Category: Awards

Via Regia Award

Via Regia Award

There are several things about an Amateur Radio award that can interest me. Learning something while earning it, a handsome award with flags, a map and no cost are a few things that come to mind. The Via Regia Award touches on all of those points. The Via Regia (Royal Highway) refers to the oldest […]

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Worked All States (WAS)

Worked All States (WAS) Digital certificate

The American Radio Relay League’s (ARRL) Worked All States Award (WAS) is one of the most prominent domestic awards in Amateur Radio. To obtain the award applicants must submit proof of having worked another Amateur Radio station within each of the 50 states that make up the United States of America. I recently achieved WAS […]

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GCR – General Certification Rules

GCR List

When looking at Amateur Radio operating awards and the rules that apply to them you will often come across the acronym GCR. GCR stands for General Certification Rules. It defines a method by which the operator can prove to the award manager that they successfully made and confirmed the required contacts for an award. Traditionally, […]

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Get Your ARRL Certificates

June VHF 2011 Certificate

Certificates are the awards of Amateur Radio contesting. Many Hams around the world dedicate large amounts of money and time building up stations and operating skills to take on their competition and win. But there are plenty of opportunities for participants of all levels to take part and compete against similarly equipped stations nearer to […]

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Sticker Shock

Endorsement stickers

No, this is not a post about the high price of HF gear, or anything similar to that. Instead it’s about award stickers. I recently received two stickers for two separate awards and thought I’d pontificate a bit about them. The two stickers that just arrived are for my DXCC Phone and WPX Mixed certificates. […]

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All Countries 15 Zone (AC15Z)

AC15Z Award

I just received my newest certificate, this time for the All Countries 15 Zone Award (AC15Z). The Polish Amateur Radio Union (PZK) is the sponsor of the award. Poland lies with the 15th CQ Zone, which is termed the “central European zone”. As the name implies, to earn the award one must make a number […]

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DX Century Club (DXCC)

DXCC Phone Award

Procrastination. when done well, is worth doing again and again. After years of working DX and having worked over 100 countries, I finally got around to applying for the DX Century Club award (DXCC)!  Then, I allowed the certificate to sit around for months or maybe more than a year. Just recently I got it […]

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Amateur Radio Award Acronyms

Acronyms

There is no shortage of acronyms in Amateur Radio. That applies to the sub-hobby of Amateur Radio Awards Hunting. Here is an incomplete list of acronyms you might come across when hunting for wallpaper. AJD – All Japan Districts DXCC – DX Century Club GCR – General Certification Rules JCC – Japanese Century-Cities JCG – […]

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Diploma America

Diploma America

I just got my second award from Grupo DX Cuba, this time the Diploma America. This award is earned by confirming Amateur Radio contacts with Hams in countries throughout North and South America. There are several classes of awards, making it easy to get started on this one as you work your way up. Diploma […]

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All Japan Districts (AJD)

AJD Award

The Japan Amateur Radio League sponsors the All Japan Districts (AJD) award. This was one of my earlier Amateur Radio awards and I think a pretty sharp looking one as well. Given the issue date I almost certainly made all of the required contacts from the University of Texas ARC station (W5EHM at the time, […]

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