Re: The 070 Club
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Matt, David and all of the guys that run our great, unique 070 Club.
I totally agree, this makes a heavy heart.
But, may I ask?..."Back in the day", we did everything by hand. I was the Contest Manager, and scored every contest & entry by hand. Guys/Gals would email their .adi logs to me, and I'd score them with a high tech #2 pencil, a custom form and a calculator. And we had more "Operating Events" back then than today! We had K8IJ, Charlie, that handled LONP. Karen, W4KRN, managed the APE program. We had someone that did the IOTA program. Various awards were handled by many. Somebody else did the membership verifications. I apologize to those members for not remembering their calls. But it was a real team effort!
Is it al all possible that we could take a step backwards with the automation and keep our club going?
Steve, pls jump in and help with your always sound opinions and knowledge.
Trustee for W6QP,
From: Matthew King - AK4MK <kk4cps@...>
To: 070Club@groups.io <070Club@groups.io>; 070ClubContests <070ClubContests@groups.io>
Sent: Fri, Oct 18, 2019 12:46 pm
Subject: [070Club] The 070 Club
Hey, y'all - it is with a heavy heart that I write this email.
I've previously sent a couple different emails explaining the dire situation that we're facing with our critical technology suite. This includes our contest scorer, endorsement checker, application system, IOTA system, certificate system, and the complex "back office" management system.
We had a few very well-meaning responses to my request for developers, but we weren't able to form a viable development team capable of writing a comprehensive replacement system.
Well, the situation has gotten exponentially worse. Here's the crux of the matter - all of the existing systems will cease to function on 03/03/20 due to an API change in the Google technology that's the foundation of the entire system.
Given these circumstances, it is my intent, unless somebody else wants to get behind the Executive Director's desk and take over the myriad responsibilities, is to gracefully fold the club as of 12/31/19.
I'll take the extra time after this date before the system breaks to square away a final mailing of stickers and certificates. As nobody has stepped up to do the mailing work since John moved and stepped down, I'll do this myself.
It's my feeling that a piecemeal approach, even if we could pull that off in time, isn't sufficient to run the club in a manner that even remotely resembles what our members have become accustomed to, and would be a disservice to the membership.
Anybody who's made a donation in the past 30 days will get a refund. The money that remains in the coffers after that will be donated to the Red Cross.
Thanks for the good times and memories.
AK4MK - 070 #1708
PODXS 070 Club Executive Director