|48||AA9BL||Long Family DX Contest Group||12550||IN||63||32||20/29/3||400||3,021|
|69||K4INC||Great Outdoors Radio Club||3702||NC||34||21||5/20/2||675||1,674|
|199||KK6JOL||Stephen P. Cramer||13075||CA||7||7||1/6/0||75||199|
|221||KG6UBG||Michael L. Jones||12676||CA||7||6||3/0/2||0||97|
|10||K4INC||Great Outdoors Radio Club||3702||NC||34||21||5/20/2||675||1,674|
|31||KK6JOL||Stephen P. Cramer||13075||CA||7||7||1/6/0||75||199|
|37||AA9BL||Long Family DX Contest Group||12550||IN||63||32||20/29/3||400||3,021|
|167||KG6UBG||Michael L. Jones||12676||CA||7||6||3/0/2||0||97|
|AK: 1 / 14||AL: 7 / 300||AR: 1 / 6||ARG: 1 / 72||AZ: 3 / 222|
|BRA: 2 / 6||CA: 14 / 710||CO: 5 / 347||CT: 3 / 135||CZE: 1 / 44|
|DE: 1 / 1||ENG: 2 / 9||FL: 10 / 347||FRA: 3 / 139||GA: 4 / 252|
|GER: 1 / 14||ID: 1 / 109||IL: 6 / 217||IN: 4 / 157||KS: 4 / 294|
|KY: 2 / 42||LA: 3 / 39||MA: 8 / 224||MB: 3 / 50||MD: 6 / 265|
|ME: 2 / 25||MI: 9 / 373||MN: 9 / 326||MO: 16 / 620||MS: 3 / 62|
|MT: 2 / 79||NC: 6 / 357||ND: 1 / 13||NE: 2 / 154||NH: 3 / 151|
|NJ: 9 / 468||NM: 1 / 18||NS: 2 / 45||NV: 1 / 14||NY: 10 / 157|
|OH: 11 / 614||OK: 6 / 207||ON: 7 / 151||OR: 5 / 95||PA: 3 / 307|
|PHI: 1 / 6||POL: 1 / 32||PR: 2 / 168||RI: 1 / 41||RSA: 1 / 14|
|SC: 4 / 293||SD: 1 / 33||SK: 2 / 20||TN: 4 / 157||TX: 12 / 631|
|UT: 1 / 2||VA: 7 / 222||VT: 1 / 22||WA: 1 / 6||WI: 4 / 438|
|WV: 2 / 38|
I had a lot of fun in the WES. I was able to spend the entire weekend working the Sprint. Didn't build a key this year, I read the rules to late. Thanks to all that participate. Merry Christmas and Happy New.
Well, I think the club call earned it's "C" on this WES. Thanks to all of you that helped out.
Wish I had paid closer attention--not only did I not realize it was WES, I love making my own keys and didn't make one for it. I was very happy to get on and make a few contacts though. Good time every time there's an SKCC event! Thanks all.
A fun sprint - just not much time to devote to it.
Been a long time since i participated in one of these. It was a lot of fun to be back on the bug again.
Nice band opening was able to work everyone I heard at only 5 watts.
Good WES and the bands were pretty good, too. I made a Scrooge key from a can opener, block of wood, a pencil and a rubber band. It worked ok, but after about 3 hours, I got tired of readjusting it. I went back to my "new" bug which is really Doug's, N3PDT, old bug. Thanks for the QSOs and especially Bert, F6HKA, for a new band. Merry Christmas, Jim
Thanks for another fun SKCC Weekend Sprintathon! I worked more than enough C/T/S members this weekend to apply for my Tribune endorsement. Mitch - AD0HJ
Had fun with my "Scrooge Key"! Thanks for the QSOs.
Not much time to operate with much of my focus this weekend on the ARRL 10 m contest. While I didn't finish off all the contacts needed for Tribune, I made good progress toward it. As usual, it was a lot of fun, and I look forward to doing it again.
Enjoyed it! Great to see new members taking part. Worked some of those Scrooge keys - y'all sounded good to me! Thanks for another great WES!
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noel - and... (MY personal favorite:) Mele Kalikimaka! (Santa, all I want for Christmas is a new TS-990S)
Larry in MD
Was doing the ARRL 10 meter contest with the KX3 at 5 watts, but went hog wild in the WES at 12 watts. Not enough fire in the wire to get through to K3NG from MN on 160, but had some results on shorter wavelengths. Great fun.
Poor band conditions on Saturday night and power failure on Sunday Morning during a QSO, but still had fun. Scrooge key lasted the whole contest-a first for me.
Running 10 watts from my Icom 703+ to my indoor Buddipole antenna. Just settled in at our new QTH in Oregon, so it was my first contacts from here. Bands seemed pretty poor but I'm not yet dialed in on propagation in this neck of the woods. Always enjoy the straight key! Used my J-37 and my Navy Flameproof for the few contacts I did make.
Only got to operate on Saturday, so could not decide on the bonus for the junk key...finally decided on the over two hours bonus....anyway, my "key" consisted of a National metal banjo fingerpick with one wire from my bug slipped underneath to make contact, and I keyed the rig by making contact with the other binding post. Worked great...infinitely adjustable action lol. As usual was QRP all the way, even giving my KD1JV MS-15 a little work on 15 and my new to me OHR 100A provided two new "T"s on 80. CU all next month.. or sooner if possible.
I really need to get on the air more. 73/72 Peter
I put together a scrooge key using a PC card blank off plate and a screw attached to a board - worked for first QSO and then the plate would not spring back, went back to regular key. I was in and out on Saturday and only got a few hours during the daytime and a few more in the late evening, no air time on Sunday - I was very happy with this WES -28 contacts, 4 of which were DX. I picked up enough T's and S's for Tx8 so this was a fantastic weekend, only wish I had more time on the air.
poor condx but fun as always !!
Merry xmas and a happy new year
Hope we meet as K3Y/EU
This was lots of fun considering that I had some malfunctions with my Scrooge Upside-Down Key. I had to do some tweaking and modifications to make it work. Propagation wasn't that great on the bands.
Word to the wise: "If you see an old plastic plastic case cover laying on the ground by the garbage, don't pick it up. Otherwise it will crack on you in many places. I had to use old fishing line to hold it together.
My miniature (60mm x 30mm) Scrooge Cootie Key worked better than I expected, just a few future improvements to have a usefull little key for portable operations.
I found the propagation not to be at his maximum, some contacts were done after several attempts, so many many thanks to all who heard my little signal on the other side of the pond !
See you soon during next year 2015.
Happy Christmas to everybody !
Bad conditions for me this week end running 300 W 3el half-sloper best happy new year 73 Chris
I only spared 6 hours in WES but was funny as always. Thank you for nice contacts and Happy Holidays to all. 73 Bert
Only managed about an hour overall and I thought the conditions not too good. Ashamed to say I
didn't get around to building a key for this WES, sorry. Did not hear any NA SKCC stations, but lots
of contests going on, 10m was buzzing with contesters. Stations worked in total = 4, all on 20m - S57YK / Bojan, OK2VWB / Vasek, HA4AA / Andras, and SP6JOE / Joe. Morse key used was a
recently renovated Navy key model AP5475, c1937.
73 John / GØRDO / SKCC 2133T
Sorry for very limited entry broken collar bone limited my activity.
Like many...limited time but enjoyed the Q's I did manage...Great comments on the Scrooge key setups 73 Rick
Only got on for a half hour...The building boss kept me busy with decorations because it was a nice day (59 degrees F).
Great WES. Wrkd all contacts S&P. Glad to be part of a great group.
73 Mike K0MC
Had fun with the scrooge key, but occasionally needed adjustment. Outlaw 1 was WA0BGV.
Busy weekend, enjoyed what time I had except for getting a bad scare when my rig (IC-756PRO) died in the middle of a QSO. Fortunately it turned out to be 2 fuses, even though one checked good with a meter.
Enjoyed the WES. Nice activity on 15,20,40 and 80. Was hoping to get some contacts on 10 meters but all I heard were ARRL contest stations. A fun time
Operated on and off, bands seemed pretty good. Season's greetings to all.
Had fun with my homemade key. It's a paper clip with a small section of a wood screw with a hole drilled in it and hammered tight on the paper clip for the upper contact, a wood screw screwed in from the bottom and cut off for the lower contact, a piece of brass tubing with a slot to keep the paperclip steady and finally a plastic closing tab from a muffin bag. I wish I had more time for the WES. Had to build a handicap ramp on Sat and went to the Ravens game on Sunday. Hope to see you next time. 73
Yaesu Ft-817nd @ 5 watts Ant: dipole/delta loop/ The Fork dipole
Ran my "Glove Humbug key" for all contacts, worked ok but was "scratchy" at times...The biggest thrill was working Tony W4FOA and Noel K8NB with "The Fork Dipole"! Tony and Noel have great ears and I appreciate them letting me torture them for the contacts! 5 watts into a pair of forks! Too much fun!
Another fun one in the book. I operated my club call this time since it has never had any awards applied for. Gave out a few 25 point bonuses. I can't wait to see all the scrooge keys.
This group is capable of some real winners and some real lulu's. ;-) Mine is always last minute and put together something quickly.
You can have a look at the little beast in action with W9DLN and KG8Y at the following links.
Tom KG8Y here http://youtu.be/RGYAA1txmeQ
Dan W9DLN here http://youtu.be/e9VHAOkNt2U
I think I heard Scrooge moan towards the end of Dans contact. Something moaned across the ether!
Enjoyed it and look forward to seeing all of you in K3Y 2015
Have used a straight key for 50 years and it is nice to see a bunch of other hams doing the same.
Busy weekend. Wasn't able to work too much but did get some new numbers. Hope to be able to spend more time on the air in the future.
I had such a good time on Saturday, that I decided to build a key that evening. With a piece of wood, a hacksaw blade, some fiber washers, solder lugs, screws, bolts and a tooth pic, I pieced together what you see in the picture. With it clipped it into the terminals on my VB Lightning Bug, it actually worked pretty well! I may make it a permanent fixture in the shack. The bands were pretty good here and I managed QSOs on all bands including 10 meters (which was a zoo). Thanks to all who participated and especially to the 3 DX in Europe and 2 DX in SA that dug out my QRP signal.
I got off to a bad start and had a brain fart and used DST GMT offset to set my alarm. I didn’t realize that until I looked at the Sked Page during breakfast and saw that WES had started. Oops! So I lost about one hour of prime 40m time. Sun comes up on the West Coast at the start of WES and 40m goes away.
Recent rains washed the power pole insulators so noise was very low but so were a lot of the signals. QSB gave me just enough to dig out the exchange on many occasions. Saturday had the better conditions here and I had logged about 300 that day but I could not hear many of the EU stations checked into the Sked Page. My maximum-distance (≈6K miles) DX contacts were sort of clustered. SW-[VK4TJ, ZL2BLQ(2)], NW-[BX2ABT, DW3GKT(3)], NE-[DL9YCS, EA8BVP, F6HKA, OK2VWD] and SE-[LW3EX(3), PS7AW, PS7HD, ZS6JBJ(2)]. First time I did not hear Bert, F6HKA, everywhere. Missed DE, ND, UT and WY for a WES-WAS.
Worked 110 unlettered members and am happy to bump you up 1% towards getting you a “C” for the next sprint event.
Enjoyed working all the home brew keys. I need to try my hand at it next year. Great job guys!
As usual, a fun event (except for 10 meters). I hope to see you all again next time. 73 de K6ELQ Tony
pretty simple basic hand key.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
Another couple fun days at the office .. HB key works better that my commercial key ..
My Scrooge Key was made on Thursday with a paper clip, two quasi brass paper fasteners, a piece of vector board prototype material, some epoxy and solder. Oh and I mooched a button from my XYL (KD8RSB).. Thanks honey.
Prep for XMAS holliday took a lot of my weekend. Family first here.
Still managed to work 1.5 hours of WES QSOs.
No home made key available this time.
Not much time to operate. It's alway's fun though.
Another enjoyable WES. Was more focused on getting the last contacts I needed for my Tx8. Bands seemed in good shape. I didn't have time to build up a key, had to make due with my 1930's Signal Electric straight key, or my 1956 Champion bug. I look forward to seeing you all next month.
Wasn't able to work all the wes, only a couple hours each day. Had fun, used the trash can key for all of it.
A great WES & great operators. If anyone was QRV with a "junk" key we did not hear them. Everyone sounded great here. Tnx K0SKC-K6ELQ & KC9W for working us on 3 bands. Best wishes to everyone for the Holidays...
Another fun WES with good band conditions. I was going to watch football games Sunday afternoon but how could I during WES? Thanks for all the QSOs! Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 73, Bill
worked portable from Tampa Bay FL area 30ft
24Ga wire run up a palm tree, Tnx for QSO's
Lots of FUN as ALWAYS
I just got a few hours Saturday morning and some time Sunday afternoon but had fun. I tried 10 meters Sunday but forgot about the other contest! 10 was packed. Great to hear it. I got some great ones on 15 meters and thanks to all for pulling me out. See you next month and have a great Christmas and Happy New Year.
Finally, good weather, good band conditions and I loose power :-) still up enough to get in it a bit.
Weekend went too fast! Better luck next year. And there is the SKS coming up too. Anyway, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all. 72/73 Phil
Had not done a WES in a long time, was great fun and nice to meet old friends
First time on a WES
Boy did I enjoy this.
A place where guys send at a speed I can copy, and I can be sure I am not talking to a computer. Thanks SKCC! I am hooked, can't wait for the next one - will be more prepared, just stumbled across this at the last minute, wish I could have made a scrooge key.
Operated as K4INC but gave out KB4QQJ a few times.
Nice surprise was Vasek in CZE land.
Used the Scrooge key for both call signs.
Have a look at the little beast in action with Dan, W9DLN and Tom, KG8y here:
Dan W9DLN here http://youtu.be/e9VHAOkNt2U
Tom KG8Y here http://youtu.be/RGYAA1txmeQ
B C N Ya'll in K3Y 2015
Scrounged around to build scrooge key, found PCB material fine for main leaf of key. Used it with the HB NN1G Xcvr for whole SKCC. Lots of fun.
What a great time this weekend. Wish I could have spent more time on but I ended up with my 2 yr old grandson and I love that grandson time. Did manage to get my TX6 level out of it.
Thanks to all for another great event. Special kudos to the organizers.
For this WES, inspiration came from a holiday party... the Straight Cocktail Key was the result. A plastic cocktail stirrer serves as the lever arm with scraps of foam core for the base and some pieces of copper foil for the contacts. The mechanism is held together by Scotch Tape. Loads of fun!
thanks to everyone who politely endured my first attempts using a sideswiper - built one this week using a hacksaw blade. works fb just need a few on the air hours!
Fun sprint. Just didn't get enough operating time to make a better score. Got a couple of new SKCC numbers.
ANOTHER FUN MONTHLY GET TOGETHER. HAPPY TO SEE LOTS OF NEW MEMBERS AND QRPERS. SOME OF THE HOME BREW KEYS SOUNDED AS GOOD OR BETTER THAN COMMERCIAL KEYS. MY HAT IS OFF TO THOSE WHO PUT TOGETHER THESE MONTHLY OUTINGS. AS THE MEMBERSHIP GROWS I'M SURE IT GETS MORE DIFFICULT TO MANAGE.
I WOULD LIKE TO WISH YOU ALL A VERY MERRY AND BLESSED CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.
Another great WES. Thanks everyone!
Nice Sprint. Great fun.
Enjoyable as always. Didn't make a HB key but see a lot were made here. I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. 73.
Good band conditions - great to see so many stations out covering low to high numbers. Was able to complete Tx6 during the event. Kenwood TS 590, 30 watts into an NU0R End fed and Czech straight key. Love the photos of the scrooge keys!
73 Eliot KE0N
Only worked about three hours of S&P on the wknd due to Christmas chores ... Bah! Humbug ! Did however build a little key for the event. Propagation on 40 and 80 was very poor at my QTH and quite noisy ... but gud fun was had anyway. Happy Holiday's to one and all. 73
It's been a while since I've been able to participate in in a WES. Lots of fun! I also was using a new antenna (Inverted V at just under 40 feet) and am glad to see how well it worked. Thanks!
This was the BEST sprint yet! Most signals were readable and copy-able on 40 and 20 meter bands.
Thanks to all for the positive experience!
Weekend of getting ready for the holidays and chore, so only a few hours operating on Sunday only. Band conditions seemed pretty good and am looking forward to K3Y!. 73, Don KF7DS
Great sprint as usual. Glad the bands were good Saturday, because Sunday they were pretty bad. My HB key worked well to start, but later had to work on it every 5 minutes. Fun sprint 73/72, Gary/KF7WNS
Lots of fun this month. I added over 100 new T's and S's towards my "S". Fairly good conditions during the day and almost nothing at night.
Bug gave me some troubles. ant: Carolina Windom.
21 MHZ sounded pretty good.
Thanks for listening for my QRP signal 73s all.
Great Sprint - had fun using my 1915 Vibroplex Blue Racer even though had only 15 minutes of operating time for this sprint
Equipment - Icom IC-718 at 50W, Ameco Key, 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m with dipoles. About 7.5 hours on the air for this WES. Thanks for the contacts & Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays! 73 - Dave
Happy to finally be using my skcc number. This was my first WES. Family commitments and the 10m contest kept me busy but Sat night when 10m closed i was able to make some late nite WES contacts. Lots of fun and i look forward to the next one.
Threw a quick key together Saturday and used it for the whole sprint.It had a surprisingly good feel. Ran 5w into a multiband dipole. Thanks to those that could pull me out of the noise. Ray
Limited time with holiday activities. Was able to catch a couple ops on more than one band. W7GVE, Ed on 40 and 15 and Tony, K6ELQ on 40, 20 and 15. Many thanks to the others for the contact. Merry Christmas and best wishes down the log in the New Year! 73, jack
my wife made me stop
This was only my first or second WES, certainly the first one in years. I'm a bit proud of my Scrooge key, since it worked so well. It's actually just a u-clamp I had in my junk drawer, but I think I'm going to write an article about it for QST! Thanks to everyone who made it such a fun event for me! - Jake, KK6L
Noisy bands QRM&QSB, but had lots of fun. I worked Saturday 15m and Sunday 20m. I just worked two outlaws Amigos, KC0GP-George & K0MAF-Jack. Thanks for all contact. Happy Holidays to all. 73 de Pablo.///
Great WES. Was only able to operate for short periods, and stuck mainly to 40M. Always a fun event. 73 de KV4RH
Split my time between the 10 meter contest and WES. I made a cootie key out of some old copper pipe and a shishkabab skewer. I slid some faucet washers over the skewer to act as insulation and support. Side to side it acts as a sideswiper or you can push it down to use it as a straight key. Only made a few contacts with it..good concept but still needs some work. CU all next WES...73
thru this hand key together in about 2 minutes.
Despite geomag storm... good prop conditions
Thanks everyone for another FUN WES
Happy Holidays! BCNU 73, Walt- ..-
TA33 - 50W - Scrooge DSK
Wonderful band conditions. Lots of new calls. All in all, a great WES. The picture is "Woody Mark 1." It's not much, but it was fast and cheap.
Great fun. I didn't get into the junk box to make a key so I just used my normal homebrew key.
I used my Kenwood TS-430S for most of the sprint, but I did fire up the FT-857D for a little bit.
Hope to see everyone on the next sprint....Bill
Many thanks to all who participated! People outside the SKCC are amazed at the wonderful turnout we get for these month after month!
Had a great time. I apologize for asking for repeats towards the end on 40. The phone guys moved in and was sitting on me. I did discover a contact that was using someone else's number. It just did not line up, so I checked the roster afterwards, and they did not have a number but used another member's number. I did not make a key. I used my Ten Tec Eagle, Jupiter and IC718 with my Viz Key 90 degree bug. Such a smooth key. stayed on 40 and 20, never had a chance to move. It was nice to hear some friends that I have not worked in awhile, especially Werner. Catch everyone later..
Limited time for this WES. Conditions seemed pretty good, although 40m seemed awful noisy Saturday night. I appreciate the contacts, and apologize to the ones I couldn't hear.
This was a shocking event for me. My homemade cootie bit me. Thanks to all that make these events happen. 73 Brian
Lots of very local RFI limited my time and bands operated ... grrrrrrrrr !
Had a great time with humbug keys,,a cootie and straight key used them both, thanks to all who pulled my QRP signal out
Friday night, I came down with the flu. All day Saturday was liquids, bed and meds. Things didn't improve much by Sunday but I decided to drag myself to the key and participate in the WES. I only managed 3 contacts but I feel better knowing I got in there! Thanks Tony, Randy and Scott. Turns out that Scott was a new number for me and added to my quest for Tx6.
Elecraft KX3 at 5 watts to and 80 meter loop up 45 feet.
Too much going on here to operate in this WES. I was able to make a couple of contacts, including K0SKC in Missouri. Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas, and a prosperous New Year!
I was only QRP on 4 of the contacts. SW+20 with a J-38
Between being sick,grandkids and almost forgetting about the WES, I managed a couple of contacts.
Next month, and thru March or April I'll be in Bradenton,FL.
So hopefully I'll be making more east coast and maybe some EU contacts then.
Till next month, 72/73 and Happy Holidays to all !
Did a few but got carried away doing super low power on 10 meters. Thanks to the ones I got and dealing with my milliwatt power, KC0GP George and KD3CA Don were my lowest on SKCC with 50mwatts. K2 Dpl.
Lots of distractions this weekend, but fun as always. Tnx fer all the contacts...
No prize for simplicity but a small new key for the WES.
FUN AGAIN, ARGO 6 G5RV JR. 34 FT INV VEE. 5 WATTS AS USUAL..KP4ED,ONLY DX WRKED. SO, ALL HAVE A GOOD HOLIDAY FOR 2014, AND SEE U ALL IN JAN WES... GOTTA STILL STAY ON QRP HERE, MORE FUN AND ACHIEVING, TRY IT, YOU'LL LIKE IT......... LAST MONTH, HAD 230 LOOKUPS ON MY QRZ.COM CALL.. I NEED TO HAVE SOMEONE PUT MY HB BUG PIX ON THAT SITE FOR MY CALL SIGN.... LATER.. ARCI 3758 DAVE..73..
Thanks Jim WA5KMA for enduring my atrocious sideswiper sending...
Always enjoy what time I can spend on WES. Hope for more time next WES.
Limited time but fun. Ken
Tnx to all for working my weak signal and to the members who organized this event.
Home Brew dual spatula key:
2- metal compounding spatulas.Two caps off of ointment tubes for knobs. 1-12 pound -50 yr old rectifier tube from the pwr supply of a loran transmitter to hold spatulas in place. (could have used duct tape but the tube is more impressive)Enjoyed using for all my QSO's. Hopefully the hams trying to copy me enjoyed it too
It's truly a pleasure spending time on the radio with this fine group of CW op's. Until we meet again on the air... Wishing you all the best of 73's from Miller City, Ohio de Mike (NO8C)
Family in and out from WY so very little time for radio. Goal was 20 and got 22 and pulled the plug. Thanks for the contacts. Worked 4 new SKCC members
Operated portable 4 in Nashville, TN. Outside in a park with 5 watts on SLA battery.Portable ground mounted vertical.Had fun.
This little hand key - made with a trinket given out at our local Christmas parade - made me really appreciate what goes into a key that can be used for hours on end. Thanks to all for a great WES.
Just got W1SFR's beautiful key but SRI, this must wait to next WES or ARRL SKN, HI. My home made key was used - base plate and lever from old power supply for control systems(old = solid built with plenty of usable parts and material, not like todays PC products), two ball bearings with pivot from old floppy drive, not known spring from box, a $1.50 door knob from hobby market and few screws and nuts for one or two dollars. Yeah, and about 5 hours of work. By the way - this knob is for me more comfortable then any other, all this $200 keys including.
I see it and i can't believe - Randy K4INC/KB4QQJ on 40m was really QRP??? Then were are all the 100W and more guys??? I could made only 3 QSO's on 40m. Superb CONDX on Saturday on 15m and 10m. Worked many QRP stations on 15m, sorry to 10m was unusable due ARRL 10m contest.
Thanks for fun i have had!
Good WES, tnx. Cha PS7AW
My conditions are poor, grateful to SKCCers friends, keys: Blue Racer es PS 213, best 73 Nathan, PS7HD
Bad condx in central Europe, foggy and drizzly weather.I am glad to work first time in WES Virgin Islands.Thanks Mike K3WAS. 28 mhz ARRl 10 m contest, also naval contest , so best condx was on 15 m.
Worked on my Gurlt 1881 year key.Top first from left side.
I hope one of next competion will be bonus for age of used key.For example my bpnus 2014-1881=133 years/points hi.
Merry Xmas to All.Hope to see u in 2015!
Sorry I am not constructor
First time entry to WES - had lots of fun. Operated 5W QRP with a 30 feet wire antenna. Thanks to everyone and very happy holidays! 72!
Rig was KX3 at 5 W. Ant. was Alexloop indoors... Amazing with this setup to have been able to contact OH in 20m and NJ, WI and IN in 40m ! (TU Mike NO8C, Roland KG2LO, Dan W9DLN and Larry W9CC). Icicles hanging from the branches of the yew are from the first snow of the season. 72/73 de Jose VE3DTI.
Not much activity heard Saturday afternoon but it picked up in the evening. Sunday was nice with stations spread out. Enjoyed this one. Season greetings to all. Brion 4936T
Wish I had more time for the WES but xyl has
been in hospital so I am just to busy with
visiting and housework.
My goal was 10 QSOs. I logged 20 and had a good time doing it with a very cheap key. Thanks to all the ops I worked and to the people organizing the event.
Home made key cupboard knob, door knob plate and door knob wrench. It worked ok
Conditions here were quite good on 20 meters. My home made key worked quite well except the tension on the key was a bit heavy so I had to set the contacts very close and that made the key much nicer to use. Anyway it was a fun time as usual.
Jerry VE5DC #4440
Who'd a thunk two paint stir sticks, two tacks and some wire would make a workable key. LOL Tnx for the Q's
This was my first try at this event. I had a great time, and met some great HAMs. Many interesting conversations, and good contacts.Thanks to all of you for putting this event together!
no time to build a key. spent week in hospital. got in a few hours on sat. Had a good time while I was there. Managed to get Walt,LW3EX on 2 bands.
Unfortunately, didnt have time to build a homemade key so had to resort to a 1912 Model X, 1914 Original,and a 1922 Junior. Was hoping to put in a full time effort but due to Xmas stuff going on it wasnt possible. Had a great time as always and thanks for all of the new numbers towards my "T". 73-Bob-W0YBS
This was a great WES. Bands were in great shape. Good signals on all bands and some dx on 15. Dave Another Missouri Outlaw W0YZZ
Resubmitted after I read the bonus rules. I didn't use a Scrooge Key but I worked 12 no suffix members!
Only time for a few but enjoyed it. Thanks and 73.
I didn't have as much time for this one due to other important things such as the Army-Navy game on Saturday, my Patriots gobbling up the Dolphins on Sunday, church activities, etc., but I did meet my goal of finishing my Senator award before year's end. Always glad to contact other SKCC members for the first time.
Good fun as always. Operated mobile for a time at the 1903 Marconi transmitter site on outer Cape Cod.
THANKS TO ALL THE STATIONS THAT ENTERED THE WES. DID NOT MAKE A KEY.USED MY VINTAGE MCELROY STRAIGHT KEY, MADE IN BOSTON IN THE EARLY 40S.
IT IS THE ONLY SENDING DEVICE I HAVE HAD IN MY SHACKS SINCE I WAS A NOVICE. 73 RON
As has been the case recently, too many obligations on WES weekend. Had fun for the few minutes I could get on.
Fun event, as always. Impressive the number of relatively new SKCC members participating. Great signals and fists. Sorry I could not figure out how to get a picture of my junk box key on here. With apologies to McGyver, I was using what I call my "McGyver Two Nail Key". Simple two "10 penny nails". Worked slick but a lot more effort than normal keys. Of course, McGyver would probably have made a "Toe Nail Key", right? A lot of the WES QSOs were made with my boatanchor setup, an Eico 720 and Drake 2B. PS: My key photo is on my I phone...not sure how to get it over here.
Not much time to operate, but did manage to make a few contacts on 40 & 15
Everyone have a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year. See y'all on Straight Key Night!
It seems to me that many more members than usual were in WES this month. I logged 25 new numbers and was able to complete my Senator. I am one Happy Camper!
Thanks to everyone who participated this month, you really "made my day"!
Enjoyed my second WES even more than my first ever in November. My fist is still really rusty from 30 years of non-use but I'm having a blast with SKCC. Here's my "scrooge key" from the junk/parts box, scrap wood, spring from a ball-point pen, and a couple of hours in the shop. I did have to buy the knob and a couple of screws. Total outlay around $2.50.
A short WES for me. Operated mainly Sunday. But I still had fun. 73, Dan
Corrected Score since my last one was blank (0). Worked 6 No Initials as a No Initial station.
Only half an hour in this one. Thanks for the Qsos.
Glad I checked the website before the contest.
I spent at least 15 minutes crafting a key for the WES.
I now have a key that matches my CW skills.
I had a great time with a great group.
Busy weekend left little time, but did manage to get on for a bit.
Due to other commitments, I was only able to get on the air for a couple of hours on Sunday. I did use a Scrooge Key put together from things I had laying around. I'm slowly getting the hang of this CW thing. Thanks for all the support. 73 and Happy Holidays.
A nice way to end 2014 sprint wise--- In my regular QSOS I like to encourage people to get in the SKCC sprints. I guess a lot of the foreign DX was in the 10M contest on this one...73 ED/W7GVE
Worked enough to finish Centurion Award.
Used my 1961 Blue Racer and my J-36 Lionel bug. My wrist needs lots of practice. It was great hearing everyone. 73 to all.
Fun but few takers....
Was only able to operate for a short time, always fun though. Operated QRP at 5w into dipole at 30 ft. Seasons Greetings to all.
Can't claim my expensive German/English Kent Straight Key as a 'Scrooge Key', can I? (hi hi). Plus, everyone I worked had a letter!
Here rig Icom IC-7000 running 50 watts to an all-band vertical. Fun event as always!
Happy Holidays to all.
Thanks as always to the organizers for making these enjoyable events happen each month. And what a neat idea this time with the scrooge key bonus. I managed just one contact with my 'touch pad' key, discovering I couldn't reach over to the keyboard for logging or tune my transceiver while my finger was connected to an alligator clip. I could faintly hear Morse cackling from the grave as I tried to contort my hand to log and send. What fun!
Thanks to all for another good WES. Only got to work Saturday afternoon but great operating conditions and great operators!! Merry Christmas to all! TS - 520 and vertical.
GOOD TURNOUT LOTS OF FUN
Condx were good... had prior commitments that kept me away alot. Tnx to all who could copy me.
73's and Merry Christmas to all
Tnx to all that make WES possible! Happy holidays.
In the hospital with a broken leg, no antenna hi hi 73/72 Ray
This was my first WES. I was inactive for 30 years and just got an antenna back up a week ago. I cleaned up my old TS-520S, replaced some caps, cleaned the band switches/pots, touched up the alignment and got it back on the air. First CW in over 30 years. It was nice to get a welcomes to SKCC from some Senators. I had a great time and learned a lot, particularly abbreviations and time savers. Thanks to everyone for their patience with my QRS and errors! I will do a better job next time.
My kudos to Jon, WS1K, whom I worked. Talk about getting bawk to basics. My Scrooge key was built with hard drive plastic mounting rail, circuit board "reset" microswith and a couple of rubber feet. Worked so well that I'm keeping it! My favorite SKCC event. Thanks to all who participated.
I was out at my father's farm so didn't have much time to work, only made 5 contacts. My weekend station is a very old Kenwood TS-430, inverted vee at 25 ft and J37 key. I used the same rig to work a bit of the 10m contest with the Ham-Key paddles and mini keyer.
I built a Scrooge Key from pine, nails, glue and one wood screw plus a surplus micro-switch from the junk box. With it clamped to the desk with a clamp from the XYL's wood working tools, I worked 11 stations over a 4.5 hour period on Saturday. Did not have a chance to get on any more. Until next time 72, Mike - WI5H
For contacts before 1600Z on 12/13 see photo.
Three magnets, paper clip, conductive ink, sheet metal under paper.
Good fun Merry Christmas!
Was fun as usual. but condx were bad for me. heard lots of stations, but they couldn't hear me. One of the strongest stations heard was kf7wns...Gary who was operating qrp at the time. he qsy'd and then signal dropped....aurora I think was getting in the way....look forward to next month!!!!!!!!
OK, that was fun!
My Scrooge Key was made from chicken bones from last Sunday's dinner. They were held together with a hair elastic found under a couch cushion. It was mounted on a scrap of fir flooring. The drumstick contact was the rim from a spent .45 ACP shell and the base contact was a tar paper nail.
Great event and fun, 20 metre open but busy,lots of stations CQing, not many heard me responding. Special thanks to management team and to all who took part. Have a great Christmas and hope to hear you all on K3Y - 73 de John