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Dec 28

I am sorry to report the following error(s) made in the 2010 WPX SSB Contest results.

1. The winner of the plaque for Multi-Multi Europe should be DR1A.

EUROPE: Rick Dougherty, NQ4I Trophy. Won by: DR1A operated by DB6JG, DF3KV, DF6JC, DJ6ET, DJ7EG, DJ7EO, DK1II, DK2CX, DK6WL, DK6XZ, DL1MGB, DL3DXX, DL6FBL, DL8DYL, DL8WPX, JK3GAD, SV2KBS

2. A new plaque sponsored by KG1E was left out of the results.

WORLD Tribander/Single-Element Low Power: Alex M Jozsa, KG1E Trophy. Won by: John Barcroft, NX6T

Further corrections will be posted to the 2010 SSB corrections page.

Dec 25

The CQ WW Contest has been making submitted logs public for many years.  The last two WPX surveys indicated that WPX participants wanted the same. 

There are several reasons for open logs. 

  • They can be a great learning tool.  How did the competition beat me? What can I do differently next year?
  • They can help us understand our mistakes.  What call did the guy work that I though was working me?
  • They are a source of propagation and activity data that can be analyzed. There are number of web sites that use the CQWW log data to show interesting charts or analysis.  We want the same thing for the WPX Contest.

Not everyone is in favor of open logs.  But, as we saw in the recent WPX Survey results, there is a significant majority (over 85%) that do want to see the logs.  In a sport where so much is done from the privacy of our own stations, the transparency of open logs promotes fair play and sportsmanship.

Getting to public logs was a process. First, we had to introduce a rule for the 2010 contest that notified entrants their log may be made public.

XIV. Declaration: By submitting an entry in the CQ WPX Contest you agree that: 1) you have read and understood the rules of the contest and agree to be bound by them, 2) you have operated according to all rules and regulations of your country that pertain to amateur radio, 3) your log entry may be made open to the public, and 4) all actions and decisions of the WPX Contest Committee are official and final.

That cleared the way for us to publish the logs.

While everyone wants to see open logs, they don’t want to see their email and postal address made public. Thanks to some programming help from David, K2DSL, we have a way to process all logs and remove the ADDRESS and EMAIL fields.  We went one step more and removed any line beginning with “X-” as these are added by various logging programs to store information including email addresses.  David also cleverly looks inside the soapbox and blanks out anything that looks like an email address.

We also made the committment that we would not publish logs that were submitted as CHECKLOG.  These logs are very valuable to the log checking process, but the participants do not want their logs to be scored or results published.  It seems only fair that we not publish their logs as well.

The logs for the WPX SSB Contest 2010 are now published to the web site.  Visit http://www.cqwpx.com/publiclogs/
Or you can get there by going to the Results tab and selecting the Public Logs button.

The CW logs will be posted some time in January after the log checking has been completed.


Dec 4

Thanks to the help of many volunteers we were able to present the 2010 WPX rules in 13 languages. Just for fun, I went back to the web analytics to see which of these translations were being used. The results were interesting so I thought I would share them.

The following table shows page views for all of the Rules pages between January 1, 2010 and December 4, 2010. 

  Page title Pageviews
1. CQ WPX Contest – Rules 42,127
2. CQ WPX Contest – Rules (Japanese) 2,287
3. CQ WPX Contest – Rules FAQ 1,939
4. CQ WPX Contest – Rules (Spanish) 1,074
5. CQ WPX Contest – Rules (German) 873
6. CQ WPX Contest – Rules (Czech-Slovak) 779
7. CQ WPX Contest – Rules (Italian) 769
8. CQ WPX Contest – Rules (Russian) 726
9. CQ WPX Contest – Rules (Portuguese) 669
10. CQ WPX Contest – Rules (Swedish) 592
11. CQ WPX Contest – Rules (French) 385
12. CQ WPX Contest – Rules (Dutch) 366
13. CQ WPX Contest – Rules (Lithuanian) 354
14. CQ WPX Contest – Rules Archive 266
15. CQ WPX Contest – Rules (Greek) 250
16. CQ WPX Contest – Rules (Finnish) 249
17. CQ WPX Contest – Rules (Bulgarian) 156
18. CQ WPX Contest – Rules (Chinese) 141

The 2011 rules are being completed now and we will be seeking help to provide translations in as many languages as possible.



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