ALBA - Scottish National Grid Squares PSK Award Series
The ALBA PSK Award Series was devised by the European PSK Club (EPC) on 7th September 2009. This was to sponsor a series of PSK
awards for contacts with amateur radio stations from various Scotland's
10 x 10 km National Grid Squares (also known as WAB Squares). The
system used is the Ordnance Survey of Great Britain «National Grid Reference» (NGR). This form the basis of the ALBA Award.
is the Scottish Gaelic name for Scotland. It is cognate to Albain in
Irish and Nalbin in Manx, the other Goidelic Insular Celtic language,
as well as similar words in the Brythonic Insular Celtic languages of
Cornish (Alban) and Welsh (Yr Alban) also meaning Scotland. Hence also
the early classical name Albion. It was used by the Gaels to refer to
the island as a whole until roughly the ninth or tenth centuries, when
it came to be the name given to the kingdoms of the Picts and the Scots
(Pictavia and Dál Riata), north of the Firth of Forth and the Firth of
Clyde, traditionally considered to have been unified by Kenneth
MacAlpin. The region Breadalbane (Bràghad Albainn, the upper part of
«Alba») takes its name from it as well. The Latin word alba is the
feminine singular form of albus, meaning white in English.
is covered by 100 x 100 kilometre grid squares, each grid square is
identified by two letters - HP, HT, HU, HW, HX, HY, HZ, MC, NA, NB, NC,
ND, NF, NG, NH, NJ, NK, NL, NM, NN, NO, NR, NS, NT, NW, NX, and NY.
These squares are further divided into smaller squares by grid lines
representing 10 kilometre spacing, each numbered from 0 to 9 from the
south-west corner, in an easterly (left to right) and northerly
(upwards) direction, e.g. HY61, NL79, NS56. Please use this PDF leaflet as a visual aids. And here is a list of all 1161 squares available in Scotland. Quite handy Locator Calculator can be used at G0HZK website. Please note that Rockall Island
is located in the north Atlantic Ocean, 461.5 kilometres from
Ardnamurchan Point, the nearest point on the Scottish mainland. Rockall
Island lies in MC01 square for the purposes of this award program.
25, ALBA 50, ALBA 75, and ALBA 100 Awards may be claimed by any
licensed radio amateur, club station or DMS/SWL eligible under these
Rules who can produce evidence in a form of ADIF log of having
contacted or monitored amateur radio stations from 25, 50, 75, and 100
squares respectively on BPSK31, BPSK63, BPSK125, QPSK31, QPSK63, and/or
QPSK125 modes. Credit will be given for contacts made on any of the
amateur bands below 30 MHz. Each square counts only once. Contacts made
to claim ALBA awards have no time or date restrictions. The award
are not required. Awards are issued to the person or club. The person
or club can use any legal call sign. Contacts made from club stations
or special event stations count to the credit of both the club and the
operator. All stations must be operated in accordance with their
licensing conditions. Contacts may be made from any location in the
same DXCC country. Confirmations from the DMS/SWL stations are accepted
as confirmed contacts. All stations contacted must be «Land Stations».
Contacts with ships and boats, anchored or underway, and airborne
aircraft, cannot be counted. For the purposes of this award, remote
control operating points must also be land based.
sure that the COMMENT field in your ADIF log contains #WAB code for
each contacted station from Scotland, # tag is required. This is a
mandatory requirement to make able the manager's software to check your
application correctly. The award manager reserves the right to spot
call sign for inspection of applied contacts. The purpose of this is
not to call into question the integrity of any individual, but rather
to ensure the overall integrity of the EPC award program. More
difficult attained specialty awards are more likely to be so called.
Failure of the applicant to respond to such spot check will result in
non-issuance of the EPC award. The decision of the award manager on
this and other matters of dispute will be finals. The submission for
credit of any altered or forged log extractions or, equally, bad
behaviour on or off the air which is judged by the European PSK Club to
bring a particular programme into disrepute may result in
disqualification of the applicant from the Award Programme.
awards are issued FREE of charge in a high quality PDF format and sent
via email to the applicants. Awards can be printed with the highest
quality and with optimal performance by applicants themselves. The ALBA
Award Series is issued to the EPC members only. If you have any
questions, please do not hesitate to contact the award manager.
ALBA Award Series Application Procedure
All claims for the EPC awards should be made using our UltimateEPC Award Management Software written by DK5UR.
The award applicant should re-submit his application when claiming for
higher classes of awards. The award manager will keep all your records
in our database. Please make sure before you submit your ADIF log that
you have checked it with the appropriate software.