2019 Official Rules
The Famous Zombie Badge
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(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. Your logging program may not like it, but we don't mind.
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 the "MGY" 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
with Zombie in the subject by November 15, 2018 (2 weeks after
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.
WHEN: FRIDAY Nite, NOVEMBER 1, 2019
(ARRL Sweepstakes doesn't begin until Saturday U.S. time zones)
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
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
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
The First Zombie Shuffle was held on Oct. 30, 1998
CHANGES THIS YEAR:
will be sending "MGY" — the call letters of the TITANIC ... instead of "Elvis" this year. Details below.
Super rare (and treasured)
QRP Zombie Lapel Pin
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.
THE TITANIC CONNECTION
The sinking of the RMS TITANIC on April 15, 1912 placed wireless communications on the world stage. The
distress signals from the Titanic were heard by many wireless ships, the Marconi shore stations, and a number of radio enthusiasts
-- though these "hobbiests" were ignored for not being official Marconi stations. Within months of Titanic's sinking,
wireless communications became regulated by the Radio Act of 1912 ... including the creation of a licensed non-commercial
"amateur" class of operators -- the amateur radio we enjoy today -- a direct result of the RMS Titanic and the 1,517 persons that
perished at sea.
VE3MGY, Brian, is our main Titanic Bonus Station,
sending "MGY" for name and Zombie number 1912, the year of the Titanic sinking. Working Brian is thus 1912 +
666 bonus points for 2578 points.
Other Bonus Stations this year will be sending their Zombie Number and also "MGY" as their
666 bonus points per MGY station worked.
N8XX, Hank Greeb
One of our Elvii stations
for many years and a great CW op. RIP Hank
N2CX, Joe Everhart
A Zombie, prolific QRPer, and active portable op
who is sadly missed
If you don't have a Zombie number, email Grand Witchess Jan email@example.com
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
"MGY" – the call letters of the RMS TITANIC (instead of Elvis
this year). See BONUS STATIONS below.
599 KS 1027 TOM (Some
Zombie named Tom in KS, Zombie number is 1027)
599 MI 783 MGY (Titanic station and worth 666 extra points)
A nice video that demonstrates what the Zombie Shuffle is all about
courtesy Rem, K6BBQ
Now you know the standards upon which
the ZombieShuffle strives to achieve!
The 22nd Annual
Updated 12 NOV 2019
The whole world seems to be getting full of Zombies lately. But, we're the originals!!! QRP Zombies since 1998. It doesn't get any scarier than that.
Open Office version (.ods) here
A unique on-the-air activity exclusively for QRP-L Zombies
Friday Night, November 1, 2019
1600 – Midnight Your Local Time
year with a Titanic Twist