October 31, 2012
New NA Files for ARRL Sweepstakes
Recently, the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) decided to split the
Ontario section into four sections, so better allow the field
organization to service it's members. The ARRL recognizes RAC sections
for the purpose of the ARRL Section Sweepstakes (SS) contest, so this
means extra multipliers for the 2012 running of the CW and SSB SS
The new sections and abbreviations are:
* Ontario East ONE
* Ontario North ONN
* Ontario South ONS
* Greater Toronto Area GTA
These four new sections replace the old Ontario section (ON) which is
deleted. So with four new sections and one deleted section, the number
of multipliers for the 2012 SS will be 80 + 4 - 1 = 83.
Updating the NA Logging program to properly score the 2012 is simply a
matter of updating the SECTIONS.MLT multiplier file. You can do this
yourself if you're careful to get everything in the right spot in the
file, or you can simply download a new version of SECTIONS.MLT which has
already been updated (see link below).
Simply replace the copy of SECTIONS.MLT which is on your computer with
this new version, and you're all set to go for the 2012 Section
UPDATE 06 Nov 2012: The updated SECTIONS.MLT provided on 31 October
2012 had some problems in that QSOs with VE4 through VE7 stations
improperly defaulted to "ONN" rather than their correct section. Also
VE3 was designed to default to GTA (presumably the most populous Ontario
section?), but some users felt that VE3 should default to nothing to
prevent logging a non-GTA VE3 incorrectly if the operator fails to
correct the erroneous default. The SECTIONS.MLT file now downloadable
from the hyperlink below has these issues corrected and is recommended
for use in the upcoming 2012 phone SS and ARRL 160M contests.
We apologize for the glitches in the previous SECTIONS.MLT file and credit Joe, K8MP for bringing these issues to our attention.
The DATOM Engineering Team