DXCC Open Award
This award is available to all Radio Amateurs who submit evidence of having worked 100 approved current entities using a mix of modes.
(The word "entity" denotes Countries and Special areas combined.)
QRP and other endoresement are available on application.
General Information for All Awards
1. VK applications must be made using the online award system. The Awards Committee can provide support to migrate from existing Excel forms.
2. DX applicants may continue to use the Excel form until a means can be found to provide access to the online system.
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.
Rules applicable to ALL DXCC Awards
1. The basic DXCC award is available for confirming 100 or more approved DXCC entities.
2. DXCC awards may be endorsed for SINGLE BAND, SINGLE MODE, QRP, SWL based on applicant data.
3. Holders of new and existing DXCC awards may apply for endorsements.
4. Applications for increased totals are to be made in multiples of 25 from 100 to 325; thereafter in single units.
5. The W.I.A. DXCC Honour Roll achievement endorsement is issued to applicants who have confirmed nine less than the total on the DXCC entity list.
6. The W.I.A. DXCC Excellence achievement award is issued to applicants who have confirmed the total DXCC entity list at time of application. A beautiful Plaque is available for a nominal charge. Contact Awards Manager for details.
7. Direct two way un-assisted contacts via Satellites (SAT) is available as from 1st of March 1965 as a unique award. Satellite assisted contacts are not valid for any other award.
8. Should an entity be deleted from the DXCC list by the ARRL, credit for that entity will be allowed if worked before the date of deletion but will be indicated for credit only in the “deleted Country” category.
9. DXCC rankings will be published in Amateur Radio Magazine, and updated on the WIA website on a regular basis. If you do not want your call in the listing, then contact the awards manager. When a listing is no longer licensed or has died, the entry will be removed at the first opportune time.
10. The DXCC ranking list will show two numbers in determining the ranking: (1) total, minus deleted credits, (2) total including deleted credits, e.g. 200/220 meaning 200 current entities and an extra 20 that have been deleted at some time, but were worked before the date of deletion.
11. Awards are available in the following categories:
o Open [mix of bands]
o Single band
o 3 band
o 5 band
o 7 band
o 9 band
12. Single-mode awards must include 100 or more DXCC entities exclusive to the mode claimed.
13. Multi-band awards must include 100 or more DXCC entities exclusive to the bands claimed.
14. Single-band awards must include 100 or more DXCC entities exclusive to the band claimed.
15. For clarity, the ‘common’ name is used to indicate the type of modulation. Mode may be shown as the common name or the technical indicator on applications. If in doubt, contact the Awards Manager for clarification email@example.com.
Rules specific to the OPEN DXCC Award
1. Contact & Confirm a minimum of 100 DXCC entities on any mix of modes.
2. Use the official MULTI-MODE application form available on the "Awards Information" page [MM-DXCC].
3. Update stickers (self adhesive labels) are issued at increments of 25 entities. (Purchased separately) (125, 150, 175, 200, 225, 250, 275, 300, 325, 330, 335).
4. WIA "Honour Roll" achievement is available for 330 entities confirmed.
5. WIA "DXCC Excellence" achievement is available for working & confirming all current entities.
How To Apply For The Award
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: Monday 3 February 2014 at 21:10 hours