[CQ-Contest] On-line WPX certificates

Jack Brindle jackbrindle at earthlink.net
Mon May 18 08:41:11 PDT 2009

I had difficulties finding the cert link also. I did find it, and also  
found the instructions to be a bit ambiguous. First off, DON'T search  
for your call at the URL provided. That takes you to a listing of the  
various WPX contests you have entered, but there is no cert link. What  
you want to do is, at that first screen, select the contest you would  
like to see, select it, then hit either the the "CW" or "SSB" button.  
That brings you to a large table with line scores, each has a "cert"  
link. You can then search for your call, hit the cert link and get  
your certificate.

So, it takes a bit of looking around, but the links and certificates  
are definitely there. The certificate looks pretty cool also. Thanks  

A suggestion that might help a bit would be to add the ability to  
create the certificates from the results of a call search at that  
first URL. I have a feeling the contents of the certificate depend on  
the info in the contest table, and that info may not be present when a  
straight callsign search is performed, but if it can be done, this  
would eliminate some of the confusion.

Again thanks. It really is cool. I bet K1TN wishes he had all these  
tools way back when he was checking contests in Newington (yes, I  
still remember, Jim).

On May 18, 2009, at 6:44 AM, Julius Fazekas wrote:

> Jim,
> Follow the link, do a search for your call. That will bring up a  
> screen with all the WPX events you've participated in (not sure how  
> far back it goes, at least to 2006)
> To the right of each line, there is a column for certificates. If  
> there is one available it will be highlighted/linked. Select that  
> and it will take you to a PDF of the certificate.
> Not all entries have links.
> In some ways it is much nicer, you can print it on what ever you  
> like and whatever size you want, use it in presentations.
> The Ontario QSO Party has done this in the past too.
> Considering costs for the sponsor to mail all of these, and those  
> who might not want/need another certificate. I think this a is a  
> great option.
> You can use all your awards as screen saver motivational tools ;o)
> 73,
> Julius
> Julius Fazekas
> N2WN
> Tennessee Contest Group
> http://www.k4ro.net/tcg/index.html
> Tennessee QSO Party: Sunday, 6 Sept 2009
> http://www.tnqp.org/
> Elecraft K2/100 #4455
> Elecraft K3/100 #366
> --- On Mon, 5/18/09, James Cain <jamesdavidcain at gmail.com> wrote:
>> From: James Cain <jamesdavidcain at gmail.com>
>> Subject: [CQ-Contest] On-line WPX certificates
>> To: "Thompson, Randy" <k5zd at charter.net>
>> Cc: cq-contest at contesting.com
>> Date: Monday, May 18, 2009, 7:17 AM
>> Hi Randy: On-line certificates --
>> great idea!
>> I don't see the "CERT link," at the URL you provided,
>> though.
>> What's next? Plaques and trophies on demand? Can holograms
>> be e-mailed?
>> Those with full bore Adobe Acrobat will be able to edit and
>> enhance their certificates with things like "K1TN, High
>> Single Operator Low Power CW, Milky Way Galaxy. (I know this
>> would go a long way in enhancing my fragile self esteem!)
>> Your post doesn't say, in so many words, that certificates
>> will no longer be sent from WPX HQ. Is this the case?
>> Certainly seems logical to me, and "green," too.
>> You and your helpers have enhanced the WPX experience
>> through your web efforts and I think it will encourage
>> participation and log entries.
>> WPX CW is the best weekend of the year for a pee wee
>> station like mine so I'll try to put in a good effort. It
>> will be interesting to gauge 2009 participation in one of
>> those rare years when the contest isn't held on Memorial Day
>> weekend in the Colonies.
>> I wish I knew a local from whom I could borrow a prefix
>> with more dB than "K2." Maybe CQ could open a "Prefix Bank"
>> of people willing to rent their obscure prefixes for the
>> weekend.
>> Speaking of the Colonies, the term "bank holiday" is
>> British, I know, but it has negative connotations for those
>> of us who had parents who survived the Great Depression.
>> (That would be the 1930s for you young people on the
>> reflector.)
>> Jim Cain, K1TN/2
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