Worked All States awards in South Africa

Last updated: 2017-05-10

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Chris R. Burger ZS6EZ
Box 4485
Pretoria
0001 South Africa
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Index

This list shows all known WAS awards awarded to South Africans. It is compiled from personal contacts, and is incomplete. Any additional information would be appreciated!

  • Background: A brief description of the WAS programme
  • Global overview: Who has done what in South Africa
  • Basic WAS
  • CW WAS
  • Phone WAS
  • Digital WAS
  • Triple Play WAS
  • 5 Band WAS and further (6BWAS, 7BWAS, 8BWAS etc.)
  • 1,8 MHz WAS
  • 3,5 MHz WAS
  • 7 MHz WAS
  • 10 MHz WAS
  • 14 MHz WAS
  • 18 MHz WAS
  • 21 MHz WAS
  • 25 MHz WAS
  • 28 MHz WAS
  • How to apply for WAS
  • Rumoured WAS holders
  • How you can help

    Background

    Worked All States (WAS) is a major operating award, issued by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). It is a major operating goal for most DXers at some stage. Its attraction lies in the fact that it is fun to run American stations, and like any other popular game, it is both challenging and attainable.

    During 2008, the ARRL announced a version of WAS based on the Logbook of the World (LotW). This award, dubbed Triple Play, involves working all 50 states on each of three modes (CW, Phone and Digital) and obtaining confirmations through LotW. Only contacts from 1 January 2009 count for this award. The immediacy of LotW confirmations has made the Triple Play a very exciting award to pursue, as confirmations can appear within a few days of the actual contact. Five South Africans (four ZS2s and a solitary ZS6, in that order) have obtained this award.

    The traditional ultimate benchmark of WAS prowess was the 5 Band Worked All States (5BWAS). This award requires contacts with each of the 50 states on each of the "traditional" HF bands (3,5, 7, 14, 21 and 28 MHz). Attaining this goal is difficult from anywhere on earth. For those inside or close to the USA, the high bands are challenging, with weak back-scatter signals. For those far away, both the high bands and the low bands are difficult--the high bands because of the variation with sunspot cycle and the low bands because of high noise levels and simple antennas. Nevertheless, at least three South Africans have attained this goal.

    Unfortunately, ARRL does not publish any information about WAS awards that are issued. The lists below are just a start to document achievements by South Africans. Obviously, initially the list will favour holders close to the compiler and more recent certificates, but I'm hoping for contributions from others to make the list more complete. Please let me know if you can contribute information.

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    Global Overview of WAS Credits

    This matrix is an attempt to give credit where it is due. In the tables below, operators may have applied for an award that includes the requirements of another award, but will not be listed in that award's list. Example: The Triple Play award requires WAS on CW, Phone and Digital. However, not all Triple Play holders have CW, Phone and Digital endorsments. Likewise, 5BWAS includes WAS on each of the "classic" bands, while none of the holders have applied for any of the single-band awards. This table indicates which awards each operator would have qualified for, had the paperwork been done. A simple year means the endorsement was actually issued in that year. "3P" means the operator has Triple Play, and has met the requirement of each of the single-mode awards. "5B" means the operator has 5BWAS, and has met the requirements for WAS on each of the five classic bands.

    Callsign First Basic CW Phone Digital 160 80 40 30 20 17 15 12 10
    ZS1AU
    ZS1DX
    ZS1LS
    ZS1XUK
    2012
    2015
    2011
    2012
    2012
    2015
    2011
    2012

    2012





    2011




    2013



    2013



    2013

    2012

    2013



    2013



    2013



    2013



    2013

    ZS2ACP
    ZS2DL
    ZS2EZ
    ZS2I
    ZS2Y
    1991
    2011
    2007
    2013
    2010
    1991
    3P:2011
    3P:2007
    3P:2013
    2010

    3P:2011
    3P:2011
    3P:2013
    3P:2011
    1991
    3P:2011
    3P:2011
    3P:2013
    2010
    2011
    3P:2011
    2007
    3P:2013
    3P:2013









    ZS4A
    ZS4I
    ZS4PB
    ZS4TX
    2012
    2000
    1958
    1989
    2012
    2000
    1958
    1989



    1989
    2012
    2000
    1958




    2014



    1997



    5B:1993



    5B:1993



    2014



    5B:1993



    2014



    5B:1993



    2014



    5B:1993
    ZS5BK
    ZS5LB
    ZS5LEE
    ZS5MY
    ZS5QO
    >1997
    1969
    2017
    >1997
    1984
    5B:>1997
    1969
    2017
    5B:>1997
    1984




    2017



    1997


    5B:>1997
    5B:1978

    5B:>1997

    5B:>1997
    5B:1978

    5B:>1997


    5B:>1997
    5B:1978

    5B:>1997


    5B:>1997
    5B:1978

    5B:>1997


    5B:>1997
    5B:1978

    5B:>1997

    ZR6DX
    ZS6C (ex ZS6GRL)
    ZS6EZ
    ZS6KR
    ZS6P
    ZS6TVB
    ZS6WB
    2014
    2013
    1987
    1988
    1987
    2016
    2016
    2014
    2013
    1987
    1988
    1987
    2016
    3P:2016


    1987
    1988


    3P:2016


    2011


    2016
    3P:2016

    2016
    3P:2013



    3P:2016









    5B:1997






    5B:1997






    2013






    5B:1997






    2013





    2016
    5B:1997






    2011






    5B:1997




    Total

    25
    8
    12
    11
    2
    6
    6
    3
    7
    3
    7
    3
    6

    Explanatory note: ZS2I and ZS4I are the same person. However, under WAS rules, all contacts must be made from the same area. He therefore had to start over when he moved from one call area to another. Operators who've had simple callsign changes (in the same call area) have been listed under their current callsigns.


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    Basic WAS

    1958-05-16  9153 ZS4PB  Pieter J. Botha--SK 2012-11   Endorsed: Phone
    
    1969-11-05 20287 ZS5LB  Albert Lausecker--SK 2015-05-26
    
    1984-02-10 39693 ZS5QO  George A. Hurst--now NA9E
    1987-01-23 41492 ZS6BCR Chris R. Burger--now ZS6EZ    Endorsed: CW
    1987-05-12 41722 ZS6P   Tjerk J. Lammers
    1988-03-18 42392 ZS6BSZ Hans Kappetijn--now ZS6KR     Endorsed: CW
    1989-10-17 43979 ZS4TX  Bernie van der Walt           Endorsed: CW
    
    1991-03-12 45346 ZS2ACP André Botes                   Endorsed: SSB
    
    2000-09-26 50132 ZS4I   Johan van Aarde--now ZS2I     Endorsed: SSB
    
    2010-09-21 54815 ZS2Y   Thian de Jager
    2011-04-21    -- ZS2ACP André Botes                   Endorsed: JT65
    2011-08-06 55552 ZS1LS  Allan Saul                    Endorsed: Digi, 10 m, 12 m, 15 m, 17 m, 20 m, 30 m, 40 m, 80 m
    2011-11-18 55792 ZS6EZ  Chris R. Burger               Endorsed: 10 m CW, 10 m Phone, 12 m
    2012-04-05 56260 ZS1XUK Simon Cammies--now ZS1XG
    2012-01-21       ZS4A   Rickus de Lange               Endorsed: Phone
    2012-09-11 56939 ZS1AU  Dennis Wells                  Endorsed: 20 m Phone
    2013-02-22 55792 ZS6EZ  Chris R. Burger               Endorsed: 17 m
    2013-04-04 57192 ZS6GRL Geoffrey R. Levey--now ZS6C
    2013-04-23 55792 ZS6EZ  Chris R. Burger               Endorsed: 30 m CW
    2014-02-19 58084 ZS4TX  Bernie van der Walt           Endorsed: 30 m CW, 20 m CW, 17 m CW, 15 m CW, 12 m CW, 10 m CW
    2014-09-15 58939 ZR6DX  Noel Hammond                  
    2015-03-09 59680 ZS1DX  Christian von Wechmar
    2016-12-29       ZS6TVB Theo Bresler                  Endorsed: Phone
    
    

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    CW WAS

    Note: There is no separate CW WAS. Instead, it is issued as an endorsement to the basic award. ZS5QO was told in 1983 that no such endorsements could be issued. Apparently the policy changed between 1983 and 1987.

    1987-01-23 41492 ZS6BCR Chris R. Burger--now ZS6EZ    Endorsed: CW
    1988-03-18 42392 ZS6BSZ Hans Kappetijn--now ZS6KR     Endorsed: CW
    1989-10-17 43979 ZS4TX  Bernie van der Walt           Endorsed: CW
    
    2011-11-18 55792 ZS6EZ  Chris R. Burger               Endorsed: 10 m CW
    

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    Phone WAS

    Note: There is no separate Phone WAS. Instead, it is issued as an endorsement to the basic award.

    1958-05-16  9153 ZS4PB  Pieter J. Botha--SK 2012-11   Endorsed: Phone
    
    1991-03-12 45346 ZS2ACP André Botes                   Endorsed: SSB
    
    2000-09-26 50132 ZS4I   Johan van Aarde--now ZS2I     Endorsed: SSB
    
    2011-11-18 55792 ZS6EZ  Chris R. Burger               Endorsed: 10 m Phone
    2012-01-21       ZS4A   Rickus de Lange               Endorsed: Phone
    2012-09-11 56939 ZS1AU  Dennis Wells                  Endorsed: 20 m Phone
    2016-12-29       ZS6TVB Theo Bresler                  Endorsed: Phone
    

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    Digital WAS

    2007-11-12   538 ZS2EZ  Barry Murrell
    
    2011-04-21   --- ZS2ACP André Botes                   Endorsed: JT65
    2011-08-06 55552 ZS1LS  Allan Saul                    Endorsed: Digital
    2014-02-19  1151 ZS4TX  Bernie van der Walt           Endorsed: RTTY
    2016-02-04  1732 ZS6C   Geoffrey R. Levey             Endorsed: JT65
    2017-05-09       ZS5LEE Lee Hanegraaf                 Endorsed: JT65
    

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    Triple Play WAS

    For WAS on each mode (CW, Phone, Digital) confirmed via LotW since 2009-01-01.

    2011-01-07   492 ZS2EZ  Barry Murrell
    2011-01-17   508 ZS2DL  Donovan van Loggerenberg
    2011-09-12   599 ZS2Y   Thian de Jager
    2013-01-18   799 ZS2I   Johan van Aarde
    2013-01-28   803 ZS6EZ  Chris R. Burger
    2016-03-02  1763 ZS6WB  Harold R. (Hal) Lund
    

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    5 Band WAS

    For WAS on each of 3,5, 7, 14, 21 and 28 MHz since 1947.

    1978-12-07   483 ZS5LB  Albert Lausecker--SK 2015-05-26
    
    1993-10-12  2497 ZS4TX  Bernie van der Walt
    1997-04-17  2647 ZS6EZ  Chris R. Burger
    ?                ZS5BK  Bill Smith--SK
    ?                ZS5MY  Franz Taschl--SK as ZS6EU
    2013-08-28  3133 ZS1LS  Allan Saul
    
    

    6 Band WAS

    For 5BWAS plus one further single-band award or endorsement.

    1997-03-20       ZS5LB  Albert Lausecker--SK 2015  1,8 MHz added
    1997-06-??       ZS4TX  Bernie van der Walt        1,8 MHz added
    
    2011-11-18       ZS6EZ  Chris R. Burger            25 MHz added
    2013-08-28       ZS1LS  Allan Saul                 At issue
    

    7 Band WAS

    For 5BWAS plus two further single-band awards or endorsements.

    2013-02-22       ZS6EZ  Chris R. Burger            18 MHz added
    2013-08-28       ZS1LS  Allan Saul                 At issue
    2014-02-19       ZS4TX  Bernie van der Walt        10/18/25 MHz added
    

    8 Band WAS

    For 5BWAS plus three further single-band awards or endorsements.

    2013-04-23       ZS6EZ  Chris R. Burger            10 MHz added
    2013-08-28       ZS1LS  Allan Saul                 At issue
    2014-02-19       ZS4TX  Bernie van der Walt        10/18/25 MHz added
    

    9 Band WAS

    For 5BWAS plus four further single-band awards or endorsements.

    2014-02-19       ZS4TX  Bernie van der Walt        10/18/25 MHz added
    

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    1,8 MHz WAS

    1997-03-20   641 ZS5LB  Albert Lausecker--SK 2015-05-26
    1997-06-??   650 ZS4TX  Bernie van der Walt
    

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    3,5 MHz WAS

    Note: There is no separate 3,5 MHz WAS. Instead, it is issued as an endorsement to the basic award.

    2013-08-28 55552 ZS1LS  Allan Saul                     Endorsed: 80 m
    

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    7 MHz WAS

    Note: There is no separate 7 MHz WAS. Instead, it is issued as an endorsement to the basic award.

    2013-08-28 55552 ZS1LS  Allan Saul                     Endorsed: 40 m
    

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    10 MHz WAS

    Note: There is no separate 10 MHz WAS. Instead, it is issued as an endorsement to the basic award.

    2013-04-23 55792  ZS6EZ  Chris R. Burger               Endorsed: 30 m CW
    2013-08-28 55552  ZS1LS  Allan Saul                    Endorsed: 30 m
    2014-02-19 58084  ZS4TX  Bernie van der Walt           Endorsed: 30 m CW
    

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    14 MHz WAS

    Note: There is no separate 14 MHz WAS. Instead, it is issued as an endorsement to the basic award.

    2012-09-11 56939 ZS1AU  Dennis Wells                  Endorsed: 20 m Phone
    2013-08-28 55552 ZS1LS  Allan Saul                    Endorsed: 20 m
    2014-02-19 58084 ZS4TX  Bernie van der Walt           Endorsed: 20 m CW
    

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    18 MHz WAS

    Note: There is no separate 18 MHz WAS. Instead, it is issued as an endorsement to the basic award.

    2013-02-22 55792 ZS6EZ  Chris R. Burger               Endorsed: 17 m
    2013-08-28 55552 ZS1LS  Allan Saul                    Endorsed: 17 m
    2014-02-19 58084 ZS4TX  Bernie van der Walt           Endorsed: 17 m CW
    
    

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    21 MHz WAS

    Note: There is no separate 21 MHz WAS. Instead, it is issued as an endorsement to the basic award.

    2013-08-28 55552 ZS1LS  Allan Saul                    Endorsed: 15 m
    2014-02-19 58084 ZS4TX  Bernie van der Walt           Endorsed: 15 m CW
    2016-02-04 57192 ZS6C   Geoffrey R. Levey             Endorsed: 15 m
    

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    25 MHz WAS

    Note: There is no separate 25 MHz WAS. Instead, it is issued as an endorsement to the basic award.

    2011-11-18 55792 ZS6EZ  Chris R. Burger               Endorsed: 12 m
    2013-08-28 55552 ZS1LS  Allan Saul                    Endorsed: 12 m
    2014-02-19 58084 ZS4TX  Bernie van der Walt           Endorsed: 12 m CW
    
    

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    28MHz WAS

    Note: There is no separate 28 MHz WAS. Instead, it is issued as an endorsement to the basic award.

    2011-11-18 55792 ZS6EZ  Chris R. Burger               Endorsed: 10 m CW, 10 m Phone
    2013-08-28 55552 ZS1LS  Allan Saul                    Endorsed: 10 m
    2014-02-19 58084 ZS4TX  Bernie van der Walt           Endorsed: 10 m CW
    

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    How to apply for WAS

    WAS is sponsored by the ARRL. Rules and other details can be found in their WAS pages.

    The easiest way to apply for WAS is to use the ARRL's Logbook of the World. They provide comprehensive instructions on how to get yourself going on LotW. Once you have uploaded your logs, you'll be able to watch the confirmations roll in. Reach 50 states, apply on-line and let me know. A few days later your callsign should appear in these listings. Unfortunately, unlike DXCC, WAS winners are not published anywhere. If you don't let me know, you won't be listed.

    If you are an old timer and have confirmed many states using paper QSL cards, you can also apply on paper. The procedure is outlined in the WAS pages. You can have most of your cards checked in this country through Tjerk Lammers ZS6P, the SARL's Awards Manager. Liaise directly with him for further details on how to have your cards inspected.

    Finally, you can also apply with a hybrid application, using both LotW and paper confirmations. Apply through LotW. You will then fill in the callsigns of the missing stations during the application process, and submit those cards to ZS6P for checking.

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    Rumoured WAS Holders

    Here is a selection of callsigns that I've been told have WAS, but no further details are known: ZS2EZ (Phone, 12 m, 17 m), ZS6AQS.

    If you know about more stations with WAS or have any details lacking on these lists, please let me know.

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    How you can help

    The ARRL has not published a list of WAS holders. We are therefore dependent on word of mouth. If you have earned a WAS or if you know of a South African who has, please let me know.

    I'll gratefully acknowledge any help received.


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