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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,
wes-manager@skccgroup.com.


For November, 2019...we give thanks.

Join us for the SKCC November 2019 Weekend Sprintathon! It runs from 12:00 UTC November 9th to 23:59 UTC November 10th. Think of it as an opportunity to play radio with members of the biggest and best CW club around. Not a member? Not a problem. You can join the SKCC (recommended) or play as a non-member. You will be welcomed either way.

November is a special month. It marks the beginning of a very special time of year. That special time officially begins on the fourth Thursday of November and is called...you know it...The Holiday Season. The special day that marks the beginning of the Holiday Season is called Thanksgiving. Who didn’t know that?

Thanksgiving precedes “Black Friday” and is traditionally a holiday to give thanks for the food collected at the end of the harvest season. This month, we will give thanks for the food we harvest by doing one of our traditional Word Search Themes.

Using the letters in the call signs you work, you will try to spell the names of the foods we traditionally enjoy from our official Thanksgiving 2019 word list. You may use the letters in each call sign twice (NI9M would be worth two Ns, two Is and two Ms). For each of the words you spell, you get 100 bonus points. If you spell ALL of the words, you can DOUBLE your bonus points. If you spell the super special bonus word after you spell all of the other words, you get 500 super special additional bonus points (note that you must spell all of the other words first and use left over letters to spell the super special bonus word to claim it for additional bonus points).

Here is the official Thanksgiving 2019 word list (Ignore spaces):

TURKEY
STUFFING
CRANBERRIES
CORN
MASHED POTATOES
GRAVY
GREEN BEANS
PUMPKIN PIE
BREAD
YAMS

The Super Special Bonus Word Is: THANK YOU (I know, that’s two words but consider it one like you did with the words in the list).

If you spell all of the bonus words AND the Super Special Bonus Word, you will earn a total of 2500 bonus points.

NOTICE: I will need volunteers to be bonus stations for the December WES. If you would like to volunteer, please send me an email with the subject “BONUS STATION”. Please send it to wes-manager@skccgroup.com and I will send you the official “Bonus Station Guidelines”.

Thank You, Good Luck and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Dave, NI9M
SKCC 15315S
WES Manager

wes-manager@skccgroup.com

https://groups.io/g/SKCC


Rules:

Eligibility:

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..

Frequencies:

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.

Exchange:

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!

Scoring:

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.

Submissions:

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.