General Rules: ( With effect from 24th August 2017 )
1. The awards are available for QSOs from 15 August 1947, UNLESS mentioned different.
2. Xerox copies of QSL cards NEED not be produced, except for ANNILAMICI award
3. The data on/from the cards/QSOs or from "QRZ.com" are needed regarding
the QTH of the VU Op, his State, and his PIN/(ZIP) code number for the PIN, Heritage, Railway.... Awards.
4. All the data as in (3), are needed in a "xls" or "xlsx" or even "txt" format.
5. All the awards are available in "pdf or jpeg" formats ONLY.
6. The awards are FREE for the members of the CQCW, RCWC and Dolphins RC of Russia
and they have to mention their membership number.
7. As IRCs are not accepted any more in India, the cost per award is reduced to US $ 1, and a minimum
of 5 awards are to be applied for, so that US $ 5.0 can be sent.
8. Where to send the fee, will be intimated to the applicant when he sends the data,
in advance, by e-mail to "arasuvu2ur at gmail.com" or " vu2ur at rediffmail.com"
9. There is no PAYPAL account.
10. All the awards are available for amateurs and SWLs (observers) on similar conditions.
India possesses hundreds of islands along its coast and in the deep sea as well. Indian Islands in the deep sea have been classified in two groups as (1) Andaman and Nicobar Islands and (2) Lakshadweep and Minicoy Islands. Both the groups have been activated many times since Indian Independence.
All these Islands have RSGB IOTA listings. In addition, India has sponsored more than 24 Indian Antarctic Expeditions. The name of this award is derived from the first two letters of the alphabet of ANdaman, NIcobar, LAkshadweep, MInicoy and Coastal Islands. It contains the two alphabets of Antarctica also.
Contact these islands on or after 15th August 1947 are valid. All contacts must be with
different stations, duplicate QSOs in different bands and modes, are acceptable.
RSGB IOTA has numbered the Indian deep sea Islands as: ( www.rsgbiota.org/index./php )
Andaman Is group (AS-001), Nicobar Is Group (AS-033), Lakshadweep Is group (AS-011) and Minicoy Is group (AS-106) .
The Indian Scientific Bases in Antarctica are named as Maitri, Bharati... Base etc.,, numbered as IOTA AN-016 as well as WAP-IND-03 in the Worldwide Antarctic Programme....
The Coastal Island groups are numbered as per activity and RSGB IOTA Handbook or web page may please be referred for the numbers and activity.
1. BASIC: For QSOs with any TWO groups:
(1) Andaman or Nicobar Is = 2 QSOs ;
(2)Lackshadweep or Minicoy Is = 1 QSO,
Minimum 3 QSOs needed.
2. SECOND CLASS: For QSOs with any THREE groups of
(1) (a) Andaman or Nicobar (2 QSOs)
(b) Lakshadweep or Minicoy (2 QSOs),
(2) any ONE QSO of the Coastal Island groups,
(3) ONE QSO Indian Antarctic Base QSO, activated till date of application,
Minimum of 6 QSOs needed.
3. FIRST CLASS: For QSOs with:
(1) (a) Andaman Is= 3 QSOs and Nicobar Is= 1 QSO,
(b) Lakshadweep Is= 2 QSOs and Minicoy Is= 1 QSO ,
(2) TWO QSOs with the Coastal Island groups, and
(3) ONE QSO with Indian Antarctica Bases, activated till the date of your application,
Minimum of 10 QSOs needed.
4. EXCELLENCE: For QSOs with
(1) Andaman Is group=3 QSOs , Nicobar Is group= 1 QSO,
Lakshadweep Is groups= 3 and Minicoy Is Group= 1 QSO,
(2) 3 QSOs with the Coastal Island groups,and
(3) 2 QSOs Indian Antarctic QSOs, activated till the date of your application,
Minimum of 13 QSOs are needed.
Worked ANDAMAN ISLANDS Award (WAI AWARD)
Andaman Is group consists of North, Middle, South and Little Andaman Islands,
as also North and south Sentinel Is, among the many. Port Blair city is the most
activated from South Andman Is.
Requirements: QSOs with different Andaman Island stations as follows.
For BASIC award- 4 different Andaman Is QSOs.
For FIRST Class Award, 6 different Andaman QSOs and
For EXCELLENCE Class Award, 8 different Andaman QSOs.
Worked ANDAMAN-NICOBAR ISLANDS Award (WANIA)
Nicobar Is. group contains Car Nicobar, Nancowry, Little and great Nocobar Is.
among the many. Great Nicobar Is. was activated.
Requirements: QSOs with different stations from Andaman and Nicobar Islands as follows:
For Basic Award, you need 4 different Andaman QSOs and 1 Nicobar QSO.
For First Class Award, you need 6 different Andaman and 1 Nicobar QSOs and
for Excellence Class, you need 8 different Andaman and 2 Nicobar QSOs.
Worked LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS Award (WLI AWARD)
Lakshadweep Island Group ( IOTA AS-011 ) contains many inhabited and uninhabited islands. Among the inhabited islands, amateur radio activity has taken place from the following islands: KADAMATT, BANGARAM, AGATTI, KAVARATTI , KALPENI etc.,.
Requirements: QSOs with 3 different Lakshadweep (Laccadive) Stations needed.
Worked LAKSHADWEEP-MINICOY ISLANDS Award (WLMIA)
In the Minicoy group of islands ( IOTA AS- 106 ), you have MINICOY Is. that is activated. The other island VIRINGILI is not activated.
Requirements : QSOs with 3 different activations from Lakshadweep (Laccadive) Is
and 1 QSO from Minicoy Is.
Worked COASTAL ISLANDS of India ( WCII Award )
The coastal states of India,( i.e., West Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat etc.,) have many Islands, which are listed and numbered in the RSGB IOTA Handbook. The States of Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, have two separate groups of Islands, each. All details of the activations of these Islands are listed in the IOTA Handbook/web page.
Requirements: Minimum of 4 different QSOs covering at least 3 coastal Is Groups, are
required. More than one QSO from the same island, but with a different call sign is OK.
Worked BENGALURU Award (WBA)
The city of BENGALURU ( aka BANGALORE ) the capital city of the State of Karnataka (KA) is known as the ELECTRONIC CITY or GARDEN CITY or SILICON CITY or IT CITY of India. The city has over 1500 amateur licence holders QRV in VHF/UHF/Satellite / CW/SSB/and Digital modes.
The very active stations from this city were/are: VU2PTT, LBW, ZAP, WAP, RMS, BGS, GX (SK), IR(SK), MKP (SK), UR, LX, GUR, VNK, LYX, LCI, JHM, FI, POP, GSM, 2IIH, 3GFF, 3ITI, 2AE, 2IBI, 2YVK, 2CPL, and others.....
Requirement: QSOs with any 2 different stations from this city, in a Contest or otherwise.
Endorsement for single mode, single band can be given.
Worked VU Contesters Award (WVUCA)
There is a new generation of VU amateur radio contesters. They are contesting in CW, SSB, and Digital modes in various International Amateur Radio Contests. Some of them are:
VU2TS, VU2PAI, VU2PTT, VU2MTT, VU3DMP, VU2SWS, VU2NKS, VU2NXM, VU3DJQ, VU2LBW, VU2CDP,VU2BGS, VU2UR, VU2LYX, VU2RMS, VU2JOS, VU2NIS, VU2HFR, VU3NXI, VU2CPL, VU2XE, and others......
Requirement: QSOs with any 3 different stations from the above list, in any one or more Contests, or otherwise. All bands all modes OK. Endorsement for single mode, single band can be given.
Himalaya-Hind Sagar Railway Award
The Indian Railways comprise one of the largest railway networks in the world. The longest train route in India is between Jammu Tawi and Kanyakumari , run, once a week, by Train Nos. 6317/6318, "Himsagar" Express covering a distance of 3,738 km. The train passes through 11 Indian states. The train passes through the following Railway Stations, in its North-South run, and those in Bold letters indicate the presence of active amateur radio operators.
Jammu Tawi, JALANDHAR Cantonment, Phagwara, Phillaur, Ludhiana, Dhuri, Jakhal,
Narwana, Jind, Rohtak, Bahadurgarh, NEW DELHI, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Faridabad,
AGRA Cantonment, Dhaulpur , GWALIOR, JHANSI, BHOPAL, Itarsi, NAGPUR, WARANGAL, VIJAYAWADA, TENALI, Gudur, Renigunta, Tirupati, Chittoor, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, SALEM , ERODE, TIRUPPUR, COIMBATORE, PALAKKAD, THRISSUR, ALUVA, ERNAKULAM Town, KOTTAYAM, KOLLAM, TRIVANDRUM Central, NAGERCOIL, Kanyakumari.
The above stations are located in the following 11 Indian States: Jammu & Kashmir; Punjab; Haryana; Delhi; Uttar Pradesh; Rajasthan; Madhya Pradesh; Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh; Tamil Nadu; and Kerala.
For the Basic Award, 6 QSOs with VUs from at least 6 of the 11 STATES listed above.
for First Class Award, QSOs with VUs from at least 6 (six) different Railway stations through
which the train passes, as given in the above list.
All contacts on or after "01 January 2000".
World Heritage India-Amateur Radio Award (VUHA)
Indian World Heritage sites are located in the following 14 states of India: Maharashtra,
Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Orissa, Tamil nadu, Assam, Rajasthan, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal, Union Capital Territory, Himachal Pradesh, and Bihar.
The requirement for the Basic Award is that you must have QSOs with minimum of 5
of the Indian states which contain World Heritage Sites.
For First Class Award, the requirement is 7 states, and if you have worked more than
10 states, you get the Excellence Award. All contacts on or after "1 January 2006".
VU 10 Million PIN Award. (PIN)
"PIN" is the Indian abbreviation for Postal Index Number, similar to the ZIP code of USA.
It contains 6 digits. The PIN was implemented 15 August 1972. The PIN code is the post office numbering system used for identifying every post office in the country. India has the largest number of post offices of any country in the world. The first two digits of
the 6 digit PIN Code for various Indian states are listed below:
11 Delhi 50 to 53 Andhra Pradesh
12 and 13 Haryana 56 to 59 Karnataka
14 to 16 Punjab 60 to 64 Tamil Nadu
17 Himachal Pradesh 67 to 69 Kerala
18 to 19 Jammu & Kashmir 70 to 74 West Bengal
20 to 28 Uttar Pradesh 75 to 77 Orissa
30 to 34 Rajasthan 78 Assam
36 to 39 Gujarat 79 North Eastern
40 to 44 Maharashtra 80 to 85 Bihar & Jharkhand
45 to 49 Madhya Pradesh & Chhatisgarh
PIN Code 110001 is for New Delhi; 400001 for Mumbai; 600001 for Chennai; 700001 for Kolkata; 500001 for Secunderabad, etc.,. for the Union and State Capital cities.
From the Indian QSLs you have received, compute the total of the PIN code number
(from each of the QSL cards), to achieve the minimum of 10 million total required.
Duplicate QSOs with the same station DOES NOT count except on different band and
The award is available in three levels:
1. Basic Award = QSOs with at least 6 Indian States.
2. First Class Award = QSOs with at least 9 States.
3. Excellence Class Award = QSOs with at least 12 States .
WORKED VU FLORA FAUNA AWARD ( W-VUFF-A)
Contact National Parks, Game sanctuaries, Game reserves, etc of India. A list of valid sites may be found on http://wwff.co/ If a valid site is not listed there, it is newly activated, you may submit the contact details along with VUFF site details for acceptance of your application for this award. Operations from some coastal islands and Indian Antarctic research stations, also have a VUFF number, which can be used
for this award.
QSOs from minimum 3 (three) different VUFF locations are needed. A different call activated from the same VUFF, counts as a separate reserve or park. Thus, if you have worked AT8WFF and VU2UR/FF from VUFF-005, that qualifies you for two, and one more QSO with a different VUFF is required for claiming the Award.
QSO with VU2TS after year 2000, qualifies for VUFF-0100.
Till now the following VUFF references have been ACTIVATED:
VUFF-0004: BANDIPUR NATIONAL PARK
VUFF-0005: BANNERGHATTA BIOLOGICAL PARK.
VUFF-0023: GIR FOREST NATIONAL PARK AND WILD LIFE SANCTUARY
VUFF-0030: GULF OF MANNAR MARINE NATIONAL PARK
VUFF-0055: MUDUMAI NATIONAL PARK and WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
VUFF-0099: MAITRI INDIAN ANTARCTIC STATION:
VUFF-0100: B.R.HILLS TIGER RESERVE
VUFF-0101: DAROJI SLOTH BEAR SANCTUARY
VUFF-0103: LAKSHADWEEP MARINE BIOSPHERE RESERVE:
SAARC AMATEUR RADIO AWARD
SAARC stands for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. Member countries are: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The group was formed on on December 8, 1985 and provides a platform for the peoples of South Asia to work together in a spirit of friendship, trust and understanding. The radio amateur award offered requires that you must have woked/confirmed two-way contacts (QSOs) with the countries of SAARC on or after "8 December 1985" as follows:
Bangladesh :1 Bhutan: 1 India: 5 Maldives: 2 Nepal: 2 Pakistan : 2 and Sri Lanka : 2 QSOs. for a total of 15 QSOs.
The Multi Color Award is available in "pdf" format only and will be sent to your E-mail address so that you may print using your equipment. Endorsements for any one Band or mode is available. If you have confirmed double the number of QSOs required from each of the above countries, the award will be endorsed "EXCELLENCE".
A new set of awards in the "Himalayan Series" is uploaded in the year 2018. This series has been very kindly designed by OM Babul Gupta, VU3ZBG/57HS3863 of Barasat, West Bengal, India
General Rules for this eries of awards:
The Himalayan Mountain range covers the following areas:
YA (Afghanistan), AP2 (Pakistan), VU (Jammu&Kashmir), VU (Himachal Pradesh), VU (Uttaranchal or uttarakhand), VU (Uttar Pradesh), VU (Sikkim), VU (Arunachal Pradesh), VU (West Bengal), 9N ( Nepal), A5 (Bhutan), and BY (China).
You have to form the "keyword" for each award using ANY alphabet/alphabets from the suffix of your VU QSOs. One VU call sign can be used only once in any keyword. Suffix of two QSOs from YA, AP, 9N, A5 or BY areas can be used as JOKERS for the required suffix alphabet, in one keyword, when your VU QSOs cannot give those alphabets.
The Keyword for "Himalayan Mountain Range Award" (HMRA) is "NAIN SINGH RAWAT"
The Keyword for "Himalayan Mountain Peaks Award" (HMPA) is "RADHA NATH SIKDAR"
The keyword for "Himalayan Mountain Flowers Award" (HMFA) is : "BRAHMA KAMAL"
The keyword for "Himalayan Mountain Birds Award" (HMBA) is "HIMAL TRAGOPAN"
The keyword for " HIMALAYAN MOUNTAIN ANIMALS AWARD" (HMAA) is "MUSK DEER"
The keyword for "Himalayan Mountain Temples Award" (HMTA) is "SHANKARACHARYA"