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The 2015 CQ-WE Contest

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.

IT'S ALL over but the Paperwork: Yes, another CQ-WE contest is under our belts. We're well aware of the complaints that the number of participants was unusually light this year, and we'd be interested in hearing your thoughts as to why this was the case. Please share your comments with us in your submitted paperwork or emailed logs, or contact one of the members of the National Committee directly if you'd prefer to do so. But if you did take part in the contest, regardless of whether you might be a top scorer or just a casual participant, please take a few moments and submit your official contest logs. Instructions for doing so can be found in the logger program itself or in the Info and Rules section of this website. Filing your paperwork helps us gauge participation and more accurately record the contest for posterity, counts towards your location's total score and headcount, and (with five or more contacts) makes you eligible to receive a handsome emailed certificate of participation that you can print and display in your shack. All logs are due by December 1st. So take a moment to take care of this final contest detail so that you can rest easy, knowing you really do have another CQ-WE contest under your belt.

AND A DEBT of Gratitude is Due... We on the Contest Committee usually don't usually toot our own horns, but I think it proper to thank the committee as a whole for banding together to work through a pressing situation which cropped up this month. And, I'd like to include Tom Foy, N4HAI, in this public shout out for his continuing assistance with the Logger, which is now five years old. Tom donated his time to write the logger and faithfully tweaks it for us when we need a change. So, kudos, guys, for all your efforts to make the 2015 contest another success.

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 are pleased to announce that this year the QV location – Southwestern Bell – will be featured, thanks to Bob Rosier, K4OCE, who has agreed to take the lead on this effort. This is the first time Southwest Bell has hosted the contest and we look forward to acquiring a personalized certificate from them after this year's contest.

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.

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!".

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