The Fred Fish Memorial AwardThe Fred Fish Memorial Award was created in honor of Fred Fish, W5FF (SK), who was the first amateur to have worked and confirmed all 488 Maidenhead grid squares in the 48 contiguous United States on 6 Meters. The award will be given to any amateur who can duplicate W5FF's accomplishment.
Mark Ammann, KM0A earns FFMA #4Mark Ammann, KM0A of Florissant, MO, has been awarded the fourth Fred Fish Memorial Award. Mark supplied the QSL for his last-needed grid, CM93, and it was approved by the ARRL Awards Branch on June 29, 2011.
Thomas Johnson, WD5K earns FFMA #5Thomas Johnson, WD5K of Dallas, TX has been awarded the fifth Fred Fish Memorial Award. Tom submitted his last-needed grid, CN77 via Logbook Of The World and his application was approved by the ARRL Awards Branch on July 28, 2011.
The Fred Fish Memorial Award was created in honor of Fred Fish, W5FF (SK), who is the first amateur to have worked and confirmed all 488 Maidenhead grid squares in the 48 contiguous United States on 6 Meters. The award will be given to any amateur who can duplicate W5FF's accomplishment.
This award also encourages operation on the VHF bands from rare grid squares (known as Grid DXpedtitions) to help activate all 488 grids. For a list of which grids are considered rare, please follow the link to the Most Wanted Grids Survey on this page.
The rules of FFMA closely follow the VUCC rules. Please read the rules carefully.
Questions about the FFMA may be directed to ARRL Contest Branch Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X.
The following is the list of all 488 grid squares that must be confirmed on 6 meters to qualify for the FFMA:
CM FIELD: 12 grid squares
CM86 - CM89
CM93 - CM99
CN FIELD: 27 grid squares
CN70 - CN78
CN80 - CN88
CN90 - CN98
DL FIELD 5 grid squares
DL88 - DL89
DL98 - DL99
DM FIELD: 90 grid squares
DM02 - DM09
DM12 - DM19
DM22 - DM29
DM31 - DM39
DM41 - DM49
DM51 - DM59
DM61 - DM99
DN FIELD: 90 grid squares
DN00 - DN08
DN10 - DN18
DN20 - DN28
DN30 - DN38
DN40 - DN48
DN50 - DN58
DN60 - DN68
DN70 - DN78
DN80 - DN88
DN90 - DN98
EL FIELD: 27 grid squares
EL06 - EL09
EL15 - EL19
EL28 - EL29
EL58 – EL59
EL86 - EL89
EL94 - EL99
EM FIELD: 100 grid squares
EM00 - EM99
EN FIELD: 80 grid squares
EN00 - EN08
EN10 - EN18
EN20 - EN29
EN30 - EN38
EN40 - EN48
EN50 - EN58
EN60 - EN67
EN70 - EN76
EN80 - EN86
EN90 - EN92
FM FIELD: 20 grid squares
FM02 - FM09
FM13 - FM19
FM25 - FM29
FN FIELD: 37 grid squares
FN00 - FN03
FN10 - FN14
FN20 - FN25
FN30 - FN35
FN41 - FN46
FN53 - FN57
FN64 - FN67
1. Overview. The Fred Fish Memorial Award (FFMA) is awarded for confirming contact with all 488 Maidenhead grid squares in the 48 contiguous United States on the 6 meter (50 MHz) band. Grid locators are designated by a combination of two letters and two numbers. More information on grid locators can be found in January 1983 QST, pp 49-51 (reprint available upon request. Send a 9 × 12-inch SASE with 3 units of postage). The ARRL World Grid Locator Atlas and the ARRL Grid Locator for North America are available from the ARRL Publication Sales Department.
The FFMA award is available to all amateurs worldwide; however, ARRL membership is required for hams in the US, its possessions and Puerto Rico.
2. Dates. Only those contacts dated January 1, 1983 or later are creditable for FFMA purposes.
3. Endorsements. The FFMA does not offer any endorsements based on specific modes, nor does it offer any recognition of progress towards the end goal. An Amateur does not qualify for the FFMA until all 488 required grids are confirmed.
4. General Rules
(a) No contacts through active repeaters or satellites are permitted.
(b) Contacts with aeronautical mobiles (in the air) do NOT count.
(c) Any portion of an FFMA grid may be worked for FFMA credit. It is not necessary for an FFMA operation to be on US soil; operations from Canadian or Mexican territory or from water within an FFMA-required grid are acceptable.
(d) Stations who claim to operate from more than one grid locator simultaneously (i.e., from the boundary between two grid locators or from the intersection of four grid locators) must be physically present in all locators to give multiple locator credit with a single contact. These stations should be prepared to validate their claim. For a mobile station, this means parking the vehicle exactly on the line or corner. For a portable station, this means that the total area occupied by the station's physical setup, including operating position(s), power source(s), and antenna(s), must occupy some portion of each of the two/four grid squares simultaneously. Operators of boundary/corner stations should be prepared to provide evidence of meeting the simultaneous occupation test if called upon to do so. Two photographs -- one showing the placement of the GPS receiver in the station setup, and a close-up legibly showing the GPS reading -- are typically needed as evidence of compliance. Video footage showing an overview of the operating site and then, uncut and in real time, zooming in on the GPS display coordinates is even better.
(e) Grid boundary lines and grid corners must be established using a GPS receiver whose map datum is set to WGS84, the global default for current GPS receivers. The GPS receiver should be set to use WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) if so equipped, since this improves the error figure to as little as 5 feet. In no case may the GPS receiver show an error figure in excess of 20 feet. Any modern GPS receiver equipped with WAAS will easily meet this requirement, as will most older units without WAAS.
5. Applicant's Operating Location. All contacts applied to an applicant’s FFMA award must be made by the applicant from locations no more than 200km apart.
6. Application Procedure (please follow carefully):
(a) Confirmations (QSLs) and application forms must be submitted to an approved VHF Awards Manager for certification. ARRL Special Services Clubs appoint VHF Awards Managers whose names are on file at HQ. If you do not know of an awards manager in your area, HQ will give you the name of the closest manager. (Also located on the Web at: http:\\www.arrl.org/awards/vucc.) Foreign VUCC applications should be checked by the Awards Manager for their IARU Member Society in their respective country. Do not send cards to HQ, unless asked to do so.
(b) For the convenience of the Awards Manager in checking cards, applicants may indicate in pencil (pencil ONLY) the grid locator on the address side of the cards that DO NOT clearly indicate the grid locator. The applicant affirms that he/she has accurately determined the proper location from the address information given on the card by signing the affirmation statement on the application.
(c) Cards must be sorted:
(1) Alphabetically by field
(2) Numerically from 00 to 99 within that field
(d) Where it is necessary to mail cards for certification, sufficient postage for proper return of all cards and paperwork, in addition to appropriate fees as noted in #8, must be included along with a separate self-addressed mailing label. ARRL accepts no responsibility for cards handled by mail to and from VHF Awards Managers and will not honor any claims.
(e) A numbered plaque will be awarded to each person who qualifies for the FFMA.
7. Fees. There is no fee for the FFMA Award; however, ARRL membership is required for hams in the US, its possessions and Puerto Rico to apply.
(a) Altered/forged confirmations or fraudulent applications submitted may result in disqualification of the applicant from FFMA and VUCC participation by action of the ARRL Awards Committee.
(b) The applicant affirms he/she has abided by all the rules of membership in the FFMA program and agrees to be bound by the decisions of the ARRL Awards Committee.
9. Rules Decisions. Decisions of the ARRL Awards Committee regarding interpretation of the rules here printed or later amended shall be final.
10. Operating Ethics. Fair play and good sportsmanship in operating are required of all FFMA members.
The FFMA Leader Board is maintained by Kevin Kaufhold, W9GKA
FFMA Leader Board, version 5.02 Updated 8-23-2011 Sorted by ARRL VUCC verified; claimed confirmed; claimed worked FFMA Leader Board, Sort by ARRL Data --- ARRL Claimed Claimed Call District Location Grid Validated Confirmed Worked Update W5FF 5 NM DM64 FFMA #1 Jun-95 W5OZI 5 TX EM00 FFMA #2 Jul-10 K5UR 5 AR EM35 FFMA #3 Jul-10 KM0A 0 MO EM48 FFMA #4 Jun-11 WD5K 5 TX EM12 FFMA #5 Jul-11 W5WVO 5 NM DM65 479 479 479 Aug-11 N0LL 0 KS EM09 478 480 485 Jul-11 K1TOL 1 ME FN44 475 479 481 Jul-11 W4UDH 5 MS EM52 470 472 473 Feb-11 KB6NAN 6 CA CM87 466 466 466 Apr-11 AA7A 7 AZ DM43 464 469 475 Jul-11 W0FY 0 MO EM48 463 482 483 Jul-11 W7MEM 7 ID DN17 463 472 475 Jul-11 N6JV 6 CA CM98 460 472 475 Jul-11 W7KNT 7 MT DN26 457 460 474 Jul-11 KA0JGH 0 NE EN10 455 467 467 Jul-11 K7CW 7 WA CN87 453 458 465 Jul-11 WX7M 7 NV DM08 443 466 466 Jul-11 KR7O 6 CA DM07 431 450 464 Aug-11 K0TLM 0 MO EM29 431 431 431 Jul-10 WA5JCI 5 TX EM21 429 429 429 Dec-10 AE5B 5 TX EM02 424 426 426 Jan-11 N4MM 4 VA FM09 423 423 425 Aug-11 W5AL 5 TX DM95 419 419 419 Dec-10 K8SIX 8 MI EN82 416 421 425 Aug-11 K6GXO 6 CA DM04 415 415 417 Jul-11 W4DR 4 VA FM17 411 422 422 Aug-11 KI8G 8 MI EN82 410 410 410 Jun-11 KU7Z 7 UT DN41 407 418 439 Jul-11 W3EP 1 CT FN31 406 409 417 Jul-11 W5ZN 5 AR EM45 404 418 418 Jan-11 W9VHF 9 IN EN71 404 405 406 Jul-11 KE7SW 7 WA CN87 401 406 406 Feb-11 W0JRP 0 MO EM27 400 415 415 Aug-08 K4RWP 4 TN EM86 400 400 400 Jul-10 KB8U 8 MI EN71 396 405 411 Jul-11 K1SIX 1 NH FN43 395 402 408 Aug-11 W9JN 9 WI EN54 390 432 439 Jul-11 AK3E 3 MD FM19 389 400 400 Jul-11 K0IP 7 ID DN32 388 409 409 Jul-11 K6EID 4 GA EM73 379 407 415 Jul-11 K9CT 9 IL EN50 363 408 433 Jul-11 K7MAC 7 ID DN13 359 426 390 Jul-11 W9RPM 9 WI EN43 303 487 488 Aug-09 K7XC 7 NV DM09 267 453 454 Jun-11 K4YMQ 4 AL EM63 253 442 446 Aug-11 K0SIX 0 MN EN35 192 427 432 Jul-11 KC6ZWT 6 CA CM98 174 416 419 Jul-11 K7MCX 7 WA CN87 457 458 Aug-11 K7WIA 7 WA CN87 446 446 Jul-11 AA5AM 5 TX EM13 442 455 Jun-11 VE1YX VE1 NS FN74 431 431 Jul-11 W7GJ 7 MT DN27 429 476 Aug-11 N7CW 7 AZ DM34 416 435 Aug-11 W7CE 7 WA CN87 406 410 May-11
The FFMA Grid Tracker Map spreadsheet was developed by Dave Clouser, NZ3M, and is available here at arrl.org with his permission.
All required FFMA grids are listed in a drop-down menu by grid field (CM, CN, DN, etc). Manually enter your worked and confirmed grids, and the spreadsheet will automatically keep track of your grid totals. The spreadsheet will even display your totals in a color-coded map. Manually update your spreadsheet when you work a new grid.
Latest version: 2.1 (February 28, 2011)
WG7J has created a web application that allows you to upload an ADIF log and have it filtered by band. It will show you grids worked and confirmed based on the uploaded data.
The following is a list of all Amateurs that have qualified for the Fred Fish Memorial Award (FFMA): FFMA # Call Name QTH Last Grid Award Date 1 W5FF (SK) Fred Fish DM64 (NM) FN64 2008-Oct-25* 2 W5OZI Pat Rose EM00 (TX) CM79 2010-Jul-08 3 K5UR Rick Roderick EM35 (AR) FN57 2010-Jul-29 4 KMØA Mark Ammann EM48 (MO) CM93 2011-Jun-29 5 WD5K Thomas Johnson EM12 (TX) CN77 2011-Jul-28 *awarded posthumously