The GxFF team are delighted to welcome Ray M0DHP as Awards Manager and Bob M0BOB as Events Organiser, both are active members of the GxFF community and will be a great addition to the team. Thanks once again go to Mike M0MCY and Denise 2E0LSO for their contribution to GxFF in those two roles over the last year.
As there have been issues elsewhere, it seems timely to remind people of the requirement for all equipment be located within the boundaries of a reference when operating. To establish reference boundaries, GxFF recommends using DEFRA’s Magic Map. For Northern Ireland references consult DAERA map viewer. Please bear in mind, car parks, roads etc may not always be inside /part of the reference, it is your responsibility to check.
To maintain the integrity of the program the National Co-ord or Log manager can request documentary proof of valid operation. Team GxFF intends to implement two changes related to this from 1st Jan 2022. The first will be the introduction of random checks for valid operation, the second will be to verify the location of all operators who wish to activate a reference from their home address. Neither of these should place any great additional burden on activators.
For /P operations, many people already post photos to the GxFF or WWFF Facebook Group, where these do not show a verifiable location, the addition of a suitably detailed screen shot from a GPS programme, google maps, OS App etc would suffice as proof, should that activity be selected for checking. We would recommend that adding this becomes the default for any activators who use the Facebook Groups.
For those not posting activations to facebook, there is also the option of creating activation reports for gxff.uk website (login required), we would encourage any activators to do this, as it show cases our activity to a wider audience.
If you are not going to create a post, you should take and keep a screenshot of your activating location, these normally have a time/date stamp info attached. Again we recommend that you send these in with your logs as proof of location should it be required.
Inability to provide proof of operation within the boundaries may result in the activation being declared void.
In the case of activating from home, activators are requested to contact me directly with the reference their home is in and their address. This is a one off verification process to validate future QSOs.
There’s no suggestion that there are issues with GxFF operations, but the more rigorous approach to checking location data, brings us in line with some other branches of the WWFF program.
If you know any activators who do not avidly follow the Facebook Grps, or check gxff.uk please pass on. Any questions, drop me a line.
Team GxFF is pleased to announce the adoption of a new updated logo. It is available for all UK participants to use on their QSL/eQSL cards. For a PNG file or to seek approval for any other use please contact team GxFF co-ordinator.
Adrian M0PAI has unfortunately decided not to continue as GxFF Coordinator.
However, his namesake Adrian G1UBL will step up into the role. Thanks both Adrians!
The UK GxFF team would like to announce that Denise 2E0SLO will take on the new role of events organizer. Denise will work with the GxFF team to arrange and encourage more events to take place across the UK going forward.
The UK GxFF team would like to announce that Mike M0MCY will take on the new role of awards manager.
*ANNOUNCEMENT from Team GxFF*
After careful consideration, I (M0YMA) have decided that now, as we restart operations, is the appropriate time for a refresh of Team GxFF.
I am pleased to announce that Adrian M0PAI will take over as GxFF Coordinator, with immediate effect. Carl 2E0HPI will continue as GxFF Log Manager.
I thank them both for their support over the past number of years.
I will be around to support them as required, but Adie should be the first point of contact for all GxFF matters. I remain, of course, the WWFF Logsearch Admin.