About The WIA Awards Service
WIA Awards Program Information effective June 2012
WIA Awards Manager: ROBERT (BOB) ROBINSON VK3SX
WIA Awards Committee:VK2CA,VK3EW,VK6APK,VK3OHM,VK5PAS:
WIA Awards Technical Engineer:VK3OHM
WIA Director responsible for Awards Program:
All correspondence to: PO Box 2042 Bayswater Victoria 3153
Email: awards @wia.org.au
To make the awards program more relevant and desirable to today's award hunters, a complete revision has taken place. The Awards Committee has carefully considered input from many sources and come up with what they consider to be the best award program in the world of amateur radio.
Rules have been simplified and are easier to understand.
List of Awards
DXCC Multi-mode - available in Open/CW/Phone/Digital modes
1 band DXCC
3 band DXCC
5 band DXCC
7 band DXCC
9 band DXCC
VHF Century Club
Worked All States VHF
Worked All VK Call Areas HF
Heard All VK Call Areas HF
Worked All VK Call Areas VHF
Worked All Continents (WAC)
* QRP endorsement available for all above awards. Cards must clearly indicate QRP QSO.
Commencing Jan-2014 the WIA has released an online award system that is the preferred method of applying for awards. The Excel spreadsheet system is being phased out, and cannot be guaranteed to be supported beyond the end of 2014
Application and Verification
General Information for All Awards
1. Applications [and updates] will be accepted on electronic media ( CD Rom or similar ) posted to WIA Headquarters or sent by email to awards @ wia.org.au. Please note, Hand written paper or photocopy award applications sent to the WIA Headquarters will not be accepted.
2. All applications must use the official form. These can be downloaded, in Excel format, from the bottom of each award page.
3. Contacts for the awards must all be made from within the boundaries of a single DXCC entity, excepting VHF awards, which have different boundaries.
4. All QSO's must have been made since 1 January 1946, unless stated otherwise.
5. Applicants are required to prove confirmation for all QSO's claimed. Paper, eQSL and Logbook of the World (LOTW) are our current acceptable confirmation standards.
a. Where LOTW is the method of confirmation you will be required to provide password access to the WIA Awards manager - this is only required to verify the contacts and can be changed after W.I.A. checking is complete.
b. eQSL cards are checked by our anonymous eQSL interface. Passwords are not required. Only confirmations from "Authenticity Guaranteed" members of eQSL will be accepted.
c. Physical QSL Cards must be checked by two licensed amateurs. If requested by the WIA, the QSL cards must be forwarded to the Awards Committee for checking. Do not send QSL cards with application.
6. A valid QSO, for HF award purposes:
a. must be made from and to, land-based, or permanently moored vessels [proof required], using direct terrestrial propagation via the same mode and band without assistance of the internet or anyone for each claimed contact.
b. QSO's made on 'nets' are acceptable as long as the basic QSO information [callsign & signal report] is exchanged and confirmed unassisted.
c. Contacts made via any other means are not acceptable, such as cross-band, via a repeater, airborne, IRLP, or any other means that is deemed to be unacceptable by the Awards Committee.
7. Prearranged contacts [skeds] or via 'nets' are acceptable as long as the other criteria are met.
8. All information supplied in an application for an award must be accurate and truthful.
9. Contacts must be entered on the form as instructed on each award application.
10. QSO's may be made using multiple callsigns providing each call used was issued to the applicant at the time of the claimed QSO(s) and all contacts were made from the same DXCC entity. Scanned copy of multiple licenses may be requested to prove the license(s) was/were issued to you at the time of the claimed QSO(s).
11. All QSO's claimed must be on bands/sub-bands/modes/power-levels permitted by the licensing authority for that class of license at the time of the contact.
12. All individual contacts must have been made using the same mode & band in both directions.
13. Awards are available in the following modes: OPEN, CW, PHONE and DIGITAL.
14. Mode definitions:
a. OPEN: any mix of modes may be used
b. CW: commonly known as "Morse code" defined as interrupted continuous wave; MCW [modulated CW..."Morse code" transmitted as a single-interrupted- audible-tone on a steady carrier frequency]
c. PHONE: SSB, ISB, DSB, AM, FM, NBFM, PM and other forms of voice transmission/reception.
d. Digital: using any/all digital modes, in any combination (except CW). Digital modes include RTTY, PSK-31, JT65, etc. and any modes that are only machine-readable, and any that use computer sound card technology, with the exception of digital voice, which counts for Phone.
15. Club and Society Stations may also apply for awards. Certificates will be awarded to the Club. An officer of the club or society must sign the application, indicating their position
16. QRP endorsement is available for all awards. QSL cards must clearly indicate that the applicant's power was 5-watts or less output. Description of QRP transmitter and method used to measure output power must be provided
17. If one or more QSL is requested as part of the processing procedure, they may be posted by airmail (with return postage or 1 IRC and return envelope) or scanned and emailed as attachments in ".JPG" format and of a high enough DPI to be clearly viewed
18. Applications that are considered unacceptable by the Awards Committee will be rejected and the applicant notified of the reason for rejection. The rejected application can be resubmitted once the reasons for rejection have been corrected. An application rejected three (3) times will not be further considered
19. If the callsign of applicant has changed, they may apply to have the change shown on the standings instead of the old callsign, as long as it relates to the same country as the original application.
20. Only contacts approved by ARRL DX Desk will be accepted for credit.We follow the Rules and Definitions for DXCC approved & deleted entities and operations.
21. Decisions of the Awards Committee are final and not subject to dispute.
22. Specific award rule variations may apply and are stated on that award page.
Schedule of Fees. - All WIA Awards
REFER TO THE AWARDS FEES PAGES
1. Where applicable, fee must accompany application.
2. Payment by Australian applicants must be made in Australian dollars, by cash, Postal Money Order, cheque, payable to "WIA" drawn on an Australian bank, or direct-deposit (contact WIA HQ for bank account information.
3. Payment by International applicants may be made in United States dollars or any other internationally convertible currency in cash, Paypal [contact award manager for Paypal account details], International Postal Money Order payable to "WIA".
4. "General Award" means all WIA awards, except multi-band DXCC awards.
5. The fee for multi-band DXCC reflects the additional resources and effort required to check and process.
6. Fees are not refundable.
Applications must be sent electronically as an email attachment.
All forms can be downloaded from this Link.
A 'paper' copy of the cover-sheet with signatures is no longer required to complete the processing if using the new forms.
Page Last Updated: Sunday 2 February 2014 at 21:0 hours