[CQ-Contest] CW Sprint Date

Tree tree at kkn.net
Wed Dec 10 11:32:08 EST 2003

Thanks to a diving catch by the NCJ publishing team, we were able make
a last minute change to the CW Sprint date in February.  The "formula"
for coming up with the date placed it on Feb 15 UTC, which is Valentines
Day in local time.  

It was quickly determined that the weekend of January 31/Feb 1 would be
a better time for the contest.  Therefore, the "new formula" for the CW 
Sprint date in February contains an exception for when the contest falls
on Valentines Day, where it will jump up two weeks (before the phone 
Sprint).  This still avoids any conflict with the FOC marathon.  

You will probably see some references to the Feb 14/15th date in some
magazines that went to press before this change.  We did get it fixed
for the next NCJ.  I wanted to make this post in case you were putting
down on the kitchen calendar based upon the assumption that it was the
second full weekend.  Note that the 16th is president's day, so this 
might be a rare opportunity to take a 3 day holiday without missing
the CW Sprint.

Remember, the log submission deadline is again 7 days after the contest,
which means the results will be posted on the NCJ web page during the 
week of February 9th.  Doing the results twice is not possible, so if
your log isn't here in time, it won't make the score listings.  We 
actually had a record number of logs received for September, even with
the shorter deadline.

Remember, you can use the web based log entry form to generate your
log after the contest if you use paper logs.  This form can be found
at http://www.ncjweb.com/manualsprintlog.php.  

The results from the September CW Sprint will be in the January/Feb
issue of the NCJ.  Included in the results is a special feature by 
Rusty Epps, W6OAT, documenting the history around the creation of this
unique contest.  Don't miss it.

73 Tree N6TR
tree at kkn.net

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