ZS WAGS AWARDS
Sponsor and Contact Details
This award is sponsored by the Sandton Amateur Radio Club. Correspondence can be directed to the ZS WAGS Administrator as follows:
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.
The aim of this award is to involve licensed amateur radio stations in a fun activity to collect at least one contact from each of the 83 South African Maidenhead grid squares as listed below.
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.
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 mobile.
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 accepted.
• Additional endorsements in the following categories:
• Single Band: All contacts made in one band only.
• Single Mode: All contacts made in one mode only. Modes are restricted to the following:
• SSB: This will be the normal mode for contacts made on HF.
• CW: All contacts made using CW only.
• FM: All contacts made using FM only.
• AM: All contacts made using AM only.
• Satellite (any mode): All contacts made using Satellite only.
• Digital (any digital mode): All contacts made using Digital mode only.
• A combination of single band and single mode as specified above.
• QRP: When the transmitting power for all contacts is limited to a maximum of 5 watts.
• Contacts made via terrestrial repeaters, or by internet connection such as Echolink or IRLP are excluded.
Two classes of operation are defined as follows:
• Hunters are amateur operators who operate from their home QTH, and who seek out and work contacts with stations in other grid squares.
• The 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.
• All activated grids will fall into this category, i.e. a certified activated grid (Activated grid) will count towards your worked all Hunters award and will be retroactively applied .
• Awards will be based on an incremental contact system.
• A certificate will be issued to an applicant who achieves contacts in one of the following categories:
• ZA WAGS 25 -25 grid squares worked.
• ZA WAGS 40 -40 grid squares worked.
• ZA WAGS 50 -50 grid squares worked.
• ZA WAGS 60 -60 grid squares worked.
• ZA WAGS 70 -70 grid squares worked.
• ZA WAGS 80 -80 grid squares worked.
• ZA WAGS 83 –All 83 grid squares worked – The ZS WAGS Full House award.
• Activators or Rovers are Amateur Radio Operators who operate a portable, mobile or field station in any grid 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 Hunters.
• Activators may claim for credit the activated grid square, provided a minimum of 3 contacts are made with other ( 3 different) stations during the operation and provided a log of contacts made during the operation is submitted.
• An activating station located on or close as is practical to the boundary between two or four grids may claim all the grid squares for each contact made and any hunter who makes contact with that station may claim all those grid squares for the single contact.
• An Activator must submit their entire grid square log to the Award Administrator for the operations in that grid square. A photograph of your portable/mobile/field station at the grid square is required as proof (and will be used in our gallery of interesting stations and locations)
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.
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. 25km South East of Winburg on the road to Marquad. One can 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.
The use of paper QSL’s or online SARL SA-QSL is encouraged but is not a requirement.
The system is based on honesty and trust.
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.
Hunters: The log information must be transferred to the official application form/ log sheet, indicating the station worked against each claimed South African locator square.
Activators: Must submit a complete log of all stations worked from the portable/mobile/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.
Applications for the awards are to be sent to the Award Administrator and must include a handling and mailing charge payable to the Sandton Amateur Radio Club’s bank account (EFT, Direct Deposit). The bank account details to be supplied on application of an award.
First certificate: R25.00
Subsequent certificates: R5.00 (if applied for at the same time)
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 to any cash payments.
All about locations
Accurate Maidenhead locator information is available from various sources:
• Using GPS
• Using a map
• Google Maps
• By Calculation
• Or by using SARL call book on the SARL web site.(Note: the SARL online call book allows each amateur to enter a grid locator for his home location. However these locators are not verified in any way and is advisable to check that any locators obtained from this source are reasonable and correct)
• The website http://f6fvy.free.fr- this was available in the past but has been discontinued.
• Tiny locator is an excellent piece of freeware for not only working out Maidenhead grid square from a number of sources, but will give you distances between them too. A Google search will direct you to its website for download.
• SARL based converter. http://www.sarl.org.za/public/QRA/Abt_Locators.as
Updated Rules November 2019