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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
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
AA4SN15195Buck Buckowski141414 Mar 2021
AA5JC24262Josh Carroll3321 Jun 2021
AA5XA21179Eddie Thorn7717 May 2021
AA8CL2339Carmen "Bud" Labbato181830 Jun 2021
AA8KY6159Billy Massie393903 Jul 2021
AC4ZH21121Paul Dickens151510 Jun 2021
AC5NL21749Jeff Moore6619 Feb 2021
AE5II15292KC Copley9925 May 2021
AF4QK20594Kenny Averitte9927 Feb 2021
AH6AX11165Larry Wandel171702 Aug 2021
F6HKA6069Bert Banlier111117 May 2021
K0RO14800Ralph Bolt404010 Dec 2020
K1PUG12486Hank Cattey131202 Aug 2021
K2FW20151Steve Bockman343423 Sep 2021
K2MZ21122Rob Zarges3302 Jan 2021
K3ESE19100Lloyd Lachow272718 Jul 2021
K4ISW13162Lee Moyer161619 Feb 2021
K5PE17399Roger Dillon151508 Jul 2021
K8UDH10532Bruce Murdock8823 Feb 2021
KA4UPI2582Mark Melton272726 Jun 2021
KA5TJS5172Allen Matthews252523 Sep 2021
KA8HFN2046Larry Fridley786410 Sep 2021
KC3LNB20859Scott Vanek7726 Mar 2021
KC5F21092Steve Smith171706 May 2021
KD8TUR12017Dave Tourtelot7715 Apr 2021
KD9KHA23208Andy Lach353525 Apr 2021
KE8CTH17337Brant Colbry6625 Jan 2021
KF0ELS24369Kevin Kissinger3302 Aug 2021
KF6C3398Brian Comer2206 May 2021
KG4IKQ13612Jim Elkins2220 Jul 2021
KG6OKI9781Mark Holiday2224 Jun 2021
KJ7GNB20930Bill Hunt252515 Sep 2021
N3BNT2309Dennis Heidt111109 Mar 2021
N4HAY14649Dick Hayter4409 Jan 2021
N4TMM14467Jim Ewing8805 Jan 2021
N5DR19844Cecil Smith131324 Sep 2021
N5KIP3755Dick Burroughs252522 Jun 2021
N7PHI20999Derek Hansen8812 Jan 2021
N8DF22670Dave Fuller6619 Mar 2021
ND4U5936Den Blair181818 Apr 2021
ND8MS19789Mark Soulard4419 Mar 2021
ND9M8233Jim Clary8829 Dec 2020
NF1O164Barry Whittemore2204 May 2021
NJ8L13613Vern Walker181826 Jun 2021
NW7US4758Tomas Hood6614 Apr 2021
VA2GJ18768Gerald Lemay5505 Apr 2021
VA3DKL22393Dave Lahn2212 Aug 2021
VA5CW4326Bill Down9810 Mar 2021
W0RLY17845ERIC Worley8811 Feb 2021
W1RCP15375Rob Pitts4426 Sep 2021
W1TAG15461John Andrews101019 Mar 2021
W1WIU486Jim Greenwood1108 Mar 2021
W2ITT21419Rob WITT181816 Aug 2021
W2OZB17177Philip Bartash626219 Jul 2021
W2SKY22019Peter Fournia161601 Apr 2021
W3NP3182Dave Humbertson282809 Oct 2021
W4AWH22772Dave Tinaglia5513 May 2021
W4LRB11021Ben Cuperman545425 Jul 2021
W4LSV2795Barry Fluxe6621 Jun 2021
W5OTR8794Chris Leslie111106 Jun 2021
W5WTH18901Pat Hensley111126 May 2021
W6RKE12450Jerry Finn222024 Jun 2021
W8YA23445Mark Williams4407 Oct 2021
W9YY21824Jack McClurkin121216 Aug 2021
WA3IGU19535Dennis DiAugustine5504 Oct 2021
WA3RSR23232Ken Baake8713 May 2021
WA4NID17453Dave Johnson3308 Aug 2021
WB0B8753Larry Newby343409 Oct 2021
WB2LQF6488Stan Levandowski6630 Apr 2021
WB4HUL1787Sid Scott4401 Apr 2021
WB5EVO14807Paul Adams171702 Mar 2021
WB5JWI5013Les Hock4404 Oct 2021
WI0S2048Kieth Cook9916 Feb 2021
WI5H11770Mike Maner131328 May 2021
WM4Q16465Pete Harris292804 Oct 2021

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