The NJQRP Club is announcing the Fourth
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 9th. It will
four hour sprint - from 17:00 UTC to 21:00 UTC (1:00 TO 5:00 PM EDT).
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 21st (the First Day of Summer) through
the day before the event.
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
Skeeter Stations - RST, First name,
S/P/C, Skeeter number
Non-Skeeter Stations - RST, First name,
S/P/C, Output power
For those of you new to contesting, "S/P/C" refers to your "State"
(US), "Province" (Canada), or "Country" (DX).
– CW, SSB
- 5W max CW, 10 Watts max
Working a Skeeter Station - 2 points
Working a non-Skeeter Station - 1 point
enough stations to spell out "CULICIDAE" (the Latin family name for mosquito) using letters from the callsigns
you've contacted and you can claim an extra 100 Points!
example, if you work
you've worked enough stations to spell out "CULICIDAE". You can use
multiple letters from a call as in the example above, but you cannot use any single letter twice To apply for the bonus
must include the calls you are using for spelling out "CULICIDAE".
Total score equals the number of QSO points times the number of S/P/Cs
worked on all bands (stations can be worked on multiple bands for QSO
points and S/P/C credit) times the multiplier for station class. Add
100 points if you can spell "CULICIDAE" from the callsigns you worked.
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 LARRY NJ NR 13 BK
He copied me and gives me his hlf of the exchange:
BK TU UR 559 VIC NJ NR 5960 BK - if he had a Skeeter number. If he's not
a Skeeter, he would send:
BK TU UR 559 VIC 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 QSOs - 5
DX QSOs - (if any)
S/P/Cs - 18
Station Class Multiplier X4
Word Bonus - 100 points (and here is where you would list the
callsigns of the stations you worked that qualify you for the bonus
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!
2013 Scores - click here.
2013 Soapbox - click here.
2014 Scoreboard - Click here.
2014 Soap box - Click here.