Announcing the First Annual NJQRP Skeeter Hunt

The NJQRP Club is announcing a new summertime operating event – “The 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).  The inaugural event is to be held on Sunday August 12th.  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 “My favorite outdoor place”.  You are encouraged to operate from your favorite outdoor place and tell us about it in your Soapbox comments.

Stations who wish to be designated as “Skeeters” can get a Skeeter number by requesting one by sending an e-mail to [email protected]  Skeeter numbers would 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.

Suggested Call – Either CQ QRP or CQ Buzz

Exchange –
Skeeter Stations – RST, S/P/C, Skeeter number
Non-Skeeter Stations – RST, S/P/C, Output power

Mode – CW
Power – 5W max

Scoring –
Working a Skeeter Station – 2 points
Working a non-Skeeter Station – 1 point

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.

Bonus points – design and home brew a key or paddle specifically for the event and earn an extra 1000 points.

Suggested frequencies:
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 involved!
20 Meters ~ 14.060 MHz
15 Meters ~ 21.060 MHz
10 Meters ~ 28.060 MHz

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

Logs, photos and soapbox comments can be sent to [email protected] no later than 30 days after the event.  Certificates will be issued to the top scorers of each category as well as others to be determined.

A table of call signs and issued “Skeeter” numbers will appear on a separate page on this site.

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

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP – When you care to send the very least!

Larry Makoski, W2LJ, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Jersey, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

3 Responses to “Announcing the First Annual NJQRP Skeeter Hunt”

  • Scott W0SGM:

    Why CW only ??? My CW stinks,but I do alot of SSB QRP with my FT-817ND.
    why limit it CW ?

  • Tom. Kb3hg:

    I thought 7.122 was a common qrp crystal frequency. Slower speed? How slow can you go? BTU

  • NK 9G RICK:

    I was in FYBO and used PSK-31 as a filler. Since activity was down PSK had a few QRP’er on and made my day. Voice/SSB…. not for me.

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