Saturday, July 21, 2012

ATS Sprint

There was a new QRP operating event taking place on the HF airwaves tonight - the ATS Sprint.  Meant mostly for operators of Steve KKD1JV's famous little trail radios, it was open to all QRPers, no matter the rig chosen to use.

I snagged six participants on 20 Meters including G4ISJ/P in England.  Band conditions weren't the best and I spent a goodly amount of time trying to track down Dale WC7S, who was a big promoter of the event.  I heard a few stations successfully work Dale; but I never heard him myself.

Most of the activity seemed to stay on 20 Meters. I switched over to 40 Meters and there was a lot of RTTY around 7.040 MHz, but no QRPers that I was able to hear.  I thought I heard Nick WA5BDU calling "CQ ATS" somewhere around 7.039 MHz. If that was Nick the QSB was bad and he was in and out.

I sure hope that the organizers feel that they had a decent enough turn out so that they will schedule this event again.  Even though I wasn't using a KD1JV rig to participate, it was a lot of fun. I hate seeing QRP Sprints go the way of the Dodo bird.  Some folks feel there are too many; but my philosophy is "The more, the merrier!".  These contests are usually very friendly and are never cut throat affairs.  I tend to think of them as on the air QRP community gatherings rather than out and out contests.(That may be because I never place highly!).  It's through these events that I've gotten to know and become friends with so many other QRPers over the years.

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!


  1. Hey Larry,

    Thanks for joining in, even without one of the ATS rigs! Glad you had a good time in spite of the less-than-outstanding condx! We are planning on a follow-up - we're taking feedback into account for some minor tweaks perhaps, as well as deciding how often we'd like to run this event, but we will be back!

    Stay tuned to http:// for details as they become available, as well as results from the inaugural ATS QSO Party.

    73 de Lee, AA4GA

  2. Larry,
    Good to hear you in there.
    Thanks for the QSO