[CQ-Contest] Mailing Certificates

Ron Notarius W3WN wn3vaw at verizon.net
Sun Feb 1 22:41:58 EST 2015

There are still those who prefer to receive actual printed certificates.
Not everyone, hard as it is to believe in this day and age, has Internet
access, or has a high quality printer.

I have no objection to having the option to "print your own certificate"
available.  Nor do I object if those who believe, as Pete does, that it's a
waste of time, money, and manpower, or simply don't want another piece of
paper for whatever reason, and thus wish to opt out of receiving a

But I don't support taking that away from those who still prefer getting
them in the mail.

73, ron w3wn

-----Original Message-----
From: CQ-Contest [mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of
Pete Smith N4ZR
Sent: Sunday, February 01, 2015 11:17 AM
To: CQ Contest
Subject: [CQ-Contest] Mailing Certificates

Yesterday, I downloaded and printed my certificate from CQWWCW 2014.  
The resulting piece of paper is every bit as nice as the ones they used 
to mail.

Why is the ARRL still spending lots of person-hours, printing costs and 
postage to mail out certificates for its contests? A member of the CAC 
actually used cost a couple of years ago as a reason for not splitting 
off Assisted from Multi-Single.  Fortunately, that "logic" finally 
failed, but as a supporter of ARRL for the last 60 years, I have to ask 
when they will quit wasting money like this?


73, Pete N4ZR
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