Founded, January 2006
15,526 members strong
as of 29-Apr-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.
"QRP Is Hear Again the Skies Are Almost Clear Again" - sung to the tune of "Happy Days Are Here Again".
For the Merry Month of May, the theme is QRP!
First, the definition of power levels:
-QRO: Greater then 5 watts
-QRP: Greater then 1 watt and less than or equal to 5 watts
-QRPp: 1 watt or less
And on to the bonus points!
-A QRO to QRO contact is worth 0 bonus points.
-Each station in a QRO to QRP contact earns 10 bonus points per unique contact per band.
-Each station in a QRO to QRPp contact earns 20 bonus points per unique contact per band.
-Each station in a QRP to QRP contact earns 30 bonus points per unique contact per band.
-Each station in a QRP to QRPp contact earns 40 bonus points per unique contact per band.
-Each station in a QRPp to QRPp contact earns 50 bonus points per unique contact per band.
If you are running QRP or QRPp, please send your power level after your SKCC number like this:
-For QRP: N1ABS DE WB7EUX TU 349 OR TOM 9983S/QRP
-For QRPp: N1ABS DE WB7EUX TU 349 OR TOM 9983S/QRPP
or, if you prefer, your actual power in watts or milliwatts.
You can entice others to contact you if you add your designation when sending CQ. Something like:
CQ WES QRPP DE WB7EUX K
Check your claimed bonus score before you submit: Your bonus points must be divisible by 10 with no remainder.
The May WES runs from 1200 UTC Saturday May 7, 2016 to 2359 UTC Sunday May 8.
Hope to work you during the Weekend Sprintathon!
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.
Note for all participants: When a theme's bonus-point scheme includes the use of letters from call signs to spell out words or phrases, you can use an Excel form designed by Jerry Bliss, K6III, and Drew Kowal, AF2Z, to keep track of your progress. You can download the spreadsheet here.
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.