Founded, January 2006
18,385 members strong
as of 19-Feb-2018
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 SKCC recently had a milestone event. We hit 18000 members! That is an average of 125 new members every month for 12 years and an average of over 4 per DAY! That is an incredible growth rate. This month, let's say welcome to our newest members and Thank You to our original members. We are very happy you have joined us and hope that you will participate in and enjoy the many events sponsored by the SKCC.
This month's theme will also help our newest members start the year off with a taste of how great, how friendly and how helpful this club is. Hopefully it will encourage them to enjoy the camaraderie of this great club on a regular basis.
Here's how it works. Every QSO you have with a member whose member number is 16000 or higher will get you bonus points. A member number that starts with 16 (16xxx) is worth 30 bonus points. If their member number starts with 17 (17xxx), that gets you 40 bonus points and, if the member number starts with 18 (18xxx), you guessed it, you get 50 bonus points. QSOs between two members that both have numbers starting with 16 (16xxx), 17 (17xxx) or 18 (18xxx) get to count both numbers for bonus points. Multiband contacts are OK but you can count the bonus points only once per band.
We don't want to forget the members that built the foundation for the SKCC. Without the hard work and dedication of those members during the first year the club operated, we would not have the best club out there now. So, if you work a member with number 2545 or lower, you can claim 25 bonus points.
Members with number 2545 or lower: 25 bonus points each
Members with numbers starting with 16 (16xxx): 30 bonus points each.
Members with numbers starting with 17 (17xxx): 40 bonus points each
Members with numbers starting with 18 (18xxx): 50 bonus points each
For a little extra incentive, if you can spell "Welcome and Thank You" from the letters in the call signs you collect you can add 100 bonus points to your score. As usual, you can only use the letters from each individual call sign once no matter how many times you work them.
Finally, as a thank you to our newer members, if your member number is 16000 or higher, you get 100 bonus points just for participating and submitting your results.So please, let's encourage all of our newer members to join us in this month's Weekend Sprintathon so we can show them how much fun SKCC events are (and help them get a jump start on earning some awards). Please remember that some of our newer members may still be working on their CW skills so don't forget to QRS for those that aren't as fast as you are.
If you know someone that has never participated (or hasn't participated recently) in a WES, please encourage them to try it. Finally, please be sure to submit your score. No logs are required and score submission is very easy. Even if you have only one QSO (or tried but didn't get any), please submit your results. It is very important to all of us.
Note: I always welcome comments and suggestions for themes. If you have an idea, please send it to me. We can work on it together and you can have the credit for the idea. Keeping the WES themes fresh will encourage participation.Send your ideas to:email@example.com
This event runs from 1200 UTC Feb 10th to 23:59 UTC Feb 11th.
The submission window will be open until 23:59 on Sunday, Feb 18th.
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.