[amsat-bb] Re: Timing on VUCC Upgrade Processing

R.T.Liddy k8bl at ameritech.net
Mon Jun 10 14:08:54 PDT 2013

That sure seems like a long time. And then, to have an error occur withthe processing and no sticker and no credit card paperwork. Not very goodattention to detail.
It sure makes using LoTW a much better way to go. It's a whole lot faster(often a day or two for credit) and less human intervention and possibilityfor errors.
Unfortunately, the percentage of operators using LoTW is not as high aswhat fellow users would like. Overall, the ARRL figures show only about14% of QSO records have been QSL'd. Wish there was better participation.
73,    Bob K8BL 

--- On Mon, 6/10/13, Allen F. Mattis <afmattis at hal-pc.org> wrote:

From: Allen F. Mattis <afmattis at hal-pc.org>
Subject: [amsat-bb] Timing on VUCC Upgrade Processing
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Date: Monday, June 10, 2013, 3:01 PM

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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