My provider informed me about a planned server maintenance between february 13 (21UTC) and february 14 (05UTC). Server will be several times down in this time-frame. 73, Manfred DF6EX
Further to the recent announcement, the WWFF Committee are pleased to confirm the launch of a new award for Activators… the WWFF Activator Points Award.
As previously announced, this will launch on 2020-01-01 00:00:01utc – only QSOs made on or after this time shall be valid for the new award (but, obviously are valid for the other WWFF awards.
Points will be awarded as follows:
- One point for each 44 QSOs from a reference (up to a maximum of 10 points, for 440 QSOs or above) per calendar year.
- Five points for each DX Entity where a reference has been sucessfully activated from, per calendar year.
Certificates will be issued for 11, 22, 44 and 88 points… higher levels will be determined in due course. Thanks to Francois ON5SWA for taking on the role of Award Manger.
Logsearch is already configured to report the points running total… applications will be enabled shortly…
Beginning January 1, 2020 KFF will sponsor a KFF Marathon Challenge – a year long activity wherein we will recognize the achievers who work, or activate, the most KFF References during the calendar year.
There will be categories for:
- Top Activator
- Top North American Hunters
- Top DX Hunters.
The effect of the Marathon Challenge will be that on January 1st, for the sake of the Challenge, everybody’s KFF counter will reset to zero, and all KFF References will be “New” again.
This opens a whole new world for Hunters and Activators alike… Will your call be on the January Leaderboard?
Note: For the avoidance of any doubt, the existing KFF awards continue as well!
The WWFF Committee are pleased to announce the upcoming launch of a new award for Activators… the WWFF Activator Points Award.
This will launch on 2020-01-01 00:00:01utc – only QSOs made on or after this time shall be valid for the new award (but, obviously are valid for the other WWFF awards.
From december 12 till december 15 Ronaldo PS8RV from PYFF has announced the activity of 20 different PYFF-stations. It is planned also in 2020 to combine this activity with the 2020 park weekend in america. So all hunters are welcome and use the chance to probably get a lot of new PYFFs in your log. More infos can be found here. Check the map at this link.
The latest update (v0.0.10) has just been released…
The headline is (once again) the addition of a number of new awards and award steps, plus a bit of tidying up.
This update revises the following new awards and/or award levels:
- Issue #00013 – Add new levels OHFF-A-600 and OHFF-H-600
- Issue #00020 – Add new levels LZFF-A-25 and LZFF-H-50
- Issue #00024 – Add new levels LAFF-A-100 and LAFF-H-100
- Issue #00027 – Add new level PAFF-H-150
- Issue #00034 – Add new levels MRPA-A-60 and MRPA-H-60 (VKFF program)
- Issue #00035 – Add new level ONFF-H-700
This update also addresses the following other issues:
- Issue #00006 – Fix to P2P confirmation
- Issue #00025 – PHP7 incompatibilities
- Issue #00038 – “My Awards” page moved into Admin area
- Issue #00039 – Log Upload diagnostics
Open Issues can be found in the Issue Tracker.
Further work is ongoing, but all being well, the next update will (at long last) address the lack of Club Station reports in “Top Operators”… I thought I had the answer, but some work is still needed.
It still hasn’t happened, but in the near future, all CTFF references, activations and QSOs/P2Ps in The Azores will be migrated to a new CUFF series. This has been promised for a while (including in the last updates), but time has been in short supply!
Development of Logsearch has to fit around family and work commitments! Unfortunately, my job means I’m on the road a lot!
Any problems, or new feature requests, via the Help Desk Forum please.
Recently there has been some discussion regarding the applicability and/or relevance of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) categories, and the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) in general.
The Rule 15.3 of the WWFF Global Rules state:
When giving consideration to adding new WWFF reference areas, please ensure that the proposed area falls within the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Protected Areas Categories System found in the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA).
It further states:
To be valid for WWFF these new areas with above nomination should be in the WDPA database.
Language: what does “should” mean
The WWFF Rules are written in English, and (at least try to be) careful with the use of words.
In particular, the word “should” needs to be considered in its formal sense. In International Standards:
“should” indicates a recommendation
a recommendation is defined as an “expression in the content of a document conveying a suggested possible choice or course of action deemed to be particularly suitable without necessarily mentioning or excluding others.
From this, the specification of an IUCN category, and the inclusion within the WDPA are recommendations.
As always, the approval of a reference is at the discretion of the WWFF Directory Manager.
What is the IUCN
From their website:
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.
Not every country/territory is a member of IUCN…
What are the IUCN Categories
These are listed on the IUCN website, and provide an independent categorization of protected areas.
This independence is necessary, as it ensures that a proposed reference has enough international status to warrant inclusion in the WWFF program.
But not having an IUCN category does not exclude, where justification exists… and LogSearch has additional classifications (eg RAMSAR, WorldHeritage, Biosphere and Natura2000 – as well as None!)
What is the WDPA
From the IUCN website:
The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is the most comprehensive global database on terrestrial and marine protected areas. Protected areas are internationally recognised as major tools in conserving species and ecosystems. Up to date information on protected areas is essential to enable a wide range of conservation and development activities. Since 1981 UNEP-WCMC, through its Protected Areas Programme, has been compiling this information and making it available to the global community.
The WDPA is a joint project of UNEP and IUCN, produced by UNEP-WCMC and the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas working with governments and collaborating NGOs.
The UNEP is, of course, the United Nations Environment Program.
What is in the WDPA
The WDPA is only as good as the data within – and some countries/territories are better at maintaining their entries than other!
Note, inclusion within WDPA does not guarantee approval as a WWFF reference, as the WDPA includes sites that are of a national significance, that and not necessarily of an international significance.
Likewise, a location that is not listed in the WDPA may be considered for a WWFF reference where it is of international significance, and carries an appropriate international designation.