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It’s ARRL November Sweepstakes Season!


ARRL November Sweepstakes — two weekends of fun on CW and SSB, respectively — are just ahead. The CW event is November 7-9; the phone weekend is November 21-23. The contest period runs from 2100 UTC on Saturday through 0259 UTC Monday. Those planning to participate should check out the 2015 Operating Guide (PDF).


“More activity means more fun for everyone!” said ARRL November Sweepstakes Manager Larry Hammel, K5OT.


Sweepstakes is the ARRL’s oldest “domestic” contest and is one in which stations may only contact each other once on any band. The multipliers are official ARRL and RAC sections. Some are especially rare, so keep your ears open!

For stations in the United States and Canada (including territories and possessions), the object is to exchange the required contact information with as many other US and Canadian stations as possible on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters. There are several entry classes.


Affiliated Club competition continues to be a very popular aspect of Sweepstakes each year. Even members who cannot put in a full-time effort can contribute.


The Clean Sweep mug — for working all 83 ARRL/RAC sections — is available again this year, as are Participation Pins for anyone who completes more than 100 contacts on CW or phone during Sweepstakes.




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