NS Ladder Competition

Last Ladder: NSL XXX
"Contesting On The Edge"
August 20, 2020 thru September 11, 2020

For Complete Schedule, see Next NS


  • Aug 20 - Sep 11 (Thursday evening in NA)
  • 4 Sessions
  • Thursday evenings NA time -- Friday morning UTC time
  • 0230-0300Z (Friday, Zulu, Thursday evening in NA)
  • 30:00 Minutes Exactly (Note: Because of short event, precise timing is essential!  Synchronize start to WWV).
  • For complete schedule, see Next NS


  • 0230-0300 UTC exactly (please set time accurately)
  • 15, 20, 40, 80 and 160m; 40-45 KHz up from band edge, 1815 +/-
  • 100 watts max.
  • Sprint QSY format, NAQP-style mults per band
  • 1 KHz minimum QSY, 2-3 KHz encouraged.
  • Contact stations once per band.
  • Score = #QSO's x sum of band-mults
  • Score reports to 3830scores.com (Tks, WA7BNM)
  • In final rankings, only the top 5 scores count.
Important rules:
1) Strictly observe the time limits . . see http://www.ncccsprint.com/rules.html paragraph "Time".
2) After 2nd Q of couplet, please leave a pause for the cq'ing station to ask for fills.
3) QSY Rule. . After a CQ, we encourage stations to QSY more than the 1KHz minimum required by the rules so as to avoid bunching around the center frequencies.


  • Post to the 3830 reflector via the 3830scores.com
  • Submit by Sunday night following contest.
  • Your comments on the 3830 forms are very helpful and informative and are carefully read by many regulars.
  • Cumulative Results at: http://n3qe.org/ladder.html


  • No week-to-week submission of  logs required
  • Logs must be made available at the request of the NS organizers


  • Atlantic (W1-3 , VA, NC, SC, GA, FL; Carib, VE1, VE2, Maritime provinces
  • E. Central (W8, W9, KY TN, AL, MS; VE3)
  • W. Central (W0 except CO) W5 in OK, TX, AR, LA; VE4, 5, Nunavut, XE
  • West (All W7; KL7; W0 in CO; W5 in NM; KH6, W6, non-NCCC; VE6,7
  • NCCC member in CA/NV
  • Division Map below:

Software Support

  • See links to specific logging programs under Software in the navigation menu on the left side of this, and all, web pages.

Questions?  Contact NCCC NS Ladder Competition Director Bill, N6ZFO

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Northern California Contest Club
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