Monday, September 13, 2021

LATEST UPDATES: The 2021 Adventure Radio Society FOBB Scoreboard

For an updated 2021 FOBB Scoreboard, click here.

SCOREBOARD: September 2021 ARS Spartan Sprint

 

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SOAPBOX: September 2021 ARS Spartan Sprint

K4BAI

Pretty good conditions on 40 and 80.  Not much activity on 80 though. No activity heard on 20M. QSOs by band: 40M: 16. 80M: 4. Thanks for all QSOs. 73, John, K4BAI.

K3RLL

40m seemed a little sparse this evening. After 20 minutes with no new Sprinters and having working all four stations heard, it is time to go dream about the old days, hi, hi. Thanks for the fun and nice contacts this evening. 72/73 .. Don

NØTA

All 40m. K3, doublet, GenLog

K4PQC

Bands were very quiet even though we had a lightning storm and heavy rain at the beginning of the SP. To lighten the weight I stayed on 40 meters using only one band filter and had fairly good results in calling CQ SP as well as S & P operating. The following is a repeat from last month: Rig here is scaled down Steve Weber KD1JV designed ATS-3b with the case removed.  Before I was running it with the fully enclosed case. Quite a bit lighter now. An Altoids tin weighs about 1.2 oz. and my case made of very thin 2 sided PCB weighs a little less than 0.6 oz. I removed the case and weighed the transceiver, 3 filters, ear bud, paddle and 25o mah LiPo battery. Antenna is a 160 meter horizontal loop at 30' fed with 50' 450 ohm open wire, balun and 25' of RG-58 coax. Thanks for all the contacts. 72' de Phil, K4PQC

AB9BZ

Dialed my K2 down to 1W and made 2 contacts, thanks for the Q's, 73 ab9bz Dave

WB5BKL

K3/10 @ 5W to a 40M extended double Zepp or a 40M dipole. Only 40 minutes this time. Local t-storm got way too close - not to mention the QRN. Best signals:  15M - NK6A, 40M - WK8S. Only three states. Oh well, there's always October. Had fun.




Saturday, September 4, 2021

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 backcountry 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 distances. And they encourage the growth of a like-minded community of amateur radio operators 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 equipment they built from "scratch" - that is, equipment built from schematics.

Exchange

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


Tuesday, August 10, 2021

SCOREBOARD: August 2021 ARS Spartan Sprint


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SOAPBOX: August 2021 ARS Spartan Sprint

 

K3RLL

Nice to hear 20m open at the starting gate but the party seemed to quickly move to 40m where there seemed like a lot of carrier noise this evening but some  nice signals. It's a lot more fun to operate here in PA with a real outside antenna. Thanks for the contacts.  72/73 … Don

 

VE2IRF

Nice to hear 20m open at the starting gate but the party seemed to quickly move to 40m where there seemed like a lot of carrier noise this evening but some  nice signals. It's a lot more fun to operate here in PA with a real outside antenna. Thanks for the contacts.  72/73 … Don

 

NØTA

12 on 20m, 4 on 40m. Thanks for the Q's.

 

W5QLF

 This is the first time on the Sprint for me since May 2021 and I had to do a little remembering of the protocol.  I do recognize many of the calls I worked as being quite active on QRP events and CW in general.  Thanks for letting me play once again!  Joe, W5QLF

 

K4BAI

Made 10 other QSOs before realizing I had left the amp on after calling a traffic net at 0200Z.  So I am showing as QSOs only the 11 I made actually QRP.  I guess the other 10 count for the stations I worked. 73/72, John, K4BAI.

 

K9DRP

Lots of activity on 20 to start, logging half of my contacts there. The rest were on 40.  I couldn't raise anyone on 80 tonight. TNX to Nick, WB5BKL fer two bands. Ran the Argo V with the KN4YB bug and a LiFEPO battery.

 

K4PQC

Bands were fairly quiet but I only had 3 contacts when calling CW the rest were all S & P.  Only one contact on 20 and one on 80 the rest on 40.  Thanks to everyone for the QSOs., Rig here is scaled down Steve Weber KD1JV designed ATS-3b with the case removed.  Before I was running it with the fully enclosed case.  quite a bit lighter now.  An Altoids tin weighs about 1.2 oz. and my case made of very thin 2 sided PCB weighs a little less than 0.6 oz.  I removed the case and weighed the transceiver, 3 filters, ear bud, paddle and 25o mah LiPo battery.  Antenna is a 160 meter horizontal loop at 30' fed with 50' 450 ohm open wire, balun and 25' of RG-58 coax.  If I would have stayed on 40 meters and not used the other two filters and only made 8 contacts there would only be a 6 point difference in the score.  More fun changing bands and making more contacts. 72' Phil

 

WB9HFK               

Rig: Icom 7300 at 5W; Antenna: OCF Dipole at 30 Ft.; Weight: 30 Lbs.

 

K5MUG

KX3 @ 5w into a ZS6BKW inverted V oriented N/S at 40 feet. Little on the sparse side this evening.  4 CQ SP contacts, 8 S&P.  20m went dry fairly early - 5 contacts in first 26 minutes; on 40m all worked stations very tight - 7 contacts all between 7.040.5 and 7.041.7. Quite a bit of over-lap, tried tightening down the filters, only helped a couple times. Tried to get thru to K4PQC from the very beginning (5 or 6 different attempts) - he wasn't hearing me - finally got him at 02:57z when he responded (339) to my CQ SP with a couple of repeats.  Thanks, Phil.  Whew! Particularly nice to work local Spartan Sprint and QRP Fox Hunt compadre W5QLF/Joe on both 20m (559/QSB) and 40m (599),  Thanks Joe! All in all, hoped for better evening but will still declare it another pleasurable event. Thanks to all, take care and stay safe,  72, Cray / K5MUG / San Antonio, TX

 

K3JZD

Used 20m and 40m.  40m got kind of weird near the end of the first hour - maybe was some solar storm activity.  MTR-3B w/500 mAH LiPo Battery Pack running 4w with KØMBT 3D Printed Mini-Mini Key and Earbuds to a 20m beam and 40m dipole.   73 - Jody - K3JZD

 

WB5BKL

K3/10 @ 5W to a 40M extended double Zepp or a 40M dipole.  Tried 15M for a while with no luck. 6 states this month.  Best signals: 20M - NØTA, 40M & 80M - K4BAI.  Doubles with Don, John and Don. 1 QRO and 1

incomplete QSO not counted.  Though things were sparse in the second hour, still had fun.

 

AB9CA

Did not have much time, ran for about 45 min. K3 at 5w. Logged 2 on 20 and 11 on 40. 40 definitely seemed to be the better band last evening. Did work NK6A and NØTA on both 20 and 40. Thanks for the Q's and see everyone next month . . . Dave, ab9ca

 

WA9TGT

All my contacts were on 40 meters. The band was pretty quiet for a change and began to go really long by 11:30PM. Donnie Garrett / WA9TGT

 

AC2YD

Softrock RXTX Ensemble (built from kit), Lenovo laptop running Quisk software transceiver with homebrew mods to control Softrock via WiFi, 1/4-wave vertical with 32 radials. Thanks for a cool event! - 72! Ben, AC2YD

- Richard Fisher, KI6SN
Co-founder, The Adventure Radio Society
Riverside, CA



Tuesday, July 13, 2021


RULES:

Adventure Radio Society 2021 Flight of the Bumblebees, Sunday, July 25


The Adventure Radio Society Flight of the Bumblebees is a four-hour event held annually on the last Sunday of July. It is open to all radio amateurs.

2021 ARS Flight of the Bumblebees
Sunday, July 25
1700 to 2100 UTC

CONTEST PERIOD BY TIMEZONE (Local Time)
·                    1 p.m. to 5 p.m.   – Eastern
·                    12 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Central
·                    11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Mountain
·                    10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Pacific
·                    7 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Hawaii

The contest period accommodates multiple time zones simultaneously. No matter where you live, there will be time for Bumblebees to travel to a field operating site, set up their station, operate the contest, and travel home.

WHO CAN PLAY?
Both home-based and portable operations are encouraged.

WHAT QUALIFIES AS A BUMBLEBEE?
Participants who operate portable from field locations are designated as Bumblebees. They get to their operating site principally under their own power by walking, biking, boating, and so on. The distance traveled to the site is at the Bumblebee’s discretion. Bumblebees add /BB to their calls. (NOTE: Home-based stations do not add /BB to their callsign.)

IF YOU’RE ELIGIBLE, GET A BUMBLEBEE NUMBER
If you plan to operate the 2021 FOBB portable – in other words, from a field location – you’re invited to request a Bumblebee identification number. Instructions for obtaining a Bumblebee number are in the next section, below, headlined "Apply for a 2021 Flight of the Bumblebees Number."

There is no limit to the number of Bumblebees. You may apply for, and receive, a Bee number at any time up to July 25 prior to the contest.

GROUP OPERATION
Group operation is welcome in the Flight of the Bumblebees. You may operate under a single call and report a single score, or under multiple calls and report multiple scores. In any event, you are limited to operating a single transmitter at a time.

POWER OUTPUT
To keep with its minimalist theme, maximum FOBB power output is 5 watts.

OPERATION
We operate CW on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters, around standard QRP frequencies.
           
EXCHANGE
  • /BB: If you are a Bumblebee, your exchange is RST, state/province/country, and your Bumblebee number.
  • Home Stations: If you are home-based, your exchange is RST, state/province/country, and your power.
Here are examples of exchanges:

Bumblebee NE6SW / BB (Bumblebee No. 73) sends:
579
CA
BB 73 or NR 73

Home-based station WN1DWL sends:
579
MA
5W

PLAYING IN 2021 
FOBB
Everyone in the contest can work anyone else in the contest. In other words:
·                    Home-based stations can work other home-based stations and Bumblebees.
·                    Bumblebees can work other Bumblebees and home-based stations.

SCORING
Here are the details:
·                    Each contact is worth one point.
·                    The same station can be worked on different bands for additional QSO points and multipliers.
·                    Contacts with Bumblebees generate a multiplier of three. NOTE: If you worked NE6SW/BB on two bands, it counts as two Bumblebee contacts.

Here’s an example of how your score will be calculated:
  • Say, you make 21 FOBB contacts on 40 meters.
  • You make 32 FOBB contacts on 20 meters.
  • In that combined total of QSOs, you contacted 14 Bumblebees. NOTE: If you worked KI6SN/BB on two bands, it counts as two Bumblebee contacts.
  • To determine your multiplier, multiply 14 Bumblebees times 3.

Using the FOBB Scoring Formula:
  • Contacts: 21 + 32 = 53
  • BB Multiplier: 14 X 3 = 42
  • Total: 53 QSOs X 42 BB Multiplier = 2,226 Total points

COMMENDATIONS
Separate but equal commendations are awarded to the high scores for the home-based and Bumblebee participants. We will also commend Bumblebees in the following categories:
  • Most interesting equipment
  • Most fascinating FOBB venture
  • Most beautiful site
SUBMITTING YOUR FOBB DATA:
Send your FOBB 2021 Reports via email to:


REPORT FORM:
Your:
  • Full name
  • Callsign
  • Location of FOBB operation
  • Total number of contacts (all bands)
  • Total number of Bumblebees (all bands)
  • Comments about your 2021 FOBB experience:
Photographs of your adventure are welcome and encouraged.

RESULTS:
Results and soapbox comments will be reported on the ARS Spartan Sprint and FOBB website. That posting will be announced on the QRP-L email group.

SAFETY:
As with all ARS events, please keep safety in front of mind when conducting operations in the field. Such things as weather, power lines, terrain, dehydration, and fatigue can be lethal. Above all, we want all participants to have a fabulous and safe experience.

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FIELD STATIONS:

Apply for a 2021 Flight of the Bumblebees Number

            The Adventure Radio Society Flight of the Bumblebees is a four-hour event held annually on the last Sunday of July. It is open to all radio amateurs.

2021 ARS Flight of the Bumblebees
Sunday, July 25
1700 to 2100 UTC

CONTEST PERIOD BY TIMEZONE (Local Time)
·                    1 p.m. to 5 p.m.   – Eastern
·                    12 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Central
·                    11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Mountain
·                    10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Pacific
·                    7 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Hawaii

The contest period accommodates multiple time zones simultaneously. No matter where you live, there will be time for Bumblebees to travel to a field operating site, set up their station, operate the contest, and travel home.

IF YOU’RE ELIGIBLE, GET A BUMBLEBEE NUMBER
If you plan to operate the 2021 FOBB portable – in other words, from a field location – you’re invited to request a Bumblebee identification number. Here’s how:

1. CHECK THE DATABASE: An online database has been set up to show assigned Bumblebee numbers. Visit: https://tinyurl.com/4r3bzez3

2. OFFER THREE NUMBER OPTIONS: Check the database for eligibility,  Then send an email to:

ARSBumblebees@gmail.com with:
  • Your Callsign
  • Your First Name
  • The field location you anticipate to be operating from
  • Your Top 3 Choices for FOBB Number

3. YOUR FOBB NUMBER ASSIGNMENT: Check the database, https://tinyurl.com/4r3bzez3 after submitting your top three choices to see which number you have been assigned. The number listed in the database is your official 2021 FOBB number.


– 73, Richard Fisher, KI6SN,
The Adventure Radio Society