This appeared on QRP-L, for those of you who might have been wondering:
It's that time of the year. Leaves are changing to yellow and gold, the pumpkins are bright orange, even snow already in some places (uugh), it's getting dark sooner, and Zombies are getting restless.
The 16th annual ZOMBIE SHUFFLE will be held on Friday, November 7, 2014 from 6 p.m. to midnight, your local time.
The Shuffle is always held on the Friday closest to Halloween (except that 2012 Mayan thing), and to avoid the ARRL CW Sweepstakes. With Halloween on Friday this year, the Shuffle will be on the following Friday, Nov. 7.
Rules about as usual, which I will get up on my website shortly.
FOR NEW QRPers, the Zombie Shuffle is a contest that serves no Earthly purpose whatsoever except to get on the air, work fellow QRP Zombies, and have some goofy fun. You exchange either your Zombie number or telephone area code, and you add those numbers up for a ridiculously large basic score, then add some equally goofy bonus points and multipliers. Serendipity more than zipping along at 35 wpm. For some, the Shuffle has been their first QRP CW contacts.
2013 results and some photos here:
ZOMBIE NUMBERS are sequential and assigned by the Grand Witchess, Jan NØQT. If you don't have a Zombie Number, request one from Jan at: email@example.com Put ZOMBIE in the subject so it doesn't get confused with those emails from Nigeria.
We even have a QRP ZOMBIE BADGE for you to wear at political gatherings, hamfests, or during job interviews. Print yours out from: http://www.zianet.com/qrp/ZOMBIE/zombiebadge.pdf
ELVIS. You get bonus points for working Elvis on the air. If you'd like to be an Elvis station this year, also contact Jan at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you think the above is absolutely nutty, screwy, not keeping with accepted contest guidelines, and a total waste of time, even for the dead... then the Zombie Shuffle is for you!!!
Mark your calendars and see you on the Shuffle Nov. 7.
72, Paul NA5N
Thanks, Paul, for once again taking this on. This is a really fun event and I was so glad and surprised to see that the event is actually on the Friday AFTER Hallowe'en. On Hallowe'en evening proper, I have a radio club meeting and was fearing not being able to participate in the Shuffle, or perhaps only briefly. Now that it's the following weekend, I am really looking forward to it!
72 de Larry W2LJ
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