The NJQRP Club is announcing the Second
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 11th. It will be a
four hour sprint - from 17:00 UTC to 21:00 UTC (1:00 TO 5:00 PM EDT).
The theme for this year is "bodies of water". We all know that
Skeeters love the water. While we don’t want you going
anywhere near actual Skeeter breeding grounds, we encourage operating
near any local rivers, brooks, creeks, lakes, ponds, reservoirs, or
even near a bay or the sea shore! Please make sure to take
pictures and tell us about it in your Soapbox comments. (Bird baths, swimming
pools, old tires filled with water, buckets, Dixie cups, etc. will NOT
count for the contest!
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 May through the day before the event.
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.
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!
- Either CQ QRP
or CQ BZZ
Skeeter Stations - RST, S/P/C, Skeeter number
Non-Skeeter Stations - RST, S/P/C, Output power
– CW, SSB (new for this year!
- 5W max CW, 10 Watts max
Working a Skeeter Station - 2 points
Working a non-Skeeter Station - 1 point
Work a WAE station - 3 points - Yes! The Worked All Europe
contest (CW) is the same day - working DX stations (different
continent) will get you extra
Special for 2013 - work Eddie ZS6BNE
Skeeter #114 in South Africa for 4 points!
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.
– An extra
500 points can be added to your score if you operate near a lake,
stream, river, pond, beach, etc. as stated above Please send a
photo of your set up, along with your log submission in order to claim
The 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 everyone
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
These are suggested starting points, of course. Feel free to spread out
and give your "Skeeter" wings a chance to do their thing.
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 and soapbox comments can be sent to email@example.com
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 #4 - All CW
Skeeter QSOs - 23
Non-Skeeter QSOs - 5
DX QSOs - (if any)
S/P/Cs - 18
Station Class Multiplier X4
Claiming Bonus - No
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 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.
- "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 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
- "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 anyone
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 your
tale of adventure with the rest of us!
2012 Scores -
2012 Soapbox is here!