[amsat-bb] Re: How many Grids
zack.kd8ksn at hotmail.com
Sun Apr 3 04:34:39 PDT 2011
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.
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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