[CQ-Contest] ARRL Club Categories

Bill Coleman aa4lr at arrl.net
Wed Jul 1 21:06:35 PDT 2009

On Jul 1, 2009, at 7:16 PM, David Levine wrote:

> For an ARRL contest, what determines the club category a specific club
> is in? If I look in the current July QST, my small local club called
> Bergen ARA is listed in the Local category for the ARRL 10 meter
> contest and in the Medium category in the January VHF Sweepstakes.
> Same club both times.

It's certainly possibly for a local club to complete in the medium or  
unlimited categories. A local club with more than 10 entries certainly  
qualifies for the medium category, and with more than 50 entries  
qualifies for the unlimited category.

I do think that the ARRL sometimes makes mistakes in this area, as the  
converse is not true. A medium or unlimited category club with only 10  
or fewer entries does not necessarily qualify for the local category,  
because of the radius requirements.

There's also a requirement that the club inform the ARRL who is  
eligible as a member of the club. I don't think that the ARRL  
administers this that closely -- if someone submitted a score for a  
club, but wasn't on the official roster, it's not clear that the ARRL  
would ignore that score for the club totals.

Bill Coleman, AA4LR, PP-ASEL        Mail: aa4lr at arrl.net
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