[CQ-Contest] A little section history

Kenneth E. Harker kenharker at kenharker.com
Thu Aug 9 19:44:36 PDT 2012

     A while back, I began researching some of the changes made over the 
years in the ARRL and Canadian sections used in the Sweepstakes (mostly 
using the online QST archive at http://www.arrl.org/qst/).  I learned 
quite a lot, but I still have some gaps in my timeline about when certain 
changes were made.
     The first "All-Section Sweepstakes" was held in 1930 and there were 68 
sections.  In addition to the sections we know today, there were some 
interesting differences.  Minnesota was orginally two sections - Northern 
Minnesota and Southern Minnesota.  Utah and Wyoming were originally one
section.  The Philippines were a section (part of the Pacific Division).  
But the most interesting section was probably Georgia-South Carolina-Isle 
of Pines.  The Isle of Pines is an island off the coast of Cuba (today 
known as Isla de la Juventud or Isle of Youth).  After the Spanish-American 
War was concluded in 1898, the sovereignty of the island remained in 
dispute, claimed by both the United States and independent Cuba.  The 
U.S. Senate ratified a treaty recognizing Cuban sovereignty over the 
island in 1925.  I have no idea why the Isle of Pines was still being 
used in the section name as of 1930.

     Here are my notes for the last 40 years:

1 Jan 1973   Eastern Florida (EFL) deleted                            76
             Western Florida (WFL) deleted
             Northern Florida (NFL) created
             Southern Florida (SFL) created

1 Oct 1979   Canal Zone (KZ5) deleted                                 76

1 Jan 1987   West Texas (WTX) created from counties previously        75
             assigned to North Texas (NTX) and South Texas (STX)

Aug(?) 1988  West Indies (WI) deleted                                 76
             Puerto Rico (PR) section created
             Virgin Islands (VI) section created
             Guantanamo Bay assigned to Virgin Islands section

6 Feb 1989   Washington (WA) deleted                                  77
             Eastern Washington (EWA) created
             Western Washington (WWA) created

1 Jan 1996   Northern New York (NNY) created from counties            78
             previously assigned to Western New York (WNY)

1 Apr 1996   Two counties (Herkimer and Otsego) assigned to           78
             the newly-created Northern New York (NNY) section
             are returned to the Western New York (WNY)

1 Jan 1998   Newfoundland-Labrador section (NL) created,              79
             removing that province from the Maritimes (MAR)

15 Jan 2000  West Central Florida (WCF) created from counties         80
             previously assigned to Northern Florida (NFL)
             and Southern Florida (SFL)

12 Sep 2012  Ontario (ON) deleted                                     83
             Greater Toronto Area (GTA) created
             Ontario East (ONE) created
             Ontario North (ONN) created
             Ontario West (ONW) created

Kenneth E. Harker WM5R
kenharker at kenharker.com

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