Wednesday, January 11, 2023

SOAPBOX: January 2023 Spartan Sprint


Was very lucky to work two of the three stations I could hear through the QRN here this evening on 40 meters. Thanks for the ‘good ears’ out there in RadioLand. Maybe condx will be better next month.  72, Don K3RLL


I missed the December Sprint, and hence the time change. And once I got on the air, there was no traffic to be heard on 20m. I made 2 QSOs on 40m but 1 of them didn't send his end of the exchange. Still fun though! Happy New Year. - 72, de NC4RT


2 contacts from Indiana and 1 from New York. Looking forward to next month. 73, Jeff


Started on 20 with no replies to my CQs. 7 QSOs on 40 and only 1 on 80. Thanks to Andy, W4NLT for the two-bander QSOs. I hope 2023 is being good to you! 72, Will, NQ2W 


Had another challenging Sprint with poor band conditions in Central Indiana. All contacts made were local sprinters. Look forward to next month. Rig-X5105 @5W, Straight Key, G5RV@20’. 73,  Steve, WA9CWE


January 2023 was one of the worst Spartan Sprint nights I’ve had in a good while. Just didn’t hear that many Spartan Sprinters, plus yesterday kicked off the (SKCC K3Y) that runs all week. Not to mention a CW net that appeared on 7.039 KHz. I think it was for about the first 30 minutes of the Sprint. Then on top of it all just a lot of noise in the back ground due to a rain storm moving in. I finally gave up after about 90 minutes with only 6 contacts and called it a night. All my contacts were on 40 meters. I did call CQ SP on 14.060 MHz but heard no activity on 20 meters. Donnie / WA9TGT / Muncie, IN.


K3/10 @ 5W to a 40M extended double Zepp or a dipole. Loads of QRN from t-storms to the east. I know I missed some callers - apologies. Best signal: WB9HFK. Gave up after about an hour. Hoping for better conditions in February. Happy New Year to all. Had fun (sort of) . . .

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