[CQ-Contest] Changes to the rules of the CQ WW

Rick Kiessig kiessig at gmail.com
Wed Aug 28 17:01:48 EDT 2013

Using an SDR or a scope is the most reliable way. However, you can also
check for a wide signal by ear. For example, for SSB, tune about 3 kHz above
or below your transmit frequency, and listen. If you hear clicks or other
significant noise while transmitting, your signal is probably too wide. If
you can't do this yourself, you can ask someone on the other end of the QSO
to do it for you.

In the run-up to CQWW, I would like to suggest that for those of us with an
SDR, if you see someone with a wide signal, spot them and include the word
"WIDE" in the comments field.

73, Rick ZL2HAM

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Changes to the rules of the CQ WW

Hello all,

I am sorry I wasn't clear!

We are running a extreme low budget station.
About 75% is made of stuff other trow away (trash) ore give away (semi

My equipment is also low budget compared to a lot of "Big Gun" stations.
I have manual tuned amps, two different radio's in SO2R, manual changing
antenna's and filters and everything else is manual :-) And I operate almost
the complete 48 hours, all by myself including all mentioned before during
band changes.

So a mistake is easily made, as I have bean pointed out before during a
contest by a certain person who's a call is ending on ZD during a CQ WW
contest.. oeps..
I do not have the ability to have a high bandwidth Internet connection at
the contest site.
I have to use a dongle in a computer on top of the bunker, with UTP cable
connected to the computer 7 meters below the ground in the bunker.
RBN will about max out the bandwidth, so WebSDR is also not a option.

So I just want to have a visualization of my signal during the contest, or
have some kind of warning other than the comment of others.
Especially during the difficult hours and at the end of the contest.
And I was hoping someone already have don this before, and is willing to
share information about this.

Thank you for time and efforts.
And again, please excuse my English.


Steef PA3S


2013/8/28 Pete Smith N4ZR <n4zr at contesting.com>

> Seems to me this shouldn't be hard.
> 1.  Follow instructions for your transceiver with regard to the amount 
> of compression and ALC you should permit.
> 2.  Drive your amplifier with the same care.
> 3.  Solicit comments on the width of your signal before the contest, 
> or, better yet,check your own signal with an SDRand appropriate 
> software.  You can SEE a signal that is too wide.
> 73, Pete N4ZR
> Check out the Reverse Beacon Network at http://reversebeacon.net, blog 
> at reversebeacon.blogspot.com.
> For spots, please go to your favorite
> ARC V6 or VE7CC DX cluster node.
> On 8/28/2013 7:18 AM, Steef wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> As you perhaps know, there are some changes to the rules of the CQ WW.
>> Or at least the way they are written down.
>> In which now is stated that:
>> "The CQ WW DX Contest Committee is responsible for checking and 
>> adjudicating the contest entries. Entrants are expected to follow the 
>> rules and best amateur radio practices. Violation of the rules of the 
>> contest or unsportsmanlike conduct may lead to disciplinary action by 
>> the Committee.
>> A. Unsportsmanlike Conduct: Examples of unsportsmanlike conduct 
>> include, but are not limited to:
>> 5. Signals with excessive bandwidth (e.g., splatter, clicks) or 
>> harmonics on other bands."
>> And I like to ask you fellow contesters how you are going to make 
>> sure you are obeying this rule?
>> I was at the Internationale Amateurfunk-Ausstellung in 
>> Friedrichshafen, there where 3 representatives from Array Solutions. 
>> I asked theme if it is possible to measure splatter whit the Power 
>> master. And in stead of trying to give me an answer, the "guy" tried 
>> to make a fool of me, by loudly yelling I want to have splatter (if 
>> you know who it was, say hello from me). I presume this means that 
>> the meter is not capable of measuring splatter. So I was wondering if 
>> the Wavenode is capable of really measuring splatter of your one 
>> signal real time?  If so, is there someone whit some experience with 
>> this? Ore are there some other solutions?
>> Thank you fore reading this question, time and efforts.
>> Please excuse my English.
>> 73
>> Steef PA3S
>> http://www.dutchpacc.com
>> Http://www.contestgroup.nl
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