JAIA CLUB AWARD (JCA)

Publisher:
JAIA (Japan Amateur Radio Industries Association)

Basic rules:
Contact to amateur radio stations of 1000 different suffixes on or after 15th July 1997, receiving QSL cards for each contact.
Final target is to contact stations of all 18278 suffixes (26 one-letter stations of A to Z, 676 two-letter stations of AA to ZZ, and 17576 three-letter stations of AAA to ZZZ).

Certificates:
A basic certificate is issued when 1000 points are confirmed. (1 QSL card for each suffix = 1 point) The applicant is certified as a JCA member at the same time. After that, endorsement stickers are available for every 500 points confirmed.

- When 5000 points are confirmed, the member is certified as a bronze member.
- When 10000 points are confirmed, the member is certified as a silver member.
- When 15000 points are confirmed, the member is certified as a gold member.
When awarding bronze, silver, gold, honorary and special honorary memberships, the necessary number (10 or more) of QSL cards designated by the JAIA must be presented.
Endorsement applications must meet conditions for the next 500 points.

- After 18200 points are confirmed, the member is officially commended and certified as an honorary member. A certificate of distinguished achievement is issued and souvenirs are presented. After that, endorsement stickers are available for every 10 points confirmed.
- After 18278 points are confirmed, the member is officially commended again and certified as a special honorary member. A certificate of perfection is issued and souvenirs are presented.
Before commendation, the necessary number (100 or more) of QSL cards designated by the JAIA must be presented.
Endorsement applications must meet conditions for the next 10 points.

JCA advancement chart

1000 points

A basic certificate is issued.

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Endorsement stickers are issued for every 500 points.

5000 points

Certified as a bronze member*.

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Endorsement stickers are issued for every 500 points.

10000 points

Certified as a silver member*.

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Endorsement stickers are issued for every 500 points.

15000 points

Certified as a gold member*.

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Endorsement stickers are issued for every 500 points.

18200 points

Commended and certified as an honorary member*.

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Endorsement stickers are issued for every 10 points.

18278 points

Commended again and certified as a special honorary member*.

*A portion of your QSL cards must be presented and examined.

Commendation:
18200 points is set for a first target as it is difficult to contact the 78 stations with suffixes QRA-QTZ. If a member achieves the first target of 18200 points, the member is officially commended and certified as an honorary member.
Points for stations with suffixes QRA-QTZ can be included in the 18200 points.
Before commendation, the necessary number (100 or more) of QSL cards designated by the JAIA must be presented.

If the member achieves the very difficult final target of 18278 points, the JAIA is willing to commend the member again and certify him/her as a special honorary member.
Before commendation, all QSL cards of stations with suffixes QRA-QTZ (78 cards) must be presented.

Ranking list:
The ranking of JCA members is published on the JAIA web site (JCA ranking page) and in the JAIA bulletin (Japanese edition) and updated periodically.

Contacts to:
Amateur radio stations worldwide.

Usable bands and modes:
Any bands and modes that are officially licensed for the applicant.

Communication notes:
- Contacts in contests are valid.
- Cross band or cross mode contacts are valid.
- Contacts through repeaters (excluding satellite communications) are VOID.

Pre-requisites for applicants:
Any person who has an individual amateur radio station license. Club stations cannot apply as this award is for individuals only.

Requirements for QSL cards:
- QSL cards must show that the contact was made on 15th July 1997 or later.
- QSL cards must show at least the issuing station's call sign and the applicant's call sign.

Basically, all QSL cards that confirm contacts made under the applicant's own operation by law are acceptable.
- Use of multiple call signs (applicant's individual stations) is valid.
- Operation from club stations or guest operation from a friend's stations is valid, however a confirmation of "applicant's operation" is necessary on the QSL card in this case.
For example, when JA1TTT (fictitious name: Hiro) uses the QSL card acquired by his operation of 4U1ITU, the QSL card must show "4U1ITU op. JA1TTT", "Thanks Hiro", etc., for confirmation of applicant's operation.
- Guest operation of an applicant's individual station (operator is not applicant) is VOID for JCA.
- Operating location is not restricted. All QSL cards, including those obtained, by MM (Maritime Mobile) operation, AM (Air Mobile) operation or DX-peditions, etc. are valid.

Suffix references:
(call sign) >>> (suffix)
AA5K >>> K
8J1RL >>> RL
JK1ZIE >>> ZIE
4U9U >>> U
JS9XYZ/1 >>> XYZ
VE7QRT/MM >>> QRT
DL1ABC/SV/A >>> ABC
KH2/JD1CBA >>> CBA
DL/G3ZRM/P >>> ZRM

Guest operation examples: When the call sign includes two suffixes in guest operation, the suffix of the operating station is used for JCA.
JA3DE/W1ABC >>> DE (Guest operation example: W1ABC's operation from JA3DE's station)
K1ABC/BY1ZZ >>> ZZ (Guest operation example: K1ABC's operation from BY1ZZ's station)

Special examples: When the call sign includes the suffix of the country, the suffix of home call sign is used for JCA.
AC1Z/KH5K >>> Z (Home call: AC1Z)
VP2E/WE6L >>> L (Home call: WE6L)

Invalid QSL cards:
QSL cards without a suffix of one, two or three letters are invalid for JCA.
- Stations without a suffix. (XW1, JY1, 5UV386, etc.)
- Stations with four or more letter suffixes. (S0RASD, etc.)
- Stations with numeral letters. (P5RS7, etc.)
- Stations with a suffix that cannot be distinguished. (C21/MI, JXAX, etc.)

In case of applications with two or more call signs:
When applying with QSL cards that are acquired using multiple call signs, designate one of the call signs for printing on the certificate.

About applications:
- Application fee is free.
- Specific forms are required for application. Application forms (summary sheet) and log sheets are provided by the JAIA when requested. Log sheets can be specified "paper" or "disk" as preferred.
- Return_postage (and formatted FD) are only required when requesting materials.
- MS-Excel 97 and LHA (file compression and expansion program) are required to read files when requesting floppy disks.
- Generally QSL presentation or GCR is not necessary. However, when awarding bronze, silver, gold, honorary and special honorary memberships, the necessary number of QSL cards designated by the JAIA must be presented.
- Applications with the exact number of required points (e.g. 1000 or 2000 points) are not necessary. Applications including extra (e.g. 1234 or 2012 points) points can be accepted.

Information or application form request:
To JCA manager, JAIA office
Kawabata bldg. 2F, Sugamo 1-10-5, Toshima, Tokyo 170-0002, Japan
FAX: +81-3-3946-1186
JAIA web site: http://www.jaia.or.jp/

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