Heading into a STORM to operate amateur HAM radio

There are challenges in the hobby to keep us interested, from distance to collecting points and awards such as SOTA, Hema, and Worked All Britain. These awards and the equivalent in other countries are aimed at encouraging radio operators to get outdoors, to challenge themselves

In the UK we have an award called the trig point award run by the Worked All Britain group. These trig points are locations that can be difficult to get to and operate a station, which itself offers a level of satisfaction upon achievement.

Triangulation Pillars – Used by ONS for measuring the shape of Britain.

Trigpoints are the common name for “triangulation pillars”. These are concrete pillars, about 4′ tall, which were used by the Ordnance Survey in order to determine the exact shape of the country. They are generally located on the highest bit of ground in the area, so that there is a direct line of sight from one to the next. By sitting a theodolite (an accurate protractor built into a telescope) on the top of the pillar, accurate angles between pairs of nearby trigpoints could be measured. This process is called “triangulation”.

A major project to map out the shape of Great Britain began in 1936.

This award is based upon working the pillar type triangulation points (commonly known as ‘Trig Points’) which were used to carry out the surveying for Ordnance Survey maps.


There will be six categories of award – HF Worked, HF Activated, VHF Worked, VHF Activated, “Trig to Trig” HF (Mixed HF/VHF claims count in this category) & “Trig to Trig” VHF (see below for “Trig to Trig” details).

To be valid for the award, the activating station must be located within 30m of the pillar measured both horizontally and vertically.

In common with all aspects of the other permanent W.A.B. awards, a trig point may only be activated or worked once for credit towards this award.

All contacts for this Award must have been made on or after 1st January 2015.
W.A.B. Trig Points Activated Award certificate

The normal certificate price applies. For subsequent claims, previous claims must be included.

Activators please note: The “Trig to Trig” categories are for working other trig points whilst activating from trig points yourself.

Any “Trig to Trig” contacts will also count for your home collection if so desired.
A trig point can only be worked once “Trig to Trig” for award credit, irrespective of which trig point it is worked from or who is activating the other trig point, i.e. the same trig point cannot be worked again for further credit from a different trig point, nor will it count when worked if activated by a different station.

“Activated” and “Trig to Trig” Awards are Free of Charge.

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