Some tips on applying for the award
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE USA-CA AWARD OR ENDORSEMENT
In the beginning (at least early 1960's), there was just one way to apply; you had to use the "Official CQ Booklet" for USA-CA. All the entries were entered by hand, as computers were not available for general use until the early 1980's. There are four principal ways to apply for the award, and each involves (1) sending a list of the counties you have confirmed, (2) your certification that you have made the contacts and, in most cases, (3) a witness certification form. You may use any one of these methods to apply for the award or endorsements to the award.
1 - All of your County QSOs submitted are on E-QSL.
This is the simplest method and newest method and you donít even have to submit a list.
A. E-QSL.cc is an internet based membership group which has teamed up
with CQ Magazine to use their records of your QSOs to apply for CQ
awards. All members of E-QSL who are "BRONZE" level members,
(requiring only a small annual contribution), may apply for CQ Awards,
2 - All County QSOs are from QSLs or MRCís and are listed in the "Official" CQ County Record booklet.
This was the traditional method of applying requiring hand written list of the counties.
A. The booklet contains room for all the information that is needed.
3 - County QSOs are a combination of paper and E-QSL confirmations and you use the "Official" CQ County Record booklet.
This is a variation of #2 above in which you will use both paper and electronic confirmations when applying for the award.
A. Complete the booklet as in #2 above but add an "E" or an
asterisk "*" in the extreme right hand side of the page for
each county claimed which was confirmed through E-QSL.
4 - County QSOs are listed on your computer prepared list.
A. You may use any computer prepared list that I can open and read
sent in either paper or electronic form. (The simpler the better.)
3. For mobile QSOs, enter "M" or
"Mobile" in the City/Town field.
Endorsements: The USA-CA award was designed as a one-time achievement award and we do not maintain records of single band or mode achievement. But we will certainly recognize such an achievement when a new application shows one band or mode was used by noting the information on the bottom of the certificate.