Friday nite, October 19, 2018
1600 until Midnight, your local time
2018 Official Rules
The Famous Zombie Badge
Click on badge to download your own Zombie Badge
(and Area 51 Badge)
CQ BOO is the time tested CQ for the Zombie Shuffle.
REBIRTH RULE: You may work the same station on a band every two hoursso 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
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!
Download the Summary Sheet
from this website (in .xls Excel format) and submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org
in the subject by December 15, 2018.
If you prefer mail, send to:
Paul Harden, 72 Polvadera Heights Road, Lemitar, NM 87823
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.
WHEN: FRIDAY Nite, OCTOBER 19, 2018
WHERE: Primarily intended for North & South American Zombies
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
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
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
(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
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
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.
NA5N and Jan NØQT
GRAND ZOMBIE & GRAND WITCHESS & CONTEST CORONER
The 21st annual . . .
A unique on-the-air event exclusively for QRP-L Zombies
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 ...
WHY ZOMBIE SHUFFLE?:
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
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
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.