This posting reports the announcement of the 101th “QRP x 1 Award” of the Straight Key Century Club (SKCC) (http://www.skccgroup.com/operating_awards/qrp_awards/qrp_x1_roster.php)
On June 2, 2006, immediately after the ARRL Straight Key Night, Tom KC9ECI created the Straight Key Century Club (http://www.skccgroup.com/member_services/club_history/). To date the Club has assigned over 17.000 membership numbers.
The SKCC is not exclusively QRP. However, it does include the opportunity for members to participate using different levels of power. VE3DTI became a member in August 2010 and started participating in SKCC sprints in 2013. Since then 680 QSOs were made with SKCC members, 662 of which were operating QRP. Of these, 252 were duplicate QSOs (i.e., same member contacted in the same band) leaving a total of 410 QRP QSOs with different members in a giving band.
The SKCC rewards QRP participation with two QRP Awards: “QRP x 1 Award” and “QRP x 2 Award” (http://www.skccgroup.com/operating_awards/qrp_awards/). For the QRP x 1 Award only the applicant member ought to have operated with an output of 5 watts or less, while for the QRP x 2 Award both members must have been using QRP power. These awards are based on points, given to each QSO according to the band used for the contact: 160m: 4 points, 80m & 10m: 3 points, 60m, 40m & 30m: 2 points, 20m, 17m, 15m & 12m: 1 point and 6m & 2m: 0.5 point.
The QRP x 1 Award requires a minimum of 300 points collected in QRP QSOs with unique SKCC members in any given band. Having sent the corresponding documentation to the QRP x 1/x 2 Awards Manager: Fred VE3FAL, he promptly announced VE3DTI as “QRP x 1 #101 x2 Award (with QRP x 1 Endorsement 40M x2”) and made available the corresponding certificate:
Thank you Fred, and all the SKCC members who struggled to decode my QRP Straight Key CW signal!