FIRST PRIZE for NRR 2017 will be a Brand New Viz Key!!


  • 2016 NRR SPONSORS & SUPPORTERS:
    PAPER WREN PRESS
    AF4K CRYSTALS
    VIZ KEY CO.
    SKCC CALENDAR

    DESCRIPTION: A thrilling period of amateur radio activity in February where radio amateurs
    contact stations using vintage ham radio equipment from the early era of the NOVICE LICENSE.
    Any licensed radio amateur may participate using any equipment and the object is to contact novice style stations.

    ANNOUNCING NOVICE RIG ROUNDUP 2017!!!

    The dates are 0000 UTC on FEB 18 through 0000 UTC on FEB 27, 2017

    GOOD NEWS: THAT WILL COVER two full weekends!

    GOOD NEWS: We want to acknowledge those who have suggested that we award extra points to the SENDING stations next year in NRR... I think this is a great idea, and sorry we didn't get it done in time for this year's 2016 NRR. To ENCOURAGE the use of Novice gear, next year you will be counting points for each contact you make using a different transmitter in your shack. Also, YOU will get extra points if you use XTAL or HOMEBREW or QRP or a "commercial PRE-1972 transmitter" on YOUR end. Combinations of these characteristics will get you more points. The ;last one stands alone obviously. I think this will be a better incentive than awarding the other station. I hope you all agree. Please think about this and let us know if it pleases you "NOVICES" out there!!

    See you on 7100 - 7125 / 3550 - 3600, 21100 - 21200 and 28100 - 28200 kHz soon!

    AF4K

    NRR is an opportunity to brush up your code skills with some guys, many of whom will be patient. Exchange some information for fun, swap SKCC numbers and compete for the honors! More of an EVENT than a typical contest, but still great fun.

    We are taking our OLD radios off the dusty shelves and putting them on the desk!
    Bring out your straight keys and bugs. Do you have 1950s - 1980s era amateur radio equipment?
    Maybe you never lived through the novice era but you would like to know how it felt... how it sounded to communicate through the chirpy chripit, chirpy chirp, crackle, spurt, splutter and occasional drift of the earlier tube-era radios.
    Perhaps you would just like to hear some of the older rigs in action. Why wait until the next NRR? Makes some contacts TODAY! Join our Facebook Group or Yahoo Group and find other operators to make schedules. See below.

    RELIVE THE GLORIOUS NOVICE ERA! You may use ANY radio equipment you like, but the scoring will be higher for using real novice-era radios! Of course this will include manual straight keys, bugs, side swipers and other manual keying devices. Simple equipment, but stupendous fun!

    2016 DATE WAS: FEBRUARY 19 - FEBRUARY 26 Local Times.
    Actual time period is 0000 UTC FEB 20 until 0000 UTC FEB 27, 2016.
    Friday evening through Friday Evening. Begins at 6pm CST, 7 PM EST Friday FEB 19.

    EXCHANGE: RST, NAME, QTH, RIG, XTAL or VFO, POWER (SKCC if desired.)

    BANDS: 80m, 40m, 15, 10, 2m bands only


    MORE PHOTOS!

    SUGGESTED FREQUENCIES: Around: 3560 - 3650 kHz
    3579, 7065, 7080, 7100 - 7125 kHzkHz
    21.114, 21.120, 21.150 MHz
    28.114, 28.120 MHz
    144.085 and 144.450MHz CW and AM where allowed.

    Operate CW anywhere that it is legal for your license class.
    USE OF NOVICE ERA Frequencies suggested where possible.
    USE: 3550-3650 (closest we can get now!) and 7100-7125 kHz
    Plus 21.100 - 21.200 MHz and 28.100 MHz - 28.200 MHz

    CATEGORIES by RF POWER OUTPUT LEVEL:
    5 WATTS Maximum = QRP LEVEL
    60 WATTS Maximum = NOVICE LEVEL
    Above 60 Watts = GENERAL LEVEL
    NOTE that you cannot win in more than one category. Just doesn't seem fair - grin! Enter scores with your HIGHEST power level only please.

    SCORING: (READ CAREFULLY!)

    A) Other station using Novice rig with CRYSTAL CONTROL = 3 points. (4 points instead of 3 if they are using a homebrew tube transmitter or receiver.) 4 points MAXIMUM per contract.

    B) Other station using novice rig with VFO = 2 points. (3 points instead of 2 if they are using a homebrew transmitter.)

    C) Other station is using NON-Novice era rig = 1 point. (COMMERCIAL RIG BUILT AFTER 1999) - please use your best judgement on this. This rule was changed to meet some objections.

    D) You may count each station only once per band. Score points for only one contact with that station, once on each band.

    MULTIPLIER:
    The ONLY multiplier is the number of unique STATES, PROVINCES AND COUNTRIES you have worked. SPC may be easily tallied IF you use the AC2C logger program.
    TAKE YOUR TOTAL QSO SCORE and multiply it by this number. That is your final score.

    SPECIAL 2016 bonus may be added at the END for Getting an Official Observer report in the mail. Proof with a scan or FAX or photocopy may be sent in. Add bonus of 25 points. No extra points for multiple OO reports. We don't actively encourage sub-standard signals but realize some of these older rigs are prone to produce a little minor chirp or drift by todays standards!

    Example: 45 QSOs with stations using a novice rig with crystal control = 135. PLUS 16 QSOs with stations using a NOVICE RIG with VFO = 32. PLUS 12 QSOs with stations running a LATER MODEL radio = 12. Your subtotal is 179 You worked 32 states, 4 Canadian Provinces and 8 DX countries. So THEN multiply this 179 by 44 amd your final sub score is 7876. Add 25 points for an OO report and your final score to submit is 7901 POINTS.

    SUBMITTING YOUR LOG AND CLAIMED SCORE:
    We vastly prefer E-mail or FAX submission please!!

    YOU MUST INCLUDE A SUMMARY SHEET!!!!

    Use e-mail, FAX or U.S. Mail to send in your LOG in ADIF or paper format. BE SURE to include a summary sheet with your total contacts
    and multiplier along with your final claimed score.
    Two items are needed: LOG and SUMMARY SHEET showing your calculations.
    Use of AC2C SKCCLogger software is suggested.
    E-mail to: af4k@af4k.com
    FAX TO: 973-965-1173

    LOG and SCORE SUBMISSION DEADLINE shall be MARCH 15, 2016.

    Postal submissions (NOT PREFERRED!) go to:
    Brian Carling, AF4K
    117 Sterling Pine Street
    Sanford, FL 32773

    AWARDS: Antique style certificate with your score for all entrants.
    Everyone who submits a log will receive a quality certificate for participation.
    Special award certificate for highest score in each category.

    ADDITIONAL RULES:
    All radio amateurs worldwide are eligible to participate. Any licensed amateur radio station may participate. You do NOT need to be using "NOVICE STYLE' radios to participate, but of course this is encouraged. This will be an annual event held for one week in the month of February.

    K5MYJ might still be signing folks up for NRR but there has been very little avctivity lately on rhge Yahoo Group that he was running. Primary discussion is on Facebook. See below.

    SIGN UP NOW for Novice Rig Roundup at:
    http://k5myj.com/novice_rig_roundup.htm

    NRR 2016 RESULTS!

    Congratulations to EVERYONE who participated and a HUGE thank you to those who sent in a log!

    *** FIRST PLACE QRP 5W: WS1K, Jon ***

    *** FIRST CLASS NOVICE 60W: K4RTE, Sam ***

    *** FIRST PLACE GENERAL >60W: AH6AX, Larry ***

    CallNicknameStateStationClassScore
    K4RTESamVANovice VFO6771
    AF4KBryFLNovice VFO5796
    K4IBZBillFLNovice VFO4089
    WB4IEABillKYNovice Xtal2860
    KF7WNSGaryORNovice Xtal2025
    WB9EGZDaveWINovice Xtal1925
    N2HTLAaronNYNovice VFO1540
    AJ8MHJoeMINovice VFO968
    K1FTDekeRINovice VFO915
    AH6AXLarryMDGeneral832
    W7IXZLarryORNovice VFO765
    KE4OHSteveTNNovice VFO741
    KG4LLQKenNCNovice VFO636
    N0UMPBillMONovice608
    W4FOATonyGAGeneral506
    WD4NKAGaryFLNovice Xtal (HB)495
    WS1KJonMAQRP Xtal (HB)468
    KW3UJimPANovice VFO451
    W0PWEJerryIAQRP Xtal (HB)396
    KG2LORolandNJNovice Xtal363
    K9LACarlINNovice VFO363
    WB4AEGHalGANovice VFO319
    WB4OMMSteveFLNovice VFO261
    W0VLZNeilMNNovice Xtal198
    W8AQJackILNovice VFO189
    K7MBAMarkWANovice VFO177
    K3MSBMarkPANovice VFO160
    WB2AWQHowieNVNovice Xtal (HB)144
    WB1AJXHowardRIGeneral133
    K0KEXRickMONovice VFO72
    K9FHPhilILNovice Xtal (HB)66
    K2YWEDanMDNovice VFO60
    K3RNCRogerMDNovice Xtal56
    KP4GCJorgePRNovice Xtal (HB)40
    W1DFUBertVTNovice Xtal33
    K5ZOLBobTXNovice Xtal21
    AI6IIMikeCANovice Xtal (HB)14
    N2HTTMikeNYNovice10
    W7DRAMikeWANovice VFO10
    AG5MRichardWANovice Xtal8
    K6XQRogerCAQRP Xtal (HB)2

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - FAQ:
    Click here.

    RESULTS for the 2015 NOVICE RIG ROUNDUP.

    First off congratulations to EACH ONE OF YOU who participated, or who TRIED to participate in this premier event, our INAUGURAL NRR !!

    OUR OVERALL WINNER is Bill Pardue, K4IBZ in Crestview, Florida with a huge score. Congratulations, Bill.

    FIRST PLACE in the QRO category with any QSO above 60 watts is K4IBZ with 4590 points.

    FIRST PLACE in the NOVICE category with all QSOs at or below 60 watts is WB4IEA, Bob Spurlock in Viper, KY with 2369 points.

    FIRST PLACE in the QRP category with 5 watts or less for all QSOs is KE3O, Bill Walstrum in Stevensville, MD with 300 points.

    These guys should all be proud of the effort that they put in. Their callsigns showed up in most of our logs! Congratulations to each of our three winners who will receive special certificates acknowledging their achievements.

  • 2015 NRR was sponsored by:

    Paper Wren Press
    http://paperwrenpress.com
    http://paperwrenpress.com

    AF4K Crystals
    http://af4k.com

    Also sponsored by several kind folks who sent in donations to support the effort... THANK YOU!!

    ALSO: The Exciting NRR SOAPBOX IS READY TO READ! CLICK HERE TO SEE and ENJOY the SOAPBOX!!!

    Certificates were mailed out in March 2015 to all participants. Winners were announced. All claimed scores are now posted on this web site. Participation in the NRR 2015 was much higher than we expected and we have had a LOT of logs to process. Thank you for your patience!

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    NOVICE RIG ROUNDUP discussion group on YAHOO GROUPS - SUBSCRIBE HERE:
    https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/novicerigroundup/info

    VIEW 2015 NRR RESULTS - CLICK HERE

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    NRR STATION PICTURES !!

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