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Re: ARE YOU READY FOR MORE FIREWORKS?

Matthew King - AK4MK <kk4cps@...>
 

The website has now been updated to reflect the 40m Firecracker Sprint as our next contest.  Sorry for the delay!

73

Matt King
AK4MK - 070 #1708
PODXS 070 Club Executive Director


On Fri, Jul 6, 2018 at 3:48 PM, Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...> wrote:

The 070 Club 40m Firecracker Sprint Contest begins tomorrow!  The 24 hour window opens at 2000 UTC on Saturday July 7th and closes at 2000 UTC Sunday July 8th.  You choose your best 6 hour block when submitting your entry.  Open to all licensed amateurs.  4 categories – High, Medium, Low, and QRP power.  Full details can be found HERE.


Good luck to all and hope to see you on the waterfall!

Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602
PR Director



Re: Interesting Comment

David Westbrook
 

hey, I've never been referred to as a "regime" before!  :)

I did not post the persons call sign, but he is a 070 member.  

Actually, he's currently not a member (by choice), also not active in PSK (I'm basing that on seeing just 10 contacts in last 18 months in the endorsement checker db).
I found the post by searching "new regime" in my gmail -- i happen to be subscribed to that other list (WSJT-related; so among other things off topic on that list, too).

Just saw Matt's email come through -- really great list, and that should be focus of any discussion!

73!
--david
KJ4IZW
070 #1041


On Fri, Jul 6, 2018 at 3:27 PM Richard Rohrer <kc3ef@...> wrote:
Hi Jerry,

I did not post the persons call sign, but he is a 070 member.  

73
Dick - KC3EF


Re: Interesting Comment

Matthew King - AK4MK <kk4cps@...>
 

Well, heck, if this thing that I labor over in some way nearly every day is dead, please let me know so that I can get those hours of my life back! I bet the other staff members would like to know as well!!   :-D 

I have a notion of who may have said that. If I'm right, I'm not surprised, if I'm wrong, well, I'm wrong. Either way, I'm not going to concern myself with the opinions of an obviously bitter individual that was afraid to grow and enjoy the progress of the club and all the new things we now offer. That thing that DOES bother me (quite a bit, actually) is that he is negatively coloring the opinions of other folks who may not have previously heard of or tried out our lil' ole club. Knowing the name of the "culprit" here is not terribly important to me, but I would be curious to know the list/board in question so that I could consider some sort of collateral damage action. Dick, if you feel like that's appropriate, please let me know offline. If you'd rather not, that's OK too.

If this is who I think it is, the "we know better" newbies he refers to actually began with David and his wonderful automated endorsement checker and automated contest scorer. You know, those things that make the club remotely possible with as many NEW members as we have and NEW endorsements as we have!  It'd be complete futility to try to run this club on spreadsheets, emails, and TXT ADIF files, but somehow the very innovations that eliminated these things killed the club? At this point, killing that technology WOULD kill the club.

Since I "took over" from David as Executive Director (ah, it's not called a "president" anymore - reckon there's some dead tradition...) in June 2014, off the top of my head we've done the following...
  • added ** 850 ** new members (current at the time I wrote this email) 
  • added several new staff positions and increased pay for all of them by 200% (we're all now 300% VOLUNTEER! *GRIN*)  (http://podxs070.com/070-club-staff-directory)
  • added a couple contests and revamped others
  • revamped all of our contest rules into one cohesive document and expounded upon individual contest's differences/additions to the main rule list
  • did a soft introduction of our "Contest Championship Cup" Series (that will be discussed/seen again soon)
  • introduced the "Rollo Dog Tag" for contest Top Dawgs
  • opened all of our contests to the outside world, instead of some being "members only" ** effective January 2019 ** 
  • adopted a new logo (oops, that must be more "tradition" slipping away, right? *sigh*)
  • integrated with ClubLog to become one of their more popular club affiliation options
  • created many new graphics and updated many others
  • introduced many new endorsements 
  • introduced a few new attaboys (the ILLW Lighthouse weekend, for example)
  • introduced the GRIDS award program
  • revamped most of our certificates
  • introduced the ABCD certificate/attaboy sticker for those making significant donations to the club ($25+ at one time)
  • updated our mailing schedule to 3 times a year in an effort to be more frugal in light of the large membership growth we've had
  • though I really didn't like delaying them, we started mailing all of our contest certificates after the contest season is over, again to be more frugal from a postage standpoint
  • made possible the downloading of all of our membership, overflow, and endorsement certificates (http://hamclubs.info/070-app/certs)
  • started mailing the full complement of 070 certificates in the domestic "new member" packets so nobody is missing anything or requires additional "Large Envelope" postage expenditures for endorsements beyond the first mailing 
  • off shore new members can receive the full complement of color-laser-printed parchment and heavy card stock certificates for a $5USD donation if they so choose, or they can download the certificates and print them at home
  • transitioned to a much more capable user group/email reflector system with the groups.io move
  • NOT resorted to an "emailed endorsement" scheme (nor will we). That would, in my opinion (and I suspect many other's as well) destroy the very fabric of the club - our STICKERS!  Our stickers are at the very foundation of the club! They're a lot of work and they require donations and fundraisers, but by golly, they're worth every bit of it!
We have eliminated a couple things that I guess could be called traditions.... the random "operating events" (not contests) and new member jamborees. While we'll certainly have some sort of shindig at the 3000 member mark, and possibly at other milestones before then, doing one every 50-100 members when we're growing (on average) at 200 members a month wasn't feasible and wouldn't have continued to be fun.  That growth rate is down now due to FT-8 and poor band condx, but I believe we'll continue to gradually grow and could see a "come back" as the bands start to improve and people tire of exchanging grid squares and nothing more (basically - not trying to start another FT-8 conversation!)

As far as the random "operating events" go... well, Rick, our 070 Club P.R. Director has a great new idea for this that we're currently working on and will be introducing soon. These should prove to be popular, I do believe! Stay tuned!

Let me be very clear on one thing. NONE of the above is to take away from or "take swipes at" the previous management teams. On the contrary, without them there would be no 070 Club to nurture and grow! We've merely continued rolling the ball along that they kick started back in 2000. 

I hope this wasn't too much a rant as it really wasn't intended that way.  My point was to show that, rather than eschewing tradition, we've grown and matured the club in many, many ways since the management change overs in 2014. 

As a last note, if the membership isn't happy with the direction the club is going, all you have to do is contact me as THE BUCK STOPS HERE. We'll figure something out together. I'm very much a "don't grip unless you have a better idea" type of person, and that's certainly not what I heard from the author of the comment that Dick originally quoted from the other board. I'm ALWAYS open to ideas and eagerly check my email every day, hoping to see something interesting either from an 070 member directly, or on one of our reflectors. Please, feel free to send something any time!

vy 73!

Matt King
AK4MK - 070 #1708
PODXS 070 Club Executive Director





On Fri, Jul 6, 2018 at 1:19 PM, Richard Rohrer <kc3ef@...> wrote:
I found this comment posted on another group.  

"The new regime at the 070 Club lost sight of the 070 Club traditions several years ago. A lot of the OT’s quit or went SK. The ‘we know better’ newbies killed the premiere PSK club and it has not recovered. "

I did not know the 070 group was dead and who killed it?

73
Dick - KC3EF



ARE YOU READY FOR MORE FIREWORKS?

Rick - N7WE
 

The 070 Club 40m Firecracker Sprint Contest begins tomorrow!  The 24 hour window opens at 2000 UTC on Saturday July 7th and closes at 2000 UTC Sunday July 8th.  You choose your best 6 hour block when submitting your entry.  Open to all licensed amateurs.  4 categories – High, Medium, Low, and QRP power.  Full details can be found HERE.


Good luck to all and hope to see you on the waterfall!

Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602
PR Director


Re: Interesting Comment

Jim K5SP
 

Would like to know the membership number of the commenters, and compare it to the membership numbers of the current board.  I know that mine is 483, and Jerry's is close to that.  Steve who has a hand in all activities and changes has a membership number of 25.  So, who are these "we know better newbies?"

I notice that no mention of the traditions were lost  is given, therefore what is the individual basing his opinion on?

As stated in an earlier reply, it is those that choose to do nothing that complain the loudest when those that choose to better the organization make changes. 

Dick, feel free to tell that person that he can at any time volunteer his services to assist the board, and his voice will be heard. 

Jim K5SP #483


On 7/6/2018 12:19 PM, Richard Rohrer wrote:
I found this comment posted on another group.  

"The new regime at the 070 Club lost sight of the 070 Club traditions several years ago. A lot of the OT’s quit or went SK. The ‘we know better’ newbies killed the premiere PSK club and it has not recovered. "

I did not know the 070 group was dead and who killed it?

73
Dick - KC3EF



--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Member Services Director


Re: Interesting Comment

Richard Rohrer
 

Hi Jerry,

I did not post the persons call sign, but he is a 070 member.  

73
Dick - KC3EF


Re: Interesting Comment

Jerry N9AVY
 

I wholeheartedly agree with the 6 comments I just read.  

Many years ago I read somewhere that only 1%  of any club members do all the work and have found that to be true. After 10+ years as Editor for local club newsletter, I retired... that was in December 2017  and they have yet to find a replacement. Club membership is just over 90. 

I would like to see the name of the person who made those negative comments about PODXS... after all, he/she should own up to making critical statements like those ..  in other words , "put your money where your mouth is" !
He does a disservice to all the who work so diligently to keep PODXS running.  We should all send that person our comments on those statements !

Jerry  n9avy


From: Brian (N2MLP) <n2mlp@...>
To: 070Club@groups.io
Sent: Friday, July 6, 2018 12:51 PM
Subject: Re: [070Club] Interesting Comment

Think biggest problem now is that band conditions are poor
 
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         de N2MLP Brian
       Monroe County PA
 
 
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From: 070Club@groups.io [mailto:070Club@groups.io] On Behalf Of Mike - W0TMW
Sent: Friday, July 6, 2018 1:45 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] Interesting Comment
 
I note that we continue to gain members.
Mike - W0TMW #2207
--
  
"Lose not thy airspeed, lest the ground rises up and smites thee."
  -- William Kershner
http://crucis-court.com
http://www.crucis.net/1632search
On 07/06/2018 12:42 PM, Mike Flowers wrote:
As organizations grow, those that need to be the center of attention find the spotlight dims over time.  Soon it’s not fun for them anymore. 
-- Mike Flowers, K6MKF, NCDXC - "It's about DX!"

On Jul 6, 2018, at 10:36 AM, Steve R via Groups.Io <oldjavadrinker@...> wrote:
Dick,
 
I get so sick and tired of “that BUNCH.” It’s the same bunch that sIt around and complain about everything, try to undermine changes , or just feel like they gain their importance by belittling others.
 
My ham club up here has 61 members. How many do you think showed up for field day.....yep 24. How many shows up for meetings? On the best night 30. How many showed up for Canada Day parade and demonstration station...11.  How many check on weekly 2 Meter Net? 10 to 12.
 
The other group whine and bitch about anything. Go to coffee meets and complain about the way the club is run. Need a hand? They never show up. Need some expertise knowledge? I don’t have time. Need someone to fill an executive position ? All you can hear are the crickets.
 
These are the people you shake your head and ignore. You just keep on doing what you know is best for the group or organization. My hats off to the 070 leadership. They don’t get paid, and they don’t complain. They keep the group running....and I say Thank you!
 
Steve
2301
VA3FLF
KM4FLF

On Jul 6, 2018, at 13:19, Richard Rohrer <kc3ef@...> wrote:
I found this comment posted on another group.  

"The new regime at the 070 Club lost sight of the 070 Club traditions several years ago. A lot of the OT’s quit or went SK. The ‘we know better’ newbies killed the premiere PSK club and it has not recovered. "

I did not know the 070 group was dead and who killed it?

73
Dick - KC3EF

 

--
Mike - W0TMW #2207



Re: Interesting Comment

Brian (N2MLP)
 

Think biggest problem now is that band conditions are poor

 

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         de N2MLP Brian

       Monroe County PA

 

 

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From: 070Club@groups.io [mailto:070Club@groups.io] On Behalf Of Mike - W0TMW
Sent: Friday, July 6, 2018 1:45 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] Interesting Comment

 

I note that we continue to gain members.

Mike - W0TMW #2207

--
 
"Lose not thy airspeed, lest the ground rises up and smites thee."
  -- William Kershner
http://crucis-court.com
http://www.crucis.net/1632search

On 07/06/2018 12:42 PM, Mike Flowers wrote:

As organizations grow, those that need to be the center of attention find the spotlight dims over time.  Soon it’s not fun for them anymore. 

-- Mike Flowers, K6MKF, NCDXC - "It's about DX!"


On Jul 6, 2018, at 10:36 AM, Steve R via Groups.Io <oldjavadrinker@...> wrote:

Dick,

 

I get so sick and tired of “that BUNCH.” It’s the same bunch that sIt around and complain about everything, try to undermine changes , or just feel like they gain their importance by belittling others.

 

My ham club up here has 61 members. How many do you think showed up for field day.....yep 24. How many shows up for meetings? On the best night 30. How many showed up for Canada Day parade and demonstration station...11.  How many check on weekly 2 Meter Net? 10 to 12.

 

The other group whine and bitch about anything. Go to coffee meets and complain about the way the club is run. Need a hand? They never show up. Need some expertise knowledge? I don’t have time. Need someone to fill an executive position ? All you can hear are the crickets.

 

These are the people you shake your head and ignore. You just keep on doing what you know is best for the group or organization. My hats off to the 070 leadership. They don’t get paid, and they don’t complain. They keep the group running....and I say Thank you!

 

Steve

2301

VA3FLF

KM4FLF


On Jul 6, 2018, at 13:19, Richard Rohrer <kc3ef@...> wrote:

I found this comment posted on another group.  

"The new regime at the 070 Club lost sight of the 070 Club traditions several years ago. A lot of the OT’s quit or went SK. The ‘we know better’ newbies killed the premiere PSK club and it has not recovered. "

I did not know the 070 group was dead and who killed it?

73
Dick - KC3EF

 


--
Mike - W0TMW #2207


Re: Interesting Comment

Mike - W0TMW #2207
 

I note that we continue to gain members.

Mike - W0TMW #2207

--

"Lose not thy airspeed, lest the ground rises up and smites thee."
  -- William Kershner
http://crucis-court.com
http://www.crucis.net/1632search
On 07/06/2018 12:42 PM, Mike Flowers wrote:

As organizations grow, those that need to be the center of attention find the spotlight dims over time.  Soon it’s not fun for them anymore. 

-- Mike Flowers, K6MKF, NCDXC - "It's about DX!"

On Jul 6, 2018, at 10:36 AM, Steve R via Groups.Io <oldjavadrinker@...> wrote:

Dick,

I get so sick and tired of “that BUNCH.” It’s the same bunch that sIt around and complain about everything, try to undermine changes , or just feel like they gain their importance by belittling others.

My ham club up here has 61 members. How many do you think showed up for field day.....yep 24. How many shows up for meetings? On the best night 30. How many showed up for Canada Day parade and demonstration station...11.  How many check on weekly 2 Meter Net? 10 to 12.

The other group whine and bitch about anything. Go to coffee meets and complain about the way the club is run. Need a hand? They never show up. Need some expertise knowledge? I don’t have time. Need someone to fill an executive position ? All you can hear are the crickets.

These are the people you shake your head and ignore. You just keep on doing what you know is best for the group or organization. My hats off to the 070 leadership. They don’t get paid, and they don’t complain. They keep the group running....and I say Thank you!

Steve
2301
VA3FLF
KM4FLF


On Jul 6, 2018, at 13:19, Richard Rohrer <kc3ef@...> wrote:

I found this comment posted on another group.  

"The new regime at the 070 Club lost sight of the 070 Club traditions several years ago. A lot of the OT’s quit or went SK. The ‘we know better’ newbies killed the premiere PSK club and it has not recovered. "

I did not know the 070 group was dead and who killed it?

73
Dick - KC3EF



--
Mike - W0TMW #2207


Re: Interesting Comment

Mike Flowers
 

As organizations grow, those that need to be the center of attention find the spotlight dims over time.  Soon it’s not fun for them anymore. 

-- Mike Flowers, K6MKF, NCDXC - "It's about DX!"

On Jul 6, 2018, at 10:36 AM, Steve R via Groups.Io <oldjavadrinker@...> wrote:

Dick,

I get so sick and tired of “that BUNCH.” It’s the same bunch that sIt around and complain about everything, try to undermine changes , or just feel like they gain their importance by belittling others.

My ham club up here has 61 members. How many do you think showed up for field day.....yep 24. How many shows up for meetings? On the best night 30. How many showed up for Canada Day parade and demonstration station...11.  How many check on weekly 2 Meter Net? 10 to 12.

The other group whine and bitch about anything. Go to coffee meets and complain about the way the club is run. Need a hand? They never show up. Need some expertise knowledge? I don’t have time. Need someone to fill an executive position ? All you can hear are the crickets.

These are the people you shake your head and ignore. You just keep on doing what you know is best for the group or organization. My hats off to the 070 leadership. They don’t get paid, and they don’t complain. They keep the group running....and I say Thank you!

Steve
2301
VA3FLF
KM4FLF


On Jul 6, 2018, at 13:19, Richard Rohrer <kc3ef@...> wrote:

I found this comment posted on another group.  

"The new regime at the 070 Club lost sight of the 070 Club traditions several years ago. A lot of the OT’s quit or went SK. The ‘we know better’ newbies killed the premiere PSK club and it has not recovered. "

I did not know the 070 group was dead and who killed it?

73
Dick - KC3EF


Re: Interesting Comment

Scotty W7PSK
 

I consider that a rather interesting comment.  I feel the new people have done much for the 070 club.

------ Original Message ------
From: "Richard Rohrer" <kc3ef@...>
Sent: 7/6/2018 10:19:24 AM
Subject: [070Club] Interesting Comment

I found this comment posted on another group.  

"The new regime at the 070 Club lost sight of the 070 Club traditions several years ago. A lot of the OT’s quit or went SK. The ‘we know better’ newbies killed the premiere PSK club and it has not recovered. "

I did not know the 070 group was dead and who killed it?

73
Dick - KC3EF


--
Scotty W7PSK
Everett, Washington
070 #138


Re: Interesting Comment

Steve VA3FLF/KM4FLF
 

Dick,

I get so sick and tired of “that BUNCH.” It’s the same bunch that sIt around and complain about everything, try to undermine changes , or just feel like they gain their importance by belittling others.

My ham club up here has 61 members. How many do you think showed up for field day.....yep 24. How many shows up for meetings? On the best night 30. How many showed up for Canada Day parade and demonstration station...11.  How many check on weekly 2 Meter Net? 10 to 12.

The other group whine and bitch about anything. Go to coffee meets and complain about the way the club is run. Need a hand? They never show up. Need some expertise knowledge? I don’t have time. Need someone to fill an executive position ? All you can hear are the crickets.

These are the people you shake your head and ignore. You just keep on doing what you know is best for the group or organization. My hats off to the 070 leadership. They don’t get paid, and they don’t complain. They keep the group running....and I say Thank you!

Steve
2301
VA3FLF
KM4FLF


On Jul 6, 2018, at 13:19, Richard Rohrer <kc3ef@...> wrote:

I found this comment posted on another group.  

"The new regime at the 070 Club lost sight of the 070 Club traditions several years ago. A lot of the OT’s quit or went SK. The ‘we know better’ newbies killed the premiere PSK club and it has not recovered. "

I did not know the 070 group was dead and who killed it?

73
Dick - KC3EF


Interesting Comment

Richard Rohrer
 

I found this comment posted on another group.  

"The new regime at the 070 Club lost sight of the 070 Club traditions several years ago. A lot of the OT’s quit or went SK. The ‘we know better’ newbies killed the premiere PSK club and it has not recovered. "

I did not know the 070 group was dead and who killed it?

73
Dick - KC3EF


Re: 6 meter?

Stephen Melachrinos
 

I called CQ for a while too, but haven't seen anything on the waterfall.

Steve
W3HF


-----Original Message-----
From: John Hendry <archer@...>
To: 070Club <070Club@groups.io>
Sent: Fri, Jul 6, 2018 12:07 am
Subject: Re: [070Club] 6 meter?

I'm CQing like crazy at 35 watts.    I did a few FT8 before I fired up PSK.     
Im at 50.291412  mHz

John


Re: 6 meter?

Brian (N2MLP)
 

Not seeing much

 

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         de N2MLP Brian

       Monroe County PA

 

 

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From: 070Club@groups.io [mailto:070Club@groups.io] On Behalf Of John Hendry
Sent: Thursday, July 5, 2018 7:44 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: [070Club] 6 meter?

 

6 meter might be open.   Anyone interested in trying 50.290?   i'm going to send out some CQs around 0000.

John
KG5OIB


Re: 6 meter?

John Hendry KG5OIB
 

I'm CQing like crazy at 35 watts.    I did a few FT8 before I fired up PSK.     
Im at 50.291412  mHz

John


Re: 6 meter?

Stephen Melachrinos
 

I'm here.

Steve
W3HF
FN20


-----Original Message-----
From: John Hendry <archer@...>
To: 070Club <070Club@groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Jul 5, 2018 11:44 pm
Subject: [070Club] 6 meter?

6 meter might be open.   Anyone interested in trying 50.290?   i'm going to send out some CQs around 0000.

John
KG5OIB


6 meter?

John Hendry KG5OIB
 

6 meter might be open.   Anyone interested in trying 50.290?   i'm going to send out some CQs around 0000.

John
KG5OIB


Welcome

Jim K5SP
 

Please join me in welcoming our new PODXS070 member(s).

2644  Ray   W8CON

Jim, K5SP #483
Membership Director


--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Member Services Director


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