Starting January 1 of each year, the DX Marathon is the perfect answer for the DX-er who needs that extra incentive to get on the air every day! Simply work as many countries and CQ Zones as you can in each calendar year, regardless of the band or mode. Each country and zone counts only once, so you can concentrate on working new ones rather than working the same ones on multiple bands and modes. Many awards are given for the top overall scores in four classes plus top scores in modes, bands, US call areas and more!
Announcing: The 2016 CQ DX Marathon
Activity period: The CQ DX Marathon is a yearlong activity, beginning at 0000 UTC January 1 and ending at 2359 UTC December 31. Each year’s event is separate.
Frequencies: Any authorized amateur frequency may be used. Contacts through repeaters or satellites are not allowed for credit, nor are contacts with maritime or aeronautical mobile stations.
All contacts must be made entirely over amateur radio frequencies — i.e., Echolink-type contacts do not count.
Modes: Any authorized amateur mode may be used, but three modes will be recognized in the DX Marathon — CW, Phone, and Digital. All modes other than CW or voice modes will count as Digital.
General: Each entrant in the DX Marathon may submit one log each year per operating location. Participants submitting logs for single mode or single band entries must include only those contacts in their submission. Logs submitted with multiple mode or multiple bands will not be considered for mode and band awards.
Entries with two or more callsigns will only count as a single entry if all contacts were made by the same (single) operator at the same station using the same antennas. Remote operation is permitted if all transmitters, receivers, and antennas are at a single physical location. A remote station in a different country than the entrant’s country of license must comply with all local laws and regulations.
If an entrant operates from both a primary station and a remote station, separate entries for each location may be submitted. Entries that include contacts made with the assistance of remote receivers and/or transmitters in addition to contacts from a primary station are not permitted.
Categories There are three entry classes, “Formula,” “Limited,” and “Unlimited.” Formula: An entrant may choose one of two options in this class: (1) All contacts must be made with a maximum output power of 5 watts, regardless of band or mode; or (2) the operator may run a maximum of 100 watts output to a simple antenna, such as a vertical or dipole (see the appendix below for further rules on antennas used in either option for Formula class).
An operator in Formula class must select QRP (5 watts or less) or 100 watts and limited antennas at the beginning of the year’s DX Marathon, and may not switch between entry modes during the year. All contacts must be made without the use of higher power or prohibited antennas to initially secure the contact.
Use of spotting nets such as a DX Cluster® is allowed. Details of antennas used in Formula Class must be included on the official submission form in order to qualify for Formula Class. Limited: Limited Class entrants are allowed a maximum output power of 100 watts and simple antennas, such as verticals or dipoles, plus small directional antennas such as Yagis and multi-element loop, hex and quad type antennas for the 6-, 10, 12-, 15-, 17-, and 20-meter bands, and single-element rotatable dipoles for the 30- band 40-meter bands. See the Appendix below for further description of Limited Class antennas.
All contacts must be made without the use of higher power or prohibited antennas to initially secure the contact. Use of spotting nets such as a DX Cluster® is allowed. Details of antennas used in Limited Class must be included on the official submission form in order to qualify for Limited Class. Unlimited: Any antenna may be used, along with any power level for which the operator is licensed.
Use of spotting nets such as DX Cluster® is allowed. Scoring Each country worked is worth one point. Each CQ zone worked is worth one point. The total score is the sum of zones and countries worked, on any mode and any authorized band. There are no multipliers of any kind. Each country and zone count only once. A single QSO may count for both a country and a zone. If in the course of the year you work 238 countries and 37 zones, your score is 275.
If you work all 40 zones and 150 countries, your score is 190. The CQ DX Countries List and the CQ Zone List constitute the official lists. The lists are available on the DX Marathon website. In the case of ties, the operator whose last scoring contact was earlier chronologically will be judged the winner. Decisions of the Marathon Manager are final. Submissions Submissions must be made electronically, via email to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
A Microsoft Excel® template into which contacts may be entered is available for download from the CQ DX Marathon website at . The website also provides other options for those without access to Excel®. All scores must be received by January 10 following the close of each DX Marathon. Verification: QSLs are not required. The operator is expected to claim contacts only from stations the operator has every reason to believe are legitimate, and only to claim contacts in which an accurate two-way exchange was clearly accomplished (see Appendix for further explanation).
Scores will be adjusted by the DX Marathon committee for claimed contacts with pirates or any station not considered legitimate. Submissions may be penalized or voided in cases of fraud or poor sportsmanship. Submissions that do not provide detailed descriptions of Formula class antennas (type, height and length, for example) to clearly demonstrate that the antennas meet the rules and the intent of Formula Class may be re-classified to Unlimited class. Decisions of the Marathon Manager are final. Clubs: Clubs are strongly encouraged to use the framework of this contest for intramural and regional competitions. Please be sure to enter your club name on the submission form. Results: The final listing of official scores and winners will be published in CQ magazine and/or the CQ website. The scores will also be posted on the DX Marathon website approximately one month after the results are published in CQ magazine. Awards Plaques:
The CQ DX Marathon Committee will award plaques as follows: Highest overall score in Unlimited Class; Highest overall score in Limited Class; Highest overall score in Formula Class, both 5 watt and 100 watt options; Highest overall CW, Highest overall SSB, and Highest overall Digital
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