Monday, May 2, 2016

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 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:
  • 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


  1. What is the time limit on submitting results? WB5BKL

  2. Deadline for submitting entries and soapbox comments is the Thursday following the Spartan Sprint. Results are posted on this Web site the Friday following the Monday Spartan Sprint.

  3. Can I do SSB? What suggested freqs?

  4. Just found your site after working several QRP op's in the contest.. I turned down to 5w to enjoy the QRP thrill.. great contest, and I hope to participate next month!

  5. Havn't done the Spartin Sprints in over 10 years! Stumbled upon the web page from one of my old computer 'Favorites' and remembered the FUN, got set up and actually remembered to join in. Now have 3 boys and lots of family committments but still managed to work a number of QRP contacts in between meals, bed time and actually had a BLAST like the old days! Looking forward to getting more 'in-tune' with participating in the Spartan Sprints! See you on the bands in in the SS! De N7LT, Kalispell, MT

  6. Which frequencies on those bands?

  7. Does the weight of the station include the logging computer (keyboard, mouse, etc)?
    - 73, John, N0TA

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  9. Thanks for keeping this contest alive, hope to join in soon. N9YO