|AK: 2 / 4||AL: 6 / 153||AR: 1 / 83||ARG: 1 / 1||AUS: 1 / 4|
|AZ: 4 / 123||BC: 1 / 11||BEL: 1 / 2||CA: 12 / 663||CO: 1 / 50|
|CT: 2 / 86||CZE: 1 / 1||ENG: 2 / 19||FL: 8 / 145||FRA: 4 / 125|
|GA: 9 / 475||ID: 1 / 11||IL: 9 / 161||IN: 4 / 128||ITA: 2 / 11|
|KS: 3 / 54||KY: 2 / 45||MA: 3 / 11||MB: 1 / 10||MD: 6 / 122|
|ME: 2 / 169||MI: 5 / 130||MN: 1 / 3||MO: 13 / 375||MS: 2 / 113|
|NC: 5 / 90||NE: 1 / 20||NH: 3 / 134||NJ: 4 / 90||NS: 1 / 43|
|NY: 8 / 188||OH: 9 / 175||OK: 4 / 77||ON: 4 / 112||OR: 1 / 29|
|PA: 10 / 421||POR: 2 / 116||PR: 1 / 22||RI: 1 / 15||SC: 1 / 76|
|SCO: 1 / 10||TN: 3 / 66||TX: 16 / 716||UT: 3 / 52||VA: 8 / 232|
|VT: 1 / 17||WA: 4 / 66||WI: 1 / 8||WV: 6 / 202|
During this week's WES I was circulating overhead with my flying saucer cootie looking for a shootout with Eldon, W0SZV, and his pearl handled cootie. He must have heard from K0KEX and K2HT, two of his MO. outlaw buddies that I worked that I was in the area and didn't show up.
PRESENT..TRIED few herd. 20m KF6C K6ELQ K6KQV WA7LNW...10M KK7H...plugging away..AA6AC CA Bob 6276S...
Is WES becoming synonymous with QSB? I got on at 2200 Hours Pacific Daylight Time and it was back to normal operating conditions for two WES contacts. The "Homebrew Keys" shown for this WES are very inspiring. I only ran into one person admitting to keying with "the other hand".
Elev. 19' wire vertical @ 29' 3 counterpoise wires at 10'
Thanks to those I worked and to the SKCC team.
First time in a sprint. Working on my CW. Good time, thanks for contacts.
MY HB Cootie used for first 16 contacts.
That was a brief, but fun, sprint. I used my finely crafted mostly wooden key for all eight of my QSOs. I am a south-paw so, as you can see from the photo, I was using my right hand. Extra bonus points!
I worked hard on Saturday, needing to get 107 unique "S's" and "T's" to finish my "S". I wasn't sure I could do it but finished the last one at 0236z, with Phil, K3EW. I used my Mac P-500 and SKCC straight key.
During my limited time, bands were poor. Nobody heard me at 5W, so I bumped up to 50W. Only heard the west coast and made four contacts, all on my home-brew key using my non-dominant hand. It churned out code fairly well, albeit at a slower rate than a commercial straight key.
I constructed the key from parts on hand. The bar is a 6 AWG bare copper wire, contacting a scrap of 2-sided copper circuit board. I cut the support using a vintage (1923) American Scroll Saw. The felt pad dampens the recoil clicks. For a knob, I added a wooden nickel from my ham club. Then I added the spring clip to counterbalance the knob. The key retracts due to gravity; there is no return spring.
Maybe a horizontally-polarized antenna would reduce the high noise floor…
Not much time to build or operate, but I still had fun; I hope you did too. Key was made from 2 screws, 1 thumbtack, an old cut up AAA card, foil tape, carpet tape, a wood base and a couple of wires. Spacing could have been greater and thumbtack smoother, but it did OK.
Thanks to all who make this happen! Sure enjoyed working this WES from the home QTH in CA
I realized Friday night that building my own key would help my score. So I built one. Not a Begali but it held up for the weekend. The conditions were more of a problem than the key, in particular running QRP.
Mother’s Day, band conditions, and thunder storms all conspired against me but managed a few QSOs here and there over the course of the weekend. HB cootie and non dominant hand, what could be more fun than that? 73 to all. Peter
Popped in and out -very busy weekend here, not much time for radio but had fun. Related to the theme I think there was a bit of QLF. Hope to catch you on the air during the month for a rag chew or number exchange 73 de Tom
Thanks to K6ELQ,Tony for pulling my weak signal out of the noise. 73 to all ! C u on the bands.
Lots of fun with home brew wire "cootie" among great Ops and good friends. Already waiting for the next one. Thank you all and GL. 73 de Carlos!
It was amazing !!!Thanks to all OM´s: K3WW, K0RO, F5LIZ, IZ2QXG, F8EZZ, F5DE, M0EUL, ON7DQ, OH7UG, CT1BQH, F6EJN, F5UQE, I5EFO, KP4SJ, KB8KMH, G0RDO, G0KYA, K4BAI, K4NVJ, WK2S, KB3VQU, WA2OJN, CO8RRM, N3MLB, WK4WC FB GL 73 73 !!!!
It was nice to have another little participation in this friendly event. See you all next month !
73 de Bernard, in South-West France.
several contests and very little spread over 20m. many non SKCC stations but still pleasant activity. 73 Bob
Of the 11 stations worked, 3 were from the USA, 3 from France, 1 from England and 4 from Portugal.All from Portugal were good sigs. Kenwood TS-440s, 100 watts to a Cushcraft MA6V vertical up 20ft. Morse key a home brew straight key made from a piece of wood and part of a hacksaw blade. It is called the "GORDO BLADE" s/no 0001. ;o)
John / G0RDO / SKCC 2133s
Great fun! My key was made from bits of a dead jig-saw and the ignition points from a 1960s Landrover. It was designed for horizontal use but worked best tipped up on edge. Tried off-hand keying which was a sort of tiring jabbing from the shoulder. There is also a video here of me in contact with Ralph K0RO https://youtu.be/FlWaL9w0xPs. The clattering isn't the key, its the QSK relays in the radio. RBN clocked me at 14 wpm.
Normally I use a bug, but I decided to get with the program and headed to the workbench to see if I could fashion a key. 10 minutes later it was ready for testing. The base is an up-side-down magnetic bowl. The two hack saw blades are separated with electrical tape with a round headed bolt attached to one as a contact. A hunk of steel keeps everything in position and prevented the key from sliding around on the desk. It actually worked pretty well, I made all of my WES contacts with it and even made some left handed. I will be taking orders for the Frankenkey once the patent and trademark applications have been filed. :-)
Good conditions in Missouri. Thanks for working me, hope to see you next time.
Great to hear all the home brew keys, WW1USA
on the air from the Natl. Memorial in KC Mo. NW2K's 2 tube Xtal rig brought back memories. 73 Rick
Heres my homebrew NACL key. You’ll undoubtedly recognize the container. In it is a saline solution using ordinary table salt and a bit of red food coloring to provide visual contrast. A pair of alligator clips completes the assembly. One is clipped to the edge of the cup and extends down into the salt water. The other, in my hand, is the movable contact which I dipped into the water to complete the key circuit. I used it 100% of the time, both for all contacts and all my CQ’s.
It was a bit clumsy at first but I got the hang of it soon enough. But it was hard enough to form good characters with my dominant hand so I did not try for the extra points for non-dominant. You couldn’t have understood my fist.
The action had to be deliberate and the distance I had to move the hand-held clip was about a quarter-inch in order to clear the surface tension of the water. So it slowed my speed quite a bit. I think that proved to be an advantage as I got many calls from QRS operators and I think many OPs heard my slow fist and slowed down thinking my copy speed would also be slow. As a result, I had to ask for few repeats.
Twenty meters was open for me both days and I was able to work several Europeans and covered the US and Canada from corner to corner. I was sorry to miss Alaska and Hawaii, however.
Thanks to Carlos for Puerto Rico and it’s always good to hear Ron, AC2C and thank him for his SKCC service.
And thanks to the creators and organizers of another fun WES. I had much fun.
20M on Saturday was good with the 7 element beam, but things would have been dismal without it. I could not bear to send code with my off hand it would have been as bad as an operator I worked in Africa once, I thought he was sending with his toes! All ops I heard sounded fine
Busy weekend with Mothers Day. Spent time testing boxing and labelling vacuum tubes the last couple weeks so I didn't have time to build a homebrew key. Enjoyed my short time on the air. Did manage to work CO8RRM Rafael in Cuba with 5 watts.
My six shooter cootie key was a birthday gift crafted and built by W0SZV. Thank you Eldon for the beautiful key. Appreciate all the folks who hand out QSO's on WES. See my QRZ page for key pix.
Nice chance to practice with my Cootie. QRP on the QRP-Labs QCX radios entirely into dipoles for this WES. Thanks for working to dig me out sometimes, and thanks to Duc, F5UQE, who managed to hear my puny signal on the continent.
My home made key didn't work so well. The action was not stiff enough. I was lucky to get 8 words per minute out of it. I also had to sacrifice Sunday for mothers day.
Softrock RXTX with MX-P50M to get it to 5w. All 40m except one brief visit to 20m to work Duc F5UQE. Jody - K3JZD
Very much fun. Gradually advancing to Senator (maybe). 73, John
K3 @ 75w to 53' stealth wire fed with HB 9:1 Unun -- Went back and forth between W1SFR TB Cootie Key and 90 degree VizBug, trying to learn Sideswiping without losing the ability to use a bug. (Been using a bug since 1955 and still love the rhythmic sound of them.) Met 22 new members this weekend! Thank you, ... Don K3RLL
No home made key for me. I have enough trouble working my Vibroplex Bug! Thanks for the Qs. 73 Dale K3SEN
Real busy weekend, some good but short bursts of activity. 73 Chas K3WW
Wish I could have spent more time and wouldn't have minded better band conditions. But, all of your contacts were fun... Thanks. It was enjoyable using my Cootie Key for all my contacts.
IC-7300 at 100 watts into a Flagpole OCF Vertical and used my Kent SP-1 Cootie.
40 and 80 were only OK. QSB was very bad and I couldn't pull a few calls through my line noise. Thanks for all QSOs. Very enjoyable Sprintathon. 73, John, K4BAI
Conditions could have been better here. Had to leave early.
Look forward to next time
Made the QSO count for my S during the sprint and had a great time also!!!! Thanks for the Qs
Short time. Condx so-so.
As always, enjoyed the event. Picked up 64 numbers toward "S". Thanks to all.
TT Argonaut V at 15 watts into ground mounted vertical.
Operating time was rather limited. This weekend was an annual hamfest in Amarillo and I had a part, a presentation discussing amateur radio in the 1950s and 1960s It was also Mother's Day Weekend, two of our daughters from Fort Worth area and 5 of their children arrived, that added to another daughter here in Amarillo and 3 more grandkids put things into overload. That was OK, YF (WD5DCZ) was smiling.
I had planned to build a key and do that number again, had a clever design in mind, maybe I can do that next time.
Hope everyone had a blast.
I had a lot of fun working with my new homebrew key, which I have dubbed the "Liberty key". Operated entirely with my non-dominant hand. Thanks for the QSOs!
Great WES this weekend! I gave myself one hour Saturday morning to channel my inner-MacGyver to cobble something together that resembled a key. A quick search through a couple of junk boxes resulted in a small key made out of old Venetian blind parts, a wire insulator, bracket for an old battery, wire, screws and a piece of oak for the base. The entire contraption measured 4.5 x 2.5 inches and worked well enough for one hour of construction. It wasn’t a very comfortable key to operate, but it got the job done. Thanks to all who endured my variable keying with this tiny device.
Just barely participated.....
Fun theme. Used my home brew “40¢ MacGyver hacksaw special” key for the entire event and used my dominant hand. The base material is construction-grade PVC scrap left over from a past antenna project. On the bottom are eight low profile vinyl stick-on feet from my parts bin. The lever arm is made with two hacksaw blades from my tool collection and encased in shrink tubing. The 4-position adjustable pivot point stack is made from some boom spacers I salvaged from my first Tennadyne T10 Log Yagi antenna. The knob is a rubber bumper from my parts bin and the brass contact below is a spherical decorative nut I salvaged from an outdoor porch light. The brass base contact plate is from my scrap bin. The only thing I had to buy (40¢) was a 6-32 T-nut (with prongs) that is inserted into the base of the knob. A long screw goes through the knob top and T-nut, through the hacksaw blades, a solder lug for one key wire and then to the brass spherical key contact nut. Another solder lug is attached to the brass plate for the other key wire.
The four bands I used (40-20-15-10) were in poor shape the entire weekend here with continuous deep QSB (599 to ESP in an exchange was not uncommon) and for the most part weaker than normal signal strengths. I made three contacts with UT on 10m (KK7H, N2OW and NA7C) and six on 15m including Pablo, KP4SJ, one 4-bander with KK7H, several 3-banders (K0FD, N4API, N7IGI and WA0BGV) and a bunch of 2-banders. 44 states worked; never seem to get much past this number. Europe was its usual elusive self with only France (F6HKA and F5DE) and Portugal (CT1BHQ and CS7AFI) worked. Thanks to VK1FWBK and VK7CW for AUS and XE2M for MEX. Japan was a no-show this time. Frustrating at times but another fun WES.
Casual ops - 1 new T logged.
I don't use my homebrew cootie often enough to get really good at it, but it was fun nonetheless to get it back on the air. My apologies to all who suffered through my many mistakes, and a pox upon the lousy band CONDX and a handful of RTTY ops.
Fub Fun Fun Tough Band Conditions here in NE Pa
This is a great event. I just love it. I just wish I had a bit more time to participate in it.
Only time for 7 Q's with my home remodeling project key.
Base is scrap Corian, most of key is scrap metal backsplash, and the key pivot is from my scrap 1/4 inch knob and shaft junk box.
WHAT, no spring??!! no, at the last minute W9ZV gave me two neodinium magnets, so it's a magnetic repulsion straight key, and has a great feel. Who knew :)?
Thought I would try QRPp for a change as it has been
awhile. K-2 @ 800 milliwatts to G5RV up 35 feet.
Being Mother's Day, had a very limited time to play
radio. Thanks to those that organize the WES and
thanks to those who participate. 72, Phil
Great fun and look forward to see some of the homebrew keys. Since I'm "amphibious" and can swim with either hand I didn't take the extra bonus.
Only played for 25 minutes but that was 25 minutes of fun...
Didn't have much time to operate, but still had a really good time.
It was great to get back on the air after a month of recuperation from major surgery. Gaining strength every day. Didn't get it together to build a key but enjoyed the contacts.
Only had a half hour free on Saturday evening to work the WES, but had strong signals coming in, even from California, which was great to see.
Always a fun time. Thanks for the WES contacts. Hope to catch you on the next one. 73's Joe
Yes, that's a door bell button with a drawer knob.
Did not get any bonus points for the homemade Key. Perhaps next year ;-). The RIG is Alinco DX-SR8, running 100 Watts into Dipole at 25 feet, in the attic. Navy Flameproof Key. Thank you all.
Another fun 'Home Brew Key' Sprintathon. Great opportunity to design, build and use a tool of your own creation. My design was centered around an electrical conduit clamp. It worked fine but my dominate hand didn't do so well .. sri for the errors.
Worked on 15 and 20 meters during the limited time I had available. Pleased to work Bert (F6HKA) and Carlos (CT1BQH) and so many other good operators, many with high club numbers. Hpe to C U agn down the log. 73
Just got back from a long vacation, so wasn't in the mood to spend a lot of time on WES this month. Still got a few hours in. Made a few QSOs from my alternate shack (old Heathkit HW-16 and HG-10B VFO with a Speed-X key), which is next to the workbench for my radio hospital. The rest of the QSOs were with the old Heathkit SB-101 and SB-640 externa LMO and a Navy flameproof key.
A lot of fun with a few challenges.
The Steppir would lose its match and trip the amplifier, only occasionally with varying times to recover. Sorry if you were one of those I lost for that reason.
That probably did not make much difference. 20 meters was fun with the pan adaptor showing all signals disappearing and returning a few minutes later, extreme QSB! I gave 559 to many stations but, they went from the noise to 599. In the end I just gave 559 unless it was a 599++ or the signal was well into the noise.
At one point I tried the tube amp, a test in case next WES is for boat anchors, I thought 1500 watts might get me heard on the east coast at the time, but I think it was too much, I can often manage the QRP stations when running 500 watts but at 1500 all it did was let me know stations were calling that I had no chance of working.
The home brew key worked well but I will be clad to get back to learning with the HST.
Limited time ... see you all next one.
Great WES, 10 and 15 was open for a short time. Thanks to all.
73 Mike KK7H
This was a pretty busy weekend with with a big birthday picnic, granddaughters dance show and a mothers day crowd here today. Did sneak away a little and have some on the air fun. 73
Homebrew key made from all home scrounged parts, including wooden school ruler. Took my rig camping in Watoga state park, West Virginia for WES. The campsite is primative and quiet. Hung 40 meter end fed antenna over a tree branch.
Casual ops - 1 new Number logged.
This was my first SKCC operating event. I was a bit rusty on my straight key, which I haven't used in a long time, but I enjoyed making several QSOs. I'll do another WES again soon. 73, Jamie N1RU
Bands were not too bad Saturday, and I made an effort to operate for as long as possible to give my homebrew 3d-printed cootie key a workout. All contacts were made with my dominate hand however, sideswiping is still enough of a challenge that I didn't try any left handed keying. Thanks to all the ops that make this a great event, 73 Mike
This was my first WES since learning CW. It was so much fun. Thank you for organizing these things! I look forward to joining again.
Had lots of fun using my home brew cootie and straight key for this one. Too many other things to do this weekend so only got on a little each morning. Not brave enough to send with my left hand since I only build right handed keys :)
My home brew key was made with my 3D printer and uses 22 shells for contacts. Inside the key is a pixie single band radio and 8 AAA batteries.
I didn't have a power switch so I soldered the batteries in place on Friday evening and used the little radio all weekend :)
I made 17 contacts on a single frequency without trying very hard. It was fun!
You can download and print your own copy of this key from Thingiverse at https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2907501
Attached is a photo of my pixie radio key and a matching powered speaker.
On to Dayton ! Hope to meet as many of the SKCC gang as possible. Safe journey to all attendees.
73 de N4ow AL 11375s
Not a lot of operating time this weekend with Mother's Day and my mother-in-law's 100th birthday party but I did manage to get some time behind the VizKey Vertical Bug and had a blast. Does it count that Curt homebrewed it and sent it to me? Probably not so I didn't claim any bonus. Thanks for the contacts in less than ideal conditions. Hope to see everyone in the SKS. Elecraft KX3 @ 100w to my 80 meter loop antenna. 73, Jim, N5JPX
A busy Saturday working WES,FISTS and SOTA ops !
Used the K2 and KX3 QRO, worked 40 and 20m on Saturday.
Only one QSO on Sunday, Mother's Day plans took center stage for the rest of the day !
No home key either, so not much of a score this WES, but a fun time as always.
See everyone next month......
73 de Bradenton, FL
I loved the theme this month!
I was only able to operate for an hour on Saturday, but made 11 SKCC contacts and introduced 2 others to SKCC. I used the homebrew cootie (see QRZ) and my non-dominant hand...challenging, but rewarding.
73 to all,
Fun operating with homebrew keys. This one most parts were on hand like the ole ground buss and furniture leg pad (left over from a cootie project:) only had to got get a spring, one philips screw and a couple of nuts.
Saturday was pretty productive with a couple instances of a pileup :)
Sunday some in the morning put Mothers Day with several long distance trips after 15:30 UTC.
Didn't get back until the WES was over but the wife, son and daughter were happy.
Thanks for the QSO's. Again, it was fun.
73...SKCC the KEY to Amateur Radio
Wish I had been able to play more.
Samo... K2 5wts g5rv 35ft n/s inv vee...rtty qrm agn...hi... wow, lots new mbrs agn... wow,,, who will be 19000. !!!! I wouldn't want to send that many times with all the ZEROS... Ha. Ha. Bands were not too good... tnx to board mbrs. . 73 cu ltr as JUNE WES will be here soon.... time flys....ha. pix is my design , : DUBBUG : fast dits and slow dits..
73. Dave firstname.lastname@example.org
Operated about 3 1/2 hours QRP on Sunday all on 20M. Had to stop for a Mother's Day dinner. Used a K3 @ 5W, a Hex Beam and HB cootie. Check the picture, big brother is in the back ground. Band seemed in fair condition. Worked the West and East coasts with NS the farthest Northern contact. Thanks again to the WES organizer for the efforts for the contest. hope to be QRV for next month
The QSB was a major factor this weekend. There were times signals would just fade completely and the QSO would be a NIL. Very frustrating. My apologies to those I couldn't pull out of the noise. I know you could hear me.Good to work so many new numbers. Shout out to Brian KZ4P who wasn't really in the contest. We had a nice rag chew and traded e-mails later on. His number is 18695 so work him if you hear him. As usual, thanks to all the folks for participating. Love the variety of keying styles and unique fists. 73 Paul NG7Z
Tough conditions. Heard many more stations than I could work, including several F calls and CT8, but propagation just wouldn't carry my little 5 watt pea shooter through well enough to be heard.
In and out of the shack attending QRP Club Meeting, doing general chores getting a few new T's and S's logged. Thanks for the contacts.
6AG7 VFO with 807 amp at 20w output. Dipoles at 40'.
This month's bonus was a natural for me. I always use a homebrew key made from an industrial push button. I will get a real key, but the radio, tuner, power supply, and antenna had to come first.
The photo is courtesy of the XYL, KC1NS, NR 18600. She made her first CW contact during this WES.
W1TAG was my first contact this weekend on 40m and was my last contact on 80m.
This WES gave me a lot of practice and I feel more confident. Thanks for another fun event.
Poor conds for QRP work in my site. I only worked with Bob F6EJN - the only station that heard my QRP signal. I thank to Bob and congratulate him on his great hearing.
I was using an old TS-690S with reduced power to QRP 5W output into an indoor half-size G5RV antenna in a loft of my house and straight key Junker.
I look forward to next WES and hope to better conds.
73, Roman (SKCC #18573)
Just returned from my trip to EA8 Gran Canaria, and had little time to prepare. Used my "Halloween" key from 2017 and keyed with left hand, with hte key on my lap.
Luc - ON7DQ
Not much time to spend on this WES. Used my homebrewed cootie for the first time. Hacksaw blade lever in 3D printed standoffs mounted on a homemade Oak base. Lots of fun although conditions were only so-so.
That was fun in spite of conditions. Looked outside a couple of times to see if my antenna had fallen down. All QSOs with the wooden straight key in pic, not the Vibroplex. Thanks to all.
Too many irons in the fire to really play. I built this (Flintstone Key) a while back and it is actually very nice to operate. I made a video as a joke if you wish to see it click on this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jteQjdUdndY.
Hope I have more time next WES. Gary
Introducing the BasemenTechie UGLY-1. I committed to build my homebrew key for this month from junk around the house. Very resilient, clean contact, very ugly. What most surprised me was how well I could hammer with my left hand. First time I tried. Bands were tough in the daytime at my end, but as always, WES is a lot of fun!
HB key - scrap plexiglass, junk box hardware and a one dollar drawer pull knob. - Great fun.
There's a closeup of the key on my QRZ page.
Key was made with a wood saw, clamps, and a wood screw contact. Sorry for the band fist due to left-handed sending. Great fun as always.
Due to poor conditions and other commitments I only had limited time to participate in the WES. I even made a homebrew cootie out of an old knife, which worked surprisingly well. I hope to have more time in the next WES. 73 de Steve VK7CW
Had to use the Outlaw Cootie #1 as the Outlaw Cootie #2 was given to Outlaw #5,my friend K2HT for a birthday present. Only one QSO- xyl feeling bad and kids were here. was still fun.
Condions Poor QRN & line noise Pluss RTTY on 40 Dave
I was out on a SOTA activation, Mt Barnabe in Marin County Ca, and realized the WES was still on. I answered a few CQs but no reply. But then there was good ole N8KR. Thanks KEN. I was using a KX2 at 10 watts to a 53 foot end fed wire and my trusty J47 leg mount key.
My first SKCC weekend fun. Homemade key from wood and aluminum foil... think I'll not use that one again! ;-)
Not a lot of time to put into the WES but it's a good one when I have contacts on 10 meters. Even had one on 6 meters with N8KR, FL to IN, Ken's first QSO on that band. He was using his 40 meter antenna and I was using a Hustler mobile antenna. Wish could have had more activity on the higher bands. No homemade key here. See you next month and hope sporadic-E will stick around.
Lousy mid-day conditions both days, but it all worked out. Tough to judge the other guy's copying speed, as many seemed to be sending slower with the HB keys. In the picture below, I have a paper towel over my regular WU key to keep me from grabbing it. The HB key worked pretty well. Will definitely keep it for future torture events. Thanks to all for helping keep me warm in the mid 50 degree cellar at our camp in Maine!
Used a HB hacksaw blade cootie. Thanks to prior advice from Mike, K5MP,("increase the contact spacing") I finally got the contact spacing right and enjoyed the event even more. 73, Jim
Very limited time this weekend and the condx were pretty poor when I was able to get on. We had a lot of thunderstorm activity as well. Ran K3 at 100w to the 160m horiz. loop.
My HB cootie dubbed the "2nd Amendment Special" was put together on Thur/Fri. All parts were on hand except the tatoo machine post contacts. Dremeled an empty unprimed .45 casing lengthwise to accept the hacksaw blade then pushed a round-nose 230gr bullet in against the blade. D/T a 2 lb chunk of steel for the hardboard key base - ran out of time to cut the #8 screws off. The finger pieces are Welcome Home "wooden nickles" we hand out at to Vets at our local Vietnam Veterans chapter #172.
I was surprised at how well the key worked - I was able to send just as well as with my store bought cooties albeit with a little more noise but it worked without a single glitch.
73 de West Virginia where your 2A rights are not infringed upon - at least not yet.
Don't know if it was propagation or ant pattern but 30% of contacts in TX, GA, MO, CO.
K6ELQ and KF6C big sigs on 20 and 40.
Ant 84ft endfed at 30ft.
This was fun but conditions were lousy. Seemed like participation was down. Got bored and didn't put in the hours this time. Spring clip key worked pretty good once I got used to it.
Back in noisy (QRN) CA QTH after 2 sprints from my quiet SC QTH. Still had fun though time was cut short for mom's day activities of course.
I hope everyone enjoys the WESs and SKSs as much as I do! Thanks to the staff and all the ops who make SKCC great! After this one, I have a lot more confidence with my cooties.
No one asked for repeats, so either I did OK or everyone is using Ron's logger! ;-)
Was going to operate this one portable from the spine of Laurel Mountain, but threat of T-storms kept me at home. Maybe next month...
KX3, amp, ZS6BKS doublet and my homebrew "ByGolly" cootie. 73 --Jay
I've been absent for over almost a year. My LEGO key was last used in a WES in 2011. Thought it needed a an AIRing out. (Pun intended) Not a lot of time for QSOs but getting back to the radio was fun. Happy to all the moms.
Worked first part from home QTH and then Sunday while camping about 40mi from home. Both locations used LNR MTR 3B at 3 to 4 watts and endfed half wave ant. Tnx to all who copied my QRP sig. 73 Ken
Well, I started out Saturday on 10m and had a nice little band opening, so I decided to do the entire sprint on 28.050. However, Sunday the band went kaput, so had to make some contacts on 20m and 40m. Used my Cheese-block & Paper Clip Key made for me by member-friend Tom K1TSW. Ran 75 watts from my IC-7000 to a vertical. Amazing, as with all the home-brew keys out there, I didn't heard any bad cw sending... all good! Fun event!
Great WES.... Tnx to all I worked...
Picked another 40 new ones for my S Quest
In and out at different times during the weekend, mostly S&P on 40 and 20 meters. As usual, picked up some new numbers and picked up some awards points. No HB key so no bonus points this time. Challenging conditions but fun as always.
Kenwood TS590SG @100 watts to 68ft. horizontal loop in attic up 25 ft.
Yaesu FT-857D @75 watts to a 40M dipole 5 ft off ground. 1942 Vibroplex Original bug.
Saturday evening went very well, but the bottom fell out on Sunday. All on 40M - I hooked up my Buddipole and attempted to work QRP on 20M (Sunday), but heard very little.
Still - these events are always fun for me. Thanks to everyone for the QSOs!
73 & See you next month - Andy, WA5RML
I operated from my camper while camped at French Creek State Park in southeaster Pennsylvania.
Right before we left, I threw together a homebrew straight key, using parts scavenged from an earlier key project. The lever is a piece of thin fiberglass and the bottom contact is part of a magnet cabinet latch. I didn't have anything suitable for a knob, so I just used a piece of self-adhesive foam. Surprisingly, this thing had a pretty good feel to it. I had fun despite the variable band conditions and storms passing through the area. 73, Craig WB3GCK
Only had a few minutes to sneak in a couple of Qs! Hope everyone had a blast - I did! 72/73, Steve WB4OMM
Military cross-band test, Arkansas QSO party, and ... OH! In the MacGyver fashion, I realized I had to fabricate a make-shift morse code key quickly or die! I started with only a piece of string, a paper clip and a bowling ball and quickly realized that wasn't going to work. Then I spotted an old WECO 2500 phone and using my trusty Swiss army knife, took it apart, wired the N.O. side of the on-hook/off-hook switch and connected it to my IC-7200! This set up works, but it takes quite a bit of concentration and effort using my non-dominant hand to send... since my right hand wasn't available?... because it was copying code and logging contacts? It was fun. 73 and c u all agn! Guy WB5UAA
20M was murder. Most of the day it was open short path only. I made 14 contacts on 20M in CA and I live in CA. Finally it opened briefly Saturday evening. Only good think was I got about 15 unique C,T, and S's towards my Tx7.
Didn't start the sprint until 5:30 PM on Sunday, but managed to make a couple contacts on 40.
A better Saturday than Sunday local time but still was fun as usual. As always, thanks for pulling out the weak ones, we might just be QRP.
Not much time for WES. Lot of stations on, however. As always, ton of fun. 73's to all.
Rig this month was again the Flex 3000 at 5 watts with the Czech military key into a dipole. Thanks to K4BAI being patient with my puny-weak signal to make my last contact this afternoon! That was like pulling teeth, I'm sure.
40 worked best for me. Did not spend as much time as I wanted but had lots of fun. 73 All
Just took it easy this time around, popped in a few times. Seemed like crummy band condx so I didn't consider it a loss. Using my new W1SFR cootie, still not quite used to the feel but getting better.
Despite limited operating time, it was a blast. Worked the last 4 Q's QRP. Thanks, guys.
Another rough weekend band wise. But still a lot of fun. I made a sideswiper/cootie key but of course am not up to speed on using it as a cootie. So I just used one side for the key. Since I am having issues with my hand shaking after about 30 minutes on the straight key, this sideways keying was just the trick. It worked for me. Now to getting better at the cootie. Ran my IC-7300 at 5 watts into the ZS6BKW on 40 meters and the Hex Beam on 20 meters. Great fun as usual and thanks to the organizers and of course all those that could hear me and a couple that I couldn't pull out. Maybe next time. Best 72/73 from Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. Dave
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