This was to sponsor a series of PSK awards for contacts with amateur radio stations from various Maidenhead Grid Squares located in Scotland, or partly covered its territory. The system used is the Maidenhead Locator System. Credit will be given for contacts made on any of the amateur bands below 30 MHz. Each grid square counts only once.
If you consult Wikipedia and we recommend you do for a full explanation , you'll find the Maidenhead Locator System is described as a geographic co-ordinate system used by hams. It compresses latitude and longitude into a short string of characters, pairs of letters and numbers, which describe with increasing resolution, a location in a series of rectangular grids overlaying the world map. Essentially, the world map is divided and sub-divided into sets of grid squares within grid squares, and each one is identified by pairs of alternating letters and numbers. And it reaches into parts of Ontario and Manitoba, Canada.
A great number of us even know what our "Maidenhead" grid square is. But how many of us really know what it means? This is a question that I am asked by hams and non hams alike. When hams new to Amateur Radio see a Maidenhead map, their first question is usually about all the grid squares, letters and numbers.
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