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CQ World Wide DX Contest

CQ WW Rules 2000


The 2000 CQ WW Contest
Phone: October 28-29          CW: November 25-26
Starts 0000 GMT Saturday       Ends 2400 GMT Sunday

For amateurs around the world to contact other amateurs in as many zones and countries as possible.

All bands, 1.8 through 28 MHz, except for WARC bands.

III. TYPE OF COMPETITION (choose only one):
For all categories: All entrants must operate within the limits of their chosen category when performing any activity that could impact their submitted score. Transmitters and receivers must be located within a 500 meter diameter circle or within the property limits of the station licensee's address, whichever is greater. All antennas used by the entrant must be physically connected by wires to the transmitters and receivers used by the entrant. Only the entrant's callsign can be used to aid the entrant's score. A different callsign must be used for each CQ WW entry.

A. Single Operator Categories:
Single band or all band; only one signal allowed at any one time; the operator can change bands at any time.

1. Single Operator High: Those stations at which one person performs all of the operating, logging, and spotting functions. The use of DX alerting assistance of any kind places the station in the Single Operator Assisted category.
2. Single Operator Low: Same as III A 1 except that the output power shall not exceed 100 watts
(see rule XI. 11).
3. QRPp: Same as III A 1, except that the power output must not exceed 5 watts (see rule XI.11).

B. Single Operator Assisted:
Same as III A 1 except the passive (self- spotting not allowed) use of DX spotting nets is allowed.

C. Multi-Operator (all band operation only):
1. Single Transmitter: Only one transmitter and one band permitted during any 10-minute period, defined as starting with the first logged QSO on a band. Exception: One-and only one-other band may be used during any 10-minute period if-and only if-the station worked is a new multiplier. Logs found in violation of the 10-minute rule will be automatically reclassified as multi-multi.
2. Multi-Transmitter: No limit to transmitters, but only one signal and running station allowed per band.

D. Team Contesting:
A team consists of any five radio amateurs operating in the single operator category. A person can be on only one team per mode. Competing on a team will not prevent any team member from submitting his personal score for a radio club. A team score will be the sum of all the team member scores. SSB and CW teams are totally separate. That is, a member of an SSB team can be on a totally different CW team. A list of a team's members must be received at CQ Headquarters by the time the contest begins. Mail or FAX the list to CQ, Att: Team Contest, 25 Newbridge Road, Hicksville, NY 11801 U.S.A.; FAX 516-681-2926. Awards will be given to the top teams on each mode.

Phone: RS report plus zone (i.e., 5705). CW: RST report plus zone (i.e., 57905).

Two types of multiplier will be used.

1. A multiplier of one (1) for each different zone contacted on each band.
2. A multiplier of one (1) for each different country contacted on each band.

Stations are permitted to contact their own country and zone for multiplier credit. The CQ Zone Map, DXCC country list, WAE country list, and WAC boundaries are standards. Maritime mobile stations count only for a zone multiplier.


1. Contacts between stations on different continents are worth three (3) points.
2. Contacts between stations on the same continent but different countries, one (1) point.
Exception: For North American stations only, contacts between stations within the North American boundaries count two (2) points.
3. Contacts between stations in the same country are permitted for zone or country multiplier credit but have zero (0) point value.

All stations: the final score is the result of the total QSO points multiplied by the sum of your zone and country multiplier.

Example: 1000 QSO points ¥ 100 multiplier (30 Zones + 70 Countries) = 100,000 (final score).

First-place certificates will be awarded in each category listed under Sec.III in every participating country and in each call area of the United States, Canada, European Russia, Spain, and Japan.

All scores will be published. To be eligible for an award, a Single Operator station must show a minimum of 12 hours of operation. Multi-operator stations must operate a minimum of 24 hours. A single-band log is eligible for a single-band award only. If a log contains more than one band it will be judged as an all-band entry, unless specified otherwise.

In countries or sections where the returns justify, 2nd and 3rd place awards will be made. All certificates/plaques will be issued to the licensee of the station used.



Single Operator, All Band
World: Dave Rosen, K2GM - WA2RAU Memorial
World Low Power: Slovenia Contest Club
World QRP: Lew Sayre, W7EW
World Assisted: Snake River Contest Club
U.S.A: Potomac Valley R.C. - KC8C Memorial
U.S.A. Low Power: North Coast Contesters
U.S.A. Zone 3: Bill Fisher, W4AN
U.S.A. Zone 4: Bill Fisher, W4AN
Canada: Niagara Frontier Int'l DX Assn. - VE3WT Memorial
Caribbean/C.A.: Alex M. Kasevich, VP2MM
Europe: Potomac Valley R.C. - W4BVV Memorial
Europe Low Power: Scott Jones, N3RA & Tim Duffy, K3LR
Africa: Gordon Marshall, W6RR
Asia: 2 AM Dayton Pizza Gang
Japan: Japan Crazy Contesters Club
Oceania: Northern California DX Club
S. America: Yankee Clipper Contest Club
S. America, Mainland: Jose Bachmann, ZP6CC, & Cesar Ivaldi, ZP5K
Single Operator, Single Band
World-28 MHz: Joel Chalmers, KG6DX
World-21 MHz: Robert Naumann, N5NJ
World-14 MHz: North Jersey DX Assn. - K2HLB Memorial
World-7 MHz: Fred Laun, K3ZO - K7ZZ Memorial
World-3.8 MHz: Fred Capossela, K6SSS
World-1.8 MHz: Bob Wruble, W7GG
USA-28 MHz: Donald Thomas, N6DT
USA-21 MHz: World Radio
USA-14 MHz: Southern California DX Club
USA-7 MHz: Stanley Cohen, W8QDQ
USA-3.8 MHz: Arnold Tamchin, W2HCW
USA-1.8 MHz: World Radio
Carib./C.A.: Snake River Contest Club
Europe-28 MHz: CQ Magazine - VP2ML Memorial
Europe-21 MHz: Tine Brajnik, S50A
Europe-14 MHz: A.G. Anderson, GM3BCL
Europe-7 MHz: Roger Burt, N4ZC
Europe-3.8 MHz: Marconi Contest Club - I3MAU Memorial
Europe-1.8 MHz: Robert Kasca, S53R
Oceania: Bruce D. Lee, KD6WW
Japan-21 MHz: DX Family Foundation
Japan-14 MHz: Take Yokoyama, JL1BLW
Multi-Operator, Single Transmitter
World: Southern Calif. DX Club - W6AM Memorial
U.S.A.: Carolina DX Association
Europe: Bob Cox, K3EST
Carib./C.A.: Eric Scace, K3NA
Oceania: Junichi Tanaka, JH4RHF
Africa: CQ Magazine
S. America: Victor Burns, KI6IM
S. America, Mainland: T. Zappini, ZP5AZL, & R. Bellucci, ZP5XF
Asia: Edward Campbell, AH2BE
Multi-Operator, Multi-Transmitter
World: Dave & Barb Lesson, W6NL & K6BL
U.S.A.: Paul Hellenberg, K4JA
Europe: Finnish Amateur Radio League
Japan: Ryozo Goto, JH3JYS
Contest Expeditions
World-Single Operator: National Capitol DXA - W2GHK Memorial
World Multi-Single: Dieter Loffler, DK9KD - DJ3NG & DJ4EI Memorial
World Multi-Multi: Tachio Yuasa, JA9VDA
Special-Single Operator Award
World-All Band Under 21 years old: Gene Zimmerman, W3ZZ
World-All Band YL: Yutaka Tanaka, JH3DPB - KA6V Memorial

Single Operator, All Band
World: Albert Kahn, K4FW - W9IOP Memorial
World Low Power: Slovenia Contest Club
World Assisted - Snake River Contest Club
World QRPp: Gene Walsh, N2AA
U.S.A: Frankford Radio Club
U.S.A. Low Power: North Coast Contesters
U.S.A. Zone 4: Bill Fisher, W4AN
U.S.A. Zone 3: Bill Fisher, W4AN
Canada: Jim Fisher, Jr., VE1JF
Caribbean/C.A.: Chuck Shinn, W7MAP
Europe: Edward Bissell, W3AU
Europe Low Power: Scott Jones, WR3G & Tim Duffy, K3LR
Scandinavia: Charles Weir Jr., W6UM - Charles Weir, Sr., W3FYS Mem.
Africa: Gordon Marshall, W6RR
Asia: Chuck Shinn, W7MAP
Japan: Japan Crazy Contesters Club
Japan Low Power: Western Washington DX Club
Oceania: Peahi Contest Club
S. America: Venezuela DX Club
Single Operator, Single Band
World-28 MHz: Joel Chalmers, KG6DX
World-21 MHz: Don Busick, K5AAD - N5JJ Memorial
World-14 MHz: North Jersey DX Assn. - W2JT Memorial
World-7 MHz: Alex M. Kasevich, VP2MM
World-3.8 MHz: Fred Capossela, K6SSS
World-1.8 MHz: Kenneth Byers, Jr., K4TEA
USA-28 MHz: Wireless Institute of the Northeast
USA-21 MHz: Wayne Carroll, W4MPY
USA-14 MHz: Northern Illinois DX Association
USA-7 MHz: Jan Perkins, N6AW - W6AM Memorial
USA-3.5 MHz: Bill Feidt, NG3K
USA-1.8 MHz: World Radio
Canada: Radio Amateurs of Canada
Carib./C.A.: Snake River Contest Club
Europe-28 MHz: Jay Pryor, K4OGG
Europe-21 MHz: Robert Naumann, N5NJ
Europe-14 MHz: Maud Slater - G3FXB Memorial
Europe-7 MHz: Ivo Pezer, 9A3A/5B4ADA
Europe-3.5 MHz: Frankford Radio Club - K3VW Memorial
Europe-1.8 MHz: Pat Barkey, N9RV & Terry Zivney, N4TZ
Japan-21 MHz: DX Family Foundation
Japan-14 MHz: Mitsuhiro Nishimura, JA7WME
Multi-Operator, Single Transmitter
World: Anthony Susen, W3AOH
U.S.A.: Douglas Zwiebel, KR2Q
Canada: Eastern Canadian DX Assn.
Carib./C.A.: Octorino G. Villa, PY2KC
Africa: Harry Booklan, RA3AUU
Europe: Bob Cox, K3EST
Oceania & Asiatic Pacific Rim: Junichi Tanaka, JH4RHF
S. America: CQ Magazine
Multi-Operator, Multi-Transmitter
World: Douglas Zwiebel, KR2Q - Hazard Reeves, K2GL Memorial
World SSB/CW Combined: Alpha/Power, Inc.
U.S.A.: Bob Ferrero, W6RJ - N6RJ Memorial
Europe: Finnish Amateur Radio League
Japan: Ryozo Goto, JH3JYS

Contest Expeditions
World Single-Operator: Yankee Clipper Contest Club
World Multi-Single: Carl Cook, AI6V
World Multi-Multi: Bill Schneider, K2TT
Special-Single Operator Award
World SSB/CW Combined: Hrane Milosevic, YT1AD
World All Band Under 21 years old: Chuck Shinn, W7MAP
World SSB/CW: CQ Magazine - W1WY Memorial
Non-USA SSB/CW: N. California Contest Club - N6AUV Memorial
A station winning a World trophy will not be considered for a sub-area award. The trophy will be awarded to the runner-up in that area.

1. The club must be a local group and not a national organization.
2. Participation is limited to members operating within a local geographic area defined as within a 275 km radius from center of club area (except for DXpeditions especially organized for operation in the contest; club contributions of DXpedition scores are percentaged to the number of club members on the DXpedition).
3. To be listed, a minimum of 3 logs must be received from a club and an officer of the club must submit a list of participating members and their scores, both on phone and CW.

1. All times must be in GMT.
2. All sent and received exchanges are to be logged.
3. Indicate zone and country multiplier only the FIRST TIME it is worked on each band.
4. Logs must be checked for duplicate contacts, correct QSO points and multipliers. Submitted logs must have duplicate contacts clearly shown.
5. We want an electronic log. The Committee requires an electronic log for any possible high score.

E-MAIL: Required Content: We strongly recommend you submit the Cabrillo file created by all major logging programs. If Cabrillo is unavailable, then: (1) A SUMMARY sheet in plain-text ASCII, and (2) your LOG in plain-text ASCII. These files may be sent in either one message or in separate messages. Be sure to put the STATION CALLSIGN and the MODE in the "Subject:" line of each message.

Your log should be sent in plain-text ASCII format. Every logging program has the option of producing an ASCII text log. Examples of the ASCII log file names of the three most common logging programs are the following: CT = YOURCALL.ALL, NA = YOURCALL.PRN, and TR = YOURCALL.DAT. Acceptable submissions can also include all other fixed-column ASCII formats. If you must send a binary file, it will have to be encoded. All popular encoding schemes are acceptable, including UUencode, Base64, and BinHex. Your software may automatically encode your log as an attachment.

Your e-mail log will automatically be acknowledged by the server. You will also receive a personal access code from the server. Use this code to view your log for completeness and later to retrieve your computer analysis. If we have trouble reading your file, we may ask you to send a disk. Submit your CQ WW SSB log to ssb@cqww.com and your CQ WW CW log to cw@cqww.com.

DISKS: If you use a computer, please send your IBM, MS-DOS compatible computer disk. A disk containing your files may be submitted in lieu of a paper log. All disks MUST be accompanied by a PAPER summary sheet satisfying all logging instructions. Label your disk clearly with YOUR CALL, files included, the mode (SSB or CW), and your category. The format we require for the most common logging programs is your CT.all file (e.g. HSØAC.all), N6TR. DAT, or NA.QDF files. Name your file correctly (for example, HSØAC.all).

6. Use a separate sheet for each band.
7. Each entry must be accompanied by a summary sheet showing all scoring information, category of competition, contestant's name and address in BLOCK LETTERS, and a signed declaration that all contest rules and regulations for amateur radio in the country of operation have been observed.
8. Sample log and summary sheets and zone maps are available from CQ. A large self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage or IRCs must accompany your request. If official forms are not available, make up your own 80 contacts to the page on 81/2" ¥ 11" paper.
9. All entrants are required to submit cross-check sheets (an alphabetical list of calls worked) for each band on which 200 or more QSOs were made. All other entrants are encouraged to submit cross-check sheets.
10. Duplicate contacts and broken QSOs penalty: three (3) additional contacts removed.
11. QRPp and low power stations must indicate same on their summary sheets and state the actual maximum power output used, with a signed declaration.

XII. DISQUALIFICATION: Violation of amateur radio regulations in the country of the contestant, or the rules of the contest; unsportsmanlike conduct; taking credit for excessive duplicate contacts; unverifiable QSOs; or unverifiable multipliers will be deemed sufficient cause for disqualification. Incorrectly logged calls will be counted as unverifiable contacts.

An entrant whose log is deemed by the Committee to contain a large number of discrepancies may be disqualified from eligibility for an award, both as a participant operator or station, for one year. If an operator is disqualified a second time within 5 years, he will be ineligible for any CQ contest awards for 3 years.

The use by an entrant of any non-amateur means such as telephones, telegrams, internet, or the use of packet to SOLICIT contacts during the contest is unsportsmanlike and the entry is subject to disqualification. Action and decisions of the CQ Contest Committee are official and final.

1. All entries must be postmarked NO LATER than December 1, 2000 for the SSB section and January 15, 2001 for the CW section. Indicate SSB or CW on the envelope, disk, or e-mail.

2. An extension of up to one month may be given if requested by letter or other means. The granted extension must be confirmed by letter sent to the contest director, must state a legitimate reason, and the request must be received before the log mailing deadline. Logs postmarked after the extension deadline may be listed in the results but will be declared ineligible for an award.

Send your SSB log via the internet to ssb@cqww.com and your CW log to cw@cqww.com. Paper logs and disks for both Phone and CW logs should be sent to CQ Magazine, 25 Newbridge Road, Hicksville, NY 11801.



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