The 2017 CQ-WE Contest
Held the weekend of November 11-12 — 58 years of friendly competition!
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.
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