CQ Disqualifies Two Dozen CQ World Wide DX Contest SSB Participants
But what on earth is “unclaimed assistance?”
The CQ World Wide Contest Committee has disqualified 2 dozen entrants in the 2014 CQ World Wide DX Contest (SSB) last October. Another six received warnings. The committee said that it has warned contesters to play fairly and to obey the rules. The vast majority of the disqualifications were for “unclaimed assistance.”
“The CQ WW Contest Committee takes its job as referee for the contest very seriously,” the Committee said in a web blog post. “Each year a group of dedicated members spends many hours poring over logs, listening to SDR recordings, and following up on input from the contest community. We do not always have perfect information, and it is difficult when each entrant is operating from their own station without any outside observer. Even so, the logs and recordings often tell us a clear story. It is our job as referees to call them as we see them.”
Disqualified entrants are given 5 days to respond. “We do this to allow everyone the opportunity to present an explanation of what appears in the log,” the Committee said.
CQ received 8,283 logs containing more than 5.2 million contacts for the CQ WW SSB. Contest participants representing 223 different countries.
Log checking for the 2014 CQ WW DX Contest CW is now complete and have been sent to CQ Magazine. Official results will appear in the May 2015 issue of CQ.