ARRL Sweepstakes, November 7-9, 21-23, 2020

November Sweepstakes logoContest Objective: To support amateur self-training in radiocommunications, including improving amateur operating skills, conducting technical investigations, and intercommunicating with other amateurs. Stations in the United States and Canada (including territories and possessions) exchange information with as many other US and Canadian stations as possible on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meter bands.


CW: First full weekend in November (November 7-9, 2020).

Phone: Third full weekend in November (November 21-23, 2020).

Contest Period: Begins 2100 UTC Saturday and runs through 0259 UTC Monday.

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2020 Update:

There are now a total of 84 ARRL/RAC sections, as RAC has separated Prince Edward Island (PE) from the Maritime (MAR) Section. Make sure your contest logging software and “country” (CTY) files have been updated so that those abbreviations are recognized and credited properly.

In addition, effective April 1, 2020, RAC has realigned the Ontario South (ONS) and Greater Toronto area (GTA) sections- with the City of Hamilton and the Regional Municipality of Niagara moving from ONS to GTA.

Visit for a complete list of contest multipliers and their abbreviations.

Contest rules are now maintained as a single downloadable document (see below).

For contest information contact or (860) 594-0232.

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North American SSB Sprint Contest, October 31, 2020

North American SSB Sprint Contest logoThank you for your past support of domestic SSB contests, such as the ARRL Sweepstakes. How about trying a fun 4 hour SSB contest? It’s the North American SSB Sprint Contest, Saturday evening October 31st here in North America — that’s November 1, 2020 0000 – 0359 UTC. It has some very interesting rules that make it a bit unique and exciting. Certificates to the top scores in each state/province and/or anyone scoring over 1,200 points.

There are door prizes (some call them “Score Prizes”) available for recipients who score at least 1,500 points (just takes 50 QSOs and 30 multipliers) as well as a SSB Sprint Worked All States T-Shirt for those that manage to work all 50 states in the four hours. It’s actually has been done by multiple participants in the past! In the last session, five stations worked 48 states and seven more worked 47 states in the four-hour contest.

We’ve added a SSB Sprint Worked Canada T-Shirt for those that manage to work all 13 Canadian multipliers in the 4 hours. We want to be sure to have every state and every Canadian multiplier on the air. If you have a chance, please enter your planned activity at We were able to have all states on the air in the April 2020 event.

Be sure to send in your score for a chance to win a door prize! (“Score prize!”)


Bob KW8N & NA SSB Sprint Contest Committee