Mysteries of the 070 Club Revealed!


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Every so often we hear from an 070 Club member who wonders why he
got his certificate in the mail but not his endorsements, or visa versa. For
those newcomers to the 070 Club and those members who have often
wondered but were afraid to ask, here is a brief description of the 070 Club
organization and what happens with your applications.

The 070 Club is a PSK awards program sponsored by the Penn-Ohio DX
Society, a very small (4 regular members, 4 honorary members) HF-oriented
club located in western Pennsylvania and more commonly known by its initials
PODXS (pronounced PO-DIX), not to be confused with the Ohio/Penn DX
Bulletin, a very fine weekly DX newsletter published by Tedd Mirgliotta,
KB8NW.

The 070 Club itself is run by two guys, both named Jay. For convenience
sake and to avoid any confusion, they will be referred to by their callsigns
KA3X
and N3DQU.

KA3X is the manager of the 070 Club and holds certificate #001. He is the
Top
Banana and takes care of the new members, issues 070 Club member numbers,
member certificates, Ragchewers certificates and QSO upgrade spots (e.g. 50,
100, 150, etc). KA3X's email address is < JHudak3rd@aol.com >.

N3DQU holds certificate #010 and takes care of the 070 Club website and
all of
the information placed therein. He also takes care of the 070 Club reflector,
issues
the endorsements (e.g. Aloha, Lower 48, Hot Dog!, etc.) and often spends his
off
hours thinking up new ones just to keep you guys busy! N3DQU is also the
chief
contest manager and takes care of such things as the PSKFest (with much
appreciated help from N6YIH/7) and the Three-Day Weekend (TDW), which is
coming up this June btw. N3DQU's email address is < n3dqu@aol.com >.

If they are lucky, KA3X and N3DQU may see each other once a month. There
is
no central database and no meetings to conduct 070 Club business. Almost all
correspondence regarding the 070 Club is passed between the two via the
internet,
and each mails out the respective items that they are responsible for to the
members. For example, if a member puts in for an upgrade to the 300 QSO level

and also applies for an Aloha endorsement, then the 300 spot will be mailed
out
by KA3X and the Aloha endorsement will be mailed out by N3DQU.

For best results, please send your applications and requests to the person

responsible for that particular item. If you send a QSO upgrade to N3DQU for
example, your request has to be forwarded to KA3X and may result in a delay.
By
the same token, if you send an endorsement request to KA3X, then he must
forward
the information to N3DQU, once again possibly resulting in a delay.

So you can see that it is quite possible to receive your upgrades,
certificates, and
endorsements all at different times, even though you had applied for them at
the
same time. Also, please note that when there are many endorsements to be sent

out for 070 Club member participation in a PSK event like the PSKFest, TDW or

TARA Rumble, then the turnaround time for certificates and endorsements will
also
be longer until things get caught up.

The 070 Club is free and open to all amateurs licensed to operate on the
HF bands.
Operation of this awards program is made possible thru the support of the
Penn-Ohio DX Society and 070 Club members. Thank you for your participation
and enthusiasm! 73 de Jay N3DQU.

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