[CQ-Contest] CQWW Contest Committee comments on audio recordings (was MM3AWD)

DOUGLAS ZWIEBEL kr2q at optimum.net
Sun Feb 4 06:27:59 EST 2018

It is not the practice of the CQWW Contest Committee to respond publicly 
to comments about individual entries.
  After discussion within the committee, the following short memo was 
deemed appropriate.

1.	As with all requests for an audio file, this log contained a number 
of unusual events and QSOs.

2.	Using our globally placed SDR network (which copied MM3AWD perfectly 
well) we did not hear
those QSOs take place, so he was asked for a recording.

3. A recording was not provided, so the Contest Committee took the 
action of exercising Rule XII (C),
which states: "If no recording is made available, the Committee may 
reclassify to an appropriate category,
reclassify to Administrative Check Log, or disqualify the entry." 

4.	Of the three options available, Administrative Check Log was deemed 
the most appropriate.

We don't ask everybody in the "top 5" for a recording.  We need 
something suspicious or curious.
Please see the July 23, 2017 BLOG, item #4: 

Here is an excerpt from the blog:

[Editorial comment: It is important to note a few things about the 
“recording” rule.  First, 2016 was not the
first year for this rule.  Second, the committee does not and will not 
request a recording simply because
an entrant is in the top 5.  The committee will request a recording when 
something suspicious or curious
in the log is identified by the committee.  This can be a statistical 
flag or something identified after human
review.  The committee does not request a recording in an attempt to “go 
fishing” for something “out of the blue”
or “without reason.”  If you are not breaking the rules or trying to 
stretch the rules beyond the letter and/or
spirit of the rules, you are probably not going to be asked for a 

It would be helpful to any discussion on CQ-Contest if the commenters 
would be familiar with the CQWW
Rules before jumping to and posting irrational conclusions.

Doug, KR2Q
on behalf of the CQWW Contest Committee

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