May 25

We have received a lot of valuable feedback to the proposed rule changes that were posted last week (draft 1). As a result, we have removed some of the changes and clarified others. We are providing a second draft of the rules for the 2015 CQ WW DX Contest SSB/CW to invite any comments before the final rules are announced on June 1, 2015.

Changes in draft 2:

  • Extended club circle from 200 miles to 250 miles for USA clubs, and from 300 km to 400 km for DX clubs. The CQ WW club radius will no longer match that used by ARRL.
  • Changed definition of QSO Alerting Assistance. Now if the technology only provides callsign or multiplier information it is considered assistance. Also added language to specifically include use of CW decoders as placing an entry in the assisted category.
  • Modified language of the rule for remote stations must use a callsign permitted by the authorities at the station location.
  • Modified language about when QSOs can be corrected/confirmed.
  • The Observer Program removed option for audio recordings.

Click here to download the draft rules in Adobe pdf format:  cqww_rules_2015_draft2 (178Kb)

Please send any feedback to questions@cqww.com before May 30, 2015.  Thanks to everyone for their participation and support of the CQ WW DX Contest!

May 20

The CQ WW Contest Committee is pleased to provide a preview of the rules for the 2015 CQ WW DX Contest SSB/CW. This is a public review period to invite any comments before the final rules are announced on June 1, 2015.

Proposed changes:

  • Minor edits to Overlay Category definition.
  • Extended club circle from 175 miles to 200 miles for USA clubs, and from 275 km to 300 km for DX clubs.
  • Changed definition of QSO Alerting Assistance. Now if the technology only provides callsign or multiplier information it is considered assistance.
  • Remote stations must use a callsign permitted by the authorities at the station location.
  • Top scorers are required to submit logs with accurate frequencies.
  • The Observer Program adds the ability for the Committee to request audio recordings of an operation.

Click here to download the draft rules in Adobe pdf format:  cqww_rules_2015_draft1 (179Kb)

Please send any feedback to questions@cqww.com before May 30, 2015.  Thanks to everyone for their participation and support of the CQ WW DX Contest!

May 4

We regret to announce the following disciplinary actions issued for CQ WW CW 2014.

Disqualifications

Entry (Operator) Violation
4Z5TK Unclaimed assistance
5B/RN3QO Unclaimed assistance
BD7LMD Unclaimed assistance
CO6LP Unclaimed assistance
DK3KD Unclaimed assistance
DL6KO Unclaimed assistance
E74Y Unclaimed assistance
EU6AF Unclaimed assistance
HG3M (HA3MY) Unclaimed assistance, Power >5W
II5E (IZ5ZCO) Unclaimed assistance
IK0GDG Unclaimed assistance
IK1WGZ Unclaimed assistance
IK2SND Unclaimed assistance
IK6FWJ Unclaimed assistance
LY7M Unclaimed assistance
OM3ZWA Unclaimed assistance
R4FD Unclaimed assistance
R6DA Unclaimed assistance
RA6GW Unclaimed assistance
RT6A* Time shifting to meet band change rule
RV3ZN Unclaimed assistance
RZ3QM Unclaimed assistance
TO7A (UT5UGR) Unclaimed assistance, unverifiable QSOs
UA1OOX Unclaimed assistance
UA3QGT Unclaimed assistance
UA4Z Power >5W
UA5B Unclaimed assistance
UT2DW Unclaimed assistance
UX4CR Unclaimed assistance
YT7Z (YU7EE) Wide signal

* R7AA, UA7A, RX6CW, RC7C, RN6AI, UA7C

Warnings

Warnings for suspected time shifting were issued to the following MULTI-ONE entries:

Entry
EA5RS
IR4M
OK5W
RM9A
SN2B
UA4M
UP2L
ZF1A

 

 

Apr 18

The CQ WW Contest Committee takes its job as referee for the contest very seriously.  Each year a group of dedicated members spends many hours pouring over logs, listening to SDR recordings, and following up on input from the contest community.  We do not always have perfect information and it is difficult when each entrant is operating from their own station without any outside observer. Even so, the logs and recordings often tell us a clear story. It is our job as referees to call them as we see them.

Each disqualified entrant is notified of the decision and given 5 days to respond. We do this to allow everyone the opportunity to present an explanation of what appears in the log.

We regret to announce the following actions for CQ WW SSB 2014.

Disqualifications

Entrant (Operator) Violation
CT1FHL unclaimed assistance, self-spotting
DJ9ZB unclaimed assistance
E74Y unclaimed assistance
EN0U (UT5UDX) two signals, self-spotting, transmitting above 7200
EU6ML unclaimed assistance
F4BHW unclaimed assistance, self-spotting
F4FLQ unclaimed assistance, self-spotting
F4GVZ unclaimed assistance
HG1S* time shifting to meet band change rule
HG3M (HA3MY) unclaimed assistance, power, self-spotting
IK4DCX unclaimed assistance
IT9ESW unclaimed assistance
IZ7DMT unclaimed assistance
N3IQ (ND3F) unclaimed assistance
R3BM unclaimed assistance
R4WDX unclaimed assistance
RT4F (RK4FU) unclaimed assistance
RT6A** time shifting to meet band change rule
RX1CQ unclaimed assistance
SN5X (SP5GRM) unclaimed assistance
SP3PWL unclaimed assistance
UA5B unclaimed assistance
UA9JDP unclaimed assistance
YT7A (YU7BJ) unclaimed assistance

*HG1S (HA1TJ, HA1DAI, HA1DAC, HA6NF, HA7PL, HA8DM, HA1DAE)

** RT6A (R7AA, UA7C, UA6YW, RL3DR, RU6AX)

Warnings

Warnings are issued when a possible violation is detected, but there is not sufficient grounds to justify a disqualification -OR- when we want to make entrants aware that they will be under more scrutiny in the future.

Entrant (Operator) Violation
DJ7MH self-spotting
DM4X wide signal
NP2P (N2TTA) transmitting outside of license limitations
RT4F (RK4FU) wide signal
UW2M (UR0MC) wide signal

We saw a big increase in the number of stations from IARU Region 1 that were calling and working stations above 7200 Khz.  Using the SDR recordings (not frequencies in the logs), we verified over 100 stations transmitting outside the amateur band.  Many are probably the result of clicking on DX Cluster spots or simply following the lead of others that are breaking the rules. We have decided to issue warnings to all stations with 2 or more occurrences as a first step. In addition to the warning, any QSOs above 7200 were removed from scoring. Next year we may take more aggressive action if this behavior continues.

Entrant (Operator) Violation
9A3B (9A2VR) transmission above 7200
E74EBL transmission above 7200
9K2HN transmission above 7200
CN2R transmission above 7200
CR6K transmission above 7200
CR6P transmission above 7200
CT1EAV transmission above 7200
DP6T transmission above 7200
E79D transmission above 7200
EA3VN transmission above 7200
ED1B transmission above 7200
ED1R transmission above 7200
EE5T transmission above 7200
II2A transmission above 7200
IK2YCW transmission above 7200
IO5O transmission above 7200
IQ2MI transmission above 7200
IR4M transmission above 7200
IW2HAJ transmission above 7200
IZ2ODM transmission above 7200
IZ8EPX transmission above 7200
LZ5K transmission above 7200
LZ5R transmission above 7200
OE5T transmission above 7200
RA3OA transmission above 7200
SK3W transmission above 7200
SO4R transmission above 7200
SO9T transmission above 7200
UP2L transmission above 7200
UT1AA transmission above 7200
UT2UU transmission above 7200
UW7W transmission above 7200
OH0Z transmission above 7200
SV8/HA5OV transmission above 7200
TM1A transmission above 1850

 

Updated May 2, 2015

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