Skeeter Hunt DX

According to the “official” Skeeter Hunt rules, working any DX station during the hunt is worth 3 QSO points. This year, like last year, the Worked All Europe coincides with the Skeeter Hunt. So working DX is definitely possible. In fact, just going from memory (not consulting my log as I write this) I know that last year I worked at least one European station, and it might have been two.

This year, we have an Amateur Radio op from South Africa who has requested and received a Skeeter number. Eddie ZS6BNE is Skeeter #114. Even though the Hunt occurs in his local evening time, he is going to go out, set up and try to make contact with as many of us as he can.

To recognize his special effort, anyone who makes contact with Eddie can count that QSO for 4 points, instead of the traditional 3 points for normal DX QSOs (The rules have been amended to reflect this) Please make sure to listen for him at or near the QRP Watering Holes on 20 and 15 Meters. If propagation is with us, those bands will probably provide your best shot.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Greg N4KGL, who talked up the Skeeter Hunt with the RApid Deployment Amateur Radio group (RADAR). It was via Greg’s post that Eddie found out about the Skeeter Hunt.  Also, a tip ‘o the call sign cap to Pickett AD4S, who talked up the Skeeter Hunt on the NOGAQRP reflector.

A special “thank you” to anyone who has talked up the event and spread the word via e-mail, word-of-mouth, smoke signals or whatever means. Your help is appreciated more than you will ever know!

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

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

3 Responses to “Skeeter Hunt DX”

  • Kelly K4UPG:

    We will be lookin’ for ya from FL Larry! I sent it out to the Central FL QRP Group. You can see it at

    Buzzin’ to get on the air. Will test a couple new Delta Loops in our outing Saturday and be ready for another Skeeter Hunt!

    Kelly K4UPG

  • KK4ITN:


  • Larry W2LJ:

    For CW
    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

    For SSB
    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

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