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ARRL CW Rookie Roundup2014  December
Op's Full NameEntrant Type
Bill Mitchell   Rookie
Call UsedStation CallCategoryLocationCall Area
AE0EE  AE0EE  Single Op  MN  W0
Op CallFirst LicensedEntrant Type
AE0EE  2012  Rookie
Score Calculation:
QSOs Multipliers
 Rookie  Non-Rookie   States  VE Prov/Ter  XE Areas  DX 
QSO Points Total Multipliers Total Score
( 40 + 55 )x31 = 2,945

Many thanks to all who came out and participated, especially WO7A for a rookie QSO on three bands!

This was a tough contest. Despite the forecast geomagnetic storm, the bands seemed to hold together. However, it wasn't easy to make contacts and keep the rate up. With a wide range of code proficiencies, in order to work the most stations, CQs needed to be made fairly slowly. It was tough to speed up, because veteran stations would slow to the speed of the call, and it was easier to just work them slowly than ask whether they could/would speed back up.

Another big challenge was dealing with the stations who weren't familiar with the exchange: I lost several QSOs (and XE/DX mults!) for want of the proper info, and doubt I am alone in that respect. Congratulations to all the rookies who persevered through these conditions. I'd strongly urge you to get involved with the Straight Key Century Club, whose members provided a great number of QSOs during the Rookie Roundup. Their monthly sprints and weekend sprintathon are lots of fun, and with an exchange that is generally easier to understand. When your CW gets faster, the Sweepstakes and the other non-rookie contests can be very exciting.

See you on the bands!