Saturday, March 10, 2018

2018 Info

Hawaiian Islands Grid Madness 2018 
A VHF/UHF Simplex Event
Sunday, September 16th from 1300 to 1700W




For rules and log sheets: View or Download  
----->Grid Madness 2018 Info Packet<----- 

What happened last year? View or Download
----->Last Year (2017) Summary<-----


  • Print a log sheet or two and the entry form. Look over the rules. You are set to go!
  • With your VHF/UHF FM radio, contact as many stations as you can in as many grid squares as you can, using SIMPLEX ONLY.
  • Every participant submitting a log receives a certificate!
  • Scroll down for more info. Please post your plans in the Comments!

Questions? AH6KO@arrl.net 

Aloha & 73,
Stan AH6KO

Friday, March 9, 2018

2018 What's New

New for 2018:
  • Simplified paper logging -- No need to worry about points, or computing your score.
  • Or, use the updated and improved Grid Madness Logger with your computer.
  • No need to enter the exact frequency for each contact, just 2m or 70cm.
  • Public Info Flier to print and hand out to the curious.
  • Certificate Endorsements -- challenge yourself.
  • Log submission -- within two weeks.
Other Resources:

Thursday, March 8, 2018

2018 Quick Start

  • SUNDAY September 16th, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm HST
  • SIMPLEX FM 146.52, 146.400, 146.460, 146.580 MHz and 446.000, 446.100, 446.200, 446.300 MHz
  • EXCHANGE your call sign, contact number and 6-character grid square
  • Find your GRID SQUARE at www.qrz.com/gridmapper (Help - How do I find my Grid Square?
  • LOG time, band, contact's call, contact number & grid square 
  • INFO PACKET has rules, log sheet, entry form
  • Get the Grid Madness Logger - an alternative to  paper log sheets

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

2018 Ideas

Why do Grid Madness?
  • Test your radio and antenna - where can you reach using simplex?
  • Practice using your radio.
  • Practice emergency communication procedures.
  • Meet your radio neighbors.

Things to try for Grid Madness
  • Talk to your radio friends ahead of time and arrange to meet on one of the suggested channels.
  • Promote the event in your club and try for the Club Award (to the club with highest designated total). Just have club members and friends designate your club on their entry form.
  • If you are new to ham radio: On Sunday, get on the air and make some new friends. Ask them about local nets that you can join.
  • Simplex is a short-distance method. But - during Grid Madness, listen for signals coming over the ridge or across the ocean from another island! For Big Distance, set up on a pu'u, or on the coast, perhaps with a directional antenna, and post your plans in Comments.
  • With a mobile radio or HT, try roving: Go to a high point that overlooks a populated area. Call "Grid Madness" + your call sign and see how many contacts you can make. Then move to a new grid square. The idea is to find a grid that probably has no other hams that will activate it, has road access, and a "radio view" to an area where there are hams to contact.
  • Use another communications channel to "spot" your contacts. During the event, you can use repeaters (be courteous to other users), Internet, telephone, or HF radio to arrange an actual simplex contact.
  • Before (and during) the event, you can post in the Comments section below.
  • You will need to know your grid location. Here are some easy methods. On a computer, check out:
http://www.qrz.com/gridmapper

(Get Help at How do I find my Grid Square?)
  • With a mobile device, many apps can track your grid location in real time. Some examples:
AndroiTS GPS Test (Android) by Alessandro Bonetti
GPS Test (Android) by Chartcross
Maidenhead Grid Locator (Android) by LSTools
Ham Square by Kram (iPhone)
  • Try a new antenna at your home QTH, or on the road.
  • Add 146.52 to your radio scan list before Grid Madness. Put your call out now and then, monitor, and make some contacts. Ask them to come on for Grid Madness at 1300 HST on Sunday.
  • Arrange with your friends, club, and local net to meet on the air for Grid Madness!

Techniques for Simplex
  • For some contacts, you will need higher power. Know how to adjust the power on your radio.
  • To hear weak stations, you will need to adjust your squelch or open it all the way.
  • Use your biggest, highest antenna.
  • For most FM voice work, your antenna should use vertical polarization.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

2018 Comments

2018 - Planning to do Grid Madness?

You can post comments and questions and plans here:
  • Call sign?
  • Name?
  • Location for Grid Madness?
  • Roving?
If you don't don't see the comment window, click on "2018 Comments" above. 

 ***Note that your post will appear after approval by the moderator (to prevent spam). This delay will be removed during the Grid Madness event.***