Friday nite, October 21, 2016
1600 local until Midnight
2016 Official Rules
The Famous Zombie Badge
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(and Area 51 Badge)
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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.
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!
Click here for the 2016 Summary Sheet
It is an .xls Excel file.  Fill in the blanks and score will be calculated

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:  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.

Click here for 2016 SUMMARY SHEET (.xls file)
If any questions or comments, please email me
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                       WHEN: FRIDAY Nite, OCTOBER 21, 2016
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.
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.

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.
   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
Countdown to the 19th annual . . .
Zombie Shuffle
A unique on-the-air event exclusively for QRP-L Zombies
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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 ...
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.
The 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 yours?
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.
Click here for 2016 Results
Click here for 2015 Results