3rd July 2014

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Begali 60th Anniversary Key - SPECIAL EDITION 2014

All stainless. Now taking reservations. No word on pricing.

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22nd December 2012

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For QRP Flying Pigs members - find this little glass piggie at your local Pier 1 Imports for $3.

For QRP Flying Pigs members - find this little glass piggie at your local Pier 1 Imports for $3.

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19th December 2012

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This is the end…My only friend, The End

Your Final Instructions from Prepper Paul, NA5N:

Zombies and Maya Kings,

Gosh.  Where has the time gone?  Seems it was just summer, then
Thanksgiving, Christmas next week … oh yeah, and the end of the world
thing this Friday.  Hate it when doomsday sneaks up on you like that! :-)

So a reminder that our special 2012 “End of the World” Zombie Shuffle will
be THIS FRIDAY, famous December 21, from local sundown (considered 5pm
local) to midnight.  Just as the Maya calendar runs out of rock.  Early
enough to get a little 20M in there before resorting to 40M.  Solar flux is
115-120, quiet geomagnetic field, and no big competing contests which should
provide fairly decent evening bands.

Rules and other ramblings at:

NEW TO QRP OR CONTESTING?  This is for you.  A contest that serves no
purpose whatsoever except get on the air and have fun no matter what your
code speed or how rusty your fist may be.  We all know Zombies can’t crack
out 35 wpm in those old blood soaked rags, right?  Scoring is based more on
serendipity (recording those Zombie numbers) than operating skill.  Over the
years, we’ve had quite a few new QRPers who accomplished their first real CW
QSOs during the Zombie Shuffle.  That’s what it’s all about … to give
everyone a chance to get on the air and pound some brass.

ZOMBIE NUMBERS can be obtained from Jan <n0qt@arrl.net> if you don’t have
one.  Zombie numbers are good for life.  Or, send your 3-digit telephone
area code if you wish.  We’re pretty close to hitting 1,000 Zombie numbers
assigned (like 35-40 to go).

ZOMBIE BADGE: It was reported by several that the Zombie badge link wasn’t
working on the above Zombie page.  I have repaired the link for those who
wish to print out their own Zombie/Area 51 badge.

MAYA KINGS: We have 13 Maya Kings willing to serve you this year fairly
evenly scattered across the empire.  Plenty of chances to work some bonus

For their name, they will be sending MAYA KING, MAYA, KING, or even KING JOE
or KING RON (or whatever their name is) as they decide.  We even have a
special KING ELVIS.  Each Maya King worked is worth an additional 666

I’m sure between sending CQ BOO and KING ELVIS, we’ll drive the QRO folks
nuts trying to figure this thing out!

Whether you get on for 2-3 QSOs, or work several hours, you’ll have fun.
And, thanks for participating.  After all, the end of the world only comes
along every so often.  I think the last one was Y2K.

I was listening to Coast to Coast AM radio show this weekend, and one
doomsday believer claimed that “every major observatory is tracking the
collision course of planet Nibiru with Earth on Dec. 21 - and all
observatory employees have been sworn to secrecy.”  At the VLA (merely the
world’s largest radio telescope), I must have missed that inter-office
email!  With the internet, Twitter, and Facebook, how on Earth could you
keep something like that secret these days?

However, I do feel there’s a chance of a minor earthquake or a volcano might
blow its top.  Not because the Mayan Calendar says so … but just to prove
God has a sense of humor.  He can’t wait to drive those doomsdayers nuts!

72, Paul NA5N

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4th December 2012


It's Aliiiive!...Well, kinda... (2012 Zombie Shuffle) →


It’s official - the 2012 Zombie Shuffle will coincide with the end of the world (Friday night, 12/21/12). Rise up undead!

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5th November 2012


Zombies Rolling Over….

According to an email I received from Jan N0QT, The 2012 Zombie
Shuffle is tentatively scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9.  I imagine
they’ll update the site some time this week.

72 & Boo!
Zombie #917

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6th October 2012


NAQCC Anniversary Week

NAQCC 8th Anniversary

This coming week of October 7 through the 13th is a very special one for the North American QRP CW Club (NAQCC). That week we celebrate the 8th anniversary of the founding of the club by Tom KB3LFC (now WY3H) - President, and John K3WWP - Vice-President. We will have 10 special event stations on the air that week - one from each USA call area - with the calls N1A, N2A, N3A, N4A, N5A, N6A, N7A, N8A, N9A, N0A. The 40 operators of the calls will post their operating schedule at http://naqcc.info/n3a_complete_schedule.php so you will know when and where to look for them as you participate in our celebration.

We are offering special QSL cards and Certificates for anyone who works one or more of our special event stations. To find out how you may obtain one and/or the other, check the information contained on the page at http://naqcc.info/main_n3a.html. You must follow the informatin there EXACTLY or your request may not be fulfilled.

The operation commences at 0000Z October 7 and continues through 2359Z October 13. That is the week of our monthly sprint with which many of you reading this may already be familiar. However this month’s sprint is something special as all 10 of our special event calls will be active for the full two hours. There may be some sort of award or prize to the one working the most different calls. This should make our already extremely popular sprints even more popular than usual when we normally get 175-200 participants, of whom 110-130 or so will submit logs.

The sprint is Tuesday evening October 9 at 8:30-10:30 PM EDT which converts to the more familiar Wednesday October 10 from 0030-0230Z. Hope to see you there as well as at other times during anniversary week.

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2nd October 2012

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Man, do I love Hanz’s (W1JSB) radio. 

80m qrp contact w/K2GTC in NYC (by w1jsb)

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1st October 2012

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"October And the trees are stripped bare

Of all they wear,

What do I care

October And kingdoms rise

And kingdoms fall

But you go on”

(‘October’ ~ U2)

I love the fall.  Crisp air, dazzling foliage, quieter bands, pumpkin beer, Hallowe’en… and The Zombie Shuffle!  I had a great time doing this ‘shuffle’ (because zombies can’t sprint!) last year and encourage everyone interested in QRP and CW to get on board for 2012. There’s nothing quite like hearing the airwaves fill with ‘CQ Boo!’  Now would be a great time to request a Zombie number from Jan N0QT  n0qt@arrl.net.  If you don’t, you can still participate (read the rules for exchange) in this very loosely scored ‘contest’.   

Calling all Zombies… get ready to rise!

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26th September 2012

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QRSS & You →

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22nd September 2012


Short video review of the N0SA TIP1 portable paddle by Rem K6BBQ.

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21st September 2012

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N0SA Paddles →

These paddles look fantastic. A shame they’re no longer regularly available.

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19th September 2012


Wolphi's Android Agglomeration →

Without question, Wolfgang Philipps W8DA has created a collection of some of the highest quality, innovative ham apps in the marketplace - and he keeps adding to his stellar portfolio. Learn or Decode CW? Spot DX? Portable PSK or RTTY?  SSTV?  Wolphi’s got you covered.

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