[CQ-Contest] Grid square is a dumb exchange

David Kozinn, K2DBK dkozinn at gmail.com
Sun Jun 12 13:15:28 PDT 2011

My 2 cents: I *do* keep a grid square map handy, seems like a pretty simple

After a while, you get to know roughly where the grids are even without
looking, and sometimes when folks really want to know they'll either ask for
my 6-digit grid (not required for the contest) or just ask for a more
specific location. (Of course, that doesn't happen much if there's a real
pileup going on).The 6-digit is specific enough so that if you're going to
be working folks on the higher bands with beams with sharper beamwidth they
can aim properly.

Knowing that N2IC is in DM52 is a lot more specific than just knowing he's
in New Mexico, so a section name wouldn't help a whole lot. Even for me,
FN21 is a better locator than Northern NJ (my section).

     David, K2DBK
     twitter: @k2dbk

On Sun, Jun 12, 2011 at 2:13 PM, Barry <w2up at comcast.net> wrote:

> My first time on 6m this weekend, just playing around in the contest.
> On a band with such spotty propagation, it would be nice to know the QTH
> of the stations being worked.  Short of keeping a grid sq. map handy,
> there's no way to know where each grid is.  How about state or section
> in the exchange, too?
> Barry W2UP
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