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The 2021 CQ-WE Contest

Held the weekend of November 13-14  —  62 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.

CQ-WE Welcomes N1MM logger: CQ-WE has always been inclusive when it comes to loggers. We accept any logs we can read -- even paper ones. However, when it comes to the incentive points, we've only accepted the results produced by our official logger. We've had contestants complain that they are more familiar with the N1MM logging program, and would prefer to use that. You spoke and we listened. Effective with the 2021 contest, we are officially supporting both the N4HAI and N1MM loggers. The N4HAI logger is free, and is designed explicitly for th CQ-WE contest, so if you are not a serious contester, we'd expect you'd want to use that. But serious contesters who are already familar with the N1MM logger may want to use it instead. And now you can. But whatever logger you choose to use, make sure you submit your results so that we can give you the proper credit in the contest.


CQ-WE 62nd Contest took place over the weekend of November 13 and 14th. Here are a list of the participants in the contest who have submitted logs. If your callsign is not among them and you think is should be, please notify the National Coordinator as soon as possible:

W2MN K2AL K2AQM W3CRZ KD8ZG KD8WK K8RSP N9CX NJ2DX W2VE W2IOC N4DE NQ4D AG7KO W2EQ W4BXI W1GD K4PQC W1RQ KA1WPM AK9U KD2KW WA2UBK N2AAX AE1D W2DAD WA5MLF N9AGW N4IU KB4LWT KD2IZF N2MS N8XI KB8RY W2PTP K3TW K9RZ WA4PTZ AG7KO AK2F AC4PQ AI1G K2MN K8NU K8ON KA2BXH KC4AF KG5OIL N9XU W2CQH W2DAR
We hope you enjoyed the contest and we look forward to meeting you on the bands once again in the coming November.

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. Want to highlight your location? Then please consider volunteering to design and produce the certs for our 62nd contest year coming up. It's really not that hard, your name will be recorded for posterity on the website, and we'll even handle the distribution. So give it some thought; we'd love to hear from you.


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-2020@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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