AMSAT Director of Contests and Awards
Bruce Paige, KK5DO
PO Box 310
Alief, TX 77411
- Satellite Communicators Club
- Oscar Satellite Communications Achievement Award
- Oscar Sexagesimal Award
- Oscar Century Award
General Submission Rules for AMSAT Awards
To submit for AMSAT awards, you need to send copies (you may reduce the size to fit more on a page as long as I can read the QSO information) of the front and backs (if there is QSO information there) of your confirmed QSL cards (eQSL cards are not valid for AMSAT or ARRL awards. Email confirmations of a QSO is also not acceptable) to AMSAT Director of Contests and Awards, Bruce Paige, KK5DO. The cost (unless otherwise noted below) is $5.00 for members (include your membership number) and $10.00 for non-members.
Please note that U.S. Postage rates now require envelopes with stiffeners in them to go as first class small packages. Postage is $1.19 for one award and $1.40 for two or three awards in the same envelope within the U.S. (as of January, 2014 postal rates). For overseas, one award/two or more awards… Canada $2.50/$2.71, Mexico $2.97/$3.64, all other countries $3.23/$4.50 (as of January, 2014 postal rates).
In 2005 we added the ability to apply for the awards via email – the preferred method. Now that the AMSAT Online Store is in full operation, AMSAT is offering the ability to apply for and pay for any of the AMSAT Awards online.
To take advantage of this program, you need to scan your QSL cards (back only required if QSO info appears there). Send them as JPG or GIF files attached to your email. You may also put the images in a Word Document or an Adobe PDF document. Email your file to the AMSAT Director of Contests and Awards (presently, Bruce, KK5DO), and indicate which AMSAT Award you are applying for and your name as you want it to appear on the certificate.
After your application has been accepted and approved, you will receive a reply email instructing you to make your payment. You may then go online to the AMSAT Online Store and make your payment. Your certificate will then be sent to you using the shipping address you used with the online payment.
Those without scanners may still send the Xerox copies of their QSL cards to the AMSAT Director of Contests and Awards and then pay for the awards online after they are accepted.
This award is given to any operator for having made their first contact. To apply for this award you need to send a report of your contact (no QSL card is required) to AMSAT Director of Contests and Awards, Bruce Paige, KK5DO. You also need to send $1 for members and $2 for non-members.Please note that U.S. Postage rates now require envelopes with stiffeners in them to go as first class small packages. It is $1.12 within the U.S. and $1.52 for overseas (as of May, 2013)
The Oscar Satellite Communications Achievement Award is for working 20 contacts on any satellite. A contact is defined as one with a station in another state, DXCC country or Canadian Province. Once you have a contact with a station in that area, you must hunt for another. So, if you work 6 Canadian stations that are all in Quebec, then you can only submit one of them towards this award. For those that have the RAC CANDADAWARD or ARRL WAS with satellite endorsements, you may submit a copy of your certificate as proof of working the 13 Canadian Proviences or 50 U.S. States.
This is the same as the Oscar Satellite Communications Achievement Award but is given for 60 satellite contacts. All the qualifications and costs are the same.
This award is the same as the Oscar Satellite Communications Achievement Award but is given for the first 100 satellite contacts. Qualifications and costs are the same.
Please note: The previous Oscar Satellite Communications Achievement Award, Sexagesimal Award, and the Century Award are aggregated. Once you have worked your first 20 contacts those 20 contacts apply towards the needed 60 contacts for the Sexagesimal Award, so you only need 40 more contacts. The same is true for the 100 needed contacts for the Century Award, once you get your 60 contacts, you only need 40 more for your 100 needed contacts!
South Africa AMSAT Satellite Communication Achievement Award
This award is given to those who have made contact with 25 different stations on phase 2 satellites. Satellites that qualify for this award are AO-7, Fuji-Oscar 20/29, AO-21, AO-27 and RS-10/12/15, UO-14, AO-49, SO-50, AO-51 and future satellites that are LEO. These contacts may all be in the same state or Canadian call area. You only need 25 contacts. AO-10, AO-13 and AO-40 contacts do not count. The costs are the same as previous awards and are also sent to AMSAT Director of Contests and Awards, Bruce Paige, KK5DO.
AMSAT 51 on 51 Award
The AMSAT 51 on 51 Award is given to any station that makes contact with 51 different stations on AMSAT’s AO-51, during the year 2005. The award is designed to promote friendship, and encourage contact with handheld and first-time satellite users. Applicants are encouraged to include contacts with stations making their first satellite contacts. Contacts may be in any mode (Voice/Packet/PSK-31) and on any band (V/U, V/S, L/S, L/U, H/U). To receive the award, you must submit your log entries either electronically or by photocopy. Entries must indicate date and time (UTC) of the contact, callsign and grid square of the contacted station, and mode used. Only contacts made between 1 January, 2005 and 31 December, 2005 are eligible. Logbooks may be submitted until 30 April, 2006. QSL cards are not required, however logbooks may be checked against other applicant’s logs.
Production costs for this award have been underwritten by an anonymous donor to honor Robin Haighton VE3FRH who served as AMSAT President during the construction and launch of AO-51. Consequently all award fees will be applied to the AMSAT Eagle fund.
The donation for the award is $10.00 (US Funds) and AMSAT members receive a $5.00 discount. Award fees may be paid through the AMSAT Online Store once you have received confirmation of eligibility from the Director of Contests and Awards.
K2ZRO Memorial Station Engineering Award
This award is for station excellence in receiving. Periodically during the year, W5ACM, Andy MacAllister will conduct this test. He transmits a series of 5 digits at beacon strength in CW on AO-13. He will then reduce his power by 50% or 3db. He transmits another series of 5 digits. He will continue to reduce power by 50% until he is transmitting at 30db below beacon strength or level A. You attempt to copy the 5 digits to the level you can hear and send your report to Andy MacAlister, 14714 Knightsway Dr., Houston, TX 77083 along with the usual $5.00 for members and $10.00 for non-members. Please note that U.S. Postage rates now require envelopes with stiffeners in them to go as first class small packages. It is $1.50 within the U.S. The first time you submit, you will receive a certificate. After that, you will receive endorsement stickers to place on the certificate. There is no fee for the endorsement stickers other than 1 unit of postage. Although this test can no longer be done, if you copied any of the previous tests, you may still submit for the award.
Robert W. Barbee Jr. (W4AMI) Satellite Operator Achievement Award
This award is awarded for the submission of 1,000 satellite contacts on OSCAR-6 or later satellites. There is an endorsement for each additional 1,000 and a special certificate at 5,000. To receive the award, send $5.00 for AMSAT members or $10.00 for non members and postage. Please note that U.S. Postage rates now require envelopes with stiffeners in them to go as first class small packages. It is $1.50 within the U.S. Send to AMSAT Director of Contests and Awards, Bruce Paige, KK5DO. So if you have 1,000 or more contacts on satellite, send in for this nice award and get one of the low numbers. Remember to keep your log of every contact. Every time you say hello to your friend on a satellite, log it. In no time at all, you will have enough for the award.
VHF/UHF Century Club (VUCC)
VHF/UHF Century Club award is for working 100 different grid squares and you can receive it with satellite contacts. Endorsements are for each additional 25 grids worked. You can get information and an application from ARRL by visiting their website at http://www.arrl.org.
SATPX Award or Satellite Prefix Award
The SATPX Award is awarded for a minimum of 50 different prefixes worked on satellites and is sponsored by the 425DX Group. It is necessary to have QSO/HRD with at least 50 different prefixes using any HAM satellite (Mir and Shuttle calls are valid for the award). It is not necessary to have QSL but a log extract with date, time, callsign worked/listened, band, mode, satellite used. Award size is about 8.5″x6″. Send $5US to: SATPX Award, I1-21171, Maurizio Bertolino, P.O.Box 2, 12022 Busca (CN), ITALY
ARRL Worked All States (WAS)
The ARRL Worked All States Award is awarded to a station that has made contact with a station in each of the 50 states. You can request an application from ARRL headquarters (www.arrl.org). There is no 5-Band WAS for Satellite.
Worked All Continents (WAC)
This requires contacting a station on each of the 8 continents. This award is also administered by the ARRL (www.arrl.org). Cards and application must be sent to the ARRL, there is no other way to receive this award.
DX Century Club (DXCC)
The award that is the most difficult to attain on satellite is the DX Century Club Award. This award requires a station to make contacts in 100 different DXCC countries on satellite and getting QSL cards from of them to confirm the contacts. Applications are available from the ARRL (www.arrl.org).
Satellite Award Recipients
AMSAT Satellite Communication Award Recipients
AMSAT Sexagesimal Award Recipients
AMSAT Century Award Recipients
South Africa AMSAT Satellite Communication Achievement Award Recipients
Robert W. Barbee Jr., W4AMI Award Recipients