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