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Restoration of the original Rag Chewers' Club Award

Restoration of the original Rag Chewers' Club Award
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Nov 2nd 2018, 16:33

NW7OR

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Should the ARRL restore the original Rag Chewers' Club award?

The R.C.C. award, one of the original awards offered by the ARRL, was one of the easiest, and therefore first, awards to be earned by ham operators, as the only requirement was to log or confirm a QSO with another amateur radio operator lasting at least 30-minutes in duration.

The R.C.C. award was discontinued on Feb 12, 2004 along with the Friendship Award and the Old Timers Club Award, due to increased costs of making and sending them, as well as declining requests for them at that time.

Now, things have changed.

More and more folks are earning their FCC amateur radio licenses than ever before, resulting in increased membership and operating award requests as well.

With computer logging and reporting providing faster and more accurate results; implementation would be nearly seamless, and handled mostly by LoTW and QSL card checkers. Certificates could easily be downloaded online and printed by the operator or, if preferred, printed by the ARRL. Of course, the cost would be the same as for any other award offered by the ARRL.

What do you think?

Voting and commentary remain open.
Nov 4th 2018, 21:30

Kg4yus

Joined: Oct 15th 2017, 22:07
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All ARRL awards should be available to print online free of charge for members. Ease up on the greed for once.
Nov 17th 2018, 11:51

kb5uzb

Joined: Oct 16th 2018, 15:27
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The expense is likely for verification & processing, more than the printed cert. I could see adding the awards (or award eligibility) automatically to our member profile pages.
Nov 19th 2018, 07:52

0006057298H80

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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Why do we let bean counter and lawyers screw up the fun of amatuer radio? Rag chewers club was among the very first certificates/awards that I received as a novice back in the sp*rk gap daze. Now a daze unless the activity makes money for the bean counters AND DOES NOT expose the organization to ANY liability atall, it is scrubbed. Lettuce get real. Let Amateur Radio back into the decisions.
Nov 19th 2018, 15:48

0006057298H80

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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Note:: The above says I "joine 4 April 1998" which is a few years off. I joined, probably in 1952 as a family member along with my father, then WØHZP after i got my Novice ticket in December, 1951. I'm a Charter Life Member of this organization, Former Section Communications Mangler for Ohio Section,
Nov 19th 2018, 22:18

ab7mp

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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First award I earned and still have it! With the lack of rag chewing on the bands, any incentive would be good. Been a ham since 1977 and still loving it.
Nov 20th 2018, 01:54

ik0ixi

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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Yes I agree 100%

73 Fabio IK0IXI
Nov 20th 2018, 03:47

KT4XN

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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vote yes
Nov 20th 2018, 03:53

KT4XN

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vote yes
Nov 20th 2018, 03:56

KT4XN

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vote yes
Nov 20th 2018, 06:23

N5PHT

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I vote YES - sorta. Ease up in the money!! ARRL Awards are way out of line cost wise in my view. Just make it avail download for members.
Nov 20th 2018, 07:15

K1CHM

Joined: Jun 5th 2011, 12:21
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Any award that is granted to an amateur radio operator is one that will always be remembered and can give a sense of pride in the hobby!
Nov 20th 2018, 08:23

K2PI

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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An award that creates an incentive for two hams to actually share information other than call and signal report? How absolutely counter-culture to modern forms of social interaction! I vote yes, and please, make the award free or very close to free.
Nov 20th 2018, 09:31

K7SJ

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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i have my original Certificate from 1965 signed by "The Old Sock"!

A great award to encourage conversation and code proficiency at any speed.
73, Roger WN7BOC, WA7BOC, K7SJ, VA1RST CWOPS 2049
Nov 20th 2018, 14:39

W6YR

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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When I reeived my Novice license in 1967 I was rock bound and stuck on 80, 40 and 15 meters cw only. The novice license was for one year and non-newable. It was a real thrill to get that RCC award because the other station had to certify your 30 min QSO.

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