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MM3AWD   Single Op QRP   62018-03-10 22:25:12
for what it was worth.
160m antenna work still in progress. made this on the 40m vertical.

next time!

73 Scott
OU2V(OZ1FJB)   Single Op HP   1012018-03-11 04:51:56
poor cndx, but fun to get over the pond..
NØAX   Single Op HP   1532018-03-11 05:45:32
Just got on for an hour - a noisy hour - rain/snow moving this way. But fun -
sorry I couldn't dig out a few of the weaker signals. Nice to hear K9CT back
on the air after the first attempt at Bouvet - welcome home, sir.
AB2E   Multi-Op HP   3542018-03-11 05:58:29
Rig: Icom IC7800/Acom 2000A
Antenna: 160m Inverted L

Thanks for the Qs, had fun, even called CQ and had a decent number of EU
stations answer me.

73 Darrell AB2E
NP2J(K8RF)   Single Op HP   1,7152018-03-11 11:14:56
Local QRN is problem this time of year, noise was about S5 at start then got
progressively worse....I know there were many that called I couldn't copy and
several where I got call OK but just couldn't pull out the Grid number.
Thanks to all who suffered through my poor hearing. No RX antennas here.
Rig: K3S to AL82
Ant: Pair phased Inverted L's 60 feet high spaced 135 feet apart

K4BAI   Single Op HP   1282018-03-11 12:27:29
Very bad QRN Saturday night. Used 40M dipole as a low noise rx antenna. QRN
much less on Sunday morning. Not a lot of activity. Only DX was NP2J. Thanks
for the QSOs. 73, John, K4BAI.
KG4USN   Single Op LP   892018-03-11 12:28:04
Hi all
I only could hear nearby states. I heard AZ and south FL but could not work
them. I tried again this AM, but only heard one station on the band in IL and no
luck there.
WA3EKL came over a few days ago and tweaked my inverted L to 1:1 swr TNX Alan.
100 watts
Inverted L at 70 feet
250 beverage at 8 feet
K2ZR/4   Single Op LP   132018-03-11 12:29:15
"Old Town Key West" >> The Southernmost Ham Shack In the
Continental USA

CC&R living tough for hams & 160m.
25' RG8x from K2 > 9:1 UNUN > 50' wire along vee shaped roof trim >
approx 70' of horizontal gutter & 2 downspouts. 'Tis not much on 160 so if
you worked me you have great receiving antennas & good ears.

Thanks to K0EJ, K0DI & WD5R for my 3 QSOs
Dick, K2ZR/4
K8MR   Single Op LP   212018-03-11 12:33:47
That was painful! Even guys here in Florida were CQing in my face. Amazingly, it
only took a couple of repeats for my best DX, NP2X.

73 - Jim K8MR
K1KI   Single Op HP   5022018-03-11 12:36:32
Had to keep it under 500w because of arcing from a loose antenna wire touching
something... 73 Tom
VE3RCN   Single Op LP   292018-03-11 12:43:43
Bought a 160m dipole from the hamfest. Now living on a small city lot. Strung it
up from roof, thru trees, droop here, twist there. Almost a loop in shape.
Highest point is about 24feet...but it works. Even one QSO would mean it worked
for me!
WB8JUI   Single Op QRP   2,3762018-03-11 13:11:22
Raw score 594 x 4 (QRP multiplier) = 2376

73 - Rick WB8JUI
N3BB   Single Op HP   3622018-03-11 13:22:59
Pretty noisy band, but ok. Signals up and down with QSB. Big thrill to have
KL7SB and three JA stations answer CQs. Thanks much! No EU heard. Fun to have
some XE stations on as well, as loud here in Central Texas.

Thanks for the usual Top Band fun.

73, Jim N3BB
WT2P   Single Op HP   1582018-03-11 13:31:06
Operated after getting back from attending a birthday party and a new nightclub
opening in Berwyn.

Tnx for the SMC Q's and hope to see lots of WI stations in the log later today
after a nap.

N9NA   Single Op HP   1132018-03-11 13:52:37
Flex 6500, Alpha 87a, 160 Meter Inverted L.
N9TF   Single Op LP   3262018-03-11 13:54:51
Just planned to S&P and make a few contacts. Worked all the callers Then
decided to try running. Was getting call backs, so stuck with it. Pulled the
plug at 0640UTC when callbacks dried up. Had not planned on getting up near
sunrise, but XYL got up to go to work and I heard her alarm go off, so got up
for a listen and found a few new calls. Ran a bit and put 25 more Qs in the log
before the sun took the life out of the band. I was hoping to find 2 more new
calls to make a nice round 100 Q count, but not to be. Best DX was NP2J for a 12
pointer. I worked a few 9 pointers up in the pacific NW. Band was noisy with
fast QSB at my end. Needed some repeats. Heard some callers right at my noise
level, but just could not pull some out. TX antenna is also RX antenna. Thanks
for all the Qs and patience with repeat requests. 73 Gene, N9TF.
Rig, K3S 100 watts to a 67' loaded half sloper at 35' apex, aimed EASTish.
N1RR   Single Op HP   1252018-03-11 14:01:56
No europe heard while I was active.
WD8DSB   Single Op LP   2192018-03-11 14:17:57
Just operated part time and all S&P due to the QRN from Lightning over
Louisiana and Mississippi which made conditions very difficult. Nevertheless
heard numerous Europeans (PA, DL, F, OM)through the static crashes, and was able
to get one of them into the log running my 100 watts and 68 foot base loaded
vertical and small pennant RX antennas. Also thanks to the few Caribbean
stations that I worked.
W9RE   Single Op LP   6262018-03-11 14:29:28
Noisy conditions. Best DX was a DM7 for 15 points. I heard G3JMJ calling
others but he never called me.

Thanks for the Q's.
KIØI   Single Op LP   3642018-03-11 14:30:14
Very bad condx here with qrn and qsb . Limited to only an INV L @ 55'. Two weeks
a lightning strike out of nowhere took out my entire station,everything on or
near my desk was destroyed, including my desktop pc .
I ordered a 7300 and it came in time to play in TBDC.
No receive antennas really hurt in this one with lots of static from storms
across the south.
I could not for the life of me get n1mm+ to send with the 7300 Sat. nite ,did
all qso's old fashioned way with paddles ! Sorry abt the slop !
This morning , I woke up to try and gather a few more grids and the rig and
computer were friends! They talked to each other and sent code by macros! Guess
they needed to sleep too! The restart must have done the trick.
Hopefully soon the desk will be restocked with new gear and things can return to
normal. Lots of work to be done.
73 Thanks all for the Q's.
Mark KI0I
IC7300 100w to inv L N1mm+
WB8WKQ   Single Op LP   2872018-03-11 14:55:41
First timer on the Stew. Fun and pretty relaxed. Band got pretty noisy so
called it a night around 0500z. Got back up at 1100z to see if the band had
quieted down, but not much activity and nothing heard long. Thanks for the Q's.
WD5R(N5ECT)   Single Op HP   1942018-03-11 15:05:18
Missed 1st 3/4 of contest due to storms.

On bright side,
Getting on for last couple hours of the contest,
no problem with DUPES.

And on the really bright side,
worked VE3MGY, KL7SB, and VK6GX

Considering how supportive WD5R
has been over the years, You'd
think Tree would be considerate
enough to not schedule an SP on same
night storms are moving through Arkansas.

Doug, n5ect
Handy Man at wd5r
K8AJS   Single Op LP   3152018-03-11 15:06:21
With my excessive man-made noise level here (steady S4 at contest start, rose to
S6 at 0042z,remained there for the rest of the night) I'm not sure why I enjoy
working on Top Band,but I do. I know I don't hear a lot of people who hear me,
and I apologize to the callers I didn't get when I was calling CQ.

Thanks to everyone that I *could* hear, for the QSOs!

Rig: Elecraft K3 w/P3
Antenna: Extended Inv L
Software: N1MM Logger+ v1.0.7099.0
AB8OU   Single Op LP   1902018-03-11 15:06:59
More Q's than last year but lower score. Only worked one west coast and one
carib. Very little west of Mississippi.
N4UM   Single Op HP   1112018-03-11 15:21:59
Horrible QRN conditions... a storm system several hundred miles to the Northwest
and another one several hundred miles to the Southwest plus ANOTHER one to the
East! My temporary inverted L at 15 feet just wasn't up to the challenge!
KH7XS(K4XS)   Single Op HP   1792018-03-11 15:42:48
Kinda disappointing, not much activity. Sunset out here is around 0445Z and by
that time most of the East Coast went QRT.
K9NR   Single Op HP   7552018-03-11 15:44:12
Short time effort. Participation was light. I went with high power this time.
QRN was at times rough.
However, there was a good run of EU with strong signals...they had to be to make
it through the QRN! Thanks for all the Q's
KE4S   Single Op HP   1492018-03-11 15:46:39
Rig- K3/P3, Expert 1.3K-FA
W7KF Skyhook II inverted L for 160m/80m @ 35 ft.
Just a short playground visit for me after dinner. Very little DX - best was
France. Wish my trees were about 50 feet taller!
KE2D   Single Op LP   5002018-03-11 15:50:51
Nice to hear and work some stations in Europe with my newly installed Beverage.
Also always good to work fellow FRC members. Thanks to all for the QSOs.
K3IE   Single Op LP   3692018-03-11 15:52:32
TT Eagle
Inv L

Thanks for the Q's - QRN due to approaching storm. Tnx to all for their

- Hunter K3IE
AA5VU   Single Op LP   52018-03-11 15:53:30
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VE3YT   Single Op HP   2502018-03-11 16:03:10
73 Vic
K7RL   Single Op HP   4872018-03-11 16:03:16
Conditions didn't seem too bad, but participation seemed low. I spent all day
fixing the 160m antenna - it was sorely needed. Glad I got to test it in the

Special thanks to these stations for pulling me out starting almost 1.5 hours
prior to local sunset: K3UL, N1LN, W8WTS, K6SRZ, WF2W, WB7FJG, K1LT, W7WHY.
WU1A, N9GH, and N9JF. Good ears!

73, Mitch, K7RL
K6SRZ   Single Op HP   1862018-03-11 16:04:58
Poor conditions and participation seemed down. I worked 9M0W on 160 during the
contest period, but they were not in the contest and not giving grid squares.
If they were, they would have added 25 points to the score.
K1LT   Single Op HP   1,0262018-03-11 16:43:23
I spent the Saturday before the Sprint Stew Perry test trying to get
my south Beverage to wake up. All of my Beverages are 2-wire
center-fed Beverages. For the last few months the south direction has
very low output while the north direction works fine. I've replaced
all of the parts involved (feedline, transformers, connections between
them, etc.), but there is no improvement. I assume the wires are
intact because they look intact and have continuity. The only thing
that remains is the ground itself.

My 2-wire Beverages generally use the scheme in which one wire is
grounded while the other wire floats. The common mode current
representing the received signal reflects in-phase from the grounded
wire and reflects out-of-phase from the open wire producing a
differential mode current in the 2 wires. Since I have replaced
everything else, I must conclude the ground is broken.

The ground consists of copper flashing wrapped around the bottom of
the 4x4 post that supports the north end of the Beverage. I can
verify that the grounded wire conducts properly to the copper
flashing. Apparently, the copper flashing must no longer make
adequate contact with the ground. That would be surprising since my
ground is generally kind to buried metal things. I didn't have time
to lay a counterpoise to test this theory. Comments are welcome.

The annoying Beverage exercise was to have signals originating from
the south appear on the P3 while I used my ears for signals from the
east and west. When I see a trace on the P3 that I don't hear, then I
know to switch antennas. This method has proven to be somewhat more
reliable than remembering to switch antennas after every CQ. Since
the south Beverage didn't work, I used the 150 degree Beverage. I
worked OA4TT and lots of Florida stations with this method.

This contest was very noisy but differently noisy than a summertime
contest. The static was not as strong as summer static, but it was
very thorough at destroying a CW signal. Thus normally copiable
signals were very hard to decode while stronger signals were just

About half of my DX contacts and a few west coast stations were major
letter mining activities. I probably busted several calls and grids.
On the other hand several DX stations that I usually have trouble
hearing came through easily. KL7SB is a notable example.

I operated until about 0700Z and stopped after 20 minutes of CQing
without a QSO. I took a 3 hour nap and it took a few more minutes to
get the next QSO logged, leaving a 4 hour gap in the log.

The morning bump brought a few more QSOs from all over. First, my
apologies to XE3ARV. I just could not mentally integrate the dits and
dahs to form a coherent message. He was sending very slowly with a
lot of spacing between the dits and dahs which broke my brain (doesn't
take much).

I didn't expect to hear JA, VK or ZL, but JA7QVI called just at my
sunrise with a very strong signal and a 579 but no grid. I guess he
wasn't in this contest unlike all of the other contests in which we
have QSOed. By the old TBDC rules, I would still get 1 point for the
QSO, but I think that rule has been dropped. I logged him anyway.

DX worked: DL (3), F (3), G (4), JA, KL7, LY, KV4 (2), OA, OK, PA, S5,
SM (2), UA, UR, XE (2), and YO not counting my known busted XE3ARV
QSO. Most of these are probably broken, too. Where was KH6?

Equipment: K3/100, P3, 8410 at 900 watts, K3/10, homebrew SO2R stuff,
2 phased array / SDR receiving systems, 12 Beverages (only 1 used),
'tee' antenna 65 feet tall over 75 radials.
N4CU   Single Op LP   22018-03-11 17:09:53
Had fun and met my goal of entering the contest. Looked to the two biggest
signal on the band and call them. Total time in log, 6 minutes. Then I got a
good nights sleep. -Bob-N4CU
NW3Y   Single Op HP   3892018-03-11 17:19:44
Always a fun contest. Was going well until the S9+10 noise floor developed
around 0400. The beverage helped a lot for EU but was still difficult for state
side. Thanks for all the Q's!
N3HEE   Single Op HP   4112018-03-11 17:33:56
Not much time to play in this one due to family plans. Got on around 0200 Z.
Very nice opening to EU. Worked 9 EU stations. Worked some west coast and
Caribbean stations. Worked 11 countries total. (DL,F,G,GW,HI,K,KP2,PA,SM,VE,XE)
Lots of QRN from storms to my south made copy rough at times. Fun ! K3 @
1500W, Inverted L over K2AV FCP, K9AY RX loop.
W4GE   Single Op HP   1552018-03-11 17:37:14
Once again I had to fit this contest between social commitments. Enjoyed
getting with the Top Band crowd. The QRN was almost at summertime levels, which
blew any chance of hearing anything from EU. Thanks to all for repeating their
info and hearing my signal.

Rig: K3/P3/Xmatch Tuner/Acom 1500
Antennas: TX 80m 1/4 Wave vertical with base matching section.
RX: NE Pennant, Pixel Loop, Rbog (N/S), Rbog (E/W)

Next time,
Rick W4GE
NA8V   Single Op LP   6502018-03-11 17:59:05
Score is 433 raw points x 1.5.

Way too noisy otherwise condx sounded decent. Activity seemed light and I can
see why. Not much dx. 3x KP2, OA and 7 Eu, furthest in was UX1AA for 15pts.
Only 1 west coast (C) station, K7RL and only 3 'D' stations worked.

WA8WZG   Single Op HP   2312018-03-11 18:06:35
Heavy Rain all night in BLACK CANYON CITY, AZ... Rain static so bad it made it
almost impossible to copy any signal unless they were strong.. Then had the
insulator on one of my top loading wires arc over and burn off in the rain,,
about 5:30 am local AZ time.. Decide then it was time to throw in the towel,, I
was not going to fix it in the rain, in the dark, that late in the
contest,,LOL.. Did manage to catch a VK and a couple JA's, but it was a struggle
with the rain noise,,
Thanks to all stations who put up with me asking AGN? AGN? 4 or 5 times,,
I appreciate your patience,,
K2AV   Single Op HP   3372018-03-11 18:46:15

My typical non-24 sleep rhythm way off this week, but was planning a most of the
day hard nap putting me fresh on the rig at 4-5 pm EST. Family emergency
overruled, good outcome, but at contest time had been up for 22 hours straight.
Got on anyway, and making decent rate for March session, when the PC gave up the
ghost, trying to make Windows 10 upgrade in the background I think, with
messages about phoning home to mama to tell why the install croaked.

When the PC came back up and I restarted N1MM, it had corrupted the logger.ini
file and all my settings were gone. Not in an alert and comprehending state due
to the aforementioned, had a hard time locating the backup file to get things
back. But finally did. By this time I was having a hard time focusing my eyes on
the monitor, but got back in there anyway. At some point I fell asleep and woke
up with my head resting on the K3. I'm lucky I didn't land on a key, sending
something endlessly for however long that was.

I correctly interpreted that event as a clue, gave up and went to bed, thinking
I would wake up before dawn and get up to glean some score from early risers,
which did happen.

Just before and into darkness, was working weak stations up and down east coast
on a very quiet band, which disappeared when the gray line got to Louisiana. At
that point the QRN jumped up four S units in honor of a huge extremely active
thunderstorm cell over northern Louisiana, southern Arkansas. It sat there for
the entire night, according to the excellent lightning data, and
when dawn broke it moved to southeast Louisanna. The good people of northern
Louisanna must have felt like they were being bombed all night.

So the noise was still there when I got up from my mid-contest sleep. I
remembered something from my teenage days on 80m summertime traffic nets, about
turning off the AGC and letting the headphones hang around my neck, which helped
with the copy in the QRN quite a bit.

Anyhow, not a stellar contest for me. My abject apologies to those folks who I
just could not dig out of Louisiana Lightning.

I haven't been able to install my SAL-30 RX antenna yet (another story best not
told), but it would not have helped listening west since Louisiana right in any
lobe that favored the west coast. Would have helped with NE.

Unlike N3HEE, I heard no EU. Worked KV4FZ and PJ2T for DX and some west coast 8
pointers. But my biggest problem was falling asleep on top of the rig, not
conditions or Louisiana Lightning.

Station: K3 + Alpha 8410, Inverted L over FCP, SAL-30 still in the box.
N1LN   Single Op HP   4682018-03-11 19:09:43
Had some time so thought I would make a few Qs. Unfortunately the QRN was quite
heavy and EU and overall participation seemed down, so I shut down and went to

Bruce N1LN
K1WHS   Single Op HP   2502018-03-11 19:45:53
I used the Spring Stew to check out my ailing beverages that have gotten way too
noisy over the last winter. Not sure what was going on, but it is a combination
of not so good practices on my part, combined with some awful manmade noise
from the nearest town over the border in NH. I made comparisons with real
signals to check out each wire. Conditions seemed to be poor toward Europe. Few
signals heard and most were weaker than I would expect. Many had trouble
copying me with my 1500 watts. Do I need a bigger PA? Best signal heard was
VK6GX in OF88 before my sunrise. He was calling a W4 and I never found him
afterwards to try to make a QSO. The funny thing is that I copied him on my SW
beverage that I am complaining about that is so noisy! He was not audible on two
northwest wires that are very quiet. Go figure! I had plenty of fun for the
short time that I was QRV.
WA4JUK   Single Op HP   3462018-03-11 20:08:02
QSB was a problem, many repeats, Europe was in the noise. Both beverages here
seemed to help a lot on one station and not on others! Thanks for the patient
repeating of information. All in all it was a lot of fun.

73 DE joe WA4JUK
NE7D   Single Op HP   2612018-03-11 20:17:19
Last minute triage Saturday on AS/Carrib reversible Beverage as winter storms
had torn it asunder, tearing it apart in several places. Carrib (SE) leg still
deaf so few contacts (nearly none) in that direction. Managed to stumble onto
9M0W before they got spotted and eventually made the Q, but no grid exchange so
not a counter in the contest. A shame, but at least a new one for me on Top

Always appreciate the extremely patient ops that work for minutes on end to
complete a difficult QSB-hampered contact.

K-Line, N1MM+, shunt-fed tower, 3 out of 4 Beverages.

Tnx for the Q's, especially the tough ones!
Rock NE7D
Salem, OR
KV4FZ   Single Op LP   1,8202018-03-11 20:47:20
Was able to get a few extra sections of the tower up just before the contest
with the stinger on top was able to get a 100-foot base loaded vertical. No
beams yet for top loading)but adding 6 radials seemed to really make a
difference. I missed several hours at the start since the cage feed was blowing
into one of the guys and made it impossible to work anyone. My son and I with
flashlight saw that we could get back on by tying a rope to the bad cage wire
and pulling it away from the guy just enough to get back on. Very sparse
activity and plenty of local IX for nearby KP2 Klix machines. The NW Beverage
was not working, probably ants again in the switching box) so I worked most of
the stations on the EU beverage which was relatively quiet and allow me to null
out the local interference problem. Best DX was UY7VV and UX1UA for 27 points
who called me out of the noise with a very nice signal.He was followed by
HG6O, and LY2XW for 26 points. Lack of EU congestion allowed a few EU stations
to work me but mostly at their sunrise. Was hoping to work more West Coast but
without a working antenna that way it was nearly impossible except for N6RO,
K6SRZ, W6DR, and W7FI who took about 20 minutes to get his grid.
KØEJ   Single Op HP   2322018-03-11 21:01:42
Mostly a daytime operation running 4:00 to 7:15PM local. Beverages are down for
the mowing season so tried a pair of short resonant verticals (70' spacing) to a
phase box for rx for the first time. Seemed to work ok - but different! NP2X was
only dx. 73, Mark K0EJ
AI6O   Single Op HP   1052018-03-11 21:10:24
Very poor conditions here. Also seemed that participation was down. I like the
format/scoring of the test. Thanks for the QSOs. 73

Ed, AI6O
WA7AN(K9DR)   Single Op HP   1562018-03-11 21:21:48
Conditions not too exciting, but managed to work old friend Herb, KV4FZ. Though
I didn't meet him until later, he and I both worked at the Gates Radio Company
in the 1960's. He was heavy into 160 meters long before LORAN went away,
permitted power levels were low and the band was all chopped up. While Stew
Perry was THE 160 meter pioneer, Herb has to be in the top 10 of guys who helped
make 160 meters popular.
WF7T   Single Op LP   1752018-03-11 21:39:18
Condx were not great here & only could make a couple hours for radio.
Caribbean weak & nothing heard past the Rockies. No EU for me at my sunset
nor EU dawn. My expectations are huge, my antennas are not! Happy to play on one
of my favorite bands. Thanks all and especially BARC for the great TBDC contest
series. 73 friends!

Brad WF7T
Nashville, TN EM66
11M tall Marconi w/33M top-hat
VE3DO RX loop
NN7CW   Single Op HP   3092018-03-11 22:37:35
Ouch, that was painful! First p/t SP 160m attempt using my Inverted L I got
hanging in my backyard pine trees. The band was extremely noisy and I'm sure not
having a better rx antenna made me look like I was completely deaf. I noticed
several times that weaker guys were calling me, but copying them was impossible
- I will have to address the rx situation some time down the road.
Thanks for the QSOs!
KL7SB(@KL7RA)   Single Op HP   4502018-03-11 22:50:50
It seemed like activity was way down from the Winter Stu. High A Index meant I
haard a lot better than I got out. Only a very brief window at Grey Line where
I could work East Coast. I did sent a personal DX record, working VK6GX at a
distance of 13220 KM.
W7WHY   Single Op HP   162018-03-11 23:21:07
Band QSOs Pts Pt/Q
1.8 5 16 3.2
Total 5 16 3.2
Score: 16
1 Mult = 1.0 Q's
K1SX   Single Op QRP   1172018-03-11 23:39:38
Not much qrp magic in this one. Lots of repeats even for normally dependable
qso's and things didn't improve late. One KP2 redeemed it somewhat. Tnx for
your patience! Genesis G11 sdr, 65/65' inv L over 16 radials
KQ4LA   Single Op LP   912018-03-12 00:16:46
[log removed from comments]

CREATED-BY: N3FJP's Stew Perry Contest Log 2.8
NAME: Jeffrey Swain
ADDRESS: 1684 Sheppard Ave
W1NN   Single Op LP   5042018-03-12 01:07:14
336 points X 1.5 LP multiplier.

Remote from Japan.

This was a very casual effort: 2 hours early on and then four short sessions
spread out during the day my time. Activity was low as expected. QRN in Ohio
was S6-7 so it was tough to copy the many weaker stations. No EU heard,
although I didn't spend much time looking. Only five "D" and
"C" stations worked; good sigs from K7RL, N6RO and NX6T and almost
nothing else heard.

It was nice to get a little CW contesting fix to help fill up the long gap
between ARRL DX CW and WPX CW.

Thanks, Tree.

73, Hal
AF6SA   Single Op HP   1012018-03-12 02:03:44
TRX:TS-2000 + PA: 500W
ANT TX: 160M - 57ft Helical vertical
80M - 50ft top loaded vertical
40M - Vertical Delta or 50ft vertical
20M-10M - Mosley MP-33N 3 band 3el beam
ANT RX: LZ1AQ Hor+Vert loops
NX6T(WQ6X)   Single Op HP   2202018-03-12 02:13:09
This was another last minute ad-HOC remote operation from
NX6T in Fallbrook (altho I was @ W7AYT's QTH the SF Bay Area).
In addition to this contest I also participated in the SA-10 Contest,
the OKQP and the WIQP, also that weekend.
WQ6X ran NX6T's STN-1 (an Elecraft K3) into an ACOM 2000a amplifier
at about 1300 (watts most of the time); altho sometimes I would forget
to enable the amp when calling the station, then reply at 1300 watts - Zowie!
The high band antenna was a 13mh C-31 yagi (tower #1). A 13mh shorty-40
for 40 and sloppy inverted vees for 80/16 all did the job.
Look for an upcoming writeup about this at: WQ6X.Blogspot.Com
K7QA   Single Op LP   5072018-03-12 02:20:30
Winter is finally loosening its hard grip on the Big Sky country, so we decided
to trudge out into the snowbanks and string up a temporary 2 element phased
vertical with lots of radials, switchable NW and SE. Seemed to work pretty well
considering declining condx and activity compared to the Big Stew. Was only able
to get on after 0515Z and one hour of early morning grayline. Only DX heard and
worked were KL7SB, several JAs, NP2J, KV4FZ and DU7ET near the end. A huge
pileup for 9M0W but he wasn't working SP so didn't even try to snag him with low
KØPK   Single Op LP   5542018-03-12 02:51:24
The QRN sure made it sound like spring! Add the deep QSB and it made for tough
going. NP2 & KV4 were my best DX.

Still, was fun to do another Stew. Looking forward to the next one!

73 Paul, K0PK
W8WTS   Single Op LP   3692018-03-12 03:13:41
I was very time limited. The band sounded good; I wish I would have had more
KØOO(@W3RFC)   Single Op HP   1502018-03-12 04:35:26

WJ9B   Single Op LP   3102018-03-12 14:14:56
73, wj9b
N3CO   Single Op QRP   1,8182018-03-12 15:20:20
Running a K3, 62ft Tee on xmit and K9AY loops on RX. Band was really noisy
Saturday night here in MI due to storms down south. Heard no EU and DN14 was
the farthest west. Best dx was FK77, NP2J.
SM9A(DL1IAO)   Single Op HP   882018-03-12 16:28:48
Very low activity.

Many thanks to Gunnar SM3SGP for allowing me to use SK3W via remote!


KØDI(@N2CEI)   Multi-Op HP   1,0492018-03-12 16:48:29
We were wondering when the Florida Springtime noise was going to show up. It was
Quiet on Thursday night with great signals on the band! BUT-- as 160M goes,
Friday was brutal! Dave was remote oping from CA and Steve was in the shack in
Best EU DX was 2 hrs before their sunrise and little to nothing after that.
Total of 20 EU stations logged. Some lost in the noise. Others stateside (mostly
west coast stations) were lost in the noise. Took 2 different attempts to work
KL7SB. The noise was bad to the Southwest, West and North West but -- due
south? Never heard it that bad! No JA,or VK in the log this time. Thanks for
the QSO's and sorry to those that didn't get logged. It was a fun season but
time to shut down the 160M station for the Summer. See you AGN next Season!
K4AFE   Single Op HP   532018-03-12 20:32:06
Thanks for the QSOs to West Tennessee.

Come visit our site:

Kenwood TS-990S
MFJ-998 Tuner
Ameritron ALS-600PS
102ft G5RV
520ft 160m Horizontal Loop
Cushcraft R8 Vertical
K9AY Receive Array
K7DR   Single Op LP   772018-03-12 21:15:20
FTdx3000 100w 1/4 vert bent over as inv vee with 3 radials
Win-test 4.27.0

Just got on for abt an hour at 06z and 11z

Thanks to NP2J for hanging in there and copying my weak sig.
NJ4F   Single Op HP   692018-03-13 00:50:17
All S&P.
ICOM 7800, Alpha 9500, Palstar AT1500DT, 160M dipole, Shared Apex Loop array for
W1UJ   Single Op HP   1712018-03-13 01:01:02
Fun & Nice pace.
W4RKC(W4NA)   Single Op HP   2402018-03-13 01:21:03
Band kinda noisy no receive antennas but syill had fun
worked np2j,np2x,pj4dx, also k7rl,n7xm farthest west from city lot
746pro, ic2kl amp , inverted L
N4EEV   Single Op HP   2622018-03-13 19:04:04
K3, ALS600 @ 300w, 125ft open feeder doublet @ 35ft fed as T vertical using 5BTV
radial field as counterpoise. WOW QRN was pretty tough and at times I
experienced deep valley QSB. I should expect as much as we are into spring here.
Only heard NA stations and no DX. Tried to get a run going a few times but only
heard very loud stations though a dozen very weak Ops called but were well below
the noise level, so majority effort was S&P. No directional Top Band RX
antennas as I live on a postage stamp sized lot and I expect the main reason why
I was limited to mostly central and East coast NA STN. Maybe some roll out
stealth Beverage next time; Top Band can be addictive. Thanks for the QSO. 73
W6SX   Single Op HP   632018-03-14 00:22:15
K3, ACOM 2000A, wire antenna at 46 feet with Matchboxes and MB-V-A, N1MM+
K3KU   Single Op LP   1762018-03-14 00:44:09
It felt like the FM19 160M QSO Party. Very little activity when I started
Saturday night 0120Z, and very little propagation. Did a couple of hours, with
a Michigan or an Ontario being a big deal QSO. Got on again at 10Z for about
fifteen minutes. Managed to get one of the three USVI stations that I had heard
the previous evening -- lots of repeats, and he mentioned QRN.

73, Art K3KU
NP2X(K9VV)   Single Op LP   1,0002018-03-14 00:59:26
Hard to handle the blazing peak rate of 14 QSOs per hour.

I don't understand how one of the other stations on the island has such an issue
with supposed key clicks. Both NP2X and NP2J use K3's which have an excellent
reputation of being extremely clean transceivers. Perhaps the issue is something
TM6M(F1AKK)   Single Op LP   3582018-03-14 19:10:54
Poor activity surely normal for Srping 160 !
Very noisy band , and worst without rx antenna !

So few UR qrv !

1st NA was K3WW at 2324z!
Last one N1UR at 0131z !

NP2J is my odx , you have goo ears !

Gave out at 0325z , next time it could be earliest !

Can't imagine how will ber summer sprint , i may try very few effort !

Some us in east coast as K2.. K0.. who were strong never heard my 100w!

Seems fews euros were wide qrv when i was on !

73s , tks for the ones who were qrv this time !

Congrats WB8JUI for big qrp score !
W2CDO   Single Op HP   542018-03-15 19:25:56
K3s+Alpha 9500->270'OCF dipole @ 60'
Thanks for the Qs & 73, Peter
3V8SS(KF5EYY)   Single Op LP   1752018-03-16 23:41:09
I used an inverted-V for TXing and a 100km away 260m-long beverage beaming NA
for receiving. I heard a lot of US stations but couldn't work any.
I put details of my beverage performance on

This is my first entry in this contest! See you in the Summer one!

73 Ash 3V/KF5EYY