Every time a new DXpedition is on air an incredible pileup is generated. If the DX station is in a rare country this same pileup may last for the team’s entire stay at that entity’s location. Usually after a few days of activity where the DX station works mainly the “Big Guns,” then a few “Little Pistols” are able to grab that dreamed of contact that can finally be added to their DXCC count. Well, things don’t always happen this way. From time to time (as of late this happens a lot) the low profile stations cannot complete the precious contact due to the “bulimic” behaviour of other DXers.Why aren’t these DXers not happy having only one contact on each mode to satisfy their DXCC count ? Oh well, the DXCC divided per band would be a possible answer, but then all the top list DXers would not be part of the throng of callers everytime a DX station shouts the first CQ on the bands. DXCC, WPX, WAZ, WAC, IOTA, DX Marathon, DXCC Challange and even the Leader-Board NON-Award makes the first-time contact “hell” for all the low profile DXers. That’s why “Cass Award” was introduced.
This award encourages DXpeditions to maximize the number of DXers worked with a $1000 prize for the single-operator DXpedition that works the most unique callsigns within a 4 week interval. This award honors the wisdom and spirit of Cass WA6AUD (SK), whose stories in the West Coast DX Bulletin taught a generation of DXers that DX IS!
The story written by Cass, WA6AUD on the award website is very important because all DXers and expeditioners should take those words to heart. DX IS, and that’s the important thing.
Let’s promote this Award.