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The 2015 CQ-WE Contest

To be held the weekend of November 14-15  —  56 years and still going strong!


CQ-WE stands for CQ - Western Electric, the company whose ham employees originated the contest. The annual CQ-WE Contest is open to all Radio Amateurs. The objective is to contact as many Bell System Radio Amateurs as possible via ham radio. A Bell System amateur is any ham who is a current or former employee of any part of the pre-divestiture Bell System -- that is, any company that was spun off from or shares a part of its heritage with the original AT&T Corporation. Examples include the current-day AT&T, Bell Labs, Western Electric, the Baby Bells, Bellcore, NCR, Alcatel-Lucent, Avaya, Agere, as well as other companies that have sprung from them. Normally held the second full weekend in November, the contest combines a spirit of competitive contesting with the chance to relax, have fun, and renew acquaintances with old friends and colleagues while fostering friendships with new ones.

Get Ready for the 2015 CQ-WE Contest: We're busy gearing up for the 2015 CQ-WE contest, and we hope you are, too. This year, the contest will be held over the weekend of November 14-15. There have been no rules changes in the last year.

It is highly recommended that you utilize the official CQ-WE logging software. We are in the final stages of testing this year's program and will be placing it on this website when it is certified. Please check back with us soon to download the 2015 logger. (The documentation is already available if you'd like to get a head-start on reviewing it.)


Contest Host: The role of Contest Host is an important one, and we appreciate the time and effort the various locations have put into designing and distributing their certificates in years past. We've yet to secure a Host Location for this year's contest. If you'd like to highlight your current or prior Bell System workplace by hosting this year's contest, please contact the National Coordinator. It does take a modicum of effort, but with it comes a tremendous feeling of pride and accomplishment to show off your location in the contest, and your handiwork will be preserved for posterity not only on this website, but also in the shacks of your fellow Bell System colleagues.


HAVE A QUESTION about CQ-WE? Email the National Coordinator. Interested in discussing the contest or just want to keep in touch? Feel free to join Ma-Bell-Hams, a Yahoo E-mail Group where such discussions are welcome: Just enter your email address in the space below and click "Join Now!".

HELP US COMPILE a Historical Record of our Bell System Locations and Ham Clubs: A big part of the CQ-WE contest is communicating with as many different Location Codes as possible. The locations these codes represent made up the once great Bell System. Today, many — actually, most — of these locations, along with their location-sanctioned ham clubs, are either defunct or a shadow of their former selves.

The CQ-WE committee is undertaking a project to resurrect and preserve a history of the various Bell System locations before this information and heritage is permanently lost. But, its success depends on you! Please check our Location Histories page, and if you can provide some information on a missing location — or additional information on one that has already been published — consider authoring a short article describing your location. If it supported a corporate ham club, please include your remembrances of that, too. Use the existing write-ups as guides for style and format. Please send your material to the CQ-WE webmaster, cqwe-web-2015@cqwe.cboh.org, and we'll put it up on the web site to highlight your location for posterity, and even give you credit in the byline. By taking a few minutes to document what you know from your personal experience with AT&T and its subsidiaries, we hope to preserve some of the rich history of the many facets of the once proud and great Bell System.


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