Centennial QSO Party

What is the Centennial QSO Party?

 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.

The Centennial QSO Party is made-up of two main activities: (1) W1AW operating portable in each state and most territories; and (2) The Centennial Points Challenge which is the accumulation of points from qualifying contacts made throughout 2014.  To have a score listed online in the Points Challenge competition, logs must be submitted through the  Logbook of the World (LoTW) system. 

The Centennial QSO Party Leader Boards are available and sortable -- you can see how many times you appear in the logs of W1AW portable stations, W1ØØAW (and the W1ØØAW/portables), and you can also see how many points you have accumulated!  These numbers are prepared automatically if you have submitted your logs to LoTW.  Simply log into the Centennial QSO Party Leader Board page with your LoTW username and password and you will be shown your call's point totals at the top of each box.  The total points shown, in the left column, represents the points accumulated based upon your log -- these QSOs do not need to be confirmed to count.  The right-side column numbers, with the W1AW chase scores come from the W1AW logs themselves -- so these QSOs with W1AW may not always appear in your QSO Points Challenge data.  If you are not in the W1AW portable log, you will ot get credit in the right column.  If you would like to check on a QSO, please send the QSO data to

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.

Can you work the W1AW portable operations during each state's second operation?  Yes!  You may work each week's W1AW operation for points for the QSO Points Challenge. 

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
6. Awards

12. Keep Track of Your W1AW QSOs in 2014 (PDF)

      Keep Track of Your W1AW QSOs in 2014 (MS Word)


Operating Period

(0000Z, 1 January, 2014 - 2359Z, 31 December, 2014) W1AW will operate portable from each state and many territories throughout the year. Each state will be activated twice so that if you miss one operation, you can pick-up the next. 


Everyone may participate. Only ARRL members and appointees/elected officials/staff/W1AW are worth points. See the QSO Points Table for a complete list of QSO values.

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Bands & Modes

To count for points, all QSOs must be two-way (no cross-band or cross-mode), using any of the modes CW, Phone (FM, SSB, AM, digital voice), or Digital (any digital mode, i.e. PSK31, RTTY). You are encouraged to work stations on each mode, but 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 -- stations outside the USA may use these frequencies if they desire for the QSO Party):

Meters CW Phone Digital
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.

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QSO Information Exchange

Many stations will try to keep their QSOs short and at a minimum the exchange is signal report -- the ARRL abbreviation is optional (See Centennial QSO Points Table). QSOs do not have to be contest style and it isn’t necessary to exchange 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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All awards may be obtained by anyone who qualifies.  There will be application forms that may be printed-out, filled-in and mailed to HQ, and there will be online application forms. The applications will NOT be found in LoTW but instead will be available on these pages.

  • 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.  W1ØØAW in Connecticut does NOT count for Connecticut. Connecticut credit is given only for working W1AW/1 in Connecticut.  A W1AW WAS certificate and a plaque will be available (pricing coming soon).
  • Endorse the W1AW WAS Certificate with the Territorial Stickers for working W1AW/KG4, W1AW/KH2, W1AW/KH8, W1AW/KHØ, W1AW/KP4, W1AW/KP2, and also endorse with W1AW/3 from the District of Columbia.  Stickers are $1 each.
  • See the next section for the awards available for the Centennial Points Challenge.

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Centennial Points Challenge

The Centennial Points Challenge is the accumulation of points from qualifying QSOs made throughout 2014.  Anyone may apply for the Points Awards but if logs do not go through LoTW, scores will not be published.

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.


The Centennial QSO Points Challenge 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 and will also be entered into the Centennial Points Challenge with online scores posted.  You may still apply for Points Challenge Awards if you do not use LoTW, but your scores will not be published.  Application forms will be available online and for print.

  • 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.  Portable operations from other DXCC entities will need to be manually entered into the Centennial QSO Party database, so if you find one that should count, and it is not listed, please write and supply that call to
  • 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.  An individual call sign is only worth the highest point value position/appointment -- If someone is an ARRL Volunteer Examiner (5 points), an Emergency Coordinator (12 points) and a Volunteer Counsel (15 points), that person's QSOs are worth 15 points -- the positional values do not add together.

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. There may be additional awards in these areas if activity warrants.

NOTE in January, 2015, we will recalculate all of the scores to come up with final scores.  Recalculating will allow points to be earned for QSOs made with stations that weren't yet in the database when the logs went into LoTW.

  • Centennial QSO Party certificates are available for making QSOs with point-level achievements at four levels.   Your final point total will be printed on the certificate.  We may be able to offer endorsement stickers for higher point levels: 25,000, 50,000, 75,000 and 100,000.  These awards may be applied for online or via a paper application.
    • 1,000 points = First Level Award Certificate
    • 3,000 points = Second Level Award Certificate
    • 7,500 points = Third Level Award Certificate
    • 15,000 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).

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QSL cards from W1ØØAW 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.  Please use this form to sign-up.  This is a one-time only use of the QSL Bureau for this purpose. Please ensure that if you sign-up to receive Bureau cards that you have an active, fully-funded account at your Bureau.  Cards will not be held.  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.

NEW NEW -- Some operators have realized that because of the terrific activity levels we may be sending upwards of _1000_ QSLs just for W1AW operations to a single station.  So, realizing that, we have decided that the goal of QSLing via traditional means, is to make sure everyone can have one card from each week's operations.  This policy will limit the number of QSLs from W1AW portable operations to about 107 cards.  Not every QSO will be confirmed on the traditional paper QSLs.  The paper QSLs also will not be able to confirm counties or grid squares.  All counties and grid squares will be confirmed in Logbook of the World.

Paper QSLs may be sent to:

225 Main St.
Newington, CT 06111 

QSLing will take us a few months, so because you will work many of the W1AW stations you may want to hold-off on sending QSLs.  If you want to send cards direct, you may include 5 cards and an SASE in one envelope for one unit of postage in the U.S.

Please indicate on the outside of the envelope which portable operation you are QSL'ing. (Example: "ATTN-W1AW/6 - California.") If you are QSL'ing several portable operations in a single envelope, write "W1AW portable operations - multiple."


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Q  Do I have to use LoTW to get the awards?  A  No.  All the awards may be obtained without using LoTW.  But, you must use LoTW to _compete_ in the Centennial Points Challenge.  The W1AW WAS application will be outside LoTW.

Q  Should I use a special CQ call to signify that I want Centennial QSOs?  A  On phone "CQ Centennial" is appropriate.  On CW or digital modes "CQ CENT" is the easiest option.  Really though, it is probably best to just call CQ and work all callers anyway and just operate as normal.  Because all ARRL members are worth at least one point there will always be points to add.

Q  Do I have to receive someone's ARRL Position or abbreviation in order to get point credit?  A  No.  If you use LoTW the point value will be determined automatically.  If you don't use LoTW, you may use a web query (that will be installed soon) that will tell you the point value of a call sign.

Q  Who do I write if I think my call's point value is incorrect?  A  Write

Q  I hold multiple appointments -- do all the point values add-up?  No.  Each call is worth a single point value and that value will be of the highest value position.

Q  If I am a guest op at a station using a call other than mine, does the other station receive my call's point value, or the point value of the call I am using?  A  The call sign in the log is the one that gets valued for points, so the call you are using is the one that has the points.

Q  Can I work DX stations?  A  Absolutely.  Many people who live outside the USA are members of ARRL (more than 10,000).  Many DX stations will be actively chasing ARRL members and W1AW as well as participating in the Points Challenge.

Q  How do I know when all the W1AW operations from all the states and territories will occur?  I want to make sure I work each W1AW operation.  A  There is a schedule by week showing W1AW portable operations and it is #11 in the Table of Contents listed above.  Remember, W1AW portable operations are worth 5 points for each QSO and you can work them on all bands and modes -- you are not limited to one QSO. Additionally, you may work each state's 2nd operation again on all the band modes for Challenge points.

When will the awards applications be ready?  A  We apologize for being a bit behind in awards design, but rest assured that we want to do this right and create awards that you will appreciate for the rest of your Ham Radio life.

Q  I have a call or calls from other DXCC entities -- may those calls be registered for points in the Centennial QSO Party?  A  Yes, please write and list the other call(s) that you will use in 2014 -- the call(s) must be issued to you.  If you will not use the call in 2014, please do not write.

Q  May I work an operation on the same band and mode more than once for points?  A  No.  Band/mode dupes for the same station operating during the same week will not count for points and are discouraged.  You may work W1AW/2 in the 1st week NJ operation on 20 RTTY, and 20 PSK31 however, but only one will be worth points for the digital point QSO. 

Q  May I work the 2nd weekly operation for a state or territory for points?  A  Yes, absolutely.  You may work the 2nd weekly operation for each place on all the different band/modes for QSO Points Challenge points and for W1AW WAS.  The reasons to do this include the likelihood that you are working different counties and grid squares from the first week's operations, and the ops running from W1AW portable want to work everyone too.

Do you have questions not answered above? Contact Us

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Centennial QSO Party Points Table

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
PRES ARRL President 300
PE President Emeritus 275
PP Past President 275
HVP Honorary Vice President 250
VP ARRL Vice President 250
DE Director Emeritus 225
DIR Director 225
PVP Past Vice President 225
VD Vice Director 200
SM Section Manager 175
OFF Staff Officer, Treasurer, Counsel 150
PD Past Director 150
PV Past Vice Director 125
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
AD Assistant Director 40
ARDF Direction Finding Coordinator 35
ASM Assistant Section Manager 35
EMC Electromagnetic Compatibility Committee 35
LOTW Logbook of the World Committee 35
PRC Public Relations Committee 35
RF RF Safety Committee 35
YC Youth Committee 35
ACC Affiliated Club Coordinator 30
DEC District Emergency Coordinator 30
NCJ NCJ Editor 30
OOC Official Observer Coordinator 30
PIC Public Information Coordinator 30
QST QST Columnist 30


Section Emergency Coordinator 30
SGL State Government Liaison 30
STM Section Traffic Manager 30
SYC Section Youth Coordinator 30
TC Technical Coordinator 30
LAB W1INF Lab Museum Operations 25
LC W1HQ HQ Operations 25
CM Contest Managers/Log Checkers 20
QSM Incoming QSL Bureau Manager 20
VC Volunteer Counsel 15
VCE Volunteer Consulting Engineer 15
ADC Area Digital Coordinators 12
ADEC Assistant District Emergency Coordinator 12
ANM Area Net Manager 12
ASEC Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator 12
EC Emergency Coordinator 12
LGL Local Government Liaison 12
OBS Official Bulletin Station 12
OES Offical Emergency Station 12
OO Official Observer 12
ORS Official Relay Station 12
PIO Public Information Officer 12
RNM Region Net Manager 12
TCC Transcontinental Corps Directors 12
TS Technical Specialist 12
TA Technical Advisor 10
NM Net Manager 7
AM Awards Manager 5
CC Card Checker 5
RCE Regional Centennial W1ØØAW/portable 5
INST Registered Instructor 5
State Abbrev W1AW/x around the USA 5
VE Volunteer Examiner 5
MS Monitoring System Volunteer 3
QSL Incoming QSL Bureau Sorters 3
LM ARRL Life Member 2
AFF ARRL Affiliated Club Call Sign 1
MEM ARRL Member 1

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