Sweepstakes goals

It’s Saturday morning and Sweepstakes, the biggest and toughest contest, starts this afternoon. It’s tough because the exchange is long and unpredictable. People complain about contensts having a meaningless 599 exchange, but Sweepstakes is just the opposite. I’ll be sending a
serial number, precednece or the classification I’m in, my call, the check which is the year I was first licensed, and my section — 1 U K9OZ 65 IL. That may not seem like much, but copy different variations from different stations a few hundred times at high speed CW and you start to see the problem.

I ususally set a goal for myself prior to the contest. Last year my goal was 400 contacts and a clean sweep — working all the sections. I wound up with 380 and 75 sections. Someday, I’d like to do the clean sweep, but most years I wind up in the 75 to 78 range. There are a few tough ones, like the Northwest Territories in Canada. So my goal this year is 500 and a clean sweep. I’ll report back on my progress next week.