Sunday, November 20, 2022

 ARS Spartan Sprint Time Change for December 2022

Due to a newly-scheduled activity during the second hour of our monthly ARS Spartan Sprints, we will be shifting our contest to a two-hour block beginning one hour earlier than we currently do to avoid QRM.

Here's how new local start times break out in each time zone for December:

8:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.

7:00 p.m. to 9 p.m.

6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.

5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.

0100Z to 0300Z

0000Z to 0200Z

REMINDER: ARS Spartan Sprints are held on the first Monday of each month. Start times are your local time. Use these numbers to determine the start and finish times in your time zone for December 2022.

Your opinion matters. We will be soliciting comments on the time change after December's Spartan Sprint is completed. We encourage your feedback to

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

Friday, November 18, 2022

RESULTS: November 2022 ARS Spartan Sprint

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SOAPBOX: November 2022 ARS Spartan Sprint


No luck being heard on 20m and not a lot on 40m but still worth every penny I pay for the right to play on the monthly Spartan Sprint. HIHI Big signal into Florida tonight was from 2 watts out of North Carolina. NC4RT must not be using my wet string antenna! 72,  Don


Icom 7300 @ 5W, 40M - Hustler 6BTV Gnd Mtd with 60 Radials; 80M - End Fed Wire - 150 Ft.; Weight: 30lbs


Started on 40 meters and made my 5 contacts all on 40 meters during the first hour. Another contest took over the QRP 7.030 mHz frequency. All signals were 559 or weaker. I tried 80,20 and 15 but heard no one during the first hour. Used my ICOM 756  this time with EFHW on 20 , W3EDP  84 feet sloping north-south for 80/40 and attic fan dipole for 15 meters. Will try some lighter weight gear next time.


I heard stations on 40M only, a noisy band with QSB. I pulled out 3 stations. My station running 2W from a KX2 with internal tuner powered by a 4.5Ah LiFePO4 using a CW Morse Micro Code Key weighed in at 2.375 lbs.


All contacts on 40m. I called a bit on 20m and 15m, but no joy (and my K1 doesn't have 80m). The Medium Speed Test folks were pretty numerous, so I hung it up after 90 minutes. 72 de NC4RT


Only QRV the first hour and took out a few minutes for a net in the middle. No signals and no callers on 20M; 40 and 80 were good, but only QSO on 80 before I went QRT at 0300Z was WB9HFK. So, 11 QSOs on 40 and one on 80. Must have called WA9AGG who was calling CQ SS on 7032 20 or more times. Someone else called him too.  Something wrong with his receiver probably. Too bad, as I was scraping around for any possible QSOs. 73/72, John, K4BAI.


That was tough. 20M was dead and 80m was very noisy so most action on 40M. Got two bands from WB9HFK and K9DRP.  New competition for band space is the MST event. See you QRPers down the line. 72, Andy


Tough night here tonight; very high noise levels on all bands. There were a few stations I just couldn't pull out. A VA3 station did his best to get in my log on both 20 and 40, but to no avail; my apologies. And the MST contest sure crowded the bands during the last hour. I had intended to work only S&P this month, as I was using a teensy little paddle (to keep the weight down) that somebody threw in the box with a radio I purchased. But I heard few stations calling CQ SP, so I went at it. And after using the itty bitty  paddle for the evening, I kind of like it. TNX fer the contacts! Have a great Thanksgiving. 72, Don, K9DRP


Band conditions seemed really good last night. I first checked 20 meters but heard no stations so I immediately switched to my old favorite 40 meters. To my delight there seemed to be more stations participating in the sprint this month. My Spartan Sprint equipment was my 80~10 Mtr EFHW wire Ant, my Venus SW-3B, 12V 2000ma Lithium Ion battery, Whiterook paddle. My first hour was by far the most productive, however the second hour became a real nightmare! As soon as the new MST CW contest began at 10PM the second hour of the Spartan Sprint was for the most part eliminated! Is it possible going forward we could can change the start time to one hour earlier to avoid this major conflict? Donnie Garrett / WA9TGT


Wow, in mid-west it was quite on the bands.  I started on 20 and RBN heard me all over conus but there was no one on 20.  Mark me confused. After an hour I figured I had the wrong Monday or something! Guess it was mother nature just telling me she always wins! Thanks for the event and hope others had more success. - John NØEVH


K3/10 @ 5W to a 40M extended double Zepp or a dipole. 6 states this time. - most of them Illinois. Best signals: 40M - KD5ZCQ, 80M - WB9HFK. Only one double - with Mark. Conditions were not good here in the Texas hill country, but - as always - had fun.


This was my first Spartan Sprint for many years and I really enjoyed it, bringing back old pleasant memories. My result was not too impressive (1 on 40m, 2 on 80m). I did not hear many SP  stations on either 40m or 80m so perhaps I need to think about antenna improvements and improve my weak signal listening skills hi. Both bands were quiet and there were some very big signals, especially on 40m. 40m seemed long and no local stations were copied. Working conditions as follows:  

QTH:  Home shack. Central NC.
ANTENNA: Trap inverted V for 40m and 80m up 34ft in my small suburban backyard.
RIG: A modified ATS3. (NR4E filter mods)
POWER: 2 watts output
BATTERY: 720mAh 7.4V LiPo. Initial oc voltage = 8.22V. End oc voltage = 7.76V.
KEY: Miniature paddles
DUTY CYCLE: About 20 percent calling CQ.

Many thanks to all stations and KI6SN for a most enjoyable evening. 

72 Dick N4HAY


Everything was ready for the Spartan Sprint with a smaller battery this time.  And, after working in the yard most of the day decided to take a short nap and fell asleep . . . having a late start didn't help with making Qs.  Insead of starting at 0200z it was 0250z.  I was lucky to find K9DRP almost right away calling CQ SP.  After that I started calling CQ a few kHz above and N4NLT answered then N4NTO and then I started to get pounced on by the ICWC MST crowd. I changed frequencies and was lucky that Donnie WA9TGT was able to get through. One other station called but with all the higher powered MST stations that 2 station was lost in the QRM. So I closed up shop with my SP rig after making only 4 contacts and joined up with the MST. Next month I will certainly get an earlier start. 72 to all and thanks for the QSOs.


I was running 2W from an Elecraft KX1 into an Alexloop. I could hear stations on 20m but very weak and lots of QSB. My 3 contacts were on 40m, and were hard work, multiple repeats. Temperature got down to 1-degree C. I enjoyed a pumpkin ale. 


I worked 2 stations in the Spartan Sprint on 40 meters: K4BAI and KF9K. Station weight: 1.1 pounds (QCX mini, CW morse travel paddles, Talentcell battery, etc.)

Saturday, October 15, 2022

RESULTS: October '22 ARS Spartan Sprint

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SOAPBOX: October '22 ARS Spartan Sprint


QRZ Propagation looked pretty dire for this evening and 20m was weak but skip was VERY long. Had trouble being heard stateside but strong into Europe and Africa. Where's the DX when you're looking for some? 40m was a lot hotter with good, strong signals despite the propagation forecast.  Like taking the Harley out on a cloudy; sometimes it pays to ignore the signs. Thanks to NØTA for 2fer and K4PQC's 2 watts was booming into PA tonight. What fun! 72/73, Don K3RLL


Station Weight: 30 pounds (IC-7300, Samlex power supply, MFJ 993B tuner, Ten Tec electronic keyer and iambic paddles, and a partridge in a pear tree, feeding the 40 meter doublet in my yard) I thought about going out with the QRP gear tonight, but now it's dark before 7 P.M. here, and after I got the kids to bed, I would have had to go out to a park, put a wire antenna in a tree in the dark, and operate by lantern light, and I opted for my shack instead. These were the best 40 meter conditions for a Spartan Sprint I can ever recall. Stations were loud and clear, and there was a lot of activity. I made contacts as slow as 12 WPM and as fast as 20 WPM. 80 meters and 20 meters weren't exciting. Thanks for the QSOs, all. 73, Michael AA9RK


Same score as last month. This month, however, I worked a couple QRO stations that aren't counted in the 13. Only QSOs on 20 and 40. One 2-bander with NØEHV. Nothing heard on 80. I put up a new tribander last week - a Mosley TA-33-JR-N at a whopping 32 feet! Seems to do better than the mini-beam, like it should. Thanks for the contacts and for the opportunity to participate. 72, Will, NQ2W


Twenty worked OK and 40 the best. My antenna poor on 80 so never heard anyone.  It was fun to play in the skinny division again. Been away for few years. Thanks for the event. Will improve station here and give it another go. - John NØEVH


Rig: Icom 7300 @ 5W, Antenna: Hustler 6BTV Gnd Mtd with 60 Radials, Weight: 30 Lbs. Another fun QRP evening! 73, Mark WB9HFK


20, 40, and 80 in good shape. 4 QSOs on 20, 15 on 40, and 2 on 80. Lot more would have been possible on 80 if others had been QRV. Thanks for all QSOs. 73/72, John, K4BAI  (Time on air:  1:25).


All contacts on 40m. I don't have 80m on the K-1, and no luck on 20m. 72 de NC4RT


Started with K4BAI and ended with K4BAI! Nice activity on 20m. Thanks for the Qs!


Most action on 40M. Things petered out on 20M and 80M was empty. Was a busy week with SKCC Sprint, SKCC QSO Party and the Peanut Power Sprint which I operated QRP in all events. Still surprised what 5 W will do, There were several under 5W operators in the SP that seemed to do OK. Hope to get a few days quiet to give the one good ear a rest, but I hear some oinking in the background. 72 and thanks for the QSOs.


Operated on 40m only as there was no 20m activity heard from my SFL QTH. 40M was quite noisy but had activity. I had brief Qs with K4BAI and K4PQC. Also made contact with Nelson, CM6SQ in Cuba, although QSB was quite severe. Rig was QCX-mini to an 80-10m EFHW up about 35 feet in a sloping horizontal L configuration. Key was a CW Morse. Battery was Bioenno 12V 3Ah. Went QRT after ab0ut 90 minutes.


All of my QSOs were on 40m. It seemed like 40m was doing pretty good considering that the event took place during the peak of a G2 Magnetic Storm.   Purpose built 40m QCX Mini, small 500mAH LiPo battery pack, small 3D printed key, and ear buds. 40m Dipole at 25'. 73 - Jody - K3JZD


Certainly more activity this month I'm sure as a result of more advertising.  A continuation of last month's quest for lighter weight and a little more power.  On the day of the sprint I received a package from Amazon that I had ordered a few days before.  In the September's SP I used a 9v ANVOW battery that is actually a 3.7 V Li-ion battery with a battery boost module. I was able to operate almost 1 1/2 hours at one watt and was looking to see if I could modify the module to put out a little more voltage at the expense of time.  Then I found a USB charging module on Amazon that is exactly what I was looking for....  a boost that is adjustable from 5 to 12 V.  The only problem is that the only single cell battery that I have is quite large and I didn't want to dismantle the ANVOW battery supply.  That supply didn't last 2 hours and if I used that battery at a higher drain it might not last one hour.   I needed a battery that would supply a little more voltage as well as last for up to 2 hours. This  module is said to provide up to 2 amps which is far more than I need to power the Steve Weber - KD1JV  AT Sprint III.  So, for this month, my station weighs in at a ridiculously high weight of 78 1/2 grams with a power supply weighing almost 34 g.  Does the battery boost make noise?  Well, I didn't hear any.  It is amazing that an increase in power makes this much difference.  Just 1 1/2 volt increase almost doubles the power output to slightly more than 2 watts which makes a big difference in the number of Qs.  Next month the station weight should be a little lighter at the same power level.  For October I used three band filter modules (20, 40 & 80 although I didn't make any contacts on 20 I included its weight)  plus a much heavier power supply. 72/73 & thanks for the Qs & I will look for you next month. Phil K4PQC


Another good time at the Sprint. Didn’t hear folks that I had worked in the past, but did make a few new friends, all on 40 meters and a total of 7 States  Looking forward to next month with the hope of making some contacts on 20.  Station is a Xiegu X5105 with straight key and G5RV at 20 feet.  73, Steve, WA9CWE


Kinda quiet here this time around and only had a short time to operate too. John, KK4ITX

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Monday, September 12, 2022

SCOREBOARD: September 2022 ARS Spartan Sprint


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