I’ve missed all of the summer ham radio events so far this year. One of the end of season QRP events is the Skeeter Hunt on the third Sunday in August and I’m going to try my best to make an appearance. I need to get a skeeter number - you might need one too?

The New Jersey QRP Club will hold their 12th annual Skeeter Hunt on August 27, 2023. The objective is to get QRP operators out of their shacks and into the fresh air encouraging them to spread their wings and fill the airwaves with “Skeeters.” While commercial equipment can be utilized, bonus points will be awarded to those who homebrewed or kit-built their own transceiver or separate transmitter/receiver. Equipment not built by the operator will not qualify for bonus points, as it will be considered commercial equipment. The event will be a 4-hour sprint beginning at 17:00 UTC and running until 21:00 UTC (1:00 to 5:00 PM EDT). The next event will be held on the third Sunday of August 2024. QRP operators who wish to be designated Skeeters can request a Skeeter number by sending an email with their name, call sign, and state/province from which they will be operating to w2lj@arrl.net. You do not have to operate portable to be a Skeeter. Please indicate if you intend to operate from a state other than your home state listed on QRZ. Skeeter numbers are being issued now, and will be issued until the day before the event. For more information and the official rules, visit the Official NJQRP Skeeter Hunt web page.