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Re: [CQ-Contest] CQ Contest Certificates.

To: k5zd@charter.net, cq-contest@contesting.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] CQ Contest Certificates.
From: Jimk8mr@aol.com
Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2012 09:18:27 -0500 (EST)
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I agree that there should be a way to avoid the expense of printing and  
sending unwanted certificates and/or plaques. As a moderately active VHF  
contester, I have received a certificate from ARRL for "First Place  -  Ohio 
Section - 1296 MHZ" - having made three qsos in one grid.
With most certificates, I check to see that the sponsor has not included a  
gift certificate (still hasn't happened :) ) or some other cool thing, and  
then send it to the circular file.
In the case of ARRL, I'd much rather see that money spent fighting RFI  or 
securing new frequency allocations at a future WARC.
Separate Cabrillo choices for certificates and plaques would be best. Until 
 then I would think a frequent contest sponsor such as ARRL might be able 
to keep  on file a list of those who did not wish to receive certificates.
73  -  Jim  K8MR 
In a message dated 11/15/2012 10:06:26 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
k5zd@charter.net writes:


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.  I
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  encourage
them to change their mind.

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


Randy,  K5ZD

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