Sydney Amateur Radio Ferry Contest

The Sydney Amateur Radio Ferry Contest takes place on Sydney Harbour on Sunday March 13th from 10:00 to 16:00 local time.

This unique new contest brings hams from all over the nation to Sydney Harbour and invites them to make VHF / UHF contacts from any of the system’s ferries and 36 wharves.

With all-day travel for just $2.50 using an Opal Card, this is a great way to spend a Sunday!

To add some fun, operation is restricted to hand-held radios (any mode) and can include repeater, simplex or “eyeball” (a handshake and an exchange of QSL cards) contacts. Continue reading


John Moyle Memorial Field Day 2016

Rather than tapping away on the internet, here is a very good opportunity to get on air. If you have a radio there should be no excuse.

I am thinking of entering the 8 hour section as I have a function on the Saturday night… de VK4TS

The next Field Day will be held over the weekend of the 19th-20th March 2016 and will run from UTC 0100 on the Saturday to 0059 on the Sunday.

What category would you enter ?



Contester’s Code of Ethics

  • I will learn and obey the rules of any contest I enter, including the rules of my entry category
  • I will obey the rules for amateur radio in my country.
  • I will not modify my log after the contest by using additional data sources to correct callsign/exchange errors.
  • I will accept the judging and scoring decisions of the contest sponsor as final.
  • I will yield my frequency to any emergency communications activity.
  • I will operate my transmitter with sufficient signal quality to minimise interference to others.



Delay to Trans-Tasman 2015 results

The Trans Tasman results are being delayed owing to some problems with the WebSite.

We moved the TT to an environment that will allow public logs and cross checking.
These results have been completed and all programming is done, for that stage.

The website houses the log files and the claimed scores, and unfortunately we do not have a copy of the various logs.


This WebSite is being created for future running of the event and others by VKCC.


As shown all details including participants who did not enter a log are included.

The site caters for uploading of logs and cross checking as well as errors in copying serial numbers.

We hope to have the completed results issued shortly.


K5ZD Stepping Down as Director of CQ WW Contest

K5ZD Stepping Down as Director of CQ WW Contest

Randy Thompson K5ZD has announced his intention to step down as Director of the CQ WW Contest as soon as a replacement can be found. The decision was due to increasing responsibilities in his professional career. The Director of the CQ WW Contest is responsible for appointing the members of the CQ WW Contest Committee and organizing their work to develop the rules, log checking, and production of the contest results.

Thompson became Director of the CQ WPX Contest in 2008 where he served through the 2012 contest. He was appointed as Director of CQ WW in September 2012. Under his leadership, the CQ WPX and CQ WW contests have improved the log checking process and enforcement actions against rule violations. The Web sites for the two contests were enhanced to include a historical database of all time scores, records, results, and log submission tools.

According to Thompson, “I have enjoyed working on the CQ contests and hope to stay involved with the web sites and log checking. The demands of a new job are preventing me from dedicating the time that the role deserves. With WPX, WW, and WRTC2014 activities over the past 8 years, I am ready for a break. I am very proud of the work the Committee has done in enforcing the rules and feel that contesting results are now more accurate than ever. I look forward to working with the new Director.”

Randy Thompson, K5ZD, has been licensed and active in contesting since 1973 at age 13. He is an accomplished contester, having multiple single-operator wins in the ARRL Sweepstakes, CQ World Wide DX Contest, and the CQ WPX Contest, among others. Randy is a past editor of the “National Contest Journal” (a post he has held three separate times) and a co-founder of the eHam.net website. He is a member of the CQ Magazine Contest Hall of Fame. He has competed in five World Radiosport Team Championships and was a member of the organizing committee for WRTC2014. When not in front of a radio, Randy is in product management for a technology company involved in the Intenet of Things (IoT).

A description of the CQ WW Director role is listed below. Anyone interested in being considered for the job should apply by email to questions@cqww.com. Questions may also be directed to CQ Amateur Radio publisher Dick Ross K2MGA at k2mga@cq-amateur-radio.com


Job Description: CQ WW Director

The Director of the CQ WW DX Contest is responsible for the operation and results of the CQ WW DX Contest. The ideal candidate will be passionate about the CQ WW, a respected member of the contest community, and have demonstrated proficiency in contesting.


  • Administration
    • Recruit volunteers with necessary skills to assist with the administration and operation of the contest
    • Appoint members to the CQ WW Contest Committee
    • Appoint leaders of internal working groups
    • Consult with CQWWCC to set policies, define rule changes
    • Manage the log checking process
    • Work with WWROF and others to fund needed infrastructure
    • Coordinate with CQ Magazine management and editorial staff
    • Uphold the ethical standards of the competition
  • Communication
    • Serve as external spokesperson for the CQ WW Contest Committee
    • Manage email requests to questions@cwww.com (e.g., did you get my log? where is my plaque? rules questions? log formatting?)
    • Communicate the policies and decisions of the CQWWCC to entrants
    • Distribute announcements to the contest community by blog post and email
    • Make presentations about the CQ WW DX Contest (club meetings, webinars)
    • Review and provide content for the cqww.com web site
  • Results
    • Publish raw scores
    • Notify entrants of disqualifications or category changes
    • Contest results article for each mode
    • Assemble final results package for CQ
  • Other:
    • Presentation of CQ Contest Hall of Fame awards at Dayton
    • Conduct participant surveys

Required Skills:

  • Organizational and leadership ability to work with a global team of volunteers
  • Attention to detail and ability to work with data
  • Connection with the international contest community
  • Strong writing and presentation skills in English
  • Ability to devote 10+ hours per week between September and March each year to answer questions, manage the log checking, and compile the results, plus additional time during the rest of the year to promote the contest

Most Popular Contest Software CQWW

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 : https://github.com/n4af/TR4W/wiki/CQ-Worldwide-Contest-Program-Statistics


RAEM Lost Logs

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: raem@srr.ru or oleg@ua9qcq.com

Request for stories and photos de K7ZO

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 example:

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 picture.

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 photos 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 k7zo@cableone.net.   73 Scott/K7ZO


New web manager required

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 vk4ts@outlook.com for further details.

Regards, Trent 

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.