Worked all South African Grid Squares
Rules for the ZS WAGS award
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Revision 2.1 - 26th April 2012
The aim of this award is to
involve any licensed amateur radio station in a fun activity to collect at least one contact
from each of the Maidenhead grid squares. There are 83 South African grid squares which are listed
JF86–JF89, JF95–JF99, JG80–JG81,
JG90–JG91, KF05–KF09, KF15–KF19,
KF25–KF29, KF36–KF39, KF47–KF49,
KF58–KF59, KG00–KG05, KG10–KG14, KG20–KG25, KG30–KG37, KG40–KG47, KG50–KG57, KG61–KG65.
This award runs perpetually and
contacts may be made on any date and at any time.
Frequencies and Modes
All bands HF, VHF, UHF and Microwave.
All amateur modes
Contacts via Satellite repeaters are
Contacts made via terrestrial repeaters, or by Internet
connection such as Echolink or IRLP are excluded.
Two classes of operation are
defined as follows:
are amateur radio operators who operate from their home QTH, and who seek out and work contacts with
stations in other grid squares.
are amateur radio operators who operate a portable or field station from:
- Inside their home
grid square but away from their home QTH; or
- Inside another grid
square for the purposes of activating the grid square for other
claim credit for the activated grid square, provided a minimum of 5 contacts are made with other
stations from the portable or field station during the operation, and provided a log of all contacts made during
the operation is submitted.
In addition, an Activator
who makes 10 or more unique contacts from any of the rare grid squares may apply for the
Activator’s Award. To be considered as unique, multiple contacts with the same station
must be on different bands or using different modes. For purposes of this rule, a rare grid square is
defined to be a grid square in which no currently active radio amateur resides on a permanent
basis. As guidance to determine which squares qualify, refer to the grid square map on the SARL
website at http://www.sarl.org.za/public/QRA/MapGrid.asp, which shows the density of
radio amateurs based on current information in the SARL web database. This rule will be interpreted on a flexible
basis by the Awards Administrator, to encourage the activation of the more remote, difficult or unpopulated grid
squares on a regular basis.
claim any contacts made from the activated grid square.
Sponsor and Contact Details
This award is sponsored and
administered by the Sandton Amateur Radio Club. Correspondence can be directed to the ZS WAGS Award Administrator
mail: PO Box 527
Any disputes are to be addressed to the Awards Administrator.
Upon receipt the dispute will be addressed by the Committee of the Sandton Amateur Radio Club whose decision
will be final in the matter.
Logged information for each
contact must include Call Sign, Date, Time, Band, Mode, Power, QTH and the 4 character Maidenhead locator, example
‘KG43’. The standard log template is to be used which can be found on the website as
If the station worked does not know its grid square, an
acceptable alternative would be to use their street address or some other reliable point of reference, EG: “25
km South East of Winburg on the road to Marquard”. One can then use that information to establish the correct
grid square. If there is any uncertainty or doubt regarding the correct square the contact should not be used
for the award.
All participants must keep a log
of the stations worked.
log information must be transferred to the official application form / log sheet, indicating the station worked
against each claimed South African locator square.
Must submit a complete log of all stations worked from the portable / field station in order to claim the
activated grid or apply for the Activator’s Award.
Applications for Awards
Applicants for awards must be able
to prove that they have achieved one contact in each of the required number of grid squares for the respective
award. The application forms and log sheets are available for download from: http://www.zs6stn.org.za
Applications for awards are to be
sent to the Award Administrator and must include a handling and mailing charge payable into the
Sandton Amateur Radio Club’s bank account (EFT, Direct Deposit) as follows:
certificates: R 5.00 (if applied for at the same
NB: If you pay by depositing cash into our bank account, we are charged an
additional cash deposit fee of R6.00. PLEASE add this amount to any cash
name: Sandton Amateur
92 7072 1875
- The South African Hunter’s
home QTH grid square is automatically allocated as worked, i.e. each South African hunter automatically begins
with a ZS WAGS count of one.
- Activator applications are
those that travel to a certain grid square in order to “activate” it and must submit their entire grid square
operating log to the Award Administrator for operations in that grid square. A photograph of your portable /
field station at the grid square is required as proof (and will be used in our gallery of interesting stations
- A contact with
any station will be valid as long as the station is operating from within one of the 83
listed grid squares. This will include stations legally operating in foreign countries, or maritime
- The use of paper QSLs or the
online SARL SA-QSL is encouraged but is not a requirement.
- The system is based on
honesty and trust.
- The Award Administrator may
request proof of any contact claimed.
- The Award Administrator will
accept applications submitted from 1 August 2008 onwards.
- All contacts count towards
the award including those from the past.
- Each station is to keep track
of its own status. For example: ZS WAGS 56/83 achieved.
Awards will be based on an
incremental contact system. Once 25 grid squares are achieved you may apply for the first certificate, and
subsequent certificates may be applied for when sufficient contacts have been made.
A certificate will be issued to an
applicant who achieves contacts in one of the following categories:
- ZS WAGS 25
– 25 grid squares worked.
- ZS WAGS 40
– 40 grid squares worked [Added June 2009]
- ZS WAGS 50
– 50 grid squares worked.
- ZS WAGS 60
– 60 grid squares worked.
- ZS WAGS 70
– 70 grid squares worked.
- ZS WAGS 80
– 80 grid squares worked.
- ZS WAGS 83
– All 83 grid squares worked - The ZS WAGS Full House award!
Additional endorsements may be
applied for in the following categories:
o Single band: All contacts must be made in one band
o Single mode: All contacts must be made in one mode only.
Modes are restricted to the following:
o SSB: This will be the normal mode for contacts made on
o CW: All contacts made using CW only
o FM: All contacts made using FM only
o AM: All contacts made using AM only
o Satellite (any mode): All contacts made via
o Digital (any digital mode): All contacts made using a digital
o A combination of a single band and a single mode as specified
o QRP: An additional endorsement may be applied for on any award where the transmitting power
for all contacts is limited to a maximum of 5 watts.
The Activator’s Award will be made
to any operator who makes a minimum of 10 unique contacts from one of the rare squares as
Awards will be administered once a month, so please allow for
delays in regard to issuing of the certificates.
All about locations
Accurate Maidenhead locator
information is available from various sources:
- Using a
- Using a
- Or by using the SARL call
book on the SARL web site.
Note: The SARL online callbook allows each amateur to
enter a grid locator for his home location, and shows this on a Google Map. However, these locators are not
verified in any way and it is advisable to check that any locators obtained from this source are reasonable and
http://f6fvy.free.fr/qthLocator/fullScreen.php uses Google Maps to show
Maidenhead grids to 4 or 6 character precision. This award only uses a 4 character grid (1 degree latitude by 2
degrees longitude). On the bottom centre of the display enter the 4 character Maidenhead locator you wish to
is an excellent piece of freeware for not only working out the Maidenhead grid square from a number of
sources, but will give you distances between them too. A Google search will direct one to its website for
SARL web based converter:
Doubtful locations very close to
the boundaries between grids must be resolved in accordance with the WGS84 geodesic system. This is the system used
for official purposes by the Surveyor General of South Africa. The GPS system uses the same standard. Google
Earth also uses this standard.
If you have a problem determining
your locator, contact the Award Administrator
Stations on grid boundaries or grid intersections
[Added June 2009]
An activating station located
within 30 metres of the boundary between two grids, as determined by a GPS using the WGS84 geodesic system, may
claim both grid squares for each contact made, and any Hunter who makes contact with that station may claim both
grid squares for the single contact.
An activating station located
within 30 metres of the point of intersection of four grids, as determined by a GPS using the WGS84 geodesic
system, may claim all four grid squares for each contact made, and any Hunter who makes contact with that station
may claim all four grid squares for the single contact.
NB: For any claims for the
Activator’s award/s or credit towards the Hunter’s award/s for stations on grid boundaries, PLEASE submit
photographs of the station AND a photograph of the GPS showing the location, or other proof of the exact
Glossary of Terms
– An amateur communication service which uses Voice-over-IP to connect radio amateurs and amateur radio
- GPS –
Global Positioning System, commonly used by devices for determining ones position on the earth with accuracy of
as little as 3 feet.
- IRLP –
Internet Relay Linking Project, which connects amateur radio repeaters via the
- QRP – Low
power radio transmission either telephony or Morse
- QTH –
Station’s current location
- SA-QSL –
South African online QSL service, online service for electronic exchange of QSL information in South
- SARL –
South African Radio League, the body which administers amateur radio in South Africa.
- VOIP –
Voice over Internet Protocol, method by which voice may be transmitted as data over a data network such as the
- WGS84 –
World Geodetic System scheme 84, defines a reference frame for the earth in GPS terms and is valid until
- ZS WAGS –
Worked All Grid Squares, this award.