Tuesday, June 11, 2019

RESULTS: June 2019 ARS Spartan Sprint

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SOAPBOX: June 2019 ARS Spartan Sprint

Three contacts, thanks totally to three very skilled and capable operators. Thank you Jim, Walt & John.  Tried bigger radio tonight; got less contacts. Gee, that's just not right. Conditions were abysmal, or maybe worse here in N-FL tonight.  Hmm..., maybe I should go out and see if my wire antenna is still up over the garage? Thanks to the entire staff and associates of A.R.S. for continuing to provide this monthly gathering of the faithful. See you next month.  72, ... Don

1 contact, 64 oz. Heavy Case on the QCX. thanks for the contact, glad to get my QCX on the air. 72, Dave

20M very good. QSOs TX, FL, CA, KS, NH, MS. 40M: Pretty good. QSOs about same as on 20 plus IL. 80M: Not bad. QSOs to IL TX and FL. Totals per band: 80:3; 40:13; 20: 8. Thanks for all the QSOs. 73/72, John, K4BAI

My first Spartan Sprint in several years.  Band conditions were pretty good. N5GW with 2 watts was loud here in Central Florida. Two band QSOs with K4BAI (40 and 80) and WB5BKL (20 and 40), thanks! KX3 @ 5 watts into a ground mounted Hustler 6BTV vertical.

I ran the K2 at 5 watts. Best DX NK6A in CA. Nice to work some old pals. 73, Jim W1PID

20 started out great but the band fizzled out after 30 minutes. Lots of noise on 40 and even more on 80. TNX to K4BAI and K3ESE for two bands. I got to try out my "new" Argonaut V (it's a keeper!). Used a cootie tonight to lower the station weight (thanks guys for copying my fumble fist). I think the propagation gods have set my contact limit to 12. Logged 4 on 20, 5 on 40, and 3 on 80. Let's do it again next month.  73, Don

The ATS-3a was remarkably cooperative this month. My CW was pretty good thanks to the keyer contacts. I didn’t need any burnishing or maintenance. The batteries appear to be running well. I use a pair of 170 mAh LiPo cells. It makes 3W out, so it is good to go! I got good 20M CNDX and hope for more next month! VY FB to work K4BAI on 20M AND 40M. The QRN was BAD on 80M – i.e. no contacts down there. 72, de Andy W5ACM, Houston, Texas.

Icom 7300 @ 5W - OCF Dipole and 150 Ft. Random Wire.

the bands were noisy, but functional. I was wondering if there was just a low turnout? I had fun, though, as always! 10 of my 14 QSOs were unique SPCs.

8 QSO's for 6 states. After a fruitless weekend of trying to log a museum ship, the sprint was a  needed boost to a deflated ego. I am always amazed with the many great ears of QRP ops that I've worked during sprints. Thanks for the QSOs. 72/73, Walt

My K1 with internal ATU was powered by an 800 mAh Lipo battery at 2 watts to a doublet. It was nice to hear 20M open again for about half my contacts.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

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