3905 Century Club FAQs

What is the URL for the Club website?

The Club website is located at 3905ccn.org

What is my member number?

Your member number is determined by your first 100 point award earned in the club.
The member number is made up of 3 parts:

  1. your first award band (20,40,75,80,160)
  2. your first award mode (1 for SSB, 2 for CW, 3 for PSK, 4 for RTTY)
  3. your first award certificate number

Example: K2YS earned his first award on 75 Meter SSB and was given the certificate number 3173, so the member number for K2YS is 7513173.

You can lookup your member number in the Member Lookup page (from the website menu select "Club Info", then "Member Lookup")

If I change my callsign will I still have the same member number?

Your member number is yours for life. The club keeps track of your callsign you earned all awards with.
You must notify the club if you change your callsign so that we can keep proper records.
You can update your callsign on your profile page or .

How do I register to login to the club website to use the member-only features?

From the website menu, select "Admin", then "Login".
Once the login page appears, select the option to register.
Enter your callsign, email address of record with the club, your member number and a password of your choosing.
If you do not know your member number, see FAQ above "What is my member number?"
You will get an email from the club website confirming your registration request.
Check your junk mail folder if you do not see the email in a few minutes.
You must click on the link in the email or paste the link into your browser to complete the registration process.
If the club does not have your email address on record, or your email address you provide during the registration process does not match the email address of record, please to update your record with the club.

I have forgotten my password. How do I login now?

From the Admin menu, select “Reset Password” and follow the instructions. You will need your callsign, member number and the email you registered with the club. A reset password link will be sent to your email address. If you still cannot access your account, please .

On a net check-in listing, what is the meaning of "No Card Needed" or "NCN?"

This means that while the station operating a call sign designated as above will send you a QSL card for a contact made with him, he does not want a card from you for that call sign. Call signs listed as "NCN" or “NO CARD” are usually club stations or special event call signs for which the operator is not working toward awards.

May I earn awards for operating club calls for which I am NOT the trustee?

Yes. At the November 2009 Board Meeting it was decided that you may earn awards for operating club calls for which you are not the trustee. All contacts applied toward any such awards must be made by the same operator. Awards for club calls may NOT be earned based on contacts made by different operators of that club call. This means that ALL contacts toward Progressive Awards on any given band/mode combination must be made by the same operator. In other words, the operator earning the 100-Point Award on band X and mode Y using a club call sign is the only person who can apply for higher points awards on band X and mode Y. In all cases you must have the permission of the club call trustee to operate the club call and to apply for awards based on that operation.

May I obtain a replacement for a lost or damaged award certificate, or just to upgrade to a newer award certificate design? How?

Yes. You can order a new award certificate containing the same information as the original certificate by sending the details of the certificate (your call sign as it appears on the certificate, the name of the award, certificate number, date of issuance, band/mode if applicable) and your current mailing address to our Awards Secretary. The price for a reissued award certificate is $4.00 and you can use the PayPal link on the Club website to pay (please describe in full detail what the payment is for) or you can send a check (no cash please) made payable to our Club Treasurer. Send your payment, or proof of payment in the form of a PayPal receipt, along with your request to our Awards Secretary. Allow about 10 days for processing. See our website for addresses of club officers. If you would like the new certificate to show a more recent call sign, you may ask for that, but as a matter of policy we do NOT change the call signs in our awards database if you obtain a new or vanity call sign.

What standards govern QSLs and QSLing?

Unless agreed otherwise by the parties involved at the time of the contact, initiating a paper QSL by postal mail via our bureaus for all contacts, without requiring an SASE from the other party, and without waiting for her QSL to arrive first, is a responsibility and an obligation of participation in our nets.

Simple economics – remembering that a number of our participants are on fixed incomes – suggests that all parties serious about sustained participation in our nets become users of the Club QSL Bureaus and that QSLs be sent via that route because this represents a 10X – 15X savings over individually mailed QSLs, and a 20X – 30X savings over individually mailed QSLs if a SASE is required. In general, our members are very reluctant to send an SASE to receive a QSL card.

Mobile operators who are generally not able to log while driving will not be able to initiate a QSL because they won’t have a record of the contact information, so you should always initiate a QSL to all mobiles you contact with both signal reports and the mobile’s location indicated on the card. If the mobile wants a QSL for a club call, indicate the call sign of the mobile operator on the QSL card to the club call. If the Mobile Operator doesn’t want a card for his club call you can make a note on the card sent to his personal call reminding him you also need a return card for his club call. The mobile operator will return QSL(s) based on the information on the QSL(s) you send.

PLEASE, if you work a club call, make a note of the OPERATOR's call sign on the card. A note in an upper corner of the card in the form of "Op: AB1XYZ" will assure the card can be properly routed, otherwise the card will be returned to sender. Cards for 1x1 call signs without the operator's call sign on the card will be discarded.

Please understand that except for mobiles not logging – who have no other choice – it is a losing strategy to wait for a QSL before sending one. If everyone did that then no one would ever get a QSL. It is downright destructive to our Club’s fundamental operations to engage in a practice that if engaged in by everyone would result in no QSLs for anyone. We take QSLing very seriously because it’s fundamental to our basic purpose, and we provide very fast, efficient and economical QSL bureaus at no cost other than the SASEs you send to the bureaus, in which your QSLs will be returned.

QSLs sent via the bureaus are sorted daily and QSLs for you are sent to you as soon as your envelope is full, which makes for a very fast turnaround if you're active on our nets. Obviously, if your envelope is only partially filled and you only check in a few times a month, your QSLs will not arrive as quickly as the ones for folks who check in often. You may find additional information on our QSL Bureaus on our website.

May my son/daughter (brother/sister, mother/father, boyfriend/girlfriend, etc), not licensed, or not licensed to use the frequencies on which The 3905CC holds nets, operate on 3905CC nets if I am the control operator?

As a legal (FCC) matter, yes, but it will prove to be confusing since contacts made by or with any persons who are not permitted use of the frequency by their own licenses are not usable toward Club awards.

Are eQSLs valid for use toward 3905CC Awards?

Yes. EQSLs have been valid for 3905CC awards since March 2003. Please note however that the use of eQSLs is an individual choice and many choose not to use them or not to even have an eQSL account. If the station you work doesn’t have an eQSL account or for other reasons doesn’t use eQSLs (and many don’t), your eQSL will not be delivered and you will not get an eQSL in return. Those wanting to use eQSL would be wise to make this known in advance and should be aware that insistence on using only eQSLs will tend to be a bit of an impediment, on average, to making contacts on our nets. EQSLing is very convenient and very inexpensive for the sender, but many feel it shifts the cost and burden of QSLing to the recipient in the form of printing expenses (one card per page plus ink cost) and the time spent printing and cutting eQSLs to size. It's also a problem to the recipient when information needed for award purposes is not on the eQSL card – something eQSL makes somewhat difficult – so if you do use eQSLs, please take the time to do it right and send a usable card with all needed information. NOTE: eQSL considers AA1AA, AA1AA /M and AA1AA /P to be three separate call signs requiring three separate eQSL accounts to receive cards sent to those call signs. Therefore, DO NOT make the /M or /P a part of the call sign you send the eQSL to; list that status separately along with the other info on the card. ALSO NOTE: You cannot send a corrected eQSL unless you change the time of the contact because identical date/time will be seen as a duplicate card and that duplicate card will be rejected by eQSL.

What are “progressive awards” or the “progressive award series?”

Progressive, or “points” awards, are the awards that are named for the number of points required to earn them; i.e., 100-point, 500-point, 1000-point, 2000-point, and up. If you pursue these awards they must be earned in order, progressively, by net, so they are often referred to as a “progressive award series.”

May I use a contact with a call I’ve worked before if that call is reissued to a new operator?

Yes. And for a real example, if you worked Clint E. Wise, W1XN, now a silent key, and Clint A. Wise, who is also W1XN because he was granted his father’s call sign, then both contacts are good contacts for award purposes. (It might be a good idea to add a note on any award applications that forbid reuse of calls if you know a call has been reissued.)

What are “VIP” or “Officer” points?

You may use contacts with club officers, appointees and Net Control Stations toward the Officers Award and some other, miscellaneous awards. ALL positions held at time of contact can be listed on the award application. As an example, a contact with the President of our Club while he is acting as NCS of a net is good for “two Officer or VIP Points.” Please see the application for the Officers and VIPs Award or other awards for complete rules and for further details regarding which positions are eligible.

May I use contacts made on the Late Nets for awards other than the Nite Owl Award?

Yes. Contacts made on the Late Nets are indistinguishable from contacts made during the corresponding Early Nets except when applying for the Nite Owl Award, which requires contacts only from the Late Net.

Is there a list of who is active in the QSL bureaus?

Yes. Our QSL Bureau Managers try to keep an up-to-date list of who is currently using the bureaus. These lists may be queried at GIB Lookup You may also download a query program to run on your own computer.

I see a difference between an award application from the club website and from our Club Information Officer. Which one is correct?

All current awards applications have a revision date in the lower right corner. The application with the most recent revision date is the correct application and that will always be the one currently posted on the Club website. This situation is not likely to occur unless you compare an application you obtained some time ago with an application currently on our website because the Information Officer always sends the version of the award that’s on the website at the time the request is made.

How many call signs may one operator check into a net?

An operator may check in with a maximum of three (3) call signs. One call sign may be the call sign assigned to the operator by the operator’s national licensing authority; one call sign may be a club call sign the operator has permission to use; and one call sign may be a special event call sign, for a maximum of three call signs checked in. One, two or all three of these call signs may be checked in on as many state (province/territory, etc) lines as the operator may be operating. Each operator checked in, on her turn for a call, is entitled to only one call in any round (not one call per call sign checked in – just one call total) regardless of the number of lines occupied on the check-in list.

What are all these different call signs from Canadian stations? Are they good for Club awards?

Yes. Each of those call signs is a different call sign for the purpose of most Club awards – but see the specific requirements for each award. Canada has many special prefixes and other special calls that Canadian stations are permitted to use from time to time. Some of these calls are only available for use for a short time so the best advice is to work them all. Canada is DX and you will need DX contacts for many awards.

May I apply for more than one award at a time?

Yes, you may apply for as many as you wish. Cards may be used on multiple awards, just include a note to the Awards Manager. A good example is to submit cards for the 1000-point Award and for Worked All States at the same time using the same cards. You must hold a 100-Point Award on a given band/mode before receiving other awards on that band/mode, but you may apply for other awards at the same time as you apply for the 100- Point Award.

I operated on the 3905CC nets from a DX country using a different personally held call sign. May I use the cards received along with those received for contacts made with my home call toward Club awards?

Yes. All cards received for all personal calls you have held are good because Century Club awards are really for the operator rather than the call. A call sign change such as a license upgrade, vanity call, or DX operation using a personally assigned call sign has no effect on your individual awards because contacts made using a personally held call sign, once made, belong to the operator regardless of which of his various personally held call signs was used. Club calls and Special Events calls are exceptions – they are not personally held calls. QSOs made using a club call or special event call may only be applied toward awards for the Club or Special Event call, and all contacts applied toward an award (and all contacts made as a prerequisite ot that award) must have been made by the applicant for that award. Additionally, the applicant must have had permission of the Trustee to operate the club and to apply for awards on behalf of the club. To help your Awards Manager, please make a note of your personal call sign changes if contacts using a club call were made while you held different personal calls. You should inform the QSL Bureau Manager(s) of your call sign changes also. Your Area Awards Manager will be looking to see that only the applicant made the contacts toward the award being applied for.

Is it OK to ask on the nets what county or grid square a station is located in?

No. The 3905CC is not a county hunting net, an island hunting net, a grid square hunting net, etc. It’s Club policy to discourage queries of this type because they tend to delay the nets. However, QSLs exchanged to confirm contacts on our nets are usable for anything you see fit, including county hunting, etc. The considerate QSLer includes this information on all the cards he/she sends as a courtesy to those who may have special interests.

Is there a minimum signal report?

Yes. The minimum signal report for a valid contact is 21. We follow the standardized RS(T) system of signal reporting and a readability (R) value less than 2 means the signal is unreadable and is an invalid report.

To be on a state line must the vehicle or station antenna be right on the line?

No. In many cases it can be difficult to determine the exact location of a state line, because boundaries aren’t always marked and maps don’t always show exact locations. Also, placing yourself exactly on a state line can sometimes represent a safety risk to yourself or others. A best good faith effort by the operator to place himself on the line is required, consistent with personal safety and the safety of others. With that done, the Board of Directors has decided that if an operator declares a station to be on a state line, then it will be accepted that the station is on a state line. However, “wet lines” – where the line is in a river or other body of water – are not permitted under any circumstances. Wet lines are just plain not counted – no exceptions – even if you’re operating safely from a boat. Also note, when it comes to declaring yourself as being on a line, a statement saying, “I’m 50 feet from the line” is the same as saying “I’m NOT on the line.” If you know for a fact you are 50 feet (or even just 5 feet) from the line and can get closer practically and safely, then you need to get closer. If you are as close as you can practically and safely get, then you need to just say, “I’m on the line.”

Is there a logical strategy when working toward the progressive (points) awards?

Yes, and it is outlined in the current progressive award application documents.


If anything in this FAQ conflicts with the most current Club bylaws or with the most current awards applications, the bylaws and awards applications will prevail over this FAQ. Before reporting a conflict, please make sure you really do have the most current documents and then mention the revision dates of the conflicting documents when reporting conflicts. Please bring any conflicts found, or any other questions, to the attention of our Club Recorder