1. Basic requirement: Confirmed Amateur Radio QSOs with all 67 counties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. QSL cards must be in the applicant's possession. QSL cards will include paper or electronic. Log Book of the World Records will also be accepted. Participants may work towards the Challenge by making contact with 20, 40, or 60 counties. A certificate will be awarded at each of the three levels. An endorsement will be given when all 67 counties are worked. Endorsements are also available for single band or mode.
2. Valid contacts: All contacts must be 2-way communications made in real time. These contacts may be on any Amateur Radio band/mode.
Contacts made using repeating devices such as FM repeaters, Amateur satellites, moon-bounce, and keyboard-to-keyboard contacts through digipeaters/nodes are valid, because these QSOs are made in real or near-real time. Contacts using IRLP, Echolink, or D-Star are valid as long as a radio is being used by both operators. All Contacts must be made from the same county. There is no date limit on when the contact were made.
Contacts made by storing messages on BBS type stations (whether terrestrial or on board satellites) or by forwarding messages through a network of such BBSs are not valid.
In other words, this award is for QSOs between operators, not for exchange of messages.
3. Verification of contacts: Sending cards with the application is not required. An application form is available, but its use is not required. Excel version Adobe version Applicants shall submit a list of QSO's, alphabetized by county, showing the following QSO data: county, callsign of station contacted, band, mode, date, and UTC time. The name and callsign of the applicant should be printed clearly, exactly as they are to appear on the certificate. QSOs made under different callsigns of the same operator are permitted. The callsigns should be indicated on the application.
QSL cards and the application are to be presented to one of the following for checking and verification: (a) the president of a ham radio club, or (b) an official of the ARRL or DX applicant's national Amateur Radio society. If cards are mailed to the award sponsor sufficient postage or IRCs should be included to cover return shipping and postage.
The following statement, or equivalent language, should appear on the application. The person who checks the cards should sign this statement and also clearly print his or her name and position title.
"I have examined QSL cards for all the listed contacts. The information is accurate as listed."
4. Award fee and return envelope: Applicants in the USA should enclose a check for $3.00 for each endorsement level, payable to Holmesburg ARC. DX applicants (including Canada), please send 1 IRC. All applicants should include their mailing address for an 8 ´ x 11 inch (21.5 x 28 cm) certificate.
5. Submission of application: Mail the completed application to:
Holmesburg Amateur Radio Club
3341 Sheffield Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19136
6. Decisions of the sponsoring Club are final. Questions on the award can be sent to the Holmesburg Amateur Radio Club, WM3PEN at ARRL.NET.
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