[amsat-bb] Re: Fwd: RE: VUCC awarsd fees

John Geiger aa5jg at fidmail.com
Tue Jan 25 08:53:12 PST 2011

Here is another question I am unclear about.  If I want to get endorsements
for 2 VUCCs like 6m and satellite in a single card mailing, I do have to pay
the submission fee twice-once for each VUCC, or does the $7 fee cover the
whole bunch of cards and how ever many endorsements go with them?

73s John A5JG

On Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 10:32 AM, Merle Olmsted <mlolmsted at fuse.net> wrote:

> This was in reference to my e:mail asking why the rates for VUCC were
> much higher than DXCC..
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject:        RE: VUCC award fees
> Date:   Tue, 25 Jan 2011 11:30:42 -0500
> From:   Moore, Bill, NC1L (ARRL Awards Branch) <nc1l at arrl.org>
> To:     <mlolmsted at fuse.net>
> Hi Merle:
> Actually, the VUCC fees are more close to what it costs to process an
> application.
> Most don't realize that for an average DXCC application (+/- 100 cards) the
> cost is about $40.
> VUCC, like DXCC, involves manual data entry just like DXCC and the time to
> process is costly and time-consuming.
> You'll notice that LoTW VUCC processing is less than the manual processing.
> Using LoTW is what we would like to
> see as it is less costly and no manual data entry by staff is required.
> I believe this is the first ever price adjustment for VUCC since the start
> of the program in 1983.
> Had we done it gradually over the years it may have been easier to deal
> with. We discussed this for some time before we made the change. The fees
> are not meant to make money or break even. All the fees ever do is minimize
> losses, just like DXCC.
> Regards
> Bill Moore NC1L
> Awards Branch Manager
> ARRL - The national association for Amateur Radio™
> 225 Main Street
> Newington, CT 06111
> Telephone: (860) 594 0234
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