Centennial Challenge Awards Are Out

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Just got my ARRL Centennial Award today. "Top Level" with almost 17,000 points - almost all via my Flex 6500. A few via the mobile rig. Truly the 6000 series are the radio operator's radio.
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George Molnar, KF2T, Elmer

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Dan Zimmerman

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Congratulations.....    Good Job!
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Larry Davis

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28275 here George thought they mite do like that again
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KD4Y

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Received Mine Too 
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janny specia

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Hello,  I have just received my diploma with 10570 points ave my flex 6300, 
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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Neat!  Congratulations!  I will be looking in the mail for mine.
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janny specia

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It is easy when have the good material    thank you ,73
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Bob G W1GLV

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Congratulation, George. Fine job.
Flex radios are great.
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Carl K5HK

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Congrates George!  73 & DX
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Greg - K5GJ, Elmer

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George - Congrats!  Well deserved,
73, Greg - K5GJ
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Walt - KZ1F

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Hey George, That is cool. Did you have to go looking for them to get that? Generally if I saw a W1AW/ something or a W1AW100 I'd work them but, 17,000 points THAT IS HUGE. I think I got 1,700 pts and no paper. I am still waiting for K1N to show on LOTW. The hits are reflected of Clublog but nothing on LOTW.
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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Centennial Points Challenge is different from the W1AW/p leader board. The leader board reflects how many contacts were made with W1AW/p stations and W100AW stations.

The Centenniel Points Challenge is a separate celebration in which all ARRL members were assigned different point values.. From one point for a member, 5 for a VE, all the way up to 300 for ARRL president. Each station worked per band/mode scored the assigned number of points.

I am waiting on my certificates for 1230 W1AW/ contacts, and 45840 on the Centennial Points Challenge.

It was like a year-long pursuit of rare DX, trying to get as many stations on as many bands and modes as possible. Most fun I have had in a long time, especially since I did it with the 6500. The great filters and ease of working splits and plotting the target TX hole in a pileup made a big difference.

Ken - NM9P
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Walt - KZ1F

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I never really was cognisant of that differentiation Ken. Thanks. I knew guest operators of W1AW, which is a complete blast btw, were to use W100AW. If you don't have the sponsorship or trust fund to do an exotic DXPedition, do a pilgrimage to  25 Main St Newington, CT and be guest operator. You will soon know precisely what it is like to be rare DX. It is a rush. I wish I were better at CW, that would be awesome. but it is pretty good on sb.
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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Yeah, Walt.  I haven't run W1AW at Newington, but I was privileged to be one of the ops for W1AW/9 on 40 SSB and 17 SSB for several 2 hour shifts during the Centennial Challenge.  I have never had a pileup like that!  Talk about fun, and challenge at the same time!  Whew!.

I also had a three-hour pileup just running my own call on 40 SSB one night giving out my 5 points as a VE for the Challenge.

It is funny, if you have nice, strong audio and sound like you are an experienced contester, or sound like you are an important contact, the guys will just line up and give you a good run.  They were all over me like I was giving out 175 points as a SM for about three hours!  It only happened a few times during the event, but it was fun.  That is probably as close to running a DXpedition as I will ever come, except for the time I had a six hour pileup on 6 Meter SSB from a rare grid square in NW Yellowstone National Park  I almost ran the battery down on my camper!  

Ken - NM9P
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Ernest - W4EG

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Not to be left behind.

I finally received my Centennial Points Challenge Award with 19,734 points. 
I mainly operated JT65 & JT9 on all 9 bands. However, the operators were like me with just 5 points and the vast majorities 1 point.
The League members with the 50, 100, and 300 points were very few to none on this mode. But I managed to work many on RTTY, PSK, CW and SSB.

All points were with my Flex-6700 operating diversity when necessary and less than 30 Watts on digi mode and max power of 100 Watts. I do not own and amplifier, but I had a Hy-Gain TH7-DXX at over 70 feet. and multiple antennas for all the other bands.

The operations was from the State of confusion "California" 

I failed to get the Centennial WAS award; I simply forgot to work Ohio. I worked all US territories that were on the air.

I will be back and try again for the Bicentennial Challenge and hope you all be there to celebrate that occasion.

And I will not forget Ohio! 

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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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These two certificates were waiting for me when I returned from a two week vacation...

45840 points in the Centenniel Points Challenge. I didn't really start pushing hard on this part of the event until about halfway through. Not bad for homebrew wires and verticals and 100 Watts!

Only missed one territory for a clean sweep on the WAS Plus. I need to double check my log. I am pretty sure I got Guantanamo Bay a couple of times but it wasn't in their log....

Ken - NM9P