About The WIA DX Awards Service
WIA Awards Program Information effective May 2019
WIA Awards Manager: Graham Alston VK3GA
WIA Awards Committee: Alek Petkovic VK6APK, David McAulay VK3EW, Marc Hillman VK3OHM, Brian Cleland VK5BC, Graeme Dowse VK4CAG
WIA Awards Technical Engineer: Marc Hillman VK3OHM
All correspondence to: PO Box 2042 Bayswater Victoria 3153
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.
All award applications must be made via the online award system. Excel spreadsheet applications are no longer supported
All awards are free for WIA members. You must register with memnet before you can use the system.
Non-Australian applicants for awards are required to meet the following conditions:
Prove you are the holder of your callsign by either (a) send a certified copy of your license document to the Awards Manager, or (b) use your LOTW certificate, and
Pay $A30 by PayPal (only). This entitles you to all awards for 12 months.
List of Awards
DXCC Multi-mode - available in Open/CW/Phone/Digital & Triple Play modes
DXCC Single-band: 160/80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6m
DXCC Multi-Band: 3, 5, 7, 8, 9 & 10 bands
Elite 5-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)
Islands of Australia
Fifty On 50
* QRP endorsement available for all above awards. Cards must clearly indicate QRP QSO.
DXCC, Grid Square, Oceania, Fifty on 50 and Islands awards are subject to endorsements. Link
In addition, using data extracted from uploaded logs, the WIA maintains a DX Leaderboard that details the Top 30 DX'ers. DX'er of the year awards are made each year at the annual conference for the preceding calendar year. Only verified contacts are accepted. Awards are made for the most DXCC, Open, Phone, CW and Digital contacts verified.
Application and Verification
General Information for All Awards
In general, rules relating to DXCC are based on the ARRL DXCC Rules.
1. Applications must be made using the online award system. This requires you to upload your log in ADIF format.
2. Logs submitted for QSO's made by an operator other than the license holder must be made from a station owned and usually operated by the license holder. QSO's may be made from other stations provided they are personally made by the license holder. The intent of this rule is to prohibit credit for QSO's made for you by another operator from another location. (Effective from 1-Jan-2020)
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. Confirmations received by email and/or FAX, or photocopies, are not accepted.
a. DXCC entity numbers must be verified by yourself before award submission using the "Verify DXCC" function.
b. LOTW confirmations must be verified by yourself before award submission using the "Verify LOTW" function.
c. eQSL confirmations must be verified by yourself before award submission using the "Verify eQSL" function. Only confirmations from "Authenticity Guaranteed" members of eQSL will be accepted.
d. Physical QSL Cards must be verified by one licensed amateurs using the "Verify Paper QSL" function. 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.
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.
d. Each QSO claimed for credit must include contemporaneous direct initiation by the operator on both sides of the QSO. Initiation of a QSO may be locally or by remote. The intent of this rule is to prohibit credit for QSO’s that involve automated “robots”. The following exception applies: QSO’s not initiated by a “robot” are exempt. (Effective from 1-Jan-2020)
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.
a. 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).
b. All contacts must be made from the same DXCC entity.
c. All transmitters and receivers and associated equipment (including at remote stations) comprising a station used for a specific contact must be located within a 500-meter diameter circle.
d. 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, DIGITAL & TRIPLE PLAY.
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, FT8, 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.
e. Triple Play: using CW, PHONE & DIGITAL modes.
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 scanned and emailed as attachments in ".JPG" format and of a high enough DPI to be clearly viewed. Note: Scanned QSL are not valid for IARU WAC awards.
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
$A30/year for non-Australian applicants
1. Awards for WIA members are free.
2. Awards for non-Australian applicants cost $A30/year, payable by PayPal (only)
3. Fees are not refundable.
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