Contest Objective: To support amateur self-training in radiocommunications, including improving amateur operating skills, conducting technical investigations, and intercommunicating with other amateurs. Stations in the United States and Canada (including territories and possessions) exchange information with as many other US and Canadian stations as possible on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meter bands.
CW: First full weekend in November (November 6-8, 2021).
Phone: Third full weekend in November (November 20-22, 2021).
Contest Period: Begins 2100 UTC Saturday and runs through 0259 UTC Monday.
Contest rules are now maintained as a single downloadable document (see “Full Contest Rules” below).
For contest information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (860) 594-0232
The current November Sweepstakes Information Package is available as a downloadable PDF below,
Contest Exchange- the required exchange consists of:
Serial Number: A consecutive contact number starting with 1.
- “Q” for Single Operator, QRP
- “A” for Single Operator, Low Power
- “B” for Single Operator, High Power
- “U” for Any Single Operator Unlimited Power Category (High, Low, or QRP)
- “M” for Multioperator, High Power or Multioperator, Low Power
- “S” for School Club
Your Call Sign: The call sign must be included as part of the exchange.
Check: The last two digits of the year the operator or the station was first licensed. The same Check must be sent throughout the contest.
ARRL/RAC Section: Send and log the abbreviations in the ARRL Contest Multipliers List
The following is a typical Sweepstakes contact:
CQing Station: CQ Sweepstakes from W9JJ
Answering Station: W1AW
CQer: W1AW 123 A W9JJ 79 CT
Ans: 43 M W1AW 31 CT
CQer: Thanks, CQ Sweepstakes from W9JJ
As the answering station, it is not necessary to send the CQing station’s call before the exchange unless you think there might be some confusion about what station you are responding to.
All stations may operate no more than 24 of the 30 hours. Scores will be calculated from contacts logged during the first 24 hours of operation.
This rule limits operating time (listening or transmitting) to 24 hours. Contacts logged after 24 hours of operation will not be counted toward the final score, but there is no penalty for including those contacts in a submitted log, and the station contacted is eligible to receive credit for the contact.
Off-times must consist of a minimum of 30 consecutive minutes without operating. Listening time counts as operating time.
Log Submission Deadline
Logs are due within SEVEN (7) days after the event is over. Logs may be submitted either online or via mail, but electronic Cabrillo-formatted logs are preferred. Clubs are encouraged to help members submit their log electronically. Electronic logs must be submitted via via our web app at contest-log-submission.arrl.org/
Entries for the CW and Phone portions of the competition must be submitted separately and must be postmarked before their respective 7-day deadline.
Logs that have been submitted electronically are listed on the Logs Received page. Click the contest name to see a list of submitted logs sorted by call sign or club name.
Online Log Submission – Cabrillo formatted logs must be uploaded via our web app at contest-log-submission.arrl.org.
Submitting Paper Logs By Mail – Be sure to mail your completed Summary Sheet and Log Sheets (include a dupe sheet if over 500 QSOs) postmarked before the log submission deadlines.
Send completed Summary Sheets and logs postmarked before the submission deadline to:
ARRL – CW Sweepstakes Contest, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111.
ARRL – SSB Sweepstakes Contest, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111.
If submitting a paper log, it is strongly suggested you use a delivery method that offers a tracking number.
If you wish to convert your log into a Cabrillo formatted log for electronic submission, visit www.b4h.net/cabforms and select the event of interest. You can input your log data which will be converted to a Cabrillo-formatted log for you (it will generate a log and return it to you). You can then submit your Cabrillo log online via the web app at contest-log-submission.arrl.org.
Certificates will be awarded in the top operator CW and Phone scores in each category in each ARRL/RAC Section and Division. Printable certificates will be downloadable from contests.arrl.org/certificates.php.
All Overall and Division winners will be awarded a plaque recognizing their efforts. Plaques are sponsored by individuals, groups or clubs, or by the principal awards sponsor, Icom America.For details on plaque sponsorship, contact the ARRL Contest Program at email@example.com or 860-594-0232
Participation pins and Clean Sweep coffee mugs are available for purchase from the ARRL by qualifying stations.
Description of the VE3 RAC Sections (Courtesy Radio Amateurs of Canada) effective April 1, 2020:
Ontario North (ONN)
- All of Northwest Ontario, including Manitoulin Island, Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands, Killarney, the cities of Greater Sudbury and North Bay and Nipissing District.
Ontario East (ONE)
- Algonquin Park, Renfrew, Hastings, Prince Edward, Haliburton, Peterborough and Northhumberland Counties, and the cities and counties to the east.
Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
- The City of Toronto and the Regions of Halton (including the City of Burlington), Peel, York, Durham, the City of Hamilton, and the Regional Municipality of Niagara.
Ontario South (ONS)
- Parry Sound District, the counties of Simcoe, Grey, Bruce, Dufferin, Wellington and the remainder of Southwestern Ontario.
Full Contest Rules