The Northern California Contest Club sponsors weekly sprint practices on CW and RTTY, named NS (NCCC Sprints). These practices are for all operators. Folks new to sprints can get familiar with the exchange format and QSY rule, experienced CW sprinters can learn to sprint in a new mode. RTTY contesters can try out the newly popular 2Tone decoder and optimize your station setup.
There are two main differences between the NCCC Sprints and NA Sprint: In NS, power is limited to 100w, and mults count on all bands, no dupes (both CW and RTTY). There are occasional changes in format in NS, so check the weekly reflector announcements.
– RTTY NS practices will be held on each Thursday afternoon-evening.
– RTTY NS start time is 0145 UTC – 45 minutes BEFORE the regular CW NS begins
– Maximum operating time = 30 minutes (i.e., 0145-0215 UTC)
– Those operators continuing immediately afterward with the CW NS session at 0230 UTC will now have 15 minutes to set up for that session.
For RTTY practice sessions, use 15, 20, 40, 80m; up 80-90 Khz. from the bottom of the band.
Thanks to WA7BNM/N7WA for providing the 3830 score reporting each week.
See N6RO’s short article “Secrets of RTTY Sprinting” is at:
Writelog macros by AA5AU are his website: http://rttycontesting.com
RTTY Contest Forum – Dayton Hamvention 2013: http://w0yk.com/dayton_rtty.htm
Ed (W0YK) publishes a column on RTTY contesting in each issue of the NCJ. The May-June 2014 issue will feature a detailed article on how to do the RTTY Sprint and WHY we use the now-accepted message formats. Here is an advanced copy of that article:
If you want the Sprint RTTY practices to continue, vote by showing up each Thursday.
Watch for weekly announcements, we may change the times/bands as the seasons change.
The NCCC SSB net meets at 0300Z, right after the CW NS, near 3610 +/- QRM;
We discuss the night’s sprint activity, share strategies, dinner menus, wine preferences, etc.
If there will be more interest of doing mini MID week or weekend RTTY 45/75 baud test contact us