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Re: [CQ-Contest] CQ Contest Certificates

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] CQ Contest Certificates
From: john@kk9a.com
Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2012 08:40:03 -0500
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I remember not long ago CQ was years behind in sending out plaques.  Now
they are shipped in a timely manner and I wish to thank everyone involved
for doing a great job.  I am sure that there are some people that enjoy
receiving a plaque and do not need any more certificates so that should be
an option.  I believe certificates are mailed to plaque winners which is
probably not necessary. Perhaps you can incorporate award choices into the
CQWW website.

John KK9A / P40A

To:      cq-contest@contesting.com
Subject:  Re: [CQ-Contest] CQ Contest Certificates.
From:    "Randy Thompson K5ZD" <k5zd@charter.net>

Date:    Fri, 16 Nov 2012 03:06:15 -0000

You are right that it is expensive to print and mail certificates to
thousands of people per contest.  However, it is worth it when we get
excited emails from new contesters happy to have won their first award.
think we can all remember getting our first few certificates and hanging
them proudly on the wall.  Hard for a pdf file to match that!

We have discussed providing a way for contest participants to opt out of
receiving a certificate.  Perhaps they have a box of them or just don't
to cause us the expense.

The logical place to do this is by a new field in the Cabrillo file.  So
far, the people who maintain the Cabrillo file "standard" have not been
interested in adding a new tag.  Perhaps some more support would
them to change their mind.

Should there be one new tag that says "don't send certificates or
plaques or
anything"?  Or should be there be two?  One for no certificates and
for no plaques/awards?  Or could it be as simple as a convention that
if there is no address provided then don't send anything?


Randy, K5ZD

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