Re: Membership Requirements
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David (and others) -
You are exactly correct. The requirement was to ensure that the prospective member was already a PSK operator with enough of a commitment to make the 50 QSOs. And remember that the 50 QSO requirement was established in 2000, not long after PSK31 was developed, and long before it became (for a while) the most popular digital mode.
I just looked at my log, and it took me 18 days back in November/December of 2000 to make my 50 QSOs and become 070 member #25.
Yes, some other clubs don't require any "proof" of activity to join--EPC is a prime example. But as Rick pointed out, the philosophy of the 070 club has always included mailing membership certificates and endorsements, and that cost is signficant. AFAIK, EPC doesn't have to mail anything--their awards are auto-generated for download (and printing if you want) by the applicant.
(Full disclosure note: I have to confess that although I never signed up for EPC, I did join the Flying Pigs QRP Sociey, another one of the "just apply online for a member number" clubs. But in my defense, it was because another 070 club member wanted to get FP credit for the sked I wanted for LONP credit. That was the only QSO in which I shared my FPQRP number.)
My personal opinion is that there still should be an operating requirement for membership, but maybe it doesn't need to be 50 QSOs now. I think some of Rick's suggestions have merit and could/should be discussed.
(and who just celebrated the 19th anniversary of my first PSK31 QSO)
From: David, K9DWR <david@...>
To: 070Club <070Club@groups.io>
Sent: Sun, Dec 29, 2019 5:18 pm
Subject: [070Club] Membership Requirements
* Don_KB9UMT via Groups.Io <email@example.com> [2019-12-29 10:00]:
> - Why is there requirements that a to become a 070 member you have to have 50
> PSK contacts and 1 confirmed?
> - Out of all the other digital mode clubs like EPC, DMC, 30MDG, FH, etc. only
> 070 requires QSOs prior to becoming a member to become an active 070
> member...wouldn't it be better to just let anyone join then get more active
> with 070 and PSK?
> - Noticed that ALL 070 Contests are open to anyone now....so why not open
> 070 membership to anyone that just wants to join without having 50 PSK
> contacts and 1 confirmed?
> - Keep in mind that 50 PSK contacts years ago could be completed in a day or
> even a few hours but with FT8 taking the front seat for most used digital
> mode why would you want to limit members that just want to join and now that
> contests are open to anyone wouldn't that make more sense?
> - I have also noticed that most times I am on the 070 Website that over on
> the right side of the Home Page "Who's Online" most times there is between
> over 100 to over 200 guests online looking at 070 so why not open it up for
> membership to anyone with no hoops to jump....just request membership then
> hope for more members to increase 070 and PSK activity..?
> Again just wondering and it would be nice to see 070 membership numbers and
> PSK activity on the bands increase so I'm all for 070/PSK.
These are some great questions. I would assume the requirement for
coming in with contacts was originally put in place to show a level of
commitment to PSK (probably to weed out "paper chasers" not interested
helping the club as a whole). That's just a guess on my part, but it's
worth reviewing. If there isn't a solid reason for it, it might be time
to change it.
The impetus behind opening the contests to everyone was for similar
reasons, so it's a reasonable thing to consider. Maybe a
modification/combination of both would work instead? For example,
instead of 50 + a confirmed QSO, maybe just the confirmed QSO. I don't
think it would be unreasonable to show at least some minimal proof of an
interest in PSK31. The single QSO would be enough to meet that with a
minimum of effort.
I'd be interested in hearing what more people think about this.
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