I’ve heard that in the past CQ Magazine had their June CQ Magazine out at the big Dayton Hamvention (this weekend). The June edition of CQ announces the winners of the previous years CQ DX Marathon Contest. I couldn’t find anyone that had seen the magazine at Dayton this year, so I’ll have to wait until CQ Magazine June comes out. While searching the Internet for final results to see how I placed in the 2014 CQ DX Marathon, I happened across the CDXC DX Marathon Challenge 2014 Results. I saw Tony IK0OZD won the Overall Trophy with a score of 281. That was my exact score too, but since I wasn’t a member of the CDXC, nor did I post my results to their scoring system until after the year and contest was over, my score didn’t count there. It would have been interesting to me to see if my tie with IK0OZD at 281 could have won their World Overall trophy. In the CQ DX Marathon, the earlier date/time of the last entity worked is the tiebreaker. My last country worked was in November, and I think that would’ve been really tough to beat. I surely would have won the SSB trophy with a score of 272 versus MW0RLI and his winning score of 261 though, but again I wasn’t a member of the CDXC so none of what I did (or didn’t) do counts.
Also, what cost me a point by not working 5A1AL (Lybya) in the 2014 CQ DX Marathon would not have count against me in the 2014 CDXC DX Marathon Challenge. CDXC DX Marathon Challenge utilizes Club Log and Club Log does not count 5A1AL. CQ DX Marathon does count 5A1AL, Club Log does not. And why doesn’t Club Log count 5A1AL when they used to previously? Well, a fellow member of the Mile High DX Association here in Colorado wrote to Club Log a ways back and inquired as to why Club Log did count 5A1AL when the ARRL and their DXCC program did not? So Club Log reviewed their position. After they concluded their review, they went the way of the ARRL and discounted ALL logs that worked 5A1AL. Once Club Log was made aware that 5A1AL wasn’t counted at DXCC, they followed the same high road as the ARRL and said “no documentation received”. Overnight, ALL logs on Club Log were deducted 5A1AL QSO’s. Everybody in the world that worked 5A1AL lost a point in their Club Log logbook! To this day I believe the single reason that that specific Ham contacted Club Log to inquire why they counted 5A1AL, was for the purpose of acquiring those reason(s), then to pass that information on to the ARRL so then they would count his 5A1AL QSO in DXCC too. But his plan backfired when Club Log disqualified all 5A1AL QSO’s instead of the ARRL counting them. See what happens when you open a can of worms? There’s a lesson in there somewhere I guess. All because of one goofball.
But anyway enough of that, this CDXC DX Marathon Challenge intrigues me, so I signed up as an “Overseas Member“. Not only do they do goodwill by backing DXpeditions with grants and donations, they have some great award programs and seem to have quite a following. I’ve seen their logo on QSL cards and on the Internet, but I never knew what they were about. Check out the UK DX Foundation’s website at CDXC.org.uk for their history and tons of useful information.
They have some interesting but simple rules for the 2015 CDXC DX Marathon Challenge. You can read them here on the Rules page at: CDXC DX Marathon Challenge Rules
See you in the pileups!