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The SKCC Marathon Award

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To earn the Marathon Award, one must engage in 100 QSOs, each 60 minutes or longer, and each with a different SKCC member using their assigned call, SKCC member number, and SKCC qualified keying devices. There is no time limit to earn the award but only QSOs logged after 0000Z 1 January 2008 count.

Members who achieve the Marathon award will receive a special commemorative plaque.

Rationale: Create a true operating challenge that involves the fundamental ideals of ham radio as celebrated by SKCC: operating skill, a good station, conversation skill, and a consistent, quality fist. Create an award that cannot be achieved easily or quickly yet promotes quality content in every contact. The Marathon Award requires people to actually ragchew. Ragchews build camaraderie and long-term friendships. These are ideals worth working for.

The Marathon Award has been deliberately designed to be a challenging achievement for an Amateur Radio Operator. Ragchewing is an art. Anyone can send a brief exchange in a few seconds and move on. Engaging the other station in an extended, informative, and entertaining exchange for a lengthy period requires real skill, a quality station, and a creative mind. The intent of the Marathon Award is to recognize these rare and special talents with the highest level of ragchewing recognition created to date. Few will be able to earn this award.

Here's how it works:

1. Complete a QSO lasting 60 or more minutes with another SKCC member. Both parties must be using their own call sign and their own personal SKCC numbers. This restricts use of 2nd call signs, Club call signs, special events call signs, etc.

2. Both parties to the QSO must send an email "QSL" to the award manager, Cecil Turquette, K5YQF, at showing the date, time, frequency band, both call signs and SKCC numbers, and duration of the QSO. The confirming station must provide QSO details under his email header along with his “QSL” statement or other confirming language.

Logs of active Marathon participants will be displayed on the Marathon Award page after achieving 5 confirmed Marathons. Those only confirming Marathons will not be listed. Logs may be moved to an inactive status after 3 months without a submission.

3. One band change is permissible during the QSO, and is limited to a break no longer than 10 minutes. The QSO must be extended to include the QSY time time.

4. All QSOs must be from your home QTH using your equipment and antennas. If your only mode of operation is via remotely located equipment, then all 100 marathons must be made from the same remote equipment.

5. When a member reaches 100 QSOs lasting 60 minutes or longer in the database, he or she will qualify for the award. A suitable announcement will be published, the commemorative plaque will be prepared and sent to the operator.

6. Participants must use straight keys, sideswipers (cooties), or bugs. See the club's policy on acceptable keys here.

    !!!Attention to All Members!!!

When submitting award applications, please ensure your callsign and the word "Application" are in the subject line. We are trying to reduce our spam and increase the spam filter success rate.

Tracking Marathon Award Progress -- 100 QSOs needed

AwardCallsignSKCCNameClaimedConfirmedAwardedLast Update
1K5YQF1820Cecil Turquette10010024 Sep 201424 Sep 2014
2N5IR12357Bill Billingsley10010024 Sep 202024 Sep 2020
3K5KV1952Benny Owens10010006 Oct 202006 Oct 2020
4WA4FAT11062Bill Levey10110017 Nov 202017 Nov 2020
5KU4E18215Rob Christian10010019 Nov 202019 Nov 2020
6KQ4CW22743Dave Ellison10110007 Feb 202107 Feb 2021
7N7WI16967Tom Stoio10310022 Feb 202122 Feb 2021
8WA3SCM2968Dave Slater10010011 Mar 202111 Mar 2021
9KK0I2370Jack Hill10010021 Apr 202121 Apr 2021
10W2OZB17177Phil Bartash10010007 May 202207 May 2022
11W4LRB11021Ben Cuperman10010023 May 202223 May 2022
12AA6MK13548Mike Kelly10110003 Sep 202203 Sep 2022
13NJ8L13613Vern Walker10010013 Dec 202213 Dec 2022
14K2FW20151Steve Bockman10010026 Dec 202226 Dec 2022
15AI8AI23084Ai Nguyen10010002 Jan 202302 Jan 2023
16AK9A5902Bob Paiva10010017 Mar 202317 Mar 2023
17VE3WH4592Sam Cross10310017 Mar 202317 Mar 2023
AA4SN15195Buck Buckowski232329 Oct 2022
AA8CL2339Bud Labbato272723 Feb 2023
AB4PP32John-Paul Keon101028 Feb 2023
AB4RH7310Billy Zeyher7720 Mar 2023
AC4ZH21121Duane Dickens181802 Nov 2022
AF4QK20594Kenny Averitte181816 Mar 2023
AH6AX11165Larry Wandel272709 Mar 2023
AJ6FN22247Greg Berenato4414 Mar 2023
F6HKA6069Bert Banlier151526 Jul 2022
K0AF22366Andy Folkmann363618 Mar 2023
K0RO14800Ralph Bolt555521 Mar 2023
K1PUG12486Hank Cattey302719 Mar 2023
K1YAN7563Gary Meyn141411 Mar 2023
K3ESE19100Lloyd Lachow333320 Feb 2023
K3WK25013Gary Tartanian252511 Mar 2023
K4ARD8197Brian Ard101006 Nov 2022
K4ISW13162Lee Moyer313107 Mar 2023
K5PE17399Roger Dillon191926 Dec 2022
K7NXL25895Dan Boren171701 Mar 2023
K8UDH10532Bruce Murdock141412 Mar 2023
KA4UPI2582Mark Melton595919 Mar 2023
KA5TJS5172Allen Matthews959520 Mar 2023
KA8HFN2046Larry Fridley978520 Mar 2023
KB1FGC21047Rich Guerrera292920 Mar 2023
KC1FUU24695Jon Foster5518 Mar 2023
KC5F21092Steve Smith222204 Nov 2022
KD0EVP22435Darren Hain181720 Mar 2023
KD2GUT23124Caryn Murray5511 Mar 2023
KD9KHA23208Andy Lach444420 Mar 2023
KJ4R13788Ed Bradshaw9909 Mar 2023
KJ7GNB20930Bill Hunt404006 Mar 2023
KO4WFP25974Teri Beard444420 Mar 2023
KY4O7091Bill Spencer454515 Feb 2023
KY8D14636Gan Starling706820 Mar 2023
N0IPA23014Jim Stinson9921 Mar 2023
N3BNT2309Dennis Heidt171624 Dec 2022
N4HAY14649Dick Hayter131304 Mar 2023
N4JEH26014Jenna Hurley131312 Mar 2023
N4TMM14467Jim Ewing141410 Dec 2022
N5DR19844Cecil Smith303024 Feb 2023
N5KIP3755Dick Burroughs606019 Mar 2023
N6CUQ24270Matt Shank8808 Mar 2023
N7PHI20999Derek Hansen9925 Feb 2022
N8DF22670Dave Fuller121203 Mar 2023
N9KJU19964Ken Schumacher9918 Dec 2022
ND4U5936Den Blair323220 Mar 2023
ND8MS19789Mark Soulard141411 Mar 2023
NE5A24849George Randolph141401 Mar 2023
NF1O164Barry Whittemore101009 Mar 2023
NW7US4758Tomas Hood141424 Oct 2022
PG4I11019Jo Stakenborg2217 Apr 2022
VA2GJ18768Gerald Lemay454518 Mar 2023
VA5CW4326Bill Down181718 Feb 2023
VE1AHX18100Ben Pooley232320 Mar 2023
W1ZAH20478Frank Arciuolo272715 Mar 2023
W2ITT21419Rob WITT313112 Mar 2023
W3DF12995Dan Flanagan202009 Mar 2023
W3NP3182Dave Humbertson858515 Mar 2023
W4CMG20093Cathy Goodrich363521 Mar 2023
W4LSV2795Barry Fluxe111111 Mar 2023
W5WTH18901Pat Hensley181819 Mar 2023
W6RKE12450Jerry Finn858320 Mar 2023
W8YA23445Mark Williams252520 Mar 2023
WA3RSR23232Ken Baake242311 Mar 2023
WB0B8753Larry Newby444321 Mar 2023
WB4HUL1787Sid Scott121215 Mar 2023
WB5EVO14807Paul Adams303021 Mar 2023
WB5JWI5013Les Hock242408 Mar 2023
WI0S2048Kieth Cook181816 Dec 2022
WI5H11770Mike Maner202004 Mar 2023
WM4Q16465Pete Harris424115 Mar 2023
YL3JD21931Hanz Van de pol3320 Mar 2023

To see each participant's latest log, visit the entrants' log page here.