WWFF Activator Points Awards (Update)

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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…

WWFF rules update

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Two years after the last update we have updated some of the WWFF rules to version 5.5. The main reason for the update being clarification of existing rules. The changes are documented in the release history at the start of the document.

Two clarifications are worth noting here:

  • For historical reasons the WWFF rules have a facility to allow pre-existing national programs to demand stricter activation rules than the global activation rules – in most cases where this applies the national program demands more than 44 QSOs and a certain minimum activation duration. As these stricter rules would need to be met for a log to end up at WWFF, the exception was added to the WWFF rules as rule 2.1.
    The way this rule was documented at the time has lead to confusion recently with some reading a much larger scope into this rule. To stop this confusion the rule has been reverbalised with the original scope in mind.
  • Running a rewarding program for all, the quality of the logs is an important variable. We expect and have always expected the logger (activator) himself and the log manager as his back-up to make sure the logs are as correct as they can be. Over the years however there are still a lot of requests for log corrections. Some of the major errors we come across should really have been filtered out by the activator and log manager (like wrong reference or wrong operator specified), other smaller errors like a wrong chaser call can and will happen from time to time. They might be the result of a typo or a callsign that was misheard (in which case there was no QSO). These kinds of errors we consider an “occupational hazard” for a chaser – not something to correct after a log is processed. A submitted log is final (6.3, 7.2).

The updated rules can be found here.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2022

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It lies on the northern edge of the Triglav National Park, in the south it is surrounded by the forested Vitranc, and in the north by Karavanke. The swamp with the Drni marsh is about 1,200 meters long, 150 meters wide on average, about 200 meters in the widest part, and about twenty in the narrowest part. In the extreme western part of the swamp is an emerald green lake, from which extremely clean and cold springs boil trough a layer of lake chalk, which gives the water its characteristic blue-green color. Due to its color, the lake with the swamp was named Zelenci. Zelenci do not freeze in winter, their constant temperature throughout the year is about 6 ° C. In 1992, Zelenci and its surroundings were declared a nature reserve by a decree of the municipality of Jesenice.
You can walk to the lake and the swampy surroundings on a special wooden footbridge without harming nature.
An unforgettable green experience. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyOOdm2AUIU&ab_channel=KranjskaGora

Ham Spirit, Trust and Operations

A reminder to all operators (both activators and hunters) that at the heart of WWFF is trust.

Activators

Activators are reminded that they should only log completed QSOs, and a valid QSO requires a radio-to-radio contact to be made, without the use of repeaters or other aids.

Furthermore all equipment must be within the boundary of the reference.  This equally applies for those claiming to be “resident” and claiming Park-To-Park.

Hunters

Hunters are likewise reminded that they should only use callsigns that they are licenced to use… this includes (but is not limited to):

  • Their own personal callsign, or
  • A club callsign that they are entitled to use, or
  • A special event callsign, as part of the special event.

QSOs must not be made using callsigns that the operator is not entitled to use… this includes (but is not limited to):

  • The callsign of a partner, parent or child
  • The callsign of a neighbour
  • The callsign of a friend

Fake QSOs in Logs

The integrity of the WWFF program is based on trust. Trust that activators perform their operations in accordance with the Rules, without too much oversight.

Sometimes, however, that trust is misplaced… and where our attention is drawn to questionable behaviour, Team WWFF will take action, including retrospective invalidation of activities.

For some time, we have been monitoring the logs of a number of activators, where activities were being submitted with the same collection of chasers – but excluding any of the recognised Top Hunters, and with no evidence of the activation having taken place (no photos, no cluster spots etc).

The logs contained entries for Hunters that met the following criteria:

  • Hunter has multiple hunter QSOs, but with only a small number of Activators
  • Over 95% of hunter QSOs are with an Activator who is under investigation
  • Hunter has no QRZ page, or no content on a blank QRZ page
  • Hunter is not registered on WWFF.CO

I have, this morning flagged as suspicious 63 Hunter Callsigns, representing over 13,000 QSOs, claimed by two Activators (including when operating using known Club callsigns)… a further number of Hunter Callsigns claimed by those Activators are being reviewed; a number of other Activators are also under investigation.

I do not believe any genuine Hunters will be impacted by this – but anyone who unexpectedly finds a red triangle icon on the QSOs tab, should contact me.

Note: a small number (less than 100 in total) of QSOs attributed to other Activators have also been flagged… the expectation is that these are simply busted callsigns that have been incorrectly logged.

Given that the only person that these Activators are cheating are themselves, I do not understand this behaviour.

Edit to add (2021-12-07 17:18utc)

Updated figures: 17,729 QSOs from 88 “hunters” for the 2 activating operators (using their own calls plus club stations).

Activations 5B by 5B4AIX

Just to remind I go out every Tuesday Activating 5BFF-0002 , and in between to to go out and activate 5BFF-0003 when possible. Hope this helps with achieving the 3/5 area award scheme.. Good hunting .Activating 73/44..Noz 5B4AIX- Activator/Awards manager..

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