[amsat-bb] Re: VUCC RULES

John Geiger aa5jg at fidmail.com
Wed Sep 7 19:00:20 PDT 2011

Hi Kevin,

Not exactly.  No two points can be more than 200km (124 miles apart).  It
isn't a circle around your QTH with a 124 mile radius, because many points
would be more than 124 miles from each other.  You could make some QSOs from
a point 50 miles east of your QTH, and some other QSOs from a point 65 miles
west of your QTH, because those points wouldn't be too far apart-50 + 65 =
115, within the 124 miles limit.

73s John AA5JG

On Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 8:42 PM, Kevin Deane <summit496 at live.com> wrote:

> (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
> (f) Grid boundary lines and grid corners must be established using a GPS
> receiver whose map datum is set to WGS84, the global default for current GPS
> receivers. The GPS receiver should be set to use WAAS (Wide Area
> Augmentation System) if
> so equipped, since this improves the error figure to as little as 5 feet.
> In no case may the GPS receiver show an error figure
> in excess of 20 feet. Any modern GPS receiver equipped with WAAS will
> easily meet this requirement, as will most older
> units without WAAS.
> 6. For VUCC awards on 50 through 1296 MHz and Satellite, all contacts must
> be made from locations no more than 200 km
> apart. For SHF awards, contacts must be made from a single location,
> defined as within a 300-meter diameter circle.
> SOOO I still dont see where it says I cannot OBTAIN a grid from down the
> street or whatever. The above says I can basicly make contacts 124 miles
> from my QTH. Right?
> Kevin
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