Classic Exchange "CX"

January 29, 2012 - CW

February 12, 2012 - 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 Collins receiver or a Collins transmitter. Military gear manufactured by Collins counts.

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

The first Sunday will be CW only.

The second Sunday will AM - SSB - FM only.

There will be CX recognition for high scores in AM, SSB, FM, and CW as well as overall.



The CW CX will run from 1400 UTC January 29 to 0800 UTC January 30, 2012
(9 AM Eastern Time on Sunday to 3 AM Eastern Time Monday)
Send: "CQ CX"

The AM - SSB - FM CX will run from 1400 UTC February 12 to 0800 UTC February 13, 2012.
(9 AM Eastern Time on Sunday to 3 AM Eastern Time Monday)
Call: "CQ Classic Exchange"


Suggested Frequencies -- plus/minus QRM
Listen up and down 5 to 10 Kc for crystal controlled stations

160 80 40 20 15 10 6 2
CW 1.810 mc. 3.545 mc. 7.045 mc. 14.045 mc. 21.135 mc. 28.050 mc. 50.100 mc. 144.100 mc.
AM 1.890 mc. 3.880 mc. 7.290 mc. 14.286 mc. 21.420 mc. 29.000 mc. 50.300 mc. 144.300 mc.
SSB 1.885 mc. 3.870 mc. 7.280 mc. 14.270 mc. 21.370 mc. 28.390 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 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, RST, 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 Collins receiver or Collins Transmitter.
One receiver and one transmitter may be counted and are worth 1,000 points each.

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 used to make QSOs SCORE
AM 10 120 1,200
SSB 50 850 42,500
CW 70 700 49,000
FM 5 100 500
TOTALS 135 93,200
Heath AT-1 Howard 435A 2,000
Collins RX
Collins TX
75A-1 310B-1 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 would be appreciated and used by the editor.
Also, please send pictures of you, your shacks, and antennas.

Certificates and appropriate memorabilia are awarded every now and then 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:

Al Stephens, N5AIT or Jim Hanlon, W8KGI