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Re: GAPA awards

Richard Kennedy <astro_va@...>
 

Hi Ken,

Welcome!

Your question is explicitly explained in the RULES section, under applications:

I certify that I have worked and have the QSL cards, LoTW, QRZ logbook, HRD log, Club Log or eQSL proof of contacts confirming the Callsign, Data, Band and Mode for each of my claimed contacts, and will produce them to the GAPA Award manager upon request. I understand that this application may be rejected if I fail to submit the required information upon request, or if any doubt about authenticity. I also agree to abide by the decisions of the GAPA Officers.

73, Rich, K3VAT


From: GAPA@groups.io <GAPA@groups.io> on behalf of Ken Campbell <n6pcd1@...>
Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 1:30 PM
To: GAPA@groups.io <GAPA@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [GAPA] GAPA awards
 
Hi to all!

I hope everyone is coping well within the boundaries imposed upon us by the COVID-19 pandemic. All is well here in SoCal!

I must be missing something here with regard to garnering these awards. What is required to confirm that the QSOs one applies for actually took place? Is GAPA on an honor system? Is LoTW confirmation required? I’m new to your system and would like to apply for a couple of the certificates. They are beautiful!

Looking forward to your clarification!

All the best,
Ken Campbell
N6PCD
Be prepared, stay safe


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All the best,
Ken Campbell
N6PDC


GAPA awards

WL7CG
 

Ken,

Thanks for joining the group. I think GAPA is an engaging awards program and it's set up to present some continuing opportunities for awards. Visually, I think the program has the best certificates and tracking I have seen.

Confirmations are required, but just ask people to self certify their contacts. Ernie WM2U can chime in here, he is always ready to help people get started.

Spread the word and stay safe.

73 Alan WL7CG

On 4/29/20 9:30 AM, Ken Campbell wrote:
Hi to all!

I hope everyone is coping well within the boundaries imposed upon us by the COVID-19 pandemic. All is well here in SoCal!

I must be missing something here with regard to garnering these awards. What is required to confirm that the QSOs one applies for actually took place? Is GAPA on an honor system? Is LoTW confirmation required? I’m new to your system and would like to apply for a couple of the certificates. They are beautiful!

Looking forward to your clarification!

All the best,
Ken Campbell
N6PCD
Be prepared, stay safe


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All the best,
Ken Campbell
N6PDC


Re: GAPA awards

Ken Campbell <n6pcd1@...>
 

Hi to all!

I hope everyone is coping well within the boundaries imposed upon us by the COVID-19 pandemic. All is well here in SoCal!

I must be missing something here with regard to garnering these awards. What is required to confirm that the QSOs one applies for actually took place? Is GAPA on an honor system? Is LoTW confirmation required? I’m new to your system and would like to apply for a couple of the certificates. They are beautiful!

Looking forward to your clarification!

All the best,
Ken Campbell
N6PCD
Be prepared, stay safe


--
All the best,
Ken Campbell
N6PDC


GAPA awards

WA4STO
 

Good to hear from you again Alan. I, too, got the proverbial care
package from Ernie today.

Agreed; the awards program *is engaging. Very much so.

For my part, I've been emailing contacts, thanking them for the LOTW
QSL and noting that I've been enjoying chasing the GAPA prefix and
grid square awards. As we;;. I never miss the opportunity to include
the GAPA awards URLs.

Hope all's well, folks.

73

Luck, WA4STO


Checking In

WL7CG
 

All,

I hope everyone is well and staying safe. Our Anchorage newspaper is selling t-shirts that say, "Alaska - Social Distancing Since 1959". I'm thinking that's true. 59 is when we entered statehood. 

I just got a care package from Erine WM2U of GAPA stickers. It is still amazing to see how engaging this awards program is and how visually attractive the certificates. It is easy to start with and poses some ongoing effort to complete various parts of it. I still think everyone in VE4 lives in Winnipeg. 

We have had some luck getting the word out on the program, but I am still struggling to find some better venues. If you have any ideas on how to get information to fellow amateurs about GAPA, please chime in. I have wondered a couple times if we should hold a special event or award about GAPA.

Keep in touch and let me know what you think.

73 Alan WL7CG


Re: STAY SAFE

WM2U
 

Steve, yes that is a good idea. I must admit that very few seem to be using masks .i walked around the building this morning. I needed the exercise and fresh air. I worry more about Fran. She still insist on going to the grocery store for stuff instead of using the store home delivery service. Ernie



On Apr 5, 2020, at 7:21 AM, Steve Melachrinos <w3hf@...> wrote:

Ernie -
 
Thanks for the kind words.
 
Regarding your masks, the hospitals around us are only accepting donations of masks that are factory sealed. If anyone should ask you, you could say that the ones you had were already opened and ineligible for donation.
 
Steve


Re: STAY SAFE

Steve W3HF
 

Ernie -
 
Thanks for the kind words.
 
Regarding your masks, the hospitals around us are only accepting donations of masks that are factory sealed. If anyone should ask you, you could say that the ones you had were already opened and ineligible for donation.
 
Steve


Re: STAY SAFE

WM2U
 

Hi Rich,
Yea! we have a load of cases here in Maricopa county, AZ.  It is very unnerving as you say.
We can only stay home as asked by our Gov.
Fran does a lot of exercising and Reading etc, I am fully busy with my Marquetry, Trying to re-learn the Piano, exercising and playing with the computer.
Star Safe, Ernie & Fran.


On 4/3/2020 2:24 PM, Richard Kennedy wrote:
Thanks Ernie, glad you and Fran are doing well.  Margaret and I are doing OK.  We have 18 covid cases in the county and it is a little unnerving.

Luckily, bands have been good to me with new grids, especially more maritime mobiles!

73, Rich, K3VAT


From: GAPA@groups.io <GAPA@groups.io> on behalf of WM2U <emills21@...>
Sent: Friday, April 3, 2020 5:05 PM
To: GAPA groups <GAPA@groups.io>
Subject: [GAPA] STAY SAFE
 
Hi Guys,
Talked to Leslie earlier today, she is doing OK.
Just wanted to check in with you all and see if you are hunkered down or
at least in Lock Down. :-)
Fran and I are doing well and keeping busy at home.

Ernie  wm2u





Re: STAY SAFE

WM2U
 

Hi Alan,
Glad to hear you are keeping you eyes open to C-19 possible spread. Keep Hamming. Ernie wm2u

On 4/3/2020 2:22 PM, WL7CG wrote:
All,

Valdez is calm. No reported cases here yet. Statewide is still a question. Hope everyone is well and taking advantage of being home near their stations :)

73 Alan WL7CG

On 4/3/20 1:05 PM, WM2U wrote:
Hi Guys,
Talked to Leslie earlier today, she is doing OK.
Just wanted to check in with you all and see if you are hunkered down or at least in Lock Down. :-)
Fran and I are doing well and keeping busy at home.

Ernie  wm2u






Re: STAY SAFE

WM2U
 

Hi Steve,
Good for your wife making those masks.
There is a ware mask order out for us but I only have a couple of surgical masks that I bought for my woodworking since the air can get terrible in the wood-shop.
Since they are surgical masks have not yet been wearing them, because we shy away from folks who might ask why we are not donating them.
They don't know we only have these two. :-(

It looks like you are STAYING SAFE. Ernie wm2u


On 4/3/2020 3:01 PM, Steve Melachrinos wrote:
Ernie and everyone else -
 
We're straddling the "hunker down" and "essential business" line. My job is defined as essential by the Federal government, so exempt from the state-mandated "stay at home" order. But aside from my going to and from work, we are pretty much staying at home except for essential shopping. Our county (Montgomery in Pennsylvania) may have the second-most cases in the state, second only to Philadelphia (which is right next door). And we're almost right next to NJ (high concentration of cases) and New York (highest). So this is a tricky place to be.
 
My wife is making cloth masks for friends and family. The governor this afternoon strongly encouraged all Pennsylvanians to wear a mask if they have to go outside. I think she's made about 100 so far, with lots more expected over the weekend.
 
73,
Steve
W3HF


Re: STAY SAFE

Steve W3HF
 

Ernie and everyone else -
 
We're straddling the "hunker down" and "essential business" line. My job is defined as essential by the Federal government, so exempt from the state-mandated "stay at home" order. But aside from my going to and from work, we are pretty much staying at home except for essential shopping. Our county (Montgomery in Pennsylvania) may have the second-most cases in the state, second only to Philadelphia (which is right next door). And we're almost right next to NJ (high concentration of cases) and New York (highest). So this is a tricky place to be.
 
My wife is making cloth masks for friends and family. The governor this afternoon strongly encouraged all Pennsylvanians to wear a mask if they have to go outside. I think she's made about 100 so far, with lots more expected over the weekend.
 
73,
Steve
W3HF


Re: STAY SAFE

Richard Kennedy <astro_va@...>
 

Thanks Ernie, glad you and Fran are doing well.  Margaret and I are doing OK.  We have 18 covid cases in the county and it is a little unnerving.

Luckily, bands have been good to me with new grids, especially more maritime mobiles!

73, Rich, K3VAT


From: GAPA@groups.io <GAPA@groups.io> on behalf of WM2U <emills21@...>
Sent: Friday, April 3, 2020 5:05 PM
To: GAPA groups <GAPA@groups.io>
Subject: [GAPA] STAY SAFE
 
Hi Guys,
Talked to Leslie earlier today, she is doing OK.
Just wanted to check in with you all and see if you are hunkered down or
at least in Lock Down. :-)
Fran and I are doing well and keeping busy at home.

Ernie  wm2u





Re: STAY SAFE

WL7CG
 

All,

Valdez is calm. No reported cases here yet. Statewide is still a question. Hope everyone is well and taking advantage of being home near their stations :)

73 Alan WL7CG

On 4/3/20 1:05 PM, WM2U wrote:
Hi Guys,
Talked to Leslie earlier today, she is doing OK.
Just wanted to check in with you all and see if you are hunkered down or at least in Lock Down. :-)
Fran and I are doing well and keeping busy at home.

Ernie  wm2u




STAY SAFE

WM2U
 

Hi Guys,
Talked to Leslie earlier today, she is doing OK.
Just wanted to check in with you all and see if you are hunkered down or at least in Lock Down. :-)
Fran and I are doing well and keeping busy at home.

Ernie  wm2u


Re: PDF?

WM2U
 


On 3/7/2020 3:34 PM, Ernest Mills wrote:

Hi Rich,

I already use a great and comprehensive pdf software package for other work I do.
I have stopped upgrading it however since the supplier has joined Microsoft and others in this infernal yearly rent business . Also in the old days I could simply upgrade but now I find modules are dropped out as 'not offered' in certain packages ie OCR for one which I used to use a lot.

I have done some thinking on what you have said however and my best bet would be to re make ALL certificates in Microsoft Word. That way I can simply import the various BARS Stamps and stickers as I do for GAPA. What do I mean by that ?
Well when someone whats something I have ALL BARS, Stickers and Stamps in files which are all "cut" to the right size.
I then have many uSoft Word files in different paper sizes and with different sticker grids imported onto them. This way when you ask for a claim I simply import the required BARS, Stickers or Stamps onto the right grid/sheet of Glossy paper and .....
When they want to add stickers I pull up, then 'uSoft Word certificate' and import the required stickers to it. Then "save it as" the latest basic  cert for that claimer and email it off.
I doubt if they will want to pay for all that work so ....


However I am getting too old to do all that. Ernie

NB If I get a spare minute it would be a great exercise for my mind to see how far I get with that idea. One thing I don't like is the prints these people will use are probably inferior to the print job I do for you guys

Oh! many thanks for uSoft Home and Student info. The cheapest I could see that was a genuine Microsoft product was for $109 from MyChoice Software.

I filled in all the info but could not find PayPal as an option to pay it so I backed out.
That afternoon (yesterday) I got 6 an email off the Account Manager offering me a $10 discount if I continued with my sale.
So after checking with my VISA connected to PayPal I ordered it today.
So now I am the owner of uSoft Office 2019. It looks good although I bet at the end of this year Office 2020 will be out :-)


On 3/7/2020 2:32 PM, Richard Kennedy wrote:
Thanks Ernie for asking about the feasibility of GAPA & PDF certificates.  Offering these digital files could take lots of work and investment (you would need to purchase a software packages that creates PDFs and learn how to use it - see below).

I see that there could be two different ways to include such an OPTION into the Awards Program:
  1. A GAPA paper certificate with any endorsements (for example the basic Grid Award Certificate) could be processed, just as you currently do.  THEN instead of mailing the Cert and any bars/stickers, you attach any stickers/bars to the Cert and SCAN that page(s) into a digital format that then creates a PDF.  The PDF can be considered to be just a digital picture of the real thing.  You then email the person back with the PDF as an attachment.
  2. Offer only the basic GAPA paper certificates such as Total Grids/Prefixes, the DXCC, WAS, and those special awards for countries (like Worked all Japan, Germany, Australian Territories, Canadian Provinces, etc.) as a PDF, but NO endorsements/bars/stickers would be included.  The applicant would then have to specifically order those endorsements/bars/stickers that they want (just like we do now).
Because GAPA offers certificates and endorsement bars and stickers already at a very reasonable price, I think that if someone wants one of our awards, then he/she should just cough up the $10 to $20 and get the real thing.  Getting a PDF of our awards just isn't nearly as rewarding a holding the real thing!

73, Rich, K3VAT


From: Ernest Mills <emills21@...>
Sent: Saturday, March 7, 2020 3:12 PM
To: Rich Kennedy <astro_va@...>; Steve Melachrinos <melachri@...>; Steve Melachrinos <melachri@...>; Alan Sorum <alan.sorum@...>
Subject: PDF?
 

Hi Fellow GAPA board,
I just had an email off a new ham, Matthew Blauser KT5WB, Texas for a new claim for GAPA.
This is only the 2nd time I have been asked if we can send certificates by email (.pdf) and cannot remember our reason for saying NO.
This is his email in part:

Assuming everything checks out, is there any option to receive a "traditional" type certificate electronically via email PDF?

One problem of course is we get the same amount of work with zero remuneration for our Award upkeep.
Secondly and more important is I do not have the brains to fix the pdf. files to guarantee that the sticker formatting will stay true and  the correct size etc.

He says "traditional Certificate" This is what I called common wallpaper and the creation of the GAPA awards was to offer something to raise the "wallpaper" above that mediocrity.

Any ideas? Should we even attempt to 'get into this' or have I answered the question above :-)

Ernie wm2u


Re: Tis Done

WL7CG
 

Thanks for the effort Ernie. When things settle down after summer, we should consider putting together some sort of special event for GAPA. Any ideas all?

73 Alan WL7CG

On 9/1/19 1:05 PM, WM2U wrote:
OK you can now claim a DX BAR with any PINNACLE Award entity.
This is back to Pre-PINNACLE Award DX listings.

Ernie wm2u




Tis Done

WM2U
 

OK you can now claim a DX BAR with any PINNACLE Award entity.
This is back to Pre-PINNACLE Award DX listings.

Ernie wm2u


Re: VE4 and FT4

Richard Kennedy <astro_va@...>
 

Hi Alan,  Very good on the 6th VE4 Grid!

Haven't tried FT4 as I'm concentrating on two Marine Mobile stations that are only on with FT8 and who are several thousand miles away so I need all the sensitivity I can get.

Might do FT4 later.

73, Rich, K3VAT


From: GAPA@groups.io <GAPA@groups.io> on behalf of WL7CG <asorum@...>
Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 1:57 PM
To: GAPA@groups.io <GAPA@groups.io>
Subject: [GAPA] VE4 and FT4
 
All,

Hope everyone is well. Just found the sixth grid for Manitoba/VE4, pretty much everyone lives in Winnipeg! I have a long way to go on VO1 and VO2.

Still digging for a VK8 that lives outside Darwin.

Has anyone tried FT4? I have been having some fun with it. It's not as effective as FT8, but certainly faster.

73 Alan WL7CG


VE4 and FT4

WL7CG
 

All,

Hope everyone is well. Just found the sixth grid for Manitoba/VE4, pretty much everyone lives in Winnipeg! I have a long way to go on VO1 and VO2.

Still digging for a VK8 that lives outside Darwin.

Has anyone tried FT4? I have been having some fun with it. It's not as effective as FT8, but certainly faster.

73 Alan WL7CG


GOOD DIGITAL MORNING

WL7CG
 

All,

The RDRC promotes a digital activity period every Saturday morning that highlights different modes. It might be something of interest to those looking for a break from FT8 and wanting to pick up some new grids. 

Alan WL7CG

http://www.rdrclub.ru/dni-aktivnosti-rtsrk/854-digital-morning

RDRC invites fans of digital radio 
every Saturday in a Year to meet and spend with us «Good DIGITAL morning». We offer this activity from 03:00 to 11:00 UTC. We recommend using HF bands from 160 to 10 meters, depending on the propagation on them. «Good morning DIGITAL» is not a Contest, you do not need to send reports. Along with other days of activity organized by the RDRC during the year, this event will contribute to meeting the conditions of the annual diploma «Master of Amateur Digital Radio Communication» and will help applicants to obtain the required amount of QSOs in rarely used digital modes for awards «RDRC HAMLOG DIGI Activity»

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