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The ITU Zone SWL Award is issued for hearing and confirming QSO's on five amateur radio bands with in one ITU zone. One Award is issued for one ITU zone and dependent on type of modulation as: SSB, CW, RTTY, etc. It can be issued as "General" (mixed modulation type).

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The SWARL SWL Unique Prefix Award is issued for hearing and confirming 50, 100, 150, 200, 250 etc. unique prefixes. The prefix is the first part of the call sign, defining the area of location of the operationing station. Usually this is the first three characters of the call sign.
for example:
1A4 in 1A4A
2E0 in 2E0IMS
RA6 in RA6LO
K5 in K5D
Note That in prefixes like Russian (eg RA6LO) letter "L" also defines region of location but it is NOT part of the prefix but the part of suffix. The suffix will not be cosidered to be a different prefix and RA6LO and RA6NOK are one same prefix.
Prefix award can be modulation type dependant or General (mixed mode).

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The SWARL SWL DXCC Award is issued for hearing and confirming 25, 50, 100, 150, 200, 250, etc. DXCC entities. Award can be dependent on modulation type or "General"

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The SWARL SWL IOTA Award is issued for hearing and confirming QSO's with 10, 25, 50, 100, 150, etc. IOTA registered IOTA entities. Award can be dependent on modulation type or "General"

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The Maidenhead Locator Award is issued for hearing and confirming QSO's with 25, 50, 100, 150, 200, etc. locations according to Maidenhead Grid Locator. Only the first four characters of the locator will be taken into consideration for this award.
For example:
JJ00 from JJ00hh
IL28 from IL28bs
This award can be dependent on mode type or "General".

This year the SWARL 365 day CONTEST is already under way. Although the contest has already started it lasts all the year so all SWLs and OM who wanted to take pert are welcome.

Numerous Ham Radio organizations offer special certificates  for operating achievements by Hams and SWL's. These awards are numerous and are suitable for framing and displaying in your Listening Post. These awards are for such accomplishments as Hearing all Continents, Verifying 100 Countries, Verifying 100 Call Prefixes, etc. At last estimate, there were in excess of 3,000 worldwide.

SWARL offers several achievement awards that can be applied for online via email. As new awards come on stream, they will be announced on the SWARL group and on this site. Currently, there awards for Hearing all Continerts, Verifying number of Grid Locations, verifying number of Call Prefixes and others. You can see our award rules in awards section of this site.

The awards certificates can be sent to you after submission of specific ,verification information applicable to each award. The certificate then can be sent to you by email as a jpeg file of good quality.

Email your award application in the form of an extraction from your log to email address: awards@swarl.org

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