CQ WW Officially Moves to Ban Post-Contest Log Massage With Rules Change for 2012 CQ WW DX

Along with instituting a new five day log submission deadline, the CQ WW Contest Committee has included a specific rule change for the 2012 CQ WW DX Contests that seeks to crack down on post contest log changes.

“13. Post-contest correcting of call signs by using any database, recordings or confirming QSO’s is not allowed (Rule XII.2 always applies)” reads the new language in the CQ rules.

The message there is very clear, that post-contest log cleanup by using outside aid – whether it is call sign databases or recordings of the contest are now clearly considered against the rules.

The reference to “Rule XII.2″ is important as well, because that contains new langauge that could mean a variety of things to CQ WW competitors and their logs:


“2. All sent and received exchanges are to be logged. In addition to the number exchange, the call sign sent by an entrant during a completed exchange, must be logged as sent by the entrant. All QSO exchanges must be logged upon QSO completion.”

The new language there includes the final two sentences: “In addition to the number exchange, the call sign sent by an entrant during a completed exchange, must be logged as sent by the entrant” and then “All QSO exchanges must be logged upon QSO completion.”

The release of the rules on the CQWW web site was not accompanied by any public explanation of the changes from the CQ WW Contest Committee, but this rule seems to indicate that the CQ WW Contest Committee is ready to use SDR recordings of the contest to check the transmitted signal of someone in contention for a top award, to see what has been sent in the exchange.

Other changes in the 2012 CQ WW rules are visible almost immediately, dealing with power, as the committee refined the language that warns about excessive power in your contest category:

“You must not exceed the total output power limitation of your chosen category on any band. Total output power on any band at any time is measured at the output of the active amplifier(s),” reads the new language, emphasizing the precise point where power is to be measured.

There is also new language on multi-op efforts:

“Multi-Operator Categories (all-band operation only): Any public QSO spotting help is allowed. Any number of operators is allowed. Total output power must not exceed 1500 watts on any band at any time,” reads the new language.

From “Fair Play” to a Specific Ban on Log Massage


A year ago, the CQ WW Contest Committee rolled out a public relations campaign designed to publicly pressure contesters over the idea of post-contest log changes, often referred to as “log massage,” arguing it was against the spirit of true competition.

“Your contest result is a measure of your contesting skill,” argued CQ WW Contest Committee member Doug Zwiebel KR2Q in a 2011 CQ WW webinar, where the CQ WW CC argued to contesters that changes to a log – with outside aid after a contest – is considered outside the bounds.

But in 2011, the CQ WW Contest Committee only called the use of post contest data sources “unsportsmanlike” – now there is a specific new rule meant to make entrants think twice about using the internet, a recording, or other sources to fix some mistakes in their log.

The newly issued rules for the 2012 CQ WW DX Contests are available on the CQ WW web site.

Do you agree or disagree with the decision by CQ WW to ban post-contest log changes? Will it even work? Or is this just another rule that can’t really be enforced in ham radio contesting?

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