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 The 8th World Castles Weekend (WCW-2017)   17-18 June 2017

Work on the air from many historical places, monuments and the architectural constructions relating to fortification that raises interest in historical and architectural heritage as well as visiting existing historical monuments.  During the World Castles Weekend there is a good possibility to add many new Castles and Fortifications covering  award programs and increase your collection by beautiful QSL-cards.

Date: The third weekend of June (Saturday and Sunday) – the 17th- 18th of June.
Time: From 00:00 UTC of the 17th of June till 23:59 UTC of the 18th of June.
All HF and VHF amateur bands.
«CQ WCW» – «CQ World Castles Weekend»
Exchange:  Stations working from fortresses, castles and other historical objects give report and number of object according to WCA-list . For example, 59(9) CT-01880.
WCAG members give report and member’s number. For example, 59(9) 011
Other hams give only report.

Awards: for QSO/SWL with 5 radio stations working from fortresses and castles or WCAG members will be issued the memorable diploma-certificate WCW-2017 please e-mail request to Lovro S50LD.
For operators making contacts from fortresses and castles will be issued “WCAA – World Castles Activator” Award in addition to the memorable diploma-certificate WCW-2017, e-mail request to Andrew RN1CW.

WCA website:
(The WCA group is about the biggest promoter of Castle Award contacts/awards.  
Thanks to RN1CW for the reminder. 


Very Short Time Awards - typically valid from just a few days to a few months:
(This page changes almost daily.  Check it out frequently.)
Added: Country Name of Award Starts Ends Info Provided by:
23 September 2016 USA/Canada 2017 RST Special Event Award 1 March 2017 31 March 2017 OPDX Bulletin #1283
4 December 2016 Russia Digital Activity Days RDRC "01-10" 1 January 2017
1 May 2017
20 January 2017
10 May 2017
K1BV Research
23 December 2016 Hungary 2017 European Youth Olympic Festival (HG17EYOF) 23 July 2017 29 July 2017
20 February 2017 Netherlands Dutch National Windmill and Waterpumpingstation 13 May 2017 14 May 2017 PB7Z
27 February 2017 Italy 90th Anniversry of A.R.I. Turin Award 1 March 2017 30 June 2017 DX Fun Cluster
4 March 2017 Russia Yuri Gagarin 56th Anniversary Award 1 March 2017 30 April 2017 DH1PAL and OH3GZ
4 March 2017 Italy 1000 Miglia Storica Award 6 May 2017 21 May 2017 IZ2FOS
19 March 2017 Ukraine AN-2 Biplane 25th Anniversary  4 March 2017 7 May 2017 EI7GL
5 April 2017 Lithuania Lithuanian Hill Forts Award ( LY17PM ) 1 May 2017 30 June 2017
12 April 2017 Luxembourg LX4FFF Award 20 May 2017 21 May 2017 
24 April 2017 Ukraine 31st Anniversary of the Chernobyl Disaster EO31U 26 April 2017 26 April 2017
24 April 2017 Russia 75th Anniversary of Galina Alexeyevna Kulakova 
(R75GAK )
18 April 2017 6 May 2017
24 April 2017 Russia Russian Castle Award ( RCA ) 24 April 2017 9 May 2017 SP9JPA Blog
24 April 2017 Poland 24th Steam Locomotive Parade in Wolsztyn Award 25 April 2017 5 May 2017 SP9JPA Blog
2 May 2017 Russia The Ecosphere Award 1 May 2017 31 July 2017 RN3ANT
2 May 2017 Russia Digital Activity Days 1 - 10 May 2017 1 May 2017 10 May 2017 DH1PAL
3 May 2017 Canary Islands Transvulcania 2017 Diploma ( AM8URA ) 29 April 2017 13 May 2017
3 May 2017 Ukraine 105th Anniversary of the Birth of Radioamateurism in Ukraine ( EN105N ) 1 May 2017 31 May 2017
4 May 2017 Mexico Cinco de Mayo Award 1 May 2017 6 May 2017 K1BV Research
9 May 2017 Poland 150th Anniversary of the Birthday of Gen. Marius Zaruski 1 May 2017 31 May 2017

Calendar Year / Short Term Awards or QSOs in 2017. 
Country Name of Award Source Free Digital Date Added:
BELGIUM The OP17HC Diploma (WWI 10th Anniversary Station DH5MM X March 22, 2017
BELGIUM UBA 14-18 Award ON4CAS X Carried over from 2014
BULGARIA All Saints Award 2017 425 DX News X January 4, 2017
CANADA Canadian Sesquicentennial X January 2, 2017
CANADA Canada's 150th Birthday Award   February 5, 2017
CZECH REPUBLIC Barium 70 Award OK1ZHV X Carried over from 2014-2016
DENMARK 90th Anniversary of the Danish National Radio Organization DXFUN X December 4, 2016
ENGLAND The Essex Towns and Villages Award Google-Images   March 9, 2017
FINLAND Finland's 100th Anniversary as an Independent State OH3OJ   April 4, 2017
FRANCE Diplome Marie Curie DH1PAL X February 27, 2017
GERMANY 70th Anniversary of Amateur Radio in Hilden Diploma DH1PAL X March 13, 2017
GERMANY Diploma 40th Anniversary of DOK (club) R24 DL7ET X December 12, 2016
GERMANY Worked WRTC Qualification Regions (WWQR) Award DH1PAL   Carried over from 2016
GERMAN YL Season 2017 - Diploma DH1PAL   February 27, 2017
IRELAND Wild Atlantic Way Award EI6AL X Re-posted on January, 2017
ISRAEL Holyland Christianity on the Air (HOCOTA) 4Z1DX, 4Z1RZ X Carried over from 2016
ITALY ARI 90th Anniversary X March 3, 2017
ITALY 10th Anniversary Insubria Radio Club IZ2ELV X (pdf) February 25, 2017
ROMANIA Diploma YOFF 2017 X March 9, 2017
RUSSIA Golden Echelon Award OH3GZ and SP9JPA-Blog X February 25, 2017
RUSSIA Year of the Fire Rooster Diploma X January 3, 2017
RUSSIA Radio Marathon "MOSCOW 870" Award Program OH3GZ X January 12, 2017
RUSSIA 90th Anniversary of Amateur Radio in Tatarstan X March 29, 2017
SWEDEN 70th Anniversary of the Gotland Club ( SK1BL) X May 10, 2017
SWITZERLAND 600th Anniversary of the Birth of Nicolas of Flue HB9CAT   April 4, 2017
UKRAINE  90th Anniversary of the Birth Date of Oleska Tykhyi (EN90IWA) OH3GZ X January 30-, 2017
UKRAINE Sumy 332 Diploma X April 4, 2017
USA 2017 KB7QPS Air, Space, and Technology Operating Event SP9JPA - Blog   February 14, 2017
USA Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration Special Event X May 9, 2017


Permanent Awards -Generally Not Time Limited.  Always check for a beginning date for contacts. 
 (These are only the newest additions, check the entire list.)

Added Country Name of Award: Info Provided by:
23 December 2016 Poland Gminy Powiatu Kamiennogorskego Diploma K1BV Research
2 January 2017 Ukraine Burshtinovy Edge (Amber) Diploma
3 January 2017 Russia Work Members of the Club CRA Krasnodar Territory ( KDR-KR )
4 January 2017 Russia Crimean Flora and Fauna Award
4 January 2017 Russia Crimean Lighthouses Award
13 January 2017 Italy Diploma of Italian Museums Radio Fun DX Cluster
13 February 2017 Italy International Space Station Award Radio Fun DX Cluster
27 February 2017 Russia -- Tomsk Series --
27 February 2017 Belgium Valuereux Liegeois Diploma ON5AM
27 February 2017 Poland Warszawa Award Facebook
28 February 2017 USA Worked All Florida Counties Award KK3Q
11 March 2017 Spain The Diploma Municipalities of Spain URE Awards
11 March 2017 France Diplome Des Iles Francaises D'Outremer (Re-write) AD1C
13 March 2017 Germany Diploma Bergisches Land DH1PAL and DF3UX
21 March 2017 Indonesia Prefixes of Indonesia Award YB3MM
2 May 2017 France Marche Limousin Award DD-23 and DD-87 K1BV Research
3 May 2017 USA Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society ( ARLHS ) K4XO



Other Useful Data for Award Hunters: 


(few days to a few months)


County Awards of 
the United States
nothing to do with radio, 
just good eating.
LISTS - Counties, Provinces, Members, valuable for award hunting. ALL THE VERY SHORT TERM
AWARDS of 201

2015 2016 2017




I always need your help to tell me about changed rules and award fees, new awards, sponsors who don't reply to your applications, dead URL's, etc.   
Welcome, and feel free to explore a fascinating part of our hobby, one which provides challenges enough to keep you busy for several lifetimes.  
Award hunting is  great chance to put your QSL collection to work!

1. I'm  also the custodian of the USA-County Award sponsored by CQ Magazine and write the monthly Awards Column in that magazine. The first column appeared in the January 1998 edition.  I will need rules and samples of awards on a pretty regular basis. If your club or group sponsors awards, or you can send me good quality photocopies of awards that you have received, I need good quality samples or copies for this column. This is an excellent chance to gain world wide publicity for your groupSend material to: Ted Melinosky K1BV, 12 Wells Woods Road, Columbia, CT.  06237 USA

2. Foreign Postage - Bill Plum offers a wide variety of mint foreign postage and DXer supplies at competitive rates. Highly recommended. 

3. Join the Ham Awards Reflector.  ON4CAS has established a special e-mail delivered Reflector for all of us interested in the latest news regarding Awards hunting.  This is a great chance to meet other awards hunters and get news about ham awards delivered to your in- box on a daily basis. Follow the link above to get all the information you need.


K1BV is a charter member of the Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club.  I  joined in August 1964 when I was 24 years old and the acting fire-control officer of the USS Valley Forge LPH-8. 
We used an analog computer (Circa 1939) to aim our 5 inch guns to shoot 50 pound warheads 10 miles.  It actually worked pretty well.   

Copyright 2017 by Ted Melinosky,
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