Thirteen years after I first achieved the basic ARRL DXCC Challenge Award with 1,000 confirmations, I have now reached the 2,500 confirmation plateau. When the envelope arrived with my 2,500 Medallion, it was a feeling quite a bit more exciting than receiving the QSL for an All-Time New One! (See photo of my 2500 Medallion at left - Click on any photo to see a larger image.)
Once I took the photo on the left, I pealed off the 3M backing tape and affixed the 2,500 Medallion to my DXCC Challenge Award. You can see the on the right. This plaque hangs right on the wall as you enter my shack!
The way this award is figured is by counting your CONFIRMED "Band-Points." Each "Band-Point" is earned by working a country on one band and getting it CONFIRMED. Since this award applies only to the 10 bands from 160 through 6-M (60-M does not count), and since only "Current" countries (entities) are counted, when you multiply those 10 bands by the current maximum number of countries (340) you find that the maximum number of "Band-Points" you can achieve is 3,400. But, to reach that level, you would need to work (and CONFIRM) each and every country in the world on each of those 10-bands. Imagine trying to confirm 340 countries on 6-M!
Below is the basic rules statement for the DXCC Challenge Award as found on the ARRL web site:
Should you manage to reach the rarefied height of having 3,000 Confirmations, your "Medallion" would look like the photo on the left. It is difficult for me to imagine my achieving that level but, as I make this post, I have 2,513 Confirmed and am waiting on another another 13 QSL's for stations already Worked. So, only 474 more to go - Never Give Up, Never Surrender!"The DXCC Challenge Award is earned by working and confirming at least 1,000 DXCC band-points on any Amateur bands, 160 through 6 meters (except 60 meters). Certificates are not available for this award however, there is a distinctive wall plaque available to display your achievement. Plaques can also be endorsed in increments of 500 additional band points. Deleted entities do not count for this award."