Friday nite, Oct. 25, 2013
2013 Official Rules
The Famous Zombie Badge
Click on badge to download your own Zombie Badge
(and Area 51 Badge)
ELVIS STATIONS: If you have served as an Elvis station in the past 3 years, or
served as a Mayan King last year,
you are an Elvis station this year!!!
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.
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.
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.
It is an .xls Excel file. Fill in the blanks and score will be calculated
BONUS STATIONS – BONUS
You receive 666 bonus points for working the following stations:
ELVIS – For each Elvis station worked,
add 666 points
CRUMMY BAND CONDITIONS is worth 666 points
(every station qualifies for this)
you get 666 points even if you worked no Zombies. You do have to turn
on your radio for at least
The 2012 winner was Bob K8IA with 2,368,704 points and 72 QSOs.
The 2011 winner was Ken WA8REI with 565,938 points
and 28 QSOs.
The 2010 winner was Hank N8XX with 635,175 points and 39 QSOs.
Download the Summary Sheet
this website (in .xls Excel format) and submit to: email@example.com
with Zombie in the subject by December 1, 2013.
you prefer mail, send to Paul Harden, P.O. Box 757, Socorro, NM 87801
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 or nit-picking top scorers).
If any questions or comments, please email me
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WHEN: FRIDAY Nite, OCTOBER 25, 2013
From local sundown (about 6 p.m.) to local midnight. Participate an hour or two, or whatever you can spare, or all 6-hours if
you have the stomach for it.
WHERE: 20, 40, and 80 meters -- Somewhere in the vicinity of the QRP watering holes: 14.060,
7.040, 7.030, 7.106, 3.560, 3.710, or anything else that works
MODE: CW only, QRP (5W or less)
EXCHANGE: RST, SPC, Zombie
Number , Name
RST – Signal report (like 599, even if you can't hear him!)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
to request one
If you've been issued a Zombie Number, it is good for life, or death,
NOTE: Some Zombie numbers are now 4 digits (1000 and higher)
NAME – Your name (as shown on your
birth, death or other certificate)
Some select stations will be sending ELVIS for their name
for 666 extra points for each ELVIS station worked.
599 KS 827 TOM (Some Zombie named Tom
in KS, Zombie number is 827)
599 MI 911 ELVIS (Zombie #911 in MI, and an Elvis worth 666 extra points)
CONTEST 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.
72, Paul NA5N and Jan N0QT
GRAND ZOMBIE GRAND WITCHESS & CONTEST CORONER
Countdown to the 16th annual . . .
A unique on-the-air event exclusively for QRP-L Zombies
2012 Top Scorer
Zombies NO4GA & ??
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 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 normally held on the Friday before
Halloween to avoid the CW SS contest. It is administered strictly through the QRP-L mailing list.
The First Zombie Shuffle was
held on Oct. 30, 1998