The Collegiate Championship: Intercollegiate Amateur Radio Contesting
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Collegiate Championship Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a forum for discussion of the Collegiate Championship and other issues faced by college and university radio clubs?
A: Yes! There is an active email reflector called ham-univ where anything and everything related to Amateur Radio at colleges and universities is discussed. To subscribe to this reflector, send an email message to with subscribe ham-univ by itself in the message body. You will be emailed with much more information about the reflector when your request has been processed. To send email to the reflector after you have subscribed, address it to

Q: When is the Collegiate Championship?
A: The Collegiate Championship is run concurrently with the ARRL November Sweepstakes radio contest. Every year, the CW contest is on the first full weekend of November, and the phone contest is on the third full weekend of November. On both weekends, the contest starts Saturday afternoon (2100 UTC Saturday,) and ends Sunday night (0300 UTC Monday.) See the Collegiate Championship rules for more information.

Q: Who is eligible to participate?
A: Any radio club at an institution of higher education beyond the high school level is eligible to participate. There are no restrictions concerning who is eligible to operate at each club. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other members of a club are welcome to contribute in this contest. See the Collegiate Championship rules for more information.

Q: Do we have to enter the ARRL November Sweepstakes in the School Radio Club category in order to participate in the Collegiate Championship?
A: No. College and University Clubs may enter any of the Sweepstakes entry categories and still be eligible for the Collegiate Championship. We expect the overwhelming majority of Collegiate Championship entrants will not participate in the School Radio Club category, because the ARRL rules for that category prevent many college and university club members, including club station trustees in many cases, from operating. We expect that most college and university clubs will enter in the Multi-Single (M) category. You can read more about the very controversial 1999 ARRL November Sweepstakes rules change to the School Radio Club category.

Q: Do we have to operate from campus?
A: One of the stated goals of the Collegiate Championship is to give college and university radio clubs an extra incentive to invest the time and money and organization necessary to build a better club station on campus. For this reason, clubs are expected to operate from their club station on campus, if they have one. If a club does not yet have a station on their campus, and are still interested in participating, they can do so from a member's personal station. Every club is highly encouraged, though, to use the Collegiate Championship as a focal point to creating a better club station - one that will be usable by club members year-round. See the Collegiate Championship rules for more information.

Q: Where do we send the logs and summary sheet?
A: Official results of the Collegiate Championship will be determined from the results of the ARRL November Sweepstakes. So, to enter the Collegiate Championship, you need to also enter the ARRL November Sweepstakes. This means that you must send your logs and a summary sheet, in the proper formats, to the appropriate email address at the ARRL. See the General Rules for all ARRL Contests for much more information about log formats, where and when to submit them. Clubs entering the Collegiate Championship should also be familiar with the ARRL November Sweepstakes Rules. Clubs entering the Collegiate Championship are encouraged to also send a copy of their summary sheet, but not the logs, to Ken Harker WM5R. For information on how to do this, see the Collegiate Championship rules.

Q: What's the deal with the "combined score?"
A: The combined mode champion of the Collegiate Championship is based on a points system. Each entrant's CW and phone score is divided by the highest scoring collegiate score for that mode and multiplied by 1000. The overall combined score is the sum of the CW and phone points. For example, if your college club's score in the CW contest is half that of the highest scoring college station in the CW contest, your club gets 500 points. Similarly, if your club's phone score is 3/4 that of the highest scoring college station in the phone contest, you would get 750 points. Your college club would get a combined score of 1,250 points. The maximum combined score is 2,000, which can only be achieved if the same club has the highest score in both modes. This may seem like a lot of trouble - why not just add the CW and phone scores together? Phone scores in the Sweepstakes tend to be higher than CW scores as a general rule. Using this points method helps even the balance and ensure that a great effort on CW is rewarded just as highly as a great effort on phone.

Q: We do not have a club station on campus, so we will be operating from a member's station. Is it possible to operate from one station for a portion of the contest, and then move our operation to another station?
A: No. Since Collegiate Championship participants are also entering the ARRL November Sweepstakes competition, the ARRL contest rules apply. In the General Rules for All ARRL Contests: "3.7. All transmitters and receivers must be located within a 500-meter diameter circle, excluding antennas." So, unless the two members' stations are within a half-kilometer of one another, it is not allowed in the Sweepstakes (and hence, not allowed in the Collegiate Championship.)

Q: We do not have a club station on campus, so we will be operating from a member's station. Do we need to operate from the same members' station both weekends, or could we use one for the SSB weekend and a different one for the CW weekend?
A: It would be OK to use one member's station for the CW weekend and a different member's station for the SSB weekend.

Q: We have a club station on campus, but we do not have a club callsign. Can operators come and go during the weekend, operating from the club station and using their own callsigns?
A: The ARRL would consider each of those operations to be separate contest entries, and they would only be admissible under the spirit of the "family station" provision of General Rules for All ARRL Contests rule 3.5. On-campus college club stations used by students living in dorms and apartments without their own stations certainly qualify for this exception in the spirit of the rule. Nonetheless, because they would be separate contest entries, only one such entry is eligible for the Collegiate Championship.


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Last updated: 6 November 2011