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 Programme Awards Introduction - Rules - Awards - Access
HEMA offers certificates for accruing 'Unique Summits' and 'Qualifying Points.' These certificates, core of the awards system, are called 'HEMA Classic'. The criteria for these are specified in rules 11 and 17 for Activators and Chasers respectively.

There may be additional 'HEMA Exclusive' certificates available from time to time.


Classic - The 'Unique Summit' Awards for Chasers and Activators

This Award is made on the basis of the number of unique qualifying HEMA Summits activated or chased (see Rules for definition) since the Award start date of 1st January 2012.

The awards as of 2018 have been rationalised and the previous 'class' system abolished. A defining part of the award is how it gets harder and harder as the unique summits a HEMA member hasn't yet activated/chased get further and further away. Combining this with the exponential nature of the previous certificate system seemed to be adding to the challenge to the point of making it unachievable.

To that end we have now created a simple system. For each 25 uniques we award a certificate. There is also a 10 unique activations starter certificate to encourage activity.


Classic - The 'Qualifying' Awards for Chasers and Activators

In additon to the Unique Summit awards; additional awards are available based upon 'Qualifying' activations and chases. For every 50 qualifying activations a certificate is available and also for every 100 qualifying chases.


Exclusive - 'First H2H DXCC Award'

In cases where two activators have a 'Successful QSO' between each other and they are both on HEMA summits - this is called an 'H2H contact' (HEMA2HEMA).

Both activators will receive a special certificate where this is the first ever H2H between two DXCCs. So the first ever contact between a summit in VK6 and a summit in G is valid.

Subsequent H2H between these two countries does not earn the certificate as it's limited to the first one ever - but VK6 H2H with GW would still be valid assuming that combination hasn't been done already. As would VK1 with G.

There is no time limit from the DXCC becoming active to make the first 'Successful QSO' and claim the award.


Claiming Awards (please note the method to claim awards has CHANGED as of 1st January 2019)

To claim awards you should write to the award manager to state your claim (


Award Fee

The award is free of charge and an attractive certificate for each level will be sent via email as a PDF file.


The Future

We may offer additional certificates based on special events (similar to what was done for the National HEMA day H2H Award, 16th June 2018, and International HEMA Day, 1-2 September 2023 ) or specific modes or bands (UHF award, PSK award etc...)

Stay tuned to the HEMA Facebook Group for further news! 73!