Reverse VUCC or VUCC/r Award

This award was first introduced by the Central States VHF Society and a discussion of the origin appears below in their and now our rules. AMSAT thanks the Central States VHF Society (CSVHFS) for not only sponsoring this award since its inception, but, also, entrusting AMSAT with the honor of carrying on this important award for the benefit of the entire AMSAT community. This award was officially voted on by the CSVHFS and transferred to AMSAT on September 14, 2021. It was announced to the AMSAT membership at the AMSAT General Meeting on October 30, 2021. All submissions from this point on should be sent to the address below for AMSAT to process. 

Reverse VUCC Award Program

Purpose:

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.

Discussion:

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. 

The award came into fruition due to the efforts of Bill Wageman, K5MAT, who wanted to show appreciation for the activity and grids that Rovers provide. Rules and contact information will always be available on the AMSAT website at www.amsat.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.

AMSAT took over the issuance of this award from the Central States VHF Society in September, 2021. 

Rules:

Contacts made on January 1, 1983 or later qualify. The rules that govern the ARRL VUCC program 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 location.

2.  2. The applicant must work and confirm contacts made while activating different grids. Confirmation can be QSL cards, QSO listings, LoTW or log extracts.

2a.  Required information: QSL Cards, QSO listings, LoTW and log extracts must include both calls, both grids, mode, date, time, satellite, 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, LoTW and extracts should additionally have the name of the licensee (person or club); mailing address; operating location information if different from mailing address (address, 6-digit grid); 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, LoTW, 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.

Sample QSO Listing:

 

Date

 

Satellite

 

Mode

Time

(UTC)

 

My Call

 

My Grid

 

Station Worked

 

Their Grid

2020-Jun-10

SO-50

FM

1900

N5AFV/R

EM43

KK5DO

EM20

2020-Jun-11

AO-27

FM

0123

N5AFV/R

EM33

KK5DO

EM20

2020-Jun-11

RS-44

SSB

1202

N5AFV/R

EM35

KK5DO

EM20

2020-Jun-11

XW-2C

SSB

1952

N5AFV/R

EM45

KK5DO

EM20

2020-Jun-11

FO-99

SSB

2346

N5AFV/R

EM44

KK5DO

EM20

2020-Jun-12

RS-44

SSB

0253

N5AFV/R

EM34

KK5DO

EM20

2020-Jun-23

RS-44

CW

0147

N5AFV/R

EM42

KK5DO

EM20

1995-Jul-01

AO-27

FM

0305

N5AFV/R

EM56

KK5DO

EM20

 

3.  This rule was deleted by the CSVHFS awards committee with BOD approval on 7/25/2015.

4.  Endorsements above the basic award may be submitted in groups of 25.

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.  Scans of QSL cards and/or lists from LoTW can be emailed to Bruce Paige, KK5DO, at [email protected] or [email protected]

Application Fees

The fee for this award is the same as all other AMSAT awards. $10 for non-members and $5 for members of AMSAT-NA plus postage. All endorsements  in a single application are $10 for non-members and $5 for members of AMSAT-NA plus postage. If you submit for an endorsement of 25 grids or 300 grids, you pay the same as long as it is on one submission. 

Questions? Contact the program administrator at: [email protected] 

 

Reverse VUCC or VUCC/r sponsored by Central States VHF Society

Cert No.NameCall SignReverse GridsDate Issued
01Randy KohlweyN7SFI now WI7P20017 January 2005
02Allen MattisN5AFV109Date Not In Records
03James ClaryND9M34010 January 2010
04Robert DunhamKD4ZGW100Date Not In Records
05Clayton ColemanW5PFG10009 December 2015
06Ron OldhamN8RO11202 April 2017
07Robert BraggWY7AA11517 June 2020
08Patrick StoddardWD9EWK10304 November 2020

Reverse VUCC or VUCC/r sponsored by AMSAT

Cert No.NameCall SignReverse GridsDate Issued
09Randy KohlweyWI7P42507 Nov 21