Amateur Radio Station
W Q 6 X
Operations in the November Sweepstakes

Sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (A.R.R.L.), the November Sweepstakes (SS) amateur radio contest is the second-oldest radio amateur competition (the oldest being Field Day), first run in November 1930. Currently a 30 hour event, from its inception the November Sweepstakes has been a traffic-handling simulation exercise running during the 1st and 3rd weekends of November each year. For West Coast operators, depending upon daylight saving time, Sweepstakes begins either at 13:00 (1pm) or 14:00 (2pm) in the afternoon (21:00 UTC) on Saturday. Sweepstakes ends at 19:00 (7pm) Pacific Time on Sunday (03:00 UTC, Monday).

Unlike other radio contests which support a simplistic exchange, Sweepstakes requires an extensive exchange of information between stations making contact, simulating the format of the RadioGram form used to deliver messages (similar to Western Union's telegram format). While computers are used to log contacts, logging software is designed around the classic Sweepstakes log sheets. (Click the PICs for a closer look.)

Sweepstakes is also unique in that a station may only be contacted once during the contest, regardless of how many radio bands are used. Luckily, contest-logging software programs sport duplicate-contact notification, alerting operators before a "DUP" Qso is logged.

The 1st weekend is dedicated to morse code (C.W.) operations, while the 3rd weekend is devoted to Phone (voice) operation. This is a competition between U.S. (and posessions) and Canadian amateurs. The rest of the world puts up with our use of the radio spectrum on those weekends, even though we exclude them from the fun.

Since 1970, Ron Fitch has participated in over 25 Sweepstakes operations under such callsigns as:
WA6LKB, KX6H, K8CX, NX6T, WQ6X and W6K. Operating locations have included Livermore Calif., Manhattan Beach Calif., Cincinatti & N.E. Ohio and years ago as W6K from an empty multi-millon dollar house in Ojai (east of Ventura), Santa Barbara Section (SB) - then one of the top 10 sought after A.R.R.L. sections.

Since SB section is now well represented in the Sweepstakes, recent events have found me operating from Brentwood and Concord, Ca. - both in the East Bay Section. East Bay Section is where it all began and East Bay Section is where it continues.


As material regarding Sweepstakes operations is put online, links will appear below in reverse-chronological order.

Contest Dates

Contest Activity

Contest Results

Nov 18 - 19, 2017

WQ6X Operating using Voice (2017) - from Concord

Upcoming from
EB Section

Nov 4 - 5, 2017

WQ6X Operating using C.W. (2017) - from Concord

Upcoming from
EB Section

Nov 19 - 21, 2016

WQ6X Operating using Voice (2016) - from Concord

1st Place
East Bay Section

Nov 5 - 7, 2016

WQ6X Operating using C.W. (2016) - from Concord

1st Place
East Bay Section

Nov 21 - 23, 2015

WQ6X Operating using Voice (2015) - from Concord

1st Place
Pacific Division

Nov 7 - 9, 2015

WQ6X Operating using C.W. (2015) - from Concord

2nd Place
East Bay Section

Nov 15 - 17, 2014

WQ6X Operating W6K using Voice (2014) - from Brentwood

1st Place
East Bay Section

Nov 1 - 3, 2014

WQ6X Operating W6K using C.W. (2014) - from Brentwood

1st Place - MOP
Pacific Division

Nov 16 - 18, 2013

WQ6X Operating W6K using Voice (2013) - from Brentwood

1st Place - MOP
East Bay Section

Nov 2 - 4, 2013

WQ6X Operating W6K using C.W. (2013) - from Brentwood

1st Place - MOP
+ Clean SWEEP
East Bay Section

Nov 17 - 18, 2012

WQ6X Operating W6K using Voice (2012) - from Hayward

3rd Place
East Bay Section

Nov 3 - 4, 2012

WQ6X Operating W6K using C.W. (2012) - from Brentwood

1st Place - MOP
East Bay Section

Nov 20 - 22, 2011

WQ6X Operating N6K using Voice (2011)
from a tent off of Carpinteria state beach

1st Place - MOP
Santa Barbara Section

Nov 6 - 8, 2011

WQ6X Operating W6K using C.W. (2011) - from Alameda

2nd Place
East Bay Section

Nov 20 - 22, 2010

WQ6X Operating W6K using Voice (2010) - from Ojai

2nd Place
Santa Barbara Section

Nov 6 - 8, 2010

WQ6X Operating W6K using C.W. (2010) - from Ojai

2nd Place
Santa Barbara Section

Nov 21 - 23, 2009

WQ6X Guest Op. NX6T using Voice (2009) - from Fallbrook

a GREAT Score!
not enough

Nov 15 - 17, 2008

WQ6X Operating W6K using Voice (2008) - from Ojai

2nd Place
Santa Barbara Section

Nov 1 - 3, 2008

WQ6X Operating W6K using C.W. (2008) - from Ojai

2nd Place
Santa Barbara Section

Nov 17 - 19, 2007

WQ6X Operating W6K using Voice (2007) - from Ojai

1st Place
Santa Barbara Section

Nov 3 - 5, 2007

WQ6X Operating W6K using C.W. (2007) - from Ojai

2nd Place
Santa Barbara Section

Nov 18 - 20, 2006

WQ6X Operating W6K using Voice (2006) - from Ojai

2nd Place
Santa Barbara Section

Nov 4 - 6, 2006

WQ6X Operating W6K using C.W. (2006) - from Ojai

2nd Place
Santa Barbara Section

Nov 19 - 21, 2005

WQ6X Operating W6K using Voice (2005) - from Ojai

2nd Place
Santa Barbara Section

Nov 5 - 7, 2005

WQ6X Operating W6K using C.W. (2005) - from Ojai

2nd Place
Santa Barbara Section

Nov 20 - 22, 2004

WQ6X Operating W6K using Voice (2004) - from Ojai

2nd Place
Santa Barbara Section

Nov 6 - 8, 2004

WQ6X Operating W6K using C.W. (2004) - from Ojai

2nd Place
Santa Barbara Section

Nov 15 - 17, 2003

WQ6X Operating W6K using Voice (2003) - from Ojai

2nd Place
Santa Barbara Section

Nov 1 - 3, 2003

WQ6X Operating W6K using C.W. (2003) - from Ojai

2nd Place
Santa Barbara Section




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WQ6X is currently in Alameda California

For more information contact: Ron Fitch

Telephone Ron at: (818) 216-5376

E-mail Ron at: Ron@WQ6X.Info

 

04-21-2017