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M0LMK
23rd May 2015, 09:18
Claiming awards is simple and easy.

There are currently 2 types of awards that members of ARPOC can claim; Individual Awards and Cumulative Awards.


Individual Awards

Individual awards only require a single, set number of activations. An example of an individual award is the "Escaped the Shack" Award. Follow these steps to claim the award:

Using the menu bar at the top of the website, click on "ARPOC Awards" then "Awards Claim Forums"
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Select the forum for the award that you are working on (in this case, "Escaped the Shack")
Read the award criteria (this can be found by clicking on the "Award details and how to claim" Announcement at the top of the award forum)
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Once you are ready to start your award claim, create a new thread in the award forum. Select your certificate type from the prefix list (for example, "HF Only & SSB Only") and use your call sign as the thread title.
You can build the award claim as you go along or you can do it all in one go. To build it as you go along, just enter your first activation in the first post and supply all of the details requested in award criteria. In this case the award claim requires the date of each activation, the name of the location, the location in Maidenhead locator (6 digit) or GPS signed degrees format (DDD.dddd) and a photo of your station in the location. The "Escaped the Shack" award requires 2 activations in different locations so when you have another to add just reply to your original post with the details of the second location.
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The Award Moderators check the award forums on a regular basis and will contact you if they see a problem with your award claim. They are there to help you claim as may awards as you can and will offer advice is they see something that is not quite right like missing details.
Once an Award Moderator sees that your award claim is complete they will generate an award certificate for you. You will receive an email which contains a special code (so you can re-download the certificate in the future) and a direct link to download your certificate.
All that's left for you to do it to put it in a frame and hang it proudly on the wall!


You can start your award claim thread whenever you like and add to it each time you complete an activation. Only activations that have taken place after your ARPOC joining date are valid for claiming awards. The Awards Moderators will monitor your progress and issue an award once the full award criteria has been met. If you think that you have completed and award but have not received a certificate them please PM a member of the Award Moderators team.


Cumulative Awards

Cumulative awards require a fixed number of activations per level however, each level counts towards the next. An example of a set of cumulative awards is "Portable Professional - Bronze Award", "Portable Professional - Silver Award" and "Portable Professional - Gold Award". Follow these steps to claim the award:


For the first award (Portable Professional - Bronze Award), follow the same steps as shown above for the individual award. In this example, the "Portable Professional - Bronze Award" requires 5 separate activations in different locations (remember that a single location can be used more than once as per the "Location Reuse" section in the award rules (http://www.arpoc.org/rules/18-award-rules.html))
The second award (Portable Professional - Silver Award) requires 10 activations from different locations. As this is a cumulative award, the first 5 activations from your Bronze award count towards this so you only need 5 more to claim the Silver award.
To claim your Silver award, follow the same steps as before but include a link to your Bronze award thread in your first post. Then just add 5 more activations.
The Gold award is the same, once you have achieved the Silver award, create a new thread in the "Portable Professional - Gold Award" forum and link to your Silver award thread in your first post.


Again, you can start your award claim thread whenever you like and add to it as you complete each activation. Only activations that have taken place after your ARPOC joining date are valid for claiming awards. The Awards Moderators will monitor your progress and issue an award once the full award criteria has been met. If you think that you have completed and award but have not received a certificate them please PM a member of the Award Moderators team.

It's important to know that your award claim is private. Only yourself and the Award Moderators can see the contents of your claim. Other members can not see any details of your locations or photos and Award Moderators will never share any information that you post in the award claim forums. The award claim forums are also blocked form being accessed by search engines.