Official NJQRP Skeeter Hunt Webpage

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Welcome to the official Webpage for the NJQRP Skeeter Hunt.


"QRP and the Great Outdoors ..... perfect together!"

For 2016, the NJQRP Skeeter Hunt will be featuring




The NJQRP Club is announcing the Fifth Annual " Skeeter Hunt".  The objective is to get QRPers out of their shacks for the day; and into the fresh air and sunshine, to spread their wings and fill the airwaves with "Skeeters".  While commercial equipment can certainly utilized, bonus points will be awarded for those who personally home brewed their own or kit built their own equipment (equipment not built by the operator would not count as either home brewed or kit built - it would be considered commercial equipment).  This year, the event is to be held on Sunday August 21st.  It will be a four hour sprint - from 17:00 UTC to 21:00 UTC (1:00 TO 5:00 PM EDT).

QRP stations who wish to be designated as "Skeeters" can get a Skeeter number by requesting one by sending an e-mail to w2lj@arrl.net   Please let me know if you intend to operate from a state other than your home state as listed on QRZ. Skeeter numbers will be issued from June 20th (the First Day of Summer) through the day before the event. And please indicate which NPOTA entity you will be activating, if any.

This year, operating from an NPOTA entity is highly encouraged and will earn you an extra 100 bonus points. To find a list of eligible NPOTA locations and for information about the NPOTA program, please visit https://npota.arrl.org/

Skeeters who activate a National Parks on the Air location will also earn a special memento, honoring their activation.

Station Classes and Multipliers
X1 Home stations - commercial equipment
X2 Home stations - home brewed or kit built equipment
X3 Portable station - commercial equipment
X4 Portable station - home brewed or kit built equipment

Portable stations cannot use permanent antennas, i.e you can't work from your backyard, hook up to your dipole or tower and yagi and be considered a portable station. Also, portable stations cannot be connected to the local power grid - alternative energy sources must be used - solar, battery, wind, etc.

Multi-Op Stations: - Great idea!  Want to get together with some of your best buds to have a barbeque and hunt some Skeeters?  FB deal, OM!  When you send in your log, send the calls of everyone who participated under that call and or Skeeter number.  And remember to send pictures of your group for the soapbox!

Suggested Call - Either CQ QRP or CQ BZZ

Exchange - Different for this year!
Skeeter Stations - RST, S/P/C or NPOTA Designator, Skeeter number
Non-Skeeter Stations - RST, S/P/C or NPOTA Designator, Output power
Note: For those of you new to contesting, "S/P/C" refers to your "State" (US), "Province" (Canada), or "Country" (DX).

NPOTA Stations - please use your NPOTA Identifier instead of your S/P/C in the exchange!

Mode – CW, SSB 
Power - 5W max CW, 10 Watts max SSB

Scoring -
Working a Skeeter Station - 3 points
Working a non-Skeeter, but QRP station - 2 points
Working any other QRO station - 1 point

NOTE: Stations can be worked on different bands for QSO points, but S/P/C's or NPOTA Designators only count once for multiplier credit. For example. if you work W2LJ on 40, 20 and 15 Meters, that would count as three different Skeeter QSOs, but you can only count NJ (or TR23) once for S/P/C muliplier credit.

BONUS POINTS! - Set up and activate a National Parks unit.  There are plenty of sites that are eligible that are not "Actual" national parks. There are historic trails, wildernesses, rivers, etc that are all part of the NPOTA program.  Check out the link above for the complete list of eligible locations, you don't have to go to Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon to operate NPOTA!

Suggested frequencies:
The QRP "Watering Holes"

For CW
80 Meters ~ 3.560 MHz
40 Meters ~ 7.040 and 7.030 MHz - also consider using from 7.114 to 7.122 MHz for a "slower" speed CW area.  We want to have everyone involved!
20 Meters ~ 14.060 MHz
15 Meters ~ 21.060 MHz
10 Meters ~ 28.060 MHz

For SSB
80 Meters ~ 3.985 MHz
40 Meters ~ 7.285 MHz
20 Meters ~ 14.285 MHz
15 Meters ~ 21.385 MHz
10 Meters ~ 28.885 MHz, and for those Novices and Technicians wanting to try a little SSB QRP - try hanging around 28.385 MHz.

These are suggested starting points, of course. Feel free to spread out and give your "Skeeter" wings a chance to do their thing.

For those of you who are new to QRP contesting, or contesting in general, here's how a smaple QSO might go:

I call CQ
CQ BZZ CQ BZZ DE W2LJ W2LJ K

K2NBC hears me and comes bac to me:
W2LJ DE K2NBC K2NBC BK

I give him my half of the exchange:
BK K2NBC TU UR 559 TR23 (or S/P/C) NR 13 BK

He copied me and gives me his hlf of the exchange:
BK TU UR 559 NJ NR 5960 BK - if he had a Skeeter number (and if he was activating an NPOTA entity, he'd give the designator instead of "NJ"). If he's not a Skeeter, he would send:
BK TU UR 559 NJ 5W BK

If I copied him, I would finish and go on to my next CQ:
BK TU DE W2LJ QRZ BZZ DE W2LJ

If I didn't copy , I would ask for fills or repeats - and that's all there is to it!

Categories:
CW Only and SSB Only, or Mixed Operating will be considered separate categories. Please indicate with your log summary which category you are participating as.

Log summaries, photos (Lots and lots of photos, please!) and soapbox comments can be sent to w2lj@arrl.net no later than 14 days after the event.  Certificates will be issued to the top scorers of each category as well as others to be determined. Here's an example of a summary that can be used:

Larry - W2LJ - NJ
Skeeter #13 - All CW
Single Op
Skeeter QSOs - 23
Non-Skeeter QRP QSOs - 5
Non-Skeeter QRO QSOs - (if any)
DX QSOs - (if any)
S/P/Cs or NPOTA Designators - 18
Station Class Multiplier X4
NPOTA Bonus - 100 points (include your NPOTA identifier - for instance Rocky Mountian National Park is NP-48 ),

Hope to hear and work all of you during this year's event. Special thanks to the NJQRP club for their sponsorship!

Here are the answers to a few questions asked so far:

Question - "I have a question that you or someone else may have the answer to. At one time, several years ago wasn't there a transmitter project that was called a 'MOSquito'? It possibly was a transceiver. If I recall it was in one of the magazines, CQ, 73, or Ham Radio."

Answer - I think you're thinking of the Miss Mosquita - The DL QRP Project still has that kit available:
http://www.qrpproject.de/UK/missmosquita.htm

Question - "Do I have to be a resident of NJ to get a NJQRP number?"

Answer - I'm assuming you mean a Skeeter number. Certainly not!  Anyone worldwide, who desires a Skeeter number can have one.  And as far as I know, NJQRP numbers are still given out when you join NJQRP - anyone can join that fine organization, also.  For the record, W2LJ's NJQRP number is 47.

Question - "Any thought about multiop or multi multi stations? A couple of us are thinking of a cookout and contest afternoon."

Answer - No, I hadn't, but it sounds like a cool idea to me!  Want to get a group together and have a cookout and get some radio in?  Sure!  All I ask is when you submit your log, to list the operators who participated.   Of course, this will be considered a separate operating class - but no problem with that.  I will make note of it when I update the rules.

Question - "You'll probably need to add some clarification on the "Kit" points. Some of the other "homebrew" contests are not counting modular kits like the K3 and KX3 as homebrew anymore, does this contest?"

Answer - This might rankle a few purists. But as far as I am concerned, for the Skeeter Hunt, here's the definition of "kit built". The operator's hands were involved in more than 50% of the building of the kit. Solder need not necessarily be involved. If you built a K3 or KX3 with your own hands, it counts. If you finished a kit (half of it or more, I will let the entrant judge that for himself) that someone else started, it counts. If you're using a PFR3A or a KX1 or whatever and you didn't build it yourself? Consider it commercial equipment. The idea here is to have fun and not get too trapped in the details. The honor system will rule - there will be no checking.  If anyone homebrews a key or paddle for the Skeeter hunt, please send a photo with your entry!

Question - "I am assuming it is ok for skeeters to operate in the field for the event?"

Answer - That's the whole idea!  Get out with your gear, get on the air and then share your tale of adventure with the rest of us!

2012 Scoreboard - click here.
2012 Soapbox is here.

2013 Scoreboard - click here.
2013 Soapbox - click here.

2014 Scoreboard - click here.
2014 Soapbox - click here.

2015 Scoreboard - click here.
2015 Soapbox - click here.

T-shirts and other apparel are available this year from CafePress