Tuesday, January 9, 2018

RESULTS: January 2018 ARS Spartan Sprint

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Monday, January 8, 2018

SOAPBOX: January 2018 ARS Spartan Sprint

My first SP, greetings to everyone and thanks for the contacts. I heard only 6 SP stations, but I was able to work everyone I heard. I’m looking forward to next time.  72 DE WØITT

The pick’ins were pretty slim tonight. Worked 5 on 40 meters. Tuned down to 80 and made a SKCC contact but no Spartans heard.
Joe, W5QLF

All four contacts made in the first ten minutes on 40m. Stuck around for another hour, heard a few stations, but none returned my call. Thanks for the Qs. KX2, Palm Paddle, earbuds, vertical antenna.

20M was dead here and 40M was long.  Heard NK6A working NØTA, but no QSO. 2 QSOs on 40 (CO and NH). 80M seemed pretty good, but not much activity.  8 QSOs on 80 including TX, IL, IN, MS and GA. Thanks for all QSOs.  Happy New Year to all.  73/72. John, K4BAI. (QRT after 1 1/2 hours to watch bowl game.)

Limited to 40 meters. 1 Q with WB5BKL. 5W to EFHWA. Happy New Year to all. 73's de Fred - WA5BUC

All QSO's on 80M. Rig: ICOM 7300 @ 5W. Antenna: 150 ft. Random WIre. Key: J38 - 72,  Mark Prather, WB9HFK

I was only able to work one station on 40, K4BAI, also heard WB5BKL weakly under digital QRM. I hope others had better luck. 72/73 Walt

I am suffering from a S7 noise level on 40M.  I can turn my antenna and get it down to S3 but then I am pointing Southeast.  I have been searching for the noise source for two weeks without any luck. Operated for only an hour when I gave up because of the noise and not hearing anyone else. - Don Minkoff, NK6A

K3/10 @ 5W to a 40M dipole or a 40M extended double Zepp. 7 states this time. Best signals: 40M - WA5BUC, 80M - K4BAI. Heard a signal on 20M briefly - NØ ??. Some new-to-me calls this time - very nice. My thanks to all. Had fun.

Déjà vu all over again… Conditions on 40M were quiet, but there were very few stations out there for the Spartan Sprint! I almost killed the two 170 mAh LiPo batteries in the ATS-3A calling CQ on 40M. I did get two CA stations on 40M and the ever-present K4BAI on 80M. I was running 3W to my antique ground-mounted vertical. By the time I worked K4BAI, actual power output was declining to about 2W. The 20M daughter board is currently MIA – somewhere in the station… It didn’t matter this month, but hoping to find it for more 20M action soon. I am planning on using the antennas at a different QTH next month. I hope for BIG things from my 3 Watts then! 72 de Andy W5ACM, Houston, Texas

Sunday, January 7, 2018

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: 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