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SKCC's Weekend Sprintathon (WES)

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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,


The October 2019 Weekend Sprintathon runs from 12:00 UTC October 12th to 23:59 UTC October 13th

If I were asked to describe the SKCC in one word, I would say, “Extraordinary”. If I were allowed to elaborate, I would say that, “The SKCC is a truly Extraordinary club comprised of Extraordinary members that has Extraordinary leaders (our BOD) that have formed the SKCC into an Extraordinarily special organization. There are no requirements that might exclude someone because they are not fast enough, experienced enough, old enough, young enough, wealthy enough or popular enough. Anyone with a love of Morse and simple sending devices may join. In fact, anyone is welcome join…period. It doesn’t matter if you are able to communicate with Morse, our Extraordinary members will help you learn to be an Extraordinary CW operator.

I just wanted to say that because I truly believe every word. We should thank our founders, leaders and fellow members for making the SKCC the friendliest, best and fastest growing CW club around.

The SKCC has experienced Extraordinary growth in the past couple of years. This month we welcome a new season and to celebrate the new season, we will welcome some of the Extraordinary new members. This month, anyone that has been a member for one year (approximately) is worth bonus points. The newer they are the more points they are worth. Here is how we will do it.

If their member number is 20000 or higher, they are worth 30 bonus points.

If their member number is 19000 to 19999, they are worth 20 bonus points.

If YOUR member number is 19000 or higher and you work someone with a number 19000 or higher, you get to claim the same bonus points. BUT…you also get a onetime 100-point bonus for participating in this month’s WES. If this is your FIRST WES, you get onetime 200 bonus points for participating.

The other usual rules apply. If you work the same station on multiple bands, you can claim the bonus for each band you work them on.

Finally, if you post soapbox comments AND a picture of your shack (with you in it if possible), you get 200 bonus points. If Ted, K8AQM (editor of our most awesome newsletter) likes and wants to use your comments and/or picture in the next Rag Chew, you will get to bank 200 bonus points for the January, 2020 WES. So, be sure to make your soap box comments interesting so they grab Ted’s attention. It could be worth points for next year. By the way, have I mentioned that starting next year, there will be prizes of some type for WES participation? More about that in January but you can work toward those prizes now by submitting your interesting soapbox comments and pictures.

REMEMBER!!! The SKC QSO Party is next month starting at 1800 UTC on Saturday, October 5th, 2019 and runs through Sunday, October 6th, 2019 at 1800. See the QSO Party page for more information.

Good luck and have fun everyone.

Dave, NI9M
SKCC 15315S



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..


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.


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!


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.


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.