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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,

For December 2019 - Merry Christmas!

From 1200 UTC 07-DEC to 0000 UTC 09-DEC, 2019

The December WES will be a little different. In preparation for The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, we will have some very special operators out there just looking to fill your WES stocking with bonus points. This month, we will have Santa, Rudolph (his most important Reindeer) and some of his original elves operating as bonus stations. There will also be a couple of not so nice characters that are trying to be stingy with their bonus points. They never stay in one place very long. Since they are harder to get, they will really help build bonus points. So, the very special operators this month are:

* KK0I / Jack
* AA2XB / Frank
* WD7JS / Russ
Bushy Evergreen
* K1ARR / Art
Wunorse Openslae
* VE0XDX / Tony
Pepper Minstix
* AF8A / Gary
Sugarplum Marty
* F6HKA / Bert
Père Noël
* K7TKT / Brian
* K3EW / Phil
Elf Bernard
* K3MSB / Mark
The Grinch
* N8KR / Ken
Ebenezer Scrooge
* KZ3T / Dan
* KA5TJS / Allen
Candy Kane
* W1ZAH / Frank
Alabaster Snowball
* N8KQ / Randy
Jack Frost

>Santa - We all know who he is.

>Rudolph - The most famous reindeer of all.

>Bushy Evergreen - The inventor of the magic toy-making machine.

>Wunorse Openslae - He designed Santa's sleigh and maintains it for top performance. He also cares for the reindeer.

>Pepper Minstix - The guardian of the secret of the location of Father Christmas's village.

>Sugarplum Marty - Head of the Sweet Treats and assistant to Santa's wife, Mrs Claus.

>Père Noël – Father Christmas

>Elf Bernard - Santa's head Elf

>Alabaster Snowball - A very important elf. He is the Administrator of the Naughty & Nice list.

>Snowflake - Alabaster's assistant

>Frosty – The only real live snowman in the world!

>Candy Kane – Santa’s Head Decorator

>Jack Frost – We couldn’t have Frosty without Jack.

>Ebenezer Scrooge – The meanest and stingiest guy around. (Multiplier)

>The Grinch – Selfish and as mean as can be. Green and funny looking too. (Multiplier)

Here's how it works. You get bonus points for each "Special Guest Operator" you work. All the bonus stations are worth 100 points. Here’s the good part. Ebenezer Scrooge and The Grinch are multipliers as well! Work one of them and you get to multiply your bonus points times two. Work them both and you get to multiply your total bonus points times three! Remember, they will be harder to find, and they will move around a lot. Spotting them to help others find them (in the Christmas spirit of course) is allowed but skeds with the bonus stations are not allowed.

NOTE: Only one contact per bonus station can be counted for bonus points and multipliers. Multiple band contacts with the same station are allowed for QSO points only (as outlined in the WES scoring rules below).

Example: you work ten bonus stations x 100 = 1000 points. Work one multiplier and you double the 1000 to 2000. Work both multipliers and you get to triple the 1000 points for 3000 points. If you manage to work ALL the bonus stations (15 of them), you can DOUBLE their value. So, if you work every bonus station they will be worth 200 points each AND you get both multipliers! By doing so, you can earn 9000 (which is the maximum) bonus points!

These very famous and rare (they are only around once a year) guest operators will be operating when they can so they may not be around all the time or all at once. They have a ton of work to do in preparation for Christmas but have very graciously agreed to participate in our Dec WES this year. There are no promises for next year so you better try to get them now. Since they are so busy, they are probably going to be extremely tired (and Rudolph is having a real hard time with his new Bug) so for this sprint, let's try to keep our speeds around 15 wpm. This will make it easier for them and it may encourage newer CW operators to jump in and enjoy the sprint too. If you have never participated in a SKCC WES, consider trying it. It really is great fun and SKCC OPs are all very patient and will QRS whenever needed. So please, give it a try. You may find that you like the sprints!

Good luck and Merry Christmas!!

Dave, NI9M
SKCC 15315S
WES Manager

PS – Please pass the word around and encourage members that have never tried a sprint or who only participate occasionally to give it a try this month. Let’s help spread the Christmas Spirit.



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.