For amateurs around the world to contact other amateurs in as many zones and countries as possible.
All bands, 1.8 through 28 MHz, except for WARC bands.
| III. TYPE OF COMPETITION (choose only one):
For all categories: All entrants must operate within the limits of their chosen category when performing any activity that could impact their submitted score. All high power categories must not exceed 1500 watts total output power on any band. Transmitters and receivers must be located within a 500 meter diameter circle or within the property limits of the station licensees 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. Only the entrants callsign can be used to aid the entrants score. A different callsign must be used for each CQ WW entry.
- A. Single Operator Categories: Single band or all band; only one signal allowed at any one time; the operator may change bands at any time.
- Single Operator High: Those stations at which one person performs all of the operating, logging, and spotting functions. The use of DX alerting assistance of any kind places the station in the Single Operator Assisted category.
- Single Operator Low: Same as III A 1 except that the output power shall not exceed 100 watts (see rule XI.11).
- QRPp: Same as III A 1, except that the power output must not exceed 5 watts (see rule XI.11).
- B. Single Operator with DX Spotting Net: Same as III A 1 except the passive (self-spotting not allowed) use of DX spotting nets is allowed.
- C. Multi-Operator (all band operation only):
- Single Transmitter (MS): Only one transmitter and one band permitted during any 10-minute period, defined as starting with the first logged QSO on a band. Exception: One - and only one - other band may be used during any 10-minute period if - and only if - the station worked is a new multiplier. Logs found in violation of the 10-minute rule will automatically be reclassified as multi-multi.
- Two Transmitter (M2): A maximum of two transmitted signals at any time on different bands. Both transmitters may work any and all stations. A station may only be worked once per band regardless of which transmitter is used. Each of the two transmitters used must keep a separate chronological log for the entire contest period, or if electronic logging is used, the electronic log submittal (Cabrillo) must indicate which transmitter made each QSO. Each transmitter may make a maximum of 8 band changes in any clock hour (00 through 59 minutes).
- Multi-Transmitter (MM): No limit to transmitters, but only one signal and running station allowed per band.
- D. Team Contesting: A team consists of any five radio amateurs operating in the single operator category. A person may be on only one team per mode. Competing on a team will not prevent any team member from submitting his/her personal score for a radio club. A team score will be the sum of all the team member scores. SSB and CW teams are totally separate. That is, a member of an SSB team may be on a totally different CW team. A list of a teams members must be received at CQ Headquarters by the time the contest begins. Mail or fax the list to CQ, Att: Team Contest, 25 Newbridge Road, Hicksville, NY 11801 U.S.A.; fax 516-681-2926. Awards will be given to the top teams on each mode.
Phone: RS report plus zone (i.e., 5705).
CW: RST report plus zone (i.e., 57905).
Two types of multiplier will be used.
- A multiplier of one (1) for each different zone contacted on each band.
- A multiplier of one (1) for each different country contacted on each
Stations are permitted to contact their own country and zone for multiplier credit. The CQ Zone Map, DXCC country list, WAE country list, and WAC boundaries are standards. Maritime mobile stations count only for a zone multiplier.
- Contacts between stations on different continents are worth three (3) points.
- Contacts between stations on the same continent but different countries, one (1) point.
Exception: For North American stations only, contacts between stations within the North American boundaries count two (2) points.
- Contacts between stations in the same country are permitted for zone or country multiplier credit but have zero (0) point value.
All stations: the final score is the result of the total QSO points multiplied by the sum of your zone and country multipliers.
Example: 1000 QSO points × 100 multiplier (30 Zones + 70 Countries) = 100,000 (final score).
First-place certificates will be awarded in each category listed under Sec.III in every participating country and in each call area of the United States, Canada, European Russia, Spain, and Japan.
All scores will be published. To be eligible for an award, a Single Operator station must show a minimum of 12 hours of operation. Multi-operator stations must operate a minimum of 24 hours. A single-band log is eligible for a single-band award only. If a log contains more than one band it will be judged as an all-band entry, unless specified otherwise.
In countries or sections where the returns justify, 2nd and 3rd place awards will be made.
All certificates/plaques will be issued to the licensee of the station used.
| IX. TROPHIES AND PLAQUES:
Plaques and trophies are awarded for top performance in a number of categories. They are sponsored by individuals and organizations.
For a current list of plaques and sponsors, or to learn how to become a sponsor, see the CQ website:
A station winning a World trophy will not be considered for a sub-area award; the trophy will be awarded to the runner-up in that area.
- The club must be a local group and not a national organization.
- Participation is limited to members operating within a local geographic area defined as within a 275 km radius from center of club area (except for DXpeditions specially organized for operation in the contest; club contributions of DXpedition scores are percentaged to the number of club members on the DXpedition).
- To be listed, a minimum of 3 logs must be received from a club, and an officer of the club must submit a list of participating members and their scores, both on phone and CW.
- All times must be in GMT.
- All sent and received exchanges are to be logged.
- Indicate zone and country multiplier only the FIRST TIME it is worked on each band.
- Logs must be checked for duplicate contacts, correct QSO points, and multipliers.
- We want your electronic log. The Committee requires an electronic log for any possible high-scoring log. By submitting a potential high-scoring log to the CQ WW Contest, the entrant agrees to have the log open to the public.
E-MAIL Required Content:
Please submit your log in the Cabrillo file format created by all major logging programs. Be sure to put the STATION CALLSIGN and the MODE in the "Subject:" line of each message. Your software may automatically encode your log as an attachment. Your e-mail log will automatically be acknowledged by the server. You will also receive a personal access code from the server.
Submit your CQ WW SSB log to:
and your CQ WW CW log to:
Please send your IBM, MSDOS compatible computer disk. A disk containing your Cabrillo file may be submitted in lieu of a paper log. Label your disk clearly with YOUR CALL, files included, the mode (SSB or CW), and your category. Name your disk file correctly (for example, HSØAC.log).
- For paper logs, use a separate sheet for each band.
- Each paper log entry must be accompanied by a summary sheet showing all scoring information, category of competition, and contestants name and address in BLOCK LETTERS. Electronic submission implies a signed declaration that all contest rules and regulations for amateur radio in the country of operation have been observed.
- Sample log and summary sheets and zone maps are available from CQ. A large, self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage or IRCs must accompany your request. If official forms are not available, make up your own, 80 contacts to the page on 8 1/2" × 11" paper.
- All paper log entrants are required to submit cross-check sheets (an alphabetical list of calls worked) for each band on which 200 or more QSOs were made.
- Bad QSO penalty: three (3) additional contacts removed.
- QRPp and Low Power stations must indicate their category on their summary sheets and state the actual maximum power output used, with a signed declaration.
Violation of amateur radio regulations in the country of the contestant, or the rules of the contest; unsportsmanlike conduct; taking credit for excessive unverifiable QSOs or unverifiable multipliers will be deemed sufficient cause for disqualification. Incorrectly logged calls will be counted as unverifiable contacts.
An entrant whose log is deemed by the Contest Committee to contain a large number of discrepancies may be disqualified from eligibility for an award, both as a participant operator or station, for one year. If an operator is disqualified a second time within five years, he/she will be ineligible for any CQ contest awards for three years.
The use by an entrant of any non-amateur means such as telephones, telegrams, internet, or the use of packet to SOLICIT contacts during the contest is unsportsmanlike and the entry is subject to disqualification.
Actions and decisions of the CQ WW Contest Committee are official and final.
- All entries must be postmarked NO LATER than December 1, 2006 for the SSB section and January 15, 2007 for the CW section.
Indicate SSB or CW on the envelope, disk, or e-mail.
- An extension of up to one month may be given if requested by letter or other means. The granted extension must be confirmed by letter sent to the attention of the Contest Director, must state a legitimate reason, and the request must be received before the log mailing deadline. Logs postmarked after the extension deadline may be listed in the results but will be declared ineligible for an award.
Both Phone and CW mailed logs should be sent to:
25 Newbridge Road
HICKSVILLE, NY 11801
Please mark SSB or CW on the envelope.
|Log Submittal Information
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E-mail Address for Logs
Please send your CQ WW log to:
Log Submittal Info
Please send a plain text file. Zip files, binHex and other archive and coding formats are not recognized by the robot and will result in the log being rejected. We will have the file and can get the log but that increases the workload of the volunteers.
You will receive an automated reply telling you it was received. Some changes for you to make to your log for resubmittal may be included which will make log processing more efficient with fewer errors. For an explanation of the messages, see Robot Messages.
You can send your log as many times as needed to correct the log format or correct errors you discovered. The system makes only the last log you sent available for checking.
A Checklist for Sending E-mail Logs
- Your callsign is in the message subject and in the log.
- Your log is in Cabrillo format.
If you dont know how to put it in Cabrillo or arent sure the format is correct, send your log anyway. If you get an error message, send E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
- The log begins with
and has both dashes with a colon at the end.
- The contest name in the log looks like this:
These are the only two that are accepted.
- The category is one of the standards shown on the expanded Cabrillo Information page. (...or on this page).
- The last line in the log is
- The time and date (UTC) must be within the contest period. If not, the log may be for the wrong contest or the robot will delete those entries.
- Check the summary area of the log to be sure there are spaces after the colons and the keys are properly hyphenated.
- Be sure each line in the summary has a key. If you need more lines for your address or for your comments, add as many ADDRESS: and SOAPBOX: keys as you need.
Thank you to everyone for your cooperation and assistance in this transition. If Cabrillo is a problem for you, send your log and we will help you put it in the correct format.
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(Last Modified August 10, 2005)
The Cabrillo specification is located at: http://www.kkn.net/~trey/cabrillo/
The QSO template from: http://www.kkn.net/~trey/cabrillo/qso-template.html is shown here if you want to make your own log.
CQ WW DX Contest Cabrillo Log Format
The areas filled in in the example are required - the robot looks for those elements. The far right column in the log labeled tn is where the new multi-2 category stations indicate which transmitter made the QSO.
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP ALL LOW
OPERATORS: [required for multi-op stations]
SOAPBOX: [add lines if needed]
QSO: 3799 PH 2000-11-26 0711 N6TW 59 03 K9QZO 59 04 0
QSO: 14256 PH 2000-11-26 0711 N6TW 59 03 P29AS 59 28 0
QSO: 21250 PH 2000-11-26 0711 N6TW 59 03 4S7TWG 59 22 0
QSO: 28530 PH 2000-11-26 0711 N6TW 59 03 JT1FAX 59 23 0
QSO: 7250 PH 2000-11-26 0711 N6TW 59 03 WA6MIC 59 03 0
This is a template for the QSO portion of the log:
--------info sent------- -------info rcvd--------
QSO: freq mo date time call rst exch call rst exch t
QSO: ***** ** yyyy-mm-dd nnnn ************* nnn ****** ************* nnn ****** n
QSO: 3799 PH 2000-11-26 0711 N6TW 59 03 JT1Z 59 23 0
This is the list of categories the robot will accept.
This will assure we get your category correct and avoid the errors of previous years.
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP ALL HIGH
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP 160M HIGH
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP 80M HIGH
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP 40M HIGH
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP 20M HIGH
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP 15M HIGH
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP 10M HIGH
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP ALL LOW
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP 160M LOW
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP 80M LOW
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP 40M LOW
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP 20M LOW
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP 15M LOW
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP 10M LOW
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP ALL QRP
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP 160M QRP
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP 80M QRP
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP 40M QRP
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP 20M QRP
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP 15M QRP
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP 10M QRP
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP-ASSISTED ALL
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP-ASSISTED 160M
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP-ASSISTED 80M
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP-ASSISTED 40M
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP-ASSISTED 20M
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP-ASSISTED 15M
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP-ASSISTED 10M
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