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NRR 2018 ANNOUNCEMENT!!

The Novice Rig Roundup (NRR) 2018 will be held over a period of 9 days, starting at 0000Z on March 3, 2018 and ending at 0000Z on March 11, 2018. This time frame will avoid two or three high activity CW and RTTY contests in February. Focusing work on getting files that will update the NRR website for the 2018 event and getting the necessary details assembled to make the GenLog program work for us with a NRR template this year.

SEE FULL RULES BELOW

NEW: For Donations to NRR 2018
From W7PAZ, Dan Sands, Chairman of NRR 2018 -
You may send donations to PayPal at the account:
2018NRR@gmail.com or if sending a check, Dan's address is good in QRZ.com or at wm7d.net - his call sign, W7PAZ.

PLEASE HELP OUT GENEROUSLY, so that we may have a very successful Novice Rig Roundup in 2018.

Novice Rig Roundup (NRR) 2018 Contest Rules and Information

Novice Rig Roundup (NRR) 2018 Contest Rules and Information

CONTEST PERIOD
The Novice Rig Roundup (NRR) 2018 will be held over a period of 9 days, starting at 0000Z on March 3, 2018 and ending at 0000Z on March 11, 2018.

BANDS
Allowed bands are 80m, 40m, 15m, and 2m

CLASSES OF STATIONS

There are two classes of stations for this year’s event:  NOVICE-1 and NOVICE-2, as defined by PA input power and frequency control.

POWER
NOVICE-1 class stations are to be operated at a plate input power of 75 watts or less.  A NOVICE-2 class station may be operated at a final PA input power of 250 watts or less.

FREQUENCY CONTROL
NOVICE-1 stations are to be operated using crystal frequency control.  A NOVICE-2 station may be operated using a Variable Frequency Oscillator (VFO) as transmitter frequency control.

MODES
CW is the mode of the Novice Rig Roundup.  The use of straight keys and bugs are encouraged as many participants are SKCC members.  Mode is not a multiplier in this contest

EXCHANGE
Name, QTH, RST, Transmitter class, NRR number, SKCC number
 
This year’s contest logger will provide a pull-down window for State/Province/DX.  Use it to enter the QTH of the station you are logging.

The logger contains a PWR (power) field for you and your contact.  This field is an optional entry.

The NRR number and SKCC number fields are optional and provided in the interest of those who want to capture this information.

For scoring purposes, it is essential to log the correct call sign, band, QTH and rig class.
SPOTTING, SKED PAGES, SOCIAL MEDIA
The NRR is equally a social event and contest.  Spotting, sked pages and social media for announcing frequencies of operation/listening is approved and encouraged for this contest.  The “official” NRR sked page may be found at:
http://n8fq.org/sked/index.php?board=nrru

Signing up for the event:
To officially enter the event, you must use the logger program.  When you enter the logger program for the first time click on the link to create a new account.  Enter the requested information and submit.  You will not be able to make log entries until the system administrator approves your account.

QSO Scoring details
The logging program will attempt to compare your entry with your contact’s entry if present. When both entries have been made with matching callsign and band, the entry will be considered confirmed.  No other fields are used for contact validation.  If only one side of the contact is entered into the system or one of the required elements does not correlate, the contact will be treated as unconfirmed.  Confirmation will be considered in computing scores.  Note that corrections can be made to entries and the scores will be recalculated.  

Base scoring is as follows:

Confirmed
Your rig
Contact rig
Points
Yes
Novice-1
Novice-1
5
Yes
Novice-1
Novice-2
4
Yes
Novice-2
Novice-1
4
Yes
Novice-2
Novice-2
2
No
Novice-1
Not logged
3
No
Novice-2
Not logged
1


REQUIRED FIELDS:

Callsign
Name
Band
QTH
Your rig type

The logger shows these fields in yellow and will not submit unless they are all entered.  Some fields will remain populated after entries are submitted as a convenience (e.g. band, rig).  When entering the QTH begin typing the location name then click on the entry in the list, otherwise the QTH may not be entered correctly.

ENFORCED RESTRICTIONS:
Only one entry per band per callsign.  Violation will show the entry as pink and will not contribute to the score.

MULTIPLIERS:
Number of unique locations (State/Province/DX) 

SCORE CALCULATION:
Total QSO points X Number of unique locations (State/Province/DX) 

LOGS
The 2018 online contest logger is the only acceptable logger for 2018.  It may be found by using the link provided on the NRR home page.  No paper logs, index cards or cocktail napkin logs accepted.

If you wish to make a copy of your contacts you may request a listing on the logger form and copy the text and paste it in any application on your computer.

It is strongly recommended that participants keep a printed record of their contacts as the event progresses or keep a separate log.

EMAIL CONTEST SOAPBOX COMMENTS AND PHOTOS TO:
ars.W7PAZ@gmail.com


AWARDS
Participation certificates to all stations submitting a log.
Award certificates to top scoring stations, NOVICE-1 and NOVICE-2
Prize awarded to a participant, drawn at random, that has submitted a log with at least 10 NOVICE-1 contacts.  That means a minimum of 10 QSO’s using OR contacting a NOVICE-1-class rig as defined in these rules.

MISCELLANEOUS

The Novice Rig Roundup, now in its fifth year, is not a race to the finish line but rather a congenial gathering of amateur operators who are celebrating the equipment and operating skills of a bygone time.  For the contest this year, we focus on the Novice class license privileges and gear that were used by amateurs in the 1950’s and most of the 1960’s.  Participants are encouraged to use transmitters of the day with a maximum of 75 watts plate input power and crystal frequency control.  Use of complementary receivers of those days is also encouraged.  As the Novice license class evolved over the years, power and frequency restrictions were eased and the technology improved.  You need not have Novice-class equipment as defined in these contest rules to participate.  You are welcome to use any equipment that is legal to your license class.  Contacts with amateurs running the old Novice boat anchors are just as fun if you are operating modern day equipment.  You are on your honor to accurately report the class of your station for each contact made.  There is a “contact notes” field in the logger for you to memorialize anything special about individual contacts.  


Several cool stories and articles appeared about NRR 2017 on line and in magazines etc. THANK YOU to those who wrote articles and pictures. VE3LYX has a nice story that you can find in Ragchew Magazine. WD4NKA has an excellent Blog Story posted on line:

WD4NKA ALL THINGS WIRELESS & LETTERPRESS story about NRR 2017

VE3LYX Don's Story of NRR 2017

SPONSORS ARE NEEDED FOR 2018!! WILL YOU HELP?

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 ***
Jump on there any time, and leave a message or chat live with other NOVICE ERA stations... THANKS to N8FQ, here:
http://n8fq.org/sked/index.php?board=nrru

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.

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!

EXCHANGE: RST, NAME, QTH, NRR number (IF you are using less than or equal to 75 watts plate input.)

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


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

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.

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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!

    Novice Rigs Roundup Group on FACEBOOK

    Questions? Comments? Ideas?

    E-mail

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

    VIEW 2016 NRR RESULTS - CLICK HERE

    VIEW 2015 NRR RESULTS - CLICK HERE

    BUY CRYSTALS

    Novice Radio History

    NRR STATION PICTURES !!

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