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ARRL RTTY Rookie Roundup Not Just for Newbies


The ARRL Rookie Roundup returns to RTTY Sunday, August 17, 1800 UTC through 2359 UTC. This event provides a unique opportunity for new operators (licensed 3 years or fewer) to learn RTTY contesting skills. Rookie Roundup events take place three times a year: SSB in April, RTTY in August, and CW in December.

During the contest Rookies can work anyone, while veteran operators only work Rookies. Experienced hams are also encouraged to host Rookies at their stations and to provide guidance during the contest. Single Operator Rookie entrants can form teams, but teams must register beforehand. A multioperator category is also available for stations hosting more than one Rookie operator.

Rookies call “CQ RR” (CQ Rookie Roundup), while veteran ops call “CQ R” (CQ Rookies). Exchange the call sign of the station you’re working, your call sign, your first name, two-digit number of the year first licensed, and your state, Canadian province, Mexican call area, or DX.

RTTY Rookie Roundup participants can log the contest using either the paper forms provided on the Rookie Roundup web page or by using the  real-time In The Log website. Once the contest is over and you’ve calculated your score, complete the Rookie Roundup Online Score SubmissionForm to submit your score; no logs are necessary. Entrants must fill out this form to enter, and all entries are due within 72 hours (3 days) of the end of the contest.

For more information, contact ARRL Contest Branch Manager Matt Wilhelm, W1MSW.




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