Summer is winding down and this brings about a new contest season as well with new CQWW rules.
The basic rules didn’t undergo huge changes. The highly debated single Op Unassisted and Single Op Assisted merger didn’t happen. SO and SO (A) will continue on as separate categories, at least for this year’s editions.
The Xtreme category, initially introduced in 2010 as an experiment, had been eliminated due to an apparent lack of interest. This, indeed, does not mean remote operations are prohibited. In fact, if you remotely control your station (that has to comply with contest rules) you will still be able to compete for the top ranks of your chosen category. Remote receivers or transmitters exceeding the 500 m diameter rule are indeed NOT allowed.
For the first time the CQWW committee introduced two new overlay categories. For those of you that way not be aware of overlay categories within the contest,they are, in fact, a sort of sub category in which competitors might operate while still competing in the main one. These two add-ons will be the “classic” and “rookie” overlays.
In the “classic” only one operator, one radio and no assistance is permitted. Moreover, in this category, only the first 24 hours will be counted for scoring purposes (you can still operate longer but the extra hours worked won’t be counted).
The “rookie” overlay is for all ham radio operators who became licensed no more than three years from the contest date.
Log deadline (5 days) and submission procedures remain unchanged.
One of the major change regards the actions that the contest committee may take. Red and yellow cards have been removed. The only possible action that the CC might enforce would be that of disqualification.
New certificates have been added as well as electronic, printable certificates for all entrants.
This was just a little recap of the most important changes to CQWW rules. More information, as well as the original rules can be found at: www.cqww.com .