[CQ-Contest] Maybe a better idea for certificates

David Robbins K1TTT k1ttt at arrl.net
Thu Aug 4 17:56:24 EDT 2005

Cq already sends you a password for your ubn report, just put a pdf file in
there with your certificate and be done with it.  They could even come out
with a new product to sell in the magazine, certificate quality paper in
small quantity packages.

David Robbins K1TTT
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com [mailto:cq-contest-
> bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Jim Idelson
> Sent: Thursday, August 04, 2005 16:43
> To: CQ-Contest Post
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Maybe a better idea for certificates
> How can you possibly suggest this? The security issues are monumental.
> CotW - Certificate-Maker of World
> 73,
> Jim K1IR
> Re: [CQ-Contest] Maybe a better idea for certificates
> from [Radiosporting Fan] [Permanent Link][Original]
> To:  CQ-Contest MailList <cq-contest at contesting.com>
> Subject:  Re: [CQ-Contest] Maybe a better idea for certificates
> From:  Radiosporting Fan <radiosporting at yahoo.com>
> Date:  Thu, 4 Aug 2005 04:43:14 -0700 (PDT)
> List-post:  <mailto:cq-contest at contesting.com>
> --- Jim Monahan <K1PX at msn.com> wrote:
> > The method that I envision for certificate
> > distribution eventually is to be able
> > to access your results and then print your own
> > certificate from the contest sponsors
> > website for those that are eligible.
> Bingo, Jim!  We have a winner!
> Radiosports in the 21st Century should be exploiting
> 21st Century technology in its support.  The contest
> robots were a good start, but there is a lot of room
> for improvement and your suggestion is the right next
> step.  There are more steps to take, but I'm reserving
> my opinion on them until after the flame war on this
> post has subsided a bit. :)
> A v-a-s-t majority of radiosporters use web/e-mail.
> Dare I say that ALL of the top radiosporters (those
> who would be most likely to qualify for such a
> certificate in the first place) do?  Here's a very
> simple strategy that sponsors can use *now*.  It is
> one [of many, btw] that will work well for those who
> are still shackled to manual processes to a large
> degree, and requires only minimal web-skill to
> implement...
> 1. Create a computer template for the certificates.
> 2. Create a mail-merge of the recipients.
> 3. Download on of many *free* PDF writers.
> 4. Do the mail merge, creating the PDF certificates.
> 5. Upload them to a website where folks can download
> and print their own at their leisure.
> On the other hand, those sponsors (and participants)
> who don't utilize the advantages that such simple
> technology can provide get what they bargained for and
> should stop complaining about the delay in getting
> hand-generated paper snail-mailed to them.
> Ev Tupis, W2EV
> Jim Idelson K1IR
> email    k1ir at designet.com
> web    http://www.k1ir.com
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