That's great, Wes. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I understand what you mean by operating in a "hostile electronic environment" - the natural band noise, very crowded condx, the QRM, the PSK sigs on 40M, low power - it's a real challenge, but excellent practice. I do urge you to try it at 5 watts next month. Even at QRP levels I logged many honest 599+ signals.
I do wish more people knew how to zero beat, although that knowledge DOES give us an edge sometimes when playing S&P, doesn't it?.
And again this month, a ragchewer answered my CQ NA while I was holding a frequency and responded to my "5NN 5NN KY KY NR 36XX BK" with the full CW QSO script, replete with repeats. When it was my turn again I said I was in the NAQCC SPRINT and couldn't talk then he said something about not copying well then I said What's your power (hoping to log him as a non-member) then he gave me his FISTS number then I said GOT TO GO 73 73 TU then he came back with the full-on CW "long goodbye". Oh, good times. Seriously, bless his heart, but at the time I was pulling my hair out a little bit.
I wish this event was weekly. It's too much fun.
73, Geoff AE4RV
PS: results are trickling in: http://naqcc.info/sprint201106.html