ARRL

DXCC Blog

DXCC Program Blog

  • Dayton Hamvention 2014

    Card checking will be done at the Dayton Hamvention during all operating hours of the convention Friday, Saturday and Sunday May 16 - 18, 2014. We will be checking applications for all ARRL award programs. Please see the associated web site for the current forms, fees, rules etc at:


    DXCC (DX Century Club) www.arrl.org/dxcc

    WAS (Worked All States) www.arrl.org/was

    VUCC (VHF/UHF Century Club) www.arrl.org/vucc

    WAC (Worked All Continents) www.arrl.org/wac

     

    Be sure to complete all paperwork prior to attending as DXCC cannot do this for you. We will have forms available at the table if needed.


    Here are some important steps that will help make the card checking process run smoothly:

     

    Special LoTW Note: The old Hybrid application method was discontinued about 2 years ago. Applicants now do their paper and LoTW applications separately from each other. Upon completion, all updated totals will appear in your LoTW account. LoTW staff will be at Dayton to assist you at the booth with any questions you might have.

     

    For paper card applications use of the latest application form(s) and record sheet is required. You can get the latest forms directly from the web site at (see above).

    • Most important: Arrange your cards by band first, then mode within each band and cards with with multiple QSOs at the end. Do not list cards by callsign or by entity name. Once cards are sorted they must then be listed on the record sheet in this order. Complete ALL fields and be sure to note date as DAY/MONTH/YEAR (dd/mm/yyyy)
    • Review your last printout to help eliminate duplicates

    (Duplicates are chargeable when the 101 QSO limit is exceeded)

    • Do not include QSOs on the list you do not want (or need) credit for
    • Complete all paperwork BEFORE coming to Dayton
    • Print clearly

    (If DXCC staff cannot read it, errors may occur)

    • Review your entries for accuracy
    • 120 QSOs maximum per applicant
    • Use of record sheet from other programs is OK, but it MUST match the record sheet exactly from left to right, including the date field as (dd/mm/yy) (Forms not matching the proper format cannot be accepted)
    • Personal record sheets must not contain data not requested on the original (official) version sheet (eg: prefix, etc) (Leave out all data not requested on the  original forms)
    • Complete all areas on the application form and sign it. Clearly note any new awards (certificates) or endorsement(s) you will receive
    • See http://www.arrl.org/dxcc-awards-fees for complete text on fees (or see below)
    • If possible, bring the credit slip from your last submission with you
    • If you do not have forms, there will be blank applications available at the card checking booth. (Not having forms completed will cause delays for you)
    • Since DXCC is present, all card checking restrictions are waived. Cards can be checked for 160 meters.
    • You can also apply for Extra Class certificates
    • Applicants MUST claim cards at Dayton. DXCC will not take cards back to ARRL for processing.

     

    Application Fee Schedule for Dayton for ‘Paper Card’ submission:

     

    ARRL MEMBERS:

     

    • $16.00 up to 101 QSOs
    • $0.15 per QSO over 101 QSOs
    • Certificate(s) $12.00 each plus postage (Postage: $4.00 USA // $7.00 non-USA
    • Matrix: $2.00 USA // $5.00 non-USA
    • Convention fee: $7.00

     

    NON-ARRL MEMBER APPLICANTS (non-USA only):

     

    • $25.00 up to 101 QSOs
    • $0.15 per QSO over 101 QSOs
    • Certificate(s) $12.00 each plus postage (Postage: $7.00 non-USA)
    • Matrix: $5.00 non-USA
    • Convention fee: $7.00

     

    Application Fee Schedule for Dayton for ‘Online DXCC’ submission:

     

    ARRL MEMBERS:

     

    • $8.00 up to 101 QSOs
    • $0.08 per QSO over 101 QSOs
    • Certificate(s) $12.00 each plus postage (Postage: $4.00 USA // $7.00 non-USA
    • Matrix: $2.00 USA // $5.00 non-USA
    • Convention fee: $7.00

     

    NON-ARRL MEMBER APPLICANTS (non-USA only):

     

    • $15.00 up to 101 QSOs
    • $0.08 per QSO over 101 QSOs
    • Certificate(s) $12.00 each plus postage (Postage: $7.00 non-USA)
    • Matrix: $5.00 non-USA
    • Convention fee: $7.00

     

    NOTE: The $7.00 convention does NOT apply to WAS, VUCC and WAC

     

    WORKED ALL STATES (WAS) APPLICATION:

     

    $10.00 Per certificate

    $7.50   Per endorsement application

     

    VHF/UHF CENTURY CLUB (VUCC) APPLICATION:

     

    VUCC PAPER APPLICATION

     

    $5.00 USA

    $10.00 NON-USA

    $12.00 CERTIFICATE (USA)

    $15.00 CERTIFICATE (NON-USA)

    $1.00 ENDORSEMENT STICKER (USA)

    $2.00 ENDORSEMENT STICKER (NON-USA)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    VUCC LoTW APPLICATION

     

    $3.00 USA

    $6.00 NON-USA

    $12.00 CERTIFICATE (USA)

    $15.00 CERTIFICATE (NON-USA)

    $1.00 ENDORSEMENT STICKER (USA)

    $2.00 ENDORSEMENT STICKER (NON-USA)

    $0.15 PER QSO FEE

     

    WORKED ALL CONTINENTS (WAS) APPLICATIONS:

     

    $13.00 PER CERTIFICATE

    $7.50   PER ENDORSEMENT APPLICATION

     

     

    PLAQUE FEES (fee below includes shipping):

     

    Plaque                         USA (FedEx)    NON-USA (Registered Mail)

     

    DXCC Challenge         $97.00             $124.00

    #1 Honor Roll              $75.00             $105.00

    Honor Roll                   $60.00             $83.00

     5 Band DXCC             $60.00             $85.00

    WAS Triple Play          $55.00             $70.00

    5 Band WAS                $48.00             $78.00

     

    ADDITIONAL ITEMS                           USA                 NON-USA

     

    Challenge Pins/Medallion (each)       $10.50             $10.50    (1500/2000/2500 only)

    3000 Challenge Medallion (each)       $15.00             $15.00

    5 Band DXCC Endorsement plates    $10.50             $10.50  (each)

     

    All regular lapel pins are $7.50 (includes postage)

     

    Copies of the latest ARRL DXCC List publication will be available at the main ARRL booth for $5.95.

     

    Send questions to bmoore@arrl.org

     

    Remember, everything you do to follow these guidelines will expedite processing and allow DXCC to help all who come to have their applications checked.

  • Crimea and DXCC

    Upon request of the CEO, the ARRL Awards committee evaluated the situation at present in Crimea against the DXCC rules.  As the interpreter of the rules, the following is the Awards Committee’s decision on how to “count” QSOs with stations operating from Crimea.

     

    Crimea is not a DXCC entity. Neither Russia nor Ukraine is a rare entity and the vast majority of confirmations used for DXCC credit for either entity do not involve Crimea.

     

    DXCC Rule 4 reads:

    "4. Confirmation data for two-way communications must include the call signs of both stations, the entity name as shown in the DXCC List, mode, date, time and band. Except as permitted in Rule 1, cross-mode contacts are not permitted for DXCC credits. Confirmations not containing all required information may be rejected."

     

    A QSL with a call sign issued by the administration of Ukraine and showing the entity name as Ukraine counts as Ukraine.

     

    A QSL with a call sign issued by the administration of Russia and showing the entity name as Russia counts as Russia.

     

    A QSL that satisfies neither condition does not count for either entity.

     

    73 es DX!

  • DXCC Staffer Ann Figat Passes Away

    It is with great sadness that I report that former ARRL MVP Associate Ann Figat has passed away after a long bout with cancer. Ann was with DXCC since August of 1999 and Ann's time in service made her one of the few non-hams I know who knew more about DXCC and our awards than many. Ann was well-liked in the DXCC community as over the years I recevied many nice comments from hams about how well Ann conducted herself when assisting applicants through the process and answering questions.

    Ann will surely be missed by all of us.

    For those who knew Ann you can view her obituary at:

    http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Ann-Figat&lc=2487&pid=169421118&mid=5838139

     

  • IRC Information

    With thanks to Card Smith, N4AA from the recent QRZ.dx column:

    This is always a conversation that generates conversation, as well as CONFUSION. I am told that the "current IRC" expires December 31, 2013

    There is a "NEW" version already in circulation, but you need to know that these are not available everywhere.

    At least for Australia, as of NOVEMBER 1, their post offices will NO LONGER ACCEPT the "older" version. It seems they set that date to allow time to process them and get them back to their postal headquarters.

    It would seem that IRC's are eventually going to disappear, at least from many countries. I encourage you to find an alternative to using these things.

    Editors note:

    For those current looking for IRC's I recommend contacting some of the more popular QSL managers. Many often have a stock and sometimes offer them at reasonable prices.

    ARRL/DXCC does not maintain IRC's for sale.


     

  • End of year reminder

    This is a reminder to all DXCC program participants that the deadline for the 2013 calendar year ends on Tuesday December 31, 2013.

    In order to appear in the Annual Listing, published in the electronic version of the DXCC Yearbook, you must have your submission postmarked no later than December 31, 2013.

    Since the DXCC workload usually peaks around this time each year I recommend that applicants not wait until the last minute to get their submissions in. Besides being the heavy period for DXCC, keep in mind that it is also around the holidays so the post office can contribute to any delays in getting mail to DXCC.

    Also as a reminder that in order to appear in the Annual Listing this criteria must be met:

    • You must make at least one submission to DXCC during the 2013 calendar year
    • An award category must be active and the total for the award category must increase by, at least, one point. An award is active if there is an asterisk next to it in the listing or on your credit slip. (eg: If you had 332 on 20 meters on the 2012 DXCC Annual Listing and in 2013 that number did not change, even though the award is active since the total remained the same the 20 meter band will not appear in the Annual Listing.
    • If you are current on the DXCC Honor Roll, but you did not make a submission during the calendar year, only the active Honor Roll modes will be shown. (The Honor Roll modes are Mixed, Phone, CW and Digital only). As of 2013 the entry level Honor Roll number is 331. Remember that deleted entities do not count towards the Honor Roll so to be listed if you are on the Honor Roll, under the current column you must have a number from 331 to 340. (340 is considered Top of the Honor Roll). Being current on the DXCC Honor Roll only guarantees that the active Honor Roll mode(s) will be listed. Honor Roll status does not include listings for any band(s).

      Check your most recent credit slip. If you see an award category where you have 100 or more countries but there is no asterisk (*) you can activate them without the need for a submission by simply contacting DXCC and requesting the award(s). You will not be charged a submission fee but there are fees for the certificates. For USA the fee for certificate(s) is $12.00 for each certificate plus $2.00 for postage. (The $2.00 postage covers shipping for up to 3 certificates in one mailing). For non-USA the fee for each certificate is $12.00 plus postage. (The postage fee for non-USA mailing is $4.50 and this fee includes up to 3 certificates in one mailing). If you get this in by December 31, 2013 you will make the 2013 DXCC Annual Listing.

      You can contact DXCC by the folowing:

      E-mail:    bmoore@arrl.org
      Telephone: (860) 594-0234
      FAX: (860) 594-0356

      By Mail:

      ARRL/DXCC Branch
      ATTN: Bill Moore NC1L
      225 Main Street
      Newington CT 06111
      USA

    Just a reminder that the hard copy of the DXCC Yearbook has been discontinued and the DXCC Yearbook is now published, online, each year in the Digital version of QST in the month of August. Anyone wanting a hard copy can purchase this from DXCC for $8.00 USA and $12 for non-USA. (This fee includes postage).

    Send questions to DXCC at: bmoore@arrl.org

    Special reminder:

    For those making applications for the 2014 calendar year please remember that DXCC cannot beging processing 2014 applications until all of the applications for 2013 have been completed. This is due to the December 31 deadline each year. The bulk of DXCC applications are received in the last 2 months of the year causing a backup that can last well into late February or even early March. This is normal each and every year.

     

     

     

  • 2012 DXCC Yearbook

    The 2012 DXCC Yearbook is now available online to ARRL members worldwide via the August 2013 Digital QST. To access this publication visit the Digital QST page at:

    http://www.arrl.org/qst
    2012YB.jpg
    Look down to 'QST Digital Archives'

    Click Go Now on this link

    The various Digital QST covers will appear and the DXCC yearbook will always be in the August edition. When you open August 2013 QST on the cover is a yellow icon in the lower portion of the cover labeled "Includes the 2012 DXCC Yearbook". Click this to open the yearbook. You can read it directly online or print it out for future reference.

    Again, access to this is by ARRL Members, worldwide.

  • Diamond DXCC and Wrangel Island

     

    Wrangel Island and other Diamond notes

    Wrangel Island has not been activated.  RI0K is not Wrangel Island.  Only stations on IOTA AS-027 count for Wrangel Island.

    For all of the entities in the Diamond DXCC award, the idea is to work a station in the original place, like Zanzibar Island (5H1).  The description in the tables show that Zanzibar Island is now included in the DXCC entity of Tanzania, but that doesn't mean that you can claim a 5H3 for Zanzibar  -- you still must work a Zanzibar Island station.  We are cleaning up some of these to make it clearer and using IOTA reference numbers where possible -- Zanzibar is AF-032.

     

    Other places that have been confusing:  Balochistan -- there has been no activity from Balochistan Province, Pakistan.  AP stations outside Balochistan count for DDXCC entity India.

     

    HD9IWH/8 is good for Galapagos, and 9N1II, HV0E, and ZD9KN are pirates. 

     

    There is an online Standings list http://www.arrl.org/diamond-dxcc-standings now and an online form that will keep track of your award for you.  See https://p1k.arrl.org/diamond-dxcc/index.php .  Use the list of Active Stations to help you determine which of the tougher/more confusing entities you may have worked at http://www.arrl.org/active-stations

  • Ham Radio in Hollywood

    March 20, 2013

    In an episode to air in mid-March, the hit ABC comedy Last Man Standing -- starring Tim Allen as Mike Baxter, KA0XTT -- will prominently feature scenes with cast members using Amateur Radio. This episode will be the first episode to feature Amateur Radio since the middle of the show’s first season.

    For the show, the ARRL Awards Branch provided many of the certificates and plaques for the ham shack scenes

    According to Last Man Standing Producer John Amodeo, NN6JA, the episode called “The Fight” will feature several of the regular cast members talking on the radios. “I can’t say much about the episode right now,” Amodeo told the ARRL, “But this episode has the most significant use of Amateur Radio in a TV comedy since Herman Munster, W6XRL4, got his ham license.” Fans of 1960s television will remember the episode of The Munsters (originally aired January 21, 1965) when Herman, on his ham radio, overheard children using walkie-talkies who were pretending to be Martians.

    “In addition to the original KA0XTT station in Mike Baxter’s work office, viewers will get to see Mike’s ham shack in the basement of his home,” Amodeo explained. “A cast member will also be calling in from a portable HF radio while hiking along the Amazon.” The ARRL provided many of the awards -- including 5 Band DXCC, 5 Band Worked All States, 5 Band Worked All Continents and VUCC -- that are on Mike Baxter’s home shack wall. The episode, which was filmed February 12, will also feature Richard Karn. Fans of Allen’s former show Home Improvement will remember Karn as Al Borland.

    Last Man Standing is produced by 20th Century Fox for the ABC Television Network and airs on Friday nights at 8 PM Eastern and Pacific and 7 PM Central.

    Here are 2 links to check out with some pictures you might enjoy:

    http://www.arrl.org/news/em-ham-radio-in-hollywood-em-last-man-standing-to-feature-ham-radio-in-upcoming-episode

    http://www.arrl.org/news/em-ham-radio-in-hollywood-em-last-man-standing-to-feature-amateur-radio-storyline

  • Important Online DXCC Application Information

    Posted: 26-FEB-2013


    Important Information regarding Online DXCC:

    You may not be satisfied with your user experience if you interact with this website using Internet Explorer 8 or earlier. You should either upgrade to the current version of Internet Explorer; or if that is not possible you should try using an alternative, modern browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc.

    The latest version of Mozilla Firefox is located at:

     http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/


    The latest version of Chrome is located at:

    https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/


    The latest version of Safari is located at at:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1531


    The latest version of Internet Explorer is located at:

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/internet-explorer/download-ie  


    In addition, be sure that JavaScript is enabled in your browser.


    As with all programs be sure to read each step carefully before proceeding with installation.

    When configuring a browser other than your default you may be asked if you want to make this your permanent browser. If you select no, you can still proceed and your original browser will remain. If you select yes, the one you select may become your new browser. If you accidentally select yes, the next time you open your browser it should ask the same question and you can answer accordingly.

    After reading and setting things up according to the above instructions, if you still have questions contact DXCC at
    dxccadmin@arrl.org


  • Tom VU3TMO

     

    Tom, VU3TMO has just achieved his Diamond DXCC award at 14 years old. First licensed when he was 13 years old in December 2011 he is a 3rd generation ham operator in his family along with his parents Jose, VU2JOS and Lissy, VU3LMS, his brother Tony,  VU3TNI and grandfather K.V. Cheeku, VU2ACN!                VE3TMO.jpg

    Tom is a member of the National Institute of Amateur Radio (NIAR) and the Dayton Amateur Radio Association and he is reported to be one of the youngst hams in India and is at the 9th Standard in his local school.

    Congratulations to Tom on his achievement and we look forward to seeing him participating in other ARRL awards programs!

    73 es DX!

    Bill Moore NC!L
    ARRL Awards Branch Manager

  • DXCC Card Checking Rule Change

    This is to provide notice of an upcoming change in an administrative procedure contained in the DXCC Rules.

     

    Prior to its scheduled teleconference last week the Programs and Services Committee received a recommendation from MVP Manager Dave Patton, NN1N, for a change in the DXCC Rules to permit volunteer Card Checkers who have achieved DXCC on 160 meters to check 160 meter QSLs in the field, and all Card Checkers to check cards for Deleted Entities.

     

    Until now there has been a requirement that 160 meter cards be checked by Headquarters staff. The main issue has been that some cards for 18 MHz QSOs can be altered to show 1.8 MHz without the alteration being detected. Therefore, the time of the QSO becomes significant.

     

    Some cards for Deleted Entities date back to 1960 and before, and sometimes it is difficult in the field to determine what entity the card ought to count for. Deleted Entities do not count for the DXCC Challenge or for the Honor Roll but do count toward all-time totals.

     

    After discussion during the teleconference the PSC unanimously voted to authorize staff to amend the DXCC rules as proposed but with no change in how Card Checkers are appointed.

     

    Sec IV Rule 1) a) is the specific rule that will be changed:

    Old rule:

    1) Entities Eligible for Field Checking:

    a) All current entities dating back to November 15, 1945 can be checked. Cards for deleted entities and cards indicating 160 meters must be submitted to ARRL HQ.

    New rule:

     

    1)      Entities Eligible for Field Checking:

     

    a)      All  entities dating back to November 15, 1945 can be checked as follows: 

    i)                    Cards for deleted entities may be checked by all DXCC Card Checkers.

    ii)                   If the DXCC Card Checker cannot determine the entity of a QSL for a QSO with a deleted entity, the Card Checker may photograph both sides of the card and email those images to the DXCC desk for final entity determination.  The Card Checker must certify on the application that those images are made by him/her and are a true representation of the card.  HQ will assign the final entity name as determined, to the applicant’s DXCC.

    iii)                 Cards for 160 meters may be checked by DXCC Card Checkers who have themselves earned DXCC on 160 meters.  Those Card Checkers who do not have 160 meter DXCC, may not check cards for QSOs on 160 Meters.

    iv)                 All other bands (other than 160), modes, and all entities may be checked by  all DXCC Card Checkers.

     

     

    Benefits of these changes include:  Further improvement in member/customer service at headquarters; improvement in applicants’ experience with DXCC participation; improvement in QSO-validity review by allowing experienced DXers who are Card Checkers to review the 160 meter data; enhancement of the use and value of the new Online DXCC web tool.

     

     

  • Diamond DXCC Operational Changes

    As the Diamond DXCC continues to gain in popularity in the 2nd half of 2012, we realize that some administrative items need to be changed to streamline the process and allow for reporting of standings totals that fall between endorsement levels.

     

    Regarding the online form for tracking Diamond DXCC QSOs and making applications, we will now allow users to submit an application for any number of new entities – not just when one reaches the endorsement levels of 125, 150, 175, or 200.  Allowing users to update standings more often, without charge, will save HQ time and expense in processing and shipping single endorsement stickers.  This change will also allow users to report their true entity total (if you have 173 entities there is now a way to register that number to the standings list without having to wait until you worked number 175) that will appear online.

     

    Participants still must purchase the Diamond DXCC certificate with the first submission, but after that there will be no more charges for endorsements.  We will raise the price of the certificate $1 to help cover the endorsement costs.  At the end of the Diamond DXCC Award year, sometime in February, 2013, we will send endorsement stickers in one mailing to everyone who qualified for them.

     

    We encourage everyone to use the online form if they can.  Paper applications will also follow the new guidelines above. 

     

    Thanks for participating in the Diamond DXCC Award program!  The 2nd half of 2012 promises many more opportunities to log some rare DX in celebration of the 75th anniversary of DXCC – the world’s premier DX award.

  • Diamond DXCC Tools and Reports Now Available

     

    Additional Diamond DXCC Tools and Reports Now Available

     


    The Diamond DXCC Award, celebrating the 75th anniversary of DXCC, has proven to be popular around the world. Nearly 700 applications have been filed, with K3RA presently sitting atop the list with 200 of the 231 possible entities in the log. Some incredibly rare places have been on the air in 2012 so far, including Tibet and Socotra Island! 

    Recently ARRL has been able to add some additional tools and reports to the Diamond DXCC system. An online form has been added that is similar to the Online DXCC application. The Diamond DXCC application works the same way, except it is tailored to work for just the Diamond DXCC entities.  Once you have set up an account for the Diamond DXCC, you can enter your QSOs into the form and it will remember them. If you have already started and used the Diamond DXCC Scorecard – the Excel spreadsheet, you can simply upload that spreadsheet into the online form.

    The online form will keep count for you and will also allow you to make applications directly to ARRL HQ – no longer will you have to print out the spreadsheet or fill out paperwork! Additionally, HQ DXCC staff will be able to edit and change your online form data, so if you have 7O6T listed in Yemen, for example, staff can move that contact to the proper spot on the form: Socotra. When you come back to see your account you will be able to see the correction(s).

    Another fun feature that has been added to the Diamond DXCC is a listing of operators who qualified for the basic award and how many entities they have credited! This online Diamond DXCC Standings listing is similar to the daily standings that are produced for VUCC and DXCC. The standings are updated at approximately 0200Z each day. When you go to the Standings listing, simply open the PDF file titled “US Letter,” which is used to denote that the formatting matches the size of paper typically used in the USA.

    For more information, see the Diamond DXCC web pages. We have been adding new call signs to the list of Active Stations as they are reported and verified for some of the rarer entities. Please use these and the Entity List to help fill out your online form.

  • Malyj Vysotskij Island Deleted from DXCC List

    According to the Finnish Ministry of Transportation and Communication, the Saimaa Canal Treaty between Finland and Russia has been finalized by relevant Finnish and Russian authorities through ratification.

    The Treaty has entered into effect with a date of 17 February, 2012.

    Malyj Vysotskij Island (MVI), R1M,  is no longer included in the Treaty. Thus MVI will be deleted from the DXCC list as of 17 February, 2012, and added to the Deleted Entities List. 

     

    Administratively at HQ, we will not make the necessary changes to the DXCC system until after the final data processing for 2011 is complete – this includes the tables shown in Logbook of the World.

     

    DXCC members will see their current entity totals drop by one on their Mixed awards, and on the bands and modes where MVI credit is given.  They will also see their DXCC Challenge totals drop commensurately.

  • DXCC and Russian Prefix Information (rev.)

     


    The Russian call sign system was changed in mid-2010

    http://www.iaru-r1.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=648:new-russian-callsign-system&catid=41:hf&Itemid=93

     

    This entry is mainly to note the clarification that some call signs that were originally considered to be Asiatic Russia, (8 and 9 F, G, and X) are now to be considered European Russia.

     

    The following list of prefix information clarifies what calls are in DXCC entities European Russia, and Asiatic Russia, under the new Russian call sign system and do not apply to calls from before the change.  Yes, of course Franz Josef (RI1FJ) and Antarctic call signs (RI1AN) are not in European Russia.

     

    --

     

    For the purposes of the DXCC and WAC awards, the following Russian prefixes count as European Russia:

     

    Any call with the prefixes UA through UI and the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

     

    Any call with the prefix U and the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

     

    Any call with the prefixes RA through RZ and the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

     

    Any call with the prefix R and the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

    Exception: 

     

    Prefixes R, U, UA-UI, and RA-RZ, the number 2, and suffixes beginning with F or K, count as Kaliningrad.  Also, some legacy calls such as UA2CZ are in Kaliningrad.

    ***And from 1 December, 2011 forward, any QSO (with any date) with stations using the following prefixes, count for European Russia:***

    Any call  with the prefixes UA through UI, or the prefix U,  and the numbers 8, and 9, followed by a suffix beginning with the letters F, G, or X (Perm and Komi).

     

    Any call with the prefixes  RA through RZ, or the prefix R, and the numbers 8, and 9, followed by a suffix beginning with the letters F, G, or X (Perm and Komi).
     

     

    Since Russia joined CEPT, there are stations active with call signs that do not indicate DXCC entity, such as RA/N6TR who operated from Asiatic Russia, and RA/SM6LRR who operates from European Russia.  These types of portable call signs will be managed individually in the DXCC system.

     

  • DXCC RTTY award renamed Digital

    In accordance with Minute 29 of the July 2011 ARRL Board of Directors meeting, the DXCC award for RTTY is now changed to Digital.
     

    Digital will now replace RTTY on these certificates effective July 25, 2011.

    73 es DX!
     

  • KMØA FFMA award #4!!

    It is with pleasure that I announce that Mark Ammann, KMØA, of Florissant, MO has been awarded the ARRL Fred Fish Memorial Award #4. Mark submitted the final batch of QSLs to ARRL late last week, and the cards have been approved by myself and ARRL Awards Branch Manager Bill Moore, NC1L.

     

    Mark's last-needed grid, CM93, was provided courtesy of a Grid DXpedition put on by Barry, KS7DX and Dennis, K7BV just a few weeks ago. K7BV also provided Mark with two of his last-needed grids in early June: CN77 and CN78, during a Grid DXpedition to Washington.

     

    Also included in Mark's last submission was a QSL from Pat Rose, W5OZI, recipient of FFMA #2, during his 1991 Grid DXpedition to DL88. It seems fitting that one FFMA recipient should help another earn their FFMA.

     

    More information on the Fred Fish Memorial Award and a photo of Mark holding his last QSL at http://www.arrl.org/FFMA

     

     

    Please join me in congratulating Mark on his achievement.

     

    73,

     

    Sean Kutzko, KX9X

    Contest Branch Manager

  • LoTW Password Data

    Questions have been asked about other e-QSL services who are asking for their LoTW login and password.

    It is STRONGLY recommended that you do not give this information out.

    No other e-QSL services are acceptable for LoTW and, use of any QSL(s) from these services may result in disqualification of these QSLs from one's DXCC record.

    Passwords and logins are usually meant for your private and personal use and should NEVER be given out for the obvious implications.


  • DXCC Yearbook Questions

    Questions are being asked as to "Why am I not listed?"

     

    Remember, the yearbook is designed to be for the period noted (ie: 2009). It represents activity for the 2009 calendar year. This also includes the DXCC Annual List.

     

    In order to be listed (and to receive the free copy) you must have made a submission during the calendar year, and, have increased the totals for an active award by, at least, one point. (ARRL membership is also required for the free copy). If you had 275 on Mixed in the 2008 yearbook and ended 2009 at 275, this award category will not be listed. The only exception is a current Honor Roll category for Mixed, Phone, CW and/or RTTY).

     

    This has been part of the original design of the yearbook since the first edition in 1993. Future plans have been discussed towards expanding the list but no final decision can be made based on the current software design.

    73 es DX!

     

    Bill Moore NC1L
    ARRL Awards Manager

     

     

  • W5OZI FFMA award #2!!

    When you look at your DXCC Account Status on your LoTW userpage, you see that you can "Link Account."

     

    Linking your account is one of the most useful things you can do with LoTW -- IF you have a DXCC award already. The value of linking your DXCC account to your LoTW account is that you then allow LoTW to find new countries in your matched QSOs. It is one of the most powerful tools in LoTW at this time.

     

    Sometimes users submit a 'Link Request' in LoTW from their DXCC accounts only to have the request rejected, usually with a message noting that the system cannot find an existing DXCC record.

     

    LoTW can only link to an existing "computerized" DXCC account. But, if your last submission was prior to computerization (late 1990 or so) you can still submit a link request. DXCC staff always checks the paper files for possible old paper record(s). If we find that there is a DXCC issued before 1991, we type-in whatever credits are recorded on the old paper record(s), then complete the link request. "Computerizing" old DXCC records may take a few days depending on workload.

     

    Frequently, users who ask for a link request are actually attempting to "merge" two or more call signs. In this case linking is not the correct procedure, and, it won't work. Merging calls can only be done for calls that are "owned" by the same user, in the same DXCC entity. The typical use of a merge is after someone is issued a new call sign, and he/she wants to combine the new call sign(s) with the data contained in the account of the old call sign. Club calls cannot be merged with individual calls.

     

    If you do not have a DXCC award, please do not do a link request. As mentioned before, it will never work and it will be rejected. But, if you just want to merge callsigns you can do this yourself.

     

    To merge call signs, look for a link called "Modify Account." This is the link you want. The current account name will be in the upper portion and if there are other call signs to be merged they will be under this. Just highlight the call sign(s) you want to merge into your current account call sign then submit the modification. It could take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours depending on data being processed by LoTW, including log files. Note, you only need to do thins once. If it seems to be taking a while please do not try multiple attempts, only one is needed.

     

    If you have a DXCC and feel a rejected link request was in error, send an e-mail to dxccadmin@arrl.org. Before contacting DXCC please gather this information:

    (1) Award number and dates from your certificates; and

    (2) Any old callsigns you may have held.

     

    There are about 40,000 old paper records and it may take a little while to resolve, but having the above information ready will help expedite our search.

     

    73 es DX!

    Bill Moore, NC1L
    Awards Branch Manager
    ARRLL - The national association for Amateur Radio™
    225 Main Street
    Newington, CT 06111
    Telephone: (860) 594 0234
    Fax: (860) 594-0346
    email: dxccadmin@arrl.org
    DXCC Web Site: www.arrl.org/dxcc

  • K5UR Achieves FFMA #3 Worldwide!

    k5ur1.jpgIt is with great pleasure that I announce that ARRL First Vice President Rick Roderick, K5UR has achieved the #3 spot worldwide for the ARRL's Fred Fish Memorial Award.

    The "FFMA" is awarded to any Amateur that can confirm all 488 grid squares in the 48 contiguous United States on 6 Meters. Fred Fish, W5FF (SK) was the first Amateur to accomplish this feat. Rick is awarded FFMA #3; FFMA #1 was awarded posthumously to Fred Fish himself. Rick becomes only the third person, worldwide, to qualify for this prestigious award!

    Roderick worked his last-needed grid, FN57, thanks to Daniel Dunphy in New Brunswick, Canada. The QSL was received at ARRL HQ and approved by the ARRL Awards Branch just moments ago.

    More information on the Fred Fish Memorial Award can be found on the ARRL web site at http://www.arrl.org/ffma
     

    On behalf of everybody at ARRL Headquarters, congratulations, Rick!

    73,

    Sean Kutzko, KX9X
    Contest Branch Manager

  • LoTW/DXCC Helpful Hint: Linking accounts

    When you look at your DXCC Account Status on your LoTW userpage, you see that you can "Link Account."

     

    Linking your account is one of the most useful things you can do with LoTW -- IF you have a DXCC award already. The value of linking your DXCC account to your LoTW account is that you then allow LoTW to find new countries in your matched QSOs. It is one of the most powerful tools in LoTW at this time.

     

    Sometimes users submit a 'Link Request' in LoTW from their DXCC accounts only to have the request rejected, usually with a message noting that the system cannot find an existing DXCC record.

     

    LoTW can only link to an existing "computerized" DXCC account. But, if your last submission was prior to computerization (late 1990 or so) you can still submit a link request. DXCC staff always checks the paper files for possible old paper record(s). If we find that there is a DXCC issued before 1991, we type-in whatever credits are recorded on the old paper record(s), then complete the link request. "Computerizing" old DXCC records may take a few days depending on workload.

     

    Frequently, users who ask for a link request are actually attempting to "merge" two or more call signs. In this case linking is not the correct procedure, and, it won't work. Merging calls can only be done for calls that are "owned" by the same user, in the same DXCC entity. The typical use of a merge is after someone is issued a new call sign, and he/she wants to combine the new call sign(s) with the data contained in the account of the old call sign. Club calls cannot be merged with individual calls.

     

    If you do not have a DXCC award, please do not do a link request. As mentioned before, it will never work and it will be rejected. But, if you just want to merge callsigns you can do this yourself.

     

    To merge call signs, look for a link called "Modify Account." This is the link you want. The current account name will be in the upper portion and if there are other call signs to be merged they will be under this. Just highlight the call sign(s) you want to merge into your current account call sign then submit the modification. It could take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours depending on data being processed by LoTW, including log files. Note, you only need to do thins once. If it seems to be taking a while please do not try multiple attempts, only one is needed.

     

    If you have a DXCC and feel a rejected link request was in error, send an e-mail to dxccadmin@arrl.org. Before contacting DXCC please gather this information:

    (1) Award number and dates from your certificates; and

    (2) Any old callsigns you may have held.

     

    There are about 40,000 old paper records and it may take a little while to resolve, but having the above information ready will help expedite our search.