CQ WW RTTY DX Contest 2018

CQ WW RTTY DX Contest - September 29-30, 2018



September 29-30, 2018

Starts: 0000 GMT Saturday
Ends: 2359 GMT Sunday


GOAL: For amateurs around the world to contact as many other amateurs in as many CQ zones, countries, and W/VE QTHs as possible.

BANDS: Five bands only: 3.5, 7, 14, 21 and 28 MHz. Observance of established band plans is strongly encouraged.

EXCHANGE: RST report plus CQ zone number of the station location (e.g., 599 14). Stations in the continental USA and Canada also send QTH (e.g., 599 05 MA). See IV.C.3. below.

All Rules can be read and download in several different languages at the official  CQ WW RTTY Web Site

Rule Differences from CQWW SSB/CW Contest

Identical wording is used for both the RTTY and CW/SSB rules where the intent is the same. However, there are some key differences for the RTTY:

  • No 1.8 MHz operation
  • Multi-Single: 8-band-changes per clock hour, rather than a 10-minute rule
  • Contact points: Different-country contacts within any continent (not just North America) get 2 points
    –  Same-country contacts get 1 point
  • Third multiplier for QSOs with US/VE stations

Free RTTY Software

Here is a selection of popular free to use RTTY programs, many more links to RTTY software can be found on our dedicated links category.

MixW Software – Update DLL

Many of the Cabrillo format problems in submitted logs are from MixW users. There is a new DLL for CQ WW RTTY that must be used.
Please install the MixW DLL for CQ WW RTTY, available here. Instructions for configuration of MixW and how to create a proper Cabrillo file are here.








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