[amsat-bb] Timing on VUCC Upgrade Processing

Allen F. Mattis afmattis at hal-pc.org
Mon Jun 10 12:01:58 PDT 2013

On March 23, 2013 at the Greater Houston Hamfest I had my QSL cards 
checked to upgrade my VUCC Satellite Award from 700 grid squares to 
761 grid squares.  I received the processed VUCC upgrade from the 
ARRL today, June 10, 2013. The upgrade took 80 days to process.  For 
some reason a QSL card from XE1AY for a contact in EL10 was not 
counted and the upgrade only took me up to 760 grid squares.

Also, I did not find a sticker for 750 grid squares in the envelope. 
I paid by credit card and did not receive a statement of the costs 
that were charged to my credit card.  I surmise that the person who 
processes the VUCC upgrades is probably over worked.

My personal feeling is that the ARRL VUCC award is a very worthwhile 
award and that satellite operators should continue to participate in it.

Allen N5AFV

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