YBDXPI: A Passion for DXing, YB-Style

AWARDS – YBDXPI: A Passion for DXing, YB-Style – BY STEVE MOLO,* KI4KWR

Hello everyone … this month’s column will be on a new award from Indonesia (YB-Land) and widely seen daily on Facebook. I’m lending the keyboard this month to Budi Santoso, YE1AR, to tell you about this prestigious Indonesian award. At the time of writing this up, I have seen a lot of YB stations on 17 meters chasing FT-8, which is — as we all are aware — the current hot ham radio trend. Enjoy this month’s article!

YBDXPI (YB-Land DXing Passion Is) is an online community of radio amateurs that was formed on August 29, 2018 initiated by Budi Santoso, YE1AR (Photo A), an active Indonesian amateur radio operator.

Membership is based on the desire to share knowledge including DXing, contesting, homebrew experiments, and other interests with fellow mem- bers who share the same interests. YE1AR createdYBLand DXingPassion Is on the WhatsApp chat application and began attracting Indonesian hams who rallied around its mission.

The main purpose of YBDXPI is to share knowledge and best communi cation procedures with hams through out Indonesia and the world. The group also encourages members to earn the DX Century Club (DXCC) award from the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). “Keep High Spirit for New Entity”is the tagline and motto of YBDX PI, which is a passion shares by many Indonesian hams.

The group is expected to be of benefit to all amateur radio operators, both individually and in groups. It is also a gathering point for hobbyists and users of amateur radio frequencies wherever they are.

YBDXPI hopes that in the future, it will help encourage the “birth” of new DXers and contesters who are reliable, professional, and operate with integrity. Of course, we also want to maintain the continuity of the regeneration process for amateurradio members in Indonesia.

YBDXPI Appreciation Award
“Given to those who have sought to achieve it,” this award (Photo B) seeks to encourage an amateur to communicate with as many people as possible, as far away as possible, and using the various modes that exist. It is necessary to have time and patience, two things that cannot be valued in nominal money.

YBDXPI has a program to reward members as a form of motivation and respect for hard work and constant persistence in carrying out their hobby. (Awards are only for group members, but anyone anywhere can join. Indonesian amateurs must have confirmed at least 10 DX entities; members elsewhere must qualify for DXCC. ed)

To get this award, members must be able to prove two-way communication by providing confirmation as evidence recorded in the ARRL Logbook of the World or LoTW.1 LoTW is one of the most trusted independent two-way communication recording media. It is managed by the American Radio Relay League, which is headquartered in Newington, Connecticut. The ARRL is also a member of the IARU (International Amateur Radio Union).

The following are the categories for award certificates and placards given to members who send LoTW recordings after going through the validity evaluation process:

ARRL DXCC: 50 / 100 / 125 / 150 /200 / 250 / 300 / 340 entities ;
DXCC Certificate: Single-mode, Mixed, Singleband ;
DXCC Challenge: 500 / 1,000 / 1,500 /2,000 / 2,500 / 3000 ;
ARRL WAS: 50 Mixed / Band / Mode ;
CQ WPX: 500 / 1,000 / 1,500 / 2,000 / 2,500 / 3,000 Prefix
CQ WAZ: 40 Mixed / Band / Mode

Super Star: DXCC Challenge 5- / 8- /10-band with 500 / 1,000 / 1,500 / 2,000/ 2,500 / 3,000 entities
Rising Star: Most entities in 1 year
New Star: Mixed DXCC holder for the first time
Star: Available to holders of certificates for entity mixed, mode, band, states, prefixes, and zones

Meaning of Plaque
The design of the YBDXPI plaque (Photo C) has special meaning. The logo is a Gunungan Wayang, which is a symbol for a house. The Semar represent characters in Javanese puppets who are described as caregivers and advisors of the knights. The amateur logo is the logo of the Indonesian amateur radio organization, ORARI.

For more information, visit https://ybdxpi.net or email Budi at [email protected].

Thank you, Budi, for a great article on the award and the passion that you and your fellow YB hams have for the amateur radio hobby.

Is there an award that you know about that is highly achievable and fun to obtain? If so, please pass it along to me and I will be glad to highlight it in an up coming column. Hope to see many of you at the Huntsville Hamfest in Huntsville, Alabama, on August 21-22, 2021.

Note: The ARRL generally limits use of Logbook of the World QSO data to its own awards and those sponsored by organizations, such as CQ, which have made specific arrangements with the League. CQ’s publication of information regarding other organizations using LoTW data for award purposes does not imply our endorsement of this activity. – ed.

YBDXPI Organizational Structure
You may be curious about how does the YBDXPI organization structures its work process. Because it was formed from the beginning as a non-profit organization, the main activities are carried out by the management who work voluntarily without being paid to consistently complete their respective tasks and synergize for the benefit of the members and the amateur world in general. Of course, we all thank the donors and sustaining sponsors who have entrusted their money to YBDXPI for International-scale activities.

Functionally, there are three teams working simultaneously on the sidelines of their respective professional activities, namely the membership and database team, the website and infrastructure team, and the database processing teamfor printing certificates.

The database team is tasked with processing member data and verifying the accuracy of the data through various sources and recording it into an existing database system. After completion of verification, it is processed by the certificate or award team to be printed and then published to the web page by the website team, which has also gone through the validation process.

YBDXPI hopes that the Indonesian amateur world will increasingly realize how easy it is to communicate with fellow amateur hobbyists in Indonesia and with others anywhere in the world that can be reached by radio signals. We all also hope that the members continue to improve their knowledge and skills to become better amateur radio operators with world-class proficiency and integrity.

– Budi Santoso, YE1AR, YBDXPI President

source/foto : CQ Amateur Radio July 2021 AWARDS – YBDXPI: A Passion for DXing, YB-Style – BY STEVE MOLO,* KI4KWR

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