Friday nite, October 19, 2018
1600 until Midnight, your local time
2018 Official Rules
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CQ BOO is the time tested CQ for the Zombie Shuffle.

REBIRTH RULE: You may work the same station on a band every two hours
so you don't get bored during this miserable solar minimum thing.
CODE SPEED: This is not a 35wpm event.  It's a fun event regardless of your code speed nor how rusty you may be.  We want to work you as bad as you want to work us – paddles or straight key.
SCORING: Basically, your score is going to be the sum of all Zombie numbers and Area Codes worked per band (add them all up for a big number), plus Elvis bonus points per band, times the number of QSOs worked per band.  Add up the bands.  This can be a fairly large score, larger than your SS score!
2018 Summary sheet here - calculates the score for you.
Download the Summary Sheet from this website (in .xls Excel format) and submit to:  with Zombie in the  subject by December 15, 2018.
If you prefer mail, send to:
Paul Harden, 72 Polvadera Heights Road, Lemitar, NM 87823

LOGS:  You do not need to submit your log – just the summary sheet.  We trust you (though you may be asked for your log in event of dispute). QRP Zombies may be at the bottom of the gene pool - but at least we're honest!
PHOTOS: Feel free to send a selfie or a photo or two along with your summary sheet of you or your station, providing it conforms to the stringent high standards of the Zombie Shuffle.

If any questions or comments, please email NA5N
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WHERE: Primarily intended for North & South American Zombies
TIME:  From 1600 local time to local midnight.  Participate an hour or two, or
whatever you can spare, or all 8-hours if you have the stomach for it.
BANDS:  20, 40, and 80 meters -- Somewhere around the QRP watering
holes: 14.060, 7.030, 7.040, 7.106, 3.560, or anything else that works.

MODE:  CW only, QRP (5W or less)

EXCHANGE:  RST, SPC, Zombie Number , Name
   RST – Signal report (like 599, though honest reports are appreciated)
   SPC – State/Province/Country (ex. CA, TX, BC, Transylvania, etc.)
   ZOMBIE NUMBER - Your assigned Zombie number or
                                         your telephone 3-digit Area Code

If you don't have a Zombie number, email Jan  to request
one (or if you've forgotten yours).  If you've been issued a Zombie Number
in the past, it is good for life, or death, whichever comes first.
NOTE: Newer Zombie numbers are now 4 digits (1000 and higher)

   NAME – Your name (as shown on your birth, death or other certificate)
       Some assigned stations will be sending ELVIS or ELVIRA for their name
       for 666 extra points for each Elvis or Elvira station worked.
   All YLs can send "Elvira" if you'd like - worth 666 points just like an Elvis

  599 KS 1027 TOM (Some Zombie named Tom in KS, Zombie number is 1027)
  599 MI  911 ELVIS  (Zombie #911 in MI, and an Elvis worth 666 extra points)

ZOMBIE EVENT PHILOSOPHY: There is no point to the Zombie Shuffle whatsoever except to get on the air and have fun with fellow Zombies and QRPers.  Even with only 2-3 QSOs, you can earn a fairly large score to brag to your co-workers and QRO buddies.  If you haven't been on the air for awhile, or you are a new CW ham, your fist is “rusty,” or your code speed is slow, this is the “contest” to put a few contacts in the log.  Note that the scoring is based on SERENDIPITY rather than operating skill.  Band conditions and propagation are not the best at night, so most operators are not cracking out 35wpm.  Around 13-18 wpm is typical. Don't be afraid to ask a station to QRS (slow down) or to repeat their exchange if you miss it. He wants to work you as much as you want to work him.  And remember, he's a Zombie too!  We want you to stay on the air and have fun in spite of crummy bands – so you can work the same station on a band after a two hour wait (every 2 hours if you wish).  So get out your straight key, keyer, bug, or spark gap and do your CW thing.
Every year, we get a couple of summary sheets with 2-3 QSOs that says "These were my first CW QSOs ever," or "my first CW contacts in 20 years."  That's what it's all about.  Get on the air.

72, Paul NA5N and Jan NØQT
The 21st annual . . .
Zombie Shuffle
A unique on-the-air event exclusively for QRP-L Zombies
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The whole world seems to be getting full of zombies. But - we're the originals!!! QRP Zombies since 1998. Doesn't get any scarier than this ...
Because Zombies don't sprint.
THE ZOMBIE SHUFFLE is an annual Friday evening event for QRPers to get on the air, have some fun, and rack up a really big score in spite of what your CW or operating skills may be. It is held near Halloween and to avoid the CQ World Wide and ARRL Sweepstakes contests. The Zombie Shuffle is administered
strictly through the   QRP-L mailing list.
The First Zombie Shuffle was held on Oct. 30, 1998
CHANGES THIS YEAR:  Held a week earlier than usual due to:
1) Halloween on Wednesday, mid-week
2) To avoid the CQ WW SSB contest, Oct.26 Friday evening
3) To avoid the ARRL Sweepstakes CW, Nov. 2 Friday evening
Super rare (and treasured)
QRP Zombie Lapel Pin
  Click photo to enlarge

The first Zombie Shuffle was in October 1998. The following year, 1999, Doug Hendricks KI6DS and Jim Cates WA6GER (SK) had Zombie Shuffle lapel pins made and given to all participants submitting a log for an SASE. The pins were  funded by KI6DS, WA6GER, and  NORCAL.

About 100 pins were given out. They were seen on the ball caps of many QRPers for years ... and a few still to this day (like my NA5N hamfest ball cap).
For those that have one, they are the original QRP Zombies.
K7TQ, Randy, original Zombie #110 using an original Zombie station that started it all with vintage 1995 Wilderness Radio 40A (left), 1996 Wilderness Radio Sierra (center), Four States QRP EZ Keyer, and original Wayne Smith K8FF paddles with 1999 original issue Zombie badge.
Yes, Elvira . . .
You still have some fans!!!
Do you still have yours?
Zombie numbers are good for life. 
If you need a number,send email to
(.xls file)
2018 Results
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