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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 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. Both parties to the QSO must send an email "QSL" to the award manager, Cecil Turquette, K5YQF, at marathonmanager@skccgroup.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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

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


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
5KN4IXU18215Rob Christian10010019 Nov 202019 Nov 2020
AA4SN15195Buck Buckowski111122 Nov 2020
AA8CL2339Carmen "Bud" Labbato131318 Jan 2021
AA8KY6159Billy Massie232323 Jan 2021
AB4PP32John-Paul Keon3302 Dec 2020
AC4ZH21121Paul Dickens8823 Jan 2021
AC5NL21749Jeff Moore3318 Dec 2020
AD5RX22986Jon Nall5523 Nov 2020
AE5II15292KC Copley8808 Dec 2020
AF4QK20594Kenny Averitte7718 Dec 2020
AH6AX11165Larry Wandel101025 Dec 2020
F6HKA6069Bert Banlier8830 Dec 2020
K0RO14800Ralph Bolt404010 Dec 2020
K2FW20151Steve Bockman222222 Jan 2021
K2MZ21122Rob Zarges3302 Jan 2021
K3ESE19100Lloyd Lachow232322 Dec 2020
K3ZGA12392Bob Schwer7727 Dec 2020
K4ISW13162Lee Moyer131322 Jan 2021
K8UDH10532Bruce Murdock5514 Nov 2020
K9GVM21171Nick Andrews2224 Jun 2020
KA4UPI2582Mark Melton8831 Oct 2020
KA5TJS5172Allen Matthews141418 Jan 2021
KA8HFN2046Larry Fridley675331 Dec 2020
KC4HCH7688Roger Land1123 Dec 2020
KC5F21092Steve Smith131304 Nov 2020
KD8TUR12017Dave Tourtelot4420 Dec 2020
KD9KHA23208Andy Lach6622 Jan 2021
KE8CTH17337Brant Colbry5512 Sep 2020
KG6OKI9781Mark Holiday1124 Oct 2020
KJ7GNB20930Bill Hunt202019 Dec 2020
KK0I2370Jack Hill575608 Jan 2021
KK7XC20133Eric Brill1122 Dec 2020
KL2AX8329John Larsen2212 Dec 2020
KQ4CW22743Dave Ellison797923 Jan 2021
N0GRP23055Rob Sullivan1107 Oct 2020
N4HAY14649Dick Hayter4409 Jan 2021
N4TMM14467Jim Ewing8805 Jan 2021
N5DR19844Cecil Smith8829 Dec 2020
N5KIP3755Dick Burroughs121210 Dec 2020
N7PHI20999Derek Hansen8812 Jan 2021
N7WI16967Tom Stoio575723 Jan 2021
N8BB5433Werner Haschke3310 Dec 2020
N8DF22670Dave Fuller5519 Jan 2021
ND8MS19789Mark Soulard2223 Jan 2021
ND9M8233Jim Clary8829 Dec 2020
NW7US4758Tomas Hood5523 Jan 2021
PG4I11019Jo Stakenborg1112 Oct 2020
VA3RSA21258Rich Budny3307 Dec 2020
VA5CW4326Bill Down8720 Dec 2020
W0RLY17845ERIC Worley6612 Dec 2020
W1TAG15461John Andrews7717 Sep 2020
W2ITT21419Rob WITT111131 Oct 2020
W2OZB17177Philip Bartash494912 Dec 2020
W2SKY22019Peter Fournia121230 Dec 2020
W4LRB11021Ben Cuperman111122 Dec 2020
W4LSV2795Barry Fluxe5501 Jan 2021
W5OTR8794Chris Leslie9903 Jan 2021
W6JIM15169Jim Crites6614 Nov 2020
W6RKE12450Jerry Finn201801 Jan 2021
W6TED21371Ted Thompson8818 Dec 2020
W7OWF21582Rick Doughty2227 Dec 2020
W9YY21824Jack McClurkin5512 Dec 2020
WA3IGU19535Dennis DiAugustine2209 Jan 2021
WA3SCM2968Dave Slater454522 Jan 2021
WA4NID17453Dave Johnson1103 Oct 2020
WB0B8753Larry Newby181722 Jan 2021
WB4HUL1787Sid Scott3302 Jan 2021
WB5JWI5013Les Hock2201 Jan 2021
WB8SCT15511Jack Gerbs6631 Oct 2020
WI5H11770Mike Maner8820 Jan 2021
WM4Q16465Robert Harris111119 Jan 2021
YL3JD21931Hanz Van de pol1112 Oct 2020

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