[VHFcontesting] Preventing grid circling.
Erich Oetting KI0SK
ki0sk at arrl.net
Thu Feb 26 18:36:24 EST 2004
On Feb 26, 2004, at 9:58 AM, Dan Evans wrote:
> I wouldn't want to place a limit on the time a Rover has to wait before
> leaving a grid. That would be to restrictive on normal Roving.
> For example, if you place a 15 minute rule before activating the next
> when I get to a 4 grid corner it's going to take a full hour for me to
> that corner. That's too restrictive on 'run and gun' type Rovers.
> However, a key to grid circling is for each Rover to BACKTRACK through
> of the grids to make sure that each of the Rovers has worked the
> others in
> and FROM every grid. This means that each Rover has to make multiple
> through the grids.
> So, if instead of a minimum time in grid rule, we go with a minimum
> before RE-ENTERING a grid, we have stopped circling without being
> restrictive to normal Rovers. For example, placing a 1 hour time limit
> before you can re-enter a grid would allow a 'run and gun' Rover to
> work a
> grid corner without slowing him down. However, a pack of circling
> would only get the 4 mults and 4 QSO's per band, instead of the
> current 16.
> Unless they want to take the 4 hours it would take to go back through
> grid. Which would efficiently slow them down as well.
> I know there are a lot of Rovers that would object to this because it
> still restrictive of normal Rovers. For example, when I travel up I465
> through Indianapolis I pass from EM69 into EM79 and back again within
> a few
> miles as the road curves across the grid boundary. I usually try to
> pick up
> some contacts on 2m FM while going through the different grids. The
> re-entry rule would prevent me from working some of them. So this is
> not a
> perfect solution, but it seems to be the LEAST restrictive. And I'm
> if we want to come up with a hard and fast rule to prevent grid
> then we are likely to have endure some restrictions. If someone would
> come up with better solution, I would certainly like to see it. Or do
> need a solution? Rovers?
I could deal with a 15 minute rule on revisiting a grid. It would slow
down grid circling without forcing big changes in my operation.
Requiring an hour between grid re-activations would make it tough for
me to give away some really tough grids.
Here is one example. Last summer I activated DN61, first from Snowy
Pass and later from an area west of Baggs, Wyoming known as the Poison
Buttes. I then dropped south into DN60 and headed west. Just before I
left DN60, six meters opened up to Southern California. I worked
everyone I could, then crossed the grid boundary into DN51 and worked
them again. Several miles west of the grid boundary, I found a dirt
road into DN51 that petered out on top of a ridge. While there the
band opening shifted and I started to hear a lot of new stations. It
would have been a shame to have to go QRT on my way back home via DN50
> P.S. I think it's time to drop the 146.52 rule...
On my roving expeditions, about half of my activated grids I never get
to work. The few hams that live in those grids tend to monitor 146.52
and the local repeater. But I understand the reasons for prohibiting
contact fishing on those frequencies.
Any ideas on how to get small town hams to keep an ear out for us
73 de KI0SK (Erich)
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