Founded, January 2006
15,913 members strong
as of 30-Jul-2016
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 here. Because this event aims to include newcomers to CW as well as experience brass-pounders, operating speed should be adjusted accordingly.
The sprintathon also has an entry category for shortwave listeners, who are cordially invited to join the fun. Non-members are invited to take part as well.
WES results are posted for bragging rights. Certificates are issue to recognize participation, including a certificate recognizing QRP participation. See the bottom of this page for details.
July's WES aims to recognize the major players in the United States' Revolutionary War**: the 13 original colonies, plus Britain and France. This year, we're also encouraging members who enjoy portable operations to participate from any of the Revolutionary War sites listed under the ARRL's National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) activity, which runs through the end of the year to help celebrate the National Park Service's Centennial.
The original colonies include: GA, SC, NC, VA, MD, PA, DE, NJ, NY, CT, RI, MA, and NH. For this event and this event only, either ME or MA count as MA. Likewise, VA and WV count as VA. And QSOs with VT count as NY.
The potential operating sites from the NPOTA list include:
- Minuteman Park, MA
- Boston, MA
- Saratoga, NY
- Cowpens, SC
- Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, NC
- Independence Park, PA (Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, etc.)
- Valley Forge, PA
- Moores Creek, NC
- Guilford Courthouse, NC
- Overmountain National Historic Trail, which cuts through NC, SC, TN, VA
- Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail, which runs through MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA, and DC. For specific locations along the "trail," see each state's offering(s) at: https://www.nps.gov/waro/planyourvisit/placestogo.htm
If you plan to operate from one of these sites and use LoTW, don't forget to post your activation information at https://npota.arrl.org/register-activation.php. If you don't use LoTW, you can still operate from a site for WES purposes. If you hear a member at a Revolutionary site, please be sure to spot the operator on the K3UK Sked page. You'll find a link to it in the navigation column at left. Or spot yourself if you are said operator. Pile-ups are fun!
A QSO with a member in each of the 13 colonies is worth a one-time bonus of 25 points. Contact any member in the UK (not just England) and France for a one-time bonus of 100 points each. Sweep all 13 colonies, and you can multiply your colonies bonus by 2. Sweep the UK and France, and you can multiply the UK/France total by 2. Your bonus subtotal is the sum of your colony points and your UK/France points. This represents a maximum possible bonus of 650 (colony sweep) + 400 (UK-France sweep) = 1050.
Finally, a QSO with an SKCC station at an NPOTA Revolutionary War site is worth a one-time bonus of 500 points per site. NPOTA to NPOTA SKCC QSOs (one site to another) are worth 1000 points for each of the two stations in the QSO. SKCC stations operating from Revolutionary sites should give out the NPOTA number as well as their SKCC number, in case members are participating in NPOTA. Add your Revolutionary War site total to your subtotal for your grand total.
Jerry, K6III, has bulit a spreadsheet to help you calculate your bonus. You can download a copy here.
The event runs from 12:00 UTC July 9 through 23:59 UTC July 10. Praise Morse and pass the RF!
** With a deep bow and sweep of the tricorner hat to the Original 13 Colonies Event for the inspiration for this theme.Back
The SKCC's Weekend Sprintathon is open to all licensed amateurs, as well as shortwave listeners. All active participants must use a manual key (straight key, sideswiper, or bug) unless you qualify for an exemption, as stated here.
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: 1.820, 3.550, 7.055 and 7.114, 14.050, 21.050 and 21.114, 28.050 and 28.114, and 50.090 Mhz. K3UK'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.
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!
-- 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, K9SKC, 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.
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.