|AK: 1 / 3||AL: 5 / 158||AR: 1 / 31||ARG: 1 / 1||AUS: 1 / 2|
|AZ: 3 / 43||BEL: 1 / 27||CA: 9 / 345||CO: 1 / 31||CT: 2 / 177|
|DE: 1 / 12||ENG: 1 / 26||ERS: 1 / 77||ESP: 1 / 33||FL: 6 / 134|
|FRA: 3 / 40||GA: 6 / 93||GER: 2 / 28||IL: 5 / 59||IN: 7 / 68|
|ISR: 1 / 2||ITA: 2 / 65||KS: 3 / 232||KY: 2 / 92||MA: 4 / 55|
|MB: 1 / 15||MD: 5 / 104||ME: 2 / 156||MI: 6 / 163||MN: 4 / 68|
|MO: 10 / 210||MS: 1 / 51||NC: 6 / 188||NED: 1 / 4||NH: 4 / 230|
|NJ: 7 / 170||NS: 1 / 4||NY: 5 / 132||OH: 10 / 160||OK: 1 / 8|
|ON: 4 / 88||OR: 1 / 16||PA: 5 / 289||POL: 1 / 9||PR: 1 / 1|
|RI: 1 / 25||SC: 2 / 122||TN: 5 / 157||TX: 14 / 307||VA: 5 / 176|
|VT: 2 / 89||WA: 3 / 71||WI: 4 / 134||WV: 4 / 262|
NOT much herd on trap vert. 20m seemed to be only band working..LOGGED K7AZT (AZ) on 20m...herd a few east coast stations but very weak to the trap.
AA6AC Bob CA 6276S...
Thanks to all. Rig KNWD TS930S 80w to elevated 19' wire vert @ 29' & 3 counterpoise wires.
A fun sprint and got France, England, and 11 colonies - only missed NY and SC.
Thanks for the hard-fought QSOs. Especially, thanks Bert F6HKA for my only DX contact, Jim
It's been too long since I've been able to get on for WES! It was fun to collect a few new numbers and to work old friends. Thanks for the QSOs through the deep QSB on Sunday!
I really enjoy these events. Hope to see you next month.
Only operated about an hour Sunday Evening. worked NS7E/QRP and WV8DH/QRP.Also worked 4 of the 13 colonies. Tnx Everyone for the QSOs 73 until next sprint. Matt AF5XF #17137
Got my 3 QSOs on 40m. All I could hear on 20m here at my QTH in southeastern IN was a station from California and a station from Spain, but they couldn't hear me. Bring back the sunspots!
Not much time but snuck in a few QSO's. Got a couple of new numbers towards Sx2. Highlight was working LLuis, EA3NO for a new DXC. I was planning to apply for DXC 10 but went thru my paper logs and found I have so far DXC 22, so now it is 23 with two to go for DXC 25 QRP. Another year, lol. 73 to all, Peter
Busy weekend but I managed a few contacts. Fun as always!
With my station and current conditions, only 20m is usable. Saturday the band was overcrowded by IARU Championship and no SKCC stations were heard, Sunday limited time and bad conditions, so not much to count this time.
Saturday was a fight against the contest and sunday very poor condx. Not a good result this time. Lets wait for the next WES :-)
Thank you for WES contacts !
See you all soon !
FT5000 200W YAGI 3ELTS COOTIE
Great fun. Lots of contacts into USA but only between about 2200z and 2300z each evening. Rest of the time was very quiet to say the least.
John / G0RDO / 2133s
Many thanks to everyone. I worked with 500w on Dipole and Ground Plaine (I wanted to rest my old QUAD ...). My Bonus points is 225 for QSOs with FRA, ENG/IOM and PA.
73 de Emil, I5EFO (13262S)
I had planned on doing a QRP mini-pedition to NE, but glad I saved the gas as condx were terrible on Saturday. Condx improved some Sunday, and seemed to be getting better Sunday afternoon, but T-storms came in over the mountains, so had to stop earlier than I wanted. It was a challenge for sure and a lot of fun. QSO'd with folks I've come to know over the years, but also some new (to me) operators. Never did quite pick out an EU out of the QRN, but did make two contacts with our Canadian friends, both out of MB (VE4AEA, VE4FEB). I've not made a lot of MB QSO's so it was great to hear them answer my call. Radio was FT-dx3000, straight key was a ZN-HKC, antennas were a Balun Designs 9:1 endfed, and a W5GI mystery antenna built by K4TR. A bit under 100 watts for power. CUL, 73 John K0FTC
Another busy weekend, did manage a few Q's. Thanks to R7DA Alex nice signal es thanks to old friends for the WES fun....73 Rick
I was able to operate for just three hours but 20 meters was good and even open to Europe on Sunday afternoon so I was able to log over 50 QSO's. I enjoy these events and appreciate the efforts of the SKCC team that puts them on. Much fun.
Hugh, K5HPG sent me this photo of his Coke Key which he used for our QSO.
Just needed RI for full bonus points. It was fun working 20,40,and 80 to work states and DX at different distances and times of day. So many good operators. Thanks to all who operated on a great summer weekend.
Thank's for the qso's I just completed SX3 thank's K2dep qso put me over the top 600 qso's for sx3 ...bands were up and down and lot's of stations on 40 and 20 during Sunday....73 Hank
40 Meters was working best for me with me G5RV. Some nice contacts with R7DA, CO8RRM and several western states. Fun to get some long range contacts, especially on 40M. Only 1 contact on 80M in MI. That band was QRN here. Tried 1 mobile station in DE but could not hear him. Only 7 colonies. Getting closer to putting up my Mosley TA-33 JR; 30ft tower in the ground. See you all next time. DE Steve 73s
Bands were pretty poor and got better towards the end. Wish I'd spent more time on. Canada, New Zealand, England, France, German, Scotland and Spain for DX. Surprised to get called by KL3IH in AK. Grabbed both NJ and DE at the very end, but missed NH for the sweep. Thanks for all the QSOs.
K3/KPA500/Signal Electric and Bunnel Straight Keys/Viz-Key vertical bug/Hi-Mound Bug/Vibroplex Blue Racer and my homemade Hacksaw blade Cootie key were all put on the air during the WES.
A real low signal weekend. I used a Ten-Tec Eagle at 90 watts to a G5RV up 60 feet.
Keys were a Vibroplex Origional Bug and a RAF 8 Amp key.
Limited time this month. I tried using my Four State QRP Group 5 Watt 40m Bayou Jumper during this event. That crystal controlled transmitter limited me to using just four frequencies that I had that were at or near 7.055. While I was getting replies to my QRP CQs, a rather slow changeover from transmit to receive resulted in me missing lots of replies. And I had some receiver drifting that made it difficult for me during the contacts that I did make. The Bayou Jumper is a nice little radio - always fun to use something that you have assembled from a bag of parts. But it does appear to be real well suited for events like this. Jody - K3JZD
Only had 30 minutes, off and on. Picture is my stealth Diamond BB7V vertical, retracted. 5.5 feet retracted and 22 feet extended. Love my HOA!Thanks for the Qs. 73 Dale K3SEN
Missed RI, Spent the first 24 hours in and out of IARU contest, then started chasing SKCC members just before 1200Z Sunday morning.
Signals in general kept getting better as the day went on, but lots of really weak ones this weekend.
73 Chas K3WW
Enjoyed the WES, even with the distractions from the IARU contest! Working Alexy, R7DA, was a real treat.
My rig was a IC-7300 into an OCF Vertical Flagpole and alternating between a Begali Spark and a Kent SP-1 / sideswiper. My apologies to those who copied my swiping! Practice continuing.
Bands not very active.
My antennas were powered with 15 watts from my Argonaut V. It has finally become obvious that I need to dust off a 100 watt radio.
Fun as always. Looking forward to good bands again.
73 all, Jim
Yikes: Saturday had thunderstorms and Sunday band condx were miserable. Couldn't hear any Europeans.
First WES with the two new OptiBeam antennas (and tower) and only the second WES this year. Poor conditions with deep and rapid QSB fades and only F6HKA (20/40) and DL9YCS were heard and worked from Europe so missed UK for the bonus sweep. Thanks to all who participated to make this another fun weekend. 73 de K6ELQ Tony
Terrible conditions from SoCA! Even tried my old bug - even that didn't speed things up. Thanks for the QSOs!
very casual ops
This Sprintathon was competing with a spectacular summer day so I only managed about three hours for this one. It was nonetheless fun and thanks to each of you for the QSOs!
Awful day-time conditions.
Fun with QRO for the first time in a sprint. Didn't hear any France or UK but made me happy working Alex R7DA and Stan ZL2BLQ.
I operated on Sat for a limited time. Signals were weak. I stayed on 40 and then moved on to other pressing activities. Nap.
At this QTH, the IARU contest took the bands on Saturday. I worked a bit of it for fun. Sunday afternoon it was SKCC's turn. Not much activity heard here on 20 and 40 meters. But I did have the pleasure to work Alex R7DA and Leon, OS0S on 20 meters. Nice DX contacts to add to my log. Enjoy these events. Keep Morse straight key going! 73 and BCNU all.
Bands a little better than last month. Still some weird QSB at times. Managed to finish up my C, though. Still trying to get an operational 20 M antenna up; would have been useful this month. Slow going these days on physical labor projects. Tnx to all.
Thanks to all who participated. i was not having any success with QRP, so had to increase power to 100w. Best 73 7 God Bless. Ric
IARU Event made Saturday a bit tough. Nice to hand out a few points on Sunday. Too bad CA, SD and KS weren't in the 13 colonies :)
Conditions were not good here in East TX. Only managed to get 3 of the 13 and no DX this month. IC 7410 @ 5 watts and 80 mtr dipole at 30 ft.
Thank You for all of the July WES QSO's.
GL es 73, Larry KA8HFN SKCC#2046S
Didn't hear very many stations. Guess the bands were still kaput! Still, another nice sprint. Used K-2 with G5RV up 35 feet. 72, Phil
Enjoyed getting all 13 colonies, GB and France. Had a great time as usual. Thanks for all the QSOs!!
Ahhh but for the want of CT.....But it was nice to sweep UK/France. I was surprised to miss friend Bert in France but Bernard was there when I was. Worked several new members and missed some of the regulars. Bands were in very good shape for me but thunder boomers rolling through kept me jumpy. This is one of my favorite themes and especially coming off the Original 13 Colony Special Event week. I worked the entire WES on my Kungsimport sideswiper. I have Begali, GHD, NT9K and homebrew sideswipers but this one is the one I send best on making it my favorite. Two strongest signals were K3WW and AF23Z, both at 30 over. Rig was my K2 into a doublet and an LNR QUAD at 33 feet. Thanks Everybody!
Quite a combination of challenges between IQRP, deep fades and weak openings. Nice to have made quite a few new contacts. The ELAD FDM Duo at 5W is my 80-6m QRP workhorse. The FT817, to the left, is used mainly on 2m to support our community Emergency Preparedness Group.
Fun event as usual. Just couldn't get a sweep of the Original 13. Need to spend more time on the air. Thanks to all that worked me and 73.
Time was limited, worked some Saturday & Sunday. Many thanks to all that called . Sri to ones that I missed . Worked all colonies several times , but didn't hear RI or DE . Did manage to work Spain . 73 to all Don
Thank you all!
Alinco DX-SR8 running 100 watts into the End-Fed Wire at 25 feet in the attic.
My intentions were good but my production not so. Operated portable from DE using a 'hamstick' up 12 feet, operations on Saturday afternoon only, no sidetone oscillator, and above all, a very, very poor earth ground. My apologies for some sloppy sending but congrats to those who grabbed my DE signal. Hope to do better next year. 73
Drat, missed a sweep by 1 colony. Where was RI?
20m and 40m weren't bad on Saturday, but 80m had S9 noise even after sundown. But 40m was broken on Sunday. Awful, though it picked up later in the afternoon. The rig I used has a pretty good receiver. I was able to work a lot of QRP stations on 40m that I wouldn't have heard on my other rigs.
On Saturday, I was worried about Chas K3WW. I didn't hear him blistering the ether. But, there he was on Sunday!
Best DX this WES was Alex R7DA in Russia. Thanks Alex!!
Been a few months since I've participated in a WES. Nice to jump back in. Always fun. Bands not great but seemed to cooperate for the hour or so I spent in the effort. Thanks to all for the Q's and hope to see you again next month.
IARU Contest made the first 24 hour rough.
I only got 6 this time. Worked onebwith my HW-8 and 4 watts . Got on when I could, see you on the 2 hr sprint
Very good WES for me in spite of limited operating time. I picked up several new NRs for my Tx7 and had a lot of fun. Wish I could have gotten all of those other darn colonists to cooperate, but got 10 of the rebellious critters (the original Brexit folks)! hihi
Happy 4th to everyone.
Another nice event minus the QSB. Lost a couple of contacts due to that. Used the IC7300 and the Begali HST in "Cootie" mode... my favorite way of sending. Many thanks for all the contacts. See you next event....73, jack
I was out about all day Saturday, enjoyed what I could.
Enjoyed the WES again! Thanks for the QSOs!!
Disappointing. Between the QRM from the IARU contest and the poor band conditions, it was less than a great experience. On the other hand, I did work some new countries in the IARU!!
Only got to operate on and off on Sunday, and for most of the day propagation was nonexistent on 20 & 40. Late afternoon 40m picked up and I managed just a few contacts, using my summer outdoor portable setup backyard portable: LNR MTR4B, trapped EFHW on 40/30/30 with a 1:60 unun, NiMH battery pack and my PPK key. Once the ether was cooperating all the gear worked FB, and it was fun to give it a workout. Thanks to all the ops who listened hard for my QRP sig. 73, Mike
Glad I got to work a few for this months WES. Good to hear you guys!
K3 and a dipole @ 40ft. Managed to work Joe KD2JC before bad WX rolled through GA thinking I could return Sunday afternoon. Sadly, continued poor WX Sunday kept me completely off the air. Thanks for the QSO Joe! 73, Mike
I had fun! The ARLL contest made it somewhat challenging at times but I'm always up for a challenge. I also used an unfamiliar key which was another challenge but the 3D Printed Vibroplex Bug Tamer did it's job well. Info on the bug tamer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNQhBScjC2M - As usual I've created a map of my contacts which you can see here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1zPvszNEOlkVweqF82Z1iAhDGolc&usp=sharing
Conditions were "challenging" to say the very least. QSB was like a roller coaster. 40 was busy at the closing hours. Missed DE and RI. I also missed FLORIDA ! CU all next WES. 73 de N4ow
My first weekend sprintathon. Great level of activity and lots of fun!
Well, I put a little more effort into this WES. Worked both Saturday and Sunday despite the IARU contest ! Only worked 40/20 meters with the KX3 and KX2 at 100w and 35w respectively. Only wire antennas.
Managed to get England and France and 5 colonies.
A fun WES despite band conditions.
See ya'll next month.....
73 de Florida
Started with the HW-16/HG-10B with 5 QSO's on 40M then had a QSO with Tony, K6ELQ on 14.116 with the Kenwood TS-590S then back to my normal haunts on 40M. Forty QSO's in all as it was a very nice day and my daughter and I were playing with my great grand daughter and putting up/taking down three tents...Thanks for the QSO's...
SKCC - The KEY to Amateur Radio!
80W or so, just heard some people calling around the IARU contest. 40m wasn't too great.
Thanks to all. I had a fun time. Was able to participate
the last two hours. 20 meters was in good shape here
in Indiana and I was able to make contact with Lluis,
EA3NO in Spain. Used my FT-450 and my TS-820s into
the inverted V fed with balanced line and my old Match
Box. Keys were my Navy flame-proof and my German
Junker straight keys. Looking forward to the next Sprint.
73 to all,
Not a lot of time to operate and condx didnt seem great. Topped off by my Flex radio crashing 3 times in 2 days... No sw fix is on the radar, and they say a reboot isnt really that big a deal....
Poor propagation to Carib. Spent long time CQing WES in 40,20 and 15 Meters but only one response with W3NP Dave in WV, SKCC #3182S.Thanks Dave for the contact. Good luck.
Could be in WES just on sunday evening with a poor propagation. Running 150 watts into a TA53M Mosley, keying with a I1QOD Semiautomatic Double Lever Magnetic Prestige Chrome.
First time in WES using my brandnew MacKey!
In reception I used the 2 elements Cubical Quad of my father I5EFO (13262S), which in reception receives little noise. I had a lot of fun.
73 de Gabriel, NAQCC SWL-99 (also I52701FI, see HamCall.net).
Used my homemade hacksaw blade cootie for this WES. Thanks to all who endured. Lots of activity and QRM from
IARU contest. Again lots of fun. 73
SRI... Resubmitting... Never contacted UK in the WES... got confused with the IARU log... Here is the correct result (not that it makes much of a difference, but what it right is right...). 73 de Jose VE3DTI.
elecraft K3s, 5 band vertical, cootie key. didn't have a lot of time to work WES but had a good time
Too much QRM from another contest on Saturday...poor conditions on Sunday but had fun anyway. Nice theme. 73.
Nice weekend. Never got RI -- we need to recruit. Thanks to all.
20M WAS GOOD STATE SIDE AND TO EUROPE ON SATURDAY
BUT THE IARU CONTEST DOMINATED THE BAND. I WAS
HOPEING FOR A GOOD DAY ON SUNDAY BUT THAT WAS TO MUCH TO ASK HI. CU NEXT WES 73 RON
True confession - to nice a weekend to spend it indoors so I got a bike ride in and a gym workout. Besides the IARU Championships really clogged up the bands. I did some search and pounce and only 21 QSOs. I was pleasantly surprised to work 2 new Ts. It's been a while. Thanks for the QSOs, 73 de Art W2NRA 11634S
Condx were all over the map for this event. A LOT of hvy QSB. EU stations were mostly workable in the later part of the day.
Propagation was very "one way" at times - I would give out a 599 and rcv a 549 and many time I would give a 549 and get a 599 in return. There were not a lot of strong stations on except for 80 and a few on 40. The sigs on 20 were all way down.
I worked at least one station on all 6 bands - tnx to AF2Z for 160 and N4IDH for 10 meters.
Tnx to KE3O for being portable in DE and giving me my 13th colony and to G0RDO and F5DE for the bonus sweep.
Rig: K Line at 500 watts to the KT-34A and the 160 meter horizontal loop which performed pretty well on 40-160. Keys: Vibroplex Presentation bug and German Junker st key.
K6ELQ was consistently loud on 40 with his new antenna farm.
I used a free US map and colored in the states as I worked them for a visual and may just start keeping a map for each month.
Thanks to all for the fun.....73 de West Virginia
Rig: TS-830S, 80 Meter Zepp and Vertical, 40M Dipole, Yagis for 20 and up. Grimmer Wilson straight key and Les Logan bug.
QRP with a marginal antenna and very poor band conditions adds up to not much.
Worked the IARU contest Saturday and spent some time in the WES Sunday afternoon. Had FUN as always! Thank You Leon for Belgium!
20 meters was a struggle with the IARU event on Saturday. Did pick up Russia and Alaska but missed France this time. Fun theme event! Got 12 of the colonies but RI was elusive.
Tough condx. Kx2 at 5w to a 240' doublet @ 35' on 40m and an ocf @ 20' on 20m with kk2 key. 73
First time SKCC WES, great opportunity to hear other straight key CW operators and get some practice! On air only 2 hours late Sunday afternoon, but able to work K3WW in PA and K0JV in SD on 20m, with 75 to 105 watts into inverted vee up 40ft.
I always enjoy the camaraderie of amateur radio's best brass pounders! Thanks SKCC.
Once again, I didn't get as much operating time as I'd have liked, but it was fun for the time I did operate. 73, and hope to see everyone next month.
TU FB QSO AE1T
Enjoy working these sprints; thanks to all who help make them possible. T-storms for much of the weekend limited my operating time. Most of my operation was on 40m; 5 watts into end fed sloper antenna up 25 ft. Key was a Palm Paddle PPK straight key. 73 Ken
Set a quota of 50 contacts for myself and that's where I stopped. Worked 11 colonies, 27 SPCs. Too nice a sunny day to stay inside (hi hi). Used my IC-7200 running 75 watts to a multi-band vertical. Kent Str Key. Thanks to all I worked, esp the ones that called me Sunday morn while I called CQ.
See y'all next month.
Nice to be back in WES after several months, with a new rig to boot. Worked mostly S&P, mostly 40 and 20 meters, but nice to get four QSO's on 15, got 10 of 13 colonies and whittled down my Tx8 quest to 28. Nice to meet several newer members. Thanks to all for the Q's, and to all who make this event possible. Kenwood TS590SG to 68' attic loop up 25ft.
My first WES! Was out camping and only got a few hours to play radio, but had a blast! I was running about 4.5 watts on an Elecraft K1 to a 40m dipole. Can't wait for the next one!
Condx on 40 were good, never heard UK or FRA. Great theme this month. 73/72, Ray
We are on vacation in Cookville, TN and I brought my FT-817 and TransWorld portable antenna with me. Not much time to operate as had to spend most of the time with the family. Saturday, of course, was a mess with the IARU contest. I worked 130 in the IARU contest with about 4 hours op time and then Sunday tried to work a few in the WES. I must say that 5 watts with a compromise antenna does not net very many QSO's! I was disappointed I could only manage 7 QSO's for the WES. I will bring a 100 watt radio next time. Not many heard me. Had fun, though.
I operated QRP-portable from a campsite in Susquehanna State Park, MD. I operated on and off over the weekend but it was tough going for QRP. de WB3GCK
Pretty lousy sprint for me this time.
DX-40/VF1, new transformer, new tubes, 50 watts to an inverted V at 30 feet. A home-brew solid state regulated power supply for the VF1 removes the chirp, but the high side oscillator in the VF1 (20M) is still quite wobbly. C U all agn next WES with my DX-20!
I didn't realize it was the weekend for the WES until around 2045Z on Sunday, and we had the grandkids over, so I only managed to work less than one hour in the sprint. 40 meters had some strong signals here, so I decided to try QRPp this time. 40 was the only band I ended up using. Thanks for the contacts. Nice to hear you again Jack KK0I. Until next time, 73, Art.
Made it for the last 40 minutes. Nothing happening on 20m so jumped to 40m. Got the first one which means life is good. Then got 2 more. 2 out of the 3 were colonies. Can I count KS? HIHI Thanks for you who worked my QRP station and for the great reports. Always a fun time. See you down the log.
Tough..tough conditions. When the Temp in AZ gets below 80F( has been as much as 119F this year), it will be time to do some antenna improvements. As always fun. 73's to all...
I had a few storms in the area at times. A truck took out a utility pole near our house and we lost power for several hours. One 4 legged family member is recovering from emergency surgery. He is doing fine! I also had a lot of fun with the WES and worked a two hour event for FISTSNA as KN0WCW/5 all in the same weekend. We attended church this morning as well. All in all a very busy and mostly fun weekend. I love HAM Radio and I really appreciate all the nice SKCC folks that make the WES so much fun. 73, Mike
As a new member of SKCC this is my first WES but it won't be the last. It was great fun!
Thanks and 73
de Lane WK4WC
Saturday was very bad and Sunday was worse!!!!
I had all weekend this time but the bands were not very good. Really had to work for all that I got and want to thank everyone I worked. Rig was an Icom IC-746Pro with power turned down to 5 watts into a ZS6BKW (G5RV) up 32 feet at the center and 20 feet on the ends. The key is a Japanese JJ-38 straight key. Had a great time and look forward to the 2 hour sprint. Maybe this month I will remember it. 72 to all from Wild and Wonderful West Virginia, Dave