[CQ-Contest] Award Plaques
xdavid at cis-broadband.com
Mon Mar 2 12:23:01 PST 2009
I'm sure I'm a minority of one on this, but it seems to me that hardwood
plaques are becoming a rather inefficient way of recognizing contest
1. They cost a lot of money, both to make and to ship. Contest
sponsors repeatedly have to request donations and sponsorships for even
the most significant ones.
2. They take time to make and deliver. Some, at least in the past,
have taken years.
3. They are limited in terms of graphic capability unless really
expensive techniques to make them are used.
4. They take up physical space in the winner's shack, either on the
wall or in a drawer.
Digital certificates, on the other hand, have none of the above
limitations. With a bit of creativity they could become gorgeous works
of art that could be printed and framed if desired, or added to a screen
saver if not. With the right file format they'd be almost impossible to
alter, and if anyone really wanted to cheat it would be easier to do it
with a hardwood plaque anyway (your local awards shop will make you
anything you want). Digital awards would be cheap to produce, and I
have to wonder whether it wouldn't encourage more serious contest
participation if more awards were granted, as in 1st, 2nd, 3rd place for
each country, zone, state ... grid square ;) ... whatever. I don't
think it lessens the value of a #1 award if the #2 and #3 positions are
also recognized. It might even be amusing to see various contests vie
for the most creative and attractive graphics each year.
Certificates for lesser awards from major contests have already been
distributed as attached pdf files instead of mailed paper, and it just
seems to me that there's no great reason anymore to ship a block of wood
even for the elite awards.
I'll bet not a single active contester agrees with me, but I thought I'd
bring it up anyway while we're on the topic.
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