Results, March 2009 WSJT Sprint
- Results, March 2009 WSJT Sprint
March Sprint by the numbers:
Top score, 2m Only: Mike WB2FKO, 2,393 miles
Top score, 6m Only: Bob K2DRH, 16,409 miles
Top score, Combined: Tip WA5UFH, 10,870 miles
Top score, all classes: Bob K2DRH, 16,409 miles
Most Qs, 2m Only: Mike WB2FKO, 3 Qs
Most Qs, 6m Only: Bob K2DRH, 22 Qs
Most Qs, Combined: Tip WA5UFH, 13 Qs
Most Qs, all classes: Bob K2DRH, 22 Qs
Best DX, 2m Only: Mike WB2FKO (with NØPB, no entry), 851 miles
Best DX, 6m Only: Bob K2DRH and Jim W6OUU, 1,240 miles
Best DX, Combined: Tip WA5UFH (with Don KE7NR, no entry), 962 miles
Best DX, all classes: Bob K2DRH and Jim W6OUU, 1,240 miles
Number of logs received: 19 (down from 27 in Feb)
Number of calls reported as worked: 42 (up from 36 in Feb)
Total QSOs reported: 125 (down from 137 in Feb)
Total of all scores reported: 65,980 (up from 42,212 in Feb)
Average score per entry: 4,738 (up from 3,500 in Feb)
Average distance per QSO: 720 (up from 690 in Feb)
While the number of log entries was sharply down, almost every other parameter
of activity was UP! Activity overall was higher than in February, but with
more stations who made points declining to send in a log.
2 Meters Only Class -- 2 entries
Only two 2-meter entries this month, and Mike WB2FKO (3 Qs, 2,393 miles)
easily took top honors. Dan VE2DSB had 1 Q at 271 miles.
WB2FKO 3 2393
VE2DSB 1 271
6 Meters Only Class -- 13 entries
After finishing a humiliating second to yours truly (Bill W5WVO) last month
:-), Bob K2DRH blew away the 6-meter field with a winning score of 16,409
miles on 22 Qs. WVO (14 Qs, 9,990 miles) barely squeaked past John W5UWB (11
Qs, 9,865 miles) to take second place. DRH and Jim W6OUU also had the best DX
of the morning with their 1,240-mile Q.
K2DRH 22 16,409
W5WVO 14 9,990
W5UWB 11 9,865
N3LL 8 7,679
W9SE 7 4,862
W3RGA 5 3,355
KØRDF 3 2,367
KD7UO 6 2,326
VE3CDX/W7 3 1,919
AJ8P 3 1,167
WB3BEL 1 735
KA3BPN 1 728
Combined Class (2m + 6m) -- 4 entries
Once again, Tip WA5UFH easily outpaced the competition in this category,
scoring a top 10,870 miles on 13 Qs, nearly an identical performance to last
month's 11,044 miles on 13 Qs. Talk about consistency! Jim KS7S narrowly took
second place in Combined with 4,164 miles on 7 Qs.
WA5UFH 13 10,870
KS7S 7 4,164
N8RA 5 3,660
KC6ZWT 4 2,691
Tip WA5UFH: Ok same number of Qs but some different stations worked. Made a
few contacts from calling CQ. Got a few requests from guys wanting to include
222MHz into the Sprints via email. Might be good to include 222MHz to promote
activity and encourage others. Hoping for better conditions in April for two
John W5UWB: I mentioned to Tip that perhaps we could include 222? I was hoping
that it might encourage more gents to try our "forgotten" band! You could also
think about giving a mileage multiplier of 2 for any 222 QSO's. Pings on 222
are much shorter than 144 and it is harder to complete up there. Needless to
say I have completed with N0PB when he was running less than 15w - took a few
tries and a lot of luck!! Running here Flex-Radio 5000A, pr. of 3cx800 and 6
el at 65' on 6M today.
Chet N8RA: It was good to back on with WSJT after a long absence due to taking
care of an elder parent, and then rotator problems. I really liked the
free-for-all nature of this contest. This was an excellent excuse for
reconfiguring the station for VHF after doing a few HF contests here earlier
this year. 2M was quite dead, I heard a nibble to my CQ's there at one point,
but did not get enough pings after that to even catch the call. Heard more
than I could worked on 6M- seemed like lots of activity there.
Dan VE2DSB: A very dry rock's sprint here in FN35, only one QSO done. Let hope
in april with new shower it will be better on 2 meter. Heard WE9Y and try to
call him with no success.
Jim W6OUU: Conditions were not good for me. N/S path was off. E/W seemed to
be a little better. We need to score this thing by time zone like the WSJT
contests for obvious reasons. No way will a station in the west ever have a
chance to win without scoring by time zone. Do the math. Nice to see the
John W9SE: ATTN NEWBIES. I SAW TWO STNS ON PING JOCKEY WHO MADE COMMENTS
ABOUT SIGNAL LEVELS DURING THE QSO. THIS IS A NO NO PER INSTRUCTIONS WHICH
CAN BE SEEN ON THE PING JOCKEY PAGE.
Harry WB3BEL: These sprints seem much harder to work randoms. I operated the
Feb sprint all four hours and worked no one. At least in the March session I
worked a station so I could submit a log. Things are looking up!
Al WA4EWV: I heard VE2DSB at 12:05Z sending TX1 with both of our calls. I sent
TX2 until 12:30. During that time I heard / saw ZERO pings. I stopped and QRT.
The weather was really bad, and I lowered the antennas to prevent damage from
the high winds and hard rain. As I type (April 1) the third frontal system has
finally passed. Lots of rain and wind!
Jim KS7S: Activity down this month, at least in this part of the world,
resulting in about 1300 fewer points. As I stated last month, I do not care
for the format of this activity - it is just a "schedule-fest" which I can do
Monday through Friday of any week. Hardly anybody calls CQ on the calling
frequencies, and you can't tail end anyone because they have moved off to
their next arranged contact before they hear you calling. I would much prefer
a more "random hour-like" activity, possibly akin to an unassisted NAHSMS
contest-like activity, perhaps with some consideration given to those living
in the meteor scatter Black Hole west of 110°W longitude. OK, enough bitchin - thanks to Bill for organizing and handling the reporting of this event.
By no means a killer score. I did hear N0PB, KD7UO and K5LA as well as others
BUT the big issue was they were obviously running skeds and didn't stay on the
frequency after. I stayed pretty much on .260 calling CQ without any takers
except those noted above. I know the rules say using PJ is allowed but what I
missed I guess is the notice saying the use of PJ is mandatory if you want to
work as many stations as possible. As I said I found very very few stations
calling CQ - at least stations within my MS range. I didn't try to make any
skeds on PJ by the way so perhaps that is my undoing. As you are well aware
there is not the activity level in this part of the country as there is in the
Midwest and eastern areas. This creates a huge imbalance in terms of scores.
Not unlike any of the major VHF/UHF contests. Perhaps to level the playing a
bit would be to break the scores down by time zone as is done in the NAHSMS
contest. That way at least stations are competing on a more equal basis. And
perhaps have a small multiplier for random contacts as opposed to those made
by skeds. Turn the sprint into a true sprint rather than a sked contest.
COMMENT from W5WVO: As most of you know -- at least those of you who belong to
the WSJT Yahoo! group -- I have proposed some scoring changes that will,
barring outraged outcries from the group, address Jim's and Barry's concerns
in the April Sprint -- plus a wrinkle or two of my own.
- Just an observation. I didn't see any reference to power associated
with the results of the Sprint. Since we are a weak signal oriented
group, why not list the results as "miles/milli-watt". Has a nice ring