The sprint activity was off to a good start, but I wondered how long it would last. I made four contacts in the first ten minutes, then Tom arrived on site and provided Doppler radar via smartphone. We took a few moments to look at the radar loop, and the cells were moving basically northeast as expected. There were none headed this way--more good luck. It was great to take a leisurely approach to the sprint by chatting with Tom, then doing some operating, then chatting some more.
With the antenna pointed west, I was just able to hear VA3ELE/R who was in FN02. At that moment he mentioned that he was on his way toward FN03 so I continued to call CQ on the same bearing, and six minutes later he went into my log from his new grid. A tip of the hat to him for keeping me on frequency so that I could pick up one more QSO. He also ended up being the only station I heard in FN03. Plus, during that time I also worked VE3ZV EN92 (5x7 here) who was my best DX to the west (230 miles / 371 km). Skies had cleared and there was no rain or lightning static in the middle of the sprint--more good luck.
Late in the 3rd hour we looked at the radar loop one more time before Tom had to leave. We saw a cell to the northwest near Syracuse, NY which would continue moving northeast and miss us. In keeping with the leisurely theme, I took a break from the sprinting and chatted with Ken KA2LIM for quite a while in the final hour, then went outside to check on the lightning flashes which had now moved to my north. There was a long stretch of clear skies between me and the storm cell, so I went back inside the van and operated the final half hour. I picked up one new grid and then heard KD2AVU in NYC who I haven't heard in a long time. He was calling VE2DS which is a long haul, so I didn't want to interrupt, but FN30 would have been another new grid for me. Best DX to the northeast was Maine station K1WHS FN43 (247.5 mi / 398.3 km). Best to the south were the stations in FN20, although I did hear a few syllables out of the folks in FM19 and FM29. Signals were not propagating well to my south; they were strong for two seconds, then gone for a half hour. No contacts to the north, but overall, activity levels seemed higher than usual. In fact, this turned out to be my best spring 222 sprint ever, not a drop of rain fell on me the whole time, and the lightning stayed away.
BAND QSOs UNIQUE GRIDS ------------------------------ 222 20 12 --- Claimed score = 240 ---
MD UTC CALL GRID ------------------------- PH 2302 KA2LIM FN12 PH 2304 W9KXI FN12 PH 2307 K1WHS FN43 PH 2310 K3TUF FN10 PH 2322 W1GHZ FN34 CW 2334 K1DS/R FN20 PH 2337 N2DCH FN22 PH 2353 K1PXE FN31 PH 0005 VA3ELE/R FN02 PH 0007 VE3ZV EN92 PH 0011 VA3ELE/R FN03 PH 0017 KA3FQS FN20 PH 0038 WB2SIH FN31 PH 0047 WZ1V FN31 PH 0051 K8ZES FN02 PH 0109 W1ZC FN42 PH 0110 K1TR FN42 PH 0139 K1TEO FN31 CW 0208 AF1T FN43 CW 0243 N3RN FN11