[CQ-Contest] Exciting half hour NS RTTY contest this Thursday evening local time (0145Z Friday)!!!

Ed Radlo eddrad at aol.com
Tue Apr 19 15:05:49 EDT 2022

To all RTTY ops, especially in North America:

Don’t forget to jump into the NS RTTY (NCCC Sprint contest, RTTY mode) this Thursday evening local time (Friday 0145Z).  It’s just a half hour, and it’s WAY FUN!

For those of you using the N1MM+ logger, the contest module to use is NSRTTYDUPE.  If you need a good set of function keys, let me know and I’ll be happy to share mine with you.


Now, who is the surprise RTTY station going to be this week?  The surprise station is YOU!   You who enjoys RTTY, but hasn’t tried this weekly half hour fun fest yet.  The rates are about 75% as high as the frenetic rates in our sister contest, the weekly CW NS (NCCC Sprint Contest, CW mode).  Because of the lower participation in NS RTTY than for NS CW, NS RTTY has the rule that you can work for credit the same station on the same band more than once, as long as you make one intervening QSO between contacts with that same station.  Now, you say, isn’t that boring?  NOT AT ALL, because of the other NS RTTY rule that says you have to QSY at least one KHz after making a QSO that you have solicited.  That's the same QSY concept as in the Big (NCJ) Sprints, except that in the NS RTTY, the QSY must be at least 1 KHz rather than at least 5 KHz.  As a result of this combination of rules, the NS RTTY contest is very fun and challenging, as al those who have tried it will attest. 

Remember to try 15 meters at the beginning of this Thursday night's contest -- it's been open at 0145Z!

Also, please submit you score to 3830 online at the end of the contest.  Reporting your score, whether it be modest or awesome, helps build enthusiasm for this contest.


The details of the next NS RTTY:


Friday,  22 April 2022, 0145Z to 0215Z (Thursday, 21 April 2022 in North America)
-- 1845 to 1915 PDT
-- 2145 to 2215 EDT
-- (others in-between those two time ranges)
-- 160 meters:  Try 1804, 1805, or 1806 during the last two minutes

-- 80/40/20/15 meters:  +83 to +89 kHz up from the lower band edge
-- Same band dupes are allowed for credit after one intervening QSO
-- 1 kHz QSY rule, otherwise standard NCJ Sprint QSY rules
-- Multipliers are counted anew on each band, so if 4 bands are open, you’ll get a lot of mults!
-- 100W output power limit

Please visit https://www.ncccsprint.com/rttyns.html for complete rules and links to other info. If you find any problems with the Web pages, please let me know so we can get them fixed.

If you would like to receive all the latest info about NS (both CW and RTTY), as well as a have a vehicle for expressing your comments and questions, sign up for the NS mailing list:  https://groups.io/g/nccc-blue.

Contestonlinescore.com has a slot set up for us if you’d like to make sure your logger is talking to the world.  Select “NCCC NA RTTY Sprint”.


Report scores to 3830scores.com, and join us at 0300Z on 3610 kHz (+/- a few depending upon who else is on) for comments and questions.

Don’t forget to check out RTTYops Weekday and Weekend Sprints.  Tuesday/Thursday/Sunday (in NA) for you hopelessly addicted diddlers. 



Ed Radlo  AJ6V




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