The ARRL‘s annual November Sweepstakes is the oldest domestic contest, beginning in 1930.
It‘s a competition between North American stations – individuals, teams, and clubs. For many
US and Canadian hams, it is their first contest operation and remains a regular event on their
yearly schedule for a lifetime. The contest is somewhat unique in that each station may only be
contacted once and the number of different recognized locations (―multipliers‖) is limited to the
ARRL and RAC sections. Working all of the sections is called a ―Clean Sweep‖ and allows the
station to claim one of the coveted Clean Sweep coffee mugs – there are other awards, as well.
2012 brings some changes on the Canadian side of the border – the old Ontario (VE3, ON)
section has been deleted and split into four new sections: Ontario North (ONN), Ontario East
(ONE), Ontario South (ONS), and Greater Toronto Area (GTA). This means a Clean Sweep
now requires 83 sections! Contest Club Ontario is making extra efforts to be sure all four VE3
sections are on the air. Make sure your contest logging software is up to date so that it
recognizes the new section abbreviations!
This package of information about Sweepstakes contains an overview of the contest and how to
participate. Log sheets and entry forms for both the CW and Phone contests are printed at the
back. In between, you‘ll find the complete rules for the contest.
We hope you‘ll participate in the 2012 ARRL Sweepstakes – thanks for your interest!
Sean Kutzko, KX9X
ARRL Contest Branch Manager