These are awards which are offered for a few days, weeks, or months only.  
They commemorate events such as
Anniversaries, Fairs, Conferences, or Special Celebrations.
Check this page from time to time.  I'll list items that are even too short for my regular "Short" term awards file, which generally last for one year. 
If you know of any such brief awards, let me know!

1. The ARRL Website has a pretty big listing of Special Event Stations, many of which offer a certificate.  Best way to get a listing of the awards is to specify a start and stop date in their web form. Use the "search" function in your web browser to look for the word  certificate

2. CQ Magazine also publishes a list of special events, some of which offer certificates.





Starting Date Ending Date Country Name of the Award FREE DOWNLOAD Source  Added
1 May 2016 31 December 2016 Russia Diploma Soldiers of Victory X 5/21/16
1 May 2016
1 December 2016
28 May 2016
28 December 2016
Netherlands 35th Anniversary Section 54 VERON (PI35ETL) X PA2CVD 3/22/16
7 May 2016 8 May 2016
31 December 2016
USA Indiana Bicentennial County Award Rules   WB9CIF 10/27/15
28 May 2016 31 December 2016 Azores Islands U.R.A. 30th Anniversary Award X CU3AA 6/16/16
11 June 2016 31 December 2016 Netherlands 70th Anniversary of VERON Section A-01 Alkmaar (PI70ALK) 6/1/16
1 July 2016
1 August 2016
31 December 2016
31 August 2016
Ukraine Jubilee Awards from the Ukrainian A.R.L.
Independence of the Ukraine - 25 Years
X UX7UU 7/28/16
1 July 2016 31 December 2016 Romania Club-Napoca 700 Award (YP700CJ) 7/22/16
25 June 2016 31 December 2016 Romania 10th Anniversary of the SILVER FOX Radio Association X YO3JW 7/13/16
20 September 2016 25 December 2016 England 950th Anniversary of the Norman Invasion of England X SP9JPA Blog 9/23/16
1 October 2016 31 December 2016 Italy 70th Anniversary A.R.I. Bologna Award X 11/17/16
10 October 2016 11 December 2016 Italy The 2016 1st Degree City of Rome Diploma 10/17/16
15 October 2016 31 December 2016 Germany EUDXF30 Award X DX Fun 10/18/16
15 October 2016 15 December 2016 Greece CHIOS HOMER AWARD X 10/18/16
1 November 2016 31 December 2016 Greece Anniversary of Radio Amateur Union of North Aegean ( SX25LSV) X 11/9/16
14 November 2016 30 November 2016 Russia Diploma to Celebrate 26th Anniversary of the Miller DX Club X - paper EB3WH and DX Fun 11/18/16
1 December 2016 18 December 2016 Spain 40th Anniversary Founding of Radio Club Lliria X EA5RCL 10/25/16
1 December 2016 31 December 2016 Romania Santa Claus Award for 2016 ( YP9XMAS) X 11-9-16
1 December 2016 20 December 2016 Russia Tatarstan Christmas X 11/28/16
1 December 2016 31 December 2016 Finland The Hard Working Twelve Elves Christmas Award X 12/4/16
1 December 2016 29 December 2016 Italy City of Mantova - Italian Capital of Culture 2016 X DXFUN Cluster 12/4/16
1 December 2016 31 December 2016 Belgium The December YOTA Month 2016 X 12/4/16


Starting Date Ending Date Country Name of the Award FREE DOWNLOAD Source  Added
1 January 2017
1 May 2017
10 January 2017
10 May 2017
Russia Digital Activity Days RDRC "01-10" X K1BV Research 12/4/16
1 February 2017 30 March 2017 Russia Fridtjof Nansen Plaque   OH3GZ 8/28/16
1 March 2017 31 March 2017 USA/Canada 2017 RST Special Event X OPDX Bulletin #1283 9/23/16




1 May to 31 December 2016

RUSSIA                                                           Diploma Soldiers of Victory

This award is devoted to Yuri Vladimirovich Nikulin from the series "Soldiers of Victory" which was established by radio amateurs of Safonovo City in honor of the 71st anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War over Nazi invaders. Yuri Nikulin born December 18, 1921 in the city of Smolensk region Demidov. In 2011, a monument was erected on the artist's homeland.  During the Great Patriotic War, he fought near Leningrad and was demobilized in May 1946 with the rank of sergeant. During the war he was awarded the medal "For Courage", "For the Defense of Leningrad" and "For Victory over Germany". In 1985 he was awarded the Order of the Patriotic War II degree.

The award is issued in electronic form free of charge to all radio amateurs / observers who earn a minimum of 71 points.

1. Stations of the Smolensk region = 5 points, those making contact from the Demidov district = (SM-09) =10 points.
2. Amateur Radio stations of the Smolensk region with special call signs, which are dedicated to Victory Day, = 10 points.
3. For amateur radio stations from other continents, points are multiplied by 2.

The application for the award is your log extract (in electronic form) and sent to the e-mail address:


Tks K1BV Research 5/12/16

Image in 2016 file: NIKULIN.

7 - 8 May 2016 (First Chance, during Indiana QSO Party)
(Second Chance period: Entire Calendar Year 2016)

USA                                                 INDIANA BICENTENNIAL COUNTY AWARD RULES

The Hoosier DX and Contest Club is sponsoring this award recognizing the 200th anniversary of the statehood of Indiana.

There are two opportunities to obtain the Indiana Bicentennial County Award.

First opportunity:

1. Requirements: During the 2016 Indiana QSO Party (INQP) to be held from 1500 UTC May 7, 2016 to 0300 UTC May 8, 2016 contact each of the current 15 Indiana counties of Clark, Dearborn, Franklin, Gibson, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Orange, Perry, Posey, Switzerland, Warrick, Washington and Wayne.
2. Any band allowed for use during the 2016 Indiana QSO Party.
3. Any mode allowed for use during the 2016 Indiana QSO Party.
4. No endorsements are available for band or mode.
5. No repeater or cross-mode contacts allowed.
6. Applicants must use The Hoosier DX and Contest Club application form. The application, in PDF format, is available for downloading from The Hoosier DX and Contest Club website ( or you may send an SASE to the award manager.
7. Submit application, fee of US$5.00 and a 9 x 12 SASE for mailing of the certificate to the award manager. QSOs do not need to be confirmed by QSL cards. The award manager will confirm contact with the 15 counties by cross checking the 2016 INQP logs.
8. Mail applications to the Indiana Bicentennial County Award manager: Mark E. Musick, WB9CIF, 6242 South County Rd. 675E, Plainfield, IN 46168, USA.

9. Questions may be directed via e-mail to or via a SASE to the award manager.

Second opportunity:

1. Requirements: During the 2016 calendar year contact and verify via QSL card each of the current 15 Indiana counties of Clark, Dearborn, Franklin, Gibson, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Orange, Perry, Posey, Switzerland, Warrick, Washington and Wayne.
2. Any band.
3. Any mode.
4. Electronic confirmations are not allowed.
5. No endorsements are available for band or mode.
6. No repeater or cross-mode contacts allowed.
7. Applicants must use The Hoosier DX and Contest Club application form and GCR list.
8. The application and GCR list, in PDF format, are available for downloading from The Hoosier DX and Contest Club website ( ) or a SASE to the award manager.
9. The GCR list must be signed by two amateurs (neither of which is the applicant) verifying they have inspected the QSL cards for validity.
10. Submit application, GCR list, fee of US$5.00 and a 9 x 12 SASE for mailing of the certificate to the award manager.
11. The award manager reserves the right to request any QSL cards to check for validity.
12. Mail applications to the Indiana Bicentennial County Award manager: Mark E. Musick, WB9CIF, 
6242 South County Rd. 675E, Plainfield, IN 46168, USA.
13. Questions may be directed via e-mail to  or via a SASE to the award manager.

Activators Section of Award Rules:

The award may also be earned by fixed, portable or mobile stations which make contacts in support of the fixed stations who participate in earning the award.
1. During the 2016 Indiana QSO Party an amateur radio operator must operate from one or more of the 15 listed counties comprising the State of Indiana on December 11, 1816:
     Clark, Dearborn, Franklin, Gibson, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Orange, Perry, Posey, Switzerland, Warrick, Washington and Wayne.
2. The activators must make at least 25 QSOs to qualify for the award.  The 25 QSO minimum is an aggregate from one or more of the 15 qualifying counties.
3. This applies to fixed, portable, rover and mobile stations that meet the above criteria.
4. Example: a mobile operator travels through only 2 of the 15 counties during the 2016 INQP, makes 10 QSOs in one county and 15 in the second, the mobile station qualifies for the award.  The same applies to rovers.
5. There is no need to apply for the award.  HDXCC will send an activation certificate to all operators that qualify based on the logs submitted for the 2016 INQP.
6. These rules and the certificate can be found on the HDXCC website: 

Tks Mark Musick, WB9CIF 10/23/15

1- 28 May 2016
1 - 28 December 2016

Netherlands                                                                      35th Anniversary Section 54 VERON ( PI35ETL)

On the 23rd of May 1981, Section 54 of the VERON was founded. On 3rd of May 2016 Section 54 of the VERON observes its 35th anniversary which we will celebrate by using the special event call sign of PI35ETL.  This special event call sign, PI35ETL, will be operated by several members of Section 54 of the VERON on HF and also in VHF on different bands and operating modes.

The special call PI35ETL will be used from:
a. Sunday 1st of May 2016 until Saturday 28th of May 2016
b. Thursday 1st of December 2016 until Wednesday 28th of December 2016

A special award (digital only) will also be issued for the special call PI35ETL.
You can apply for the award if you meet one of the following conditions:
1. 2 QSO’s with PI35ETL on different band and/or modes
2. 1 QSO with PI35ETL and 1 QSO with a member of section 54 of the VERON during 2016
3. SWL: log 2 contacts with PI35ETL according 1. or 2.

Active members of section 54 of the VERON are: PA1ADG - PA1BR – PA1CPA – PA2CVD – PA9DD - PD0RWL – PE1RMO .

You can apply for the digital PI35ETL award by the award manager PD0RWL by filling out the form which appears if you click on . If the form is completed correctly, you will automatically receive an email that the request has been received ) Check unwanted mail when send message is displayed but email is not received within 30 minutes.

You can apply for the award up to no later than 1 February 2017.


Tks PA2CVD 3/22/16

28 May to 31 December 2016

AZORES ISLANDS                                           U.R.A. 30th Anniversary Award

The União de Radioamadores dos Açores has established the U.R.A. 30 YEARS AWARD to commemorate its founding on 28 of May, 1986. The requirements are quite simple: Make 3 QSOs or SWL Reports on different bands with station CU3URA, either for amateurs or SWL, from 28 of May to 31 of December, 2016.

The award will be sent via e-mail (jpg image), at no costs, to all stations who fulfill the requirements. You do not have to apply at all, since the sponsor promises to automatically send the award to all stations who have an e-mail address and meet the award requirements. Very nice!

Thanks: CU3AA – Joao 6/16/16


Image: Diplome 30 16 file.

11 June 2016 to 31 December 2016

NETHERLANDS                                               70th Anniversary of VERON Section A-01 Alkmaar (PI70ALK)

PI70ALK is a special event call sign issued to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the section A-01 ALKMAAR of the Dutch Amateur Radio Societey VERON. The special club call sign will be operated by members of the club from June 11 until December 31, 2016. The club counts about 130 members that live in the region of Alkmaar. Alkmaar is a historical city with around 400 monuments and is the biggest town in the region. We, as members of the VERON section Alkmaar are proud to celebrate the 70th "birthday" of our club and are happy to QSO with you!

A special award has been prepared for this occasion. The award can be earned by contacting PI70ALK, every valid QSO being worth 10 points. With 70 points collected, stations may apply for this award by sending in a copy of their log, €10 (paper only please!) and the address the special award need to be sent to. The award will be sent to you by regular mail. Apply to: VERON Alkmaar A01, Valkenierstraat 4a, ALKMAAR 1825 BC, Netherlands.


Tks 5/30/16

25 June to 31 December 2016

ROMANIA                                                        10th Anniversary of the SILVER FOX Radio Asociation

During the period 25 June to 31 December 2016, earn a total of 50 points by contacting members of this radio club.

Each band/mode can be given to earn points:
1. Stations valued at 5 points for each QSO using a different band or mode:

2. Stations valued at 10 points for each QSO using a different band or mode: YP10SF; YO2KAR; YP2GEO; YQ2WFF; YP5CAFE give 10 points each QSO in different band/mode

Send an e-mail to the awards custodian: 


Tks YO3JW 7/13/2016 (added e-mail 7/16/16)

Award 1 1-31 August 2016
Award 2 1 July to 31 December 2016

UKRAINE                             JUBILEE AWARDS from Ukrainian Amateur Radio League
                                               Independence of Ukraine - 25 Years.

The Ukraine celebrates their 25th Anniversary of Independence in 2016. The UARL is sponsoring two awards to recognize this occasion. The rules for each are shown below:


A Jubilee award is issued for any station to make QSO/SWL with different Ukrainian amateur radio stations during the period 1 - 31 August 2016. All bands 2 meters to 160 meters are OK. Modes of SSB, CW, AM, FM, RTTY, DIGI are OK. Repeated QSO/SWLs with same station do not count, regardless of the Bands or Mode.

Contacts Needed:

                                                            EUROPE                                 NON EUROPE
Total Ukraine QSO’s to be made..............25.................................................15
Include QSO’s with number of
different oblasts of Ukraine.......................10.................................................5
Include QSO’s with the
special calls EM25, EN25, EO25...............5...................................................2

BONUS: One QSO with a special event stations EM25HQ, EN25UARL can be credited for any oblast of Ukraine.

Jubilee award is issued in electronic form ( PDF – file) and is free.
Application. Send list of Ukraine stations worked during August 2016 to

You can generally depend on the Ukranian call sign to identify the Oblast (roughly, a state or county). The first letter of their suffix as shown in the table below is used for all stations located within that Oblast.  For example, UX7UU is in the Kyivs’ka Oblast, and the abbreviated 2-digits for him is "KO". If you look at for the UX7UU listing, it will show his city as KIEV, which confirms the info in the table below which says the Oblast is "KYIV City". The special calls will not be using that system, but are shown separately below.)

Suffix Letter

Oblast Name



Suffix Letter

Oblast Name


Suffix Letter

Oblast Name







AR Krym










Sevastopol City





















Kyiv City
















































UARL - 25

The second award being offered requires contracting Ukranian stations and earning different numbers of points for three levels of the certificate. Contacts may be made over a longer period, namely from July 1 to December 2016. The 2 meter through 160 meter bands may be used with modes of SSB, CW, AM, FM, RTTY, and other digital modes. Repeat contacts with the same station are OK if made on different bands or modes.


For Europe:




Minimum points :




QSOs with different

Oblasts of Ukraine




QSOs with special calls




QSOs with EM25HQ or EN25UARL




Correction 7/31/16


For non-Europeans




Minimum Points:




QSOs with different Oblasts of Ukraine




QSOs with special calls




EM25HQ or EN25UARL = 25 points each.
EM25, EN25, EO25 = 15 points each.
Other Ukranian Special Calls = 5 points each.

Correction 7/31/16

Up to 3 QSO’s with special event stations EM25HQ or EN25UARL can replace any 3 oblasts of Ukraine.
Other: The Jubilee award is issued in electronic form ( PDF – file) and is free of charge. Send your application which shows usual QSO information plus claimed points to the award custodian. Apply to: .

Tks Alex, UX7UU, EN25U 7/26/16


July 1 to December 31 2016

ROMANIA                                        The Club-Napoca 700 Award (YP700CJ)

The city of Cluj-Napoca this year celebrates it’s 700th anniversary of gaining the grant of city privileges.  This special call sign of YP700CJ is issued to mark this anniversary of the official recognition of the name of their town.  Club members have activated the special event call sign YP700CJ and will operate on the air till 31th of December 2016. Special awards will be issued to mark the 700th anniversary of existence as a town.

Rules of "CLUJ-NAPOCA 700" award
1. QSOs with special callsign YP700CJ till 31th of December 2016 are valid.
2. Each QSO/SWL on different days or bands or modes worth 100 points.
3. The award will be sent in plasticized cartoon format .
4. Award cost is 5€ or $US6.Payable by PayPal to
5. The award will be sent directly to you by post.
6. Applications must be sent to award manager YO5EI
7. Deadline to send an application is 31 of January 2017

Category: EU must collect: DX must collect:
1.BRONZE 700 points 500 points
2.SILVER 1400 points 600 points
3.GOLD 2100 points 700 points


Tks 7/19/16

20 September to 25 December 2016

ENGLAND                        950th Anniversary of the Norman Invasion of England

The Phoenix Amateur Radio Club (PARC), developers of several awards plans to be on air using special event call signs of MX0PHX & MX0YHA to commemorate the Battle of Fulford, the Battle of Stamford Bridge, and the Battle of Hastings, and the coronation of William of Normandy as King of England.

Look for MX0PHX and MX0YHA on the activity dates (subject to band conditions) which are:
20 - 23 September - Battle of Fulford overlapping with Stamford (see below)
23 - 26 September - Battle of Stamford Bridge
14 - 16 October - Battle of Hastings
25 December - Coronation of William of Normandy

Award Requirements: One contact with either call sign MX0PHX and/or MX0YHA made any time up to 27 December 2016.

Planned operations will use 40m, 20m 17m, whenever band conditions permit.
On air activities may also take place on other dates & bands if unstable conditions make this necessary.
A Special high resosution (self-service using your printer) Commemorative Certificate is available to download: You may choose either of these images: 
     Large - 2400 x 1440
     Supersize - 4000 x 2400 (this is VERY LARGE)
For information about downloading and printing EeZee QSLs and Certificates please see the page listed below.

E-mail: and

Tks SP9JPA Blog 9/22/16

1 October to 31 December 2016

Italy                                                       70th Anniversary A.R.I. Bologna award

The A.R.I. Dept. of Bologna was founded April 24, 1946 by I1SN Marino Miceli. To celebrate this 70th anniversary of the founding of the ARI section, the club offers a commemorative Award.

1. Date: Start 00.00 UTC October 1st, 2016 to 24.00 UTC December 31st , 2016.
2. Participants : Amateurs and SWLs OK.
3. Bands: all HF bands , excluding WARC
4. Modes : SSB, CW and Digital.

Earning the award :
During the three months, the following stations will activate the following special calls :
II4LXX - 70° anniversary (QSL manager : IZ4FUE)
II4BBE - in memory of I4BBE (QSL manager : IZ4FUE)
IQ4BQ - club station call (QSL manager : IZ4FUE)

These special calls must be worked or heard at least once per month for each period of the award validity. The score should be 9 QSO or SWL.

Send your award request no later than March 30, 2017 by e-mail and make sure all QSO information is provided. You will receive the free award in .pdf format from club the following address :


10 October to 11 December 2016

ITALY                                                      The 2016 1st Degree City of Rome Diploma

Five different diplomas honoring the City of Rome are made available beginning from 10 October to 11 December 2016.  They picture: Trinita dei Monti - Santa Maria Maggiore - San Pietro - Castel Sant'Angelo - Colosseum.  The event is sponsored and designed by "A.R.P.I." group and is open to all licensed amateurs and OM.

SWL Italians and Europeans. Those OM and SWLs who are interested in obtaining one or all five Diplomas PNG. Activators may earn the awards by earning at least 100 points for each diploma.

To earn the paper Diploma applicants must send a log to IUØFBK Marco, email together with a proof of payment of the fee of € 10,00 using Poste pay at No. 4023-6009-1310-8678 made out to Tirrito Vito CF.TRRVTI52E05L727K President of A.R.P.I. Group

The 5 different locations will be activated according to this schedule:
1. High Trinita dei Monti 10 to 16 October 2016
2. Degree Santa Maria Maggiore 24 to 30 October 2016
3. Diploma San Pietro 7 to 13 November 2016
4. High Castel Sant'Angelo 21 to 27 November 2016
5. Colosseum Award 05 to 11 December 2016.


Look for stations making the following call: "CQ CQ ... .. 1st Degree City of Rome" on the bands 10-20-40-80 MT., Only in SSB MODE HF Voice, will be used. The activator will give the Name, the points and the R / S ratio, (the time stop is at their discretion).

Activator, if not given write UTC your station does not imply any penalization for the purposes of the ranking). The Activator himself will contact him on the same day, but on a different band.

The score will be calculated:
1. Separately for each award, the total points received the most total contacts.
2. At the end of 5 Diplomas will add up all the points made for the final score.
3. In case of a tie it the rule of the sum of consecutive numbers made log from Activators,
4. The total amount awarded by the lower will be the winner.
5. Log Station: There will be a log for each Certificate to distinguish the score between the 5 diplomas.
6. The log must be completed correctly and only with the reported the actuator, namely: band, freq, day, time, and name of the Activator points. Always remember to write your own data with personal address if you want to receive the Diploma Paper.
7. Prizes: Prizes will be awarded with a Diploma in PNG 1st - 2nd - 3rd of each Diploma:
             Colosseum - Trinita dei Monti - Santa Maria Maggiore - Castel Sant'Angelo - St. Peter's.
8. "1st Degree City of Rome" will also be awarded with plaques.
9. The deadline for receiving the 1st Award of the station log City of Rome in 2016, is December 31 2016, considered as valid the date of e mail address.
10. The General ranking can be viewed on the site
11. Prizes will be delivered to the address of the Winners.
12. This Regulation was written and edited by Marco QSLM IUØFBK.

Tks 10/15/16

October 15 to December 31, 2016

GERMANY                                    EUDXF30 Award

The European DX Foundation is the first and only all European Foundation created to support DX activities. Their long term goal is to support DXers and expeditions (e.g. financial support, printing of QSL-cards) to allow the DX-community in Europe a fair share in their work. We also supply equipment to those in rare countries who cannot afford their own.  This award celebrates the 30th anniversary of the European DX Foundation and the EUDXF introduces the "EUDXF 30" award.
This award can be obtained by making connections with the various 30EUDXF station active from a number of countries until the end of the year 2016.

The award is available in 4 different classes:
Bronze: 10 QSO’s with at least 3 different countries
Silver: 15 QSO’s with at least 5 different stations
Gold: 20 QSO’s with at least 8 different stations
Platinum: 30 QSO’s with all 12 different stations  
  (At least one QSO should be made with every 30EUDXF station activated in 2016.)

Working the same station on the same band in the same mode is considered a duplicate QSO and will not count for the award. Any other combination counts as a valid QSO.

The award will be available for free in an electronic form. A printed award will be made available against cost of 10 Euro/Dollar.

Valid stations for the award: (as of 17 October) are DL30EUF – HA30EUDXF – OE30EUDXF – PA30EUDXF – PB30EUDXF – PC30EUDXF – PD30EUDXF – PE30EUDXF – PF30EUDXF – PG30EUDXF – PH30EUDXF – PI30EUDXF

Send a log extract by e-mail to PA1AW, the award manager. Include call sign, date, time, band and mode of the contacts you have worked to earn the award. The awards will be issued in early 2017.


15 October to 15 December 2016

GREECE                                                      CHIOS HOMER AWARD

Homer is the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, two long epic poems in dactylic hexameter, which signify the beginning of European literature. The traditional dates for the composition of the epics are 750 BC. (Iliad) and 725 BC. (Odyssey). Much of the content of the Homeric epics appears to be consistent with the Aegean Late Bronze Age (12th c. BC.) the time of the Trojan War. Homer is also considered to be the legendary founder of the Homeridae, a guild of rhapsodes who might have composed oral poetry concerning the Mycenaean Age. Various traditions have survived purporting to give details of Homer's birthplace and background. The Iliad suggests a home on the east side of the Aegean Sea and the poet seems familiar with the area. Until nowadays Daskalopetra ("The Teacher’s Rock") is allegedly where Homer is said to have taught his students in Chios.

@ Dr Antony Makrinos, Lecturer in Classics, Dept. of Greek and Latin , University College London

The "HOMER" award honors the legendary author of the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey"and is sponsored by the Amateur Radio Club of Chios Island . (SZ8XIO).
Rules are simple: During the 90 day period of the activation of the special event station, you must make four QSOs with SX8HOMER using different bands or modes.
(For example: 20 meters SSB, 20 meters BPSK31, 15 meters BPSK31, 15 meters SSB.)

The award is available as a digital file sent to you FREE by e-mail or for a small charge, a completed printed certificate may be mailed to your home address. QSL cards are not necessary. The cost for the the printed award is $US5.  Applications for this award may be made by email to Award Manager SV8FCU. Email for applications: .

Internet: Https:// 10/15/16

Tks 10/15/16

20 October to 30 November 2016

ITALY 200th Anniversary of the death of Giovanni Paisiello

Giovanni Paisiello was born in Taranto (1740-1816) and was educated in Jesuit schools. He became known for his beautiful singing voice and in 1754 was sent to the Conservatorio di S. Onofrio at Naples, where he studied under Francesco Durante, and eventually became assistant master. For the theatre of the Conservatorio, which he left in 1763, he wrote some intermezzi, one of which attracted so much notice that he was invited to write two operas, La Pupilla and Il Mondo al Rovescio, for Bologna, and a third, Il Marchese di Tidipano, for Rome.

His reputation now firmly established, he settled for some years at Naples, where, despite the popularity of Niccolò Piccinni, Domenico Cimarosa and Pietro Guglielmi, of whose triumphs he was bitterly jealous, he produced a series of highly successful operas, one of which, L'ldolo cinese, made a deep impression upon the Neapolitan public.


This award commemorates the 200th anniversary of Paisiello’s death in 1816. Special Event Station II7WAVE will be active during the period 20 October to 30 November 2016. II7WAVE is a Special Call Sign remembering the 200th date of his death.

Award Requirements:
Bronze Award 3 contacts worked on different bands.
Silver Award 5 contacts worked on different bands.
Gold Award 8 contacts worked on different bands.
Platinum Award for contacts made on all HF bands.

Apply for the award by sending your LOG extract to IK7HTB via email to .
A PDF image of the award will be sent to you in return and NO change. If you require that a printed award be physically mailed to you, the cost will be 10€. Send to
In you prefer a paper Award the award fee is 10 euros sent by PAYPAL. The form to do this is: .


Tks DX Fun 10/14/16


29 October to 6 November 2016

ITALY                              "50th Anniversary after the Tuscan Flood - November 4, 1966"

Sponsored by the ARI Tuscany Regional Committee, on the 50th anniversary of the Tuscan flood of 1966.
1. Participation: Open to all OM and SWL.
2. Period: From 00:00 UTC on 29 October 2016 at 23:59 UTC on November 6, 2016.
3. Bands: All
HF amateur bands allowed: 160-80-40-20-15-10 meters (excluding WARC and QSO via repeaters).
4. Modes: SSB - CW - ALL DIGITAL MODES to conform with rules of your country’s Band Plan.
5. Make contacts with the following stations:
     a. -The special event station II5ALL;
     b. club stations belonging to ARI Clubs of localities which were affected by the flood on November 4, 1966 and are included in the following list:
                  Firenze IQ5FI       Empoli IQ5EM Grosseto     IQ5GR Pisa                IQ5PJ Pontassieve IQ5HC
                  Pontedera IQ5DY Santa Maria a Monte          IQ5QD Scandicci       IQ5BL Versilia IQ5VR Vinci IQ5LV
     c. the OM ACTIVATORS which are stations belonging to ARI: Empoli, Firenze, Grosseto, Pisa, Pontassieve, Pontedera, Santa Maria a Monte, Scandicci, Versilia, Vinci

Each station can be contacted more times throughout the duration of the diploma but only once a day (regardless of the emission mode).

a. each contact with the special call II5ALL = 25 points;
b. contact with any one of the clubstation (IQ prefix stations) of the participating sections Diploma = 10 points
c. contact with the stations of the OM "Activators" belonging to ARI sections participants = 5 points.

The total score will be the sum of the points from valid qso.
The stations noted above which are participating in giving award contacts are required to upload their logs to the award sponsor to help verify QSOs claimed by stations seeking the award.

Points Required to earn the award:
     Italian stations need 100 points.
     Europeans need 50 points.
     All others need 50 points.
     SWLs may earn the award on the same basis as transmitting stations.

The personalized diploma for each participant will be available on the website in electronic form (PDF) and can be downloaded for free. For those who want a paper award mailed to them, the contribution is 10 Euro or $US15 to cover expenses to be paid by bank transfer or PayPal account, following instructions will be given on the official website: .

Tks Stefano IK5TBK 9/29/16

1 November to 31 December 2016

GREECE                                      25th Anniversary of the Radio Amateur Union of North Aegean ( SX25LSV )

The Radio Amateur Union of North Aegean (SZ8LSV) is the ham radio club of Lesvos island in Greece, established in 1991. Lesvos Island is located at the North East of the Aegean Sea. This year (2016) they celebrate their 25th Anniversary with the special call : SX25LSV.  The club members will use this call throughout the Bands from 1 November 2016 till 31 December 2016, and they will make as many QSO’s they can. Look out for SX25LSV, make QSO’s on as many bands and you will receive a commemorative award.

The Bands that will be activated are : 160-80-40-20-17-15-12-10 meters, SSB and DIGITAL modes.

Requirements are shown below, different combinations with the SX25LSV and SZ8LSV. Note: all contacts may be made on and band or mode

Combination 1: European Stations

QSOs with SX25LSV = 5 5

QSOs with SZ8LSV = 1

Combination 2: Outside of Europe

QSOs with SX25LSV = 4

QSOs with SZ8LSV = 1

Combination 3: European stations:

QSOs with SX25LSV = 5


Combination 4: Outside of Europe:

QSOs with SX25LSV = 4


Combination 5: European stations:

QSOs with SX25LSV = 3


Combination 6: Outside of Europe:

QSOs with SX25LSV = 2


Look for the special event stations on all the bands. Contact SX25LSV and SZ8LSV, and make as many QSO as you can in different Bands and modes !



Tks 11/7/16

14 - 30 November 2016

RUSSIA                                          Diploma to Celebrate 26th Anniversary of the Miller-DX-Club

The award recognizes the 26th anniversary of this club.

a. Club members need to make 6 QSOs with special station R26MDXC.
b. For amateurs from Europe, Africa, North and South America, Asia and Oceania (except Russia and CIS) only 3 QSOs are needed.
c. Repeat QSOs are allowed on different bands, or different modes: (Permitted modes are ÑW, PHONE, DIGI (DIGI counts for only one digital mode, such as PSK-31 or RTTY.)

Application: paper award.
a. Use the on-line method provided on their web site to download the paper award:
b. For those wishing a paper version (or when a SWL wants to apply), send in the contact information via e-mail to: .

Application: engraved plaque
a. A plaque is available. For Russian stations to obtain this Plaque you will need to make 4 QSOs with the special station.
b. For amateurs from Europe, Africa, North and South America, Asia and Oceania (except Russia and CIS) you will need 2 QSOs.

Repeated QSO allowed on different bands, or by modes: ÑW, PHONE, DIGI (all digital for one digi mode). The plaque is 210 x 250 mm. Price for plaque – 52 USD or 48 EURO via PayPal. If applying for the plaque, first contact sponsor for further details:


Tks Juanjo, EB3WH and DX Fun

1 - 31 December 2016

ROMANIA                                                     Santa Claus Award for 2016 ( YP9XMAS )

Every year, during the month of December, Santa travels around the world trying to know each one's wish for Christmas. Sometimes during his travels Santa comes to rest a while in Eastern Europe. When he is doing this, you can hear him calling on frequencies with his special call sign of YP9XMAS. If you can hear this callsign, give Santa a call and make a friendly QSO with the jolly man himself?  Santa Claus will be active on all HF bands, during the whole month of December. An electronic award will be issued for stations who has worked him on at least 3 different bands,  MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Make your contacts on 3 different bands and send an e-mail to the award custodian: and in turn YO9FNP will send a happy Christmas certificate to you.


Tks 11/7/16

1 - 18 December 2016

SPAIN                             Diploma 40th Anniversary of the Founding of Radio Club Lliria

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of its founding in 1976, the radio club Llíria invites all officially licensed radio amateurs to participate in this diploma, which will be held on the following basis.

1. December 1 (00:00 UTC) to December 18 (24:00 UTC)
2. Bands and modes - All bands and modes, excluding WARC (12, 17 and 30m)
3. 13 special stations, with the prefix ED will be on the air to mark the 40th anniversary of the founding of radio club Llíria. Each station will grant a letter or number of the phrase "40 Años Radioclub lliria" (0, 4, a, b, c, d, i, l, ñ, o, r, s, u).
4. The ED5RCL station will serve as a wild card and can be used to cover the lack of some of the letters. You can contact only once per band and day, regardless of mode.
5. The other special stations may be contacted once per band and mode day. (May be contacted the same day in the same band, but using a different mode).
6. Special stations will be active on all HF bands and all modes (SSB, CW and digital).
7. Diplomas - may be earned by completing the phrase "40 años radioclub lliria" (repeated letters in the text are only necessary to contact once).
8. All Diplomas indicate the name and the indication of the applicant.
9. The diplomas will be sent in PDF format to your e-mail address as specified in the request (please check that your e-mail address is correct before sending it).
10. Application - submit your list of stations received to the address until December 20, 2016 and the Diploma will be sent via email after checking it.
11. If a participant wishes to receive his diploma printed on high quality paper, you can request this in your application. The cost for a single copy is € 8, which includes mailing to you.

E-mail (sponsor):
E-mail (applying for award)

Tks EA5RCL 10/20/16

1 - 20 December 2016

RUSSIA                                    Tatarstan Christmas

To receive an electronic diploma for this seasonal award honoring Christmas, it is sufficient from 1 to 20 December 2016 to make at least one contact with a radio operator of the young collective youth radio station in Tatarstan (at least 18 years old) using any kind of mode and on all bands. Apply on or before December 25, 2016 by sending an application using any format to the diploma manager at the address of: . The application should list the specifies the call sign of the applicant, his email address and the radio data of band, mode and signal reports exchanged. Young operators of Tatarstan can receive the award for making at least ten QSOs.

Here are the call signs of youth collective/club stations of the Republic of Tatarstan:
RZ4PXO of Aznakaevo "airfield"
RY4PAA Chistopol "Palace of Children aYouth"
RZ4PXP Nizhnekamsk School
RZ4PA Kazan College
RZ4PU Kazan Kazan Federal University
R4PT g. Bolgar "Children's Art House"
RG4P g. Kazan school

We invite all radio amateurs to support the activity of the young operators.


1 - 31 December 2016

FINLAND                                                The Hard Working Twelve Elves Christmas Award


As for many years Santa is now setting up for his world tour – including Amateur Radio -- and will provide your family an added pleasure for this Christmas. The exciting news is that for the first time in the history of OF9X, Old-Father-Nine-Christmas, the elves will step forward so that you can get to know them and their part in the Christmas scene. And better yet, you can make an effort to find them together with your young ones whether within your family or in your immediate neighborhood,

There are twelve elves operating OF9X and they indicate themselves with the 3-letter identity thus your maximum elf-multiplier can be twelve (12).

Point Values:
a. Try to work them on all amateur bands and modes (CW/SSB/DIGI from 630m to 70 cm) and each QSO would give you a one-point
b. If you are outside of Europe your points are doubled (2).
c. Summing up the QSO points and multiplying them with contacted number of elves makes your Frozen Santa Bag, the final score.
d. Only 2016 QSOs are valid for the Bag. If you miss the elf identity for whatever reason no problem as you can send your QSO listing to Santa HQ and these elves would count them for you.
e. ( ); you can also look for your QSOs at the Club Log and each slot may illustrate the elf you had contacted.

List of Elves!: Arto, OH2KW (ART); Arttu, OH2FB (ATU); Jyri, OH2KM (JYR); Martti, OH2BH (MAR); Niko, OH2GEK (NIK); Pauli, OH5BQ (PAU); Pekka, OH2TA (PEK); Pertti, OH2BEE (PER); Raimo, OH2BCI (RAI); Tom, OH6VDA (TOM); Pertti, OH2PM (SIM) and Erik, OH2LAK (LAK)

Points needed:
Your efforts will be rewarded by Santa Awards with the following categories:
A: SKC- Award (Santa is King of Christmas); minimum of 50 points
B: WMC - Award (Warm and Memorable Christmas); minimum of 35 points
C: RNS -Award (Remember those Red Nose Elves); minimum of 20 points

The full-color awards will be sent by e-mail if you send your log and your point calculation to by January 05, 2017 – please also include the name to be printed on the award and the e-mail address the awards should be sent to. High scoring stations with their children in each continent will be offered an opportunity to have a two-way conversation with true and live Santa during the Christmas week. More details on this will be presented at OF9X where Santa video/audio screening will take place. May this Christmas be a good one for all children of the world.

Tks entry for OF9X 12/4/16

1 - 29 December 2016

ITALY                                              City of Mantova - Italian Capital of Culture 2016

The award honors the nomination of the city of Mantova as "Italian Capital of Culture 2016 ". Club station IQ2MM, ARI Mantova has organized this diploma.  The diploma can be obtained by all radio amateurs including SWL. Contacts or SWL can be made on all bands and all modes. All bands and modes OK, (excluding contacts via repeaters, internet other similar ways) during the period from 12/01/2016 to 29/12/2016.

Earn points by contacting all stations belonging exclusively Section ARI of Mantua. The list of members valid for the award is available at: .

Point Values:  All HF bands. There is just one mixed category (CW, SSB, RTTY),. A minimum of 25 points is needed.

Each contact / SWL to an club member participant in ARI's award Mantova is worth 1 point, a SWL operator listening with IQ2MM station is worth 5 points. Station participants can be contacted only once per mode and only once per band. The same station can be contacted more times on the same band only with different emission modes. (At the discretion of the Mantova station, contacts may be made on the same mode, but different bands.)

Note: The IQ2MM station will be activated only in the days Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. It is not permitted to request the participating stations to change band and / or method of release.

Applying for the award: 
To request a diploma in electronic format is necessary to send the extract of the log (using the form available at the following address via e-mail: .
You can apply for the Award electronically and will be sent to you via e-mail and if you want to receive a printed version on paper, the extra charge for postage will cost 5 euro for sending by mail. All participants will otherwise be sent an electronic participation form.


Tks DXFUN Cluster 12/3/16

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1 - 31 December 2016

BELGIUM                                                 The December YOTA Month 2016

This year 114 Youngsters from 29 countries in IARU Region 1 and even one country from IARU Region 2 will gather in Wagrain, Austria. We will meet each other, talk about our hobby and most of all have fun. The Youngsters on the Air will be active again during the entire month of December. The idea for this event is to introduce the amateur radio hobby to young persons and to encourage them to be active on the amateur radio waves.

Requirement: you have to contact at least 5 different of the YOTA atations listed on this page.

1. Awards can be requested by radio amateurs and SWL's.
2. Only QSOs made in month of December 2016 can be used to apply for the awards.
3. All bands and all modes are valid.
4. Awards are free, they will be electronically distributed.

In total there are 4 awards to achieve:
1. Bronze : 5 work YOTA stations
2. Silver : 10 work YOTA stations
3. Gold: 15 work YOTA stations
4. Platinum: 25 work YOTA stations

List of YOTA stations expected to be active:




(QSLs will be handled via Club Log's OQRS.)

At any time, you may use the following web page to determine if you are eligible for the award. You just enter your call sign and click search. The URL is: You may download the certificate at no charge, though a request for a voluntary contribution will be made.


Tks 12/4/16


1 February to 30 March 2017

RUSSIA "Fridtjof Nansen" Plaque

The Plaque "Fridtjof Nansen" is dedicated to the 120th Anniversary of the expedition on his ship "FRAM" used by the explorer Fridtjof Nansen from 1893 to 1896. The plaque is issued for QSO's with four Arctic islands with the IOTA codes of: AS-054, AS-068, AS-104, AS-121, all of which are planned to be active on amateur radio during the radio expedition of RT9K/9 team during February to March 2017.

The plaque’s size is 200 x 250 mm. Fee for the Plaque is 39€ or $US44. Payment via PayPal.

The fee includes shipping by AIR MAIL. Send any inquiries or your application to: or


Tks OH3GZ 8/26/16

1 - 31 March 2017

USA/Canada                                                2017 RST SPECIAL EVENT.

Members of the North Country DX Association (NCDXA) will be active on the air for the entire month of March 2017 from several different locations in Alaska, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Greenland using all NCDXA "RST" fixed station call signs of KL7RST, VY1RST, VE8RST, VY0RST and OX7RST to further promote Amateur Radio in northern North America.  This is their 2nd annual special event with the addition of OX7RST, more rovers and fixed stations, new QSLs and certificates! Activity will be on all modes from 160-6 meters and the WARC bands are permissible.

SWLs are welcome to participate. The object is to work or log (SWL) as many NCDXA "RST" stations as you can from their different locations. To participate you need to work each "RST" station only once per their QTH, band and mode. No cross band, cross mode or remote operating allowed.

Portable rover "RST" stations will also participate. Some of the portable stations are: KL7RST/KL7, VY1RST/VY1, VY1RST/KL7, VE8RST/KL7 and VE8RST/VY1 ...etc. Watch the DX spots as they plan to have stations on from a Canadian research station near the North Pole on Ellesmere Island, a diamond mine in NWT, an Alaskan bush school, an OM/YL team from Nuuk, Greenland, and many other cities up north large and small.

For your convenience, they will upload their logs to the ARRL's LoTW. Full color QSLs are available via K7ICE (bio on Optional full color certificates are also available (E-mail for details) for working/hearing any of the "RST" stations. QSL Manager is K7ICE.

SPECIAL EVENT DURATION: March 1st through March 31st, 2017.
SPECIAL EVENT EXCHANGE: NCDXA "RST" stations send signal report and QTH (ie. 5x7 Anchorage, 5x9 Whitehorse etc.). Receiving stations should send signal report and state, province or country.
SPECIAL EVENT CERTIFICATES: Beautiful full color certificates are available via K7ICE for:
     Level 1: Work any of the NCDXA "RST" stations.
     Level 2: Work all of the RST fixed stations (KL7RST, VY1RST, VE8RST, VY0RST and OX7RST).
     Level 3: For RST operators and those stations contacting them. RST ops work as many stations as you can, and all others should work as many RST stations, fixed/rover or portable as they can. Count 1 point for each QSO.

All certificates will be E-mailed in PDF format.
Thanks in advance for your DX spots! ... 73 de "Yukon John", KL7JR
NCDXA "RST" stations are on Facebook. Check out the hams you worked and learn about them at:


OPDX Bulletin #1283 September 18, 2016

1 - 10 January 2017
1 - 10 May 2017

RUSSIA                             Digital Activity Days RDRC "01-10"

Sponsored by the Russian Digital Radio Clubb twice each year to encourage the development and practical usage of digital communication and development of software for various digital modes.

Licensed radio amateurs and Short Wave Listeners are invited to participate, including amateur club radio stations with official callsigns issued by the territorial administrations of communication, and in the case of radio observers (SWL) - issued by the authorities of the official national Amateur Radio Union.

Date and Time: Digital Activity Days "01-10" are held annually in January and May in the following periods:
- from 00:00 UTC on January, 1st till 23:59 UTC on January, 10th;
- from 00:00 UTC on May, 1st till 23:59 UTC on May, 10th.

Types of modes:
The contacts made by the following 15 digital modes are accepted: CONTESTIA, DOMINO, HELL, JT65, JT9, MFSK, MT63, OLIVIA, PSK, ROS, RTTY, SIM-PSK, SSTV, THOR, THROB.
Bands and recommended frequencies (this is a large table available on their web site, address shown at bottom of this article.) Radio contacts set on nine bands are counted: 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, and 10 meters.

Some of the MANY digital modes that are recognized and may be encountered are as follows:
(See the actual website below to see where activity is likely to be found. )

MT63-500 OLIVIA8/250

General rules:  Duplicate radio contacts (SWL) can be conducted by different digital modes as on one band as well as on other bands. Spots in the Web cluster are welcomed. Contacts may be held by appointment (sked). We recommend schedules to use narrow-band protocols. Other digital contests may take place during Days of Activity, therefore we ask participants not to occupy for ordinary QSO those frequencies where other contesters are active. The radio contacts conducted in digital contests during Digital Activity Days are also counted for the participants.

For the contacts in the seldom-used digital modes the following schedule is suggested for the 10 days of January and May activity. This calendar is advisory in nature.
01.01 and 01.05.2016 - HELL and SSTV
02.01 and 02.05.2016 - MFSK
03.01 and 03.05.2016 - OLIVIA
04.01 and 04.05.2016 - MT63
05.01 and 05.05.2016 - JT9 and ROS
06.01 and 06.05.2016 - THOR
07.01 and 07.05.2016 - SIM-PSK
08.01 and 08.05.2016 - CONTESTIA
09.01 and 09.05.2016 - THROB
10.01 and 10.05.2016 - DOMINO

The calendar recommendations are not required for other, the more popular types of Digi modes: RTTY, PSK, JT65.

Recommended software: We recommend to use a multi-mode programs, such as MultiPSK, MixW, Flgidi and others, as well as programs for some Digi modes. Many programs can bo downloaded on the club website in the "Archive of programs for radio digital modes".

Log Instructions:
The participants of Digital Activity Days "01-10" must send their Logbooks for the periods of Days of Activity in format of ADIF file to the e-mail 01-10(at)
- for the period from 00:00 UTC of January, 1 to 23:59 UTC of January, 10 until January, 20;
- for the period from 00:00 UTC of May, 1 to 23:59 UTC of May, 10 untill May, 20.
In the "Subject" line, as well as in the title of ADIF-file you must specify your callsign.

On results of January and May Digital Activity Days tables of participants are published with the indication of quantity worked QSO in each digital mode. Are summed up the first Digital Activity Days 2015, see more information: Digital Activity Days RDRC. Results for a year are brought in addition in May and the table of all participants with the general results for current year is published.

Diplomas in electronic form will be reawarded with all participants of Digital Activity Days who would work at least 5 digital modes with 10 QSOs (SWL) in each of them.
The diploma will be awarded annually in May all those who will take part in any of the periods or Days in both periods of Activity.

The total number of QSOs for Days of Activity will be included in Diplomas as well as all modes by which these QSOs have been conducted. Numbering of diplomas will begin with those participants who have conducted QSOs with the most quantity of digital modes.

E-mail: 01-10(at) (remove parenthesis to use the address. Spam prevention.)

Tks K1BV Research 12/4/16