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New award – 50/50 Award

The GERATOL Board  recently approved the launch of our latest and very challenging award called the 50/50 Award.

The gist of this award is to work all 50 states, in keeping with the tradition of our net, and in addition you must work 50 stations who have been continuously licensed for 50 years or more !!!  See details below:

 

                                               GERATOL NET 50/50 AWARD RULES

The GERATOL NET 50/50 Award is open to all U.S. and Canadian amateurs, with operating privileges in the Extra Class portion of the 75 Meter amateur band. Qualifying contacts for the award, must be made 03/01/2017 or later. Candidates must also use the GERATOL 50/50 Award form, to log and summarize their results.
Successful candidates must complete both of the following criteria to qualify for the award:
1. Make and log contact with each of the 50 United States, starting on 03/01/2017 or later.
a. Two way SSB QSO’s only are permitted
b. Contacts must be made in the Extra Class portion of the 75 Meter Ham band

2. Make and log contacts with Amateur Radio Operators, who have been continually licensed 50 or more years, as confirmed by the station operator being contacted. All QSO’s must be made 03/01/2017 or later.
a. Two way SSB QSO’s only are permitted
b. Contacts must be made in the Extra Class portion of the 75 Meter Ham band
c. Stations with 50 + years licensed can be from any state in the United States
d. Multiple states can be used. For example, a successful candidate for the award, can work as many
licensed hams with 50+ years in a state as he/she can make QSO with

For Example: Working six hams from New Jersey with 50+ years, all six QSO’s would count toward the total of 50 stations with 50+ worked

Stations worked for either segment of the 50/50 Award, (W.A.S. or Years Licensed) may have any formatted call sign, 1×2, 2×1, 2×2, 1×3 or 2×3.

No QSL cards are needed to complete this award. Applications are based on the honor system.

Be sure to inform the Awards Manager how you would like to have your name appear on the award: For example: John A. Smith, or Johnny Smith, etc.

Candidates who qualify for the award, must send the completed 50/50 Award Log form, along with __$ 5___ to the GERATOL Awards Manager, Dave Ertel KJ8V to apply for the award. Please make $5.00 check payable to Dave Ertel.

50 50 AWARD 4 Sample
50 50 Award Application Form

 

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Site updated

I just updated the site to reflect the most recent names of Net Officials and their correct e-mail and/or physical addresses.   In addition, I posted the latest set of RULES for the Veteran’s Salute Award, which references the tool in GNEC that Frosty created for tracking progress of same,  along with a link that shows you a SAMPLE of the award.  In addition I have added the RULES for the latest Award, the 50/50 Award, along with a link showing a SAMPLE of how that award appears.

All the best,  Kevin  N1KL

 

 

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All good things…

This site has been dormant for quite a while now. I have no way of telling how useful it is to the net membership, or if it is even being read. Yeah, there are site statistics, but they are pretty sterile and don’t tell much.

I have had discussions with Dave, KJ8V about the disposition of the web site. I believe Frosty, W0FP, and Kevin, N1KL,  have been in the loop as well. But no solution has arisen.

I receive little input from the net. Since I am not active on the net, I can not supply information myself. At this point in my life, I would rather be doing other things anyway. I have offered to let others have access to the page and directly add content, but there have been no takers.

We have the technology here to do a outstanding job of promoting the net and interacting with the members, but are letting it go to waste.

Instead, we are using a horrible Yahoo Group. Sorry, but I just hate that I have to join another crappy Yahoo Group to stay in touch. We could have done everything – repeat everything – that we got with Yahoo here, had someone just asked instead of going ahead and doing it. Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. The beginning of the Geratol Yahoo Group was the beginning of the end of this web site.

I’m not mad. I’m not faulting the person that started the Yahoo thing, who I’m not going to mention because he’s a great guy who thought he was helping, I’m just stating the facts.

So, after the last discussion I had with Dave, some months ago now, I have heard nothing back. Today, I am drawing a line in the sand. As of January 1, 2018, this site will end. I will stop hosting it and I will let the domain expire. If anyone wants to take things over and keep it running, you have until then to think about it. It can remain hosted here, or the domain can be moved to other hosting. It can stay as is on a WordPress system, or the new webmaster can do it however they want. But the window of opportunity is now defined.

Thank you for all your support over the years and the kind words as well. I enjoyed providing this site and the challenges with it over the years.

  • Al, AE2T
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GNEC Update

The GNEC data file has been updated to version 1.26. It’s available on the Files page.

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New GNEC and Glist files

I’ve updated the above files to the latest versions. You’ll find them in the Files section of the website.

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All fixed!

Thank you to the net members that let me know the web site was not working. It’s now fixed and fully updated.

WordPress has made great strides in making their blogging platform painless, but once in a while there is still a hiccup. Something got messed up (that’s a technical term) during an update of either a plugin or the main program. I simply had to do a manual update, which consisted of replacing all the files with the new version manually, then running an update script.

Next step – I will get the info on the new award added.

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New Vice Chairman

Congratulations to new Vice Chairman, Marv, WV9O, #2448. This is the only change resulting from the recent election.

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New QSL Bureau Manager

I’ve received word that we’ve had a change in the QSL Bureau. Effective immediately, the new manager is Mike Norred, WX4H, #2627.

Long-time manager (as long as I can remember!) “Big” Jon Kirkman, W4WDH, #35, is retiring due to health issues. Jon has performed this duty for many years in the background, helping make the net a success. I wish him all the best.

Submissions to the new manager should go to the new address:

Geratol QSL Bureau

MIke Norred WX4H
35 Lee Rd 839
Phenix City, AL 36870

The page in this web site has been updated with this new information as well. A big thanks to Mike for stepping up and taking over this important job.

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Quick Start Guide

We now have a simple 10-step guide to using the net that is ideal for those who are new to the Geratol Net. You can read it and print your copy here.

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New Public Relations Officer

Congratulations to our new Public Relations Officer, N1KL Kevin Lynch geratol number 1371.

We held our annual October board meeting tonight and the main topic of business was our new Public Relations Officer.

73 Frosty W0FP

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