rsgb | November 27, 2015
Ofcom has agreed that the special regional secondary locator, K, may be used between 1 January and 31 December 2016 inclusive by the holder of any amateur radio licence with a main station address in Cornwall, subject to the licensee obtaining a valid Notice of Variation.
It may only be used when the radio equipment is located in Cornwall.
Use of this NoV is optional, and can be obtained from the RSGB website at www.rsgb.org/k-for-cornwall from 1 December 2015, but may not be used until 1 January 2016.
Cornish clubs have set up the Kernow Award, and there will be a special activity day on St Piran’s Day, the Patron Saint of Cornwall, on 5 March.
The Kernow Award
From 1st January 2016 to 31st December 2016, radio amateurs with a main address in the County of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly may apply to add the letter ‘K’ as a Regional Secondary Locator (RSL). E.g G3UCQ becomes GK3UCQ.
Why the ‘K’? Kernow is Celtic for Cornwall.
In April, 2014 The U.K. Government announced that the proud history, unique culture, and distinctive language of Cornwall would be fully recognised under European rules for the protection of national minorities.The decision to recognise the unique identity of the Cornish, now affords the County the same status under the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities as the UK’s other Celtic people, the Scots, the Welsh and the Irish.
OfCom have agreed to allow the use of the RSL for a period of one year to allow radio amateurs, with a main address in Cornwall, to add the letter K to their call signs and to celebrate the unique status of the County.
The Kernow Award is being offered by the Poldhu Amateur Radio Club to stations who make the required number of points. The award offers three levels of achievement for both HF & VHF classes. One point is given per QSO made with a station using the ‘K’ in the call sign, any bands and modes may be used. A station may be worked on the same band with different modes.
No repeater or internet QSOs are allowed. QSOs must be made between 1st January 2016 and 31st December 2016.
The Special station GB2016K may be active during 2016 and, if so, will count 5 points for each QSO.
CLASS ONE – Amateur Bands 1.8 to 30MHz
Gold – 30 points.
Silver – 20 points.
Bronze – 10 points.
CLASS TWO – Amateur Bands 50 MHz and above
Gold – 15 points.
Silver – 10 points.
Bronze – 5 points.
QSOs may be any mode and band the operator is legally entitled to use.
QSOs between 00:01 UTC 01/01/2016 and 23:59 31/12/2016 only will count.
The Kernow Award certificate will be a free download .pdf file.
All QSOs must be made using the same call sign, but /M /MM or /P is acceptable.
Please email your log in adif format to:-
email The Award Manager. John Farrar, G3UCQ
(This is a work in progress so the conditions for the Award may change before 1/1/2016)