2008 ARRL Sweepstakes
75th Diamond Anniversary
2007 QST Write-up
• Club Competition
“This year, the titans of the west and east
coasts, the Northern California Contest
Club and the Potomac Valley Radio Club
again battled it out for dominance in the
Unlimited Club category. When the dust
settled, the W6's came out victorious,
aided by their 32 entry margin over the
2007 Club Results
#1 – Northern California Contest Club – 19,142,808
#2 – Potomac Valley Radio Club – 18,012,122
#3 – Society of Midwest Contesters – 10,448,258
#4 – Minnesota Wireless Association – 5,967,490
#5 – Yankee Clipper Contest Club – 5,898,360
2007 Score Analysis
• NCCC – 273 Logs (70,120 points/entrant)
• PVRC – 241 Logs (74,739 points/entrant*)
• SMC – 173 Logs (60,395 points/entrant)
We are competitive!
* 75K points = approx. 475 QSO’s & 79 Sections
(13 – 15 hours)
CW vs. SSB Breakdown
Trend is more SSB than CW logs
– CW – 105 Logs – 8,263,044
– SSB – 136 Logs – 9,749,078
– CW – 123 Logs – 9,377,096
– SSB – 166 Logs – 11,112,244
– CW – 96 Logs – 6,240,420
– SSB – 114 Logs – 7,546,184
PVRC Chapter Breakdown
• Annapolis – 9 logs – 505,262
• Carroll – 10 logs – 485,224
• Central – 64 logs – 4,729,361
• Central VA – 16 logs – 1,305,186
• Eastern Shore – 11 logs – 974,065
• Laurel – 4 logs – 61,866
• NC East – 30 logs – 2,732,610
• NC West – 4 logs – 99,352
• Over The Hill – 2 logs – 132,440
• Rappahannock – 15 logs – 855,780
• Southern Maryland – 4 logs – 617,706
• Southwest VA – 13 logs – 969,628
• Tidewater – 16 logs – 916,904
• Northwest – 46 logs – 3,985,997
PVRC Chapter Breakdown Notes
• Numbers are based on claimed scores
• Number of logs in 5 Million database is
slightly higher than QST results show (minus
• Not everyone’s Chapter affiliation may be up
• Use the numbers as a guide, goal setting for
chapters, or inter-Chapter competition!
• Strive for a higher CW turnout
• It would be much better to go into the SSB
weekend with a potential lead, operating from
a point of strength rather than playing catch-
• A potential lead also makes motivating
members easier. Something to rally around.
• Turn out! Turn out! Turn out! Numbers are
key. We need your help at the grass roots level.
• If you have limited time, operate to your
station’s strength (what bands do you do best
• Using Packet will likely increase your score.
• Consider limiting the number of operators in a
Multi-Op. Splitting into two teams or one team
and several single ops will likely improve the
club’s bottom line.
• If you don’t feel like operating the entire 24 hour
period (24 of 30 hours), bring over another
member who might not otherwise operate.
• 75K points = approx. 475 QSO’s & 79 Sections
(12-14 hours – approx. 4 - three hour operating
• No score is to small!
What We Need From You!
• If you put in a full or competitive effort last year, we need
you to do it again. A winning effort begins with
maintaining the base we built last year. You are the cream
of the SS crop and we need your leadership in order to
achieve our goal.
• If you put in a partial effort or missed a mode, at a
minimum we need the same this year. But if I could ask a
favor, please consider boosting your score or operating
both modes this time around. I believe most members fall
into this category. YOU have the ability to make the
biggest impact. The cumulative effect of 25 - 50 entries
with a few additional hours in the chair or entries from
modes missed last year will have a huge impact.
What We Need From You!
• If you did not operate last year or SS just isn’t your thing
(SS is a bore, you prefer the CQWW DX contests, etc.), the
club has a favor to ask. PLEASE help us out this one year.
If it’s only a couple of hours or one mode, no score is too
small! Or, make this the year you put in a substantial
effort. The fact of the matter is that SS is the one contest
that gets the competitive juices of our club flowing. It’s
something we can all rally around. The last time we won
the gavel comments like “I’ve never been prouder to be a
PVRC member!” were heard. Submit a log, any size, and
you could be part of a winning team in the historical 75th
Diamond Anniversary of Sweepstakes.
What We Need From You!
• If you can’t contribute a score this year, no problem. You
can still help us out by making a donation to the club to
help offset PVRC sponsored plaques. Checks should be
made out to PVRC and sent to our treasurer Dave
Baugher, WR3L, 615 Rockway Beach Ave, Baltimore, MD
ARRL Special 75th Anniversary Awards
Check it out!
1. Any station who submits a SS log with 75 sections worked will receive a
special commemorative magnet free of charge.
2. Any station who submits a log with a “Clean Sweep” (working all 80
ARRL/RAC sections in the contest) will receive a commemorative Clean
Sweep whisk broom free of charge.
3. Clean Sweep coffee mugs will again be available for purchase. For the 75th
Anniversary of SS, the mugs will be made of lead crystal and will be etched
with the Sweepstakes logo. These crystal mugs will only be available for this
year’s Sweepstakes, which will make them a highly sought-after item. Price
to be determined.
4. The ARRL is again pleased to continue its PINS (Participation In
November Sweepstakes) program for 2008. Anyone who completes 100
contacts on CW or Phone during Sweepstakes is eligible to purchase one of
these attractive Participation Pins. Pins are based on claimed scores. Each
pin includes the year and mode and has become a popular tradition in the
November Sweepstakes event. Pins cost $6, which includes postage and
5. Magnets and Clean Sweep whisk brooms will be shipped without any action
required by those who qualify.
2008 Sweepstakes Dates
• CW: November 1-3, 2008
• Phone: November 15-17, 2008
• Contest Period: Begins 2100 UTC
Saturday, ends 0300 UTC Monday.
• Operate no more than 24 of the 30 hours.
• Off periods may not be less than 30
minutes in length.
• Listening time counts as operating time.