The organizer of the contest is radioamateur organization «Soyuz Radiolyubiteley Rossii» (SRR). The primary goals of the CQ-M International DX Contest are to unite people in peaceful coexistence, to foster mutual understanding, and to engage in sportsmanship and cooperation through amateur radio.
1. Date and competitors:
1.1 The CQ-M contest is held every year on the second full weekend of May. In 2018 the contest starts on 12th May at 12.00 UTC and ends on 13th May at 11.59 UTC.
1.2 All radio amateurs from around the world are welcome to take part.
2.1 1.8, 3.5, 7.0, 14, 21, 28 MHz may be used.
2.2 All participants are allowed to broadcast only one radio signal at a time.
2.3 A station can transmit two signals on each band, but in different modes: CW and SSB.
2.4 Number of transitions from a one band to another is not limited.
4. Broadcast in the Contest:
4.1 Broadcast in the Contest at CW — «CQ-M», at SSB — «Peace to the World»
5. Entry categories:
In each sub-category of the following categories, competition is held among all participants of the sub-category (World standing), within each continent (Continental standing), and within each country and territory of the world as defined by the «P-150-C» award country list (Country standing).
SOSB: Single operator – Single band (separately in each band):
- SOSB CW: CW only.
- SOSB SSB: SSB only.
- SOSB MIX: Mixed mode (CW and SSB).
SOAB: Single operator – All bands
- SOAB CW: CW only.
- SOAB CW: SSB only.
- SOAB MIX: Mixed mode (CW and SSB).
- SOAB QRP: QRP, output power limit is 5 watts PEP.
- SOAB CW LP: CW only – Low power, output power limit is 100 watts PEP.
- SOAB SSB LP: SSB only – Low power, output power limit is 100 watts PEP.
- SOAB MIX LP: Mixed mode (CW and SSB) – Low power, output power limit is 100 watts PEP.
MOST: Multi operator – Single transmitter, All bands, Mixed mode (CW and SSB)
SWL: Short-wave listeners, All bands, Mixed mode (CW and SSB)
Veteran: World War II veteran, All bands, Mixed mode (CW and SSB)
6.1 Exchange of RS or RST, and QSO serial number (starting from 001) is required for all contacts. Example 59 001, 599 001
6.2 QSOs must be passed in order to increase chronological order.
7.1 Points are awarded to:
7.1.1 Participants from the Russian Federation:
- QSO with the same federal district of Russia — 1 point.
- QSO with another federal district of Russia — 2 points.
- QSO with another country of Europe or Asia — 2 points.
- QSO with another country of Australia, North and South America, Antarctica and Africa — 3 points.
- QSO with any maritime mobile station «/ MM» — 3 points
7.1.2 Participants from other countries of the World:
- countries of Europe and Asia: any QSO with Russian Federation — 2 points;
- countries of Australia, North and South America, Antarctica and Africa: any QSO with Russian Federation — 3 points;
- QSO with own «P-150-C» country — 1 point;
- QSO with another «P-150-C» country (except Russia) on the same continent — 2 points;
- QSO with another «P-150-C» continent (except QSOs with Russia) — 3 points;
- QSO with any «/MM» station — 3 points.
List of federal districts (for reference use):
- Far Eastern Federal District: R0: C, D, F, I, J, K, L, Q, X, Z.
- Volga Federal District: R2, R3, R5: T; R4: C, F, H, L, N, P, S, U, W, Y; R8, R9: F, S, W.
- Northwestern Federal District: R1: A, B, C, D, E, F, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, W, X, Z; R2: F, K; R8, R9: X.
- Siberian Federal District: R8, R9: H, I, M, N, O, P, U, V, Y, Z; R0: A, B, H, O, R, S, T, U, V, W, Y.
- Ural Federal District: R8, R9: A, B, C, D, J, K, L, Q, R.
- Central Federal District: R2, R3, R5: A, B, C, D, E, F (кроме R2F), G, H, I, J, K (кроме R2K), L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, U, V, W, X, Y, Z.
- Southern Federal District: R4: A, B; R6, R7: A, B, C, D, I, K, L, M, N, R, U, V, Y.
- North Caucasian Federal District: R6, R7: E, F, G, H, J, P, Q, T, W, X.
7.2 Participants of SWL category:
- Complete logging of the first station and one of the callsigns of the second station («single-side SWL») – 1 point;
- Complete logging of both sides of a QSO – 3 points.
The same callsign may be logged only once on a band for QSO points credit. In single-side SWL the second callsign may be logged no more than 10 times on a band.
8.1 Each country in the «P-150-C» award country list counts as a multiplier only once on each band
8.2 «/MM» stations do not count as multipliers
8.3 Radio observers have no multipliers.
8.4 The «P-150-C» award country list can be found here.
9. Final score:
9.1 The final score is the sum of QSO points on all bands, multiplied by the sum of multipliers on all bands.
10.1 Plaques will be awarded to:
• Participants taking first places in the World standing in each of the sub-categories of SOSB, SOAB, SWL and MOST groups.
• Foreign participants (Non Russia) taking 1st place in the Continental standing in the sub-categories of MOST and SOAB (the absolute best results among the groups MIX, CW and SSB)
• Russian participants taking 1st place in the Asian and European part of Russia, and in the sub-categories of MOST and SOAB (the absolute best results among the groups MIX, CW and SSB)
The award will be made if 10 or more stations are in the final listing of the sub-category.
10.2 Plaques will be awarded to the top-scoring station in VETERAN category.
10.3 Certificates will be awarded to each station in VETERAN category.
10.4 Electronic certificates will be awarded to:
- Participants taking 1-3rd places in the World standing in each sub-category of SOSB, SOAB and MOST;
- Participants taking 1-3rd places in the Continental standing in each sub-category of SOSB, SOAB and MOST;
- Winners of each Country standing in each sub-category of SOSB, SOAB and MOST following the «P-150-C» award country list. 300 or more QSOs must be confirmed for the award to be made.
- Participants taking 1-3rd places in the World standing in the SWL category.
10.5 All participants who get more than 200 QSOs are awarded with electronic certificates.
10.6 Electronic certificates are the files for downloading and printing by recipients themselves that are uploaded on CQ-M contest web site (http://www.cqm.srr.ru).
10.7 In 2015, the award is made by means of the sponsors of the contest.
11. Disqualification from the offset:
11.1 The grounds for disqualification from the offset are:
- violation of amateur radio regulations in the country of the contestant
- violation of the rules of the contest;
- ungentlemanly conduct.
Actions and decisions of the CQ-M Contest Committee are official and ultimate
12.1 The log should follow the format of Ermak (Cabrillo)
Since the contest is international, all fields must be filled in Latin letters (see P. 12.7)
12.2. Logs are sent through the web-form on the website www.ua9qcq.com or to cqm(at)srr.ru
12.3 Hand-written and paper logs are not accepted.
12.4 In order to hasten the process of judging the recommended terms of sending the reports are 10 days but not more than 30 days after the competition (June 13th 2018)
12.5 E-mail must contain only the attached text file in the format of «Ermak» (Cabrillo) with the name «CALL.CBR», where «CALL» is your callsign. In the «Subject» field you must specify the callsign and category in accordance with P. 5, for example, UA9MA SOSB MIX 20M
12.6 The sender will automatically receive the confirmation of receipt of the report. If confirmation is not received within a day, it is recommended to re-send the report, or to send a request to the cqm(at)srr.ru
12.7 Log template in the format of Ermak (Cabrillo):
START-OF-LOG: 3.0 CONTEST: CQ-M CALLSIGN: UA8AA CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP CATEGORY-BAND: 15M CATEGORY-MODE: CW CATEGORY-POWER: HIGH LOCATION: AB01 CLUB: ABCC CREATED-BY: Soft v1.0 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org NAME: Ivanov Ivan ADDRESS: Lenina str. 17-1 ADDRESS: Sibirsk 678901 OPERATORS: UA8AA SOAPBOX: TNX 73 QSO: 21010 CW 2004-03-20 1200 UA8AA 599 001 RL3A 599 001 END-OF-LOG: