Amateur Radio News


My Condolences 

September 18th 2019 Al K9FZ suddenly departed this life. Al and I met at the DE Eyeball 2019 and I must say, nothing but an gentleman in every right. To Carrie and his family, you have my condolences and heart felt sympathy during your time of bereavement.

ARRL’s November Sweepstakes

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.