Most Popular Contest Software CQWW

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Tom Schaefer, NY4I

CQ WW logs for both the SSB and CW contests are made available from the CQWW website. Here, you can access the Cabrillo files of those that have submitted logs. Checklogs are not included and logs are also stripped of email addresses.

One of the fields available in the Cabrillo file is the CREATED-BY field which contains the name of the contest logging program that created the Cabrillo file. In most cases,this is the name of the logging software. For processes that import their log and have a different utility create the actual Cabrillo file, it could be that name.

2015 CQ WW by Log Programs

2015 CQ WW Log Programs by % of Total Logs

Please note that the above charts are only for log programs with at least 200 submissions.

How was this Data Generated?

To generate this data, all these files were downloaded for a given year, and then a Perl script was used to read the logs looking for the CREATED-BY string. The data above is the result of a summation of the data by log program. Different versions were combined based on the first word (for example, all versions of N1MM are under the N1MM heading).

If you would like the raw data, you can click here to see a table of every logging program found (including version variants of the same program).


Source :

RAEM Lost Logs

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I am posting this on the request of RAEM contest sponsors:

The contest Committee of RAEM International HF Contest expresses to everyone 
who took part in the event, their appreciation.
Thanks to all who have already submitted their logs. Those who did not, were 
sent personal reminder by e-mail.
We hope that these participants will show their politeness towards other 
members and submit their logs.
However, we do not have data for some of the participants. If you know some 
of the below listed operators, please contact them and ask them to send in 
their logs.


Log in Cabrillo format, can be uploaded via the Web interface:
Samples of headers and QSO lines can be found at the bottom of this page:

Should you have problem with log upload, please let us know and we will try 
to help.
You can report it by e-mail: or

Request for stories and photos de K7ZO

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With the ARRL 10 Meter Contest now history I will repeat my request for 
stories and photos. As the author of the 10 Meter Contest articles for QST 
Magazine and ARRL.ORG online I am looking for whatever you have. For 

• Photos and stories about you putting together an antenna just for the 
contest. Tell me about what you did and send me some photos of the effort! 
You climbed to the top of your 180 foot tower on Friday afternoon in a 
snowstorm to fix an antenna or rotor! I want to know about that and have a 
• Photos from your station and shack. If you have stacked yagis 
overlooking a beautiful blue ocean where the weather is warm, the breezes 
gentle, and the 807's ice cold -- I want to see it. (Heck -- I wanted to be 
there!) If you have them with snowy mountains in the background. I want to 
see them. If your cat curled up next to your amplifier to keep warm -- I 
want that photo. If you babysat your grandkid in your lap while running 
stations -- I want that photo. If you managed to pull out that 4S7 long path 
by squeezing your headphones against your head tighter than you could ever 
imagine -- I want that photo. If you are using a vintage classic radio with 
nice warm glows of tubes and dials -- send me a photo of you intently 
operating it. If your amp blew up on Saturday during the major 
inter-continental opening - send me a picture of what its innards looked 
like and you intently fixing it. Etc. You get the idea.
• Great stories from the weekend -- your favorite QSO, a hilarious 
moment, something you never thought would happen but did, working an
All-Time-New-One. I want to hear about it. And, I will make sure everyone 
knows about it.

As far as photo's go -- send me the photos with as many pixels as you got. I 
will handle it from there. There is no such thing in my article authoring 
business as too many pixels. And, if you take the picture of someone, or 
have someone take your picture, please make sure a face is clearly visible. 
And, of course, make sure the important stuff is in focus.

I look forward to receiving your photos and stories. Just send them direct 
to me at



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Do you know Word Press ? 

Are you interested in Contesting ? 

The VKCC WebPage needs new blood to maintain the rage – If you are interested in the above position please email for further details



Please note I no longer use the WIA email address where possible owing to it blocking emails from sites such as VK Logger and ARRL.




2015 Trans Tasman Results – Almost

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As part of the new open Crowd surfing log checking we need volunteers -

If you want to help please check in at

All we need is callsign and email to access the logs….

You will be able to see all the log entries – and actually CHECK and see if they QSOs are actually legit.

These forms will also be part of the VKCC Sprints that we foolishly thought we could get off the ground in 2015.

But good things come to those who wait , thanks to Bruce WA7BNM for his help with the new format.







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WOW – Some records could be ready to fall in the Oceania Dx Contest this weekend

The suns recent burst of activity will see ten metres pretty good and if the A and K index stays like it is 40M should be awesome -

Two key points to remember with the Oceania DX Contest -

#1  The Prefix multipliers count on every band so you need to be active on as many bands as possible – Single ops this means changing bands often -

#2 Remember the 20M contacts are only worth 1 point each – so while you need to work 20M for the Multipliers the best results are had on 40M where each contact is worth 5 points or 10M where the contacts are worth 3 points

Best strategy ? Run USA whenever possible as there are so many prefix multipliers in USA – If you really want to win a category – keep your back side in the chair and the radio on and definitely use a good contest logger with PC interface.

Good Luck


Oceania DX Contest 2015

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Dear contesters

The 2015 Oceania DX contest is now only a couple of weeks away, with the
PHONE SSB section on the first weekend in October and the CW section on the
second weekend in October. Read more…

CQ WW Data Analysis

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From Stan EI6DX ; 

Just for a bit of fun, I have put aggregated CQWW log data into an Excel file and pointed pivot tables to it.

Below are some graphs and insights into CQWW QSO rates from 2007 to 2014 by area, bands and modes.

Total QSOs (CW and SSB):

Note: Some DX zones have been omitted. It was done intentionally so as to not to skew area figures by including once-off DX-peditions.

Total QSOs (breakdown by mode):
Total QSOs (breakdown by band):
Total QSOs compared to 2007:
Total QSOs compared to 2007 (breakdown by mode):
Total QSOs compared to 2007 (breakdown by band):
Total QSOs compared to previous year:
Total QSOs compared to previous year (breakdown by band):
Total QSOs compared to previous year (breakdown by mode):

Breakdowns by area (USA, EU, JA, SA, VK, Balkans, RU).
Total QSOs compared to previous year (breakdown by area):
Total QSOs compared to 2007 (breakdown by area):
Total QSOs compared to 2007 by area - 160 only:
Total QSOs compared to 2007 by area - 80 only:
Total QSOs compared to 2007 by area - 40 only:
Total QSOs compared to 2007 by area - 20 only:
Total QSOs compared to 2007 by area - 15 only:
Total QSOs compared to 2007 by area - 10 only:
Total QSOs compared to previous year by area :
Total QSOs compared to previous year by area by mode :
Total QSOs compared to previous year (2011 onwards) by area by mode :

You can get these reports yourself by using the attached Excel file and get an idea how your area/continent has done over the years. Have fun!

GL and see you in test!


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Oceania Dx Contest

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Oceania Dx Contest 

The Oceania DX contest has been around since the mid 1930s and was known previously as the VK/ZL Contest. Activity has increased in recent years due to a huge promotional effort by the joint Australian and New Zealand Contest Committee.
Contest Dates/Times:

PH – The first full weekend in October each year from 0800 UTC Saturday to 0800 UTC Sunday

CW – The second full weekend in October each year from 0800 UTC Saturday to 0800 UTC Sunday Read more…