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WAS

Worked All States Award

The Worked All States (WAS) Award (certificate) is earned by confirming QSOs with all 50 states. It was first introduced in the January 1936 issue of QST. 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.

Worked all States confirmations can be submitted on paper cards, via Logbook of the World or a combination of both.  This combination is called a Hybrid Application. The cost of the award is $10 per award certificate or $15 for a certificate and a WAS pin. ARRL membership is required to receive the Award for all amateurs in the USA and its possessions. For amateurs outside of the USA, ARRL membership is not required. Non-USA amateurs should review the General Certification Rules (GCR) for application WAS card checking in your country. Here are 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). Certificates are available for different bands and modes such as Satellite, 160-meters, SSTV, Digital, Phone and each individual 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 the multiple awards and/or endorsements they are requesting.  Applicants should attach a record sheet for each award or endorsement. 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 $7.50.

Paper QSL cards can be checked by an approved ARRL HF Awards Manager or DXCC Card Checker. In the event you cannot find a card checker nearby, the WAS application and QSL cards can also be sent to ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut.

WAS lapel pins can be ordered by checking the appropriate 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, please note, on the lower portion of the 'field check list' form that you would like to add the lapel pin to your order and add the $5.00 for the pin to the credit card you noted for payment.  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.

5 Band Worked All States

A 5-Band WAS Certificate, is available for working all 50 States on the 5 primary amateur bands. Applications for the 5 Band WAS must contain confirmation of 50 states on 10, 15, 20, 40 and 80 Meters.  After achieving the initial 5 Band WAS, it can be endorsed on the remaining amateur bands with all 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 Headquarters. The cost for the 5-Band certificate is $10.00. A separate lapel pin is available for this award for $5.00. When doing LoTW application there is a LoTW QSO fee per QSO. A per-QSO fee is not assessed for paper-only applications.

A wall plaque is also available for 5 Band WAS. The cost of the plaque with shipping in the United States is $60.00.  For International mailings, the cost is $80.00. 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 postal mail, FAX or even by e-mail.

5 Band WAS cards and applications should be mailed to ARRL Headquarters, at the address below. We strongly recommend a traceable method of mailing.

WAS Award
c/o ARRL HQ
225 Main Street
Newington, CT 06111
USA

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