An IMPORTANT email from CQ-Magazine
CQ Asks Contesters to E-Mail All Logs
Due to security concerns, CQ Communications Inc. is asking all participants in
CQ-sponsored amateur radio contests to submit their logs electronically. All
logs for the CQ World Wide DX Contest, the CQ WPX Contest, the CQ World Wide
160-Meter Contest, the
CQ World Wide VHF Contest and the CQ/RTTY Journal RTTY contests should be
submitted via e-mail per instructions in the rules for each contest. In light
of recent events regarding hazardous items sent through the mail, logs received
through the mail at the
CQ offices will be held unopened until all potential health risks have been
evaluated. CQ says it cannot guarantee that logs submitted by postal mail will
be opened. Contesters who want to be sure their scores will be counted must
submit by e-mail.
"We regret the need to inconvenience those contesters who do not have access to
internet-connected computers, or who choose to log by hand and submit those
hand-written logs," explained CQ Communications President Dick Ross, K2MGA.
"But our logs come from
all over the world. While the risk that amateurs might be involved in any sort
of terroristic activity is extremely small, mail en route may be subject to
tampering. We cannot ask our staff members or contest committee volunteers to
themselves to dangerous packages sent through the mail."
CQ requests that this information be disseminated widely so as many contesters
as possible will be aware of this rules change before the SSB weekend of the CQ
World Wide DX Contest on October 27-28.
Alternatives for contesters without computer logging programs or e-mail access:
1) Get a computer logging program. There are many excellent and
reasonably-priced programs available. Many may be downloaded on the Internet so
there is no shipping delay. Some basic logging programs are even available as
2) Transcribe your log into an ASCII text (.txt) file on a word processing
program. Using the format on the log sheet, enter each item for each contact,
separated by a tab. Separate each contact with a carriage return (enter key).
Save onto a floppy disk
and e-mail (many public libraries have computers with e-mail capabilities) to
the address listed in the contest rules. Be sure to include the required
information about your station in a covering e-mail message.