The ARRL contest branch is now providing certificates online. While not all certificates earned are yet available, various ARRL contests from 2016-2018 are ready for download in either a jpeg or PDF format.
If you are interested in contesting, the ARRL sponsored contests are a good way to start. Review the contest calendar to see what upcoming event you may want to have some fun participating in. Details and rules for each contest can be found by selecting a particular contest link from the calendar. A handheld, mobile, or home station can get in on the fun.
Did you know that at least three participants must submit a log with their respective club name in order for the club to be eligible for awards? All C.A.R.P. members callsigns are submitted to the contest branch in advance. To qualify, a member must enter “Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers” in the club name of the log file they submit, should they wish to share their individual points along with fellow club members. Individual efforts are still recognized. Submitting the log is easy too. Nothing to mail by post; a formatted text file log is uploaded via a web page. N1MM, a popular logging program, easily creates the log as you contest and allows you to export it when done.
Why contest? To test your gear. The VHF/UHF contest held three times a year is a good way to find out how far and how well your equipment receives and transmits. Whether from home or your a favorite camping spot, it is easy to get in on the fun. The two things you will need to know are your callsign and the first four characters of your current grid square, such as DM06 for the Fresno/Clovis area.