Special temporary call signs for Royal Wedding

Friday, 15 April 2011 11:52 by G7EIX

Special temporary call signs that Radio Amateurs may use subject to prior authorization, from 29 April to 9 May 2011—signifying the marriage of H.R.H. Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton

RSGB has agreed with Ofcom arrangements for all UK radio amateurs to be able to use special call signs for a period of eleven days beginning on the date of the marriage of HRH Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton, 29 April 2011. Use of the special prefix, MR, 2R or GR, according to your license type, is conditional on allocation of a Notice of Variation that can be quickly obtained via a simple process on the Society’s website, where full details of the arrangements can also be found. UK amateurs wishing to use the special prefix should visit www.rsgb.org.uk/weddingcall and follow the guidance there.

The last date and time for application is 6pm on 26 April 2011. All NoVs will be provided by close of business on 28 April. Please note that no postal applications can be accepted and all NoVs will be sent by e-mail.

Following a request from the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), Ofcom has decided to permit Amateurs holding valid UK; Full Licenses, Full (Reciprocal) Licenses, Intermediate Licenses and Foundation Licenses to apply for and receive authorization for the use of individual special temporary call signs which are linked to their existing licensed call sign.

The duration for use of these special temporary call signs will be from 29 April 2011 through to 9 May 2011 inclusive only.


G0ABC is amended to GR0ABC
GM0ABC is amended to GR0ABC
2E0ABC is amended to 2R0ABC
2W0ABC is amended to 2R0ABC
2J0ABC is amended to 2R0ABC
M1ABC is amended to MR1ABC
MI0ABC is amended to MR0ABC
MD6ABC is amended to MR6ABC
MU3ABC is amended to MR3ABC

This of course means that your local neighborhood limey will be using the call of":


for periods on 2m and HF over the coming weeks. So keep listening if you want to work a unique call.

Richard W5/GR7EIX

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Lehman High School, Kyle, TX to ISS audio 29th March 2011

Tuesday, 29 March 2011 14:28 by G7EIX

I was just looking at the track for the International Space Station today and noticed that the ISS was just coming over the horizon up north.  So I tuned to 145.800 and started recording the audio.

Turns out it was a scheduled contact with Catherine Coleman and Lehman High School in Kyle, TX.

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showthumbLehman High School, Kyle, TX

Here is the ISSFANCLUB snippet regarding the contact.

“Lehman High School students in Kyle, Texas have been scheduled for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Tuesday, March 29 at 17:40 UTC. The youth have been learning about astronomy, geography and physics and have been studying for their amateur radio Technician licenses. Journalism students have established reporter contacts and will provide news briefs, interview material, photographs and video material to local news outlets.”

Here is the audio – approx. 7 mins long.   The start was chopped, as was the end, but still a good 7 mins pass after all.


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