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Mar 22

The CQ WW Contest club competition allows club members to combine their scores from both modes to generate a total score from all members. It is a fun side competition that helps promote more activity in the contest.

There has always been some question about how the club scores were calculated.  Many clubs want to see how their members contributed to the total.

We have added a new club score page to the web site.  Go to https://www.cqww.com/clubscores.htm and select the year.  You will see a list of all clubs listed by score.  Click on the score for any club to see a detailed breakdown of how that score was calculated.

For CQ WW RTTY, go to https://cqwwrtty.com/clubscores.htm

Any club can have their club name and total appear in the results just by following a few simple rules.

A. USA Clubs: Participation is limited to club members residing within a 250-mile radius circle from the center of club area.

B. DX Clubs: Participation is limited to club members residing within EITHER the DXCC country where the club is located OR within a 400 km radius circle from the center of club.

A minimum of four logs must be received for a club to be listed in the results. Checklog entries are not counted for the club score.

For an entry to count for the club, you must enter the club name in the Cabrillo file. We use that information to calculate the club score.

Single operator entrants are only allowed to enter for one club.  Multi-operator entries may have their score split among several clubs based on the number of eligible operators.

Please please please spell out your club name.  Many clubs have the same abbreviation and we don’t always know what club you are supporting.

If a multi-op decides to split the score, they can indicate this in the Cabrillo file.  Here are some examples of how we would like to see the split indicated:

Example 1:

CLUB: 2/3 YANKEE CLIPPER CONTEST CLUB, 1/3 ITALIAN CONTEST CLUB

In this example, the multi-op had 3 operators.  Two were from YCCC and 1 was from ICC.

Example 2:

CLUB: 6/7 POTOMAC VALLEY RADIO CLUB

In this example the multi-op had 7 operators.  Only 6 of the operators were members of PVRC.

By indicating the split on number of ops, it makes it easier for us to confirm what you intended.

The scores in the new club listings may not match what appeared in the original results.  The club scores are derived from the information in the score database. The database may not have the same splits or club names as we had when the results were calculated.  If you think we have made an error, please contact the Contest Director.

Enjoy!

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
GENERAL62
ADVANCED23
EXTRA1836
TOTAL1924

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

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