ARRL is grateful to Icom America and numerous clubs and individuals for sponsoring Sweepstakes awards. For more information on awards sponsorship, call the Contest Branch at (860) 594-0232.
"SS" will hit the airwaves for the 79th year this November! What started as a simple on-air exercise to wish Hiram Percy Maxim a happy birthday has continued into the 21st century.
A major change is in store for 2012: Because of an administrative change at the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC), the Ontario Section has been split into four new sections: Ontario North (ONN), Ontario South (ONS), Ontario East (ONE) and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). With the elimination of the Ontario Section and the addition of these four new Sections, the total number of Sections required for a Clean Sweep has increased from 80 to 83 (80 -1 +4 = 83). We stongly recommend you update your favorite contest logging software before Sweepstakes to ensure you can log the new sections properly.
View a map of the new VE3 sections here. (Courtesy Radio Amateurs of Canada)
Logs are due FIFTEEN days after the event is over. Paper logs are still accepted, but electronic Cabrillo logs are preferred. Contest clubs are encouraged to help their club members submit their log electronically.
This document will give you an introduction to the ARRL's premier domestic event. Includes rules, operating strategies and tips, paper logging forms and summary sheets, and Cabrillo log templates.
For stations in the United States and Canada (including territories and possessions) to exchange QSO information with as many other US and Canadian stations as possible on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meter bands.
CW: First full weekend in November (November 3-5,2012). Phone: Third full weekend in November (November 17-19, 2012). Contest Period: Begins 2100 UTC Saturday and runs through 0259 UTC Monday.
160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters. No contest QSOs on 12, 17, 30 or 60 meters.
All Sweepstakes logs must be submitted within FIFTEEN (15) days of the contest ending.
CW: 0300 UTC Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Phone:0300 UTC Tuesday, December 4, 2012
All stations may operate no more than 24 of the 30 hours.
Off-times must be a minimum of 30 minutes without operating. Listening time counts as operating time.
Certificates will be awarded to the top operator CW and Phone scores in each category in each ARRL/RAC section and division.
All Overall and Divisional winners will be awarded a plaque recognizing their efforts. Plaques are either sponsored by individual, groups or clubs, or by the principal awards sponsor, Icom America.
Participation pins and Clean Sweep coffee mugs are available for purchase from the ARRL by qualifying stations. See the complete rules for details.
New Ontario Section map (Courtesy Radio Amateurs of Canada)
Description of the new VE3 Sections (Courtesy Radio Amateurs of Canada):
Ontario North (ONN)
- All of Northwest Ontario, including Manitoulin Island, Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands, Killarney, the cities of Greater Sudbury and North Bay and Nipissing District.
Ontario East (ONE)
- Algonquin Park, Renfrew, Hastings, Prince Edward, Haliburton, Peterborough and Northhumberland Counties, and the cities and counties to the east.
Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
- The City of Toronto and the Regions of Halton (including the City of Burlington), Peel, York and Durham.
Ontario South (ONS)
- Parry Sound District, the counties of Simcoe, Grey, Bruce, Dufferin, Wellington, the City of Hamilton, the Region of Niagara and the remainder of Southwestern Ontario.
For contest information contact email@example.com or (860) 594-0232
Clean Sweep Mugs
Commemorate working your “clean sweep” by purchasing your 2012 November Sweepstakes mug. To earn your mug, work all 83 ARRL/RAC sections during the CW or Phone November Sweepstakes.
Mug awards are based on claimed scores.
After ten years, we must unfortunately raise the cost of Clean Sweep mugs due to our own increased costs. The price for the keepsake mug is $15 each, which includes all postage and handling charges to deliver your mug to you. If you submit an electronic log, please send a paper copy of the first page of your Cabrillo file and indicate how many mugs you are ordering along with your check. If you log by paper, attach a note to the top of your summary sheet indicating how many mugs you are ordering and your check. All orders should be sent to Clean Sweep Mugs, ARRL Contest Branch, 225 Main Street. Newington, CT 06111. Your mug will be shipped after all entries and mug orders have been processed and verified (approximately April 2013). Supplies are limited. Orders for Clean Sweeps mugs must be received no later than January 31, 2013.
Q: Why does it take so long to send me my mug?
A: We only order mugs once we know how many orders we need to fill. This helps us keep our costs down and eliminates inventory problems - either too many or too few mugs. As a non-profit organization, keeping our costs down is critical.
The ARRL is again pleased to continue its PINS (Participation In November Sweepstakes) program for 2012. Anyone who completes 100 contacts on CW or Phone during Sweepstakes is eligible to purchase one of these attractive Participation Pins. Each pin includes the year and mode and has become a popular tradition in the November Sweepstakes event.
Pins are based on claimed scores.
After ten years, we must unfortunately raise the cost of Clean Sweep mugs due to our own increased costs. Pins now cost $8, which includes all postage and handling charges to deliver your pinto you. Pins will be shippedand will be shipped after all entries have been processed and logs verified (approximately April 2013).
To order your pins, attach a note to the front of your summary sheet indicating the number of pins ordered along with your check. If you enter electronically, send a copy of your summary sheet with a note and your check attached to Sweepstakes PINS, ARRL Contest Branch, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111.
Q: Why does it take so long to send me my pin?
A: We only order pins once we know how many orders we need to fill. This helps us keep our costs down and eliminates inventory problems - either too many or too few pins. As a non-profit organization, keeping our costs down is critical.
Full Contest Details
For a printable PDF copy of these rules, click here.
1. Contest Object: For stations in the United States and Canada (including territories and possessions) to exchange QSO information with as many other US and Canadian stations as possible on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meter bands.
2. Date and Contest Period:
2.1. CW: First full weekend in November (November 3-5, 2012).
2.2. Phone: Third full weekend in November (November 17-19, 2012).
2.3. Contest Period: Begins 2100 UTC Saturday and runs through 0259 UTC Monday.
2.4. All entries may operate no more than 24 of the 30 hours.
2.5. Off periods may not be less than 30 minutes in length.
2.6. Times off and on must be clearly noted in paper logs. In electronically-submitted Cabrillo logs, off-times are calculated by the log-checking software.
2.7. Listening time counts as operating time.
3. Entry Categories:
3.1. Single Operator:
3.1.1. QRP. Transmit with 5 watts or less. Spotting assistance & Skimmer use is NOT permitted.
3.1.2. Low Power. Transmit with 150 watts or less. Spotting assistance & Skimmer use is NOT permitted.
3.1.3. High Power. Transmit with 1500 watts or less. Spotting assistance & Skimmer use is NOT permitted.
3.2. Single Operator Unlimited:
3.2.1. Low Power— Transmit with 150 watts or less. Spotting assistance and Skimmer use is allowed.
3.2.2. High Power--Transmit with 1500 watts or less. Spotting assistance and Skimmer use is allowed
3.3. Multioperator, Single Transmitter:
3.3.1. Low Power - Transmit with 150 watts or less. Spotting assistance and Skimmer use is allowed.
3.3.2. High Power - Transmit with 1500 watts or less. Spotting assistance and Skimmer use is allowed.
3.3.3 Multioperator entries may have only 1 transmitted signal on the air at any given time.
3.3.4. Multioperator stations have no limitations on band changes.
3.3.5. There is no Multioperator, Two Transmitter or Multioperator, Multi-Transmitter category.
3.4. School Club:
3.4.1. There are three divisions to this category.
220.127.116.11. College and University
18.104.22.168. Technical School
22.214.171.124. Secondary and other School
3.4.2. School clubs compete as their own category.
3.4.3. Only currently enrolled regular students and faculty/staff of the institution are eligible to operate a school club entry. As of 2010, Alumni may participate on the air with students. It is not, however, in the spirit of the category for Alumni exclusively to use the club station. Alumni should make every effort to continue in an Elmer role to current student club members.
3.4.4. There is no distinction between Single and Multi operator stations or power levels in the School Club category.
3.4.5. School clubs must operate from established stations located on the campus. No portable operation from a near-by contest station is allowed. A club may operate from a member’s station only if no on-campus station exists.
3.4.6. Certificates will be awarded to the top scoring entry in each division of this category in each ARRL/RAC section and division.
3.4.7. Spotting assistance and Skimmer use is allowed.
4. Contest Exchange: The required exchange consists of:
4.1. A consecutive serial number;
4.2.1. “Q” for Single Op QRP (5 Watts output or less);
4.2.2. “A” for Single Op Low Power (up to 150 W output);
4.2.3. “B” for Single Op High Power (greater than 150 W output);
4.2.4. “U” for Single Op Unlimited Single-Op Unlimited High Power and Single-Op Unlimited Low Power both send "U")
4.2.5. “M” for Multi-Op (Multiop High Power and Multiop Low Power both send "M")
4.2.6. “S” for School Club;
4.3 Your Callsign;
4.4.1. The last 2 digits of the year of first license for either the operator or the station.
4.4.2. An entry must send the same Check throughout the entire contest.
4.5. ARRL/RAC Section (click here for the official list)
4.6 Exchange Example: NU1AW would respond to W1AW’s call by sending: W1AW 123 B NU1AW 71 CT, which indicates QSO number 123, B for Single Op High Power, NU1AW, first licensed in 1971, and in the Connecticut section.)
5.1 QSO points: Count two points for each complete two-way QSO.
5.2. Multiplier: Each ARRL Section and RAC Section plus the Canadian NT (Northern Territories - encompassing VE8 / VY1 / VY0) with a maximum number of 83.
5.2.1. KP3, KP4 and KP5 are in the Puerto Rico Section.
5.2.2. KV4/KP2, KG4 and KP1 stations are in the Virgin Islands Section.
5.2.3. KH6 and other US possessions in the Pacific count as the Pacific Section.
5.3. Final score: Multiply QSO points (two per QSO) by the number of ARRL/RAC sections (plus NT VE8/VY1/VY0).
6.1. Work each station only once, regardless of band.
6.2. Only one transmitted signal at any time is permitted for all entry categories.
7.1. Certificates will be awarded to the top operator CW and Phone scores in each category in each ARRL/RAC Section and Division.
7.2. All Overall and Divisional winners will be awarded a plaque recognizing their efforts. Plaques are either sponsored by groups of clubs or by the principal awards sponsor, Icom.
8. Log Submission:
8.1 All logs must be submitted within FIFTEEN (15) days of the end of the contest. Entries emailed or postmarked after the deadline may be designated checklogs. While the ARRL will never refuse a paper log, Cabrillo-formatted electronic logs are strongly encouraged.
8.1.1. Deadline for submission of CW entries is 0300 UTC Tuesday, November 20, 2012.
8.1.2. Deadline for submission of Phone entries is 0300 UTC Tuesday, December 4, 2012.
8.1.3. The CW and Phone modes are considered separate contests and must be submitted in separate envelopes or emails sent to the appropriate address.
8.2 All paper log entries must include the official summary sheet as well as all required sent and received contest exchange information for each QSO. Paper logs that do not include these items will not be processed.
8.4. Paper logs may be converted by the entrant to Cabrillo-formatted logs by logging onto the web application at www.b4h.net/cabforms and manually entering the QSO data and completing the required information.
8.5. Any entry that has been created using a computer for logging must be submitted in the Cabrillo log file format.
8.5.1. Files from word processing, spreadsheet programs or “bin” type logging program files are not valid or usable.
8.5.2. Any electronic file that is not submitted in required format will not be eligible for competition and awards.
8.5.3. A paper printout for a log that has been generated by a computer in lieu of the actual data file in the required format is not an acceptable substitute.
8.5.4. Paper logs that are entered into a logging program or computer after the contest are considered electronic logs and must include the required electronic file in the submission.
8.6. Hand-written paper logs are acceptable entries. Any hand written paper log of 500 or more QSOs must include the required dupe sheet.
8.7. Logs sent via the regular mail service should be addressed to: November SS CW or November SS Phone, ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111. If submitting a paper log, it is strongly suggested you use a delivery method that offers a tracking number.
9. Other information.
9.1. See “General Rules for All ARRL Contests” and “General Rules for ARRL Contests on Bands Below 30 MHz (HF)" or from the ARRL Contest Branch.
9.2. All contest queries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone to 860-594-0232.