WORKED ALL GEORGIA AWARD
A County Award for Amateur Radio Contacts with All of Georgia's 159 Counties
The WAG Award is back!
wonder why a state the size of Georgia would have 159 counties?
California, which is THREE times as big, only has 58. So why 159 for
Georgia? Some people say it's to provide a more fertile environment
for, um, "local politics." Others say it's so that every person in the
state could go by mule from his home to the county seat and back in one
think not. We think that, in a moment of clairvoyant foreknowledge, our
state leaders knew that Ham Radio operators of the next century would
appreciate a challenge, and structured the present administrative
nightmare solely for the benefit of our hobby!
(For the real history and geography of Georgia counties, see the Georgia Counties Page of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia.)
a period of slumber, the "Worked All Georgia" award is back. The
LaGrange Amateur Radio Club, with the support of the Georgia Section of
the ARRL, is proud to continue, the "Worked All Georgia" Award. The WAG
Award is open to radio amateurs who can provide proof of two-way radio
amateur radio contact with all 159 counties in the state of Georgia.
This award is nice complement to the annual Georgia QSO Party, which in
fact would be a good time to work on some of those hard-to-get counties. The award is embodied in a nice certificate.
contacts count, old and new -- so pull out the QSL cards and see how
close you already are. The details of the WAG Award are as follows:
- Phone (SSB, AM, FM)
- Digital (RTTY, PSK31, either individually or collectively)
- Single Band (2m through 160m)
- 5 Band (10m 15m 20m, 40m, and 80m)
- QRP (5 watts for the award station)
- All QSOs must be 2-way using the same mode. No repeater or cross-mode contacts allowed.
the basic award, all contacts must be made from the same "Home QTH."
However, to encourage people to get out and drive around, set up their
rigs in the deer stand, or take it along in the RV, or whatever, we
have a special "ROVER" endorsement. For this endorsement, contacts with
Georgia counties count no matter where they were made. Just indicate
that on the application form.
For further information, or to submit your application, please contact:
for the WAG Award Certificate must be submitted
on the WAG Award application form, along with a county record sheet
showing callsign of station worked, date, time (UTC), band, and mode.
The Application Form can be downloaded (.pdf
format) here, or by sending a SASE to the WAG Awards manager listed
below. You'll also need the Georgia Counties Checklist, which includes
the Georgia QSO Party county abbreviations.
- Submission of QSL
cards is not required. QSOs are to be verified by 2 non-family amateur
licensees, General class or higher, signed on the application sheet.
eQSLs are acceptable. The WAG Award manager reserves the right to
spot-check for validity by contacting the applicant.
- US "All
County" holders can have the above requirement waived by submitting
their All County number and award date. Single band applicants must
submit a county check sheet.
- Five-band applicants must fill out a separate application form for each band.
- Contacts on the WARC bands do not count.
- Submit your application (MS Word .doc form here), properly verified, to K4EAK at the address below.
Edward A. "Skip" Kazmarek (K4EAK)
1190 Byrnwyck Road
Atlanta, GA 30319
Thanks for your support and work those Georgia counties!
those of you who may have submitted an application form and not
received your certificate, please accept my apologies. A personal
situation led to a disruption of the award program and we're just now
getting the program back on track. Please resubmit your application, or
contact Skip Kazmarek at the above e-mail address, and we'll get it
Page last modified: 5 November 2009