“We are very pleased to announce a new addition to our QRZ Operating Awards offerings:
The United States Counties Award
During the last 18 months, QRZ has offered 4 award types. We have issued approximately 34,000 of these awards to individuals representing 177 DXCC entities. We think those are some great numbers and we can’t wait to see how many of you will take advantage of our 5th QRZ Operating Award!
The United States Counties Award is available to any QRZ member whose Logbook on QRZ.com contains confirmed contacts from any 100 US Counties. We also offer endorsements for members whose logbooks contain confirmed contacts from 250 counties and 500 counties.
There are many Logbook users who are already eligible for this award. Analyze your logbook today to see if you are one of them!
This award joins the ranks of the current QRZ Operating Awards, which include the following:
- World Continents Award
The World Continents Award is available to any QRZ member whose Logbook on QRZ.com contains at least one confirmed contact from 6 continental zones of the world. These include: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America, and Oceania.
- Grid Squared Award
This award is available to any QRZ member whose Logbook on QRZ.com contains at least one confirmed contact from each of 100 unique Maidenhead grid squares.
- DX World Award
The DX World Award is available to any QRZ member whose Logbook on QRZ.com contains at least one confirmed contact from each of at least 100 distinct ARRL DXCC entities.
- United States Award
The United States Award is available to any QRZ member whose Logbook on QRZ.com contains at least one confirmed contact from each of the 50 US States.
Endorsements are available for Mixed or individual bands as well as Mixed and individual modes (Phone, CW, Digital.)
QRZ Awards are FREE
As a member of QRZ with a valid amateur radio license, you are eligible to earn awards based on your QRZ Logbook contents. Your QRZ operating awards show up on your callsign page in a special tab called “Awards”. There is no requirement to become a QRZ Subscriber to earn operating awards.
Fine lithographed QRZ award certificates are available at a modest cost.
If you would like a handsomely lithographed and numbered certificate with QRZ’s signature holographic seal of authenticity, you may order them directly from your callsign page. These certificates were custom designed for our members and have been reproduced on fine paper by a commercial printing company. They have a gorgeous, high quality look and feel that uniquely recognizes the hard work and dedication used in earning your award.
Applying for an award is simple once you have the confirmed QSOs in your logbook!
From your logbook, simply click “Awards,” select the logbook(s) to use toward the award by following the instructions on that page, and select the award heading that you’re interested in. From there you will be shown the analysis of your logbook for that award in the Mixed mode. If eligible, you will be presented with a Congratulations screen, and given the option to apply.
To view a different mode, such as CW, Digital, or Phone, simply select the mode from the “Award Type” drop-down menu, and a new analysis will be completed. Like before, if you are eligible, you will be presented with a Congratulations screen, and given the option to apply.
- What if I already have the award, and I achieve a new band? How do I get the endorsement?
Simply run the analyzer again. If it determines you have completed a new band for an award you have already achieved, it will give you the endorsement automatically!
- Where can I see what awards I have achieved, and their endorsements?
There is an “Awards” tab that will appear on your callsign page once you’ve achieved an award. The tab appears next to your “Biography,” “Detail,” and “Logbook” tabs.
- Where can I find the Awards Program Rules?
The Awards Program Rules Document can be found here. There is also a link to this document on the “Awards” page in your QRZ Logbook.
- Do you offer award certificates?
Yes! Once you have achieved an award, you will be emailed with a link to purchase a certificate, and a link will always exist on the “Awards” tab of your callsign page.
Note: Platinum Subscribers receive one complimentary certificate per year. Life Members are entitled to unlimited certificates.
- What do the certificates look like?
Below is an animated graphic showing some of the possibilities!
If you have suggestions, please let us know by posting a new topic in the Suggestions and New Feature Requests section of the Logbook Forums!
Check out the QRZ Logbook Handbook for a walkthrough of how to resolve any issues you have!
So what are you waiting for? No more waiting in line for the card-checker to validate your paper QSL cards. No more application or membership fees to obtain an award! It’s never been easier!
Thank you for your continued support and feedback! We’re very excited about our new United States Counties Award and as always we thank you for your use and support of QRZ!
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