More than just DX News

CQ WW WPX SSB Contest 2010 Results

Official results of the CQ WPX Contest were announced in the Contest web-site.

Along with congratulating all winners, I'd like to draw your attention at numerous yellow cards issued by Randy K5ZD.

At first, I did not want to write something on the subject, but hue and cry that Randy arranged punishment after WRTC 2010, or that Randy eliminates Eastern Europe rivals changed my mind to write this note.

Here is the list of YC issued (in other words, DQ'ed) contesters: 9A5Y (9A3LG), CT2IOV, EM0X (UT2XQ) , HA8BE, IT9RBW, RL4R, RU3SD, RV3RM, RW9USA, SP4DZT, SP4TKR, SP5XVY, UT3L (UR5LO ) - with wording 'unclaimed assistance'; HG5A (HA1CW) - with wording 'withdrawn log'.
Looks like everything is clear, but the wording of the group is muddy.

What is 'unclaimed assistance'?

It would be easier to formulate this 'for use cluster', but see Contest Rules extract below:

"XIII. Rule Violations: Violation of amateur radio regulations or the rules of the contest; unsportsmanlike conduct; taking credit for excessive unverifiable QSOs or multipliers; use of any non-amateur means of communication to SOLICIT, ARRANGE, or CONFIRM any contacts during or after the contest will be deemed sufficient cause for disqualification.

"ANY use by an entrant of any non-amateur means including, but not limited to, telephones, email, Internet, Instant Messenger, chat rooms, VoIP, or the use of DX cluster to SOLICIT, ARRANGE, or CONFIRM any contacts during the contest is unsportsmanlike and the entry is subject to disqualification.

"An entrant whose log is deemed by the Contest Committee to contain rule violations may be issued a Yellow or Red card depending on the seriousness of the infraction. If the entry is in a multi-operator category, all listed operators are so affected.

"YELLOW card: Any entrant or operator issued a yellow card is not eligible for an award and will be listed at the end of the published results.

"RED card: Any entrant or operator issued a red card is not eligible for an award, will be listed at the end of the published results, and will be ineligible for any CQ-sponsored contest award for a period of one year beginning with the publication of the violation in CQ magazine.

There is no 'unclaimed assistance' there.

In my general opinion, a major task of referee (as you can see at, it's Randy K5ZD who is 'dancing and singing' as he wants), is observance of rules of the Contest.

Discrepancies appear exactly in this point, as Randy judge it as he wants, but not ex aequo et bono.

You can see examples of this in the article:

Besides that, there are other examples of double standards policy, and they cause discussions both behind the scenes, and in reflectors.

73 Al 4L5A

CQ WW WPX SSB Contest 2010 Results comments forum

Your comments are important to us!

1 2 3 4 5


Rating: 5 of 5
  • Callsign: UA9BA
  • 2011-02-03 06:33:50
Al, In the CQWW (WPX) referee proceedings circles, the wording 'unclaimed assistance' is interpreted as concealed use of alerting DX networks, or automatic decoding devices such as skimmers (do not confuse this with other persons' assistance in establishing contacts at the station, that, in case of proved evidence shall be implicitly resulted in DQ of the violator contester). Therefore, I dare guess that among YC issued are those whom Randy suspects in heavy sin of concealed use of clusters. One will not be able to establish such cluster use to the satisfaction of any court, besides Russian court!!! Therefore Randy risks his health and, for all that, is trying to give the note to the violators that they are under the microscope! Previously (CQ WPX CW 2008), based on EF8M log and his correspondents' logs, and audio records, and alerting DX networks analysis, Randy suspected V. Komarov (RD3AF) in unsportsmanlike operation from Canary Islands. The decision was prepared to move EF8M into M/S entry, but in the last moment, Randy showed the white feather and appointed V. Komarov the World's Champion. In fact, this was one of the major points where my disagreements with the key members of the CQWWCC rose. These disagreements were not eliminated, and this was the reason of my withdrawal from the CQWW CC. They - the members of the CQWW (WPX) CC, - with their failure to act against clear violators, brought the situation to the critical degree, - when the tops of the CQWW Contest had started to be filled by outright rogues. Now they are trying to cosmeticize something with infant half-measures. It's too late they changed their minds! If you have really changed your minds, then act vigorously and unconditionally! There are many honorable high-class ham radio operators in the world, including Russia. It is particularly offensive that they are not them who take the first places in the most prestigious contests, but those who are more impudent and more rich. In terms of the above said, Randy's actions 'bring grist' not to the 'mill' of fair and unconcerned refereeing. However, I consider Randy to be very faithful person, devoted to our beloved hobby. I hope he has not too much time to understand the complete picture. I'm sure, Randy has got enough resolution and will to make our sport more honest! 73's & GL, Willy UA9BA†