[CQ-Contest] A little section history

Kenneth E. Harker kenharker at kenharker.com
Fri Aug 10 13:48:21 PDT 2012

On Fri, Aug 10, 2012 at 02:00:27PM -0600, Steve London wrote:
> On 08/10/2012 12:13 PM, Kenneth E. Harker wrote:
> > Jack,
> >
> > I looked up the results article for the 1979 Sweepstakes ("Results, 46th
> > Annual ARRL November Sweepstakes" by Tom Frenaye K1KI and Bill Jennings K1WJ,
> > QST, May 1980, pp. 77-86).  It is clear that the contest administrators did
> > not include the Canal Zone as a section/multiplier in the 1979 contest and
> > there were only 74 multipliers.  From the second paragraph of the article:
> > "The deletion of the Canal Zone as a section may have helped make the way
> > easier, on cw anyway, but in all, 478 clean sweeps were recorded."
> 478 Sweeps !
> That is a remarkable number. Consider, that in 1979, there were no packet 
> clusters, no assisted/unlimited class and only a few did single-op SO2R.

Just to be clear, that was 478 sweeps across both the CW and phone weekends
together.  The 1979 results for both weekends were presented in a single 
article in the May, 1980 QST.

But yeah.

Kenneth E. Harker WM5R
kenharker at kenharker.com

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