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Rules for the SKCC Senator Award

1. Senator is achieved when a Tribune who has already attained Tribune x8 status makes contact and exchanges SKCC numbers and names with 200 unique(distinct) SKCC Tribunes or Senators.

Note: For brevity, throughout the rest of this page the term Tribune refers to any member who holds a T or S.

What does the "x8" status mean? Tribune x8 means Tribune award 8 times over. Since each step of the Tribune award is based on 50 contacts, then Tribune x8 requires a total of 400 (50 x 8) valid contacts.

Tribune awards are based on contacts with C, T, or S members. However, when you have completed the Tribune "x8" process, the actual Senator award will be based (as already stated) on contacts with Tribunes or Senators (only) logged on or after your Tx8 date. In other words, contacts on a Senator award application are independent of those used for Tx8.

2. QSOs for the Senator Award may be made at any time on any amateur band, including WARC bands. Contacts must be made using a straight key, bug, or side swiper. For details, see the club's policy on approved keying devices here.

3. Only contacts made on or after 01 August 2013 count toward the SKCC Senator Award. Neither the SKCC club call (K9SKC) nor any special-event call sign (such as K3Y) will be accepted as credit for contacts. However, you may use the FCC-assigned call of an operator who uses either of those special call signs, provided that you have not previously used that operator on the Senator application and they give you their FCC-assigned call during the QSO.

4. Any member number used on a Senator Award application may be used only once. Members are defined by their SKCC member numbers, not by their call signs, which may change over time.

5. Endorsements (up to x10) for contacting additional multiples of 200 Tribunes are available for the basic award. Endorsements for contacting 200 Tribunes on individual bands (up to x10) also are available.

Note: Mark Glenn, K7MJG, has created a very useful chart showing the requirements for the Centurion, Tribune, and Senator awards that answers most common questions. The chart is available here: The Path to Senator

The administrators process all applications on a PC. Thus, all data must be entered into a PC before processing can begin. If you maintain a log in ADIF format, many members use the SKCCLogger program to prepare their award application form in plain text format. The logger is available from the Member Services Section here.

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.

Stand-alone applications are available in two versions: a Word file and an Excel file. You can download the Word file here and the Excel file here.

Additional Notes for Applicants

1. The application must contain no fewer than the minimum number of valid QSOs required for the award or endorsement. However, it is useful to include extra QSOs on the application in case some are disqualified.

2. All call prefixes and suffixes recorded during QSOs -- i.e. /QRP, /8, /W, PJ5/, etc. -- must be removed before submitting an application. These prefixes are not part of the official call signs maintained in the membership data base.

3. If the application contains sufficient valid contacts, the award or endorsement will be issued.

A final note: The administrator does not save past applications, so please use a form, such as the Excel or Word form mentioned above, that will retain all of your previous Senator and endorsement QSOs. This allows the administrator to more easily check for duplicates or other errors. Occasionally, 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. As with the initial Senator application, be sure to use SKCC numbers and calls, when checking for dupes prior to submitting your form.

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!!!Attention to All Members!!!

When submitting award applications, please ensure your callsign and the word "Application" are in the subject line. We are trying to reduce our spam and increase the spam filter success rate.

All questions and submissions about/for this award and its endorsements should be sent to:

Initial Sx1 applications go to Ron,
Sx1 Band endorsements go to the Sx2 manager Phil, K3EW,

The Sx2 manager for all Sx2 and Sx2 band endorsements and higher at:

Good Luck!