NS Ladder Competition

Next Ladder: NSL XXIV
"Contesting On The Edge"
July 31, 2015 thru August 28, 2015

For Complete Schedule, see Next NS


  • Exact dates: July 31, August 7, 14, 21, 28
  • 8 Sessions
  • Thursday evenings NA time -- Friday morning UTC time
  • 0230-0300 UTC
  • 30:00 Minutes Exactly (Note: Because of short event, precise timing is essential!  Synchronize start to WWV).
  • For complete schedule, see Next NS


  • Power 100 watts or less
  • Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, and 15
  • 38-44 KHz up from band edge or 1813 - 1818 KHz on 160M
  • Exchange: serial #, name, state/province
  • Work stations once per band -- i.e., no same-band duplicate QSOs
  • Sprint Format: (a) mults per band, (b) 1 KHz QSY rule
  • Additional notes at http://www.ncccsprint.com/rules.html
Important rules:
1) Strictly observe the time limits . . see http://www.ncccsprint.com/rules.html paragraph "Time".
2) After 2nd Q of couplet, please leave a pause for the cq'ing station to ask for fills.
3) QSY Rule. . After a CQ, we encourage stations to QSY more than the 1KHz minimum required by the rules so as to avoid bunching around the center frequencies.


  • Post to the 3830 reflector via the 3830 submittal web page
  • Submit by Sunday night following contest.
  • Your comments on the 3830 forms are very helpful and informative and are carefully read by many regulars.


  • No week-to-week submission of  logs required
  • Logs must be made available at the request of the NS organizers


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 8-wk participation. Divisions . . see map at http://www.ncccsprint.com/ladder.html


  • Atlantic (W1-3 , VA, NC, SC, GA, FL; Carib, VE1, VE2, Maritime provinces
  • E. Central (W8, W9, KY TN, AL, MS; VE3)
  • W. Central (W0 except CO) W5 in OK, TX, AR, LA; VE4, 5, Nunavut, XE
  • West (All W7; KL7; W0 in CO; W5 in NM; KH6, W6, non-NCCC; VE6,7
  • NCCC member in CA/NV
  • Division Map below:

Software Support

  • See links to specific logging programs under Software in the navigation menu on the left side of this, and all, web pages.

Questions?  Contact NCCC NS Ladder Competition Director Bill, N6ZFO.

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Northern California Contest Club
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