Wednesday, October 13, 2021

RESULTS: October '21 ARS Spartan Sprint

 


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SOAPBOX: October '21 ARS Spartan Sprint

 K7PD

Decided to try the KX3 turned down to 2 watts.   British Columbia on 20 meters was not in the Sprint, Got WVØH, N9OHW, NK6A, AND K7TQ on 40. Antenna is 64 ft. center-fed doublet. Band apparently went south, I turned power up to 5 watts and got nothing new.

AB9CA

Had only about 45 minutes. Nearly made a Q on 20 with WB5BKL but QSB got him. Moved to 40 and logged 7 then seemed to run out of guys who could hear me. Logged NY GA NH VA ID CO TX. Went to 80 but was likely too early for anyone to be there. Rig was K3 at 5w to Inv Vee. Thanks for the Qs! Hope to hear everyone plus more next month! Dave, AB9CA

K4PQC

The WX here in N. Georgia was atrocious - flooding rains and raging thunder storms.  All of the bands were noisy with static and lightning crashes. I could only work the loudest stations and, apologies to those who either couldn't complete QSOs or took multiple tries and time to complete - especially to WO9B and W5ESE that took multiple tries and finally with their patience we were able to make contacts. I heard John - K4BAI on 40 and 80 but was only able to work him on 80. I had to shut down my station several times because of nearby lightning strikes. My ARS Spartan Sprint station here is scaled down to a Steve Weber KD1JV designed ATS-3b with the case removed, ear buds, homemade paddles plus a 250mah LiPo battery supply.  72/73 to all and especially to those who had to put up with my multiple request to repeat either calls or info, Phil

NQ2W

It's great to be back on the air. I enjoyed hearing some old friends and making some new ones. I used my K1 to a temporary sloping 40m dipole fed at about 40 feet. WB9HFK won the strong signal honors this time around. All in all, I think 40m was in pretty good shape for this sprint...but that's the opinion of someone who has been off the air for more than 5 years! Thanks for the contacts. I hope to be back next month. Now, back to piecing this station back together. 72, Will, NQ2W

WB5BKL

K3/10 @ 5W to a 40M extended double Zepp or a 40M dipole. One QRO QSO removed from score. 8 states this month.  Impressive QSB on 20M (Don, NK6A was 589, then 339 - called it 449 - AB9CA similar). Best signals: 20M - AB9CA, 40M - K4BAI, 80M - W5ESE. Doubles with AB9CA and K4BAI. Had fun.

K3JZD

Just used 40m.  However I had a high noise level which covered some QRP signals.  All I could accomplish were QSOs into GA and TX.  Used my backup SOTA kit this time: FT-817 with a 16850 LiIon battery pack.  Not really a lightweight station here, but it needed some exercise.   73 - Jody - K3JZD

K7TQ

I operated from the top of the Lewiston, ID grade which has a 2,500 foot drop off favoring the east and south. The cities of Lewiston, ID and Clarkston, WA are below at the confluence of the Clearwater River and the Snake River.  Watching the cities light up as it got dark and radioing was a great way to spend the evening.

W5ESE

Conditions seemed pretty decent; 40m being the money band. Used the Omni VI and a 300' Horizontal Loop.

N9OHW

First Spartan Sprint in many years.  9 QSOs to 8 SPC's, calling from SCV in California. 2 QSO's on 20M and the rest on 40M.  MTR-3B to a Buddipole.  Battery was a 12V LiPo for 5W, but I later realized I could have saved about 6 ounces if I had remembered to use a 9V battery for 3W.  Most memorable QSO was K4BEN, my college-aged nephew Ben whom I Elmered when he was in high school, calling from his dorm in Virginia via a remote ham radio in Massachusetts. Unplanned and a pleasant surprise! 73, Mike

WVØH

Eight 40-meter QSOs at 2Watts and 0.6056 pounds running my MTR4BV2 and a 7.2v (9v) rechargeable battery by EBL. My paddle is a single lever homebrew from a bamboo hamburger skewer wired directly onto a stereo plug shoved in the back of the rig. I worked WB4HMA on 7030.000 but a CQer came on and we tried to connect thru the QRM but had to move down a bit to complete the QSO and we finally made it. Whew! He was number 8 and nobody else after that. Thanks to all who participated and to KI6SN for doing this month after month. Much appreciated. 72, WVØH Myron

KE4I

Didn't hear many stations. I think this is my first, but I look forward to doing it again. Dennis

WB9HFK

Rig: Icom 7300 @ 5W; Antenna: Hustler 6BTV Gnd Mtd with 60 Radials.

K4BAI

QSOs by band: 40M: 14; 80M: 3.  No stations heard on 20M here. Thanks for all QSOs. 73/72, John, K4BAI.

AA9RK

Ten Tec Argo 556, power cord, 5 ft of RG-213, MFJ-993B tuner. Bad QSB, but good QSOs. 4 watts into a dipole. 73 de AA9RK, Michael

K3RLL

RBN was giving good reports but signals seemed weak on 40m this evening, with the strong exception of W1PID. I think we had pipeline between PA and NH tonight. HIHI. Thanks for the contacts and for the Spartan Sprint. Always fun with great ops.  72/73, Don 


Monday, September 13, 2021

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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


Saturday, July 10, 2021

RESULTS: July 2021 ARS Spartan Sprint


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SOAPBOX: July 2021 ARS Spartan Sprint

W1PID

I operated 12 minutes. 3 QSOs on 20. 4 QSOs on 40. Thanks everyone. 72 Jim W1PID

 

K3RLL

So great to be away from the hurricanes and be back in PA for the summer with a real, honest-to-goodness outdoor antenna for a change! Great propagation tonight also, with many solid-to-strong signals, 3 watts and up.  Delighted to make my 10 contacts in 29 minutes - a tribute to the skill of our Spartan Sprinters.  72/73 … Don

 

NØTA

4 on 20m, 13 on 40m. Tnx for the Q's. K3 at 5 watts. Doublet & Vertical, GenLog.

 

NØAR

I arrived about an hour late to the party and was glad the qrn hadn't left! 20 meters was marginal up here with 40 being the workhorse tonight. I ran the Kwd 590 at 5 watts and fed the 43' vertical. Rx was off the loop since the static crashes were pretty loud. Hope you all had a good Fourth of July. 72 Scott NØAR

 

K4PQC

Good weather here in Bishop, GA but not for long with a hurricane on her way....  I didn't hear any stations on 20 meters and most of the activity was on 40.  One station, W3KC, was worked both on 40 & 80.  A couple of stations answered my CQs but I couldn't pull them in...  Rig AT 3B @ 3W 160 Meter Loop at 25. Thanks to all for the Q's 72 Phil - K4PQC.

 

AG4CC

First sprint, did not hear any CQs so called CQ SP on 20m.

 

K3JZD

40m only.  Very little QSB and QRN this month.  Naked QCX transciever w/500 mAH LiPo Battery Pack running at 4w with K0MBT 3D Printed Mini-Mini Key and Earbuds to a 40m dipole up 25'.   73 - Jody - K3JZD

 

WB5BKL

K3/10 @ 5W to a 40M extended double Zepp or a 40M dipole. Worked NK6A on three bands - thanks Don!  Best signals:  15M - NK6A, 20M - NK6A, 40M - K4BAI, 80M - WA8ZBT. 80M seemed very noisy here. Two QRO QSOs not counted. Had fun.

 

W3KC

Arrived late but was able to make a few contacts on 20, 40, and 80. IC-703 @ 5 watts into an end fed  wireup 24 feet.

 

WB9HFK

Rig: Icom 7300 @ 5W. Antenna: Hustler 6BTV - Gnd Mounted with 60 Radials. Weight: 30 Lbs.

 

WA4AAK

Enjoyed working WØITT with his 1W station, and 9 others. Most were heard on 40m, a few on 20m and 80m. Ran 3W to an 80m CF Zepp. 72 to all! Evan WA4AAK Alabama

 

K4BAI

Nice sprint tonight. 2 QSOs on 40 and 16 on 80. Two were on both bands, N0TA and NK6A. Called a lot of CQs on 80, but got no replies and heard no one else in the Sprint on 80. About one hour of actual operation. 73/72, John, K4BAI.

 

 

Monday, June 14, 2021

RESULTS: June 2021 ARS Spartan Sprint

 


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SOAPBOX: June 2021 ARS Spartan Sprint


WB5BKL

K3/10 @ 5W to a 40M extended double Zepp.  6 QSOs on 20M, 3 on 40 and 1 on 80. 6 states this month. Best signals: 20M - NØTA, 40 and 80M - K4BAI.  Remarkable signal:  K4PQC @ 2W! Gave up after an hour and a half, but still had fun. Holding a good thought for Andy, W5ACM (SK) . . .


W1PID

4 Qs on 40M. 1 on 20M. Thanks all.


NØTA

4 on 20m, 6 on 40m. Worked the first 45 minutes. K3, Doublet, GenLog.


K3RLL

Started out on an empty 40m band, wondering where everyone was.  Yep, 20m was open (in and out) and that's where the party was tonight. At last, there is hope for improved propagation in my lifetime!  Thanks for the nice contacts this evening and for the Spartan Sprint .  72 ... Don


K4PQC

Terrible weather here in Bishop, GA with severe lightning storms approaching.  I couldn't hear many stations so I decided to just call CQ and go as long as my battery would last.  It only lasted for one hour and this was OK as I had to shut down my station anyway because of the lightning.  Using a modified Steve Weber design ATS-3B and 160 meter loop at 25'.


WVØH

Another fun night with the little red radio. I shaved off some ounces and got my station down to 0.606 pounds using a different battery, ear buds and paddle made with some smaller wood.


K4BAI

3 QSOs on 20M; 13 QSOs on 40M; 3 QSOs on 80M.  Only one heard and not worked was WVØH on 20 and I worked Myron on 40. Thanks for all QSOs.  73/72, John, K4BAI.


K9DRP

Set up my mcHF rig for the sprint.  The LiFePO4 battery I use with it outweighs the rig! The contacts were great for the first hour But activity disappeared during the second.  K4PQC was sounding FB with 2 watts! TNX to AB9CA for 2 bands.  Worked 2 on 20, 2 on 80, and the rest on 40.  SRI to the couple stations I couldn't pull out due to QRN. 72, Don


WB9HFK

Celebrating my 50th year as an amateur radio operator.


W4NLT

Very frustrating evening. Started on 20M with 5 qsos, then shifted to 40M and 80M. That's where things fell apart. Local noise was high and although I could copy them none of the stations I called heard me. Heard WA9TGT, K4BAI and WVØH on 40M; K4BAI, WVØH and AB9CA on 80M. 73/72, Andy, W4NLT.


WA9TGT

40 meter band seemed rather noisy again, all my contacts were made on 40 meters except for 1 which was on 80 meters. I was using my KX2 with a 12v 4000 mAh 12v Lithium-ion battery. Participation in the Spartan Sprint seems pretty low again this month.


AB9CA

Ran the K3 at 5w to the usual wires. This is the first time in a looong time that 20 has been the main band. The band breakdown is 11/9/3 for 20/40/80. Total of 23. The noise seemed to be pretty bad on 40 and 80, made it tough to hear. Was hearing stations on 20 who were east of the Mississippi. Been a while since hearing that. Thanks to all for the Q's. Hope to hear everyone, and a few more, next month. 73 de Dave, AB9CA


WA4AAK

Many thanks to the unknown heroic operator who worked so hard to cut through my local QRN - wish I could have completed that contact! Made one contact on 20m, 6 on 40m, and then K4BAI and AB9CA for a second time on 80m. Always enjoy listening to such highly skilled CW operators! 72, Evan - Huntsville, AL



Thursday, May 13, 2021

RESULTS: May 2021 ARS Spartan Sprint


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SOAPBOX: May 2021 ARS Spartan Sprint

 K3RLL

Not many Sprinters on 40m this evening but at least those of us there could space ourselves out easily. (But that's not usually a good sign; is it?)  40m was really up and down here in FL and very strong into New England tonight Big signal was KB1M - a nice change after months of barely copying each other.  72 and thanks for the contacts ... Don


K4BAI

Thunderstorms in GA tonight and QRN very bad on 40 and 80 Worked only VE3EDX on 20, 12 stations including NK6A in CA on 40, and AB9CA on both 40 and 80.  Hope for better conditions next month. Now that we are into summer like conditions, it will pay to start on 20M. 

73/72, John, K4BAI.


K3JZD

Used 40m only.  Seemed like pretty good conditions.  Naked 40m QCX w/500 mAH LiPo Battery Pack running 4w with K0MBT 3D Printed Mini-Mini Key and Earbuds to a 40m dipole.   73 - Jody - K3JZD


WVØH

I used my usual MTR4B-v2 but decided to exclude my Palm Paddle and larger battery (if you can call my 650mAh LiPo a ‘larger’ battery). I used an 1/8-inch stereo plug for my paddles. I rigged a wooden paddle to it from a hamburger skewer and bent the contacts of the plug to allow for single-lever iambic keying. Very fun to have the rig positioned sideways in front of me.


Here is the run down.

Total Weight: 0.62 pounds (0.112 pounds for Panasonic ear buds, battery and paddle)

Input power: 9v battery (EBL Nickel Metal Hydride)

Output power: 3W at start and 0W at 1 hour into SP; battery died.

Total QSOs: 2 on 40m, KF9NL and VE3EDX

Station fun: 100% - 72, Myron. WVØH


NØTA

Three contacts on 20, the rest on 40m. Used a QCX for both bands, which caused me to miss some weaker callers. Quite a bit of static crashes on 40m making things tough. Tried 80m but no luck. Vertical on 20, doublet on 40.


WB5BKL

K3/10 @ 5W to a 40M extended double Zepp.  Operated only 30 min - a serious electrical storm developed almost overhead at about 0130Z. Closest strike < 200 feet away.  1.5" of (much needed) rain in an hour and a half + some hail. Enjoyed 20 and 40M contacts with NØTA (x2), NK6A, VE3DX and K4BAI but pulled the plug and disconnected everything. Still had fun...


N7QR

I haven't done this one in a while.  KX3 dialed down to 5 Watts with a modified QRPGuys paddle into a Buddistik on my sister's 4th floor balcony railing in Park Ridge, IL.  Stayed on 40.  Heard no SpartanSprint contesters but a lot of stations on the air.  No answers to my half dozen CQs. A lot of fun and easier than at home in Portland OR. - Russ


WA9TGT

Using my KX2 with outboard 12V LifePo4 battery. Antenna 100’ cfzepp. I heard very few stations calling CQ SP, all 4 of my contacts were on 40 meters. Band was very noisy due to storm cell passing through.Hope next month will be better. - Donnie Garrett / WA9TGT


W5ACM

Fun times on 20M and 40M this month. I spent the first 25 minutes of the event prepping the ATS3a. It has been a few months since I last used it. With new batteries and somewhat clean key contacts, it did well. The new vertical is also a great help. Looking forward to more 20M ops next time! - 72 de Andy W5ACM, Houston, Texas.




Friday, April 16, 2021

RESULTS: April 2021 ARS Spartan Sprint


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SOAPBOX: April 2021 ARS Spartan Sprint

W1PID

Thanks all for the QSOs. Running 3W with MTR and 18650 battery with a step-up to 10V. Best DX: NØTA in Colorado. 73, Jim



NØTA

Worked the first hour on 40m. Band appeared a bit long - worked 11 states. Thanks for the Q's. K3 & doublet.


K3RLL

My house is in the midst of being painted so all antennas, such that they are, are disconnected and dismantled this week.  But knowing how important the Spartan Sprint is, I spent the weekend resetting up an attic doublet with two homebrew loading coils and coax running through the house. It's a terrible antenna but some wise fellow once said "any antenna is better than no antenna".  And much to my surprise and joy, seven patient and skilled ops heard me this evening.  Even RBN was my friend this evening!  Thanks to all on 40m and to the complete staff of A.R.S. for continuing to facilitate this monthly pleasure.  72/73 ... Don


WB9HFK

Celebrating my 50th year as an Amateur Radio (Ham) Operator.


K4BAI

Got a late start due to a Zoom meeting running over time. Thought I heard a caller on 20M, but couldn't ID the caller. 40M was quite good with no skip zone, so I was able to work as close as 100M iniside GA, plus AL, and FL and also out to NM and MN.  Thanks for all QSOs.  QSOs by band:  40M: 13.  80M: 5.   80 had some QRN, but it wasn't bad and signals were good. 73/72, John, K4BAI.


N2GG

RIG, HB-1B = 1.39 LBS. I worked 13 states.


K4PQC

Great weather at 65*F for the Spartan Sprint. Lots of activity for Search and Pounce but only a couple of contacts made calling CQ with only 2W. I did work John - K4BAI on 40 and 80.  Also worked Gil - N2GG in NM for his first Spartan Sprint. A little more weight this time using 2 filters. Thanks to all who participate.  72 - Phil


WVØH

My inaugural run with my new MTR-4B V2. I used a 650mAh Lipo battery, a Palm paddle and CCrane earbuds running 5W into my 40m Delta Loop at home. I started out on 20m calling away and John, K4BAI return my call but quickly faded. I figured if John’s beam wasn’t making it, that was pretty good indication to head down to 40. I stayed on 40 until about 20 minutes left in the Sprint, handed out 8 QSOs there and switched to 80m and worked Nick, WB5BKL again. As always, thanks to ARS for putting this on and collecting our scores. Much appreciated. 72, Myron, WVØH


ABØCD

First event with brand new KX2 + 35ft wire from 2nd story townhouse bedroom window to corner of garage - sloper pointed East with 25ft counterpoise on bedroom floor. 72, Dick ABØCD


K3JZD

80m only, using my just completed purpose-built QCX-Mini transciever.  I was not plagued with a lot of QSB or QRN this month.  It was more very weak signals from the QRP Spartan Sprint players, and not that many participants using 80m.  Maybe 80m will no longer be usable as we get into the warmer months.   I might have to build some more of the single band QCX-Minis.   Naked 80m QCX-Mini w/500 mAH LiPo Battery Pack running at 4w with KØMBT 3D Printed Mini-Mini Key and Earbuds to a bent 107' EFRW up 20'.   73 - Jody - K3JZD


AB9CA

Back on the air now that I have an antenna again! Started on 20 but no activity found. Went to 40 where most of the action was. Logged 11 on 40 and 4 on 80. Good to hear some new calls along with the more familiar ones! Good to see more activity. Rig was IC-7200 @ 5w. Ant was wire. Thanks for the Q's. Hope to be back next month. Dave, AB9CA


WB5BKL

K3/10 @ 5W to a 40M extended double Zepp.  Tried 15 and then 20M. RBN heard me on 20 but apparently no one else.  9 QSOs on 40M and 3 on 80M. Best signals: WV0H and K4BAI respectively. Also doubles with Myron and John. Only 7 states this time.  Did not count one 80M QSO as could not complete the exchange. 80M very noisy here. Had fun.


WA4AAK

Enjoyed contacting so many of my favorite Sprint operators! I learn a lot from observing how these skilled operators manage weak signals with grace. A nice surprise was working Ivin, N9IVI (not officially in the event) who was backpacking in Indiana: actually living the Adventure Radio Society ethos!


N4TRB

This was my first Spartan Sprint. I called CQ SP on-and-off for 1.5 hours on 7.023 MHz without a response or hearing another Spartan Sprint station (in the rather wide passband of my little rig).  Still, my call showed up on pskreporter with the station closest to Atlanta being in Wisconsin, so I'm actually pretty happy!


WA9TGT

Bands seemed to be a little better than previous months. All my contacts were on 80 & 40 meters. Equipment used was a IC-705, 100ft CF Zepp Antenna, RF Output power was 5 watts. Enjoyed the Sprint, Thank You! Donnie Garrett / WA9TGT


AR

Running the TS-590 at 5 watts, vertical antenna and dipole. Conditions were improved up here. It hit 85 degs in the Twin Cities and a TS blew up all around me. So 40 minutes of fun then the mad dash to disconnect antennas! 72 to all Scott NØAR