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FARA Awards

All awards require logs only – no QSLs required.  Like a contest, it’s on the honor system.  Patterned on the CQ DX Marathon requirements, the operator is expected to claim contacts only from stations the operator has every reason to believe are legitimate, and only to claim contacts in which an accurate two-way exchange was clearly accomplished. The awards committee (like a contest sponsor) may do some log checking.  These are members-only awards.  FARA members who qualify for an award or an endorsement in a given month will be listed in the next newsletter.  Standings will then be posted to the website for posterity. 

 All contacts must be made on or after 1 January 2011.

 FARA WAS – a version of WAS (Worked All States), with the initial award for working 25 states.  The basic award is a mixed mode, all band award.   Endorsement will be for all 50 states.  Additionally, you may request specialty endorsements, similar to the ARRL endorsements for WAS.

 FARA DXCC – a version of DXCC (DX Century Club), with initial award for working 25 DXCC entities (countries).  The basic award is a mixed mode, all band award.  Endorsements are for 50 entities and so on in increments of 50 up to 250 entities, and increments of 25 thereafter.   If you make it to 325 or more entities, you qualify for FARA DXCC Honor Roll status!  Additionally, you may request specialty endorsements, similar to the ARRL endorsements for DXCC.

 FARA DX Marathon – a club competition based on the CQ DX Marathon – FARA members work as many CQ DX Countries and CQ Zones as possible during the year.  Note that this competition ‘resets’ with each calendar year.  You may report standings periodically during the year for listing on the website as you go.  This year’s final results will be announced at the next annual meeting.

 FARA VUCC – a version of VUCC (VHF/UHF Century Club), with initial award for 25 grid squares on any combination of bands from 6 Meters and up.  This is a mixed band and mode award only (not single band like ARRL’s VUCC).  Endorsements available in increments of 10 grid squares.   There are no specialty endorsements for this award.

 Specialty endorsements are available for FARA WAS and DXCC as follows:

Single band, CW, Phone, Digital, QRP.   See WAS, DXCC, and VUCC rules at http://www.arrl.org/awards   See the CQ DX Marathon rules at http://www.dxmarathon.com/

 Members who qualify for awards may request a certificate for the initial award, including any initial endorsements.  Subsequent endorsements for number of states or DX entities will be by sticker.   Specialty endorsements will get you a new certificate at one of the standard increments.

 Submit logs (or questions) to W1OH (award administrator) – email log inline or as .doc format attachment.  Subject line should be “FARA Awards”