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Oops OFCOM makes mistakes

Dear Norman,

Thank you for your message about our recently published updated guidance. We agree that a typographical error seems to have crept in and that paragraph 2.106 should include “/A” and not “/T” to signify operation at an Alternative Address. We are grateful to you for pointing this out. We shall correct this when the next version of the guidance is released. This is likely to be at the beginning of December, at which time we shall make the correction.

I trust this helps.

Please let us know if you have any further questions or queries.

Kind Regards,
:: Zara Johnson
Licensing Officer
Spectrum Licensing
Spectrum Operations
0300 123 1000
:: Ofcom
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My message read:

From: Norman Pascoe [mailto:g4usb@]
Sent: 05 November 2015 16:14
To: Spectrum Licensing
Subject: Fwd: Clarification Please

Guidance for Licensees

In the recently published guidance for licensees document on Page 18 section 2.106
the suffixes are described as /M /P /T and /MM

/M = Mobile
/P = portable in the field away from station registered address
/MM = Maritime Mobile

/T = Not a Clue

/A is not in the list

so does /T replace it or should it also be used for temporary locations anywhere away from the home registered QTH?

Seems to contradict Page 10 of 20 of the UK Amateur Radio Licence text (downloaded from your web site) in the Notes to licence section d it states: when operating at locations other than the main station address it is recommended the following suffixes be used:

/A operates from Alternative Address – as it has always been
/P operates from a Temporary Location – as it has always been
/M from a mobile location – as it has always been
/MM from a maritime mobile location – as it has always been

These are as expected in that there is no mention of a /T

I am therefore seeking some clarification of this point. Suffix usage is often a topic of argument within our Club meetings as the more recent licence holders seem to have latched on to the option use of them and tend to ignore it completely whereas we long term operators (me since 1981) always use them as a matter of course. It was bad enough when /P when walking around with a hand held suddenly became/M unless you stamdong still, that was bonkers so us oldies still use /P when not attached to a fixed station be if in a vehicle or building.

Await comment with interest.

Can’t wait to be GK4USB next year that should stir things up a bit hi hi

Norman Pascoe G4USB
President of the Cornish Radio Amateur Club

BBC piece on XH558 the Vulcan’s history and retirement

OFCOM Guidance for Amateur Radio Licence holders

Cluck on the link below to view the full missive from OFCOM.

It is interesting to note that /P seems to have vanished and replaced by /T for temporary location? I wonder if that is actually correct.

Using RSL when in an alternative location such as Wales appears to now be optional!

Using /M /MM etc also seems to be optional?

Click link to read the full missive


RSL – K available via NOV to all Amateurs resident in Cornwall

Here is the announcement taken from the Ofcom Web Site dated 20/3/2015. Should be a fun year in the contests!


Representatives of Radio Amateurs in Cornwall approached Ofcom to request temporary use of the RSL ‘K’ (for ‘Kernow’, the Cornish word for Cornwall), following the recognition of the Cornish People under the ‘Framework Convention on National Minorities’.  Ofcom has agreed to this request and will permit Radio Amateurs with a Main Station Address in Cornwall to use of the RSL throughout 2016

In common with comparable past temporary RSLs, it will be available for all classes of Amateur Radio licences, including stations participating in contests.  We shall authorise the use of ‘K’ by varying individual licences, upon application by licensees via the website of the RSGB.  We are grateful to the RSGB for making this facility available.

Eligible licensees will be able to use the RSL ‘K’ anywhere within Cornwall, including at an alternative address, a temporary location, mobile or maritime mobile though Maritime Mobile use would, as usual, be limited to holders of the Full licence.

Use of this RSL will not be mandatory.  Licensees not wishing to use it will therefore continue to apply the normal licence rules on RSLs.

We shall make variations available from early December and we shall publish further guidance then.  Variations will have a start date of 1st January 2016 (or the date of issue if that is later) and they will all expire on 31st December 2016.  The RSL may therefore not be used beyond these dates.


Well done to PARC for the initiative in pushing for this to happen.

Should confuse the masses quite well as currently many can’t work out what to do with the existing permanent RSL and the clarification issued following the licence review suggests changing it when in another area is now optional.


Foundation Examination Re-Take Nov 4th

We would like to wish Linda all the best with her Foundation Examination on Wednesday evening.

You should fly through this time.



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Jamboree on the Air 2015 – GB4CCS

GB4CCS ( Cornwall County Scouts)

We were pleased to be invited back to Nine Ashes Scout Activity Centre in Bodmin to run a JOTA station again this year.

The activity will take place on the 17th and 18th October.

Looking forward to seeing everyone again for another successful event.

We will be very busy with around 300 youngsters passing through our hands with the objective of each of them having a contact both on VHF and on HF so no chance of warm hands as we will not be sitting on them hi hi.


There are some basic rules that should be followed:

  • All radio operators must operate their stations strictly in accordance with their national licensing regulations;
  • Stations should call “CQ Jamboree” or answer Scout stations calling to establish a contact;
  •  Any authorised frequency may be used. It is recommended that stations use the agreed World Scout Frequencies listed below.

To avoid congestion, other frequencies close by can be used as well.

World Scout Frequencies

HF SSB Voice
Band WOSM Calling Frequencies

80m 3.940 & 3.690

40m 7.190 & 7.090

20m 14.290

17m 18.140

15m 21.360

12m 24.960

10m 28.390

6m 50.160

HF CW – Band

WOSM Calling Frequencies
80m 3.570

40m 7.030

20m 14.060

17m 18.080

15m 21.140

12m 24.910

10m 28.180

6m 50.160
The JOTA is not a contest.

The idea is not to contact as many stations as possible during the weekend. It is about Scout to Scout conversations
to learn about one another and the country where they reside.

All participating groups are asked to send a report of their activities to their National JOTA Organizer (NJO) after the event.

NJO’s are requested to send a National JOTA Report to the World Scout Bureau, for inclusion in the World JOTA Report.


International Air Ambulance Week 2015 – GB1AAT Day1

International Air Ambulance Week

The Club was proud to represent the Cornwall Air Ambulance using the Special Event call sign

Great Britain’s 1st Air Ambulance Trust

20th September 2015

A very successful day was enjoyed on Sunday 20th September with plenty of contacts entered into our log book. Thank you to everyone who came along to help and to all operators who took the time to make a contact with us. The club appreciates your support during the event to promote awareness of the air ambulance service in the County of Cornwall.

gb1aat with tet

We arrived at Trevellas at around,;unfortunately we were not able to operate our station from the grounds of Perranporth Air Field, as previously arranged with the Parachute Club as, when the owners of the airfield realised we were going to be there, they contacted G4USB informing him that if we wished to set up on the airfield (which is working airfield being run as a commercial enterprise) the cost of their ground rent for our tent would be £100.00 for the day! The fact it was a station promoting the Air Ambulance Charity made no difference whatsoever. Plan B was called for with three days to go!

Thankfully Norman G4USB knew the owners of the land adjacent to the air field situated just behind the hangar buildings and arrangements were made enabling us to set up our tent on a patch of grass close to the airfield main entrance which shared the same postal code location to keep us within the NOV issued to Norman. Ian M0IAF allowed us to use his camper van mounted antenna mast fixed to the rear of the van and extending to 30 ft or so enabling us to raise our home brew G5RV into the air.

LDV mast

M0IAF’s van provided the antenna mast

Not too long into the operation we received a visit from a gentleman carrying a hand held. It transpired that he was the Airfield Manager Lucas, a  Brazilian national working his way around the world from Country to Country who just happens to hold a Class C Amateur Radio Licence in Brazil as PU3LPR and he proudly demonstrated this by showing us his licence documents. He lived in the most Southern part of Brazil when at home but moved here from Spain where he had lived for around 10 years, his father is also a licenced Radio Amateur in Brazil.

Lucas had heard about our predicament only the day before but he was unable to negotiate on our behalf at such short notice but hoped he would be able to assist should we wish to operate there again in the future.

He was with us for quite a while and he was introduced to the Baofeng handheld radios having not realised how cheaply he could purchase one. After taking several photographs of the tent, the Feather Banner and the group of operators Norman G4USB,Steve G7VOH,Ian M0IAF,James M6ZXZ,Terry M6LDW and Ken G0FIC he returned to his duties in the control tower.

m6zxz on ft450

James M6ZXZ on the Mic of the FT450

We had a visit from Roger May one of our current students who is taking the Foundation Course and due to take the exam on Saturday 26th September. Roger seemed to enjoy his brief visit and it seemed to fuel his enthusiasm and resolve to pass the following weekend.

The Transceiver in use for the day was the clubs Yaesu FT 450D providing us with 100 watts into the G5RV. Operation was restricted to 40m as the band was in good shape for inter G contacts and we worked in all some 80 stations from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland plus a few from mainland Europe.

The generator, supplied by Norman G4USB worked well giving us a constant supply of 240 volts. Ken G0FIC managed to forget to bring the tables but luckily Ian M0IAF had one in his camper. Thankfully there was little wind as inserting the tent pegs was rather awkward as the grass seems to be growing on top of what was probable 2nd World War vintage concrete being part of the former RAF base.

We broke camp at about and, once everything was cleared away it looked like we were never there!

International Air Ambulance Week runs from September 19th through to September 27th so we may be back at Trevellas again on Sunday 27th as We will be unable to take part on the Saturday due to examination duties at Gweal An Top.

73; from the team at GB1AAT – Ref AO32 for International Air Ambulance Week.

Happy landings to the two Cornwall Air Ambulances and their patients from all at C.R.A.C

One of the two Cornwall Air Ambulances

One of the two Cornwall Air Ambulances

Foundation Examination Successes 26-09-15

We held the latest Foundation Course examination today at Gweal An Top, Redruth.

An 80% pass rate achieved from the 5 candidates with the 5th scoring 18/27 missing success by just one mark.
It is always hard when that happens but better luck next time it was so close.

From Left to right:

Ian – Trevor – Gerry and Roger

A little more activity will be seen locally soon, well done guys and better luck on the second attempt to number 5 !

President CRAC

260915 Foundation passes

Thanks to:

Graham G3LAI – Trainer
Steve – G7VOH – Lead invigilator
Ken – G0FIC – Second Invigilator
Norman – G4USB – Course support

International Air Ambulance Week

International Air Ambulance Week is in full swing and the Cornish Radio Amateur Club have this year operated as an official station on Sunday 20th September and, we plan to be on air again on Sunday 27th September.

Cornwall was the fist County in England to have an Air Ambulance Trust and with some 25,000 sorties under their belts the two new MD902 Explorer helicopters (one pictured below in a shot taken in July 2015) the service continues to be a great success but, no funding is received from the Government coffers and the aircraft are kept in the air thanks to the fund raising carried out by the people of Cornwall and other donations.

The International Air Ambulance Week is designed to raise awareness of the Air Ambulance Service via Amateur Radio. If you would like to donate on behalf of our event station ref A032 please visit:

and use the Donate Button especially if you visit our beautiful County for your holidays, you never know when you may need their services!

Norman G4USB – President of the Cornish Radio Amateur Club

Please give us a call on Sunday if you hear us on the



Here we are operating on September 20th from our patch of land adjacent to the former Trevellas Airfield now known as Perranporth Airfield where, on the day, there was a charity parachute freefall experience day held also in aid of the Cornwall Air Ambulance. Unfortunately we were not able to set up our station on the airfield itself.


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