Thursday, August 9, 2012

Software Glitch Results in CQWW Scoring Errors; Corrected Results to Be Posted Online

Announcement from CQ magazine…

(Hicksville, NY, August 9, 2012) -- A glitch in the software used to analyze logs submitted for the CQ World Wide DX Contest has resulted in errors in final scores for some participants in the 2011 CQWW DX SSB and CW competitions. These errors were discovered after the results of both competitions were sent to the printer, so some results published in the August and September issues of CQ will be incorrect. However, only one SSB certificate (out of approximately 1300) was affected by the error, and with the new, corrected, results, all affected stations' scores went up, not down. CW results were still being worked on as this is written, but a similarly small impact is expected.

According to the CQWW Contest Committee, "approximately one QSO in a thousand was marked as a bad call in error. This occurred when two similar calls, for example W1GD and W1GQ, were logged within three minutes of each other and only one of the stations submitted a log." The problem came about as part of a recent software upgrade, so no previous CQ contests are affected. It has now been fixed, so future contests also should not be affected.

Corrected scores for the SSB weekend will be posted on the CQ website as soon as possible. Corrected scores for the CW weekend will be planned to coincide with the release of the September digital edition, on or around September 1, 2012.

We will make additional announcements when the corrected results have been posted online.

CQ regrets any inconvenience resulting from these errors.