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The ARRL has created a new contest that will build on the wide success garnered by last year's National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) contest that created an opportunity to enjoy ham radio without much of the "concentrated operating" that many contests focus on, such as Field Day or any number of limited time or frequency or mode specific operating requirements.
Not every ham today likes contesting and not every ham likes to visit our national parks or even go outside.
This contest is different. It focuses on contacting as many hams as possible during the entire year on any band and uses the Maidenhead Grid system as a way to measure your success.
The Maidenhead Grid system is widely known among those interested in VHF/UHF contesting, satellite operations or those involved in search and rescue or public service support.
The United States is divided into over 500 grids and over 32,400 globally!
Here is what our local area looks like:
If you are interested in learning more about this unique contest and its rules, more can be found on the ARRL website here:
More locally, we have some interesting spots where you can "technically operate from 4 grids in the same day. Click below to see them.
Southern Hudson Valley Area
Northern Hudson Valley Area