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WIA DX Awards General Information

DXCC Program

WIA Online Awards System

DXCC Awards

General Awards

Awards History


The WIA Federal Awards were established in 1947 and have been running continuously ever since, aided by many volunteers.

For 60+ years many new awards have been introduced and some short term awards discontinued. Rules have also changed over the years catering for new trends, modes and band extensions.

From the 1st. March 2007 all existing Federal Awards were updated and integrated into the new National WIA Awards Program.

As of 2008 the WIA Awards program was further enhanced with the introduction of the Awards Committee. The Committee, comprising a mix of respected DXer’s and Contesters, was formed to aid the Awards Manager with the administration and functions of the Awards program in general.

2010 introduced a big revision of the Awards program.

Since its introduction over 7,000 awards have been dispatched.

2012 Will see the next phase of upgrades to the awards

Timeline of Awards

1. Nov 1947: DXCC Open #001 Awarded on 5 November 1947 to Ron Tandy
2. Dec 1947: DXCC CW #001 Awarded on 13 December 1947 to C Harrison
3. Dec 1948: DXCC Phone #001 Awarded on 30 December 1948 to J.Davies
4. Sep 1949: WAS-VHF
5. Jan 1962: VHF/UHF-CC
6. Jan 1973: WAVKCA-VHF
7. Oct 1983: DXCC RTTY #001 Awarded on 7 October 1983 to G.E. Molen
8. Oct 1987: HAVKCA-HF
9. Nov 1989: WIA 80, (80th. Anniversary) discontinued May 1992.
10. May 1990: WAVKCA-HF
11. Dec 1991: Grid Square
12. Mar 1992: Antarctic
13. Jun 2005: 3BDXCC
14. Jun 2005: 5BDXCC
15. Jun 2005: 9BDXCC #001 Awarded on 17 May 2005 to D. McAulay
16. Jun 2005: 11BDXCC
17. Jun 2005: WIA DXer 3, 5 and 9BDXCC.
18. Jan 2006: DXCC Honour Roll, (complementary award)
19. Jan 2006: DXCC Excellence, (complementary award)
20. Mar 2007: 4, 6, 7, 8, & 10BDXCC, (complementary awards) 1st. March 2007.
21. Mar 2007: WIA DXer 4, 6, 7, 8 & 10 BDXCC. 1st. March 2007.
22. Mar 2007: Satellite DXCC
23. Mar 2007: UHF-CC
24. Mar 2007: DXCC Data
25. Oct 2008: IARU WAC Award available through WIA Awards program
26. 2010: DXCC Data changed to DXCC Digital, incorporating all digital modes(RTTY-PSK etc, as well as SSTV).
27. 2010: 4-6-8-10-11 band DXCC awards deleted.
28. 2010: DXer of the Year Award now only awarded once per annum to one individual. If no one is deemed to be suitable in a given year, then the award will not be issued.
29. 2010: Both 5-Band DXCC Awards combined as a single 5-band DXCC award.
30. 2010: Paper award applications no longer accepted. All applications and updates must now be via email attachment on new forms.
31. Sep 2010: verified eQSL's are acceptable for the award program.
32. Both PJ entities were deleted on 10-10-10 and 4 new PJ entities were added to the DXCC list. The new entities can be claimed for DXCC as from 01-01-11.
33. Feb-2013: New Multi-band DXCC, Multi-Mode DXCC, Grid Square & VHF/UHF Century Club application forms uploaded that support import of ADIF log. LOTW QSL accepted for awards.
34. Jan-2014: Online award system replaced spreadsheet based system.
35. Oct-2014: DX users given access to online system.
36. Apr-2015: Users can now update their DXCC Standings in real-time. No need to wait for next endorsement level.
37. July 2019: Electronic certificates for IARU WAC available.
38. Sept 2019: Islands of Australia award created.
39. Oct 2019: Grid Square award re-launched with endorsements.
40. Dec 2019: Rules governing remote stations amended and updated.
41. Jan 2020: Single-band DXCC awards created.
42. 27 Aug 2022: Fifty On 50 award added

Current Status

Most applications are processed within 30-days of receipt of fees and cover sheet.

Emails are usually answered within 48-hours.

Plaques available for Awards of Excellence and DXer of the Year.

On behalf of the WIA Awards Committee please enjoy our WIA Awards program, now and into the future. We look forward to your participation.

Awards Manager.
Wireless Institute of Australia

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