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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
A great contest. Band conditions were good. Thank's for all the contacts - Don.
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.
5W to 100W output, all wire ant's up 25-32 Ft. AGL/MSL 5430, DN35mm.
Rig: K2 Antennas: 40M - 1/4 w vertical, 80M - Dipole
( 1021 * 2 ) * 83 = 169,486 IN 21:51 HESSTON COLLEGE ARC
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
Great Places Contest Club
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.
First use of K1MM's call stateside in a decade+
Using generator power at the beginning and temporary antennas, we had a Field Day style Sweepstakes.
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 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.
My first ever CW sweep!! 100 watts and wires.
IC-7610 & 40-10 meter Windom @ 30' N1MM+ 1.0.7983.0
Great Contest. Lots of fun.
I had fun.... Some of these guys are FAST!
Rig: ICOM-756Pro III
Neither Yagi rotating. Heard VO1NP calling KL7RA, but never heard NL again.
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.
Closest ever to a clean sweep, only missed Quebec.
43rd consecutive year with more than 1000 QSOs in SS CW!
Lots of fun as usual. Didn't hear all that many "VE's". Thanks to all for a fun Sweepstakes.
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. Dana
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!
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. 73 Danny K7SS Lets do this again !
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. SS SSB. KB!
19.11 ARSSCW 11/2/2019 79,474
1st big contest back after 2 years of battling stage 4 cancer and winning!
Lots of fun. Look forward to next one. Appreciate the patience of all operators who wrestled with QSB on my sig on 40m.
1st Nov sweeps - CW
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 contest.... 73, Steve KD9QS
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
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.
2019 ARRL SWEEPSTAKES CW
Didnt have a lot of time this year, but had fun anyway!
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.
In Indiana, testng the indiana remote station
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.
5W to end-fed wire
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
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.
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 QSO's!
One contact during a work break from the car on 15 CW.
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.
I was out of practice but did pretty well!
nothing beats cw sweeps for testing the old fist! If you can work these monster exchanges on code. . .its a good day!
Tough going but beat last year!
Thanks to Dave, K1TTT, for the use of his fine station! MY FIRST "SWEEP" EVER!
2019 ARRL Sweepstakes CW
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.
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.
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. 73, Hal N4GG
My favorite contest. Finally got the elusive Sweep!
Did the contest to get WY. Also NM, NV, and ND.
LOTS OF FUN UNTIL SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND LATER. BANDS NOT IN VERY GOOD SHAPE. THANKS TO ARRL FOR ANOTHER FINE SWEEPSTAKES. GOT SWEEP FAIRLY WITH KV0I IN NEBRASKA.
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.
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
Great activity to chase sections
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 win!
On time 15:19 - time for soup
My own RF was breaking the USB connection to the IC7300 and I lost frequency info for the first 3 QSOs.
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 Novice.
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.
Good conditions, low QRN this year.
Where were you NL??????
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?
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. 73, Steve NN2NN WNY Niagara Frontier Radiosport
My first Sweep in over 30 years of SS
160 M Horiz Loop still works OK on this end... Thanks to all... 73... hav-a-gud'n Greg NS2X
A wonderful SS! 20m was red-hot all day and 40 took up the slack after sunset.
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!
Still new to CW contesting. Improving over time.
I had a lot of fun Christening my newly obtained IC-756Pro. DSP filtering is great for CW contests.
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
First ever CW QSO
Maybe better conditions than CQ test. :-)
I heaed wv and ak could not make it did not hear the other 14 73 John
Always fun for a few hours. Have a "white noise" problem on 20 for some reason.
Thank you for sponsoring the contest. Pleased to work a sweep on CW this year. 73 - Dan, W1QK
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.
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!
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. 73, John KK9A http://www.w4aaa.com
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 Run: Flex-6500 Alpha 87A @ 1500W Mult: Yaesu FT-1000MP Alpha 374A @ 1000W Hy-gain TH-7DX @ 100' KLM 40M 2el @ 110' 80m Double Bazooka @ 150'
Operated in U assisted catagory and sent B by mistake
Not bad for an 84 year old. Only worked one station with a check less than 50.
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.
The new contest log submission portal is slicker'n deer guts on a door knob! Well done.
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 contests!
First time ever for Clean Sweep. Another Ham Radio bucket list item checked off.
Writelog crashed after 5 QSOs so QSOs 6 - 32 or so were manually entered and the times are off by a few minutes.
Thanks to all who struggled to copy my 5W!
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
Had fun. Glad to see old recognized calls. This year my age and total mults finally agree. See you all next year. 73, Rick
Only 13 more QSOs than last year, despite much better conditions. This contest just needs more activity.
Nice to be back into sweepstakes after several years away.
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.
First contest on the new Mosley 33CL just installed in time for Sweeps. Central Mich ARC Club stn is shaping up nicely.
Not bad for mediocre band conditions!
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.
Worked VY1 as #1157 so I was really sweating the sweep.
Ridiculously long exchange! Why is that?
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).
IC 7000, TEN TEC 238C,
QRP NOT AS EASY AS IT SOINDS OR LOOKS
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!
Wasn't really into it. My wife died 5 days after the CA QSO Party.
Operated remote from Tokyo, Japan
My Dad passed away on Sunday.
Always fun, conditions and available time to operate not the best for me this year
First full time SS all CW.
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. 73, Kelly C. Tuttle/WB6AAJ/San Jose, CA
Flex6300, Outbacker Ant, CW Skimmer
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.
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.
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.
That was pretty fun. So many different sections seen!