NRR 2017 RESULTS ARE POSTED!

The NRR 2017 Results have been released and can be viewed at http://www.noviceRigRoundup.com/nrr2017results.html. Congratulations to all participants and to the winners in each category (power level)! The Soap Box comments and pictures can be viewed at http://www.noviceRigRoundup.com/nrr2017soapBox.html. The random drawing for the Viz Key will be picked and announced soon.

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


(From a Random Drawing among those entrants who record 20 or more confirmed QSOs in the NRR Logging Program.)
Choice of a beautiful Bug as pictured, or a prized Camelback Straight Key. Thank you, Curt Nixon and others at Vizkey.

The good folks at VIZKEY have announced that owner Curt will get the grand-baby to pull a name from a bucket and video it for publication.

IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO ENTER YOUR LOG DATA by HAND, OR to upload your ADIF LOG FILE!!!

SIGN UP NOW FOR THE NRR ONLINE LOGGER PROGRAM (Free) so that you can enter your contacts online!
You will then be eligible for the VIZ KEY Prize if you made 20 or more contacts during NRR 2017! CLICK HERE.

PLEASE: Add any soapbox comments in the logger "My Station" page.

ALSO: Email *jpg photos to NRRSoapbox@gmail.com
(LINK BELOW)

AND: Include your call as part of the email subject and the image file name(s)

PLEASE UPLOAD YOUR SOAP BOX PICTURES with THIS e-mail link!! CLICK HERE.

THIS JUST IN:


Several cool stories and articles are beginning to appear about the NRR 2017 on line and in magazines etc. Will YOU submit amn article and some pictures? VE3LYX has a nice story that will appear in the next issue of Ragchew Magazine. WD4NKA has an excellent Blog Story posted. Please let us know if you have other articles out there to which we can post links here!

WD4NKA ALL THINGS WIRELESS & LETTERPRESS story about NRR 2017

VE3LYX Don's Story of NRR 2017

2017 NRR SPONSORS & SUPPORTERS:
PAPER WREN PRESS
AF4K CRYSTALS Co.
VIZ KEY Co.
SND TUBE SALES Co.
WA7BNM Contest Calendar SKCC CALENDAR

In Partnership with ELECTRIC RADIO Magazine, QST Magazine, CQ Magazine, National Contest Journal, QCWA Journal etc.

*** NEW!! LIVE SKEDS and CHAT with other Novice Radio Ops ***
THANKS to N8FQ, here:
http://n8fq.org/sked/

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 built prior to 1980.

ANNOUNCING NOVICE RIG ROUNDUP 2017!!!

The dates are 0000 UTC on FEB 18 through 2359 UTC on FEB 26, 2017 - that is 9 full days (UTC.)

GOOD NEWS: THIS WILL COVER two full weekends!

CLICK HERE to SIGN UP NOW! NRR SCORES WILL BE TALLIED AUTOMATICALLY FOR YOU THIS YEAR by the web site when you submit your LOG DATA. You may submit contacts AS THEY ARE MADE and keep up with your automatic tally on the web!

GOOD NEWS:
ADs and notices for the 2017 NRR appeared in JAN and FEB 2017 CQ Magazine, QST, National Contest Journal, Electric Radio, AWA Journal, QCWA Journal, WA7BNM Contest Pages, QRP-L, Facebook etc. etc. Thank you to those whose donations made these ads possible! Thank you to those who wrote ARTICLES, posted to their club newsletters, email groups, web groups etc.

See you on 7100 - 7125 / 3550 - 3600, 21100 - 21200 and 28100 - 28200 kHz and maybe even 2m CW!

AF4K

NRR is an opportunity to brush up your code skills with other stations, many of whom will be patient! Exchange some information for fun, swap NRR and SKCC numbers (not required) and compete for the honors! More of an EVENT than just a typical contest, but still great fun.

We are once again taking our OLD ham radios off the shelf and putting them to use again!
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 chrip-it, chirpy chirp, crackle, spurt, splutter and occasional drift of the earlier tube-era radios.

Perhaps you would just like to HEAR some of those 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!

BEGIN LOGGING NOW - SET UP YOUR LOGGING ACCOUNT EARLKY TO AVOID ANY LAST MINUTE RUSH on FEB 18th!! (BETA TESTING AVAILBLE PRIOR TO NRR)
CLICK HERE FOR THE ONLINE LOGGER PROGRAM

EXCHANGE: RST, NAME, QTH, RIG, (X) XTAL or (V) VFO, POWER OUT.

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

DATES & TIMES The dates are 0000 UTC on FEB 18 through 2359 UTC on FEB 26, 2017


MORE PHOTOS!

SUGGESTED FREQUENCIES: Around: 3550 - 3650 kHz
3579, 7055, 7060, 7080, 7100 - 7125 kHz
21.114, 21.120, 21.150 MHz
28.114, 28.120 MHz
144.085 and 144.450MHz CW and AM where allowed.
Literally anywhere that you have a crystal for, of course!

Operate CW anywhere that it is legal for your license class in these 5 bands.
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: SCORING HAS CHANGED DRAMATICALLY THIS YEAR - pay close attention! (see below)

NOTE: you cannot win in more than one CATEGORY.
There will be an EASY, WEB-BASED submission site for the 2017 entries. Mailed in and e-mailed logs will only be accepted in an emergency. Scores will be tallied automatically to place your entry in the category for your HIGHEST power level.

SCORING: (READ CAREFULLY!)

You may count each station only once per band. Score points for only one contact with that station, once on each band. Bonus points can still be accrued however.

COMPLETE RULES AND SCORING PDF Document for NRR 2017. This document also lists the accepted QTH codes that the logger will recognize. They are the same SPC codes used by the Straight Key Century Club (SKCC) and our list was downloaded from their web page with their permission.

MULTIPLIER:
The ONLY multiplier is the number of unique STATES, PROVINCES AND COUNTRIES (SPC code mentioned above) you have worked.
TAKE YOUR TOTAL QSO SCORE and multiply it by the unique nunmber of SPCs you operate. That is your final SUB-TOTAL score. Bonuses will be added afterward.

SPECIAL 2017 bonuses may be added at the END for:

  • Add 50 points for each Novice era transmitter or transceiver that you used. OK even if you only made one contact with it. Only once per transmitter, not additional per band etc. NOT multiple times for multiple contacts either.
  • Add 50 points for each contact that you make with a WN or KN station having a three letter suffix. This can be any number of contacts but only ONCE PER BAND. Example: WN3AAA. NOTE: These stations are NOT Eligible for a First place certificate in any category, but they will be eligible for the VIZ KEY Prize Drawing.

*** Please note that your SCORE will be calculated automatically this year as you enter your contacts on the web page program at: http://www.novicerigroundup.com/nrrLog

As you can imagine, some stations are going to run up very large scores this year!! Have fun!

Score submissions will be different this year!!

We will no longer use e-mail, FAX or U.S. Mail except for an emergency.

You will submit your scores instantaneously, daily or at the end, on a web site which should simplify things considerably. No paper! Recommendation? LOG THEM LIVE! You may also elect to import your ADIF file using your favorite logger but please understand that the process requires you to edit the ADIF file using a text editor such as Notepad. Please download the rules and scoring document HERE for full details.

However in an emergency - if your computer is broken or the dog ate your homework. you can send your LOG itself by mail if you wish to substantiate your claimed score. Normal submission will be manual entered on the web site simply entering your results and the web site will calculate your score for you! You can e-mail us an ADIF log file later as a check log... . (using .adi suffix) Mailed-in logs are NOT eligible for the major prize drawing.

E-mail to: af4k@af4k.com
FAX TO: 973-965-1173

LOG and SCORE SUBMISSION DEADLINE shall be MARCH 31, 2017.

Postal submissions (EMERGENCY ONLY!) 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 9 days in the month of February.

SIGN UP NOW for an optional (not required) Novice Rig Roundup NUMBER at:
http://k5myj.com/novice_rig_roundup.htm


NRR 2017 RESULTS!

Congratulations to EVERYONE who participates and a HUGE thank you to those who sends in an entry!

2017 winners are:

*** FIRST PLACE QRP 5W: AK4JA, Bobby Drummond 10986 Points ***

*** FIRST CLASS NOVICE 60W: WN4IEA, William Spurlock 24,300 Points ***

*** FIRST PLACE GENERAL >60W: WB9EGZ, Dave Milke 21,802 Points ***

SOAPBOX 2017 will be published soon.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - FAQ:
Click here.
NRR SCORES WILL BE TALLIED AUTOMATICALLY FOR YOU THIS YEAR by the web site when you submit your LOG DATA. You may submit contacts AS THEY ARE MADE and keep up with your automatic tally on the web!CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS AND to SIGN UP NOW!
GOOD NEWS: SOAPBOX RESULTS for the 2016 Novice Rig Roundup are now posted - THANKS to Niel Wyland.

  • 2017 NRR SPONSORS & SUPPORTERS:
    PAPER WREN PRESS
    AF4K CRYSTALS Co.
    VIZ KEY Co.
    SND TUBE SALES Co.
    WA7BNM Contest Calendar SKCC CALENDAR

    2015 & 2016 NRR were sponsored by:

    Paper Wren Press
    Paper Wren Press
    Paper Wren Press BLOG

    AF4K Crystals
    http://af4k.com

    Also sponsored by several kind folks who sent in donations to support the effort... THANK YOU!! 2017 NRR also sponsored by VIZ KEYS. Please patronize our sponsors and help support the all volunteer work of NOVICE RIG ROUNDUP!

    VIZ KEYS - for Quality Hand-crafted Sending Instruments!

    ALSO: The Exciting 2015 NRR SOAPBOX IS STILL AVAILABLE to view!! CLICK HERE TO SEE and ENJOY the SOAPBOX!!!

    Certificates were mailed out in March 2015 and March 2016 to all participants. Winners were announced. All scores are now posted on this web site. Participation in the NRR 2015 & 2016 was much higher than we expected and we had a LOT of logs to process. The NRR 2017 will use AUTOMATED LOG SUBMISSION through a web site! Much much easier to submit and to tally your score!

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