|Thanks to a great publicity effort there was a good turnout in the Spring EU SSB Sprint, with high scores and plenty of log entries. Congratulations to the top three who all broke the 200 QSO barrier.
The very strong record of wins from Lithuania continues, this time Roli LY2FY leads by a comfortable margin over Rob RK3AWL and Ton ES5TV. That part of northern Europe accounted for the top eight entries this time. 20 metres was the strongest band for most, and everyone struggled during the last hour of the contest on 80 metres.
Some highlights: operating from LY1YKs station, LY2FY achieved the 2nd highest SSB score ever, just one QSO behind the record held by ZD8Z since 1996. RK3AWL and ES5TV achieved the third and fourth highest scores ever, and RK3AWL made 119 QSOs on 20m, the second highest ever 20m score. RK3AWL was operated by UA3ASZ (a first time entrant) from the RL3A Club station using rotary quad antennas from 20 to 80m. Once more we enjoyed seeing several participants belonging to WWYC - World Wide Young Contesters. Welcome guys!
Callsign errors were a big source of lost points. Remember that the sprint rules say that both calls must be sent by each station. This helps to reduce callsign errors, and by sending your call at the end of your exchange when you are to stay on the frequency, you can signal to others that you are ready to be called. This is explained more fully on the web site <www.qsl.net/eusprint>.
Thanks for your entries and well see you in the Autumn Sprints!
Paolo Cortese, I2UIY