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The 2014 CQ-WE Contest

To be held the weekend of November 8-9  —  55 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.

THE 2013 CQ-WE Contest Results are in... and we had some interesting twists. All told, we had 28 location codes on the air and 67 logs received claiming a total of 1,193,979 points. (This represents an increased number of participants for the 2nd year in a row.)

High Total Score      W2EQ    Tom Brown
   2nd Place          W4BXI   John Drum
   3rd Place          W2MN    Tom Nevue
   4th Place          K3TW    Thomas J Warren
   5th Place          W8KRS   Kenneth R Stuter
High Retiree          W4BXI   John Drum
High Phone            W2EQ    Tom Brown
High CW               W4BXI   John Drum
High QRP Score        K3TW    Thomas J Warren
High Non-Bell Score   W2MN    Tom Nevue

Congrats are due Tom Brown, W2EQ, who took the top honors in both the High Total and High Phone categories, followed by John Drum, W4BXI, who finished in second place (including garnering the High CW and High Retiree scores). Non-Bell-System contester Tom Nevue, W2MN, came in third, and Tom Warren, K3TW, finished an impressive fourth, having operated the entire contest QRP. Middletown handily captured the Location awards, having both the most participants in the contest as well as the highest overall location score.

The full results may be found here.

We hope you enjoyed the 2013 contest and we look forward to working you once again in the 2014 CQ-WE contest, which will be held this November 8th–9th.

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-2014@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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