After many years of effort and donations by individuals, the cost of producing and mailing certificates is no longer viable. As a result, CQ magazine has decided they will no longer provide paper certificates. All entries that were received by the log deadline may download their own certificate in electronic form from the score database on the web site. It is easy to use this file to print your own certificate.

Late Logs

We have received a number of emails from participants asking why the certificate link does not appear for their call in the scores. This is because their entry was received after the 5 day deadline. Logs submitted after the deadline are scored and included in the results, but they are not eligible for awards and are not included in the score records.

Each log that is submitted replaces any previous log. Even if your original log was submitted on time, when you send a second log after the deadline, the new log will be used and will be marked as being late.

The goal of this rule is to encourage everyone to submit their log immediately after the contest. Do not spend time trying to fix errors or check QSL cards and then submit a cleaner log.  The purpose of the contest is to judge your accuracy during the contest – not after.

If you need an extension of the deadline, you can request it (before the deadline) at:

If you need to make changes to your log information after the deadline, send them at: and, if appropriate, we will correct the log for you without changing the submission date.

In CQ WW SSB 2015, we received a total of 8,254 logs.  There were 25 requests for extension of the deadline (all granted).  There were 621 logs received after the deadline and considered as late (7.5%).