[CQ-Contest] Rule Changes for the CQ WW WPX SSB and CW Contests in 2021

AB2E Darrell ab2e at hotmail.com
Tue Nov 17 01:07:51 EST 2020

First, great to always work you in WPX and many other contests.
You make good points. The original SO category is being diminished.
Why not keep the 36 hour SO category unassisted for those who wish it?
It can't be that hard to keep tracking it since it's already been an existing category for many years. What's to be gained from its elimination?

Jeff KU8E also brings up some good statistics, I didn't look it up, but apparently there were very large numbers of SO entries in both CW and SSB WPX this year and last.
Personally, I have most often entered Assisted, but that's my choice. I think those wanting 36 hour Single Op should still have it.
I also use the overlay Triband/Wires and am grateful for that category.
No doubt many others feel the same about traditional Single Op Unassisted.
73 to all,
Darrell AB2E

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Rule Changes for the CQ WW WPX SSB and CW Contests in 2021

I am very disappointed that the CQ WPX Contests eliminated single operator categories.

It isn't a merger - there is nothing left of the single operator category rules.

Unfortunately, now the internet and, for CW, the RBN are required to be competitive in WPX. :-(.

It is sad that the game of WPX can't be played competitively just on the radio any more.


Mark, KD4D

On November 16, 2020 10:01:55 AM EST, Bud Trench <aa3b.bud at gmail.com> wrote:
>The 2021 CQ WW WPX RTTY, SSB and CW contests will include a new
>Multi-Transmitter Distributed category.  Stations operating in this
>may have a maximum of six transmitted signals, one per band at any one
>from stations in different locations.  All equipment, including
>remotely-controlled equipment, must be located in same DXCC entity and
>Zone.  Six bands may be activated simultaneously.   This is a new,
>stand-alone category.  It is not intended to replace, or compete with,
>multi-operator categories.
>QSO alerting systems will now be permitted in all CQ WW WPX SSB and CW
>Single Operator categories, except the Single Operator Classic Overlay
>categories.  This change also results in elimination of the requirement
>audio recordings.  The drivers for combining the Single Op Assisted and
>Unassisted categories include:
>*      Use of QSO alerting systems by single operator participants is
>allowed in 70% (33 or 47) of the international DX contests recently
>reviewed, including CQ WPX RTTY
>*      It is becoming increasingly more difficult to draw the line between
>assisted and unassisted operations as SDR technologies become more
>integrated with contest software / networks
>*      This step further aligns CQ WW WPX SSB / CW with CQ WW WPX RTTY.
>The use of QSO alerting systems in CQ WW WPX RTTY has been permitted
>the mid-1990's
>The Single Operator Classic Overlay categories will continue to
>prohibit the
>use of QSO alerting systems and should be considered by participants
>preferring to be unassisted.  Also, the maximum operating time for
>Operator Classic Overlay participants has been reduced from 36 to 24
>Further, the Multi-Operator Single Transmitter High and Low Power
>Overlay categories have been removed from the rules.
>The full rules for CQ WW WPX SSB and CW 2021 will be posted on the CQ
>website <<http://>www.cq-amateur-radio.com <http://www.cq-amateur-radio.com> >
>the CQ WW WPX Contest website <<http://>www.cqwpx.com <http://www.cqwpx.com/> >
>early 2021.
>Bud Trench, AA3B
>Director, CQ WPX Contest
>web:  <https://cqwpx.com/> https://cqwpx.com
>email:  <mailto:director at cqwpx.com> director at cqwpx.com
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