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2009 Collegiate Championship Results

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The antenna array at Indiana University K9IU.

Stanford University W6YX retained the top spot in the combined results in 2009. This is the seventh victory in the Collegiate Championship for Stanford, who had the highest score in both the CW and phone competitions for the second year in a row. In second place, Hesston College K0HC had the second-highest scores in both weekend competitions. This is the sixth year in a row that the team at K0HC has finished in the top three. Third place went to Case Western Reserve University W8EDU, up from fourth place last year. Case Western last finished in the Top Three in 2005.

Despite being near the bottom of the solar cycle, a few new records were set in 2009 by the teams at Stanford University. With the top place in both CW and Phone, Stanford University W6YX achieved 2000 combined points in the championship, the eleventh time a school has done so, and the sixth time Stanford has done so. Stanford also set the all-time CW score in the championship and the tenth all-time phone score.

Two schools took home Division victories in the CW contest. Stanford University W6YX and Principia College N9YN both had the highest scores in their ARRL Division in the multi-operator category. Case Western Reserve University W8EDU also had the highest score in the Ohio section in the ARRL November Sweepstakes this year. Three schools worked "clean sweeps" on CW in 2009: Stanford University W6YX, Hesston College K0HC, and Case Western Reserve University W8EDU. Five schools worked "clean sweeps" on phone in 2009: Stanford University W6YX, Hesston College K0HC, Case Western Reserve University W8EDU, Clarkson University K2CC, and the University of Alabama W4UAL

For the second month in a row, participation in the collegiate championships increased in 2009. 38 entries in the competition was eight more than last year, and the most entries since 1997! 1997 was the last year before the ARRL adopted the School Radio Club category. Four new universities entered the Collegiate Championship for the first time in 2009. The University of Kansas K0KU entered in both the CW and phone competitions, finishing in fourth place combined. The University of Virginia also entered both modes for the first time. The University of Alabama W4UAL entered phone only, edging out conference rival University of Arkansas W5YM by a score difference of 22%. Tulsa Community College WD5AGO also entered the contest phone-only for the first time.

 
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CW Results

CallSchoolQSOsSectionsScore ConferencePowerWon
W6YX Stanford Univ. 131580 210,400 Pac 10 H S,D,T
K0HC Hesston College 1175 80 188,000NJCAA H  
W8EDU Case Western Reserve Univ. 1020 80 163,200 UAA L S
K0KU Univ. of Kansas 84678 131,976Big 12 H  
N9UC Univ. of Chicago 67379 106,334  L  
N5XU Univ. of Texas 151 78 23,556Big 12 H  
W8SH Michigan State Univ. 111 56 12,432Big 10 H  
N9GTC Gateway Technical College 76 39 5,928   L  
W4UVA Univ. of Virginia 2918 1,044ACC H  
N9YN Principia College 20 16 640SLIAC H S,D
W3ABT Univ. of Pennsylvania 12 11 264 Ivy Q  
W9UIH Southern Illinois Univ. 5 5 50 Great Lakes Valley L  
K0VVY South Dakota School of Mines and Tech. 3 3 18NAIA H  

Operators

W6YX:  N7MH
K0HC:  W0BH
W8EDU: AF8A, W8RZ, W8WTS
K0KU:  K0VBU, K0VXU, KU1CW
N9UC:  WO9S
N5XU:  AA5BT
W8SH:  WB8LZG, AB8VN
N9GTC: WW9R
W4UVA: WF7I
N9YN:  N9IH, N9UF
W3ABT: AE3A
W9UIH: KB9E
K0VVY: AC0LU

Other colleges and universities heard:


Soapbox

"Always one of our favorite contests, but this year was special. K0VXU, W0UN, and K0VBU operated their very first contest in SS CW in 1959, operating multi using KN0UTX (now W0UN.) Although John, W0UN, was unable to join them in person (they did work him in the contest), Bill, K0VBU, and Russ, K0VXU operated this year at K0KU, the University of Kansas club station, as a golden anniversary. In 1959, as Novices with 75 watts and crystal control, the team made 75 Q's in 40 hours over two weekends, and were proud of it! This year, with 900+ Q's and a Sweep, it was deemed an improvement! A great time was had by all! We look forward to next year." - K0VBU (@ Univ. of Kansas K0KU)

"With only one operator capable of CW contesting, and limited available time, we were able to put in about 3 hours. N9UF assisted with logging. We did triple our score from last year, but it was lots of fun and wish we could do more. Looking forward to a bigger commitment to the upcoming SSB contest." - N9IH (@ Principia Colege N9YN)

"When the contest started I discovered that sometime between setting up the computers on Friday evening and the beginning of the contest I had lost my main radio settings in WriteLog. I spent the first two hours sending everything by hand while I tried to copy the Ports settings from my second radio between Q's. I eventually ended up shutting down and restarting WriteLog while I continued logging on the second networked computer." - N7MH (@ Stanford Univ. W6YX)

"We had strong winds in Kansas on Sunday and the power went out momentarily, but fortunately it was a one-time event. AK and NT were the hold-outs until the 1900 UTC hour on Sunday when VY1EI came through on 15 meters for the Sweep. Nice to work a few other schools. Sorry we didn't hear K0KU, but congratulations on an excellent SS golden anniversary operating event!" -W0BH (@ Hesston College K0HC)

"Lots of fun was had." - WW9R (@ Gateway Technical College N9GTC)

"SS CW was a fine contest all around this year. The bands cooperated, there were no show-stopping equipment failures, all of the operators were able to devote the entire weekend to the contest, and even the wx was pleasant. We had a great time." - W8WTS (@ Case Western Reserve Univ. W8EDU)

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Phone Results

CallSchoolQSOsSectionsScore ConferencePowerWon
W6YX Stanford Univ. 1599 80 255,840Pac 10 H S
K0HC Hesston College 1564 80 250,240 NJCAA H  
N0UNL Univ. of Nebraska 1201 77 184,954Big 12 L  
W8EDU Case Western Reserve Univ. 691 80 110,560 UAA L  
W6RFU Univ. of California-Santa Barbara 525 77 80,850 Big West H  
K2CC Clarkson Univ. 448 80 71,680 UCAA H  
W4UAL Univ. of Alabama 41680 66,560SEC H  
W5YM Univ. of Arkansas 329 79 51,982SEC H  
K0VVY South Dakota School of Mines and Tech. 33073 48,180NAIA H  
W1YK Worcester Polytech Inst. 312 76 47,424NEWMAC H  
N9UC Univ. of Chicago 289 69 39,882  L  
N9GTC Gateway Technical College 232 66 30,624  L  
W5ZD Texas A&M University - Kingsville199 68 27,064LSC H  
W8SH Michigan State Univ. 194 63 24,444Big 10 H  
W4UVA Univ. of Virginia 20855 22,880ACC H  
W9UIH Southern Illinois Univ. 132 78 20,592Great Lakes Valley L  
W9JWC Bradley Univ. 119 52 12,376Missouri Valley H  
K0KU Univ. of Kansas 11146 10,212Big 12 H  
W9YT Univ. of Wisc.-Madison 92 53 9,752 Big 10 L  
N9YN Principia College 74 51 7,548 SLIAC H  
K4FAU Florida Atlantic Univ. 57 31 3,534Sun Belt H  
K9IU Indiana Univ. 4134 2,788Big 10 H  
W6YV Univ. of Southern California 40 25 2,000 Pac 10 H  
WD5AGO Tulsa Community College 1716 544  H  
W7UQ Univ. of Idaho 108 160WAC H  

Operators

W6YX:   N7MH
K0HC:   W0BH, N0LRA, K0WHY, Sam
N0UNL:  WD0BGZ
W8EDU:  KB3HTS
W6RFU:  AC6T, KG6K, KI6WEL, KI6BMA
K2CC:   KC2LRC, KC2SGA, KC2URR, WP4NYQ, KC2WBS, N4TW, KC2WBU, KB1OTE
W4UAL:  K4CWW, W4ECI
W5YM:   W5VO, W5EIR, KB5WPM, KF5CHT, K5FXB
K0VVY:  KC0YLD, AC0LU, KD0FRH, KD0JLR, KD0JLS, KC0UMQ, KD0JLT
W1YK:   KC2EMA, NB1H, KI6FRO, KI6RKZ, KC2VCB, KC2VCD, KB1SIE
N9UC:   WO9S
N9GTC:  WW9R
W5ZD:   WB5IZD, N5AHD, KE5FMN, KD5UKT, KF5DZS
W8SH:   KE7ESD, KC8YAK, WB8LZG
W4UVA:  K4DNT, WF7I
W9UIH:  K9UH, KB9E
W9JWC:  KD0EKA, KC0TOT
K0KU:   N0RC
W9YT:   ?
N9YN:   N9IH, N9UF, AB9TF, N9PLD, W9AAC, WB1BUO
K4FAU:  W4RIS
K9IU:   ?
W6YV:   NO6LE, KG6CUK
WD5AGO: WD5AGO
W7UQ:   KD7PIQ, KE7MTK

Other colleges and universities heard: K4KDJ, WA4UCE


Soapbox

"Our amplifier was down, so the operation was with low power (100 W). I couldn't break a couple of pileups for the rare sections. Still, a very enjoyable time, including a nice run on 80. The extra bandwidth really makes a difference!" - WO9S (@ Univ. of Chicago N9UC)

"I made the mistake of choosing to start on 20 meters. That had worked well for me last year with three straight hours averaging over 140 QSOs/hour. This year my clear frequency at the beginning of SS attracted loud stations on either side of me. I realized that 15 meters must have been the place to be on Saturday after working several stations with much higher numbers than mine. Sunday I alternated between 20 meters and 15 meters, trying to dig signals out of the QRM on 20 meters and out of the QSB on 15 meters. The 15 meter rate seemed to come in spurts, either because the band was in and out or maybe because of packet spotting." - N7MH (@ Stanford Univ. W6YX)

"I made all contacts on 40 meters. Equipment was an Icom IC-746PRO, Ameritron AL-80B (500 watts), and a 40 meter dipole at 70 feet." - WD0BGZ (@ Univ. of Nebraska N0UNL)

"Another enjoyable SSB Sweepstakes in the Hesston College log, our best run to date. This year, one unlicensed student helped out. Sam was a veteran from last year and did an excellent job of logging and running as he had time." - W0BH (@ Hesston College K0HC)

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Combined Results

CallSchoolCWPhoneTotal
W6YX Stanford Univ. 1000 1000 2000
K0HC Hesston College 894 978 1872
W8EDU Case Western Reserve Univ.776432 1208
K0KU Univ. of Kansas 628 40 668
N9UC Univ. of Chicago 505 156 661
K0VVY South Dakota School of Mines and Tech.1188189
W8SH Michigan State Univ. 59 96 155
N9GTC Gateway Technical College 28 120 148
W4UVA Univ. of Virginia 5 89 94
W9UIH Southern Illinois Univ. 1 80 81
N9YN Principia College 3 30 33

Participation by Conference

Conference          CW    SSB    Total
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Big 10               1     3       4
Big 12               2     2       4
Pac 10               1     2       3
ACC                  1     1       2
Great Lakes Valley   1     1       2
NAIA                 1     1       2
NJCAA                1     1       2   
SEC                  0     2       2
SLIAC                1     1       2
UAA                  1     1       2
Big West             0     1       1
Ivy                  1     0       1
NEWMAC               0     1       1
Missouri Valley      0     1       1
LSC                  0     1       1
Sun Belt             0     1       1
UCAA                 0     1       1
WAC                  0     1       1

N/A                  2     3       4
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                    13    25      38

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