FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - NOVICE RIG ROUNDUP 2016

SIGN UP NOW FOR THE NRR ONLINE LOGGER PROGRAM (Free) so that you can enter your contacts online ON THE FLY! You will be eligible for the VIZ KEY Prize if you make 20 or more contacts! Practice ahead of time too! CLICK HERE.

Where can I read the old 2015 & 2016 Soapbox remarks??

The FEB 2015 NRR SOAPBOX IS HERE! CLICK HERE TO SEE and ENJOY the SOAPBOX!!!

The FEB 2016 NRR SOAPBOX IS HERE! CLICK HERE TO SEE and ENJOY the SOAPBOX!!!

Where can I find information about the RULES and SCORING? There is a PDF file with all of that information. See link below:

http://www.novicerigroundup.com/nrrLog/NRR%202017%20SCORE%20KEEPING.pdf

WHERE do I make my LOG DATA entries during the contest., and how does this work? Please SIGN UP RIGHT AWAY and started using our ON-LINE LOGGING PROGRAM here:

http://www.novicerigroundup.com/nrrLog/login1.php

WHERE is the Sked & Chat page to help me find other NOVICE RIG stations? I want to let them know I am on 21.120 looking for contacts!

You may announce your frequency or look for others on any of the common web sites like Facebook NRR, Yahoo Groups NRR. The 'N8FQ SKED CHAT for NOVICE RIG ROUNDUP' is probably the fastest, easiest and best place to look! See link below:

http://n8fq.org/sked/index.php?board=nrru

May I work the same station multiple times?

Yes, you may chat with people as many times as you want! HOWEVER, for purposes of SCORING in the NRR event, you may count each station only once per band. Score points for only one contact with that station once on each band. Example: if you worked WD8XYZ once on 80m, once on 40m and once on 15m, that counts as THREE QSOs, each yielding points. NOW, if you worked them TWICE during NRR week on 80m, once on 40m and then twice on 15m, it still only counts as THREE QSOs, when calculating your score. This year the WEB DATA ENTRY SITE will calculate your score automatically based on the DATA you enter there! See:

http://www.novicerigroundup.com/nrrLog/login1.php

HOW do I get an NRR Number for my station please?
This is run by Bob Macklin K5MYJ who issues all the numbers. You do not HAVE to record NRR numbers for scoring purposes in NRR 2017 but they will be used in 2018!! It is fun to record them for now and see how many you can log!

SIGN UP FOR a NOVICE RIG ROUNDUP NUMBER at:

http://k5myj.com/novice_rig_roundup.htm

DO THE NRR number and SKCC number field need to be included in the log?

The answer is NO. You MAY include them if you wish but it adds nothing to the score. We have set up an ADIF log file export so you can output the logs if you like, and those two fields will be included in the 'Comments' field in the export. Per Jim O'Hern AD4XX.

When will I get my certificate?

Certificates will be mailed out around March 15th to all participants. Winners will be announced around the same time. All scores will be posted on this web site. Thank you for your patience.

What is a typical exchange?

WN5AIA DE WD4NKA WD4NKA K

WD4NKA DE WN5AIA UR RST 579 IN LA BT NAME IS RON ES RIG IS HT40 HT40 X X ES VERT ANT BT PWR IS 40 WATTS HW? BK

WN5AIA DE WD4NKA RR TU RON. RST 559 559 IN QTH FL FL ES NAME IS GARY GARY BT RIG HR HOMEBREW XTAL 45W ES RCVR HOMEBREW REGEN, ANT IS VERT VERT QSL? BK

R R FB GARY TNX INFO ES UR RIG SNDS GREAT HR BT 73 ES GL IN NRR BT CUAGN OM WD4NKA DE WN5AIA SK

R R 73 ES TU QSO BOB GL IN NRR ES CU ON OTHER BANDS AR
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How about a Sample QSO with a non-NOVICE RIG?

WB2E DE W6XO W6XO

W6XO DE WB2E UR RST 559 IN NY BT NAME IS FRED ES RIG IS HOMEBREW 6L6 X X ES DIPOLE ANT BT PWR IS 15 WATTS HW? BK

WB2E DE W6XO RR TU RST 559 559 IN QTH CA CA ES NAME IS JIM JIM BT RIG HR FT-101E XCVR V V 95W, ANT IS 4 ELE YAGI QSL? BK

R R FB JIM TKS INFO ES UR FT101E SOUNDS FB BT 73 ES GL IN NRR BT CUAGN OM W6XO DE WB2E SK

R R 73 ES TU QSO FRED GL IN NRR ES CU ON OTHER BANDS AR
WB2E DE WN8GTR SK dit-dit
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How do you define a NOVICE RIG?

ANY transmitter, receiver or transceiver that either you or someone you know about USED as a Novice licensee. If commercially manufactured then it needs to be built in 1980 or earlier. ALSO - Any transmitter made between 1980 and 1999 that was specifically intended for NOVICE use such as a Century 21, 22 or HW-99. Please use your best judegement on this. It is your transmitter and your sub-60 watt transmitted power level that qualifies your station to be in the "NOVICE" category for the purposes of this event. (RF output power) Most rigs from that era run 30-50 watts out.

Homebrew novice style equipment built to the same specs as earlier novice era and novice power equipment shall be deemed as NOVICE equipment for the Novice Roundup event. Homebrewing is encouraged and yields bonus points. The main idea of this event is to have FUN and enjoy some NOSTALIGIA for the NOVICE ERA; either your own experience or that of someone else who was a Novice Licensee.

PLEASE NOTE: Any station using commercial NON-NOVICE transmitting equipment that was built AFTER 1980 shall be deemed as a NON-NOVICE station!

I may have a tube-based xtal xmtr kit put together by next week. Would that count as a Novice rig? What about the receiver? Would that also have to a vintage receiver for the station to qualify as a Novice rig?

You may use any receiver you feel is appropriate. Some of us have to resort to using newer receivers due to technical problems or lack of resources and that is OK. You may use any equipment. The event is still open to you. As much as possible please try to use radios that are from the novice era, but any transmitter and any receiver may be used. Your score will be affected by what transmitting equipment is used.

If I operate a "kit built" transmitter like a DX-40 or HW-16, is that considered "Home Brew"?

No that is classified as 'Commercial.' Homebrew is when you acquire all the parts and hand build your own equipment.

My novice rig was a Tempo 2020. Would that fit?

YES, absolutely fine! Just note your rig as TEMPO ONE "V" for VFO in the exchange! Also your power output level.

I was a NOVICE LICENSEE in 1995 operating a Yaesu FT-990. Would it be OK if I use that?

YES, totally fine! Just note your rig as YAESU FT990 and "V" for VFO when you send the exchange! Also send your power output level in Watts.

May I use a rig that was not used in the classic novice era?

Yes, you may use any rig you like in this event. However, note that there are THREE power level categories. Your entry will be at the HIGHEST power level you use.

How do I tune for other stations if we are both using Crystal Control?

When crystal control was all you had, one would call CQ and announce where he would be listening for replies. The following is stolen from the ARRL Radio Amateur's Handbook, 1948:

CQ: The general-inquiry call (CQ) should be sent not more than five times without interspersing one's station identification. The length of repeated calls is carefully limited in intelligent amateur operating. CQ is not to be used when testing or when the sender is not expecting or looking for an answer.

The special abbreviaatons indicating from what part of the band tuning will start after a CQ are helpful in making your procedure known to the receiving operator.

HM-Will start to listen at high-frequency end of band and tune toward middle of band.

MH-Will start to listen in the middle of the band and tune toward the high-frequency end.

LM-Will start to listen at low-frequency end of band and tune toward middle of band.

ML-Will start to listen in the middle of the band and tune toward the low-frequency end.

Example: If the procedure will be to tune from the middle of the band to the high end, a CQ call goes: CQ DE W6RBQ MH K.

Perhaps this might be of some use during the Novice Rig Roundup for those who are using crystal control, if there are no established or recommended frequencies.

THANKS for this one go to Howard Kraus, K2UD. Please note that not everyone wants to use these abbreviations. Its up to you!

HOW DO I SUBMIT MY LOG and SCORE

*** NEW FOR 2017. Your log must be submitted in ADIF format via a web site that will be posted here soon. For those using ONLY paper logs, you will need to calculate your own score and submit via a photocopy or a PDF copy of your log and calculate your own score using the formula poste don the RULES section of the main web site.

You will find it MUCH IUCH easier to submit your ADIF file and results and let the WEB SITE calculate your score!

*** You can create the log file easily using the AC2C SKCClogger program available for free at:
http://www.skccgroup.com/member_services/files_and_downloads/skcclogger/SKCCLogger_Setup.zip

PLEASE USE THE GRID field to note whether the station was VFO or XTAL. Please use the COMMENTS section to record the other station's RIG.

BUT READ THIS FIRST:
http://www.skccgroup.com/member_services/files_and_downloads/ SUBMITTING YOUR LOG AND CLAIMED SCORE:
Use e-mail to submit YOUR SOAPBOX COMMENTS (UP TO 2000 words, please.) DEADLINE is march 30, 2017.

E-mail to: af4k@af4k.com

For the disabled only - send Postal submissions to:
Brian Carling, AF4K
117 Sterling Pine Street
Sanford, FL 32773

May I work the same station more than once?
YES!! For SCORING purposes, you are allowed to work each station only ONCE PER BAND. For 2m you may work them on both AM and CW. Otherwise chat as often as you like!

May I run more than 60 watts:
Yes and no. For Novice-style stations it is assumed you will be running a maximum of about 75 watts input or 60 watts output. For this event there will be three categories. You will enter your LOG in the category for the highest power level you used in NRR. Any legal power level is fine. Award for each level!

What are the power categories:
1) QRP - 5 watts output or below
2) NOVICE - 60 watts output or below
3) QRO - Greater than 60 watts

What amateur bands may I use?

You may use the 80m, 40m, 15, 10, 2m bands only.

May I use a modern transceiver?
Yes. Please note the make and model of all rigs used on your entry form. Homebrew receivers and transmitters should be briefly described also. Many novice licenses were still being issued as late as 1989 and it is for certain that those fellas used more modern rigs! Classic 75 watt input rigs are encouraged but not required.

When does the event start?
The Novice Rig Roundup Begins at 0000 UTC on February 18th, 2017. That is 7 PM FRIDAY EVENING of February 17th if you are on Eastern Stadard Time in North America. West Coast ops on Pacific time get to start at 4 pm!

When does the NRR END?
The event ends at 0000 UTC on February 27th, 2017. That is 7 pm Eastern Standard Time SUNDAY EVENING if you are in North America.

WHAT ARE THE MULTIPLIERS? The ONLY multiplier is the number of unique STATES, PROVINCES AND COUNTRIES you have worked.
TAKE YOUR TOTAL SCORE and multiply it by this number. That is your final score.

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 score is 7876.

There will also be a BONUS based on the rigs that you use.

1 - The number of (pre-1999) 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.

2 - 50 points for each transmitter that YOU used. Includes each Homebrew rig.

3 - 50 points for each receiver that you used.

4 - 50 points for each contact that you make with a WN or KN station having a three letter suffix.

Can I get an extra multiplier for Novice rig to Novice rig or crystal to crystal contacts?

Sorry, no. That is just too complicated for the scoring. You CAN however, list the number of different novice crystal rigs you contacted on the SOAPBOX page at the end for all to see! You will have the satisfaction of knowing that you worked a large number of classic novice stations.

What is the history of the USA Novice License?

The Novice class was created by the 1951 FCC decision and it was the entry-level license. It remained the primary entry license until the Morse code requirement was eliminated for Technician licenses in 1990. On HF it permitted code transmissions only, with a maximum power of 75 watts, (input to the transmitter's final amplifier stage) on limited segments of the 80, 40 and 15 meter bands, and on VHF, both code and voice privileges on 145147 MHz. Initially, they were also limited to crystal control of the transmitting frequency, a restriction that was lifted in 1972. At the same time, the Novice CW bands were shifted on the 40m band and access to the 2m voice/code was revoked and a code segment on the 10m band was added. To qualify for a Novice license, a candidate would have to pass a 5 word-per-minute (WPM) Morse code test (send and receive) and a 25- (later 30-) question multiple-choice test. The Novice Class license was valid for one year, as it was intended only as an entry level; within the year, the Novice was expected to move up to General (or Conditional). Under incentive licensing in the 60s, the term of the Novice class was extended to two years. In 1978 the Novice changed into a renewable license with the same five-year validity as other classes. AFter that hte Novice License wa sno longer the same, and newcomers were steered more and more toward the Tchniciian license which eventually became a NO-CODE-NEEDED license marking the end of an era. CW morse code rmeains very popular to this day. For this reason we should encourage ALL NEW AMATEUR RADIO operators to learn and use the morse code.

Can I get an extra multiplier for all the different receivers people were using on the other end?

Sorry, no. That is just too complicated for the scoring. You CAN however, list the number of different receivers you contacted on the SOAPBOX page at the end for all to see! Next year we may also plan to add multipliers for State/Province/Country. You may also list the number of different S/P/C you contacted on the SOAPBOX page! I hope you will - I plan to!

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