Amateur Newsline No. 2163



We were mentioned on the Amateur Radio Newsline audio broadcast No. 2163 for April 12, 2019. The blurb is at 7:28 on the mp3 file. It isn't part of the video presentation.

73 Alan WL7CG


JIM/ANCHOR: If you're busy collecting contacts from around the world using digital modes, this awards program is for hams like you. Geri Goodrich KF5KRN explains.

GERI: The Troy Amateur Radio Association in New York has rebranded its awards program with a digital focus, generating a new name and some new excitement for participants. Organizers call it the Grid and Prefix Award Program, or GAPA. This comprehensive series is open to shortwave listeners as well as hams with awards based on grid square locations as well as call sign prefixes. Eligible contacts can be made on most of the popular digital modes and confirmed through LoTW, eQSL, QR Zed or direct QSL cards. According to Alan WL7CG, prefix awards can be earned by working digital operations around the world and collecting different prefixes, starting with the basic award given for submission of between 50 and 400 prefixes, based on mode used. The grid square awards, likewise, begin with a basic award requiring between 50 and 300 unique grid square locators, also based on mode used. Alan told Newsline that the awards eventually progress in difficulty to add to the challenge. For additional details visit gapawards dot com (

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Geri Goodrich KF5KRN


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