[CQ-Contest] Sweepstakes Exchange History

Hal Offutt hal at japancorporateresearch.com
Tue Nov 10 21:37:05 EST 2020


Young man, I'm afraid I have to correct you about RST not being part of 
the SS exchange.  I have copies of my old SS logs from the 50's.  The 
official ARRL SS log forms (which the Communications Department would 
send to anyone who requested them) have the following columns for both 
sent and received (1 pt each):  NR, STN, CK RST, Section, Time, Date 
(Nov).  Ops sent honest RST reports too.  With in-the-attic wires, I got 
plenty of 569 reports and very few 599 reports.

There was no "precedence" then.  That may have been because there were 
not separate categories for power level.  LP stations (150 w or less) 
got a power multiplier (1.25X for CW and 1.5 for phone) and all scores 
were were listed together.

I wish I weren't old enough to know this kind of stuff.

73, Hal W1NN CK 57

On 11/11/2020 1:16 AM, James Cain wrote:
> That 1963 SS announcement in QST has the Time as an element of the
> exchange. That would have been in keeping with the idea of the SS exchange
> at least imitating an NTS message preamble. Along those lines, RST was
> never in the SS exchange because RST wasn't ever part of an NTS message
> preamble. I don't remember when the Time was dropped from the exchange. My
> first SS was 1962 but even my memory for trivia fails me on that one.
> Is it time to resurrect the "What is the correct CK to send?" thread yet? I
> miss it terribly.
> cain K1TN
> Hi Jim,
> 1963
> http://p1k.arrl.org/pubs_archive/46428
> 73
> Frank
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jim McCook" <w6ya at cox.net>
> To: "CQ-Contest Reflector" <cq-contest at contesting.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 1:19:01 AM
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] Sweepstakes Exchange History
> What year was the exchange altered to eliminate RST and Time as part of
> the exchange, and add the Check? Some time in the '60s? Jim W6YA
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