VHF SSB/CW 2 Sprint Classic: The dust has settled!

Saturday, April 24 was a blustery, rainy day. But no amount of wet weather could dampen the intentions of many regional VHF enthusiasts, as they geared up for the first annual VHF SSB/CW 2M Sprint Classic contest.

The Sprint Classic is a contest that encourages VHF weak signal operations, using the traditional modes of SSB and CW. Stations were awarded points based upon the number of contacts made and the total number of grid squares worked (each grid square was a unique multiplier).

The action started at 1300Z (9 a.m. Eastern time) with the contest ending nine hours later at 2300Z. Band conditions were not favorable, due to a lack of wide-spread tropo. openings. However, band conditions aside, contest entrants reported working stations as far as Hamilton, Indiana; Lemont, Illinois; Cecil, Ohio, and all the way to Rudolph, Wisconsin! (Maybe Santa’s sleigh brought some good propagation to Wisconsin?)

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May meeting date correction

The Fort Wayne Radio Club May meeting will be next Wednesday, May the 19th. We had mistakenly listed the meeting as May 12 in the editorial of this month’s Hamsplatter. The correct date was listed further down in the newsletter, so there was obvious confusion there!

We apologize to anyone that made the trip downtown to find an empty meeting! We will do our best to make sure these kinds of errors do not happen in the future!

Please join us on Wednesday, May 19th, for our club meeting at 6:00pm and our speaker from the Fort Wayne Police Department. Stay tuned for more club activity including Field Day at the Fort and the Tail Gate Hamfest in August.

Award Sponsors for VHF SSB/CW 2M Sprint Classic

It is with great pleasure that we announce the addition of MFJ Enterprises and DX Engineering as award sponsors for the VHF SSB/CW 2m Sprint Classic contest. These two ham radio-focused organizations have graciously donated several items that will be awarded to various category winners of the VHF SSB/CW 2m Sprint Classic contest. Thank you to MFJ Enterprises and DX Engineering for your generosity!

The following category winners will receive a special recognition award for their winning achievement from MFJ Enterprises.

Base Station:

High Power first place

Low Power first place

QRP first place

Basic Rover:

High Power first place

Low Power first place

Multi-Op Rover:

First Place

The top scoring “Rookie” station (a station licensed in the past 3 years) and “Legacy” station (a station licensed for 25+ years) will receive a special recognition award from DX Engineering.

Defend our club’s honor during INQP 2021

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2021 Indiana QSO Party
Fort Wayne Radio Club Involvement
Defending our Honor
Saturday, May 1, 2021, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (local time)

Once again, it’s time to make our club stand out! The club competition for the Indiana QSO Party (INQP) relies on aggregate scores submitted by individual club members. That means all we need to do is get on the air from our home stations, makes some contacts on HF (SSB or CW or both), and submit our logs as members of the Fort Wayne Radio Club.

During the 12-hour event, stations from all over Indiana will be calling, “CQ Indiana QSO Party.” Simply contact them, log their information (signal report and county . . . . or, if out of state, signal report and state) and give out a signal report (everyone sends 59 for SSB or 599 for CW) and your county.

Logging of contacts can be made by using special logging software like WriteLog, N3FJP, or N1MM. The INQP webpage (http://www.hdxcc.org/inqp/) also suggests several others but these are the ones that work the best. Both WriteLog and N3FJP are for purchase. The N1MM Logger+ is totally free and supports all contests and state QSO parties without having to download extra files. Like N3FJP and WriteLog, it can interface with your radio, connect to a DX Cluster via telnet, interface, and log FT-8, PSK, RTTY, along with producing files for uploading to ARRL’s Logbook of the World and whatever computer logbook you operate. You can also have it submit your score!

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