Welcome to ARRL's 2018 International Grid Chase Event!
In the spirit of the Fred Fish Memorial Award, VUCC, DXCC, WAS and WAC, we bring you a world-wide event in which all Radio Amateurs can participate where the goal is to contact (each Month during 2018) as many maidenhead 4-digit grid squares as possible on all amateur bands.
Building on our successful 2016 National Parks On The Air (NPOTA) event (providing a year-long focus of fun activating or contacting US National Parks), and considering ARRL’s existing grid-square based award events (including our Fred Fish and VUCC Award programs where the objective is to contact stations in as many 4-digit maidenhead grid squares as possible), we introduce for 2018 the ARRL International Grid Chase to bring international grid-chasing on all amateur bands (HF, and VHF and above) to an all new level.
In a fashion similar to NPOTA, using Logbook of the World (LoTW – see http://www.arrl.org/logbook-of-the-world) as the QSOs data source, the 2018 ARRL International Grid Chase activities will be scored MONTHLY on the ARRL web site at http://www.arrl.org/igc2018 Each month we will start fresh, recognizing participation through various tables and data selection options on the web page. Monthly pages will be added to track each calendar month’s activities. Once the year is completed, an annual summary will be released.
The cutoff for uploading logs to LoTW is 2359 UTC on the 10th of the next month. For example, January logs are cutoff as of February 10th.
A variety of resources offer grid-square maps and mapping tools.
- To learn more about Maidenhead grid-squares see www.arrl.org/grid-squares
- ARRL offers its World Grid Atlas from the ARRL Store http://www.arrl.org/shop/The-ARRL-World-Grid-Locator-Atlas
- You can map your location using this handy Google Maps tool from F6FVY – see http://qthlocator.free.fr/index.php
- Call sign lookups in QRZ (see http://www.qrz.com) often includes the station’s grid square in their station detail tab.