Friday, January 27, 2012

The 2012 CQ World-Wide 160 Meter Contest

The 2012 CQ World-Wide 160 Meter Contest

CW: 2200Z January 27 to 2200Z January 29
SSB: 2200Z February 24 to 2200Z February 26

The  past rules reflected several signifi- cant changes,  and we are repeating them here as a reminder. Following is a summa- ry of the those changes:
1. The start and end times of the contests has   been  shifted  two   hours  earlier  in response to requests from the 160 contest- ing community.
2. The exchange for DX stations has been changed from  RS(T) & country to RS(T) and CQ zone.
3. A    new single-operator/assisted class has been added to permit  the use of clus- ters, skimmers, etc.
4. A   40-hour maximum operating period has been added for multi-op entries.
5. Provisions have been added regarding remote operation.

For amateurs around the world to contact other amateurs in as many U.S.  states, Canadian  provinces, and countries as possible utilizing the 160 meter band.

II. BAND  USE:  1800–2000  kHz. 
All entrants are encouraged to spread out as much    as  possible,  obeying  frequency restrictions and power limits for their  own country.

III. CATEGORIES: For all categories:
The main  site  is  defined  as all  trans- mitters,  receivers, and antennas must be located on the same  contiguous proper- ty. If the property is not contiguous,  then all  equipment   must fall  within  a 1500 meter radius.  All antennas must be con- nected by wires to the main station. This rule applies to all entrants.
The use of any so-called “Chat Rooms” via the internet or similar means for com- munication between  stations or operators during  the contest period is  strictly pro- hibited. Do not arrange or confirm  QSOs by any other means  than the use of the
160 Meter band and the same mode as used in the contest. Any such  use may result in disqualification at the discretion of the committee. The use of self spotting is not allowed in any category.
Remote operation is  permitted under the following conditions:
• The use of any receiver located  away from the main site is strictly prohibited.
• The use of a separate receiver at the remote control location is prohibited.
• Any receiver linked via the Internet or RF not physically located at the main site is strictly prohibited.
• If the  remote station  is  located  in another DXCC entity, it is required to com- ply with all local country regulations.
Operating time:   Each contest is 48
hours long and starts at 2200Z. Single operator stations may only operate 30 out of the 48 hours. Multi-Operator stations may operate 40 hours. Off times must be a minimum of 30 minutes in length for all  categories.
(A) Single Operator: One person per- forms all  of the  operating, logging,  and spotting  functions.  Maximum  operating time is 30 hours. Passive spotting is NOT allowed.  (See definition of passive spot-  ting functions below.) Only  one transmit- ted signal is allowed at any moment in time. Maximum power is 1500 watts total output or the output power allowed by your coun- try, whichever is less.
(B)  Single  Operator/Low Power: Same as (A) with the  exception that the output power shall not exceed 150 watts. Stations in this category  compete with other Low Power stations only.
(C) QRP: Same as (A) with the excep- tion that the output power shall not exceed
5 watts. Stations in this category compete with other  QRP stations only.
(D) Single Operator Assisted:  HIGH POWER ONLY. Same as (A) with the fol- lowing exception:  The use  of  passive spotting IS allowed.  (See definition  of passive spotting functions below.)
(E) Multi-Operator:  HIGH POWER ONLY. All rules apply as in Single Op Assisted; however, more than one oper- ator (person) is involved in the operation. Maximum  operating  time is  40 hours. Only one transmitted signal is allowed at any moment in time. Maximum power is 1500 watts total  output  or the  output power allowed by your country, whichev- er  is  less. The use  of passive spotting is allowed.
Passive Spotting is defined  as (but not limited to):
DX spotting nets or QSO alerting assis- tance of any kind. Over-the-air nets or sta-  tions that provide frequency and station information.
Any device or person that provides fre- quency and callsign information of  any station during the contest  period. This in-  cludes band  skimmers or similar devices. Passive spotting does NOT include band scopes, SDR receivers, or the like, which provide no information about  the  signal other than its presence, which  is allowed in all categories.

IV. Exchange:  
RS(T)  and state  for U.S., province for Canada, and CQ Zone for  DX. Note: Zones are location indica- tors only and do not count for multipliers.

V. Multiplier:
U.S. States: (48 contiguous  states); U.S.  District of Columbia (DC) (1)
Canadian Provinces: (14) VO1, VO2,  NB, NS, PEI (VY2), VE2, VE3, VE4, VE5, VE6,  VE7, VE8 (NWT), VY1 (YUK), VYØ. DXCC plus WAE countries: WAE: IT, GM  (Shetland Islands), JW (Bear island), TA1  (European Turkey), 4U1VIC,  YU8 Kosova.

VI. Points:
Contacts with stations  in own country:
2 points.
Contacts with other countries on same continent: 5 points.
Contacts with other continents: 10 points Maritime   mobile  contacts count    5 points. There is no multiplier  value for  a maritime mobile contact.

All stations—the  final score is the result  of the total QSO points multiplied by the  sum of all  multipliers (states, VE provinces, DX countries).

VIII. Awards: 
Certificates   will   be awarded to the top scorers in each class (see provisions under classes)  by state, Canadian area, and DX  country. Run- ners-up with  high  scores  over 100,000 points   may   also  receive certificates. The trophies and donors for all categories can be found on the official contest web- site, . If you are interest- ed in sponsoring a plaque for  this con-est, please  contact  us at: .

IX. Club  Competition: 
Any club  that submits at least three logs may enter the Club Competition.  The name  of the  club must be clearly identified under  club com- petition on the summary sheet, or summa- ry portion of the Cabrillo log. Please make sure all entrants from your club use the same club  name (spelled  the same) in the Cabrillo entry. Non-compliance with this request may result in your score not being credited to your club’s entry.

The  submission of Cabrillo  Logs is highly encouraged. Please submit   CQ WW 160 Meter Contest logs via e-mail to
<> for  CW     and
<> for SSB. Logs are requested to be in the Cabrillo file format. You  can  view  the  current  list of  logs received at .
Cabrillo format logs are received by a log processing robot. If your log has been submitted correctly,  the robot will  reply with an e-mail containing a tracking (con-  firmation) number. If there is a problem with your log, the robot will send you an error message containing suggestions for how to fix your log. Read this e-mail care- fully. Most log submission problems are minor and can be corrected in one pass. Submit your log as many times as need- ed. The last submitted log will be the ver- sion that  counts  for  your  official entry. Once you receive a tracking number, your log has been accepted. Inquiries may be sent to .
Special request for   competitive entries: Wherever possible, the entrant is asked to record and save an audio file of the contest  for  review by the committee when requested. Any type of audio format is acceptable. This is only a request and is not required for awards.
Be sure to send in paper and diskette- based logs early to ensure receipt by the deadlines. Unreadable paper logs will be classified  as check logs

XI. Penalties  and  Disqualification: 
Logs will be cross-checked and penalties will be applied at the committee’s discre- tion for contacts determined  to be bad or busted. The bad QSO is removed and a penalty of three more equivalent QSOs is applied  to  the  points  only. No  penalty should be applied for unique QSOs unless they are deemed excessive. A  log may be disqualified for violation of amateur radio regulations, unsportsmanlike conduct, or claiming excessive unverified contacts.
Report file outputs showing final score calculations will be available  for  all  en- trants after the results are published. The decisions of the   CQ   WW 160 Contest Committee are final.
XII. Deadline: Mailing deadline for CW entries is February 28, 2012; for SSB en- tries March 31, 2012. Mail all paper/disk logs to: Paper Logs, P.O. Box 481, New Carlisle, OH 45344. Indicate CW or SSB on the envelope.

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