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QRP ARCI Challenge 2013 - Work 100 club members during 2013 and earn the

BIG 13 award

QRP ARCI has for decades offered the Worked All QRP ARCI award.  These are certificates for reaching various levels of achievement in working and exchanging numbers.  Remember QRP ARCI awards do not require QSL cards and there is NO charge to members for the certificates.  New for 2013 there will be a special challenge award for working members during the year.  If you work 100 QRP ARCI members during 2013, you will qualify for the BIG 13 AWARD.    You may (in fact, are encouraged) to work members multiple times even though only the first contact in 2013 will count.  The design of the award is still in progress and the address to send your list of members worked will be forthcoming.  Numbers exchanged during QRP ARCI contests will of course count toward your totals.   Contacts made with 100 different members during 2013 from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 will count.  Just be sure to exchange your QRP ARCI number during the contact.  In other words, looking up a member's number after a contact where the numbers are not exchanged will not count - honor system, of course.  When you apply for your award, you'll also be asked for the name of your favorite local, regional, or international QRP club (if you have one) and special recognition will go to those clubs who turn out the greatest number of members playing.  As a special bonus, the first three members to achieve the BIG 13 award this year will each receive an ARRL publication, yet to be determined.

What can make this more fun in 2013?  Recently, Julio, AK4VL, has turned  up a website using some of the latest innovations, bringing in his own flavor.  He has taken the “output” of the Reverse Beacon Network – the one that “skims” the bands for those calling CQ – and combined that with membership lists from the Flying Pigs, FISTS, SKCC, NAQCC, 4SQRP and QRP ARCI.  When a station calling CQ is bashed with these lists, he then displays in “Spotting Network Format” the real time callsigns of members calling CQ.  In fact, if a station is a member of several of these organizations, his/her call is displayed in each tabulation.  This means that at any point in time, you can see which QRP ARCI members are calling CQ along with the frequency they are on as well as their membership number.  Go to http://ham.jit.su/qrparci and check it out.  As this is typed, there are over a dozen QRP ARCI members who recently called CQ.  Now they may not be looking for QRP ARCI contacts (in fact, they are probably just calling CQ).   When you answer them and ask for their QRP ARCI number, they may be quite surprised!  In fact, you may be able to tell them their number because they do not have it handy or alas, remember it.  That's fine and within the intent of this award.  But the idea is to generate renewed interest in collecting “ARCI numbers”.

We'll be soliciting “status reports” and publishing them online on the new club website.  And let's see who can complete their 100 members BIG 13 AWARD by the FDIM at Dayton!  If you attend FDIM and have qualified for the award, you will be recognized.

Send your questions, status reports as soon as your reach 10 members contacted, and suggestions to w4qo@qrparci.org  Happy Hunting!





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