These are the "nominal" NS rules; they may be modified on a weekly basis.
Refer to the Next NS web page and nccc-blue or CQ-Contest reflector messages for details.
- 0230-0300 UTC Fridays (Thursday evening NA time, DST ignored).
Note: NS begins at exactly 02:30:00. A participant may not
respond to a CQ or it's equivalent more than 30.00 minutes later --
03:00:00. In other words, if the soliciting station receives and sends
the call sign of the responding station before 30.00 minutes after the
start, then the QSO can be completed and counted. Otherwise, not.
- 1810-1820 (usually not used in NS)
- 7030-7045 (avoid W1AW at 7047.5 and PSK at 7038)
- 14030-14045 (avoid W1AW at 14047.5)
- Serial number
- QTH (US State, incl. HI, Canadian
Province, NA Prefix or "DX")
NCJ NA CW Sprint rules
with the following modifications:
- Rules modified to NAQP rules:
- NA Sprint Multipliers
- Multipliers: To the NA Sprint list of NA multipliers, add: HI and DC
- Additional Countries considered by NS/NSL to be valid mults:
1. Trinidad & Tobago (9Y, 9Z)
2. Aruba (P4)
3. Netherlands Antilles (PJ0-4 and PJ9)
- Multipliers count once per band
- 160 meter QSOs permitted
- 100 watts or less power
- Scoring is total QSOs times sum of multipliers on each band
- 1kHz QSY rule for both calling and answering CQs
- 30-minute contest period (see Time above)
- Use of Skimmer or Packet not permitted
- Post to the 3830 reflector via the 3830
submittal web page for the NS Ladder Competition within 48 hours
after the NS. Direct posting to N6ZFO is also acceptable.
- Reduce CW speed for slower stations
- Use either the
NA CW Sprint or Internet
Sprint module of your favorite logging program.
- If your logging software cannot add band-multipliers to the score computation, then some manual post-contest work will
be necessary to get the total score or use the NS
Score Calculator which operates off a Cabrillo file.
- N1MM Logger, TR-Log, Win-Test and WriteLog handle NS completely,
including proper score computation. Details are available on the
NS Software web page, along
with specific information on other popular contest loggers. If
you can enhance this information, please contact N3ZZ.