Classic Exchange "CX"

Sunday January 29, 2017 CW

Tuesday January 31, 2017 CW

Sunday February 19, 2017 - AM - SSB - FM

Tuesday February 21, 2017 - AM - SSB - FM

Operating on 160-80-40-20-15-10-6-2

The CX is a no-pressure contest celebrating the older commercial and homebrew equipment that was the pride and joy of ham shacks many decades ago.

The object is to encourage restoration, operation and enjoyment of this older Classic equipment.

However, you need not operate a Classic rig to participate in the CX.
YOU MAY USE ANY RIG in the contest although new gear is a distinct scoring disadvantage.
You can still work the "great ones" with modern equipment.

There are new Bonus Scores for using the same model rigs as your Novice station and for using a military receiver or a military transmitter.

This CX will be conducted on two Sunday and Tuesday pairs separated by the Super Bowl. Hopefully these dates will avoid the RTTY and large state QSO parties.

The first Sunday and Tuesday will be CW only.

The second Sunday and Tuesday will AM - SSB - FM only.

There will be CX recognition for high scores in AM, SSB, FM, and CW as well as overall. For each Sunday and Tuesday pair, scores are treated as one session.

Awards will be given in two classes:
1. Three or fewer receiver-transmitter pairs
2. Four or more receiver-transmitter pairs.
There is NO change to scoring. The classes will be sorted based on logs / equipment lists received.

Due Date for submission of scores, logs, narratives and pictures is April 30, 2017.
Inputs received after that date may not make it into the newsletter.



The CW CX will run from 1400 UTC January 29 to 0800 UTC January 30, 2017
(9 AM Eastern Time on Sunday to 3 AM Eastern Time Monday)
From 1400 UTC January 31 to 0800 UTC February, 1, 2017
(9 AM Eastern Time on Tuesday to 3 AM Eastern Time Wednesday)

Send: "CQ CX"

The PHONE CX will run from 1400 UTC February 19 to 0800 UTC February 20, 2017.
(9 AM Eastern Time on Sunday to 3 AM Eastern Time Monday)


From 1400 UTC February 21 to 0800 UTC February 22, 2017
(9 AM Eastern Time on Tuesday to 3 AM Eastern Time Wednesday)

Call: "CQ Classic Exchange"



Suggested Frequencies -- plus/minus QRM
Listen up and down 5 to 10 Kc for crystal controlled stations
. . . . .
BAND 160 80 40 20 15 10 6 2
CW 1.810 mc 3.545 mc7.045 mc14.045 mc. 21.045 mc28.045 mc. 50.100 mc. 144.100 mc.
AM 1.890 mc. 3.860 mc. 7.270 mc. 14.280 mc. 21.400 mc. 29.000 mc. 50.300 mc. 144.300 mc.
SSB 1.920 mc. 3.840 mc7.250 mc. 14.260 mc. 21.380 mc28.600 mc. 50.125 mc 144.200 mc.


Exchange your name, RST, QTH (state US, province for Canada, country for DX), receiver and transmitter manufacturer/model (homebrew send final amp tube or transistor type) and other interesting conversation.

The same station may be worked with different equipment combinations on each band and in each mode.

Non-participating stations may be worked for score if all required information is exchanged.

All QSOs must be direct radio communications - not through repeaters or the Internet


1. Calculate your score for each mode (AM, SSB, FM, CW)
2. Total those scores and add your bonus scores for your overall CX score.

To calculate the score for the mode: Multiply the total number of complete QSOs (all bands) in that mode by your CX multiplier.

Complete QSO requires successful exchange of name, QTH, RS(T), type of transmitter and type of receiver.

CX multiplier is the total age in years old of all receivers and transmitters you used in that mode. Do not include age of ancillary items such as separate VFO, amplifier, key or bug, antenna, tree holding up antenna, operating desk, operator, or operator's dog.

Each receiver and transmitter must be used in a minimum of three complete QSOs to be counted in the multiplier.

If the equipment is homebrew, count it as a minimum of 25 years old unless actual construction date or date of its construction article is older.

Transceivers score as separate receivers and transmitters of equal age.


To reward those using older gear, up to 2,000 point bonus will be awarded to every CX participant who operates the same model rig as their Novice station.
One receiver and one transmitter may be counted and are worth 1,000 points each.

Up to 2,000 point bonus will be awarded to every CX participant who operates a military receiver or military transmitter.
One receiver and one transmitter may be counted and are worth 1,000 points each.
A Heathkit tranciever can be counted as both a transmitter and receiver here.
Please note these bonus points in your score summary

You can prepare a grid like this as a summary:

MODE Number of QSOs Total age of gear SCORE
AM 10 120 1,200
CW 70 700 49,000
SSB 100 425 42,500
FM 5 100 500
NOVICE RIG Heathkit AT-1 Howard 435A 2,000
BONUS RIG ARC-5 BC-348-Q 2,000

Please send a copy of your log and a listing the equipment used with ages for each mode.
Other information such as most interesting qso, rig with the worst chirp, unusual events preparing for or during CX and interesting stories about your classic gear
Also, please send pictures of you, your shacks, and antennas.

Certificates and/or other recognition will be awarded for the highest score, the longest DX, exotic equipment, best excuses and other unusual achievements.
Send logs, comments, anecdotes, pictures, etc. to

J.D. "Mac" Mac Aulay, WQ8U


Or by mail to:
104 W Queen St.
Hillsborough, NC 27278

The CX Newsletter and announcement of next CX will be posted on the The Classic Exchange Web Site

Questions about CX, its origin, history, and idiosyncrasies, as well as accolades for being such a great event, should be sent to:
Jim Hanlon, W8KGI