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

Friday, January 6, 2017

RESULTS: January 2017 ARS Spartan Sprint

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SOAPBOX: January 2017 ARS Spartan Sprint

KN5L
My first Spartan Sprint. Used a KX2, with internal battery, at 5W on 40 Meters.

W5ACM
Certainly not as bad as November! The ATS-3a was operating superbly with 3W out to the vertical, and my CW was acceptable. Conditions on 40M were pretty good, but the coverage was sparse and there were few takers. Conditions on 80M were noisy but I managed one contact there with WA7LNW, who was also one of my four 40M contacts. Hoping for better in February, but glad that we had something happening this month. Need more participants and better conditions! 72 de Andy W5ACM Houston, TX EL29eq

WA7LNW
First time to work SP in several years. Major thunderstorm in southeastern U.S. created heavy QRN and QSB. Thanks to everyone for the contacts. 73's de Jack, WA7LNW

K3RLL
Another tough night on the bands but while able to make very few contacts, it was encouraging to at least hear a number of Sprinters on 40m this evening - even if they couldn’t hear me.  Thanks to those skilled and patient ops who pulled me out of the noise this evening.  72/73 … Don and Happy New Year

W1PID
Nothing heard on 40. 1 station N0AR in MN on 80 meters. VY HNY Jim W1PID

K7TQ
I wish everyone had been as loud as P49X.  A very meager start to the year, but it should only get better. Thanks to K4BAI on 40 and WA7LNW on 80.

NØAR
Good nite to sprint in the new year. Snow and rain made 80 pretty ruff, 40 was the workhorse tonight. A total of 9 q's on 40 and 3 on 80 meters. At the start 20 was already shut down. Rig K2 and the 43' vertical over a lot of wire also used the 80 m. loop at times. 73 and HNY Scott N0AR nr. St. Paul, MN

K4BAI
Got in 42 minutes of operating between thunderstorms.  We had an incredible 6.78 inches of rain in the past two days after months of drought.  20M and higher were dead.  40M was in good shape with low noise, but a few old friends couldn't seem to hear me calling.  80M was covered with QRN from the thunderstorms and my only QSO was with WA7LNW in UT.  No other sprinters heard on 80 before the thunderstorms resumed. Happy New Year to all.  73/72, John, K4BAI.

KB1M
Another challenging sprint. Spent the first 20 minutes searching, only to hear bits and pieces of call signs. Three stations answered my CQ's in next 15 minutes, making three completed QSO's, states worked Ga, Fl, and Ms. Nothing heard in next half hour so decided to stop beating the 40 meter horse. Happy New Year to all QRP sprinters, 73/72 Walt

WB5BKL
K3/10 @ 5W to a 40M extended double Zepp.  Only 3 states this time - a dismal performance.  Conditions seemed 'fair' at best.  Best signals:  40M - K4BAI.  Happy New Year to all.  Had fun.










Monday, January 2, 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


Monday, December 12, 2016

RESULTS: December 2016 Spartan Sprint


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SOAPBOX: December 2016 Spartan Sprint

KB1M
5 watts to dipole at 30 ft. QSB seemed to be very deep, along with generally weak signals. I appreciate each QSO and those who tried to work my station. As always these sprints make for an enjoyable evening. 73/72, Walt

W1PID
Operated about 10 minutes. Nothing heard on 20M 2 QSOs on 40 meters. Nothing on 80 meters. Thanks to W3KC and W4VHH for the QSOs. 73 Jim W1PID

W5QLF
One contact on 40m and one on 80m.  Heard a couple of signals on 40m but not enough for a full call sign or a QSO. The December numbers are likely to be as puny as the November results. Very disheartening for QRP operations this winter. Station here in TX is a Butternut HF-9V vertical. That may explain why most signals are in the noise for me. 73, Joe W5QLF

K3RLL
Very few squeals in either the front 40 or the back 80 this evening. Missed AB9CA. Dave just couldn't hear me squealing. Thank goodness for KB1M in NH. He has 'saved my bacon' yet again! Thank you Walter. Thought maybe I had a local problem but saw reports coming in from Reverse Beacon Network.  Signal reports were something short of good but apparently signals were transmitting, just not enough listeners out there. Thanks for the fun. See you next month. Maybe propagation will be better to us then. 72, Don K3RLL

W3KC
Not many signals heard - the bands were marginal. Did contact W4VHH on two bands. Hoping for better conditions next time. 72, Chas W3KC

VE3DTI
I operated QRP from my shack (ICOM 703 at 5W and endfed 50+ Ft vertical wire w/ RT-100 tuner). Propagation was erratic with huge QSB: No “CQ SP” was heard in 20m. I made several calls at 14.060 MHz to no reply. I QSY to 40m with similar experience . . . Then all of a sudden I heard PJ2/KB7Q. Gene was not calling “CQ SP” from IOTA SA-099, but since our contact was “during Sprint”, I thought you might take it. ( Then for several minutes nothing again… until very faint, deep within the noise, I heard a “CQ SP” de AB9CA. We spent several minutes in the QSO. Much appreciated Charles! 73, de Jose VE3DTI/VA3PCJ

WB5BKL
K3/10 @ 5W to a 40M dipole or a 40M extended double Zepp.  Only 3 states this time - but that was better than last month with 0 states (I forgot).  Maybe my worst score.  Conditions seemed 'fair' (one of the QSOs was with a 1W station), but not much activity. Best signals: 40M - W4VHH, 80M - AB9CA.  Heard Don (K3RLL) on 80 but could not attract his attention. The best of the season to all from Nick, Elizabeth and Bella the Boxer (BB). May 2017 bring us better propagation. Had fun.

W5ACM
Certainly not as bad as November! The ATS-3a was operating superbly with 3W out to the vertical, and my CW was better than usual thanks to some contact polishing prior to the event. Conditions on 40M were pretty good, but the coverage was sparse and there were few takers. Hoping for better in January, but glad that we had something better than the deplorable results of November! 72 de Andy W5ACM Houston, TX EL29eq