The CQ WW SSB event takes place this weekend.

It’s the largest Amateur Radio competition in the world. Over 35,000 participants take to the airwaves on the last weekend of October (SSB) and November (CW) with the goal of making as many contacts with as many different DXCC entities and CQ Zones as possible.

There are updates to the rules for the 2021 CQ WW that include a new YOUTH overlay that will be available to all competitors who are 25 years old or under and a new EXPLORER category has been established permitting amateurs to participate in the contest while experimenting creatively with Internet-linked stations and other new technologies. The goal of this category is to encourage innovation in operating strategies, station design, and technology adaptation.

Complete rules are available here - and if you’re interested in reviewing how the rules have evolved, visit the CQ WW Rules Archive that has a copy of the rules for every year from the original contest in 1948 to the present day.

Good luck in the contest!