me on 20, less so on 40. So I was pretty content with my effort. Brought out the IC-706 for this one while my old novice tube rig sat within view awaiting restoration.
lots of fun, even got some on 6 Meters Dave
Still loafing in Michigan. KX3 and EFHW.
Nice weekend. Very warm all of a sudden here in ME, so the cellar was a cool relief. Thanks to the tube guys -- I forgot my Eico 720 at home, and was stuck with solid-state. Next time!
I knew I wouldn't have much time in this WES, family commitments plus bike ride and gym. I play radio for almost 3 hours, here and there over the weekend. I had some good runs though. Thanks for the 50 QSOs guys. Rig is an Icom IC-7300, 20m antenna is a Mosley TA-53M that's been up 26 years. 40m & 80m antenna is my new "MyAntenna" EFHW-8010-HP, what a great antenna. Apologies to the one station who repeatedly called me and didn't get through. I tried, but stronger stations kept covering you up. Sorry! Don't ya just hate it when that happens. 73 Art W2NRA #11634S
This is my favorite WES theme but had large amount of family in for the entire weekend and had limited time except for Sunday afternoon. I was hoping the boatanchor WES would have been in August like last year.
I used my Eico 720 transmitter xtal controlled on just 2 freqs on 40 and 1 on 20 - the small cased 7031 xtal had terrible drift on 20.
The receiver was the Drake 2C and keys were 1915 Vibroplex bug and German WW2 straight key.
Used my new 160 meter horizontal loop at 45' on 40 and the KT-34a on 20.
Thanks to KE4OH and KF7WNS for the 2 way tube/xtal QSO's.
73, Dave - 14X
Nothing like the smell of tubes! Bad storms both days in FL, but still had a blast. Thanks to all. This event always brings back great memories of long nights in the basement as a teen with my HW-101.
Side note: I have started posting lots of old catalogs from Heathkit, Radio Shack, old radio suppliers from the 1920s and 30s. They are free to download. Hope you all enjoy them. They are at http://www.pastcatalogs.com/
Thanks again everyone!
Rig Eico 720, Drake 2B/2BQ and a half dozen crystals. Thanks to those who went way up in the band to find me. Seems most of my xtal freqs were fully occupied, hi. I still enjoy the courteous QSOs with a TU and GL. W4FOA
Sunday afternoon for about 2 hours this time.20 meters was terrible at first, but picked up a bit. I could work Europe easier than the USA!
Made a few first time contacts and a few old friends, thanks to all who put up with my rusty Cootie Fist!
Only on 20/40 but both in good shape. Fun to come across rock bound stations. Admire those folks for the patience and determination required. Me - OHR Qrp 20/40 Classic to 240' doublet @ 30' with J38 key. 73...
Love the WES and the boat anchor theme particularly. Used a Drake 2-NT (xtal control for entire WES) and a Drake R-4B receiver. I got the distinct impression that many stations weren't using their RIT to look for the rockbound contesters above or below their xmit frequency. A little prowling with the RIT might have netted a contact with a station like N6EV at a whopping 34X! Let's do this again soon. Nothing beats the smell of warm tubes in the shack.
Another relaxing weekend at the WES. Thanks, SKCC!
Using QRP and INDOOR MAG LOOP antenna for 10 of my 19 QSO's. The other 9 were on my 6btv vertical. Lots of fun. All QRP of course.
Away most of the weekend only able to get in a couple of contacts. 73 Ken
Had to operate from a different location on this one, so I threw up a temporary G5RV Jr at 16 feet. Used my IC-703 at 5 watts using a Bencher Straight Key. Just 18 contacts as many things going on here.
See all next month!
Great June W.E.S.
Tnx fer all the Tube & Xtal Contacts
Great weekend for radio.Had a blast, plus picked up 15 new #'s towards TX3. Nice to hear and wrk some of the DX guys on 20m. Getting ready for FD. Hpe the WX is as nice as it was here this weekend. 73's
Thanks for the boat anchors, 72/73 Ray
I was able to get the Collins KWS-1 working the evening before the WES. The KWS-1 along with the matching 75A-4 gave me a total of 52 tubes. Unfortunately, things got in the way of spending the whole weekend at it, but I think I made a decent showing. The 75A-4/KWS-1 combo is a joy to run with full QSK. I switched off and on between the Begali Blade, Intrepid bug and Sculpture Swing Cootie. Thanks again SKCC for a very enjoyable event!
Homebrew 6AG7/6L6 with a 5U4GB power supply and crystals. 30 watts to an inverted V at 30 feet.
Thanks for all who copied this QRP station. Conditions were strange here. Didn't hear much all Sunday afternoon then heard a lot in the last hour. Maybe everyone was out playing in the Sunshine? Thanks for the fun
Thanks to all I had a QSO with. In and out all weekend due to Church and other factors. Sri I did not keep track of special tube bonus points. Had a great time...... 73
Enjoyed running my old Drake equipment this weekend. Started out running a 2NT and 2C with a handful of xtals on Saturday /8X. Thanks to those who found me on the SKCC sked page managed to make a few X to X contacts. Switched over to my C line /16 on Sunday to chase SPC's. It was good to hear our friends from EU on 20M. As always the WES was a great time.
I enjoyed this contest for the first time. All of the qso's were great. If I worked you, thanks for your patience, especially when you had to repeat some of the exchange. My husband, wb9tfh, was in my left ear calling cq on a 6 meter contest!
I was at our farm this weekend in NE TX, the rig this time was a Flex 1500 at 5 watts into an inverted vee at 35 ft. The key was a J-37 removed from the leg clamp and mounted on a wood base. Thanks for all who listened for my peanut whistle with mediocre band conditions. I used a 9ah battery for power, getting ready for Field Day!
First submission. I am a little dense on figuring all this out--sorry!
Fun as usual. Band conditions weren't so bad. Big bonuses!
Thanks to the organizers and bonus stations.
Station: K3/100W to a 270' Horizontal loop @ 30, Viz Key Bigfoot Cootie
Well another fun sprint. I only was able to work Sunday for about 8 hours but the bands were in fair shape. Really enjoyed it and am looking forward to next month and working both days. Thanks to all who pulled me out and to the organizers. Best 72/73 from Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. Dave
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