Feb 18th & 19th, 2022- Yuma County Fairgrounds

DXCC Card Checking


As an ARRL sanctioned event, the 2020 Yuma Hamfest and ARRL Southwestern Division Convention will feature ARRL card checkers from the Arizona Section for those interested in having QSL cards checked for ARRL awards. The checkers will be:

Reinhard Geissler, K7RGG

Jim Zimmerman, N6KZ

Ron Cade, W6ZQ

Jess Colvin, AI9L

Michael S. Mitchell, W6RW

If you have any questions about card checking, please contact them directly.

All current entities dating back to November 15, 1945, can be checked. The card checkers can check cards using the older paper application process or the ARRL's new Online DXCC application process. With the older paper application process, the ARRL certified card checkers need the following:

1. QSL cards to be checked, sorted by band, then by mode, then multi-QSO cards at the end of the stack. So, first gather 80 Meter CW cards, then 80 Meter SSB cards, then 40 M CW cards, and so on, until 10 Meter SSB cards. After that, list any cards that have multiple QSOs on them.

2. Completed DXCC Award Application form and DXCC Record Sheet, available from the ARRL web site:
DXCC Award Application form

3. Completed Record Sheet(s) of contacts the applicant is claiming, available from the ARRL:
DXCC Record Sheet

4. Envelope with sufficient postage addressed to the ARRL DXCC Desk. If the application is three pages or less, please provide a business-sized envelope with one unit of postage. For applications with more than three pages, a 6"X9" manila envelope with two units of postage is necessary.

5. Check made out to the ARRL for the appropriate fees unless a credit card is used, which is the preferred mode of payment. A complete fee schedule is available from the ARRL:
ARRL Card Checking Fees

Please note that return postage of $2.00 is now required. Add $1.75 to cover one certificate or $4.00, which covers paperwork and up to three certificates.

The ARRL maintains a DXCC FAQ list here.

In addition to DXCC applications, ARRL Field Card Checkers may also check applications for the following programs:

Worked All States (WAS) - including 160m and 5 Band WAS
Worked All Continents (WAC) - including 5 Band
VHF/UHF Century Club (VUCC)
IARU Region 2 award