[amsat-bb] Re: W6RO QSL & VUCC

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Wed Jan 26 21:17:59 PST 2011

Hi Jeff!

> After making my submission to VUCC Satellite, yes it was still "a go" to get
> this award after the surprise fees were implemented.  I was told by the
> local card checker that the W6RO, Queen Mary, QSL was not valid due to the
> fact that the grid, DM03, was not to be found anywhere on the card.  After
> looking over the card myself again, he was correct.  It had all of the QSO
> data and the information about the Queen mary but the DM03 grid was no where
> to be found.

Your card checker is incorrect, and probably confusing VUCC
with DXCC and WAS in terms of the requirements of the QSL
cards.  Read section 7B of the VUCC rules, where you are
allowed to write the grid locator in pencil on the address side
of cards that do not have the grid locator on them.  This is
counter to the DXCC way of reviewing QSL cards, where you
are not supposed to alter the card in any way.  The rules
appear to give some latitude with that, since it is possible a
card may not have the grid locator on it.

You could go as far as trying to locate the station on a map, or
a site like:


to determine what grid locator(s) the station is in.  If you did
that, you might want to keep a printout of that, in case the
card checker or ARRL wanted to question the grid(s) for that

Do you need another DM03 QSO in your satellite log?  There
are some who get on from there, or ask me in a few weeks....



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