Diplom S6S

The well known Worked All Continents (WAC) is a popular award that represents an easy entry into the pastime of Amateur Radio awards hunting. But the International Amateur Radio Union’s (IARU) version is not the only game in town.

S6S with four band stickers

Like the popular Worked All Continents award, the Czech Radio Club’s S6S synonym award does not require a contact with Antarctica, which makes the certificate a bit easier to obtain. Unlike the WAC certificate, the S6S version does show the lost continent on the world map. So there’s that.

There are several versions of the award for different modes:

  • Mixed
  • CW
  • Phone
  • RTTY
  • SSTV

And there are endorsements for the main HF bands (80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters). A feature I like about the S6S certificate is single band endorsement spaces right on the certificate. With some other awards endorsement stickers can look out of place and a bit messy. The stickers here each have a proper place with spacing guides to keep everything orderly and neat. Very nice.

As of 2019, the fee for the award is $8.00 with endorsements going for $2.00. QSL cards may be sent but need not be when “the national Amateur Radio Society has confirmed possession of the listed QSLs by the applicant” as stated on their website. That confused me a bit until I checked with Milos, OK1MP (his signature graces my certificate) and he confirmed that a letter conforming to GCR standards would suffice in lieu of actual QSL cards. That means getting two other Hams to sign your application once they’ve seen your QSLs.

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