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v.8.1 , October 10th, 2017


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1) Award: The GSRC-SSFG, Swiss Castles Amateurs Group, together with the WWFF (WorldWide Flora Fauna,  http://www.wwff.co/ ) founded the HBFF, Swiss and Liechtenstein Natural Parks Award, that may be issued to YL, OM and SWL. To achieve the award the applicant should give evidence to have activated at least 5 different parks, or to have had complete QSO with, or heard if SWL, at least 10 different parks among the valid HBFF References.

2)  Rules: The HBFF rules substitute the international rules of WWFF for the Swiss and Liechtenstein parks.


3) Bands and Modes: QSO can be done on all assigned amateur bands and allowed modes.


4) Validity: Only the contacts with amateur stations operating from inside the parks acknowledged by HBFF in Switzerland and Liechtenstein and identified as HBFF-nnnn are valid.


5) Award issuing: they are released to any YL , OM or SWL that will send to the Management:


  • By WWFF Log Search ( http://wwff.co/logsearch/ ) the automatically issued and sent request, complete of Candidate's name family name and callsign ; please control that you are registered in the WWFF Log Search, and that your profile contains name, family name, and all your updated data .
  • By email at  staff@hbff.ssfg-gsrc.ch : Dated and signed form, with name family name and callsign, by which the Candidate declares that the Laws and Rules in force on his Country and the  Rules of the Award have been observed; and the Logs of the QSOs with his station callsign, and operator call if different, and in this order : the reference number, date, hour UTC, mode, band, contacted station callsign, reports received and sent .
  • Sending of QSLs is not necessary; the Management will check by means of the Expeditioneers logs. In case of doubt he will ask for QSLs or other informations, according to his incontestable judgement.


6) Awards:  They are in the form of a printable .pdf or .jpg file, coloured, personalized; if the Award will be sent by email it will have no cost. On request it may also be in the form of a personalized printed small paper, 297 x 210 mm (A4). In this case it is required to make prior payment by PayPal to luciano.lucini@email.it  or to send a contribution of 8 SFr or equivalent € or US$ amount, even as stamps, or 8 IRC for covering the delivery mailing costs. The Award will contain the qualification of Expeditioner, Hunter, or SWL.


7) Updating and Honour Roll:

  • The HBFF Award Updates may be issued to YL, OM,or SWL, which has activated, contacted, or heard if SWL,  25, 50, 75 and multiples of 25 valid different HBFF References. The costs are as in point 6) above.
  • The HBFF Honour Roll will be issued to YL, OM or SWL which has activated, contacted, or heard if SWL, at least 100 different HBFF Parks of 13 Cantons or Semi-cantons. HB0 Liechtenstein count as Canton. The Honour Roll Award consists in a customized Plate with name, surname and callsign. It costs 50 FrS or equivalent amount in € or US$, plus the mailing costs.


8) Activations: The activation, that is to be announced, is accepted and validated only if the operator follows the HBFF and WWFF rules and the following requisites:

·         The station (aerials, radio sets, power supply, etc) must be located and transmit from inside the park.

·         At least 100 valid QSO should be done, it is mandatory the use of at least 2 bands; use of 20m band with a signifiant number of QSOs is very recommended; it is also mandatory a minimum operating time of 3 hours from the 1st QSO on the same Reference. In some particular cases and for serious reasons the Award Management may be previously asked for exceptions to these rules.

·         It is allowed to give one only HBFF Reference for each QSO and activation, and to activate one only HBFF Reference for each day. It will be possible to further activate another HBFF Reference on the same day only by previous authorization by the Award Management; anyway the second activation must start at least 3 hours after the ending of the first activation.

·         The Credit for the activated Reference will be given, both as Hunter and as Activator, to the YL or OM that takes part, but only if operating at the Radio, during the Activation.

·         To validate the activation, the Activator must send to the management, within 30 days from the end of operations, the following documents : ADIF log files, clear self made digital photographic documentation proving the activation; if, it will be possible, the photographic documentation of the reference only, no aerials nor operators in the image, if the Reference Photos are not already on the site pages; the Station Callsign and the list of all Operator's Callsigns, if different, and permissions obtained for the activation, if any.

·         The operators living in the reference must send the geographical coordinates of their stations, or the Position file.

·         The sending of documents must be by email, better to the email address of the HBFF Management staff@hbff.ssfg-gsrc.ch  .

·         The Management will take care to forward the log to the WWFF.


9) Acceptance: The Candidates to the Awards have read and accepted under implicit agreement these rules, and they will respect these rules during their operations, and, beside the rules, the laws and codes of the country where the operations take place, referring in particular to the “ Ethic and operating procedures for Radio Amateur ” edited by IARU , Region 1 .


10) Management:  Management decisions are final.

Every correspondence with the Management, concerning the HBFF Award or its Expeditions and activities will be by email preferably to the official management's email address  staff@hbff.ssfg-gsrc.ch  .  

The Management is composed by:


·         Luciano Lucini, HB9FBI, P.O.Box 215, CH-6760 CARI’; hb9fbi@bluewin.ch

·         Augusto Battistoni, HB9TZA , Mordasini 7, CH-6500 BELLINZONA;  hb9tza@uska.ch ;

·         Claudio Galbusera, HB9EFJ , Vicolo Asilo 1, CH- 6600 MURALTO; hb9efj@ticino.com ;

·         Michel Blumenstein, HB9DLO (SK)




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