Since the "Discussion Forums: Share your views with others" block does not have a Contests forum (HINT, HINT), I guess I'll have to start a discussion of Sweepstakes here. The SSB version is this weekend. Ironically, I will not participate since I'm CW-only. But, Sweepstakes is probably the most interesting contest out there. One of the longest exchanges, no signal report (who cares anyway), and it's interesting to hear the check - the year that the operator (or club) was licensed. I was pretty disappointed with my CW performance - only 220 or 230 Qs, 76 sections, but it is still an addicting event. So, what are your strategies? What kind of improvements have you made to maximize your success? Are you getting better year over year? One final side note: an ARRL Quickstats poll showed only 8% of respondents planned to operate Sweepstakes/CW and 16% planned to operate the phone version. Far from a scientific poll, though.