(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.