August PSK31 Expedition (APE) Award Requirements
1. The applicant for the APE Award must be a member of the PODXS Ø7Ø Club and have a current license to operate on the HF amateur bands at the time the portable operation takes place.
1. An APE Award portable expedition site must be at least 20 statute miles (32 km) from the home QTH of the primary applicant.
2. The applicant is responsible for obtaining permission to legally operate a portable expedition from the owner(s) of the site or legal authorities holding jurisdiction over the site. The Applicant shall also be responsible for any and all costs incurred in the operation of the portable expedition.
3. A Chimp Award portable expedition site must be away from the home radio shack of the primary applicant. The applicant may use home power but needs to set up an antenna and station away from the home shack. Backyard ops are encouraged for this category. Note that there is no mileage requirement for this award.
4. An APE in the Park Award will be awarded to applicants who work from an accredited POTA park as found at: https://parksontheair.com/
5. A Rare Grid Award will be awarded to applicants who work stations from established rare grid squares. (Definition to be established and posted of qualifying grid squares.)
1. The applicant is personally required to take part in the portable expedition. This includes the transportation, setup, operation, breakdown and return of all equipment to its place of origin.
2. The applicant is free to include any other personnel he wishes to take part in the expedition, either licensed or unlicensed. The applicant may, for example, wish to combine a portable expedition with a family vacation and include those family members who help as members of the expeditionary party.
3. All communications-related equipment must be transported to the portable site by the members of the expeditionary party, including radios, computers, cabling, antennas and power sources. The use of any preexisting amateur radio equipment at the portable site is strictly prohibited.
4. Requirement number three (3) above does not preclude the use of man-made or natural structures already existing at the portable site, including shelter, antenna supports and native power grids.
Ø7Ø Club Requirements
1. The applicant must announce his/her intentions to operate a portable PSK31 expedition to the Ø7Ø Club membership at least 2 weeks in advance of the operation. This announcement must contain the particulars of the portable expedition, including location, IOTA, USI or other award-related information, expected start of on-the-air activity, bands to be worked, names/callsigns of other members of the expedition, contact information, QSL information, and any other information deemed pertinent. This announcement may be made by the applicant via the Ø7Ø Club email reflector or by direct communication (either written or electronic) to the APE Award Manager listed below, who will then pass the information on to the rest of the Ø7Ø Club membership. While it is the intent of this requirement to offer advance publicity of expeditions, this particular requirement may be waived if circumstances suddenly permit a quick expedition and the applicant catches the APE Award Manager in good cheer.
2. To be a valid portable expedition for the APE Award, the operation must: a. Take place during the month of August (UTC) and make at least 20 two-way PSK31 contacts on the HF amateur bands (160M thru 6M) from the portable site. Contacts made while traveling to or from the portable site will not be counted towards this requirement.
b. To be a valid portable expedition for the Chimp Award, the operation must make at least 5 two-way PSK31 contacts on the HF amateur bands (160M thru 6M) from the portable site. Contacts made while traveling to or from the portable site will not be counted towards this requirement.
3. Upon completion of the expedition, the applicant must provide in a timely manner a log of stations worked and a short, informal written narrative of the expedition, to be submitted to the APE Award Manager. The narrative should include a site description, equipment used, number and names of personnel participating in the expeditionary party, and any unusual or noteworthy incidents that occurred during the expedition. Some photos from the expedition would be nice, too! These reports will be posted in the Tall Tales section of the PODXS070 Website.
5. Upon review of the log and written narrative by the APE Award Manager, the applicant shall receive an APE Award certificate for their participation.
6. All applications are subject to the approval (or not) of the APE Award Manager. Applications determined inconsistent with the spirit of this award or the philosophy of the Penn-Ohio DX Society (PODXS) Ø7Ø Club may be rejected. The Penn-Ohio DX Society (PODXS) and the Ø7Ø Club reserve the right to waive certain requirements for this award as is deemed necessary.