|7||W3NP||Dave / Rudy||3182S||WV||215||49||72/68/9||1,900||14,240|
|127||AC8XU||Jon R. Garber||349T||OH||25||17||14/8/1||350||1,070|
|4||W3NP||Dave / Rudy||3182S||WV||215||49||72/68/9||1,900||14,240|
|96||AC8XU||Jon R. Garber||349T||OH||25||17||14/8/1||350||1,070|
|AK: 2 / 11||AL: 3 / 106||AR: 1 / 71||ARG: 1 / 17||AZ: 3 / 42|
|BC: 1 / 3||BEL: 2 / 61||CA: 11 / 367||CGI: 1 / 6||CO: 1 / 51|
|CT: 3 / 214||CUB: 2 / 47||CZE: 1 / 31||ENG: 1 / 24||ESP: 3 / 111|
|FL: 10 / 429||FRA: 2 / 134||GA: 10 / 512||GER: 2 / 53||IA: 1 / 118|
|IL: 11 / 591||IN: 4 / 51||ITA: 2 / 21||JPN: 1 / 7||KS: 4 / 213|
|KY: 3 / 194||LA: 2 / 305||MA: 7 / 222||MB: 1 / 1||MD: 10 / 832|
|ME: 1 / 59||MI: 8 / 385||MN: 5 / 119||MO: 15 / 488||MS: 3 / 327|
|NC: 5 / 201||NED: 1 / 4||NH: 3 / 151||NJ: 7 / 256||NV: 1 / 22|
|NY: 10 / 383||OH: 11 / 391||OK: 7 / 167||ON: 2 / 101||OR: 5 / 89|
|PA: 9 / 976||POL: 3 / 19||SC: 3 / 240||SCO: 1 / 6||SK: 1 / 18|
|TN: 7 / 386||TX: 21 / 860||UT: 2 / 47||VA: 11 / 383||VT: 2 / 87|
|WA: 2 / 122||WI: 6 / 280||WV: 4 / 393|
I had lots of fun during the weekend sprint. The 40 meter band had lots of great signals. I was lucky to make a clean sweep of Santa and his helpers. Thanks to all that participated and especially to Santa and his helpers for adding a fun challenge. I wish all a Merry Chrismas and Happy New Year!
It was a fun Sprint! I wanted to try QRP and my AlexLoop Walker which has been in the closet for two years. Made 1st QSO with loop indoors, then nothing, so moved it outside, still nothing so, desperate for contacts, I switched to tri-band dipole antennas. I didn't want to report "ONE" QSO, that wouldn't qualify as a "Total", e.g., you can't sum one. Ha Ha
It has been awhile since I had an opportunity to work WES. Conditions were not bad but occasionally long QSB and 20 was not good on Sunday.
My first real participation in SKCC Sprint. Cleaned the bug contacts with DeOxit and had a good bit of fun.
Thanks for the contacts. Had fun with Xmas theme.
Elevated 19' vertical wire @ 29', 3 counterpoise wires @ 10'
Haven't worked a WES in about a year. Worked this one with a new (used) LD-5. Had my setup on a chair in the garage. Lots of fun, as usual, with all the ops working everyone QRS if necessary.
A real fun event with a lot more time t=that usual.
Strong signals on 80m and somewhat weaker on 40m. Operated only for one hour using a 4.5 ft. diameter magnetic loop. Looking forward to the K3Y event!! See you in the bands. 73 de AC2RJ, Ruben.
Next WES will be double this score.
That was a fun WES even though sigs were a bit strange here in Kansas. Rafael, CO8RMM and and John, G0RDO were my only DX contacts. I kept trying to work DUC, F5UQE, but he got away along with the 1000 points he represented as my last Special Guest Operator. WA0BGV, my good friend from the neighboring state of MO cam in really loud and by the end of the QSO had faded into the mist. Very strange.
It was a lot of fun even with my somewhat doty bug. I hope everyone has and exciting and surprising Christmas. Jim AD0AB
Only worked casually but sure enjoyed how nice 80 meters sounded...QRP did a good job there!
What fun! Great to work many new friends. 73, Merry Christmas and Happy 2018 de Peter, AE1T
2 QSO's....maybe more next time... :)
Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah to All!
Worked W4AFB, NN9K, and NM5Z
A fun WES. Almost forgot to enter my results See you next month. 73..Peter
Fun to get a few contacts in this weekend. Running 1/2 watt I made the contacts I made on 80 meters and 20 meters. Was great working Texas(KA5TJS) and Rafael (CO8RRM) in Cuba on 1/2 watt on 80 meters Saturday morning. Working Gary (KF7WNS)in Oregon on 1/2 watt was a highlight, too. I don't work South Dakota much and and the last highlight I want to mention was working Brad, AE0P, Yankton, SD was fun on 20 meters. Brad was about 30 over S9 here in metro Atlanta, GA.
Happy Holidays to all ! Thank you to the SKCC group for making this event possible. 73 and look forward to SKCC in 2018. C U on the bands de AL7JK
My first SKCC Sprint was very fun I am learning hope participate in many others Sprints in this Club 73 to all!!!
Merry Christmas and a happy new year !
Tnx for this fantastic WES. I needed one mor L to get all the spellings. Anyway 9 out of 10 is not a bad result. But with the Special callsigns I had more problems, I only heard two of them, W4KFB and F5UQE. Next time I will use my vertical key because I realized I can not slow down with the cootie. I begin at 15 wpm but as I am sending my hand speeds up unconsciously.
Again thanks all for your patience with me and for this fantastic WES.
First time participating, and using an old Lionel J-36 bought at eBay and restored. Sorry for the torture Duc, F5UQE, I am a real Rookie at Bug ;o)
Fun and instructive, see you next month.
Really I enjoyed this WES, theme being nice to try getting the maximum bonus points. Unfortunately, I needed one M, one N and one R to complete the ten names. Missing one was Pepper Minstix. I enjoyed to have contacts with four Elfs : F5UQE, KE4OH, NN9K and W4AFB. I was very surprised to be called by Jim VQ917JC. Many thanks to all who heard my signals . Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everybody's family ! Power was about 70 watts into a multiband GP antenna. Speed-X, Lionel J36 Vibroplex Original bugs and Nato pump key depending on the speed.
I was "Shinny" for this WES.
Nice propagation during saturday afternoon on 20m
and some qso's on 40m in the evening.
Unfortunately, sunday afternoon at 13:00 TU to 17:00 TU ,electricity shut down due to heavy wind and snow...
90 qso's with ft5k yagi 3 elts for 20m and GP for 40m.
Thanks all and merry christmas
A lot of fun trying to get the ELFs and the Names ! In the end I got 3 Elfs (W4AFB, F5UQE & NN9K) plus 4 names (SANTA, ELF BERNARD, WUNORSE & SNOWFLAKE). The "H" was elusive so missed BUSHY. Propagation I thought was weird and generally awful. Didn't spoil the fun though HO HO HO.
73 John / G0RDO
Dipped in and out over the weekend but fun as always. Couple of contacts with my HW100 which always makes me happy, including my best DX, Chas K3WW. Bands weren't great and I could hear more than I could work, best swl dx was CO8RRM but I couldn't get him to hear me.
/p QRP from Pawnee National Grasslands on Saturday using a KX2, W1SR endfed, N0SA SL key. Home on Sunday, QRP using FT-dx3000, dipole, ZN HKC SK key. Thanks to Santa and all his reindeer and helpers! Great fun. Merry Christmas! 73, John K0FTC
Now ya hear them, now ya don't...still managed Q's on 160, 80, 40, 20, & 15. A fun event finding the Special stations. Thanks to all for the fun. Looking forward to K3Y 2018. Merry Christmas Rick k0kex
Checking out new equipment and making adjustments. Thanks for the contacts.
A very fun WES. Europe was open on 20 meters early on both days and I picked up 8 countries. With next-door grandson out of town for a few days, I was able to spend more time on the radio.
I'm limited by my antenna to 14 mHz and higher but 20 stayed open most of the event so that's where I stayed. It did shut down pretty tight on Saturday night but I was ready to hang it up anyway.
I did have a 30/40 meter fan dipole but our rare Mississippi snowstorm on Friday destroyed it before the event started.
I got all the letters in the elves names but did not get any of the special stations. Interestingly, over the past two years I've worked all but two of them, but, alas, none this weekend.
Thanks to the SKCC team who put this together and to the many operators who participated. WES is great fun.
An interesting theme. I would have done much better with a couple of calls with "s" in them.
I made contacts on 80M, 40M and 20M. KE0N's QRP 2 watts was coming through 559 on 20M. Good job, Eliot!
Couple of years since I have done a WES. Limited time to operate, but it was fun. Happy Holidays to all.
LOT'S OF QSOS WITH NEW MEMBERS WELCOME TO SKCC
WISHING ALL VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS SEASON TO ALL AND HAPPY NEW YEAR'S...73 HANK PU...GEE
No time for the event. Too many honey do's. 73
Operating time limited due to Christmas activities. Thanks for the QSO's should have more time next month. Merry Christmas to all my SKCC friends.
Yaesu FT 817nd @ 5 watts into 53'Endfed @ 20'
Found a little time this weekend to play on and off in the sprint...40 and 80 meters were sounding good 20 was spotty here...Used the J-38 key and it was flopping all over the desk! gonna have to find a thin but heavy base for it! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and 72/73 to all! de Jim K2MIJ
Only had time to work a little bit. Very enjoyable, even though bands were bad. Having a small 40M pileup on Sunday was quite fun. Thanks for all the QSOs!
What a fun sprint. I worked hard on this one.
Using a Ten Tec Eagle at 90 watts to a G5RV up 60 ft. in Maple trees.
Mainly a Saturday event here -14 hours . XYL had other plans for Sunday- Got on for last 4 hours or so. Thanks to all stations who participated. Lots of activity. Happy Holidays (HH) to all.
You Bonus Station Operators put in a lot of hours and were readily available. Thank You! I worked some - some others that I heard could not hear me. All of the bands were up and down. The Panadapter told the story: no signals, then filled up with signals, then they all faded away again. Very few signals were really strong. There were many periods were I could not even get a RBN Spot. Then there was the more rapid QSB during individual QSOs. Oh well, love it or leave it I guess. This effort was QRP with a KX3, 40m dipole, 20m 3-El, & 80m 59' EFRW. (Yes, with these conditions, that was like banging my head against the wall). Jody - K3JZD
Lots of activity
Long time SKCC member but first WES experience, and it was great! Some very good fists out there in SKCC-land. Thanks for an enjoyable CW activity.
Went with 100 watts, my IC 7300 and the main antenna farm. All in all went pretty well, conditions seemed pretty unstable. Enjoyed hunting the Elves and am including a seasonal photo taken Saturday evening.
Fighting the gosh darn flu or something during the WES—possibly, explaining my “faux pas” during the contest.
#1 Hearing Dave, W3NP, respond with Dave/Rudy and telling him how nice it was that he had his grandson or nephew, Rudy, learning about radio – he gently pointed me to the Dec WES page for clarification.
#2 Asking Ron, AC2C, what type of CW key he was using. I just couldn’t fathom why his sending was so terrible. Was he using a new, home-made key? Ron, explained that I must be receiving his ground wave signal creating an echo effect-- oh
#3 Telling Larry, AH6AX, that he finally is getting the timing of his CW sending of H correct. I had no trouble decoding his call sign. In fact, folks, in general seem to be getting better and better at sending their H’s.
Thanks to a great group and best wishes for good health and many more happy QSO's … 73, Jim
QSOs by band: 15: 2. 20: 34. 40: 72. 80: 78. Lots of good ops and a lot of fun. Thanks for all QSOs. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all SKCC members and their families. Nice to work LW3DX on 15 and several European members on 40. 73, John, K4BAI.
Just looking for a few new T's this time.
Tried 20M, but conditions poor, 40M and 80M had much better conditions here in GA. Thanks to all who pulled out my QRP 4W signal. 73, Steve K4JPN
TU all for a great December 2017 WES, see yall next year and Merry Christmas!!!!
GB es 73
Running 15 watts as usual, ground mounted vert on 20 meters and dipole on 80/40.
Bonus theme was cute, but then number crunching looked to be a bit time consuming, Old Jim took an easy route and kept it simple, not looking to maximize the score. It was a fun theme though.
What fun, in spite of RFI here. Many thanks to those who patiently repeated when I needed fills.
Even got to work Santa and some elves!
73 all and a Merry Christmas to all!
Loads of fun as always. Happy Holidays!
Had grand plans to really work this one....Life got in the way....
Sat on the sidelines for this WES. Looks like it would have been a lot of fun. 9 QSO's - 3 toward my Sx5, 3 requests, 2 new numbers and 1 to add to a C's count toward becoming a T. Elf Barnard is all I could do with the letters I got. No H's, S's and only 2 P's in those 9 calls. Maybe next month but then there's the K3Y event. 73 de K6ELQ Tony
Well that was fun! Still difficult conditions prevail on HF Bands. I got my last letter 15minutes before the end of the event. I made up a Bonus Scoring spread sheet and that worked pretty well. Offered it to anyone who wanted it and received 48 requests via the emails. Maybe that high a number because the scoring was somewhat complicated. Nonetheless, I make these up for fun as part of the hobby. There is still opportunity for improvement with this one.
Nice to get on WES even if for only a little bit. Ho ho ho!
Rough propagation conditions.
Merry Christmas/Happy New Year to all.
Wow! Working at 0.9W was a lot busier this time. Bands were much better. Thanks to all who pulled me out. If I am in your log, your receiver must be working fine. Hi hi. 72/73 JP, K8AG
This was a fun sprint. Played with my homebrew cootie a little.
WES worked Saturday night only. 40 Meters seemed dead but found good action on 80 meters. Tried 160 meters but no takers. Fun as always. 73 and Merry Christmas to all.
This was my first skcc WES. I had a blast looking forward to all events. Thank everyone who takes time out of their busy schedules to make skcc such a fun club.
Good bands this WES. Fun hunting the 8 Elves.
Merry Christmas to all. 73
Rig: IC-7000 at 100w. into G5RZ up 25 ft.
Absolutely amazed what a few contacts can add up to for bonus points! Thanks to all for pulling my QRP signal out of the pile-ups. This is the "must fun you can have and still be legal"!
Looking forward to the January WES event already!
Chuck - KA5PVB
Band conditions were not that great in general but has some good contacts. Worked the sprint QRP again and got GER and FRA. Thanks for pulling me out of the noise guys! Have a great Christmas and HNY.
Bands a little strange, but lots of activity. Lots of fun hunting elfs and spelling names. Many newer,large numbers working,hope to see them all during the K3Y event too.
Oh my, please excuse (or delete) the previous errant score sheet listing 331 QSOs :) it was 31, not 331, but just as much fun. Had just finished refurb of the Ranger 2 (15 years running) and an RAF Type 51 Vulcan Bomber key (finally found a spare parts key!). Just like 1969 again. 73 and Happy Holidays Scott ka9p
Trying this again - First entry listed me as more
than 100 watts. Sorry, but was QRP. Anyway, Merry
Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all. 72, Phil
HO HO HO Merry Christmas
Happy Holidays, everyone. After some drastic LIFE CHANGING events (new job, new home, new XYL, this is the first SKCC event I have done in a while. It's GREAT to be back and operating again...complete with new rig and new QTH. For this WES, I ran the FT-817ND at 500 mW. Condx were less than optimum, so thanks to all that worked me. 73 de KB2HSH, Grand Island NY
Thanks to everyone who worked me! I am so glad that I joined SKCC, it is a fun and patient group of operators! Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah to all! 73s, Randy
That was fun! The bands were up and down but mostly lots of big signals. W5ZR and K4BAI of course but the strongest for me this time was W4ALF at nearly 50 over!! I lined up the Sideswiper, Straight Key and Bug then tried to answer with what ever I was called with. Several new numbers and I was pleasantly surprised to hear several old numbers. I logged #'s 12,16,151, 173 and 233. I ran my K2/10 into a modified Ten-Tec 404 amp at 75w. Keys were LNR Patriot, Kungsimport Sideswiper and RCAF Convertible Bug. Antennas were a doublet and an LNR QUAD at 33 feet. BCN Ya'll in K3Y!!
Only had about an hour for WES, still fun. Used my old SST-20 @ 1W to an 80M Dipole.
We had some snow in Virginia on Saturday to add to the holiday spirit of the theme. Great fun.
Lots of fun this weekend. Seemed like conditions on 40 & 80 were OK.
Great time. Missed the last several. Hope to work you on the next one.
Enjoyed chasing Elfs. Missed Bushy. Lots of activity. Thanks to all that worked me. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
Condition's were pretty good for me , some very strong signals on 20, 40, & 80 mtrs. But QRN was bad at times,with storm's about. Only heard & worked 4 elf's, but managed to spell all names. Many thanks to all . Best 73 to all , Don
The best WES so far.
Thank you all.
There was a lot of activity. I was under the weather so didn't play much. Merry Christmas!
Fun weekend sprint, especially during a saturday snowstorm here in MD. Nice way to usher in the holiday season too.
Worked lots of gud oprs on 80-40-20 mtrs ... all three bands were open here at one time or another. Pleased to work Duc, F5UQE and Rafael, CO8RRM. Wkd seven of the ten elfs but struggled mightily to catch Brian, KF6C, on 20 m but no joy. Also, collected four words but suffered from a shortage of S's. It was all gud fun just the same.
Everyone have a safe and happy holiday season. 73.
Fun event. Hehe, good to read about the bonuses before the weekend. When Dave sent me Wunorse I was scratching my head! Once I switched antennas around and used the TT Eagle more band conditions were not so much a problem. Always have a back up antenna. G5RV quit working on 40 meters for the entire weekend. Glad my wife insisted I buy a 4BTV.
It's fun to be a bonus station! So easy to rack up QSOs. I did my best to seriously work several bands. But 20m was just the pits for me this time. Only a few QSOs there. Many more on 80m and 40m. I even had one on 15m.
The first half of this WES, I used the Heathkit SB-101. And I used the HW-101 for the second half. I had to take a timeout on Sunday to fix my fan dipole. It decided to come down during WES. So at least I had an hour outside getting it back up in the air.
This was a fun one. I only operated about an hour and a half on Sunday.
My first WES. Enjoyed it much more than CQDX.
I woke up sometime Saturday night with a nagging notion that I was missing something. Before I went back to sleep I realized that it was the WES! First contact was with EA3NO on 20 meters and after that I moved to 40 for the other nine contacts, most of which were new to my log. Conditions weren't particularly great on 40 meters but they weren't all that far from normal. Propagation from 500-1500 miles were solid and I managed to work Texas, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland using 100 watts and a wire with a straight key. Lots of fun - bring on K3Y!
Great fun. QSB made made most reports meaningless.
Need to learn to use the Sked page.
Most sending done by KK6EME Andy.
Finally was able to get on the air early evening Saturday, and 40m was bunk and no one was around on 80m that could hear me. Only was able to get one qso - Sunday seemed better on 20m, but a lot of qsb. Lots of fun and great theme. K3Y is next!
This was a lot of fun especially considering I wasn't able to make a single QSO in the 10m contest! Interesting exchanges were with Lluis, EA3NO, who got me in two tries - thanks OM, you were my only DX!; KD3CA who was also QRP and also Don; K9DAC, who was my first exchange with my new (actually a quality pre-owned) Bencher straight key; and a couple of Georgia guys, Charles, AI4UN, and my friend John, K4BAI, significant for me since I rarely hear Georgia stations so strong on 40 and 80m. Not to mention, of course, QSOs with Santa, Rudy, and the elves! I also had a few QSOs at 599 from SD, NE and WY, which kind of pleasantly surprised me.
Using a KX3 into a multi-band dipole at about 50 ft with 5 watts.
Thanks to all operators & KD9VT for a fun contest. Used HW-16 for all QSO's (80m/40m only) this time. 73 - Dave
Although the WES is always fun this was especially so with the Elves and their (strange) names! Great work Dave!
I picked up the elves themselves pretty quickly as they were on the air a lot and posted on the sked page. The letters for the names, on the other hand, ended up being very tough to close out with my final "R" coming right at my QRT time of 1700 local. (Thank you John N9RLO!)
A final thank you to all who I worked and I hope everyone had as much fun as I did.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all as we close out the year.
Another nice weekend sprint although the bands were not very friendly at times. Like the Christmas theme. Thanks for all the "ears" out there. A Merry Christmas and best to you all in 2018! 72, jack
Merry Christmas to all my SKCC friends! May you and your family have a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year! Remember, it's all about our Lord and Savior Jesus!
What a fun WES, Loved the ELF Hunt. Merry Christmas to all.
It was fun as always!
First WES in 2 years. So nice to be back and look forward to K3Y.
Decent propagation all weekend. Fun as usual. Thanks to Jerry for the Excel sheet.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!
My main effort was with K6iii - a few savy ops called KZ5OM when they came across k6iii so I felt
obligated to respond in kind. Two of them were Elves for some bonus points.
Busy weekend, poor (Up & Dwn) DX PROP, but had fun as usual...TNX SKCC for another great Sprint
QSO Stats: 16 on 21MHz - 1 on 28MHz
TA33 - 50W - Home Made DSK + MIMCo Type 365A Mod.
Thank you everyone for the QSOs. Happy Holidays! BCNU 73, Walt- ..- ZUT
Lots of fun.
Fun event. Merry Christmas to all and to all good DX
Fun WES! Worked on my cootie skills using my Begali HST in cootie mode. Also gave my Vibroplex Deluxe Presentation some air time. K3/100 and simple wire antennas. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all. -Joe N3HEE
I apologize for some confusion. I was supposed to have been a elf. Thursday night, the wife reminded me we were making a trip to SC to see the grands' dance recital. Deer in the headlights look was an understatement. KD9VT worked to get me a replacement, NM5Z. Thanks Dave, I hope you enjoyed the show. Long story short, Friday night, the mission was scrubbed due to weather. So, here I am.
12 hours of RFI was a battle - noise antennas and an Autek QF1A audio filter made 20 meters possible. If I failed to hear you, I am sorry. Happy Holidays to all of SKCC, and the a "tip of the hat" to all that work so hard to keeping it running smoothly. 73 de AL N4ow 11375S
I had limited operating time as usual, but it was nice to see so many SKCC stations on the bands. Thanks to all who participated!
Got in on the last 30 minutes...nice to hear some SKCC numbers for a change. Merry Christmas everyone!
A fun WES, worked a little Saturday and Sunday on 20/40m.
Used my K1 and TinyBug with my wire antenna.
Picked up two bonus stations and Spain on 20m and Cuba on 40m, QRP !!
Looking forward to K3Y next month, my 7th year participating, gonna try and do only QRP for K3Y !!
Thanks to the ops who pulled me out.....
Look for everyone next month....Happy Holiday to all !
72 de Bradenton, FL (where it's cold as hell tonight, at least for us floridians)
Played with my new 40 meter QCX xcvr. What a fun new radio, awesome for a 49 dollar kit. 40 meters was great Sunday afternoon and evening. Thanks to all that worked my 3 watt power house. QCX 3watts Dipole.
Great WES, Lots of Fun...
Tnx fer all the QSOs.
Looking forward to K3Y in January.
Happy Holidays to all. 73 de Randy
great wes. tnx fer the qsos. had fun.40 in great shape this time. ic 746 at 100w double bazooka at 20 ft. nye master key. tnx to the skcc team fer making it all happen. ron
This was one of the more fun WES I've entered.
Thanks to Jerry, K6III for another fine SS.
Makes life much easier post WES.
MX ES HNY all!
73, Rick - N8XI
SKCC, The KEY to Amateur Radio
Operated for a few hours Saturday. 2 EA stations, 1 VE4, 5 special op stations, 13 TX stations, 2 stations with almost the same call, differing only by a single letter - the K/W prefix, and a few others.
Copied KF7WNS operating 5W with a solid signal from more than 2000 miles away (with a beam).
Got every letter in the alphabet, but none of them u's. That disqualifies 6 of 10 words from being spelled. Pulled together "Pepper Ministix", "Alabaster Snowball", and "Snowflake" with lots of letters to spare.
Thanks for the Q's! Edging closer to that T.
I had fun this evening. I was only able to
work the last 3 1/2 hours of the sprint.
I almost got Noel CM8NMN in Cuba. I got
all his info fine, but he had QRM and couldn't
get all of mine. Merry Christmas and Happy
New Year to everyone.
hard for 5wtts, but fun n9rvw
Fun WES. Spent most of Saturday building a Michigan Mighty Mite transmitter from junk box parts. 500mW and lots of fun.
Olah.. Argo six 5 wts g5rv 35ft up n/s vee.. only got Dave and Randy and 2 names.. no letter R`s for me.. hi... mainly hb st key used... was nice for me only on 80 and 40 mtrs. 80 was nice for my 5 watts... tnx to skcc board agn.. mry xmas hpy ny to all... cu in January wes.. and what amazes me is the hams rng such high power when not needed..ha-fcc violations there... so take care all and SNOW will be in my jan wes...ha.
73 Dave firstname.lastname@example.org
Wow... 153 new Members past month.. qrm. Haha..
It's been a while since I've participated in a sprint, and enjoyed it. Didn't get to work the full sprint, but still had a blast. Thanks for all of the great QSO's. Take care and Merry Christmas to all.
Not a single callsign with a Y in it ... oh Y oh Y oh Y ... lol, good fun.
I was overbooked this weekend so didnt have a lot of time, but made more qsos than I expected too. My lowband antenna was on the blink from the snow (seemed to xmit fine but nada from the RBN spotters 8mi away...).
Glad to hear several of the newer members in the WES! I was surprised to get called by Leon, OS0S on 40m Sat night off the back of the beam(I wasnt hearing any EU before or after that); Sunday surprises were Dave KD2E on 20m (NH->NJ), followed by Jay WD0EGC running 2 watts (ND->NH).. Odd conditions to say the least..
Thanks to everyone for the QSOs and Dave KD9VT for the challenge..
C u all next month in K3Y!
Had a great WES
Merry Christmas! Thank you as I needed your 36 call signs to spell the 1,000 extra bonus spell-points. Thank you SKCC 2-way Qs who stopped by and made the Dec 17 WES super fun on this end!
73 - Mark
Another fun WES!
Elecraft K3 100 watts.
Antennas - 160 loop fed with ladder line, 80 doublet fed with ladder line or 4 band 2 element quad depending on band.
I think it was bad idea to use RX beverage antenna on 40m. I heard many many stations, but only few can heard my 100W into 15m high vertical. But i am very glad to make reasonable number of QSO's after long time. Merry Christmas to all!
Could't be there saturday before UTC 21:15 so I don't know which was the propagation but seems to be bad in the evening and could work only 40/80m. On aunday could work 40/20m but with a bad propagation. Using a Yaesu FTDX5000MP, Mosley TA53M + 40m kit antenna and I1QOD bug prestige chrome.
Thans to All
My first WES in a long time. It was good to work some familiar calls again. KX3 on inverted V on 40 meters and the old Mosley CL36 on 20 meters.
Only on for short periods this time. Thanks for the sprints! CUL
Heard SKCC sigs only on 20M and then only for short openings around 1400Z each day. Called several stations that had decent sigs, but they didn't hear me; oh well...
Shack torn apart to re-do station based upon early present from XYL - a brand new operating desk! Even in the chaos I was motivated to bring out the KX3 for my first try at a QRP entry to go along with my first December WES. Lots of fun all around! Tried a few cootie Q's but still more confident on the str8t key. Surprised myself by getting all letters except Y—yet too few S's to deal with those last four elusive elves!
Tnx all & Vy Merry Christmas!
GOT ON FOR A VERY SHORT TIME SUNDAY. WORKED ELF AND WUNORSE BUT COULD NOT SPELL ANY OF THE NAMES WITH ONLY 6 QSO. HOPE TO SPEND MORE TIME NEXT MONTH.73 RON W1ZIY
Not much time again the WES. Complicated bonus scoring - good thing I'm a retired Accountant. Thanks for the QSOs. 73 Art W2NRA 11634Sx5 #1
My first WES and had a great time!!!! First CW “contest” in 30+ years and was great. Thanks to all those that make this happen. 73 Alan, W3AL
Enjoyed being Rudolph (Rudy). Was able to spend more time than usual and had my first 5 digit total points - ever. Made contacts on 15 (tnx LW3EX), 20, 40, 80, and more than usual on 160.
Condx were not too bad considering condx in general of late.
Got all of the bonus stations and spelled all the names. Note the usual gap in the NW on my map! Tried hard to get AR & NV but couldn't get through to K1NV or K5TSK.
Rig: K3 @100w. Ant: 160 meter horizontal loop @ 50' on all bands. Key: GHD 501A cootie.
73 de Rudolph/Dave & a Merry (and meaningful) Christmas to all.
Saturday morning ... waking up to a cold house. Getting dressed in warm clothes. Getting a hot mug of coffee, later hot chocolate, then mulled wine. Sitting down in the cold shack and turning on all the tube equipment to help warm the shack up.
Having a special feeling because I was a bonus station ... someone that would be desired. How exciting! I put on my ELF hat. I started with John, G0RDO and ended 252 QSOs later with Don W8DEA who was a friend of my dearly departed father (WA8YGR). That was a wonderful beginning, and a surprising and touching end to this month's WES.
What a wonderful experience. The weather got very cool here in Florida. It could not have been more appropriate or better timed. I felt like a young ham again sitting in the basement in Ohio with my HW-101.
Congratulations and thank you to Dave, KD9VT for putting together a fun and rewarding WES theme. It was a fun time being involved with the WES. I was very pleased to hear so many newer numbers, and yet so many older numbers too!
At this time I would like to mention that in fact I have NO ACCESS to Santa in real life. Therefore, the 24 stations that requested that they receive a "new rig" from Santa will be disappointed on Christmas morning! Seriously, I had some very funny comments. I got to laughing sometimes and could not reply right away. I would also like to apologize for my fist getting sloppy at times (or was it my assistant ELF sending in the photo?). I have not been on the air for that duration since contests in the late '70s.
Yes, the band conditions were strange. Fast and deep QSB during a QSO. Really a lot of stations on the air. Lots of fun!
Thank you SKCC. >>>Group hug<<<. This is a wonderful group of operators that we all belong too. You had better bet that when my granddaughter (The little ELF) gets her license she will know CW and will be a member of the SKCC!
Thank you everyone for letting me have my biggest WES score yet.
God Bless us all.
Thanks for the QSOs. Rig Kenwood TS-830S, antennas dipoles, vertical, yagis. Keys: old Vibroplex Original (1921) and McElroy tear drop. Wishing everyone and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy and Safe New Year. God Bless America!!
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year everybody!
See y'all for SKS & Straight Key Night.
First time using more than 5 watts in several years, what a difference 100 watts makes!
Merry Christmas to all
Lots of fun this weekend. Moved up and down the bands as conditions changed. Hope everyone has a
happy holiday season and new year.
Band conditions were really good on Saturday, especially on 80m. Was not able to find F5UQE but found all the other elves. Got to try out my IC-7300 that Santa brought early. Nice! Thanks Santa! And thanks everyone for all the contacts! Merry Christmas!
This was a fun sprint. Condx were good, condx were poor. Very good participation this weekend, the bonus stations made for more activity. Thanks for all the fun qsos....73
Lots of station on over the weekend but I was working the qrp challenge so could not use contacts in the sprint but it sure sound like all was having good time great sprint 73/72 Bud I got the Buck with 1 shot from Canon D70here on my farm.
Needed one more P prefix to Rube Goldberg the bonus using only the first letter of the suffix. Worked lots of 80 and 160. Thanks everyone for a great WES. 73, GL and see you in K3Y.
First time that I have been able to sprint since February-too much travel, family stuff, jazz gigs, and...ugh...yardwork! Glad to have a chance to get on for a bit on Sunday and join the fun!
Poor band condx. Pwr 5w into EFHW up 25 ft. J38 key. Tnx to all who copied my sig. 73 Ken
Ran my new TS-590SG (love this thing) 75w on 40m and 20m, and my IC-7200 75w on 80m. Multi-band vertical. Set my goal at 50 contacts, and that is what I got. Decent band condx, too. Worked 5 of the special characters, but I'm not good at word puzzles. Here's wishing everyone a very happy holiday season.
Great sprint...was able to work all the Elf's & Santa and spell 6 of the 10....Unfortunately not enough U's worked.
72, 73, 88 & Merry Christmas to all
Worked the WES at various times, a bit Sat. morning (40M) more on Saturday afternoon (40 & 20 Meters), Sunday afternoon & early evening (40 mostly, 20 not as good as Saturday here), even got in one on 80M in the evening through my high noise level before QRT (thanks KG6MC). Good to see the great activity. Again worked more Senator than Tribune stations, appears to be a trend. Got 3 elves and 3 names spelled from my 35 contacts. Propagation instability contributed to some incomplete QSO's, my apologies to those affected. Thanks to all for a fun time. Kenwood TS590SG to 68 foot horizontal loop in attic up 25 ft.
Great WES. Very happy with results for 40 meter QRP. Merry Christmas.
I was not able to operate for the full sprint but still had a fun time as usual.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. Lord willing, looking forward to seeing everyone next year.
Thanks to all for the fun sprint. Enjoyed meeting many new members. Thanks to all the special Elf stations. Was able to get all but one. One question, Where were the Y's when they issued the call signs. Did not have one after 50 QSO's!! Merry Christmas and 73 Gerald WA5AFD Mustang, OK
KX3 & KXPA100 at 75 watts to 40M dipole hung on fence 6 ft above ground!
Limited to 40M and didn't get started until late Saturday night...that's when I hung and trimmed the dipole!
First time that I have operated in over a year and only the second time in two years...both were SKCC WES events, though.
Glad to be back and able to participate. I think that the WES is good therapy after a stressful week at work. Hope to do this again next month - and maybe on multiple bands.
73 & CUL,
Andy - WA5RML
80M was best band hr qrp, 72, Ray
Split my time between the WES and the 10 meter contest. Switching back and forth between the straight key and bug in the WES, and the paddle in the 10m contest was fun (and a little challenging). Looking forward to the K3Y event next month. 73, Dave
Bands not so good, antenna not yet fully repaired from Harvey, some health issues. BAH! I did manage to get on for about 23 minutes around 0630 Z but really not the best of WES's for me.
Antenna should be better now and I'm feeling better so looking forward to January.
Had a good time in this WES. Got enough contacts to submit for Tribune. Wish people would spread out more. Everyone seems to be within 10 KHz. Thanks for answering my CQ.
Made all of my contacts on 40 meters, and managed to work only one elf. Missed key letters (such as 'E' and 'T'), so I could not spell any names. Thanks for the contacts. 73, Art
Fun WES. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
A fun theme. Maybe a bit of eggnog contributed to the elfs' names?
Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays to all.
Thanks and 73 all de WK4WC
It was fun, but would have been better if I could hear signals...Bert(W5ZR in LA was the best I heard at 599. Look forward to next time....
I split my available time between the WES and the AWA Bruce Kelley QSO Party.
Bands were ok and no shortage of stations to work. Thanks to the organizers.
The rig pictured is replica 1929 Hartley transmitter that I finished building just in time for the QSO party.
The key is a LS Brach J-3A.
Merry Christmas and Happy New year!
WES Station: K3/100W to a 270' Horizontal loop @ 30, Viz Key Bigfoot Cootie
A fun sprint. Worked 20, 40 and 80 meters with IC-7300 but had to run it in Emergency Mode and was not comfortable doing that so I used the IC-746PRO on 80 meters due to too high SWR. Spelled all the words but could not get all of the Elf's. Heard Bushy, KF6C, and Pepper, N8KQ, several times both days, but they could not hear me. Merry Christmas to all and I hope ya'll have a Happy New Year. 72/73 from Wild and Wonderful West Virginia, Dave