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The NJQRP Club is announcing the 12th
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 transciever or separate transmitter/receiver (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 27th, 2023. It will
four hour sprint - from 17:00 UTC to 21:00 UTC (1:00 TO 5:00 PM EDT). Please note this is a slight change - this is the 4th weekend of August.
QRP stations who wish to be designated as "Skeeters" can get a Skeeter
number by requesting one by sending an e-mail, no sooner than June 21st to
[email protected]You do not have to operate portable to be a Skeeter! 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 21st (the First Day of Summer) through
the day before the event. Skeeter requests by e-mail only, please! I am very likely to miss requests submiited by social media. Station
Classes and Multipliers
X1 Home stations - commercial transceiver or separates
X2 Home stations - home brewed or kit built transceiver or separates
X3 Portable station - commercial transceiver or separates
X4 Portable station - home brewed or kit built transceiver or separates
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. Mobile stations (which are considered
to be portable stations for this event) CAN use whatever permanent
antennas may be mounted on their vehicles.
2023 Bonus - "Palindrome
Skeeters" - There will be a number of QRP Ops that I have contacted
that have graciously agreed to be "Bonus Skeeters". They have numbers
read the same forward and backward ( 11, 22, 33, 44, etc) They are
highlighted on the roster. Work as many as
you can for 100 bonus points each, for a maximum of 1,000 bonus points!
Stations: - Great
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.
Call - Either CQ QRP
or CQ BZZ
Skeeter Stations - RST,
S/P/C, Skeeter number
Non-Skeeter Stations - RST,
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 Power
- 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 point
Stations can be worked on different bands for QSO points, but S/P/C's
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 once for S/P/C muliplier credit.
POINTS!-"Palindrome Skeeters" See above
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 sample 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 NJ 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.
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, can be sent to
no later than 14 days after the event.
Please no ADIF, Cabrillo or N1MM files! 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)
S/P/Cs - 18
Station Class Multiplier X4
Bonus - The number of "Bonus Skeeters" that you worked. (Maximum of 10)
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 - "Why don't I get to keep my Skeeter Number from year to year?"
Answer - It's all part of the
fun! Lower Skeeter Numbers seem to be favored and in-demand. By
applying for a new number each year, it allows everyone to
have a shot at a low number.
Question - "Is self spotting allowed?"
Answer - Why not? This isn't a hard core "contester's contest", just a fun little QRP Sprint. Feel free to post to QRPSPOTS, but please mention "Skeeter Hiunt" in the comments.
- "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."
- "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!