September 29-30, 2012
Starts 0000 GMT Saturday   Ends 2400 GMT Sunday

I.    OBJECTIVE: For amateurs around the world to contact other amateurs in as many zones, countries, US states and VE areas as possible.

II.    BANDS:  Five bands only:  3.5, 7, 14, 21, and 28 MHz..

III.    TYPE OF COMPETITION (choose only one):

For all categories:

  1. All entrants must operate within the limits of their chosen category when performing any activity that could impact their submitted score.

  2. You must not exceed the total output power limitation of your chosen category.  Total output power on any band at any time is measured at the output of the active amplifier.

  3. Operating location:  All transmitters and receivers used by the entrant must be located within a single 500-meter diameter circle or within the property limits of the station licensee's address, whichever is greater.

  4. All antennas used by the entrant must be physically connected by wires to the transmitters and receivers used by the entrant.

  5. Only the entrant’s callsign may be used to aid the entrant’s score.

  6. A different callsign must be used for each CQ WW RTTY entry.

  7. An entrant's remote station is determined by the physical location of the transmitters, receivers, and antennas.  A remote station must obey all station and category limitations of Rule III.

  8. A competitor who wishes to be judged for a top score in their category must agree to a potential visitation at any time during the contest by an observer appointed by the CQ WW RTTY Contest Committee (CQ WW RTTY CC).  Failure of the entrant to respond to our correspondence or to allow a CQ WW CC observer full access to the contest QTH during the full contest may result in the competitor being removed for award eligibility for 3 years.

  9. Self-spotting or asking to be spotted is not allowed in any category.

  10. Only one signal on a band is allowed at any time for all categories.

  11. Remote receivers are not allowed. The only exception is public remote skimmers which are allowed for the Multi-Operator and Assisted categories.

  12. When two or more transmitters are present on a band, a hardware device MUST be used to prevent more than one signal at any one time; interlocking two or more transmitters on a band with alternating CQs (soliciting contacts) is not allowed.

  13. Only Baudot mode is permitted.

A.    Single Operator (All Band or Single Band):  only one person (the entrant) can contribute to the final score during the official contest period.  Callsign alerting assistance of any kind places the entrant in one of the Single Operator Assisted categories.  For all single operator categories, all band or single band, only signal is allowed at any time; for the all band category the operator can change bands at any time.

  1. Single Operator: QSO alerting assistance of any kind is not allowed.

    1. Single Operator High (SOAB High or SOSB High):  Total output power must not exceed 1500 watts carrier on any band at any time.

    2. Single Operator Low (SOAB Low or SOSB Low):   Total output power must not exceed 100 watts carrier on any band at any time.

    3. Single Operator QRP (SOAB QRP or SOSB QRP):   Total output power must not exceed 5 watts carrier on any band at any time.

  2. Single Operator Assisted:  Any public QSO alerting assistance is allowed for all assisted categories.  This includes, but is not limited to, DX Cluster-type networks, local or remote Skimmer and/or Skimmer-like technology, reverse beacon network.  A local Skimmer is one obeying Rule III.3.

    1. Single Operator High Assisted (SOAAB High or SOASB High):  Total output power must not exceed 1500 watts carrier on any band at any time.

    2. Single Operator Low Assisted (SOAAB Low or SOASB Low):  Total output power must not exceed 100 watts carrier on any band at any time.

    3. Single Operator QRP Assisted (SOAAB QRP or SOASB QRP):  Total output power must not exceed 5 watts carrier on any band at any time.

B.    Multi-Operator (all band operation only):  any public QSO spotting help is allowed.  Any number of operators is allowed.  Total output power must not exceed 1500 watts on any band at any time.

  1. Single Transmitter:  Only one transmitter may be used and it may make a maximum of 8 band changes in any clock hour (run transmitter).  Exception:  One--and only one--other transmitter may be used if--and only if--the station worked is a new multiplier (multiplier transmitter).  The multiplier transmitter may also make a maximum of 8 band changes in any clock hour.  The run and multiplier transmitters are governed by independent 8-band-change rules.  A clock hour runs from 00 through 59 minutes.  The multiplier station cannot call CQ (solicit contacts).  Logs found in violation of the 8-band-change rule may be reclassified as M2.  If electronic logging is used (Cabrillo), for each QSO, the run transmitter or multiplier transmitter must be indicated in the log.

    1. Single Transmitter High (MS High):  Total output power must not exceed 1500 watts on any band at any time.

    2. Single Transmitter Low (MS Low):  Total output power must not exceed 100 watts on any band at any time.

  2. Two Transmitters (M2):  A maximum of two transmitted signals at any time on two different bands.  Both transmitters may work any station.  A station may only be worked once per band regardless of which transmitter is used.  The log must indicate which transmitter made each QSO.  Each transmitter may make a maximum of 8 band changes in any clock hour.

  3. Multi-Transmitter (MM):  No limit to the number of transmitters or operators.  Five bands may be activated simultaneously.

IV.    NUMBER EXCHANGE:  RST report  plus zone (i.e., 599 05).  US and VE stations also send US state or VE area (i.e., 599 05 MA, see V. MULTIPLIERS below.)

V.    MULTIPLIERS:  Three types of multipliers will be used.

  1. A multiplier of one (1) for each different zone contacted on each band.

  2. A multiplier of one (1) for each different country contacted on each band.  Stations are permitted to contact their own country and zone for multiplier credit.  The Worked All Zones written rules, DXCC country list, WAE country list and IG9/IH9, and WAC boundaries are standards.  Maritime mobile stations count only for a zone multiplier.


A multiplier of one (1) for each different US "lower-48" state and VE area contacted on each band.  Stations are permitted to contact their own US state or VE area for multiplier credit.  One multiplier for each US state (48) and each Canadian area (14) on each band.  Please use only official U.S. Postal Service abbreviations to identify states (e.g., Michigan = MI, Massachusetts = MA, Ohio = OH).  Note:  The District of Columbia counts as Maryland (MD); Alaska (KL7) and Hawaii (KH6) are counted as country multipliers only and not as state multipliers.  Canadian areas (14 total) are as follows:  NB (VE1, 9), NS (VE1), QC (VE2), ON (VE3), MB (VE4), SK (VE5), AB (VE6), BC (VE7), NWT (VE8), NF (VO1), LB (VO2), NU (VY0), YT (VY1), PEI (VY2).



  1. All times must be in UTC.

  2. All sent and received exchanges are to be logged.

  3. If submitting a paper log, you must indicate zone, country and US/VE multipliers the FIRST TIME worked on each band.  This is not required for electronic Cabrillo log submissions.

  4. Electronic log submission:  We want your electronic log.  The Committee requires an electronic log for any possible high-scoring entry.  By submitting a log to the CQ WW RTTY Contest, the entrant agrees to have the log open to the public.  If possible, we would appreciate complete frequencies in the log.  E-mail Required Content:  Please submit your log in the Cabrillo file format created by all major logging programs.  Be sure to put the STATION CALL SIGN in the "Subject:" line of each message.  Your e-mail log will be automatically acknowledged by the server.   Electronic submission implies a signed declaration that all contest rules and regulations for amateur radio in the country of operation have been observed.  Submit your CQ WW RTTY log to <>.

  5. Paper log submission: Use a separate log sheet for each band.  Each paper log entry MUST be accompanied by a summary sheet showing all scoring information, category of competition, and contestant's name and address in BLOCK LETTERS.  Sample log and summary sheets and zone maps are available from CQ.  A large, self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage or IRCs must accompany our request.  If official forms are not available, make up your own, 80 contacts to the page on 8-1/2" x 11" paper or European A4.  All paper log entrants are required to submit cross-check sheets (an alphabetical list of calls worked) for each band on which 200 or more QSOs were made.

  6. Bad QSO: The bad SO is removed and a penalty of three more equivalent QSOs is applied to the points only.

  7. QRP and Low Power stations must indicate their category on their summary sheets and state the actual maximum power output used in the comment section of their Cabrillo submission.


  1. All entries must be sent NO LATER than 5 October 2012.

  2. An extension of up to one month may be given if requested by e-mail <>.  The granted extension must be confirmed by the Contest Director, must state a legitimate reason, and the request must be received before the log mailing deadline.  Logs postmarked after the extension deadline may be listed in the results but will be declared ineligible for an award.  All paper logs should be sent to Ed Muns, W0YK, PO Box 1877, Los Gatos, CA 95031-1877 USA.



*exceprt taken from CQ WW RTTY website, for more contest rules and info please follow link below:

On-The-Air, International, United States
Date start29.09.2012 00:00
Date end30.09.2012 23:59
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