Category: Awards

Worked All New Caledonia Award (WANKA)

WANKA award

Here’s another FT8 Digital Mode Club (FT8DMC) award that does not require too many contacts to acquire. The Worked All New Caledonia Award (WANKA) requires only two FT8 contacts with Amateur Radio operators on the island territory of New Caledonia. There is only one class of the award. The WANKA award is presented in digital […]

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Worked Canadian Stations Award (WCASA)

WCASA award

The Worked Canadian Stations Award (WCASA) is a fairly easy to get started award which requires a minimum of 10 FT8 contacts with stations in Canada. The award comes in three classes, differing by the number of stations required: Award Class Contacts I 50 II 25 III 10 Conveniently, if you apply for the class […]

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Certificato Del Mediterraneo

Certificato Del Mediterraneo

During the the time of the Roman Empire the Mediterranean Sea was sometimes known as the Roman Sea. The Romans themselves referred to it as Mare Nostrum (“Our Sea”). It’s fitting that Italy, whose capital is Rome, should provide an Amateur Radio award promoting contacts with modern countries that now line its shores. For this […]

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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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