This is a reasonable point, but the same is true for other awards that have stood the test of time. The degree of difficulty for the ARRL Worked-All-States award is geographically dependent. While chasing WAS, a ham in Seattle is going to have a much different experience than a ham in New York City. Still, the award has been around a long time and hams everywhere work towards it and cherish it once it's been earned.
I see the Friends of 50 award as being analogous.
On 2019-03-23 22:29, Jean Marc Momple wrote:
Additional food for though on the Friends of 50 Award:
- With LEO's: 50 different callsigns on FM birds may be quite easy to achieve in some part of the world but impossible in my region as only a dozen of OM's active in the within LEO footprint.
- With QO-100: 50 different callsigns can be worked in a few days right now. 3B8FA is already above 150 and myself around 50 in a few weeks, just not a real challenge.
Above cases to show that the Award may be very challenging or a piece of cake depending where your QTH is located.
I am not chasing Awards, just sharing an opinion.
Jean Marc (3B8DU)