The CQ DX Awards Program recognizes achievements in the amateur radio art of “DXing,” or contacting amateurs in faraway places. It is sponsored by CQ magazine.
THE CQ DX AWARD1. The CQ DX Award is issued in three categories. The CQ DX CW Award is issued to an amateur radio station submitting proof of contact with 100 or more countries. Thecq CQ DX SSB Award is issued to an amateur radio station submitting proof of contact with 100 or more countries. The CQ DX RTTY Award is issued to an amateur radio station submitting proof of contact with 100 countries using two-way RTTY. Applications should be submitted on the official CQ DX Award application (form 1067B). Reasonable facsimiles or computer printouts are also acceptable.
2. All contacts must be two-way in the mode for which the application is made. Cross-mode or one-way contacts are not valid. QSLs must be listed in alphanumeric order (A to Z and 1 to ¯) by prefix. All contacts must have been made after November 15, 1945. Deleted countries do not count. Only currently active countries are acceptable.
3. QSL cards must be verified by one of the authorized check points for the CQ DX Awards, or must be included with the application. Return postage must be included. Electronic verifications from sources approved by CQ are acceptable. See the CQ website for acceptable online sources.
4. Country endorsement stickers are issued for 150, 200, 250, 275, 300, 310, and 320 active countries. A fee of $1.00 per sticker (where stickers are issued) is charged. An SASE must be enclosed with all endorsement applications.
5. Special endorsements, as follows, are available for a fee of $1.00 each:
(a) 28 MHz endorsement – for 100 or more countries confirmed in the 10 meter band.
(b) 3.5/7 MHz endorsement – for 100 or more countries confirmed using any combination of the 40 and 80 meter bands.
(c) 1.8 MHz endorsement – for 50 or more countries confirmed using the 160 meter band.
(d) QRPp endorsement – for 50 or more countries confirmed using 5 watts output or less.
(e) Mobile endorsement – for 50 or more countries confirmed with the applicant operating mobile.
(f) Slow Scan TV endorsement – for 50 or more countries confirmed using two-way SSTV.
(g) OSCAR endorsement – for 50 or more countries confirmed via amateur satellite.
6. Any altered or forged confirmations will result in permanent disqualification of the applicant.
7. Fair play and good sportsmanship in operating are required for all amateurs working toward CQ DX Awards. Continued use of poor ethics will result in disqualification of the applicant.
8. A fee of $6.00 is required for CQ subscribers applying for a CQ DX Award certificate. The latest CQ mailing label must be attached for the subscriber discount. For non-subscribers the certificate fee is $12.00. IRCs are acceptable in lieu of check or cash.
9. Normally the ARRL DXCC country list constitutes the basis for CQ DX Award country status. Deleted countries are not valid for the CQ DX Award. As a country is deleted, country totals of applicants are automatically adjusted accordingly.
10. All contacts must be with land-based amateur stations working within authorized amateur bands. Contacts with ships and aircraft are not acceptable.
11. Decisions of the CQ DX Awards Manager shall be final.
THE CQ DX HONOR ROLL12. The CQ DX Honor Roll lists all stations with a total of 275 or more active countries.
13. Separate Honor Rolls are maintained for SSB and CW. To remain on the Honor Roll, a station must update his or her totals at least once per year. Updates indicating “no change” are acceptable to meet this requirement. An SASE must be included with all updates in order to receive confirmation of total.
14. An audit sheet showing countries needed by an Honor Roll member is available for $3.00 plus an SASE for each mode. These are available from the CQ DX Award Manager.
15. All checks must be made payable to Keith Gilbertson. Applications should be sent to Keith Gilbertson, K0KG, CQ DX Awards Manager, 21688 Sandy Beach Lane, Rochret, MN 56578-9604 USA.