The Quantum Technology Club have announced their new Quantum VHF Award for amateur radio operators. The idea behind the award is to stimulate activity on the 2m VHF band when conditions on the HF bands are so variable.

Overview of the Award

By the end of December 2020 participants need to have completed a number of contacts on the 2m (144-146 MHz) band with amateur radio stations located in different Maidenhead locator sub-squares (i.e. IO91, JO51 etc) and different countries from the current DXCC list.

Award Rules

The rules of the Quantum VHF Award are:

  • Qualifying contacts must be made between 00:00 UTC on the 1st February 2020 and 23:59 on the 31st December 2020.
  • Contacts may be made using any legal amateur radio mode, so SSB, CW, FM and digi-mode contacts are all valid.
  • A valid contact must include a 2-way exchange of both callsigns, QTH locator, signal reports. For digital modes such as FT4/8, valid contact must also include the 2-way exchange of Rogers (Rs), but the exchange of 73’s is optional.
  • Contacts made using active aids are not permitted. All contacts must be made directly between your station and the distant station meaning that contacts using repeaters, satellites and internet linking do not count.
  • Participants may operate from any location within the boundaries of UK territorial waters. Operations from home and using the /P, /M, /A and /MM suffixes to your callsign are all valid.
  • Any mode of propagation is accepted, so tropo, meteor scatter, ionoscatter, Sporadic E and EME all count.
  • QSL cards are not required.
  • Participants must be fully paid-up members of the Quantum Technology Club or the Southport & District Amateur Radio Club. Only contacts made whilst you were a member will qualify.

Certificates available

The following Quantum VHF Award certificates will be available to participants:

  • Basic certificate for contacting stations in 25 different sub-locator squares.
  • Bronze certificate for contacting stations in 50 different sub-locator squares.
  • Silver certificate for contacting stations in 50 different sub-locator squares and 6 different countries.
  • Silver certificate for contacting stations in 50 different sub-locator squares and 12 different countries.
  • Gold certificate for contacting stations in 50 different sub-locator squares and 20 different countries.
  • Platinum certificate for contacting stations in 100 different sub-locator squares and 20 different countries.

Submitting a claim

Once the period of operating for the award is over, participants have until 23:59 on the 14th January 2021 to claim your Quantum VHF Award. Submissions should consist of:

  • A copy of you logbook containing the contacts you are using to support your claim. The logbook must contain:
    • the date and time the contact was made\the callsign of the station worked
    • the band/frequency operated on
    • the mode used
    • the signal reports sent and received, and
    • the station’s locator square for each contact.
  • A separate list of locator squares and, if applicable, countries you are claiming for.
  • A note of the award you are applying for.

All claims for a certificate should be submitted to the Quantum Technology Club by email ([email protected]).