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.

Saturday, March 4, 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