CQ World Wide DX Contest (CQWW) is around the corner. Only a few days until the arguably biggest radio competition of the year kicks off for 48 hours. SSB first this coming weekend followed by the CW leg on the last weekend of November

 
SSB: October 30 - 31, 2021, Starts: 0000 UTC Saturday, Ends: 2359 UTC Sunday
CW: November 27 - 28, 2021, Starts: 0000 UTC Saturday, Ends: 2359 UTC Sunday

Good luck to everybody who is going to participate, whether as an individual single operator or as a group of operators (multi op - single TX, 2 TX or multi TX), whether for the full 48 hours or just casually. With increased sun spot numbers compared to last year, it is going to be 2 fun weekends. 
 
There were a few changes to the rules this year. Have a look at https://cqww.com/rules.htm for the latest update. Most notably, there is a new “Youth” overlay category  for those 25 years of age or younger and a new Explorer category encouraging those in our contesting community who are keen to explore and push the limits. Please note that self-spotting is NOT allowed. If you are participating as a single operator, and you are using any QSO finding assistance (eg CW decoder, DX cluster, DX spotting Web sites/DX Summit, local or remote call sign and frequency decoding technology/Skimmer or Reverse Beacon Network) you will need to enter as single operator ASSISTED.
 
If you are looking for a challenge, eg beat a country, zone or continental record, have a play with the records database: https://cqww.com/records.htm. It might well be about beating your own personal best.
For those of you who get more excited about working DX, have a look at Announced CQWW SSB operations: https://ng3k.com/Misc/cqs2021.html. This web site is updated almost daily until the contest starts.
 
Please keep in mind that Web upload is the only method of log submission. Web upload of logs is available at https://cqww.com/logcheck/. All entries must be sent within 5 days after the end of the contest, ie no later than 2359 UTC November 5, 2021 for SSB and 2359 UTC December 3, 2021 for CW.
 
If you are interested in statistics, here’s a good overview on the number of logs received in CQWW over the years, by continent and country: https://www.cqww.com/stats.htm. Last year 2020, 45 VKs submitted theirCQWW SSB logs (down from 61 a year earlier), 37 VK logs were received after CQWW CW (down from 38 in 2019). A total of 82 logs for VK in 2020 (SSB + CW) compares with 34 logs from ZL (20 SSB + 14 CW). To put these numbers into perspective: Slovenia S5, a country of 2.1 million people, submitted a total of 88 SSB logs and 98 CW logs in 2020. But they are exceptionally active... 
 
There is hope that the 2x1 calls will be issued in time before CQWW SSB in VK ;-)
If you have any questions, please send me a direct reply.
 
GL & 73 
Bernd VK2IA
CQWW Contest Committee