General guidelines: The Three Ps

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Prepare, Promote, Picture

Last modified: 
28 October 2020

In this page I will try to compile some guidelines for activators and chasers. These guidelines will evolve as the programme develops. They should be understood as recommendations.

  1. PREPARE your activation:
    • ​​Do your research. Use our beach finder to try to identify the beach you wish to activate. If not listed, or you cannot find it, collect the data about your beach (location co-ordinates in decimal degrees, commune/county, province/state, and country) that you will need when announcing the activation of an unlisted beach.
    • Announce your activation.
      • Whenever possible, you should add your activation to the Beaches On The Air website before it starts. You simply do not fill in the QSO count yet. You will be able to edit your activation to include the final QSO count after the activation has finished. This has the following advantages:
        1. It serves as an announcement of your activation for chasers.
        2. Chasers will be able to claim their QSOs with you immediately after making them, while the activation is still ongoing.
      • Announce your activation also on our Facebook group and any other social media.
      • Tell your fellows and any regular chasers about your activation.
  2. PROMOTE Beaches On The Air:
    • During your activation you should try to promote the programme among chasers by
      1. Calling CQ 'Beaches On The Air' in phone or CQ BOTA in CW.
      2. Responding to any other CQ call, referring to your 'Beaches On The Air' activation, and sharing your beach name and reference.
      3. Ensuring your activation gets posted on the DX Cluster, e.g. by asking your chasers to spot you there after their QSO with you.
      4. Inviting your chasers to visit the programme's website 'beachesontheair.com' and see the details of your activation.
      5. Encouraging chasers to claim their chaser points by confirming their QSO with you on the Beaches On The Air website.
  3. PICTURE your activation:
    • Take pictures and videos of your activations. Other members enjoy this very much, and it also helps us promote the programme among visitors.
    • When recording a video, please consider doing it in landscape format, which is the format currently favoured by YouTube.
    • Add your best picture and/or video to your activation post on the website, together with the QSO count and a description of your activation in the 'Remarks' section of your post.
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