Thursday Night Contesting
Sponsored by the Northern California Contest Club
The Northern California Contest Club sponsors Thursday
evening (NA local time) contest practice sessions of 30 minute duration. On the
Thursday (and, sometimes Friday also) prior to a major contest weekend, the practice format follows the
NS (NCCC Sprint)
Generally, on other Thursday evenings, a special
format is followed, called NS or "NCCC Sprint".
The NS began in the summer of 2004 as a snappy, concise contest occurring
most Thursday nights, North American time. The
power limit is 100 watts.
NS rules vary from week to week according to announcements to CQ-Contest and the NS/NSL Reflector, nccc-blue. Often, same-band duplicates are allowed, the exhange format is varied, or applicable bands are changed. As with NS Ladder, scores are reported to hornucopia.com.
Ladder Competition (NSL)
periods of infrequent major contests, an NS ladder competition may be held.
Usually there are three 10-week ladder competitions per year. A ladder
competition is a series of NS events. There are 10 Thursday evening NS events per ladder. Ranking is based on one's best 6 events in the series. For details
on the current ladder competition, go to Ladder.
For the current ladder rankings, go to Results.
SNS ("Slow" Sprint)
From the outset NSL organizers have encouraged skills development. This can be difficult, however, with CW speeds of 30 to 40 WPM common in the NSL. Three years ago, Mike, W9RE, and Bill, N6ZFO, conceived a pre-NSL slow-speed practice session competition, strictly limited to 18 WPM or below but otherwise following NS rules. Ken, N6RO, suggested the name SNS (“Slow NS”). The SNS takes place on 20M, 40M and 80M at 0200 UTC, 30 minutes prior to the NSL. To help slow the NSL speed demons to 18 WPM, K7SS proposed that NS pros use the SNS to practice straight key or bug skills. This works very well.
Logging Software information is available
for the major logging programs listed in the left-hand navigation menu.
Please send W0YK any information you have on these and other loggers when
used for NS. This will enrich this web site and make it easier for
others to join in NS.
The NCCC holds its weekly club net at the close of these Thursday night
contests on 75-meter LSB. The net is open to all and often the
check-ins will share their results and experiences in the just-completed
Thursday night contest. The exact time and frequency of the net is
included in the weekly announcement (see next paragraph) of the Thursday
Weekly announcements are made as to the format for these Thursday evening contest
sessions and other related information. Watch the Next NS web page or
the email reflectors, e.g., CQ-Contest, NCCC, CT-User, TR-Log, etc.
Questions can be directed to N3ZZ, N6ZFO