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Attending Hamvention

Posted on May 10 2024 by Mark Wohlschlegel • WC3W

I will be attending Hamvention in Dayton and hope to meet lots of participants during the the largest hamfest in the world. I will be at the CWOps dinner on Thursday evening and will have a table and attend the SWODXA dinner on Friday night. I will attend the Contest Dinner on Saturday night, and finally will be giving a forum on Sunday morning at 11:00am with lots of updates on the 2023 year and how things are going in 2024. [read more]

2023 Year is Finished

Posted on May 1 2024 by Mark Wohlschlegel • WC3W

I am pleased to report that the books for the 2023 DX Marathon Program are closed. All plaques were produced and mailed a few weeks ago and certificate winners should receive an email some time before the end of this week with their merit recognition award. Congratulations to all winners of these awards, and congratulations for all who participated in the program. We finished up the year including my summary article a few months ahead of previous years. [read more]

You Can Submit 2024 Scores--NOW

Posted on April 16 2024 by Mark Wohlschlegel • WC3W

I would like to encourage all participants in the 2024 DX Marathon Program to start their submission process now. You can do it as many times during the course of 2024 as you wish. The submitted data is secure and no one can “look” at your submission. As a reminder—we highly recommend all participant use this easy to use submission tool instead of the old excel spreadsheets. It is so easy to use as so many of our participants in 2023 have told us. [read more]

DX Marathon 2023 Final Results

Posted on April 5 2024 by Mark Wohlschlegel • WC3W

The results for the 2023 DX Marathon Program are now posted on the website, www.dxmarathon.com. There you will find a complete posting of the summary article, the plaque and certificate winners, new records set, and much more information. Please go to the website, and click on the “Results” tab. There will be a number of selections at the top which will provide you access to the various posted information. Within a very short time period, you will each be receiving an individual email that shows the specific deducts that were applied to your claimed scores to arrive at your adjusted scores. [read more]

UK Call Sign Changes in 2024

Posted on March 27 2024 by Mark Wohlschlegel • WC3W

I have just posted the following message in the FAQ section of our website (www.dxmarathon.com). I did feel that this is very important to our participants and thought I would mention it in my personal news section here as well. There has been a major change in the call system within the UK that is now in place as of February, 2024. The UK system has long had what it calls “RSLs” – the D in GD0ABC or the J in MJ0ABC. [read more]

Open Collective to cease operation

Posted on March 15 2024 by Mark Wohlschlegel • WC3W

About a year ago, the DX Marathon program staff had considered forming a 501c3 entity to allow for the tax free donations. We were successful in identify a company Open Collective that served as a proxy for us in allowing for such contributions. We learned about a month ago that they were shutting their doors. We are now looking for another entity or also considering the formation of a 501c3 ourselves. [read more]

Cambodia Operation in 2023

Posted on February 24 2024 by Mark Wohlschlegel • WC3W

As most of your are aware, there has been some controversy regarding ham radio operation within the country of Cambodia during 2023. As is always the case, DX Marathon always strives to do what is fair and right as we vet out these kinds of situations. We are not perfect, and most of the times, we make the correct judgment. This is one case where we did not. I will not belabour the issue but will highlight the sequence of event that led to our disqualifying position made with regard to QSO’s secured during the first half of 2023. [read more]

DX Marathon Challenge Reminder

Posted on February 2 2024 by Mark Wohlschlegel • WC3W

Many of you are aware that for 2024, we have introduced a brand new Class entitled “The DX Marathon Challenge”. In my previous post, I had requested that those participants that have an interest in this Class email me their intentions to participate by February 15th. The description of the Challenge is on our website www.dxmarathon.com under Rules 2024. We can accept up to 75 participants for 2024 so to reserve a space, please send me an email (wc3w@dxmarathon. [read more]

DX Marathon Support of Software Developers

Posted on January 24 2024 by Mark Wohlschlegel • WC3W

The DX Marathon Program values the logging and software developers that have taken the time to design features into their software that allows their customers to more easily participate in the DX Marathon Program. As we make incremental changes to our program to the benefit of our participants, we wish to give our software developers a heads up and a forum to answer any questions they may have. We have set up a subgroup to our GroupsIO reflector to allow this open communications to occur. [read more]

DX Marathon 2024 Scoresheet Ready

Posted on January 17 2024 by Mark Wohlschlegel • WC3W

I have good news to announce this evening. The scoresheet for 2024 that many have requested is now available on our website www.dxmarathon.com. Please see the details below, as well as information on our submission process, country list and information for software developers. 1- The Scoresheet We’ve just released the 2024 version of the “Scoresheet” for Microsoft Excel. You can find it at https://dxmarathon.com/resources/software/ Please note that there are a few changes that we have made to further refine the Submission Tool from the 2023 version. [read more]

DX Marathon Challenge

Posted on January 11 2024 by Mark Wohlschlegel • WC3W

I have just posted on the website under the Rules “2024” a clarification of the brand new for 2024 category. It is called the “DX Marathon Challenge” This award is new for the 2024 program and will be limited to 75 participants. The Challenge will sum the total number of entities and zones that you have worked in 2024 on all the amateur bands (8) including WARC (80m-10m) in CW, Phone, or Digital modes, and rank your total score against the other 74 entrants in this category. [read more]

Submissions Closed

Posted on January 7 2024 by Mark Wohlschlegel • WC3W

We have closed the submission for the 2023 DX Marathon Program. I want to thank all of you our participants who managed to make the January 5th deadline. We had almost zero requests for extensions and that we appreciate. I also want to thank each and every one for participating in the fastest growing DX Program in the world today. We have again set a year over year record of +50% growth for participation during calendar year 2023. [read more]

CQ Magazine

Posted on December 21 2023 by Mark Wohlschlegel • WC3W

Some may have heard rumors about CQ Magazine and their financial condition. Please be advised of the following. The DX Marathon Program will remain viable with or without CQ Magazine. I have mentioned in the past that our program does not receive any financial support from them nor do we draw any resources to operate our program from them. They do publish the rules in the November issue for the following year, and the program results in the June issue. [read more]

End of Year Reminders

Posted on December 13 2023 by Mark Wohlschlegel • WC3W

Happy Holidays to all our participants of the DX Marathon Program. Just a few end of year friendly reminders. Please try the new submission tool NOW so that you will not have any issues during the Jan 1-5 2024 final submittal period. Remember, as in past years, there will be no extensions granted. We have made it possible for all to have ample time to get the logs uploaded. You can do it right now. [read more]

New Submission Tool for 2023

Posted on October 5 2023 by Mark Wohlschlegel • WC3W

NEW SUBMISSION TOOL FOR DXMARATHON 2023 Ladies and Gentlemen of The DX Marathon Program: We wanted to make all of you aware early of an exciting change we have been working on throughout 2023 to simplify the submission process for your 2023 results to be submitted between January 1-5, 2024. Why are we doing this? The answer is simple. We are trying to continue to make participation easy for everyone AND we must position our program for future growth as we expand. [read more]

General Announcement and Update

Posted on October 5 2023 by Mark Wohlschlegel • WC3W

I hope all of you are enjoying participation in the DX Marathon program during calendar year 2023. I am hearing from lots of participants that they are exceeding their past personal best scores. Your operating group is working hard making modifications to our scoring tool that will be employed for the 2023 period. We are doing our best to keep the website updated, particularly the Helpful Hints section and FAQs. Please regularly check these out as they can change weekly and serve to assist you in your DX pursuits. [read more]

Interview with Kevin Thomas, W1DED

Posted on July 5 2023 by Mark Wohlschlegel • WC3W

On July 3, I was interviewed by Kevin Thomas, W1DED. I have posted the interview link below. Kevin did an excellent job in asking great questions about the program. He also has pushed this interview out to QRZ and it appeared on the front page on July 4th. Bernie has included it in his newsletter as well. Feel free to reach out to your amateur radio friends to view this as it does describe the key aspects of the program. [read more]

Tax Deductible Contributions Now Possible

Posted on June 25 2023 by Mark Wohlschlegel • WC3W

The DX Marathon Program has made it much easier for our participants and others to contribute to foster the growth of our program. Please look at the hyperlink at the bottom of this webpage and click on it. Why do I say easier? Well for some of us who are interested in making a tax deductible contribution, you can now do that. I was able to work out an arrangemnt with a 501c3 organization called Open Collective. [read more]

Word from WC3W Program Administrator

Posted on May 3 2023 by Mark Wohlschlegel • WC3W

Ladies and Gentlemen, I hope you are all actively pursuing DX in this new 2023 calendar year. The propagation early in Cycle 25 continues to be fantastic. Your DX Marathon operational team have completed all the final 2022 results that will be published in the June issue of CQ Magazine in less than a month. The article will contain all the winner of plaques and certificates as desribed in detail on our brand new website, www. [read more]

New website launched!

Posted on February 11 2023 by Mark Wohlschlegel • WC3W

Ladies and Gentlemen, The time has arrived! We have launched our new DXMarathon website. You can go to the exact same address, www.dxmarathon.com to access it. We owe a huge thank you to Sebastian, KI2D our DX Marathon IT Manager for creating this beautiful site. This is the initial conversion and we have plans to enhance it in a number of ways including the translation of the rules in various languages. [read more]

NEWS from our new DX Marathon Manager - Mark, WC3W

Posted on December 1 2022 by Mark Wohlschlegel • WC3W

Hello CQ DX Marathon participants. I am WC3W, Mark and I have been working with John, K9EL almost six months now in understanding various aspects of the DX Marathon program. Wow, it is truly amazing that one man actually managed this pretty much by himself. It is an amazing program but takes a huge amount of work. The presumption under which I am assuming the administration role was that I recruit a number of key individuals to dispatch the many tasks associated with the program. [read more]

CQ Policy on QSOs with Russia and Belarus

Posted on August 31 2022 by John Sweeney • K9EL

UPDATE FROM CQ MAGAZINE ON RUSSIA AND UKRAINE FOR THE 2023 DX MARATHON: Stations in Russia or Belarus may submit logs and have their scores listed in the results but are not eligible for plaques/certificates (similar to late log listings in contest line scores). Other stations may work stations in Russia or Belarus for full point and multiplier credit. For purposes of the Marathon, this means that Russia, Belarus and Zones 18 and 19 are still in play. [read more]

New DX Marathon Manager Appointed!

Posted on August 11 2022 by John Sweeney • K9EL

Please join me in welcoming Mark, WC3W as the new manager of the DX Marathon! Mark will lead a team to continue the development and growth of the DX Marathon. If you would like to be a part of the DX Marathon team, please contact Mark right away: WC3W at dxmarathon dot com. Mark is looking for a database manager, web site managers, software programmers, etc. K9EL will remain involved for some time to assure a smooth transition. [read more]

Special statement from K9EL, DX Marathon Manager

Posted on July 17 2022 by John Sweeney • K9EL

Help plan for the future!

In 2005, W9KNI and CQ Magazine asked me if I was interested in managing a new contest for CQ Magazine — the CQ DX Marathon. This new contest/DX program sounded very interesting, and I thought it would be a great program to keep old timers interested in working DX. As it was a new contest, there was nothing available in terms of tools, scoring software, web site, etc. Over the years the DX Marathon has grown significantly and has become an annual event with a tremendous following. [read more]