[amsat-bb] Grids and QSL´s

Bruce kk5do at amsat.org
Wed Jul 21 08:52:38 PDT 2010

  Here is the rule from the ARRL website on VUCC grid squares....

(e) Stations who claim to operate from more than one grid locator 
simultaneously (i.e., from the boundary between two
grid locators or from the intersection of four grid locators) must be 
physically present in all locators to give multiple
locator credit with a single contact. These stations should be prepared 
to validate their claim. For a mobile station, this
means parking the vehicle exactly on the line or corner. For a portable 
station, this means that the total area occupied
by the station's physical setup, including operating position(s), power 
source(s), and antenna(s), must occupy some
portion of each of the two/four grid squares simultaneously. Operators 
of boundary/corner stations should be prepared
to provide evidence of meeting the simultaneous occupation test if 
called upon to do so. Two photographs -- one
showing the placement of the GPS receiver in the station setup, and a 
close-up legibly showing the GPS reading –
are typically needed as evidence of compliance. Video footage showing an 
overview of the operating site and then,
uncut and in real time, zooming in on the GPS display coordinates is 
even better.

In other words.... if called upon to verify you were there, you will 
have to provide the picture at that time. If it is not provided, the 
ARRL could do one of many sanctions at their discretion... they could 
remove all credits from hams you gave the grid squares to, they could 
ban you from further participation in the program. I seriously doubt 
they would ban you however, if everyone plays by the same rules, then it 
is a fair playing field. I would suspect the rule came about when people 
said 'I am close to the grid square boundary, but that cliff makes it 
impossible for me to move 2 more feet.' You know how that goes. Notice 
they said 'uncut and in real time....' that way you cannot go back on 
another day and just take a picture of your GPS.

(ARRL VUCC award checker)

On 7/21/2010 10:22 AM, David Maciel wrote:
> I have a question maybe silly to many, I have traveled  three times in the  past  two months to the grid  EK34  and EK44,
> take my portable radio equipment, do not  work because  my  GPS  was damaged and another time I forget, but I'm sure
> the position where I was,  may  be  valid  if these grids  work  and send  my QSL  with the  coordinates  where you work?
> no photo of my gps? I have received many cards from American stations QSL writing grid over your home to put the new
> grid that time. this is valid? can be done? I have also contacted many stations and sent my QSL card with a photo of the
> coordinates, I think is best, but not always possible, this'm glad because I think that  means  that the word  amateur is a
> great value. not if I explain.I had no problems for the ARRL accept these cards an American amateur, whatever the same
> if that makes a Mexican ham? or any other country? thanks for help.
> David Maciel
> xe3dx at amsat.org
> www.qsl.net/xe3dx/
> Amateur Ham Radio
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