I'd like to comment on the cost of my milestone and float an idea into the ham radio blog conversation.
Would local clubs be willing to scholarship there youngest participants and help offset the cost of award applications like DXCC or WAS? The idea is offset most of the financial burden for those striving to achieve awards for operator proficiency and station engineering. I can't imagine how many of our youth can pony up the dollars needed without taking dollars away from somewhere else.
Perhaps, local clubs could split the cost, I can't envision Newington reducing the price of entry into DXCC however we may consider cost sharing at the local level once an applicant files a scholarship. The scholarship application premise is a commitment to complete the award, if so, then a club would share fifty percent or more of the award application fee.
The benefit of a cost sharing at the local level potentially demonstrates a willingness to ensure the longevity of our hobby. It is an intangible, perhaps even, an investment in the future of DXing and RadioSport.
73s from the shackadelic on the beach.