• FFMA Overview

    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.

  • FFMA QST Announcement

  • The 488 Required Grid Squares

    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

  • FFMA Rules

    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:\\ 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.

    8. Disqualification.

       (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.

  • Official ARRL FFMA Confirmed totals

    This is a status of all FFMA grids officially confirmed by the ARRL Awards Branch. this list is updated automatically every day.


    Click here to view the list.


    FFMA is the second list from the top.

  • FFMA Leader Board (updated 3 June 2013)

     The FFMA Leader Board is maintained by Mark Ammann, KM0A


    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
    W0FY 0 MO EM48 483 484 484 May-13
    W5WVO 5 NM DM65 479 479 479 May-12
    N0LL 0 KS EM09 478 480 485 Jul-11
    W4UDH 5 MS EM52 478 478 478 May-12
    W7KNT 7 MT DN26 478 478 478 May-13
    AA7A 7 AZ DM43 477 478 479 May-13
    K1TOL 1 ME FN44 475 481 481 Jul-11
    N6JV 6 CA CM98 475 477 478 May-13
    W7MEM 7 ID DN17 474 474 474 May-13
    K7CW 7 WA CN87 468 468 468 May-13
    KA0JGH 0 NE EN10 466 467 467 May-12
    WX7M 7 NV DM08 466 466 466 Jul-11
    KB6NAN 6 CA CM87 466 466 466 Apr-11
    AE5B 5 TX EM02 452 426 426 Jan-11
    W9JN 9 WI EN54 450 463 464 May-13
    N7CW 7 AZ DM34 446 449 451 May-13
    K4YMQ 4 AL EM63 443 488 449 May-13
    N4SC 8 MI EN72 443 441 441 May-13
    KU7Z 7 UT DN41 438 449 450 May-13
    K9CT 9 IL EN50 438 442 451 May-13
    K8SIX 8 MI EN82 436 439 439 May-13
    KR7O 6 CA DM07 431 455 465 May-12
    K0TLM 0 MO EM29 431 431 431 Jul-10
    K0SIX 0 MN EN35 430 488 440 May-13
    WA5JCI 5 TX EM21 429 429 429 Dec-10
    N4MM 4 VA FM09 423 423 425 Aug-11
    W5AL 5 TX DM95 419 419 419 Dec-10
    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
    W9VHF 9 IN EN71 409 405 406 Jul-11
    W3EP 1 CT FN31 406 409 417 Jul-11
    W5ZN 5 AR EM45 404 418 418 Jan-11
    NQ7R 7 AZ DM42 403 420 431 May-13
    N7KA 5 NM DM65 402 402 407 Sep-11
    KE7SW 7 WA CN87 401 409 409 May-12
    W0JRP 0 MO EM27 400 415 415 Aug-08
    W3UUM 5 TX EL29 400 400 400 May-12
    K4PI 4 GA EM73 400 400 400 May-12
    K4RWP 4 TN EM86 400 400 400 Jul-10
    W7GJ 7 MT DN27 397 479 479 May-13
    KB8U 8 MI EN71 396 405 411 Jul-11
    K1SIX 1 NH FN43 395 402 408 Aug-11
    AK3E 3 MD FM19 393 404 411 Sep-11
    K0IP 7 ID DN32 388 409 409 Jul-11
    K6EID 4 GA EM73 379 407 415 Jul-11
    K7MAC 7 ID DN13 359 424 431 Sep-11
    N0POH 0 CO DM79 316 401 416 May-12
    W9RPM 9 WI EN43 303 487 488 Aug-09
    K7XC 7 NV DM09 267 464 464 Jun-11
    KC6ZWT 6 CA CM98 174 419 419 Sep-11
    ND0B 0 ND EN07 115 280 434 May-13
    AA5AM 5 TX EM13   461 465 May-12
    K7MCX 7 WA CN87   457 458 Aug-11
    K7WIA 7 WA CN87   446 446 Jul-11
    VE1YX VE1 NS FN74   431 431 Jul-11
    W7CE 7 WA CN87   406 410 May-11




  • 2010 Rare Grids Survey PDF & Map

    FFMA Rare Grid Survey from December 2010 (PDF)

    Most Wanted Grids Map by Russell Dwarshius, KB8U (updated December 2010)

    Color Map (PDF)

    Black & White Map (PDF)

  • FFMA Grid Tracker Map by NZ3M

    The FFMA Grid Tracker Map spreadsheet was developed by Dave Clouser, NZ3M, and is available here at 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)


    Download the NZ3M FFMA Grid Tracker Map here

  • Online Grid Tracker by Johan Reinalda, WG7J

    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.
    Go Now

  • FFMA Recipients


    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          


  • FFMA Application Forms

6 Meter Grid DXpedition Calendar as of June 4, 2013)

The following is a list of known 6 meter grid DXpeditions. Please send info on new grid activations or corrections to Sean Kutzko, KX9X  at


Grid Start Date End Date Call Modes QSL Via Details
DM36 30-May-13 2-Jun-13 N7CW SSB/CW/WSJT N7CW (SASE) Holiday-style as time permits. WSJT in the morning
FM14 1-Jun-13 2-Jun-13 W0ETT/4 SSB/CW W0ETT Holiday-style operation
FM13 3-Jun-13 3-Jun-13 W0ETT/4 SSB/CW W0ETT One day only
DM58 5-Jun-13 10-Jun-13 W9RM SSB/CW/FSK441/ISCAT/JT65 W9RM 5-el & KW on 6m
EN48 6-Jun-13 10-Jun-13 W0W SSB/CW/WSJT K0SIX (SASE) or LOTW
EN86 6-Jun-13 9-Jun-13 K8JH SSB/CW/JT65HF K8JH (SASE)
FN45 6-Jun-13 10-Jun-13 KX9X/1 SSB/CW/WSJT KX9X (SASE) or LOTW 100w on 6 & 2, maybe 432. ARRL June VHF Contest.
DN34 7-Jun-13 10-Jun-13 KD7DCR SSB/CW/FSK441 KD7DCR ARRL June VHF Contest 1KW &  6-el
EN75 8-Jun-13 10-Jun-13 N8UR SSB/CW N8UR (SASE) ARRL June VHF Contest
EL84 11-Jul-13 15-Jul-13 K4N SSB/CW/WSJT/EME W5TFW (SASE) K5QE & company. Boat operation; More details coming soon.
Rover/Multi-Grid Trips            
New Mexico/Utah 28-May-13 10-Jun-13 W3EP/5 SSB/CW W3EP DM65-66-67-57-58-48-47
Oklahoma 31-May-13 June?? KB5HMU SSB/WSJT KB5HMU EM14 then EM26. check his QRZ page.
Utah/Wyoming 5-Jun-13 11-Jun-13 NN1N/m SSB/CW NN1N (SASE) or LOTW DN40/50-51-52-53-63-64-54-44-43, in that order;
Illinois/Wisconsin 8-Jun-13 9-Jun-13 W9YOY/r SSB/CW W9YOY EN51-61-62-63-53-52-42-41-40-50
EM59, EN60-61
South Dakota/Minnesota 8-Jun-13 9-Jun-13 K0BBC/r SSB K0BBC (SASE) or LOTW) W0ZF & K0BBC in DN84-85-94-95

Arizona > North Dakota 19-Jun-13 28-Jun-13 NJ0W SSB/CW/WSJT NJ0W DM53-51-61-70-71
California 4-Jul-13 7-Jul-13 K6CS SSB/CW K6CS CN71-81
North Dakota > Arizona 19-Jul-13 28-Jul-13 NJ0W SSB/CW/WSJT NJ0W DN92-93-82-DM48-49-58-