NS Ladder Competition
Current Ladder: NSL XXXV
February 3, 2023 thru March 10, 2023 (UTC Dates)


  • NS Ladder is best four of six weeks NS scores in advance of the North American Sprint CW contest
  • Current Ladder = NSL XXXV
  • Thursday nights - February 3, 2023 thru March 10, 2023 (UTC Dates)

Rules: Refer to the NS CW Rules Page:

  • 0230-0300 UTC exactly (please set time accurately)
  • Thursday evenings NA time -- Friday morning UTC time
  • 30:00 Minutes Exactly (Note: Because of short event, precise timing is essential! ┬áSynchronize start to WWV).
  • 15, 20, 40, 80 and 160m; 40-45 KHz up from band edge, 1815 +/-
  • 100 watts max.
  • Sprint QSY format, NAQP-style mults per band
  • 1 KHz minimum QSY, 2-3 KHz encouraged.
  • Contact stations once per band.
  • Score = #QSO's x sum of band-mults
  • Score reports to (Tks, WA7BNM)
Important rules:
1) Strictly observe the 30-minute time limit
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
  • 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


  • 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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