ZL Winter Sprint Series 2016

To stimulate some activity, have a bit of fun and with the Lee Jennings Activity Marathon in mind, a Winter Sprint contest series is being held each Tuesday night for five weeks commencing 7 June 2016 and ending 5 July 2016.  It will run for an hour from 7.30pm (NZST) with the first half hour being CW and the second half hour SSB.  The object is to work as many other stations as you can on 40m during that period swapping signal report and the outside temperature at your location.  You can do either or both half hour periods as there are separate entry categories for CW and SSB and for those who do both as well as QRP and non-QRP.  The scoring is simply 1 point per QSO with no multipliers and you can only work each station once in CW and once on SSB.  The overall winners will be the people who post the best four scores over the five week period in each category. 

The Rules

  1. Objects:  

  • For amateur radio stations to contact as many other amateur radio stations as possible within the 1 hour time limit

  • To improve operator skills

  • To prove you can sit in a cold shack in the middle of winter for an hour

  • To have fun!

  1. When:  Each Tuesday from 7 June to 5 July 2016 1930-2030 NZST:

  • 1930-1959 CW only

  • 2000-2029 SSB only

  1. Band:  40m

  1. Entry Category:

  • Single Operator, one transmitted signal only, assistance allowed (if you must) and one of:
  • High Power - up to full legal limit (for heating purposes and to keep ZL2AL happy you understand)

  • QRP - up to 5W CW or 10W SSB

in one of:

  • Mixed mode SSB and CW

  • CW only

  • SSB only

  1. Exchange:  RS(T) report and Outside Temperature to the nearest degree (if below zero send an “M” and the number in CW e.g. M1 which is minus 1). You can get the temperature from the Metservice website, put a thermometer outside, or take the predicted overnight low from the newspaper/radio. Failing all that your best estimate.  Once you start don’t change it.   

  1. Suggested Frequencies:

  • CW 7015-7035

  • SSB 7100-7150

Please respect other spectrum users and CW ops please QRS to the speed of the station calling you.

  1. Scoring:

  • One point per contact CW or SSB

NOTE: There are no multipliers.

The final score is the sum of the contact points.

  1. Logs: Only logs in electronic format are acceptable.  Cabrillo format is preferred however ADIF, plain text, a word document or excel spreadsheet will be accepted.  As a minimum the log must contain:

  • Callsign

  • Name and full address of operator

  • Claimed Score

  • Incredibly witty Soapbox comment or failing that feedback on what you liked and didn’t like about the sprint.

  1. Log Submissions:  By email only to markzl3ab@gmail.com within 24 hours of the end of the sprint.  Results will be sent out on the major email reflectors.  The people with the best four scores over the five weeks in each category be the winners.

  1. No QSY Rule:  You do not need to move frequency after you call CQ and work a station.  However in the spirit of robust competition it is expected no one will simply sit on one frequency for the duration of the sprint.    

  1. Example QSOs




ZL3AB:  ZL3XYZ 599 M1

ZL3XYZ: 599 5



ZL3AB:  CQ ZL3AB Contest


ZL3AB:  ZL3XYZ 59 minus 1

ZL3XYZ: 59 5

ZL3AB:  Thank you ZL3AB Contest

[Note you may need to use phonetics depending on band conditions and strength of signal]