In 65 years on the air it's inevitable that I'd garner a few awards. I'm not a big award chaser and for many of my years on-the-air didn't even collect QSLs. About 15 years ago I decided to go after some of the basic awards and sure was sorry I didn't go after those earlier QSL cards. Especially for some of the great DX I worked and still need!
My favorite is my ARRL Triple Play award number 226. Working all states on three modes (CW, RTTY, and SSB) in less than two months was a real challenge and an awful lot of fun.
I have the 5 Band DXCC award # 5181 with 160, 30, 17, and 12 meter endorsements and CQ's Worked All Zone award # 8094. In 2014 I made the DXCC Honor Roll and received the 5B Worked All Zones (WAZ) award.
In 2017 I completed and received the ARRL's 5 Band Worked All States (WAS) plus 160 Meter award.
And now, a shameless plug for the American Radio Relay League's (ARRL) Logbook of the World (LoTW). It's a great way to confirm QSOs. If you're reading this you have a computer with internet capability - so get registered and upload your log. And if you're one of the DX entities or VUCC grids I still need - DO IT NOW!
Bill Axelrod 17 March 2021
I am working hard on my VHF/UHF Century Club (VUCC) award. I am making progress but still have a long way to go. My August 2018 stats were VUCC: 437, FFMA: 326. My July 2019 stats are essentially ZERO. Moving to FM05 in North Carolina reset my VUCC and FFMA. Starting all over again. I'd best get to work. I'm up to 233 in March 2021 but have a long way to go.