Big Island ARRL News, 23 October 2017, 1555 UTC, Post #350.


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The ARRL November Sweepstakes are coming, with competition in both CW and SSB set for separate weekends.  The objective of the event is for amateur radio stations in the United States and Canada to exchange QSO information with as many other U.S. and Canadian stations as possible on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meter amateur radio bands.

I’ve listed some basic information about the event:

“2017ARRL November Sweepstakes
CW: First full weekend in November (November 4-6, 2017).
Phone: Third full weekend in November (November 18-20, 2017).
Contest Period: Begins 2100 UTC Saturday and runs through 0259 UTC Monday.
The ARRL’s annual November Sweepstakes is the oldest domestic contest, beginning in 1930.
Sweepstakes paused during World War II but came back stronger than ever. It’s a competition
between North American stations – individuals, teams, and clubs. For many US and Canadian
hams, it is their first contest operation and remains a regular event on their yearly schedule for a
lifetime. The contest is somewhat unique in that each station may only be contacted once and
the number of different recognized locations (“multipliers”) is limited to the ARRL and RAC
sections. Working all of the sections is called a “Clean Sweep” and allows the station to claim
one of the coveted Clean Sweep coffee mugs – there are other awards, as well.
Don’t forget – the Ontario (VE3, ON) section was deleted in 2012 and split into four sections:
Ontario North (ONN), Ontario East (ONE), Ontario South (ONS), and Greater Toronto Area
(GTA). This means a Clean Sweep requires 83 sections! Make sure your contest logging
software is up to date so that it recognizes the right section abbreviations.”

The 2017 November Sweepstakes package contains helpful links, logging information, and procedures.

Good luck!

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Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section