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Final “Red Badges on the Air Day” is on New Year’s Eve!


The ARRL's Centennial QSO Party is coming to an end on December 31 at 2359 UTC. New Year’s Eve (UTC), will be your last chance to pick up some serious Centennial QSO Party points — before you start singing “Auld Lang Syne.” That’s when those high-value red ARRL identification badge bearers will be running or roaming the bands. ARRL officers, elected officials such as Director or Section Manager, as well as Headquarters staffers and volunteers, and other members of the ARRL family are expected to be on the air for this event.

Contacts with red badge wearers are worth as much as 300 points per contact for working ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN. Many of the 200 or so holders of red badges will be on the air on December 31, along with other ARRL appointees, VEs, and members. Maxim Society members are worth 50 points.


These events are considered activity days, not contests, and operation is permitted on all bands. Participants can call “CQ ARRL Centennial QSO Party” on phone or “CQ CENT” on CW or digital modes. While the focus is to encourage ARRL red badge holders to hand out Centennial QSO Party points, all activity is welcome, regardless of point value.

There’s more information here.





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