Working 40 zones is not enough. You have to collect QSL in order to apply for the diploma. The most difficult QSL to obtain was 5R8Z (Madagascar) from zone 39. My first two snail-mail letters to Madagascar went unnoticed. Then 5R8Z got a QSL-manager in USA, and this gave me hope. The precious card arrived in the mail two weeks ago. I opened the envelope and held the card in my hands 2 years after the QSO took place! Oh yes, patience is a virtue.
My 40 QSL-cards were checked in Denmark by OZ1ACB, the award manager of EDR. The verified and signed list was then scanned and sent via email to the WAZ award manager N5FG. I transferred the award fee and postage for the paper award via PayPal. Two days later, I received a mail from N5FG: WAZ #9053 was granted to me! The paper award will follow in 5-6 months.
The end of this story: We had a WAZ celebration in our home. A delicious cake was bought, shared, and eaten with great delight. You have to celebrate your victories!
See you next month.
73 from OZ1BXM Lars Petersen
In pursuit of WAZ - done