The preliminary rules for the 2010 CQ WPX Contest are now available for review. There are many changes to the rules so please read them carefully.  Highlights include:

IV. (e) – Defines QSO alerting assistance.

V. – Rewording of all category definitions to improve clarity.

V. C. – Overlay categories are now open to all single operator entries including Assisted.

V. D. (a) – Multi-single category is now limited to one transmitted signal at any time and 8 band changes per hour. This matches the multi-single rule for the WPX RTTY Contest. This is a major change to the definition of this category.

VI. – Multi-single stations now use a single serial number across all bands.  Only Multi-Two and Multi-Multi use serial numbers per band.

X. – Certificates will now be issued to each call area in European Russia.  Rules for minimum hours of operation to be eligible for an award were removed.

XI. – Minor clarifications to the club rules.

XII. (c) – Single band entrants are now required to include all QSOs made on all bands with their log. This is to help us with the log checking. There is no change to how the scoring is defined.

Please send any comments, questions, or suggestions to by November 25, 2009. This will give us time to review the comments and make any corrections prior to the magazine publishing deadline.

Link to rules review document:


3 thoughts on “2010 Rules Available for Review/Comment

  1. Hello Randy,
    It’s all clear for me. Let’s see what will be with this new MS category. I am not so convinced it’s the best solution, but people voted and we have it this way now.


    Waldemar Kuna, SM0TQX

  2. I worry about the future demand for the MS class; mine is already fading. One TX kills any real excitement of a joint effort. So better then do leasure SOAB with one op or perhaps two leasure SOSBs. Attempting to stop a few (?) violators by rule changes, at the potential cost of loosing interest in a popular class will not do CQ WPX gain goodwill!

  3. Eliminating multiplier stations is a good idea but the new multi-single rule still handicaps this category with respect to Single Op by restricting the number of band changes. A high-stamina single op can easily out-score a group operating an identical station by grabbing mults on other bands at any time. If you still fear the dreaded octopus so much, use the CQP concept of limiting the number of OPERATOR CHANGES per hour but please let whoever is in the chair have the same band change flexibility as a Single Op. Make multi-single a viable training ground for Single Op. The argument that you can’t police that policy is specious. You can’t police the number of operators at all. You can’t police power. You don’t police location very much. So why police band changes? Let ’em happen! If someone uses an octopus to cheat, they’ll be discovered eventually. Then DQ all participants for five years.

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