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Ecuador Libya Peru
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Customers: please refrain from mailing items addressed to the countries listed here, until further notice.

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German team Z66DX will be on from Pristina, the capital, October 15-28, 160-10 including the WARC-79 bands, CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. On the operator list are DJ9KH, DL2AMD, DL2AWG, DL3APO, DL9GFB and DM2AUJ. There is that popular ICOM rig again; they will have three IC-7300s, plus RF amps, 800 watts, to verticals for 160 and 80, plus loops and verticals on “spider poles” for other bands. They have some target frequencies, which are:

CW on 1822.5, 3526, 7026, 10102, 18086, 21026, 24906 and 28026.

SSB on 3805, 7095, 14210, 18120, 21275, 24955 and 28465.

RTTY on 7044, 10145, 14095 and 18105.

FT8 on 1836, 3569, 7056, 10131, 14091, 18095, 21091, 24911 and 28091.

QSL through Club Log OQRS for direct or bureau. This is what they prefer. A backup option is via DL2AWG bureau or direct, with SAE and 3 USD or 3 EUR.

The LoTW upload will be six months later. “No eQSL!” they say. As is standard, if their cost of return postage is not covered, your card will go to you through the bureau. http://www.z66dx.de/?Welcome

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DXCC Most wanted countries 2020 Club Log version. Updated 25 June 2020 Thanks Michael @g7vjr #clublog #dx #dxcc

Club Log

1. P5 DPRK (NORTH KOREA)
2. 3Y/B BOUVET ISLAND
3. FT5/W CROZET ISLAND
4. BS7H SCARBOROUGH REEF
5. CE0X SAN FELIX ISLANDS
6. BV9P PRATAS ISLAND
7. KH7K KURE ISLAND
8. KH3 JOHNSTON ISLAND
9. 3Y/P PETER 1 ISLAND
10. FT5/X KERGUELEN ISLAND
11. FT/G GLORIOSO ISLAND
12. VK0M MACQUARIE ISLAND
13. YV0 AVES ISLAND
14. KH4 MIDWAY ISLAND
15. ZS8 PRINCE EDWARD & MARION ISLANDS
16. PY0S SAINT PETER AND PAUL ROCKS
17. PY0T TRINDADE & MARTIM VAZ ISLANDS
18. KP5 DESECHEO ISLAND
19. SV/A MOUNT ATHOS
20. VP8S SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS
21. KH5 PALMYRA & JARVIS ISLANDS
22. JD/M MINAMI TORISHIMA
23. EZ TURKMENISTAN
24. ZL9 NEW ZEALAND SUBANTARCTIC ISLANDS
25. YK SYRIA
26. FK/C CHESTERFIELD IS.
27. VK0H HEARD ISLAND
28. ZL8 KERMADEC ISLAND
29. FT/T TROMELIN ISLAND
30. KH1 BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS
31. KH8/S SWAINS ISLAND
32. XF4 REVILLAGIGEDO
33. VP8G SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND
34. KH9 WAKE ISLAND
35. T33 BANABA ISLAND
36. VK9M MELLISH REEF
37. 4U1UN UNITED NATIONS HQ
38. T31 CENTRAL KIRIBATI
39. TI9 COCOS ISLAND
40. VK9W WILLIS ISLAND
41. 3D2/C CONWAY REEF
42. FT/J JUAN DE NOVA, EUROPA
43. FO/C CLIPPERTON ISLAND
44. VP8O SOUTH ORKNEY ISLANDS
45. HK0/M MALPELO ISLAND
46. KP1 NAVASSA ISLAND
47. 7O YEMEN
48. ZD9 TRISTAN DA CUNHA & GOUGH ISLANDS
49. H40 TEMOTU PROVINCE
50. FT5Z AMSTERDAM & ST PAUL ISLANDS
51. VU4 ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS
52. XZ MYANMAR
53. 1S SPRATLY ISLANDS
54. CY0 SABLE ISLAND
55. VU7 LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS
56. ZK3 TOKELAU ISLANDS
57. 3B7 AGALEGA & ST BRANDON ISLANDS
58. 3C0 ANNOBON
59. 3C EQUATORIAL GUINEA
60. T5 SOMALIA
61. E5/N NORTH COOK ISLANDS
62. 3D2/R ROTUMA
63. VP6/D DUCIE ISLAND
64. FO/A AUSTRAL ISLANDS
65. C21 NAURU
66. FO/M MARQUESAS ISLANDS
67. R1F FRANZ JOSEF LAND
68. 4W TIMOR-LESTE
69. JX JAN MAYEN
70. 9U BURUNDI
71. VK9C COCOS (KEELING) ISLAND
72. T30 WESTERN KIRIBATI
73. T2 TUVALU
74. FW WALLIS & FUTUNA ISLANDS
75. KH8 AMERICAN SAMOA
76. ZL7 CHATHAM ISLAND
77. S2 BANGLADESH
78. CE0Z JUAN FERNANDEZ ISLANDS
79. VK9L LORD HOWE ISLAND
80. Z6 REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO
81. CY9 SAINT PAUL ISLAND
82. TT CHAD
83. 5A LIBYA
84. H4 SOLOMON ISLANDS
85. VP6 PITCAIRN ISLAND
86. VK9X CHRISTMAS ISLAND
87. YJ VANUATU
88. Z8 REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN
89. E3 ERITREA
90. TN REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
91. TL CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
92. 5U NIGER
93. D6 COMOROS
94. E6 NIUE
95. T32 EASTERN KIRIBATI
96. VQ9 CHAGOS ISLANDS
97. V6 MICRONESIA
98. XX9 MACAO
99. 1A0 SOV MILITARY ORDER OF MALTA
100. CE0Y EASTER ISLAND
101. V7 MARSHALL ISLANDS
102. 9N NEPAL
103. A5 BHUTAN
104. A2 BOTSWANA
105. FH MAYOTTE
106. A3 TONGA
107. 3XA GUINEA
108. HV VATICAN CITY
109. 9L SIERRA LEONE
110. VK9N NORFOLK ISLAND
111. 7P LESOTHO
112. TJ CAMEROON
113. JD/O OGASAWARA
114. ET ETHIOPIA
115. FJ SAINT BARTHELEMY
116. J5 GUINEA-BISSAU
117. ST SUDAN
118. XU CAMBODIA
119. VP8H SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS
120. XW LAOS
121. EP IRAN
122. 7Q MALAWI
123. 4U1ITU ITU HQ
124. 8R GUYANA
125. FP SAINT PIERRE & MIQUELON
126. 9Q DEM. REP. OF THE CONGO
127. KG4 GUANTANAMO BAY
128. 3DA KINGDOM OF ESWATINI
129. J2 DJIBOUTI
130. 8Q MALDIVES
131. 5V7 TOGO
132. J8 SAINT VINCENT
133. TY BENIN
134. YI IRAQ
135. 3A MONACO
136. Z2 ZIMBABWE
137. TZ MALI
138. 5X UGANDA
139. HC8 GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
140. C9 MOZAMBIQUE
141. 9X RWANDA
142. T8 PALAU
143. 5W SAMOA
144. EL LIBERIA
145. VP2V BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
146. E4 PALESTINE
147. PJ5 SABA & ST EUSTATIUS
148. PY0F FERNANDO DE NORONHA
149. PJ7 SINT MAARTEN
150. XT BURKINA FASO
151. ZC4 UK BASES ON CYPRUS
152. V8 BRUNEI
153. 3D2 FIJI ISLANDS
154. 9J ZAMBIA
155. HK0S SAN ANDRES ISLAND
156. P2 PAPUA NEW GUINEA
157. HH HAITI
158. S9 SAO TOME & PRINCIPE
159. TU COTE D’IVOIRE
160. D2 ANGOLA
161. 5N NIGERIA
162. AP PAKISTAN
163. S7 SEYCHELLES ISLANDS
164. FO FRENCH POLYNESIA
165. FS SAINT MARTIN
166. ZD8 ASCENSION ISLAND
167. YA AFGHANISTAN
168. YS EL SALVADOR
169. E5/S SOUTH COOK ISLANDS
170. KH0 MARIANA ISLANDS
171. 5H TANZANIA
172. 3B9 RODRIGUEZ ISLAND
173. 5Z KENYA
174. OJ0 MARKET REEF
175. J3 GRENADA
176. VP2M MONTSERRAT
177. 5R MADAGASCAR
178. 3W VIET NAM
179. 9G GHANA
180. S0 WESTERN SAHARA
181. C5 THE GAMBIA
182. 3V TUNISIA
183. CP BOLIVIA
184. VP9 BERMUDA
185. EY TAJIKISTAN
186. 9V SINGAPORE
187. 4S SRI LANKA
188. SU EGYPT
189. TR GABON
190. VP2E ANGUILLA
191. ZD7 SAINT HELENA
192. J7 DOMINICA
193. C6A BAHAMAS
194. YN NICARAGUA
195. 9M6 EAST MALAYSIA
196. HR HONDURAS
197. V2 ANTIGUA & BARBUDA
198. 5T MAURITANIA
199. 3B8 MAURITIUS ISLAND
200. V4 SAINT KITTS & NEVIS
201. VP5 TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS
202. VP8 FALKLAND ISLANDS
203. JY JORDAN
204. FK NEW CALEDONIA
205. ZA ALBANIA
206. 6W SENEGAL
207. ZB2 GIBRALTAR
208. OY FAROE ISLANDS
209. JW SVALBARD
210. KH2 GUAM
211. 6Y JAMAICA
212. J6 SAINT LUCIA
213. CE9 ANTARCTICA
214. FY FRENCH GUIANA
215. FR REUNION ISLAND
216. C31 ANDORRA
217. T7 SAN MARINO
218. A9 BAHRAIN
219. OX GREENLAND
220. EX KYRGYZSTAN
221. TG GUATEMALA
222. V3 BELIZE
223. OA PERU
224. JT MONGOLIA
225. PZ SURINAME
226. ZF CAYMAN ISLANDS
227. V5 NAMIBIA
228. 9M2 WEST MALAYSIA
229. HB0 LIECHTENSTEIN
230. A7 QATAR
231. D4 CAPE VERDE
232. UJ UZBEKISTAN
233. PJ4 BONAIRE
234. BU TAIWAN
235. HP PANAMA
236. VR HONG KONG
237. PJ2 CURACAO
238. EK ARMENIA
239. 4J AZERBAIJAN
240. 9Y TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
241. DU PHILIPPINES
242. 8P BARBADOS
243. ZP PARAGUAY
244. 7X ALGERIA
245. GJ JERSEY
246. GU GUERNSEY
247. FM MARTINIQUE
248. OH0 ALAND ISLANDS
249. FG GUADELOUPE
250. OD LEBANON
251. SV5 DODECANESE
252. KP2 US VIRGIN ISLANDS
253. GD ISLE OF MAN
254. P4 ARUBA
255. 4L GEORGIA
256. HC ECUADOR
257. 4O MONTENEGRO
258. TI COSTA RICA
259. HZ SAUDI ARABIA
260. HS THAILAND
261. TK CORSICA
262. VU INDIA
263. HI DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
264. A4 OMAN
265. HL REPUBLIC OF KOREA
266. EA9 CEUTA & MELILLA
267. KH6 HAWAII
268. 9H MALTA
269. KL7 ALASKA
270. 9K KUWAIT
271. A6 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
272. XE MEXICO
273. CN MOROCCO
274. BY CHINA
275. TF ICELAND
276. CX URUGUAY
277. HK COLOMBIA
278. SV9 CRETE
279. CE CHILE
280. Z3 NORTH MACEDONIA
281. CT3 MADEIRA ISLANDS
282. YB INDONESIA
283. CO CUBA
284. ZL NEW ZEALAND
285. ZS REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
286. IS0 SARDINIA
287. UA2 KALININGRAD
288. TA TURKEY
289. ER MOLDOVA
290. 5B CYPRUS
291. LX LUXEMBOURG
292. CU AZORES
293. KP4 PUERTO RICO
294. YV VENEZUELA
295. EA6 BALEARIC ISLANDS
296. GI NORTHERN IRELAND
297. UN KAZAKHSTAN
298. VK AUSTRALIA
299. 4X ISRAEL
300. LU ARGENTINA
301. GW WALES
302. YL LATVIA
303. ES ESTONIA
304. E7 BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
305. EI IRELAND
306. GM SCOTLAND
307. EU BELARUS
308. EA8 CANARY ISLANDS
309. LA NORWAY
310. CT PORTUGAL
311. OZ DENMARK
312. LY LITHUANIA
313. PY BRAZIL
314. YT SERBIA
315. SV GREECE
316. YO ROMANIA
317. JA JAPAN
318. OM SLOVAK REPUBLIC
319. HB SWITZERLAND
320. LZ BULGARIA
321. OE AUSTRIA
322. SM SWEDEN
323. OH FINLAND
324. UA0 ASIATIC RUSSIA
325. 9A CROATIA
326. VE CANADA
327. PA NETHERLANDS
328. OK CZECH REPUBLIC
329. S5 SLOVENIA
330. ON BELGIUM
331. HA HUNGARY
332. G ENGLAND
333. SP POLAND
334. UR UKRAINE
335. EA SPAIN
336. F FRANCE
337. UA EUROPEAN RUSSIA
338. DL FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY
339. I ITALY
340. K UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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Maidenhead Grid Square Introduction Thanks N4EGA #n4ega #grid #hk3w

Introduction to Maidenhead Grid squares

“W1AW this is N4EGA and my grid square is Echo Mike Seven Six X-ray Bravo (EM76xb).”

As Amateur Radio operators, many of have used or heard this type of exchange before. 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.

Before I began designing maps for hams, I too was aware of Maidenhead but not really the how and why. Developing the Maidenhead Grid square layer in the Geographic Information System/Software (GIS), a few things became very apparent that I had never thought of.

As Earth is an ellipsoid (squished sphere), representing a system of grid squares requires the Earth to be flattened (also known as a projection) in order to understand the system. Thinking back to high school geometry, Maidenhead is much like the typical Cartesian coordinates that are represented on a +/- quadrant graph. As we only want to think in terms of positive, this flattened projection of Earth is placed into the +/+ quadrant, the upper right as in Figure 1.

Figure 1

Typically, when we speak of coordinates, we speak of latitude and longitude as it begins at 0 degrees north or south and 0 degrees east or west, which is just off the coast of the central Western Africa. In the case of Maidenhead, our origin is at 180 (or 0) degrees West and 90 degrees South which is the South Pole. This is to ensure that all grid squares only advance up the alphabet.

As such, all grid squares designations from west to east start with “A” and end in “R.” Each grid square from South to North also begins with the letter “A” and ends in “R.” West to east boundaries of the grid square are 20 degrees wide while South to North boundaries are 10 degrees. Therefore, the origin grid square has a designation of “AA” (lower left) and the last grid square is “RR” (upper right). Figure 2


Figure 2

The grid squares are not really squares, but rectangles. Yes, because of the way Earth is shaped. As an ellipsoid, lines of longitude are spaced far apart at the equator and converge at the poles. Latitude lines are evenly spaced from pole to pole. This actually causes the grid squares to be shaped as trapezoids. When viewed on a globe or any map projection that causes curvature, this becomes very apparent. Also keep in mind that there are 360 degrees of longitude while there are only 180 total degrees of latitude.

Reading the grid.

A very simple way to remember how to read these grids is that each letter is a direction to read. The first letter is read from left to right and the second is up. So if a ham tells you “EM”, then you would read on your map from left to right until you find “E” and then you would read up until “M”. Right then up. For you military members out there familiar with the Military Grid Reference System (MGRS), it is the same concept. Figure 3


Figure 3

Now that the largest grid squares have been laid out it’s time to work on the sub grids, the “Numbers.” These are created nearly identically to the larger grid squares in that they are placed in a positive ascending manner from west to east and south to north. However, the sub grids are only 2 degrees wide from west to east and 1 degree from south to north for a total of 100 sub grids. Keeping with the same logic as the main grid squares, these sub grids are also read from west to east and then south to north, but this time with ascending numbers beginning with “00” and ending with “99.” Figure 4


Figure 4

So now you have been given a Maidenhead grid of “EM76” and you want to find it on the map. You will read to the right to E and then up to M. Now that you are in grid square EM, start at 00 and read to the right until see 7 and then read up until you find 6. Right then up and will land on EM76!

The last part of EX76xb is a little bit different in that the smaller sub grids are 5 minutes from west to east and 2.5 minutes (2 minutes and 30 seconds) south to north. So now we are back to letters but use lower case instead.

Why are these sub grids using 5 minutes by 2.5 minutes? One degree is made up of 60 minutes. If the units were divided by the same base 10 unit, our grids would be 12 minutes wide and 6 minutes tall. Making the grids 5 minutes by 2.5 minutes allows for a greater number of grid squares which in turn gives us a greater precision for location. Therefore, these sub grids are divided into a 24×24 letter pattern. The result is an origin of “aa” and ending in “xx.” Figure 5


Figure 5

Looking at your map again, you are now ready to find EM76xb. Each first character in the grouping is read from west to east and then the second character is read from south to north. Right then Up. Read right to “E” and then Up to “M.” Now read Right to “7” and then Up to “6.” Lastly, read Right to “x” and up to “b.” There you have it, the QTH of N4EGA!

With a 6 character grid square, a location can be found to within a 5′(minute) by 2.5′ (minute) square. What does that mean? A couple things:

1) in the continental US, based on an Equal Albers Conic Projection (a projection is the Earth is flattened on a flat surface), each 6 character grid square covers about 12 square miles, or about 4 miles by 3 miles. This is fine for chasing grids but too coarse if you wish to locate a street address. For that, you will need to extend into fourth and fifth characters.

2) As these are grid squares, you should really think of them as two dimensional boundaries and not singular points as with traditional Latitude and Longitude. Each six character grid square encloses an area that is 5′ by 2.5′. Your position could be within any location inside of that grid square which is about 12 square miles in the continental US. Even increasing your precision to a 4 or 5 character grouping still places you within an area, not a point. It would be as if telling someone you are in a specific park, but not which part of the park. And then you tell them you are in a specific building, but not which room and so on. With latitude and longitude, you are telling someone that you are sitting in a chair, in a room, in house, in a city, in a state in a country on Earth.

Obtaining your Maidenhead grid square is fairly easy now. There are online resources for direct conversion from latitude and longitude. As web address change often, simply do an online search for “Maidenhead Converter” which will result in many good site.

QRZ.com has a database of nearly every Amateur Radio in the US and DX. Look up your callsign or one you hear on the air, and you will normally find their Grid Square listed along with other information about them.

For you rovers out there, numerous Global Positioning System (GPS) devices will provide Maidenhead grid squares to a high degree of precision. Just be sure to set your map datum to the official WGS84.
That’s it!

73! DE N4EGA

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