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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.

May 5

List of entries disqualified from the 2017 CQ WW DX Contest CW.

entry category violation operators
4L5P 80M Low Unassisted Self-spotting
BH4IGO 80M High Assisted Self-spotting
DF8XC All High Unassisted Unclaimed Assistance
DK8ZB All Low Assisted Self-spotting
DL9GFB 80M High Unassisted Self-spotting
DM5BB 80M Low Unassisted Unclaimed Assistance
IQ3RK Multi-One Low Removal of log entries to avoid band change violations I3MU I3VUK I3VWK IK3CHK IK3VUU IZ3BUQ IZ3EAW IZ3ETC IZ3KSO IZ3KIF IZ3SQW
K2SSS 15M High Unassisted Out of band QSOs
K4OWR All High Assisted Out of band QSOs
MM3AWD All QRP Assisted Log padding
R0CAF All Low Unassisted Unclaimed Assistance
RA3NC All High Unassisted Unclaimed Assistance
RA6C All Low Unassisted Unclaimed Assistance
RM5O 160M Low Unassisted Unclaimed Assistance
WA4MSU All High Assisted Out of band QSOs
YT1X 80M High Assisted Self-spotting
Apr 8
  • The final score shown in the Log Checking Reports (LCR) does not always match the score you see in the CQWW.com on-line scores database. We are now aware of this issue and will address it soon.  The scores in the on-line database at cqww.com are correct.  We are considering sending out all 2017 SSB LCR report again, but this time with correct information.  This was caused by the LCR reports being rerun at a different time (date) as compared to what was supposed to be the final run of scores, NIL, Bad calls, etc. run.  The two are “out of sync.”  We have a backup of the original (correct) file and will attempt to put things right soon.
  • Some of the entries in the LCR reports show ********** Stations Receiving Not In Log From [your call sign] ********** are in error.   This can happen when both stations log the other as a DUPE on the same band.   Again, the scoring is correct, but the text description in the LCR (for only those specific cases) is wrong.
  • All stations which were reclassified to Administrative Check Log are showing up as Check Logs in the scores database.  This is incorrect and we are working to correct it.  It is a table setup issue.  Administrative Check Logs are not disqualifications.

Our sincere apologies for the errors/issues.

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