Founded, January 2006
10,815 members strong
(as of 6/12/2013)
Ron Bower, AC2C, administrator
1. Tribune is achieved when a Centurion makes contact and exchanges SKCC number and name with 50 different SKCC Centurions. Note: Throughout these rules the term Centurion means Centurion or Tribune, since you cannot be a Tribune without also being a Centurion.
2. Both members in the QSO must be SKCC Centurions at the time of the QSO.
3. Contacts must be made using a straight key, bug, or side swipper. The SKCC Board of Directors can grant exceptions 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-Board link under the Club Contacts section of the navigation column at left. Contacts may be made on any amateur band at any time, including WARC bands.
4. Only contacts made on or after 1 March 2007 count toward the SKCC Tribune Award. Neither the SKCC Club Call (K9SKC) nor any Special Event Callsign (such as K3Y) will be accepted for credit for contacts logged on or after 1 October 2008. However, you may use the FCC-assigned call of the station operator using either of those special call signs, provided that you have not previously used that operator on the Tribune application.
5. Any member used to achieve the Tribune Award may be used only once. If you work AC2C as a Centurion and AC2C becomes a Tribune, you cannot work AC2C again just because he became a Tribune. Likewise, if AC2C later changes his call sign, he is still the same member and cannot be used again. Hint: Use SKCC numbers, as well as call signs, to verify that your application is free of duplicates.
6. An endorsement for contacting 50 Centurions on a single band is available. Basic Tribune award applications and initial band endorsements are processed by Ron Bower, AC2C.
7. Additional single-band and multi-band endorsements are available (see below).
The administrators process all applications on a PC. Thus, all data must be entered into a PC before processing can begin. It is strongly suggested that the Tribune Award & Endorsements Application be used for this award. 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. You can use W5ZR's free SKCC QSO Tracker, available through the "Files and downloads" link in the left column. Or stand-alone applications are available in two versions: a Word file and an Excel file.
Russ Halbert, K0LUW, endorsement administrator
Endorsements for contacts with additional unique Centurions, beyond the initial 50, are available for individual bands as well as for the multi-band Tribune award. Endorsements are offered in increments of 50 up to Tribune x 10. Here are the rules for endorsement applications and the process for evaluating them:
1. The log must contain no fewer than the minumum number of QSOs the endorsement requires. Extra QSOs on the application can be useful, however, if some of the others are disqualified.
2. The date the applicant became a Centurion will be verified.
3. For each contact, the QSO date is compared with the applicant's and contact's Centurion dates. To count, the QSO date must be on or after both participant's Centurion Award date.
4. Any mismatch in information will be noted in the reply to applicants.
5. All call prefixes and suffixes recorded during QSOs -- i.e. /QRP, /8, /W, PJ5/, etc. -- must be removed before sending in an application. The prefixes are not part of the official call signs maintained in the membership data base.
6. If the log contains enough valid contacts for the endorsement, it will be issued.
Additional notes: We don't save past applications, so please use a form, such as the Excel form above, that will retain all of your previous Tribune and endorsement QSOs. This allows us to more easily check for duplicates or other errors. Occasionally, our updated 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. And as with the initial Tribune application, be sure to use SKCC numbers as well as calls when checking for dupes prior to submitting your form.
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All Questions and Submissions about/for this award and its endorsements should be sent to: