Founded, January 2006
12,000 members strong
(as of 3/6/2014)
1. Senator is achieved when a Tribune who has already attained Tribune x8 status makes contact and exchanges SKCC numbers and names with 200 different SKCC Tribunes or Senators.
Note: For brevity, throughout the rest of this page the term Tribune refers to any member who holds a T or S.
2. QSOs for the Senator Award may be made at any time on any amateur band, including WARC bands. Contacts must be made using a straight key, bug, or side swipper. The SKCC Board of Directors can grant exceptions to this provision on a case-by-case basis to those with physical disabilities that prevent the use of such keys. To request an exemption, use the "Email the SKCC Board" link under the Club Contacts section of the navigation column at left.
3. Only contacts made on or after 01 August 2013 count toward the SKCC Senator Award. Neither the SKCC club call (K9SKC) nor any special-event call sign (such as K3Y) will be accepted as credit for contacts. However, you may use the FCC-assigned call of an operator who uses either of those special call signs, provided that you have not previously used that operator on the Senator application and they give you their FCC-assigned call during the QSO.
4. Any member number used on a Senator Award application may be used only once. Members are defined by their SKCC member numbers, not by their call signs, which may change over time.
5. Endorsements (up to x10) for contacting additional multiples of 200 Tribunes are available for the basic award. Endorsements for contacting 200 Tribunes on individual bands (up to x10) also are available.
The Senator Award administrator processes all applications on a PC. It is strongly suggested that the Senator Award application be used for this award and for its endorsements.
If for any reason you are unable to submit a computer-readable application, please contact the award administrator before submitting your application to discuss alternatives.
1. The application must contain no fewer than the minimum number of valid QSOs required for the award or endorsement. However, it is useful to include extra QSOs on the application in case some are disqualified.
2. All call prefixes and suffixes recorded during QSOs -- i.e. /QRP, /8, /W, PJ5/, etc. -- must be removed before submitting an application. These prefixes are not part of the official call signs maintained in the membership data base.
3. If the application contains sufficient valid contacts, the award or endorsement will be issued.
A final note: The admininstrator does not save past applications, so please use a form, such as the Excel or Word form mentioned above, that will retain all of your previous Senator and endorsement QSOs. This allows the admininstrator to more easily check for duplicates or other errors. Occasionally, checking procedures may catch an error in a section of the application already approved for a previous endorsement. Just replace the marked QSO with another contact with the same operator; most of us have had several contacts with the same member. Maintaining all QSOs on one form also makes it easier for you to check for duplicate entries as your list of QSOs grows. As with the initial Senator application, be sure to use SKCC numbers and calls, when checking for dupes prior to submitting your form.
All questions about and submissions for this award and its endorsements should be sent to the Senator Award administrator, Russ Halbert, at firstname.lastname@example.org.