Friday nite, October 21, 2016
1600 local until Midnight
2016 Official Rules
The Famous Zombie Badge
Click on badge to download your own Zombie Badge
(and Area 51 Badge)
ELVIS STATIONS: If you'd like to be an Elvis station this year, email
No need if you're one of our "regular" Elviis.
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.
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!
It is an .xls Excel file. Fill in the blanks and score will be
The 2015 winner was Todd N9NE with 948,892 points and 75 QSOs
The 2014 winner was Dave AB9CA with 191,850 points and 28 QSOs
(band conditions were especially lousy that year)
The 2013 winner was Todd N9NE with 2,236,753 points and 92 QSOs
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
from this website (in .xls Excel
format) and submit to: email@example.com
with Zombie in the subject by December 15, 2016.
If 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). QRP Zombies may be at the bottom of the gene pool -
but at least we're honest!
PHOTOS: Feel free to send a photo or two along with your summary sheet of your station, you,
or anything that follows the stringent standards of the Zombie Shuffle.
If any questions or comments, please email me
WHEN: FRIDAY Nite, OCTOBER 21, 2016
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.
EU Stations: use U.S. Eastern time (not your local time)
WHERE: 20, 40, and 80 meters -- Somewhere
in the vicinity of the QRP watering holes: 14.060, 7.030, 7.040, 7.106, 3.560, or anything else that works.
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
(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
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
Countdown to the 19th annual . . .
A unique on-the-air event exclusively for QRP-L Zombies
Last year's top scoring Zombie, Todd N9NE -- just hasn't been the same since
Our perennial Elvis WB3AAL.
Up standing, too.
Zombie K8IA hasn't moved since this 2012 pose.
Doctors are baffled.
NO4GA & others - almost disqualified for taking this thing way too serious! Nice setup.
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 held near Halloween and to
avoid the CQ World Wide or other contests. The Zombie Shuffle is administered strictly through the QRP-L mailing list.
First Zombie Shuffle was held on Oct. 30, 1998
CHANGES THIS YEAR: Zombies have been known to emerge from their dusty crypts
before sundown. This year, the ZS will begin a bit earlier -- at 1600 local time (by request) -- to take advantage of 20M before
sundown as we slide into an inactive sun and the evening mess on 40M. Hopefully this will put more contacts into your log.
W3BBO seen waiting for the Shuffle since last Christmas
Hall of Fame
VE3CBK seems to be having way too much fun!
W2LJ clearly in the
QRP Zombie spirit.
One of our Elviis, N8XX.
A dead-ringer for the King.
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 and Jim Cates (SK) had
Zombie Shuffle lapel pins made and given to all participants submitting a log for an SASE. The pins were also partially
funded by 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.
Do you still have
Zombie numbers are good for life. If you need a number, send email to
WB5BKL lost his head
in last years Zombie Shuffle
Sandra KG7FFP Last year's Elvira
(only one who looks sane!)
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.