I’ve been getting a lot of email regarding Texas’ week (Jan 24-30) with the K6JSS callsign. In addition, the event has morphed into a more free-form style than what was initially described.
And that’s a good thing!
This seems as good a place as any to post the latest updates as we prepare to begin our week on January 24th – that’s Sunday evening for you fellow Texans.
First off…..thanks for volunteering and for your upcoming participation! This is probably a First in our hobby in that it will be possible to work 2-Way QRP W.A.S. in a single year. And all by working the same callsign. If that’s ever been made possible before, they forgot to tell me about it!
Now here is some info from Jim Stafford W4QO over in Georgia on how they’ve been doing things this week (posted here with his kind permission):
Georgia is the first state to go “free form” and I’ll have to say at this point, it’s is working GREAT!!! Really reduces load on you and makes it easy for the Texas players to get on whenever they have a chance. A half hour here and there for example.
Here is the key – you can have more than one person on a band/mode at a time!! We checked the ARRL and they said “NO PROBLEM”. Now we ask folks to check QRPSpots.com to look and see who else has posted their band/freq/mode and to either go to a different band or go 10 or more kc away. So we’ve had one on each 7031, 7117, and 7018 at the same time. Not a problem because they are all calling CQ so if someone has worked one Georgia player on a band, they likely will not answer a different one but if they want, it’s fine.
Remember, the goal is to promote QRP so working a lot of non-QRP’ers who we refer to www.qrparci.org just gets more folks aware of QRP. We’ve had several people write us and tell us they are joining the club after getting into this. And did you hear the end of year certificate will go to all who work a minimum of 20 states using K6JSS! With endorsements for 30,40,and 50 states!
A few questions I’ve received via email:
Do I have to be a QRP ARCI member to operate as K6JSS?
Nope – just a QRP operator. And by using the callsign K6JSS, whether you personally are a member or not, your QRP ARCI number is 1. As in One.
Is this a contest or can I operate on 30 meters?
It is a multi-mode, multi-band event, not a contest. 12m, 17m and 30m are all available for your spectral enjoyment. And don’t forget 60 meters!
Tell me what I need to do to participate.
From January 24-30, you need to be in Texas and operating QRP. Pick a band and mode, preferably on or near a QRP frequency, announce your on-the-air status via a posting to QRPSpots.com and then call CQ with the callsign K6JSS/5. Keep a log of all your contacts and, at the end of the week, email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
As a courtesy, you might also post to QRPSpots when you go QRT.
You are listed as the coordinator on QRP ARCI’s website. Do I need to “sign in” with you in any way prior to my participation?
No – with the free-form way of the event, that is no longer necessary, as specific schedules for each person are no longer a factor. That’s not to say other states won’t do things differently…
Is there a minimum amount of time I need to operate if I choose to participate?
No, and that’s the beauty of this free-form manner. If you have half an hour available to operate here and there, great. A couple of afternoons or evenings, fine. Just remember to keep a log.
This method maximizes the value of each participant’s flexibility. The previously announced way of scheduling specific time/band/mode slots for a dozen operators was difficult enough – and impossible with a higher number of folks, each with their own schedules, mode preferences, etc.
How can I kick it up a notch if I’ve already got W.A.S.?
Here’s a suggestion – do it with a single rig. Or a simple rig. Or on a single band. Imagine 2-way QRP WAS accomplished with your collection of SSTs you built back in the last century. Or with your old hollow state rig from another era.
Are there any awards?
In addition to the certificates mentioned by Jim (above), check out the following from Ed Hare W1RFI and the gang at the ARRL:
I also sweetened the pot with some 2012 ARRL Handbooks to be given out
as prizes. They will be defaced with signatures from the ARRL Lab
staff, so they will have no monetary worth, but are much like plaques
and other prizes for various on-the-air contests.
The first Handbook will go to the first person to work all 50 states, so
out of the ones that have 49 states near the end, one will be first.
Nine others will be given to the persons who work all 50 states with the
least amount of total time spent on the air, starting at 0001 Z after
each state is active. Honor system on logs and just total the time. If
there are not enough 50-state people, we will start counting back to 49,
48. etc., with the least amount of time for each having priority.
One other Handbook will be saved for whoever works K6JSS on the largest
comibnation of bands and modes, so go get ‘em on different modes.
If you miss a state, don’t worry, as there will be a few ways announced
later on how you can make up the state later. It will be quite hard to
work all 50 states, especially KL7, where propagation can make QSOs
pretty tough. The ICEPAC software does a better job than VOACAP to
predict propagation at high latitudes, so when the KL7 operation is
firmed up, I will post a link to a prop chart for KL7 to the mainland
that may help the KL7 and mainland ops plan their operating.
So everybody will have a shot at a prize here if they manage a good
showing and there are certificates going to be issued for working 20 or
more states. And although the makeup plans aren’t finalized yet (sorry,
we ARCI BoD folks are all volunteers), it should easy to manage to get
credited for all 50 states.
There is a real shot that a few may manage to work all 50 states with
K6JSS and I think that would be a hoot to see a WAS award issues for
contact with one call sign!
Where can I find more info?
See you on the dial!