Worked All Germany Contest

The Worked-All-Germany Contest is a typical "Single-Country-to-DX" contest with a long lasting tradition and now more than 1700 log submitting participants plus several thousand more being active. So WAG generates about 10 000 individual hours of competetive or relaxed activity and fun in our hobby. You collect German DOK for several DARC awards, especially the DLD which is supported by the DARC Contest Logbook. Our participants between 10 and 92 years of age report about the enjoyment of meeting a lot of old and new friends, going to unsual locations like qrp-expeditions to hilltops or sharing experiences of rigs, antennas, software and operating with rookies of all ages at Multi-Operator Stations. Besides a special Rookie category in WAG contest DARC also hosts a training contest for newcomers in the hours before WAG.

As an international participant you will find outstanding activity with several thousand stations from Germany combined with moderate pileups and the bands not being too crowded. If you are operating from a semi rare country like TK or EA8 you will certainly generate some pile-ups. So we hope you'll enjoy WAG.

WAG 2015:    17./18. October

 

Data set expanded with op-times and mode distribution

To make the score list even more meaningful we added the individual op-times (offtime set as >15 min) and mode distribution (given in percentage of SSB QSOs). To make own calculations based on the full set of informations available you may play with this excel file containing also band-by-band breakdown and much more data.
If you want to it will allow to create a score list for a "category" 80m singleband, SSB, less than 12h active (there is a tab "raw" at the bottom of the file stripping it down to only the score lines with the data).
The complete score list with op time and mode distribution can be found here.

Final Results of WAG 2014

Final results on this page.

And the winners outside DL are - introducing themselves with their final QSO:

 

And here are the German winners working each other

Congratulations to 9A3VM, R7MM, UA5C, CQ3L (DF7ZS), RT4W, HG7T

and DL3DTH, DK5DQ, DL5AXX, DL0WRTC (DJ5MW), DL6IAK, DR4A

We want to say "Vielen Dank!" ("Many thanks!") to all of you from around the world having made WAG 2014 possible and lively. Not all of you live in a competetive distance to Germany, not all of you have a station to compete for TopTen-ranks or records. The more we German hams enjoy your activity of longer or shorter periods during WAG. For us here it is the once-a-year chance to be "on the right end of the pile up" as one participant called it.

We hope that many of you enjoyed the contest as these ops did:
"Nice Contest - First time for me, many QRM and QRN but very fun !!!" (IW1BEF)
"Limited time, limited antenna but still made a few QSO's with 5 watts QRP from New York." (AE3A)
"Stations I allmost did not hear myself did respond to my calling! Lovely activity. I will be back next year!" (SM6E)
"It's amazing how many German stations you can work in 12 hours" (KC1XX)

The antenna farm at DP6T (left) - a multioperator group that is famous for their somewhat "mobile" 40m tower (see dp6t.de). On the right the portable setup of DL9W from DOK C30 in Bavaria.

 

Up and down of condx with special guest X-flare

We did not experience the extraordinary band conditions of 2013 when 10m had shown its full potential. 2014 had a fine start on the highbands but since local Sunday morning in DL a real X-class flare of the sun made for somewhat attenuated and shaky condx – but at least did not wipe out DX-possibilities on the highbands. More northern latitudes enjoyed less of this gradual improvement - so i.e. in Russia UA6 earned more with it than UA1.

Our log robot only eats cbr&stf – objects lnk&cst

The somewhat meager condx are reflected in a lower number of participants: 1723 logs (870 from outside DL) compared to 1927 in the record year 2013. Overall log quality was ok even if we wish that there were less creativity with category names, more care for all coloumns filled with the correct content and less variability of file formats: Our logrobot can not consume and will not be educated to consume other formats than Cabrillo or stf – stubbornly neglecting exotic flavours like .lnk or .cst.

Our database contained 448.398 QSO-lines and initially 11.769 different callsigns logged. The automatted crosscheck extended over 83 percent of all QSO-lines, having the log of the station worked available.

The remaining 77.600 QSOs occupied software again plus the small logchecking team looking into uniques, not issued calls and "new" DOKs. Also detected QSOs in the contestfree segments were removed. Overall from our point of view this segments were very well respected by participants with of course some very rare exceptions and some of them leading to extra deductions and Yellow Cards/Red Card.
After our "legal robbery" (described here) on the average 8,9 percent of claimed scores were deducted. But: TopTen-stations are on top not only because they are loud and fast, but also accurate: This group lost only 3,5 percent of their claimed scores. With the DOKs of German stations being rather distinctive there is not much room for sloppy logging hoping that the other station will not submit a log. If a DOK does not fit to the station in question chances are good that the QSO will not survive. This hits especially those relying too much on any "databases" of German calls plus their associated DOKs. Again complete series of contacts with a German station had to be removed as its counterpart inserted what the software prefilled instead of the special DOK the German station had sent like i.e. DR60INN with special DOK 60C15 instead of the basic C15.

The "natural enemies" of logcheckers: Uniques

Such calls, only appearing once in the whole database, again ate up a lot of checking time. From initially 6.300 their number shrunk to 2.300 remaining (and therefore counted towards scores). Most of the removed uniques represent copying errors – from not issued calls like DK3W to DL9VV which better had been deciphered as DL9W from the seemingly handwritten log...

But some of you out there gave us a real headscratching and from time to time a smile: The op from YO who appeared only once in the database and was logged with a sent serial of 101. "Copying error of 001", one may think. Listening to the SDR-recording not only confirmed the call but also the happily sent and repeated serial 101...
A friendly op form W8 was logged with sent serial 051 in his one and only QSO. It sounded that way on our SDR-recordings: "You're five nine, age is 51, ok?" Ahhh, someone making a short WAG-break from the simultaneous JA-RTTY-contest requiring age as exchange (the 051 then counted for a valid QSO).
And what special meaning may have the numbers 133 and 134 for a W5-op who sent them in his only two WAG-contacts?

No uniques: DO7ORA, DK6VCO and F5LBL

That was close, really close

Our checking tools had to be used to their full range this year with an unsual high number of extremely close decisions. The popular and prestigious CW-LP-category in DL was decided by a tiny margin in score deduction between two extraordinary ops: Ben, DL6RAI, leading in claimed score lost only 1,7 percent during logcheck – a figure most would happily enjoy. But that was not enough to take the title away from defending champion DL3DTH: Tom lost only 0,4 percent during logcheck to win the category again.

That was even closer

Only a few ranks below in the same category DJ5MO had 81 points lead to DL5YL which are 0,018 percent - less than the value of one single one-point DL-QSO. Tina (DL5YL, here during a HB0-activity) had 1090 QSOs/3030 QSO-points and 150 country-mults while Jelmer, DJ5MO, managed less QSOs (877) with only some points less (2859) but 159 country-mults - which are very valuable in WAG with less countries on the air than in WWDX: Best multiplier number on a band was reached by German multi-op winning team DR4A, having 87 mults on 20m.

Victory decided by two QSOs

In the non-DL-categories even one victory was decided by an extremely small margin: In the Russian duel Serge, R7MM, surpassed Vlad, RA3Y, only in the logcheck with loosing only 0,9 percent of his claimed score. Vlad, RA3Y, still was better than topten-average with only 2,4 percent deduction but nevertheless lost first place by a margin of only 700 points - which would have been two more QSOs than his 1000.

Best distance?

It is always interesting to see which were the most favourable distances to Germany in a given WAG year. As long as 10 and 15m are in good shape those apart more than 1500 km can still make up for the lesser chances on 40/80m. Using the fine Madeira station CQ3L Helmut, DF7ZS, defended his Mix-HP-title from a distance of nearly 3.000 km to Germany. Doing 99 percent of his QSOs in phone it may have helped to be able to do it in German, to be heard in this snippet of the inital minutes on 15m:

In this category there were four more DX-stations with UA9MWA (Frank, DL8WAA, visiting UA9MA), KC1XX, PJ2/DL8OBY and K3IPK making it into the TopTen box (btw this category gained most from the increasing number of stations posting their scores in real time here). But the "winning zone" will move closer to DL with worsening propagation on the highbands, espcially in LP where already now Moscow-distance of 2.000 km is the maximum distance – even better chances for Balkan, Scandinavia and Baltic area to come.

Two times "fullhouse"

Luckily Germany could provide even the rare 26th "joker"-multiplier J on all bands. As there is no district J this mult can only be bagged via (rare) special-DOKs starting with J. Felix DL6JF operated DK0JRS (youth and training department of district S, Saxony) with more than 1100 QSOs and also Harald, DJ3AS, delivered additional 62 QSOs with DOK JK of DL0JK.
Only two foreign stations managed a "fullhouse" of all available 130 multipliers: Kruno, 9A5CM, at 9A5Y-station and also Allen, N2KW, at the big K1TTT station - really an achievement to catch all German districts from the other side of the pond especially on 80m. Congrats.

Ulf, DL5AXX, here at CR3L

Most active districts in Germany were the neighbours X and S (federal states Thuringia and Saxony) with 82 and 76 logs with more than 27.000 QSOs per district. The smallest number of QSOs per district make Bavarian regions Schwaben (T) and Eastbavaria (U) the most difficult regular multipliers. They were in participants' logs with 2.100 and 3.500 QSOs. Saarland (district Q) was represented with 4.000 QSOs.

Most active country was again European Russia with 143 logs, followed by the USA with 79 and Asiatic Russia (48) - Спасибо and "Thank You!

For German ops enjoying on one hand the "sweet poision" of being target for so many callers it is on the other hand quite tricky to stay focused on the comparatively rare multipliers. Many of them can only be grabbed with "000-QSOs" when a non-contesting station is called for a quick QSO (then logged with 000 instead of received exchange - QSOs that will for sure be checked carefully, too, with several instruments). But sometimes the pileup rates are such that even seasoned SO2R ops like Ulf, DL5AXX, who had the highest mult total of all DL-stations on 15m with 78 countries, couldn´t do anything else but to stand (and possibly enjoy) the pileup like in this audio:

          

Manfred, DJ5MW (left), with teammate Stefan, DL1IAO, at medal ceremony of WRTC 2014 (picture: DL6MHW)

Three new records

Notwithstanding the lighter propagation WAG 2014 saw three new records: Manfred, DJ5MW, operated DL0WRTC to a new highscore in Mix-HP for Germany. He used the special callsign for the first time which announces the World Radio Team Championship (http://wrtc2018.de/en/) to be held in Germany 2018. Manfred took the Bronzemedal with teammate Stefan, DL1IAO, in the 2014 event held in New England. WAG will be one of the qualification contests 2015 and 2016 when contenders will look less for overall ranking but for the outcome in their respective qualifying zone ("selection area") – requiring of course different approaches and results when operating either from Moscow or from Auckland.
Welcome to all of you going for this big goal also in our regional event. Feel free to ask any kind of questions.
Another record was set by Bud, AA3B, who improved his own score showing extraordinary accuracy with only 0,4 percent score deduction over more than 1.000 DX contacts. Record number three was set by Igor, (RJ4P/RT4RO), improving his own result in Mix-HP for Europe.

We hear that you are unheard, but...

Year after year not only WAG hears how difficult it is for stations from Oceania and Southeast Asia to get heard in Europe. Even highpower stations with more than reasonable antennas complain that they don't get through. We'll continue to promote to turn antennas and to do everything possible for receiving. But especially on 40m Europe is special. Listen to two minutes from around 1730 during WAG. At the mike of DK0ED is the winner of the German Rookie-category Philipp, DK6SP. His special DOK CM13 indicates that his OV (=DOK) C25 won the internal DARC championship 2013 during a yearlong season with HF and VHF contests. A regular 40m evening to be heard:

Finally something to smile?

One (non submitting) station increased his sent serial number with ten after every break and with 80 after the night sleep.

Something to get annoyed?

The unbroken faith in "Saint Cluster's" word...
Mix-LP-stations seemingly avoiding to CQ in CW while doing it extrensively and successfully in phone, unnecessarily raising suspicion that someone does not want to see RBN-comparisons...

Statistics & Figures

For those wanting to dig deeper into results and statistics we have a few offers: First is our statistics page about activity distribution in regions, countries and categories plus score figures for rank ten.
Second there is a band-by-band breakdown of all scores with some additional infos. The excel-file for own calculations has the category in each line plus the WRTC selection area of every entry, so that WRTC-aspirants can get a first impression. One tab is grouped by categories, the other has only the entry lines (but with category and selection area still attached to each call).
Third there is another file for TopTen stations' band-by-band breakdown plus their score deduction, mode-distribution and the additional info like in the other file.

Certificates are ready for download via menue item "Certificates" on the left.

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

For now "Thank you" to Heiko, DL1RTL, and Klaus, DL1DTL, for the many hours checking and discussing still another case and to Franta, DJ0ZY, Michael, DL6MHW, Holger, DF1QR und Julian, DL6OCK, for patient tech support.

To all: A good and healthy 2015!

Chris DL8MBS
WAG Contestmanager

Welcome to WRTC aspirants

With WAG being choosen as a WRTC qualifying event in 2015 and 2016 we want to welcome all aspirants visiting our website. Have a look around and get acquainted with our contest. We hope you will find all necessary informations, figures and - at last - also pictures about Germany's landscapes and antennas. Let us know what may be of additional interest regarding your activity at wag-info(at)dxhf.darc.de
Until next October: Gl & 73!

Thanks for being in WAG 2014 - with special guests JR and X1

Thank you everyone for being active in WAG 2014!
We hope you had fun, enjoyment, success or whatever you expected. As hosts of this party we are not responsible for the one very unwelcome guest shown at this picture from NOAA: A real X1 flare sunday morning then attenuating the bands. So it has been wise to harvest especially 10m already Saturday evening - notwithstanding than 10m didn't die after Mr.X1's appearance.

Yes, we are many

Comments about condx reached from "meager" or "hilarious" to "not bad" or even "very good" especially on Saturday afternoon. Rather unique was satisfaction with the available activity. VE9AA commented in his 3830-report: „This has to be my favorite European contest, with so many German ops on all bands.“ From further away VK- and ZL-station complained not for the first time that even 500W and reasonable antennas were not enough to be heard easily or at all in Germany. Too much QRN in mostly very densely populated Germany or room for improvement rx-wise?
At the moment it does not look whether there will be so many new records like in 2013 (eight new ones). Quite a few stations reported that they could not reach their goals like 1000 QSOs. 

"Mr. J" - Felix, DL6JF, handed out extremely rare multiplier J.

"Mr J" from Saxony activated the mysterious multiplier

Late Sunday morning the first foreign stations crossed the 1000-QSO mark. Mostly welcome for them was of  course the activity of Felix (DL6JF), as DK0JRS with the much sought after J-multiplier. As there is no district J, only special DOKs starting with J allow for this 26th multi per band.
From Germany the livescoreboard showed a record endangering score with >2000 QSOs from DL0WRTC (special call after the decision to have World Radio Team Championships 2018 in Germany). It was operated by Manfred, DJ5MW, who won the bronze medal at WRTC 2014 with teammate Stefan, DL1IAO. Like his special DOK WRTC many other non-standard DOKs caused a few hickups and requests. One of this S-DOKs was CM13 handed out by Philipp, DK6SP, from the youth section of Erding (C25, near Munich) that won the internal club competition of DARC. It runs one year with 10 contests on HF and VHF. The winning club then signs with a "CM"-DOK the following year. Oldest participant may have been Franz (DL2AXM) with 93 Jahren (and >150 QSOs).

Teşekkür ederim - tnx to TA

It is yet too early to guesstimate overall participation. Midweek more than 1000 logs were received from 72 different DXCC-entities. In the record year 2013 we had 1912 logs from more than 80 DXCC. Mostly welcome from abroad were of course some rarer countries like Angola (D2QV), the only seemingly near Corsica (TK4LS) and Isle of Man (GD4EIP ) or Ulrich as PJ2/DL8OBQ from Curacao. He decided against maximum contest efficiency and for maximum QSO-opportunities for all and worked also each non-DL-caller during the contesttime- which meant about as much (zero-point) QSOs with non-DLstations as QSOs with German stations. Comparing countries we registered a real jump in participation from Turkey: 5 logs in 2013 and now already 19 less than one week after WAG. Tnx to Mehmet, TA5FA, for a translation of our rules into Turkish.

From left to right: TA7AZC,
PY5FO with former missed 2nd op Fred,
YB5BOY

More picture impressions uploaded by our participants

Less welcome activities were a few runs in the contestfree segments of 40m SSB on Saturday evening which will most likely have no mild consequences for the offenders. But first we will have to check thoroughly with the available SDR recordings. Overall the "traffic scheme" with contestfree segments now in existence for some years proved to be good. Some participants of the simultaneous worldwide radio activity JOTA of scouts said "Thanks" for hamspirit of contesters - which we heartily like to second. Overall it seemed like a big hamradio weekend with WAG and JOTA side by side. TNX to all who contributed to this.

Most of the time loud in Germany: The N1RR-team with Will K6ND (r.), Charlie N1RR (l.) and Mike WM1K at op-positoin

Invisible characters

Now we have to wait for all logs coming in to collect the scores. We want to publish the submitted (unchecked) results as soon as possible after the deadline (Monday, 3rd November). Then the real logcheck will start. We hope to publish final results at the end of the year. But the usual gremlins appear, robbing time for repairing and deciphering logs and playing not only the usual games of most creative logformats ("stf in secret mission" under Cabrillo-file extension...) und categories:

Nasty Joint venture of "Umlaut-thing" and UTF-8

Dozens of nightly mails were exchanged to solve an "Umlaut-thing" which joined with a special configuration in the new version of a just tested new contestlogger. It started when our logroboter flatly denied to accept logs from this new version even if no reason could be seen in the logs - as long as one watched them with regular software. 

Lowband-antennas at PT5ST, decribed by Op DJ2ST: 4 El. 40m and 2 El. 80m

Only more specialized editors showed three kryptic characters (for experts: "byte order marks"), but not in each log generated by this software. Solution (without digging deeper into UTF-8 and ANSI): As soon as an "Umlaut" (Ä, Ö, Ü...) was in the file and an editor-program like notepad changed something it added those destructive characters. In the meantime problems are solved - and some hairs greyer.

If you want to stay informed what happens now, come back regularly to this site or follow us on tiwtter. 

Again our request: Check whether you received a confirmation mail after uploading your log and if you are in the list of received logs. If not, please submit again. Thank you!

   

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.