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SKCC's Weekend Sprintathon (WES)


New Entry Category for WES submissions

The SKCC Board has approved a “Multi Operator” category for submission entries to the WES scoring submission web form. All “Multi Operator” stations please use that category for posting your WES results. The “Multi Operator” category can be found as a selection in the result box called “Power Level” which has QRPp - 1W or Less, QRP - 5W or Less, QRO - 100W or Less, QRO+ - Over 100W and now Multi - Operator.

This new category will allow the club/contest station members of the SKCC to see their results separate from all the other WES submissions.


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.

For 2020, the WES will start on:
January 11
February 08
March 07
April 11
May 09
June 13
July 11
August 08
September 12
October 10
November 07
December 12

Some events focus on a theme or activity. Three popular themes that repeat each year are Homebrew Keys, 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.


SKCC (WES) WEEKEND SPRINTATHON THEMES FOR 2020

Click the month below for specific details

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“Winter Bands”theme - 160 and 80m SKCC QSOs are 5 bonus points each.
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February
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“Boat Anchors” theme - Only the number of tubes received from the contacted SKCC station count as bonus points.
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March
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“Bug/Cootie” theme - 5 points for each bug QSO and 5 points for each cootie QSO.
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April
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“Easter Egg Hunt” theme - 5 points for each egg station QSO.
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May
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“New Members” theme - 5 points per each New SKCC Member QSO.
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June
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“Summer Bands” theme - 15 and 10 meter bands - 5 points for each 15m and 10m SKCC station QSO.
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July
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“13 Colonies theme” - 5 points for each SKCC colony QSO , on each band.
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August
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“Home Brew Key” theme - 5 points for each home brew or home made key SKCC QSO.
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September
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“Club Calls” theme - 5 points for each different club station worked on each band.
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October
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“TKA” theme - 5 points for each SKCC - TKA station worked on each band.
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November
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“Veteran’s” theme - The bonus points received are for number of years served by the SKCC Veteran operating.
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December
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“Reindeer Stations” theme - 5 points for each reindeer worked on each band.

73, Jeff K9JP #3008S

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.