UK and Europe VHF Contesting Maidenhead Locator Map 2018

After I did my original UK and Europe VHF Contesting Maidenhead Locator Map I started getting more requests for a map centred on areas I hadn’t really intended the map to cover. It was originally meant for my use but many people thought it would be great to have one for their location. Also it didn’t really cover the sort of range possible by a decent QRO station in major VHF contests. So I decided to create one suitable for more areas and with more range covered.

I started by creating a base map with a MUCH larger range on a smaller scale. Several attempts were needed to get a balance of detail and filesize as original tries were beautifully detailed but enormous files! Once I created that I realised it might be useful as a VHF locator square collecting map of Europe that VHF enthusiasts could use to record new squares worked on each band. I then made the contesting maps a smaller section of that map that could be centred on most of Europe:

G1YBB VHF Contest map JO45UN

The maps below are intended to be printed at A4 or bigger. Everything but the base map is vector based should should retain quality at many sizes. The file size is about half that of the old map. The beam headings supplied are in 30° increments like many rotator controller displays. 
The colours are not quite as aesthetically pleasing as the previous maps perhaps but the colours are altered to be easier to read for the more common types of colour blindness.
Maps with a beam heading towards Wales (GW) are calculated beam heading where you will find G1YBB/P or GW1YBB/P and also several Hereford ARS contest stations such as G4ASR.

There are a couple of caveats. Actual beam heading will vary depending on the distance between the two stations and distance from the equator so should be used as a guide. At most VHF frequencies in normal conditions and without laser beam antennas most won’t notice the difference. The distance rings will also be fairly close but approximate.

Each map centre will cover several squares around the centre point. For example I use the same map for both IO81KW and IO82LB.

Right click the VHF locator map link and use ‘Save As’ or similar to save the map to your PC.

NOTE: These maps are provided free in the spirit of Amateur Radio and are not for resale or commercial use.

G1YBB VHF Contesting Locator Map of UK & Europe from IO54MB
G1YBB VHF Contesting Locator Map of UK & Europe from IO70JF
G1YBB VHF Contesting Locator Map of UK & Europe from IO71UN
G1YBB VHF Contesting Locator Map of UK & Europe from IO81TI
G1YBB VHF Contesting Locator Map of UK & Europe from IO82XL
G1YBB VHF Contesting Locator Map of UK & Europe from IO83LI
G1YBB VHF Contesting Locator Map of UK & Europe from IO85MU
G1YBB VHF Contesting Locator Map of UK & Europe from IO87BN
G1YBB VHF Contesting Locator Map of UK & Europe from IO91CL
G1YBB VHF Contesting Locator Map of UK & Europe from IO91OQ
G1YBB VHF Contesting Locator Map of UK & Europe from IO91TM
G1YBB VHF Contesting Locator Map of UK & Europe from IO93MG
G1YBB VHF Contesting Locator Map of UK & Europe from IO94FQ
G1YBB VHF Contesting Locator Map of UK & Europe from JN49EX
G1YBB VHF Contesting Locator Map of UK & Europe from JO01CM
G1YBB VHF Contesting Locator Map of UK & Europe from JO01LH
G1YBB VHF Contesting Locator Map of UK & Europe from JO01QJ
G1YBB VHF Contesting Locator Map of UK & Europe from JO02AH
G1YBB VHF Contesting Locator Map of UK & Europe from JO02OB
G1YBB VHF Contesting Locator Map of UK & Europe from JO40XL
G1YBB VHF Contesting Locator Map of UK & Europe from JO40XL A3
G1YBB VHF Contesting Locator Map of UK & Europe from JO45UN
G1YBB VHF Contesting Locator Map of UK & Europe from JO46QH
G1YBB VHF Contesting Locator Map of UK & Europe from JO55BJ
G1YBB VHF Contesting Locator Map of UK & Europe from JO55SL
G1YBB VHF Contesting Locator Map of UK & Europe from JO55XQ
G1YBB VHF Contesting Locator Map of UK & Europe from JO59CC
G1YBB VHF Contesting Locator Map of UK & Europe from JO59KF
G1YBB VHF Contesting Locator Map of UK & Europe from JO65DH
G1YBB VHF Contesting Locator Map of UK & Europe from JO94FL
G1YBB VHF Contesting Locator Map of UK & Europe from JO94FL A3

If you would like a map centred on your location and one of the above is not close enough you can email me for one. Tell me you 6 figure locator in the email. Time permitting I will create you one. I can also create A3 sized ones covering more area but these will be on special request. My email address is explained on the welcome page, and can also be found on qrz.com.