The Commonwealth Century Club (CCC)

This award may be claimed by any licensed radio amateur eligible under the General Rules who can produce evidence of having contacted, since 15 November 1945, amateur radio stations in at least 100 Commonwealth call areas on the list current at the time of application.

The certificate holder may claim, on payment of a contributory charge, a handsome plaque with a plate detailing name, callsign, date and number of the award. Additionally, an amateur providing evidence of having contacted all the Commonwealth call areas on the list current at the time of application may claim the Supreme Plaque in recognition of the magnitude of the achievement, again on payment of a contributory charge.

Notes (a) Credit for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Is will only be given for contacts with stations using a VP8 callsign. Credit for Antarctica and the South Orkney, South Shetland and Spratly Is will only be given for contacts with stations using a callsign issued by a Commonwealth government.

(b) Where, very occasionally, a contact is made with a station using a callsign legitimately outside the geographical area to which the prefix normally applies, it will count for the actual area from which the operation takes place. The evidence submitted will need to be clear.

5 Band Commonwealth Century Club (5BCCC)

This award, available in 5 classes, may be claimed by any licensed radio amateur eligible under the General Rules who can produce evidence of having contacted, since 15 November 1945, the required number of amateur radio stations in the call areas listed, using all 5 bands, 3.5, 7, 14, 21 and 28MHz. Each station should be located in a different call area per band. The 5 classes are or contacts as follows:

5BCCC Supreme 500 call areas
5BCCC Class 1 450 call areas
5BCCC Class 2 400 call areas, with a minimum of 50 on each band
5BCCC Class 3 300 call areas, with a minimum of 40 on each band
5BCCC Class 4 200 call areas, with a minimum of 30 on each band

Certificates will be issued to winners of all classes. Also, as in the case of the CCC, winners of the Class 1 award may claim a handsome plaque suitably inscribed, while winners of the Supreme Award will be eligible for the Supreme Plaque, both on payment of a contributory charge.

WARC Band endorsement

A holder of the basic award who can produce evidence of contact with the required number of call areas on the 10, 18 and 24 MHz bands may claim a WARC Band “sticker” endorsement. This is available in 5 classes as follows:

5BCCC (WARC) Supreme 300 call areas
5BCCC (WARC) Class 1 275 call areas
5BCCC (WARC) Class 2 250 call areas, with a minimum of 50 on each band
5BCCC (WARC) Class 3 200 call areas, with a minimum of 40 on each band
5BCCC (WARC) Class 4 150 call areas, with a minimum of 30 on each band

Note: on 10 MHz credit will only be given for contacts on CW.

Top Band endorsement

A holder of the basic award who can produce evidence of contact with the required number of call areas on the 1.8 MHz band may claim a Top Band “sticker” endorsement. This is available in 5 classes for 30, 40, 50, 60 and 70 call areas.

Credit for deleted Commonwealth call areas

Credit will be given for contacts with stations in Commonwealth countries at the time of contact and, additionally, with stations using a Commonwealth callsign in Antarctica and the South Orkney, South Shetland and Spratly Is. Since 1945 some countries have left the Commonwealth, others have joined. The list of call areas specifies the relevant dates. For 5BCCC (including endorsements) contacts with “deleted” call areas made at a time when the countries concerned were in the Commonwealth may count in place of “missing” credits on any band up to the maximum possible for that band (currently, at September 1994, 130).

Deleted call areas do not count for CCC.

List of Deleted Commonwealth Call Areas

Contacts with the following may count for a “missing” credit if made before the date specified. A contact after that date may still count for one of the Commonwealth call areas listed overleaf (see brackets).

AC3 Sikkim 1 May 1975 (India)
P2,VK9 Papua Territory 16 September 1975 (P.N.G.)
P2,VK9 Territory of New Guinea 16 September 1975 (P.N.G.)
VO Newfoundland, Labrador 1 April 1949 (Newfoundl’d, Canada)
VQ1 Zanzibar 25 April 1964 (Tanzania)
VQ6 British Somaliland 1 July 1960
VQ9 Aldabra Is 29 June 1976 (Seychelles)
VQ9 Desroches Island 29 June 1976 (Seychelles)
VQ9 Farquhar Group 29 June 1976 (Seychelles)
VS2,9M2 Malaya 16 September 1963 (W. Malaysia)
VS4 Sarawak 16 September 1963 (E. Malaysia)
VS6 Hong Kong 30 June 1997
VS9 Aden 1 December 1967
VS9 Kamaran Island 1 December 1967
VS9 Kuria Muria Is 1 December 1967
Z2 Zimbabwe 7 December 2003 (Southern Rhodesia)
ZC5 British North Borneo 16 September 1963 (E. Malaysia)
ZD4 Gold Coast, Togoland 6 March 1957 (Ghana)
3D2 Fiji 15 October 1987
3D2 Rotuma Island 15 October 1987

Most of the date restrictions are now very old. Applicants who obtained their licences as recently as July 1976 need only concern themselves with the VS6 and 3D2 entries above and notes (1), (2), (4), (7) and (14) overleaf.

Applications for CCC and 5BCCC

Applicants for 5BCCC should use the special application form provided below which allows space for callsigns to be recorded for band contacts.

The List of Commonwealth Call Areas quick checklist (1-page/256KB Microsoft Word document) should not be used for this award. It may however be adapted for use as an application form for CCC as indicated. In this case remember to include on a separate sheet your name, callsign and address, and a declaration (see 5BCCC form).

Applicants from within the UK, Channel Is and Isle of Man should enclose QSL cards with their claim. Applicants from elsewhere must also send QSL cards except when claiming Classes 2, 3 and 4 of 5BCCC and 5BCCC (WARC). For these categories they may forward a statement from their national society that the necessary cards have been checked. However they should note that all cards will need to be submitted to the HF Awards Manager if they subsequently apply for the Supreme or Class 1 awards.