Saturday, May 6, 2017

RESULTS: May 2017 ARS Spartan Sprint

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SOAPBOX: May 2017 ARS Spartan Sprint

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Monday, May 1, 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 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

Friday, April 7, 2017

RESULTS: April 2016 ARS Spartan Sprint

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

SOAPBOX: April 2016 ARS Spartan Sprint

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.


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

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

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.

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

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.

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


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

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.


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


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.


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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.