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[CQ-Contest] NS Ladder XII - "Contesting on the Edge"

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Subject: [CQ-Contest] NS Ladder XII - "Contesting on the Edge"
From: Bill Haddon <haddon.bill@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2011 17:45:08 -0700
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*The NS Ladder Advisory group N6ZFO, N4AF, N6WM, K6UFO, W4NZ, K4BAI, W9RE,
N3BB and W0BH announces

NS Ladder XII - "Contesting on the Edge"      Starting this week, Thursday
night, 0230Z (Fri Zulu)
                19:30 Pacific   2030 Mountain 2130 Central 2230 Eastern Time
                30:00 mins exactly.

    NEW:  Add 15m to the usual 160, 80, 40 ,  and 20m  40 KHz up from band
edge or 1815.
      -- 100 watts maximum
      -- Sprint format, mults per band and 1 KHz QSY rule. Contact stations
once per band i.e. no same-band duplicate Q's.
      -- Score reports to
           [Note we will request logs from time to time to verify accuracy]

Summer NS is an excellent practice for the Fall NAQP and CW  NAS -- don't be
caught loafing in the Summer sunspot doldrums.
     -- Hone your sprinting skills for the NAS
     -- Perfect multi-band switching capability in preparation for NAQP,
enhanced w/ addn of 15 meters.

For rules (but add 15 meters) see:  http://www.ncccsprint.com/ladder.html
For schedule see:  http://www.ncccsprint.com/next_ns.html

Important rules:
    1) Strictly obseve the time limits  . . see
http://www.ncccsprint.com/rules.html paragraph "Time".
    2)  After 2nd Q of couplet, leave a pause for the cq'ing stn to ask for
fills.  Essential for new participants learning the contest.

Awards:  Bottles of CA Pinot Noir wine  from the famous W0YK vineyard
awarded [alternate prizes for those <21] by a weighted random drawing. Thus
from an awards standpoint, no SO1R "penalty" in this contest.  Note: our
downloadable score base, available weekly and flagged for SO2R use, allow a
participant to generate personalized rankings by selectable criteria.
Minimum 5 weeks required for awards. . additional entries in drawing table
for 1st, 2nd place scores in division and for perfect 10-wk participation.
Divisions . . see map at http://www.ncccsprint.com/ladder.html

Code Speed:  We are not shy about high cw speeds .  after all it's a sprint.
  But regular participants are admonished to slow down when necessary --
actually part of the strategy for maximizing score.   Speeds above 40 wpm
are discouraged but not dis-allowed.  To practice the NS format in a more
relaxed setting, visit the 18-26 wpm Slow NS on 20, 40 and 80, half an hour
before the main event [N6WM, SNS Director]

nccc-blue reflector:  All are invited to join this low-volume reflector for
discussing NS and NS Ladder topics.  Sign up at:
http://www.kkn.net/mailman/listinfo/nccc-blue   Phil, W6PK will see your

Final note: Howie, N4AF has a new version of his score calculation propram,
available at http://www.ncccsprint.com/ns-score.html

73 Bill n6zfo
Contest director.  ?'s to n6zfo@arrl.net or any Advisory Group member.
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