Founded, January 2006
17,960 members strong
as of 13-Dec-2017
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.
Please address any questions or ideas for improvement to the WES Manager,
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 his original elves operating as bonus stations. Some say there were six original elves, some say twelve and some say more. But, for the purpose of this WES, we will be using eight. So, the very special operators this month are:>Santa - We all know who he is.
* Santa - Steve, KE4OH
* Rudolph - Dave, W3NP
* Elf Bernard - Keith, W4AFB
* Bushy - Brian, KF6C
* Shinny - Duc, F5UQE
* Wunorse - Dave, NM5Z
* Pepper - Randy, N8KQ
* Sugarplum - Peter, NN9K
* Alabaster - Mark, K0NIA
* Snowflake - Randy, KB4QQJ
Here's how it works. You get bonus points for each "Special Guest Operator" you work. All of the bonus stations are worth 50 points. Together, that adds up to 500 bonus points. BUT, if you work all of them, you get 500 extra bonus points for a total of 1000 bonus points. It doesnt end there though...if you can spell their names (full names as listed) using letters from the all of the call signs you work in the WES (any call, not just the bonus stations), you can claim an extra 100 points each for a total possible bonus of 2000 points (you do not have to work bonus stations for the spelling points). Each letter of the call signs you work in the WES can be used twice so if you work KB1BE, you will have 2-Ks, 4-Bs and 2-Es to use toward spelling their names. For clarification, the names you have to spell are (ignore the spaces when spelling them):
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 them!
73 and Merry Christmas
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 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: 1.813.5, 3.550, 7.055 and 7.114, 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 7.114, 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!
-- 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.