"I have some exciting news updates regarding the End-of-the-World Zombie Shuffle Friday (tomorrow) night.
First, I was contacted by a ham in Belize who heard about our special event and asked to participate in the Shuffle from the real Maya empire. Of course I asked him to be a Maya King!
He has agreed and thus will be our real, authentic "High Maya King" on the air, and some nice DX. (Turns out, his wife is Mayan). He was assigned Zombie number 1010, so he will be worth 1010+666 = 1676 points. So listen for a Mayan Zombie who's calls start with "V31." He will be operating QRP. He said he lives about 150 yards from the ocean ... so we'll be the first to know when the Mayan Empire slides into the sea!!!
Jan passed 1,000 zombie numbers last night.
# 999 was assigned to Terry K9DXA
#1000 was assigned to Steve W1SGC
#1015 was just assigned.
So there will be a few "4-digit" Zombie numbers on the air.
Our friend Ed, W1RFI (who will be in the Shuffle) asked why working Maya Kings aren't worth "2012" points vs. 666? All I can say is: "Dang! Why didn't I think of that?" Good going, Ed. However, I am hesitant to change the scoring rules only one day before the event. My apologies for missing such an obvious good idea.
And, the Central Connecticut QRP Club will be on the Shuffle using their famous club call of W1FB. This, of course, was the call of legendary QRP ham Doug DeMaw (SK), who authored numerous ARRL QRP related books and articles, and designer of the Tuna Tin 2 and other legacy QRP rigs. What a great tribute to Doug (who is now a Maya King).
So we've added two more Maya Kings to the rolls ... W1FB and our V31 High King in Belize. You'll just have to find out who the others are.
It's almost criminal to have this much fun in the face of the entire destruction of the human race in just hours! Are we QRPers and Zombies, or what?
72, Paul NA5N
Zombie NR 04
Zombie Shuffle rules and summary sheet at:
Thanks, Paul! I am looking forward to this tomorrow evening! And since tomorrow is the Winter Solstice and we have the least amount of daylight, it gives us extra operating time for the Shuffle this year.
72 de Larry W2LJ - For tomorrow night at least - Maya King #858
QRP - When you care to send the very least!