Friday, May 18, 2018

Kimo Chun,KH7U, and Krassimir "Krassy" Petkov, K1LZ/LZ1SA, Inducted into CQ DX Hall of Fame

     (Xenia, OH - May 18, 2018) - CQ magazine today announced the induction of two new members to the CQ DX Hall of Fame, which honors those DXers who not only excel in personal performance but who also "give back" to the hobby in outstanding ways. CQ DX Editor Bob Schenck, N2OO, presented Hall of Fame plaques at an induction ceremony held at the annual Dayton DX dinner on May 18.
The 2018 inductees to the CQ DX Hall of Fame are:
Kimo Chun, KH7U - was nominated by the Dateline DX Association, of which is is a founding member. He has operated on many major DXpeditions, including Kingman Reef, Christmas Island, Palmyra Atoll, Cambodia and Midway Island. In addition, he routinely provides logistical assistance to hams planning Pacific island DXpeditions; and provides electronic maintenance support for groups administering Pacific island nature preserves, including the Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A longtime member of Hawaii's Department of Emergency Management RACES team, Kimo was recently featured on an NBC News story about last year's accidental nuclear attack alert message sent out in Hawaii, and emphasized the role played by amateurs as the first to alert the public that the message was sent in error.
Krassimir "Krassy" Petkov, K1LZ/LZ1SA - Nominated by the Araucaria DX Group of Brazil, the Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs and the Yankee Clipper Contest Club, Krassy has made many behind-the-scenes contributions to DXing and contesting over the years. A veteran of two dozen DXpeditions, Krassy has also provided or arranged financial and/or material support to many others. He also co-founded the Young Ham Contest Program in 2003, taking hams under age 21 to operate in major contests from Caribbean superstations; and served on the board of the 2006 World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) competition in Brazil. He has also worked with fellow DXers during DXpeditions to promote amateur radio and provide equipment for hams in the countries in which the groups operated.

 The CQ DX Hall of Fame was established in 1967 to recognize those amateurs who have made major contributions to DXing and DXpeditioning. This year's inductions bring the total number of members of the CQ DX Hall of Fame to 73.

Announcing: 2018 Inductees to CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame

(Xenia, OH - May 18, 2018) - The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame has 11 new members, CQ magazine announced today.

The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame honors those individuals, whether licensed hams or not, who have made significant contributions to amateur radio; and those amateurs who have made significant contributions either to amateur radio, to their professional careers or to some other aspect of life on our planet. The 2018 inductees (listed alphabetically) are:
• Marlon Brando, FO5GJ (SK), iconic movie actor
• David Brown, KC5ZTC (SK), NASA astronaut killed in 2003 Columbia disaster, U.S. Navy Captain, pilot and flight surgeon, posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, the NASA Space Flight Medal, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, and the Defense Distinguished Service Medal
• Kalpana Chawla, KD5ESI (SK), NASA astronaut killed in 2003 Columbia disaster, aerospace engineer and first astronaut from India; also flew on Columbia in 1997. Posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, the NASA Space Flight Medal, and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal
• Laurel Clark, KC5ZSU (SK), NASA astronaut killed in 2003 Columbia disaster, U.S. Navy Captain, flight surgeon, submarine medical officer. Posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, the NASA Space Flight Medal, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, and the Defense Distinguished Service Medal. She also received three Navy Commendation Medals; the National Defense Medal, and Overseas Service Ribbon. 
• Ashhar Farhan, VU2ESE, pioneer in popularizing open-source Bit-X "semi-kits" using Arduinos for affordable QRP transceivers
• Grady Fox, W4FRM (SK), SSB pioneer; worked on Manhattan Project during World War II and the camera for NASA's lunar landers
• Wendell King, ex-2ADD (SK), African-American pioneer of broadcasting and college radio
• Fred Lloyd, AA7BQ, founder of, the most widely-accessed amateur radio website
• Mark Pecen, KC9X/VE3QAM, wireless communication and networking pioneer, inventor, cybersecurity expert
• Carole Perry, WB2MGP, longtime advocate for youth in amateur radio; moderator of Dayton youth forum for more than 30 years
• Ed Westcott, W4UVS, photographer who chronicled the Manhattan Project during World War II and later helped the FBI with its investigation of the Jonestown massacre

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Re-Scoring of CQWW CW Results Complete; Updated Scores Posted Online

The following is from CQ World Wide DX Contest Director John Dorr, K1AR:

As you may be aware, it was previously announced by CQ that all results for the 2017 CQ World Wide DX Contest would be re-scored based on the return to the usual and accepted methodology for handling duplicate QSOs <>.

I'm pleased to report that the scores have now been updated and posted on-line on CQ World Wide DX Contest Web site <>.

The good news is that there was minimal impact to the final scores with no significant changes to the final standings and only 40% of the total pool of logs affected at all.

Thank you for your patience as we worked through this issue.

73, John, K1AR

Monday, May 14, 2018

John Dorr, K1AR, Named Director of CQ World Wide DX Contest


   (Hicksville, NY) May 14, 2018 – Former CQ magazine Contesting Editor, CQ Contest Hall of Famer and longtime CQ World Wide DX Contest Committee member John Dorr, K1AR, has been named Director of the CQ World Wide DX Contest, CQ magazine Publisher Dick Ross, K2MGA, announced today. John succeeds Doug Zwiebel, KR2Q, who has been CQWW Director for the past two years, and who has stepped down for personal reasons.  We thank Doug for his lengthy dedication to the CQWW Contest, which includes several decades as a member of the contest committee in addition to his time as contest director. Doug will remain an active committee member.

     Dorr, a ham since 1969, has been a member of the CQWW Contest Committee since the mid-1970s and served as CQ magazine's Contesting Editor for over 20 years, from 1989-2011. He is also a two-time medalist in the World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC), a two-time president of the Yankee Clipper Contest Club, chairman of the World Wide Radio Operators' Foundation and has been emcee of the Dayton Contest Dinner for the past 25 years. John was elected to the CQ Contest Hall of Fame in 1997.

     Professionally, John is recently retired from a career in high technology. He was also CQ's marketing director for several years in the mid-1990s.

     "John has been part of the CQ and CQWW 'families' for nearly four decades," said Ross. "He understands this contest and the people who make it successful – 'big guns,' 'little pistols' and behind-the-scenes volunteers – better than almost anyone. He also has the 'big picture' perspective of CQWW's significance in the broader world of ham radio. We are very pleased that he has agreed to 'come back home' as CQWW Director."

   "I am honored to be asked to lead the CQWW and its incredible group of contest committee volunteers," noted Dorr. "My sincere thanks to Doug, KR2Q, for his decades of service to the world's best contest and its participants."

     Dorr's appointment is effective immediately. The CQWW DX Contest is amateur radio's most popular contest and may be the world's largest competitive sporting event in terms of numbers of participants.


Thursday, May 10, 2018

2017 CQWW CW Contest Scoring Change

A change in scoring methodology for duplicate contacts (dupes) in the CW weekend of the 2017 CQ World Wide DX Contest led to an inconsistency with the standards by which logs submitted for the SSB weekend of the same contest were scored. After considerable discussion and debate among members of the CQWW Contest Committee and consultation with CQ management, it has been decided to restore the original scoring methodology and to rescore all CW logs for 2017. It is not expected that this will result in any changes to the order of finish. Updated scores will be published online on the CQ website <> and the CQ World Wide DX Contest website <>. The contest community will be notified once the re-scoring is completed.

CQWW Management

Friday, May 4, 2018

Second Bouvet Attempt Unlikely This Year; Donations to be Partially Refunded

The organizers of the 3Y0Z Bouvet DXpedition – which was aborted one mile offshore due to weather and engine trouble on their transport ship – say it now appears unlikely that the trip to what's called the world's most remote island can be rescheduled in the 2018-2019 southern hemisphere summer. According to the ARRL, the team leaders are having trouble finding suitable and affordable transportation to the island in the coming year. They say they are planning to make pro-rata refunds of donations, once the books are closed on the original attempt. They note that the process will be complicated, may take several months, and ask for donors' patience while all the loose ends are wrapped up.

FT8 DXpedition Mode Tests Show Promising Results

A second public test of the new FT8 DXpedition mode in early April turned up a few flaws in the
WSJT-X screen shot. FT8 is part of the WSJT-X suite
of ham shack programs.
software but had overall positive results, according to co-developer Joe Taylor, K1JT. The ARRL Letter reports that 390 stations participated in the April 7 test, making contacts with one or more of three test DXpedition stations. Results indicated that QSO rates approaching 200 per hour should be possible with the mode. A third test session was scheduled for May 5 (after this issue's deadline), using the 4th-generation "release candidate" version of the WSJT-X software package. Taylor says he looks forward to the release in the near future of a "general availability (GA)" version of WSJT-X version 1.9.0, which will include the new higher-volume version of FT8 for use by DXpedition stations.