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On 3/7/2020 3:34 PM, Ernest Mills
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
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
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
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
- 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
- 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
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
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
Any ideas? Should we even attempt to 'get into this' or
have I answered the question above :-)