Note: There are some minor changes to the rules for 2017. Please
The 2017 CQ World-Wide DX Contest
SSB: October 28-29 CW: November 25-26
Starts 00:00:00 UTC Saturday Ends 23:59:59
I. OBJECTIVE: For amateurs around the world to contact as many
other amateurs in as many CQ zones and countries as possible.
II. BANDS: Six bands only: 1.8, 3.5, 7, 14, 21 and 28 MHz. Observance
of established band plans is strongly encouraged.
III. CONTEST EXCHANGE: SSB: RS report plus CQ Zone number of the
station location (e.g., 59 05). CW: RST report plus CQ Zone (e.g., 599 05).
A. Score: The final score is the result of the total QSO points
multiplied by the sum of zone and country multipliers. Example: 1000 QSO
points * (30 Zones + 70 Countries) = 100,000 (final score).
B. QSO Points: Stations may be contacted once on each band. QSO
points are based on the location of the station worked.
- Contacts between stations on different continents count three (3)
- Contacts between stations on the same continent but in different
countries count one (1) point. Exception: Contacts between stations
in different countries within the North American boundaries count two
- Contacts between stations in the same country have zero (0) QSO
point value, but are permitted for zone or country multiplier credit.
C. Multiplier: There are two types of multipliers.
- Zone: A multiplier of one (1) for each different CQ Zone contacted
on each band. The CQ Worked All Zones rules are the standard.
- Country: A multiplier of one (1) for each different country contacted
on each band. The DXCC entity list, Worked All Europe (WAE) multiplier
list plus IG9/IH9, and continental boundaries are the standards for
defining country multipliers. Maritime mobile stations count only for
a zone multiplier.
V. ENTRY CATEGORIES:
A. Single Operator Categories: One person (the operator) performs
all operating and logging functions. There is no limit on operating time
or band changes. Only one transmitted signal is permitted at any time.
1. Single Operator: QSO finding assistance
of any kind is prohibited (see VIII.2).
a. High Power (All Band or Single Band):
Total output power must not exceed 1500 watts.
b. Low Power (All Band or Single Band):
Total output power must not exceed 100 watts.
c. QRP (All Band or Single Band): Total
output power must not exceed 5 watts.
2. Single Operator Assisted: Entrants in
this category may use QSO finding assistance (see VIII.2).
a. High Power Assisted (All Band or Single
Band): Total output power must not exceed 1500 watts.
b. Low Power Assisted (All Band or Single
Band): Total output power must not exceed 100 watts.
c. QRP Assisted (All Band or Single Band):
Total output power must not exceed 5 watts.
B. Single Operator Overlay Categories: Any Single Operator entrant
that meets the requirements may ALSO enter one of the categories shown below
by adding the appropriate CATEGORY-OVERLAY line in the Cabrillo log file
header. Overlay category entries will be listed separately in the results;
scored as All Bands; and grouped by High Power and Low Power (includes QRP).
1. Classic Operator (CLASSIC): The entrant
will use only one radio, no QSO finding assistance, and may operate up to
24 of the 48 hours – off times are a minimum of 60 minutes during
which no QSO is logged. If the log shows more than 24 hours of operation,
only the first 24 hours will be counted for the overlay score. The one radio
must not be able to receive while transmitting. Single Operator Assisted
entries are not eligible for this category.
2. Rookie (ROOKIE): The operator was first
licensed as a radio amateur less than three (3) years before the date of
the contest. Indicate the date first licensed in the SOAPBOX field.
C. Multi-Operator Categories (all-band operation only): Any number
of operators is allowed. QSO finding assistance is allowed. Only one transmitted
signal per band is permitted at any time.
1. Single Transmitter (MULTI-ONE): Only one
transmitted signal on one band permitted during any 10-minute period (run
station/signal). Exception: One — and only one — other transmitted
signal (multiplier station/signal) may be used during any 10-minute period,
if — and only if — it is on a different band from the run transmitter
and the station worked is a new multiplier. The run and multiplier transmitters
are governed by independent 10-minute rules. Ten-minute periods begin with
the first QSO on a band. The log must indicate which station/signal (run or
multiplier) made each QSO. The multiplier station/signal may not call CQ (solicit
contacts). Please be sure to read the Multi-Single FAQ section at <
a. High Power: Total output power must
not exceed 1500 watts on any band at any time.
b. Low Power: Total output power must
not exceed 100 watts on any band at any time.
2. Two Transmitters (MULTI-TWO): A maximum
of two transmitted signals on two different bands may be used at any time.
The log must indicate which station/signal made each QSO. Each station/signal
may make a maximum of 8 band changes in any clock hour (00 through 59 minutes).
Total output power must not exceed 1500 watts on any band at any time.
3. Multi-Transmitter (MULTI-UNLIMITED): The
six contest bands may be activated simultaneously. Only one transmitted
signal per band is permitted at any time. Total output power must not exceed
1500 watts on any band at any time.
D. Checklog: Entry submitted to assist with the log checking.
The entry will not have a score in the results and the log will not be made
A single-band log will be eligible for a single-band award only. A log
containing more than one band will be judged as an all-band entry unless
specified as a single-band entry.
A. Certificates: Electronic certificates will be made available
for download for everyone that submits an entry.
B. Plaques: Plaques are awarded for top performance in a number
of categories. View the current list of plaques and sponsors at
Only one plaque will be awarded per entry. A station winning a plaque will
not be considered for a sub-area award; the plaque will be awarded to the
runner-up in that area.
VII. CLUB COMPETITION:
The club score is the total aggregate score from logs submitted by members.
There are two separate club competition categories.
A. USA Clubs: Participation is limited to club members residing within a
250 mile radius circle from the center of club area.
B. DX Clubs: Participation is limited to club members residing within EITHER
the DXCC country where the club is located OR within a 400 km radius circle from the
center of club.
C. General club rules:
- National organizations (e.g., JARL, REF or DARC) are not eligible
for the club competition.
- Single-operator entries may only contribute to one club. Multi-operator
scores may be allocated to multiple clubs as a percentage of the number
of club members participating in the operation. The log entry must spell
out the full club name (and club allocations if multi-op).
- A minimum of four logs must be received for a club to be listed
in the results. Checklog entries are not counted for the club score.
- The word “reside” shall be defined as: To dwell permanently or
continuously or to occupy a place as a person's fixed,
permanent, and principal home for legal purposes.
VIII. DEFINITIONS OF TERMS:
- Station location: The area in which all the transmitters,
receivers and antennas are located. All transmitters and receivers must
be within a single 500-meter diameter circle. Antennas must be physically
connected by RF transmission lines to the transmitters and receivers.
- QSO finding assistance: The use of any technology or other
source that provides call sign or multiplier identification of a signal
to the operator. This includes, but is not limited to, use of a CW decoder,
DX cluster, DX spotting web sites (e.g., DX Summit), local or remote
call sign and frequency decoding technology (e.g., CW Skimmer or Reverse
Beacon Network), or operating arrangements involving other individuals.
IX. GENERAL RULES FOR ALL ENTRANTS:
- Entrants must operate within the limits of their chosen category
when performing any activity that could impact their submitted score.
- A different call sign must be used for each entry. Only the entrant’s
call sign may be used to aid the entrant’s score.
- Do not exceed the total output power limitation of the chosen entry
category on any band. Total output power on any band at any time is
measured at the output of the active amplifier(s).
- Self-spotting or asking to be spotted is not permitted.
- Remote operation is permitted if the physical location of all transmitters,
receivers, and antennas are at one station location. A remotely operated
station must obey all station license, operator license, and category
limitations. The call sign used must be one issued or permitted by the
Regulatory Authority of the station location.
- Remote receivers outside of the station location are not permitted.
- Only one signal on a band is allowed at any time. When two or more
transmitters are present on the same band, a hardware device MUST be
used to prevent more than one signal at any one time. Alternating CQs
on two or more frequencies on a band is not permitted.
- All requests for contacts, responses to calls, and copying of call
signs and contest exchanges must be accomplished during the contest
period using the mode and frequencies of the contest.
- Correction of logged call signs and exchanges after the contest,
by use of any database, recordings, email or other methods, is not allowed.
- Call signs logged must be the same as those exchanged over the air
by the entrants during the QSO.
- For ITU Region 1 stations: transmitting on the 40m band, above 7200 KHz
during the SSB (phone) contest weekend is not permitted.
- For ITU Region 1 stations: transmitting below 1810 KHz during the contest
weekends is not permitted.
X. LOG INSTRUCTIONS:
Electronic submission of logs is required for all entrants who
use a computer to log the contest or prepare contest logs.
- The log MUST show the following for each contact: correct
date and time in UTC, frequency (or band), call sign of the station
worked, exchange sent, and exchange received. A log without all required
information may be reclassified to Checklog. Contacts should be logged at the
time they are completed. Stations competing for World and Continent
awards must provide actual frequencies for all contacts in the log.
- Single band entrants are required to include all contacts
made during the contest period, even if on other bands. Only contacts
made on the band specified in the Cabrillo header or summary sheet will
be considered for scoring purposes. Logs with contacts only on one band
will be classified as single band entries.
- The CABRILLO file format is the standard for logs. See
for detailed instructions on filling out the CABRILLO file header. Failure
to fill out the header correctly may result in the entry being placed
in the wrong category or reclassified as a Checklog. Note: U.S. stations
must indicate the station location in the CABRILLO header (e.g., LOCATION:
- Web upload is the preferred method of log submission. Web
upload of logs is available at <www.cqww.com/logcheck/>.
Email submission is also available. SSB logs in CABRILLO format should
be sent to email@example.com. CW logs in
CABRILLO format should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Include only the entry call sign in the “Subject:” line of the e-mail.
- Instructions for NON-CABRILLO electronic logs: If you are
not able to submit a CABRILLO format log, please contact the Contest
Director for assistance with submitting another format.
- Instructions for paper logs: Paper logs may be mailed to
CQ WW DX Contest, P.O. Box 481, New Carlisle, OH 45344, USA. Each paper
log entry must be accompanied by a Summary Sheet listing all scoring
information, the category of competition, and the entrant’s name
and mailing address in BLOCK LETTERS.
- Entry Confirmation: All logs received will be confirmed via
e-mail. A listing of logs received can be found at <www.cqww.com>.
- Log withdrawal: An entrant may withdraw the submitted log
for any reason within 30 days of the log deadline. Contact the Contest
Director for instructions.
XI. LOG DEADLINE:
- All entries must be sent WITHIN FIVE (5) DAYS after the end of the
contest: no later than 2359 UTC November 3, 2017 for SSB and 2359 UTC
December 1, 2017 for CW. Resubmitting an entry after the deadline will
result in it being considered as a late log.
- An extension may be requested by e-mail to
email@example.com. The request
must state a legitimate reason and must be received before the log deadline.
Extensions are granted only upon confirmation by the Contest Director.
- Logs submitted or postmarked after the deadline may be listed in
the results, but are not eligible for awards.
The CQ WW DX Contest Committee is responsible for checking and adjudicating
the contest entries. Entrants are expected to follow the rules and best
amateur radio practices. Violation of the rules of the contest or unsportsmanlike
conduct may lead to disciplinary action by the Committee.
A. Unsportsmanlike Conduct: Examples of unsportsmanlike conduct
include, but are not limited to:
- Arranging or confirming any contacts during or after the contest
by use of ANY non-amateur radio means such as telephones, Internet,
instant messaging, chat rooms, VoIP, email, social media or web sites.
- Transmissions by the entrant on frequencies outside of license limitations.
- Changing times in the log to meet band change or off time rules.
- Taking credit for excessive unverifiable QSOs or unverifiable multipliers.
- Signals with excessive bandwidth (e.g., splatter, clicks) or harmonics
on other bands.
- Running stations not identifying in a timely manner (i.e., 1 minute).
B. Observer Program: The Committee may request of any entrant
to accept a visit by an observer during the contest. Failure to allow a
Committee appointed observer full access to the station during the contest
period may result in the entry being a Checklog.
C. Audio Recordings: Any single operator entrant (see V.A.1) competing
for a top five finish at the (a) World, (b) Continent, or (c) USA levels, including Classic Overlay,
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 must be a continuous recording (not a recording of individual QSOs).
Time “off the air” (when not transmitting or receiving) does not have to recorded.
The recording may be requested by the Committee within 120 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
to an appropriate category, reclassify to Administrative Check Log, or disqualify the entry.
- Disqualified entries will be listed at the end of the published
results and are not eligible for an award.
- Notification of Committee actions will be sent by email to the address
provided with the log submission. The entrant has five days to appeal
the decision to the Contest Director. After that time the decision is
- The Committee reserves the right to change the category of any entry
based on its examination of the log or other information.
E. Log Checking: All logs are checked using custom software and
- Duplicate contacts are removed with no additional penalty.
- Contacts with an incorrectly received exchange are removed with
no additional penalty.
- Call sign errors (bust) or call signs not in the other log (NIL)
are removed and receive a penalty of three times the QSO point value for
- For M2 and MS entries, altering the logged time of the QSO so
as to “fit” the band-change rules, the QSO will be removed with an
additional penalty of 10x for QSO points and for Multipliers.
By submitting a CQ WW DX Contest log, and in consideration of the efforts
of the CQ WW DX Contest Committee to review and evaluate that log, an entrant
unconditionally and irrevocably agrees that he/she has: 1) read and understood
the rules of the contest and agrees to be bound by them, 2) operated according
to all rules and regulations that pertain to amateur radio for the station
location, 3) agreed the log entry may be made open to the public, and 4)
accepted that the issuing of disqualifications and other decisions of the
Committee are official and final. If an entrant is unwilling or unable to
agree to all of the foregoing, the entrant should not submit the entry or
submit the entry as a Checklog only.
Questions pertaining to the CQ WW DX Contest rules may be submitted by
e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Answers
for many frequently asked questions can be found at <www.cqww.com/rules_faq.htm>.