[CQ-Contest] 2014 SSB Sweepstakes Scoring Question

john at kk9a.com john at kk9a.com
Sat Jun 20 09:49:21 EDT 2015

I do not collect Sweepstakes mugs but I thought that were sent out after you
pay for them and send a copy of your clean sweep claimed score. If a
multiplier QSO was removed in log checking you still got the coffee mug that
you paid for.

John KK9A

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Subject:	[CQ-Contest] 2014 SSB Sweepstakes Scoring Question
From:	Wes Plouff <nwplouff at att.net>
Date:	Fri, 19 Jun 2015 18:35:12 -0400
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Hello to the CQ-Contest list! I have a question about a possible one-time
issue with ARRL Sweepstakes scoring. I'm wondering if others have seen the
same issue. I've sent an e-mail to contests at arrl.org with no response after
a week.

In the 2014 SSB Sweepstakes, I worked W1AW/1 in Rhode Island and W1AW/5 in
Mississippi. W1AW/5 was my only contact in MS, and I thought I had contacted
all 83 sections. As a small-time contester, I was thrilled to make a clean

Well, at my club banquet in June, when coffee mugs were handed out, it turns
out none of us who thought we had clean sweeps were credited by the ARRL. So
I looked up my logcheck file. It turns out that the log checking software
marked W1AW/5 as a dupe, thus invalidating my MS multiplier and clean sweep.
One of the other club members reported the same had happened to him.

I'm not upset at this, my final score is still respectable, but I am
curious. This may have been a glitch because W1AW/portable operation during
the ARRL Centennial year was unique to 2014. I'm wondering: have any other
hams gotten into a situation where contacts with multiple W1AW/?? callsigns
were invalidated by the checker? Has anyone heard a good explanation about
why such contacts should or should not be counted as dupes?


Wes Plouff AC8JF
Royal Oak, MI

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