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Sure needed SB to clean sweep. so sad.
This was my first Sweepstakes and an impressive contest. With little ambition to find a spot to operate portable, I opted to set up multiple EFHW radiators for 20-15-10 in my apartment living room to operate QRP. Expecting the challenging exchange going in and having full computer logging with rig frequency monitoring in RUMlogNG greatly expedited logging and checking exchange completeness, not to mention dupe checking. My small signal out and high local noise behaved as expected. Every contact, from first call to waiting in the pileup to long repeats through QSB both ways, was valuable and an appreciated experience. I look forward to next year and an improved score, even if operating from the same location with a similar antenna configuration! https://trm-radio.blogspot.com/2022/11/arrl-sweepstakes-ssb-2022-indoor.html
I don't have a "competition" station by any stretch of the imagination. I just get in for fun, and I had a great time. The highlight was working W1AW!
15M was wall to wall signals with usable sigs on 10M. Sunspots on the rise, for sure. Tnx for the Q's. 73 - AB5GG (WF5X)
Low power entry from DN35RW, Montana, USA.
All S & P . Lots of fun.
Seems some days you just can't win. I set aside ample operating time for once and my amplifier failed about halfway through. Wouldn't make more that 200 watts, which was not enough to bust the coast-to-coast pileup I needed to get the clean sweep. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted!
I operated 20 meters exclusively... until my radio broke. Yup, my Icom IC-735's vfo dial stuck, and when I turned it, it unscrewed. This was my first time operating SS. 73 DE AI7OW, the 13 year old Extra. (SOLP)
This year I improved my station's HF antennas by replacing an Inverted V for a couple of fan dipoles. From my aluminum scrap pile I cobbled together a tri-band two element trap yagi on a six foot boom. Lacking a tower, I hung it between two trees at 60'. Wished I could have rotated it! The RF was supplied by my trusty TS-2000, which has seen lots more action in my VHF rover over the past 20 years. A couple of old Johnson Matchbox Lite tuners kept the whole set-up in harmony. Whether it was the new antennas or band conditions, this was the first year I actually heard all the sections. Did I work them all? Nope, came up four short. Couldn't break the pile-ups for some Ontario sections and EWA. The exchange was crazy long, and after a few hours of repeating it one can easily understand the value of a digital voice recorder. Thanks to everyone who gave me a shout. I had a blast. AL1VE - Tim
Radio was a Icom IC-7300 and an End-Fed Half Wave Wire slopped. I enjoyed the contest.
Rig: K4D, KPA1500 Antenna: 144' doublet at 60 feet with ladder line. Preparations for the holidays got in the way so I missed lots of easy sections: ND, EMA, NNY, PR, SC, WCF, NM, OK, AND WTX.
( 1476 * 2 ) * 84 = 247,968 IN 23:45 SWEEP AT 1422Z ON SUNDAY WITH VY2LI IN PE THREE UNLICENSED STUDENT OPERATORS SOPHIA, SAM, ZIWE
Didn't make a lot of contacts but enjoyed working for the ones I got...FT-450 to 17' portable vertical
1ST TIME IN THIS CONTEST, LEARNED A LOT!
15 meters was open!
This is the first contest that I really took interest in. I did it just for fun and not to compete. I only worked it on Sunday and took time off to watch some football. I "got my feet wet" in this one and now look forward to future contests. It was great fun. One note for next time, read the rules prior to any contest, I would have tried for more sections.
2022 November Sweepstakes
Didn't work as many as i would have liked bhad other chores to do. Tfor sponsering the contest.
Thanks to my dad (Rich K1HTV) for hosting me this 2022 ARRL SS SSB. Over the past few years we've been building out a new Rohn 55 rotating tower system at his VA QTH to hold his HF monobanders that have been sitting in storage since him leaving MD in '08. My last serious ARRL SS SSB entry was 26 yrs ago in '96 from his old QTH with roughly the same antennas, though a K3 rig now and a TS-850SAT then. It was good to work some old familiar calls from back then. I dug up an old '96 QST SS results article and saw many other calls from back then that made it into the log this year too. In '96 I placed 15th (174K) overall, no 3830scores back then. I'm hoping to do a bit better this time around :) though I already noted a big difference between SOLP high scores from now vs. back then. I had antenna issues on 40m until midnight the first day, which had me mainly S&P on that band and probably hurt me the most with respect to QSOs. Overall the station worked well and I was happy with conditions as no geomagnetic storm arose as was earlier predicted. VO1KVT (NL) was the last mult in my log for a sweep, with SDG being the only other one I struggled finding, both Sunday evening. MAR, ONN, SF and SB were the other last few that trickled in late Sunday afternoon. Great to see an influx of new CKs from 2019-22 and I was happy to be a #1 for a few who called in just to give a point while I stepped them through the complex exchange. Take a guess which CKs were the most popular? See a histogram of the CKs I worked in this SS in the pix album below along with a few pix of the station and a flashback to '96 high scores. Copy & paste URL: https://photos.app.goo.gl/uPaZMDG5MzbaMwWU8 73 andyz - K1RA
Sweeps is over for another year, only 364 days until it returns. It was a very good year this year with 15 open and a little more room to spread out. We missed Kristin, KC0INX, this year as she was very busy with a new Granddaughter. Hopefully she will be back next year. Carol, KC0MOM, filled in for her this year and as in all the years very much appreciated. SS has been a family event for about 20 years now and we get to thank the BARC jrs and Steve, N2IC for getting us into it. We have had a lot of fun. We helped a lot of new people with the exchange this year and to them we say welcome and we hope to see you next year. We would also like to thank all the hams that made those remote sections available to us. We hope everyone had fun and we hope to work you again next year. Mike K2KR
K3CCR is the club station at the Collington continuing-care retirement community at FM 18OW in MD, just east of DC. Ben N3UM and Mike W5MPB did Multi-Op HP in the 2022 SSB Sweeps, as we did in 2021. N3UM ran, and W5MPB clicked spots for mults and always- CQing ops. At start the 12-V power supply for the K3s was dead; N3UM lost 19 min. putting in a spare. His 20-M run rate 2119- 2325Z was just OK, 100 Qs at 47/hr, then 20 more Qs by 00Z. Odd, since sigs were good and he got 42 sects; AB, BC, all but SF in W6, all but WY in W7, plus IL, TN, GA, and sects in between. (In 2021 at start, he got 166 Qs but 36 sects 21-00Z.) On 40 M 0006- 0151Z N3UM ran for 85 Qs and 12 mults, with ND and VI. W5MPB 0214-0643Z then hopped back and forth between 40 and 80 M as he worked all spots on one band while they built back up on the other band. He got 32 Qs and 4 mults on 40 M; NL, PR, PAC, and PE. On 80 M, he got 64 Qs and 14 mults, with medium-rare RI, DE, NNY, WV, & VT. At 0643Z QRT we had 299 Qs and 72 mults total. In daylight 1227-1412Z N3UM got 116 40-M Qs in 2 runs at good rates; 56 Qs at 79/hr, then 60 Qs at 65/hr, plus 6 mults, none rare. Then on 20 M 1431-1555Z N3UM got SK and 40 Qs, 26 in a run. W5MPB came in at ~1615Z, but saw a bad computer crash soon after. Restart, reconfig, & resync took time, so no Qs logged 1555-1702Z. By 1945Z W5MPB got 14 Qs and NT on 20 M, plus WY and 14 Qs on 15 M. At 2010Z N3UM got MAR and 29 20-M Qs, then 37 40- M Qs and our 83rd and last mult, ONE, at 2156Z. W5MPB 2208-0047Z got 19 40-M Qs, 4 20-M Qs, & 1 on 80 M. From 0100-0247Z N3UM ran for 91 80-M Qs, 53/hr till rate died. We never saw or heard AK.
After 59 years - a clean sweep!
"Operating QRP in the Phone Sweepstakes can be challenging!"
I had a ball
1st clean sweep
Another good run, but no clean sweep.
The ARRL Sweepstakes Phone Records show "no entry" for SO Unlimited QRP for US Call Area 1. I can fix that! Also, it looks like I needed Alabama for my WAS Phone-only. Fixed that, too! Got on Sunday afternoon, when people want some fresh calls, and made a pass up 10m and part of 15m. Saw a spot on 20m for AB4EJ in AL, jumped there, worked, and I declared done! K6UFO 10m: 8/8/8/8 stack of yagis 15m: 6/6/6 stack of yagis 20m: 5/5/5 stack of yagis Flexradio at 5 watts RemoteHamRadio.com, W1/Jonesport station Writelog
The ARRL Sweepstakes in always a fun contest. It was nice to see the Band Conditions were good Saturday it was SFI-116, SN-60, K-2, A-9 and Sunday SFI-115, SN-62, A-2, K-9. During the day I used both of my V Dipole Antennas; the 10M and the 15M-20M. So 10 Meters was open in my area for about 5 hours. This band I did the best on and I worked a few stations in Alaska, Hawaii, some on the East Coast, and some in the East Midwest states. The 10-10 Guys always tell me that on 10 Meters it is easy to work the East Coast and a lot in Florida; South of Ohio and East of the Mississippi River? This of course is from my QTH here in Mesa, Arizona. When the 10 Meter Band died, I went to 15 Meters for another hour, then to 20 Meters. I used my 81ft End Fed Wire for 40M-160M for the night bands. For some reason my Linear Amplifier had difficult tuning the Wire, so most of the time I had only used 100 Watts At night I could not hear too many on 80 Meters, but I did get 5 QSO’s. On 160 Meters I got zero QSO’s
15 meters! What can I say It was an incredible band this weekend!
73 Q's and 73 sections sounded like a good stopping point for my QRP effort.
Society of Midwest Contesters
First time really doing sweeps. The long exchange is unique, but made the pace interesting...more deliberate! I'd really like to see the sweeps format transferred to Field Day (make it an optional contest). Anyway, had a blast in sweeps chasing sections. Learned how to tune my antenna and amp really fast to change bands! ALMOST a sweep!! Just missed ONN!!
Fun contest the most i have ever had for s s. Thanks 73 Matt ka0pqw
It was a lot of fun I enjoyed it I should have been more gun ho on Saturday but I had stuff to do maybe next year I made some contacts on Saturday, and some on Sunday
The call sign for #18 is possibly a busted call - my mistake. All other ex change info is correct but I am not positive about the Call sign and did not catch the error on my part until after the contest. I do not care if I lose the points, but would hate to see the AZ station lose points for my mistake.
this is my first time doing the arrl sweeps and used xiegu g90 at 5w power , didnt do great but had fun making some contacts.
First time attempting contest. Not sure if I am doing Cabrillo correctly or not. Thank you for the contest, it was fun!
Thanks for the QSOs! :D
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First time operating in a contest. 40M inverted V at 17 feet. 100W
First time in contest, using new FTDX10, was fun.
Amazing what you can do with 5 watts and a wire.
Participated in the ARRL November SSB Sweepstakes. This was the first time I made a conscious effort to participate after reading some of the rules. It was a great experience and was able to get some good advise and info from other operators when I was unsure of what I was attempting to send.
S & P QRP fun...
Limited to 40m on a wire antenna.
My first SWEEP!
NEW PB WITH IMPROVED TOWER ELEVATING ANTENNAE FEEDPOINTS TO 38'. TRAP 15/20M GND PLANE VERTICAL, TRAP 10/80M DIPOLE, 40M DIPOLE. ALL ANTENNAS, TRAPS, CHOKES AND TOWER ARE HOMEBREW, MADE WITH 'STONE KNIVES AND BEAR-SKINS'.
need better instructions and updated examples for cabrillo logs. Could not make the loader work so I have to send this in instead.
Casual pass through 40 and 80
Didn't have much time, so jumped on for an hour and had a great time until a power outage knocked me off the air. Better luck next time!
Used my new FT-710 at 100W on a 30m dipole. Last contest for me was 2016. This was a lot of fun!
Antique rig , Argonaut 509 , 2 watts , rusty antique operator with a very questionable inverted L . Tough Fun
KK6SYJ, KN6NSK, KJ6OUI played as well.
Lots of fun working this contest QRP using my IC-705
My name is Josiah Hubbard, I am 11 years old. I have my general license, and this was my first contest. I had a great time making pile ups. 73 KI5QBQ
Thanks for the contest!
First time submitting a contest log. Used a hamstick mounted on my truck in driveway for all 20m contacts. 15 and 40m on a efhw in the trees. Thank you to the ARRL for all you do. 73-KK7GCG
This is the correct log. Sorry for the confusion this is my first SSB Sweepstakes
Submitted for check log only. Please disregard the 2nd/duplicate contact with wr3r, it was my mistake as I answered the station's call on a different frequency. Also, I failed to log the ser, prec, check and sec on my first contact 001, my mistake. I deleted 001 contact due to lack of information.
The highlight of the contest was when W1DAD called me and I asked him if it was a vanity call and he said yes and not only that but his xyl is K1MOM! Now what are the chances that combo wud be available to this couple - great stuff!
Was going to do full effort but got frustrated with slow start and decided to do part-time.
10M not as good as I was expecting. 80m antenna throwing RF into house for some reason, setting off smoke alarm, screwing up coffee maker and cooking timer, so lessen time on that band due to xyl's pacemaker (not taking a chance). Missed ONN - wrong band at wrong time. The "hard ones" (NT, AK, PR, VI WY, MT, NNY, etc) were easy.
My first time using a computer to log a contest. Bye bye paper logs! Came nowhere close to operating 24 hours, but still had a great time, exceeded 60 sections. 15M was pleasant surprise. 10M not so much. Vast majority of stations heard were courteous and patient. Can't wait for next year!
10 Meters not nearly as good for phone as CW sweeps. Nice to work K7RAT & then WH7T in Hawaii for PAC Sunday afternoon. I ran 5 watts, 1/4 wave mobile whip. Several people commented good signal for QRP.
First time in several years operating SS. Bands were very good except 10m didn't have any activity on Sunday afternoon. Operations were friendly with seasoned ops helping newbies all around. Good show! I had limited time due to farm obligations and I had to learn not to care about a sweep or being competitive and simply make contacts and hand out my section to help others along. I heard far less contention on the bands this year than years ago. Have we turned a corner as a service? I certainly hope so. I do think some additional training might be helpful. Some times I heard a running station ask for a repeat of the answering callsign and in addition to simply repeating the callsign, the answering station proceeded with their report. At a minimum this upset the flow for the running station in one instance and in another it caused a double and an awkward silence and neither station knew the other was transmitting until another station waiting said, "Double!" Then the whole thing had to be done over again by both. Full duplex isn't yet a thing in amateur radio HF operations. Perhaps the rules page could emphasize a "best practice" of letting the running station give their exchange first and the answering station after and the answering station not giving their exchange until they have confirmed the running station's exchange was received correctly. Overall, I only heard this happen a couple of times but I do know that this bad habit seems to be common on Field Day and perhaps some emphasis on Best Practices would be helpful.
Fan dipole at 40 feet was only antenna used. Approx. 11 hours op time.
TIL: The World Bank has a Radio club. Thanks to 4U1WB for the QSO. Shoutout to W2UB, University at Buffalo ARC. Great to work a School Club.
I see an error. My claimed score of 600 included my multipliers. My raw score should be only 60 (30 QSO times 2 = 60).
Thank you for a great contest.
first sweep !!
The contest was going really well for a part time effort until about 23:35 on Sunday night when my Icom 7000 wasn't making power and let out the magic smoke. Contest over. 177 Q's and 177 sections in the log at that point.
Boulder Amateur Radio Club
Great contest! Where was ONN
2022 Nov 19 Sweepstakes SSB
Fun contest. Thanx to those who worked to make this a successful event.
First time trying Sweepstakes QRP SSB. Had a great time but a little radio needs a bigger antenna!
Missed ONN section , thanks for QSOs.
Ran QRP, just ONE HALF WATT to a 20 foot end-fed wire, thrown into a tree out my window. I probably spent way too much time on 10m, as there was not much action on that band. Condx seemed quite poor compared to CW SS. Thanks to all for your patience and the QSOs. GO ARIZONA OUTLAWS! -73- John N6HI
Operated from Clear Lake SP, so also a POTA activation.
Had fun. Heard that contest on the air and had to join in. First time in years. cheers
lots of activity on 15 meters. Had a great time, missed several mults, better luck next time
Credo - Quia - Absurdum
Just had oral surgery so can't talk much. N1MM voicing to the rescue! Thanks for tolerating my number and letter files.
ICOM IC-7300, Vectronics HFT-1500 Manual Tuner for 75 and 15 meters only, Heil Pro Micro Headset,and a ZS6BKW flattop, up 45 feet above my apartment, running N-S at 6,053 feet elevation in Laramie County, Wyoming. MULTIPLE COMPUTER CRASHES (including the first hour) resulted in 3.25 less hours of Op time, 5,360 less points, and 58 less Q's than last year. BUMMER! I missed ND and NL for the "Sweep". Great to work a few GMCC members, as well as a handfull of school stations. Minimal QRMing this year, and nearly everyone was familar with the "long" Sweepstakes exchange. Tnx for working me in my favorite domestic contest! November Seven Many Zebras Walking.
K4D, KPA1500, N1MM, TIME ON 14 HOURS
Nice to have 15-80 working this weekend!
First sweeps in a few years. Had fun and got a sweep thanks to the folks in SDG coming in towards the end! 73!
nice to get the sweep...
Haven’t been on HF for about 5 years and it was 2012 when I last participated in November Sweepstakes. I think it was the best I’ve ever done on 80 meters. I was impressed at the helpfulness of other operators towards people who didn’t know the format of the contest exchange.
First log submission for Sweepstakes in over 20 years! Had a great time. It was a shame that 10 meters was so poor, when it was so good just a couple weeks ago. Looking forward to next years, and a few more contacts. Need to beat 1996's entry, Hi Hi!
High Power stations should get an extra point for working an "A" statiom (100 watts or less). If not that, then create a category for high power stations to log low power stations worked and make a separate award or recognition for winning that.
Rough going for a little pistol. Just glad to have at least one resonant antenna, 6BTV, up and running now, since the move to TN. 73 Gene N9TF, Clarksville, TN. Station, K3S 100 watts to 6BTV ground mounted w/8, 32' radials for now.
Good conditions allowed me to run, especially on 15.
I ALWAYS FIND GREAT PLEASURE IN BEING CALLED BY SOMEONE UNFAMILIAR WITH SWEEPSTAKES, EXPLAINING IT TO THEM, HELPING THEM WORK OUT THEIR CORRECT EXCHANGE, AND THEN BEING THANKED FOR TAKING THE TIME TO HELP THEM OUT. HOPEFULLY THEY GO WORK MORE STATIONS, HAVE SOME FUN, AND WHO KNOWS MAYBE THEY GET HOOKED ON CONTESTING.
Probably my first time to submit a log for Sweepstakes 100 Watts and 2 endfed antennas. Hunt and pounce mode only. 122 contacts and 67 sections/Mults. Next time home to add an 80m loop for evening operations making it easier to get my nearby sections.
tOUGH CONTEST WITH ONLY A WIRE, BUT WAS ABLE TO WORK IT!
Started out fighting my Flex. Murphy finally won so I gave up and switched over to a K3. Then I fought with my TH11 on 15. On Sunday the TH11 behaved itself, so I think it was ice related that were *NASTY*. Please read the piece by K9YC about how to adjust your rig for punchy contest audio. The answer isn't 'turn it up to 11". rare one, but N1MM show 10 runs, mostly on Sunday, one for 45 minutes at 123 per hour! a sweep. No ND, OK, AK, NL, or ONN. It seemed like the rare sections were *NOT* spotted on VE7CC cluster.
This year M/S entry was used not to win but to help a new contest op give it a go with long hours of BIC. His skills greatly improved and it was a joy to see how much fun he was having. He worked about 80% of the stations. I was a support operator for bathroom breaks and food breaks. W0OOA, Brett did a great job. Now to begin station building at his QTH because, he is biten with the contest bug. 73, Morgan NJ8M es Brett W0OOA. Anyone have any aluminum seeds they want to part with?
BANDS MIGHT BE INCONSISTENT AT TIMES. LOG DID NOT TRACK RADIO. HAD AUDIO PROBLEMS.
Great contest! Great band conditions and everything worked. Woohoo...
Another fun weekend, people were polite. Broke my headphones :( and RF on 40 meters got into my computer all of a sudden buy hey that's part of the fun LOL. Thanks to all the people that I contacted only missed VI, LAX, SB, MAR, NT and ONN for the clean sweep didn't hear any of them? Oh well I'm looking forward to next year:) 73, Al NS1O
thanks to those who offered kind words and concerns about the WNY snow-maggedon. This QTH was in the cross-hairs the whole time. NS2N
my first contest
1st contest, 1st Cabrillo log!
So fun! I passed my Cdn basic with honours for the second time 3 weeks ago, and was listening to CQ CQ Sweepstakes... what is this What an amazing opportunity to learn so much so fast. 73 to all (the few) operators I contacted.
Licenced in 2020. Flexradio 6600 Hexbeam for 10-20m, Hexbeam for 40m, Vertical for 15&10m
I would like to thank the organizers for this event. It was my first time entering a Sweepstakes contest. I enjoyed the experience very much. I enjoyed the pace, and very much enjoyed the extra complexity of the exchange, that I believed improved my listening skills. I even had a go a "running" on 15m and 80m with good success. The other operators were very polite and patient. Great event. I will definitely look for the next one. Thank you.
COMOX VALLY AMETEURE RADIO CLUB
low-power, 40m band only, rookie
Single OP, Low Power, 12 hours, Rookie, Non Assisted
Murphy showed up. Had some ant. trouble.
Doubled my score from last year. I'll take it.
Operated portable from a local POTA park for the second year in a row on battery power with a full size dipole at 25 feet and a mag mount 10m whip
Always love this contest. It's a fun one.
We had a lot of fun operating SS on the saturday 73 Gerry
Gotta make some bandpass filters for next sweeps! Thanks to our new beam antenna we were finally able to operate on 15 Meter, absolutely essential for making a clean sweep. Lots of new hams joined our club this year, was really fun introducing them to November Sweepstakes! 73's from Peyton, Ron, Josh, Mayowa, Connor, Zeke, Morgan, Katherine, Beck, Thomas, and Adam
I operated from the comfort of may car, I have no HF shack at the house. I had fun chasing the different sections, and did far better than I thought I would, despite only operating for a few hours of the contest. Equipment used: Yaesu FT-891, Tarheel 75A antenna, and Lenovo laptop running N1MM for logging and CAT control.
Band QSOs Pts Sec Pt/Q 2.0 23 2.0 2 1 2.0 Mult = 3.8 Q's
Thanks for the contacts. Thank you to the ARRL for sponsoring the contest. 73 - Dan, W1QK & Roger, NG1R.
Got all but 3! Awesome fun.
W3TB Franklin TN
Thank you for another great contest!!!
IC-7610 & EFHW
This is the first club competition of the Fort Myers Amateur Radio Club since 1982 - 40 years ago. We're back !
IC-7600, DX Commander ABV
tough work having hicups
My very first contest. Thx to everyone making this fun and exciting. I live in an HOA and had to battle the wind and cold (yes, in Arizona) to set up a portable station. It was a blast ... literally. Wish I could upload the short video of my antenna bending in the wind ... or was it all those powerful stations knocking it over? LOL
Got a Clean Sweep- what fun!!
ARRL SwS Nov '22
Usually a cw only guy, but tried SSB for a change. Much tougher playing QRP SSB. Enjoyed the contest 73 Gregg
Submitted as Multi/Single as my wife assisted with logging and got on the mic with myself as control op a couple of times. Had a great time, we enjoy working this contest together every year as Santa Barbara is such a rare entity. Its literally the only contest that she asks about and gets up early on a Sunday morning for. Maybe she'll get her license in time for next year, we'll see... Missed NL for the clean sweep but gave out the last section for at least a dozen clean sweeps. A couple of the pileups we brought were some of the most hectic I have ever operated. Cant wait to do it again next year!
Clean sweep! First since 2014.
Made one pass across 40m and had fun giving out points. Thanks for the QSOs and 73, Ron (W8RU).
I am grateful to Dave, K1TTT for the opportunity to use his station to compete in Sweepstakes this year.
Good band conditions overall! Worked ALL Canada!
Just wanted that clean sweep on CW and SSB with only a HF9V vertical at my new QTH!
Operated remote from Tokyo, Japan
I got my Voice Keyer working just in time. It saved my voice and helped my wife sleep (since the bedroom is directly above the ham shack). Friends arrived, to visit for a few days, so that end the contest for me. When everyone turned in early, I went back on the air for the last hour and made 26 more Qs. Propagation was pretty good. My RX antennas worked amazingly well. And nothing broke. All in all a good SSB Sweepstakes
Thanks to all of you for your patience in working with me to make these contacts happen. I really apprieciate it. Also thank you to those who uploaded their contacts to LOTW. I am now much closer to my WAS award.
Another exciting year for November Sweepstakes! Good band conditions. Thanks ARRL for a great contest. Jeff WB8REI
There should be a new catagory for contests. A kind of wall-of-shame. Here you would post the callsigns of those asking about the rules during the contest.
Conditions not very good on Saturday, better on Sunday. Finally got the sweep at near 5pm Sunday.
I wish the ARRL store would wait to order FIELD DAY pins until after Field Day too. The store ran out of FD 22 pins before the event happened!!!! I would rather wait for the FD pins instead of not getting them at all. I have all the FD and SS pins except FD2022. Poor leadership at the store.
Great time with the Family
I hope to surpass my score of last year.
This was another WQ6X Sweepstakes dual-OP from the East Bay (EB) ARRL Section. Aside from putting in 5-hours for the NX6T operation (running from Anza in the ORG section), the rest of the time was for WQ6X. Similar to the last several contest weekends, 10-meters has been THE daytime band. Running the FT-2000 into a 3-el Hygain Long John yagi allowed me to sweep the yagi looking for openings. While Saturday presented a greater 10-meter opening, Sunday afternoon found a PIPELINE to MO, MN and WI, as well as the surrounding areas. 40-meters Saturday evening was a REAL disappointment as was 75-meters. Calling CQ on 160 (from BOTH WQ6X and NX6T) produced no QSOs, nor did I hear any other stations calling CQ on the band. Bummer Dewd. Look for my detailed write-up on this GiG at: http://WQ6X.Blogspot.com.
txs to all who pulled out my qrp sig!
Made my goal of 50 QRP contacts!!
It's been a few years since I've posted a log in Sweeps. I forgot how much fun this test can be! Even without a clean sweep...