Microwavers in the USA use them quite a bit. I think people who operate
below 903 MHz probably don't need them that much, but they are important
for antenna aiming on the higher bands. The 6-character grid is the
exchange in the 10 GHz contest and a few others.
73, Zack W9SZ
EN50vc when at home
On Mon, 23 Oct 2006, Gerard Lynch wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Eric Scace K3NA" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > This would also be an opportunity to move to a more meaningful
> > exchange; e.g., grid square + serial number.
> Using 6 character grids you could move to a point per kilometre scoring
> system as is the case in VHF contests in Europe. That's a tough enough
> exchange to begin with, but you could add a serial number for added fun,
> although rates will crater (a la IOTA).
> The practical, contest rules, problem is that I don't think 6 figure grids
> are that much used outside Europe, and I'm not sure most people even know
> The reality check problem is that it doesn't eliminate the issue of some
> geographical locations being more advantageous than others. There are more
> contesters in Europe and Eastern North America than anywhere else. Being
> far away, yet with long periods of reliable propagation, to these regions
> will be the winning combination. ZD8Z will probably be unbeatable in a
> contest like that, although LT1F would be a force to be reckoned with as
> well. Either way, in a HF contest where points are related to distance, the
> South Atlantic replaces Zones 9 and 33 as the hotspot.
> There ain't no such thing as a geographically fair contest.
> Gerry G0RTN
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