This whole issue has been interesting and randomly evolving.
I have been a ham for 64 years. There has always been a modicum of discussion/criticism of this award and opinions and suggestions made.
But, never in my previous decades, have I seen so much as …. discussed the last few years…and NO…..I would disagree with a notion that …”Well, now we have an official forum so there is more traffic on the issues”
Perhaps the award has been so convoluted with issues of late…like rapid growth of new technologies, fragile world government complexities, and the competitive nuances like remote operations.
Perhaps an economic disparity among members of the hobby is an issue…heck…most of us had to build our own gear back in the 50s. A rarity in 2020.
Clearly, this award is under more scrutiny and than criticism than ever before, in my memory anyway…and I have been pretty active.
ARRL has trouble administering the award due to massive IT and LOTW maintenance costs.? Not certain, just feeling.
I can see so many issues that, in some people’s minds, are detracting from the perceived value of DXCC for many amateurs. Yet….I can see very few or no current discussions that applaud or grow it’s merits and value….or suggest it’s value and esteem is growing.
That is very sad for me, as I have…on and off…vigorously chased the awards….it was fun they began CW DXCCI As a new Award, it was exciting to be on the leading edge of a Brand New Award!!!! Everyone had an equal start….Can DXCC be revitalized?? How??
Could it be that the WOW factor and prestige originally associated with attaining the Honor roll is disappearing?
Am I the only one sensing this?
Does DXCC need a shot of Adrenalin?
Maybe it is I who needs the Adrenalin…..
From: Dave AA6YQ
Sent: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 8:45 PM
Subject: Re: [ARRL-Awards] Reefs?
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