- Good stuff!

I wrote a program that calculates your grid square, from your longitude and latitude. If you have a gps, get your long/lat, and plug it into my qrp distance calculator.

http://www.hoffswell.com/n9ssa/mpwcalc.html

I wrote the tool long ago to calculate the distance between two points on earth, and then the miles per watt for a communication over that distance. Yay QRP! Some of you might remember my QRP Challenge from long ago!

73 de n9ssa

--- In k8daa@yahoogroups.com, K8TB <k8tb@...> wrote:

>

> I have received emails from two people who expressed puzzlement

> when I gave the grid square of my six meter beacon as EN62wu. They both

> knew that the grid square for the Holland area is EN62, but they didn't

> know what the two additional elements were for.

>

> Around this area of the world, a 4 digit grid square is around 100

> miles wide and 70 miles tall. The EN62 grid square, which contains

> Holland, MI, also contains South Haven, Benton Harbor, and it jumps

> across Lake Michigan and includes the NE area of Chicago, Racine,

> Wisconsin and the SE area of Milwaukee. This is a large area.

>

> If you go to the ARRL web site on grid squares, this is explained

> rather well:

> http://www.arrl.org/locate/gridinfo.html

>

> When the Maidenhead system was designed, a 4 digit grid square is

> to be 1 degree of latitude and 2 degrees of longitude. The Maidenhead

> people then added the two digits to define a smaller area. The area is

> now 2.5 minutes worth of latitude tall and 5 minutes worth of longitude

> wide. This neatly divides a four digit grid square into tiny slices

> 1/24th as wide and tall, meaning the resolution is 576 times greater.

>

> But by adding the two additional letters, we can now identify an

> area that is only 3 miles tall by 4 miles wide, such as EN62wu.

>

> If you are interested in what your six digit grid square is, QRZ

> offers a good guess. Most of the time, it is very accurate, but be

> careful as the QRZ program can be faked out by local road addresses.

>

> If you would really like to find your six digit grid square, use an

> online resource that ties into Google Maps:

>

> Go to:

>

> http://www.dxzone.com/cgi-bin/dir/jump2.cgi?ID=13877

>

>

> Click on the line just below the top:

>

> "** Full-screen version with gridsquare limits here <fullScreen.php> -*"

>

> * This takes you to a page that shows the Google map. Click on and

> drag the map over to your area, and zoom in. Then double click on your

> house address, and the program will give you the six digit grid square.

> Zoom out, and you can see the limits of this 6 digit grid square.

> As an example, the Holland HARC clubhouse is EN62ws and the GRARA Red

> Cross locations is EN72ex.

>

> Many of the logging programs can use the six digit grid squares to show

> the azimuth between the two points, for a much superior antenna pointing

> accuracy.

>

> tom bosscher k8tb "EN72bv" !

>

> * *

> - Great program Pete. Always good to meet a fellow ham/computer geek. I've been reading up on QRP operation as well. I find that I am fascinated by the challenge of getting the maximum distance out of each watt of transmission power. 73sNate
--- On

**Sun, 4/4/10, Peter**wrote:*<pete@...>*

From: Peter <pete@...>

Subject: [HARC] Re: About Grid Squares

To: k8daa@yahoogroups.com

Date: Sunday, April 4, 2010, 8:25 AMGood stuff!

I wrote a program that calculates your grid square, from your longitude and latitude. If you have a gps, get your long/lat, and plug it into my qrp distance calculator.

http://www.hoffswel l.com/n9ssa/ mpwcalc.html

I wrote the tool long ago to calculate the distance between two points on earth, and then the miles per watt for a communication over that distance. Yay QRP! Some of you might remember my QRP Challenge from long ago!

73 de n9ssa

--- In k8daa@yahoogroups. com, K8TB <k8tb@...> wrote:

>

> I have received emails from two people who expressed puzzlement

> when I gave the grid square of my six meter beacon as EN62wu. They both

> knew that the grid square for the Holland area is EN62, but they didn't

> know what the two additional elements were for.

>

> Around this area of the world, a 4 digit grid square is around 100

> miles wide and 70 miles tall. The EN62 grid square, which contains

> Holland, MI, also contains South Haven, Benton Harbor, and it jumps

> across Lake Michigan and includes the NE area of Chicago, Racine,

> Wisconsin and the SE area of Milwaukee. This is a large area.

>

> If you go to the ARRL web site on grid squares, this is explained

> rather well:

> http://www.arrl. org/locate/ gridinfo. html

>

> When the Maidenhead system was designed, a 4 digit grid square is

> to be 1 degree of latitude and 2 degrees of longitude. The Maidenhead

> people then added the two digits to define a smaller area. The area is

> now 2.5 minutes worth of latitude tall and 5 minutes worth of longitude

> wide. This neatly divides a four digit grid square into tiny slices

> 1/24th as wide and tall, meaning the resolution is 576 times greater.

>

> But by adding the two additional letters, we can now identify an

> area that is only 3 miles tall by 4 miles wide, such as EN62wu.

>

> If you are interested in what your six digit grid square is, QRZ

> offers a good guess. Most of the time, it is very accurate, but be

> careful as the QRZ program can be faked out by local road addresses.

>

> If you would really like to find your six digit grid square, use an

> online resource that ties into Google Maps:

>

> Go to:

>

> http://www.dxzone. com/cgi-bin/ dir/jump2. cgi?ID=13877

>

>

> Click on the line just below the top:

>

> "** Full-screen version with gridsquare limits here <fullScreen. php> -*"

>

> * This takes you to a page that shows the Google map. Click on and

> drag the map over to your area, and zoom in. Then double click on your

> house address, and the program will give you the six digit grid square.

> Zoom out, and you can see the limits of this 6 digit grid square.

> As an example, the Holland HARC clubhouse is EN62ws and the GRARA Red

> Cross locations is EN72ex.

>

> Many of the logging programs can use the six digit grid squares to show

> the azimuth between the two points, for a much superior antenna pointing

> accuracy.

>

> tom bosscher k8tb "EN72bv" !

>

> * *

>