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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 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.

    !!!Attention to All Members!!!

When submitting award applications, please ensure the word "Application" is 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
AA4SN15195Buck Buckowski171720 May 2022
AA5XA21179Eddie Thorn8803 May 2022
AA6MK13548Mike Kelly858515 Aug 2022
AC4ZH21121Duane Dickens161622 Apr 2022
AF4QK20594Kenny Averitte151522 Jan 2022
AH6AX11165Larry Wandel212131 May 2022
F6HKA6069Bert Banlier151526 Jul 2022
K0AF22366Andy Folkmann222102 Aug 2022
K0RO14800Ralph Bolt414107 Jul 2022
K1PUG12486Hank Cattey161504 May 2022
K2FW20151Steve Bockman484810 Aug 2022
K3WK25013Gary Tartanian111110 Aug 2022
K4ISW13162Lee Moyer212129 Jun 2022
K5PE17399Roger Dillon171710 Aug 2022
K7NXL25895Dan Boren4402 Aug 2022
K8UDH10532Bruce Murdock9903 Nov 2021
KA4UPI2582Mark Melton383831 May 2022
KA5TJS5172Allen Matthews494910 Aug 2022
KA8HFN2046Larry Fridley836921 Apr 2022
KB1FGC21047Rich Guerrera202018 Jul 2022
KC5F21092Steve Smith202006 Apr 2022
KF0ELS24369Kevin Kissinger4421 Apr 2022
KG6OKI9781Mark Holiday3327 Feb 2022
KJ7GNB20930Bill Hunt292930 May 2022
KK4WX14070Russ Kvistad101024 Mar 2022
KY4O7091Bill Spencer161612 Aug 2022
N4TMM14467Jim Ewing101003 Mar 2022
N5DR19844Cecil Smith161630 Apr 2022
N5KIP3755Dick Burroughs474720 Jul 2022
N6CUQ24270Matt Shank2229 Jul 2022
N7PHI20999Derek Hansen9925 Feb 2022
N8DF22670Dave Fuller8808 Mar 2022
ND4U5936Den Blair202024 Apr 2022
ND8MS19789Mark Soulard101027 Feb 2022
NF1O164Barry Whittemore5525 Apr 2022
NJ8L13613Vern Walker363510 Aug 2022
NW7US4758Tomas Hood111108 Aug 2022
PG4I11019Jo Stakenborg2217 Apr 2022
W0RLY17845ERIC Worley101005 May 2022
W1ZAH20478Frank Arciuolo141401 Jul 2022
W2ITT21419Rob WITT242426 Jul 2022
W2SKY22019Peter Fournia171730 Mar 2022
W3DF12995Dan Flanagan101012 May 2022
W3NP3182Dave Humbertson545426 Jul 2022
W4CMG20093Cathy Goodrich2212 Aug 2022
W4LSV2795Barry Fluxe7723 May 2022
W5WTH18901Pat Hensley161625 Jun 2022
W6JIM15169Jim Crites7718 Mar 2022
W6RKE12450Jerry Finn262414 Mar 2022
W8YA23445Mark Williams212125 May 2022
WA3IGU19535Dennis DiAugustine8818 Jul 2022
WA3RSR23232Ken Baake201902 Aug 2022
WB0B8753Larry Newby404009 May 2022
WB4HUL1787Sid Scott5510 Jul 2022
WB5EVO14807Paul Adams212114 Jul 2022
WB5JWI5013Les Hock151521 Apr 2022
WI0S2048Kieth Cook131309 May 2022
WI5H11770Mike Maner151506 Jul 2022
WM4Q16465Pete Harris323111 Jul 2022
YL3JD21931Hanz Van de pol2218 Apr 2022

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