[VHFcontesting] Historical contest dates

Kenneth E. Harker kenharker at kenharker.com
Fri Mar 2 13:58:43 EST 2007

On Fri, Mar 02, 2007 at 12:38:00PM -0600, John (JK) Kalenowsky, K9JK wrote:
> Ken, (and VHFContesting readers)
> If the reference to "ARRL Spring Sprints" means the VHF & Up Spring Sprints 
> (AND I believe that the "ETDXA Spring Sprints" MUST be referring to VHF & 
> Up), I am actually WORKING on that "right now". I'm actually OCRing Results 
> from QST and NCJ so I should untilmately be able to provide Score Results 
> back to 1983.

Yes, those are the contests I was thinking of.  The ARRL sponsored the 
VH/UHF Spring Sprints from 1983 to 1998, when they dropped the contest 
for lack of participation.  The Contest Scores Database has line scores 
for the ETDXA sprints for the years 2003, 2004, and 2005, but not for any 
other years, and we don't have any of the ARRL VHF/UHF Sprints line scores
in the database yet.  We will happily take both line scores and the contest
date/time information.
> So, for ARRL _VHF & Up_ Spring Sprints (from 1983 through 1998) and for 
> ETDXA Spring Sprints (from 2000 through 2005, and 2006 results when they 
> become available), consider ME the volunteer. ALSO, I have data for 4 of 5 
> events in 1999 when the individual events were managed by five separate 
> clubs/persons/entities (woking on the 5th).

Send me whatever you have when it's ready, and I'll get it in the database.
> 73, JK
> >From: "Kenneth E. Harker" <kenharker at kenharker.com>
> >To: VHF Contesting <vhfcontesting at contesting.com>
> >Subject: [VHFcontesting] Historical contest dates
> >Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2007 09:41:50 -0800
> >
> >     The Contest Scores Database (http://www.kkn.net/~k5tr/scoredb/) now
> >has 365,311 line scores from over 40 different amateur radio competitions.
> >In a few cases, we have every line score ever in a contest (ARRL 10, ARRL 
> >RTTY,
> >Stew Perry, and the Asia-Pacific Sprints) and in others we have line scores
> >from the past decade or most of the past decade.
> >
> >     In an effort to make the data more interesting, we are looking at 
> >ways
> >to include metadata about the contests and/or the state of the world when
> >the contests were taking place.  We've started by loading historical
> >solar data (solar flux, sunspot count, Kp indices, Ap indices).  We will
> >soon be able, for example, to include solar flux numbers with the ARRL 10
> >Meter Contest records, so you can see what the sun was doing the year a
> >record was set.  Or we might chart the solar flux against the high QSO 
> >total
> >for each year.  There are all sorts of possibilities.  For VHF+ contests, 
> >we
> >might (if the data is available) do something similar with moon data or
> >meteor counts.
> >
> >     One of the things we need to make this happen is data on the specific
> >times each contest took place each year.  For some contests this is easy to
> >compute, as the contest always falls on the nth weekend of the month 
> >between
> >certain times.  For other contests this formula for determining the days is
> >more of a pain, or has changed over time.  I'm looking for a volunteer to
> >research the specific contest dates for VHF contests.  You'll probably need
> >either paper copies of the magazines or a set of QST CD-ROMs to go back 
> >very
> >far.  We could use dates for the following contests (you don't have to
> >volunteer for all of them :-):
> >
> >ARRL January VHF Sweepstakes
> >ARRL June VHF QSO Party
> >ARRL September VHF QSO Party
> >ARRL August UHF Contest
> >ARRL 10 GHz and Up Cumulative Contest
> >ARRL International EME Contest
> >ARRL Spring Sprints
> >ETDXA Spring Sprints
> >SMIRK Contest
> >CQ VHF Contest
> >
> >     Some of these contests have multiple weekends, and we'd like the 
> >times
> >for each weekend in those cases.  I'm looking for data like this, as far
> >back in time as we can get it:
> >
> >ARRL	June VHF QSO Party	2006	1	2006-06-10 18:00:00 
> >2007-06-12 03:00:00
> >ARRL	June VHF QSO Party	2007	1	2007-06-09 18:00:00 
> >2007-06-11 03:00:00
> >
> >     Any volunteers?
> >
> >--
> >Kenneth E. Harker WM5R
> >kenharker at kenharker.com
> >http://www.kenharker.com/
> >
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Kenneth E. Harker WM5R
kenharker at kenharker.com

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