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The Grid and Prefix Awards Group [GAP Awards] is proud to recognizes the achievements of Amateur Radio Operators worldwide, for confirming two way communications by offering its new Digital Maidenhead Grid Awards Program.
Starting Out ~ GRID ~ rev: 11/16/2017
The starting point for all of the grid awards is the Basic Requirement. You earn this by working digital mode stations in different grids around the world, and can claim the total number of grid squares confirmed.
  1. Claims for total grid squares worked are independent of country/entity. Thus you only get one credit for any single grid square, regardless of how many countries/entities it touches, or of any political decisions that have changed country/entity status, or of how many QSOs you have had with stations within that grid from those different countries/entities. So the Basic Requirement for, say, working 250 grid squares on PSK must be 250 unique and different grid squares. Please remember that we only use the 4 digit Grid Square number, not the 6 digit.
  2. This award is available in various modes as specific in table #1 below. (Regardless of method of generation, CW is not considered a valid mode for this award.) Please note that all the sub modes of these various modes are included in the parent mode, ie.PSK includes BPSK, QPSK, PSK63, PSK10 etc., and JTx includes all JT, FT and variants. Each mode has its own particular number of required grid squares for the Basic Requirement, as noted in the table#1. If you feel that you qualify for a non-listed digital mode, please request that we review your information.
  3. You can also earn this award in the Mixed category. Mixed includes all of the digital modes listed in #2 above, including any combination thereof. (Note that CW is not included in Mixed, either.) If you want to include digital modes not listed above, please make a request as listed above.
    • Special Note: Previous rules under the TARA Grid Awards required earning the Basic Requirement (then called the Basic Certificate) prior to claiming a Mixed award. We have eliminated that rule and simplified the requirements.
  4. After you have earned the Basic Requirement in a mode, you can earn QSO Endorsements by working additional grid squares in the increments noted in the table. This also enables you to claim any of the other certificates in that mode.
  5. OK, to get started, please email your claims to me at, emills21@cox.net.
    Please check out the example of an  excel  file and select the claim you are working on. ie DX. My files are kept in Excel. I will check it make changes where necessary. Or download a blank excel worksheet
    A copy of your 'master' files will be emailed to you on acceptance of your claim. Each time you apply for an endorsement to increase the number of Grid Squares claimed, simply submit a new copy of your excel sheet clearly showing your additional grid squares on the original excel page. In the case of Band and Mode basic certificates, please send these each to their own excel sheet and on making further endorsements simply submit your updated Band or Mode list.

Table #1
Mode Basic
Requirement
Endorsement
Increments
Mixed 300 50
Rtty 250 50
SSTV 50 25
PSK 250 50
MT63 50 25
Throb 50 25
MFSK 200 50
JTx incl. FTx 250 50
Hell... 100 25
Olivia 50 25
     

Additional Endorsements
  1. In addition to the QSO endorsements noted above, there are further endorsements that can be earned after you have completed the Basic Requirement. A Sticker extension sheet is available.
  2. You can earn band endorsements as shown in the following table, based on QSOs with the specified number of unique grid squares on a single band. Note that the required number of grids varies with operating mode (similar to the Basic Requirement). If you earn endorsements for all bands in a given mode, see 60m exclusion in table, you can claim the Worked All Bands (WAB) award for that mode. Note that band endorsements are a one time endorsement per mode.

Table #2

Band

Mix

RTTY

SSTV

PSK

MT63

Throb

MFSK

Hell

JTx

Olivia

160m
80m
40m
30m
20m
17m
15m
12m
10m
6m
45
180
240
45
300
45
300
45
300
90
38
150
200
38
250
38
250
38
250
75
8
30
40
8
50
8
50
8
50
15
38
150
200
38
250
38
250
38
250
75
8
30
40
8
50
8
50
8
50
15
8
30
40
8
50
8
50
8
50
15
30
120
160
30
200
30
200
30
200
60
15
60
80
15
100
15
100
15
100
30
38
150
200
38
250
38
250
38
250
75
8
30
40
8
50
8
50
8
50
15
60m endorsement to the WAB offered only after completion of the above
60m 45 38 9 38 8 8 30 15 38 8

3.    You can earn continent endorsements as shown in the following table, based on QSOs with the specified number of unique grid squares within a single continent. Note that the required number of grids varies with operating mode (similar to the Basic Requirement). If you earn endorsements for all continents in a given mode, you can claim the Worked All Continents (WAC) award for that mode. Note that continent endorsements are a one time endorsement per mode.

Table #3
Continent Mix Rtty SSTV PSKx MTx Throb MFSK Hell JTx Olivia
AS-Asia 75 63 13 63 13 13 50 25 63 13
AF-Africa 75 63 13 60 10 10 40 20 50 10
EU-Europe 180 150 30 150 30 30 120 60 150 30
NA-N. America 180 150 30 150 30 30 120 60 150 30
SA-S. America 120 100 20 120 20 20 80 40 100 20
OC-Oceania 60 50 10 60 10 10 40 20 50 10

 4.   The Maritime Mobile or Wet Award is a special certificate. To qualify for this endorsement the grid square MUST be completely, 100% water—no islands, no shore lines, water only. Since you only need to work each Maritime Mobile grid once for credit you will earn an endorsement for each per claim.  The first successful claim will earn you a Special DX BAR for your DX collectors sheet. At this time you should also claim your special Maritime Mobile collectors sheet, for all future Maritime Mobile claims you will earn a special STAMP sticker. This Maritime Mobile collectors sheet leads you to the PINNACLE Series Neptune Award.
5.   The Antarctic Award is also available. After receiving one (1) Antarctic BAR you can claim the Antarctic Collectors sheet. See DX BARSs item 8 below. The Antarctic Awards are based on the political entities authorizing stations in Antarctica, rather than the actual grid squares within the Antarctic continent. Similar to the Maritime Mobile award above, you will get credit each time a different political Antarctic entity is worked. Although this award is not Band specific it is offered in different Modes. On the first endorsement you will get a Special DX BAR for your collectors sheet. All additional claims will be special endorsement stickers.


BARs
BARs are a separate and distinct portion of the GAP Awards Grid program, and can be earned for confirming a specified number of unique grid squares within specific political entities and subdivisions. You can begin earning BARs as indicated below after you have completed the Basic Requirement.

State and Province BARs and Collector Sheets
  1.  You can earn BARs for working grids in specific US states, Canadian provinces, New Zealand and Australian provinces as well as Japanese Districts, again only after you have completed the Basic Requirement for that mode. State/province BARs are mode-specific.
  2. Each of these entities listed in the PINNACLE table below also have their own separate collector achievement sheet. Please claim these when you claim your first BAR. Yes only one (1)  BAR  to claim your collector sheet.
  3. Please check out the requirements for each on our list of Grid Squares to be used to define the state or province claimed. Please note that we will print the revision level on any booklet sent to you by mail. The Web Page version of this list will always be marked with the most current version number.
  4. You can claim credit towards a state/province BAR only if you have worked that state/province and have completed the Basic Requirement for that mode. You cannot claim credit for a grid by itself, and then apply it to multiple states or provinces that share that grid.
  5. You also cannot claim credit towards a state/country BAR if your QSO pre-dates the existence of that state or province. Thus claims for Alaska and Hawaii must be based on QSOs after their respective statehood dates, and a claim for Nunavut must be based on a QSO after it was declared a separate territory in 1999.
  6. Please note that the US collector sheets are for the US States and not the 16 US Territories. On the OLAR the two will be shown divided by a +.  ie 48 + 4 means you are credited with 48 US States and 4 US Territories.

DX BARs
  1. You can earn BARs for working grids in countries/entities on the ARRL DXCC list, and our expanded list at  Grid Squares again only after you have completed the Basic Requirement for that mode. DX BARs are mode-specific.
  2. Please check out the requirements for each country/entity on our list of Grid Squares. Click here for our list of Grid Squares to be used to define the DXCC entity claimed. Please note that we will print the revision level on any booklet sent to you by mail. The Web Page version of this list will always be marked with the most current version number.
  3. Note that earning the K, I, VE, JA, ZL or VK BAR requires earning the specified number of state/province/region or territory  BARs as per the  Grid Squares table.
  4. You can claim credit towards a DX BAR only if you have worked that country/entity and have completed the Basic Requirement for that mode. You can not claim credit for a grid by itself, and then apply it to multiple countries or entities that share that grid.
  5. You also cannot claim credit towards a country/entity BAR if your QSO pre-dates or post-dates the existence of that country/entity. Thus claims for East Germany must be based on QSOs prior to reunification. Claims for Canal Zone must be for QSOs made prior to its return to Panama, and claims for the various PJs are separated by the 10/10/10 date.
  6. If you have (enough) QSOs either before or after any such dates, you can claim the appropriate BARs for the countries/entities that existed at the times of the QSOs. Thus someone could still submit QSOs from, say 2005, and claim the BAR for pre-separation Bonaire/Curacao, but if the QSOs were post-10/10/10, then they can only claim the separate Curacao and Bonaire BARs.
  7. There is a special DX BAR that can be claimed after you submit your first Maritime Mobile grid square. This BAR counts towards your DDXCC total, even though it does not appear on the ARRL DXCC list.
  8. There is also a special DX BAR that can be claimed after you submit your first Antarctic endorsement. This BAR also counts towards your DDXCC total.
Other Notes
  1. The ARRL World Grid Locator Atlas, http://www.arrl.org/shop/The-ARRL-World-Grid-Locator-Atlas  the ARRL North American Grid Locator Maps, http://www.arrl.org/shop/ARRL-Grid-Locator-for-North-America  the DX Atlas by VE3NEA,http://www.dxatlas.com/  and F6FVY Grid Locator,  http://f6fvy.free.fr/qthLocator/  are some of the sources of Grid Square information available to you. Remember that the confirming QSL need not necessarily show the actual Grid Square as long as the QTH info shown allows you to positively identify which Maidenhead Grid Square it is in.
Applications (applies to all awards)
  1. All QSOs must be confirmed either by QSL card, LoTW , QRZ logbook, HRD log, Club Log  or eQSL, and should be made available to the GAPA-Grid Award manager upon request. Do NOT send QSL cards unless requested to do so.
  2. All applicants must submit a copy of their Grid Locator list indexed on the 4 digit Grid Locator number in alpha-numeric order, date (if available), call sign, mode, country worked and confirmed by (unless each claim sends the certification text below.
  3. Please check out the example of an  excel  file and select the claim you are working on. ie DX. My files are kept in Excel. I will check it make changes where necessary. Or download a blank excel worksheet
    A copy of your 'master' files will be emailed to you on acceptance of your claim. Each time you apply for an endorsement to increase the number of Grid Squares claimed, simply submit a new copy of your excel sheet clearly showing your additional grid squares on the original excel page. In the case of Band and Mode basic certificates, please send these each to their own excel sheet and on making further endorsements simply submit your updated Band or Mode list.
  4. Don't forget to include your full name, address, call sign and snail mail address with any and all applications. All certificates will be mailed in brown manila envelopes unless a No-Bend Envelope is requested.
  5. Applications can include any number of Basic Requirements, endorsements, modes, bands, etc. for which you qualify. Just be sure to include all of the information and make clear the awards/endorsements for which you are applying. Separate Excel worksheets for each award/endorsement are a good idea and tell me if you want the paper certificates, Traditional or just OLAR (OnLine Achievement Recognition)  There is a small charge for Traditional, the OLAR is FREE.
  6. Your application must include a certification that you have worked the grids listed, and have appropriate confirmation of those QSOs. If you include a confirmed column in your excel claim then that will be taken as a signed certification of QSO confirmation. If your application does not include those columns please copy this certification statement and include it at the bottom of your email application.

I certify that I have worked and have the QSL cards, LoTW, QRZ logbook or eQSL proof of contacts confirming the Callsign, Data, Band and Mode for each of my claimed contacts, and will produce them to the GAPA Award manager upon request. I understand that this application may be rejected if I fail to submit the required information upon request, or if any doubt about authenticity. I also agree to abide by the decisions of the GAPA Officers.

    7.    Send your applications to the GAPA Manager, Ernie Mills, WM2U at e-mail: emills21@cox.net

Other administrative notes:
  1. When submitting a claim you will normally attach an excel spreadsheet with your claims but please also write an exact summary of what you are claiming, for what award, by total count.
    ie. I would like the following GAPA Grid Awards.
    1) Mixed Mode:
    900 endorsement.
    DX BARS (5) CU, HB0, LZ, m/m, OZ.
    VK BARS (1) VE2
    WET Award (4) FJ05, FK13, FL67, FM00
    2) JTx Mode:
    700 endorsement.
    US BARS (49) as per spreadsheet.
    3) PSK Mode:
    600 & 650 endorsements
    Also include here the "certification that you have worked etc........"
    Oh! by the way if you don't know Excel please let us know and we'll figure an alternate out.
  2. Please be aware that the effective date(s) for the rules, endorsements and BAR qualification is the one on this web site and not the one printed on the snail mail Grid Square booklet.
  3. All successful GAP Grid award recipients will be listed in the On Line Achievement Record, OLAR on the GAP web site at www.gapawards.com. There is no cost for these awards.
  4. For a nominal fee, We will send you paper versions of these awards. This includes certificates for the Basic Requirements stickers for Band, Continent and Maritime Mobile endorsements; BARs and Antarctic endorsements; collector sheets for stickers; and certificates for the Pinnacle series (listed below). Please  click here to view some of the theme certificates that are available.
    The fee schedule for the paper copies of these awards can be viewed at awards pricing Replacement certificates, including those for displaying new awards (such as WAB and WAC) are available at the normal price.
    You will be automatically added to the OnLine Achievement Record (OLAR)
  5. There is no start date so dig deep into your log and claim those past digital contacts.
  6. HF Bands, 160m through 6m including WARC bands are included in this award series.
  7. This is an Amateur achievement award, not a location award, so your contacts count from where ever YOU made them. If you have operated under two or more call signs please give me the extra call signs.
  8. Paper certificates (if requested) will be mailed out unfolded in a 9x12 manila envelope.
  9. Any licensed Amateur, worldwide can claim this award.
  10. You do not need to be a member of a club to apply.
  11. To assist you in selection look at our Grid Locator table at Grid Squares or ask for the booklet. The latest revision will always be that of the Grid List on the web site.
  12. The ARRL World Grid Locator Atlas, http://www.arrl.org/shop/The-ARRL-World-Grid-Locator-Atlas  the ARRL North American Grid Locator Maps, http://www.arrl.org/shop/ARRL-Grid-Locator-for-North-America  the DX Atlas by VE3NEA,http://www.dxatlas.com/  and F6FVY Grid Locator,  http://f6fvy.free.fr/qthLocator/  are some of the sources of Grid Square information available to you. Remember that the confirming QSL need not necessarily show the actual Grid Square as long as the QTH info shown allows you to positively identify which Maidenhead Grid Square it is in.
  13. You can display your certificate(s) in a 3 ring binder using clear protective, plastic covers. If you use binder index pages you could produce a really nice book of your different Grid Square achievements. With this is mind we have available spare pages, complete with GAPA-Grid header, for expansion of your DX, US, VE, JA, I, VK and ZL BARS, in any mode. Please  click here to view some of the theme dedicated spare sheets and certificates that are available.
  14. It is highly recommended that the stickers, BARS and endorsements be mounted on the relevant sheet using Stamp Hinges. Many thanks to Sid Grimes, KK8X for finding this OnLine outlet for those hinges. Take a look at The Hobby Lobby then click on "Hobbies", then search for "Stamp Hinges." I did buy them at OfficeMax a few years ago. Staples could also handle them.
  15. As of 20th November 2015 there will be a minimum PayPal charge of $5.50

The Pinnacle Series!   do you qualify?
This series of numbered awards honors the best of the best, the crème de la crème. They are based on your performance in the GAPA-Grid Award program, indeed your entrance to this hall of fame is only through that route. We will add new Pinnacle awards at intervals but if you have a suggestion for a new one, please let us know.
Please  click here to view some of the theme dedicated spare sheets and certificates that are available.
Note1: Use the maidenhead Grid Square tables to determine the claim requirements for the Pinnacle endorsements.
Note2: Please include a list of call signs with the claim QSO's on each PINNACLE claimed.
The following are now available:
  • GAPA-DDXCC (digital DXCC) award.
    If you have successfully claimed and hold at least 100 GAPA-Grid DX BARS, drop me an email to claim your award. Endorsements are available in increments of 20 up to 200, 10 up to 300 and increments of 5 beyond that. These awards are numbered. The award and endorsements are offered per mode, and the achievement recognition will be posted in the relevant mode table.
  • GAPA-DWAS (digital WAS) award.
    After holding all the US State BARS on your collectors sheet, you can claim this award. This award has space for all the US territories as well, including KG4, KH0, KH1, KH2, KH3, KH4, KH5, KH5K, KH7K, KH8 
    (Swains Is). After Jul 22, 2006), KH8, KH9, KP1, KP2, KP3-4 and KP5. There are 16 territory endorsements available. The award and endorsements are offered per mode, and the achievement recognition will be posted in the relevant mode table.
  • GAPA-DVE (digital worked all Canada award).   This certificate is available if you have worked and hold all 11 Canadian Province BARS, VE1-VE7, VE9, VY2, VO1, VO2. This PINNACLE award offers special stickers for the VE0, VE8, VY0, VY1, CY0 and CY9, (please note that NFL, VO1 and LAB, VO2 are treated as separate provinces for the purposes of this award ),  The award and endorsements are offered per mode, and the achievement recognition will be posted in the relevant mode table.
  • GAPA-DVK (digital worked all Australia award)  is available for working and holding all 8 Australian Territory BARS on your collectors sheet VK1-VK8.  The PINNACLE Award offers special stickers for the VK0h, VK0m, VK9c, l, m, n, w, x and y territories.
    The award and endorsements are offered per mode, and the achievement recognition will be posted in the relevant mode table.
  • GAPA-DZL (digital worked all New Zealand award)   is available for working and holding all 4 New Zealand Region BARS on your collectors sheet ZL1-4 There is specified room on this certificate to collect all the Protectorates and special call prefixes, E5/n, E5/s, ZK2/E6, ZK3, ZL0, ZL5-9.
    The award and endorsements are offered per mode, and the achievement recognition will be posted in the relevant mode table.
  • GAPA-DJA (digital worked all Japan award) is available for working and holding all 10 Japanese Territory BARS on your collectors sheet JA0- JA9.  The PINNACLE Award offers special stickers for confirming JD1/o Ogasawara, JD1/m Minami Torishima, JR6 Okinawa Prefecture and any 8J1 JA station in the Antarctic.
    The award and endorsements are offered per mode, and the achievement recognition will be posted in the relevant mode table.
  • GAPA-DIT (digital worked all Italy award) is available for working and holding all 10 Italian Region BARS on your collectors sheet.   This involves working 33 different grids, as seen on the Grid Locator Table under "Required Grids". When you have received your 10 Italian Region BARS on your collectors sheet you can claim the coveted WAIT (Worked All Italy sticker). The PINNACLE Award offers special stickers for confirming 19 of the harder Italian Regions and Islands including the Italian Antarctic.
    The award and endorsements are offered per mode, and the achievement recognition will be posted in the relevant mode table.
  • The NEPTUNE Award. digital working Marine Mobile stations
    This very difficult award is offered to anyone confirming all 18 WET (Marine Mobile) Grid Squares.  Neptune Award endorsements are available in increments of 5. The award and endorsements are offered per mode, and the achievement recognition will be posted in the relevant mode table.

What's New !
Please keep your eye on this section. This is where any new award, endorsement or Bar will be announced. This can be a product of GAPA's ongoing improvements or our acceptance of one of your suggestions.
If you would like GAPA to consider other BAR possibilities not covered above, please feel free to email us with your request.
Ideas under consideration:
  1. Worked all New Zealand (ZL)  DONE! 4/26/16
  2. Worked all Australia (VK)  DONE! 4/29/16      
  3. Worked all Canada (VE)  DONE! 6/15/16
  4. Worked a complete Maidenhead Field.
  5. Worked all Continents. DONE! 6/19/14
  6. BINGO!! Play Bingo on any Grid Field of your choice, ie IO, FN etc., and fill in the Bingo requirement.
  7. Worked all CQ zones.
  8. Worked all ITU zones.
  9. Worked all Japan (JA) DONE! 6/15/16
  10. Worked all Italy (IT) DONE! 1/15/17
  11. I'm waiting for a DL (or indeed any country) to ask for its own award. Yea! We’ll do it. :)  etc. etc.
  12. Added 60m  DONE 4/4/17.

Revision List
1)  The entire set of rules and philosophy for the TARA-Grid Awards were updated/rewritten on
25 June 2015
2)  This complete Award program was transplanted to www.gapaward.com which is run by GAPA, The Grid and Prefix Awards Program. 11/9/16
3)   There have been many changes to the number of Grids required to qualify  11/13/16
4)   The PINNACLE awards and endorsements are now offered per mode, and the achievement recognition will be posted in the relevant mode table. 5/9/17
5)   FT8 and variants included in FTx series.

Good luck chasing those Grids, Ernie WM2U
 
Acknowledgments 1:
Ernie Mills, wm2u and the Grid and Prefix Awards Group [GAPA] would like to thank
Stephen Melachrinos, W3HF for his continuing support and help formulating this upgrade and modernization of these these Awards Grid Rules.
Steve was there with me at the onset of this award quite a few years ago. He has contributed many hours of Radio Amateur experience and insight to this project. Without Steve’s help and valuable constructive criticism, this award would be extinct.
Again many thanks for bringing this Award into the 21st Century.

Acknowledgments 2:
Ernie would also like to thank Rich Kennedy, K3VAT for his many suggestions offered to us on this final rewrite of the TARA Grid Rules.
Ernie wm2u

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