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First time doing Sweepstakes and first time doing any significant radio activity at the QTH in a few years. Lots of fun, but had to cut my activity short because it turned out there was too much RF getting into the house and messing up a few things, making the wife unhappy. Looks like I'm going to have to work on the antenna situation.
Nice to be able to get with my good friend and do Sweepstakes from his home in Arkansas after COVID-19 killed plans last year. Although there seemed to be plenty of operators, there were gaps on 20/40/80 to get between stations to run this year. Glad to give out Arkansas, and be the last one needed to complete one op's sweep. 73 - AB5GG
Thank you to all the great operators that were able to pull my tiny signal out of the mud. You folks are the best!
Worked 83 Sections, missed VY1CO. Too bad he left right after he was getting strong enough to work, on Sunday.
A lot of fun. BONUS... I learned a few tricks with my radio.
Worked a total of about 4 hours all S&P. Focused mainly on working as many multipliers as possible. Made for a few hours of good radio fun!
First try contesting! It was fun! I didn't know it was happening, just happened upon the contest in progress and decided to jump in. Scary at first, but other stations were patient. I don't know what this soapbox thing is for.
( 1254 * 2 ) * 84 = 210,672 IN 22:01 SWEEP AT 2044Z ON SUNDAY WITH AK2F IN AK
My apologies to those who hate overuse of digital voice keyers during contest exchanges; however, due to having laryngitis this year, I had to use a combo of my earlier voice recordings and NATO voice phonetics for the callsign letter phonetics. Just wanted to give out Nebraska section in the contest and try to work my last SSB state on LOTW for the Triple Play. Unfortunately still need Arkansas on LOTW for Triple Play. Ratz! Maybe next time.
Last contest from address of 29+ years. Moving to HOA, will have simpler antennas :-(
First time running a hybrid local/remote operation in SS Phone, which worked great with partner operator Eliot W1MJ. By 9am Sunday, we had 82 sections in the log. Was running 40, and wondering how to get the last two we needed for the sweep, SDG and NT. Kept an eye on the numbers on 20, waiting for the right moment to QSY. One mult appeared, and SDG was quickly in the log. Thinking that the elusive NT might be a case where the only way to get them was for them to call us, we found a spot on 20 and started calling CQ. The first caller was a real weak one, true ESP QSO, coming up just out of the noise, ‘VY1CO’ was faintly heard. After turning the beam, he was in the log for the sweep! A feeling only experienced in Sweepstakes! Kudos to the W1VE gang and the Online Scoreboard. Although they missed the sweep, they were ahead of us by 200 Qs on Saturday, but we cut the lead down to 100 for most of Sunday, and then around 80 at the end as they used up their off time before we did. We didn’t quite catch them, and doubt log checking will make up the difference. Watching the game on the Scoreboard really kept the juices flowing to the end.
5w to a 53 foot endfed sloper. my sig mostly in the noise level. Good ear awards to those who heard me!
End fed random wire "stealth" antenna w/tuner and IC-718 on Saturday only. Tx & 73 de K2ORC
K3CCR is the club station at the Collington continuing-care retirement community at FM 18OW in MD, just east of DC. N3UM and Mike W5MPB did Multi-Op HP in the 2021 SSB Sweeps. Mike has done casual LP SSB SS. Our 3 goals; give Mike practice with HP in a more serious SS effort, claim a score >100K, and get a sweep. We did all 3, and had fun. At start, 20 M was great. N3UM ran 21- 00Z for 166 Qs and 36 sects; all CA, all W7 but EWA and ID, and rare (1-2 Qs) AK & NT. Then on 40 M, sigs were loud but few; ID & 3 more sects in 9 Qs 0003-0116Z, then rate died. Not on 80 M; N3UM ran at 74/hr for 83 Qs and 31 sects including rare MAR, WV, & ONN 0024-0131Z, then quit to return early. W5MPB did the late shift 0153-0717Z and got 95 Qs & 9 sects on 80 M, including rare PE, DE, and MB. At QRT we had 353 Qs & 76 sects. N3UM 1214-1401Z ran for 84 of 100 Qs & AR on 40 M, then 1412-1550 got 42 20-M Qs + PR & rare NL, SFL, & EWA. We did ~2.5 hr shifts 16-02Z to get to 24 hrs on. W5MPB 1630-1830Z got SK and PAC on 20 M and VI on 15 M for the sweep! Together we then scraped up 37 Qs on 20, 31 on 40, and 6 on 15 M to get to 594 Qs by 0004Z. N3UM ran on 80 M for 88 of 101 Qs 0021-0156Z, a pleasant surprise at the end.
"My last section was Maritime for a Clean Sweep!"
I discovered, by THOROUGHLY reading the rules and all supplements that I should have been operating in the U category. I continued to report A, however, so that my log would be consistent. Why bury the information that A and B are unassisted on page 5 when the simple word "unassisted" in the two earlier discussions of categories would make it clear
Portable opeartion from Atlantic Beach, NC (FM14PQ, IOTA NA-112, US Islands NC010S with base 8 ft above ground; 80M PAR EF80 inverted L (40 ft vertical 80 ft horiontal at 30 ft)
I am still amazed at how many operators resist working dupes. If the other station does not show a dupe, they have logged it incorrectly and YOU ARE NOT IN LOG. Also, I realize that this is a contest and speed is important but I believe that going a little slow and being more accurate pays off. Many operators rattle off their call signs so fast that only THEY can understand them. Give you call signs at a speed that someone awake can copy. And use standard phonetics, resorting to alternative phonetics only to clarify your call and exchange. As always, it was fun albeit i did not do as well as I have in the past. But it was better than my average. I was disappointed when, after many contacts on 80m, my VSWR shot up to infinity or so on Saturday night. It remained there on Sunday morning. Then magically, at the end of the contest, it was back to normal. Some sort of magic happening there. I was pleased to work my alma mater, W0EEE. I hope to visit the university at Rolla MO during the St Patrick's day celebrations in March, Covid permitting... Terry K5EEE
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Lots of good and patient operators.
Always fun. Great to see so many new hams participating!
All seek and squeak with 5 watts to multi-band dipoles up about 30 feet. Still using paper logging. I think I aged one year each time I heard 'All again' and 'Try later', which seemed to be common, not just for me, but for others. That would put my age in the triple digits. It was nice to hear how patient and polite everyone was. I missed EMA, NNY and six Canadian sections. It would be interesting if someday the precedence was changed from just output power to (ERP) Effective Radiated Power.
Had to wrk Saturday, so didn't get on until Sunday. Then got sick Sunday afternoon. Not a lot of contacts, but I had fun. Thanks everyone.
only missed couple SS since 1951- Hope can operate longer next year
Society of Midwest Contesters
I screwed up and started sending B, never having been unlimited before. Our internet is so spotty in this rural area. I think I should be class U, assisted. Used telnet spots and DX Summit to find the Canadian mults.
Fun contest. Thanks 73 Matt ka0pqw
Sure missed NT, ONN, and MAR!!
best score ever
Was looking forward to the Sweeps, but my radio died after a few contacts. Hope to get it repaired for the next contest.
BIG BRAIN TIME
Bands were in excellent shape. Just time enough for S&P. Maybe one year, I'll get enough on air time to make a run with it.
Not the best band conditions. 80 M turned out to be a strong band while 40M was noisy. No opening on 10 M and poor propagation on 15 M from my QTH. Where did the sun go
Not an aggressive effort, but a good test for the recently-upgraded HF rig, and its ability to push QRM to the background, and make the intended station easier to hear. The majority of the time was spent on 20m. 15m was sparse, and 10m was a complete ghost town. My indoor attic antenna is not suited for 40/80. First time entering this event in about four years...good to be back.
Conditions were good and most operators worked hard to ensure send and receive was correct. Still some info was lost.
Quick note. There is a typo in my submission. Operator was KD8QDL and not W=KE8QDL. Error on my part...Fat Fingers! Thanks for your help and for all you do for Amateur Radio. KD8QDL 73
This is the first time I have submitted a Cabrillo log for a contest.
INCREASED FEEDPOINT HEIGHT OF MY HOME BREW MULTIBAND TRAP GND-PLANE VERTICAL (10, 15, 20, 40M), IMPROVED HOME-BREW TOWER TO IMPLEMENT NEW QUARTER-WAVE 40M VERTICAL (USED ALSO ON 80M WITH BASE LOADING); STARTED NEW COMMS TACTICS TO REDUCE AVG OVERALL MINUTES-PER-QSO; NEW PB!
My 35' end-fed wire antenna is poorly suited to 80 meters, but I had unusual success there on Saturday evening into Sunday morning.
FM18cc Lake Anna SP Spotsylvania VA 22551
First ARRL Contest
Grandchildren listened and wrote in prepared log page the 5 elements of exchange.
First Licensed on 2021-04-05
No chance of winning so looked for club members
Had a great time working SS. I wish I could have found NL for the clean sweep! de kk0sd
Solar winds made this brutal
Some nice patient ops, good to hear. Came close to sweep with 100 W, one wire and modest op hours but couldn't reach UT and AR as I only heard them answering, not calling, and never heard Northern Territories anywhere, But showed me it's possible. Maybe a few more sunspots next year? Please? And I really like not having to send pretend "59"s to everyone. Sure hope everyone upload to LOTW to help out the WAS variations.
My first ARRL Sweepstakes. Didn't spend much time, but look forward to next year!
WOW! Folks from the Bellbrook Amateur Radio Club activated the KM8Q (SK) radio station under her OM's call in memory of Karen. CLEAN SWEEP! systems including antennas, rotors, and software.... dedicated operators led by Ken, W8ASA; a great team of loggers, software gurus, and superb food all weekend. club came to "supervise," and all had a great time. introduced several hams to contesting this weekend, and we thank everyone for their patience with us.
First Contest - interesting - good way to collect stations from different sections
Rookie, First licensed 2020-09-17. Operating from my parents place in Chicago for the holidays. My first sweepstakes, I had a blast! CAT errors resulted in failures to correctly log many frequencys.
My first contest
Great opportunity to get familiar with my new Elecraft K4 which just arrived three days before the contest! Amazing radio! I would have had many more QSOs but for the fact that a windstorm Sunday morning ripped the final section of my feedline away so I was working with no antenna, just an approximately 400-foot piece of ladder line with an automatic tuner near the shack. It actually tuned up on some frequencies and I actually worked a few stations! Then the problem was discovered and repaired and things worked much better.
Due to quirks in circumstances, in my case the guy with the bucket truck having a stroke and unable to get my homebrew 5 el. 10 mtr. beam(modified Moonraker) up on my mast, I turned that negative into a positive and used this contest to see if it works on other bands (with my tuner, of course)-it does - over 100 of my qsos between 20-75, most on 75 were with it-driven el. 3' high. 3rd director 10' high. Ant. at 45 degrees SWR Flat all bands! Installation - temporary, I hope! Besides the compeition why do we have contests That's why!
My first sweepstakes! I wish I had realized that my logging software wasn't following band changes earlier, so I'm sure there are some band mismatches. I edited them based on best guess. I had a lot of fun and learned a lot.
Still learning how to use new (2 weeks old)FTDX10. Another year of saying, "NEXT YEAR..."
A great effort by a team from three states - the best mulitop score from this station so far. We'll see you in the next one! 73, Ward N0AX
I enjoyed operating in the sweepstakes contest. Thank you to the organizers. However, it is hard to prepare a cabrillo file from my paper and pencil one. Has someone ever developed a voice-activated version to get the QSO info in to the file That would help as I do not know how to get started with a logging program.
CANADIAN SECTIONS OF MAR AND NT SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE SWEEPSTAKES. ON THE AIR 15 HOURS AND HEARD ONE NT ON FOR 90 MINUTES AND NEVER HEARD MAR. SPOTTING SOFTWARE WAS USED AND I STILL DIDN'T SEE THOSE SECTIONS HAVE A GOOD SHOWING. TREAT THOSE SECTIONS AS DX IF YOU FIND MY COMPLIANT HAS MERIT. I WAITED 6 EXTRA HOURS TO TRY TO SWEEP AND NEVER HAD A CHANCE. WE HAD FUN ANYWAY BUT THE LEAGUE SHOULD INVESTAGTE TO SEE IF ANY NT OR MAR STATION WAS ON FOR MORE THAN TWO HOURS.
Had a great time!
It was fun to get back in the SS after a long time.
2021 Sweepstakes SSB
First Contest as an EXTRA!
1ST SOLO SS ATTEMPT. LOTS OF FUN!!
I really miss 10 meters. Come on back sun spots.
QRP, just ONE HALF WATT to a 20 Foot End-Fed Wire. Couldn't devote a lot of time for this one, but I had a little fun with flea power on SSB for a change! Thanks to all for your patience and the QSOs. GO ARIZONA OUTLAWS! -73- John N6HI
Tower down rotator broken but still had fun chasing a few.
Operated from a cabin in a state park, so also a POTA activation!
Outside of Field Day 2021, this was my very first contest submitting logs. Fun evening even though I started late. Looking forward to the next contest - hopefully I'll be an extra by then and can work more of the band!
Operating @ AA6DW
Very brief operating session using a left-over voice message file that said my class was U so that's what I logged. But in fact I didn't turn on any form of spotting and most of my Qs were in a single CQ run on 20M. Adjudicators can put me in U to match my exchange if they wish but in fact I was unassisted (B).
Only operated a few hours due to weekend family commitments, but did get on!
100 watts,a single wire antenna,and no voice "parrot" for this attempt.Great to work several of my GMCC Club members. Could not keep a run freq on 20 for any length of time,and almost the same deal on 40. Never heard a soul on 10 meters. Always a great contest, but still lots of Ops that clearly did not check their audio on any SDR before starting. Thanks for your Q's and for the frequent fills, when the QRM and/or QSB got bad. November Seven Many Zebras Walking.
Great contest! Early on in the test and operator said I was splattering, so he helped me get my splatter down and on we went. Got many great signals reports after that, and I was running around 500 watts most of the time. Also I was only running S & P and the many stations were very good at working weak signals. It was slower for me but as long as everyone got in the log that is what counts, plus I was not going to win any races! Had fun, look forward to this test again, and I'll improve my typing skills.
all via the LFP battery and voltage booster
Only had a little time to operate, I had forgotten how much fun SS is.
This is my first time in a contest. Please let me know if I made any mistakes
First QRP attempt. It went much better than I expected. ComEd had a local power outage Sunday afternoon which interfered with operating time. Only had a few hours to operate and was pleased with the operation of my newly built K2.
This was kinda fun!
Sadly our Sweepstakes effort came to an abrupt halt when my Son came downstairs around 0400Z Sunday and told me our oldest and most loved dog, Skye, was failing. We both laid with her on the floor until she passed late Sunday morning.
Excruciating pain when sitting limited my BIC time. Had a few pretty good runs on 80-15. Needed more stations to work!
START-OF-LOG: 3.0 Well... Trying again for the 84/84 but no mug again. Missed SD and NT wich is
Licenced in 2020. Flexradio 6600 Hexbeam for 10-20m, Hexbeam for 40m Vertical for 80m This was my second ARRL SS SSB contest
I would like to see the Manitoulin ARC added to the list of amateur radio clubs. Not sure why this hasn't happened before, as Igor VE3ZF, a contest winner of some repute, belongs to this club. Al Boyd VE3AJB is the President, and also ARES Section Manager, as well as being a Director of RAC in Canada. 73, and thanks. de Bob VE3ETE
Being a rookie/first timer on this event I had fun operating. The propagation was not at is best we lost all bands at late night through the early morning for several hours, we ended on 80 meters at the given moment. You Tube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGUrPm6_cAI
Needed more late afternoon and evening time on Sunday to complete the sweep. Maybe better planning next year Thaks for all those who dropped by to exchange QSOs.
Lots of activity.
As a new ham, this was only my second contest. Had fun, and already looking forward to next year, with an improved strategy and hopefully a sweep.Thanks to those who worked me. 73 Cal VE6CLG
Operated portable from a Park - much of the contest was run at 25W or less.
I had a lot of fun operating SS again this year. Rigs used a couple Yaesu's the latest FTdx-10 and a Viontage low power FT-7 for a few QSO's 73 Gerry
ORCA DX and Contest Club
Single 33ft vert and 100W. Mic / Conn troubles + confused . Hope for better OP and station for next year. (Good antennas under construction and hopes for amp)
Fun contest, making a contact with Alaska was very notable and was very exciting. We never did come across anyone from NT. Installed lots of dipoles on the building roof which really performed well. Had some amplifier troubles after hour 3 but band aids were installed. Didn't get as many contacts as we were hoping, but we'll be ready for next year! 73 from Thomas, Adam, Gavin, Beck, Tanner, and Ron!
After just over 50 years as a Ham I finally decided to play in this contest for a little while. I'd had throat surgery a couple of weeks ago so wasn't able to talk much but I still really enjoyed playing. Jerry W0PP
This was my first Sweepstakes. I had fun even though i only operated for a few hours. Operated mobile with Yaesu FT-891 and Tarheel 75A antenna.
ROOKIE and quite the learning experience with all of the floor noise.
This was only my second attempt at the SSB Sweepstakes. I did all the logging manually and that really took time, but I still more than quadrupled my previous score. I'll look forward to the next Sweepstakes!
Thanks for the contacts and fun on the radio. Thank you to the ARRL for sponsoring the contest. 73, Dan -W1QK & Roger - NG1R.
Very strange conditions both nights with extremely weak or nonexistent signals from call areas 1 and 2 into NJ, and many signals that just completely vanished during the exchanges
For some years, the check "class" of '57 has gotten in the habit of saying something akin to "that was a very good year" to each other. This year, unfortunately, the class seems to have gotten somewhat smaller. That sad news is to be balanced by the number of checks in the 00 - 21 range. Especially good news for contesting is the number stations calling in who had to be talked throught the exchange components, the exchange sequence, and be prepped for the next contact they make. That effort results in a larger than usual number of serial numbers of 1, 2, or 3 in my log. Full kudos to those stations who stood-by while I went through the process, and then commented positively! Quite literally, passing the love of radio contesting forward.
W3TB, Franklin, Tennessee Inverted Vee for 80.
I have been a Ham for 43 years and at 73 years old, this is my first time participating in the Sweepstakes. I had a great time. I was fortunate enough to get a clean sweep! Thank you for putting this contest on. I plan on participating again next year.
Resubmitting; the logger recorded some frequency incorrectly, so I had to manually enter them. Thank you for the fun contest!
We registered as multi so my wife Carrie could take part, she helped find multipliers and logged while I operated. We had a great time, thank you!
I only contest November SS phone. Great time. Best score ever. Only use a Windom antenna 100 watts.
Great working with all of the W/VE stations during the contest - thank you all for participating! So close to a sweep this year...maybe next time. 73, W9TCV
Pulled out of contest early due to rig problems on lower bands - thus, low score.
Ridiculously long exchange for no reason.
Only needed EB, NL & NT for the Sweep!
Finally got a clean sweep!!!!! Broke 150K but couldn't get #900.
Operated remote from Tokyo, Japan
My First Clean Sweep! Maybe I'll get a coffee mug, ha! As a bonus, I worked W1AW and 4U1WB who call me on 80 meters from MDC. I said, "4U1WB what the rest of you call?" His reply; "you've got it". Light bulb time, oh, so I do!
More fun this year with multiple antennas, but still only 73 sections, on to 2022!
conditions could have been better; still happy to have participated!
Sometimes we rush - or plain forget. I know I will show up in the record of a Delaware station but he is not in my log. I did not log him. We had a nice contact - he gave me a "roger" and was gone! Started answering other stations in the pile-up without sending me his info. I tried questioning for a fill but he never replied. Oh well, I did get Del from another station. Lesson to be learned is - don't be in such a rush, guys and gals!
Was only able to operate on Sunday but it was great to hear so many familiar voices, and also hand out the RI multiplier for those that needed it. Best 73, Chris WB2VVV
This was my first HF contest. I had a great time and met some very nice operators. I am looking forward to the next one.
Operated 40-meters only and almost had a clean sweep on one band
After submitting my log today I realize I too missed the supplement info in back of the rules about assisted vs. non-assisted. I read both the quick rules and then went to full rules and neither mentioned this differentiation. So I reported precedence A throughout when I should have been U. I didn't get a sweep (missed AK and NT, MAR and amazingly ONN). I submitted anyway as I don't think it will have bearing on final contest results. I'll know better next time. My first SS in 28 years. I've don't lots of other contesting this year and hadn't missed a rule this important before. Overall, enjoyed it though I was getting hoarse by the end. Guess I need an accessory that I heard so many others using! I was trying to concentrate on 80 meters where I have a lot of WAS needs. Nothing heard on 10 and band conditions did drop out for me Sunday afternoon/evening. Was hoping for AK on 80 so I bypassed AK on 15 and 20 early in contest, bad move from me. Had fun, learned a lot. Who knew N1MM+ could show mults you needed? Not me until an hour before contest was over! Glad this is once a year, I'm pooped. Thanks to all who dug me out of the mud. Thanks to ARRL for the fun.
Good conditions this year (well, better than the last few years). No QSOs on 10 meters, though. Hoping for even better conditions next year!
upper band were crummy on Saturday. Had a pretty good run on 40M today.
Another great Contest, we just can't quite make it to Alaska and Northwest Territories
First time on this one: great time, great operators. Genuinely fun.
I would like to do better than in 2020.
This was another screw-around portable operation contest weekend from W7AYT's QTH in Concord. The weekend offered the opportunity to test-run new audio cabling configurations, specifically for Dual-receive contesting while putting some hours in the remote operating chair for NX6T in ORG section. The FT-1000mp ran flawlessly altho the 8JK Cobra dipole array seemed a bit funky; then again it produced most of the QSOs. 10 meters was open on Sunday but virtually no one knew it. Calling CQ SS for nearly 25 minutes, out of NOWHERE VE3TW came in loud and clear and 1/2 HOUR later KE8OLL. Pay ATTENTION folks. If everyone is listening and no one is calling CQ, the band can seem quite DEAD, when in fact, its simply being under-utilized. LooK for a writeup on this event at: http://WQ6X.Blogspot.com
Band condx not so good!
Just tried for a sweep, but missed by two. Never could work NT and did not ever hear MAR, but still a lot of fun.