Sophomore Weekend Sprint

This last weekend Jennifer left town for a business trip, so Baxter and I are currently own our own as bachelors. So I got the chance to participate in the monthly SKCC Weekend Sprint without too many interruptions and “honey do” items. Last month was my first try at WES, and I pretty much just dipped my toes in the water, with a total of 6 QSOs. This time, I felt a bit more comfortable and had more time to devote to the sprint (not that WES is a stressful event, on the contrary, it is very laid back). On this attempt, I turned the IC-718 down to 5 watts and went true QRP. Overall, I had a much better showing than last time. 16 total QSOs, 9 S/P/C, but only 60 bonus points. According to the theme of this sprint, bonus points were given for DX contacts, contacts with non-Centurion and non-Tribune members, and contacts with the club call. I tried a few times to work the two DX stations that I heard on 15 meters (just barely), but they never heard me. I also struck out when trying to contact the club call. Still, I had a blast this time as I got more comfortable with the event and with my CW skills. I’m not a contester, but this is a really enjoyable event, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes to use a straight key. I also found out that 15 meters seems to be a bit more open than I even suspected right now. Next time, my goal is to break 20 QSOs and up my score a bit more. I hope to work you in the next WES!

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