[CQ-Contest] Future of Paper Certificates

Rudy Bakalov r_bakalov at yahoo.com
Sat Aug 29 20:15:50 EDT 2015

I personally don't care about a paper certificate, but do remember the excitement of receiving my first one. In fact, it was the certificate that encouraged me to come back to the contesting world having left it when I was in my early 20s.

One thing that I genuinely don't understand is what exactly is CQ Magazine's sponsorship? If they have a problem with mailing the certificates then what's left?

The way I see things, it is the contest that is funding the magazine, not the other way around. Without the different contests the magazine will have no appealing contest, circulation will go down, advertisers will pull their marketing dollars, the magazine will cease to exist.  The publishing business is all about eyeballs and without the contests there will be no eyeballs.

Rudy N2WQ

Sent using a tiny keyboard.  Please excuse brevity, typos, or inappropriate autocorrect.

> On Aug 29, 2015, at 9:15 AM, Joe <nss at mwt.net> wrote:
> Extremely interesting.
> I like the idea of the printable also.
> Just curious tho.
> With the paper they make certs, how down the scores did they go in say 2013? Where they automatically sent one to someone?
> I just looked for the fun of it, went to CQWW and entered my call, and it tells me all the times I entered CQWW. Pretty cool, but then I see that a cert is there too! what?!
> Aparantly I took 2nd place for CQWWSSB 10 M low power 9 land, and I never knew it. And too bad only ran 12 hours a few more maybe one more and I could have had 1st place! I was that close in second place.
> BUT I know for sure I never got a Paper cert. so just wondering I know things may be changing, but in say 2013, how deep in the winners listins did they go and send out paper certs.
> Joe WB9SBD
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>> On 8/28/2015 10:01 PM, Randy Thompson K5ZD wrote:
>> There is an important conversation about the future of paper certificates
>> happening on the CQWW blog.  Please visit
>> http://cqww.com/blog/the-future-of-paper-certificates/ and add your opinion
>> to the mix.
>> Randy Thompson, K5ZD
>> Director - CQ WW DX Contest
>> email: k5zd at cqww.com
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