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Sep 28

The 2015 CQ WW Survey is now closed.  We had originally announced that it would be open until October 10, but we were not receiving many new responses and wanted to save the cost of paying for another month for the survey tool.  Apologies to those that did not get to take the survey.  Experience shows that once we get past several thousand responses, the response percentages do not change much.

Thanks to the 5174 of you that took the survey.  We are working on analyzing the results and will present them here in the blog over the coming weeks.

Responses to 2015 CQWW Survey

Survey responses received each day

Sep 20

The CQ WW Contest Committee has been working hard in the background to be prepared for the 2015 contests. We hope you are too.

With the help of Tzetzo LZ2FQ, we have been working to redesign the logcheck web page.  This page allows you to upload your log, check it for proper formatting, and then submit to the robot. We are trying to make the page easier to use and to provide more guidance when we find an error.  We urge everyone to submit their log using the web rather than email.  Feel free to try it out with your 2014 log and let us know if you find a problem.

Over the past few days, Dave KM3T has been in a data center in northern California working to install a new server for the CQ web sites and log checking. The 8+ year old server we had been using wasn’t keeping up with the increase in logs. We worked around the problem by doing log checking using a virtual server in the Amazon EC2 environment, but all of the file transfers were sometimes unreliable. The new server allows us to process the 5+ million QSOs from CQ WW CW 2014 in less than 6 minutes!  This used to take over 45 minutes.  Faster checking allows us to work more efficiently and do more testing of our software as we process the final results.

The new server was funded by a $4500 grant from the World Wide Radio Operators Foundation (www.wwrof.org).  The WWROF is a non-profit organization devoted to improving operating skills.  They have been instrumental in funding the infrastructure that it takes to host this website, the log robot, the log checking software, and the contest awards. Please take a moment to give them a donation. They are providing critical support to all of the CQ contests.

The CQ WW RTTY contest begins in less than 7 days.  CQ WW SSB is October 24-25.  Hope to see you on the air!

Sep 6

The CQ WW DX Contest Committee is conducting a survey to gather feedback from participants about the contest. An invitation email with a link to the survey has been sent to everyone who submitted a log in the 2014 SSB and CW contests. The responses will help us improve the contest and make important decisions about the rules.

Anyone who has participated in the CQ WW DX Contest in the past 3 years is invited to take the survey. The survey is available in five languages.

Main survey link: http://www.sogosurvey.com/survey.aspx?k=SsTXXSSsSsPsPsP

Links to survey languages:

English | Deutsch | Español | Français | 日本語 | русский

Thanks to DK9VZ, EA4KD, F6BEE, JK3GAD+JH5GHM, and VE3IAE for translation.

The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete.  Please take the survey only one time.

The survey will close no later than October 10, 2015.



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