Friday, February 18, 2011
In this case, "the wallpaper" would be the QRP DXCC certificate, which is pictured above. Things got a bit sticky when one Ham opined that it is a "useless award". And even though I have the award and am VERY proud to have it, I can understand his point (which he is entitled to). QRP DXCC does not require the applicant to mail in his QSL cards; or LOTW credits as the regular award does. All you are required to do is send in a list of the 100 DXCC entities that you worked, providing call sign, date and band information. Therefore, in the opinion of this Ham, the QRP DXCC is useless because it lacks credibility. In his opinion, this is a simple case of, "I earned it 'cuz I said I did what I said I did,"
If this were a court case or a matter of law, I would agree wholeheartedly. But this is not that, this is something totally different. This boils down to being a matter of honor and faith, as it were. The same Ham who proclaimed the QRP DXCC certificate "useless", also claimed in his post that he has worked over 120 DXCC entities via QRP and that he has the cards to prove it. I never met the man face to face; and probably never will, yet I believe him. I don't need to see his cards. If I cannot take him at his word, then what's the point? Furthermore, what's the point of just dreaming up 100 DX QRP contacts, taking the time to fabricate the details, put them down on paper and then send in $10 for the certificate? It just doesn't make sense that anyone would do something like that; but I guess someone could. And that would be very sad, indeed, if they needed to live a lie like that.
He went on to make the point that perhaps instead of offering a separate QRP DXCC award that the League (oops, sorry ..... the ARRL - they don't want to be called "The League" anymore) should just offer a CW endorsement on the regular DXCC award. I see the point in this and would normally agree. However, when I re-did WAS for the second time - all 50 via QRP and CW, all I got for my efforts and $10 were the words "QRP" and "CW" in rather small 12 point type, in an innocuous position towards the bottom right hand corner of the award. Hardly what I would call a significant recognition of the added difficulty.
So here we have several issues coming into play in one topic:
1) What is credibility? Does "honor" and "my word" count anymore; or have we become so jaded that we must always have the "cold hard proof".
2) In the end, do we really even need the certificates? When it comes right down to it, isn't "I earned it 'cuz I said I did what I said I did" enough?
Maybe it's just human nature to want tangible recognition for a rather difficult achievement. Maybe that's what drives us to strive to reach beyond the mundane, everyday things.
You have to be a Ham to dissect things like this!
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!