Friday, August 11, 2017

SCOREBOARD: August 2017 ARS Spartan Sprint


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SOAPBOX: August 2017 Spartan Sprint

K4BAI
Band in good shape. Relatively little activity. QSOs by 
band:  20M: 5; 40M: 14; 80M: 4. Thanks for all QSOs. 73/72, John, K4BAI

W1PID
Four QSO, all on 40 meters. 5W and OCF dipole.

WB9HFK
Rig: IC-746Pro @ 5W. Antenna: 20/40 - Hustler 6BTV Ground Mounted with 60 radials. 80 - 150 Ft. Random Wire. Key: J-38. Lots of fun. Worked John, K4BAI on 3 bands. Seemed to be lots of QSB. See everyone next month. 72, Mark, WB9HFK

N5GW
I was using my K1 with micro key on an 800 mAh Tenergy LiPo battery pack. The internal ATU loaded up my CFZ at 2W. 20M was fair for the first half hour allowing 5 Q's including a good sig from K7TQ. 40M was less noisy than expected since local rainstorms were present. Best sig was WB5BKL in TX. Toughest QSO was with N3FCS, 339 both ways, but we made it.

KD6L
20 meters only band available here - been away from the Sprints for quite awhile - fun to be back.  Got ATS-3 from Dick, WB6JDH intending to use it for SOTA activations - manual says 9 V battery gives about 2 watts and is good for a 2 hour Sprint so I decided to try it out. Packtenna mast on upper deck - 20 meter End-fed Half-wave antenna. I think K4BAI heard me trying last month from No. Dakota - Home in Utah now and this time I got him.  Nearly lost him in QSB. Kept calling heard nothing at all until K0ZK in Maine answered my CQ. Thanks to both of you for pulling me out of the noise. 72, 73, Del, KD6L


N2GDS
Pickings on 40m here in western NY were pretty slim; I was
running 3W from a homebrew rig to an inefficient loaded whip antenna. Fortunately I managed one contact with Larry, KF0N (also running 3W), 700 miles away in Iowa.

K7TQ
More participation than some of the previous months.  20 m good for half hour or so. Long dry spell until 40 m opened up, then some good action there.  N5GW, K4BAI, WB5BKL, and WB9HFK were two banders.

KFØN
Contest activity seemed to be up from last month.  I was able to work the whole two hours with a fairly steady stream of QSOs, and  thanks to KF7WNS (OR),  both coasts were in the log. John, K4BAI, was the only entry on 20 meters and the only two-band contact. My RST reports from the east coast were consistently  poor with some stations unworkable at all. I thought for a while my antenna must be laying on the ground, but a check of the national radar composite revealed the real culprit; QRN from ugly thunderstorms all up and down the eastern seaboard states! Wow! The receive conditions for you fellas out east must have been brutal. The radar screen had more lights than a Christmas tree! I guess I had best check the radar before getting in the contest next month. It was a fun time though. Thanks to all who braved the fatal QRM and entered into the contest! Larry, KFØN

N2JJF
This is my first time entering Spartan Sprint. I operated from home in my backyard. All contacts were made on 40M using KX1 and Par end fed antenna. Had a great time but disappointed that nothing heard on 80M.

WB5BKL
K2/10 @ 5W to a 20M delta loop, a 40M dipole or a 40M extended double Zepp (the K3 bit the dust during a lightning storm Sunday night - sigh). I admit to being distracted during this month's sprint by a septic system failure and a suddenly dead smartphone. I wondered what would be next - locusts?  Best signals:  20M - K7TQ; 40M - N5GW. My thanks to all. Had fun anyway.

WA8MTI
20 and 80 were pretty dead here. Only managed to answer 4 CQs on 40. FT817 was at the trailer so used my FT2000 @ 5w into doublet at home. Been absent for too long so will try again next month (I hope). 72, Rich




Thursday, August 10, 2017

So, What's a Spartan Sprint, and How Do I Play?

Spartan Sprints are two-hour gatherings sponsored by the Adventure Radio Society, held the first Monday of every month. The Spartan Sprints have a unique, three-faceted focus. They encourage outdoor operation with back country radio gear (if outdoor operation isn't practical, home-based operation is fine). They gather fascinating information about the upper atmosphere, documenting how low power signals can travel long distancs. And they encourage the growth of a like-minded community of amateur radio operator who generously share their knowledge and experiences.


Which Bands?

Bands of operation are 80 meters, 40 meters, 20 meters, 15 meters and 10 meters. You may operate any number of bands - your choice. Many Spartan Sprint operators gravitate to the QRP CW calling frequencies on these bands.


Equipment and Antennas

Spartan Sprinters use 5 Watts or less. We encourage you to experiment with 1 Watt or less. You will be surprised at how effective these low levels can be, and how much fun QRPp really is. Similarly, we encourage you to experiment with simple wire antennas. And we encourage Sprinters to use equpment they built from "scratch" - that is, equipment built from schematics.

Exchange

Exchange RST, SPC (state, province or country) and power output. If you choose to call CQ, use the format "CQ SP," or "CQ QRP TEST." You can give yourself credit for working the same station on a second, third, or fourth band.


What Is the Weight of My Station?

The weight of your station is determined by weighing everything at your operating position up to, but not including, your feedline and antenna. In other words, your rig, key, keyer, antenna tuning unit, battery, headphones and so on. 


Submit Your Spartan Sprint Log

Please send the following information in an email to: SpartanSprint@yahoo.com
  • Your call sign
  • Total number of contacts during Sprint
  • The weight of your station (in pounds - includes all gear except antenna and feedline)
  • Soapbox comments about your Sprint experience

Check Out the Spartan Sprint Results

The results of each month's contest appear on the Friday following each month's first-Monday Sprint. They are posted here on this website. You can find results from previous months here, as well.
- Richard Fisher, KI6SN


Thursday, July 13, 2017

ANNOUNCING: ARS 2017 FOBB




RULES:

Adventure Radio Society 2017 Flight of the Bumblebees, Sunday, July 30
            The Adventure Radio Society Flight of the Bumblebees is a four-hour event held annually on the last Sunday of July. It is open to all radio amateurs.

2017 ARS Flight of the Bumblebees
Sunday, July 30
1700 to 2100 UTC

CONTEST PERIOD BY TIMEZONE (Local Time)
·                    1 p.m. to 5 p.m.   – Eastern
·                    12 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Central
·                    11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Mountain
·                    10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Pacific
·                    7 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Hawaii

The contest period accommodates multiple time zones simultaneously. No matter where you live, there will be time for Bumblebees to travel to a field operating site, set up their station, operate the contest, and travel home.

WHO CAN PLAY?
Both home-based and portable operations are encouraged.

WHAT QUALIFIES AS A BUMBLEBEE?
Participants who operate portable from field locations are designated as Bumblebees. They get to their operating site principally under their own power by walking, biking, boating, and so on. The distance traveled to the site is at the Bumblebee’s discretion. Bumblebees add /BB to their calls. (NOTE: Home-based stations do not add /BB to their callsign.)
IF YOU’RE ELIGIBLE, GET A BUMBLEBEE NUMBER
If you plan to operate the 2017 FOBB portable – in other words, from a field location – you’re invited to request a Bumblebee identification number. Instructions for obtaining a Bumblebee number are in the next section, below, headlined "Apply for a 2017 Flight of the Bumblebees Number."
There is no limit to the number of Bumblebees. You may apply for, and receive, a Bee number at any time up to July 31 prior to the contest.
GROUP OPERATION
Group operation is welcome in the Flight of the Bumblebees. You may operate under a single call and report a single score, or under multiple calls and report multiple scores. In any event, you are limited to operating a single transmitter at a time.
POWER OUTPUT
To keep with its minimalist theme, maximum FOBB power output is 5 watts.
OPERATION
We operate CW on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters, around standard QRP frequencies.
           
EXCHANGE
  • /BB: If you are a Bumblebee, your exchange is RST, state/province/country, and your Bumblebee number.
  • Home Stations: If you are home based, your exchange is RST, state/province/country, and your power.
Here are examples of exchanges:
Bumblebee NE6SW / BB (Bumblebee No. 73) sends:
579
CA
BB 73 or NR 73
Home-based station WN1DWL sends:
579
MA
5W

PLAYING IN 2017
FOBB
Everyone in the contest can work anyone else in the contest. In other words:
·                    Home-based stations can work other home-based stations and Bumblebees.
·                    Bumblebees can work other Bumblebees and home-based stations.
SCORING
Here are the details:
·                    Each contact is worth one point.
·                    The same station can be worked on different bands for additional QSO points and multipliers.
·                    Contacts with Bumblebees generate a multiplier of three. NOTE: If you worked NE6SW/BB on two bands, it counts as two Bumblebee contacts.
Here’s an example of how your score will be calculated:
  • Say, you make 21 FOBB contacts on 40 meters.
  • You make 32 FOBB contacts on 20 meters.
  • In that combined total of QSOs, you contacted 14 Bumblebees. NOTE: If you worked KI6SN/BB on two bands, it counts as two Bumblebee contacts.
  • To determine your multiplier, multiply 14 Bumblebees times 3.
Using the FOBB Scoring Formuala:
  • Contacts: 21 + 32 = 53
  • BB Multiplier: 14 X 3 = 42
  • Total: 53 QSOs X 42 BB Multiplier = 2,226 Total points
COMMENDATIONS
Separate but equal commendations are awarded to the high scores for the home based and Bumblebee participants. We will also commend Bumblebees in the following categories:
  • Most interesting equipment
  • Most fascinating FOBB venture
  • Most beautiful site
SUBMITTING YOUR FOBB DATA:
Send your FOBB 2017 Reports via email to:
REPORT FORM:
Your:
  • Full name
  • Callsign
  • Location of FOBB operation
  • Total number of contacts (all bands)
  • Total number of Bumblebees (all bands)
  • Comments about your 2015 FOBB experience:
Photographs of your adventure are welcome and encouraged.
RESULTS:
Results and soapbox comments will be reported on the ARS Spartan Sprint and FOBB website. That posting will be announced on the QRP-L mailgroup.
SAFETY:
As with all ARS events, please keep safety in front of mind when conducting operations in the field. Such things as weather, power lines, terrain, dehydration and fatigue can be lethal. Above all, we want all participants to have a fabulous and safe experience.

– 73, Richard Fisher, KI6SN,
The Adventure Radio Society


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FIELD STATIONS:

Apply for a 2017 Flight of the Bumblebees Number
            The Adventure Radio Society Flight of the Bumblebees is a four-hour event held annually on the last Sunday of July. It is open to all radio amateurs.
2017 ARS Flight of the Bumblebees
Sunday, July 31
1700 to 2100 UTC
CONTEST PERIOD BY TIMEZONE (Local Time)
·                    1 p.m. to 5 p.m.   – Eastern
·                    12 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Central
·                    11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Mountain
·                    10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Pacific
·                    7 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Hawaii
The contest period accommodates multiple time zones simultaneously. No matter where you live, there will be time for Bumblebees to travel to a field operating site, set up their station, operate the contest, and travel home.

IF YOU’RE ELIGIBLE, GET A BUMBLEBEE NUMBER
If you plan to operate the 2017 FOBB portable – in other words, from a field location – you’re invited to request a Bumblebee identification number. Here’s how:
1. CHECK THE DATABASE: An online database has been set up to show assigned Bumblebee numbers. Visit: http://bit.ly/2uWEZec 2. OFFER THREE OPTIONS: Check the database http://bit.ly/2uWEZec  for eligibility. Then send an email to:


ARSBumblebees@gmail.com with:
  • Your Callsign
  • Your First Name
  • The field location you anticipate to be operating from
  • Your Top 3 Choices for FOBB Number

3. YOUR FOBB NUMBER ASSIGNMENT: Check the database, http://bit.ly/2uWEZec after submitting your top three choices to see which number you have been assigned. The number listed in the database is your official 2017 FOBB number.

Friday, July 7, 2017

RESULTS: July 2017 ARS Spartan Sprint

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SOAPBOX: July 2017 ARS Spartan Sprint

K7TQ
For July I removed the internal battery from the KX2 and used it with my 20 m 1 Watter. Got 3 Qs with the usual suspects K4BAI, W5QLF, and WB5BKL.  For some reason the 1 Watter's internal keyer kept slowing down. I called it quits in half an hour. Nice try, but next time I'll have a battery and rig that will last the full time.

K3RLL
Activity seemed to run a little more slowly this evening, no doubt impacted by the holiday festivities.  Was enjoying a few nice contacts until along came insurmountable, overwhelming, spectacular QRM!  Yes, the local municipal fireworks are just way too close to hear the radio, so it was a good time to curtail the radio fun and enjoy the night sky spectacle celebrating the birth of our wonderful country.  God Bless America!

WB5BKL
K3/10 @ 5W to a 20M delta loop, a 40M dipole or a 40M extended double Zepp. A very poor showing this month. Not only did I have pops, bangs, snaps and crackles from the radio, I also had them from outside! The fireworks upset the dog, who usually is the dependable second Op. The 13 Colonies contest was another distraction. Five states with best signals:  20M - AB0CD, 40M - K4BAI, 80M - K4BAI. As alway, my thanks to all.  Had fun.

K4BAI
20M open to midwest and north east, but not much activity. 40M in good shape, but lot of QRM from the 13 Colonies K2x stations and not much Spartan Sprint action. 80M was noisy and only stations worked and heard in the sprint were WB5BKL in TX and AB9CA in AL. Hope for more activity next month.  73/72, John, K4BAI

KFØN
My antenna was an 80-meter loop. The holiday and summertime QRN seem to have taken their toll on this months participation.  Not many stations heard on 20M or 40M here in the rf black hole of the Midwest.  I heard Del, KD6L on 20M but was not able to make contact with my massive 2-watt ATS-3.  Maybe next month Del.  The QRN was so intense here from local thunderstorms, I went QRT at 9 pm local time.  Thanks to the few with whom I was able to make a contact. Larry, KFØN

KB1M
20M, 2 Qs, 1 on 40m for 3 states. 40 was crowded with non-Sprinter stations so never tried a CQ on that band. 73, Walt

Monday, June 12, 2017

RESULTS: June 2017 ARS Spartan Sprint

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SOAPBOX: June 2017 ARS Spartan Sprint

N4EEV
2/80m (ME and TN); 6/40m (PA, GA, ME, MD, TX, GA); 3/80M (GA, MD, TX). WEIGHT 10.5LBS (K3 and BEGALI SIMPLEX). Surprised 20 was workable when I started as it was very watery, moved to 40m and found much better condx. Heard John K4BAI call me but had fast and deep QSB, later found him up the band and we moved to 80 where I finished up the sprint. Terrible static crashes and severe QRN. Managed to work K4BAI, WB5BKL, W3KC and K0ZK on 2 bands each. Thanks for the QSO, 72 Mike

KFØN
The participation seemed to be good this month, although propagation to western states was poor.  This may have been due in part to later sunset times and correspondingly higher “D” layer absorption during the contest period.  No CA stations were heard here, even on 20 meters.  Strongest signals were W1PID and W3KC who were both 579.  The QRN on 40 meters was brutal, though, which made for a lot of 229 and 339 reports.  I lost one QSO with Mike, N4EEV when my little LiPo battery curled up and died in the last minutes of the contest.  I hope we can make it next month Mike!  My little toy poddle, Muffy, fussed and complained the whole time because her “Daddy” wasn’t out in the living room watching TV.  She likes to curl up on my lap while I watch the television.  Oh well, sometimes life just works out that way!  Thanks to all who waded through the summertime QRN and gave me a call.  If anyone needs a 2XQRP confirmation with Iowa, I’m good for it. 72’s to all, Larry, KFØN

W1PID
20 meters was quite good. Best DX was NK6A in CA. I worked 4 TX stations. Nice to have a little more activity. I operated for the first half hour. vy 73 to all and thanks for the Qs.
Jim W1PID

K3RLL
What a great time this evening on the June Spartan Sprint! Up north for the summer with an actual, outdoor, real wire antenna! Wow, what a difference from the highly compromised antennas dictated by Antenna Restrictions in Florida .  My little G5RVjr here makes QRP fun again.  But it still wouldn’t be much fun without all the skilled and patient QRP Ops with whom I had the good fortune to run into here again this evening on 40m.  One was so much fun, we tried it twice. (You know who you are. Hi Hi ) Can’t wait for the July SP.

K4BAI
Good activity at the start, but dropped off rapidly. All three bands worked were in pretty good condition. Welcome to Mike, N4EEV, in GA. QSOs by band:  20M: 8. 40M: 17. 80M:  3. Thanks for all QSOs. Best DX on 20 and 40 was NK6A in CA.  Best DX on 80M was W3KC in PA and WB5BKL in TX. 73/72, John, K4BAI.

W3KC
Fun. Conditions good on 40 and 20. 80 was very noisy. IC703 (5w) to a low 90 ft doublet via a homebrew link tuner on 40 and 80, vintage Harvey Wells Z-Match on 20. 72, Chas W3KC

AB9CA
Well . . . I fell asleep after dinner . . . was awakened by a text for something I have for sale on Craig's list . . . then realized I had missed nearly all of the Sprint . . . but there was still a few minutes left before the fat lady burst into song. Had the FT-857 set up so used it at 5w. Heard John, K4BAI, calling on 40. Answered him and time expired. At least I did get in for a short while. Hopefully will stay awake next month . . . 73, dave, ab9ca/4

K7TQ
I went into the mountains east of Moscow, ID for the June sprint. KX2 to a 20/40 m trap inverted vee held up by a Jacklite pole. A good first 1/2 hour on 20 m with 6 Qs. Not so good next hour and half with 4 Qs on 40m. Two banders with KF0N, who had a great signal on both 20 and 40, K4BAI, and WB5BKL. This sprint was the first time that antenna made it all the way across the U.S. Catch you again in July.

KB1M
One QSO on 20, five on 40, for five states. Calling CQ not very effective for me tonight with only two answers. Fun evening as always. 72/73, Walt

WB5BKL
K3/10 @ 5W to a 20M delta loop, a 40M dipole or a 40M extended double Zepp. Finally, some propagation. 20M was nice with 10 QSOs. 40M was very noisy here lightning QRN. A line of t-storms was just leaving the area headed east and that resulted in my low "R" reports of 3 or 4 to several of my 9 contacts on 40. 80M was also noisy with only 3 QSOs.  Best signals:  20M - K1SN, 40M - N4EEV, 80M - W5ACM. One QRO contact removed (but a nice chat about 40M QRN). I appreciate the efforts of everyone. And, as always, had fun.

K9QV
The bands seemed shorter than last month, but this allowed a few more contacts.  20m-6, 40m-4 and 80m-1.  I didn't get K7TQ on 2 bands this time :(  See you next month! 72 de Drew.

W5ACM
Great to be back with the Spartan Sprint! The ATS-3a was operating superbly with 3W out to the vertical, and my CW was acceptable, even without cleaning the copper contacts. They could use some attention though. Conditions on 20M were excellent, and represented 6 of my 10 contacts. It was great to have 20M contacts with NH, GA, CA, MD, ID and IN. 40M was OK, but the coverage was sparse and there were few takers – 3 contacts. Conditions on 80M were noisy but I managed one QSO with WB5BKL, Nick over on Lake Buchanan near Austin. Hoping for better in July, but glad that we had something happening this month after I missed May. Need more participants and better conditions! 72 de Andy W5ACM Houston, TX EL29eq




Saturday, May 6, 2017

RESULTS: May 2017 ARS Spartan Sprint

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SOAPBOX: May 2017 ARS Spartan Sprint

K3RLL
Nice to hear 20 meters open this evening but didn’t sound like many others discovered it for the Sprint.  40m was really noisy here in Florida this evening and not many Spartan Sprinters there — OR I couldn’t hear them.  Chased W1PID Jim and N5EBD unsuccessfully. Maybe next time. Thanks for the fun evening.  72/73 … Don

W5QLF
I was surprised at the number of stations I heard tonight.  After a long dry spell of only 2 or 3 contacts during the Spartan Spring, it was refreshing to total up numbers in the teens again!  Thank you to those folks that suffered through my “AGN AGN” replays.  There was just enough fading to cover up a couple of letters in your calls.  Maybe we’re back on the road to decent propagation.  73, Joe W5QLF

N0TA
Started late and ended early. 5 on 40, and 1 on 80 - thanks for the Q's. Kx2 & vertical.

KF7WNS
20 and 40m both in good shape. WB5BKL and W5QLF two bandsers tonight. Sorry, Drew/K9QV  tough copy noise and QSB caught you at the same place every time...finally got it right...thanks. Lots of fun, 72, Gary/KF7WNS

K7TQ
A good evening with the KX2, internal battery, and paddles feeding a Force 12 C4SXL at 60 feet. Good first half hour on 20 m with 7 Qs, then good second half hour on 40 with 7 more Qs. Not so good last hour on 40 for a total of 11 Qs on 40.  WB5BKL, K9QV, and KF0N were two band catches. The internal battery was on its last leg at 10.0 V on transmit after starting with a full charge. Just right for a Spartan Sprint. Catch many of you again in June.

K4BAI
Tired after operating Florida QSO Party with W8UE as W4AN/M. Only operated 30 minutes in SP..  Good activity for a change.  QSOs per Band:  40: 7.  80: 2.  Heard, but could not work N0TA on 80M.  73/72, John, K4BAI

KF0N
Hey, what a night!  I was listening to my new rig, an IC-7200, when I checked 14,060 kHz for grins just to see if there was any activity in the May Sprint (participation in past months has seemed to have been fairly sparse).  Wow, the old S-meter really jumped!  Lots of great signals; my first QSO was with Randy, K7TQ, who sported a good S-5 to S-7  signal.  After 5 QSO’s, the band seemed to fold so I went down to 40M and worked more stations through the Spring QRN.  Forty yielded ten more contacts, the most notable being N8WE who was running only 1-watt!  Nice going Glen!  Guess I’m going to have to take my little ATS-1 out of mothballs for the June Sprint; then I won’t have to enter in the “Tubby” division!  I only worked an hour but what fun!  Nice to see you all.  If anyone needs Iowa confirmed, I’m good for it.  72’s to all who pulled me out of their local QRN! Larry, KF0N

KB1M
5 Q's on 20, 2 on 40, for 4 states. 40 was noisy.  MY thanks to all, 73 Walt 

WB5BKL
K3/10 @ 5W to a 20M delta loop, a 40M dipole or a 40M extended double Zepp.  Finally, some propagation. In the middle of the session, I suddenly lost the CW sidetone - which resulted in my sending even more gibberish than I normally send. I found the problem about 20 minutes later, but will send my apologies to N5EBD for the very strange QSO.  Best signals:  20M - KF0N, 40 and 80M - K4BAI.  10 States this time but no 3-banders.  K9QV(?) was the most difficult QSO.  My thanks, and best regards to all. Had fun.

K9QV
Reduced weight by using smaller battery and homebrew key. Had some key problems, but was able to fix after an hour. Battery was VERY low by the end. Still managed more contacts than last month.  No contacts on 80m.  72 de Drew.

Friday, April 7, 2017

RESULTS: April 2016 ARS Spartan Sprint

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

SOAPBOX: April 2016 ARS Spartan Sprint

K3RLL
I know I missed a couple, but didn't hear many Spartan Sprinters on 40 meters tonight.  The band sounded good otherwise, however. Hope to see/hear you all next month.  Thanks for the fun.  72/73 ... Don

K4BAI
20M open to New England at start, but no activity and no answers to CQs.  40M was good to most of the country, but not much activity.  Sorry to lose N3FCS in the QSB.  80M had very strong QRN and only two TX QSOs on that band.  QSOs by band: 40M:  10.  80M: 2. Total time about 1 hour 10 minutes.  Other time was spend on CW traffic nets. 73/72, John, K4BAI.

K7TQ
A good first hour with one Q on 20 from ID to IN then 9 Qs on 40 with best DX of NJ.  N9QV caught me on both 20 and 40.  Second hour not so good with only CA on 40 then nothing on 80 for next 55 minutes. Still, it was better than last month.

K9QV
Finally finished homebrew 3 bander.  2 contacts on 20m, 3 on 40m.  Heard K4BAI on 80m, but couldn't catch him.  Lots of QRN on 80m.  Got K7TQ on 2 bands.  Fun!  ... 72 de Drew

KB1M
No QSO's on 20 mtrs. On 40 managed to pull out out 4 stations from the QRN, one being non QRP. After an hour my eardrums needed a break. I expect I may have missed calls because of the noise. Thanks 72/73, Walt

KQ2RP
Incoming weather made hearing difficult. 40 & 80m were tough with lots of crashes. 20m seemed dead. Worked all contacts on 40m. Did manage K7TQ in Idaho. Used my KX3 with internal batteries and new QRPGuys iambic paddle attached to minimize weight (my N3ZN comes in at 3lbs!). Hopefully things are quieter next month. Tnx for the fun! 72, Chris

N5GW
The power was off due to storms & nine inches of rain. I had the K1 on a Lipo battery to a CFZ up 50 ft. Only 40M was used, because 20M was closed and 80M was very noisy.

WB5BKL
K3/10 @ 5W to a 20M delta loop, a 40M dipole or a 40M extended double Zepp.  Well, better than last month - but just barely. After removing the 2 QRO QSOs, I had 1 on 20M, 3 on 40M and 2 on 80M. Best signals:  20M - N3FCS, 40M - N5GW, 80M - W5ACM. I think I heard at least two others calling me, but they were below ESP level.  I think I heard a 'Q' and later perhaps a 'D'.  I appreciate the efforts of everyone.  And, as always, had fun.

W5ACM
Great to be back with the Spartan Sprint! The ATS-3a was operating superbly with 3W out to the vertical, and my CW was acceptable, even without cleaning the copper contacts. Conditions on 20M were pretty good, but very localized, i.e. only ops to specific areas. The highlight of my brief ops on 20M was a QSO with N3FCS. He was running 1 Watt and sounded really good! 40M was OK, but the coverage was sparse and there were few takers – 3 contacts. Conditions on 80M were noisy but I managed two QSOS with WD5BKL and K4BAI. Hoping for better in May, but glad that we had something happening this month. Need more participants and better conditions!
72 de Andy W5ACM Houston, TX EL29eq




Saturday, March 11, 2017

RESULTS: March 2017 Spartan Sprint


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SOAPBOX: March 2017 ARS Spartan Sprint

W1PID
What a night! 40 minutes and 2 QSOs. Thanks to Dave N1IX for 80M and John K4BAI for 40M. Ran a K2 to a Windom OCF.  Jim W1PID

W5QLF
Only heard two Spartans on tonight, both on 40 meters.  Thanks to NØTA in Colorado and NK6A in California for coming back to me.  You know propagation is bad when you don’t even hear John, K4BAI in GA.

K3RLL
Feeling overly confident from the good conditions last month, I plunged into our March Spartan Sprint with great enthusiasm, only to be faced with a S-9 noise level.  I ran around the house turning things off between contacts hoping that something here was causing the heavy QRN until John K4BAI told me he had the same thing up there in GA.  Good to know.  Thanks, John. Sure there were others out there tonight, but I think they were hiding in the band noise -- as I was to them.  It is with much appreciation that I submit the five contacts garnered through the great patience and skill of our other A.R.S. Sprinters this evening.  Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. Let's all hope for better conditions in April.   73/72 ... Don

K4BAI
20M dead.  40M: heard K7TQ, but he couldn't hear me calling. Heard and worked NK6A in CA and three stations in NH. Band very noisy. Thunderstorms approaching from the west.  80M: Worked FL, AL, TX, GA. QRN worse than on 40. Thanks for the QSOs.  72, John, K4BAI.

K7TQ
A rough night in ID, but had a good time with my new KX2.  The Noise Reduction really helped.  Qs only on 40 and 80 and no one made it on both bands. With DST next month, I hope to get out and away from home.

NØTA

Bad conditions in CO. Worked the only three stations I heard, and they were very weak. Quit after about 30 minutes.  K3 @5w & vertical.  - 73, John

KB1M
3 contacts for 2 states, FL (1) GA (2). 40m Band conditions were not very good here, I was not spotted on the Reverse Beacon net. QRN was a steady S2-3. The 3 stations worked were the only calls of sprinters heard, tnx K3RLL, K4BAI, KK4BNC.  72/73 Walt

WB5BKL
K3/10 @ 5W to a 40M dipole or a 40M extended double Zepp.  I seem to adrift in the doldrums.  After my contacts with the two Dons on 40M - K3RLL and NK6A - it was over an hour until I worked K4BAI on 80M.  I heard, but could not work, K7TQ and NØTA.  I can say with absolute confidence that the best signal I worked on 40 was from Don - and John's was the best on 80.  That's three QSOs. I sincerely hope that every sprinter had better luck than I did this month.  However, as always, I had fun.

KI6SN
Efforts on 80-meters from Southern California turned out to be an exercise in listening. Heard, but couldn't work, WB5BKL. He varied from 329 to ESP and was the only signal heard in high noise. Way to go, Nick! CU all in April's Spartan Sprint.

Friday, February 10, 2017

RESULTS: February 2017 Spartan Sprint

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SOAPBOX: February 2017 ARS Spartan Sprint

K7TQ
On 40 m the callers were either loud or non-existant. Good signals from K4BAI, in GA, NØTA in CO, AB9CA in AL, and W5QLF in TX. Stayed on 40 for first hour then after a short break finished up on 80 with only WB5BKL in TX.  That one was ESP.  Rig was new KX2 with Force 12 C4SXL at 60 feet for 40 m and 1/2 sloper on 80 m. From 0200Z to 0215Z on 40 m the RBN spotted me from UT to PA a range of 700 to 2100 miles with most of the spotting stations at the longer distances from ID to east of the Mississippi River.  SNR was 8 to 9 dB regardless of the distance.  Toward the end of the first hour from 0245 to 0248Z, I was still being spotted from UT to PA, but the SNR in PA had dropped to 1 and in UT to 6 indicative of 40 m closing down, I suppose. From 0330Z to 0332Z on 80 m the RBN spots were closer in from WA to CA with a range of 270 to 700 miles. SNR ranged from 2 in UT to 15 dB in nearby WA.  I did get a single spot from WI at 1400 miles, but only at a SNR of 3 dB.  Between 0350 and 0358Z the spots still ranged from WA to CA at the same distances. SNR was holding steady at 2 to 15 dB. The contact with WB5BKL in TX at about 1500 miles was well beyond any of the spots.

AB9CA
Was a few minutes late getting started. Dunno if that hurt much. The first couple of minutes seemed pretty good but it was tough after that. Started on 40 and worked 8. Then went to 80 and got 3 more. Noise on 80 did not seem too bad. 2-banders were WB5BKL and W5QLF. TX accounted for 6 of the 11 contacts. Rig was K3 at 5w to 100' wire or a 41' (mostly) vertical (it leans off to one side somewhat). Thanks for the run and hope to everyone plus more next month. 73 de dave, ab9ca/4

NØTA

KD1JV TriBander, vertical, 40m only. Did not hear many stations in CO, and the few I did hear were really weak. - 73, John, N0TA

K4BAI
Only operated first hour.  No new stations.  Heard AB9CA still calling much later so I predict he will be this month's winner.  40 was long at the start and soon went much longer.  Good signals from W5/6/7 and W1 just at the start plus surprise K3RLL in FL.  80M was OK to NH and AL  Thanks for all QSOs.  73/72, John, K4BAI.

KB1M

Only able to make one QSO, FL. Other than QRN and a loud digital station not much heard, a few calls were heard briefly then disappeared back into the noise.  73, Walt

NK6A

Stayed on 40M for 45 min.  Good RBN activity all the way to VE2. Where was everybody? Signals were anywhere from 8 dB to 23 dB. Went to 80 and didn't hear anyone. I have a very marginal antenna for 80. The Spartin Sprints doesn't seem to generate a lot of Calif participants. See you next month. 20 should be open a bit longer.

WB5BKL

K3/10 @ 5W to a 40M dipole or a 40M extended double Zepp. 10 states this time - much better than last month. Best signals: 40M - AB9CA, 80M - W5QLF.  I tried 20M and could hear a faint signal but could not quit make it out.  CQed for a while with no luck - though several RBN skimmers  heard me. Also the RBN said I was doing very well on 80M but not as well on 40M. I had more QSOs on 40M than 80M - but that may be due to limited activity on 80. My thanks to all. Had fun.

K3RLL
Pretty good condx this evening. Think I finally qualified for the “Worked All NH” Award as 6 of my 10 contacts were with the beautiful State of New Hampshire. I’ll be watching for my new wallpaper to arrive any day. (SMILE) Thanks to those ops with good ears who were able to pull me out of the noise tonight.  Hmm, … are all the best ops in NH? And really happy to count K1SWL among them.  I think I built every kit he made and they’re ALL good.

Oh yes, RBN: The following shows 40m progress from start to finish Monday night (about 02:45z) showing spots for DX call: K3RLL

de dx freq cq/dx snr speed time
K3PA  K3RLL 7041.0 CW CQ [LoTW]  6 dB 16 wpm 0241z 07 Feb
W2LB  K3RLL 7040.9 CW CQ [LoTW]  10 dB 16 wpm 0238z 07 Feb
VE3EID  K3RLL 7041.0 CW CQ [LoTW]  10 dB 16 wpm 0237z 07 Feb
VE2WU  K3RLL 7041.0 CW CQ [LoTW]  6 dB 16 wpm 0237z 07 Feb
WE9V  K3RLL 7041.0 CW CQ [LoTW]  2 dB 16 wpm 0236z 07 Feb
K1TTT  K3RLL 7041.0 CW CQ [LoTW]  6 dB 16 wpm 0234z 07 Feb
W2AXR  K3RLL 7041.0 CW CQ [LoTW]  4 dB 16 wpm 0233z 07 Feb
NY3A  K3RLL 7041.0 CW CQ [LoTW]  4 dB 16 wpm 0233z 07 Feb
KM3T  K3RLL 7041.0 CW CQ [LoTW]  13 dB 16 wpm 0233z 07 Feb
K3LR  K3RLL 7040.9 CW CQ [LoTW]  24 dB 16 wpm 0231z 07 Feb
VE3EID  K3RLL 7041.0 CW CQ [LoTW]  10 dB 16 wpm 0226z 07 Feb
VE2WU  K3RLL 7041.0 CW CQ [LoTW]  5 dB 16 wpm 0226z 07 Feb
WE9V  K3RLL 7041.0 CW CQ [LoTW]  3 dB 16 wpm 0224z 07 Feb
NY3A  K3RLL 7041.0 CW CQ [LoTW]  6 dB 16 wpm 0224z 07 Feb
KQ8M  K3RLL 7041.0 CW CQ [LoTW]  5 dB 16 wpm 0223z 07 Feb
W2LB  K3RLL 7040.9 CW CQ [LoTW]  5 dB 16 wpm 0223z 07 Feb
WZ7I  K3RLL 7041.0 CW CQ [LoTW]  11 dB 16 wpm 0223z 07 Feb
K1TTT  K3RLL 7041.0 CW CQ [LoTW]  10 dB 16 wpm 0223z 07 Feb
W2AXR  K3RLL 7041.0 CW CQ [LoTW]  8 dB 16 wpm 0223z 07 Feb
KM3T  K3RLL 7041.0 CW CQ [LoTW]  11 dB 16 wpm 0223z 07 Feb
K3LR  K3RLL 7040.9 CW CQ [LoTW]  13 dB 16 wpm 0216z 07 Feb
VE2WU  K3RLL 7041.0 CW CQ [LoTW]  8 dB 16 wpm 0216z 07 Feb
VE3EID  K3RLL 7041.0 CW CQ [LoTW]  10 dB 16 wpm 0216z 07 Feb
WE9V  K3RLL 7041.0 CW CQ [LoTW]  6 dB 15 wpm 0213z 07 Feb
KM3T  K3RLL 7041.0 CW CQ [LoTW]  11 dB 15 wpm 0212z 07 Feb
VE3EID  K3RLL 7041.0 CW CQ [LoTW]  12 dB 15 wpm 0211z 07 Feb
WZ7I  K3RLL 7041.0 CW CQ [LoTW]  11 dB 15 wpm 0211z 07 Feb
K1TTT  K3RLL 7041.0 CW CQ [LoTW]  8 dB 15 wpm 0211z 07 Feb
W2AXR  K3RLL 7041.0 CW CQ [LoTW]  7 dB 15 wpm 0211z 07 Feb
W2LB  K3RLL 7040.9 CW CQ [LoTW]  12 dB 15 wpm 0208z 07 Feb
VE2WU  K3RLL 7041.0 CW CQ [LoTW]  6 dB 15 wpm 0205z 07 Feb
KM3T  K3RLL 7041.0 CW CQ [LoTW]  10 dB 15 wpm 0205z 07 Feb
KQ8M  K3RLL 7041.0 CW CQ [LoTW]  3 dB 15 wpm 0205z 07 Feb
K1TTT  K3RLL 7041.0 CW CQ [LoTW]  8 dB 15 wpm 0202z 07 Feb
WZ7I  K3RLL 7041.0 CW CQ [LoTW]  16 dB 15 wpm 0201z 07 Feb
AA4VV  K3RLL 7041.0 CW CQ [LoTW]  3 dB 15 wpm 0201z 07 Feb

Thanks to the entire A.R.S. Staff for another great evening in Ham Radio.  72/73 … Don


W1PID
20 dead. 40M K3RLL, W5QLF, WA8ZBT. 80M N1IX thanks to all. Jim W1PID