WAG Manager

Christian Schneider
Windthorststr. 7
99096 Erfurt
Germany

DL8MBS
dl8mbs(at)darc.de

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Get ready for Worked All Germany Contest 2014 on 18th and 19th October

DARC is happy to invite you to the 54th 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 2500 active DL-Stations should help for big activity and always another station or DOK to hunt  - be it for score or chasing awards.

New are DARC's General Rules for HF-Contests and a change for SWLs about corresponding stations. Unchanged are the contestfree segments which are part of the rules, to allow a good neighbourhood of WAG and the simultaneous worldwide Jamboree on the Air of scouts.

Going for a big score, relaxing 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. But at best our participants can tell how to spend the time in WAG:

All necessary infos about statistics, software, logging and tips of all kind should be available on our site (accessible via the menue on the left or the quicksearch at the right). For all remaining open questions please contact us via email
So good luck with preparations and in the contest - cu in WAG 2014!

Link to results

Due to construction works at our site, results for 2013 and earlier can be found under menue item "Archive".

How long did ops operate?

The average op-time of participating stations was 7,7 hours - ranging from 24h in multi-op-mode down to few moments for one single QSO. DL-stations worked for 9,1 hours - DX-ops for 4,2. The average op-time of EU-stations was calculated with 6,7h. Here the overview who operated for what time - based on those 1853 logs which allowed automatic calculating. Up to 15 minutes without QSO counted as op-time, not as a break. Search with: Ctrl-F, insert call. Tnx for calculation to Michael, DL6MHW.

Watch scores live during the contest

Watch the competition during WAG live on the net with your score inbetween. An online scoreboard is not only for bigguns but can increase your fun whether you operate for 24 or 2 hours. Participants can connect to the server via their logsoftware which then will regularly post the actual score to the site to be displayed like this (click on the pic for a full view of the page):

Even if you don't plan a fulltime effort you can have a lot of fun with this tool: A short race over few hours with clubmates, foreign hams on the scoreboard in your score range or watching the TopTen races.

Live Scores requires a short registration (call/password) und has a clear help function to configure your logsoftware. Supported are TR4W, N1MM, Wintest, MixW, 5MContest, AATest, QARTest, Writelog, UCXLog, SkookumLogger und DXLog.net (as of Sept.2014). Then you only have to choose your category.

But of course any "Final Score" in the oneline table is only an intermediate score before the logchecking is done. Only after we have done our "legal robbery" (explained here) you will see the real ranking - and then on our site here. With point deductions that can be >10 percent even in the TopTen, some ranks will change compared to the initial scores on the scoreboard.

Looking back: That was WAG 2013

Congratulations to the winners 2013: LY3B, LZ8E, R7MM, CQ3L, RW4WA, team RN3F (with RA3AV, RK3AW, RK3FM, RW3F, RX3F und RZ9SZ) and OK1-11861 and in Germany to DL3DTH, DL5AXX, DL2RMC (at DK0AN), DK8ZB, DL3KVR, team DP9A (with DJ6TF, DJ7TO, DK4WA, DL1RTL, DL5YYM, DL8UAT and DM6DX) and DE3RHN. In defending their 2012 titles succeded LZ8E, R7MM, RN3F and DL3DTH, DL2RMC, DP9A. They now can try to do the "hattrick" in 2014.
The complete result list.
The ufb condx were not healthy for existing records. Eight of the 18 grouped by DL, EU and DX didn´t resist. Overview of the new and old recordsWorked All Germany Contest: Rekorde / Records.

QTH of CQ3L securing Op DF7ZS a clear victory in Mixed HP.

But despite all this big scores WAG 2013 was not a pure biggun battle: 11 non-DL lowpower stations and one station in the QRP-category managed more than 750 QSOs, 32 German lowpower stations crossed the 1000 barrier.

Participants were robbed of 7,5 percent

The "legal robbery" during the logchecking process reduced scores in average by 7,5 percent (7,7% in 2012). It caused even in the TopTen ranks (with an average deduction of 3,2%) some rank changes and decided i.e. the silver rank in low power CW in favour of RT3T against UR7MZ whose claimed scores had been absolutely equal in QSO number and multipliers.
Completely unshorn remained about 180 participants with 12 of them having more than 200 QSOs. Leading this top group of "Golden Logs" was Mike, UR4IZ, with 324 errorfree logged QSOs and DL4MHA with 301 - congrats!

The new record in participation with 1927 logs (plus 22 percent compared to the recent record years of 2011 and 2012) from 83 DXCC resulted in nearly 577 000 log lines to check. The favourite categories were CW LP (371 logs) and mixed LP (257) while in Germany mixed LP led with 395 to CW LP (211 logs). 

A first for SDR recordings in WAG

Fot the first time we cold use wideband recordings to improve checking quality (many thanks to Heiko, DL1RTL, for the setup and taming the 560 GB). They allowed to control whether participants stuck to the contestfree segments. We are satisfied that only a very low number of cases happened. A handful of stations suffered deduction penalties. They also received warning messages that such runs of about 15 minutes will have more serious consequences in 2014 when happening again.

Other than some were afraid of these SDR-checks not only increased the number of "tickets", but saved a lot of QSOs which otherwise would have been obvious cases for deletion. So some non-DL-stations will get credit for QSOs with DL-stations which could now be heard really having sent serial numbers instead of DOKs, or DL-stations retained QSOs with foreign "unique" stations sending erratic numbers like 121 shortly after the start of the contest.

Evening on 40m CW in Europe during WAG 2013

How to mix modes at best in mixed?

Deciding how much CW and how much SSB create the perfect mix in mixed category is one of the more difficult things before and during the contest. To give you some hints we looked how the TopTen stations did it. But - it will not ease the decision because seemingly everything works: ER3CT had 100 percent SSB outnumbering RA3Y by only a tiny margin who made 100 percent of his contacts in CW. Most winners have more CW than SSB - but only most: DF7ZS operating as CQ3L made for his clear victory in the HP category only 29 CW contacts. The band by band breakdown of QSOs with mode percentages and some more figures can be found for reading in pdf here and for own deeper calculations as excel file here.

Now many thanks to Heiko, DL1RTL, and Klaus, DL1DTL, carrying away so much of the workload - and to all participants for their activity.

"Cu in WAG 2014!"

Chris (DL8MBS), WAG Contestmanager

 

Perspective for WAG 2014? The operating position of DL8PA on Mallorca Island.

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 DOKs Z20).

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

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

         

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.