Founded, January 2006
16,040 members strong
as of 29-Aug-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.
The Weekend Sprintathon's annual boat-anchor regatta is looming on the horizon. If your rig has tubes, you're worth bonus points. For this event, any transmitter, receiver, outboard VFO, or transceiver that uses tubes qualifies as a boat anchor, even if you finished building the radio yesterday.
Here's how the scoring works:
Count the number of tubes in the rig you are using. You can count tubes in your power supply, transmitter-receiver pair, hybrid transceiver, as well as in an external VFO you hook up to a crystal-controlled transmitter. During your WES exchanges, send name/number. For instance, if Rufus's rig has 5 tubes, he sends Rufus/5. If you contact him, you earn 5 bonus points for the QSO.
If one boat-anchor participant contacts another boat-anchor participant, each station can claim the sum of both tube numbers used in the QSO. If Rufus/5 contacts Bob/6, each can claim 11 bonus points for the QSO. Multiband contacts with the same boat-anchor station for bonus points are permissible. When the event ends, add the number of tube points you've logged. That's your bonus subtotal.
Subtotal? Yep. You can earn additional bonus points, but you'll need to solve a theme-related crossword puzzle first. The puzzle's answers will build a list of words. Once you've built the list, use letters from the call signs in your WES log to spell out as many of those words as you can. If you can't solve the whole puzzle, just use the words you were able to get.
You may use all of the letters in a call sign as needed, but you can pluck letters from that call sign only once. For instance, if you need Es and you work W1ERD, you can use the E from that call only once. If you work W1EE, you can use both Es, but only once each from that call. Need more Es? Work another WES participant with an E in his or her call sign.
Each completed word is worth 25 points. There are 15 words, so the maximum points available from the word-spell bonus is 375.
Your bonus total = total "tube" points + total "word-spell" points.
You can download the crossword solution here.
August's WES runs from 12:00 UTC Aug. 13 to 23:59 UTC Aug. 14. I'll post the crossword puzzle here at 00:00 UTC (plus or minus a few minutes) on Saturday, Aug. 13. I'll post the crossword answers after the submit window closes at 23:59 UTC Aug. 21.
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.