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There is a certain sport to making contacts around the country and around the world. Ham radio awards are the trophies behind the sport. In the early days of the K9IU club, many of the awards that were available were snatched up by a very active group of individuals (some of those awards you can see listed below). These days we are working towards awards that were not achieved then (like "Worked All States"), and we are looking to get awards via the ARRL "Logbook of The World" (aka LoTW). Worked All States (WAS) and the DX Century Club (DXCC) are both awards that we can work toward via LoTW records. The challenge in this is that not everybody submits their logs to LoTW, so only the contacts who do will count. Once we get the basic awards we can work on detailed awards (like band-specific and mode-specific awards).
The rule of thumb is to log your contacts in the paper log that sits on the desk in the shack. If it gets logged there it will eventually be logged electronically and then submitted to LoTW. It was decided that the paper log is essential for record keeping purposes should something happen to the electronic log on the computers.
Here is our LoTW progress towards Worked All States, Basic (meaning all bands, all modes):
Here is our confirmed progresss toward the DX Century Club (DXCC). Note that we achieved this award in 1979, but we are doing it again solely via LoTW-confirmed contacts:
DXCC (DX Century Club), #18,948 awarded June 27, 1979
Hunt the hunters (certificate hunters' club) class 25G #420 awarded 6/15/1962
IARU Radiosport championship diploma for operating achievement, #1 multioperator (section leader) awarded for 1978
IARU WAC (Worked All Continents) awarded August 2, 1962