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d-star or ysf contacts for US Award?

Discussion in 'QRZ Operating Awards' started by KD9MGQ, Aug 15, 2020.

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  1. KD9MGQ

    KD9MGQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hello, hoping someone can answer this (probably dumb) question from a newer ham. Can I use d-star and/or ysf contacts to qualify for the United States award? I thought not because the General Rules state "Transmissions that use a relay or repeater or an internet link may not be used for credit towards awards unless such modes are specifically authorized by the rules for a particular award."

    BUT then when I run the awards analyzer tool in my logbook it actually does APPEAR to be counting them, although I can't be sure if they would be confirmed for an award. It does seem to be designating something called "Award Type: Mixed", but I don't see an explanation of that anywhere or specific rules for that - does that mean digital? And I don't see a separate United States Digital award.

    If anyone can clarify for me I wold greatly appreciate it!

    thanks! - Adam KD9MGQ
  2. W4IOA

    W4IOA Ham Member QRZ Page

    No they don't count. Does calling all 50 states on a cellphone count as WAS?
    I like dstar but it isn't for awards
  3. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    W4IOA is correct. D-Star is really no different than "working all states via email or text"

    For virtually ALL awards, not just here, the contact must be "RF from one end to the other, directly or bounced off the moon"

    There probably are some esoteric sites/organizations where "internet contacts" can count for their awards but not any in the general world of ham radio awards.


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