The maidenhead grid square is presented from GPS lat/lon in the program
CQ/X (GPS-Enabled Software for Mobile Contesting) available from the
NO5W website <http://www.no5w.com>.
Russell Hill wrote:
> Many handheld GPS units have a selectable Map Datum choice, and one of the
> choices is sometimes the Maidenhead system.
> The user can select the Maidenhead, read the maidenhead grid designation at
> his QTH, then return to, normally, the WGS 84 datum.
> Rusty, NA5TR
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> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Improving the Fabulous CQ 160 Contest
>> I'm also don't want to say YES or No on this issue, but there are often
>> rise the question how the regular people will get the Grid locator number.
>> Here is the list which I got from Wikopedia. May be it will help to see
>> the real opportunity:
>> * ARRLWeb: Grid Locators and Grid Squares
>> * ARRLWeb: Calculate Grid Square http://www.arrl.org/locate/grid.html
>> * Find your QTH locator with GoogleMaps
>> * Find QTH locator or grid square with GoogleMaps
>> and approximate distance between two squares
>> * Generate a KML file from a Maidenhead coordinate
>> * Perl module for converting between geographic coordinates and
>> Maidenhead locator and calculating distance and bearing
>> * Hamlib, a portable library for converting between geographic
>> and Maidenhead locator and calculating distance and bearing
>> * C# class for converting between geographic coordinates and Maidenhead
>> locator and calculating distance and bearing
>> * A small Java application to display the current Grid Locator for
>> phones with GPS capability such as the Nokia N95
>> >From my self will add that MixW program automatically calculate the Grid
>> number for users.
>> DX Atlas also will show exactly what is this number.
>>> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Improving the Fabulous CQ 160 Contest
>>> I'm not advocating a change to any contest (except maybe
>>> dropping 5NN, but that's been talked to death already). I
>>> like both of the SP events as well as CQ 160, just the way they are.
>>> I can understand the argument for standardization, but prefer
>>> the variety provided by all of the 160 (and other) events.
>>> If participation was significantly dropping off, then maybe
>>> someone would need to tinker. I don't think any of these
>>> contests have that problem. IMHO, leave them alone.
>>> Too, you can get your Grid Square using your Canadian Postal
>>> Code. I have to think there is some similarly simple method
>>> of finding this in the rest of the world too.
>>> I'm all for working casual QSOs in contests as well, even if
>>> it means taking time out to explain things. My thought is
>>> that I want that person to go away with a QSO AND a positive
>>> perspective on contesting.
>>> The NAQP events are perfect for the exchange you mention ;o)
>>> Julius Fazekas
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