he DXCC is considered the premier award issued by ARRL. Not all ham radio operators are aware of the possibility of achieving QRP DXCC. Such a recognition is issued by ARRL with a parallel award program. This kind of certificate follows some rules that are slightly different from the common ones but allows QRP operators to achieve the award in a shorter time due to thelack of confirmations needed.
Here are the rules of such an award, that can be found at the QRP DXCC ARRL website as well:
In recognition of the popularity of QRP, the ARRL is pleased to announce a new operating award–the QRP DX Century Club, or QRP DXCC. The award is available to amateurs who have worked at least 100 DXCC entities (see the list on the Web) using 5 watts output or less. The QRP DXCC award will be available [was made available] beginning in January, 2002. Contacts made any time in the past will count, and no QSLs are required.
The QRP DXCC is a one-time award and is non-endorsable. You do not have to be an ARRL member to qualify.
To apply for the QRP DXCC, just send a list of your contacts including call signs, countries/entities and contact dates. Do not send QSLs. The list must also carry a signed statement from you that all of the contacts were made with 5 watts RF output (as measured at the antenna system input) or less.
Along with your contact list, include a $10 application fee in the form of a check or money order in US funds. Make sure to indicate your mailing address and your name if you want it to appear on the certificate. Mail everything to: QRP DXCC, ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111.
As you might have noticed the office in charge of issuing the certificate is the same as that of the other DXCC program. Anyway, the lack of paper QSL-checking speeds up the procedure as well and in just few weeks you can have the award at home. Unfortunately the award is not endorsable and it is only issued to mixed mode.
Anyhow, it is a great pleasure to reach such a recognition with less the power of a light bulb and this adds a little soul of challange to our contacts . This might be an opportunity for everyone, even all DXCC Honor Rolls, to start over again and re-write their DXing history.
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Born in September 1991 and licensed since 2008 at the age of 16. My main interests in Ham Radio are: HF contesting and CW !!! Time to time I write articles for “CQ Elettronica”. Actually I am a student of “Economics and Management” in Venice.