[CQ-Contest] ARRL Rookie Contest

Bruce Horn bhorn at hornucopia.com
Fri Feb 12 05:23:00 PST 2010

I haven't read the announcement in the March QST of this contest, but the rules for the contest are posted at:

There is no mention of "real-time" logging in the rules. Logs, only in Cabrillo format, are due 48 hours after the end of the contest. It appears to be a contest designed to encourage newcomers to contesting. "Rookies" (licensed within the past 3 years) can work anyone, but non-rookies can only work rookies.

I suggest reading the rules before reacting to the announcement.

73 de Bruce, WA7BNM   (bhorn at hornucopia.com)

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From: "James Duffey" <jamesduffey at comcast.net>
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Subject: [CQ-Contest] ARRL Rookie Contest

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
James Duffey
Cedar Crest NM

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