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2003 Collegiate Championship Results

W9NAA Web Site
The team at the Rose-Hulman Institute
of Technology W9NAA operating in the
2003 phone Collegiate Championship.

Stanford University W6YX continues its domination of the collegiate Amateur Radio standings by winning its fifth consecutive Collegiate Championship. Old rival Caltech W6UE returned this year and beat Stanford in the CW competition, only to lose the combined mode title and settle for second place after Stanford won the phone competition. In third place, Cornell University W2CXM finished in the Top Three for the second year in a row, down just one spot from 2002.

Logging accuracy continues to be an important factor in the final rankings. In the phone competition, the the University of Texas at Dallas K5UTD had the highest claimed score, but after log-checking, Stanford University W6YX had more good QSOs in the log, and edged out UTD by a score differential of just 2.5%. Other schools also benefited from accurate logging: W9NAA leaped over N5XU and W4ATC in the standings, and WF4DD leaped over W2SZ with more accurate logs.

As the sunspot cycle winds down, the competition gets more intense. This was the first year in which none of the schools competing in the phone competition in categories other than School Radio Club won their section, won their division, or finished in the Top Ten of their category. Even the top-scoring stations like W6YX, W6UE, and W4ATC were beaten in their respective ARRL sections this year. This was also the first Collegiate Championship in which only one school managed to make a "clean sweep" in the phone competition. The University of Texas at Austin worked all 80 multipliers, but only finished in eighth place.

Overall, activity in the contest was down for the second year in a row, with only 26 operations in both modes. This is eleven fewer operations than in 2001, and 23 fewer than the all-time high of 49 contest operations in 1997. CW operations continue to dwindle, with only seven teams competing in 2003, the lowest number since 1994, the first year the Collegiate Championship was held. In 1997, twenty colleges and universities entered the CW competition.

 
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CW Results

CallSchoolQSOsSectionsScore ConferencePowerWon
W6UE Caltech 1229 80 196,640 SCIAC H S,T
W6YX Stanford Univ. 1069 80 171,040 Pac 10 H S,D,T
W2CXM Cornell Univ. 60778 94,692 Ivy H  
W5AC Texas A&M Univ. 573 77 88,242Big 12 L  
W2SZ Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst. 295 71 41,890UCAA H  
K7UAZ Univ. of Arizona 226 56 25,312 Pac 10 H  
NS4CC Nashville State Community College 49 25 2,450  H  

Operators

W6UE:   KA6SAR, N6AN, W4EF
W6YX:   N7MH, N6UK, AA6XV
W2CXM:  WO9S
W5AC:   NT5TU
W2SZ:   K2TJ
K7UAZ:  W4ES, KD7CNJ
NS4CC:  K0EJ

Other colleges and universities heard: W7UQ, W1AF


Soapbox

"Yes, the check sent was 12 -- Texas A&M Radio Club was first licensed in 1912. Gig 'em!" - NT5TU (@ Texas A&M W5AC)

"Although we didn't set the world on fire with our score, Mike and I did have a good time running rate on Saturday afternoon and choreographing the two-station S&P dance on Sunday. And aside from a few computer hiccups, which were probably due to my inability to master MS-DOS, the station hardware held up admirably well." - W4EF (@ Caltech W6UE)

"We had hoped to defend our Collegiate Championship titles this year, but our effort was reduced because several of our regulars were doing their best to help the Northern California Contest Club regain the ARRL November Sweepstakes Unlimited Club title from the Society of Midwest Contesters. Last year, W6YX had three operators at all times on CW and two or three on SSB, one running, one pouncing, and one searching. This year, we had only a single transceiver and single operator at all times for the W6YX operation." - N7MH (@ Stanford W6YX)

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Phone Results

CallSchoolQSOsSectionsScore ConferencePowerWon
W6YX Stanford Univ. 1121 79 177,118 Pac 10 H  
K5UTD Univ. of Texas-Dallas 109479 172,852 American SouthwestH  
K7UAZ Univ. of Arizona 677 77 104,258 Pac 10 H  
W6UE Caltech 695 73 101,470 SCIAC H  
W2CXM Cornell Univ. 60978 95,004 Ivy H  
W9NAA Rose-Hulman Inst. of Tech. 419 77 64,526 SCAC L  
W4ATC North Carolina State Univ. 430 75 64,500 ACCH  
N5XU Univ. of Texas-Austin 394 80 63,040 Big 12 H  
W0EEE Univ. of Missouri-Rolla 417 73 60,882 MIAA H  
W7UQ Univ. of Idaho 419 58 48,604 Big West L  
W5YM Univ. of Arkansas 257 66 33,924SEC H  
WF4DD Wake Forest Univ. 260 60 31,200 ACC H  
W2SZ Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst. 221 68 30,056 UCAA H  
W0YC Univ. of Minnesota 171 54 18,468 Big 10 H  
W1YK Worcester Polytechnic Univ. 145 63 18,270 NEWMAC H  
W9UIH Southern Illinois Univ. 109 52 11,336 Great Lakes Valley H  
W8YX Univ. of Cincinnati 5934 4,012CUSA H  
WB4TOP Wake Tech. Comm. College 4436 3,168  L  
WA5BU Baylor Univ. 2 2 4Big 12H  

Operators

W6YX:    K6UFO, W6RQ, W6FEL
K5UTD:   K5AEA, KB5HWS, KD5QXH, KD5KRB
K7UAZ:   W4ES, N0UCV, KD7CNJ, KB7XL, KK7GP
W6UE:    KA6SAR
W2CXM:   KB2YER, N2YYZ, KB2ZWZ, KC1IAW, WO9S, KC2KCF, N2VR, Taneh, Michelle
W9NAA:   AG4ZP, KC9FAB, AB9IG, N9YES, KC9BWW, KC9AKS, KC9EYC, KC9EVR
W4ATC:   AD4L, WW4M
N5XU:    KM5TY, K5TWJ, AA5BT, K5PI
W0EEE:   KD9ARC, KC9UMR, KD5AMX, KI0PX, KI0QB, N4LO, KC0JEO
W7UQ:    KL9A, KC7RSO, KD7YBZ
W5YM:    KD5RTQ, N5YGR, K5FXB
WF4DD:   KG4CZU
W2SZ:    KB1DDC, KC2GVE, K2TJ, N2OY
W0YC:    K8GU, N0YNT, AG0I, KC0OIH
W1YK:    N3SX, KB1JLW, KB1JLY, KB1JMA, KB1KKU
W9UIH:   W0TPO
W8YX:    KC8KHL, N9WIV
WB4TOP:  KB4VTJ, W4FMN, KD4UYE, KQ4MS
WA5BU:   N5VHO

Other colleges and universities heard: W1AF, KB3KJI, KF4AU, WB4TOP, W9UIH, W9YT, VE3UOT


Soapbox

"A serious effort turned into a learning contest real fast. Bands were poor, we felt weak, but we had fun. A great way to introduce some new young guys to contesting. Even had pizza during the contest, not after I quit... :-)" - KL9A (@ Univ. of Idaho W7UQ)

"Work (again) limited my operation to the first five hours only. After a sluggish start, I quickly found myself in the zone. During that time, before I had to QRT, I felt I was in striking distance of the leaders. Maybe not. I bet I hold the record of the most times hearing `please copy...' in a five hour period." - KA6SAR (@ Caltech W6UE)

"This was going to be a serious effort until I stayed up with my girlfriend on Friday night much later than I intended, got up earlier than I intended, and then went to a semi-formal with her from midnight to 2:00 AM on Sunday. Needless to say, after about ten hours of sleep for the whole weekend, I scrapped Sunday afternoon in favor of some sleep." - KG4CZU (@ Wake Forest Univ. WF4DD)

"Thanks to KB5HWS and Bill for sticking it through Sunday during the hard times while I went home to get some sleep and studying done - midterms should not be scheduled the Monday after Sweepstakes." - K5AEA (@ Univ. of Texas - Dallas K5UTD)

"While we are a pretty old club, all of the current members are new to ham radio. This is actually the first large contest we have participated in." - AG4ZP (@ Rose-Hulman Inst. of Tech. W9NAA)

"For at least three of our six W6YX operators, this was their first ARRL November Sweepstakes contest. Hopefully, it's the first of many for each of them." - N7MH (@ Stanford W6YX)

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Combined Results

CallSchoolCWPhoneTotal
W6YX Stanford Univ. 870 1000 1870
W6UE Caltech 1000 573 1573
W2CXM Cornell Univ. 482 536 1018
K7UAZ Univ. of Arizona 129 589 718
W2SZ Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst.213170 383

Participation by Conference

Conference          CW    SSB    Total
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Pac 10               2     2       4
Big 12               1     2       3
SCIAC                1     1       2
Ivy                  1     1       2
UCAA                 1     1       2
ACC                  0     2       2
Big 10               0     1       1
SEC                  0     1       1
MIAA                 0     1       1
NEWMAC               0     1       1
Great Lakes Valley   0     1       1
Big West             0     1       1
American Southwest   0     1       1
SCAC                 0     1       1
Conference USA       0     1       1

N/A                  1     1       2
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                     7    19      26

The Won column lists the ARRL award the station won. (S=Section, D=Division, T=Top Ten)

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Last updated: 6 November 2011