The 2018 ARRL Grid Chase is a year-long activity focused on working grid squares. The goal is to work as many unique grid squares as possible. Contacts must be uploaded to Logbook Of The World by both parties to get credit. The scores are available on International Grid Chase web page. Scores are reset monthly, but totals for the year will be kept. It is not necessarily a portable event. However, you can generate some interest in your portable ops by activating grid squares with fewer hams. My home QTH in Panama City is EM70. Our neighboring grid square EL79 is mostly salt water. That makes it a good candidate.
|The van with the loop antenna behind it|
|Dennis and escaped the cold in the van."Sonic" style|
- 4 contacts on SO-50
- 23 contacts on 40 meters
- 60 contacts on 20 meters
- 7 contacts on AO-91
- 94 contacts total 44 have been confirmed on LOTW
- According to the Grid Chase page, we had 30 unique gids.
- There have been 151 QSO for EL79 in Grid Chase
|The satellite setup with a Kenwood TH-D72a HT and an Elk antenna.|
It started slowly on both 40 and 20 meters. The spots eventually kicked in. On 20 meters it was a monster pileup. So I am calling it a success. The loop antenna has been a winner every time I have used it. Dennis WA6QKN was a great buddy and a big help with antenna setup and logging. So expect a return sometime this year. I also plan to do some activations of EM61 in Alabama. There are not many hams in that grid.
Here is a video covering my portable satellite gear.