The CW Fun Event-21
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Five Years of CWFun

After a one year hiatus, CWFun is back! Whoopee!

The CW Fun Event is a 48 hour event. Event-21 begins on March 10, 2018 at 0000 UTC and ends on March 11, 2018 at 2359 UTC. The event will measure your ability to accurately send and receive Morse code on amateur radio frequencies using traditional sending/receiving methods.

As an active ham operator you can get a measure of both your copying and sending proficiency, however, you do not have to be a licensed ham radio operator to participate. You can participate as an SWL to measure your copying ability and earn points for that.

Since this event will focus on traditional methods of sending and receiving, the use of electronic keyers or keyboards for sending, or CW skimmers or decoders for copying, is not permitted. Use a straight key, sideswiper, or bug for sending and the decoder between your ears for receiving. You can use computer logging to keep track of things and you can use the FunSpots spotter page to look for contacts and to announce your participation. Of course you are not to put anything on the spotter page relating to the content of your QSO exchanges.

Your participation score will be made up from three parts: your QSO count, your send count, and your copy count. How the points for each part is determined is described below in the section on scoring.

Although scores and a ranking list will be generated by the analysis program it is the intent to make this a fun event rather than a contest. Hopefully participants will learn something about their copying and sending ability by participating.

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Register Before the Event

As a licensed ham you can participate in sending but you will not be able to earn points for sending proficiency unless you have registered for the event. You have to register because you must send a unique "word" in your QSO exchange. The word is taken from a list of words that you get via email when you register. There is no duplication of words on your list and with the lists of other registered participants. This ensures that the results analysis program can match words with call signs and award sending points accordingly.

Registration is simple, just enter your information in the registration form below and click the submit button. In a day or so you will receive via email additional information and your unique list of "words" to be used in your QSOs. It is absolutely essential that you enter a valid email address to receive this information. You will want to print the word list to keep it handy as you operate in the event. For latecomers the registration window generally remains open until the event is about half over.

Sorry, the registration window is closed.

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Sending During The Event

To announce your participation in the "Fun Event" you can try calling CQ FE DE your call.
Suggested frequencies in kHz are centered around 3555, 7040, 7055, 7115, 14055, 14114, 21055 and 28055. Operation on the WARC bands for the event is not permitted.

If you have registered for the event, the first contact you make should be sent the first five letter "word" in your list of words. This should be sent in the exchange after your name. For example, RST 589 NY DICK JTKLW BK. You can repeat the word as many times during the QSO as it takes to get a QSL or GUD CPY response. After logging your first QSO cross the first word off the list and get ready with the next word for the next QSO.

You should give an RST report so the other operator may be made aware that repeating the info may be helpful. Sending QTH info is optional.

You can count a second QSO with the SAME STATION on the SAME BAND provided that BOTH parties have had at least one QSO with some other station in between. This new QSO will be using new words in the exchange.

If you are registered, but the person you contact isn't registered, send the next word anyway and cross it off your list. You could get "send points" if someone reports having copied it. If you have not registered, you will, of course, have no word to send but copy what is sent to you because you could earn copy points for it.

If you contact someone who does not know about this event they may ask what the gibberish in your exchange is. You can send them to this web site for info.

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The K2RFP Sprintlogger is ideally suited for logging data for this event. You have to keep an accurate record of the "words" you have copied since you will have to submit a list of them as a "WordString" to earn copy points. Whatever logging program you use, if it saves the log in ADIF you can use the LogScan program to generate the "WordString" for you from the ADIF log file. If you keep your log on a spreadsheet you should look for a free converter program to convert your log to ADIF and then run it through the LogScan program. If you are a paper logger you can manually enter your QSO data in the grid provided by the LogScan program. The LogScan program is a Windows program that will run on all flavors of Windows from Windows-95 to Windows-7 and will also run with Wine under Linux.

When computer logging, record the "word" you copied as the first five characters of the Comment field in your log. That is where the LogScan program will look for data to construct your "WordString". You can copy and log CALL/WORD pairs for QSOs that do not involve you to earn copy points whether you are registered or not. This is what SWLs would do to earn copy points.

Correct CALL/WORD pair matches are determined by the results analysis program and awards points accordingly. For CALL/WORD pairs you copy while acting as an SWL, set the RST-Tx field to 0 or leave it blank. The LogScan program will know not to count these QSOs for QSO points but will still use the CALL/WORD pair to build the WordString for you to submit.

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Your score for the event will be determined from five values as follows:
QSOCount This is the number of stations you have contacted and exchanged data with. You, and the other person do not have to be a registered participant so exchanging words either way is not required for this count. Make sure you have not included in this count any QSOs for which you were just acting as an SWL.
SendCount You have to be a registered participant to know what to send and possibly get SendCount points. The person you are sending to, or an SWL copying you, must also submit results data and name you and the word they copied from you. The results analysis program will determine your total points for this based on the copy data that has been submitted for the event. Note that the points you earn for this, and your final score, may change as more data comes in to validate your SendCount points.
CopyCount This is the number of |CallSign : Word| combinations you have copied correctly. The results analysis program will determine this value based on the "WordString" you submit. See below. You do not have to be a registered participant to earn CopyCount points. Further, you can act as an SWL and include data you copied that was being sent to someone else and not to you at all.
CallsCount Although the CopyCount can include multiple words correctly copied from a single registered players, the CallsCount counts only the number of UNIQUE callsigns from which you have copied at least one word correctly. So it might help to surf around looking for new callsigns rather than staying put on one frequency.
BonusPoints After the submit window closes one of the call signs will be picked at random from the list of calls that submitted results (excluding SWLs) to be the designated "BONUS STATION". The results analysis program will search the calls in the "WordString" you submit for a match to the BONUS STATION call sign. If found, you will get a one-time bonus of 25 points. The BONUS STATION will also get the one-time bonus. So the more DIFFERENT stations you work, the greater are your chances of winning the bonus points.

The results analysis program will add the points together to arrive at your final score.

For the analysis program to award points for sending and copying it must match up "word" and call sign data. The registration procedure insures that each participant gets a unique word list known to the analysis program. There are no duplicates within a list or between lists.

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Submitting Results

To earn CopyCount points you need to construct a "WordString" for the QSOs you have logged. If you have an ADIF log file, the LogScan program will do this automatically for you. The WordString consists of the call signs and words you copied from them. Here is what a "WordString" might look like:


QSOs with "words" that are not five characters long and contain anything other than letters will be ignored. There is no magic here, it just copies data from your file and puts it a form that the submit form expects. If you are a paper logger you can also use this program by copying your data into the grid that the program provides. You can also use a text editor to manually construct your WordString. Use | to separate QSOs and : to separate the call sign from the word you got from that station. Spread sheet loggers can enter their data manually or convert the spread sheet data to ADIF and let the LogScan program construct the WordString.

It doesn't matter about upper or lower case and you can insert spaces if it make it easier for you to read. The analysis program will convert everything to uppercase and ignore the spaces. Note if you worked the same station more than once, (that is allowed), the call and the unique word for each of those QSOs should appear in the WordString.

Once you have this string of data you simply copy and paste it into the place for it on the results submit form at the end of the sprint. The analysis program will check the data string to determine the number of points to award to you and the other participants in the event.

Results Submit Form

The Results submit window generally opens a few hours before the event closes and remains open until 2359 UTC on the Friday following the event. If you have entered your data and then discover an error you can re-submit your data again provided the submit window is still open. Your new data will overwrite your old data.

REQUIRED DATA - What Callsign did you use in this event?

If you applied for, and received a "word" list for the event,
this must be the call sign you applied with.
If you do not have a call sign, use the last four digits
of your phone number just for identification purposes.


Firstname only.
REQUIRED DATA - Your Email Address?

Optional Data Fields

Your QSO Count?

(Include only two-way QSOs!)
To Claim Points for Copying
Enter the "Word-String" constructed from the QSOs in your log.
For example: | K2RFP:WQPMT | NT9K:JLJBX | KB4QQJ:BLVYG |

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Quick Q&A

Q: What modes are used for this event?
A: Duh! Why do you suppose it is called a CW Fun Event?

Q: Okay, it's CW. Can I use a keyer or keyboard?
A: No, only straight keys, sideswipers, or bugs.

Q: Can I use skimmers or decoders?
A: No, only the decoder between your ears.

Q: Can I use a spotter page?
A: Yes. One has been set up for this event here.

Q: What frequencies?
A: No WARC bands. Use the frequencies suggested above and stay within the privileges of your license class.

Q: Do I have to be a ham to participate?
A: No, if you can copy Morse code you can earn copy points but obviously no QSO or send points.

Q: I'm a ham. Do I have to register for the event?
A: No, BUT you can only earn copy and QSO points. You must register to earn send points.

Q: I'm a ham and registered but lost my word list. What do I do?
A: Do NOT register again. Send an email to the event manager requesting a second copy. Then stand in the corner until you get it.

Q: Do I have to keep a log?
A: You do not have to submit a log but you will have to keep a record of your work during the event if you plan to submit your results.

Q: Can you recommend a computer logging program?
A: Any program that can generate ADIF files should work. The K2RFP Sprintlogger is ideally suited for CW events like this because it has built-in procedures specific for these events that makes record keeping and results submission extremely simple.

Q: Can I use a spreadsheet logging program?
A: Yes, but you will have to convert your file to ADIF if you want to take advantage of the LogScan program. You can Google the internet for a free spreadsheet to ADIF converter program.

Q: The LogScan program runs on the Windows operating system and my computer does not have a Windows operating system. What should I do?
A: The LogScan program analyzes an ADIF log file and generates the "WordString" to be entered on the results submit page. If you can't run the LogScan program you will have to construct the WordString manually or get someone with a Windows operating system to do it for you.

Q: Is this an SKCC event and do I exchange SKCC numbers?
A: No, it is not an SKCC event but many SKCC members join in the fun. Exchanging SKCC numbers is not part of the exchange but you may do so to allow for the QSO to be counted toward SKCC awards, but keep in mind that it is up to the award manager to determine if the QSO qualifies for the award being sought.

Q: The rules say I can have a second QSO with the same station on the same band provided that BOTH parties have had at least one QSO with some other station in between. Can you explain how that works?
A: If you hear a station calling CQ that you already worked, you shouldn't answer the call unless you had at least one QSO with someone else in between. If you did have a QSO in between, and you answered the new call, the other station would assume you were following the rules on your end but would only respond to you if they also had at least one QSO in between.

Q: This is billed as a "fun event". What if I don't have any fun with it?
A: Your key must be defective. Send it to K2RFP at the address given on QRZ.COM and it will have a nice retirement.

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Special thanks to Randy at KB4QQJ for providing web space, feedback, and suggestions for this venture.
I hope all participants have fun with this uniquely different activity.

Contact information

Dick. K2RFP, Concept Originator and Manager
Randy. KB4QQJ, Web Space Provider and Respected Feedbacker

All rights reserved, August 2011.