For those of you planning to work Sweepstakes...

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KK5JY, Oct 26, 2017.

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  1. KK5JY

    KK5JY Ham Member QRZ Page

    ...I'm wondering what people think of the Radiogram style exchange. I totally understand idea of trading a contest exchange that is actual practice for trading useful information at other times. In the Sweepstakes case, the exchange is a modified version of the radiogram format the League has used for a long time. Other events such as NAQP also use non-generic exchanges, such as operator name and state.

    So for those of you who like working Sweepstakes, and/or those of you who would like to see more contests be more of a challenge trading more useful information fields (rather than just 599 NY, e.g.), what would you choose as your required exchange format if you were to design a general-interest contest from scratch? Or if you had the opportunity to update an existing contest?
  2. K7MH

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    I think we should exchange the make, model and VIN of whatever you are driving.:)
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  3. KS2G

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    There are lots of contests with lots of different exchanges -- names (NAQP), counties (QSO Parties) grid squares (Makrothen RTTY 'test), etc., etc.
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  4. N2EY

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    My first SS was 1968. I've only missed one since then. The longer exchange means you have to actually operate. Plus, there's no signal report!

    When I started with SS, the exchange was even longer - there was the date (your month and day of birth) after the check. In the real old days, (before WW2), the SS exchange was a complete message (!).

    Two weeks to go...
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  5. WB2WIK

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    I like the SS exchange, it's impossible to anticipate and "pre-log" anybody!

    Of course I also like some Sprints where the exchange is name and state, and you can make up any name you want as long as you stick with it. "Bozo in California" rings nicely.:) And with those, you can only "run" one station after you call CQ; after you exchange info with one station, the frequency becomes his and you have to move somewhere else.

    There was once a Sprint where the exchange was "signal report and what you had for dinner."

    "59 Pizza.":p
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  6. W4JFA

    W4JFA Ham Member QRZ Page

    I like the "Stew Perry top band challenge" tests where the exchange is grid squares. The only contest on HF that I know of that has grid squares as the exchange
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  7. W4JFA

    W4JFA Ham Member QRZ Page

    There's lots of Bozo's in CA. How do I know that? Heck they even have a net named "Bozo" here!
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  8. N2EY

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    I think we're all Bozos on this bus.
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  9. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Social security number in HEX :rolleyes:

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  10. WX7P

    WX7P Ham Member QRZ Page

    Squeeze the Wheeze
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