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as of 23-Apr-2017
It's that time of year, when college basketball rules the sports scene. This month, you can earn bonus points by spelling the names of the mascots representing the universities whose men's and women's basketball teams made 2016's Elite Eight.
A twist: During your exchange, also send the name of your city or town, which is not usually part of a WES exchange. Draw the letters you need for the mascot names from the names of the cities you log. Each letter in a city or town name may be used only once from that name. If you need two Es and a town has two, use them both. If you need three, pull the third E from another city or town name. Each fully spelled mascot name is worth 50 bonus points.
If you work another WES participant whose city is a state capital, you can earn another 100 bonus points for that QSO, but only once during the event for that capital. For this event, state capital is defined as the city itself, plus any community within 40 miles of a capital. If you work another station from the same capital, you earn no additional bonus points. If each participant in a WES QSO is operating from a state capital, each can claim 200 points for that QSO. If you operate from one of these communities, please put a /c after your name in the exchange, as in Pete/c. Your total bonus is the total number of complete mascot names x 50 (up to 800 points), plus your state capital bonus.
Here is the list of mascots:
|North Carolina||Tar Heels||South Carolina||Gamecocks|
|Notre Dame||Fighting Irish||Ohio State||Buckeyes|
The event runs from 12:00 UTC March 11 to 00:00 UTC March 13.
As you may know, board has opted to adopt the K7MJG Sked page as the club's page (see the postings on Facebook and on the Yahoo group for a more fulsome explanation). To encourage folks to kick the site's tires, the bonus scheme for this month's Weekend Sprintathon will work thusly:
You can claim 100 points for every hour you spend using the new site, http://sked.k7mjg.com up to 10 hours (1,000 bonus points, max). Using both sites simultaneously is permitted, but to qualify for bonus points, use the new site as your primary posting site during the time you claim. You also may earn bonus points by using letters from the call signs of stations you work to spell out the following items related to winter-sports gear:
Auger (ice fishing)
Blade (ice skates)
Crampons (ice climbing)
Shovel (clearing your driveway ;-) )
Stays (ice sailing)
You can use any letter in any call sign only once. If you need two Es and one call has two, you can use them both. Need three? Look for the third in another call sign. Each fully spelled item is worth 50 bonus points. The maximum possible bonus is 1,500 points if you use the new sked page for 10 hours and are able to gather the letters to spell all of the winter-sport-related items.
The event runs from 12:00 UTC Feb. 11 to 00:00 UTC Feb. 13.
This month, we're celebrating the club's 11th anniversary, so this month, the club's Weekend Sprintathon celebrates those who founded the club or joined it during its inaugural year, 2006. You can earn 25 bonus points for a QSO with any member whose number is 2545 or lower. These are the folks who kicked things off in 2006. If one inaugural-year member contacts another inaugural-year member, each can claim 50 bonus points for the QSO. You can claim bonus points for an inaugural-station contact once per band.
Contacts with K3Y stations count, but once a K3Y operator is off duty and operating under his or her original call, be careful of dupes. A contact with K2HUH on 20 meters after working K2HUH as K3Y/2 on 20 meters is a dupe. In keeping track, SKCC numbers are your friends.
Many thanks to those first 2,545 members who poured the foundation for SKCC! And many thanks to the volunteers this year serving as K3Y stations, herding those volunteers, or ensuring that K3Y runs smoothly!
January's Weekend Sprintathon runs from 12:00 UTC Jan. 7 to 00:00 UTC Jan. 9.
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