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SKCC's Weekend Sprintathon (WES)

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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 January 2019: Welcome the New and “Re-Newed”!

Please note the suggested frequencies for this months event due to other contest in progress, Highlighted below.

From 1200 UTC 12-Jan to 0000 UTC 14-Jan 2019

Well, it’s a new year… again. With every new year comes new members and new goals. This month we will welcome the new year, our new members and new WES participants.

For this sprint only, “New” members include any member that has joined the SKCC since January 1st (inclusive) 2018. That would include any member with a member number of 18057 or higher.

For this sprint only, “Re-Newed” members include ANY member not considered “New” (as described above), regardless of join date or member number that DID NOT participate in one of our WESs during 2018 (last time you participated was in 2017 or earlier) OR has NEVER participated in one of our WESs.

So, if you have a member number of 18057 or higher OR you have NEVER participated in a WES (and you are not considered “New”) OR you did not participate in any WES during 2018, this is your lucky month! Just for participating in this month’s WES, you get 20 bonus points for each QSO you complete during the sprint. If you work one of the other “New” or “Re-Newed” members, you also get to claim an additional 20 points per QSO with them. Multiple QSOs for bonus points are allowed for QSOs on a different band. Any “New” or “Re-Newed” member that makes 50 or more QSOs with 50 or more unique stations can claim 500 additional bonus points!

Example: A “New” or “Re-Newed” member has a QSO with another “New” or “Re-Newed” member, you each get 40 bonus points for that QSO.

For all members not considered “New” or “Re-Newed”, you get 20 points for each QSO with one of the “New” or “Re-Newed” members. Multi band QSOs for bonus points are allowed. If you are not considered a “New” or “Re-Newed” member and you make 50 or more QSOs with unique “New” or “Re-Newed” members, you can also claim 500 bonus points.

For ALL participants: Remember, only one QSO with the same station per band can be counted for bonus points. Multiple QSOs for bonus points are allowed for QSOs with the same station on a different band.

Remember to use the SKED page! Spotting is allowed (and encouraged) but NO ADVANCE SKEDS PLEASE. If you are not familiar with the SKCC Sked page, you should check it out at SKCC Sked Page. Look toward the right on the top banner and under the “Login” button, you should see a “Sign Up” link. You will find it to be a very useful resource. You can spot yourself there, announce where you are listening or calling, request a QSO with someone or chat with other members that are logged into the page. Be sure to post your frequency in the “Status” box if you are listening or CQing. It will show up next to your call so anyone looking at the page or using the skimmer can see where you are calling or listening.

Note: If you are a “Re-Newed” member (“Re-Newed” members include ANY member, regardless of join date or member number that has NEVER participated in one of our WES), you should identify yourself as a “Re-Newed” member by adding /r after your name when you send your exchange so that the members that work you can claim their 20 bonus points. You should also add the comment that you are a “Re-Newed” member or First Time Participant” in the comments section when you submit your score. “New” members should add /n to your name to help other stations identify you as “New”.

To ALL members: If you have NEVER participated in a WES, please consider trying it this month. Once you try it, you will realize how much fun you can have with dits and dahs (the original digital mode).

Did you know that there is an SKCC email group? Join the group and stay informed! The SKCC has an email reflector that we use to share ideas, ask questions, talk about Ham Radio in general, make announcements and share SKCC information. I'm pretty sure you will even hear a tale or two. It's free, it's easy, it's informative and it's fun. Please consider joining. You can get instructions for joining by using the link below. We would love to welcome you to our email group.

Note: Phil, K3EW had an observation and suggestion for this month’s WES. There are several contests scheduled for this weekend including the NAQP. I agree with and support this recommendation. However, you are still free to use any frequency allowed by your license and in accordance with the WES rules. Here is his observation/suggestion:

Based on the events this past weekend due to RTTY Roundup which made our normal 40-meter operations impossible, we really should strongly suggest to the membership to move 40-meter operations to +/- 10khz around the alternate 7120. This past weekend, many of us went to 30-meters which is not possible for the WES.

One last thing. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE post your score. It is important because everyone likes to see how you did and some may use the information to verify QSO information. Even if you only have one QSO, you participated, and you should be recognized. I am always available if you need help calculating your score. Please feel free to email me with any questions related to the monthly WES. If you prefer to talk, please email me and I will send you my phone number.

Good luck and Have Fun!


Dave Belville
WES Manager
NI9M, SKCC 15315S



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, 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.

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.