GridLoc Rules

Robert Barron barron at
Tue Apr 4 12:22:41 EDT 1995

Here is what will probably be the final posting of the official
rules of this weekend's HF Grid Location Contest (GridLoc).  The
last time I mentioned GridLoc in a posting I got several requests
for the rules so here they are again.


International HF Grid Location Contest (GridLoc)

I. Announcing
    First annual International HF Grid Location (GridLoc) 

II. Objective
    For Amateurs around the world to contact other 
Amateurs in as many Maidenhead grid squares as possible 
during the contest period.

III. Contest Period
    1200 UTC April 8 to 1200 UTC April 9, 1995 (Second 
full weekend of April).  All entrants may operate a total of 
18 of the contest's 24 hours.  Off periods must be no less 
than 30 minutes.

IV. Operator Classes
    There is only one power class (less than 150 watts).
    1. Single Operator, phone only, CW only and mixed 
mode.  One person performs all operating and logging 
functions.  Use of spotting nets, DX Alert Packet Systems, 
telephone, etc., is not permitted.
    2. Multi-Operator, Two Transmitter.  Mixed mode.  
Only 1 signal per band permitted.  Once a transmitter has 
made a contact on a given band it may not change to 
another band for at least 10 minutes.  All transmitters and 
receivers must be located within a 500 meter diameter 
circle or within the property limits of the station licensee's 
address, whichever is lesser.  The antennas must be 
physically connected by wires to the transmitter.
    3. Rover.  Mixed mode.  One or two operators of a single 
station moving between two or more grid squares during 
the contest, and making contest contacts, using the same 
equipment and antennas at each
site.  A rover station should sign "rover" after their callsign 
for voice and "/R" for CW.

V. Modes
    Contacts may be made using CW or SSB.

VI. Bands
    All HF bands (160-10 M) excluding the WARC bands 
(30, 17, 12 M).

VII. Valid Contacts
    A given station may be contacted only once per band 
from a given grid square.  Rover stations may be worked 
once per band in each grid square they visit.

VIII. Exchange
    All stations must transmit a proper Maidenhead grid 
square (i.e. EM10) and an operator name.  If the 
Maidenhead grid square is unknown stations may be 
counted for QSO credit only.

IX. QSO Points
    Count 1 QSO point for each valid contact made during 
the contest.

X. Multiplier Points
    Count 1 multiplier point for each Maidenhead grid 
square worked per band.  Stations not supplying valid 
Maidenhead grid squares do not count for multiplier credit.

XI. Final Score
    Total QSO points times the total multipliers equals the 
total claimed score for all entrants except rovers.  Rover 
stations must add the total number of QSO points from 
each grid,  add the total multipliers from each grid and 
multiply these to produce the final score.

XII. Score Submission
    Log submissions should be sent within 30 days of the 
end of the contest to:
Internet: geoiii at   Mail: GridLoc
                                 P.O. Box 180703
                                 Austin, TX 78718-0703
GridLoc is an Open Log contest and all log submissions 
become the property of the GridLoc organizers.

XIII. Awards
    To be decided.

Q.  Why use Grid Squares as multipliers?
A. More common than countries and zones,  Grid Squares 
provide a large number of multipliers which can be worked 
on each band.  This makes the flavor of this contest 
different from any other since WPX multipliers can not be 
worked on each band.

Q.  How do I determine my Grid Square?
There are a number of ways to determine this.  Ask other 
amateurs in your area (especially VHF operators) what the 
grid square is.  If no is knows either consult the ARRL grid 
square map (which will be useful only if your community 
is clearly within a grid's boundary) or type in the BASIC 
computer program available from the ARRL Operating 
manual.  It will determine your grid square based on 
longitude and latitude.

Q.  Why is the contest 24 hours long?
A.  To give everyone around the world equal opportunity to 
operate at peak propagation hours.

Q.  Why does it start at 1200UTC (7AM CST)?
A.  This start time gives everyone around the world ample 
time to get home from work on Friday and prepare for the 
contest the next day.  The contest ends before Monday all 
over the world.

Q.  Why limit stations to 150 watts of power?
A.  One hundred fifty watts is more than enough to work 
stations around the world.  Higher power would raise QRM 
levels on the bands and result in complicating the GridLoc 
rules with the additional categories.

Q.  What are the suggested frequencies?
A.  There are no suggested frequencies.  However it is 
expected that most activity will be centered around the 
lower edge of the general sub-bands and the Novice/Tech 
portions of the 10 meter phone band.

Q.  Are there any DX awards for HF Grid contacts?
A.  Yes.  The Japanese Amateur Radio League offers the 
Worked All Grid award to Amateurs who work stations in 
100 or more Grids.  Endorsements are available for 
multiples of 100 additional grids.  For more information 
write to:
       The Japan Amateur Radio League, Inc.
       Award Desk
       14-2, Sugamo 1-Chome, Toshima-ku,
       Tokyo 170, Japan

Q.  Why are packet spotting systems not allowed?
A.  Packet is not allowed for single operators only.  An 
entry using a packet spotting network would be part of the 
multi-two category with "net" as one of the operators.

Q.  What is an "Open Log Contest"?
A.  An Open Log Contest is a contest in which operating 
logs submitted for entry to the contest organizers are made 
available to the public.  It is the intention of the GridLoc 
organizers to make all of the submitted logs available 
electronically.  This allows everyone to study the 
techniques of the top operators and to analyze logs using 
common software tools.

Q.  Do any logging programs support GridLoc?
A.  N6TR's logging program TRLog supports the GridLoc 
contest starting with version 5.19.  W5XD's logging 
software WriteLog (for Windows) now includes a GridLoc 
multiplier module.

Q.  Will there be any awards?
A.  Yes.  The organizers will produce awards based on the 
amount of activity for the contest.  At this time it is certain 
that continental winners in each operating category will 
receive certificates as will the top ten scorers in each 
division worldwide.  Certificates for the top college clubs 
are also planned.

Q.  Where will the results be published?
A.  There are several possibilities being investigated.  The 
organizers hope to have the results published so as to reach 
the most Amateurs as possible.


I hope to hear many of you on the air.  I may be operating as


Robert Barron, KA5WSS                 barron at
Liant Software Corporation            Hook 'Em Horns!
Don't forget to operate the GridLoc contest (April 8-9, 1995)

>From Jim Reisert AD1C  04-Apr-1995 1255 <reisert at>  Tue Apr  4 17:57:46 1995
From: Jim Reisert AD1C  04-Apr-1995 1255 <reisert at> (Jim Reisert AD1C 04-Apr-1995 1255)
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 95 12:57:46 EDT
Subject: ANARTS WW RTTY Contest Rules
Message-ID: <9504041657.AA23815 at>

From: myzer at (Myzer)
Subject: ANARTS WW RTTY Contest Rules
Date: 3 Apr 1995 00:39:11 GMT
Organization: APANA - Australian Public Access Network Association
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For information of all potential contestants and the Editors
of  all  appropriate  publications.    These  rules  may  be
published at the discretion of all readers.

         A.N.A.R.T.S.              To be held on the week-end of
                                   10th-11th JUNE. 1995.
                                   Australian National Amateur 
                                   Radio Teleprinter Society.
           RULES                   P.O. Box 860, CROWS NEST, NSW 2065.

   These Rules are distributed to cover the 1995 ANARTS WW RTTY CONTEST.

   TEST PERIOD: Contest takes place on the second full week-end of June in
   each year.  Contests start 0000 UTC Saturday and end 0000 UTC Monday.
   The 1995 contest is to be held 10-11th June.

   Not more than 30 hours of operating is permitted for Single Op. Stations
   Non operating periods can be taken at any time during the contest.

   Multi Op. Stations may operate the entire contest period.

   Summary of operating times must be submitted with each contest log.

   BANDS:  Use Amateur bands 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres.

   MODES:  All digital modes permitted (RTTY,AMTOR,FEC,PKT,PACTOR)
           NOTE:  No satellite operation permitted.


                      (B) MULTI-OPERATOR  (One transmitter)

                      (C) SWLs

   MESSAGES: To consist of RST, TIME (UTC), and (CQ) ZONE.

   SCORING:  For each band used - As per Exchange Points Table to obtain
             QSO Points. (This Table was revised 1994 and is so marked).
             Count Countries worked (see definition)

               Total all bands used to obtain (1) Total QSO Points.
                 "    "    "     "   "    "   (2) Total Countries.

             World stations calculate "VK BONUS"  which is 100 points for
             each VK worked on 14MHz; 200 points for each VK worked on
             21MHz; 300 points for each VK worked on 28Mhz; 400 points for
             each VK worked on 7MHz and 500 points for each VK worked on

             CLAIMED SCORE for WORLD STATIONS  is calculated by
             multiplying (1) TOTAL QSO POINTS by (2) TOTAL COUNTRIES then
             THAT TOTAL by (3) the NUMBER OF CONTINENTS WORKED during the
             contest.(Note that each continent counts once only to a
             maximum of 6). To the total obtained ADD the "VK BONUS" to
             show GRAND TOTAL CLAIMED SCORE.

             Example for World Station: 720 points from zone chart (1) X
             29 countries (2) = 20,890 X 5 continents (3) = 104,400 pts
             plus(+) 6 VK stations worked on 14MHz (that is 600 points)
             giving a grand total of 105,000 points.

             CLAIMED SCORE for AUSTRALIAN STATIONS (VK1-VK8) is calculated
             by multipying (1) TOTAL QSO POINTS by (2) TOTAL COUNTRIES and
             then that total by (3) the NUMBER OF CONTINENTS WORKED during
             the contest with a maximum of six as stated above.  This
             calculation gives the GRAND TOTAL CLAIMED SCORE.

             In all cases, a station may only be worked once per band, but
             may be worked on other bands for QSO points and multipliers.

  COUNTRIES: The country count  is as per  ARRL DXCC  list of  countries,
             except that Australia (Areas 1-8), Canada, Japan, and U.S.A.
             mainland DO NOT count as separate countries.   HOWEVER, each
             call area VK1-VK8, and each call area in Canada, Japan and
             mainland U.S.A. DO COUNT AS SEPARATE COUNTRIES.
             Contact with ones own country does count for QSO points but
             does NOT COUNT AS A MULTIPLIER. (NOTE that call areas VK1-8,
             and in Canada, Japan and USA mainland count as countries).

   LOGS:      Logs must show in this order:
                    1. DATE
                    2. TIME (UTC)
                    5. POINTS CLAIMED.

   SUMMARY REPORT: Summary sheet must show:  Callsign of station, name
             and address of operator, bands used (a separate log is
             required for each band), the points claimed for each band,
             the number of countries worked on each band, the number of
             continents worked; and details of VK BONUS calculations for
             world stations.  A summary of the calculations made to
             obtain the GRAND TOTAL CLAIMED SCORE as per the "Scoring"
             section will assist checking.  The general certification 
             regarding compliance with rules and signature of operator is
             also required.

             Multi-op logs must contain signatures and callsigns of each

   AWARDS:  Plaques will be awarded for first place in each Classification.
   Certificates  will be given to 1st, 2nd, 3rd places in World and also on
   a country basis (see above).   The judges decisions will be final and no
   correspondence will be entered into.  Logs become the property of ANARTS

   CLOSING DATE: Logs must be received by the Contest Manager, A.N.A.R.T.S
   P.O. Box 93,  TOONGABBIE,  NSW 2146,  AUSTRALIA,  by 1st September of
   the year of the contest.
Note that corrected Exchange Points Tables can be obtained from the Contest
Manager (SASE or similar appreciated) and that the Guide to RTTY Contests
published by N6GG and used by many of the Stateside magazines contains
correct versions of the Table.  If in doubt, we can do the scoring for you
but it makes for a lot of work.

Please allow plenty of time for your log to reach the Contest Manager,
last year we had logs, mainly from eastern Europe but also one from South
America which took nearly six months to make the journey, by which time the
results  had been  determined and published.

                  73 es Good Luck to All.     ANARTS...

The Society will be very appreciative of any circulation of the above
Rules carried out by recipients of this message.  Amateurs in any areas
could canvass their local organisations to ensure good coverage.

myzer at (-=Myzer=-) (aka. Daniel Godden, sometimes)

I am the terror that flaps in the night |   I am too groovy to be cool!
                         -Darkwing Duck |=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

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