This is the 100th year since the founding of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) by Hiram Percy Maxim and others. To celebrate the occasion, the ARRL has been running a Centennial QSO party all year. It started on January first and will end on December 31.
Amateurs can contact ARRL members and collect a certain number of points for the contact. At the end of the year, you’ll have some number of points and if you have enough, you may collect a certificate. The different roles of ARRL members are worth different numbers of points. Every member is worth 1 point. A life member is worth two points. Volunteer examiners are worth 5 points, and so on until you get to the ARRL President, Kay Craigie, N3KN, who is worth 300 points (I worked her 3 times so far – thanks for the 900 points, Kay).
Certificates will be available (for $15.00) for four levels of achievement. The lowest level certificate will be available for those with at least 1000 points. The second level certificate requires at least 3000 points. The third level award is for those with at least 7500 points and the highest level certificate requires at least 15000 points.
You must use the ARRL’s LogBook of The World (LoTW) to accumulate points and only ARRL members are worth points.
There is nearly a month left before the QSO Party ends so there is still time to get started and have some fun. The last day of the QSO Party, December 31, will be a “red badge day”. You can expect many of the the ARRL members who carry red badges, and therefore worth a bunch of points, to be on the air on that day and you can, with some work and some luck, qualify for a certificate by working only this day.
Full details are available at the ARRL web site at http://www.arrl.org/centennial-qso-party. Jump in and have some fun!