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 built prior to 1978.

    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-1978 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.

    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 took our OLD ham radio gear off the shelf and put 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 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!

    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, 7055, 7060, 7080, 7100, 7114, 7122, 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.
    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)
    Also: you cannot win in more than one category. Enter scores with your HIGHEST power level only please. There will be a WEB-BASED submission site for the 2017 entries. Mailed in and e-mailed logs will not be accepted.

    SCORING: (READ CAREFULLY!)

    A) YOUR station using Novice QRP rig with CRYSTAL CONTROL = 5 points. (Homebrew or commercial.)

    B) YOUR station using HOME BREW Novice rig with CRYSTAL CONTROL = 5 points.

    C) YOUR station using COMMERCIAL Novice rig with CRYSTAL CONTROL = 4 points.

    D) YOUR station using commercial novice era rig (manufactured before 1979) with VFO = 2 points.

    E) YOUR station is using NON-Novice era rig = 1 point. (COMMERCIAL RIG BUILT AFTER 1978) - please use your best judgement on this. This rule was changed to meet some objections. It allows you to make contacts with ANY CW station using your Novice era rig and accrue points.

    F) 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 (SPC) number. That is your final SUB-TOTAL score.

    SPECIAL 2017 bonuses may be added at the END for the number of (pre-1979) TRANSMITERS and RECEIVERS that YOU used to make contacts! You may ONLY count this bonus IF you exchanged information with other stations about your rig.

    Add 50 points for each transmitter 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 receiver that you used. OK even if you only made one contact with it. Only once per receiver, 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.

    Example: You made 25 QSOs with your station using a DX40 novice rig with 35 watts out and crystal control = 75 points. PLUS you made 12 QSOs with your station using a Johnson Ranger with VFO at 50 watts out = 24 points. Total of 95 points. You never ran over 60 watts out.)
    You used 5 novice era receivers; 4 commercially made and one homebrew regen receiver. Each was used for same contacts.
    You worked 32 states, 4 Canadian Provinces and 8 DX countries. So THEN multiply this 95 by 44 and your final sub score is 4180. For your bonus, you used 2 Transmitters and 5 Receivers. You made 16 contacts with WN and KN stations. Your bonus is 23 X 50 = 1150 Bonus points and your final score to submit is 4180 + 1150 = 5330 POINTS.
    *** Please notice that the BONUS scores will only be added AFTER the SPC multiplier is applied. ***

    A syou can imagine, some stations are going to run up very large scores this year.

    Scoring will be different this year!!

    We will no longer use e-mail, FAX or U.S. Mail.

    There will be an announcement soon about this. You will submit your score on a web site which should simplify things considerably. No paper!

    However 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 simly entering your results and the web site will calculate your score for you! You wlil upload an adif log file. Mor eon this later but you will love it.

    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 31, 2017.

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

    2016 winners were:

    *** 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.

    APOLOGY:
    SOAPBOX RESULTS for the 2016 Novice Rig Roundup are way overdue and will be posted soon. If we had more help they would hnpot have been delayed.

    OLD 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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    VIEW 2015 NRR RESULTS - CLICK HERE

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    NRR STATION PICTURES !!

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