|Asunto:||[dxcolombia] ARRL Announces New DXCC Fee Structure|
|Fecha:||Viernes, 16 de Marzo, 2012 22:22:22 (-0700)|
|Autor:||Mario Munevar <hk3wgq @.....com>
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De: Jack <K4WSB@arrl.net>
Enviado: Viernes 16 de marzo de 2012 16:41
Asunto: [ARRL-LOTW] Fwd: [MFDXA] ARRL Announces New DXCC Fee Structure
ARRL Announces New DXCC
The DX Century Club (DXCC)
is the premier Amateur Radio operating award. Available to hams around
the world, tens of thousands of awards have been issued since 1945 under
the modern award program. In 2012, the DXCC program is not only still
thriving, but it is growing, both in participation and in numbers of
award options. The addition of Logbook of the World
soon, the addition of an Online DXCC Application utility, will continue
to help the program grow. Effective Monday, April 2, the way DXCC fees
are assessed will change. These changes will include both rate increases
and rate decreases.
The ARRL continues to add new and exciting twists to the DXCC platform,
including a special 75th anniversary
DXCC Challenge award for 2012. The DXCC Challenge -- which counts
total entities confirmed on 160-6 meters -- has proven to be extremely
popular as a competitive supplement for everyone, complementing the
lifetime achievement of the DXCC Honor Roll. The ARRL website continues
to add to the fun with many pages of award statistics and information,
including DXCC standings for each award that are updated daily. Inside
Logbook of The World, each user can see which records are stored in the
DXCC system for all of his or her entities on each band and mode. In
2011, the DXCC Desk processed more than 11,450 DXCC applications and
As a direct result of the terrific popularity of the DXCC program, our
customer service has lagged a bit. DXCC participants know that when the
end-of-year deadline is reached, the load on the staff is quite heavy and
the turnaround time increases to more than 10 weeks. Our staff want to
provide better service and will continue to try to do so. The old fee
structure is one of the culprits that increased the workload. Most
participants submitted one or two applications each year, with each of
those applications loaded with at least 120 QSOs and included a Logbook
application component, as well.
One of the reasons these applications have been so large is that for many
years, DXCC charged extra fees for second and subsequent applications
each year. Additionally, application fees were waived for LoTW
applications if they were tied to a paper application, adding a large
amount of work for the staff as they matched applications. Frequently,
there were hundreds of applications on both the paper application side
and on the LoTW side, waiting for their âhybrid matchâ to arrive,
delaying processing and setting the whole operation back.
For applications received on April 2, 2012 and after, we are changing the
fee structure for several reasons:
- Promoting more frequent applications
- Removing the âhybrid applicationâ problem
- Simplifying the price structure for DXCC
- Raising the rates slightly to help offset ARRLâs increased costs
- Improving customer service
The rates for DXCC have not changed since 2003. While the rates are going
up for some single applications, for those who continue to submit
multiple applications each year, the costs will be less. Accompanying the
end of the âhybrid applicationâ is a lower per-QSO fee for using credits
in LoTW and the addition of a small application fee. âWe want
participants to use LoTW as often as they can and likeâ explained said
Membership and Volunteer Programs Department Manager Dave Patton, NN1N.
âLoTW applications are easier for everyone to process and remain the âway
of the futureâ to participate in awards programs. The costs of using LoTW
are far less than traditional QSLing, when one considers the costs of
obtaining QSLs which then need to be stored, recorded and carried to a
card checker or sent to HQ.â As in the past, US participants must be ARRL
members to receive a DXCC award. See the link below for an explanation of
the new fees.
As indicated earlier, ARRL HQ will very soon launch an Online DXCC
Application. This new tool will allow the client to supply the data from
traditional paper QSLs in a digital form, so that DXCC staff will not
have to perform the data entry.
The way the Online Application works is that the participant can select
the cards that he or she would like to have checked by a card checker
and, at his or her convenience, type that data into a form (which can be
saved and retrieved at any time until submitted) and make an application
for DXCC. When the application is finished, the participant will be able
to print the list of cards and take the list and the cards (in the same
order that they are entered into the form) to a card checker who will
check the cards, note any changes and send the form to ARRL HQ. The card
checkerâs job is exactly the same as before, except he or she does not
need to collect a payment (unless the participant has worked that out
with the card checker), as the client can pay online. At ARRL HQ, DXCC
staff will be able to access the file submitted by the client, quickly
make any changes noted by the card checker and process the application.
The Online DXCC Application will have rates that are half those of a
traditional paper QSL application that is sent to ARRL HQ.
On and after April 2, 2012, here is how the DXCC fee system will change:
- No more hybrid applications. Each DXCC application -- be it paper
QSLs, LoTW or Online DXCC -- will be considered separate applications
with separate application fees.
- There are no limits on the number of applications that can be
submitted. There will be no more surcharges added to the second or
- A traditional, paper QSL application will have an application fee of
$15 for ARRL members, and $25 for non-members. These applications will be
allowed to include up to 101 QSOs. Additional QSOs in this sort of
application will continue to cost 15 cents each.
- A DXCC application submitted using LoTW will have an application fee
of $5 for ARRL members and $10 for non-members. There are no limits on
the number of QSOs that can be included as part of a LoTW application.
Each QSO used in LoTW for an award will cost 12 cents, down from a
minimum of 15 cents in 2011. We will no longer sell LoTW âcreditsâ in
bulk. If you have credits stored, you will still be able to use them.
- DXCC staff will not mail any paperwork for LoTW applications (credit
matrix or application summary), as all application information will be
available online in the LoTW User account.
- An Online DXCC Application will have an application fee of $7.50 for
ARRL members and $12.50 for non-members and will be allowed to include up
to 101 QSOs. Additional QSOs will cost 8 cents. This application is
primarily intended to be used in conjunction with field checkers, but can
be used by applicants who do not have access to a card checker and are
willing to ship cards to ARRL HQ.
- Certificates will still cost $14 delivered in the USA, and $16.50
delivered outside the USA. Pins will continue to cost $7 delivered
- The fee for an initial DXCC award will now be the same as for any
- The free DXCC Yearbook that was sent to ARRL members will now
be made available electronically, and it will appear in an edition of
Digital QST. For those who want a League-printed Yearbook,
it will still be available at a modest cost.
Questions? Please send an e-mail to
2012_DXCC_Fee-Structure.pdf (206.3 kB)
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