Top US cheaters in CQ WW.


Hi, since your last interview I have some questions from our readers. One of them - why there are no any disqualifications (DQs) of US operators in CQ WW?

Question (Q): Since there are no any DQs of US operators in CQ WW it looks like all of them are out of any violations of the rules or cheating. What is your opinion on this topic?

Answer (A): You are right. In last 20+ years just few US operators were DQed in CQ WW. All of them were DQed not for violations of the rules or cheating but for late logs or some minor mistakes in the log. But this doesn't show there are no any cheating among US operators.

Q: What kind of cheating in CQ WW is most popular in US?

A: One of the most popular cheating is so called "fake multiplier". But this kind of cheating is more popular among US operators outside continental US, who operated in Caribbean area or from other DX location.

Q: How this cheating looks like?

A: Since some time there are no any other participants from your own country in the contest you have problem to get your own country for multiplier. Many operators are using fake multipliers to cover this lack.

Q: How it works?

A: It is easy. You can add to the log just some local guys or even your wife's DX callsign.

Q: Do you have any examples?

A: Sure. Take a look for this case. 

QSO: 21155 PH 2005-10-30 1549 J3A 59 08 IZ1FBC 59 15 

QSO: 21155 PH 2005-10-30 1550 J3A 59 08 DL1JPF 59 14 

QSO: 21155 PH 2005-10-30 1550 J3A 59 08 SV2DFA 59 20 

QSO: 1866 PH 2005-10-30 1601 J3A 59 08 J37LR 59 8 

QSO: 3820 PH 2005-10-30 1604 J3A 59 08 J37LR 59 8 

QSO: 21300 PH 2005-10-30 1606 J3A 59 08 J37LR 59 8 

QSO: 7100 PH 2005-10-30 1612 J3A 59 08 J37LR 59 8 

QSO: 21164 PH 2005-10-30 1615 J3A 59 08 HB9AWS 59 14 

QSO: 21164 PH 2005-10-30 1615 J3A 59 08 G3BBR 59 14

Let see what we have. First, J37LR is J3-callsign of VE3EBN, one of the J3A team. In this contest J3A needed "J3" multiplier since there are no any other J3 stations available in this contest. What we see in this log - in the middle of the day, around 11 AM local time J3A moved to dead 160 mtrs band, find J37LR for multiplier and moved him to other bands. J37LR did not call someone else in the contest and used this call sign just to provide multiplier to his team. J37LR is typical fake multiplier. J37LR was added to log after contest.

Q: Good example. Interesting, why referees didn't point attention how J37LR appeared in the log at midday time on 160m band. But VE3EBN is Canadian.

A: You are right, but actually, J3A is US team.

Q: Sure. Any other examples?

A: No problem. Look for this one.

QSO: 3568 CW 2005-11-27 2236 VP2E 599 8 VP2EW 599 8 0

QSO: 7031 CW 2005-11-27 2237 VP2E 599 8 VP2EW 599 8 1


QSO: 14097 CW 2005-11-27 2350 VP2E 599 8 W0PI 599 4 0

QSO: 14097 CW 2005-11-27 2351 VP2E 599 8 JH5AVM 599 25 0

QSO: 1840 CW 2005-11-27 2353 VP2E 599 8 VP2EW 599 8 1

QSO: 14097 CW 2005-11-27 2353 VP2E 599 8 W5AJ 599 4 0

QSO: 14097 CW 2005-11-27 2353 VP2E 599 8 W6RWI 599 3 0

Also you can see VP2EW on all other bands.

Who is VP2EW? VP2EW, home call is N5HGB. She is a wife of KC5EA. KC5EA is one of VP2E team. N5HGB did not operate CW ever, she is SSB only operator. But did not operate even in SSB CQ WW ever. This is fake multiplier. It was added after the contest.

Q: I see.

A: Proceed with next one.

QSO: 28017 CW 2005-11-27 1808 VP5W 599 8 FM5JC 599 08 1

QSO: 28026 CW 2005-11-27 1810 VP5W 599 8 VP5JM 599 08 1

QSO: 21100 CW 2005-11-27 1812 VP5W 599 8 VP5JM 599 08 2

QSO: 14100 CW 2005-11-27 1813 VP5W 599 8 VP5JM 599 08 1

QSO: 21025 CW 2005-11-27 1814 VP5W 599 8 V51AS 599 38 2

QSO: 7100 CW 2005-11-27 1815 VP5W 599 8 VP5JM 599 08 2

QSO: 3510 CW 2005-11-27 1817 VP5W 599 8 VP5JM 599 08 2

QSO: 14014 CW 2005-11-27 1818 VP5W 599 8 V31TM 599 07 1

QSO: 1810 CW 2005-11-27 1819 VP5W 599 8 VP5JM 599 08 2

In this case VP5JM is a host of station where VP5W operated. Hi did not operate in the contest since his station was busy by VP5W team, but he is in VP5W's log as well. This is fake multiplier. VP5JM did not call somebody else in this contest. VP5JM multipliers were added to log after contest or VP5JM was inside shack and made eyeball contacts. Such contacts are prohibited by the rules and should lead to DQ.


Q: O, yeah. I don't see VP5JM in other logs. Really fake one.

A: Wanna more "multi op" entry cheating or proceed with "single op" entry?

Q: Let's try.

A: Take a look for one more typical case.

QSO: 28100 CW 2010-11-27 1518 V47NT 599 08 V44KAI 599 08 0

QSO: 14100 CW 2010-11-27 1519 V47NT 599 08 V44KAI 599 08 0

QSO: 7100 CW 2010-11-27 1519 V47NT 599 08 V44KAI 599 08 0

QSO: 1810 CW 2010-11-27 1520 V47NT 599 08 V44KAI 599 08 0

QSO: 3500 CW 2010-11-27 1521 V47NT 599 08 V44KAI 599 08 0

Or one year before.

QSO: 7067 CW 2009-11-29 0649 V47NT 599 08 UT7NW 599 16 0

QSO: 28050 CW 2009-11-29 0649 V47NT 599 08 V44KAI 599 08 0

QSO: 28050 CW 2009-11-29 0650 V47NT 599 08 V44KAI 599 08 0

QSO: 7067 CW 2009-11-29 0650 V47NT 599 08 V44KAI 599 08 0

QSO: 3575 CW 2009-11-29 0650 V47NT 599 08 V44KAI 599 08 0

QSO: 1849 CW 2009-11-29 0650 V47NT 599 08 V44KAI 599 08 0

QSO: 3548 CW 2009-11-29 0654 V47NT 599 08 F6FTB 599 14 0

QSO: 3548 CW 2009-11-29 0655 V47NT 599 08 W4EF 599 03 0

V44KAI is local HAM who usually helps to V47NT (op. N2NT) to set up station. He is a friend of N2NT. It's OK. We couldn't prohibit to friend to call you it the contest. But what we see? At late night, around 2 AM V47NT suddenly left 40 mtrs EU 2-3 QSO/m pile up and moved to dead 10 mtrs band where find V44KAI multiplier.

Q: Unbelievable...

A: One question to you.

Q: What?

A: Do you now how to move rare DX to other band for multiplier?

Q: Sure. I'll ask DX to QSY to other band. If he says OK, I tell him freq to move. He says OK and move. On new band I'll call him. He will answer. That's it. Then proceed to next band if needed.

A: How long time you need to move DX to 3 other bands?

Q: I think, 3-4 minutes.

A: Top CW operator could do this in 2-3 minutes, only if top cw operator is also on other side. But it is not available in 1 minute like V47NT did.

In my point of view this is a fake multiplier added after contest end.


By the way, V47NT was #1 NA and #2 world in CQ WW CW 2009. Only this five fake multipliers add him around 100K points and helped to move from 3-d place world to second.

Q: I see.

A: Another guy with such activity.

QSO: 14097 CW 2008-11-30 1329 NP4Z 599 8 OH3NDH 599 15

QSO: 14097 CW 2008-11-30 1329 NP4Z 599 8 KP4EJ 599 08

QSO: 21000 CW 2008-11-30 1330 NP4Z 599 8 KP4EJ 599 08

QSO: 14097 CW 2008-11-30 1330 NP4Z 599 8 HA8IH 599 15

QSO: 14097 CW 2008-11-30 1330 NP4Z 599 8 UT0RM 599 16

QSO: 14097 CW 2008-11-30 1331 NP4Z 599 8 OM7PY 599 15

Some other years:

QSO: 7200 PH 2011-10-30 1053 NP4Z 59 8 PZ5MM 59 09

QSO: 7192 PH 2011-10-30 1054 NP4Z 59 8 KP4EJ 59 08

QSO: 7173 PH 2011-10-30 1055 NP4Z 59 8 ZM4T 59 32 


QSO: 28024 CW 2012-11-25 1943 NP4Z 599 8 ZM4T 599 32

QSO: 28022 CW 2012-11-25 1944 NP4Z 599 8 C6AQQ 599 08

QSO: 28039 CW 2012-11-25 1951 NP4Z 599 8 KP4EJ 599 08

QSO: 28049 CW 2012-11-25 1955 NP4Z 599 8 8P5A 599 08

QSO: 28065 CW 2012-11-25 1958 NP4Z 599 8 ZP9MCE 599 11

QSO: 28075 CW 2012-11-25 2000 NP4Z 599 8 HP1WW 599 07


KP4EJ is friend of NP4Z and member of NP4Z team when in multi-op entry. KP4EJ did not participate in this contest and did not call somebody else. KP4EJ or NP4Z did not CQ on 28039 this time.How to check? Just download RBN archive for November 25 from reversebeacon.net and check for KP4EJ and NP4Z. There are no any RBN spots for KP4EJ during all contest. NP4Z also did not CQ on 28039 that time. Same situation with KP3Z (op. NP4Z). No any RBN reports for KP4EJ at all. KP3Z did not CQ that time.

QSO: 7090 CW 2010-11-28 1313 KP3Z 599 8 KP4EJ 599 08

QSO: 3526 CW 2010-11-28 1314 KP3Z 599 8 KP4EJ 599 08

All this multipliers were added after contest. Check and find KP4EJ in other NP4Z's logs as well.

Q: Since we are talking about top cheaters, who is leader of this rank on your opinion?

A: Top cheater in this category is 8P5A (op. W2SC). Take a look for this cases.

QSO: 7046 CW 2012-11-25 0333 8P5A 599 8 OK1UG 599 15

QSO: 7046 CW 2012-11-25 0333 8P5A 599 8 K3OO 599 5

QSO: 7046 CW 2012-11-25 0334 8P5A 599 8 8P9KG 599 8

QSO: 14090 CW 2012-11-25 0335 8P5A 599 8 8P9KG 599 8

QSO: 21090 CW 2012-11-25 0336 8P5A 599 8 8P9KG 599 8

QSO: 28090 CW 2012-11-25 0337 8P5A 599 8 8P9KG 599 8

QSO: 3569 CW 2012-11-25 0338 8P5A 599 8 N2WKS 599 5

QSO: 3569 CW 2012-11-25 0338 8P5A 599 8 VE3XAT 599 4 


QSO: 7050 PH 2012-10-28 0208 8P5A 59 8 DL8ZAW 59 14

QSO: 7050 PH 2012-10-28 0209 8P5A 59 8 8P9KG 59 8

QSO: 14110 PH 2012-10-28 0210 8P5A 59 8 8P9KG 59 8

QSO: 21110 PH 2012-10-28 0210 8P5A 59 8 8P9KG 59 8

QSO: 28110 PH 2012-10-28 0211 8P5A 59 8 8P9KG 59 8

QSO: 7050 PH 2012-10-28 0211 8P5A 59 8 UX4E 59 16

QSO: 7050 PH 2012-10-28 0212 8P5A 59 8 HB9EE 59 14

QSO: 7050 PH 2012-10-28 0212 8P5A 59 8 SP4PND 59 15

QSO: 7050 PH 2012-10-28 0212 8P5A 59 8 RY6Y 59 16 


QSO: 14058 CW 2013-11-24 0402 8P5A 599 8 TM6X 599 14

QSO: 14058 CW 2013-11-24 0402 8P5A 599 8 K3MQP 599 5

QSO: 14058 CW 2013-11-24 0402 8P5A 599 8 K5TA 599 4

QSO: 14058 CW 2013-11-24 0404 8P5A 599 8 8P9KG 599 8

QSO: 7005 CW 2013-11-24 0404 8P5A 599 8 8P9KG 599 8

QSO: 3595 CW 2013-11-24 0405 8P5A 599 8 8P9KG 599 8

QSO: 1855 CW 2013-11-24 0406 8P5A 599 8 8P9KG 599 8

QSO: 21005 CW 2013-11-24 0407 8P5A 599 8 8P9KG 599 8

QSO: 28005 CW 2013-11-24 0407 8P5A 599 8 8P9KG 599 8

QSO: 14058 CW 2013-11-24 0409 8P5A 599 8 YU2U 599 15

QSO: 14058 CW 2013-11-24 0409 8P5A 599 8 UR7UM 599 16

QSO: 14058 CW 2013-11-24 0409 8P5A 599 8 RA4CEW 599 16 


QSO: 14292 PH 2013-10-27 0224 8P5A 59 8 AC7GL 59 3

QSO: 14292 PH 2013-10-27 0224 8P5A 59 8 WT8V 59 5

QSO: 14292 PH 2013-10-27 0224 8P5A 59 8 KA3DRR 59 3

QSO: 14292 PH 2013-10-27 0224 8P5A 59 8 N5RGV 59 4

QSO: 14292 PH 2013-10-27 0224 8P5A 59 8 K4IIE 59 5

QSO: 14292 PH 2013-10-27 0224 8P5A 59 8 K3WGR 59 5

QSO: 14292 PH 2013-10-27 0224 8P5A 59 8 KG4PLT 59 5

QSO: 14292 PH 2013-10-27 0225 8P5A 59 8 8P9KG 59 8

QSO: 21110 PH 2013-10-27 0225 8P5A 59 8 8P9KG 59 8

QSO: 1850 PH 2013-10-27 0226 8P5A 59 8 8P9KG 59 8

QSO: 14292 PH 2013-10-27 0226 8P5A 59 8 W7IJ 59 3

QSO: 14292 PH 2013-10-27 0226 8P5A 59 8 NY4G 59 5

QSO: 14292 PH 2013-10-27 0226 8P5A 59 8 AD7ND 59 3

QSO: 14292 PH 2013-10-27 0227 8P5A 59 8 AF6WF 59 3

QSO: 14292 PH 2013-10-27 0227 8P5A 59 8 KH6MB 59 31

QSO: 14292 PH 2013-10-27 0227 8P5A 59 8 KA5TCF 59 4

QSO: 14292 PH 2013-10-27 0227 8P5A 59 8 K2TE 59 5

QSO: 14292 PH 2013-10-27 0227 8P5A 59 8 W4LWZ 59 5

QSO: 14292 PH 2013-10-27 0227 8P5A 59 8 AC7JM 59 3


QSO: 14060 CW 2014-11-30 0433 8P5A 599 8 JA6BGA 599 25

QSO: 14060 CW 2014-11-30 0433 8P5A 599 8 KX0R 599 4

QSO: 14060 CW 2014-11-30 0434 8P5A 599 8 8P9KG 599 8

QSO: 3550 CW 2014-11-30 0435 8P5A 599 8 8P9KG 599 8

QSO: 1850 CW 2014-11-30 0435 8P5A 599 8 8P9KG 599 8

QSO: 28050 CW 2014-11-30 0436 8P5A 599 8 8P9KG 599 8

QSO: 21050 CW 2014-11-30 0437 8P5A 599 8 8P9KG 599 8

QSO: 14060 CW 2014-11-30 0437 8P5A 599 8 RA6GW 599 16

QSO: 14060 CW 2014-11-30 0437 8P5A 599 8 JR1MTS 599 25

QSO: 14060 CW 2014-11-30 0438 8P5A 599 8 JA8DIV 599 25

QSO: 14060 CW 2014-11-30 0438 8P5A 599 8 HP2AT 599 7

QSO: 14060 CW 2014-11-30 0438 8P5A 599 8 RK9AD 599 17


 QSO: 14340 PH 2014-10-26 0351 8P5A 59 8 NX1P 59 3

QSO: 14340 PH 2014-10-26 0351 8P5A 59 8 ED3B 59 14

QSO: 14340 PH 2014-10-26 0351 8P5A 59 8 HK6R 59 9

QSO: 14340 PH 2014-10-26 0351 8P5A 59 8 W0HLH 59 4

QSO: 14340 PH 2014-10-26 0352 8P5A 59 8 8P9KG 59 8

QSO: 21110 PH 2014-10-26 0352 8P5A 59 8 8P9KG 59 8

QSO: 28110 PH 2014-10-26 0352 8P5A 59 8 8P9KG 59 8

QSO: 3650 PH 2014-10-26 0353 8P5A 59 8 8P9KG 59 8

QSO: 1810 PH 2014-10-26 0353 8P5A 59 8 8P9KG 59 8

QSO: 14340 PH 2014-10-26 0354 8P5A 59 8 AG5Z 59 4 


QSO: 14090 CW 2016-11-27 1537 8P5A 599 8 YO8KOS 599 20

QSO: 14090 CW 2016-11-27 1538 8P5A 599 8 DH0GHU 599 14

QSO: 14090 CW 2016-11-27 1539 8P5A 599 8 VE3BZ 599 4

QSO: 28090 CW 2016-11-27 1601 8P5A 599 8 8P9KG 599 8

QSO: 14090 CW 2016-11-27 1601 8P5A 599 8 8P9KG 599 8

QSO: 21090 CW 2016-11-27 1601 8P5A 599 8 8P9KG 599 8

QSO: 7090 CW 2016-11-27 1602 8P5A 599 8 8P9KG 599 8

QSO: 3590 CW 2016-11-27 1602 8P5A 599 8 8P9KG 599 8

QSO: 1810 CW 2016-11-27 1602 8P5A 599 8 8P9KG 599 8

QSO: 28007 CW 2016-11-27 1603 8P5A 599 8 N6WIN 599 3

Q: Who is 8P9KG?

A: I did try to contact Amateur Radio Society of Barbados to ask who 8P9KG's licensee is. They did not say name of licensee but not officially they told me that licensee is YL. Since I don't know name I just can suggest she is wife of W2SC or some other relative. Anyway 8P9KG did not call somebody else, did not CQ in any CQ WW or other contest and even did not operate outside contest. This is fake call sign which organized to supply multipliers for 8P5A. But you didn't allow me to show what we see in such issues.

Q: Go ahead.

A: Okay. Let's see for last one. What we have - 8P5A had rest time for meal or so between 15:30 and 16:03. He didn't operate that time so far. After contest he decided to add 8P9KG multiplier to log. But where? Exactly, at rest time.

Q: A agree with you, this is best way. But I don't see 8P9KG before 2012. Did he use this call sign before?

A: Nope. 8P9KG was issued in 2011 or 2012. Check for other callsign used for this purpose before.


Q: O, yeah. I see 8P6JD every year before 8P9KG.

QSO: 28066 CW 2011-11-27 1821 8P5A 599 8 8P6JD 599 8

QSO: 21090 CW 2011-11-27 1821 8P5A 599 8 8P6JD 599 8

QSO: 14090 CW 2011-11-27 1821 8P5A 599 8 8P6JD 599 8

QSO: 7090 CW 2011-11-27 1822 8P5A 599 8 8P6JD 599 8

QSO: 3590 CW 2011-11-27 1822 8P5A 599 8 8P6JD 599 8

QSO: 1840 CW 2011-11-27 1822 8P5A 599 8 8P6JD 599 8

Or even early, in 2007 and 2008.

QSO: 14067 CW 2008-11-30 1631 8P5A 599 8 8P6JD 599 8

QSO: 21090 CW 2008-11-30 1631 8P5A 599 8 8P6JD 599 8

QSO: 28090 CW 2008-11-30 1631 8P5A 599 8 8P6JD 599 8

QSO: 7090 CW 2008-11-30 1632 8P5A 599 8 8P6JD 599 8

QSO: 3580 CW 2008-11-30 1632 8P5A 599 8 8P6JD 599 8

QSO: 1830 CW 2008-11-30 1632 8P5A 599 8 8P6JD 599 8

Do you know who is 8P6JD?

A: I don't know. I hope he is a local guy. Anyway you will not find this call in other logs so it is fake multiplier as well.

Q: I wonder why contest director and CC allow such huge cheating of these operators?

A: I don't know about all such issues but I can say about last one. Randy, K5ZD as contest director was reported about 8P5A's issues in some contests. But no acts were done.

Q: Why?

A: Who knows. May be because W2SC (8P5A) was team mate of K5ZD (former CQ WW Contest director) at WRTC team or so. Actually, how you can imagine to DQ your team mate just before WRTC?

Q: I see about former contest director. But will new contest director and CC check for this issues or at least stop such cheating in future?

A: Noup. They are not interesting to DQ US operators or friends. It is enough to DQ some guys outside US to show strict refereeing to public. We saw many DQs just for two spots originated by operator's friend or so.

By the way, next time when we'll talk about other contests, CQ WPX for example, we'll see same cheating and same persons. W2SC (8P5A) is padding log with fake multipliers in this contest as well. Every year, including 2014, 2015, 2016 when he was world winner in SO entry. Take a look:

QSO: 7210 PH 2016-03-27 0326 8P5A 59 4384 WX9U 59 136

QSO: 7210 PH 2016-03-27 0327 8P5A 59 4385 WA2CP 59 523

QSO: 7210 PH 2016-03-27 0327 8P5A 59 4386 8P9KG 59 1

QSO: 7210 PH 2016-03-27 0327 8P5A 59 4387 VA3FC 59 104

QSO: 7210 PH 2016-03-27 0327 8P5A 59 4388 WA0RKE 59 28 


 QSO: 14110 PH 2015-03-28 2157 8P5A 59 3629 CN8CE 59 7

QSO: 14110 PH 2015-03-28 2157 8P5A 59 3630 ER4LX 59 432

QSO: 14110 PH 2015-03-28 2157 8P5A 59 3631 8P9KG 59 1

QSO: 14110 PH 2015-03-28 2158 8P5A 59 3632 SP2KPD 59 992

QSO: 14110 PH 2015-03-28 2158 8P5A 59 3633 SE3T 59 387 


 QSO: 28308 PH 2014-03-30 1425 8P5A 59 4723 UT2HC 59 112

QSO: 28308 PH 2014-03-30 1426 8P5A 59 4724 DL9DYL 59 455

QSO: 28308 PH 2014-03-30 1426 8P5A 59 4725 8P9KG 59 1

QSO: 28308 PH 2014-03-30 1427 8P5A 59 4726 OZ1ACB 59 400

QSO: 28308 PH 2014-03-30 1428 8P5A 59 4727 YC0IEM 59 31 


 QSO: 14139 PH 2013-03-31 2058 8P5A 59 6059 SM4ATA 59 26

QSO: 14139 PH 2013-03-31 2058 8P5A 59 6060 IW2FUT 59 303

QSO: 14139 PH 2013-03-31 2058 8P5A 59 6061 8P9KG 59 1

QSO: 14139 PH 2013-03-31 2058 8P5A 59 6062 DC1FO 59 36

QSO: 14139 PH 2013-03-31 2059 8P5A 59 6063 SQ8NZB 59 246

Nobody around the world did get 8P9 multiplier except 8P5A.

Q: True cheating. What other cheatings are popular in US?

A: Second popular kind of cheating is using of cluster or RBN assistance in SO non-assisted category. Actually such cheating is popular everywhere in the world but allowed by referee team only for US operators.

Q: I heard about. Usually almost all DQs are related with this violation.

A: Sure. According to our statistic based on 2014-2015 CQ WW logs analyzing we found that 39% of EU operators and 23% of US operators are using clusters or RBN assistance in SO non-assisted category. You are right. There are lot of DQ's on this issues last years around the world but not in US.

Q: Can you show some typical examples?

A: No problem. Take a look for this one.

QSO: 14181 PH 2010-10-31 1115 NN3W 59 5 OH1A 59 15 1

QSO: 14181 PH 2010-10-31 1116 NN3W 59 5 UT5UPN 59 16 1

QSO: 14181 PH 2010-10-31 1117 NN3W 59 5 UT3EV 59 16 1

QSO: 14181 PH 2010-10-31 1117 NN3W 59 5 SM3EAE 59 14 1

QSO: 14284 PH 2010-10-31 1117 NN3W 59 5 E7DX 59 15 1

QSO: 14181 PH 2010-10-31 1118 NN3W 59 5 ON6FC 59 14 1

QSO: 14181 PH 2010-10-31 1118 NN3W 59 5 OM3RRC 59 15 1

QSO: 14181 PH 2010-10-31 1119 NN3W 59 5 ED4A 59 14 1

In this case 14181 is run frequency. E7DX is fresh cluster spot originated by NQ4I at 11.05 UTC. NN3W click E7DX spot on band map to quick move to 14284 to pick up E7DX multiplier and return back to run frequency to continue with CQ.

Similar instance.

QSO: 28116 CW 2012-11-25 1626 VY2TT 599 5 G4KFT 599 14

QSO: 28116 CW 2012-11-25 1626 VY2TT 599 5 DL8XA 599 14

QSO: 28116 CW 2012-11-25 1626 VY2TT 599 5 I2TFJ 599 15

QSO: 28116 CW 2012-11-25 1627 VY2TT 599 5 K3IT 599 5

QSO: 28116 CW 2012-11-25 1627 VY2TT 599 5 DL3YM 599 14

QSO: 28116 CW 2012-11-25 1627 VY2TT 599 5 DL3ALI 599 14

QSO: 28116 CW 2012-11-25 1628 VY2TT 599 5 G4DYC 599 14

QSO: 28116 CW 2012-11-25 1628 VY2TT 599 5 DL7LIN 599 14

QSO: 28048 CW 2012-11-25 1631 VY2TT 599 5 6V7V 599 35

QSO: 28116 CW 2012-11-25 1632 VY2TT 599 5 N2TU 599 5

QSO: 28116 CW 2012-11-25 1632 VY2TT 599 5 HB9CGL 599 14

QSO: 28116 CW 2012-11-25 1633 VY2TT 599 5 F5BOY 599 14

VY2TT was on 28116 with great 3 QSO'm CQ rate. Please note,6V7V just started on 28048 at 16.29 UTC, so VY2TT was very quick with RBN spot to catch him... Same minute 6V7V appeared in cluster. Just picked up new one VY2TT was returned back to 28116 to proceed with huge pile up.

You will be DQ'd immediately for such activity if you will try to do this.

Q: I think so. Wow.

A: Next one.

QSO: 21103 CW 2010-11-28 1453 KP3Z 599 8 YO7LGI 599 20

QSO: 21103 CW 2010-11-28 1453 KP3Z 599 8 S57AC 599 15

QSO: 21103 CW 2010-11-28 1454 KP3Z 599 8 F5POJ 599 14

QSO: 21103 CW 2010-11-28 1454 KP3Z 599 8 G4KFT 599 14

QSO: 21103 CW 2010-11-28 1455 KP3Z 599 8 MU0FAL 599 14

QSO: 21103 CW 2010-11-28 1455 KP3Z 599 8 EI8JX 599 14

QSO: 14122 CW 2010-11-28 1456 KP3Z 599 8 MU0FAL 599 14

QSO: 21103 CW 2010-11-28 1457 KP3Z 599 8 S53RA 599 15

QSO: 28032 CW 2010-11-28 1457 KP3Z 599 8 OA4SS 599 10

QSO: 21103 CW 2010-11-28 1458 KP3Z 599 8 G3KYF 599 14

QSO: 21103 CW 2010-11-28 1458 KP3Z 599 8 W3OA 599 05

QSO: 21103 CW 2010-11-28 1458 KP3Z 599 8 OK2PBG 599 15

In this case KP3Z did run on 21103. At 14.55 UTC he was called by MU0FAL. He spent one minute to move MU0FAL to 14 MHz for new multiplier and returned back to run. Same minute he saw OA4SS multiplier on band map on third band. He clicked it on band map and moved there to pick up new one. OA4SS is cluster spot originated by GM3YOR at 14.49 UTC.

Q: May be KP3Z was operated in Assisted category and was allowed to use cluster?

A: Nope. He was in non-assisted category.

Take a look for next one. Here is picking up multipliers using DX cluster.

QSO: 14017 CW 2010-11-28 2349 P40W 599 9 ZL8X 599 32 0

QSO: 14024 CW 2010-11-28 2350 P40W 599 9 VP5CW 599 08 0

QSO: 14059 CW 2010-11-28 2351 P40W 599 9 NH2T 599 27 0

VP5CW was spotted by NF6R at 23:43.

NH2T was spotted by WE6Z at 23:49.

In 3 minutes P40W (op. W2GD) did search for 42 kHz and find 3 multipliers (including dual multiplier) which were very important at the end of the contest.

Same behavior in SSB contest where searched 47kHz in 3 minutes. All of them are fresh spots from cluster.

QSO: 3740 PH 2011-10-29 0925 P40W 59 09 OA4SS 59 10 0

QSO: 3766 PH 2011-10-29 0926 P40W 59 09 PJ4T 59 09 0

QSO: 3787 PH 2011-10-29 0927 P40W 59 09 PJ5/SO6X 59 08 0 

OA4SS was spotted by KB1H at 09:10.PJ4T was spotted by NP2B at 09:08.PJ5/SO6X was spotted by NQ4I at 09:06.

One more typical cluster activity.

QSO: 14346 PH 2011-10-29 2111 K1DG 59 5 LA4URA 59 14 0

QSO: 14346 PH 2011-10-29 2111 K1DG 59 5 F5VHY 59 14 0

QSO: 14346 PH 2011-10-29 2111 K1DG 59 5 OL1X 59 15 0

QSO: 14346 PH 2011-10-29 2112 K1DG 59 5 VA3EDE 59 04 0

QSO: 28566 PH 2011-10-29 2112 K1DG 59 5 TO5A 59 08 0

QSO: 14346 PH 2011-10-29 2112 K1DG 59 5 RZ1AWZ 59 16 0

QSO: 14346 PH 2011-10-29 2113 K1DG 59 5 SP0PZK 59 15 0

QSO: 14346 PH 2011-10-29 2113 K1DG 59 5 2E0PLA 59 14 0

QSO: 28595 PH 2011-10-29 2115 K1DG 59 5 KP4KE 59 08 0

QSO: 14346 PH 2011-10-29 2115 K1DG 59 5 VE3KPP 59 04 0

QSO: 14346 PH 2011-10-29 2115 K1DG 59 5 I0LYO 59 15 0

QSO: 14346 PH 2011-10-29 2115 K1DG 59 5 K9YC 59 03 0

QSO: 14346 PH 2011-10-29 2116 K1DG 59 5 CS0RCL 59 15 0

QSO: 28623 PH 2011-10-29 2116 K1DG 59 5 PJ7PL 59 08 0

QSO: 14346 PH 2011-10-29 2117 K1DG 59 5 ON7HLU 59 14 0

QSO: 14346 PH 2011-10-29 2117 K1DG 59 5 KZ4G 59 05 0


TO5A was spotted by AD1C at 21:00.

PJ7PL was spotted by W2PV at 21:11.

So, K1DG at CQ rate of 3 QSOs/m managed to check 60 kHz on other band in 4 minutes and got 3 multipliers which were spotted in cluster just few minutes before.


Actually, please try to find and pick new multiplier between 28595 and 28623 in one minute with 4 QSO rate on 20 mtrs band...

Also please note that such Caribbean stations don't say own callsign after every contact and some time you need to wait few minutes to get DX callsign.

One more cluster activity from this operator.

QSO: 7116 PH 2011-10-30 1040 K1DG 59 5 FM5CD 59 08 0

QSO: 7127 PH 2011-10-30 1041 K1DG 59 5 KH6MB 59 31 0

QSO: 7151 PH 2011-10-30 1042 K1DG 59 5 HI3TT 59 08 0

QSO: 7172 PH 2011-10-30 1044 K1DG 59 5 ZM4T 59 32 0

QSO: 7189 PH 2011-10-30 1044 K1DG 59 5 AA4V/VP9 59 05 0

QSO: 7191 PH 2011-10-30 1045 K1DG 59 5 KP4KE 59 08 0

QSO: 7199 PH 2011-10-30 1047 K1DG 59 5 PZ5MM 59 09 0

FM5CD was spotted in cluster 4 minutes prior QSO. KH6MB was spotted 3 minutes, HI3TT - 9 minutes, KP4 - 2 minutes, PZ5 - 7 minutes prior QSO. So, K1DG checked fresh spots in cluster to collect multipliers which were spotted just few minutes before. In 7 minutes he had 7 new multipliers in range of 83 kHz on overcrowded 40 mtrsband, from different directions.

Q: Typical cluster assistance surely.

A: One more cluster assisted cheater who can control even 3 bands in one minute.

QSO: 14000 PH 2009-10-25 1920 K5ZD 59 5 F4FOI 59 14

QSO: 14000 PH 2009-10-25 1921 K5ZD 59 5 PA5TT 59 14

QSO: 21000 PH 2009-10-25 1921 K5ZD 59 5 NP2KW 59 08

QSO: 28000 PH 2009-10-25 1922 K5ZD 59 5 YW5T 59 09

QSO: 14000 PH 2009-10-25 1923 K5ZD 59 5 E73M 59 15

Operator deleted exact frequency in the log to make jump between cluster spots not visible. In this case NP2KW is fresh spot from cluster originated at 19.16 UTC. YW5T spot originated at 19.21 UTC (just 1 minute before contact).

QSO: 14000 PH 2009-10-25 2004 K5ZD 59 5 VA7CPC 59 03

QSO: 14000 PH 2009-10-25 2005 K5ZD 59 5 K0ACP 59 04

QSO: 14000 PH 2009-10-25 2005 K5ZD 59 5 W7TYN 59 03

QSO: 14000 PH 2009-10-25 2005 K5ZD 59 5 VA7CRZ 59 03

QSO: 21000 PH 2009-10-25 2006 K5ZD 59 5 TO7A 59 08

QSO: 14000 PH 2009-10-25 2007 K5ZD 59 5 N7MRN 59 03

QSO: 21000 PH 2009-10-25 2008 K5ZD 59 5 XR6T 59 12

QSO: 14000 PH 2009-10-25 2009 K5ZD 59 5 KD4ZW 59 04

K5ZD did hide exact frequency after contest. Actual frequency of TO7A was 21254, XR6T - 21313. TO7A was spotted in cluster at 19.55 UTC, XR6T at 20.06 UTC. So, both multipliers are fresh spots from cluster and were picked up by clicking on band map which connected to cluster. Other way you need to check 70 kHz in 2 minutes to find these multipliers while keep pile up on run frequency. Such behavior was reason for DQ of hundreds contestmen. Many of them were DQed by K5ZD as Contest Director. You can see such activity other years as well.

QSO: 28445 PH 2005-10-29 2013 K5ZD 59 05 8P9R 59 8 

QSO: 28432 PH 2005-10-29 2014 K5ZD 59 05 V47KP 59 8 

QSO: 28416 PH 2005-10-29 2014 K5ZD 59 05 KP3Z 59 8 

QSO: 28401 PH 2005-10-29 2014 K5ZD 59 05 WP2Z 59 8 


8P9R was spotted at 20.12 UTC

V47KP was spotted at 20.13 UTC

KP3Z was spotted at 20.12 UTC

WP2Z was spotted at 20.10 UTC

Any questions?

Q: I saw many DQed logs but didn't see such huge violations across all contest. What is your opinion on all this issues?

A: Take it easy. Contest is just fun. Just try to increase your previous result or compete with your local guy. Please be sure all top scores will be shared between other guys where possible.

Q: Which guys?

A: Those who close to contest director and all his team. Typical example - CQ WW CW 2014 Contest. 1-st place world SO Assisted category - K5ZD (CQ WW Contest director). 1-st place world SO Non-Assisted category - N2NT (CQ WW 160m Contest director). So both first world places were shared between CQ WW contest directors. Actually, I don't know other HAM radio contests around the world or other kind of competitions where competitor and referee is same person. Could you imagine Olympic games where athlete and referee is same person?

Q: No examples so far.

A: On my opinion, contest director or referees should submit they logs as "check log".

As you can see I did not use any software to show you this violations. Everybody including referees can easy find them and many other in published logs. I have huge list of violations in CQ WW based on software analyzing but it will take more time to talk about. Violations are verious. If you are interesting we will talk on this topic later.

Q: I think so... Thank you for your interview. I'll let you know if any questions from our readers.

A: You are welcome.


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