Frequently Asked Questions
What Is It?
The St Patrick's Day Award is 48hrs of non-competitive fun, on-the-air celebration of St Patrick's Day. As we say "Go green for St Patrick's Day".
Who Can Participate?
Anyone worldwide, licensed or an SWL can take part in this fun event.
How Do I Take Part?
You can register to be an official participating station for St Patrick's Day by completing a short registration form online.
Why Is It A 48hr Event?
To allow worldwide participation in all time zones.
How will people know where I am transmitting during the Event?
Each year we post the St Patrick's Day Award event via our Facebook page. Many people find it a help to post their frequency there when they are on-air.
How Do I Claim My Award?
To claim your award simply complete the online claim form. Your award will then be sent to you as a PDF.
When Can You Register To Participate?
Once the Event finishes at noon on the 18th March (UTC) registrations will reopen for the following year's event. Stations have until noon on the 16th of March (UTC) when the event starts.
What is WAB/WAI?
WAB (Worked All Britain) is an award program based around the geographical areas of Britain and Northern Ireland. See http://wab.intermip.net/default.php for more information.
WAI (Worked All Ireland) is the Irish award program based on Irish geographical areas. See https://www.irts.ie/cgi/st.cgi?wai for more information.
Many amateurs in these countries collect these awards and that is why we suggest people include this number within these areas when registering.
SPS Station Award
To qualify you must be a registered Saint Patrick's Day Station and have transmitted within the event 48hr period.
Fixed/Portable Station Award
To qualify you must make direct two-way contact with a minimum of 10 SPD award stations from a fixed location using any mode within the rules.
Digital Station Award
To qualify you must make direct two-way contact with a minimum of 20 SPD award stations using any digital mode (this includes FT8, DMR, JT65, D-Star, Echolink, etc)
Mobile Station Award
To qualify you must make direct two-way contact with a minimum of 5 SPD award stations from a mobile location using any mode.
Short Wave Listener Award
To qualify you must log two-way communications between a minimum of 10 SPD award stations using any mode.