AMSAT Director of Contests and Awards
Bruce Paige, KK5DO
PO Box 1598
Porter, TX 77365
Please note my new mailing address, Sept, 2016
- Satellite Communicators Club
- Oscar Satellite Communications Achievement Award
- Oscar Sexagesimal Award
- Oscar Century Award
General Submission Rules for AMSAT Awards
To submit for AMSAT awards, you need to send copies (you may reduce the size to fit more on a page as long as I can read the QSO information) of the front and backs (if there is QSO information there) of your confirmed QSL cards (eQSL cards are not valid for AMSAT or ARRL awards. Email confirmations of a QSO is also not acceptable) to AMSAT Director of Contests and Awards, Bruce Paige, KK5DO. The cost (unless otherwise noted below) is $5.00 for members (include your membership number) and $10.00 for non-members.
Awards must be paid for through the AMSAT.ORG website online store. Postage will automatically be added based on the current postage rates.
In 2005 we added the ability to apply for the awards via email – the preferred method. Now that the AMSAT Online Store is in full operation, AMSAT is offering the ability to apply for and pay for any of the AMSAT Awards online.
To take advantage of this program, you need to scan your QSL cards (back only required if QSO info appears there). Send them as JPG or GIF files attached to your email. You may also put the images in a Word Document or an Adobe PDF document. Email your file to the AMSAT Director of Contests and Awards (presently, Bruce, KK5DO), and indicate which AMSAT Award you are applying for and your name as you want it to appear on the certificate.
2015 AMSAT will now accept ARRL LOTW entries towards all of the AMSAT awards.
Log into your LOTW account, click on ‘Your QSOs’. Select the station you want to include for your AMSAT award. Click on ‘Details’. Use a screen capture program or Windows Snipping tool and attach that screen shot.
The information displayed contains both callsigns, the DXCC entity, the Grid Square, the time/date and mode for the contact. Everything we need for the contact to be accepted.
Attach the jpg files to your email or put them in a PDF file and email them to me along with any scans of cards you will also be using.
After your application has been accepted and approved, you will receive a reply email instructing you to make your payment. You may then go online to the AMSAT Online Store and make your payment. Your certificate will then be sent to you using the shipping address you used with the online payment.
Those without scanners may still send the Xerox copies of their QSL cards to the AMSAT Director of Contests and Awards and then pay for the awards online after they are accepted.
Satellite Communicators’ Club
This award is given to any operator for having made their first contact. To apply for this award you need to send a report of your contact (no QSL card is required) to AMSAT Director of Contests and Awards, Bruce Paige, KK5DO. You also need to send $1 for members and $2 for non-members.Please note that U.S. Postage rates now require envelopes with stiffeners in them to go as first class small packages. Please visit the AMSAT online store for the postage rates for the awards. The U.S. Postal Service changes them every year or two.
Oscar Satellite Communications Achievement Award
The Oscar Satellite Communications Achievement Award is for working 20 contacts on any satellite. A contact is defined as one with a station in your state or another state, DXCC country or Canadian call area. Once you have a contact with a station in that area, you must hunt for another. So, if you work 6 Canadian stations that are all in VE7, then you can only submit one of them towards this award. For those that have the RAC CANDADAWARD or ARRL WAS with satellite endorsements, you may submit a copy of your certificate as proof of working the 13 Canadian Call Areas or 50 U.S. States.
All QSO’s must be completed from locations separated by no more than 25 miles or 40 kilometers.
State shall mean any state of the United States and the District of Columbia.
The ARRL Worked All States award may be used to credit 50 states towards this award. Use of this award will provide credit for Maryland unless documentation is provided that a QSO with the District of Columbia was used as credit for Maryland.
The 14 Canadian call areas are: VE1 – Nova Scotia, VE2 – Quebec, VE3 – Ontario, VE4 – Manitoba, VE5 – Saskatchewan, VE6 – Alberta, VE7 – British Columbia, VE8 – Northwest Territories, VE9 – New Brunswick, VO1 – Newfoundland, VO2 – Labrador, VY0 – Nunavut, VY1 – Yukon, VY2 – Prince Edward Island. The RAC Canadaward may be used to credit 13 Canadian call areas. Use of this award will provide credit for call area VO1 unless documentation is provided that a QSO with VO2 (Labrador) was used as credit for the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Callsigns need not reflect the call area operated from. The station location will determine the call area credited.
Credits may not be counted for multiple types of entities. For example, a QSO with Alaska counts as an additional state, not as both a state and DXCC entity.
Oscar Sexagesimal Award
This is the same as the Oscar Satellite Communications Achievement Award but is given for 60 satellite contacts. All the qualifications and costs are the same.
Oscar Century Award
This award is the same as the Oscar Satellite Communications Achievement Award but is given for the first 100 satellite contacts. Qualifications and costs are the same.
Please note: The previous Oscar Satellite Communications Achievement Award, Sexagesimal Award, and the Century Award are aggregated. Once you have worked your first 20 contacts those 20 contacts apply towards the needed 60 contacts for the Sexagesimal Award, so you only need 40 more contacts. The same is true for the 100 needed contacts for the Century Award, once you get your 60 contacts, you only need 40 more for your 100 needed contacts!
South Africa AMSAT Satellite Communication Achievement Award
This award is given to those who have made contact with 25 different stations on phase 2 satellites. Satellites that qualify for this award are AO-7, Fuji-Oscar 20/29, AO-21, AO-27 and RS-10/12/15, UO-14, AO-49, SO-50, AO-51 and future satellites that are LEO. These contacts may all be in the same state or Canadian call area. You only need 25 contacts. AO-10, AO-13 and AO-40 contacts do not count. The costs are the same as previous awards and are also sent to AMSAT Director of Contests and Awards, Bruce Paige, KK5DO.
AMSAT 51 on 51 Award
The AMSAT 51 on 51 Award is given to any station that makes contact with 51 different stations on AMSAT’s AO-51, during the year 2005. The award is designed to promote friendship, and encourage contact with handheld and first-time satellite users. Applicants are encouraged to include contacts with stations making their first satellite contacts. Contacts may be in any mode (Voice/Packet/PSK-31) and on any band (V/U, V/S, L/S, L/U, H/U). To receive the award, you must submit your log entries either electronically or by photocopy. Entries must indicate date and time (UTC) of the contact, callsign and grid square of the contacted station, and mode used. Only contacts made between 1 January, 2005 and 31 December, 2005 are eligible. Logbooks may be submitted until 30 April, 2006. QSL cards are not required, however logbooks may be checked against other applicant’s logs.
Production costs for this award have been underwritten by an anonymous donor to honor Robin Haighton VE3FRH who served as AMSAT President during the construction and launch of AO-51. Consequently all award fees will be applied to the AMSAT Eagle fund.
The donation for the award is $10.00 (US Funds) and AMSAT members receive a $5.00 discount. Award fees may be paid through the AMSAT Online Store once you have received confirmation of eligibility from the Director of Contests and Awards.
This award has been discontinued as AO-51 is no longer in operational. The information is kept here to memorialize the award.
K2ZRO Memorial Station Engineering Award
This award is for station excellence in receiving. Periodically during the year, W5ACM, Andy MacAllister will conduct this test. He transmits a series of 5 digits at beacon strength in CW on AO-13. He will then reduce his power by 50% or 3db. He transmits another series of 5 digits. He will continue to reduce power by 50% until he is transmitting at 30db below beacon strength or level A. You attempt to copy the 5 digits to the level you can hear and send your report to Andy MacAlister, 14714 Knightsway Dr., Houston, TX 77083 along with the usual $5.00 for members and $10.00 for non-members.
This award has been discontinued as AO-13 is no longer in orbit. The information is kept here to memorialize the award.
Robert W. Barbee Jr. (W4AMI) Satellite Operator Achievement Award
This award is awarded for the submission of 1,000 satellite contacts on OSCAR-6 or later satellites. There is an endorsement for each additional 1,000 and a special certificate at 5,000. To receive the award, send $5.00 for AMSAT members or $10.00 for non members and postage. Please view postage rates in the AMSAT online store. Send to AMSAT Director of Contests and Awards, Bruce Paige, KK5DO. So if you have 1,000 or more contacts on satellite, send in for this nice award and get one of the low numbers. Remember to keep your log of every contact. Every time you say hello to your friend on a satellite, log it. In no time at all, you will have enough for the award.
VHF/UHF Century Club (VUCC)
VHF/UHF Century Club award is for working 100 different grid squares and you can receive it with satellite contacts. Endorsements are for each additional 25 grids worked. You can get information and an application from ARRL by visiting their website at http://www.arrl.org.
SATPX Award or Satellite Prefix Award
The SATPX Award is awarded for a minimum of 50 different prefixes worked on satellites and is sponsored by the 425DX Group. It is necessary to have QSO/HRD with at least 50 different prefixes using any HAM satellite (Mir and Shuttle calls are valid for the award). It is not necessary to have QSL but a log extract with date, time, callsign worked/listened, band, mode, satellite used. Award size is about 8.5″x6″. Send $5US to: SATPX Award, I1-21171, Maurizio Bertolino, P.O.Box 2, 12022 Busca (CN), ITALY
Please note: A ham submitted for this award in June, 2016 and in September had still not received it. The award may no longer be available. Use caution.
ARRL Worked All States (WAS)
The ARRL Worked All States Award is awarded to a station that has made contact with a station in each of the 50 states. You can request an application from ARRL headquarters (www.arrl.org). There is no 5-Band WAS for Satellite.
Worked All Continents (WAC)
This requires contacting a station on each of the 6 continents. This award is also administered by the ARRL (www.arrl.org). Cards and application must be sent to the ARRL, there is no other way to receive this award.
DX Century Club (DXCC)
The award that is the most difficult to attain on satellite is the DX Century Club Award. This award requires a station to make contacts in 100 different DXCC countries on satellite and getting QSL cards from of them to confirm the contacts. Applications are available from the ARRL (www.arrl.org).
Satellite Award Recipients
AMSAT Satellite Communication Award Recipients
AMSAT Sexagesimal Award Recipients
AMSAT Century Award Recipients
South Africa AMSAT Satellite Communication Achievement Award Recipients
Robert W. Barbee Jr., W4AMI Award Recipients