Contest and Awards When Moving


A while back I saw a post on a Facebook group that I belong to you that had me wondering where the answer would be. So I decided to dive into the question a little bit and figured that I would write a blog post on it so that everyone would know the answer as well.

In the  group post, Robert Coyne wrote:

I’ve been looking for the answer and having a hard time finding it. I recently moved about 100 miles from where I was. Same state, I was wondering if I need to restart any awards I may have been working on, like Worked all States, or Grid Squares etc.

So let’s see what we can find out!


First off let’s talk about a DX Century Club or DXCC for short. The DXCC is an award that you can earn by talking to someone in a certain number of different DXCC entity. As the rules state, you have to make your contacts from within the same DXCC entity. So if you are in the US, as long as your are in the US, no matter where you are, your contact will qualify for the award.


 Station Location and Boundary:

a) All stations used to make contacts for a specific DXCC award must be located within the same DXCC entity.

b) All transmitters and receivers comprising a station used for a specific contact must be located within a 500-meter diameter circle.

c) QSOs made with legally licensed, remotely controlled stations are allowed to be used for DXCC credit.

Worked All States

Now worked all states is something else entirely. With the worked all states award you have to be within 50 miles during all of your contacts in order for them to count. If you move like Robert did greater than 50 miles then you pretty much have to start over.

Now you can continue to use your original location to get your worked all states award, however you have to be within that 50 mile range in order do that. So if you plan on going back to that location, say to visit friends your parents, Bring your HF radio along with you and try to make those contacts.

4) Contacts must be made from same location, or from locations no two of which are more than 50 miles (80 kilometers) apart. Submission of an application serves as affirmation of abidance to the distance rule. Individuals may apply for and be granted multiple WAS awards, including WAS achieved from different, or multiple locations each of which are in different 50-mile circles (i.e. , from different QTHs or portable locations). 5) Contacts may be completed over any period. Contacts must be confirmed in writing, preferably

Grid Square Chase 2018

One of the other contest that Robert mentioned in his question on the Facebook group post I saw was, the grid Chase. With the grid chase it is totally independent of your location, but instead relies on contacts that you make in other grid square locations.

You can actually set up on the corner of a grid square and operates in four different grid squares to give somebody else for grid squares with one contact. Just be prepared to prove that you were set up at the corner of a grid square or on the dividing line in Grid Square by a video of a GPS.


What it all boils down to is that you really need to make sure that you know what the rules are of whatever contest or award that you were going after is. I feel for Robert being that he moved 100 miles away and now I have to basically start over from his new location. Hopefully he didn’t have very many states left on his worked all states so that he can go back and visit his previous QTH and still get his worked all states relatively easy.

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