Rules CQWW Xtreme Category
Rules CQWW Xtreme Category 2011 - 2012
A wide variety of new technologies has emerged in amateur radio, including
software-defined radios, remote stations, Internet-connected remote receiving
sites, multi-channel CW decoders, fully-automated “robot” stations,
etc. Some of these technologies are currently not permitted under the rules
for existing CQ World Wide DX Contest entry categories. For example, the
CQWW rules state that:
“All transmitters and receivers used by the
entrant must be located within a single 500-meter diameter circle or within
the property limits of the station licensee’s address, whichever is
greater. All antennas used by the entrant must be physically connected by
wires to the transmitters and receivers used by the entrant.”
The Xtreme category has been established to allow amateurs to participate
in the CQ WW contest while experimenting creatively with Internet-linked
stations and other new technologies.
The rules of the CQ World Wide DX Contest apply regarding contest period,
exchanges and scoring. In addition to the basic rules, the Xtreme category
includes the following:
- Entry categories: a) Single-operator, in which one licensed radio
amateur serves as the control operator, performing or supervising all
operating and logging functions; and b) Multi-operator, in which multiple
operators perform or supervise all operating and logging functions.
In the Multi-operator category, the operators may be located at different
locations. A single operator may submit multiple entries using different
remote sites in different countries. Each entry will be scored separately.
- QSO-alerting assistance: The use of QSO-alerting assistance using
packet radio, the Internet, local or remote Skimmer-type devices, etc.,
is permitted in both the Single-operator and Multioperator categories.
Self spotting or asking to be spotted is not allowed.
- Locations: The entrant’s transmitting sites must be located
in a single country, as defined by the applicable licensing authority,
and a single zone. Remote receiving sites may be located anywhere.
- Transmissions: One transmitted signal is permitted on a band at
any time. Maximum signal bandwidth must not exceed the normal bandwidth
of a single SSB voice (for SSB weekend) or CW (for CW weekend) signal.
This prohibits multiple-carrier or time-multiplexed signals that occupy
multiple channels in a single band
- Advance notification: Entrants must notify the CQWW Contest Committee
by email at least one week in advance of the contest of their intention
to enter this category. This notification should include a brief description
of the technologies to be employed and callsign to be used. Entrants
must also attest that their planned operation is compliant with the
rules and regulations of the country in which the transmitter(s) are
located. Advance notification and questions regarding these rules should
be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Control Operator(s): It is the responsibility of the human control
operators(s) to ensure thatnormal precautions are taken before transmitting,
such as listening to determine if a frequency is clear before calling
CQ. Any station in this category found to be causing interference by
not obeying this rule will be subject to disqualification.
- Log Submission: Logs must be sent via email to the normal addresses
(email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org). Logs must be in Cabrillo format, and
include this line: CATEGORY-OVERLAY: XTREME
- Scoring: Entries will be evaluated on two dimensions, score and
innovation. First, a normal CQWW score will be computed on the basis
of stations worked, and the zone and country multiplier. A minimum of
100 QSOs is required. The log will be processed with the same software
used to verify all other logs to compute the final score, utilizing
the contest’s existing penalty system. The second part of the
scoring will be determined by an evaluation of the innovation employed
by the entrant. This evaluation will be conducted by a panel of judges
on the CQWW Contest Committee, In the case of a tie, the log with the
lowest score reduction in the log-checking process will be declared
- Awards: The winning entry in the Single-operator and Multi-Operator
categories will each receive a plaque.
- Club Scores: Entries in this category are eligible to contribute
their CQWW scores to a club in the Club Competition, in accordance with
the existing CQWW rules. Remote stations outside the club’s area
may be counted as DXpeditions.
Scoring Example for the Xtreme Category
Entries will be evaluated on two equally-weighted dimensions, score and
innovation. It is understood that many of the technologies will be experimental,
and subject to possible failure or reliability issues. However, we want
to recognize high degrees of risk-taking as well as the actual contest score
First, a normal CQWW score will be computed on the basis of stations
worked, and the zone and country multiplier. The log will be processed with
the same software used to process all other logs to compute the final score.
The highest score in each category (single-operator and multi-operator)
will receive 100 “score points”, and the other entrants will
receive a pro-rated score, normalized to the highest score. For example,
if AA1AAA scores 1,000,000 points and ZZ9ZZZ scores 500,000 points, then
AA1AAA will receive 100 “score points” and ZZ9ZZZ will receive
50 “score points”.
The second part of the scoring will be determined by a subjective evaluation
of the technical innovation employed by the entrant. This evaluation will
be conducted by a panel of judges on the CQWW Contest Committee, scored
on a 0 to 100 “innovation point” scale, and will consider the
novelty, creativity, and innovation of the technologies used. For example,
an entrant who uses a single remote receiving site with off-the-shelf software
will score lower on innovation than an entrant who writes his own software
to control homebrew hardware interfaces in an automated multi-transmitter
station that searches the bands for new stations to work, searches on-line
databases in real-time to verify callsigns, and reports a score with zero
The total of “score points” and “innovation points”
will determine the winner. In the case of a tie, the most accurate log (as
determined by the lower score reduction by the log-checking process) will
be declared the winner.