Todd LeMense, KKØDX


Heartland DX Association

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1.The WAS (Worked All States) Award is available to all amateurs worldwide who submit proof with written confirmation of having contacted each of the 50 states of the United States of America. The WAS Awards program includes 9 different and separately numbered awards as listed below. In addition, endorsement stickers are available as listed below.
2.Two-way communications must be established on amateur bands with each state. Specialty awards and endorsements must be two-way (2X) on that band and/or mode. There is no minimum signal report required. Any or all bands may be used for general WAS. The District of Columbia may be counted for Maryland.
3.Contacts must be made from the same location, or from locations no two of which are more than 50 miles apart which is affirmed by signature of the applicant on the application. Club station applicants, please include clearly the club name and callsign of the club station (or trustee).
4.Contacts may be made over any period of years. Contacts must be confirmed in writing, preferably in the form of QSL cards. Written confirmations must be submitted (no photocopies). Confirmations must show your call and indicate that two-way communications was established. Applications for specialty Awards or endorsements must submit confirmations that clearly confirm two-way contact on the specialty mode/band. Contacts made with Alaska must be dated January 3, 1959 or later and with Hawaii dated August 21, 1959, or after.
5.Specialty Awards (numbered separately) are available for OSCAR Satellite, SSTV, RTTY, 144 MHz, 432 MHz, 222 MHz, 50 MHz and 160 meters. Endorsement stickers for the basic mixed mode/band award and any of the specialty awards are available for SSB, CW, Novice, QRP, Packet, EME and any single band except 30 meters. The Novice endorsement is available for the applicant who has worked all states as a Novice licensee. QRP is defined as 10 watts input (or 5 watts output) of the applicant only and is affirmed by signature of the applicant on the application.
6.Contacts made through "repeater" devices or any other power relay method cannot be used for WAS confirmation. A separate WAS is available for Satellite contacts. All stations contacted must be "land stations." Contact with ships, anchored or otherwise, and aircraft, cannot be counted.
7.A US applicant must be an ARRL member to participate in the WAS program. DX stations are exempt from this requirement.
8.HQ reserves the right to spot call for inspection of cards (at ARRL expense) of applications verified by an HF Awards Manager. The purpose of this is not to call into question the integrity of any individual, but rather to ensure the overall integrity of the program. More difficult attained specialty awards (such as 222 MHz WAS for example) are more likely to be so called. Failure of the applicant to respond to such spot check will result in non-issuance of the WAS certificate.
9.Disqualification. False statements on this application or submission of forged or altered cards may result in disqualification. ARRL does not attempt to determine who has altered a submitted card; therefore do not submit any marked over cards. The decision of the ARRL Awards Committee in such cases is final.
5 Band WAS Rules
1. The 5BWAS certificate and plaque (see below #4) will be issued for having submitted confirmations with each of the 50 United States for contacts dated January 1, 1970, or after, on five amateur bands (10, 18 and 24 MHz excluded). Phone and CW segments of a band do not count as separate bands.
2. WAS Rules (MSD-264) that do not conflict with these 5BWAS rules also apply to the 5BWAS Award.
3. There are no specialty 5 Band awards or endorsements.
4. A handsome 9 X 12 personalized walnut plaque is available for a fee of $30 US (check or money order) plus shipping ($8 in USA).
5. The fee for the 5 Band WAS certificate is $10, which includes a lapel pin.

Application Procedure (Please follow carefully)
•Confirmations (QSLs) and application form, WAS(MSD-217) or 5BWAS(MSD-264), may be submitted to KKØDX, ARRL HF Awards Manager. If you can have your applications so verified locally, you need not submit your cards to HQ via the mails.
•Be sure that when cards are presented for verification to sort them alphabetically by state, as listed on the back of the application form.
•All QSL cards sent to KKØDX must be accompanied by sufficient postage for their safe return (registered mail is recommended because it is traceable). Fifty (50) QSL cards typically weigh approximately 6 ounces.
•Include a #10 (@4" x 9") SASE to: ARRL WAS Program, 225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111
•All applications sent to KKØDX must include the appropriate fee(s) with checks should be made out to ARRL:
 $5 for each WAS certificate (the fee includes any endorsements on the same application)
 $3 per endorsement application (if applying for multiple endorsements on the same application, the fee remains $3) Example: 10 Meters, SSB and Novice
Todd LeMense, KKØDX
3603 South 89th Street
Omaha, NE 68124-3931
Applications and Record Forms
The Worked All States application form is available as both HTML and Adobe Acrobat files.
The 5 Band Worked All States application form is available as Microsoft Word document or Adobe Acrobat files.
The Worked All States record sheet is avalable as HTML or as an Adobe Acrobat file.
The 5-Band WAS record sheet is available as either a Microsoft Word document or an Adobe PDF file.
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This page last updated on March 4, 2001
Todd LeMense, KKØDX