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General Requirements:

The Wireless Society Of Southern Maine offers several awards. These awards are available to all radio amateurs in the world. Each award has its own specific set of guidelines which are explained in detail under the award's name below.  For every award offered by WSSM, a GCR list is accepted. We allow GCR in lieu of actually having to see your QSL cards. GCR, (General Certification Rule), means getting the signatures of two witnesses who certify that you possess the cards and that the information that you state on the application is correct.

Fee for each award is US $8.00, or 5 Euros.  (All award fees are waived to WSSM members).
Apply to:

WSSM Awards Manager
16 Hope Drive
Gorham, ME  04038

USA

If you have any further questions, please click here to contact our awards manager.

Worked All Maine Award
Worked All Maine Award

Rules:

The Wireless Society of Southern Maine has established the Worked All Maine Award for all radio amateurs in the world under the following bases:

1. Confirmed contacts with stations in all sixteen (16) counties of Maine.


2. All bands and modes are allowed, including WARC and 60 meters. No date limits. No contacts on repeaters, IRLP, or Echolink will count for this award. Only three mobile or portable stations may be claimed for credit. All stations contacted must be "land stations." Contacts with ships, aircraft or via satellites are not allowed. No SWL’s.

3. List of counties that count for  the award:

Androscoggin, Aroostook, Cumberland, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Sagadahoc, Somerset, Waldo, Washington, and York.

Upside Down Award

Award winners:  
Upside Down:

Mirror:
JR3AKG, Takeshi Ishigami,  Osaka, Japan
JH3OHO, Akira Miyai,  Sakai City, Osaka, Japan
Upside Down

Rules:

Here, we’re looking for ambigrams. The natural ambigram is a 180 degree symmetric rotation, which means that the word, or in this case, the call sign, must read the same upside down as it does right side up. We'll also accept the mirror-image ambigram, which means that the callsign, when reflected in a mirror, reads the same both ways. Your award will indicate either "natural" or "mirror-image," and all contacts submitted must be either all of one or the other.

1. Natural Ambigram - Confirmed contacts with five (5) stations on at least two different bands with call signs that read the same upside down as they do right side up.  Mirror-Image Ambigram - Confirmed 
contacts with five (5) stations on at least two different bands with call signs that, when reflected in a mirror, read the same both ways.

2. All bands and modes, including WARC and 60 meters. No date limits. Contacts on repeaters, IRLP and Echolink are allowed.  All stations contacted must be "land stations". Contacts with ships, aircraft or via satellites are not valid for this award. No SWL's.

3. Examples of call signs which read the same upside down as they do right side up:  WS1SM, XX1XX, HZ1ZH, HS1SH, W1M, etc.

Examples of callsigns that, when reflected in a mirror, read the same both ways:  T33T, DL1LD, ZC4CZ, AZ5ZA, etc.

Maine Lighthouses Award
Maine Lighthouses Award

Rules:

The Wireless Society Of Southern Maine has established the Maine Lighthouses Award for all radio amateurs in the world under the following bases:

1. Confirmed contacts with at least ten (10) Maine Lighthouses.

2. All stations contacted must be with WS1SM (the club-station of the Wireless Society Of Southern Maine), or any of the official lighthouse activations found on the following lists:

International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW) list.

World List of Lights

World Lighthouses on the Air (WLOTA) list.

The award is also available to activators. Those who initiate transmissions from at least ten (10) Maine Lighthouses, can earn an 'Acitvator' version of this award.

3. All bands and modes, including WARC and 60 meters. No date limits. No contacts on repeaters, IRLP, or Echolink, will count for this award. All stations contacted must be "land stations". Contacts with ships, aircraft or via satellites are not valid for this award.  No SWL's.

New England Writers Award New England Writers Award

Rules:


New England has a tradition of being the birthplace and home to many famous writers...  so we designed an award to celebrate that heritage.

1. Confirmed contacts with ten (10) stations located in the towns where  famous New England writers lived.

2. All bands and modes, including WARC and 60 meters. No date limits. Contacts on repeaters, IRLP, or Echolink, will count for this award. All stations contacted must be "land stations". Contacts with ships, aircraft or via satellites are not valid for this award. No SWL's.

The award is also available to activators. Those who initiate transmissions from at least ten (10) of these locations, can earn an 'Acitvator' version of this award.

3.  List of towns that count for the award:

WRITER
Louisa May Alcott
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Henry David Thoreau
Emily Dickenson
Edith Wharton
Nathaniel Hawthorne

John Greenleaf Whittier
Herman Melville
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Jack Kerouac
William Cullen Bryant

Catherine Sedgwick
Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel)
Robert Frost

Mark Twain
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Artemus Ward
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Robert Benchley
E.E. Cummings
Erle Stanley Gardner
Robert Lowell
James Russell Lowell
Sylvia Plath
Edgar Allan Poe
E.B. White
TOWN
Concord, Massachusetts
Concord, Massachusetts
Concord, Massachusetts
Amherst, Massachusetts
Lenox, Massachusetts
Lenox, Massachusetts
   (also Salem, Massachusetts)
Haverhill, Massachusetts
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
   (also Cambridge, Massachusetts)
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
   (also Boston, Massachusetts)

Lowell, Massachusetts
Great Barrington, Massachusetts
   (also, Cummington, Massachusetts)
Stockbridge, Massachusetts
Springfield, Massachusetts
Franconia, New Hampshire
   (also, Derry, New Hampshire)
Hartford, Connecticut
Hartford, Connecticut
Portland, Maine
   (also Cambridge, Massachusetts)
Waterford, Maine
Camden, Maine
Worcester, Massachusetts
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Malden, Massachusetts
Boston, Massachusetts
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Winthrop, Massachusetts
Boston, Massachusetts
North Brooklin, Maine
HOMESTEAD
Orchard House

Cabin, Walden Pond
Emily Dickenson Homestead
The Mount
The Little Red House (Hawthorne Cottage)
The House of Seven Gables

Arrowhead
Holmesdale

Holmesdale


Bryant House

Sedgwick House

The Frost Place
The Robert Frost Farm
Mark Twain House

Wadsworth-Longfellow House
Longfellow House







Plath Family Home

E.B. White House

Maine DX Award Maine DX Award

Rules:

Maine abounds in towns having names similar to foreign countries or cities. There is a Moscow and Stockholm, as well as a Belfast and Limerick. To Celebrate this fact, we introduce the Maine DX Award.

1. Confirmed contacts with seven (7) or more stations located in Maine towns having names similar to foreign countries or cities.

2. All bands and modes, including WARC and 60 meters. No date limits. Contacts on repeaters, IRLP, or Echolink, will count for this award. All stations contacted must be "land stations". Contacts with ships, aircraft or via satellites are not valid for this award. No SWL's.


The award is also available to activators. Those who initiate transmissions from at least seven (7) of these locations, can earn an 'Acitvator' version of this award.


3.  List of towns that count for the award:

Athens
Belfast
Belgrade
Brighton
Bristol
Calais
Canaan
China, (also South China)
Damascus
Denmark
Georgetown
Ireland Corner
Lebanon
Limerick, (also New Limerick, Limerick Mills)
Lisbon, (also Lisbon Falls)
Madrid (also East Madrid)
Mexico
Moscow
Naples
Norway
Paris, (also West Paris, South Paris)
Peru, (also East Peru)
Poland, (also Poland Spring)
Rome
Scotland
Siberia
Sidney
Stockholm
Sweden, New Sweden
Vienna
Wales Center, (also Wales Corner)
Yarmouth, (also North Yarmouth)


WS1SM Area Award WS1SM Area Award

Rules:

This award is issued by the Wireless Society Of Southern Maine for contacting stations at the following locations in the Southern Maine region after July 4, 2012.

There are no band or mode restrictions with endorsements for all AM, all CW and all Digital. The award is offered in 3 classes as follows:

Class 3     -15 points
Class 2    -20 points
Class 1    -30+ points

The award is also available to activators. Those who initiate transmissions from these locations can collect 3 points for each new location toward an 'Activator' award, with the same Class structure.
Contacts with the club station, WS1SM, operating from any of the above locations is worth 4 points. Contacts with stations activated by WSSM club members are worth 3 points. Stations located at Bradbury Mountain, Mt. Battie, Fort Gorges, Frye Island, The Gray National Weather Service, The “73" Dunkin Donuts and Wassamki Springs Campground are worth 2 points. Contacts with stations from all other locations on the list are worth 1 point.

A GCR list, or QSL cards are not required for this award. The applicant should send in a list with the names of the locations, the call signs used in the communications, as well as the date, time, bands and modes used.

-Bradbury Mountain                
-Wassamki Springs Campground      
-The “73" Dunkin Donuts           
-Portland Head Light               
-Old Orchard Ocean Pier           
-Pine Point Beach              
-Munjoy Hill                 
-Eastern Prom                
-East End Beach               
-USS Portland Memorial          
-Maine State Building (Poland Springs)   
-Biddeford Pool               
-Sebago Lake State Park          
-Gray National Weather Service        
-The Goldenrod                
-Frye Island                   
-Mackworth Island                
-The Fryeburgh Fair                
-Cumberland Fairgrounds            
-Kittery Trading Post               
-Ogunquit Playhouse                
-The Old Port                    
-The Maine Diner                
-Pier Fries                   
-Mt. Battie
-Goose Rocks Beach General Store  
-Gorham Founder's Festival                 
-Western Prom
-Fort Gorges
-Back Cove
-Q St.
-Maine Mall
-L.L. Bean Boot
-Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad
-Crescent Beach
-Two Lights State Park
-Lobster Shack
-Moody’s Diner
-Ken’s Place
-Songo Locks
-Pineland Farms
-Scarborough Downs
-Deering Oaks Park
-Hadlock Field
-Beech Ridge Motor Speedway
-Desert Of Maine
-Portland Observatory
-The Wedding Cake House
-Lighthouse Depot
-Victoria Mansion
-Sohier Park
- “ The Source ” at Poland Springs
-Vallee Square
-Riverbank Park 

2 Meter Century Club

Award winners:  

KD1O, Stephen Curry, Knox, ME  (2013)
KB1HNZ, Tim Watson,  Gorham, ME (2014)
W1WMG, Thom Watson, Gorham, ME (2014)
WS1SM, op.  Sebastian Ames, Scarborough, ME (2014)
KB1FGF, Dave Wood, Scarborough, ME (2014)
2 Meter Century Club

Rules:

This award is issued by the Wireless Society Of Southern Maine to any station who has submitted evidence for having made 2-way communication with at least 100 other amateur stations during the annual 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge.


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