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Rookie Roundup

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  • August 2014 Results are Live!

    Results for the August 2014 RTTY edition are now posted on the Rookie Roundup page hosted by Bruce Horn, WA7BNM! Congratulations to all participants!

    The next Rookie Roundup will be Sunday, December 21, using CW.  This is a great way to test your Morse code abilities in a contest designed for newcomers.  Hope to work you then!

  • Rookie Roundup Notice

    The Rookie Roundup returns to RTTY on Sunday, August 17, 1800 UTC through 2359 UTC. This is a great opportunity for new operators to get on the air and learn the skills of contesting.

     

    "Old Timers" should also take note of this event. Consider opening your station up to a rookie (or two) and become an elmer. Remember, the more operators are on the air, the more fun the 'Roundup will be for everyone.

     

    Be sure to read the rules before the event. It is also helpful to be familiar with the logging and submission processes ahead of time. You're in the right place; browse this page for information and tips on operating the Rookie Roundup. We hope to hear you on the air!

     

     

  • 2012: Changes

    There are some changes to the Rookie Roundup, effective with the April SSB RR.


    We've received a lot of feedback, and one of the most common requests is to add a Multi-operator category. Beginning in April 2012, this is a reality! Any number of Rookie operators may now band together at a single QTH and take turns operating using a single call and submitting a single score. Note that Multi-operator teams are allowed only a single rig.


    The second big addition is the creation of Team Competition Up to five Rookie Single-Operator entrants can operate the RR from separate stations and combine their scores for a cumulative team score. Team members can be located anywhere. Note that Multioperator entrants and non-rookies are not eligible to be part of a Team, only Rookie Single-Operators. You are also limited to being on only one team for each RR. Team registration will begin one week before each RR starts.

    This is a PERFECT activity for your Club. Now you can have several of your newly-licensed members over to the Club station or a club member's shack and enter using a single call. If you have Rookie club members that have their own stations, help them form a team and compete with other teams!

    We hope that these additions to the RR will help make the event more club-friendly for all. As always, Non-Rookies are encouraged to help the Rookies through on-site Elmering during the RR, and working Rookies in the event itself.

    If you have any questions, drop me a line ; I'd be happy to help. I hope to hear you and your club members on the air for the Rookie Roundup this April!

    73,

    Matt Wilhelm W1MSW

Overview

  • Mission & Objective

    Mission: To encourage newly-licensed operators (“Rookies”) in North America (including territories and possessions) to operate on the HF bands and experience competitive Amateur Radio operating. Experienced operators (“Non-Rookies”) are strongly encouraged to participate and help new operators – either on the air or in person.

    Objective: Rookies exchange information with as many other stations as possible on the 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meter HF bands.  Rookie entrants are encouraged to read “HF Contesting – Good Practices, Interpretations and Suggestions.”

  • Dates

    The third Sunday of April, August and December from 1800 UTC through 2359 UTC.

    2014: 20 April (SSB), 17 August (RTTY), 21 December (CW) 

  • Modes

    April - SSB, August - RTTY, December - CW.

  • Score Submission

    All score summaries (no logs are required or accepted) must be submitted within 72 hours of the end of the event.
     

    The deadline for the August 2013 RTTY Rookie Roundup is 23:59:59 UTC Wednesday, August 21, 2013.
     

    No late submissions will be accepted.

    All official entries must report their score using the WA7BNM Rookie Roundup Score Summary Form.

    Submit your score

  • Awards

    Electronic certificates will be emailed to the top five scoring Rookies in each US call area, Canadian province, Mexican call area and DX.  No national winners will be recognized. A commemorative participation certificate will be available for download to every Rookie operator submitting a log. Non-rookies submitting a check log will be recognized by call in the final results.

  • Complete Rules

    Rookie Roundup Rules [PDF]

    1.      Mission and Objective

    1.1. Mission: To encourage newly-licensed operators (“Rookies”) in North America (including territories and possessions) to operate on the HF bands and experience competitive Amateur Radio operating. Experienced operators (“Non-Rookies”) are strongly encouraged to participate and help new operators – either on the air or in person.

    1.2. Objective: Rookies exchange information with as many other stations as possible on the 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meter HF bands.  Rookie entrants are encouraged to read HF Contesting – Good Practices, Interpretations and Suggestions.”

     

    2.   Time Period, Modes, Frequencies and Power:

    2.1. Time period: The third Sunday of April, August and December from 1800 UTC through 2359 UTC. [Note: For 2013 only, the December RR is the 4th Sunday]

    2.2. Modes: April = SSB, August = RTTY, December = CW.

    2.3. Frequencies: To find contest activity, tune near these frequencies:

          2.3.1. Phone: 3.850, 7.225, 14.240, 21.325, and 28.400 MHz.

          2.3.2. CW: 3.550, 7.050, 14,050, 21.050, and 28.050 MHz.

          2.3.3. RTTY: 3.580, 7.080, 14.080, 21.080, and 28.080 MHz

    2.4. Power: All categories are limited to 100 watts transmitter power output.

     

    3.   Entry Categories:

    3.1. Single-Operator, Rookie

    3.1.1. Rookie entries are limited to operators who received their first amateur license during the current year or preceding two calendar years. (See rule 4.1)

    3.1.2. The use of information from a spotting network (“spotting assistance”) is permitted. Spotting yourself on a spotting network (“self-spotting”) or asking others to spot you is not allowed. See “HF Contesting – Good Practices, Interpretations and Suggestions” for clarification. (See 1.2 above)

    3.1.3. Rookie stations may contact Rookie or non-Rookie stations. (Also see 3.4)

    3.1.4. Rookie stations are encouraged to identify themselves as a Rookie station by calling “CQ RR” on CW or RTTY and “CQ Rookie Roundup” on SSB. 

    3.2. Multioperator, Rookie

    3.2.1. Any number of Rookie operators may participate as a multioperator entry from a single station. (Also see 6.6)

    3.2.2. Multioperator stations may transmit only one signal at a time using a single transmitter during the contest.

    3.2.4. Multioperator stations are not eligible to participate in team entries. 

    3.3. Team

    3.3.1. Team entries may be submitted containing up to five (5) different single-operator entries.  The single-operator entries will be listed separately in the results.  A single-operator entry may be a member of only one team.

    3.3.2. Team entries must be registered with the ARRL Contest Branch prior to the contest using the on-line form on the Rookie Roundup web page (www.arrl.org/rookie-roundup). See the Rookie Roundup web page for registration deadlines.

    3.4 Non-Rookie

    There is no Non-Rookie entry category but experienced operators are encouraged to participate and report their contact totals using the online score reporting form on the Rookie Roundup web page (www.arrl.org/rookie-roundup). Non-Rookies may call CQ but may only work Rookie stations in the contest. Non-Rookie stations should call “CQ Rookie” on SSB and “CQ R” on RTTY or CW.

     

    4.   Exchange: Call sign of station worked, your call sign, your first name, two-digit number of the year first licensed (“check”) and state, Canadian province, Mexican call area, or “DX”.

    Examples:
    NØAX from KB1QAW, Carol, 08, Connecticut
    KX9X DE VE7XYZ DAVE 07 BC
    KD2ABC DE XE1KK RAMON 96 XE1
    KG6PQR from JH4NMT Toshi 75 DX

    4.1. Rookies must have a check from the current year or any of the preceding two calendar years.  For example, in the 2013 Rookie Roundup events, Rookies must have a check of 13, 12, or 11.

     

    5.   Scoring:

    5.1. Points: 2 points for completed QSO between Rookie stations, 1 point for a completed QSO between a Rookie and a Non-Rookie station.  Contacts between Non-Rookie stations are not valid contacts in this event.

    5.2. Multipliers:

    5.2.1. Each US state and the District of Columbia (51 total) – use US postal codes as abbreviations. Be careful – many states have similar spellings and abbreviations! i.e. Missouri is MO, Minnesota is MN, Michigan is MI, Mississippi is MS, Maine is ME, Massachusetts is MA, etc.See the complete list of abbreviations at the end of these rules.

    5.2.2. Canadian Provinces (13 total) : See the complete list of abbreviations at the end of these rules.5.2.3. Mexican call areas (5 total): XE1, XE2, XE3, XF1, and XF4

    5.2.4. One generic DX multiplier, which includes contacts with US possessions (such as Puerto Rico KP4 and Guam KH2) and all other entities not listed in 5.2.1, 5.2.2 or 5.2.3.

    5.2.5. The total number of possible multipliers is 70.

     

    6. Miscellaneous:

    6.1. Stations may be worked once per band. Multiplier credit is only given once, regardless of band.

    6.2. Cross-band and cross-mode QSOs are not permitted. i.e. – Both stations must be on the same band and using the same mode.

    6.3. During any single contest, entrants must make all QSOs from the same
    state, province, call area, or DX entity. i.e. - Your exchange must contain
    the same location information for all contacts.

    6.4. QSOs made through repeaters or digipeaters are not permitted.

    6.5. QSOs with aeronautical mobile stations do not count.

    6.6. Non-rookie operators are encouraged to assist Rookie operators in person with
    operating technique and instruction, including acting as the control operator to allow Technician class licensees to transmit with General or Extra class privileges.  Non-rookie operators may not, however, make any transmissions from the station or log any contacts.

     

    7. Awards: Electronic certificates will be available for download by the top five scoring stations in each US call area, Canadian province, Mexican call area and DX stations.  No national winners will be recognized. A commemorative participation certificate will be available for download to every Rookie operator submitting a score.

     

    8. Submission: All scores must be submitted via the Rookie Roundup online score report form within 72 hours of the contest’s conclusion.

     

    9. Other information.

    9.1. See “General Rules for All ARRL Contests” and “General Rules for ARRL Contests on Bands Below 30 MHz (HF)."

    9.2. All contest queries should be directed to contests@arrl.org or by telephone to 860-594-0232.

     

    APPENDIX

    US State Postal Abbreviations [txt]

    State

    Abbreviation

    ALABAMA

    AL

    ALASKA

    AK

    ARIZONA

    AZ

    ARKANSAS

    AR

    CALIFORNIA

    CA

    COLORADO

    CO

    CONNECTICUT

    CT

    DELAWARE

    DE

    DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

    DC

    FLORIDA

    FL

    GEORGIA

    GA

    HAWAII

    HI

    IDAHO

    ID

    ILLINOIS

    IL

    INDIANA

    IN

    IOWA

    IA

    KANSAS

    KS

    KENTUCKY

    KY

    LOUISIANA

    LA

    MAINE

    ME

    MARYLAND

    MD

    MASSACHUSETTS

    MA

    MICHIGAN

    MI

    MINNESOTA

    MN

    MISSISSIPPI

    MS

    MISSOURI

    MO

    MONTANA

    MT

    NEBRASKA

    NE

    NEVADA

    NV

    NEW HAMPSHIRE

    NH

    NEW JERSEY

    NJ

    NEW MEXICO

    NM

    NEW YORK

    NY

    NORTH CAROLINA

    NC

    NORTH DAKOTA

    ND

    OHIO

    OH

    OKLAHOMA

    OK

    OREGON

    OR

    PENNSYLVANIA

    PA

    RHODE ISLAND

    RI

    SOUTH CAROLINA

    SC

    SOUTH DAKOTA

    SD

    TENNESSEE

    TN

    TEXAS

    TX

    UTAH

    UT

    VERMONT

    VT

    VIRGINIA

    VA

    WASHINGTON

    WA

    WEST VIRGINIA

    WV

    WISCONSIN

    WI

    WYOMING

    WY

     

    Canadian Provinces

     

    Province

    Prefix

    Abbreviation

    New Brunswick

    VE1, 9

    NB

    Nova Scotia

    VE1

    NS

    Quebec

    VE2

    QC or PQ

    Ontario

    VE3

    ON

    Manitoba

    VE4

    MB

    Saskatchewan

    VE5

    SK

    Alberta

    VE6

    AB

    British Columbia

    VE7

    BC

    Northwest Territories

    VE8

    NT

    Newfoundland and Labrador

    VO1/VO2

    NL

    Yukon Territory

    VY1

    YT

    Prince Edward Island

    VY2

    PE or PEI

    Nunavut

    VYØ

    NU

     

  • Results

    For Rookie Roundup results, visit our Rookie Roundup Page by Bruce Horn, WA7BNM.

     


     

  • Standard US State and Canadian Province Abbreviations

    US State Postal Abbreviations [txt]

    ALABAMA AL
    ALASKA AK
    ARIZONA AZ
    ARKANSAS AR
    CALIFORNIA CA
    COLORADO CO
    CONNECTICUT CT
    DELAWARE DE
    DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA DC
    FLORIDA FL
    GEORGIA GA
    HAWAII HI
    IDAHO ID
    ILLINOIS IL
    INDIANA IN
    IOWA IA
    KANSAS KS
    KENTUCKY KY
    LOUISIANA LA
    MAINE ME
    MARYLAND MD
    MASSACHUSETTS MA
    MICHIGAN MI
    MINNESOTA MN
    MISSISSIPPI MS
    MISSOURI MO
    MONTANA MT
    NEBRASKA NE
    NEVADA NV
    NEW HAMPSHIRE NH
    NEW JERSEY NJ
    NEW MEXICO NM
    NEW YORK NY
    NORTH CAROLINA NC
    NORTH DAKOTA ND
    OHIO OH
    OKLAHOMA OK
    OREGON OR
    PENNSYLVANIA PA
    RHODE ISLAND RI
    SOUTH CAROLINA SC
    SOUTH DAKOTA SD
    TENNESSEE TN
    TEXAS TX
    UTAH UT
    VERMONT VT
    VIRGINIA VA
    WASHINGTON WA
    WEST VIRGINIA WV
    WISCONSIN WI
    WYOMING WY

    Canadian Provinces

    Province Prefix Abbreviation
    New Brunswick VE1, 9 NB
    Nova Scotia VE1 NS
    Quebec VE2 QC or PQ
    Ontario VE3 ON
    Manitoba VE4 MB
    Saskatchewan VE5 SK
    Alberta VE6 AB
    British Columbia VE7 BC
    Northwest Territories VE8 NT
    Newfoundland and Labrador VO1/VO2 NL
    Yukon Territory VY1 YT
    Prince Edward Island VY2 PE or PEI
    Nunavut VYØ NU

  • Paper Forms

  • Team Registration

    Up to Five Single-Operator Rookie entrants may submit their scores as a Team. Teams must be registered in advance. Multioperator entrants are not allowed to participate as a member of a Team. Non-rookies are not permitted to be on a team.

    Team registration will be available beginning one week before each Rookie Roundup and wiil be closed 15 minutes before the event starts.
     

    Register Your Team

F.A.Q.