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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 <email@example.com> 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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With this year’s QRP Zombie Shuffle falling just before Xmas, I thought this would be appropriate. Sure, you can find it on Amazon, but it would be in the giving spirit to order it here and support this important museum.
The tentative QRP Zombie Shuffle date of 11/9 came and went, but fear not… or fear lots! The Zombie Shuffle has been rescheduled for a very appropriate date - Friday, December 21st - the end of the Mayan Calendar. Plenty of time to prepare!