The 2016 Grid Madness was a lot of fun according to all the reports I heard and you can read the article on the 2016 event here.
The only rule change for 2017 is the power limit in the HT Class increased to 8 Watts.
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
LOG time, freq, contact’s call, contact number & grid square
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 new 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 on the Grid Madness website.
The point of contact for Grid Madness is Stan Froseth, AH6KO, in Kailua Kona, HI.
Hope to hear you on the air, everyone get a certificate!