The ARRL Centennial QSO Party is a year-long operating event that celebrates hams making contacts. In the end you will have accumulated points, worked new stations and made new friends all over the world. W1AW will be on the air from every state and most territories, and it will be easy to work WAS working only W1AW portable operations. This is the first ARRL-sponsored operating event where every member is worth at least one point, so work as many points as you can during 2014! Earn awards based upon points, working all states or working W1AW portable in every state and territory. This is an on-the-air event like no other.
Table of Contents
|1. Operating Period||7. Centennial Points Challenge|
|2. Participation||8. QSLs|
|3. Bands & Modes||9. Questions?|
|4. QSO Information Exchange||10. Centennial QSO Points Table|
|5. Scoring||11. W1AW Portable Operations|
(0000Z, 1 January, 2014 - 2359Z, 31 December, 2014) W1AW will operate portable from each state and most territories throughout the year. Each state will be activated twice so that if you miss one operation, you can pick-up the next. W1AW schedule coming soon.
To count for points, all QSOs must be two-way (no cross-band or cross-mode), using CW, Phone (FM, SSB, AM, digital voice), and Digital (any digital mode, i.e. PSK31, RTTY). You may not work someone on three modes on the same frequency. QSOs must be made within the following bands (some bands show suggested frequencies for modes that are not allowed in the USA):
|160||1.800 – 1.843||1.843 – 1.900||1.800 - 1.843|
|80||3.500 – 3.600||3.600 – 4.000||3.525 – 3.600|
|40||7.000 – 7.125||7.040 – 7.300||7.025 – 7.100|
|30||10.100 – 10.150||10.110 – 10.150|
|20||14.000 – 14.150||14.110 – 14.350||14.025 – 14.150|
|17||18.068 – 18.110||18.110 – 18.168||18.090 – 18.110|
|15||21.000 – 21.200||21.110 – 21.450||21.025 – 21.200|
|12||24.890 - 24.930||24.930 – 24.990||24.900 – 24.930|
|10||28.000 – 28.300||28.200 – 29.700||28.025 – 28.200|
|6||50.000 – 50.125||50.100 – 50.500||Use normally accepted frequencies|
|2||144.010 – 144.200||144.100 – 148.000||Use normally accepted frequencies|
|1.25||222.000 – 225.000||222.000 – 225.000||222.000 – 225.000|
|70cm||420.000 – 450.000||420.000 – 450.000||420.000 – 450.000|
|903 MHz & higher||One QSO per band, per eligible station is allowed regardless of mode|
|Satellites||One QSO on any satellite per eligible station, regardless of mode, is allowed.|
Many stations will try to keep their QSOs short and at a minimum the exchange is signal report and ARRL abbreviation (See Centennial QSO Points Table). QSOs do not have to be contest style and it isn’t necessary to give the ARRL organizational information. There is a Centennial database that will be used to assign point values to logs submitted electronically. For those who do not use electronic submission, they will need to obtain the QSO information from their contacts. This event is not a contest, so feel free to make contacts in any way you like. If you are the station looking for QSOs, try to operate with the same style as the station you contact.
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The Centennial QSO Party is scored by totaling the values of all the eligible QSOs completed. Eligible QSOs may be made with the same station on each band mode -- i.e., N6VI may be worked for points on 20 Meters CW, 20 meters SSB, and 20 Meters digital, and the same on bands where multiple modes are used. Essentially each different station may be worked on each of the mode groups on each band with the exception of 903 MHz and higher, and the satellites. There are no multipliers or bonus points. See the Centennial QSO Points Table for the complete list of QSO values. Logs submitted through the Logbook of the World will be scored automatically.
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- Worked all States with W1AW: Work each of the 50 states with QSOs with W1AW operating portable. W1AW/7 in Arizona counts for Arizona; W1AW/2 in New Jersey counts for New Jersey, etc. W1AW or W100AW in Connecticut do NOT count for Connecticut. Connecticut credit is given only for working W1AW/1 in Connecticut. A W1AW WAS certificate and plaque are available for in the US and outside the US (Pricing coming soon).
- For an extra challenge, work each of the 100 W1AW portable operations – essentially a double WAS with W1AW!
- Endorse the W1AW WAS Certificate with the Territorial Stickers for working W1AW/KH2, W1AW/KP4, W1AW/KP2, and any others that may be active, and also endorse with W1AW/3 from the District of Columbia. Stickers are $1 each
In order to compete in the Centennial Points Challenge, logs must be submitted through Logbook of the World (LoTW). Logs do not need to be changed from the normal Cabrillo (contest logs) or ADIF (general logging file) files. The system will automatically look for points-qualifying QSOs from submitted logs and apply them to each participant’s Centennial QSO Points table. QSOs do not have to be matched in LoTW for points to be achieved – this is an honor-based QSO Party. We cannot accept any paper forms or information for the Centennial Points Challenge.
- Club call signs do not count for points.
- Repeater contacts are not valid for credit.
- Mobile and portable operations are OK, but do not count for points in addition to home operation unless the operation takes place from another DXCC entity ; i.e., one QSO with KØGW counts for KØGW, whether it is made with KØGW/4, or KØGW/m. PJ4/KØGW counts for points separately as this operation was from the DXCC entity of Bonaire.
- Stations outside of the USA may also count for points – there are over 10,000 members outside the USA! Some members outside USA are also VEs and Card Checkers.
- ARRL appointees/staff/officers should choose for their QSO exchange the appointment or office held that is the highest point value (this is how the database will work also). E.g. KI9XX is an ARRL Life Member (LM is worth 2 points), a Volunteer Examiner (VE is worth 5 points) and a State Government Liaison (SGL is worth 30 points), therefore if he wants to send the appointment information as part of a QSO he should use SGL as that is the highest point value. Regardless of what designation is chosen for use, the database at HQ will give credit for the proper point value.
The Top Scorer from each ARRL Section, Canadian Province and DXCC entity will receive a First Place certificate. The Top five overall point scorers will receive awards.
- Centennial QSO Party certificates are available for making QSOs with point-level achievements at four levels. These certificates are endorsable every 500 points. Plaques are available for Third and Top Levels. Point breaks for each level will be determined at a later date.
- xxxx points = First Level Award Certificate
- xxxx points = Second Level Award Certificate
- xxxx points = Third Level Award Certificate
- xxxx points = Top Level Award Certificate
- Awards are offered for completing QSOs and compiling points during the Centennial QSO Party. Awards applications may be made online or by completing paper forms and submitting them to ARRL HQ. USA certificate prices:
- Each award certificate costs $15.00 (including postage) in the U.S.A
- Two certificates ordered at the same time costs $27 (including postage)
- Three certificates ordered at the same time costs $39 (including postage)
- Four certificates ordered at the same time costs $51 (including postage)
- Outside the USA certificate prices:
- One certificate costs $20.00 (including postage) outside the USA
- Two certificates ordered at the same time cost $36.00 (including postage)
- Three certificates ordered at the same time costs $52.00 (including postage)
- Four certificates ordered at the same time costs $68.00 (including postage).
QSL cards from W1AW and W1AW operating portable will be sent automatically via the QSL Bureau system to each U.S.A. station who signs-up online to receive such cards [this form is not ready yet -- please watch for an announcement]. This is a one-time only use of the QSL Bureau for this purpose. QSLs will automatically be sent to stations outside the U.S.A. via the QSL Bureau as normal. QSLs may be requested directly also, with an SASE required for return.
Stay tuned for forms, checklists and an FAQ.
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Note: These appointments are for current appointees, unless otherwise noted. Eg: Assistant Director (AD) is only for the current Assistant Directors. Past office-holders and appointees are only eligible if the title listed includes the word "Past" such as "Past Section Manager (PSM)."
|Abbreviation||Full Position/Title Name||Point value|
|HVP||Honorary Vice President||250|
|VP||ARRL Vice President||250|
|PVP||Past Vice President||225|
|OFF||Staff Officer, Treasurer, Counsel||150|
|PV||Past Vice Director||125|
|ARRL||W100AW ARRL HQ Station||100|
|CLM||ARRL Charter Life Member||100|
|PSM||Past Section Manager||100|
|DM||ARRL HQ Department Manager||75|
|HQ||ARRL HQ Staff Member/Volunteer||50|
|MAX||Maxim Society Member||50|
|AC||CAC/DXAC/ECAC Advisory Members||40|
|ASM||Assistant Section Manager||35|
|ACC||Affiliated Club Coordinator||30|
|DEC||District Emergency Coordinator||30|
|OOC||Official Observer Coordinator||30|
|PIC||Public Information Coordinator||30|
|SEC||Section Emergency Coordinator||30|
|SGL||State Government Liaison||30|
|STM||Section Traffic Manager||30|
|LAB||W1INF Lab Museum Operations||25|
|CM||Contest Managers/Log Checkers||20|
|QSM||Incoming QSL Bureau Manager||20|
|LC||W1HQ HQ Ops||15|
|VCE||Volunteer Consulting Engineer||15|
|ADEC||Assistant District Emergency Coordinator||12|
|ANM||Area Net Manager||12|
|ASEC||Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator||12|
|LGL||Local Government Liaison||12|
|OBS||Official Bulletin Station||12|
|OES||Offical Emergency Station||12|
|ORS||Official Relay Station||12|
|PIO||Public Information Officer||12|
|RNM||Region Net Manager||12|
|State Abbrev||W1AW/x around the USA||5|
|MS||Monitoring System Volunteer||3|
|QSL||Incoming QSL Bureau Sorters||3|
|LM||ARRL Life Member||2|
|AFF||ARRL Affiliated Club Call Sign||1|