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2018: ARRL International Grid Chase

edited February 2021 in "ON THE AIR" Activity

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

Announcing: The ARRL International Grid Chase!
  1. Interested in participating in this contest?1 vote
    1. Yes
    2. No
  2. How many grids do you think you could work on your favorite band?1 vote
    1. 10
    2. 20
    3. 50
    4. 100
    5. 200
    6. More
  3. What band do you think you will get the most success on?1 vote
    1. 80m
    2. 60m
    3. 40m
    4. 20m
    5. 10m
    6. 6m
    7. 2m
    8. Some other band
    9. Using 2m & 70cm via satellite


  • Given that the WA2MJM-R Echolink node now monitors all the FM calling frequencies, think how this tool could be used for the upcoming Gridchaser contest. Get those frequencies in your radios now!

    I want to make as many contacts in 2018 on the 220 MHz (1.25m), 18 MHz (17m) and maybe some of those new LF and VLF bands we just got. The WA2MJM-R node will help me a little on the 220 band only though.

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