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Applying for 5B WAS

5 Band WAS Application Instructions

You must qualify for 5B WAS with 50 states on each of the 5 primary bands of 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters.

  • Sign on to the LoTW site then select "Awards"
  • Click "Select WAS Award Account"
  • Click "Application" to start the application process
  • For 5 Band WAS ONLY Select each of the 5 primary bands as endorsements only*
  • If you would also like the 5 primary single-band certificates make these selections as award-certificates
  • Click "Continue"
  • Part 2: Check the "Endorsement" button
  • (If applicable) Complete the paper portion by noting the callsigns in the box(es) next to each of the state names corresponding to the proper band(s) & note if you are sending cards to ARRL HQ or an HF Awards Manager
  • Click "Continue"
  • Part 3: Complete the personal information LoTW needs for your application
  • Click "Continue"
  • Part 4:¬†Place note in the comment box: "This application is only for 5 Band WAS," if you would like to purchase the (optional) wall plaque and lapel pin, and any additional comments.

    To order the 5B WAS wall plaque and/or lapel pin, click > HERE <

Very Important Information: After completing the above, when you click the Submit Application button another screen will appear. On this screen is a link called Print Field Check List. It is extremely important that you click this and print the form(s) out and match them up with the remaining states. Do not use any of the old paper forms as this will not work with a hybrid application. In most or all cases if this item is not done it may cause the return of an application as this is the ONLY way WAS staff can tell exactly what LoTW is reporting back as to what is needed to complete the application.

  • *Special Note: Some of you may already have the awards/endorsements noted above to check. You can apply by actually selecting ANY award or endorsement for which you qualify with 50 states. Just be sure when doing your LoTW application on the last screen, in the "Comment" box, you note your request for the 5Band WAS and any plaque and/or pins you might want.

    An alternative method, if you have all of the above, is to send an e-mail to with your 5B WAS request and direct WAS staff of payment and your award will be processed properly.

    Free awards apply only to level 4 or higher in the ARRL Diamond Club or Maxim Society.

    Payments by mail/fax must be received at the WAS desk within 30 days. If payment is not received within 30 days your application may expire and be rejected.
  • Click Continue, this will complete your application and submit it to LoTW.
  • Print the Field Checked List and send with your paper cards to the ARRL or the HF Awards Manager.

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