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First time in many years that I operated in a Sweepstakes. Lot's of fun and a surprising performance from my HOA restricted flagpole antenna!
A fun contest...20 meters had a lot of activity. Thanks for the contacts - Don.
1ST LICENSE 2017
1st time 4 this event this was FUN!
ARRL membership #0007121210
No sweep this year. Weird condx on 40m and 80m keeps us from ever hearing WTX or ND. 73 - AB5GG ( WF5X )
My first November Sweepstakes.
Great opportunity to check coverage of the new (in-attic) 80-meter G5RV. The HOA will not get me down!!!
I was glad to get a "Clean Sweep", thanks to Vy1AAA and to KP2M.
This is my second Sweepstakes Contest. I live in San Diego. Due to propogation I was heard by KI6RRN while I was working AB3CX, and I heard W6XM who lives in my zip code. All on 20m. My score Last year was 80, and this year I am claiming 234. 13 contacts and 9 mults. Can't wait till next November to try and beat this years score!!
( 1288 * 2 ) * 83 = 213,808 IN 23:36 HESSTON COLLEGE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB FIVE UNLICENSED STUDENT OPS: JESSICA, DANIEL, PAYNE, DJ, TATE SWEEP AT 1705Z ON SUNDAY WITH KL7SB IN AK 4397856.arrl-ss-ssb
As I did with SS CW, I looked only for mults. I got 73 of them. In the states, missed only ND, ORG, and WY, but I had trouble with the Canadian sections. All S+P, non-assisted. Band QSOs Pts Sec 3.5 27 54 27 7 24 48 24 14 22 44 22 Total 73 146 73 Score: 10,658
It would be nice to have a 150-600 watt power category for this and other contests. For a variety of reasons, including price and RFI with the neighbors, 500 watt amps are very popular these days. But we who have these mid-power amps have to compete in the same category as the 1500 watt crowd. Often, that higher power level comes with bigger antennas than can be managed on the standard, quarter-acre lot and a middle-class income. A power category in between barefoot and full gallon would be nice.
S&P 2+ hrs of low power limits it, still enjoy old fashioned unassisted.
Thanks for the contest. Propagation will be better next year.
Sweeps was a rocking contest this year! I enjoyed making contacts, and also listening to seasoned contesters taking the time to coach newcomers through the exchange. As always, I contested with my precious canine partner Blitzen comfy on her dog bed under the radio table. It doesn't get any better than that!
Wish I had more time to Contest
K2APD first contest
My 4.5 hours of activity was comprised of three sessions of about 90 minutes each. One on Saturday and two on Sunday. I started out without spotting but decided to turn on spots after making 200 Q's to chase a few mults. I added only two extra mults that way, but it was a diversion from struggling to pull callers through the ever-present noise on the lower bands. Hourly rates varied from about 50 to 100, peaking short term at 174 (that was fun).
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 in the 2019 SSB SS. Conditions were good; SFI=70, Kp=0-2. In the first hr. 21- 22Z 20m. was hot; N3UM ran for 60 Qs and 28 Western mults like ND and NT. Next hr, run on 20m. was not so hot; 42 Qs and 7 mults including SD and MT. A QSY to 40m. got 46 Qs and 11 mults running 23-00Z including AK, WY, and VI, but then 40 went long and rate died. W3GB got 19 Qs and 9 mults 0028-0109Z on 80m, a short run and a few spots. He then found a better run freq. and got 34 Qs and 9 mults in 34 min, 55/hr. An even better run freq. then got him 157 Qs and 10 mults in 3.6 hr, for a total 210 Qs and 28 mults on 80, from WCF to QC and out to MI. Our 3-band total was 358 Qs and 74 sections at 06Z QRT. In the AM N3UM got on at 1214Z and found 40m. much better than the night before, 60 Qs in a 57-min. run. He then got 24 more Qs and SFL, SF, DE, and PR on 40m, and 60 Qs and PR, NE, and MB on 20 m. for a total of 502 Qs and 80 sects at 1623Z. W3GB got PAC on 20m. at 1728Z, then ran well on 40m; 76 Qs and NNY 1807- 1930Z, then 90 more Qs 22-2350Z. N3UM clicked spots on 20m. 1940-2100 for 36 Qs plus MS for a sweep. He then came back 2350-0135Z to scrape up 48 last QSOs on 80m. till rate died.
I enjoyed the contest, still working out the bugs.
All QSO's 50W, Antenna is my rain gutter system loaded with MFJ-949E tuner! Had a great time!
Bands were noisey. Noise levell was S5-6 on all bands.
Great contest! Really only two bands in play most of the time - 100 watts and wire and still a good time.
Always fun to chase the sweep. Missed VI this time. :(
Conditions the worst I've ever seen in SS-SSB
First contest participation. Much fun.
WOW! Another SS is in the books. Seems they finally arrive and poof their over with once again a year to wait. Sad to see VY1AAA's last harrah but true to his word they were easy find and work. This was by far to most organized I had been for SS SSB in many years which made operating just plain fun. With quiet solar conditionsa & the flux in the low 70s, 20M was perfect, 15M was very useable both days, 40M had some weird noise that made it useless after sunset, & 80M worked very well. Amazed at the sheer volume of new contesters that showed up on Sunday! all those numbers of 100 or less with checks of 17, 18, and 19! Missed NL for a sweep. Thanks for all the Qs! See you next year! Flex 3000, AL-80B 800W amp, 80/40M Dual Band Inv Vee @ 38ft, 3ele 20M Yagi at 43ft, & 3ele 15M Yagi @ 28ft. KB!
I am new to contesting and while my score was modest, I was thrilled to work over 50 sections and add to my total state count. What fun! I found my fellow hams to be very helpful and patient. Thanks for a great contest!
worst propagation ever, quit and went to play cards instead.
Tough phone conditions for 100 watts and a vertical
Nice to hear many more schools on the air for SSB Sweepstakes. Bands were in good shape. There are no meters like 40 meters for the rate-o-meter to peak !
Society of Midwest Contester
19.12 ARSSPH NOV 17, 2019
This was my first at a sweepstakes. I didn't expect a sweep using a G5RV-Jr sloper, so I set a goal of half the sections. It came down to the wire, but managed to squeak out 42 sections. A fair number of contacts were on 80 meters, which shouldn't have been possible on the G5RV-Jr. It was the only band I was able to work other sections in the New England division.
wire antenna; sta elev. 1800ft
I was limited to an Indoor antenna and 50 watts but had fun. I will try to do better next year.
FIRST CONTEST, NOT SURE IF I DID EVERYTHING RIGHT. PRETTY CONFUSING FOR A FIRST TIME PERSON. MAYBE AFTER A FEW CONTESTS IT IS EASIER.
Greetings from VT! First time working the sweeps. Had a great time, will definitely make an appearance on the air again next year!
Just earned my General in March of this year, so this was a first time for me! Some of you guys were really intense! While I listed as others took the time to tell their contacts exactly what they needed to report! I have found my niche in Ham Radio, so watch out, I have experience for next year!
Had a great time. CU next year.
My first time participating in th Sweepsteaks. Enjoyed it for what little time I was able to participate. Can't wait for next year.
TS-830, Center Fed Zepp, 160 meter OCF dipole, TA-33jr. The Sweepstakes is the best contest out there. Had fun but wish band conditions were better.
Tough band conditions. 40 meters had an S9 noise level on Saturday night....missed 4 Sections.
Fun contest. Thanx to all who worked to make this a successful contest.
Another great contest in 2019
Wrong precedent used. Should have used M instead of U.
Best personal score and # of contacts
My rig is a Yaesu 857D at 100 watts, Antenna is a G5RV on a 30 foot tower. My QTH is in southern Utah next to Bryce Canyon National Park. This is my second year doing the November Sweepstakes. I use the N3FJP Contest softwear for logging my contacts., and I love it. I hope to improive my station by next year. Many stations I could hear but was unable to astablish a QSO. That made it hard for me to do better than I did.
part-time effort, couple hours each day. Still lots of fun!
Casual Op around family time.
K3/10 driving a Ten Tec 405 to 50 watts to a 90' dipole up 45'. Thanks for a few Q's ! 73, Dan ke0tt
Worked by scanning a band twice, then changing band. Did not call CQ. Paper logging which slowed me down a lot! 200W, vertical antenna. Had some clock troubles. Clock died towards the end.
I erred using the software incorrectly and managed to not give out the number 9. Thus no number nine in my listing.
2019 ARRL SS PHONE
Transmitted at 12-15W into a 35' end-fed wire antenna sloping from 25'
My first contest experience
The log I submitted has a dupe. #13 and #62. His call sign W3IDT. Mine on # 62 says WI3IDT should be W3IDT. He did not say that I was a dupe for him on #62. So his log on 11-16-19 14174 21:52 probably has my call sign incorrect. Was interesting that none of the contestants that I worked had a license after 2012. Guess I am a newbie!! Hope this clears up any error. I haven't been contesting very long. Rosemary Day
Rookie, first licensed 5-29-19
It's phone.... meh! Sure were a lot of MDC/VA/EPA on !!!!
MISSED NL FOR SWEEP. I LOGGED KP3MM TWICE..IT APPEARS THAT HE DID NOT CORRECTLY LOG ME DURING OUR FIRST QSO AT 2134 ON 2019-11-16. HE WORKED ME AGAIN AND I FORCED THE 2ND QSO INTO THE LOG AT 2319 ON 2019-11-17. SO I AM NOT SURE WHICH QSO ARRL WILL COUNT, SO I KEPT BOTH QSO'S IN LOG. GREAT TIME AS ALWAYS.
1st time my XYL, KM8Q, let me use her station for SS in a long time! Had a great time. TNX to Tony, VE7CNX and Dave, VA7EGZ for calling me at the same time to give me my clean sweep.......Two super guys that made my day. Nice to hear some great, crisp audio AND punchy QRP stations getting the job done.. Overall - fantastic weekend.
This was my first SS - great fun. I enjoyed the challenge of the more compl ex exchange. Please note that due to a usb-cable malfunction (user error!) I have manual ly entered the approximate frequencies for QSOs 1-8. They are accurate in t hat they were all contacts on 40 M. Otherwise the times, serial #s, Xchgs e tc for these QSOs are good. I would have deleted these QSOs from my log and started over, except that a ll subsequent serial numbers of the contest would have been nonsensical and the 8 stations that I worked might have lost credit for the QSO in their l ogs. See you next year!
First contest! Got a lot to learn. Lesson 1, QRP is hard.:
My first Sweepstakes ever. 73s Chris KO2WW / DL1MGB
Tribander and wires. 500 watts K3S / KPA500. 5 hours. Conditions were like a magic show. Now you hear it. Now you don't. Terrible on all bands. I'm retired and can't seem to find the time to put in a full effort.
Couldn't believe how flat the low bands were. Made QSOS from coast to coast on 40 and 80 but they were few and far between. Sure wasn't like other low sun spot years and no pipeline sundown prop on 20 either Sunday although 20 had lots of good sigs in the morning but flattenned out earlier than usual on Sunday up here in the Rockies.
HAD A GREAT TIME!
Fun as usual. But this old man is starting to feel his age. Getting up from my siesta Sunday morning was more difficult than ever. High points: 1. Moving up to 15m to see if VE6 or VE7 might be lurking. Instead find KP2M off the back of the beam for needed mult. 2. Calling CQ on 20, looking for VE6 and VE7. Get a call from KK7Y who is mobile in Alberta. So, talked him through exchange and KK7Y/VE6/M gave me that mult. Later, worked VE6AO and VE6EX for insurance. 3. VE7SS answering my cq to give me the Sweep. Still exciting after all these years. 4. Quite a few CK 19. First SS. Made a point of welcoming them to the fold. Low points: 1. QRN on 80m from unknown sources 2. Even more NOISE on Sunday night, due to rain, mist, fog, aliens, etc
First formal entry into the SS and it was a great time! I want to thank every operator I worked for being so patient and helpful!
Operating Location - Hartwell, GA
Lots of fun! I found out that at 68 years of age I really need to pace myself as I ran out of steam long before the end of the contest.
MY FIRST NOVEMBER ARRL SSB SWEEPSTAKES
Plenty of equipment, antenna and land use problems resulting in only the dipole being used. All paper logs as usual. Contacts logged by WWV and GPS locked clock at end of contact.
CQ SS...THE ANNUAL CHANT TO BRING ON THE HOLIDAYS....
Worst band conditions ever.
2019 ARRL SSSSB
My FIRST contest where I actually submitted a log file! Fun contest, but had to get the "hang" of the reporting format, but after a while, I sounded like the other ham veterans! Although I did not run a "full-gallon:, I did work 57 sections! Will be there for next years SSB SS!
hurry back 10 meters
Operated SSB Sweepstakes from Choke Canyon State Park in McMullen County, Texas. A number of folks stopped to ask about the station. Weather conditions were very good.
My first sweep in a dozen years, and I thought PR was going to elude me. Spotting didn't help. PR never showed up in my spots. But PR magically appeared when I was scanning 40m one last time. Of course making the sweep gave me energy and I added another 20 contacts to the log.
Good news: talked with some of my long time VHF Weak Signal friends during the Sweepstakes. Chief complaint: grotesque 20 meter band propagation on Sunday. I heard a bunch of fairly weak “Big Gun” stations calling “CQ” endlessly with very few responses. I called stations & called “CQ” endlessly for hours and made only 5 QSOs with my 100 watts and simple vertical.
First SS in over 30 years. Wish I could have spent more time operating.
IC-7300,Heil Pro Micro Headset,and ZS6BKW up 50 feet running N-S at 6,053 feet elevation.No 10 or 15 Meter stations heard at my shack.62% of contacts were made on 40,33% on 20,and a mere 5% of all contacts were made on 80 Meters.Not sure which was more crowded:20 or 40,but I sure had a lot of bookend QRM,and folks QSLing in my face even after being on the frequency for a long time! QSB was very pronounced at times,but crowded bands were the biggest challenge by far.Nice to work fellow Grand Mesa Club members:K0UK,WT0DX,W0GJT,and W0ETT.The usual suspects hurt may rate with the completely unnecessary "Please Copy" jazz,and it was quite evident that a few folks did not understand the contest exchange elements but I was glad to walk several new contesters as well as a few drive-bys through the proper exchange.Always a fun event, and my favorite contest by far. 72 sections worked means no clean sweep,but I think I did pretty well with my 100 watt,no tower,no beam,single wire antenna station. Thanks to all who worked me. November Seven Many Zebras Walking
11/17/2019 ARRL Sweepstakes
Only contacts on 40/80 for this contest.
This was my first SSB Sweepstakes! Really enjoyable and addictive.
ND and BC where were you all my contest!!!!!
Terrible band condx.
I had prior plans that couldn't be changed for most of Sunday. Close but no cigar on the clean sweep. I forgot how much I enjoy the SS contest (at least the phone flavor... don't care for the CW version due to my crap CW skills). The bands seemed long to me. Very unusual to not hear MS at all, ND not unusual. If I had more time Sunday I would have run for awhile which should have netted the last 2 sections I needed (MS and ND).
First time SOQRP Phone, after having operated QRP CW for 50 years. Scratch it off my Ham Radio Bucket List!
5X9 NOISE ON ALL BANDS
ORIGINALLY I COMMENTED I WAS NOT ABLE TO UPLOAD MY LOG FILE LATER DISCOVERED I HAD TO HAVE AN ENTRY IN THE ASSOCIATED CLUB BOX "NOT LISTED" AT TOP OF PULL DOWN WAS MISSED WHEN GOING DIRECTLY TO SECTION 4 CALLS AND "WHOOOPS " WENT AWAY AND LOG UPLOAD WAS SUCCESSFUL. INSTRUCTIONS RE CLUB NO CLUB WERE ABSENT/ UNCLEAR.
As usual, during Sweepstakes, you end up assisting a few operators who are unfamiliar with the contest work up their exchange, nothing new. You urge them to go work a few more people and have some fun. What was diffent this year was the number of positive comments I received from those who waited in my pile up while I did this. And the most memorable moment this year was having one of those I helped call me toward the end thanking me for helping them and telling me how much fun they had. Hopefully some of those I assisted will be on next year, having fun.
Fun contest, and I worked some new band/mode entities.
Good...but....short opening on 15 made the day!! Great Contest
I had a lot of fun with this years SS Contest. I made my first 15 contacts with my Vintage 10 watt FT-7 then I used my recently obtainedClassic IC-756 Pro. 73 Gerry
All QSOs from my mobile with short Hustler antenna on a hill in a local park.
Sorry I did not get all the precedence (power) and check number on my first QSO. First time jitters.
Had a great time good station, good food, good conditions. Only downlside was falling short of a Clean Sweep
Thank you for sponsoring the contest.
ARRL SS PHONE contest was interesting to see how bands that have been reported as dead over the past couple of years were all a blaze with signals. Scope looked like a normal day of operating in the 1980x. 73 de W!RO
FRANKFORD RADIO CLUB
With everything still setup from the Sweepstakes CW contest two weeks prior, I basically just had to switch to a microphone headset and I was ready to go. There is typically more activity in the phone leg so I looked forward to a busy weekend but instead my first hours were disappointingly 20% slower than in the SS CW. As the sun set my run rates improved and I made 88 QSO in 60 minutes on 80 meters. There was a lot of QSB this year and more than a few stations completely disappeared before the QSO information was exchanged, which was frustrating. 20m was great for working the distant rare sections and I found some interesting short skip openings however even with using very large antennas I just did not have good run rates. During slower times, I listened on a second receiver for multipliers or new stations that could be easily workable between the run radio’s contacts. Thanks for the QSOs, especially those that made a special effort to activate rare ARRL sections. I would also like to thank my QSL manager Tim WD9DZV for putting my logs on LoTW, E-QSL and ClubLog as well as answering any QSL cards that come through the mail or bureau. 73, John KK9A,op http://www.w4aaa.com
Good contest this year, bands weren't the greatest but we did what we could. enjoyed it as always. see you all next year. Radio: FT1000MP Amp: Al-811HD
PLEASE! Ask the "Doctor" to acquaint hams with ALC and how to use it. Absolute TRASH audio from 70% of all stns.
Spotty conditions, but good participation.
Great contest with plenty of activity
There is a string of contacts without exact frequency information because I forgot to resync N1MM+ with the radio during the second day of activity. The frequencies were updated as accurately as possible, but the LOG file did not receive the changes. I can supply an ADIF file if that is needed.
Glad to be around for another PH SS. Pretty active on the bands, and propagation was pretty fair. See you all next year. 73, Rick.
School: University Nevada Reno
Great fun from the midwest, hope we can track down some of our local noise before next year.
Log submitted for check-log only.
This was done on rain gutters on the side of my condo. Wish I had more time that day before I had to leave for work.
IC-7000, TT 238C, INVERTED L / 120 RADIALS, KLM KT-34A @ 50'.
CQ SS.....THE CALL TO BRING ON THE HOLIDAY SEASON
Long round trip! The last couple of years I've been restricted from operating due to high RF interference levels at the home QTH in Toronto. I own a Florida residence for use during the winter, and I thought it was appropriate that I obtain a US ticket, so I took the test and was licensed as WA4BD. I do some operating from Florida in the winter months. This year, I wanted to participate in the SS, so I signed up for Remote Ham Radio, allowing me to enjoy the contest from a great site in Maine. I always try for a clean sweep, and, ironically, although I could work most Ontario sections, GTA (Toronto area) eluded me. Finally, to my satisfaction, I worked a station in the GTA. So, there I was, a Canadian with a US licence, sitting in Toronto, operating a station in Maine(as a W4, just to add confusion). To my delight, I worked a Toronto station located just 20 miles away...Now that's what I call long-path! 73 Doug VA3BD/ WA4BD
First SS since back in the late 1970s. Had a good time and was surprised to make contacts to 48 states but could not find ND or OK. I enjoy the challenge of the more unique exchange used in SS. Thanks to all for keeping this great contest going.
Blew my amp in SS CW test so had to go low power. Pretty frustrating. One month since my wife died.
Operated remote from Tokyo, Japan
Less antenna on 40 than I wanted, almost NVIS. Still enjoyed working 42 sections and watching propagation change as the hours passed. Many good operators helping pull out the weak ones like me.
Great contest, lots of fun. Wish cndx were better!
A Clean Sweep!
First time for Sweepstakes. Lots of fun!
Flex6300, Outbacker Ant
MY FIRST CONTEST. JUST GETTING MY FEET WET. IT WAS A BLAST!
Operated 40-meters only with a Yaesu FT-950 at 100-watts and a Cushcraft rotatable dipole at 45-feet
CHECK LOG ONLY!!! Mni tks QSOs. CUL. 73 de WE2KEY/5
the band was nuts, hear Hawaii calling CQSS and not getting any replies.
ARRL Sweepstakes PH November 2019
This was another WQ6X "automated" portable operation from W7AYT in Concord. While technically there were no Space-WX storms, signal levels were extremely down and the slowwwww DEEP-Fading would cut exchanges off mid-delivery - Bummer DEWD. While I see from other posts that all sections were on the air at some time, based on what *I* heard, there was limited activity. Nevertheless, the ones that WERE there ran very well using a collection of Audacity-made .Wav files. LooK for a write up on this GiG soon in the WQ6X Contest BLOG: http://WQ6X.Blogspot.Com
Thanks to KL7SB (AK) and N5EE (AR), I finally have 40m WAS Phone after 39 years.
Got the hard ones this year but missed 7 easy ones!