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Jan 15

One of the things we do as part of the log checking for CQ WW is download the FCC license data on Sunday evening of the contest. We then use this info to check for QSOs with non-existant callsigns. Steve, N8BJQ, used this data to calculate the license class for USA entrants in the 2018 contests.

USA SSB ENTRANTS BY LICENSE CLASS

NOVICE0
TECHNICIAN3
GENERAL298
ADVANCED60
EXTRA1785
TOTAL2146

USA CW ENTRANTS BY LICENSE CLASS

NOVICE1
TECHNICIAN2
GENERAL67
ADVANCED23
EXTRA1733
TOTAL1826

Nov 19

Doug, KR2Q, did some quick analysis of the logging software used by participants in the 2018 CQ WW SSB Contest. This information is taken from the CREATED-BY field in the Cabrillo log. The table shows the top 40 by count.

Logging program Count of logs % of logs
N1MM 3866 47.24%
N3FJP’S 584 7.14%
LZ2FQ-ADIF2CABRILLO 531 6.49%
WIN-TEST 520 6.35%
TR4W 325 3.97%
QARTEST 303 3.70%
UCXLOG 275 3.36%
JA1AQY-CTESTWIN 248 3.03%
WRITELOG 154 1.88%
5MCONTEST 127 1.55%
WA7BNM_WEB2CAB 124 1.52%
LM 113 1.38%
AATEST 110 1.34%
DXLOG.NET 103 1.26%
WINURECON 78 0.95%
SD 71 0.87%
MIXW 59 0.72%
DQR_LOG 57 0.70%
RUMLOGNG 51 0.62%
UR5EQF_LOG 50 0.61%
SP7DQR-ADIF2CABR 36 0.44%
ZLISTW(ZLOG) 28 0.34%
GENLOG 27 0.33%
RUSSIAN_CONTEST_LOG 26 0.32%
CT 22 0.27%
RADIOGES 20 0.24%
DXKEEPER 19 0.23%
CONTESTLOGCHECKER 18 0.22%
SUPERLOGGER 15 0.18%
SKOOKUMLOGGER 15 0.18%
VK3AVV_CONTEST_LOG 14 0.17%
HAM_OFFICE 14 0.17%
TRLOG 13 0.16%
XLOG 11 0.13%
FAST_LOG_ENTRY 10 0.12%
CABCONVERTER-NE1RD 10 0.12%
LOGHX 9 0.11%
TLF 7 0.09%
Z2CABRIL.EXE 7 0.09%

LZ2FQ-ADIF2CABRILLO is the adif conversion page on the cqww.com web site.

Jun 28

Effective with the 2018 contest, there have been some modifications to the CQ WW rules developed and approved by the contest committee. In summary:

  • Busted Call/NIL penalty is reduced from 3X to 2X. This reflects a more reasonable approach to errors, while simultaneously providing a continued incentive to maintain accurate logging during the contest.
  • All CW and SSB email address references for log submissions have been removed. While historical submission methods (e.g., e-mail, paper logs) will still be accepted in the near-term, the committee strongly prefers that Web uploads be the method of sending us your log. Note that the Web upload of logs (including format checking) is available at <cqww.com/logcheck/>.
  • The 10X penalty for rubber clocking with MS/M2 entries has been eliminated. Be advised that the committee will continue to vigorously pursue time abuses for these categories using a number of sophisticated analysis tools at our disposal.
  • The observer program has been eliminated. Given the absence of a reasonable pool of volunteers and supporting funding, the program has proven to be impractical.
  • The top entry in the Rookie category will be awarded to the winner on a one-time only basis. Previous Rookie winners are ineligible for plaques in this category.

A complete listing of the 2018 rules has been posted at <cqww.com/rules.htm>. Updated translations for a variety of languages will be posted as available.

As always, if you have any questions, please submit them via our new contact form at <cqww.com/contact/> where you can expect to receive a response as soon as possible.

Best of luck as you prepare for the upcoming contest season!

73, John, K1AR

CQWW Contest Director

May 16

It was previously announced by CQ that all results for the 2017 CQ World Wide DX Contest would be re-scored based on the return to the usual and accepted methodology for handling duplicate QSOs.

I’m pleased to report that the scores have now been updated and posted on-line on the CQ World Wide DX Contest Web site < http://www.cqww.com/scorescw.htm?yr=2017&mode=CW>.

The good news is that there was minimal impact to the final scores with no significant changes to the final standings and only 40% of the total pool of logs affected at all.

Why the change? Common convention is that duplicate QSOs are never penalized but simply ignored in the course of checking a log. For the CW contest, this policy was changed to where duplicates not appearing in the other log were treated as Not-In-Log (NIL) and received the 3x QSO points penalty, creating an erroneously high error rate for many stations. Scores were subsequently “made right” by re-scoring them via normal best practices, thus the re-posting of final results and new LCR reports. It was and is the right thing to do.

Hope this helps. There is no cause for any concern. The historical method has been put back in place for the CQWW contest and is what nearly every other contest also implements for their checking processes.

Thank you for your patience as we worked through this issue.

73, John, K1AR

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