|AL: 5 / 108||AR: 1 / 10||ARG: 1 / 7||AUS: 1 / 9||AZ: 1 / 31|
|BRA: 1 / 2||CA: 9 / 121||CO: 1 / 19||CT: 4 / 69||ENG: 1 / 8|
|ESP: 1 / 4||FL: 1 / 17||FRA: 4 / 258||GA: 7 / 161||GER: 1 / 12|
|IA: 1 / 25||IL: 7 / 331||IN: 3 / 27||ITA: 2 / 29||KS: 3 / 135|
|KY: 2 / 74||LA: 1 / 8||MA: 2 / 8||MB: 1 / 13||MD: 6 / 231|
|ME: 2 / 175||MI: 9 / 134||MN: 5 / 42||MO: 13 / 122||MS: 2 / 95|
|MT: 1 / 16||NC: 3 / 33||NH: 4 / 161||NJ: 8 / 155||NM: 1 / 13|
|NY: 6 / 122||OH: 7 / 80||OK: 3 / 33||ON: 2 / 29||PA: 9 / 520|
|POL: 1 / 8||POR: 1 / 18||RI: 1 / 46||SC: 1 / 54||SCO: 1 / 8|
|SER: 1 / 3||SLO: 1 / 2||TN: 4 / 165||TX: 16 / 500||VA: 5 / 101|
|VT: 2 / 23||WA: 1 / 25||WI: 4 / 98||WV: 5 / 228||WY: 1 / 27|
CONDITIONS @ blackout (POOR) only herd a few stations on 20m. LOGGED K3WW (PA) and W6JWP (CA)
AA6AC Bob CA 6276S 80w/trap vert. SOCAL
80w Elevated 19' wire vertical at 29' with 3 counterpoise wires @ 10'
Too much going on around here so had very little time for this WES.
Operated the final hour on Sunday, and there were lots of activity on 40 meter.
I heard a few strong signals, but they had quite a few stations line up for answer, so I decided to call CQ WES, even if my signal is not that strong, and I had little hope of getting an answer. Contrary to what I thought, I got good results!
Thank you everyone, SKCC events are always fun.
See you in the bands. 73 and GL. AC2RJ, Ruben.
That was an interesting WES! First, the bands were not too bad, then the solar event shut them down to the extent I heard nothing and then they came back better than ever. For me, no WES is complete without a QSO with Bert, F6HKA who is usually pretty strong here in KS. He kept calling me, but due to QSB all I heard was the KA in his call which I thought was the prefix of a US station so I kept asking for repeats that never came. A bit later I realized that KA was the end of Bert's call, not the start of a different one so, I called him back on a slighty different freq and there he was! Happy Day! It was made even happier by a contact with Steven, NN0SS who graciously supplied the missing N and S's to complete all the bonus words. Thanks everyone for a fun event, Jim
First time manual cw, thanks for the patients
Mostly on for the VHF contest, but worked another SKCCer on 6 m.
Well, that was interesting. The WES ended well though: lots of activity in the final two hours as there often is. My rig: K3 @ 100 watts; cobweb & endfed wire ants; Junker straightkey. 73 & a tap o' the key to all!
I enjoyed time on Saturday and on Sunday afternoon. I recently put down a loop on ground (LOG) receiving antenna to help with S7 to S9 noise levels here. It's not miraculous but I find it very helpful at times. This was a first real test for it. Today I saw an email about a solar flare/eruption that suggested HF propagation would be blacked out. Wanting to see for myself, I went on the air: 80m-heard nothing; 40m-heard nothing; 20m-pretty much nothing but then AA5VE appeared, Carl in TX. I worked him and then gradually heard more signals. After about an hour I had 10 qso's ranging from TX to KS to CA & MO... to Canada (MB) and two in FRA! It turned out to be a lot better than dead! ;-) (P.S. - I didn't have the gumption to figure what fall words I could spell... sri abt that) Thanks y'all! 73 - Jim
Worst conditions ever (so far). Often tuned through bands hearing no signals at all.
Plan was to work the WES on Sunday. Life had other plans in store. To make a long story short, I managed to find 6 minutes during the last 15 minutes of the WES to make three contacts. Thanks to those three for hearing my 3 watt signal and to the 40 meter band for good propagation. 72 until next time. Peter
My first WES participation. Experienced a total HF blackout on sunday afternoon. My condx were: Kenwood TS-940S into a 5 band homemade hexbeam and 40m double "bazooka" antennas. For didahing, a Begali Spark Key. Best 73 to all, Joao
As usual, I enjoyed to made contacts mainly during the last three hours of the event, till 2h am local european time, then going to bed with plainty of dahs and dits on the head, hi ! 73 to all and see you next time with pleasure.
Only 3 hours saturday and 3 hours sunday was openned with USA.
73 at all contacts. Bob
Thanks for the QSOs. 73 and see you next WES Bert
As I only has 1 QSO up to Sunday, I was pleased to get a grand total of 8 HI
73. John / G0RDO / SKCC 2133s
Only my second WES, didn't do particularly well but had fun and made friends.
Bad propagation with strong noise & QRN
HPE CU next
73 de Emil, I5EFO (13262s)
Overnight at Wyoming Hawk Springs Recreation Area. Screen on laptop in picture shows JT-65 software running - made JT-65 QSO's and some SKCC QSO's the day before - pre-WES. TS-480SAT transcievr (90 to 100 watts), MyAntennas 10-80 EFHW antenna, Czech military key. Portable using Honda generator for power.
Saturday had limited time, Sunday morning the bands were poor from the CME event. I left the rig on 20M and early afternoon the conditions improved. That made for some great contacts..73 Rick
Only on for a couple of hours but had a good time. I thought signals were good until mid-afternoon. Thanks to all
Strange condx. For a relatively new ham, this was an interesting experience! Had a blast operating. This was a great opportunity to practice digging deep and really concentrating to pull in weak sigs-- and occasionally having to ask for repeated info.
QSOED WITH FEW NEW MEMBER STATIONS..THANK'S ..I WAS QSYING FROM BAND TO BAND LOOKING FOR STAIONS TO WORK 73, HANK PUG
Had fun in the couple of hours I was on. Sunday afternoon the bottom dropped out of propagation. Could not hear anything on any band. 40M was pretty good both evenings. Nice to work some new members as well as veteran members. 73 to all. Steve
You know condx are bad when you have ask Jack KK0I to repeat his skcc nr several times. Usually KK0I is one of the strongest stations heard during sprints. WS8KCC was neatest call wked. Thanks to the gang that put up with my many request for fills, SKCCer's are a great bunch of folks. C U next sprint.
bands were very poor had fun trying to get thru qrm and sun spots
Only limited operating time due to family commitments. 20 DX was marginal, 40 DX was marginalbut made VK7CW, 15 opened to SA on Sat.- Domestic 20 & 40 were pretty good. Thanks for all of the activity
Thanks to those that "cross pollinated" contests and gave me some QSOs in the Classic Exchange on Sunday!
Busy weekend, but seems like I did not miss much during some of my off time.
Much fun and great to make contacts with folks. Can't wait till next WES!
At about 1550Z on Sunday, all HF bands dropped out completely for at least two hours. I guess the effect of a CME noted a couple of days earlier. Bands came back strong later in the afternoon and I even worked a few Europeans on 20. Thanks for all QSOs. 73, John, K4BAI.
Worked for only a short while Sunday evening but had fun doing it. Sorry about the ragged fist but this was my first effort with a straight key in over 60 years. In fact my first straight key contact in 60 years was with N9DMA. Thanks all for potting up with my very rusty fist which was probably never all that good anyway.
TU fer a fun time, CW finally getting better for me, HAHA
Jeremy Mullican, K5BIU
Ran my TenTec Argonaut V at 15 watts. Noted the bands sure had a lot of ups and downs.
The theme this month I thought could be a winner. When I started looking after my 27th contact on Sunday morning I realized I was going to flop badly, My problem is that running a peanut whistle that combined with poor band condition, I can't run a frequency very well, so I play the search and pounce game which results in fewer Qs.
I had 27 contacts at that point, couldn't find letters for a single word. Noted overall I was within one letter of making a word with Pumpkin, Autumn, and Halloween.
Contact 29 brought the needed E for Halloween. Contact 34 brought two more needed letters, A & U, to make Autumn and Pumpkin.
My guess is those running a frequency and making over 100 Qs will do pretty fair. Hope so. The theme fit the season nicely. Even down here in Amarillo we can feel Fall in the air.
had time for a little fun. even had the bug hooked up for 2 or 3 contacts. more practice needed. 73
Loads of fun, and thanks to all for the Q's!
Got to spend more time in this WES that any in a long time. Had a good time. Bands were certainly squirrely. Met HK6J who is not a member and invited him to join. Looking forward to K3Y in Jan.
Started late Sunday afternoon and only operated about three hours. Signals were initially few and far between and picked up toward the end. Europe was never heard during my short stint. I hope the sun is in a better mood next time. Still had fun though. 73 de K6ELQ Tony
Really bad daytime conditions.
Solar flare completely shut down HF Sunday from 9AM until mid afternoon. Weird to see the WSPR map of the US with only one or two contacts while Europe was buzzing as usual.
My poorest WES results EVER, only heard one SKCC member to work on 20M and no other bands were usable due to the solar flare.
Beautiful weather, not much time !Brought ot the
old martin flash key this time......
Limited time but managed 50 QSOs on 40 and 20. Decided to go QRO and used my kit amplifier (Hardrock 50) wih the QRP Plus. So was 50 watts to a dipole and a mag loop when on 20 meters. That solar flare blackout was impressive. It happened mid QSO with a strong 599 K4BAI. Expecting a QSL for my info I heard him come back very weak saying try later.
Thanks to all who participated. Condition were strange, with the bands dead most of the time. Then there were burst of strong signals. But had fun as always. Hope to see everyone on the air. Best 73 & God Bless. Ric
First WES in a long time..good to be back. love this friendly community!!
Total of 29 points for 2 Q's and about 6 hours of trying to make contacts! Here in West Texas most times the bands were devoid of ANY signals due to CME! Hope conditions improve for next months WES. 73,
Conditions were ruff but managed to get Bert in FRA and Steve in AUS so not that bad. Stateside after the sun came up it went to heck here.
Just didn't have the time this weekend. Should slow down next month (I hope). K-2 to G5RV up 35 feet. 72/73, Phil
Spent most of the weekend with my son and his family. I can't believe want happened to the bands on Sunday afternoon!
Made it home in time for the last 20 minutes and managed to make enough for a log....No chance at any of the bonus words though. Thanks Bernard F5DE for my only DX and Thanks to W4BOH and his signal-shifter" for a 2fer. Classic exchange and SKCC.
K3/10 to ParEndFed at 33 feet
Kungs Import sideswiper, RCAF Bug and SKCC club Key
A WES of extremes
Propagation was feast or famine! Long periods of near blackout and then 20m would wake up. Couldn't quite manage a sweep of the theme points; lacked two more S's and a P. Great fun as usual and looking forward to future WES events.
Limited on time this sprint. Band Condx didn't help either. Still lots of fun.
As usual great fun , Many thanks to those that called & those that stopped by for a chat. Bands were up & down , Tnx to Bert & BoB in France for pulling out my QRP,, & the QSO. 73 to all Don
Condx were not the best.
The RIG is Alinco DX-SR8. ANT is the End-Fed Wire at 25' in the attic.US Navy Fireproof CW Morse Key.
Thank you all and 73!
Had a great time even with the bad conditions. Those words were hard to complete. I was two Os short. The guy that thought that up is half a bubble off plumb.
Operation in Minnesota while on vacation. Also made 75 points worth of contacts in Iowa.
Wow. Bands were pretty good. Except for Sunday afternoon! Solar flare wiped out all signals on all bands. But they were back in a few hours.
Used my favorite rig: Heathkit HW-101, Vibroplex straight key, and low fan dipole. As usual, 40m was the money band for me.
I think it helped me quite a bit to have letters in my call that were in great demand for the bonus words!! I had no shortage of answers when I called CQ WES.
Not many QSOs this month. Sorry for those I couldn't hear.
Thanks to Tribunes NA7C and WB9HFK for taking my call. rusty J38 showing its age hi hi.
I got in a little this evening, thanks for all the fun 73
Lot's of fun as usual, just wish I could have found calls with more of the letters. The solar flare on Sunday put a big dent in operating but it was very interesting from a technical perspective to watch the event and listen to the bands recover over the next several hours. Thanks to everyone I worked!
limited both days. Nice to hear quite a few newer members. Hoping to have more time next month. Thanks folks for being out there. 73, jack
It was nice to work just a few stations which was better than none. We've been preparing for Irma the last two days - seems you're never satisfied no matter how much you prepare. With God's help, we are praying that he'll spare us and neutralize this thing! All in all we did enjoy working a few new Tribunes. 73 and C U next WES!
Had a few hours of football watching that was not planned but had fun anyway.
casual ops - major solar storm this weekend
I enjoyed the event and thanks to all who found my signal.
On the road coming back from WY on Saturday, made 2 contacts on Sunday morning and then the band died. Came back later and made a few more. IC-746, homebrew Straight Key.
This is the first time I've submitted my logs. Despite the condx, QRP works! I had a great time and really enjoyed all the sounds of CW again.
IRMA got in the way on Sunday. Gave out a few FL contacts on Saturday. Survived okay, PSL was a sweet spot compared to most of the state. CU all next month. 73 de N4ow AL
Thanks for the contacts in some very challenging conditions. Always nice to work SKCC events and all the nice folks that participate. Only got "BONFIRE" for the bonus points but I think we all could have used "PROPAGATION"! Thanks to the folks that make the effort to put these events together. KX3 at 100w, old Signal Electric straight key and every antenna I have up! 73, Jim
Very little time to participate! Too many other obligations this weekend. Fun as always.
Tnx to the board agn... ten tec argo 6 at 5 wts g5rv rng n/s inv vee at 35 ft..
In 3 months I'll be doing this in the SNOW...hi..
So hope you all had gud fun agn...
Cu you in the HALLOWEEN month.. pix is 1919 vplx bug OLDIE 98 YRS OLD... time flies.... 73 dave email@example.com
My XYL and I are now full-time RVers; this was my first WES on the road.
Sunday operated pedestrian mobile /1 from Cape Ann, MA.
KX2 , 5W, 20M whip and counter poise. Made 3 Qs with the highlight being F6EJN, thanks Bob.
Not a lot of time, nor overly great conditions. Was great to work EU sunday afternoon on 20m.
Propagation was great on Saturday evening here in MN. Thanks to all for the QSO's
Like many others I spend Saturday doing chores thinking that Sunday would be enough. About 1600 I was debating about when I should go to the store when the bands all died. My decision was made. It sure was interesting though to hear totally dead bands with no RBN spots. See you in October.
Tks ALL skccers, hr bar condx, hpe cuagn, best 73, imagem: sideswiper home made.
Still part of the family. Thanks to Erkki, OH7QR and Joao, CT1DGH for the contacts and to all who sent greetings after noticing my presence on the SKED page.
Propagation was poor and then hopeless for QRP stations.
I'm just starting to solder a 100W amp to my K2. :)
Vintage Hallicrafters S-107 receiver and 33 Ft L.W.
Gabriel NAQCC SWL-99
also italian SWL I5-2701-FI
hamqth call i52701fi
I had very litte time for this WES.Thanks for everyone, end see You next time. Vy 73 Krys
Nice while it lasted... Rig: Icom 706MKIIG @ ~ 50W, Ant.: EndFed wire at ~40 Ft., Key: Scheunemann Kleine Taste. 73 es TNX to all. Jose VE3DTI.
Very poor conditions for this months WES and I feel lucky that I could log 9 QSOs. I worked Chas, K3WW, on 2 bands and I also managed to work Steve, KM4WIP, who was only running 5 watts on 40m. I hope conditions are much better next month. 73 de Steve VK7CW
Worked AE0EE/R in the VHF contest on 6 meters. (/R in this case is Rover, not Repeater). We worked with him in two different grid squares, but only did one QSO with straight keys.
Tuned around for a while, heard nothing. Called CQ
for a while and got my friend Carl from far off Sonoma California at least 10 miles away.Wow.
Poor conditions here . Worked 20 and 40. 73 to all.
Interesting contest, for which I had more time than usual. The X8 solar flare took a piece out of Sunday, though. Got in a good swim in mid-afternoon, though! Nice to work a lot of first-time SKCC contest folks. Wish more stations would click "Back" on the Sked Page so we could see who all the present lurkers are. A fun time, though, and thanks to all.
That was fun. I'd planned to operate more in this WES but couldn't on Saturday and Sunday's solar event got us all. I think many were discouraged and called it quits even though band conditions did improve later in the day. Thanks for the QSOs. And thanks for the 2 new Ts. 73 Art W2NRA SKCC# 11634Sx5
Honeydos on Saturday but figured I had all of Sunday to play radio. Oh well, I didn't expect the radio version of a solar eclipse. Thanks to those that could hear me. CU next WES 73
I had most of my operating time from late morning until early evening then again in later eve on Saturday so the blackout on Sunday did not hurt me too much. It was interesting to experience it once again - have heard many over my years as a ham. Conditions were relatively poor even at their best.
It was nice to "share" the hurricane with N4OW, KN4YB, and AF4K as they braved the storm. N4OW's Hustler in his dining room put out a booming signal.
Ran my K3 @ 100w. I used my cootie keys for all qso's and getting to be more comfortable with them.
I did turn on the rig early Sunday am before Sunday school and church and worked Steve VK7CW on 40 meters - he had a great signal and it was my first real long haul on 40 with the 160 meter horizontal loop.
Lots of QSB yesterday, but signals today were very good.
Hope everybody in Florida is okay.
Was able to spell out bonfire. I will not be able to work the WES on Sunday due preparing for Irma. I am in South GA so we will see what kind of weather we'll receive. Pray for Florida, Georgia, and the evacuees that are here from Fl also as we prepare for this dangerous weather
Not too many heard this weekend in OK - rough band condx.
Always interesting though. 73
This was my first WES in about six months. Conditions weren't the best for my homecoming, but it was fun to be back.
Hope to be more radioactive in the mouths to come.
Split the weekend between this and the ARRL VHF contest. I seem to be our VHF group's CW expert--four operating positions on 6 bands, and whenever someone hears Morse Code, I get a plea for help. Everybody else seems to favor electronic keyers, but I hate 'em. I make too many mistakes with them, but in an emergency QSO save, there's no time to swap keying modes.
Anyway, that plus other duties kept my WES operating down to just 18 QSOs. But they were the most fun QSOs of the weekend.
Thanks to those who worked 73 Bud
I didn't have much time to work sprint this weekend. Bands didn't seem very good. Tnks to all who copied my QRP sig. 73 Ken
Only a handful this weekend. Saturday I had to help rebuild our amateur radio station (NJ2SC) at our county EOC, then Sunday I had a table set up at our Gloucester County (NJ) Amateur Radio Club (W2MMD) hamfest. Busy weekend to say the least.
Just a few letters away from a clean sweep but had alot of fun as usual.
Enjoyed it! 9 contacts on 40m, 2 on 20m. Thanks to all the great SKCC operators out there!
Only worked WES on Saturday, combination CQ and S&P, had an hour available on Sunday that was a no-go due to the solar flare, so results overall were not as hoped for. First two hours went well on 40 on Sat., then a big slow down due to conditions; spent the rest of the day bouncing between 40 and 20, with one QSO on 15. Best catches were N3RSD in rare DE, K0FTC/7 in WY, and F6EJN; advanced my S quest by 17. Was able to spell Cornucopia, Breezy and Thanksgiving bonus words. Thanks to all for the QSO's; my apologies for some broken QSO's due to conditions. Kenwood TS590SG at 100W to 68ft. long horizontal loop in attic up about 25ft.
My first WES, and could only operate a couple hours, but had lots of fun! Thanks!
Very poor band conditions here both days so I didn't spend very much time with the WES. Hoping that conditions will improve for the next one. Thanks to all and 73
Had fun, only able to work Sun pm, 73/72, Ray
I was camping at Pine Grove Furnace State Park in south-central PA over the weekend. I got on the radio a few times to make some WES contacts from my little travel trailer. I didn't have much time for radio this weekend but WES is always a fun event. 73, Craig WB3GCK/QRP.
Bands not great for sure. But, lots of fun as usual. Looking forward to upcoming SKS!
73, Mark WB9HFK
I didn't have much time to operate (again...) but it's just as well since I heard almost nobody on Sunday. The couple of people I heard couldn't hear my puny-weak 5 watts. Saturday conditions were interesting but better than Sunday here in central TX. The rig this time was a Flex 3000 at 5 watts to a dipole at 30 feet. The key was a Czech military key, it's pretty much my favorite straight key in my stable these days. Thanks to the guys who worked my weak signal!
I had just a few minutes to spend working WES contacts today and was not able to be on the air Saturday. I think I did complete my WAS-T.Maybe I will get to work the next one and conditions will be better! 73 and thanks for the QSOs, Mike
Could only participate on Sunday, then the CME, bummer. Had fun anyways, could only get 1 word, thanksgiving. 73, Art
Boy, I thought last month was rough but this one was a real pain. But when the bands were open I was having fun. Running my Icom IC-746PRO at 5 watts into the ZS6BKW (G5RV) @ 32 feet. Managed to get all of the words also but there sure were a lot of S's to get on the last day. Thanks to the organizers again and all those that were able to pull my weak signal out. Best 72/73 from Wild and Wonderful West Virginia, Dave
Using old FT901DM, 100w into multiband Windom antenna, Junker SK. Bad propagation, hpe cuagn in better condx, 73 de YU7AE