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AA6DX   Contact Moderator
A nasty stroke has zonked my contesting abilities, but it great to work so many old friends --- and
make new ones!  CU in SS Phone !!  73  -- Mark  AA6DX  Eureka
AA6W   Contact Moderator
A great contest.  Band conditions were good.  Thank's for all the contacts - Don.
AA6XA   Contact Moderator
Something seems to be up with my antenna on 20, had a hard time making contacts there.
Fun contest though. Looking forward to next year.
AB5ZA   Contact Moderator
5W to 100W output, all wire ant's up 25-32 Ft. AGL/MSL 5430,
AE2T   Contact Moderator
Rig: K2 Antennas: 40M - 1/4 w vertical, 80M - Dipole
K0HC   Contact Moderator
( 1021 * 2 ) * 83 = 169,486 IN 21:51
K0JJR   Contact Moderator
I tried something different this time.  I looked only for mults.  I got 78 of them.  (Missed SC, ND,
MB, NL, NT.)
I have 79 QSOs because I got AZ twice.  I had AZ once, then I called KH7X assuming he was in HI, but
no, he's in AZ.
across mults I hadn't logged yet.
79  x  2  x  78  =  =  12,324
K0PIR   Contact Moderator
Great Places Contest Club
K1MC   Contact Moderator
Propagation conditions at the bottom of the solar cycle weren't too
good  as expected.  This year I only managed to work four stations
using the Q precedent.
K1MM   Contact Moderator
First use of K1MM's call stateside in a decade+
K2NNY   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Using generator power at the beginning and temporary antennas, we had a Field Day style Sweepstakes.
K2SE   Contact Moderator
Nice to hear the many ops with CK years after 2000. Narrowly missed a clean sweep again (by 3
sections). Will try again next year!
K3CCR   Contact Moderator
K3CCR is the club station at the Collington continuing-care
retirement community at FM 18OW in MD, just east of DC. N3UM and
W3GB operated Multi-1 HP in 2019 SS CW. We both had non-ham
obligations, but got on for 17 hr. As has worked well before for
us in SS CW, N3UM ran for bulk Qs and more-common mults and W3GB
clicked spots of always-CQing ops and rare mults. SFI of 71 was
above forecast 66-68, and K was 0, and it showed. In the first
2.3 hr N3UM ran on 20m. for 122 Qs and 34 mults from TX to CA,
then ran on 40m. for 144 total Qs and 45 mults by 0030Z. W3GB
then did the late shift and got 42 Qs and 18 mults, including MS
on 40 and ME and ND on 80m. N3UM was on early Sun, 1210-1621Z,
and got a total of 15 mults and 164 Qs, 95 running, on 80, 40,
and then 20m. W3GB got 29 Qs on 20m. 1730-2000Z, and worked NT,
AK, SK, and WY to get us to 82 mults. Both of us were away 20-
2340Z, after which W3GB scraped up 25 Qs on 3 bands by 0100Z and
got WV on 80m. at 0015Z for a SWEEP, with 2.8 hr. to spare. N3UM
then ran for 92 Qs 0107-2359, evenly split between 40 and 80m.
Lots of fresh meat with under 200 Qs. We were pleased to almost
equal our best SS CW result, in 2016, when we got 30 more Qs but
only 81 mults in 18.4 hours and an SFI of 82 vs 71 this year.
K3HW   Contact Moderator
My first ever CW sweep!! 100 watts and wires.
K3SSS   Contact Moderator
K3TD   Contact Moderator
IC-7610 & 40-10 meter Windom @ 30'
N1MM+ 1.0.7983.0
K3ZGA   Contact Moderator
Great Contest. Lots of fun.
K4EES   Contact Moderator
I had fun.... Some of these guys are FAST!
K4NMR   Contact Moderator
Rig: ICOM-756Pro III
K5RX   Contact Moderator
Neither Yagi rotating.  Heard VO1NP calling KL7RA, but never
heard NL again.
K5TU   Contact Moderator
Fun time. I wish I had more time to operate. I noticed many stations calling me were not close to my
TX frequency. Check your RIT control and make sure it is reset to zero before calling.
K5XU   Contact Moderator
Closest ever to a clean sweep, only missed Quebec.
K5ZD   Contact Moderator
43rd consecutive year with more than 1000 QSOs in SS CW!
K6DF   Contact Moderator
Lots of fun as usual.  Didn't hear all that many "VE's".  Thanks to all for a fun Sweepstakes.
K6NR   Contact Moderator
Decent conditions, fun contest as always.  I am limited
by how many hours I can sit in the chair, which is a good
deal less than 24.

K6ZH   Contact Moderator
Had time conflicts on Saturday, so only managed 10 hours or so of operation. Nonetheless I made a
clean sweep!  Last sections were PR and MB (VE4VT called me!!)  So I can get another clean sweep
coffee cup to add to my collection!

Tnx as always to all for the Qs.  Still wonderful that there's so much CW contesting activity.  I do
notice, however, that many of the 'check' numbers are 50-something and 60-something (my check is
63).  So we're getting older!
K7SS   Contact Moderator
To all those from the class of Sweepstakes 1959, a hearty congratulations on our
60th Year Anniversary.

In honor of the event, decided to try and surpass my 1959 SS total of 70 QSOs as
a novice KN7JCA.  A local group including K7HTZ KN7JRE KN7JZP and KN7HBN, and Im
sure othere, took part in the celebration. (K7CW,K7WA, W7FI, and K7HBN)

To effectively try and and relive those thrilling days of yesteryear, I pulled
out the old vibroplex bug and had it.  Have to now APOLOGIZE to those of you in
the first 70 Qs,  for what must have sounded like someone pulled an old bug off
the shelf and thought he knew how to use it. QLF comes to mind, and hopefully in
each case, the full QSO was made.

Sure great to share this weekend with so many old CW friends, even if we meet
only a few times a year on the bands... it's a great fraternity.

Danny K7SS
Lets do this again !
K7XC   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Nothing like SS CW! Too bad it comes only once a year. Managed to
keep my fat old mans butt in the chair 16.50 HRs which is
something as I fight Chronic Pain from a car crash in 08. Each
year it gets a bit more difficult. HOORAH for the but of Solar
Flux that kept 15M open both days, Sunday was amazing! A shame
not more took advantage of it. Still, haven't managed over 100 Qs
on 15M SS in many years. The SDR radio's great filtering made it
easy to null the QRM & Run Rate for many hours. Local power-line
noise was up from normal making it difficult at times. The
Timewave ANC-4 Noise Canceller did a good job but when you have 5
power poles screaming noise it can only do so much. No equipment
issues to complain of. Still, a great event after all these
years. My 35th SS! Many Thanks to Larry - K7MI who got me started
all those years ago, I am a better CW operator because of you. In
the beginning the exchange scared the bejeasis out of me but now
its like an old friend come home to visit. Station: Flex3000,
AL-80B @ 800W, HP SFF I5 Biz PC, 15M Yagi up 30ft, 20M yagi up
43ft, 40M/80M Fan Inverted Vee up 38ft.
K9GY   Contact Moderator
K9IU   Contact Moderator
nice to work a clean sweep.  I did not hear any other school clubs on for cw.  Hope more for SSB.
K9KM   Contact Moderator
19.11 ARSSCW 11/2/2019
K9WWT   Contact Moderator
1st big contest back after 2 years of battling stage 4 cancer and winning!
KA2WIK   Contact Moderator
Lots of fun.  Look forward to next one.  Appreciate the patience
of all operators who wrestled with QSB on my sig on 40m.
KC2WUF   Contact Moderator
KD2KEH   Contact Moderator
1st Nov sweeps - CW
KD9QS   Contact Moderator
5th year back in the sport after a long layoff.  My from-scratch, 5-band trap vertical antenna with
home-brew telescoping tower support worked like a charm. A new personal-best score this year!  Fun
to see all the repeat competitors show up again in the log.  Looking forward to the phone

73, Steve KD9QS
KE0TT   Contact Moderator
K3/10 at 5 watts to wire antennas up about 45'.  Thanks for the fun, and your copy of my QRP sigs! 
C U next time, 73, Dan  ke0tt
KE3KD   Contact Moderator
Had a lot of fun for the short time that I could participate.  
Tnx to all for your patience with my QRP sig and my slow ear.
KE5LQ   Contact Moderator
KG5YOV   Contact Moderator
Didnt have a lot of time this year, but had fun anyway!
KI4MZC   Contact Moderator
KX3 to a dipole, 5w. Time limited but next year I hope to have
more time.  15m was amazing Sunday afternoon to the western U. S.
A.  That was really fun.  Thanks to all for the q's.
KJ9C   Contact Moderator
In Indiana, testng the indiana remote station
KKM4JTE   Contact Moderator
This was my first attempt. The call signs were not bad, but because I was trying to hear 2 numbers
(Sea and ck) as well as 2 other entries (prec and section), it was often quite a challenge. I used
my computer only after operating, for logging, and was sending with paddles.
KN1H   Contact Moderator
5W to end-fed wire
KS7T   Contact Moderator
20 meters must have been hot Sat. when I had go to work right when
the contest started but natch Sunday 20 went flat at 2000z, low bands
were awful as well-just a little action at sundown and slim pickins' later.
First qso KH6 6th KL7 but no clean sweep usual no shows from VO,VE1
KV8Q   Contact Moderator
QSB all weekend.  Could not find a VO1 anywhere.  Found KL7RA at
the botton 20 but couldn't break the pileup.  Gave up and found
W6TK for SB. Then, went to the top of the band, called CQ and
AL7LO came right back to me!!!  Go figure.  You never know what
to expect next.  Sunday after/evening gets prerry lonely.  Tons
of stations but they are all in the log already.  I didn't do as
good as last year but still had tons of fun.  Look forward to
doing it again in 2020.  Thanks - 73  tom    Rig = TenTec Eagle @
100 Watts    Antenna = Mag Loop (40 thru 15) and an Isotron-80 in
attic 12' above garage floor and an indoor 10 meter dipole.
KX7L   Contact Moderator
Family stuff got in the way of too much BIC time, so just got in
a few hours Saturday and Sunday.  Conditions seemed so-so, sigs
were kinda weak on 40 and 80.  Still, had fun, and thanks for the
N0JK   Contact Moderator
One contact during a work break from the car on 15 CW.
N0OCT   Contact Moderator
This was a very casual effort, as the weather was beautiful and sailing needed to be done. 
Apologies to all I worked for my fumblings on the keyboard.  Also, ear bone headphones rock on CW!

While MAR is usually quite elusive, I ended up working 3 this year.  Go figure.
N1DID   Contact Moderator
I was out of practice but did pretty well!
N1IMW   Contact Moderator
nothing beats cw sweeps for testing the old fist!
If you can work these monster exchanges on code. . .its a good day!
N2EY   Contact Moderator
Tough going but beat last year!
N2KW   Contact Moderator
Thanks to Dave, K1TTT, for the use of his fine station!
N4BP   Contact Moderator
2019 ARRL Sweepstakes CW
N4CF   Contact Moderator
Sent U precedence because I plzanned to use spotting. However, I
did not use any spotting at all, so I'm submitting log as SOHP.
Enjoyed the contest.
N4CW   Contact Moderator
Wow, that was fun! I had to balance family with hobby, and it all
went well. Best of all, I got a "clean sweep"! My last holdout
was West Texas. It'll be interesting how NT is put back into the
contest with "J" leaving, and the remote station going away...
Personally, I've never worked so many fine CW operators; not a
single instance of rudeness; persistence until ALL the data was
transferred AND confirmed! Wow! Looking forward to next year.
N4GG   Contact Moderator
Well, I always vacillate about getting in FT and decide to do it, then someting happens.
Family breakfast out killed the important Sunday morning run, and a planned dinner took me
out of the chair Saturday night.  So, a little over 14 hours of chair time.  The clock reads longer
becasue I started taking off time less than 30 minutes at a time.
When you already have over 9 hours of off time, bearks can
be as short as you lime!
Thanks for all the Qs.  Great to hear old friends and a lot of checks of 00 and newer.  Welcome!
The station played perfectly as it always does.  80 sounded strange at times - there were solar
goings on.  40 seems to be a bottomless pit.
FTdx5000, FT1000MP, DXD, WRITELOG, 2 X ACOM 2000A, Wires in the woods.
When it comes to HF radios, newer is not better.
Hal N4GG
N4KS   Contact Moderator
My favorite contest. Finally got the elusive Sweep!
N4LSJ   Contact Moderator
Did the contest to get WY.  Also NM, NV, and ND.
N4PN   Contact Moderator
N6AN   Contact Moderator
Portable setup on Cerro Negro benchmark near my home. KX3 @5
watts to a 59' drooping endfed wire at 25'. Pen and paper logging.
Hopefully my transcription is accurate.
All hand sending except for CQ message.Apologies for erratic sending.
My paddle had no anchor so I have to hold it with my other hand.
N6HI   Contact Moderator
Ran QRP, ONE HALF WATT to a 20 Foot End Fed Wire.
Band conditions were not the greatest, as expected.
Just a part-time effort this year, complete with
weird keyer problems. Still had fun though as always.
Thanks to all for the QSOs.  GO ARIZONA OUTLAWS!
73 John N6HI
N6IC   Contact Moderator
Great activity to chase sections
N6NR   Contact Moderator
It was refreshing to see just how many hams stuck their toe in the water this year.  I had one
success worth mentioning.  One of my friends, N7RMU, is a retired Navy radioman.  I gave him some
instructions as to how to make a QSO in the contest, and he responded by giving me a contact from
his home station.  He told me later that I reignited his interest in working CW.  I call that a big
N7WY   Contact Moderator
On time 15:19 - time for soup
N9BT   Contact Moderator
My own RF was breaking the USB connection to the IC7300 and I lost frequency info for the first 3
N9NE   Contact Moderator
My objective was to work all sections; the last of which was my own state: WI! Operated with only
two verticals due to a 115 mph 'derecho' that roared through here in July that took down my tower,
beam, wire antennas and ~ 30 trees that now are not attenuating RF :)  Thanks for the continuing fun
... my first CW SS was in 1958 when I worked 105 stations in 37 sections as a crystal-controlled
N9OK   Contact Moderator
Goal: Contact 2 NE stations who claim to upload to LOTW to
complete Triple Play. I contacted those 2 stations. We'll see if
they uphold their part of the bargain and do the LOTW
confirmation. I've been stuck at 149/150 on Triple Play for years.
N9RV   Contact Moderator
Good conditions, low QRN this year.
ND9M   Contact Moderator
Worked 40M only which made it a challenge, but the contest was still terrific! If anyone is a WWFF
or POTA hunter, my QTH is inside Florida Caverns State Park which is good for K-1867 (POTA) and
KFF-1867 (WWFF).
NG5E   Contact Moderator
Where were you NL??????
NN2L   Contact Moderator
I needed VE4 badly for my sweep but none were to be either heard or spotted during the contest.
Dejectedly I sat on the upper end of 20m and called CQ SS VE4 over and over. I almost fell out of my
chair when VE4VT, very loudly, replied to me. I could not stop laughing! What are the odds of that
ever happening again?
NN2NN   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
Sweepstakes is always fun. Only a part time effort as I had to work over the weekend. Never the
less, great to work everyone and thanks for the Q's. See you on ssb.

Steve NN2NN
Niagara Frontier Radiosport
NN7A   Contact Moderator
My first Sweep in over 30 years of SS
NS2X   Contact Moderator
160 M Horiz Loop still works OK on this end... Thanks to all...
73... hav-a-gud'n  Greg NS2X
VA7DZ   Contact Moderator
A wonderful SS! 20m was red-hot all day and 40 took up the slack after sunset.
VE2EZD   Contact Moderator
VE3GFN   Contact Moderator
Icom IC7610 (First SS!), 100W, triband Yagi at 40 feet, inverted-vee fed with open line.

WHERE WAS NEBRASKA???? Another year without a clean sweep!
VE3WRL   Contact Moderator
Still new to CW contesting.   Improving over time.
VE7BGP   Contact Moderator
I had a lot of fun Christening my newly obtained IC-756Pro. DSP
filtering is great for CW contests.
VY1AAA   Contact Moderator
Conditions were not so good on the low bands, but the pileups were epic on 20m from the VY1AAA side
of the radio.   This is the last ARRL SS CW from the QTH of J Allan, VY1JA.   J is a great friend
and a mentor in all things Arctic!  He has done heroic work keeping the remote operational over
these past few years.

CW SS has been one of my favorite contests over the past 40+ years.  I am so happy that I could put
so many of you in the log.

The SSB SS will be our swansong event.  I hope to see you on the air then!

Gerry, W1VE / VE1RM / VY1AAA
Operating the Whitehorse, YT station from Hancock, NH
W0CCJ   Contact Moderator
First ever CW QSO
W0MN   Contact Moderator
Maybe better conditions than CQ test. :-)
W0YJT   Contact Moderator
I heaed wv and ak could not make it did not hear the other 14 73 John
W1ECH   Contact Moderator
Always fun for a few hours. Have a "white noise" problem on 20 for some reason.
W1QK   Contact Moderator
Thank you for sponsoring the contest. Pleased to work a sweep on CW this year. 73 - Dan, W1QK
W2AAB   Contact Moderator
Great conditions on Saturday, but 40 went long earlier than usual on
Sunday, necessitating a quick QSY to 80 meters.  Glad to work all
Canadian sections, and special TNX to VY1AAA for making NT available
this year.
W2EG   Contact Moderator
Only got in about 6-1/2 hrs. New end-fed antenna. Not resonant
low enough in bands (and no time to add length before SS), so
found that core would saturate even at 100W, so ran QRP with poor
SWR on the coax and at the antenna. Somewhat frustrating for this
op, who has not previously done QRP in a test! Antenna was
hearing well and I found that many Q5 stations could not copy me.
It was also interesting to experience the different reactions to
my weak signal -- some ops would simply give up very fast and
start CQing again almost immediately; others would take the time
to get my exchange, and I thank them heartily. I can understand
why those who won't attempt the QSO refuse -- they will get
penalized for incorrect copy. Having been on the 100W (or more)
side of a QRP QSO, I can sympathize, although I will say that if
I can copy at all, I almost always take the time to try to get
the exchange. I guess if I were part of a multi-op team effort I
might feel differently. Anyway, again thanks all who took the
time and trouble to copy my exchange!
W2XS   Contact Moderator
Had fun!
W4AAA   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
It was 8 months since I had been on the radio, the previous time was from Bonaire as PJ4R. My
Elecraft K3S and peripherals were never really unpacked. To make matters more complicated, between
various home projects some items inside shack plus also the outdoor control cables had become in
disarray. I struggled in the hours before the contest to find everything needed to set up the
station for Sweepstakes CW and fortunately I completed everything in time. I operated assisted and
early on I kept a close eye on the spots for sections that were rare for me in previous years. This
worked out pretty well as I found my last section on Sunday morning. Working all 83 sections is a
fun Sweepstakes challenge! Even with the lack of sunspots, conditions seemed pretty good. The bands
were quiet and 40 meters was always open and productive. My station worked flawlessly throughout the
weekend. I averaged 60 contacts an hour during each of the first 8 hours which is fun for a contest
with this much information being exchanged. However, with the limited pool of active CW stations
rates really diminish towards the end. Turning back the clocks an hour made Sunday seem longer but I
stuck with it until my allowed hours were used up. At times, searching and pouncing was the only way
I could generate contacts. I would like to thank everyone for the QSO’s, it was especially nice to
work old friends again.  Please QSL via WD9DZV.

John KK9A 

W4AQL   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
First impression: "PREC? PREC?" Yes, school stations exist! We may have been in existence for quite
a while (for us, 107 years and counting), but we're not dead yet! 

Good conditions on 40m on Saturday but deteriorated on Sunday. 80m was awful both days because of S9
local noise. Very QSB on both 40/80 near the end. 

Section count was at 82 for the longest time. Thanks Bryant KG5HVO for Alabama with 38 minutes left
in the contest. 

Congratulations to K0HC (W0BH op) for being the tentative school club champion for another year. See
you in SS SSB. 

73, Bruce KN8U for the W4AQL team

Alpha 87A @ 1500W

Yaesu FT-1000MP
Alpha 374A @ 1000W

Hy-gain TH-7DX @ 100'
KLM 40M 2el @ 110'
80m Double Bazooka @ 150'
W4RM   Contact Moderator
Operated in U assisted catagory and sent B by mistake
W4RVU   Contact Moderator
Not bad for an 84 year old.
Only worked one station with a check less than 50.
W4ZYT   Contact Moderator
This was our 25th outing as a group from North Carolina's Outer Banks.  We were delighted to add a
clean sweep to commemorate that anniversary.
W5DET   Contact Moderator
The new contest log submission portal is slicker'n deer guts on a door knob!  Well done.
W5NE   Contact Moderator
With CW skimmer and N1MM+ I could see at times on Sunday  no new workable stations, only a wall of
stations including myself calling CQ with no takers.
The contest committee needs to look at the data and decide on shortening the time frame.This would
also help those of us suffering from senior but in chair syndrome.
My thanks to all who work on the the SS which is a great tradition and the highlight of domestic
W5RYA   Contact Moderator
First time ever for Clean Sweep.  Another Ham Radio bucket list item checked off.
W6DR   Contact Moderator
Writelog crashed after 5 QSOs so QSOs 6 - 32 or so were manually entered and the times are off by a
few minutes.
W6JTI   Contact Moderator
Thanks to all who struggled to copy my 5W!
W6SFG   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
After more than 60 years in the hobby this was the first cw contest I ever entered. I had not even
listened to a cw contest until I entered this one. It was a challenge and a bit terrifying to say
the least, since I am a phone guy, but I'm glad to have taken a stab at it.
I appreciate all those serious CW speed demons that had the patience to slow down and take the time
to help a newbie enjoy a new experience.
73, Bruce W6SFG
W7LKG   Contact Moderator
Had fun. Glad to see old recognized calls. This year
my age and total mults finally agree. See you all
next year. 73, Rick
W7RN   Contact Moderator
Only 13 more QSOs than last year, despite much better conditions.
This contest just needs more activity.
W8AJF   Contact Moderator
Nice to be back into sweepstakes after several years away.
W8LVN   Contact Moderator
First SS in about 15 years. I have only one antenna up at this point--
a 40 meter dipole about 7 feet high. Despite that, I attempted a
full-time run to get back in the groove. There were a lot of
cobwebs in the beginning, but began to get in the groove after
several hours. In the beginning was all S&P, followed by trying
for rate, despite my weak signal.
W8MAA   Contact Moderator
First contest on the new Mosley 33CL just installed in time for Sweeps. Central Mich ARC Club stn is
shaping up nicely.
W9BGJ   Contact Moderator
Not bad for mediocre band conditions!
W9KHH   Contact Moderator
Another leisurely operated Sweepstakes.  Yaesu FT-757, Icom IC-746
PRO, Dipoles, Vibroplex, Paper and pencil log while operating.  Hope
to be around for next year.
W9RE   Contact Moderator
Worked VY1 as #1157 so I was really sweating the sweep.
WA0LIF   Contact Moderator
Ridiculously long exchange!  Why is that?
WA1FMM   [photo/doc]   Contact Moderator
CW Sweeps was great fun after some time away. I'm rusty, contacts are speedy :o). Tnx Ops who did
QRS. Added 40 meters to feedpoint of my 20M inverted-vee. Just in time for the contest. Nice to be
back on 40 CW. Dan/WA1FMM (ex-KK6CY, WN1FMM).
WA2ALY   Contact Moderator
IC 7000, TEN TEC 238C,
WA3GM   Contact Moderator
WA4EUL   Contact Moderator
My carolina windom acted up at start;had to switch to DX 88 vertical; performed well on 40 & 20 m
but not good on 80; my favorite cw contest!
WA6KHK   Contact Moderator
Wasn't really into it.  My wife died 5 days after the CA QSO Party.
WA6URY   Contact Moderator
Operated remote from Tokyo, Japan
WA8Y   Contact Moderator
My Dad passed away on Sunday.
WB0RUR   Contact Moderator
Always fun, conditions and available time to operate not the best for me this year
WB2RPW   Contact Moderator
First full time SS all CW.
WB6AAJ   Contact Moderator
Propagation on 40 meters was best. 20 meter propagation was very poor
despite the beam I was using. Such is the life of the Sun.Note W7RM
was first licensed in 1949 the same year I was born, I turned 70 in 
October. Thanks to all who participated and to the ARRL who sponsors
the contest. Always nostalgic for me as my first contact over Amateur
Radio was in 1973 with K7NHV(now a silent key) at WB6WSL, during SSs
CW Contest 1973.

Kelly C. Tuttle/WB6AAJ/San Jose, CA
WB7QMR   Contact Moderator
Flex6300, Outbacker Ant, CW Skimmer
WC5D   Contact Moderator
Murphy helped me 3 times in the 1st hour. Thanks! The HVAC unit located by my attic cobweb antenna
really attenuates anything 330-030 direction.
WD6T   Contact Moderator
Spent second day as part of N6RO Multi, so this was just playing a bit at the start of the contest
and during breaks on Sunday.  Still, rather frustrating that my home station can't do better in this
contest.  Took 3 hours to break 100.  Same last year.  Even the "fresh meat" attempt on Sunday
afternoon didn't yield much... skimmers didn't even see me.  Probably did it too late, as I was
focused on RO and taking breaks when rate went down there.  My new call prompted many "CALL?" fills.
Should be in SCP now, so hopefully this will diminish over time.  

Many people responded to "PR?" or "Prec?" with the Check.
WQ6X   Contact Moderator
This was another portable operation from W7AYT's Concord QTH
in the East Bay section.  This weekend gave me the opportunity
to test-run the newly configured WQ6X Lazy 8JK Inverted Vee for
the 1st-time, in conjunction with the CHA-250 Vertical and the
highly questionable WQ6X JA Sloper.  Other than the usual barrage
of RFI on 40-meters (causing a Win-7 system crash and my Android
phone to do weird things), the 8JK antenna did reasonably well
considering it's mere 30-ft apex.  While the updated antenna

I was disappointed by the lack of key multipliers this weekend,
altho I am well aware than many stations achieved a section sweep;
for WQ6X, a lowly 59 mults made it into the log.  The FT-1000mp
(with its bevy of external audio filters) performed extremely well.

There is more to be said about this contest which can be found
in the WQ6X contest BLOG: http://WQ6X.Blogspot.Com.
WT8P   Contact Moderator
That was pretty fun.  So many different sections seen!