October 18, 1999 - College and University Amateur Radio Clubs across the United States and Canada are getting ready for the Sixth Annual North American Collegiate Amateur Radio Club Championship. The Collegiate Championship is an Amateur Radio contest that promotes friendly rivalry and competition between college and university Amateur Radio club stations. This contest has been enormously succesful in recent years, and has become a focal point for many campus clubs that has helped them develop better club stations, better operating skills, encouraged members to upgrade, and helped make lasting friendships through teamwork and competition.
The team at Balyor University WA5BU, was very pleased about their accomplishments in the 1998 Collegiate Championship: "This was our first sweep!... We celebrated by attaching the customary broom to the tower. This may be our best QSO count in club history." The excitement is building for 1999, as many more college and university clubs aim to get in on the fun!
The Collegiate Championship "piggybacks" on the annual ARRL November Sweepstakes contest, so any Amateur Radio station in the Sweepstakes can make contact with the Collegiate Championship participants. The first part of the Collegiate Championship is only 3 weeks away: the CW portion is the first weekend of November (6-7) and the Phone portion is the third weekend (20-21). Campus clubs are encouraged to operate in the Sweepstakes entry category of their choice. Most are expected to be multi-single (M) entrants, and many will be using smaller than average "checks," reflecting the heritage of Amateur Radio on their university or college campus.
You find out more about the Collegiate Championship, including the 1999 rules, news, scores and results, records, a list of Frequently Asked Questions, photos, and more at the official Collegiate Championship web site: http://www.collegiatechampionship.org/.