|37||W7OS||Doc Spike Museum||2714T||WA||70||33||31/27/2||1,492||4,547|
|30||W7OS||Doc Spike Museum||2714T||WA||70||33||31/27/2||1,492||4,547|
|AK: 1 / 5||AL: 5 / 168||AR: 1 / 1||ARG: 1 / 3||AUS: 1 / 25|
|AZ: 2 / 110||BC: 1 / 27||BEL: 3 / 76||BUL: 1 / 44||CA: 9 / 180|
|CO: 1 / 17||CT: 3 / 82||CZE: 1 / 3||DE: 1 / 30||ENG: 1 / 11|
|ESP: 1 / 30||FL: 8 / 236||FRA: 3 / 58||GA: 8 / 235||GER: 1 / 7|
|ID: 1 / 11||IL: 7 / 201||IN: 4 / 174||ITA: 2 / 9||KS: 5 / 212|
|KY: 2 / 52||LA: 1 / 108||MA: 3 / 65||MB: 1 / 10||MD: 7 / 336|
|ME: 2 / 225||MI: 7 / 224||MN: 1 / 2||MO: 13 / 389||MS: 1 / 22|
|NC: 2 / 29||NED: 1 / 2||NH: 3 / 25||NJ: 5 / 89||NM: 1 / 3|
|NS: 1 / 7||NY: 6 / 195||OH: 7 / 181||OK: 4 / 72||ON: 3 / 141|
|OR: 2 / 77||PA: 6 / 265||POL: 1 / 7||POR: 2 / 122||PR: 1 / 10|
|SC: 1 / 69||SCO: 1 / 9||TN: 5 / 138||TX: 15 / 462||UT: 2 / 68|
|VA: 7 / 193||VT: 1 / 31||WA: 4 / 142||WI: 3 / 173||WV: 4 / 208|
|WY: 2 / 325|
Just thought I would make a contact during the contest. Used a homebrew 6146 10W Xtal Xmtr.
Chased some Xtal stations. TRAP VERT with 80W just there. 40m KF7WNS (14X)..20M KK7H...W3NP(48x) and KF7WNS(14x) logged for AA6AC CA Bob/3 6276S.. KENWOOD TS830S (3 tubes)
My thanks to the crystal controlled Members. You brought back 1952 menories of my being a 12 year old kid with a 6L6 transmitter and 2 80 meter crystals earning an ARRL WAS Award. In the Iowa winters, I kept my Cherios milk in the window for my breakfast at my station before school. In the other seasons, I had to waste radio time going down stairs to the kitchen for it. VFO's are a blessing from the RF Gods.
Band conditions were about the worst that I've seen in a long time. Add the passing T-Storms and I consider myself lucky to have logged 52 entries.
That was a fun WES, but I missed a lot of old friends. No matter what, I couldn't reach Bert, F6HKA, Jerry, K6III or any of the Missouri Outlaws. On the bright side, I did reach Ward, ON8WR, a new contact for me and my only across the pond QSO.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing everyone in the next WES or maybe sooner. Jim
A few contacts when I had time. Thanks to the folks running tube gear. TenTec Argonaut V at 5 watts and 80 m OCF doublet. 72 all Peter
Had a great time in this WES even though I didn't get to work as many hours as I would have liked. Ran two homebrew tube, crystal controlled transmitters (one for 20 M and one for 40 M) Both rigs were QRP - just under 5 watts out on both. Used my straight key in both cases. Worked Cuba, Portugal, Bulgaria as SKCC DX, which is always a thrill to me (working DX in a WES) Thanks again, SKCC WES organizers, for a wonderful event.
Condx were not that good but fun was at its maximum with top-class ops. Once again thanks everybody. GL and best 73...de Carlos CT1BQH
Again lots of fun !
I was alternating between a 4 tube/Xtal homemade TX, about 70 W, lent by my friend Carlos, CT1BQH and a Flex 1500 + one GI46B tube linear amplifier, 100 W.
Also during Sunday I did some WES calls with an ART13 / BC348 but propagation to USA at that time did not help. Antenas were vertical, end fed and a dipole. Keys used were a Czech straight key a Blue Racer and a Lionel J36 bug.
Thanks to all and 73 de Carlos, CT7AFN
Very limited time due to numerous storms with torrential rains. I had to disconnect the antennas several times. The QRN level was high on all bands with static crashes at S7/S9. I finally gave up. Thanks for the QSOs and I hope it will be better the next time 73. Bert
Few stations (virtually nil) heard from NA. But interestingly good sigs from Portugal which is south of here. This has been the same for quite a few months now. Anyway - all good fun.
A great reason to fire up my HW100! Dipped in and out and had great fun. Bands were variable but adequate for some reasonable dx from time to time. A few Americans heard me and, as others have mentioned, terrific propagation to Portugal.
Swan 350B RTX, Yaesu FL2100B PA and 2 el QUAD ant.
73 de Emil, I5EFO (13262s)
Couldn't spend much time this WES but still great fun.
Bands were not great, but it was fun working some stations on 10 meters on Sunday.
Picture is of Jelm Mountain WY (pronghorn in foreground). My /p station is in the second saddle to the left (south) from the top. The observatory is a bit over 10K'at the top, and I am just about 9K'. Condx not great, but QSO's were fairly steady, and some really nice surprises (VK7CW- 2 hours after sunset on 20 meters for example). New DX for me was Carlos CT7AFN (POR), Noe CM8NMN (CUB). Great to QSO again with Steve VK7CW (AUS), Max KH6ZM (HI), and Bob (WL7WH). Tnx to Jim - ND9M/7, the other "/7" for giving me WY. Many others from ME to CA, and ID to FL, many QSO's with Canadians - thanks to all. Antenna - ZS6BKW- variant of the G5RV, TS-480SAT on generator, 100 watts, Czech military key. 73 John K0FTC/7
Enjoyed working the Boat Anchor stations and reading all the comments, pix's. Great memories thanks to all stations worked...
Wow a lot of math this time!
Fun event made contacts on 6 and 10 meters, been a long time since heard stations on those bands in WES. Hope to have more operating time next month. 73 and thanks
Bought a Japanese bathtub key at a hamfest Saturday morning . Had it adjusted in time to use it in the contest by 11)00. The key worked great. was very smooth. See picture below.
Thanks to all the stations I worked. It was a fun weekend. The TR-3 and RV-4 had issues on Saturday, so I had to use the KNWD TS-590SG. Spent some time on the TR-3 getting it breathing again out and used it all day Sunday with /21 tube bonus. Worked OK on 40 putting out about 175 Watts, but only about 30 on 80, and wouldn't do anything on 20 and up. Still enjoyed every QSO.
Only had first three hours to operate. Had house guests the rest of the weekend. Sorry I missed the fun but thank you for your QSO's and for those Bonus Points ( Especially W3NP 48X)
Reduced the length of my sloped End Fed Random Wire antenna from 59' to 53'. That reduction in length made it a better performer on 40 meters. Maybe it is me, but I never hear any SKCC WES activity on 80 meters late at night. IC-7200 / 53' EFRW Jody - K3JZD
Not much time, off and on. Thanks for the Qs. 73 Dale K3SEN FTdx-1200 / Diamond BB7V
I spent most of the weekend on 6 meters in the VHF test chasing Grid Squares. WES got off to a very slow start. One member found me on 6 and I had my Straight Key ready to give him the WES exchange.
73 Chas K3WW
Time limited this weekend, primarily due to ARRL VHF Contest and good Sunday conditions on six M.
Also Church and Sunday School and family events including a grandson's baseball game. Thanks for all QSOs, especially the tube and crystal controlled tube guys. Somoe of your signals were very chirpy and I sent your reports with a "C." 73, John, K4BAI.
Power went out for a couple of hours Saturday evening due to a thunderstorm and wind. It was still a fun event. thanks for the QSOs!!
TU all fer a great event, its always a pleasure to operate with some many nice folks!!
GB es 73
Hi from Amarillo
15 watts output with TenTec Argonaut V
Noted bands were in pathetic shape at times and other times not too bad.
Tough conditions this month but always fun! Thanks to all for the Q's.
73 es Adios
Andy - K5VI
El Paso, Texas
Made one WES QSO on 6M and one on 10M...The other two were on 40M 6M was HOT and I was there most of the time.
AWOL this weekend. Gone Saturday and saw some needed S/T on SKCC Skimmer on Sunday and pounced. Two of them had lots of tubes and were xtal-controlled in addition to being new T's (to me).
First WES with DX-60 and SX-111. Only on the air for a couple of hours, but great fun! Appreciative comments from other ops for the 18X bonus points. Would love to see the Boat Anchor theme several times a year!
Casual ops - did manage to find several new SKCC numbers.
Poor solar minimum conditions, but surprisingly managed to log 25 QSOs!
Guess I need to invest in something with more tubes than 6..See you next month..
Had to go to a family cookout on Sunday, and the bands were lousy all weekend, so I only logged 5 QSOs. Still, it was fun to once again fire up the boat anchors, and experience a smile of satisfaction as I received my signal reports with a "C" proudly affixed to the end! The sound of history, long live the mighty chirp!!
I had a weekend filled with family activities and only could grab less than 1.5 hours of radio time. Could only find 4 of my 13 QSOs on 20M and the rest on 40M.
A little more time this WES. Funny condx though
I only heard about the theme at the last minute, no time to fire up any of the tube gear. Station this month was a Ten Tec Corsair II and a Vibroplex Champion from 1956. I had a great time as always.
Gone most of the weekend but got in 20 minutes with 8 contacts, all on 20m. Crazy conditions, getting close-in contacts such as Illinois, Michigan...
Great fun putting my Hallicrafters HT32/SX101 on the air. This setup has a total of 35 tubes working and cost nearly $1k in 1958! S&P is challenging to zerobeat each station. Did get a run going which made thing easier. Fourty meters carried the load at this QTH. Apologies to those who had to copy my "bug" fist. Need more practice with it. The straight key still rules though. 73 to all and will be looking for you at the next event.
Conditions were rough here this weekend. Most contacts were on 40 meters. Just 3 contacts on 20 meters and no DX this month. CUL.
Tried working QRPp, but no one would acknowledge, so I went to "full power" to QRP. Another busy weekend! Tnx to the organizers and the participates. Couldn't do without either. Used a K-2 to G5RV up 35 feet. 72, Phil
Only spent about 8 hours this time. Had a busy weekend. 20 meters was really bad.
Only one other crystal controlled boat anchor contacted. Used a DX60B and my Drake 2B.
My 1st CW contact in 30 years! Thanks to Frank for slowing down for me :)
I actually made 4 qso's from the park bench across the street from my apartment in the first hour-and-a-half Saturday morning; but I lost my paper log, so no record, no score. Rick, N8XI was kind enough to email me the record of our qso, so I hereby officially claim 1 qso. WES is always fun!
Strong thunderstorms in the area Saturday and generally poor propagation over the contest period.
Nice event but not much time to participate. Thanks to W3NP and W8HOG for xtal bonuses.
Was fun as usual . missed some with QSB and QRN .TNX to those using Vintage rigs & the bonus Points. Best 73 to all Don
It was lots of fun, as usual.
I would like to thank all my contacts, and especially Bill NZ0T, who gave me 24 bonus points.
Since I only use boatanchor gear year round, I always look forward to the boatanchor theme WES. But I was a little disappointed this year. There didn't seem to be a whole lot of activity. RBN indicated that I was getting out okay. But I had a lot of dry spells calling CQ.
The rig this year TX: KnightKit T-150A (8 tubes), 100 watts, crystal control. RX: Drake 2-B/2BQ Q-multiplier (12 tubes), Gonset Monitone CW monitor (2 tubes) for a total of 22 tubes. Fan dipole antenna and Vibroplex straight key.
Running 50 watts from my 2NT. QSB was really tough this time and noise level took out a number of stations...sorry to those I couldn't copy. I always look forward to exercising the tube rigs.
Limited time this weekend. The 40-meter band was hopping when I was on. Thanks for all the contacts folks. See you again down the log.
Big thank you to the Boat Anchor guys. Was hoping to knock out my "s" this weekend, came up 11 short. Thanks to all.
73 de Mike
We had a house full of grandkids all weekend but managed to sneak in a little operating. Had to get my CW fix. It was fun as always!
First Sprint, I prefer using QRP, 3 wts/HW8 rig, Windom ant,)
Casuals ops ---- poor propagation conditions.
Almost NO HF Iono PROP & Man made SIG... Thinking of going BK to landlines...???
Hasta la vista Sol Cycle 24!
TA33 - 50W - French SARAM (2nd Mod) SK but used by the Luftwaffe in WWII
TU KP4SJ, AH6AX, AF4K for 21MHz QSO´s BCNU, 73 Walt- ..- ZUT
Great turnout on 20 meters this month
Was /P /QRP from my sister's backyard in Dallas, TX. Thanks for the contacts Ray W5TMT and John K0FTC.
Great WES. Can't wait for the next one.
Limited time this weekend and rain Saturday cut operating time to nil. Managed to sqeak a minutes in Sunday afternoon on 20m. Thank you for the QSO. 73 Mike
Saturday the QSB on 20 was like an empty elevator shaft, stations were going from 589 to 000 before an exchange could be completed. Sunday got very interesting with brief openings on 15,10,&6 the Clubs RBN was a great help in grabbing some contacts on those bands. Thanks to all the "Boat Anchor" ops who added lots of FUN to this WES. 73 to all, de N4ow AL 11375s
Qsb very bad for qrp,but got a few off and on
I had to work the WES as time allowed this weekend but had a lot of fun and found the bands to be very cooperative. Thanks for the QSO and a special thanks to the boat anchors for the bonus points. KX3 with the KXPA100 and PX3 Panadapter to my 80 meter horizontal loop. 73, Jim
No time for WES this weekend...just too busy with other stuff.
Conditions weren’t the best, but managed to work 40 & 20m.
Used the K1 & K2 this time around with my Vibroplex Blue Racer Bug.
Still had a good time thou, got a couple of Europe stations !
Thanks to the ops again, you guys are great !
See y’all next month....
73 de Bradenton, FL
Tnx fer the qsos. Worked 40 only. Lots of qrn and qsb made it a struggle but was fun as usual . Hpe to cu all next month. God Bless. 73 Ron
Well that was fun!!
Alternated between my Ten Tec OMNI VII (VFO) and Heathkit HW-16 on 7111 with a 3555 XTAL.
There were lightning crashes and the propagation was up and down.
Keys used with OMNI VII: Speed-X Str Key and Vibroplex 1977 Original Deluxe.
HW-16 a Brass Western Electric Str Key and a Vibroplex 1945 Lightning Bug.
Thanks for the exchanges
SKCC, The KEY to Amateur Radio
Hi.. Dave hr, argo 6 418 amp 80 wts g5rv n/s inv vee.. use DUBBUG and benches stkey... was bad hr for me on qrp..so I put more on my electric bill.. ha..tnx to brd mbrs agn.. a nice monthly fun deal. So see you after the 4TH of JULY.. Snow will be hr agn shortly.. ha.
Tnx cul 73. Dave n9zxl DUBBUG originator.
Operated portable at Glendo State Park in east central Wyoming where my XYL and I are volunteer campground hosts for the next few weeks. The few trees that we have are short, so my OCF dipole is up all of 20 feet. Add to that regular high winds (> 40 MPH) made for an interesting weekend. Thanks to all of the tube ops out there for putting the "real radios" on the air!
First ever WES
Operated with K3 at 5W and a panadapter, Hex Beam and vertical for 40M, but mostly 20M. Worked POR and BEL. Used a newly nodified TBKII side swiper from W1SFR, very smooth.
not a big effort but did finally get my wife to enter. NE1F made a few contacts.
A busy weekend here in TX.
Managed to work a few stations with the old Swan boat anchor
at 90W using 14 tubes into a dipole with a Kent straight key.
Thanks to all, 73’s
Again as in the May sprint, it was tough going for me on 20M both days. Each Q was hard won and I treasured each one. It's difficult to gauge the participation level based on what I could hear, which isn't much due to my crummy antenna. The sked page was quite active but 9 times out of 10 I couldn't hear the ops who posted their QRG. So I was left to CQ'ing a lot and hoping I could be heard. The east coast from AZ was practically non existant on both 20M and 40M. So the mult count was low. Having said this, I did a lot better this month than last month. And that's what keeps me in the chair. Thanks to all for the Q's and see you next month. 73 Paul NG7Z
Not a lot of time to get on the radio but had fun; Glad to see NE1F & NF1O getting on, though I missed working them.
Kenwood TS-530S, Junker Key, and K2RFP Sprint Logger.
Lysco 600, 20W, 5 tubes, dipoles at 40'
Warmed up my Drake "fraternal" twins. T-4XB and R-4A. Much bigger workload than my K3 but lot's of fun! Antennas - 2 element 5 band quad at 40' and 160 meter loop fed with window line. Bencher RJ-2 key.
I always look forward to the WES. Like last month, it gave me a lot of practice and a lot of new numbers.
This month, I convinced my XYL, KC1NS, to give it a try as well.
Stormly weekend and very, very poor condx - my favorite QRP was inapplicable. I turned the power knob to QRO 50 W output, but I still had a trouble to make a QSO. On Saturday I tried to call several stations on 40 and 20 m band but without a positive result. On Sunday - between 9.00 and 11.00 UTC - I managed to do my only 3 QSOs in this WES (CT1BQH, F6HKA and F6EJN - thanks a lot, guys).
It was very hard work but I'm looking forward to the next WES.
TCVR - old TS-690S with QRO power 50 W output
ANT - indoor half-size G5RV in a loft of my house
STRAIGHT KEY - small German TKP "Mouse"
73 and CU in the next WES
Not much time for WES sri. Hope for more time next month. Used a brandnew Vibroplex bug (my first bug!) and made many errors ... will get better with practice I hope ;-)
I had a lot of fun this WES, worked a lot of American stations.
We'll have to look for more european stations!
Hallicrafters S-107 receiver
73 de Gabriel, SWL-99
also SWL I5-2701
Challenging QSB this WES. Sunday conditions were much improved over Saturday's propagation, 40 meters being very noisy. Weather was great here so popped in and out both days as time permitted. Had a great time as usual.
Larry VA3NU 73
I could only operate for part of the final hour of this WES
This month's theme created all sorts of pileups, but then again so did the strange band condx... It was also fun to listen in on the 6m openings during the June VHF. Fun as usual, for the 10 hours operating I could afford this weekend. See you next month!
I found propagation to be poor, but it was still great fun to get the tube gear on the air again and hunt for X's. Sending was done with the straight key and bug. My DX40, VF1, and Blue Racer were donations from Steve VE7SL - Thanks Steve!
Another enjoyable WES, however I didnt have a lot of time to participate. Sunday afternoon (local) on 20m was very good conditions into NA. Thanks to all who worked me. 73 de Steve VK7CW #10820S
Not a lot of time to spend on WES, but had fun. Using Elecraft K3s at 100 watts and a 250 ft loop up 10 ft. key was a Wm Nye set of paddles wired as a cootie
Didn't put a lot of time into it. Was primarily trying to work 15, 10, and 6 meters. It was a challenge on 6 with ARRL VHF contest going on. Glad to make a few contacts anyhow. FT-450D 100w to Hustler mobile antenna, Speed-X knock-off straight key. Will be on the higher bands more during the day on weekdays. 73
Great weekend! The Es openings on Sunday were fun, and is was nice to see so many bands in play for a change. My plans to run the old Eico 720 came to naught, as it developed problems this past week, and I lacked the stuff at our camp to fix it. So stuck with the usual KX3. Thanks to the guys who did the many-tube xtal work -- there are going to be some big scores!
Hmm, I wonder if K.I.S.S. could be applied to future SKCC activities?
48 (tubes) squared really adds up fast!! My score almost doesn't seem real.
The xmtr was a Johnson Viking II circa 1952 and the receiver was a R-390A paired with a Hammarlund HC-10. Also used a Johnson TR switch for switch-less changeover. The old radios worked flawlessly for all 97 contacts. I worked 14 stations with tube gear and 8 were xtal control. The x to x bonus was huge.
I used my new VizKey BFC "Big Fat Cootie" that I won during the NRR this year. Antenna was the 160m horizontal loop @ 50'. Had Q's on 80,40, and 20. Didn't have many crystals for 20 but had plenty on 40.
Conditions were downright horrible and I had T'storms all weekend with constant QRN.
Being a vintage gear guy - I had a lot of fun. Spent several days before the WES getting the rigs checked out and doing some maintenance.
Biggest disappointment was having a crystal only a khz away from a stn calling CQ and him not tuning around just a bit to hear me calling in vain.
Thanks & 73 - Dave
Didnt have any time to work the WES. Wish I had. Love the tubes theme!
This was my second WES, and I enjoyed more than the first one.
LOTS OF FUN!
Limited time to operate but what time I did have was a lot of fun. My rig Johnson Adventurer (20 watts output) crystal controlled and Drake 2B/2BQ receiver. Key was my new Camel Back, handmade by Kelly K7SU. Thanks for the QSO's.
Not much operating time between thunderstorms. Ran a HT-32B, HT-33a, and R-390A for a total of 50 tubes.
This was my first WES. Nothing like a good straight key contest to limber up the stiff wrists and alot more fun than yard work in the Texas heat !
Fun event! Thanks to all of the ops who brought out their boat anchors.
Good signals never die, they just fade away! Every time a station sailed around the first mark I lost em in the 20M QSB. A fun regatta anyhow. Thanks to KF7WNS, W7OS and K6GCN for supplying so many squared tubes.
Multi-op, running Collins 75A4 and WRL Globe Champ: 38 tubes, xtal control. Got called out by K2OO for chirp, hope it wasn't too offensive. Otherwise, had a great time, TNX for the Qs.
It was good to hear tube rigs again!
I found the "short skip" on 20 very interesting. I spent more time doing the WES than I usually do and my score reflects that.
Storms were bad, had to pull the plug more than once due to thunder and lightening. Managed to connect with N4OW on 10, 15, and 20, all with in an hour, thanks. 10 new numbers. Interesting how numerous 599 stations couldn't hear me, but many 449 stations were able to connect. Looking forward to more Brag contacts.
Great time exercising the DX20 and Drake 2B with the NC183 as my cw monitor. Switching and tuning was a chore and I apologize if. I missed someone’s call. Now I remember why back in my novice days every QSO was a prize! Do have to find some rocks that get me on 20 meters where the action was hot!
73 to all and catch you next time!
Allot of family stuff this weekend so not much operating time....
Did pick up some of the bonus points and more towards my S.
Only 9 away from the S
Condtions on 40 and 20 on Saturday made you work for your contacts, while 20 was short and hopping with stations on Sunday afternoon and stations I would usually work on 40M were plentiful on 20M. Had a nice little run on 15M Sunday afternoon after answering AF4K's call to 15 on the Sked page. Loved working several boatanchor stations, W3NP must have the record with 48 tubes, with W7OS possibly #2 with 38; 5 of 8 boatanchor QSO's were using crystals. No boatanchor rig here this year, but maybe next year. A fun WES for sure.
Hardly any time to operate unfortunately. Used a Viking 2 and 75A-4. Hopefully next month will be better.
Although I've been a member since 2010, this is the very first time I've ever participated in an SKCC activity - I guess better late than never! Only made 6 QSOs "to try out the system." Very impressive SKCC website, variety of activities, informative newsletter and useful information. I think "this could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship." Been 100% CW for over 55 years and partial to my bug and Cootie. Enjoy ragchewing, DXing and QRP. Don't own a mic. Everybody has a mouth but how many people have a good fist?? CW Forever! 73, Stan
I operated from Valley Forge National Park for a few hours on Saturday. It was hot and the QRN from storms in the area was deafening at times but it was fun.
Fun WES. 20m was weak for the whole sprint, but 40m was not bad. Looking forward to the SKS.
Started off with my Drake 2NT/2C/2CQ (9x) but I was struggling with a "no so selective" receiver. Switched to my IC-7410 huntin' and poucin' for the rest of the 24 hours. Tnx, and C U all agn! Guy WB5UAA
I made more contacts than I usually do in a WES, trying out a newly built QRP Labs QCX40 transceiver, running 4-5 watts. Used a Bencher straight key, and antenna was a 40 meter dipole at 15 feet. Thanks for the contacts. 73, Art
Tried to dust off the Swan but it didn't cooperate. Will figure it out for the next boat anchor run. Still a good time. Working 5 watts with everyone is always a treat but when I was questioning my antenna and conditions, I worked both CT1BQH & ON8WR on my 5 watts. Thanks Carlos & Ward. Guess my station is working fine.
Conditions were not too bad. Good fun. 73's
Thanks for all the guys who listened for my puny-weak 5w signal. The bands weren't too cooperative until near the end of the Sprintathon. My last contact was CT1BQH in Portugal from TX with 5 watts! Carlos was doing all the work, there was a lot of QSB but he stuck with me. The rig again this time was a Czech military key, Flex 3000 at 5 watts and doublet at 30 feet. I just finished rebuilding my old Drake L-4B so maybe I'll give it a workout next time!
Bands started to become lively toward the end. 3 2-way QRP QSOs. Mostly US but Portugal and Canada also worked, worked 20 & 40 M bands. Pictured is my new cootie, the Torsion Bar Cootie/Paddle designed and made for me by Steve Roberts, W1SFR. 72 to all who heard/worked me - Rick
I thought these sprints were supposed to be fun. I had to work for a lot of the contacts but all in all it was still a lot of fun. Thanks to all those that managed to pull out my signal and also to the organizers. Rig was the IC-7300 running 5 watts into either the G5RV on 40 meters or the Hex beam on 20 meters. Best 73/73 from Wild and Wonderful West Virginia, Dave