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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:


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

Example 2:


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.


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

May 14

(Hicksville, NY) May 14, 2018 – Former CQ magazine Contesting Editor, CQ Contest Hall of Famer and longtime CQ World Wide DX Contest Committee member John Dorr, K1AR, has been named Director of the CQ World Wide DX Contest, CQ magazine Publisher Dick Ross, K2MGA, announced today. John succeeds Doug Zwiebel, KR2Q, who has been CQWW Director for the past two years, and who has stepped down for personal reasons. The CQWW DX Contest is amateur radio’s most popular contest and may be the world’s largest competitive sporting event in terms of numbers of participants.

A ham since 1969, Dorr has been a member of the CQWW Contest Committee since the mid-1970s and served as CQ magazine’s Contesting Editor for over 20 years, from 1989-2011. He is also a two-time medalist in the World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC), a two-time president of the Yankee Clipper Contest Club, chairman of the World Wide Radio Operators’ Foundation and has been emcee of the Dayton Contest Dinner for the past 25 years. John was elected to the CQ Contest Hall of Fame in 1997.

Professionally, John is recently retired from a career in high technology. He was also CQ’s marketing director for several years in the mid-1990s.

“John has been part of the CQ and CQWW ‘families’ for nearly four decades,” said Ross. “He understands this contest and the people who make it successful – ‘big guns,’ ‘little pistols’ and behind-the-scenes volunteers – better than almost anyone. He also has the ‘big picture’ perspective of CQWW’s significance in the broader world of ham radio. We are very pleased that he has agreed to ‘come back home’ as CQWW Director.”

“I am honored to be asked to lead the CQWW and its incredible group of contest committee volunteers,” noted Dorr. “My sincere thanks to Doug, KR2Q, for his decades of service to the world’s best contest and its participants.”

Dorr’s appointment is effective immediately.

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