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Friday, June 7, 2013

I.C.P.O. (Islands, Castles & Portable Operations)
North American QRP CW Club (NAQCC) Sprint Tuesday night!

Our June sprint is coming up next Tuesday evening June 11th local USA time,
which as everyone should know converts to Wednesday 0030 to 0230Z. After last
month, we're back on schedule with our alternating 2nd Tuesday / 3rd Wednesday
schedule in even / odd numbered months. As you know last month we changed weeks
because of the Dayton Hamvention. We need to get back on track this month and
shoot past the 100 logs mark again.

A lot of hams like to operate portable, and June would be a great month to put
in a portable operation in our sprint with the warm weather and very late
sunsets here in the eastern USA. It's also a vacation month, and you might like
to take an hour or two off from the hectic vacation pace and relax in our
sprint. They are relaxing with their laid-back non-frantic activity which we
emphasize and encourage. Our goal is for you to participate and not particularly
vie for those big scores. Of course if you do prefer scores with your
participating, that's perfectly OK, and we have certificates for you if that is
what you are after. I think that gives you enough reasons to be there next
Tuesday evening.

Our June sprint is this coming Tuesday evening local time (June 11, EDT -
8:30-10:30PM, CDT - 7:30-9:30PM, MDT - 6:30-8:30PM, PDT - 5:30-7:30PM), which
translates as Wednesday June 12, 0030Z to 0230Z in all cases.

I will refer you to the proper URL:

There you will find all the details as to time, frequencies and other important

Certificates: SWA (simple wire antennas) certificates by call area, VE and DX
for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers (New!). A Certificate for top score in the
GAIN antenna category.

Prizes: Too many to list!! - check out the prize page on our website.

Oh, and we're adding something this month for those who do emphasize scoring. A
certificate to the overall high-scorer who uses a bug, and one to the high
scorer using anything other than a straight key or bug. We are doing that to
help those who may be physically unable to use a straight key (or bug) for
whatever reason. We will be incorporating that info into our rules soon.

This is a monthly event that caters to the CW veteran, the CW newcomer, straight
key and bug fans. All are welcome to participate (this includes QRO); but you
must use QRP power levels to compete for awards.

If you've been hesitant to join in our sprints because you hear other sprints
running at breakneck speeds, have no fear. Our sprints are geared to the
newcomer to CW and/or contesting. Virtually everyone including the many veteran
contesters who regularly enter our sprints will slow down to YOUR speed to help
you make your contacts.

If you are not already a member of NAQCC... membership is FREE! Now is your
chance to join the largest QRP CW Club in the world!! We currently have 6710+
members in: All 50 States - 9 VE Provinces - 94 Countries. Sign up on the NAQCC
website today ( and receive a handsome certificate, with your
membership number on it, which is good for life.

Come join us and have a real good time!

72/73 de Dave VA3RJ
NAQCC #0004

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