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 email@example.com 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.
|1||K5YQF||1820||Cecil Turquette||100||100||24 Sep 2014||24 Sep 2014|
|2||N5IR||12357||Bill Billingsley||100||100||24 Sep 2020||24 Sep 2020|
|3||K5KV||1952||Benny Owens||100||100||06 Oct 2020||06 Oct 2020|
|4||WA4FAT||11062||Bill Levey||101||100||17 Nov 2020||17 Nov 2020|
|5||KU4E||18215||Rob Christian||100||100||19 Nov 2020||19 Nov 2020|
|6||KQ4CW||22743||Dave Ellison||101||100||07 Feb 2021||07 Feb 2021|
|7||N7WI||16967||Tom Stoio||103||100||22 Feb 2021||22 Feb 2021|
|8||WA3SCM||2968||Dave Slater||100||100||11 Mar 2021||11 Mar 2021|
|9||KK0I||2370||Jack Hill||100||100||21 Apr 2021||21 Apr 2021|
|10||W2OZB||17177||Phil Bartash||100||100||07 May 2022||07 May 2022|
|11||W4LRB||11021||Ben Cuperman||100||100||23 May 2022||23 May 2022|
|12||AA6MK||13548||Mike Kelly||101||100||03 Sep 2022||03 Sep 2022|
|AA4SN||15195||Buck Buckowski||23||23||29 Oct 2022|
|AA5XA||21179||Ed Thorn||12||12||04 Nov 2022|
|AB4PP||32||John-Paul Keon||7||7||05 Dec 2022|
|AC4ZH||21121||Duane Dickens||18||18||02 Nov 2022|
|AF4QK||20594||Kenny Averitte||16||16||07 Nov 2022|
|AH6AX||11165||Larry Wandel||25||25||06 Nov 2022|
|AI8AI||23084||Ai Nguyen||79||79||07 Dec 2022|
|AJ6FN||22247||Greg Berenato||3||3||21 Oct 2022|
|F6HKA||6069||Bert Banlier||15||15||26 Jul 2022|
|K0AF||22366||Andy Folkmann||31||31||02 Dec 2022|
|K0RO||14800||Ralph Bolt||42||42||05 Oct 2022|
|K1PUG||12486||Hank Cattey||20||18||17 Nov 2022|
|K1YAN||7563||Gary Meyn||10||10||15 Nov 2022|
|K2FW||20151||Steve Bockman||88||88||07 Dec 2022|
|K3WK||25013||Gary Tartanian||20||20||02 Nov 2022|
|K4ARD||8197||Brian Ard||10||10||06 Nov 2022|
|K4ISW||13162||Lee Moyer||25||25||09 Nov 2022|
|K5PE||17399||Roger Dillon||17||17||10 Aug 2022|
|K7NXL||25895||Dan Boren||9||9||24 Nov 2022|
|K8UDH||10532||Bruce Murdock||12||12||15 Nov 2022|
|KA4UPI||2582||Mark Melton||45||45||26 Nov 2022|
|KA5TJS||5172||Allen Matthews||61||61||27 Nov 2022|
|KA8HFN||2046||Larry Fridley||89||75||07 Dec 2022|
|KB1FGC||21047||Rich Guerrera||23||23||15 Nov 2022|
|KJ7GNB||20930||Bill Hunt||35||35||06 Dec 2022|
|KO4WFP||25974||Teri Beard||7||7||29 Nov 2022|
|KY4O||7091||Bill Spencer||33||33||07 Dec 2022|
|KY8D||14636||Gan Starling||36||36||07 Dec 2022|
|N3BNT||2309||Dennis Heidt||13||13||06 Dec 2022|
|N4HAY||14649||Dick Hayter||11||11||02 Dec 2022|
|N4TMM||14467||Jim Ewing||13||13||29 Oct 2022|
|N5DR||19844||Cecil Smith||27||27||17 Nov 2022|
|N5KIP||3755||Dick Burroughs||54||54||26 Nov 2022|
|N6CUQ||24270||Matt Shank||4||4||29 Nov 2022|
|N7PHI||20999||Derek Hansen||9||9||25 Feb 2022|
|N8DF||22670||Dave Fuller||9||9||02 Nov 2022|
|N9KJU||19964||Ken Schumacher||7||7||01 Dec 2022|
|ND4U||5936||Den Blair||21||21||02 Oct 2022|
|ND8MS||19789||Mark Soulard||13||13||26 Oct 2022|
|NF1O||164||Barry Whittemore||9||9||04 Dec 2022|
|NJ8L||13613||Vern Walker||96||94||08 Dec 2022|
|NW7US||4758||Tomas Hood||14||14||24 Oct 2022|
|PG4I||11019||Jo Stakenborg||2||2||17 Apr 2022|
|VA2GJ||18768||Gerald Lemay||10||10||04 Dec 2022|
|VA5CW||4326||Bill Down||11||10||23 Nov 2022|
|VE3WH||4592||Sam Cross||40||40||07 Dec 2022|
|W1ZAH||20478||Frank Arciuolo||20||20||06 Dec 2022|
|W2ITT||21419||Rob WITT||27||27||24 Nov 2022|
|W3DF||12995||Dan Flanagan||15||15||23 Nov 2022|
|W3NP||3182||Dave Humbertson||67||67||23 Nov 2022|
|W4CMG||20093||Cathy Goodrich||14||14||19 Nov 2022|
|W4LSV||2795||Barry Fluxe||10||10||07 Dec 2022|
|W5WTH||18901||Pat Hensley||17||17||21 Oct 2022|
|W6RKE||12450||Jerry Finn||32||30||11 Nov 2022|
|W8YA||23445||Mark Williams||23||23||22 Oct 2022|
|WA3RSR||23232||Ken Baake||23||22||07 Dec 2022|
|WB0B||8753||Larry Newby||40||40||09 May 2022|
|WB4HUL||1787||Sid Scott||9||9||06 Nov 2022|
|WB5EVO||14807||Paul Adams||25||25||04 Dec 2022|
|WB5JWI||5013||Les Hock||17||17||17 Nov 2022|
|WI0S||2048||Kieth Cook||17||17||01 Dec 2022|
|WI5H||11770||Mike Maner||16||16||02 Dec 2022|
|WM4Q||16465||Blitzen Harris||37||36||19 Nov 2022|
|YL3JD||21931||Hanz Van de pol||2||2||18 Apr 2022|
To see each participant's latest log, visit the entrants' log page here.