Get ready for the International Grid Chase 2018

2018 brings a new year-long operating event for all Amateur Radio Operators regardless of location or license class: The ARRL International Grid Chase.

About the Chase

The objective of the ARRL International Grid Chase is simple: Work stations in as many grid squares as possible and upload your log data to ARRL’s Logbook of The World. If you are not currently registered with Logbook of The World, this is a good reason to get started. Go to Registration and uploading are free.

Every new grid square contact confirmed through Logbook of The World counts toward your monthly total, so you have an incentive to start the chase as soon as you ring in the New Year. [ 1 ]

Please visit the ARRL International Grid Chase 2018 page to learn about

  • How the scoring will work
  • Determining your grid square
  • Tips for the chase
  • 2018 International Grid Chase Rules

630 and 2200 Meter bands may be used

ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, has clarified that the new 630- and 2200-meter bands will be fair territory in the ARRL International Grid Chase.

US radio amateurs are advised, however, that the use of 630 and 2200 meters requires advance notification to the Utilities Technology Council (UTC), formerly the Utilities Telecom Council, of their intention to operate on one or both bands. If UTC does not respond within 30 days or specifically denies access, these stations may commence operation there. [ 2 ]

Please see the November 16, 2017, ARRL Letter for a review of important technical notes concerning operation in the 630 and 2200 Meter bands.


[ 1 ] “", ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved December 19 2017,

[ 2 ] “The ARRL Letter”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, retrieved December 19 2017,