Rules of the Deutschland-Diploma (DLD)

DLD – Deutschland-Award

The DLD Award is an official award of the German Amateur Radio Club (DARC) which is available to all licensed radio amateurs and short wave listeners (SWL). The names of new award holders will be published in the DARC magazine “CQ DL”.
All members of DARC and its associated club VFDB and club stations of both organizations are issued with a District Location Code (DOK). To qualify for DLD, applicants must submit QSL cards from licensed radio amateurs showing a certain number of DOKs worked.
In case of an applicant changing their callsign yet remaining within the same country, DOKs worked under the previous call sign will continue to count for credit towards DLD.

a) DLD Award classes and modes

The DLD award is issued separately for each amateur radio band, the only exception being VHF and up (see below).

The DLD award is issued on each bands in the following classes: DLD 100, DLD 200, DLD 300 on request with a bronze badge, DLD 400 on request with a silver badge, DLD 500 on request with a gold badge, DLD 600, DLD 700, DLD 800, DLD 900, DLD 1000 with an engraved badge of honour, and the DLD Trophy.

All classes may also be obtained with a “classic” endorsement, in case of all DOKs contacted being regular ones (no special DOKs among them). The DLD-Special is only issued for connections with special DOK.

For SWLs the award classes are called DLD-SWL 100, DLD-SWL 200 up to DLD-SWL 1000.

For a DLD-VHF and DLD-VHF-Classic (without special DOKs) award, either single band awards are possible or the following multi-band version: each DOK counts 1 point on 2m, 2 points on 70cm, 3 points on 23cm, and 4 points on 13cm and up. The multi band version requires contacts on at least two VHF/ UHF bands.

All DLD awards may be issued for mixed modes or may be endorsed for single mode operations providing the confirmed contacts in just one mode.

Packet Radio and Echolink contacts do not count for this award.

b) Conditions of Issue

The DLD is issued initially upon the evidence of contact with 100 DOKs on a single amateur radio band. For each additional 100 DOKs on the same band, the applicant may apply for the next class of DLD. Applicants may skip awards if they wish, i. e., it is not necessary to apply for a separate award for each 100 DOKs worked.

A DOK will only count if the station worked or heard is located in the Federal Republic of Germany at the time of the contact. Stations have only one DOK each and must only give out the DOK under which they are registered with DARC QSL Bureau. Special Event DOKs will be published in “CQ DL” and count for all DLD award classes except for the “Classic” endorsement.

Charges apply for the issue of the DLD Awards. Detail of charges will be published from time to time in “CQ DL” and payment should be included with the application, or sent to the DARC in the form of a bank giro transfer.

All decisions of the award manager are final.

c) DLD Application

All valid DOKs are listed in the official DOK list.

Additions will be published in “CQ DL”.

Applications are to be made through the DCL system. In addition, applicants from abroad may also use a GCR list, to be sent to the award manager together with the respective award fee, detailing callsign, date, band, and DOK of relevant QSL cards in the applicant’s possession.


DLD 100 - 900 printed paper, incl.  shipping (no badge)7,- €
DLD 100-  900 als PDF download, (no badge)3,- €
DLD 300 - 500 incl. badge and shipping13,- €
DLD 1000 incl. engraved badge of honour, incl. shipping16,- €
DLD - Trophy incl. shipping25,- €

Diplommanager / Award Manager:
Andreas "Eddy" Herzig, DM5JBN
Bergring 5
08058 Zwickau

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