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Here at WES Central, we get occasional emails from members asking if we can have a WES that includes more than the perfunctory exchanges. Well, here we go:
This month marks the 155th anniversary of the first Pony Express runs on April 3, 1860 -- one westbound and one eastbound. To mark this event, two short messages will be sent out, each originating with an anonymous volunteer. To earn bonus points, your task is to collect both messages though on-air exchanges between you and other participants.
Each message will carry a two letter code noting its direction: WB for westbound and EB for eastbound. The body of each message will be three random words long, with no punctuation. Once the event ends, I'll post the messages on the WES's main page so you can see how you did.
And the messages are: WB - lophobranch diclinous sacque; EB - longicorn dicrotic safranine. And yes, they're all in the dictionary!
For each correct message, you will earn 1,000 bonus points -- 2,000 total points possible.
The implication, of course, is that you will be sharing the messages as well as receiving them. So once you have finished the basic WES exchange, the station originating the QSO should either ask the other station if they have messages or if they need messages: A simple "hve msgs?" or "need msgs?" will work.
The other station should reply accordingly: "Hv WB" (or EB), "Need WB" (or EB) , or "None" if you haven't copied any at all yet or don't need any. Even if you have or need both, the exchange should involve no more than one message each way; you may not copy both EB and WB messages from the same SKCC member during the event, even if that station has both messages.
If neither station in a QSO has or needs the messages, feel free to wrap up the QSO and move on. These messages will be short, so requests for fills may be few. But please respect such requests if they come your way.
Yes, this will slow the pace of the event a bit. On the other hand, no saddle sores! And lots of opportunities to send for clarity as well as for QSO points. Now, which saddlebag is holding the carrots?
(A tip of the Stetson to Dick, K2RFP, and his CW Fun Event for the inspiration for this one.)
The event runs from 1200 UTC Saturday, April 11 to 2359 UTC Sunday, April 12.
This month, we're doing a mean mess o' flea-power flickin' with QRP/QRPp stations as the bonus-point targets.
QRO participants can earn 10 points per contact with a station running from 2 to 5 watts (QRP). A station running 1 watt or less (QRPp) is worth 20 points per contact.
For those running the peanut whistles, bonus scoring goes something like this:
Each station in a QRP/QRPp x 2 QSO earns the sum of both stations' bonus values: A QRP x 2 is worth 20 points for each station; a QRP<-->QRPp QSO is worth 30 points to each; a QRPp x 2 is worth 40 points to each station in the QSO.
If you are running QRP/QRPp, please send your power level after your SKCC number during your exchanges and identify yourself as a QRP/QRPp station either during your CQ, as in CQ WES QRP, or after your call, as in N1ABS/QRP. Multiband QSOs with a given QRP or QRPp station are permitted for bonus points.
The event runs from 1200 UTC Saturday, March 7 to 2359 UTC Sunday, March 8. And remember, US jurisdictions that recognize daylight saving time switch over to it in the wee hours of March 8.
This month, we're "traveling" the Lincoln Highway -- the first transcontinental highway, although in 1913, it was a bit rough. The coast-to-coast route that takes you through 14 states (auxiliary routes excluded). For background on the highway, see www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org.
Here are the states through which the highway passes:
NY   NJ   WV   PA   OH   IN   IL   IA   NE   WY   CO   UT   NV   CA
You have two independent opportunities for bonus points. Give yourself 20 points for each state you contact among the list above. If you sweep the states, give yourself the 14-state total (280 points) plus 120 points for the sweep.
The second bonus, 200 points, comes if you can use the letters in the call signs of the stations you work to spell out Lincoln Highway. You can use as many letters as needed in a given call, but only once from that call. When you run out of a letter, say the letter L and you need it again, you'll have to wait for another fresh call with that letter. If a call has two Ls, use 'em both.
Your total bonus score will equal the bonus points from the states you've "visited" plus the bonus for spelling Lincoln Highway. The maximum possible bonus is 600 points.
Thanks to Roger Land, KC4HCH, for the inspiration for this theme!
K3Y this month celebrates the club's anniversary, so this month, the club's Weekend Sprintathon celebrates those who founded the club or joined it during its inaugural year, 2006. Any member whose number is 2545 or lower is worth a one-time bonus of 25 points, in addition to any C, T, or S attached to the number. For example, a QSO with W7GVE, 729T, would be worth 25 bonus points, in addition to the T you can claim on the number.
And since the Sprintathon is overlapping the K3Y celebration, do we have a deal for K3Y stations! The time you spend operating as a K3Y station during the WES counts toward the Sprintathon's 24-hour operating limit. But if you contact a station during WES as K3Y/#, you may contact the same station again when you return to "civilian" status and claim its SPC multiplier for both K3Y and civilian QSOs.
For instance, if K3Y/2 contacts N1ABS and later, as K2DUH, contacts N1ABS again, that operator can count a MA for each contact. In such cases, you can count only the SPC multiplier twice. Additional QSOs with N1ABS on other bands would count for QSO points only. This double counting is available only to stations taking shifts as K3Y/# during the Sprintathon.
Many thanks to those first 2545 members who poured the foundation for SKCC! And many thanks to the volunteers this year serving as K3Y stations!
January's Weekend Sprintathon runs from 12:00 UTC Jan. 10 to 23:59 UTC Jan. 11.
For earlier themes, please click here.