[CQ-Contest] ARRL Rookie Contest

Idle-Tyme nss at mwt.net
Thu Feb 11 11:21:55 PST 2010

Great that they are bringing back a Novice contest.

Bummer to me at least the format.  The scoring is fine. But the time 
period to me sucks.

I'd rather have seen it be like the older NR was. the large operating 
window of like 10 days but work max of 24 hours.

That was a blast to run,  it took strategy to decide when to be on,  is 
the band good?  where is it open to? etc.  not just brute forse, it took 
some skill at deciding when to be on.

I wish they would have done that again.  Plus   couldn't they come up 
with something better than /ROK  to let you know they are a rookie?  
even /RR  would have been 100 times better.
*The Original Rolling Ball Clock

James Duffey wrote:
> The March QST has an announcement for "The ARRL Rookie Roundup" to be held in Aoril. It is the entry level contest that more or less is a follow-on to the Novice Roundup in which many of us (WN0MWN in 1966 included) started our contesting career. 
> Of note in the announcement is that "100% real time logging, scoring and adjudication" will be used. "Results will be published online within minutes after the contest." This should effectively deal with lots of problems.
> The Rookie Roundup will be 6 hours long and held on 3 weekends, one each for SSB, CW and RTTY. Nonrookies can participate, but can work rookies only. 
> It is probably not too soon to make noise at your local club about getting rookies involved. And to give them a clue on how to deal with a pileup. I suspect that there will be a lot more nonrookies than rookies in the contest. :^)= I am glad that the ARRL is taking positive steps to encourage new hams to contest and to use modern technology for logging. - Duffey
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