Grid Square Award
Requires contacts using the “Maidenhead” Locator grid square system.
Grid square locators are designated by combination of 2 letters (AA-RR)(a field), the squares by 2 numbers (00-99),and 2 sub-squares letters (aa-xx).). i.e. QF56od is the location Sydney, Australia.
Therefore the Grid Square for Sydney is QF56.
Grid Square Award
The GRID SQUARE award is available as recognition of the appropriate number of confirmed contacts with Amateur Radio stations in Grid Squares. It's purpose is to stimulate interest in the IARU grid-square system.
• General rules apply
• Requires contacts using the (IARU) three regions “Maidenhead” Locator grid square system. Note that the Maidenhead Locator system uses the WGS84 datum.
• Grid square fields are designated by combination of 2 letters (AA-RR), the squares by 2 numbers (00-99). i.e. QF56 is the location Sydney, Australia.
• The applicant must also quote the location or field where the contact was made from.
• Only contacts made on and after the 1st January 1990 qualify for this award and must be land based.
• Minimum requirements are:
o 100 contacts on any combination of HF bands: 1.8, 3.5, 3.8, 7, 10, 14, 18, 21, 24, 28 MHz. (100 different locators), or
o 50 contacts for VHF 50-54 MHz. (50 different locators),, or
o 30 contacts for VHF 144-148 MHz. (30 different locators) , or
o 25 contacts for UHF 420-450 MHz. (25 different locators) , or
o 10 contacts for UHF 1240-1300 MHz. (10 different locators) , or
o 5 contacts for 13cm and above 2300-2450 MHz, SHF– EHF 248-250 GHz. (5 different locators)
General Information for All Awards
1. All applications must be made using the online award system. The Awards Committee can provide support to migrate from existing Excel forms.
3. Contacts for the awards must all be made from within the boundaries of a single DXCC entity, excepting VHF awards, which have different boundaries.
4. All QSO's must have been made since 1 January 1946, unless stated otherwise.
5. Applicants are required to prove confirmation for all QSO's claimed. Paper, eQSL and Logbook of the World (LOTW) are our current acceptable confirmation standards.
a. DXCC entity numbers must be verified by yourself before award submission using the "Verify DXCC" function.
b. LOTW confirmations must be verified by yourself before award submission using the "Verify LOTW" function.
c. eQSL confirmations must be verified by yourself before award submission using the "Verify eQSL" function. Only confirmations from "Authenticity Guaranteed" members of eQSL will be accepted.
d. Physical QSL Cards must be verified by two licensed amateurs using the "Verify Paper QSL" function. If requested by the WIA, the QSL cards must be forwarded to the Awards Committee for checking. Do not send QSL cards with application.
6. A valid QSO, for HF award purposes:
a. must be made from and to, land-based, or permanently moored vessels [proof required], using direct terrestrial propagation via the same mode and band without assistance of the internet or anyone for each claimed contact.
b. QSO's made on 'nets' are acceptable as long as the basic QSO information [callsign & signal report] is exchanged and confirmed unassisted.
c. Contacts made via any other means are not acceptable, such as cross-band, via a repeater, airborne, IRLP, or any other means that is deemed to be unacceptable by the Awards Committee.
7. Prearranged contacts [skeds] or via 'nets' are acceptable as long as the other criteria are met.
8. All information supplied in an application for an award must be accurate and truthful.
9. Contacts must be entered on the form as instructed on each award application.
10. QSO's may be made using multiple callsigns providing each call used was issued to the applicant at the time of the claimed QSO(s) and all contacts were made from the same DXCC entity. Scanned copy of multiple licenses may be requested to prove the license(s) was/were issued to you at the time of the claimed QSO(s).
11. All QSO's claimed must be on bands/sub-bands/modes/power-levels permitted by the licensing authority for that class of license at the time of the contact.
12. All individual contacts must have been made using the same mode & band in both directions.
13. Awards are available in the following modes: OPEN, CW, PHONE and DIGITAL.
14. Mode definitions:
a. OPEN: any mix of modes may be used
b. CW: commonly known as "Morse code" defined as interrupted continuous wave; MCW [modulated CW..."Morse code" transmitted as a single-interrupted- audible-tone on a steady carrier frequency]
c. PHONE: SSB, ISB, DSB, AM, FM, NBFM, PM and other forms of voice transmission/reception.
d. Digital: using any/all digital modes, in any combination (except CW). Digital modes include RTTY, PSK-31, JT65, etc. and any modes that are only machine-readable, and any that use computer sound card technology, with the exception of digital voice, which counts for Phone.
15. Club and Society Stations may also apply for awards. Certificates will be awarded to the Club. An officer of the club or society must sign the application, indicating their position
16. QRP endorsement is available for all awards. QSL cards must clearly indicate that the applicant's power was 5-watts or less output. Description of QRP transmitter and method used to measure output power must be provided
17. If one or more QSL is requested as part of the processing procedure, they may be posted by airmail (with return postage or 1 IRC and return envelope) or scanned and emailed as attachments in ".JPG" format and of a high enough DPI to be clearly viewed
18. Applications that are considered unacceptable by the Awards Committee will be rejected and the applicant notified of the reason for rejection. The rejected application can be resubmitted once the reasons for rejection have been corrected. An application rejected three (3) times will not be further considered
19. If the callsign of applicant has changed, they may apply to have the change shown on the standings instead of the old callsign, as long as it relates to the same country as the original application.
20. We follow the ARRL Rules and Definitions for DXCC approved & deleted entities and operations.
21. Decisions of the Awards Committee are final and not subject to dispute.
22. Specific award rule variations may apply and are stated on that award page.
How To Apply For The Award
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