- Amateur radio operating award
An amateur radio operating award is earned by an
amateur radio operatorfor establishing two-way communication(or "working") with other amateur radio stations. Awards are sponsored by national amateur radiosocieties, radio enthusiast magazines, or amateur radio clubs, and aim to promote activity on the amateur radio bands. Each award has its own set of rules and fees. Some awards require the amateur radio operator to have contacted other stations in a certain number of countries, Maidenhead grid locators, or counties. Because amateur radio operators are fobidden by regulation to accept financial compensation for their on-air activity, award recipients generally only receive a certificate, wooden plaque, or a small trophy as recognition of their award.
Most amateur radio operating awards require that the applicant submit proof, such as
QSL cards, of the contacts which satisfy the requirements of the award.
There are thousands of operating awards available. The most popular awards are the
Worked All Statesaward and the Worked All Continentsaward, and the more challenging Worked All Zones, DX Century Club(DXCC) and VHF/UHF Century Club(VUCC) awards. DXCC is the most popular awards program, initially requiring amateurs to contact 100 of the ( as of 2007) 338 recognized countries and territories in the world. Other popular awards include contacting remote islands, US counties, and lighthouses. Many awards are available for contacting amateurs in a particular country, region or city.
pecial event stations
Many amateurs also enjoy setting up and contacting special event stations. Set up to commemorate special occurrences, they often issue distinctive QSLs or certificates. Some use unusual prefixes, such as the
call signs with "96" that amateurs in the US State of Georgia could use during the 1996Atlanta Olympics, [citeweb |accessdate=2007-01-10|url=http://www2.arrl.org/w1aw/1996-arlx010.html|title=ARRLWeb: W1AW Bulletin ARLX010 (1996)|publisher= American Radio Relay League] or the OO prefix used by Belgian amateurs in 2005 to commemorate their nation's 175th anniversary. [citeweb |accessdate=2007-01-10|url=http://www.hamradio.be/Callbook/SpecialCalls.htm|title=Special Calls|first=Paul|last=Nicolay] Some events are held annually such as Guides on the Airand Jamboree on the Air. Many amateurs decorate their radio "shacks" (the room where they keep their radios) with these certificates.
DX Century Club
VHF/UHF Century Club
Worked All Continents
Worked All States
Worked All Zones
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