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2008 Collegiate Championship Results

Gateway Technical College 
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The club station at Gateway Technical College N9GTC.

Stanford University W6YX reclaimed the top spot in the combined results in 2008. This is the sixth victory in the Collegiate Championship for Stanford, who had the highest score in both the CW and phone competitions. In second place, Hesston College K0HC had the second-highest scores in both weekend competitions. This is the fifth year in a row that the team at K0HC has finished in the top three. The struggle for third place combined was won by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology W1MX. This was the third year in a row that MIT finished in the Top Three. Also finishing with over 1000 combined points in the competition was Case Western Reserve University W8EDU, who last finished in the Top Three in 2005.

Despite being at the bottom of the solar cycle, several new records were set in 2008. With the top place in both CW and Phone, Stanford University W6YX achieved 2000 combined points in the championship, the tenth time a school has done so, and the fifth time Stanford has done so. Stanford also set the second-highest all-time CW score in the championship and the third-highest all-time phone score. Hesston College K0HC set the seventh-highest all-time CW score this year as well, with 190,720 points.

Three schools took home section victories in the CW contest. Stanford University W6YX, Case Western Reserve University W8EDU, and the University of Pennsylvania W3ABT each had the highest scores in their sections in the ARRL November Sweepstakes this year. Four schools worked "clean sweeps" in 2008: Satnford Univerisyt W6YX, Hesston College K0HC, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology W1MX, and the University of Chicago N9UC. In the phone competition, only Stanford W6YX won their section, and only MIT W1MX worked a clean sweep. No school took home a division victory in the Sweepstakes this year.

After relatively poor participation in the 2007 collegiate championships, participation was slightly up in 2008. 30 entries in the competition was just three higher than last year, but 2 lower than the long term average. Only two new universities entered the Collegiate Championship for the first time in 2008. Gateway Technical College N9GTC entered in both the CW and phone competitions, finishing in eighth place combined. Texas A&M University - Kingsville W5ZD entered phone only, making 126 QSOs to 52 sections, with seven operators.

 
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CW Results

CallSchoolQSOsSectionsScore ConferencePowerWon
W6YX Stanford Univ. 127280 203,520 Pac 10 H S
K0HC Hesston College 1192 80 190,720NJCAA H  
W8EDU Case Western Reserve Univ. 904 79 142,832 UAA L S
W1MX Massachusetts Inst. of Technology 663 80 106,080 NEFC H  
N9UC Univ. of Chicago 31880 50,880  L  
K5LSU Louisiana State Univ. 30475 45,600SEC H  
N5XU Univ. of Texas 160 60 19,200Big 12 H  
W8SH Michigan State Univ. 126 58 14,616Big 10 H  
N9GTC Gateway Technical College 75 44 6,600   L  
W3ABT Univ. of Pennsylvania 36 23 1,656 Ivy Q S
N9YN Principia College 12 13 312SLIAC H  

Operators

W6YX:  N7MH
K0HC:  W0BH
W8EDU: AF8A, W8RZ, W8WTS
W1MX:  KB0VVT
N9UC:  WO9S
K5LSU: N5IB, AD5VC
N5XU:  AA5BT
W8SH:  ?
N9GTC: WW9R
W3ABT: AE3A
N9YN:  N9IH

Other colleges and universities heard: none


Soapbox

"Next year is the 100th anniversary for the MIT club station. It would be outstanding if we could make a great showing in SS CW and SS Phone in the School category next year! Perhaps some of the former MIT Radio Society Alumni that are presently contesting can give us some tips on how to improve the station to make an impressive showing next year. Next year may be my last Sweepstakes at MIT depending on where I attend Graduate School." - KB0VVT (@ Massachusetts Inst. of Tech. W1MX)

"It was great fun to work even a few hours for the University of Pennsylvania ARC, W3ABT. The club was founded in 1909, but with the earliest solid documentation of licensing by the government in 1916 (as 3ASO), we chose the check "16"... which drew "CK?" several times and "WOW" twice! We hope to have a station on-campus by this time next year. Thanks to all who responded to my J-38 straight key-generated, 5W QRP signal from a Yaesu FT-840 to a dipole." - AE3A (@ Univ. of Pennsylvania W3ABT)

"This was our first club entry. We are still working out the glitches." - WW9R (@ Gateway Tech. College N9GTC)

"Probably the bottom of the list, but we are on the map. Busy weekend, only one CW op available." - N9IH (@ Principia College N9YN)

"A very enjoyable weekend representing Hesston College. Bands were quiet (but crowded) and propagation was good on 20, 40 and 80. Loud signals on 15, but always the same ones with CQing there not productive from Kansas. Shortly after the contest started, a loud hum developed in my audio line. It took me awhile to isolate the problem and cost me a number of Qs the first few hours before a wire tie fixed things temporarily. Most of the "difficult" sections came early, so nine hours in, 79 sections were in the log. After that, it was a long wait until 1808 UTC when VE6EX came through with the sweep. Rare sections for me were ND and NL with 1 contact each, and NE, PR, and VI with 2 contacts each. VA with 66 contacts took top honors followed by IL/57 and MDC/56. I enjoyed working other schools including W8EDU, W8SH, W6YX, W1MX, and KU5B. A special welcome to N9GTC, Gateway Technical College, for joining the fun." - W0BH (@ Hesston College K0HC)

"I set up a second Yaesu FT-1000MP on a table adjacent to my operating position and hooked it up to our normal spotting antenna, an aging low Mosley Pro 67 that is several hundred feet from our other antennas. With no amp and a so-so antenna, I probably worked about 40 or 50 QSOs with the second radio. It was often more useful to use the receiver to tune the band on which I was running to look for unworked stations or to listen to a spotted station while I was transmitting to synchronize a quick QSY." - N7MH (@ Stanford Univ. W6YX)

"I operated for 8 hours, 8 minutes. The goal was to try for a sweep despite the limited available time. (I returned from a family wedding in Boston late Sunday morning and had a choral concert in which my wife was singing on Sunday night.) The amp was on the fritz, so I operated barefoot. Since I was mostly doing S&P, the lower power didn't seem to matter much." - WO9S (@ Univ. of Chicago N9UC)

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Phone Results

CallSchoolQSOsSectionsScore ConferencePowerWon
W6YX Stanford Univ. 1757 79 277,606Pac 10 H S
K0HC Hesston College 1455 79 229,890 NJCAA H  
W1MX Massachusetts Inst. of Technology 989 80 156,262 NEFC H  
W8EDU Case Western Reserve Univ. 554 77 85,316 UAA L  
W1YK Worcester Polytech Inst. 364 79 57,512NEWMAC H  
K2CC Clarkson Univ. 274 70 38,360 UCAA H  
K4FAU Florida Atlantic Univ. 237 69 32,706Sun Belt H  
W8SH Michigan State Univ. 234 69 32,292Big 10 H  
W5YM Univ. of Arkansas 190 79 30,020SEC H  
N0UNL Univ. of Nebraska 182 74 26,936Big 12 L  
K0VVY South Dakota School of Mines and Tech. 21262 26,288NAIA H  
N5XU Univ. of Texas 138 79 21,804Big 12 H  
N9GTC Gateway Technical College 143 61 17,446   L  
N9UC Univ. of Chicago 139 58 16,124  L  
W5ZD Texas A&M University - Kingsville126 52 13,104LSC H  
W6YV Univ. of Southern California 92 46 8,464 Pac 10 H  
N9YN Principia College 49 39 3,822 SLIAC H  
W6UE Caltech 41 27 2,214 SCIAC H  
W3ABT Univ. of Pennsylvania 7 6 84Ivy Q  

Operators

W6YX:  N7MH
K0HC:  W0BH, N0LRA, K0WHY, eight unlicensed students
W1MX:  N1VF, AG4ZP
W8EDU: KB3HTS, W8WTS
W1YK:  KB1OJH, AJ4KE, AB1JD, KE5GQI, KB1RGK, KB1LUJ, KI6RKZ, KB1MSH
K2CC:  N2GZ, KC2LRC, WP4NYQ, KC2RGZ, KB1PXO, KC2UDS
K4FAU: KI4WFJ, W4RIS, KJ4IDS, KE5YHN, KJ4IDT
W8SH:  KE7ESD, WB8LZG, W2NRL, K8MAS, KD8JLQ
W5YM:  W5VO, KB5WPM
N0UNL: WD0BGZ
K0VVY: KC0YLD, AC0LU, KC0VZP, KD0DAA, KD0FRH, KE7NBF, WA0VKC
N5XU:  AA5BT
N9GTC: ?
N9UC:  WO9S
W5ZD:  WB5IZD, KE5RIF, KE5YAT, KE5FMN, KD5UKT, KE5RID, N5AHD
W6YV:  NO6LE, KG6CUK
N9YN:  ?
W6UE:  KC9IAF
W3ABT: AB2WF

Other colleges and universities heard: K0KU, W9HHX


Soapbox

"I ran into some antenna issues and only had limited time, so it is not an impressive showing - but it was fun. Many questioned our check of "16". The operator at MIT, W1MX, merely said 'Nice check.'" - AB2WF (@ Univ. of Pennsylvania W3ABT)

"I operated for 2 hours, 57 minutes at the start before other commitments intervened. I was glad to work some of the rarer sections; short operating time meant missing some really easy ones (GA, MN, NNJ). Low power (barefoot Yaesu FT-990) was no handicap with S&P, but made it hard to get a run going." - WO9S (@ Univ. of Chicago N9UC)

"Don't hate us, we're deaf." - N1VF (@ Mass. Institute of Tech. W1MX)

"My 40 meter frequency on Saturday was right next to a foreign broadcaster and my notch filter worked great for eliminating it. It probably kept some callers from hearing me though so my rates weren't that great. Then in the 0400 UTC hour the broadcaster went from S7 to S9+30 and the notch filter was filtering out all signals. I decided to move to 75 meters at that point. It will be so great next year when the broadcasters are off of 40 meters." - N7MH (@ Stanford Univ. W6YX)

"We got off to a slow first hour (43 and don't ask!), but things had to get better and did as we got into the swing of things. This year, all the students took turns operating both the search and pounce station and the run station and enjoyed checking off sections as we got closer to the magic 80. As many others have reported, PR was hard to find this year, but we finally broke through a pileup and worked NP4Z on Sunday which resulted in significant additional QRM in the shack with the expectation of a 75th Anniversary Clean Sweep mug for all. Later, another PR station called us on 40m, which left only NL as a solo section this year." - W0BH (@ Hesston College K0HC)

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Combined Results

CallSchoolCWPhoneTotal
W6YX Stanford Univ. 1000 1000 2000
K0HC Hesston College 937 828 1765
W1MX Massachusetts Inst. of Technology5215631084
W8EDU Case Western Reserve Univ.702307 1009
N9UC Univ. of Chicago 250 58 308
W8SH Michigan State Univ. 72 116 188
N5XU Univ. of Texas 94 79 173
N9GTC Gateway Technical College 32 63 95
N9YN Principia College 2 14 16
W3ABT Univ. of Pennsylvania 8 0 8

Participation by Conference

Conference          CW    SSB    Total
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Pac 10               1     2       3
Big 12               1     2       3
NJCAA                1     1       2   
UAA                  1     1       2
NEFC                 1     1       2
SEC                  1     1       2
Big 10               1     1       2
Ivy                  1     1       2
SLIAC                1     1       2
NEWMAC               0     1       1
UCAA                 0     1       1
Sun Belt             0     1       1
NAIA                 0     1       1
LSC                  0     1       1 
SCIAC                0     1       1

N/A                  2     2       4
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                    11    19      30

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