Complete Sweepstakes Records Now Available, Operating Guide Updated

Complete sets of ARRL November Sweepstakes (SS) records for both modes are now available, thanks to the efforts of Trey Garlough, N5KO, and SS Manager Larry Hammel, K5OT. Records are available by category, by ARRL Division, and by ARRL Section. A complete list of winners by category — extending back to the first Sweepstakes in 1930 — also is provided. For statistics fans, the number of logs submitted each year and a cross-reference of call signs are also available.

“This is some nice work!” said ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ. “Is there a record in your location or favorite category that might be within reach this year?”

The SS CW event takes place over the first full weekend in November — this year, November 5-7. The SS phone takes place over the third full weekend in November — this year, November 19-21. Sweepstakes begins at 2100 UTC on Saturday and continues through 0259 UTC on Monday.

In addition, Hammel has updated the Operating Guide package that explains how to participate in Sweepstakes, including all rules and examples of log formatting, The Operating Guide is available for download from the SS web page. Jahnke said clubs or public service teams thinking about giving Sweepstakes a try this fall will find the guide a useful information source on SS.

Jahnke reminds clubs that a new system for submitting club eligibility lists has been under test and is available online. Club secretaries can submit a list of eligible members by uploading a file or by copying and pasting from a list. The upload should include the club’s section or the center of the club’s circle. Information on how to submit a list is available.

“Work is ongoing to make each list available for public inspection, and it will be announced when that capability is available,” Jahnke said. “Because an e-mail confirmation is used to ensure that each list is authentic, be sure the information for your club is up to date in ARRL’s Club Affiliation records, as the authentication e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address reflected there.” Club contest coordinators already should have received an e-mail from the Contest Branch, and Jahnke asks clubs that did not receive one to make sure the club’s information is up to date in ARRL’s database.

Jahnke said that for the time being, only the UPLOAD function has been enabled, and that the SEARCH option will be activated as soon as club eligibility list display testing has been completed.

The deadline to submit an eligibility list is now the start of each contest — November 5 at 2100 UTC in the case of the CW Sweepstakes.

Direct questions to ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ.