After some persuasive arguments and constructive criticism from Paul
K7CW, Sebastian W4AS, and Pete WA7JTM I've decided to modify my proposal
for the creation of a new 5 Band VUCC Award.
* Eliminate the requirement to "reset to zero" all previous grids
worked and confirmed.
* Eliminate a requirement to include at least one of the low bands
like 2 Meters or 6 Meters.
* Insure that the 5 Band VUCC Award complies with all existing rules
and requirements for VUCC Awards, with no changes needed. This will
reduce the cost to administer the award, and minimize programming
changes needed for Logbook of the World.
But Pete WA7JTM made some some great points about how activity has
declined in the past few years as many experienced VHF operators have
worked nearly all possible grids in their area. His suggestion caused me
to do more research on other awards that the ARRL has recently
implemented. Inspiration came in the form of the Worked All States (WAS)
So in addition to the 5 Band VUCC Award, I'm proposing the establishment
of a VUCC Triple-Play Award that would allow operators to earn VUCC on
any amateur band above 50 MHz provided that they could
work the required number of contacts for a basic VUCC Award, but on each
of the three modes Phone, CW, and Digital.
For example, you could earn VUCC Triple-Play on 432 by confirmed
contacts with 50 Grids in Phone, CW, and Digital Modes. All previous
grids confirmed in the past would count towards the new award, but
it would be a rare station that has already earned this award passed
purely on past contacts.
* Insure that VUCC Triple-Play complies with the existing rules for
VUCC, with no changes needed. Keep costs to administer low, and make
programming in LoTW easier.
* Allow all previous confirmed grids to count towards the new award.
* Any digital mode would be acceptable. While I expect WSJT modes
would dominate, PSK, RTTY, and others would qualify too.
* Satellite operators could join the fun by digipeating through the
International Space Station and digital satellites. Tough but possible!
This would serve my original purpose of immediately increasing on-air
activity especially during contests when more grid-chasers would turn
out hoping to pick up new grids. And everyone would be happy because they
wouldn't see a lifetime of accomplishments wiped clean by resetting to
I hope that others will continue to offer constructive criticism, and
join me in writing their Division Directors and Vice Directors, along
with their VUAC reps to support these ideas. VHF-UHF operation could use
a shot in the arm, and this a great way to do it.
Thanks to all who took the time to offer their thoughts on this proposal.
Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114
6M VUCC #1712
Grid Bandits #222
Southeastern VHF Society
Central States VHF Society Life Member
Six Club #2484
Active on 6 Meters thru 1296, 10GHz & Light