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SKCC's Weekend Sprintathon (WES)

Rules | Scoring

The SKCC WES aims to bring together operators with different skill levels in a regularly scheduled, informal operating event lasting 36 hours. The event starts at 1200 UTC on the Saturday following the 6th of each month and ends at 2359 UTC on Sunday. Participants can operate for a total of no more than 24 hours.

Some events focus on a theme or activity. Three popular themes that repeat each year are Homebrew Keys, QRP, and Boat Anchors. Themes tend to have special rules and scoring.

SKCC members who participate in the WES must use straight keys, sideswipers (cooties), or bugs. Waivers from this policy are possible. For details, see the club's policy on approved keying devices. Because this event aims to include newcomers to CW as well as experience brass-pounders, operating speed should be adjusted accordingly.

Please address any questions or ideas for improvement to the WES Manager,
wes-manager@skccgroup.com.


The August Weekend Sprintathon runs from 12:00 UTC August 10th to 23:59 UTC August 11th - a total of 36 hours.

For August: Club Stations are the Bonus stations.

It’s been hot, humid, hot, windy, hot, rainy, hot and sunny. Bottom line, it’s Summer and everyone is busy… and hot. I hope your air conditioner is ok.

I thought that since it has been so hot, we should have another Boat Anchor event (tubes and all) … JUST KIDDING!!

Since we have had all that hotness, we are going to have an easier sprint this month. We can call it Club Call month. There are a lot of members that have access to a club call that they could use in the SKCC events. If you are one of them and would like to use your club call in the August WES; apply for a SKCC number and you will become a Bonus Station this month. If your club already has a SKCC number, you are all set. Each QSO that someone has with you will be worth 10 bonus points to them. You can get the bonus points by working other members with club calls. To identify yourself as a club or if you are using a club call, just add the word “club” to the end of your exchange (599, IL, Dave, 15315S club). That should prevent any confusion with the C,T and S numbers. Look for the club calls to get your bonus points. Multiple bands can be counted multiple times. Good Luck!

If you can find time for some radio activity, please join the fun!!! (And please, submit your results. More submissions may encourage more participation).
Please pass on reminders about the WES so we can get more members involved. I would also welcome any thoughts and ideas you might have for a WES as well as reviews of a theme. Did you like it? Was it too difficult? I would really like to hear from you. Your input helps make the WESs more fun for everyone.

Oh…you can get an EXTRA 100 bonus points if you submit a picture of you, your shack or both PLUS you get my never-ending thanks and admiration.

Thank you Ted, K8AQM for the theme suggestion.

73 – Good Luck and Have Fun!

Dave Belville
WES Manager
NI9M, SKCC 15315S
wes-manager@skccgroup.com

https://groups.io/g/SKCC


Rules:

Eligibility:

The SKCC's Weekend Sprintathon is open to all licensed amateurs, as well as shortwave listeners. All participants must use a straight key, sideswiper, or bug unless you qualify for an exemption, as stated in the SKCC Key Policy..

Frequencies:

Participants may sprint on 160-6 meters, excluding the WARC bands (60, 30, 17, and 12 meters). Suggested frequencies are on or around the SKCC calling frequencies: 1.813.5, 3.550, 7.055 and 7.120, 14.050, 21.050 and 21.114, 28.050 and 28.114, and 50.090 Mhz. The club's sked page or other spotting tools are permitted for this event. Where two frequencies are listed for the same band, score as one band. That is, if you contact W8BALL on 7.050 and on 7.120, you can count only one of those contacts.

Exchange:

The minimum exchange must include RST, QTH, operator name, and SKCC number. If you are not a club member, please send "none" for SKCC number. Please give a realistic RST, not a perfunctory 599 or 559. If you don't get a signal report, please ask for it. For QTH, US and Canadian stations should use their two-letter state or province abbreviation. US and Canadian stations, send your two-character state or province code. All other countries send your 3-alpha SPC code found here.

This is an informal event, so if you are not an SKCC member, take a moment to visit our home page and apply for a number. It's free! And if you are a member and have completed the required exchange, hang around and chat for a bit with non-members. It's good PR!

Scoring:

For amateur-radio operators

-- Each unique QSO counts as one point. You may count contacts with the same station on multiple bands, but only once per band. You earn one multiplier point for each state, province, or country worked, but you can count a state, province, or country only once per WES.

-- You earn bonus points for working Centurions and Tribunes. You can work the same C, T, or S on multiple bands for QSO points, but his or her C, T or S counts once per WES for bonus points. Each C is worth 5 points, each T is worth 10 points, and each S is worth 15 points.

-- You receive an additional 25 bonus points for each band on which you contact the special sprint station, KS1KCC, when it is active. Extra bonus points may be offered as part of a given sprint's theme. If none is offered, enter 0 in the appropriate box on the submissions page.

For shortwave listeners:

You must copy at least one side of a WES QSO for a QSO point. If you copy both sides of a WES exchanges, that counts as 2 QSO points. You can count the same station more than once only if you copy that station's QSO on a different band -- one QSO per band. Note that some WES themes may not allow SWL entrants to claim the theme-related bonus.

Submissions:

Please use the submissions page, reached by clicking on the "Submit Your Score" link at the top of this page. The link will appear when the submissions page is activated for each event. Between events, the link will not appear on the page.

As you enter your contact information on the submissions page, the page calculates your score automatically by multiplying the total number of QSOs by the total number of multipliers, then adds the total C, T, and S bonus points. If the event has a theme-related bonus scheme as well, you will need to calculate the theme-related bonus yourself and enter the total in the appropriate field on the submissions page.

Your Total = (QSO x Multipliers) + C, T, and S bonus points + theme-related bonus, if any

Logs are not required unless the WES manager requests them. The deadline for submitting or correcting your entry is 2359 UTC on the Sunday following the event. If you are correcting your entry, you must resubmit all your information, not just the item that needed the correction. If you are not a member of the SKCC, use "none" in place of SKCC number on the submissions page. If you are an SWL and have a unique SWL club ID, use that in place of a call sign. If you don't have a club ID, make up a unique, one-word ID to use.