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Worked All Europe DX Contest - English Version


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WAEDC Manager

Helmut Müller

Dieselstr. 97

63165 Mühlheim am Main



Worked All Europe DX Contest

Many leading contesters claim the WAEDC to be the most challenging contest of the year. Being a true blue DX contest, only intercontinental QSOs between DX and Europe are counted (exception is the RTTY part). Therefore the number of DX QSOs here may be similar to the amount of DX usually worked in the CQWW.

Moreover, the unique feature of QTC-traffic adds much fun and another operating challenge to the contest. Here the DX stations transfer real telegrams to the European stations. These telegrams contain data of previously logged QSOs. Each of these records counts one additional point for the sender and the receiver, given that the complete record was logged correctly. Thus, a DX station can actually double its score by sending QTCs. Some European stations, and not only the leading ranks, gain more than 70 percent of their score from QTC traffic.

Hovever, like in any other contest you have to take care about the number of multipliers too. From a DX point of view these are the WAE entities. For the European stations multipliers come from DXCC entities worked and the numerical call areas of several big countries (JA, PY, W, VE, VK, ZL, ZS). Because multipliers are counted per band and on the low bands they count more than on the high bands, there ist significant activity also on 40m and 80m. And remember - every contact is a DX QSO! Reflecting on this, you will work lowband DX as well as highband DX even in the CW part in August as well as in the SSB part in September, despite all seasonal problems in the northern hemisphere. Remember, this part of the year is usually good for lowband activities from the southern hemisphere. For a well equipped station and a dedicated operator worldwide DX is possible on 80m. In addition, the nowadays poor 10m band surprisingly often shows short DX openings with good rates and useful multipliers.     

From our point of view, the WAEDCs are significant landmarks in the yearly contest calender, providing highest level radiosport for serious contesters and fun for part time entrants and DXers alike. Join the WAEDC!

Logs need to be uploaded in Cabrillo-Format here:

URL: http://www.darc.de/der-club/referate/dx/contest/waedc/logupload/

By submitting an electronic log, the participant claims to fully accept the rules of the contest. A written declaration is not necessary

Clarification: WAEDC and IARU Bandplan

Dear fellow contesters and participants of our WAEDC contests.

The rule we are discussing today is part of the WAEDC rules for approximately
20+ Years! To my knowledge we never ever disqualified or penalized anyone for
operating outside the IARU recommendations. I am definitely sure for the time
since 2010 when I took over as the contest manager for WAEDC.

We are NOT going to disqualify anyone 2016 in the 62nd edition of the WAEDC
contest for this particular rule!

With the CW leg already in the books and SSB this weekend, this would be a huge
game changer in the middle of the season, after 20+ years and also in view of
the WRTC 2018.

We might be able to remove the QSOs in question from the scoring, what would be
a fair approach for everyone. Some participants detected their mistake and
already sent the QSOs as XQSO in their Cabrillo log file. This way it would not
be counted towards the score.

For now we suggest to follow the rules and do NOT operate inside the contest
free segments. You are in very high danger losing these QSOs anyway.

According to IARU recommendations operation should be avoided outside
contest-preferred segments. No operation to take place on:

CW : 3560-3800; 7040-7200; 14060-14350 kHz
SSB: 3650-3700; 7050-7060; 7100-7130; 14100-14125; 14300-14350 kHz.

This part of the WAEDC rules will be under review for 2017, so please check the
rules before the 2017 WAEDC contest series starts all over again.

Nevertheless it is highly recommended to follow the IARU Bandplans at all times.

73 de

Helmut Mueller (DF7ZS)
WAEDC Manger