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Christian Schneider
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99096 Erfurt
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DL8MBS
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Webinar about WRTC and WAG now online

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Get ready for Worked All Germany Contest 2016 on 15th and 16th October

DARC invites all radio amateurs worldwide to the 56th running of Worked all Germany on 80-10m. Whether you go for 1 hour or 24 hours, whether you make 10 or 1000 QSOs: We hope you'll enjoy them and we wish you good luck (and success). More than 2000 active DL-Stations should help for big activity and always another station or DOK to hunt  - be it for score or chasing awards.

Rules are unchanged and so are the contestfree segments (as part of the rules, not recommendations), to allow a good neighbourhood of WAG and the simultaneous worldwide Jamboree on the Air of scouts. For all practical informations browse our site. When in a hurry you may use the Quick Search in the right coloumn which has also the mailaddress for additional questions. Quick tour in slides.

This year again WAG is one of the qualifying contests for the World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 in Germany (WRTC). We welcome all aspirants from around the world - adding even more activity for all. Whatever you plan to do - going for a big score, relaxed stroll around the bands, short sprint competition via online-scoreboard, hunting for DOKs or other awards, testing equipment, operating from another location or together with other hams - WAG is the ideal opportunity to do so. Enjoy!

WAG - the guided quick tour

Thanks to WWROF we had the oppurtunity to present WAG in a webinar, held in last October. It was mainly aimed at WRTC-aspirants but should give a comprehensive overview for anyone interested. The 17 minutes long WAG part covering easy and mysterious multipliers, contestfree segments and more start at 23:00 of the presentation linked here (tnx WWROF and Ken, K4ZW). Its version in ten slides without audio comment is here.

Award check for collectors - what's to expect from WAG and DCL?

The high activity in WAG with more than 2000 German stations make this contest of course interesting for award hunters and collectors. Therefore we summarized on this page what you may expect from WAG for a number of important German awards - and how many contacts may be automatically and paperless confirmed by DARC's DCL which lets you also import regular QSOs and keeps your score for all those awards up to date.

Warning function now also for N1MM+ users

Thanks to Peter, DF1LX, there is now a program available for N1MM+ users that warns about contestfree segments in WAG. A short guide and links are here. Big TU to DF1LX!

                     

Results of WAG Survey 2015

We asked, you answered. Many thanks to all replying to our online survey 2015. Now everyone can read how many don't need spots or CW-sending computer, use which kind of antenna setup, like to have their logs and UBN published or not - and a lot more derived from about 50 questions.

You'll find a comprehensive summary of some main findings on this site plus a number of files containing graphs about Q&As and freetext comments. Enjoy reading on this page...

  

WAG 2015 - the Summary

(complete report WAG 2015)

Category winners in WAG 2015:

4L8A, 9A3VM, CQ3L (Ops DF7ZS, DF1ZA), DL/OK2-31097, DK9PY, DL0PE (Op DL2CC), DL1A (Ops DD2ML, DJ2QV, DK7AH, DL2SAX), DL1IAO, DL3JAN, DL6IAK, P3F, SP7-003-24, UA7K and YT8A

Link to the final results

Just in time for WAG the bands served condx to the starving ops. Many seemd to have been waiting for an opportunity to finally operate again. So a number of stations never seen before in WAG filled the bands. Brief summary by W1UE: "Lots of activity! It kept me hopping up until the end!"

The friendly avalanche

40m Saturday evening German time as seen on one of our SDR - which serve mainly to check contestfree segments. Trend so far seems positive with again lower number of contesting intruders. A bit above 300 deleted QSO lines (=less than 200 2-way-contacts) could still be less but represent 0,05 percent of all contacts. So we hope scouts also enjoyed the well deserved better condx after their weeks and months long preparations for their Jamboree on the Air (click on pic for some impressions) to infect youth with the radio virus: Two neighbours making for a big ham radio weekend.

We noticed new records in participation: 2186 logs are also an alltime high (before it was 1927 in 2013) like the number of 102 DXCC from where we received logs (prior best was 84 in 2013). Most popular category outside Germany was CW low power with 365 participants while in Germany mixed low power ranked top with 453 stations. An avalanche of more than 624.000 QSOs approached our checking software. So at the end we could check more than 88 percent of all QSOs via the log of the other station.

We still had too many problematic logs - incomplete, extremely individual times and a big set of tricky ways to distort them...

How is the logcheck done?

  

120 kilo aluminium powering the five Watt RF of DL6IAK at university station of DHBW in Karlsruhe.

Only 8 of 18 records (DL, EU, DX) withstood. Hardest hit was Low Power mixed outside of Germany which saw a lot of international contesting topguns because of the WRTC valueing scheme. Foreign category winners had a reliable to big margin to their runners up - much different to two German competitons: The MultiOp and the Mixed low power category developed literally into ties while logcheck progressed. At one point MultiOps DP9A (defending champion) and DL1A with their more than 2000 QSOs were separated by the value of a 3 point EU-QSO and single ops DF1MM and DL0PE had a difference netting to less than one 1 point DL contact. It took more than a week of additional detail investigation to eliminate nearly all remaining tolerances to come to a reliable result. At the end DL1A won. In the single op category Frank at DL0PE defended a margin equal to one multiplier or seven QSOs to Yuri, DF1MM.

The /p-QTH of UA1CEG in the woods with delta loop and 3 watt homemade rig.

Bagging the rare J for fullhouse

DL0PE, DL0PPP und DK0JRS provided it - the rarest multiplier in WAG: With no district J it can be gained only by special DOKs starting with J. So those three stations offered the only chance to reach fullhouse - all possible 130 multipliers - which 14 stations achieved.
It is no official category but somewhat prestigous: Who made the most QSOs without any error, having the best "Golden Log"? In 2015 this unofficial title amongst 188 stations without deduction goes to Bale, Z35Y, with 341 CW QSOs followed by CW ops LZ1DNY (314) and IK0HBN (303). The best "Golden Log" in Germany is noted for Hans-Jürgen, DL2ROM, with 288 errorfree contacts, also all in CW.
Otherwise the logcheck robbed participants of 8,7 percent their intial score. The 120 participants in the topten ranks knew how to minimize losses as they escaped with 3,1 percent (2,6% outside DL and 3,6% the hosts).

727 participants answered our survey in English, Russian and German. The results can be read here.
Numbers, numbers and even more numbers are available on our statistics page. We especially recommend our extended statistic file with the bandwise QSOs and multipliers for all participants (without checklogs) plus SSB/-CW-distribution, distance in percent to next better ranking participant in the category and individual op-times. It is an xls-File, so you can play around a bit and build even "categories" of your choice or bandwise results.

Questions please to wag-info(at)dxhf.darc.de

Full report about WAG 2015

The final big "Thank you!" goes to all of you - operating in WAG 2015 even if you were too close or too far for top ranks or for exploiting all bands. All of you are the contest which only lives by your QSOs, regardless how many. We hope you have enjoyed your time and we hope to meet you again in WAG 2016!

Vy 73, Chris DL8MBS
WAG Contestmanager

WAG - a big and lively prairie for you hunters

A contest like WAG is more than a competition and a big pool of activity to dive in for the fun of it. With much more than 1000 DL-stations on air from nearly as many DOKs it is also an endless prairie full of live for the award hunters. You may know the possibility to get your confirmed contest qsos credited automatically via the DCL (German Contest Logbook). It works for more than 20 awards from "classics" like DLD or WAE to regional awards, too.
But there is more to chase during WAG. DL stations' exchange is their DOK which is the base for a wealth of German awards of all difficulties. From the big list of the Diplom Interessen Gruppe a few appetizers. Upper row from left to right: Romantic [era not mood] Road Award  (stations from 18 different DOKs between Füssen und Würzburg in Southern Germany counting); Vulkaneifel Trophy (stations from nine K-DOKs counting towars the plaque with a vulcano stone); "Louise Trophäe" (a 465 gramm piece of coal from a former briquette plant, now technical museum); Bat-Award  (counting stations with M-DOKs) consisting of the diploma and as possible add-on a soft toy bat.
Lower row: Goethe Award (stations from former living places of poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe to be detected by their DOKs); Berlin Diplom (twosided, requires stations from Berlin with D-DOKs or from DOK Z20).

Hint: The booty will be bigger when you call CQ, too ;-)

Logging programs help with contestfree segments

Not reading our rules before operating or the "heat of the activity" may cause participants to tune into the segments defined as contestfree in the rules. To prevent such unwanted incidents your logging software can help. When using CAT you will be warned automatically using newer versions of UCXLog, DXLog, HAM Office, TR4W or SD. Win-Test allows this also with only a few clicks before the start (see here how easy to do). Other loggers may follow and will be mentioned then, too.
In the meantime WAG says "Thank you very much!" to the follwing helping: DL7UCX, 9A5K, ARCOMM, EI5DI, N4AF and DL6RAI. If your logger does not support this function simply download this tiny pdf-file with the contestfree segments and place it as small window on your operating screen like on the clickable picture on the right.

On WAG´s own behalf

After 50 years of DL1DTL managing WAG the task shifted 2013 to DL8MBS, together with DL1RTL. We hope that participants will not notice any difference in how things are handled. There will not be any changes in WAG rules this year. That means of course, too, that the contestfree segments as part of the rules remain in effect so that WAG and JOTA can coexist this weekend with as little interference as possible. So we invite all contesters to join the activity in WAG and hope to meet you in October. And now:

BIG THANKS to Klaus, DL1DTL

Annette Coenen, DL6SAK, member of DARC board, honours DL1DTL with the "Goldene Ehrennadel" of DARC.
The present from the WAG-team: A poster with greetings from contesters around the world