New Recording Rule

We have had some questions about the new rule on recording the contest.

Here is the complete text of the new rule :

“XII.C. Audio Recordings: Any single operator entrant (see V.A.1) competing for a top three finish at the (a) World, (b) Continent , or (c) USA levels, must record the transmitted and received audio as heard by the operator for the duration of the contest operation.

The recording must be in a common format (e.g., mp3) and should include the audio to each ear as a separate channel.

The recording may be requested by the Committee within 90 days after the log deadline to help adjudicate the log.

The recording files must be provided by the entrant within 5 days of the request.

If no recording is made available, the Committee may reclassify or disqualify the entry. “

Key takeaways:

  1. Only applies to single-op UNASSISTED, including High, Low or QRP power, all band or single band. NOT Assisted, NOT multiop.
  1. Only applies to entrants expecting to finish in the top 3 in World, Continent or USA.

Comment:

The intent of the rule is to help the Committee check out suspicious tuning patterns for guys claiming UNASSISTED. It is hard (but possible) to determine if someone is poaching cluster spots from their Cabrillo file, but really easy when you have the recording.

Q: Where do I submit my recording files?

A: There is no need to submit any recordings unless requested by the Committee.  Please keep the files in a safe place until after the results are announced (March the following year).

 

Rules Announced for CQ WW Contest 2015

The final rules for the 2015 CQ WW DX Contest SSB/CW are now available. A link to the file that shows all changes is provided below.

Summary of changes:

  • QSO Alerting Assistance has been renamed to QSO Finding Assistance.  It was felt this is a more descriptive name and is easier for non-English speakers to understand.
  • Minor edits to the definition of the Overlay Category. Clarification that Assisted entries are not eligible for the Classic Overlay category.
  • Extended the club circle from 175 miles to 250 miles for USA clubs, and from 275 km to 400 km for DX clubs. The goal is to enable more club participation.
  • Changed the definition of QSO Finding Assistance. Now if the technology only provides callsign or multiplier information it is considered assistance. Added rule to specify that use of a CW decoder places an entrant in the Assisted category.
  • Remote stations must use a call sign permitted by the authorities at the station location.
  • Top scorers are required to submit logs with actual frequencies.
  • A new rule requires single operator entrants competing at the World, Continent or USA levels to record the contest as heard by the operator. The Committee may request the audio recordings of an operation to help adjudicate the log.

Click here to download the rules with changes marked in Adobe pdf format: cqww_rules_2015_final-edits (180 Kb)

Clean copy of final rules: cqww_rules_2015_final (178 Kb)

Please send any questions Please send any comments or questions at: https://cqww.com/contact.  We look forward to seeing everyone in the 2015 CQ WW DX Contest!

Preview of 2015 CQ WW Rule Changes

The CQ WW Contest Committee is pleased to provide a preview of the rules for the 2015 CQ WW DX Contest SSB/CW. This is a public review period to invite any comments before the final rules are announced on June 1, 2015.

Proposed changes:

  • Minor edits to Overlay Category definition.
  • Extended club circle from 175 miles to 200 miles for USA clubs, and from 275 km to 300 km for DX clubs.
  • Changed definition of QSO Alerting Assistance. Now if the technology only provides callsign or multiplier information it is considered assistance.
  • Remote stations must use a callsign permitted by the authorities at the station location.
  • Top scorers are required to submit logs with accurate frequencies.
  • The Observer Program adds the ability for the Committee to request audio recordings of an operation.

Click here to download the draft rules in Adobe pdf format:  cqww_rules_2015_draft1 (179Kb)

Please send any feedback Please send any comments or questions at: https://cqww.com/contact before May 30, 2015.  Thanks to everyone for their participation and support of the CQ WW DX Contest!

CQWW Rules Translated into 14 Languages

We are pleased to announce that the rules translations for the CQ WW DX Contest are now available in 14 languages. You can access any of the languages from http://www.cqww.com/rules.htm

Thanks to the following people for their help with the translations:

Arabic by Ashraf Chaabane, KF5EYY

Bulgarian by Valeri Stefanov, LZ2CJ

Chinese by Dai Dan, BD4WM

French by Jacques Saget, F6BEE

German by Wolfgang Schwarz, DK9VZ

Italian by Stefano Brioschi, IK2QEI

Japanese by Kazunori Watanabe, JK3GAD

Polish by Tom Barbachowski SP5UAF

Portuguese by Marcos Vaz Nogueira, PY2WS

Romanian Andy Ruse, YO3JR and Dan Lucian Rabinca, YO9FNP

Russian by Vladimir Sidarau, VE3IAE

Slovenian by Tine Brajnik, S50A

Spanish by Pedro L. Vadillo, EA4KD

Turkish by Mehmet ADIGUZEL, TA5FA

Translating contest rules is not easy.  We appreciate their time and effort to help promote the CQ WW and contesting to more people around the world. We have tried to make the translations as accurate as possible, but in the event of a dispute, the English version of the rules will be the standard.

Any questions about the rules or translations should be sent  at: https://cqww.com/contact.