Sunday, October 8, 2017

SKCC Weekend Sprint

Looking for a fun way to practice your CW copy and speed? There are a variety of Sprints available throughout the month, including my favorite... the SKCC Weekend Sprint (WES).

Sprints - A great way to have fun with CW

This weekend was the October edition of the SKCC WES and even though I only participated for a few hours I had a blast! The bands were packed full of CW signals last night and I was able to complete QSOs from the east coast to the west coast and everywhere in-between using just 5 watts and a simple antenna constructed from the gutters on my house. The more I use CW the more I am amazed at what I can do with it at such low power. Sprints are not only fun to participate in but also a great way for new CW operators to get on the air and practice their CW skills. The QSOs are short and simple, mostly just containing callsigns, RST report, QTH, and club numbers. In addition, the SKCC WES typically goes at a slower speed then most other contest making it more inviting for newer CW operators to join in the fun. I would encourage you to give it a try for yourself and see what I mean.

Would you like to find our more about SKCC or the SKCC Weekend Sprints? You can visit their webpage by CLICKING HERE or by directing your web browser to

The SKCC offers something for everyone, regardless of your skill level. With a variety of contest, awards, challenges and more there is always something to do to help keep operating CW fun. If you are brand new to CW there is even a beginners corner and elmer program available to you, just CLICK HERE to check out beginners corner.

What do you do or participate in that helps keep CW fun for you? Please share in the comments below.

Until next time, 72 de Mike W9ODX


  1. Hi Mike and Ivin! Love the blog page! Are either of you participating in QRP ARCI this weekend? Hoping bands shape up this weekend Homebrew OCF seems to be perfoming fairly well so hoping to put it to good use. Look for you on the bands...72/73 Brian W9BGJ

  2. Brian, tell us more about the QRP ARCI please.