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Subject: NX0X, Brian, named USACA Awards Chairman

Message: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 29, 2019

(Hicksville, NY) May 29, 2019 - Brian Bird, NX0X, of Duluth, Minnesota, has been named the new Custodian for CQ magazine's USA-Counties Award (USA-CA), effective June 1, 2019, CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU, announced today. Brian succeeds Ted Melinosky, K1BV, who served as USA-CA Custodian and CQ Awards Editor for 21 years. Several updates in the USA-CA award rules will take effect at the same time.

Brian has been a county hunter since the 1990s and earned the USA-CA All Counties Award in 2004, followed a year later by his wife, Shari, KB0MHH. The two of them hosted the national county-hunters' convention in 2011. Brian is an airline pilot who splits his time each month between flying and working in his airline's training center.

"I am looking forward to working with Brian as he assumes the leadership of one of the most challenging award programs in all of amateur radio," noted CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU. "With 3077 counties in the United States, working 'the whole ball of wax' takes a great deal of dedication and perseverance. Administering the award takes a special commitment, as well. Brian will be only the sixth USA-CA Custodian in the award's 58-year history."

"I am very honored to being selected as your new USA-CA award custodian," noted NX0X. "I'm looking forward to carrying on with the great history of the awards program and any challenges ahead. Part of being the USA-CA award custodian is to not only handle the issuing of awards that have been earned in a timely manner, but giving you the public recognition so rightly deserved for earning such a prestigious award. I can only hope that I serve you all with the same great service of my predecessors. Hoping that many new counties for you are just up the band."

The rules updates primarily reflect the realities of living in the 21st century, such as replacing International Reply Coupons as a payment method with PayPal; and permitting (encouraging) applications to be submitted by e-mail rather than only on paper. Also, due to significant increases in the cost of international postage, it is necessary for us to add a DX postage surcharge for mailing certificates to addresses outside the United States. The complete updated rules appear in CQ's June 2019 Awards column and will be posted as soon as possible after June 1 on the CQ website at .

As of June 1, any correspondence relating to the CQ USA-CA program should be directed to: Brian Bird, NX0X, 4567 Caribou Lake Road, Duluth, MN 55811-9607, USA; or via e-mail to .

Call: N4CD 5/29/2019

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