One of my main interests for many years now is Amateur Radio or "Ham Radio". I'm interested in portable operations and emergency communications and enjoy helping people new to the hobby. Professionally I've always been involved in electronics and software development so my hobby and professional interests frequently cross paths. There's nothing better than having someone pay you to do what you love!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
What's In A Grid Square?
A lot of times you'll hear references to "grid squares" or more specifically "Maidenhead Grid Squares". You see 'em on QRZ.com, read about them in contest reports, and see where some contests especially for ATV, VHF, or UHF use them instead of States or Counties.
Here are a few links that will lead you to more than you ever wanted to know:
One of the more interesting sites I recently saw mentioned on the LinuxHam mailing list is the Ham Radio Maidenhead Grid Square Locator Map. You can put in a call sign, grid quare, or a street address and it will use Google Maps and QRZ.com data to give you all sorts of location information. Here's a sample of what you get when you enter the call sign W1AW, the station at ARRL headquarters:
Whether you're into VHF/UHF contesting or are just curious where your local hams are at these resources provide some interesting information in an easy to use format.