[CQ-Contest] Rookie Roundup - web v. print

Kutzko, Sean, KX9X kx9x at arrl.org
Fri Feb 12 10:07:24 PST 2010

Hi folks-

A) The web rules were updated this morning. Three years, not two. 

B) Live scoring. From the rules:

Submission: All contacts must be submitted to the Rookie Roundup online
scoring server during the contest or within ten minutes of the contest's
conclusion.  There are three ways to submit contacts: 
1) Use a logging program that supports the Rookie Roundup, such as N1MM
Logger (www.n1mm.com)
2) Use the simple Windows-based logging software available from
3) Enter contacts via the online contact entry form at

C) 2007 was the last year that had December 1 on a Saturday. That year,
the ARRL 160 Meter contest started at 2200z on Friday, November 30. The
2007 rules are here:

This is a non-issue.


Sean Kutzko, KX9X
Contest Branch Manager

ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio(tm)
225 Main St.
Newington, CT  06111
skutzko at arrl.org

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Kenneth E.
Sent: Friday, February 12, 2010 9:04 AM
To: CQ Contest
Subject: [CQ-Contest] Rookie Roundup - web v. print

     I notice a couple of discrepancies between the online rules for the
Rookie Roundup and the contest announcement in Sean KX9X's column in
(p. 77).

  Print: licensed 2 years or less 
  Web: licensed 3 years or less

Log submissions:
  Print: "100% real-time contact logging, scoring, and adjudication"
  Web: Logs submitted in Cabrillo format via the Internet within 48

Should we assume that the web version represents the most-recent and 
most-accurate version of the rules?

Also, I notice that the web version "formula" for the CW contest date
could result in conflicts with the ARRL 10 Meter Contest on those years
when December 1 is a Saturday.  Normally, the ARRL 160 Meter contest is
first weekend and the ARRL 10 Meter Contest is the second weekend, but
because the ARRL 160 Meter Contest actually starts on Friday, the ARRL
in the past scheduled it for December 7-8-9, whcih is the first Friday
December, but actually the second weekend.  As a result, this moved the 
ARRL 10 Meter contest back to December 15-16, which is actually the
full weekend of December in those years.  This Rookie Roundup date will 
only work if (a) the ARRL stops scheduling the ARRL 160 Meter Contest on

December 7-8-9, but instead uses the Nov 30-Dec 1-2 option consistently,
(b) is willing to confuse rookies by pushing the contest to the fourth 
weekend, December 22-23, every seven years or so, or (c) doesn't mind
overlap with the ARRL 10 Meter Contest.

Kenneth E. Harker WM5R
kenharker at kenharker.com

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