[amsat-bb] Re: How many Grids

Zachary Beougher zack.kd8ksn at hotmail.com
Sun Apr 3 04:34:39 PDT 2011

Hi Kevin,

Here are the VUCC rules for operating from a boundary:


4. (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.

Maidenhead grids measure 1 degree latitude x 2 degrees longitude, so it is 
possible to fine the intersection/boundary using a standard GOS receiver.



-----Original Message----- 
From: Kevin Deane
Sent: Sunday, April 03, 2011 4:30 AM
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] How many Grids

Can you be in at once? I mean we are pretty small on the scale of things, so 
how can you give out more than one grid square at a time?? I mean really, I 
hear it all the time. What do you do, put your antenna on one grid square, 
run some coax over and set your radio up on the other grid? Ok boys, hear is 
DM09 and DM08!!! Her - ert duh, how about I drive to where the four corners 
of four grids meet, stand right in the middle of that and give out all four 
of them at once?

Is this how it is done. Just does not seem right to me, seems like cheating. 
Seriously...Is there not some kind of rules or something?

I think I will leave it at that before I get too offensive.

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