[amsat-bb] North and South Pole Gridsquares

Norm n3ykf normanlizeth at gmail.com
Mon Jul 25 18:34:32 UTC 2016


16900 Euros. Layover at pole possible. Who is up for a vacation? Pack
your cold wx gear.

By the web page description, it's a much visited place.

On Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 2:23 PM, Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK)
<amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net> wrote:
> Peter,
> The VUCC rules are silent on the maximum number of grid locators
> that can be given with a single contact. Reading over the latest
> copy of the VUCC rules I could find, in a November 2014 PDF at:
> http://www.arrl.org/files/file/DXCC/VHF%20UHF%20Rules20141pdf.pdf
> section 4(e) refers to stations that claim to operate from more than
> one grid locator simultaneously. There are two examples cited,
> the boundary between two grid locators or a four-grid intersection,
> but the VUCC rules do not state these are the only examples of
> operating from more than one grid locator simultaneously.
> VUCC rule 4(f) explains how to document operating from more than
> one location, again giving examples of the two most-common ways
> this would happen (two or four grids). The GPS would need to have
> a display with 90 degrees North or South to establish a location
> at either pole. Otherwise, the operator would have to provide
> ARRL with other documentation that is sufficient to show the
> station was at the North or South Pole. Documentation other than
> GPS might require a change in the VUCC rules, in that case.
> Logbook of the World, on the other hand, would be trickier. LOTW
> is configured to accept up to 4 grid locators for an individual
> station location. An operator could attempt to define a series of
> station locations, covering 4 grids at a time, that will cover all
> of the grids at either pole. Multiple QSOs are currently required
> in LOTW for those operating at a US county or state boundary,
> a Canadian provincial boundary, or any international boundary.
> LOTW only allows for 1 DXCC entity, one US county and state, or one
> Canadian province per station location. I know this from my 2010
> operation at the Peace Arch on the Canada/USA border between
> Seattle and Vancouver, operating from a few US state lines, and
> a few county lines over the past few years.
> Then again, using a QSL card that lists all of the grids covered at
> the North or South Pole may be easier than trying to make all of
> the station locations and QSOs to satisfy LOTW. Add in some
> photos of a GPS receiver on the QSL card, to help anyone who sees
> the QSL card know where the station was located. :-)
> 73!
> Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK
> http://www.wd9ewk.net/
> Twitter: @WD9EWK
> On Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 5:48 PM, Peter Laws <plaws0 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> As fun as that would be, VUCC rules only allow for contacts from
>> within a single grid, from the line between two grids, or from the
>> corner of 4 grids.
>> You could always petition the ARRL to change the rules, though.
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