BFDs

Some things are BFDs and some things just aren’t.  What are BFDs?  Well, son, this video might help you out.  BFDs would include passing healthcare legislation, your first kiss, discovering plutonium, or your parachute not opening.  There are two news items in amateur radio right now that, despite all the hubbub, aren’t BFDs.

Remote operation from anywhere is now allowed for DXCC awards.  ARRL will now allow contacts from remotely-operated stations to be submitted for DXCC awards, regardless of where the control point is located.  This seems to be a BFD for many people because of instead of buying a multi-giga dollar megastation, which was the previously accepted way to buy your way to DXCC, today with modern technology and better living through chemistry you can rent a megastation with a credit card and operate it with your favorite computing device from the comfort of your meager home station, hotel room, or police station drunk tank.  Why is it not a BFD?  Remote operation contacts were allowed for DXCC credit before, the only thing that has changed is where the control point is allowed.  The contact is still made over the air.  This isn’t like Echolink computer-to-computer contacts.  The remote station must be located within your home DXCC entity.  If you still want to get your DXCC the old fashioned way, you can.  DXCC is about personal achievement, and how you got it is a BFD to you, not anyone else.

The FCC will no longer issue paper licenses.  Why is this not a BFD?  There are several reasons.  The online ULS record is considered your official credential.  If you want a paper license, you can go to the ULS, download a PDF, and print it out.  One can also request the FCC send them a paper copy.  What is BFD is that the FCC will save $304K a year with this change.

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2 responses to “BFDs

  1. You are one hundred percent right, this is NBD. BFD is a lot bigger than remote operation DXCC or a piece of paper. Thanks for all you do and being a inspriation to a 55 year old analog ham who bought his first adruino May of 2014. I really appreciate the time and labor you put into the keyer and making it all so understand able.
    73 KC4URI Steve

  2. I think paperless crediantials ARE a BFD, because we grew up in a “paper legitimized” world. This means that the “trust” level of the online world has increased, while that of paper has decreased…. I think that soon, for example, on online credential will at least be equivalent in trust to say a college degree or High School Diploma, and this will be THE sheepskin of the next age.

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