The United Kingdom CW Table



What's it all about?

The purpose of the Annual UK CW Table is to encourage CW activity on the HF bands and six metres. Each year participants start afresh and work as many DXCC entities as possible between 00:00Z on 1st January and 24:00Z on 31st December.

All UK* Radio Amateurs are invited to participate.

You do not have to be active on all bands to make an entry. You do, however have to make all QSOs on Morse code if you want them to count! All CW QSOs are valid for the UK CW Table: rag chewing, contests, general DXing. No QSL cards or other confirmation are required: you are on your honour to report your score honestly. To enter the table, simply start sending your weekly reports, using the Submit score facility. Don't be shy! The more the merrier.

* For the purposes of this table, "UK" is taken to mean any radio amateur in G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU or GW.

History of the table

The CW table started off in 1983 as a friendly fun challenge between Roger, G3SXW and Nigel, G3TXF. In those days the table operated on the six main bands only. It wasn't until 1990 that G3MXJ and G3WGV joined in the fun. In 1991 the WARC bands were added and in 1994 the table was opened up to all UK radio amateurs.

The 6m band was added in 1999 as it was felt that with a new sunspot maximum coming along soon it would be interesting to see what we could all work. The table was maintained by G3TXF from 1983 to 1996. G3WGV has been maintaining the table since 1997.

Every year we welcome new people to the table and every year someone decides to make it their year for taking top place. Along the way some remarkable records have been set. Others simply enjoy the challenge of trying to better their previous year's score. UK CW table participants can be heard in all the big pileups and many of them are also keen DXpeditioners.

In 2005, the table became an fully on-line system, with data collection and table distribution entirely via G3WGV's web site. Finally (so far), in 2008 an all new system was implemented with its own dedicated web site, making the score submission simpler and reducing the complexity of the table updating system. Hopefully lots of CW operators will continue to join and support the table for many years to come.

Sending in your score

Please see the Rules.

Scores are submitted by filling in the form on this web site. There is a quick link to the form at the top of this page.

Your score should be sent weekly as of 20:00Z on the Sunday. You can submit scores at any time but if you send your score in by 2000Z the following Tuesday, it will be included in that week's tabulation.

Tables are published weekly

The table is published each week, some time after 20:00Z on Tuesday evening, via this web site. A notification e-mail is sent to all current participants when the table has been updated.

More information

See http://www.g3txf.com/UK-CW-Table/TableFrames.html for some additional CW table archives since 1983.

Questions?

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. My e-mail address is johnl[at]g3wgv.com (be sure to replace the [at] bit with an @).