NA SSB Sprint contest recap by N4MQU

The North America Single Sideband Sprint contest was Saturday October 31.
This contest is fun and fast pace. The rules say you have to make a contact and move off frequency to make another contact before moving back to the same frequency.
For complete rules see

Thanks to the members participating N4AED Richard KJ4QNX Colleen Futrell, AJ4NX Adrian Peele, KO4GQM Chris Lougee, and N4MQU Mark Gibson.
N4AED Richard and KJ4QNX Colleen Futrell hosted this event at their home and JARSCOM was utilized.
We learned we need to have a backup plan. I used my 40 meter dipole for the antenna after the tarheel antenna motor failed. Richard and Adrian did a great job in launching the antenna with the fishing line and a sling shot. I also used my personal Icom 7100 because the touch screen of the JARSCOM was working intermittently. Richard used his personal radio because the radios in the vehicle is not a permanent part of the vehicle.
We started to immediately make contacts. I received a QSL from NK4O from Miami, FL with this note“Good evening,
After 43 years of being a ham, I found my microphone, as this was my first SSB sprint contest. Thanks for making it fun!
73 de A.J.QSL from NK4O”

N4MQU Mark Gibson getting ready to make some contacts.

N4AED Richard Futrell and AJ4NX Adrian Peele analyzing antennas

N4AED Richard Futrell

KO4GQM Chris and N4AED Richard getting coax untangled.

December 5 exam

FCVET next scheduled exam is December 5, 2020 at 10:00 AM. There is no charge for the exam. FRN or call sign required. Due to Covid registration is required. Please register at

Monthly Contest Activity

I think the club should support a monthly contest activity geared to keeping interest up to be active in the club for existing members and helping new amateurs learn the hobby. As Vice President in charge of coordination of programs for regular club meetings and other club activities.
For this month I have chose the ARRL November Sweepstakes
Phone: Third full weekend in November (November 21-23, 2020).Contest Period: Begins 2100 UTC Saturday and runs through 0259 UTC Monday.
Anyone interested in learning amateur radio is invited to participate. Please send me an email letting me know you are interested in participating
Program for November
This months program will be an update program on digital radio. This will be about DMR. Bring your questions.

Mark Gibson