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.

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 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