The list is in order by the first day of the award period.

Beginning Date End Date Country Title of the Award Free/Image Information Source:
1 January 2017 16 January 2017 Poland The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (GOCC) x SP2FAP
9 January 2017 15 January 2017 Russia Diploma: Taming of the Fire X LZ1ZF 1/6/17
9 January 2017 28 January 2017 Italy Diploma Ciociaria   QRZ.com 1/24/17
12 January 2017 22 January 2017 Poland Wroclaw: European Capital of Culture ( HF6ESK ) X ON4CAS 1/13/17
12 January 2017 22 January 2017 Italy 1st Trophy Medieval Villages X IW3HV 12/24/16
29 January 2017 8 February 2017 Kazakhstan 2017 World Winter Universiade in Almaty  X K1BV Research 1/27/17
11 February 2017 28 February 2017 Italy Venice Carnival Award 2017   EB3WH 2/13/17
16 February 2017 26 February 2017 Italy 19th Volta International Memorial Day 2017 Award X DX Fun Cluster 2/17/17
22 February 2017 27 February 2017 Russia 3rd World Winter Games Sochi 2017 X K1BV Research  
15 February 2017 5 March 2017 Canary
Carnival Competition of Tenerife 2017 X SP9JPA 2/27/17
4 March 2017 9 March 2017  Russia Women's Day - 8th of March X QRZ.ru 3/4/17
11 March 2017 20 March 2017 Italy SanRemo Diploma X www.arisanremo.it  3/20/17
16 March 2017 18 March 2017 Ireland St. Patrick's Day - Celebrating on the Air X IW3HV 3/8/17
15 March 2017 21 March 2017 Spain World Down Syndrome Day X DX Fun  3/19/17
1 January 2017 9 April 2017 Canada The VIMY Ridge Award X QRZ.com 1/6/17
1 January 2017 31 March 2017 Belgium 10th Anniversary of the Belgian SOTA Award X ON4CAS 1/4/17
1 February 2017 30 March 2017 Russia Fridtjof Nansen Plaque   OH3GZ 8/28/16
2 February 2017 31 March 2017 Russia 80th Anniversary of the Tambov Pushkin Library X OH3GZ and OH3GZ  
17 March 2017 2 April 2017 Russia 83rd International Festival of the North (RY83HN ) X QRZ.ru 3/20/17
1 March 2017 31 March 2017 Bulgaria March - Woman's Month - 2017 X DH1PAL 3/4/17
13 March 2017 31 March 2017 Russia 90th Anniversary DOSAAF Russia in Komi Republic X IW3HV 3/19.17
14 March 2017 26 March 2017 Austria Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 - Award X OE6RAD 2/20/17
25 March 2017 9 April 2017 England AIRFIELDS ON THE AIR   IW3HV 3/20/17
1 April 2017 30 April 2017 Romania Romanian MDXC "20 Years Certificate" X YO3JW 4/4/17
1 April 2017 30 April 2017 Ukraine Ukraine "WARD - 2017" X QRZ.com 4/4/17
1 April 2017 30 April 20117 Russia Diploma "25 Years of the Union of Radio Amateurs of Russia" X QRZ.com 4/4/17
1 April 2017 9 April 2017 Romania Ice Hockey World Championship Award ( YQ17WIHC) X YO3HW 4/4/17
1 April 2017 30 April 2017 Italy 20th Anniversary of the Mediterranian DX Club ( MDXC ) X DXFun 12/23/16
2 April 2017 2 April 2017 Italy Disused Railways Day (1st Edition) X IZ2ELV 2/22/17
5 April 2017 21 April 2017 Kazakhstan 56 Years of the First Manned Flight Into Space   QRZ.ru 4/12/17
8 April 2017 19 April 2017 Spain Diploma World Radio Day (WRD-Spain) X EB5AG 4/12/17
8 April 2017 30 April 2017 Bulgaria Diploma "38 Years of the Flight of Soyuz-33" X LZ1ZF 3/28/17
16 April 2017 24 April 2016 Romania World Amateur Radio Day Award X YO3JW 2/21/17
17 April 2017 23 April 2017 Italy 1st IMPERIAL ROME Diploma 2017 X IW3HV 3/20/17
18 April 2017 18 April 2017 Russia World Amateur Radio Day" - 2017 Award (Russia) X SP9JPA Blog 4/12/17

1 - 16 January 2017

POLAND The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity ( GOCC )

The Christmas Charity group, sponsored by eMK QTC (the Polish Radio Amateurs Journal" in Poland is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary by offering a free eAward (PDF). Earn the diploma for making at least 25 points by making contacts with stations operating for this cause, as follows:

Special Event Station                   Point Value
HF25FIN                                                 5
HF25FIN on January 15th                    15
The same station may be worked on different bands or modes for award credit.

A list of required QSOs containing contact information must be sent within 7 days to: qtc@post.pl .

There is no charge for the eAward, but voluntary contributions to support their programs would be welcomed if sent by PayPal to: qtc@post.pl .

Tks to SP2FAP


9 -15 January 2017

RUSSIA                                      Diploma Taming of the Fire


Sponsored by the the International HAM aviators club "Fifth Ocean" on the occasion of the 110th anniversary of the birth of Sergey Pavlovich Korolev during the period 09 January 2017 till 15 January 2017.

Background: Sergey Pavlovich Korolyov, (1907 –1966) was the lead Soviet rocket engineer and spacecraft designer during the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union in the 1950s and 1960s. He is considered by many as the father of practical astronautics. His greatest strengths proved to be in design integration, organization and strategic planning. He became a recognized rocket designer and a key figure in the development of the Soviet Intercontinental ballistic missile program. He was then appointed to lead the Soviet space program and made a Member of Soviet Academy of Sciences, overseeing the early successes of the Sputnik and Vostok projects including the first human Earth orbit mission by Yuri Alexeevich Gagarin on 12 April 1961. Korolev's unexpected death in 1966 interrupted implementation of his plans for a Soviet manned Moon landing before the United States 1969 mission.

Requirements: To obtain the Diploma you need to earn at least 110 points. The point values are:
1. QSO with Fifth Ocean member working /AM = 10 points.
2. QSO with Fifth Ocean members in honor = 10 points.
3. QSO with Fifth Ocean members worked on CW mode = 7 points.
4. QSO with Fifth Ocean members worked on Digital modes = 5 points.
5. QSO with Fifth Ocean members worked on SSB = 3 points.   
5. QSO with AFARU members = 2 points (regardless of the mode).

Special Multipliers/Points:
1. For contacts made on 160M band add 5 points more.
2. During the days of activity 09 – 15 January 2017 points for QSO's established with members of The Fifth Ocean Club are doubled.
3. QSO with the same station counts only if made on different modes and different bands.
4. Only QSO's established in the period 9 January 2017 – 31 December 2017 will count.  Error/corrected 1/11/17

Official List of the members of The International HAM aviators club are published here: http://www.aviaham.ru/callbook/ Members in honor status are mentioned with red star.
Receiving the award: You can download an electronic version of the award free of charge from this URL: http://aviaham.hamlog.ru/
Internet: http://aviaham.hamlog.ru/
Internet (member list ) http://www.aviaham.ru/callbook/

Tks George LZ1ZF (Thanks for the FB translation).

January 9 - 28, 2017

ITALY                                                                         Diploma Ciociaria

This event is sponsored by the group A.R.S. Frosinone and FR01 IQØWV and is open to all OM and SWL Italians and the rest of the world. The purpose of the award is to promote the culture and traditions of our land and in the collaboration of us O.M. to carry forward the passion that binds us to our interest in Radio.

To earn the diploma you need to earn a minimum of points as follows:
Italian stations: 30 Points.|
European stations: 20 Points.|
Stations Outside of Europe: 5 Points.
Club Members

Modes: SSB - DIGI (PSK31 -RTTY)
: All HF bands according to the IARU Band Plan

Point Value:
QSOs (HRD) with "JOLLY" station IQØWV = 10 POINTS (all modes OK)
QSOs (HRD) with activator stations = 1 point (SSB).
QSOs (HRD) with activator stations = 2 points (DIGI)
Note: Each station can be worked only once per day for each mode.(SSB - DIGI) and the same for the entire period of the event.

Listen for stations making this call:
REPORTS AND FIGURES: The activator stations will pass RST reports (Example SSB 5/9 plus its point for diploma)

There are two categories:
- Voice (SSB)
- Mixed (SSB, PSK31 / RTTY)

The highest score in each category / modes will receive a prize tag;
- For SWL it is Intended only one way and it is the "MIXED"

Applications - printed award::
|a. - The paper version of the diploma, printed and mailed by the Award Manager will be required to send to IZØVXY Massimiliano a copy proof of payment of € 12.00 on Poste Pay at nr. 4023 6009 3087 1787 Name on BARTOLI MASSIMILIANO Tax Code BRTMSM84D03C413T.
b. - For foreign stations, pay by PAYPAL to the email maxrb072@yahoo.it

Electronic Award:
- All stations that reach the score (after log received) will be sent at no cost the diploma in PDF format
Note: the requests for the diploma that are received after the date of 31/03/17 will be excluded from official results and therefore will not receive a diploma.


Must be delivered to the Award Manager by e-mail, specifying:
- Category / mode of participation;
- Name of the OM / SWL participating station;
- Name, Last Name and exact postal address where to send the diploma;
- Your Electronic mail address (your email)

a. The extract of complete station log showing: (date, time in UTC, band etc ..)
b. Logs in digital format (file type .xls, .doc, .txt) or ADIF and / or Cabrillo format.

Any information about the diploma can be found on the following official sites:
A.R.S. Circle of Frosinone FR01: www.arsfrosinone.it
A.R.S. Circle of Media Valle del Liri FR02: http://arsmedialiri.jimdo.com/
A.R.S. ITALY official web site: www.arsitalia.it

E-mail: maxrb072@yahoo.it
Internet: https://www.arsfrosinone.it

Tks QRZ.,com 1/13/17

12 - 22 January 2017

ITALY                                        "1 TROPHY MEDIEVAL VILLAGES"

1. The event is sponsored and designed by the ARI Section -IQ8XS- of Calvi Risorta.  The award is open to all OM and SWL of the world who make the greatest number of QSOs with activator stations and who are accredited according to the following rules. 
2. The participation award categories are only the OM category and category SWL, each of which will have its own independent ranking.
3. The activator and Accredited stations do not actually compete for the award but will receive a special certificate of participation.
4. RULES FOR QSO: The contacts/ SWL will take place in the HF bands 10-15-20-40-80 meters using emission modes of SSB, CW and Digital. The activators will call : "CQ CQ ... .. 1st Trophy medieval villages de ..." and the activator will give the name, the R / S report, the points and their REFERENCE (which is a two letter abbreviation of the city/town they have activated. Each station activator can be contacted only once per day for each emission mode and for each band, throughout the period of the race.

IK8FIQ Borgo Appio BA 5
IK8TEO / IZ8ALA Fontegreca FG 5
IZ8GNR Alvignano AN 5
IZ8XXE Caserta Vecchia CV 5
IU8CEE / IU8FUL Capua CP 5
IU8CEU / IU8FSU Calvi Risorta CR 5
IU8FRE Francolise FL 5
IU8FRF Presenzano PZ 5

6. Wild card/JOKER: IQ8XS: = 10 points
The wild card reference station will change each day beginning with the 14/01 BA *, will cover 9 references respecting the sequence list below concluding 22/01 with PZ *

7. DATE REFERENCE (Dates for different activators to be active.)
Saturday, 1/14 BA
Sunday, 01/15 FG
Saturday, 1/21 FL
Sunday, 01/22 PZ

To obtain the award, OM and SWL participants will work other stations earning points:
a. Italian stations: 100 points and contacts with all 9 REFERENCES *
b. European and non-European stations: 50 points and contacts with 4 REFERENCES *

Your Log must be completed correctly and only with the reported call sign of the activator, band and / or frequency, mode, date, time, points and REFERENCE. It must be sent to the e-mail address:
The award will be sent in PDF format at no cost to those who make a written request.
10. Provide your mailing address if you wish the award in the parchment printed edition:
Those who wish to receive the Award in the "PARCHMENT" version must send log data in ADIF format to the following email address armicalvirisorta@gmail.com together with a copy of the payment receipt for € 8,00. Send to the Award Manager IU8CEU Michele POLITANO ': Bank Paymllent Code: Postepay No. 4023 6006 2509 1550 payable to Politanò Michele CF: PLTMHL64M10B445E
with payment via Paypal at: polmi1964@gmail.com .

a. 1st place SWL receive the plaque.
b. The deadline to receive the Log of the 1st Trophy medieval villages Station, is 31 March 2017, it will be considered valid the email date.


Any matter not specifically mentioned in this Regulation, the integrations and additional information that may become necessary, use armicalvirisorta@gmail.com section of the e-mail through which they can also be requested clarification from the sponsor. The rules have been written to support common practice and practices routinely adopted for amateur competitions of this kind..

E-mail: armicalvirisorta@gmail.com
Internet: https://www.qrz.com/IQ8XS

Tks IW3HV 12/18/16

12 - 22 January 2017

Poland Wroclaw: European Capital of Culture ( HF6ESK )

HF6ESK is a special event station created on the occasion of designating the city of Wroclaw as a European Capital of Culture in 2016. The event organizer is the Lower Silesian Polish Amateur Radio Union. This station will operate between 12 January and 22 January 2017.

Certificates in electronic version will be available for every station making contacts with HF6ESK as following:
a. 5 QSO for all SP stations
b. 3 QSO for all European stations
c. 2 QSO for all stations outside Europe
d. To earn a certificate, each QSO with HF6ESK must to be completed in different day
e. Certificates will be available in the following categories: CW/PHONE/DIGI/MIX
f. SWL's may send their application with log extracts to ot01@pzk.org.pl

You can download the certificate from the following website (available after 22 January) http://hf6esk.pzk.org.pl .

Short Background of the European Capital of Culture 2016 event

Wroclaw (Poland) and San Sebastain (Spain) have been granted the title of the European Capital of Culture 2016. The event program was prepared by prof. hab. Adam Chmielewski from University of Wroclaw.

The eight curators were designated to tell about the culture. Each of them was responsible for a different area including architecture, film, literature, music, visual arts, theatre, performance and opera.

The "Awakening" ceremony was opened the ECC on 15th January 2016 with a parade march heading towards town center square. Red and white colors have dominated the entire city. There was lots of fun and positive atmosphere.

Over 1000 cultural events have taken pace in 2016 and 400 projects have been realised including such titles like "Literature Night", "Word Music Day", Word Book Capital – Unesco", "European Movie Award", "Olympia Theatre" and "New Horizons Cinema".

The events have taken place in the most popular places well known to Wroclaw’s public including The Centennial Hall, National Forum of Music, Wroclaw Opera, Theatres, The Municipal Stadium, city centre square and other places like Universities, Culture Clubs, etc. The entire public space was fellfield with cultural events.

The "Sky" ceremony was closed the ECC on 15th December in the Centennial Hall with numerous other cultural events realized across the city.

During the ECC time thousands of tourists from all over the worlds visited Wroclaw with great opportunity to explore our beautiful city, attend cultural events and just have a great time.

We would like to thank you to all who has visited Wroclaw in 2016 and we look forward to see you again more visitors in the following years.

Tks ON4CAS 1/13/17

29 January to 8 February 2017

Kazakhstan                                             2017 World Winter Universiade in Almaty Activity Days

The Association of Amateur Radio Services of Kazakhstan (AARSK) will host the 2017 World Winter Universiade in Almaty. The activity will take place in January-February 2017. All amateur radio operators are welcomed to take part.  Dates and time: 00:00 UTC January 29, 2017 – 24.00 UTC February 8, 2017

1, The main goal is to promote the Universiade in Almaty among licensed amateur radio operators from all over the world. Special stations will be on the air allowing to obtain special QSLs and diplomas.
2, Activity days will be conducted by the Organizing Committee of AARSK. The Organizing Committee will coordinate special stations, dispatch QSLs and diplomas.
3. Special event stations will operate during the period of 29 January to 8 February 2017.
4. Special control operators will be assigned to oversee the operation of the activity days participants

Award 1: Diplomas
1. The diploma program is managed by Oksana (UN5GV) un5gav@gmail.com
2. The "2017 Winter Universiade in Almaty" diploma (plaque) will be issued for the QSOs with UP28Uxx stations. There are 13 stations in total representing the 12 winter sports plus Almaty city.

        SPORT                              STATION

1 FIGURE  SKATING            UP28UFS
2 SHORT TRACK                  UP28UST
3 ALPINE SKIING                UP28UAS
5 BIATHLON                         UP28UBA
7 ICE HOCKEY                     UP28UIH
8 CURLING                           UP28UCL
9 SKI JUMPING                   UP28USJ
12 SPEED SKATING           UP28USS
13 ALMATY CITY                 UP28UA

Requirements: To obtain the diploma / plaque 22 QSOs must be made. No more than 3 QSOs with each station listed above on different bands and/or different modes.

Award 2 Diploma

The "Universiade Winter Sports" diploma is issued for the QSOs with every one of the special stations UP28Uxx. The requirements for the diploma are to make one contact varying numbers of the special stations listed below. The combination of the two last letters of the call sign suffix is an abbreviation of the 12 winter sports.

1 FIGURE SKATING                        UP28UFS
2 SHORT TRACK                             UP28UST
3 ALPINE SKIING                            UP28UAS
4 SNOWBOARDING                        UP28USB
5 BIATHLON                                     UP28UBA
7 ICE HOCKEY                                  UP28UIH
8 CURLING                                        UP28UCL
9 SKI JUMPING                                UP28USJ
10 NORDIC COMBINED                UP28UNC
11 FREESTYLE SKIING                  UP28UFR
12 SPEED SKATING                        UP28USS

The diploma is offered in 3 levels
BRONZE: QSOs with 6 special stations (6 winter sports)
SILVER: QSOs with 8 special stations (8 winter sports)
GOLD: QSOs with 10 special stations (10 winter sports)

QSO with UP28UA (Almaty) special event station can substitute for any missing winter sport.
For Example: UP28UA can substitute UP28UIH.

(There is a special award series for the volunteers who operating the special event stations and in general, must make at least 2500 QSOs in this program).
Details are NOT covered in this article.

QSOs can be made on any bands (160m, 80m, 60m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 10m, 6m, 4m, 2m, 70sm, 23sm) in any mode (Phone, CW, Digital)

All diplomas are electronic and free of charge.
To download diplomas and e-QSLs please go to www.almaty2017.hamlog.ru  
The "2017 Winter Universiade in Almaty " plaque must be ordered from the diploma manager. The cost is 30 USD.
Paper QSLs can be received direct only via DL8KAC (OQRS via clublog.net)

E-mail: un5gav@gmail.com
Internet: http://aarsk.kz/index.php/35-2017-world-winter-universiade-in-almaty-activity-days 

Tks K1BV Research 1/28/17


11 - 28 February 2017

ITALY                                                VENICE CARNIVAL AWARD 2017

The Extreme Group is pleased to announce the fourth edition of the "VENICE CARNIVAL AWARD". The aim of the award is to spread through the radio the peculiarities and beauties of the well-known annual Venetian Carnival.

1. PERIOD: From Saturday, the 11th of February 2017, to Thursday, the 28th of February 2017.
2. BANDS AND MODES: All bands from 10 to 160m (contacts on the WARC bands counts too) on SSB, CW and DIGITAL MODES.
3. SPECIAL CALLSIGN: The special event call sign this year is : II3CV.
4. POINT VALUES: QSOs with such the special event stations are worth 5 points.
5. In order to achieve the award you need to earn at least 15 points.
6. The special station can be worked for a maximum of 3 times per band (one QSO for each mode).
7. QSLs, AWARD and RANKINGS: A QSL card for the contacts made with II3CV can be requested through Bureau or Direc (OQRS preferred). All stations earning at least 15 points can request the award. The award fee is 10 euro or $US10. The fee can be paid through Paypal or Postepay to the Award Manager, Mario Gava, IK3HHX ( mariohhx@tiscali.it ). The log excerpt of your log confirming the QSOs with II3CV needs to be attached to the award request e-mail as well.
8. If using e-mail, the subject line of your message must contain your call sign followed by: Venice Carnival Award 2017. (For example: "IZ3XXX – Venice Carnival Award 2017).
9. General Rankings will be compiled at the end of the operation’s period and an Overall Winner will be elected. The final prize will be a traditional Venice Carnival Mask. If a tie occurs, the winner will be the station that completed the score in the least time (date and UTC time of the last contact will be compared). A special prize will be sent to the top SWL station too.

Further information are available through the Award Manager, IK3HHX or through the Group website: www.extremegroup.org

E-mail: mariohhx@tiscali.it
Internet: http://www.extremegroup.org/English/attivazioni.html

Tks EB3WH 2/12/17

16 - 26 February 2017

ITALY                                                   The 19th Volta International Memorial Day 2017 Award

The Italian Radio Amateur Association of Como, with the help of "Sezione ARI of Cinisello Balsamo", have organize the "19th VOLTA INTERNATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY 2017" Award, with the special support of the Como’s Township, to commemorate the Alessandro Volta’s birthday anniversary on 18 February 1745, (Volta was the inventor of the battery, discoverer of dynamic electricity and determining the nature of methane gas). Award participation is worldwide and permitted to all OM and SWL.

For this "Volta International Memorial day" edition, the ARI Section of Como offers, in addition to the usual prizes (commemorative plaques), a reproduction of Volta's battery which will be drawn among all the participants that earn this Award.

1. PARTICIPATION: All OMs and SWLs of the world.
2. PERIOD: Contacts may be made between 00:00 UTC of February 16 2017 to 24:00 UTC of February 26 2017.
3. AWARDS: 1.8 - 3.5 – 7 – 14 – 21 – 28 Mc bands.
4. Requirements of the award:
     a. Italian Hams need 20 points (minimun to request the Award).
     b. Foreign Hams need 10 points (minimun to request the Award).
     a. Ham Stations of Como and the Ham Stations of Cinisello will call "19th VOLTA INTERNATIONAL DAY" and will give the (RS-T) plus a progressive number of the contacts starting from 001.
     b. The Ham Stations of Como and Cinisello Balsamo using their personal call sign = 1 point.
     c. The special jolly station (wild card) operating every day will gives 2 points .
     d. The special call sign II2V will give 3 points .
     e. The manager is IK2AQZ. Jolly Stations (II2V - IQ2DB - IQ2CJ) will not give the progressive number.
     f. Each radio station can be contacted, on the same day, not more than once per band.
     g. Every station contacted on the same day is valid one time per band only.
7. LOGS: Must be sent within March 31 2017, to: ARI Sezione di Como P.O.B. 144 I-22100 COMO Italy.
8. AWARD COST: 10 euro
9. Special Awards (PREMIUMS): The top three OM/SWL (Italian and foreign) and the top operators from Como and Cinisello, will be special awarded for each category. The prize (reproduction of Volta's battery) will be raffled among the participants who qualify No contribution is required for shipment of prizes. Awards and prizes will be sent during the year 2017.

For other informations please contact the manager, IK2AQZ Oscar.
Email: ik2aqz@alice.it
Internet: www.ari.como.it

Internet (QRZ.com) https://www.qrz.com/db/ii2v

Tks DXFun Cluster 2/17/17



February 22 to 27, 2017

RUSSIA                                              3rd World Winter Games Sochi 2017

In connection with the 3rd Winter Military World Games in Sochi, the Russian DX club «MILLER-DX-CLUB» is participating as part of the Russian Amateur Radio Union, a radio marathon dedicated to this sporting event.  

All amateur bands and modes will be active with special event call signs: RA17WG, RD17WG, RG17WG, RJ17WG, RL17WG, RN17WG, RQ17WG, RX17WG representing all Russian Federal Districts.

Call sign: R2017WG is located in the Rostov region and is a station-joker. (May be used as a substitute for any missing stations to earn the award/s.

We invite all radio amateurs to participate actively in the world in this sporting event. During the radio marathon for QSO / SWL with special radio stations can meet the conditions to receive a Certificate radio marathon participant, electronic or in paper format:

Degree program, international radio marathon, dedicated to carrying out Russia 3rd Winter Military World Games SOCHI 2017

Award Requirements:
a. Certificate radio marathon participant = 5 points
b. Diploma «RUSSIA - SOCHI 2017" = 30 points
c. Diploma of the "Winter World Military Games" Class 3 = 40 points
d. Diploma of the "Winter World Military Games" Class 2 = 50 points
e. Diploma of the "Winter World Military Games" 1st class = 75 points
f. Diploma of the "Champion" = 100 points

Point Values:
a. Each QSO with special event station = 1 point,
b. the station Joker of R2017WG = 3 points.
c. For radio amateurs from Europe, Africa, North and South America, Asia and Oceania (except for radio amateurs from Russia and CIS countries) = double points.
d. Repeated QSO / SWL count on various HF and VHF ranges, and one band different modes: CW,

PHONE, DIGI (all digital types are counted as one type) and from different RDA.
For amateur radio operators working in the VHF (144 MHz or faster) one QSO / SWL = 10 points, regardless of the special call sign station.
Digital certificates are issued automatically online via http://mdxc.hamlog.ru solely on the basis of the loaded special event station logs which will be updated frequently.
For paper versions of diplomas, including SWLs, you must submit an application via E-mail: RW6LZ@ya.ru .

Payment for a copy of a paper version of the Certificate will cost 200 rubles, including shipping by registered mail to the Russian Sberbank card.

PLAQUES: Available. Translation not very good, but Russian language text on plaques is on the original Russian document below.

Internet: http://www.mdxc.hamlog.ru/diploms/wg17/rules.pdf  

Tks K1BV Research 2/25/17

17 February to 5 March 2017

CANARY ISLANDS                                                  Carnival Competition of Tenerife 2017

The Santa Cruz Regional Section - La Laguna de la Union de Radio Ababa Españoles organizes the competition for the Carnival of Tenerife 2017 with the following rules:
1. Eligibility: Any radio listener or amateur radio operator in the world who holds a license in force on the dates of celebration may participate.
2. Period of celebration:.- From 00:00 UTC from 02-17-2017 until 23:59 UTC on 05-03-2017.
3. Bands and Modes: Contacts may be made on: CW, SSB and digital modes. The contacts made using any mode and / or band between 80 and 10 meters (including the WARC bands), with the stations:
     a. ED8URT (on the air on 17/18/19 February),
     b. EG8URT (on the air on 24 / 25/26 February),
     c. EH8URT (on air 3/4/5 March) and
     d. EA8URT (airborne on 20/21/22/23/27/28/28/28 and March 1/2).

4. Four Awards are Available:
     a. Diploma Bronze (Rondallas) .- make at least 10 contacts with the special station ED8URT in any mode and band.
     b. Diploma Plata (Comparsas) .- make at least 10 contacts with the special station EG8URT in any mode and band.
     c. Gold Diploma (Murgas) . make at least 10 contacts with the special station EH8URT in any mode and band.
     d. Platinum Diploma (Queen of Carnival) make at least 12 contacts with the station EA8URT in any mode and band, besides having obtained the diplomas Rondallas, Comparsas and Murgas.
     e. duplicate contacts using the same mode and band with the same station will not be counted.

5. Applications.- The diplomas in PDF format can be downloaded from the website www.ea8urt.com as soon as the official results are published on the website.

6. Trophies - A personalized trophy will be awarded (with the call sign of the winner and the position obtained), to the 5 radio amateurs with the highest number of contacts obtained with the special URT stations using the different modes and bands.

The valid modes are: SSB, CW and digital (in all its variants, ie if you work ED8URT in the 20 meter band in RTTY mode and we have worked in 20 digital meters, although the next day we work in 20 meters PSK63, the contact will be considered repeated). For this purpose they do not count duplicate contacts in the same mode and band with the same station.

For any doubt or clarification you can contact us at the following e-mail address: ea8urt2015@gmail.com
E-mail: ea8urt2015@gmail.com
Web: http://ea8urt.com/

Tks SP9JPA Blog 2/23/17

4 - 9 March 2017

RUSSIA                                                Women’s Day - 8th of March

This award is sponsored by the club "Dolphins", and the local branch of the CPP in Sochi, Russia. This award recognizes the International Women’s Day and provides another chance to contact YL operators of any and all countries.
To earn the diploma you need to earn a total of 88 points by contacting YL radio amateurs in the world.

Scoring/Point Values:
1. The call sign number provides the same number of points: For example RK6AX = 6 points.
2. Contacts with the lady operator gives the operator the number of the prefix, plus 10 points.
     For example: RU0SYL- 10 + 10 = 20 points.
3. All modes of transmission may be used for contacts. Same station may use different types of communication (modes) at different bands. Mandatory are 2 QSO with women operators.

The award is issued free of charge in electronic form.
applications are accepted in Word format, cbr., Txt. Excel. Send list of contacts and scores via e-mail to: rk6ax@mail.ru . Applications will be accepted until 20 March 2017.

E-mail: rk6ax@mail.ru
Internet: https://awarddrc.jimdo.com/8-march-8-ìàðòà-congratulation/

Tks QRZ.ru 3/4/17


March 16-18, 2017

IRELAND                                               St. Patricks Day - Celebrating on the Air

The St Patrick Award is a on air celebratory award for Amateur Radio Operators to participate in on the 17th March (St Patricks Day) each year.
The event runs over the full 48 hour period over the 17th March worldwide (12 noon on the 16th March to 12 noon on the 18th March UTC).

At least 22 stations will be looking for contacts on St. Pat’s Day. Not all from Ireland! In fact some in the USA, Portugal, and even Nepal! They all count.Goal: Contact the required number of St. Patrick’s Day (SPD) stations to earn the award.

The award is available in 3 levels, depending on the numbers of celebration stations you work:
1. Fixed Station Award
To qualify you must make direct two way communication with a minimum of 10 SPD award stations from a fixed location using either mixed modes or CW only

2. Mobile Station Award
To qualify you must make direct two way communication with a minimum of 5 SPD award stations from a mobile location using either mixed modes or CW only

3. Short Wave Listener Award
To qualify you must log two way communications between a minimum of 10 SPD award stations utilizing any mode

To receive the award, click on the Award Application, add the requested information and attach a copy of your log, then SUBMIT. The digital image award will be sent to you by the custodian.

If you can’t find the application form online, it is: https://fs30.formsite.com/stpatrickaward/form3/index.html

Internet: http://stpatrickaward.webs.com/about-the-event 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/St-Patrick-Award-1100697056639846/

Tks IW3HV 3/5/17

11 - 20 March 2017

ITALY                                                   DIPLOMA SAN REMO

The annual SanRemo festival features Music, a cycling race and floral floats. The ARI section of SanRemo also features a Diploma, used as a means to get publicity and enhance the traditions of the city of flowers.


1. PARTICIPATION is open to all OM and SWL of the whole world and the goal to earn the award is to contact (or SWL) to the stations of OM belonging to ARI section of Sanremo and the Jolly station ( a wild card QSO) with IQ1SM.
2. Date: From 00.00 UTC on 11 March 2017 at 23.00 UTC on 20 March 2017.
3. Bands: All amateur bands HF (WARC).
4. MODES: SSB, CW, RTTY and digital modes
5. Making Contacts: The stations belonging to the ARI section of Sanremo will be called "CQ Diploma Sanremo" and will add to their name "Sanremo" and pass the corresponding signal reports RS (T). The same station can be contacted several times but each contact must be on different dates or on the same day but using different modes and/or bands.
6. SCORES: Each point is worth 1 point when contacted using SSB, CW and RTTY or Digital modes while the QSOs made with the Jolly station IQ1SM is worth 3 points regardless of of the band or mode.
7. OBTAINING THE DIPLOMA: To earn the Diploma, which is a certificate of participation, you must have earned at least 30 points and have at least one QSL/HRD with the station IQ1SM.
8. There are four categories to earn the award: SSB, CW, RTTY and digital modes, mixed.
9. When applying for the Diploma, you must specify for which category you have competed. Italian stations (excluding members of ARI-SanRemo) and the highest scoring DX station who earned the highest score in the MIXED category and earned the high score for all 3 modes. OM foreign stations who will have achieved the highest score in the category MIXED and must have performed the qso in all three ways. In the event of a tie the station furthest from San Remo, who received an award in previous years may apply for the Diploma but, although he will have earned the highest scores, will not get a new prize that will be awarded to the runner up. Every decision of the Organizing Committee (IZ1GAR and I1UWF) is final.
10. REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION: To receive the Diploma, requiring 30 points, you must send log in Excel format, ADIF or DOC no later than 4/15/2017 to: i1yhugianni@tin.it indicating the applicant's name in the e-mail and the category in which you are competing. Gianni I1YHU, head of the Diploma after the appropriate controls, send it in you the award in pdf format.
11.Regulation and more news related to the Diploma will be available on the website of the ARI Sanremo www.arisanremo.it 

E-mail: i1yhugianni@tin.it
Internet:  http://www.arisanremo.it 

15 - 21 March 2017

SPAIN                                  World Down Syndrome Day

What is Down syndrome?

Down syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by the presence of an extra copy of chromosome 21 (or a portion thereof), instead of the usual two, therefore called also Trisomy 21 is characterized by the presence of a variable degree of cognitive impairment and a peculiar physical features that give it a recognizable look. It is the most common cause of congenital mental and cognitive disabilities is named after John Langdon Haydon Down was the first to describe this genetic alteration in 1866, but never came to discover the causes that produced it. In July 1958 a young researcher named Jerome Lejeune discovered that the syndrome is an alteration in said pair of chromosomes..

The special event call sign EH3DWN will be activated from 15 to 21 March 2017 to publicize and gain contributions for the medical illness of Down Syndrome around the world. The Mike Delta Victor DX Group will operate this special event for the fourth consecutive year to publicize Down Syndrome to coincide with the commemoration of the World Down Syndrome Day held annually on March 21.

Requirements: During the active period, 15 March 2017 and 21 March 2017 (inclusive), contact the special event station EH3DWN on all amateur radio bands and modes.

All operators who meet the three sets of conditions will be entitled to received the free a diploma, which will be automatically sent to you by e-mail. .
1. Make a minimum of 3 contacts on the same band. These contacts must be made on different days.
2. Make a minimum of 2 contacts using different bands.
3. Make a minimum of 2 contacts using different modes.

Email: ea3hky@gmail.com
Internet: (additional information) http://eh3dwn.mikedeltavictor.com/

January 1 to April 9, 2017

CANADA                                             The VIMY Ridge Award

The Vimy Ridge, a WWI battle site, is an escarpment 7 km in length and rising 60 m. above the adjacent Douai Plains in the north east corner of France. This was part of the "Western Front", the main theater of battle in WWI which stretched from the North Sea to the Swiss border at the south end. Vimy Ridge, despite its small size, was of huge strategic importance. It commanded a great field of fire and blocked advances up the adjacent broad valleys towards important mining and industrial sites visible from the ridge. Occupied by German forces after 1914, attempts by the French and British forces to take the Ridge had repeatedly failed with casualties numbering in the hundreds of thousands.

In April of 1917, four Canadian Divisions, fighting as a unified force, using new tactics derived from the recent Battle of the Somme, captured the main part of the Ridge on the first day of combat and completely occupied the entire ground in four days. Vimy Ridge remained in Allied hands for the rest of the war and served as the base for the wireless operations of the Canadian Corps of Signals. The Vimy success was welcome news to war-weary Canada and it stirred a new sense of nationhood that some historians describe as the "moment when Canada leapt in spirit from colony to nation"

Portable operations are scheduled as follows:
January 1 to March 30, 2017 (one week for each Province and Territory)
The suffix for province/territory will be shown as /VE1, /VE2, etc.

Fixed Operations at the Canadian Monument Park:
April 1 to April 9, 2017
No suffix to be used at this location.

Award Certificates (PDF) are available based upon the number of contacts with portable operations: VO1,/VO2,/VE1,/VE2,/VE3,/VE4,/VE5,/VE6,/VE7,/VE8,/VE9,/VY0,/VY1,/VY2.
Logs from the portable operations will be uploaded to HA2NA and your award status may be checked and awards requested at http://vimy.ha2na.hu

Certificate levels are related to the Vimy Ridge attack objective lines. Each line was an objective where the attack regrouped and continued. The Pimple was the final objective captured. A poppy will be added for contact with the operation at Vimy Ridge in France..

Certificate        # of Operations
Black Line                    3
Red Line                       5
Blue Line                      7
Brown Line                  10
The Pimple                  13

Certificate Procedure: You may check your progress in contacting the station from each province and territory. Go to the "Certificate Award Status Checking and Award link.  Enter your call sign and a display will show contacts they have in their record for you. When you have made all the contacts you are going to make, and wish for the certificate, send an e-mail to: at http://vimy.ha2na.hu/ Make sure you give the name you want to appear on the award, and a digital award will be sent to you thereafter.

E-mail: ve100vimy@rac.ca
Internet (Home Page): http://ve100vimy.ca/
Internet: (Award Rules): http://ve100vimy.ca/ve100vimyportable-certificates/

1 January to 31 March 2017

BELGIUM                                                       10th Anniversary of the Belgian SOTA Award

On the 1st of July 2007 the ON SOTA association was started by Johan ON5EX. In 2017, 10 years later, the ON association will be celebrating its anniversary with 3 special awards.

10 years ON association celebration chaser award:  for those who have chased and contacted at least 10 different ON SOTA summits in 2017
10 years ON association celebration activator award
: for those who have activated at least 10 different ON SOTA summits in 2017
10 years ON association celebration complete award
: for those who have activated AND chased at least 10 different pairs of ON SOTA summits in 2017.

The award will be available in electronic format only (PDF-file) and will be completely free of charge.  To request one of more of these awards, simply send an e-mail to the ON association manager Peter Preud’homme ON4UP via on4up@skynet.be and include a list of chased and/or activated dates of your ON summits.  All applications should be made no later than: The latest date a reward can be requested is the 31st of March 2018.

E-mail: on4up@skynet.be
Internet: http://www.sota.org.uk/

Tks ON4CAS 12/28/16

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: rw3dd@mail.ru or mostwanteddx2@gmail.com

Internet: www.qrz.com/db/rt9k/9
Internet: http://www.dxwanted.net/index.php/plaques/arctic-s-legends/fridtjof-nansen 

Tks OH3GZ 8/26/16

February 2 to March 31, 2017

RUSSIA                                    80th Anniversary of theTambov Pushkin Library

Two awards are available, a paper e-certificate and a handsome plaque. The award requires contacts with the Special Event Call sign R80RTL, which will be active during the term as noted above.

Award Requirements for the Electronic Award:

On the amateur HF bands 160 - 10 meters:
Stations from Europe need to contact 5 QSO;
Stations from Asia and North America need to contact 3 QSO;
Stations from Africa, Oceania, and South America, need to contact 2 QSO;
Stations from Antarctic territories need to contact 1 QSO;
On VHF bands applicants need to make 2 QSO with a special radio station R80RTL.

Valid radio contacts may be made by the modes: CW, SSB, AM, FM, DIGITAL (digital - any kind, every kind of work - once per band) mode in the period from 10 Feb 2017 to 31 March, 2017. Repeated QSOs are allowed on different bands, different modes. The award is free and issued in electronic form on the website: https://r3r.hamlog.ru/

Applications from SWL: a request to obtain a paper version of the diploma, and questions should be sent to the diploma manager (UA3RF) email: R80RTL@yandex.ru .


Award Requirements for the Plaque:

On the amateur HF bands 160 - 10 meters:
Stations from Europe need to contact 3 QSO;
Stations from Asia, North America need to contact 2 QSO;
Stations from Africa, Oceania, South America and the Antarctic territories need to make 1 QSO with special radio R80RTL (R80Radio Tambov Library).
On the amateur VHF bands need to contact 1 QSO with a special radio station R80RTL.

Valid radio contact modes are CW, SSB, AM, FM, DIGITAL (digital - any kind, every kind of work - once per band) modes in the period from 10.02.2017 - 31.03.2017 year. Repeated QSO allowed on different bands, different modes.

Interesting QUIZ: For plaques, it is imperative to answer the quiz question at: http://r3r-srr.ru/?page_id=17601 . There is one question - and it is translated into four languages. The answer to the question should be sent with the application form by e-mail.

The size of plaques: A4 230 x 300 mm (metal diploma on a wooden substrate).Foreign radio amateurs, to pay for the manufacture and mailing of the plaque, it is necessary to contact the award manager (UA3RF) email: R80RTL@yandex.ru

E-mail: R80RTL@yandex.ru
Internet (rules): https://www.qrz.com/db/R80RTL
Internet (quiz): http://r3r-srr.ru/?page_id=17601

Tks EI7GL/OH3GZ 2/10/17

1 - 31 March 2017

BULGARIA                                              MARCH WOMANS MONTH- 2017

This award has been established by the amateur radio club of Plovdiv (Bulgaria), and is dedicated to female hams throughout the World, celebrating women in March..

To obtain the award it is necessary to make QSOs with 10 female amateur radio operators of any country, during the period March 1 to 31, 2017. All bands and modes OK. The same station may be contacted more than one time if the contact uses different bands and modes. Communication via repeaters do not count.

The award is issued free of charge in electronic form. Please send an application using formats of Word, cbr., Txt, or Excel and send your list as an attachment to the e-mail address of : lz1cy@abv.bg

Applications will be accepted until 20 April 2017.

E-mail: lz1cy@abv.bg
Internet: https://www.qrz.com/db/F4DHQ

Tks DH1PAL 3/2/17

March 17 to April 2, 2017

RUSSIA                                                  83rd International Festival of the North (RY83HN )

The 83rd International North Festival will be held from March 17 to April 2, 2017 in the Murmansk Region.  The Sports Committee of the Murmansk region in conjunction with the RO CPP of the Murmansk region. They have authorized a special commemorative diploma to highlight and publicize this event. To obtain the award, you must earn a total of at least 83 points by radio communications with the radio amateurs of the Murmansk region and amateurs who live north of the Arctic Circle.

Point Values:
1. Contacts with special event station RY83HN = 20 points
2. for radio hams living in the Murmansk Oblast = 10 points.
3. Duplicate contacts OK if made on different HF bands or different types of modulation.
4. DIGI modes that are valid include: PSK all speed, JT65, JT9, ROS, QPSK all speed, MFSK, HELL, OLIVIA.

The QSO results will be summarized on the basis of analysis of logs through the service hamlog.ru and possible additional rewards will be made on the basis of the top 100 of the participants of the sports committee of the Murmansk region. Program Manager - RZ1ZZ , rz1zz@mail.ru Maltsev, Vladimir Dmitrievich.

NOTE: the translated text indicates that the award will be issued to those who meet the 83 point requirement, but that this determination will solely made by computers of hamlog.ru which receive QSO data from all participants. It does not seem that there is any data or lists on the award hunters part at all. You make the contacts and sit back, hoping for a good result. (Ted’s opinions.)

Internet: http://www.qrz.ru/news/13922.html

13-31 March 2017

RUSSIA                                             90th Anniversary DOSAAF Russia in Komi Republic

Special event station RK90DR will be active on the air from 13 to 31 March 2017, dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the DOSAAF Organization in the Komi Republic.

This award should be ordered from : https://hamlog.ru .  Turn on your translation (I use Google), and follow instructions.  Basically, you will enter your call sign, the computer on the other side will conduct a search looking for your call sign.  If it determines that your contacts meet the criteria, you will be prompted to add your e-mail address, your full name and an image file will be sent to your in-box.  It depends on the stations in Russia to enter their data using their version of EQSL or LOTW.   

During the period from 13 to 31 March 2017 an award is offered to recognize the efforts of the organization.

Requirement: To obtain this award you need to earn a total of 90 points by contacting stations as follows: .
Point Values on HF bands (1.8 - 30 MHz)
1 QSOs with special event station RK90DR = 20 points;
2. QSOs with amateur radio of DOSAAF Russia in Komi Republic = 10 points;
3. QSOs with amateur radio stations of the Komi Republic = 5 points.
4. For stations located in Africa, Oceania, North America and South America points earned are doubled.
5. On using CW, SSB, DIGI., repeated QSOs with the same station are permitted if made on different bands and all made on one band but on different modes.

Stations belonging to DOSAFF Russia in the Komi Republic are: R6CI, R7CW, R8XF, R9XC, R9XV, RA1QLD, RA4NX, RD8X, RV1AE, RX9XO UA9XL, UA9XO, UA9XX.

Email: r9xc@mail.ru
Internet: https://www.qrz.com/lookup

Tks IW3HV 3/15/17

14 March to 26 March 2017

AUSTRIA                                        Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 - Award

This award honors the 2017 Special Olympics Winter Games will be held in the Austrian cities of Graz, Schladming, Ramsau, and Styria, Austria. A series of special event call stations will be activated during the 2 weeks period.

Point Values:
Each station using the OE2017 prefix is valid to earn 1 point using any mode and on every band. Contacts with special event stations OE40WG - OE40SO - OE11WG - OE11SO are good for 10 points on every band and mode.

Award Requirements:
Earn at least more than 11 Points and contact at least one special event station with the prefix of OE40 or OE11.
: Earn at least more than 20 Points and contact at least one special event station with the prefix of OE40 or OE11.
Earn at least more than 40 Points and contact at least one special event station with OE11 and one with OE40

The award is issued in electronic format, as a pdf document and has no fee. You should use the online application found on their website: http://oe6.oevsv.at.

Some background relating to the activity: This is Amateur radio activity for a charitable cause. We want to promote the Special Olympics with special event stations and a special prefix which is applicable on demand for all Austrian amateur radio stations. Many of our colleagues requested for the prefix OE2017 and promote the idea of Special Olympics. In 1977, 40 years ago, the first Special Olympics World Winter Games (OE40SO, OE40WG) were held in Austria. The idea has grown and so this year, 2017, the 11th games (OE11WG, OE11SO) with 2700 athletes from 107 countries will be competing.

From March, 14 to March, 26 2017 the following club stations are active on all bands: Kainachtal (OE6XRG / OE11WG), Leibnitz (OE6XFG / OE11SO), Mürztal (OE6XMG / OE40SO) and Technical University of Graz (OE6XUG / OE40WG). Also many of OE2017 stations.

E-mail: Roland Maderbacher roland.maderbacher@aon.at
Internet: (Event) http://www.specialolympics.org

Tks Roland, OE6RAD 2/20/17

March 16-18, 2017

IRELAND                                     St. Patricks Day - Celebrating on the Air

The St Patrick Award is a on air celebratory award for Amateur Radio Operators to participate in on the 17th March (St Patricks Day) each year. The event runs over the full 48 hour period over the 17th March worldwide (12 noon on the 16th March to 12 noon on the 18th March UTC).
At least 22 stations will be looking for contacts on St. Pat’s Day. Not all from Ireland! In fact some in the USA, Portugal, and even Nepal! They all count.

Goal: Contact the required number of St. Patrick’s Day (SPD) stations to earn the award.

The award is available in 3 levels, depending on the numbers of celebration stations you work:

1. Fixed Station Award
To qualify you must make direct two way communication with a minimum of 10 SPD award stations from a fixed location using either mixed modes or CW only

2. Mobile Station Award
To qualify you must make direct two way communication with a minimum of 5 SPD award stations from a mobile location using either mixed modes or CW only

3. Short Wave Listener Award
To qualify you must log two way communications between a minimum of 10 SPD award stations utilizing any mode

To receive the award, click on the Award Application, add the requested information and attach a copy of your log, then SUBMIT. The digital image award will be sent to you by the custodian.

If you can’t find the application form online, it is: https://fs30.formsite.com/stpatrickaward/form3/index.html

Internet: http://stpatrickaward.webs.com/about-the-event
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/St-Patrick-Award-1100697056639846/

25 March to 9 April 2016

ENGLAND                                        AIRFIELDS ON THE AIR

This award was developed in order to encourage Royal Air Force Amateur Radio Society (RAFARS) members and affiliated Clubs to become involved in events and thus promote the society. Also, to  encourage all amateur radio enthusiasts to participate in commemorating service airfields and bases, the personnel who serve, or those that served and the many who gave of their lives in that service.

1. The goal is to ‘Activate’ in a Radio sense, current or former RAF (Ministry of Defense or its predecessor) stations, airfields or bases, radar or radio sites, landing strips, including landing waters located in Great Britain & Northern Ireland, dating from 1914 to current times. Activating a station, current or disused, is deemed to be acceptable if made from a suitable location up to approximately 500 metres away from the (original) site of that station.

2. The operators of Single stations is based for awards but includes those who may be supported by a club or society’s portable operation. Only ATC Squadrons and other youth groups, may enter as a multi operator group award.

3. To utilise frequencies in the proximity of the RAFARS net frequencies as published in QRV. Primarily 1.855 mhz & 1.993 mhz, 3.515 mhz & 3.710 mhz, 7.015 mhz & 7.045 mhz plus the 20mtr and 21mtr band frequencies as conditions improve.

4. All power levels may be used from QRP up to 100 watts output.

5 .Modes of Operation will be Voice and Morse modes only.

6. Specified RAFARS AOTA Days of portable activity will be published via the RAFARS Website, QSL.net/G4DQP Webpage, QRV, Packet Newsletter, and through the RAFARS net controllers wherever possible. Any operator or group may ‘Activate’ a station/airfield/base at any time or date as an ad hoc activation however, all activating stations must register their activity with G4DQP (this web site) prior to their activation date, if they wish their activation to count towards any RAFARS award.

7. Award certificates will be available for working 'AOTA' stations, with certificates as follows:
          Bronze AOTA Certificate is earned with 5 activated stations/airfields worked.
          Gold AOTA Certificate is earned with 50 activated stations/airfields worked.

Note: A QSO with an activated station/airfield/base can only be credited once to an operator’s or group's entire "QSO" tally’.

8. All of the awards given will be announced or awarded at the RAFARS AGM each year.
Awards Fee. £5.00 to cover administration and postage.

9. Operational rules. 
     A. Logs must be kept with normal details, but especially date & time and the airfield's name. 
     B. Operators / groups claiming an award must ensure that all their stations worked, must be those station who are or have been logged as an activated airstation/base with their details & dates placed on this website's 'Activations Page'.
     C. Any other airfield or airbase worked will not count towards the RAFARS Certificate.

10. A signed declaration, of the following wording is required: Wording should be similar to:

"I (John Smith G9xyz) do hereby declare that the rules of the RAFARS AOTA have been observed and complied with in contacting the (21) 'Activated' stations and I now request I be granted the relevant RAFARS AOTA Certificate. signed: (JSmith G9xyz)"

11.This self declared statement that full compliance with all of the RAFARS AOTA event rules was complied with is required by all claimant operators / groups.

12. APPLICATION: To claim an award send a copy of your relevant logs, the awards fee, a Cheque / Postal order made out to RAFARS and your signed declaration of operational conformity, To: M3NDZ. QTHr Call Book, QRV or QRZ.com. (RAFARS QSL & Awards Manager).
13. Rules applicable to activators for this program are not shown in this series of rules.

Internet: http://www.qsl.net/g4dqp/Activations.html

Tks IW3HV 3/15/17

17-23 April 2017

ITALY                                           1st "IMPERIAL ROME" Diploma 2017

Tango Whisky group sponsors a standing contest called "IMPERIAL ROME", open to amateur radio operators and SWL from all nations.  The event will be held every year, the third week of April, celebrating "Natale di Roma" (birthday of Rome) which falls on 21st of April. Operating bands: 80-40-20 meters only SSB mode.

1. The activator stations will give the report and 5 points each contact.
2. You can contact more times the same activator station only on different days or different bands.
3. In order to get the Diploma you have to reach the following score: 100 points for Italian OM and 50 points for other Nations OM.
4. The same score applies to SWL on condition that there are at least three participants.
5. The Diploma is free and will be sent in PNG format.
6. The activity will take place this year from 17th to 23rd April 2017.
7. The log must be sent in any format at marco@iu0fbk.it .
8. The deadline to receive the logs of the 1st "IMPERIAL ROME" Contest is April 30th 2017, considered as valid the date of the e-mail.

General ranking will be visible on www.iu0fbk.it .
The regulation is written and edited by QSLM IUØFBK Marco.

E-mail: marco@iu0fbk.it
Internet: www.iu0fbk.it/News-article-sid-2.html

Tks IW3HV 3/13/17

18 April 2017
(Full 24 Hour Period)

RUSSIA                                            "THE WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY" - 2017 AWARD

The diploma is offered by the RCWC club in honor of the World Day of the radio amateur (on April 18 th). The diploma is issued in electronic form for making 2-way radio communications by telegraph CW with radio amateurs from at least 18 countries and territories of the world according to the list diploma of "DXCC".

Time: 18-04-2017 (00:00UTC) - to 18-04-2017 (23:59UTC).
Mode: ONLY CW.
The request for the diploma should be in the form of an log extract and be sent by goes by E-mail: r7ao(@)mail.ru .

The application needs certain information in order to send you the award:
- Name of the diploma
- Your Call sign
- A surname (in Russian or English)
- A name (in Russian or English)
- Your E-MAIL address

Date of sending demand: The name for your message should be in the following format:
Your call sign_day (for example: XX1XXX_DAY.txt)
The diploma is issued free of charge in electronic form.
SWL’s are eligible under the same rules.
Deadline of order taking for the diploma till April 30, 2017 (inclusive).

Internet: http://rcwc.ru/2286-the-world-amateur-radio-day-2017-award.html

Tks SP9JPA-Blog

1-30 April 2017

ROMANIA                                            The Romanian Group of MDXC Group, "20 Years Certificate"  ( YO20MDC )

The Mediterraneo DX Club, Romanian Group, joins the on the air celebration of this groups 20th Anniversary on the air. From 1 - 30 April 2017, there will be four special event stations of
YO20MDC, YP20MDC, YQ20MDC and YR20MDC for you to contact. You need to work each one of these stations using any band, any mode, at least one time.

The certificate is offered free of cost in electronic version, and once you have make the four contacts, you may download from http://www.hamyo.ro/mdxc/qso.php

Tks Pit YO3JW Blog 3/31/17

1 - 30 April 2017

UKRAINE                                         «WARD-2017»   ( EN92IARD )

In order to celebrate the International Day of Radio Amateurs during April, 2017, the special call sign EN92IARD will be actuve on the air.  To receive the diploma "WARD-2017" it is necessary to make contacts with 18 different countries from 1 to 30 April 2017 plus one QSO with special event station EN92IARD. Repeated contacts are allowed with this station if QSO are made on different bands and different types of modulation (CW, SSB, DIGI). Each additional re-QSO with EN92IARD replaces any two countries.

SWLs/Observers can earn a diploma for listening to EN92IARD as it makes contacts with 18 countries.

The diploma may be earned for contacts made on SSB, CW, DIGI and MIX.

During the celebration of the International Radio Amateurs Day, on April 18 and April 22, the radio station will be specially active and it will be necessary to make at least 2 QSOs with EN92IARD/p for these days.

The diploma is sent to you using in electronic format of .jpg.  You should send an application for the diploma in the form of a log extract sent by e-mail without text with an attached application file and indication of the call sign and the word "WARD" in the subject line, for example: "uy7it WARD". The format of the application file can be any common type such as: * .txt, * .doc, * .cbr, and Cabrillo is also welcome. The name of the attached file with the application must be the call sign of the applicant, for example: us4iti.cbr, us3iiz.txt, uy7ib.erm, etc. In the application it is necessary to specify your call sign, name, diploma name, category and your e-mail address to which the diploma should be sent.

Applications in electronic form must be submitted no later than December 31, 2017 (inclusive) and should be sent to the address: dcra_award (at) i.ua

Internet: https://qrz.com/db/en92iard

Tks QRZ.com 4/3/17

1 - 30 April 2017

RUSSIA                                                  Diploma "25 years of the Union of Radio Amateurs of Russia"

The diploma was established in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the formation of the national Amateur radio Organization of the Russian Federation.

1. Basic diploma: 250 points .
2. Plaque: 1992 points .
3. The three radio amateurs who score the most points on the duration of the operating period will be especially noted by the leadership of the CPR.

Other rules:
1. Two-way radio communications, conducted on any Amateur HF / VHF bands, any modes: (CW, PHONE, DIGI).
2. Repeat radio contaacts will count if made on different bands, and on one Range - different types of work (CW, SSB, DIGITAL (Digital modes of RTTY, PSK31, JT65, and others are counted as one mode).
3. For radio amateurs of Russia and the CIS countries points for communications made on VHF and band of 160 meters count for double.
4. On VHF and a range of 160 meters) for radio amateurs AF, AS, NA, OC, SA, AS (except Radio amateurs from Russia).

1. For QSO / SWL with the special station R25SRR = 25 points .
2. Contact with this station is compulsory for obtaining a diploma.
3. For QSO / SWL with the current and former Presidents of the SRP, Honorary Members of the CPR: UA6HZ, RU3AX, RT3A, R5AA, RA5DU, RV3DA, UA3AHA, RA4AR, RW3TJ,
UA3AB, RK3VA, U3DI, UA9PM, UA4NM, UA6YW, RA6HLF, UA3QD, R7HM, RG9A, RV1AQ, RV9WB, UA4YE - 15 points ;
4. The headquarters stations of the regional and local offices of the CPR
RZ4PXO UA9AZA UC2K UF5D = 10 points ;
5. Amateur radio stations of CPR members 1 point .

Check internet site http://srr25.hamlog.ru for additional details on how to earn the award and special plaque.

Applications from SWLs are accepted at: ra5du@srr.ru

The basic diploma is given free of charge, in automatic mode, only on the basis of downloaded logs on the service hamlog.ru.

The cost and order of receipt of the plaque will be announced later. 

E-mail: ra5du@srr.ru
Internet: http://srr25_hamlog.ru
Internet: http://news.srr.ru/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/25-years-SRR-award..pdf 

Tks QRZ.com listing for RO25OR 4/3/17

1 - 9 April 2017

ROMANIA                                                Ice Hockey World Championship Award ( YQ17WIHC )

A special amateur radio station will be active during Ice Hockey World Championship held in Romania during the period 1 April to 9 April 2017. 
Active stations and an on-line log can be found at www.hamyo.ro/maraton/qso.php.

An award in PDF format and QSL card will be available for you to download the award: www.hamyo.ro/maraton/ . There is no charge for the award.

Award Requirements:  YO stations need 15 points, Europeans need 10 points, DX need 5 points.

Point Values: Each QSO on a different band or mode with YQ17WIHC = 5 points.

Tks YO3JW 4/4/17

Tks YO3JW 4/3/17

1 - 30 April 2017

ITALY                                                               20th Anniversary of the Mediterranian DX Club ( MDXC )

The Mediterraneo Dx Club celebrates the 20th anniversary of their founding. All members are asked to be active on the air providing contacts which will earn an award as noted below.  The event will take place from 1 to 30 April 2017, with several special stations that will be recognized by their call signs.

20 Years Bronze
Requires at least 50 QSOs with the special stations. Each first contact with an MDC station per band and mode, is counted as a valid QSO. You can have 3 QSOs per band (SSB, CW and RTTY) with the same special station. The stations with at least 50 QSOs, can request the free award, which will be sent by e-mail, in PDF format.

20 Years Silver
All the stations who contact at least 4 Special stations, one for each continent (Africa, America, Europe and Asia), can request the 4 splendid QSLs, which combined to each other like a puzzle, form the award. price € 6,00.

20 Years Gold
All those who contact at least 20 of the special stations, of which at least one for each continent (Africa, America, Europe and Asia) can request the GOLD plated plaque, which is hand made in wood and embossed with your call sign. The cost of plaque € 25,00, including the shipping.

20 Years TOP
Reserved for the activators of the special stations. The special station which made the most QSOs, will be named TOP, and will receive a hand made wooden plate.

All requests, QSLs and awards, must be sent to the award manager: IZ1BZV, GIORGIO TABILIO, VIA SANT’EUTICHIANO 26, 19123 LA SPEZIA SP, ITALY.

E-mail: iz1bzv@gmail.com

Other information:
1. The bronze award is free and you will receive it, by request, via e-mail;
2. The silver award can be requested by sending to the manager the list of contacts, by mail or e-mail, with a contribution of € 6,00. It is possible to send the cost also by PAYPAL to iz1bzv@gmail.com
3. The gold award can be requested from the manager, by post or e-mail, with the same contribution. Payment can also be sent by PAYPAL as noted above in #2.
4. The TOP award is free for the station which has the highest total of QSOs. The other operators from the special stations can request the TOP award from the manager, sending their request to the manager by e-email, and the same contribution by PAYPAL.

List of Special Call Stations Participating On The Air for this award: (added 4/12/17)

Algeria – 7Y20MDC , Azores Isl. – CR20MDC , Belgium – OR20MDC , Brunei – V84SMD, Canary Isl. – EG8MDC , Chile – XR20MDC , Colombia – 5K3MDC , Crete Isl. – SX9MDC , Croatia – 9A8MDC , France – TM20MDC -TM0MDC , Germany – DL20MDXC , Greece – SX20MDC , Holland – PD05MDC , Israel – 4Z20MDC , Italy – IC8MDC – II0MDC -II1MDC – II2MDC II3MD -II4MDC – II5MDC – II7MDC – II8MDC – IO0MDC – IO1MDC – IO9MDC – IQ8MD – IR1MDC – IR5MDC -IR7MDC -IR9MDC , Macedonia – Z37M , Nepal – 9N1MD , Romania – YR20MDC – YO20MDC ,YP20MDC YQ20MDC, Russia – R20MDXC , Switzerland – HB20MDC , United Kingdom -GB2MDC , U.S.A. – K1M

E-mail: iz1bzv@gmail.com
Internet: http://www.mdxc.org/20years/english/

Tks DXFun 12/20/16

April 2, 2017

ITALY                                               Disused Railways Day

This award commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Insurbia Radio Club. It recognizes on this day, the historical heritage of railway lines which have been discontinued and then converted into another purpose, that being the establishment of green ways onver very gently sloping land which can be used for pedestrian cycling. This use of railways has also been been recognized in other countries including the USA where they are called "Rails to Trails". 

The Insubria Radio Club has organized in collaboration with the Onda Telematica Association, A.I.R.S. and Cone Radio Team the first edition of the Disused Railways Day Award which will be held on April 2, 2017. The event is managed by the Italian Association of Greenways http://www.greenways.it .

There are 5 such disused railways in this area which will support portable operations by club members on April 2nd.  They are:
1. DFD-001 Centocelle -Frosinone from Stazione Colonna Museum using special call II0TRM by the Onda Telematica Association.
2. DFD-002 Ancona-Ancona Mareittima by Conero Radio Team IQ6KX.
3. DFD-003 Treviso-Ostiglia by A.I.R.S. IQ3YQ.
4. DFD-004 Rivarolo-Castellamonte by A.I.R.S. IQ1YY.
5. DFD-005 Valmorea Railway by the Insurbia Radiio Club IR2XIR

The Disused Railways Day Award (first edition) is issued at no charge as a PDF document to all amateurs/SWL who contact each of the operations from the 5 railways and send an e-mail containing all QSO details (log extract) to dfd@insubriaradio.org .

E-mail: dfd@insubriaradio.org 
Internet: http://www.insubriaradio.org 

Tks IZ2ELV 2/22/17

5 - 21 April 2017

KAZAKHSTAN                                     56 years of the First Manned Flight Into Space

The award has been established by Kazakhstan diploma MAC Center jointly with municipal amateur radio clubs in Moscow and the contest committee on Yuri Gagarin Cup. The award is given for making two-way radio contact with special commemorative radio stations that were active in 2017 in honor of the 56th anniversary of the first flight of Yuri Gagarin's space.

Moscow region RT56GC
Moscow region RA56GC
Moscow RM56GC
Smolensk region RG56GC
Arkhangelsk region RO56GC
Saratov region RU56GC
Kaluga region RC56GC
Kaluga region RN56GC
Krasnoyarsk RK56GC
Amur region RW56GC
Vladimir region RV56GC
Moscow region RX56GC
The Republic of Kazakhstan UP56GC

Requirements: To receive the award it will be necessary to make contact with at least 56 QSOs from the list shown above. Repeated contacts with the same stations are permitted if they are made on different bands and in different modes. Similar conditions apply to SWLs/Observers, and the application must specify the optional call sign.

Operators of the memorial special stations may earn the plaques and they must have made a minimum of 1,961 QSOs during the period 5 to 21 April 2017.

Numbering separate plaques are available for:
1. SWL
2. individual radio
3. Club stations

The application is based on a log extract or any automated system that provides QSO information.

All stations seeking plaques must provide the detailed postal address and details for mailing.

Drafting of the application should be sent to the address of the manager of awards. Suggested formats for sending contact information include the formats of: TXT, ADIF, and CABRILLO. In some cases, the manager can request a copy of the log file format ADIF.

Cost of plaques and postage:  (Only plaques are available, so the prices reflect the higher costs).
1. To the CIS countries - 1500 rubles
2. Kazakhstan - 6500 tenge.
3. for foreign countries, must check with sponsor to determine the correct fee for shipping the plaques. It is planned to provide parcel tracking information.

E-mail of Awards Manager: A.Goncharov UN8CC <<<< @ >>>> mail.ru
Internet: http://cqham.kz
Tks QRZ.ru (http://www.qrz.ru/awards/detail/2716.html )

April 8 to 19, 2017

SPAIN                                               Diploma World Radio Day ( WRD-Spain )

The EUROPEAN ROS CLUB AND LOCAL SECTION URE Novelda organizes the diploma World Amateur Radio Day.

1. The diploma may be requested by any amateur and SWL

2. Requirements: You can obtain the Diploma by making contacts with special event station EG5WRD: 
     A. 3 contacts for stations in Spain
     B. 2 contacts for the rest of the world.
3. The diploma will be awarded for contracts made using DIGITAL MODE, SSB .CW, DMR.TG-EA5.
4 The contacts must be IN DIFFERENT DAYS so you can repeat the band and the mode but not the same day.
5. The QSOs will be valid between April 8 at 00:00 hours UTC and April 19 at 23:59 UTC in 2017
6. The bands used will be 2, 6, 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, 30, 40, 80 or 160 meters.
7.Lists have to be sent by email, using Adif or Cabrillo format to the address; Diplomas@europeanrosclub.com .Always use the name and surname for the preparation of the diploma.
8.To know if your E-mail has been received you will be answered by the same means to inform you that your e-mail was received correctly. If you do not receive it, try a second time .
9.The diploma will be sent by e-mail in size DIN A4 in JPEG format.
10.-These rules are not definitive and can be modified at any time by the organization of the diploma whenever there are reasons for it. The decisions taken by the organization of the diploma, for the correct functioning of the same, must be complied with by the participant.

Tks EB5AG-Manolo

E-mail: Diplomas@europeanrosclub.com
Internet: https://qrz.com/db/eg5wrd

22 April 2017

England                                                           International Marconi Day Award

This is a 24-hour period of Operation on 22rd April 2017 to recognize the Birthday of Gugliemo Marconi on 25 April 1874, the famed Italian who helped develop the potential of Radio.  Look for, and work stations which are located in all parts of the world which have a strong connection with the "Father" of Radio, including sites of old antenna farms, cities where he established the first manufacturing plants to produce radios and more.

Award Period : 0000 UTC to 2359 UTC on 22 April, 2017

As in previous years the event will run for a full 24 hours with contacts made on HF only counting towards the award. All modes of radio communication are accepted towards the award and are actively encouraged. Please note that VHF, UHF, internet modes such as Echolink and Digital Voice modes will not count towards the award for IMD.The Certificates are of a very high quality and are well worth obtaining to display on the wall of any Shack. They are based on an original Marconi Stock Certificate Circa 1901.

There are 2 categories of the award which are offered:
1.TRANSMITTING AMATEUR - To establish direct two-way communication with 15 of the official Award Stations, mixed modes are permitted.
2. SHORTWAVE LISTENERS - To log two-way communications made by 15 of the official Award Stations, mixed modes are permitted.

The Cornish Radio Amateur Club offers two special Award Certificates for working authorised International Marconi Day Award Stations: one is for Transmitting Stations and the other for Short Wave Listeners.

To earn the award you should state the Award Category claimed, and must apply in writing giving a FULL extract of your log together with your call sign and address. The log extract may be a certified copy of the original log or a certified computer print out. Alternatively, another amateur should certify that your log extract represents a true copy of the original log entries: if no other amateur is available, an adult signatory will be accepted.

Please post your claim to: KenTarry G0FIC, IMD Awards Manager, Cornish Amateur Radio Club, 38 Tresithney Road, Carharrack, Redruth, Cornwall TR16 5QZ, United Kingdom.

You may also send e-mail logs of the contacts to: pendennis38@btinternet.com

The cost of the Award is the same for all Classes, which is as follows:
$10.00 US (notes, NO cheques) , €10 (notes, NO cheques) , £5.00 Sterling. Please make cheques payable to "Cornish Radio Amateur Club" Only Sterling cheques can be accepted please, cheques in US $ or Euro, including Euro Cheques cost us more to negotiate at the Bank than we are charging for the award and once post and packing are considered we make a loss! 

Special note: Only one HF/500 KHz radio contact with each IMD Special Event Station (Participating Station) will count towards the Award.

The Award is NOT cumulative, i.e. contacts made in previous or subsequent years with an IMD station WILL NOT count towards the Award this year.  The required number of Award Stations must be worked during the SAME 24 hour period.

Qualifying Bands: All bands from 160 Metres to 10 Metres plus 500 KHz, (Note: Contacts on 6 Metres and above will not count towards the Award)

Modes Permitted: CW, SSB, FM, AM and available Digital Modes i.e RTTY, PSK31, JT65, SSTV

Award Stations For a list of IMD Award Stations, see our separate page – IMD Stations. This list is correct up to the time of the latest Web Page amendment. Only contacts from this list will be accepted for issue of the Award. The link is: http://gx4crc.com/imd-stations/

Internet: http://www.gx4crc.com/imd-award/
Internet: (list of participating stations) http://gx4crc.com/imd-stations/

Tks GB4IMD 4/12/17

April 8 to 30, 2017

BULGARIA                                                                       Diploma "38 years of the Flight of Soyuz-33"

Sponsored by The International HAM aviators club "Fifth Ocean" and devoted to the space flight of Bulgaria’s First Cosmonaut Georgi Ivanov on 10-12 April 1978.

Requirement: To obtain the Diploma you need to earn 38 points.

Point Values:

1. Each QSO with Special event call signs LZ38GI, LZ38NR and LZ38SATURN = 5 points.
2. Each QSO with Bulgarian members of the Fifth Ocean members = 3 points.
3. Bulgarian members registered on
www.hamlog.ru are: LZ105PBP, LZ120RK, LZ180VL, LZ1CNN, LZ1HM, LZ1NY, LZ1VP, LZ1ZF, LZ2KLR, LZ3V, LZ44WFF, LZ4FQ, LZ5O, LZ5O/P, LZ6C and LZ9Z
4. QSOs with all other members of the Fifth Ocean
group = 1 point.
5. Only QSOs made during the days of activity 8-30 April 2017 count for the award.
6. QSOs with the same station can be counted if using different modes and different bands.

A complete listing of the members of The International HAM aviators club are published on: http://www.aviaham.ru/callbook/
You may receive the award at no cost by visiting the website: http://aviaham.hamlog.ru

Enter QSO data to receive automated issuance of the certificate.