These are awards which are offered for a few days, weeks, or months only.  
They commemorate events such as
Anniversaries, Fairs, Conferences, or Special Celebrations.
Check this page from time to time.  I'll list items that are even too short for my regular "Short" term awards file, which generally last for one year. 
If you know of any such brief awards, let me know!

1. The ARRL Website has a pretty big listing of Special Event Stations, many of which offer a certificate.  Best way to get a listing of the awards is to specify a start and stop date in their web form. Use the "search" function in your web browser to look for the word  certificate

2. CQ Magazine also publishes a list of special events, some of which offer certificates.





Starting Date Ending Date Country Name of the Award FREE DOWNLOAD Source  Added
1 January 2017 16 January 2017 Poland The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity ( GOCC ) X SP2FAP 1/12/17
1 January 2017 9 April 2017 Canada The VIMY Ridge Award X 1/6/17
1 January 2017 31 March 2017 Belgium 10th Anniversary of the Belgian SOTA Award X ON4CAS 1/4/17
1 January 2017
1 May 2017
10 January 2017
10 May 2017
Russia Digital Activity Days RDRC "01-10" X K1BV Research 12/4/16
9 January 2017 15 January 2017 Russia Diploma: Taming of the Fire X LZ1ZF 1/6/17
9 January 2017 28 January 2017 Italy Diploma Ciociaria 1/24/17
12 January 2017 22 January 2017 Poland Wroclaw: European Capital of Culture ( HF6ESK ) X ON4CAS 1/13/17
12 January 2017 22 January 2017 Italy 1st Trophy Medieval Villages X IW3HV 12/24/16
29 January 2017 8 February 2017 Kazakhstan 2017 World Winter Universiade in Almaty  X K1BV Research 1/27/17
1 February 2017 30 March 2017 Russia Fridtjof Nansen Plaque   OH3GZ 8/28/16
2 February 2017 31 March 2017 Russia 80th Anniversary of the Tambov Pushkin Library X OH3GZ and OH3GZ  
11 February 2017 28 February 2017 Italy Venice Carnival Award 2017   EB3WH 2/13/17
15 February 2017 5 March 2017 Canary
Carnival Competition of Tenerife 2017 X SP9JPA 2/27/17
16 February 2017 26 February 2017 Italy 19th Volta International Memorial Day 2017 Award X DX Fun Cluster 2/17/17
22 February 2017 27 February 2017 Russia 3rd World Winter Games Sochi 2017 X K1BV Research  
1 March 2017 30 June 2017 Italy 90th Anniversary of A.R.I. Turin Award X DX Fun Cluster 2/27/17
1 March 2017 31 March 2017 USA/Canada 2017 RST Special Event X OPDX Bulletin #1283 9/23/16
14 March 2017 26 March 2017 Austria Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 - Award X OE6RAD 2/20/17
1 April 2017 30 April 2017 Italy 20th Anniversary of the Mediterranian DX Club ( MDXC ) X DXFun 12/23/16
2 April 2017 2 April 2017 Italy Disused Railways Day (1st Edition) X IZ2ELV 2/22/17
13 May 2017 14 May 2017 Netherlands Dutch National Windmill and Waterpumpstation Weekend X PB7Z 2/10/17
23 July 2017 29 July 2017 Hungary 2017 European Youth Olympic Festival ( HG17EYOF) X 12/23/16


1 - 16 January 2017

POLAND The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity ( GOCC )

The Christmas Charity group, sponsored by eMK QTC (the Polish Radio Amateurs Journal" in Poland is celebrating its 25th anniversary by offering a free eAward (PDF). Earn the diploma for making at least 25 points by making contacts with stations operating for this cause, as follows:

Special Event Station                   Point Value
HF25FIN                                                 5
HF25FIN on January 15th                    15
The same station may be worked on different bands or modes for award credit.

A list of required QSOs containing contact information must be sent within 7 days to: .

There is no charge for the eAward, but voluntary contributions to support their programs would be welcomed if sent by PayPal to: .

Tks to SP2FAP


January 1 to April 9, 2017

CANADA                                             The VIMY Ridge Award

The Vimy Ridge, a WWI battle site, is an escarpment 7 km in length and rising 60 m. above the adjacent Douai Plains in the north east corner of France. This was part of the "Western Front", the main theater of battle in WWI which stretched from the North Sea to the Swiss border at the south end. Vimy Ridge, despite its small size, was of huge strategic importance. It commanded a great field of fire and blocked advances up the adjacent broad valleys towards important mining and industrial sites visible from the ridge. Occupied by German forces after 1914, attempts by the French and British forces to take the Ridge had repeatedly failed with casualties numbering in the hundreds of thousands.

In April of 1917, four Canadian Divisions, fighting as a unified force, using new tactics derived from the recent Battle of the Somme, captured the main part of the Ridge on the first day of combat and completely occupied the entire ground in four days. Vimy Ridge remained in Allied hands for the rest of the war and served as the base for the wireless operations of the Canadian Corps of Signals. The Vimy success was welcome news to war-weary Canada and it stirred a new sense of nationhood that some historians describe as the "moment when Canada leapt in spirit from colony to nation"

Portable operations are scheduled as follows:
January 1 to March 30, 2017 (one week for each Province and Territory)
The suffix for province/territory will be shown as /VE1, /VE2, etc.

Fixed Operations at the Canadian Monument Park:
April 1 to April 9, 2017
No suffix to be used at this location.

Award Certificates (PDF) are available based upon the number of contacts with portable operations: VO1,/VO2,/VE1,/VE2,/VE3,/VE4,/VE5,/VE6,/VE7,/VE8,/VE9,/VY0,/VY1,/VY2.
Logs from the portable operations will be uploaded to HA2NA and your award status may be checked and awards requested at

Certificate levels are related to the Vimy Ridge attack objective lines. Each line was an objective where the attack regrouped and continued. The Pimple was the final objective captured. A poppy will be added for contact with the operation at Vimy Ridge in France..

Certificate        # of Operations
Black Line                    3
Red Line                       5
Blue Line                      7
Brown Line                  10
The Pimple                  13

Certificate Procedure: You may check your progress in contacting the station from each province and territory. Go to: . Enter your call sign and a display will show contacts they have in their record for you. When you have made all the contacts you are going to make, and wish for the certificate, send an e-mail to: at Make sure you give the name you want to appear on the award, and a digital award will be sent to you thereafter.

Internet (Home Page):
Internet: (Award Rules):
Internet: (Your status page): 

(Yes, I know the word SATUS in the last URL should have been STATUS). 


1 - 10 January 2017
1 - 10 May 2017

RUSSIA                             Digital Activity Days RDRC "01-10"

Sponsored by the Russian Digital Radio Clubb twice each year to encourage the development and practical usage of digital communication and development of software for various digital modes.

Licensed radio amateurs and Short Wave Listeners are invited to participate, including amateur club radio stations with official callsigns issued by the territorial administrations of communication, and in the case of radio observers (SWL) - issued by the authorities of the official national Amateur Radio Union.

Date and Time: Digital Activity Days "01-10" are held annually in January and May in the following periods:
- from 00:00 UTC on January, 1st till 23:59 UTC on January, 10th;
- from 00:00 UTC on May, 1st till 23:59 UTC on May, 10th.

Types of modes:
The contacts made by the following 15 digital modes are accepted: CONTESTIA, DOMINO, HELL, JT65, JT9, MFSK, MT63, OLIVIA, PSK, ROS, RTTY, SIM-PSK, SSTV, THOR, THROB.
Bands and recommended frequencies (this is a large table available on their web site, address shown at bottom of this article.) Radio contacts set on nine bands are counted: 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, and 10 meters.

Some of the MANY digital modes that are recognized and may be encountered are as follows:
(See the actual website below to see where activity is likely to be found. )

MT63-500 OLIVIA8/250

General rules:  Duplicate radio contacts (SWL) can be conducted by different digital modes as on one band as well as on other bands. Spots in the Web cluster are welcomed. Contacts may be held by appointment (sked). We recommend schedules to use narrow-band protocols. Other digital contests may take place during Days of Activity, therefore we ask participants not to occupy for ordinary QSO those frequencies where other contesters are active. The radio contacts conducted in digital contests during Digital Activity Days are also counted for the participants.

For the contacts in the seldom-used digital modes the following schedule is suggested for the 10 days of January and May activity. This calendar is advisory in nature.
01.01 and 01.05.2016 - HELL and SSTV
02.01 and 02.05.2016 - MFSK
03.01 and 03.05.2016 - OLIVIA
04.01 and 04.05.2016 - MT63
05.01 and 05.05.2016 - JT9 and ROS
06.01 and 06.05.2016 - THOR
07.01 and 07.05.2016 - SIM-PSK
08.01 and 08.05.2016 - CONTESTIA
09.01 and 09.05.2016 - THROB
10.01 and 10.05.2016 - DOMINO

The calendar recommendations are not required for other, the more popular types of Digi modes: RTTY, PSK, JT65.

Recommended software: We recommend to use a multi-mode programs, such as MultiPSK, MixW, Flgidi and others, as well as programs for some Digi modes. Many programs can bo downloaded on the club website in the "Archive of programs for radio digital modes".

Log Instructions:
The participants of Digital Activity Days "01-10" must send their Logbooks for the periods of Days of Activity in format of ADIF file to the e-mail 01-10(at)
- for the period from 00:00 UTC of January, 1 to 23:59 UTC of January, 10 until January, 20;
- for the period from 00:00 UTC of May, 1 to 23:59 UTC of May, 10 untill May, 20.
In the "Subject" line, as well as in the title of ADIF-file you must specify your callsign.

On results of January and May Digital Activity Days tables of participants are published with the indication of quantity worked QSO in each digital mode. Are summed up the first Digital Activity Days 2015, see more information: Digital Activity Days RDRC. Results for a year are brought in addition in May and the table of all participants with the general results for current year is published.

Diplomas in electronic form will be reawarded with all participants of Digital Activity Days who would work at least 5 digital modes with 10 QSOs (SWL) in each of them.
The diploma will be awarded annually in May all those who will take part in any of the periods or Days in both periods of Activity.

The total number of QSOs for Days of Activity will be included in Diplomas as well as all modes by which these QSOs have been conducted. Numbering of diplomas will begin with those participants who have conducted QSOs with the most quantity of digital modes.

E-mail: 01-10(at) (remove parenthesis to use the address. Spam prevention.)

Tks K1BV Research 12/4/16

January 9 - 28, 2017

ITALY                                                                         Diploma Ciociaria

This event is sponsored by the group A.R.S. Frosinone and FR01 IQWV and is open to all OM and SWL Italians and the rest of the world. The purpose of the award is to promote the culture and traditions of our land and in the collaboration of us O.M. to carry forward the passion that binds us to our interest in Radio.

To earn the diploma you need to earn a minimum of points as follows:
Italian stations: 30 Points.|
European stations: 20 Points.|
Stations Outside of Europe: 5 Points.
Club Members

Modes: SSB - DIGI (PSK31 -RTTY)
: All HF bands according to the IARU Band Plan

Point Value:
QSOs (HRD) with "JOLLY" station IQWV = 10 POINTS (all modes OK)
QSOs (HRD) with activator stations = 1 point (SSB).
QSOs (HRD) with activator stations = 2 points (DIGI)
Note: Each station can be worked only once per day for each mode.(SSB - DIGI) and the same for the entire period of the event.

Listen for stations making this call:
REPORTS AND FIGURES: The activator stations will pass RST reports (Example SSB 5/9 plus its point for diploma)

There are two categories:
- Voice (SSB)
- Mixed (SSB, PSK31 / RTTY)

The highest score in each category / modes will receive a prize tag;
- For SWL it is Intended only one way and it is the "MIXED"

Applications - printed award::
|a. - The paper version of the diploma, printed and mailed by the Award Manager will be required to send to IZVXY Massimiliano a copy proof of payment of 12.00 on Poste Pay at nr. 4023 6009 3087 1787 Name on BARTOLI MASSIMILIANO Tax Code BRTMSM84D03C413T.
b. - For foreign stations, pay by PAYPAL to the email

Electronic Award:
- All stations that reach the score (after log received) will be sent at no cost the diploma in PDF format
Note: the requests for the diploma that are received after the date of 31/03/17 will be excluded from official results and therefore will not receive a diploma.


Must be delivered to the Award Manager by e-mail, specifying:
- Category / mode of participation;
- Name of the OM / SWL participating station;
- Name, Last Name and exact postal address where to send the diploma;
- Your Electronic mail address (your email)

a. The extract of complete station log showing: (date, time in UTC, band etc ..)
b. Logs in digital format (file type .xls, .doc, .txt) or ADIF and / or Cabrillo format.

Any information about the diploma can be found on the following official sites:
A.R.S. Circle of Frosinone FR01:
A.R.S. Circle of Media Valle del Liri FR02:
A.R.S. ITALY official web site:


Tks QRZ.,com 1/13/17

9 -15 January 2017

RUSSIA                                      Diploma Taming of the Fire


Sponsored by the the International HAM aviators club "Fifth Ocean" on the occasion of the 110th anniversary of the birth of Sergey Pavlovich Korolev during the period 09 January 2017 till 15 January 2017.

Background: Sergey Pavlovich Korolyov, (1907 1966) was the lead Soviet rocket engineer and spacecraft designer during the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union in the 1950s and 1960s. He is considered by many as the father of practical astronautics. His greatest strengths proved to be in design integration, organization and strategic planning. He became a recognized rocket designer and a key figure in the development of the Soviet Intercontinental ballistic missile program. He was then appointed to lead the Soviet space program and made a Member of Soviet Academy of Sciences, overseeing the early successes of the Sputnik and Vostok projects including the first human Earth orbit mission by Yuri Alexeevich Gagarin on 12 April 1961. Korolev's unexpected death in 1966 interrupted implementation of his plans for a Soviet manned Moon landing before the United States 1969 mission.

Requirements: To obtain the Diploma you need to earn at least 110 points. The point values are:
1. QSO with Fifth Ocean member working /AM = 10 points.
2. QSO with Fifth Ocean members in honor = 10 points.
3. QSO with Fifth Ocean members worked on CW mode = 7 points.
4. QSO with Fifth Ocean members worked on Digital modes = 5 points.
5. QSO with Fifth Ocean members worked on SSB = 3 points.   
5. QSO with AFARU members = 2 points (regardless of the mode).

Special Multipliers/Points:
1. For contacts made on 160M band add 5 points more.
2. During the days of activity 09 15 January 2017 points for QSO's established with members of The Fifth Ocean Club are doubled.
3. QSO with the same station counts only if made on different modes and different bands.
4. Only QSO's established in the period 9 January 2017 31 December 2017 will count.  Error/corrected 1/11/17

Official List of the members of The International HAM aviators club are published here: Members in honor status are mentioned with red star.
Receiving the award: You can download an electronic version of the award free of charge from this URL:
Internet (member list )

Tks George LZ1ZF (Thanks for the FB translation).


1 January to 31 March 2017

BELGIUM                                                       10th Anniversary of the Belgian SOTA Award

On the 1st of July 2007 the ON SOTA association was started by Johan ON5EX. In 2017, 10 years later, the ON association will be celebrating its anniversary with 3 special awards.

10 years ON association celebration chaser award:  for those who have chased and contacted at least 10 different ON SOTA summits in 2017
10 years ON association celebration activator award
: for those who have activated at least 10 different ON SOTA summits in 2017
10 years ON association celebration complete award
: for those who have activated AND chased at least 10 different pairs of ON SOTA summits in 2017.

The award will be available in electronic format only (PDF-file) and will be completely free of charge.  To request one of more of these awards, simply send an e-mail to the ON association manager Peter Preudhomme ON4UP via and include a list of chased and/or activated dates of your ON summits.  All applications should be made no later than: The latest date a reward can be requested is the 31st of March 2018.


Tks ON4CAS 12/28/16

12 - 22 January 2017

Poland Wroclaw: European Capital of Culture ( HF6ESK )

HF6ESK is a special event station created on the occasion of designating the city of Wroclaw as a European Capital of Culture in 2016. The event organizer is the Lower Silesian Polish Amateur Radio Union. This station will operate between 12 January and 22 January 2017.

Certificates in electronic version will be available for every station making contacts with HF6ESK as following:
a. 5 QSO for all SP stations
b. 3 QSO for all European stations
c. 2 QSO for all stations outside Europe
d. To earn a certificate, each QSO with HF6ESK must to be completed in different day
e. Certificates will be available in the following categories: CW/PHONE/DIGI/MIX
f. SWL's may send their application with log extracts to

You can download the certificate from the following website (available after 22 January) .

Short Background of the European Capital of Culture 2016 event

Wroclaw (Poland) and San Sebastain (Spain) have been granted the title of the European Capital of Culture 2016. The event program was prepared by prof. hab. Adam Chmielewski from University of Wroclaw.

The eight curators were designated to tell about the culture. Each of them was responsible for a different area including architecture, film, literature, music, visual arts, theatre, performance and opera.

The "Awakening" ceremony was opened the ECC on 15th January 2016 with a parade march heading towards town center square. Red and white colors have dominated the entire city. There was lots of fun and positive atmosphere.

Over 1000 cultural events have taken pace in 2016 and 400 projects have been realised including such titles like "Literature Night", "Word Music Day", Word Book Capital Unesco", "European Movie Award", "Olympia Theatre" and "New Horizons Cinema".

The events have taken place in the most popular places well known to Wroclaws public including The Centennial Hall, National Forum of Music, Wroclaw Opera, Theatres, The Municipal Stadium, city centre square and other places like Universities, Culture Clubs, etc. The entire public space was fellfield with cultural events.

The "Sky" ceremony was closed the ECC on 15th December in the Centennial Hall with numerous other cultural events realized across the city.

During the ECC time thousands of tourists from all over the worlds visited Wroclaw with great opportunity to explore our beautiful city, attend cultural events and just have a great time.

We would like to thank you to all who has visited Wroclaw in 2016 and we look forward to see you again more visitors in the following years.

Tks ON4CAS 1/13/17

12 - 22 January 2017

ITALY                                        "1 TROPHY MEDIEVAL VILLAGES"

1. The event is sponsored and designed by the ARI Section -IQ8XS- of Calvi Risorta.  The award is open to all OM and SWL of the world who make the greatest number of QSOs with activator stations and who are accredited according to the following rules. 
2. The participation award categories are only the OM category and category SWL, each of which will have its own independent ranking.
3. The activator and Accredited stations do not actually compete for the award but will receive a special certificate of participation.
4. RULES FOR QSO: The contacts/ SWL will take place in the HF bands 10-15-20-40-80 meters using emission modes of SSB, CW and Digital. The activators will call : "CQ CQ ... .. 1st Trophy medieval villages de ..." and the activator will give the name, the R / S report, the points and their REFERENCE (which is a two letter abbreviation of the city/town they have activated. Each station activator can be contacted only once per day for each emission mode and for each band, throughout the period of the race.

IK8FIQ Borgo Appio BA 5
IK8TEO / IZ8ALA Fontegreca FG 5
IZ8GNR Alvignano AN 5
IZ8XXE Caserta Vecchia CV 5
IU8CEE / IU8FUL Capua CP 5
IU8CEU / IU8FSU Calvi Risorta CR 5
IU8FRE Francolise FL 5
IU8FRF Presenzano PZ 5

6. Wild card/JOKER: IQ8XS: = 10 points
The wild card reference station will change each day beginning with the 14/01 BA *, will cover 9 references respecting the sequence list below concluding 22/01 with PZ *

7. DATE REFERENCE (Dates for different activators to be active.)
Saturday, 1/14 BA
Sunday, 01/15 FG
Saturday, 1/21 FL
Sunday, 01/22 PZ

To obtain the award, OM and SWL participants will work other stations earning points:
a. Italian stations: 100 points and contacts with all 9 REFERENCES *
b. European and non-European stations: 50 points and contacts with 4 REFERENCES *

Your Log must be completed correctly and only with the reported call sign of the activator, band and / or frequency, mode, date, time, points and REFERENCE. It must be sent to the e-mail address:
The award will be sent in PDF format at no cost to those who make a written request.
10. Provide your mailing address if you wish the award in the parchment printed edition:
Those who wish to receive the Award in the "PARCHMENT" version must send log data in ADIF format to the following email address together with a copy of the payment receipt for 8,00. Send to the Award Manager IU8CEU Michele POLITANO ': Bank Paymllent Code: Postepay No. 4023 6006 2509 1550 payable to Politan Michele CF: PLTMHL64M10B445E
with payment via Paypal at: .

a. 1st place SWL receive the plaque.
b. The deadline to receive the Log of the 1st Trophy medieval villages Station, is 31 March 2017, it will be considered valid the email date.


Any matter not specifically mentioned in this Regulation, the integrations and additional information that may become necessary, use section of the e-mail through which they can also be requested clarification from the sponsor. The rules have been written to support common practice and practices routinely adopted for amateur competitions of this kind..


Tks IW3HV 12/18/16

16 - 26 February 2017

ITALY                                                   The 19th Volta International Memorial Day 2017 Award

The Italian Radio Amateur Association of Como, with the help of "Sezione ARI of Cinisello Balsamo", have organize the "19th VOLTA INTERNATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY 2017" Award, with the special support of the Comos Township, to commemorate the Alessandro Voltas birthday anniversary on 18 February 1745, (Volta was the inventor of the battery, discoverer of dynamic electricity and determining the nature of methane gas). Award participation is worldwide and permitted to all OM and SWL.

For this "Volta International Memorial day" edition, the ARI Section of Como offers, in addition to the usual prizes (commemorative plaques), a reproduction of Volta's battery which will be drawn among all the participants that earn this Award.

1. PARTICIPATION: All OMs and SWLs of the world.
2. PERIOD: Contacts may be made between 00:00 UTC of February 16 2017 to 24:00 UTC of February 26 2017.
3. AWARDS: 1.8 - 3.5 7 14 21 28 Mc bands.
4. Requirements of the award:
     a. Italian Hams need 20 points (minimun to request the Award).
     b. Foreign Hams need 10 points (minimun to request the Award).
     a. Ham Stations of Como and the Ham Stations of Cinisello will call "19th VOLTA INTERNATIONAL DAY" and will give the (RS-T) plus a progressive number of the contacts starting from 001.
     b. The Ham Stations of Como and Cinisello Balsamo using their personal call sign = 1 point.
     c. The special jolly station (wild card) operating every day will gives 2 points .
     d. The special call sign II2V will give 3 points .
     e. The manager is IK2AQZ. Jolly Stations (II2V - IQ2DB - IQ2CJ) will not give the progressive number.
     f. Each radio station can be contacted, on the same day, not more than once per band.
     g. Every station contacted on the same day is valid one time per band only.
7. LOGS: Must be sent within March 31 2017, to: ARI Sezione di Como P.O.B. 144 I-22100 COMO Italy.
8. AWARD COST: 10 euro
9. Special Awards (PREMIUMS): The top three OM/SWL (Italian and foreign) and the top operators from Como and Cinisello, will be special awarded for each category. The prize (reproduction of Volta's battery) will be raffled among the participants who qualify No contribution is required for shipment of prizes. Awards and prizes will be sent during the year 2017.

For other informations please contact the manager, IK2AQZ Oscar.

Internet (

Tks DXFun Cluster 2/17/17

17 February to 5 March 2017

CANARY ISLANDS                                                  Carnival Competition of Tenerife 2017

The Santa Cruz Regional Section - La Laguna de la Union de Radio Ababa Espaoles organizes the competition for the Carnival of Tenerife 2017 with the following rules:
1. Eligibility: Any radio listener or amateur radio operator in the world who holds a license in force on the dates of celebration may participate.
2. Period of celebration:.- From 00:00 UTC from 02-17-2017 until 23:59 UTC on 05-03-2017.
3. Bands and Modes: Contacts may be made on: CW, SSB and digital modes. The contacts made using any mode and / or band between 80 and 10 meters (including the WARC bands), with the stations:
     a. ED8URT (on the air on 17/18/19 February),
     b. EG8URT (on the air on 24 / 25/26 February),
     c. EH8URT (on air 3/4/5 March) and
     d. EA8URT (airborne on 20/21/22/23/27/28/28/28 and March 1/2).

4. Four Awards are Available:
     a. Diploma Bronze (Rondallas) .- make at least 10 contacts with the special station ED8URT in any mode and band.
     b. Diploma Plata (Comparsas) .- make at least 10 contacts with the special station EG8URT in any mode and band.
     c. Gold Diploma (Murgas) . make at least 10 contacts with the special station EH8URT in any mode and band.
     d. Platinum Diploma (Queen of Carnival) make at least 12 contacts with the station EA8URT in any mode and band, besides having obtained the diplomas Rondallas, Comparsas and Murgas.
     e. duplicate contacts using the same mode and band with the same station will not be counted.

5. Applications.- The diplomas in PDF format can be downloaded from the website as soon as the official results are published on the website.

6. Trophies - A personalized trophy will be awarded (with the call sign of the winner and the position obtained), to the 5 radio amateurs with the highest number of contacts obtained with the special URT stations using the different modes and bands.

The valid modes are: SSB, CW and digital (in all its variants, ie if you work ED8URT in the 20 meter band in RTTY mode and we have worked in 20 digital meters, although the next day we work in 20 meters PSK63, the contact will be considered repeated). For this purpose they do not count duplicate contacts in the same mode and band with the same station.

For any doubt or clarification you can contact us at the following e-mail address:

Tks SP9JPA Blog 2/23/17

February 22 to 27, 2017

RUSSIA                                              3rd World Winter Games Sochi 2017

In connection with the 3rd Winter Military World Games in Sochi, the Russian DX club MILLER-DX-CLUB is participating as part of the Russian Amateur Radio Union, a radio marathon dedicated to this sporting event.  

All amateur bands and modes will be active with special event call signs: RA17WG, RD17WG, RG17WG, RJ17WG, RL17WG, RN17WG, RQ17WG, RX17WG representing all Russian Federal Districts.

Call sign: R2017WG is located in the Rostov region and is a station-joker. (May be used as a substitute for any missing stations to earn the award/s.

We invite all radio amateurs to participate actively in the world in this sporting event. During the radio marathon for QSO / SWL with special radio stations can meet the conditions to receive a Certificate radio marathon participant, electronic or in paper format:

Degree program, international radio marathon, dedicated to carrying out Russia 3rd Winter Military World Games SOCHI 2017

Award Requirements:
a. Certificate radio marathon participant = 5 points
b. Diploma RUSSIA - SOCHI 2017" = 30 points
c. Diploma of the "Winter World Military Games" Class 3 = 40 points
d. Diploma of the "Winter World Military Games" Class 2 = 50 points
e. Diploma of the "Winter World Military Games" 1st class = 75 points
f. Diploma of the "Champion" = 100 points

Point Values:
a. Each QSO with special event station = 1 point,
b. the station Joker of R2017WG = 3 points.
c. For radio amateurs from Europe, Africa, North and South America, Asia and Oceania (except for radio amateurs from Russia and CIS countries) = double points.
d. Repeated QSO / SWL count on various HF and VHF ranges, and one band different modes: CW,

PHONE, DIGI (all digital types are counted as one type) and from different RDA.
For amateur radio operators working in the VHF (144 MHz or faster) one QSO / SWL = 10 points, regardless of the special call sign station.
Digital certificates are issued automatically online via solely on the basis of the loaded special event station logs which will be updated frequently.
For paper versions of diplomas, including SWLs, you must submit an application via E-mail: .

Payment for a copy of a paper version of the Certificate will cost 200 rubles, including shipping by registered mail to the Russian Sberbank card.

PLAQUES: Available. Translation not very good, but Russian language text on plaques is on the original Russian document below.


Tks K1BV Research 2/25/17

29 January to 8 February 2017

Kazakhstan                                             2017 World Winter Universiade in Almaty Activity Days

The Association of Amateur Radio Services of Kazakhstan (AARSK) will host the 2017 World Winter Universiade in Almaty. The activity will take place in January-February 2017. All amateur radio operators are welcomed to take part.  Dates and time: 00:00 UTC January 29, 2017 24.00 UTC February 8, 2017

1, The main goal is to promote the Universiade in Almaty among licensed amateur radio operators from all over the world. Special stations will be on the air allowing to obtain special QSLs and diplomas.
2, Activity days will be conducted by the Organizing Committee of AARSK. The Organizing Committee will coordinate special stations, dispatch QSLs and diplomas.
3. Special event stations will operate during the period of 29 January to 8 February 2017.
4. Special control operators will be assigned to oversee the operation of the activity days participants

Award 1: Diplomas
1. The diploma program is managed by Oksana (UN5GV)
2. The "2017 Winter Universiade in Almaty" diploma (plaque) will be issued for the QSOs with UP28Uxx stations. There are 13 stations in total representing the 12 winter sports plus Almaty city.

        SPORT                              STATION

1 FIGURE  SKATING            UP28UFS
2 SHORT TRACK                  UP28UST
3 ALPINE SKIING                UP28UAS
5 BIATHLON                         UP28UBA
7 ICE HOCKEY                     UP28UIH
8 CURLING                           UP28UCL
9 SKI JUMPING                   UP28USJ
12 SPEED SKATING           UP28USS
13 ALMATY CITY                 UP28UA

Requirements: To obtain the diploma / plaque 22 QSOs must be made. No more than 3 QSOs with each station listed above on different bands and/or different modes.

Award 2 Diploma

The "Universiade Winter Sports" diploma is issued for the QSOs with every one of the special stations UP28Uxx. The requirements for the diploma are to make one contact varying numbers of the special stations listed below. The combination of the two last letters of the call sign suffix is an abbreviation of the 12 winter sports.

1 FIGURE SKATING                        UP28UFS
2 SHORT TRACK                             UP28UST
3 ALPINE SKIING                            UP28UAS
4 SNOWBOARDING                        UP28USB
5 BIATHLON                                     UP28UBA
7 ICE HOCKEY                                  UP28UIH
8 CURLING                                        UP28UCL
9 SKI JUMPING                                UP28USJ
10 NORDIC COMBINED                UP28UNC
11 FREESTYLE SKIING                  UP28UFR
12 SPEED SKATING                        UP28USS

The diploma is offered in 3 levels
BRONZE: QSOs with 6 special stations (6 winter sports)
SILVER: QSOs with 8 special stations (8 winter sports)
GOLD: QSOs with 10 special stations (10 winter sports)

QSO with UP28UA (Almaty) special event station can substitute for any missing winter sport.
For Example: UP28UA can substitute UP28UIH.

(There is a special award series for the volunteers who operating the special event stations and in general, must make at least 2500 QSOs in this program).
Details are NOT covered in this article.

QSOs can be made on any bands (160m, 80m, 60m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 10m, 6m, 4m, 2m, 70sm, 23sm) in any mode (Phone, CW, Digital)

All diplomas are electronic and free of charge.
To download diplomas and e-QSLs please go to  
The "2017 Winter Universiade in Almaty " plaque must be ordered from the diploma manager. The cost is 30 USD.
Paper QSLs can be received direct only via DL8KAC (OQRS via


Tks K1BV Research 1/28/17


1 February to 30 March 2017

RUSSIA "Fridtjof Nansen" Plaque

The Plaque "Fridtjof Nansen" is dedicated to the 120th Anniversary of the expedition on his ship "FRAM" used by the explorer Fridtjof Nansen from 1893 to 1896. The plaque is issued for QSO's with four Arctic islands with the IOTA codes of: AS-054, AS-068, AS-104, AS-121, all of which are planned to be active on amateur radio during the radio expedition of RT9K/9 team during February to March 2017.

The plaques size is 200 x 250 mm. Fee for the Plaque is 39 or $US44. Payment via PayPal.

The fee includes shipping by AIR MAIL. Send any inquiries or your application to: or


Tks OH3GZ 8/26/16

February 2 to March 31, 2017

RUSSIA                                    80th Anniversary of theTambov Pushkin Library

Two awards are available, a paper e-certificate and a handsome plaque. The award requires contacts with the Special Event Call sign R80RTL, which will be active during the term as noted above.

Award Requirements for the Electronic Award:

On the amateur HF bands 160 - 10 meters:
Stations from Europe need to contact 5 QSO;
Stations from Asia and North America need to contact 3 QSO;
Stations from Africa, Oceania, and South America, need to contact 2 QSO;
Stations from Antarctic territories need to contact 1 QSO;
On VHF bands applicants need to make 2 QSO with a special radio station R80RTL.

Valid radio contacts may be made by the modes: CW, SSB, AM, FM, DIGITAL (digital - any kind, every kind of work - once per band) mode in the period from 10 Feb 2017 to 31 March, 2017. Repeated QSOs are allowed on different bands, different modes. The award is free and issued in electronic form on the website:

Applications from SWL: a request to obtain a paper version of the diploma, and questions should be sent to the diploma manager (UA3RF) email: .


Award Requirements for the Plaque:

On the amateur HF bands 160 - 10 meters:
Stations from Europe need to contact 3 QSO;
Stations from Asia, North America need to contact 2 QSO;
Stations from Africa, Oceania, South America and the Antarctic territories need to make 1 QSO with special radio R80RTL (R80Radio Tambov Library).
On the amateur VHF bands need to contact 1 QSO with a special radio station R80RTL.

Valid radio contact modes are CW, SSB, AM, FM, DIGITAL (digital - any kind, every kind of work - once per band) modes in the period from 10.02.2017 - 31.03.2017 year. Repeated QSO allowed on different bands, different modes.

Interesting QUIZ: For plaques, it is imperative to answer the quiz question at: . There is one question - and it is translated into four languages. The answer to the question should be sent with the application form by e-mail.

The size of plaques: A4 230 x 300 mm (metal diploma on a wooden substrate).Foreign radio amateurs, to pay for the manufacture and mailing of the plaque, it is necessary to contact the award manager (UA3RF) email:

Internet (rules):
Internet (quiz):

Tks EI7GL/OH3GZ 2/10/17

11 - 28 February 2017

ITALY                                                VENICE CARNIVAL AWARD 2017

The Extreme Group is pleased to announce the fourth edition of the "VENICE CARNIVAL AWARD". The aim of the award is to spread through the radio the peculiarities and beauties of the well-known annual Venetian Carnival.

1. PERIOD: From Saturday, the 11th of February 2017, to Thursday, the 28th of February 2017.
2. BANDS AND MODES: All bands from 10 to 160m (contacts on the WARC bands counts too) on SSB, CW and DIGITAL MODES.
3. SPECIAL CALLSIGN: The special event call sign this year is : II3CV.
4. POINT VALUES: QSOs with such the special event stations are worth 5 points.
5. In order to achieve the award you need to earn at least 15 points.
6. The special station can be worked for a maximum of 3 times per band (one QSO for each mode).
7. QSLs, AWARD and RANKINGS: A QSL card for the contacts made with II3CV can be requested through Bureau or Direc (OQRS preferred). All stations earning at least 15 points can request the award. The award fee is 10 euro or $US10. The fee can be paid through Paypal or Postepay to the Award Manager, Mario Gava, IK3HHX ( ). The log excerpt of your log confirming the QSOs with II3CV needs to be attached to the award request e-mail as well.
8. If using e-mail, the subject line of your message must contain your call sign followed by: Venice Carnival Award 2017. (For example: "IZ3XXX Venice Carnival Award 2017).
9. General Rankings will be compiled at the end of the operations period and an Overall Winner will be elected. The final prize will be a traditional Venice Carnival Mask. If a tie occurs, the winner will be the station that completed the score in the least time (date and UTC time of the last contact will be compared). A special prize will be sent to the top SWL station too.

Further information are available through the Award Manager, IK3HHX or through the Group website:


Tks EB3WH 2/12/17

1 March to 30 June 2017

ITALY                                            90th Anniversary of A.R.I. Turin Award

The Italian Amateur Radio Association (A.R.I.) Club station of Turin, was born in June in 1927, and contributed to the founding of the Italian Amateur Radio Association. Thanks to the member of Section of Turin, I1RB Pier Paolo Bavassano, who reconstructed the Story of Turin that was re-founded on the 26th of April 1946 (after the WWII Conflict), but whose original founding was in 1927. To celebrate this important occurrence , the Turin Club Station of A.R.I. has organized an Award open to all Italian and foreigners OM and SWL.

1. For this special event will be used a special call II1TON.
2. Participation: All Italian and foreigners OM and SWL
3. Period: Start at 00:00 UTC of the 1st of March 2017 till at 23:59 UTC of 30rd of June 2017.
4. Bands: All HF band: 80 40 30 20 17 15 12 10 6 - 2 meters and 70 cm.
5. Mode: SSB CW DIGIT in respect to band plan.
6. QSO: Required Contact: Special Call II1TON;
     a. The special call of Turin Club Station, IQ1TO, will be active only during the month of March 2017 and will be valid for both "90 Years of Italian Amateur Radio Association ( ) and the "90 years of Italian Amateur Radio Association Turin Club Station".
     b. All OM members of the Turin Club Station will be considered as "accredited" stations, and they will be on the air with a specific call;
     c. The special calls of II1TON, IQ1TO and the "accredited" stations can be contacted multiple times on the same day, but only if they have made a change of band and/or mode.
7. Point values:
     a. Contacts with special event station II1TON = 10 points;
     b. Contacts with special call IQ1TO (On the air only in the month of March 2017) = 5 points;
     c. Contacts with "accredited" will be worth 2 points; (See item 6b above, mostly club members).
     d. The total points will be determined from the amount of points of valid QSOs.

8. Log (list of contacts): The Log must be sent only by e-mail with the object "II1TON_CALL" (example II1TON_IW1FGZ) no later than the 31st of December 2017, to the following e-mail address: .  The Log must be only in adif (.adi) format and renamed with a personal call (example iw1fgz.adi).  The logs sent after the last date will not be considered for the classify but will be used as control log and the Award will be sent (if requested).

9. Award Request:
To request the points needed are as follows: 
    a. 90 points for Italian OM;
    b.  70 points for European OM ;
    c. 40 points for Extra-european OM;
10. For the SWL category the rules are the same of the OM;
11. To obtain the Award, in addition to the required points, least one contact with the special call II1TON is required. .
12. To request the Award must be necessary complete the form that will be available on the web site .
13. The Award will be available on digital format (.pdf), or, for those who want to receive it printed, with a contribution (for printing and mail costs) 8 Euros or 10 $ with the indication available on the Turin Club Station website or (II1TON);
14. Accredited OM: The members of Turin Club Station are considered "accredited" must send tot the following e-mail address: (every month) with a declaration that the all qso they were made with a HAM Spirit .

15. Information: Website of ARI Turin Club Station:

Tks DX Fun 2/27/17

1 - 31 March 2017

USA/Canada                                                2017 RST SPECIAL EVENT.

Members of the North Country DX Association (NCDXA) will be active on the air for the entire month of March 2017 from several different locations in Alaska, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Greenland using all NCDXA "RST" fixed station call signs of KL7RST, VY1RST, VE8RST, VY0RST and OX7RST to further promote Amateur Radio in northern North America.  This is their 2nd annual special event with the addition of OX7RST, more rovers and fixed stations, new QSLs and certificates! Activity will be on all modes from 160-6 meters and the WARC bands are permissible.

SWLs are welcome to participate. The object is to work or log (SWL) as many NCDXA "RST" stations as you can from their different locations. To participate you need to work each "RST" station only once per their QTH, band and mode. No cross band, cross mode or remote operating allowed.

Portable rover "RST" stations will also participate. Some of the portable stations are: KL7RST/KL7, VY1RST/VY1, VY1RST/KL7, VE8RST/KL7 and VE8RST/VY1 ...etc. Watch the DX spots as they plan to have stations on from a Canadian research station near the North Pole on Ellesmere Island, a diamond mine in NWT, an Alaskan bush school, an OM/YL team from Nuuk, Greenland, and many other cities up north large and small.

For your convenience, they will upload their logs to the ARRL's LoTW. Full color QSLs are available via K7ICE (bio on Optional full color certificates are also available (E-mail for details) for working/hearing any of the "RST" stations. QSL Manager is K7ICE.

SPECIAL EVENT DURATION: March 1st through March 31st, 2017.
SPECIAL EVENT EXCHANGE: NCDXA "RST" stations send signal report and QTH (ie. 5x7 Anchorage, 5x9 Whitehorse etc.). Receiving stations should send signal report and state, province or country.
SPECIAL EVENT CERTIFICATES: Beautiful full color certificates are available via K7ICE for:
     Level 1: Work any of the NCDXA "RST" stations.
     Level 2: Work all of the RST fixed stations (KL7RST, VY1RST, VE8RST, VY0RST and OX7RST).
     Level 3: For RST operators and those stations contacting them. RST ops work as many stations as you can, and all others should work as many RST stations, fixed/rover or portable as they can. Count 1 point for each QSO.

All certificates will be E-mailed in PDF format.
Thanks in advance for your DX spots! ... 73 de "Yukon John", KL7JR
NCDXA "RST" stations are on Facebook. Check out the hams you worked and learn about them at:


OPDX Bulletin #1283 September 18, 2016

14 March to 26 March 2017

AUSTRIA                                        Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 - Award

This award honors the 2017 Special Olympics Winter Games will be held in the Austrian cities of Graz, Schladming, Ramsau, and Styria, Austria. A series of special event call stations will be activated during the 2 weeks period.

Point Values:
Each station using the OE2017 prefix is valid to earn 1 point using any mode and on every band. Contacts with special event stations OE40WG - OE40SO - OE11WG - OE11SO are good for 10 points on every band and mode.

Award Requirements:
Earn at least more than 11 Points and contact at least one special event station with the prefix of OE40 or OE11.
: Earn at least more than 20 Points and contact at least one special event station with the prefix of OE40 or OE11.
Earn at least more than 40 Points and contact at least one special event station with OE11 and one with OE40

The award is issued in electronic format, as a pdf document and has no fee. You should use the online application found on their website:

Some background relating to the activity: This is Amateur radio activity for a charitable cause. We want to promote the Special Olympics with special event stations and a special prefix which is applicable on demand for all Austrian amateur radio stations. Many of our colleagues requested for the prefix OE2017 and promote the idea of Special Olympics. In 1977, 40 years ago, the first Special Olympics World Winter Games (OE40SO, OE40WG) were held in Austria. The idea has grown and so this year, 2017, the 11th games (OE11WG, OE11SO) with 2700 athletes from 107 countries will be competing.

From March, 14 to March, 26 2017 the following club stations are active on all bands: Kainachtal (OE6XRG / OE11WG), Leibnitz (OE6XFG / OE11SO), Mrztal (OE6XMG / OE40SO) and Technical University of Graz (OE6XUG / OE40WG). Also many of OE2017 stations.

E-mail: Roland Maderbacher
Internet: (Event)

Tks Roland, OE6RAD 2/20/17

1 - 30 April 2017

ITALY                                                               20th Anniversary of the Mediterranian DX Club ( MDXC )

The Mediterraneo Dx Club celebrates the 20th anniversary of their founding. All members are asked to be active on the air providing contacts which will earn an award as noted below.  The event will take place from 1 to 30 April 2017, with several special stations that will be recognized by their call signs.

20 Years Bronze
Requires at least 50 QSOs with the special stations. Each first contact with an MDC station per band and mode, is counted as a valid QSO. You can have 3 QSOs per band (SSB, CW and RTTY) with the same special station. The stations with at least 50 QSOs, can request the free award, which will be sent by e-mail, in PDF format.

20 Years Silver
All the stations who contact at least 4 Special stations, one for each continent (Africa, America, Europe and Asia), can request the 4 splendid QSLs, which combined to each other like a puzzle, form the award. price 6,00.

20 Years Gold
All those who contact at least 20 of the special stations, of which at least one for each continent (Africa, America, Europe and Asia) can request the GOLD plated plaque, which is hand made in wood and embossed with your call sign. The cost of plaque 25,00, including the shipping.

20 Years TOP
Reserved for the activators of the special stations. The special station which made the most QSOs, will be named TOP, and will receive a hand made wooden plate.

All requests, QSLs and awards, must be sent to the award manager: IZ1BZV, GIORGIO TABILIO, VIA SANTEUTICHIANO 26, 19123 LA SPEZIA SP, ITALY.


Other information:
1. The bronze award is free and you will receive it, by request, via e-mail;
2. The silver award can be requested by sending to the manager the list of contacts, by mail or e-mail, with a contribution of 6,00. It is possible to send the cost also by PAYPAL to
3. The gold award can be requested from the manager, by post or e-mail, with the same contribution. Payment can also be sent by PAYPAL as noted above in #2.
4. The TOP award is free for the station which has the highest total of QSOs. The other operators from the special stations can request the TOP award from the manager, sending their request to the manager by e-email, and the same contribution by PAYPAL.

List of Countries Active in the Special Event: Azores, Colombia, Croatia, Greece, Israel, Romania, Switzerland and USA.


Tks DXFun 12/20/16

April 2, 2017

ITALY                                               Disused Railways Day

This award commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Insurbia Radio Club. It recognizes on this day, the historical heritage of railway lines which have been discontinued and then converted into another purpose, that being the establishment of green ways onver very gently sloping land which can be used for pedestrian cycling. This use of railways has also been been recognized in other countries including the USA where they are called "Rails to Trails". 

The Insubria Radio Club has organized in collaboration with the Onda Telematica Association, A.I.R.S. and Cone Radio Team the first edition of the Disused Railways Day Award which will be held on April 2, 2017. The event is managed by the Italian Association of Greenways .

There are 5 such disused railways in this area which will support portable operations by club members on April 2nd.  They are:
1. DFD-001 Centocelle -Frosinone from Stazione Colonna Museum using special call II0TRM by the Onda Telematica Association.
2. DFD-002 Ancona-Ancona Mareittima by Conero Radio Team IQ6KX.
3. DFD-003 Treviso-Ostiglia by A.I.R.S. IQ3YQ.
4. DFD-004 Rivarolo-Castellamonte by A.I.R.S. IQ1YY.
5. DFD-005 Valmorea Railway by the Insurbia Radiio Club IR2XIR

The Disused Railways Day Award (first edition) is issued at no charge as a PDF document to all amateurs/SWL who contact each of the operations from the 5 railways and send an e-mail containing all QSO details (log extract) to .


Tks IZ2ELV 2/22/17

13-14 May 2017

Netherlands                                    Dutch National Windmill and Waterpumpstation weekend

On Saturday and Sunday, 13th/14th May 2017 the Netherlands will be holding a National Windmill and Pumping Station weekend during which many windmills and pumping stations will be open to the public to view. Guides will be in attendance to explain the operation of the machinery and to answer questions.

For many years, in the U.K., the events of this weekend have been shared with amateur radio stations and became known as the Mills on the Air weekend. In 2009 Jelle (PD5JFK) and Bernard (PB7Z) decided to set up for the first time their own special radio station to contact mills in Holland and elsewhere in Europe and so advertise the opening of Windmills and Pumping Stations. This proved to be so popular with millers and volunteers alike that they were encouraged to repeat this promotion each year and this year is the 9th year.

This event has proved to be an excellent way to advertise the hobby of amateur radio to the many members of the public who visit the mills and pumping stations. It is not generally realised how distant our amateur radio communications can travel and with experts on hand to explain the operations as they are taking place within the mill.

A list of mills which have promised activity for the event (not only from Holland, but from other European countries as well) is shown on their web site. The sponsor asks that if your windmill is not yet listed, that you should contact them at .

Award Requirements:
a) Six different windmills or pumping stations or,
b) Six QSOs with windmills or pumping stations on different Bands/Modes.

The award is available only as a pdf document. Each year they use a classic image of windmills of the past history of Holland. 
SWL OK. A special version of the award will be sent to them. They will require the log to be sent by email showing the QSO data of both stations. The Award will be free and sent via email.

E-mail (and application)

Painting by Claude Monet.

Tks Jelle PB7Z 2/20/17

July 23 - 29, 2017

HUNGARY 2017 European Youth Olympic Festival ( HG17EYOF )

Short European Youth Olympic Festival history  The idea of the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) was brought to life in 1990 by Jacques Rogge, former president of the European Olympic Committees, with the aim to provide a possibility for young athletes to get to know the Olympic Movement and learn about the Olympic values and ideals, as well as its universality. Furthermore, Mr Rogge wanted to give a chance for the talented youth and Olympic prospects to compete internationally on a high level against each other in an Olympic setting already at an earlier age.

Similarly to the Olympic Games and other continental championships the EYOF is not hosted in every year. It is organised in uneven years, adjusting to the four year Olympic cycle avoiding the Olympic years, and throughout the years it has become one of the highest ranked youth events within the European Continent.

The organisers of the Festival always put emphasis on creating a high quality event for the age group of 15-17. The Hungarian Olympic Committee is proud to be among those, who have participated at all the winter and summer editions of the EYOF, with small but successful delegations.

Need 3 QSOs /1 QSO CW, 1 QSO PHONE, 1 QSO DIGI/ with HG17EYOF for the award, no band restriction. Send application with the QSO datas to The award is voluntary, available only in electronic format.

Internet: ( Http://