Friday, February 16, 2018

RESULTS: February 2018 ARS Spartan Sprint

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SOAPBOX: ARS February 2018 Spartan Sprint

W1PID
Worked AB9CA and K4BAI on 80 meters. 40 was dead. Operated 5 minutes. Thanks guys. 73 Jim W1PID

K3RLL
Between high noise level here tonight and seemingly dismal band conditions, at least here in Florida, it was a night to go read a book.  Thanks to those who pulled me out of the noise tonight.  72/73 … Don

WA4AAK
Thank heaven for 80m and WB9HFK, AB9CA, K4BAI, and WA4ZOF! Called K3RLL, but he couldn't copy me. No luck on 1.810 MHz.  20m sounded dead here in Alabama, and 40m was weird: huge intermittent carriers around 7040, and not a lot else.  Heard no Spartan Sprinters on any band except 80m. Gave up after 45 minutes, but had fun just the same.  Ran 3W to CF Zepp. 72 to all!

W5QLF
Forty and 80 meters were both a bit noisy and the scirn call of the CQ SP was nary to be heard.  Worked Don, NK6A in California on 40 and Mark, WB9HFK Illinois on 80 meters.  That was it. 72, Joe, W5QLF

NØTA
Pretty tough conditions in Colorado. Worked 1h15m: 1 Q on 40m, 5 on 80m. Signals pretty weak. Kx2, Palm key, vertical antenna.

N5EM
New antenna on 80M for this Sprint.  Working OK, but still a work in progress.  Both Q's on 80M! 72, Ed - N5EM

K4BAI
20M dead.  40M very long.  Only QSO in AZ.  Heard KK4BNC working the AZ station,, but guess he couldn't hear me.  80M was very good.  Could not get N0TA to copy me, although he called me once and then didn't reply. Everyone else heard was worked for a total of 16 on 80M.  73/72, John, K4BAI

NT6H
This was my First Spartan Sprint and as an alumnus of the Michigan State University Spartans I felt I had to compete when I first learned about it. My buddy and I (KK6EMU) were in a ham radio club in graduate school at Cal Poly SLO and have been getting back into it recently. He helped log for me and we did digital mode contacts using FT8 at 3W on a KX3 into an end fed wire antenna on 80 and 40M. It was a lot of fun and we are looking forward to doing it again. Each time on the radio I learn something new. 73s, Michael Harriman, NT6H, and Jon Fish, KK6EMU

WB9HFK
All Q's on 80M. Lots of fun - we need more activity! See everyone next month! 72, Mark, WB9HFK

WA4ZOF
Has been a while since Spartan Sprint. KD1JV TRI-BAND @5w 80 mtr inverted V. Tnx to ALL. Tom, WA4ZOF

AB9CA
Another one band event. Started on 20 but got no responses. Then to 40 where I got no response but did hear, I think, N6KA calling. But he was sending too fast to be really copyable through the noise. Then down to 80 where all of the activity was. Second month for that to be the case. Only 8 contacts - in MN GA MN NH CO GA AL TX. Nothing much west of the Mississippi. Went back to 40 and called for about 20 min but got no RBN spots nor any replies. Would be good to have more activity. But fun none the less. Hope to hear everyone, plus more, next month. Rig was FT-857 at 5w to 100' wire. 73 de dave, AB9CA

NØAR
Heard only one cw signal on 40 at the low end. Half my contacts were with GA, what's with that? 80 was the band to be on. Using the 80m loop up 20' and the 43' vertical. Maybe things will improve when the snow starts melting!  73 Scott NØAR

W5RRR
This month I got on the road and went to the Johnson Space Center Amateur Radio Club (W5RRR) for the Spartan Sprint. I had my ultra-light ATS-3A (~2 oz) transceiver with the older and heavier ATS-3 (~4 oz) rig as a backup. I always weigh the rig with used band modules on a postal scale after the event. The antennas at NASA are a bit better than my old vertical at home… For 10, 15 and 20M they have a TH7DX Yagi at 80 feet. Unfortunately 20M was dead at the start of the event. However, on 40M they have a full-size rotatable dipole at 75 feet. It was good for five contacts from California to Vermont. The JSCARC 80M antenna is a G5RV. It did very well for five more contacts, one with the ever-present John K4BAI. Thanks John! I had help with the event logistics and setup from John AB5SS and I almost killed the two 170 mAh LiPo batteries in the ATS-3A. We operated for 1 hour, 45 minutes, until the voltage was seriously sagging. The power out had dropped to just below 2 Watts. Hoping for better conditions on 20M soon!

KB1M
I had a slow start on 40 Mtrs, taking 26 minutes for first QSO, the band seemed to improve and I made 4 more Q's in the next half hour. States worked TX(2), Ga, FL, La. Was very surprised to work W5RRR  Johnson Space Center ARC. As bad as conditions seemed, I made more contacts than in the December and January sprints combined. My thanks to all.  72/73 Walt 

WB5BKL
K3/10 @ 5W to a 40M dipole or a 40M extended double Zepp. 5 states this time.  Best signals:  40M - NK6A, 80M - K4BAI. Not a good outing.  Hoping for better propagation.  My thanks to all.  Had fun.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

RESULTS: January 2018 ARS Spartan Sprint

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Monday, January 8, 2018

SOAPBOX: January 2018 ARS Spartan Sprint

WØITT
My first SP, greetings to everyone and thanks for the contacts. I heard only 6 SP stations, but I was able to work everyone I heard. I’m looking forward to next time.  72 DE WØITT

W5QLF
The pick’ins were pretty slim tonight. Worked 5 on 40 meters. Tuned down to 80 and made a SKCC contact but no Spartans heard.
Joe, W5QLF

NØTA
All four contacts made in the first ten minutes on 40m. Stuck around for another hour, heard a few stations, but none returned my call. Thanks for the Qs. KX2, Palm Paddle, earbuds, vertical antenna.

K4BAI
20M was dead here and 40M was long.  Heard NK6A working NØTA, but no QSO. 2 QSOs on 40 (CO and NH). 80M seemed pretty good, but not much activity.  8 QSOs on 80 including TX, IL, IN, MS and GA. Thanks for all QSOs.  Happy New Year to all.  73/72. John, K4BAI. (QRT after 1 1/2 hours to watch bowl game.)

WA5BUC
Limited to 40 meters. 1 Q with WB5BKL. 5W to EFHWA. Happy New Year to all. 73's de Fred - WA5BUC

WB9HFK
All QSO's on 80M. Rig: ICOM 7300 @ 5W. Antenna: 150 ft. Random WIre. Key: J38 - 72,  Mark Prather, WB9HFK

KB1M
I was only able to work one station on 40, K4BAI, also heard WB5BKL weakly under digital QRM. I hope others had better luck. 72/73 Walt

NK6A
I am suffering from a S7 noise level on 40M.  I can turn my antenna and get it down to S3 but then I am pointing Southeast.  I have been searching for the noise source for two weeks without any luck. Operated for only an hour when I gave up because of the noise and not hearing anyone else. - Don Minkoff, NK6A

WB5BKL
K3/10 @ 5W to a 40M dipole or a 40M extended double Zepp. 7 states this time. Best signals: 40M - WA5BUC, 80M - K4BAI. Heard a signal on 20M briefly - NØ ??. Some new-to-me calls this time - very nice. My thanks to all. Had fun.

W5ACM
Déjà vu all over again… Conditions on 40M were quiet, but there were very few stations out there for the Spartan Sprint! I almost killed the two 170 mAh LiPo batteries in the ATS-3A calling CQ on 40M. I did get two CA stations on 40M and the ever-present K4BAI on 80M. I was running 3W to my antique ground-mounted vertical. By the time I worked K4BAI, actual power output was declining to about 2W. The 20M daughter board is currently MIA – somewhere in the station… It didn’t matter this month, but hoping to find it for more 20M action soon. I am planning on using the antennas at a different QTH next month. I hope for BIG things from my 3 Watts then! 72 de Andy W5ACM, Houston, Texas

Sunday, January 7, 2018

So, What's a Spartan Sprint, and How Do I Play?

Spartan Sprints are two-hour gatherings sponsored by the Adventure Radio Society, held the first Monday of every month. The Spartan Sprints have a unique, three-faceted focus. They encourage outdoor operation with back country radio gear (if outdoor operation isn't practical, home-based operation is fine). They gather fascinating information about the upper atmosphere, documenting how low power signals can travel long distancs. And they encourage the growth of a like-minded community of amateur radio operator who generously share their knowledge and experiences.


Which Bands?

Bands of operation are 80 meters, 40 meters, 20 meters, 15 meters and 10 meters. You may operate any number of bands - your choice. Many Spartan Sprint operators gravitate to the QRP CW calling frequencies on these bands.


Equipment and Antennas

Spartan Sprinters use 5 Watts or less. We encourage you to experiment with 1 Watt or less. You will be surprised at how effective these low levels can be, and how much fun QRPp really is. Similarly, we encourage you to experiment with simple wire antennas. And we encourage Sprinters to use equpment they built from "scratch" - that is, equipment built from schematics.

Exchange

Exchange RST, SPC (state, province or country) and power output. If you choose to call CQ, use the format "CQ SP," or "CQ QRP TEST." You can give yourself credit for working the same station on a second, third, or fourth band.


What Is the Weight of My Station?

The weight of your station is determined by weighing everything at your operating position up to, but not including, your feedline and antenna. In other words, your rig, key, keyer, antenna tuning unit, battery, headphones and so on. 


Submit Your Spartan Sprint Log

Please send the following information in an email to: SpartanSprint@yahoo.com
  • Your call sign
  • Total number of contacts during Sprint
  • The weight of your station (in pounds - includes all gear except antenna and feedline)
  • Soapbox comments about your Sprint experience

Check Out the Spartan Sprint Results

The results of each month's contest appear on the Friday following each month's first-Monday Sprint. They are posted here on this website. You can find results from previous months here, as well.
- Richard Fisher, KI6SN


Monday, December 11, 2017

RESULTS: ARS December 2017 Spartan Sprint

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SOAPBOX: ARS December 2017 Spartan Sprint

NØTA
Complete bust in Colorado. Only worked K3RLL in FL. Only station I heard on 40 and 80m. Quit after 30 minutes. Kx2, NØSA mini-paddles, GenLog.

K3RLL
Finally got the chance to try out the new little QRP Labs QCX-40 mini-rig this evening on the Sprint. Amazing what $49 can buy these days: Memory keyer, CW readout, RIT, and the list goes on. Now, if this old man could just learn how to work all those multi-function buttons to make everything work!  The printed manual weights A LOT more than the radio. (We don't count the weight of the manual for the Sprint; do we?) Big signal tonight was AA5B booming out of NM.  Otherwise, 40m was a bit challenging. Thanks for the contacts.

N5EM
3 Q's on 40M. Nothing on 20M again this month.  Still no antenna for 80M.  Got to fix that for January.  OCF loaded wire, maybe? 72, Ed, N5EM

K4BAI
40 and 80M in pretty good condition, but very little activity this month.  QSOs by band: 80M:  5.  40M: 7. Thanks for the QSOs. Seasons Greetings to all.  73, John, K4BAI.

NØAR
Not the best of conditions up here tonight, but a good nite to be on the radio. Winter snowstorm moving in and bands were pretty poor. Best signal went to Dave AB9CA from IN. Worked him on 20 and 40. On 40 also worked KFØN and K4BAI. Heard a couple of other stations but they were mostly ghostly LDE from another hunt. Happy Holidays to all. 73 Scott N0AR

W5ACM
Conditions on 40M were quiet, but there were very few stations out there for the Spartan Sprint! I almost killed the two 170 mAh LiPo batteries in the ATS-3A calling CQ on 40M. I did get two CA stations on 40M and the ever-present K4BAI on 80M. I was running 3W to my antique ground-mounted vertical. By the time I worked K4BAI, actual power output was declining to about 2W. The 20M daughter board is currently MIA – somewhere in the station… It didn’t matter this month, but hoping to find it for more 20M action soon! 72 de Andy W5ACM, Houston, Texas.

NK6A
I only found three stations and they were all in Texas and all on 40. Suffering with a S3-S5 noise level. Heard very briefly K4BAI but heavy QSB made copy impossible. After 1.5 hours decided to call it quits and give my ears a rest. Don Minkoff, NK6A

WA8MTI
Lots of Q's last night... QSB, QRN, QRM unfortunately only 3 QSOs. Heard no CW or SSB signals on 20 but 14.074 had S9+10 FT8!  Go figure.  Heard AB9CA early on 40 but couldn't work him. Later worked K4BAI on 40 then 80 and then AB9CA on 80. Those were the only two SP stations I heard. Always next month... 72/73 Rich WA8MTI

WB5BKL
K3/10 @ 5W to a 40M dipole or a 40M extended double Zepp.  6 states this time. Best signals: 20M - AB9CA, 40M - K3RLL, 80M - K4BAI. Gave up after 90 minutes - tired.  Thanks to all from the Texas hill country and all the best for the season.  Also many thanks to the Adventure Radio Society and KI6SN for all the fun this year!

KB1M
Three QSO's, none were easy copy, states worked were FL,TX,IN. Conditions seemed worse than last month from my QTH in NH, very weak signals with QRN . 72/73, Walt 

AB9CA
I ran an RBN check prior to the start of the Sprint. The results did not look promising. Not many spots. This turned out to be prophetic. The bands were not in good shape. Worked a few guys quickly but then ran out of stations that could hear me. Total of 9 contacts: 4/3/2 on 20/40/80, respectively. Only 2 bander was N0AR on 20 and 40. SPCs were TX MN MN NH on 20, FL MN IA on 40, and GA MI on 80. Hopefully condx will be better next month. Thanks for the Q's and look for you next time... 73 de dave, AB9CA

KFØN
Pickings were pretty sparse this month!  I was able to copy only three stations: K3RLL, NØAR and AB9CA.  I gave up in the first half hour of the Sprint!  You fellas were the only ones that poked above my massive line noise here in Iowa;  thanks for the points guys.  Maybe there will be more participation next month. Holidays always seem to take their toll on the contests.  Also, another mitigating factor was the thunderstorm that rolled through here about an hour before the contest started; very unusual for us here in Iowa for December.  The QRN was almost as bad as July or August! I hope things improve next year. 72s and Merry Christmas to all, Larry, KFØN