Re: WAS PSK31 endorsement sticker
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To bounce off Jerry’s comment, and frankly to disagree somewhat with it… Yes they do print a lot of stickers. Yes they print off a lot of certificates. But, there is absolutely NO excuse to pay $12.00 for a tiny sticker and $15 for a certificate that all look alike. Sorry, If I applied for all the certificates and stickers I would have to pay near $200 for them all. SERIOUSLY? And all I get for it is a standard, BLAH certificate and/or sticker?
I’m a Life member and they cannot offer a free one each year (similar to what QRZ does)? I can promise you, it absolutely does not cost ARRL $12 to print a page of stickers… figuring they print 30 per page. Charge $12/sticker x 30 stickers (estimate) equals $360 initial income – Printing of $2.00 and mailing cost of, let us round to $0.50/each, (total per page of 30 = $15) equates to $343 in pure profit for EACH page. Does THAT bring it into perspective a bit more?
From: 070@... [mailto:070@...]
Sent: Saturday, 16 July, 2016 13:30
Subject: Re:  WAS PSK31 endorsement sticker
Have WAS on LoTW, but never applied for it. Would imagine that it looks like the red & white endorsement stickers for DXCC. ARRL prints a heck of a lot of stickers; probably more than PODXS ever will. I would guess that it's a cost saving move and has been for years.
We, at PODXS , are fortunate that e have someone to print the nice full color stickers which I would imagine is a time consuming job what with printing them up, cutting them from sheets and having to store them. Kudos to our chief sticker maker !
With ARRL stickers , it's about the endorsement and not pretty stickers.
my 2 cents worth...
Jerry N9AVY #454
From: "ars.kw0rh@... " <070@...>
I just rounded up the lone qsl card that puts me at 50 states for the PSK31 endorsement to my digital WAS certificate. When I breathlessly went to the ARRL website to apply and saw their picture of the sticker I was, to say the least, underwhelmed. Can anybody with firsthand knowledge vouch for the endorsement sticker being just a plain square with block letters, sort of like a cheap price tag? If that's what they look like I'm going to save my money. ARRL could take a lesson from PODXS on their awards!