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  1. Chasing DX and AwardsJim Reisert AD1C

  2. Types of awards • Worldwide (DXCC, IOTA) • Regional (USA-CA, RDA) • Band-specific (VUCC, 160 meters) • Closed-ended (WAZ, WAS) • Open-ended (WPX) • Cumulative (DXCC Challenge)

  3. How many awards is this QSL good for?

  4. Answer: at least 8!

  5. Many contests are award-based • ARRL DX -> DXCC, WAS • ARRL SS -> WAS • CQ WW -> WAZ • CQ WPX -> WPX • ARRL/CQ VHF -> VUCC • ARRL/CQ 160M -> DXCC, WAS • State QSO Parties -> USA-CA

  6. Contests give you best bang for the buck • Qualify for an award in a weekend! • 100 “Entities” (CQ WW or ARRL DX) • 50 States (ARRL SS) • 40 CQ Zones (CQ WW) • 100 VUCC grids (ARRL/CQ VHF) • 500 Counties (MARAC/US Counties)

  7. Contests can make it easier to work that rare place! • Contest DXpeditions • Rare station may be on for full contest period, begging for QSOs near the end • Everyone is spread out all over the bands, instead of on the same packet spot • State QSO parties – lots of counties!

  8. You don’t need a big station100W, G5RV, AV-640 vertical • DXCC: 253 mixed, >100 40-10M • WAZ: 40 zones, >30 on 10-30M • WAS on CW, SSB, RTTY, 20M • WPX: 1061 mixed, 661 SSB, 713 CW • IOTA: 421 mixed • USA-CA: 3037 mixed • VUCC: 308 grids on 6 meters

  9. But we’re at the bottom of the cycle! • Look through old QSL cards • Mail QSLs for new award counters • Fill in holes on low bands or VHF • Try a new band or mode

  10. How to improve your award chasing • Computer logging and record-keeping • DX Cluster • Read the DX Bulletins • Get on in the little contests, even if just for a couple of hours • Use LoTW or eQSL • Listen, listen, listen