Worked All States Award
The Worked All States (WAS) Award was first introduced in January 1936 QST at the time for working and confirming all of the 48 states of the USA in play at that time. Since then, several rule changes have occurred including the addition of Alaska and Hawaii making today's award available for all 50 states. Click here to view a reprint of the original announcement and here to view the first list of Charter Members of WAS as published in April 1936 QST.
The Worked All States (WAS) award (certificate) is earned by confirming QSOs with all 50 U.S States. Confirmations can be submitted on paper cards, electronically via Logbook of the World or a combination of both (Hybrid Application). The cost of this award is $10 per award certificate or $15 for the certificate and WAS pin. ARRL membership is required for all amateurs in the USA and possessions. For amateurs outside of the USA ARRL membership is not required. For non-USA amateurs please see the General Certification Rules (GCR) for application card checking in your country.
- View the complete rules for earning the Worked All States award.
Along with the Basic WAS Certificate, there are endorsements for any combination of bands and/or modes, (excluding 60 Meters or 5 MHz). Specialty certificates are available for a variety of different bands and modes such as Satellite, 160-meters, SSTV, Digital, Phone and each band. Except for Phone and the generic Digital award, all other certificates will be both dated and numbered. Endorsements cost $7.50 and include CW, Novice, QRP, EME and any single bands.If multiple endorsements are all done on the same application only a one-time $7.50 fee applies. Applicants can complete just one application form and note multiple awards and/or endorsements while attaching multiple record sheets to account for each award or andorsement noted on the application form. While endorsement categories are $7.50 applicants can choose to have an endorsement category registered as an award instead of endorsement. In this case award certificates are $10 each rather than the $7.50 noted.
Cards can be checked by an approved ARRL HF Awards Manager or DXCC Card Checker . In the event you cannot find a card checker close to you the application and QSL cards can then be sent to ARRL HQ in Newington. Keep in mind that while a card checker may not be close to you, mailing cards to a local HF Awards Manager or DXCC Card Checker may still work out better for you. This will get your cards back to you quicker while your paperwork awaits the current turnaround time for application processing.
Special Note: In the event an HF Awards Manager is not close to you, applications for the Worked All States Program (WAS) can be checked by approved ARRL DXCC Card Checkers. If you cannot locate a local WAS checker to assist you, check to see if a DXCC Card Checker is available near you. If you find one close to you contact them for an appointment.
Normally, lapel pins can be ordered by checking the box on the paper application. However, there is no check box for the pin on LoTW applications. If you submit an application via LoTW and you would like the pin, after printing the 'field check list' to send along with your cards, on the lower portion of this form please note, in RED, that you would like to add the lapel pin to your order and also note your authorization for WAS to add the $5.00 for the pin to the credit card you noted for payment. Also, on the last screen of the LoTW application process there is a comment box. You can note here that you would like the pin and authorize WAS to add an additional $5.00 to the fee noted in LoTW. If you are sending a check for payment instead of a credit card, be sure to add an additional $5.00 to your check for the pin. (Since LoTW is not set up for adding pins to the award you must do it manually and the method above is the quickest way to do it all in one shot.).
To encourage on air activity and station improvements across the bands, the 5-Band WAS Certificate, is available for working all States on the 5 primary amateur bands, first. Applications for the initial 5 Band WAS must contain 50 states on each of the five bands of 10, 15, 20, 40 and 80 Meters. After achieving the initial 5 Band WAS, it can be endorsed on the remaining amateur bands with 50 states required for each endorsement band. Cards for 5-Band WAS can be checked by your local HF Awards Manager, DXCC Card Checker or at ARRL HQ. The cost for the 5-Band certificate is $10.00. A separate lapel pin is available for this award fro $5.00. When doing LoTW application there is a LoTW QSO fee which is assessed but only when using LoTW. A per-QSO fee is not assessed for paper-only applications.
Upon qualification, a distinctive wall plaque is available for 5 Band WAS. The cost of the plaque is $39.00. Shipping and handling by a traceable method is available for $10.00 USA and $34.00 for all non-USA. A 5-Band WAS lapel pin is also available for $5.00. The order form for the plaque and pin can be found here. Applicants can forward it by regular mail, FAX or even by e-mail.
If applicants cannot find a local card checker and opt to send their cards and application to ARRL HQ, please send to the address below. Also, a traceable method of mailing is strongly urged, at least when sending cards to ARRL HQ (or, any card checker):
c/o ARRL HQ
225 Main Street
Newington, CT 06111
A new FAQ for the WAS program is started and can be found on the main WAS web page at www.arrl.org/was. Plans for this site are to include questions on a variety of topics that may be an extension of the rules to help with clarifications. Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and your question might even appear here!