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".
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
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
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.
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.
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.
idea! Want to get together with some of your best buds to
barbeque and hunt some Skeeters? FB deal, OM! When
in your log, send the calls of everyone who participated under that
call and or Skeeter number. And remember to send pictures of
group for the soapbox!
- Either CQ QRP
or CQ BZZ
- Different for this year!
Skeeter Stations - RST,
NPOTA Designator, Skeeter number
Non-Skeeter Stations - RST,
NPOTA Designator, Output power
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!
– CW, SSB
- 5W max CW, 10 Watts max
Working a Skeeter Station - 3 points
Working a non-Skeeter, but QRP station - 2 points
Working any other QRO station - 1 pointNOTE:
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.
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!
QRP "Watering Holes"
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
20 Meters ~ 14.060 MHz
15 Meters ~ 21.060 MHz
10 Meters ~ 28.060 MHz
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:
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!
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
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
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:
- "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."
- I think you're
thinking of the Miss Mosquita - The DL QRP Project still has that kit
- "Do I have to be a
resident of NJ to get a NJQRP number?"
Answer - I'm assuming you mean a Skeeter number. Certainly
Anyone worldwide, who desires a Skeeter number can have one.
as far as I know, NJQRP numbers are still given out when you join NJQRP
- anyone can join that fine organization, also. For the
W2LJ's NJQRP number is 47.
- "Any thought about
multiop or multi multi stations? A couple of us are thinking of a
cookout and contest afternoon."
- No, I hadn't, but it
sounds like a cool idea to me! Want to get a group together
have a cookout and get some radio in? Sure! All I
when you submit your log, to list the operators who participated.
Of course, this will be considered a separate operating
but no problem with that. I will make note of it when I
- "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?"
- 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
homebrews a key or paddle for the Skeeter hunt, please send a photo
with your entry!
- "I am assuming it is
ok for skeeters to operate in the field for the event?"
- That's the whole
idea! Get out with your gear, get on the air and then share
tale of adventure with the rest of us!
Soapbox is here.
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