Central States VHF Society
Reverse VUCC Award Program
This program is to recognize the contribution of rover station operators
to the world of grid hunting. Rovers are folks operating while mobile
in motion or temporarily parked to give out grids to fixed stations.
VUCCr Honor Roll
Fixed station operators have long appreciated the efforts to which Rovers go to activate
rare grids--both in contests and outside of contests. While the fixed station operator is
collecting grids usable for earning the ARRL's VUCC award, the rover or portable station,
until now, has been unable to put his work towards a similar award.
The award is called the Reverse VUCC Award. The abbreviation is VUCC/r. It is not an
easy award to earn. Those who can meet it's stringent rules will have earned a cherished
honor. For instance, imagine a fixed station collecting grids on 10GHz. If one Rover is
the station who activates the appropriate number of grids for him, each operator made
identical contacts but who worked harder? The Rover--it is that effort which the CSVHFS
wants to recognize and honor.
The award is very similar to the ARRL's VUCC, but rather than contact a set number of grids
on a frequency band, the goal is to make contacts FROM a set number of grids per band. The
number of grids coincides with the ARRL award. Certificates will be awarded as well as
endorsement stickers. QSL cards are required and will be verified by the program
administrator. Awards will be presented with a unique serial number. There is no fee except
return postage must be included (for the QSL cards).
The award comes into fruition due to the efforts of Bill Wageman, K5MAT, who is the program
administrator. Rules and contact information will always be available on the CSVHFS website
at www.csvhfs.org . Rovers and portables, take a look at the rules, initiate cards from all
those QSO's from your past, and submit entries for this significant award.
Contacts made on January 1, 1983 or later qualify. The rules that govern the ARRL
are also applicable to VUCC/r with the following exceptions and qualifications:
1. All contacts must be made operating while away from the home station
2. 2. The applicant must work and confirm contacts made while activating
different grids. Which grid or grids the rover contacts is not relevant except for contacts
above 1.3 GHz per Rule 3. Confirmation can be QSL cards, QSO listings, or log extracts.
QSO Listing Example
2a. Required information: QSL Cards, QSO listings, and log extracts must include
both calls, both grids, mode, date, time, and band/frequency. The QSLing stations fixed info
such as callsign and grid need not be on every line of a QSO listing, or log extract but must
be indicated somewhere on the page. Required information may be in any order on a QSO listing
or log extract. Cards, listings, and extracts should additionally have the name of the
licensee (person or club); mailing address; operating location information if different from
mailing address (address, GPS coordinates, 6-digit grid, or Lat/Lon); and have a written
signature (minimum of first name) of the licensee, trustee, operator, QSL Manager or
appropriate person confirming the specifics of the listed contacts. If a QSL card does not
natively indicate the grid in which the rover was operating, it should be added in pencil.
2b. QSL cards, QSO listings, or log extracts may be submitted indicating contacts
beyond the number required for an award or endorsement level. The program administrator will
maintain record of these additional QSOs. Subsequent submissions should refer to QSOs on file
when applying for an endorsement.
3. At frequencies below 1.3 GHz (and Satellite) any number of stations in
any number of grids may be worked. Above that frequency target stations worked must all be
within the 300 meter circle that is specified by VUCC rules. The location of the target
stations must be indicated on their cards by at least the four digit grid, or preferably
their lat/lon or some other indication that they were inside the same circle. The rover, of
course, is obviously required to move around.
4. Endorsements above the basic award may be submitted just as in VUCC.
5. The only report form needed is a readable alphabetized list of the grids
from which operation was done with the calls of the station worked. The applicants call and
name must be clearly stated.
6. All cards and forms, along with appropriate self-addressed packaging with
sufficient postage for the return of the cards plus a business size envelope (if folding the
certificate is OK) or 9" by 12" or larger SASE should be sent to:
Dave Powers KA0KCI
CSVHFS VUCC/r Award
7802 East Morris Street
Wichita, KS 67207
Questions? Contact the program administrator at:
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