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[CQ-Contest] Thinking about Sweepstakes

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Subject: [CQ-Contest] Thinking about Sweepstakes
From: "Warren C. Stankiewicz" <nf1j@earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2007 21:33:28 -0700
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As the weekend for SS Cw approaches...

I literally found out about Sweepstakes before I was ever licensed. A friend, 
no longer licensed, gave me his collection of QST from the 60's, and there were 
few things more entertaining than Jack Troster, W6ISQ's articles; if you're 
able to go back, his piece on "Strategy" is still a classic today. I'm sure 
there are still some of you out there with AA certificates, or whisk brooms.

And I remember the first time I operated in it, after I had upgraded to extra, 
and just enjoying how the contest was not so much of a "run fest", and that you 
had to think your way through it. And the hunt for those elusive multipliers. 
Learning to copy that long exchange, and to get it right the first time. Being 
part of a club effort. My first clean sweep (no feeling like it in the world!)

I remember when I started at the ARRL Contest Branch in 1990, when there was 
open talk that the year could be the last for the contest, as participation had 
fallen off so dramatically. And I suggested PINS (thanks, CQ-M for the idea), 
and it took back off again, and then we added cups and plaques. It is still 
going, eighteen years later, and long may it run.

November Sweepstakes is still a "thinking man's" contest, and it's still a heck 
of a lot of fun. If you've not operated it in a while, I urge you to go back 
this coming month and give it another try. It is one contest that is not 
particular to the size of your station; but depends a great deal on your 
operating ability. 

And if you're one of those who's operated it all these years, I'll be looking 
for you along with all the other old friends I've made in this contest. KB and 
have fun!

73 and with malice towards none,

Warren, NF1J
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