From our President Ed K3DNE:
In an attempt to increase club participation in the 2021 ARRL November Sweepstakes the: "Presidential Challenge". This is an effort to increase SFCG presence in the upcoming SS. Designed for club members who have submitted 3 or less scores to the Swamp Foxes on the Air Competition (SFOTA) http://www.sfota.com/ so far this year. The spirit and intent is for a member who has submitted less than or equal to 3 SFOTA scores in 2021 to make 50 or more QSO's in either portion of the November ARRL SS - 50 or more on CW and/or 50 or more on SSB which will benefit our club competition score.
The winners - there will be 2, one from the CW portion and one from the SSB portion will win a nice plaque (similar in style to the present SFOTA plaque) based on most QSO's in each portion.
This is NOT part of the SFOTA Competition (those rules remain unchanged) but a separate award program that will not utilize club funds. Presently we have 19 members with zero to three SFOTA submissions in 2021 and I'm hoping this will motivate some who have either not contested recently or some of the new members who haven't submitted a SFOTA score yet.
November 6-8 is the CW portion of ARRL Sweepstakes. The SSB portion is November 20-22.
See the Presidential Challenge Rules below. Let me know if you have any questions. Feel free to discuss your plans on our reflector!
Presidential Challenge Rules:
Objective: To promote SFCG activity and participation in the 2021 ARRL November Sweepstakes and to benefit SFCG's Club Competition Score.
Eligibility: Any SFCG member who has submitted 3 or fewer scores to SFOTA in 2021 as of Friday November 3'rd for CW and Friday November 19'th for SSB and completes 50 or more QSO's in either portion of the contest (50 or more on CW and/or 50 or more on SSB) and submits their log to the contest sponsor indicating Swamp Fox Contest Group as the Club prior to the log deadline.
Scoring: (1) Most QSO's in the CW portion of the contest and (2) Most QSO's in the SSB portion of the contest (minimum of 50 QSO's in each). Winners will be determined by QSO numbers entered in SFOTA .
Log Deadlines: The participating member must submit their log (specifying club affiliation to Swamp Fox Contest Group) to the ARRL within 7 days after the contest is over ( http://contest-log-submission.arrl.org/) and enter the number of QSO's to SFOTA no later than 10 days following the end of the contest to be eligible for an award. Submitting to 3830 is recommended but not required.
Awards: A Presidential Challenge Plaque (similar to a SFOTA award plaque with appropriate wording for the Presidential Challenge) sponsored by the SFCG president (not using SFCG funds) awarded to the member(s) with the most QSO's (minimum of 50 QSO's) in each portion of Sweepstakes who have submitted 3 or less scores in 2021 to SFOTA per the Eligibility section above. One plaque for the 2021 ARRL November SS CW and one plaque for the 2021 ARRL November SS SSB.