History of PODXS and the 070 Club part 3
HISTORY OF PODXS AND THE 070 CLUB PART 3
About a year before PODXS launched the 070 Club program, PODXS Contest Manager N3DQU thought that the club needed some sort of tradition to lend itself a bit of class and exclusivity. So in November 1999 on Thanksgiving Day, he bestowed upon his fellow PODXS'ers a tradition in the form of a giant, beat-up beer stein called the PODXS Cup. By itself of course, a giant beer stein with the club name scratched into it doesn't mean a whole heck of a lot, but along with the PODXS Cup came something else, a year-long event in the form of a scavenger hunt, affectionately called The PODXS Cup Challenge! The Points were what the PODXS'ers had to scavenge for and the PODXS Cup was the prize! And being as PODXS is an hf radio club, you had to scavenge for the points...well, on the hf bands, 160 thru 6 meters!
"It is left up to the wiles and ingenuity of each PODXS'er...", N3DQU instructed the members, "... to seek out and schedule QSO's through any and all means at his disposal, utilizing his knowledge of upcoming contests and events, internet search techniques, band propagation, etc." The Points were usually revealed around Christmas morning to the members, and they had from Jan 1 until Dec 31 of the coming year to put as many points in the log as they could before the deadline. And to the winner of the scavenger hunt, earned the privilege and honor of having the PODXS Cup grace a place of honor in his QTH until the winner of next year's scavenger hunt was announced and demanded his prize!
The first winner of the PODXS Cup Challenge was AA8QQ, who swept the 25 Points in record time, requiring the Contest Manager to rethink the difficulty level of the Points. The PODXS Cup Challenge ran from 2000 thru 2006 and is currently in possession of the last winner of record, K8IJ.
Below are links for the 2003 edition of this event. K8IJ managed to make 23 of 25 points that year. Read his log and see just what he went thru to make those 23 Points, a fb effort es fantastic reading! 73 de Jay N3DQU