CENTURY CLUB AWARD RULES
- The VHF/UHF Century Club Award (VUCC) is awarded
for contact with a minimum number of
"Maidenhead" 2 degree X 1 degree grid square
locators per band as indicated below. Grid squares are
designated by a combination of two letters and two
numbers. More information on grid squares can be found in
January 1983 QST, pp. 49-51 (reprint available on
request), The ARRL World Grid Locator Atlas and the ARRL
Grid Locator for North America (see latest QST for prices
and ordering information). The VUCC certificate and
endorsements are available to ARRL members in Canada, the
U.S. and possessions, and Puerto Rico, and other amateurs
The minimum number of squares needed to
initially qualify for each individual band award is as
- Satellite - 100
- 50 MHz - 100
- 144 Mhz - 100
- 220 MHz - 50
- 432 MHz - 50
- 902 MHz - 25
- 1296 MHz - 25
- 2.3 GHz - 10
- 3.4 GHz - 5
- 5.7 GHz - 5
- 10 GHz - 5
- Laser - 5
Note: Certificates for 220 and 432 MHz are designed as
Half Century 902 and 1296 MHz as Quarter Century and
those above SHF Awards.
- Only those contacts dated January 1, 1983, and later are
creditable for VUCC purposes.
- Individual band awards are endorsable in the following
- Satellite - 25 credits
- 50 and 144 MHz - 25 credits
- 220 and 432 MHz - 10 credits
- 902 MHz and above - 5 credits
- Allowable Contacts:
- Separate bands are considered as separate awards.
- No crossband contacts permitted except for
- No contacts through active "repeater"
or satellite devices, or any other power relay
methods are permitted for nonsatellite awards.
- Contacts with aeronautical mobiles (in the air)
do NOT count.
- Stations who claim to operate from more than one
grid quare simultaneously (such as from the
intersection of 4 grid squares) must be
physically present in more than one square to
give multiple square credit with a single
contact. This requires the operator to know
precisely where the intersection lines are
located and placing the station exactly on the
boundary to meet this test. To achieve this
precision work requires either current markers
permanently in place, or the precision work of a
professional surveyor. Operators of such stations
should be prepared to provide some evidence of
meeting this test if called upon to do so.
Multiple QSL cards are not required.
- There are no specialty endorsements such as "CW
- For VUCC awards on 50 through 1296 MHz and Satellite, all
contacts must be made from a location or locations within
the same grid square or locations in different grid
squares no more than 50 miles apart. For SHF awards,
contacts must be made from a single location, defined as
within a 300-meter diameter circle.
- APPLICATION PROCEDURE (please follow carefully):
- Confirmations (QSLs) and application format
(MSD-259 and MSD-260) must be submitted to an
approved VHF Awards Manager for certification.
ARRL Special Service Clubs appoint VHF Managers
whose names are on file at Hq. If you do not know
of an Awards Manger in your area, Hq. will give
you the name of the closest manager. DO NOT SEND
cards to Hq.
- For the convenience of the Awards Manager in
checking cards, applicants may indicate in pencil
(pencil only) the grid square locator on the
address side of the cards that DO NOT clearly
indicate the grid locator. The applicant affirms
that he/she has accurately determined the proper
locator from the address information given on the
card by signing the affirmation statement on the
- Cards must be sorted by:
- Alphabetical by field
- Numerical from 00 to 99 within that
- Where it is necessary to mail cards for
certification, postage equal to the
amount needed to send them will be
included for return of cards along with a
separated self addressed mailing label.
In addition, U.S. and Canadian applicants
will enclose $1.00 U.S. for any initial
application to cover postage and
packaging of the certificate. For
endorsements, enclose on an S.A.S.E with
appropriate postage for the weight of
your field sheets. When mailing cards,
REGISTERED or CERTIFIED mail is
- Enclosed with the initial VUCC
certificate from Hq. will be a photocopy
of the original list of grid squares for
which the applicant has received credit
(MSD-259). When applying for endorsement,
the applicant will indicate in RED on
that photocopy those new grid squares for
which credit is sought, and submit cards
for certification to an Awards Manager. A
new updated photocopy listing will be
returned with the endorsement sticker.
Thus, a current list of grid squares
worked is always in the hands of the VUCC
award holder, available to the VHF
manager during certification, and a
permanent historical record always
maintained at Hq. Reminder: for initial
application, enclose $1.00, and for
endorsements, enclose an S.A.S.E with
appropriate postage for the weight of
your field sheets. For endorsement
applications, it is only necessary to
submit those MSD-259s that indicate new
grid squares worked since the previous
submission (indicated in RED).
- DISQUALIFICATION. Altered/forged confirmations or
fraudulent applications submitted may result in
disqualification of the applicant from VUCC participation
by action of the ARRL Awards Committee. The applicant
affirms he/she has abided by all the rules of membership
in the VUCC and agrees to be bound by the decisions of
the ARRL Awards Committee.
- Decisions of the ARRL Awards Committee regarding
interpretation of the rules here printed or later amended
shall be final.
- Operating Ethics: Fair play and good sportsmanship in
operating are required of all VUCC members.