And here are some updates from Paul, NA5N:
The 2020 23rd annual QRP Zombie Shuffle is almost upon us.
Friday, October 30, 2020, 1600-midnight your local time
The Zombie Shuffle past 3 years has been met with awful bands, solar flux only 62-65 and Kp 3-4 noise. Yuck.
The sun is slowly waking up for our next solar cycle with some improvements seen on the bands. Today, and tomorrow for the Shuffle, the solar flux will be 88 and the Kp index only 1-2 for hopefully better bands and propagation than the past few years. So, get on the air.
Quite a few stations volunteered to be Bonus Stations, and a few were invited. Thanks to all. I tried to distribute the Bonus Stations in different areas across the country, including "out west," for better variety and to help improve your SPC count. A bonus station will send "2020" for their Zombie number, which in itself is like bonus points, plus their bonus station multiplier. Most Bonus stations will also send some goofy or scary name of their choice for an extra measure of Zombie fun. Some of the names chosen are quite interesting and unique, so copy the OP name carefully.
Below is a list of the Bonus stations and the SPC to help you find them:
NM K8TE (Note 1)
ONT VE3MGY (Note 2)
PA W3BQC (Note 3)
Note 1: K8TE is the New Mexico ARRL Section Manager, who requested a Zombie number to participate. He will be QRP.
Note 2: Last year's top scorer and official "MGY" (Titanic) station
Note 3: Club station, WA3WSJ OP, Boschveldt, PA QRP Club
If you've been QRT during the solar minimum, or a bit rusty or new to CW, the QRP Zombie Shuffle is for you. Code speeds are modest around 18wpm, but Zombies will slow to your speed (QRS) if needed. Very informal to make some QSOs regardless of your operating skills and to have some on-the-air fun. Notice the scoring, the sum of all the Zombie numbers you work, is based more on serendipity than skill.
Hope to work many of you. Don't forget to snap a photo or selfie to submit.
72, Paul NA5N
Zombie name: "Kilroy" as in "Kilroy was here"
Rig: Ten Tec Argo at 5W
Ant: 5BTV vertical, 36 radials, or 130 ft. long terminated folded dipole
Key: 1938 McElroy bug, weighted to 16 wpm.
Thanks for organizing this for yet another year, Paul! I hope to hear a lot of you on the air tonight as well. I am down to just the HF9V for the evening. Ol' Mapley is still not down, it's been quite the wet week here in Central New Jersey.
72 de Larry W2LJ - Zombie # 858
QRP - When you care to send the very least!