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
Riverside House
2a Southwark Bridge Road
London SE1 9HA

For more information on licensing visit http://licensing.ofcom.org.uk/

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

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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.


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The ARRL 10m Contest 2015

ARRL 10 -Meter Contest
Status: Active
Mode: CW, Phone
Bands: 10m Only
Classes: Single Op (QRP/Low/High)(CW/Phone/Mixed)
Single Op Unlimited (QRP/Low/High)(CW/Phone/Mixed)
Multi-Single (Low/High)
Max operating hours: 36 hours
Max power: HP: 1500 watts
LP: 150 watts
QRP: 5 watts
Exchange: W/VE: RST + State/Province
XE: RST + State
DX: RST + Serial No.
MM: RST + ITU Region
QSO Points: 2 points per Phone QSO
4 points per CW QSO
Multipliers: Each US State + DC once per mode
Each VE Province/Territory once per mode
Each XE State once per mode
Each DXCC Country once per mode
Each ITU Region (MM only) once per mode
Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points x total mults
E-mail logs to: 10meter[at]arrl[dot]org
Mail logs to: 10 Meter Contest
225 Main St.
Newington, CT 06111
Find rules at:  http://www.arrl.org/10-meter
Future Dates
0000Z, Dec 12 to 2400Z, Dec 13, 2015 Logs due: Jan 11
0000Z, Dec 10 to 2359Z, Dec 11, 2016

If 10m remains active another good xhance to give your station a work out.

Since the CQWW on Suday I have worked S.India, Hong Kong and Turkey at around 0830/0900 hrs and French Guiana and Guadaloupe upon arrival at home after work around 1730/1800hrs so keep looking the SX is out there.


CW Worlwide SSB Contest 24th & 25th October 2015

Where does the time go, it only seems a few days ago was the last CQ Worldwide weekend but here we are again with the latest.

The annual CQWW SSB contest weekend is a good chance to test out your resolve and, more importantly your station.

I decoded to take a look at 10m in the hope it would have some activity. In fact it was packed with stations calling so I decided to have a go and see what I could achieve. My beam is still out of action and teathered to the north west so it would be a 100w maximum operation using the TS480 and FT650 with the Sigma Mantova 5/8 wave vertical at about 25 ft.

Started out using the TS480 and then decided to give the recently obtained FT650 a thrashing. I had heard they were very sensitive but was not prepared for just how sensitive it was compared to the other radio’s. Not once did the pre-amp get switched on! I was hearing stations in VK, VU, HS, VR at good signals but not cracking the enormous pile ups. I decided to take a look on the main station rigs the TS950SD attached to the Carolina 160s Windom and the TS870 attached to the X7 at 45 feet. Usually the beam does a good job at receiving from any quarter but this time, yes both radios were hearing all of the stations mentioned but at much lower received strengths to the FT650 on the Mantova. So, back to station 3 to carry on, only missed the VR2 as he decided to QSY to 15M, the others were eventually cracked. The VK4 worked was called just once and it was a straight contact with no repeats required either way.

I also heard a couple of VK6 stations, another Chinese call but the band really was severely crowded as you would expect for CQWW.

With around 170 contacts made in the limited time devoted to the operation 20 CQWW Zones were worked, 50 Countries contacted and 18 U.S. States including some of the hard to find such as Montana, Wyoming and Iowa.

I am still not a contester, far from it, just a Ham wishing to give his kit a work out to contact some of the places not heard too often.

If I can do it anyone can, no amplifier or beam was used, just a 5/8 wave vertical with its roots firmly in the CB band.

CQ Worldwide Contest October 24th 25th 2015

Worked by G4USB – Mantova 5/8 wave vertical and around 90 Watts 

 Time UTC  Frequency  Call  Country  Location  Rept  Zone
24/10/2015 TS480 – Mantova
9.48 28.490 A71CV Qattar Doha 59 21
9.50 28.477 UW7LL Ukraine Kharkov 59 16
9.53 28.384 P33W Cyprus Paphos 59 20
10.12 28.426 RC9O Russia Novosibirsk 59 18
16.03 28.430 V26B Antigua 59 8
16.06 28.539 ZY2B Brazil Tatui 59 11
16.07 28.694 N5DX USA Harrison-Az 59 4
16.09 28.707 CW5W Uruguay Cerro Largo 59 13
16.12 28.501 PX2A Brazil Sao Paolo 59 11
16.16 28.572 LU1VM Argentina San Carlos 59 13
16.21 28.563 PR1T Brazil Rio de Janeiro 59 11
16.24 28.560 PS2T Brazil Araraquara 59 11
16.28 28.501 NR5M USA Houston Tx 59 4
16.31 28.455 ZV1OM Brazil ? 59 11
16.35 28.438 EF8U Canary Is Las Palmas 59 33
16.41 28.581 PX5E Brazil Rancho Queimando 59 11
16.44 28.615 ZW5B Brazil Araucaria 59 11
16.46 28.680 CX9AY Uruguay Montevideo 59 13
16.50 28.714 CW1DC Uruguay Canelones 59 13
16.55 28.528 PY1NX Brazil Rio de Janeiro 59 11
17.04 28.473 LR1E Argentina Buenos Aires 59 13
17.10 58.613 PU2YZP Brazil Sao Paolo 59 11
Switched to FT650 on Mantova
17.15 28.574 KP2XX Virgin Is St Thomas 59 8
17.17 28.581 PX5E Brazil Rancho Queimando 59 11
17.27 28.651 PY2KJ Brazil Sao Paolo 59 11
17.28 28.621 KP3Z Puerto Rico Rio Piedras 59 8
17.32 28.589 EA8CSD Canary Is Tenerife 59 33
17.37 28.579 CX2DK Uruguay Montevideo 59 13
17.39 28.577 LU5VV Argentina Bariloche 59 13
17.41 28.553 ZY2A Brazil Catalao Go Cep 59 11
17.45 28.490 VP5DX Turks&Caicos 59 8
17.56 28.462 3G6S Chile Osorno 59 12
17.57 28.430 V28B Antigua 59 8
17.58 28.415 PX2A Brazil Sao Paolo 59 11
18.03 28.598 FY5KE French Guiana  Club De Kourou 59 9
18.10 28.488 NQ4I USA Griffin GA 59 5
18.58 28.376 CN2AA Morocco Rabat 59 33
19.02 28.421 CN2R Morocco Rabat 59 33
Band effecrively died at this point.
25th October 2015
9.05 28.560 C33C Cyprus 59 20
9.06 28.552 UT8RL Ukraine Kriviy Rih 59 16



9.28 28.606 HS0ZIA Thailand Chiang Mai 59 26
9.30 28.603 VU2XPL India Bangalore 59 22
9.32 28.593 C4A Cyprus Nicosia 59 20
9.33 28.577 D4Z Cape Verde 59 35
9.40 28.484 A61ZX U.A.E Sharjah 59 21
9.45 28.536 UT7E Ukraine Dneprodzerzhinsk 59 16
9.48 28.520 J43TR Greece Patras 59 14
9.50 28.518 YP8T Romania Suceava 59 14
9.51 28.514 ES5TF Estonia Tartumaa 59 14
9.58 28.500 SV1JG Greece Kapandriti 59 20
10.03 28.443 OH2LZC Finland Sipoo 59 15
10.12 28.563 B7P China Guangdong 59 24
10.14 28.601 YP7P Romania Craiova Dolj 59 20
10.16 28.596 J42T Greece Argos Orestiko 59 20
10.27 28.556 A73A Qatar Doha 59 21
10.27 28.54 TC2C Turkey Istanbul 59 20
10.37 28.467 SC0N Sweden 59 14
10.40 28.459 VK4KW Australia Toogoolwah Qld 59 30
10.42 28.429 UP2L Kazakstan Kostanay 59 17
10.45 28.386 UW7LL Ukraine Kharkov 59 16
10.46 28.38 II6T Italy Tortoreto 59 15
10.48 28.368 TO4K St Barts St Barthelemy 59 8
10.49 28.343 UP0L Kazakhstan 59 17
10.52 28.311 TC3P Turyey Izmir 59 20
10.55 28.69 9K2HN Kuwait Salem 59 21
12.01 28.59 3V8SS Tunisia Hamman Sousse 59 33
12.10 28.485 PX5E Brazil Rancho Queimando 59 11
12.18 28.33 CN3A Morocco Safi 59 33
12.21 28.308 EF8U Canary Is Las Palmas 59 33
12.27 28.348 PQ5B Brazil Floeianopolis 59 11
12.32 28.435 SV9GPV Crete 59 20
12.37 28.488 W3LPL USA Glenwood MD 59 5
Said I was a really big signal – take that compliment
12.39 28.546 K1KP USA Andover MA 59 5
12.50 28.625 CQ3L Madeira Is 59 33
13.51 28.644 HI3TT Dominican Rep Santiago de America 59 8
12.54 28.64 KP3Z Puerto Rico 59 8
13.01 28.655 A82AA Liberia 59 21
13.02 28.555 A73A Qatar Doha 59 21
13.05 28.548 VP9I Bermuda Is 59 5
13.07 28.536 VP2MDG Montserrat 59 8
13.08 28.529 PY5IN Brazil Curitiba 59 11
13.09 28.528 LU1HLH Argentina Rio Ceballos 59 13
13.11 28.516 PR7AB Brazil Joa Pessoa 59 11
13.21 28.502 R7AW Russia Krasnodarsky 59 16
13.24 28.487 V26B Antigua Team Antigua 59 8
12.37 28.295 PJ4X Bonaire Kralendijk 59 9
13.41 28.345 TC0F Turkey Canakkale 59 20
13.42 28.349 K4OV USA Chapel Hill NC 59 5
13.49 28.429 KC1XX USA Mason – NH 59 5



13.52 28.450 P33W Cyprus Paphos 59 20
13.53 28.502 R7AW Russia Krasnodarsky 59 16
14.00 28.582 K4JPD USA Carroltown GA 59 5
14.02 28.669 EF8R Canary Is Las Palmas 59 33
14.03 28.684 RO5D Russia Moscow 59 16
14.04 28.689 W9RE USA Indianapolis IL 59 4
14.14 28.755 TK/PB8DX/P Corsica 59 15
14.16 28.724 ED8O Canary Is 59 33
14.21 28.658 N4QS USA Puducah KY 59 4
14.23 28.595 K0DEQ USA Rolla MO 59 4
15.15 28.487 N0NI USA Fallon MO 59 4
15.16 28.478 UW5ZM Ukraine Ochakov 59 16
15.19 28.39 LZ5R Bulgaria Plovdiv 59 20
15.22 28.372 W0GJ USA Calmar IA 59 4
15.24 28.331 LZ5K Bulgaria Kazanlak 59 20
15.33 28.553 PY2MC Brazil Limeira 59 11
15.37 28.621 PU2YZP Brazil 59 11
15.39 28.621 VY2ZM Canada Souris PE 59 5
15.45 28.628 K9CT USA Trivoli IL 59 4
15.47 28.762 K5TR USA Austin TX 59 4
15.52 28.662 ZS1TMJ S.Africa Clanwilliam 59 38
15.55 28.653 LU5VV Argentina Bariloche 59 13
16.01 28.399 CR3A Madeira Is Funchal 59 33
16.05 28.395 EA5DFV Spain Alicante 59 14
16.07 28.35 PJ2T Curacao 59 9
16.11 28.346 CV3D Uruguay Radio Grp Sur 59 13
our IMD chaps
16.16 28.337 PP5UP Brazil Floeianopolis 59 11
16.18 28.333 PQ5B Brazil Rancho Queimando 59 11
16.20 28.304 W8PR USA Ohio 59 4
16.25 28.65 K4TCG USA Tennessee 59 4
16.27 28.641 K6ND USA Mendon MA 59 5
16.37 28.592 K3LR USA W.Middx PA 59 5
16.38 28.568 VE3KZ Canada Milton ONT 59 4
16.45 28.523 NV9L USA Burlington WI 59 4
16.46 28.519 K8AZ USA Chesterland OH 59 4
16.50 28.483 TO2M Martinique Mayotte 59 8
16.54 28.472 YY1YLY Venezuela Trujillo 59 9
16.56 28.41 XE1B Mexico Mexico City 59 6
16.58 28.403 W5CT USA Burnet TX 59 4
17.03 28.312 PU2WDX Brazil Valinhos S-P 59 11
17.04 28.308 P40W Aruba 59 9
17.06 28.308 ED8O Canary Is 59 33
17.07 28.777 KZ2I USA Charlotte NC 59 5
17.10 28.741 PJ4Q Bonaire Is 59 9
17.12 28.733 W5PR USA Manvel TX 59 4
17.15 28.721 TO2A French Guiana 59 9
17.18 28.625 PY5FO Brazil Curitiba 59 11
17.19 28.608 PY5ZHP Brazil 59 11
17.23 28.585 N6AR USA Florida 59 5



17.25 28.56 K4TCG USA Tennessee 59 4
17.27 28.483 K0TT USA Framlingtom MN 59 4
17.38 28.443 J62DX St Lucia 59 8
17.41 28.389 W0GJ USA Iowa 59 4
17.42 28.363 VP5DX Turks&Caicos 59 8
17.44 28.321 PY1NX Brazil Rio 59 11
17.47 28.724 AA9A USA De Pere WI 59 4
17.50 28.629 CE3CT Chile 59 12
17.51 28.622 LR1E Argentina Nr Buenos Aires 59 13
17.54 28.569 K9NW USA Hamilton OH 59 4
17.55 28.548 HK1NA Colombia DxColombia ARC 59 9
17.56 28.542 N7WY USA Cheyanne WY 59 4
17.57 28.522 N4TZ USA Middletown IN 59 4
18.02 28.481 ED1R Spain Avila 59 14
18.10 28.635 EA1BD Spain Santander 59 14
18.12 28.565 LU3DX Argentina La Plata Buenos Air 59 13
18.2 28.348 LW5DPG Argentina 59 13
18.23 28.322 5J0B San Andres Is Colombia 59 7
18.25 28.347 CV3D Uruguay Radio Gp Sur 59 13
18.27 28.350 PJ2T Neth Antillies 59 9
18.44 28.564 LU5VV Argentina Bariloche 13




Zones Worked 4 5 7 8 9 11
12 13 14 15 16 17
18 20 21 24 26 30
33 35


Zone Map

Countries Worked
Greece Kazakhstan Australia Sweden Romania
China Finland Thailand India Cyprus
Cape Verde U.A.E. Estonia Italy Kuwait
Tunisia Domin Rep Liberia Puerto Rico Morocco
Ukraine Corsica Russia Turkey Crete
Bulgaria S.Africa Spain Argentina Uruguay
Brazil Chile Venezuela Canada Canary Is
St Lucia Mexico Qatar Neth Antillies San Andreas Is
Turks&Caicos Bonaire Is St Barts Bermuda Is French Guiana
Curacao Madeira Is Antigua Montserrat USA


U.S.States Worked
Wisconsin Iowa Ohio Minnesota Tennessee
Wyoming Florida Texas N.Carolina Pensylvania
Indiana Montana Kentuckey Georgia Massachusetts
Maryland Illinois New Hampshire


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    Introduction If Alinco’s DX-R8  receiver and the DX-SR8 had a child, it would be the DX-SR9. The DX-SR9 inherits the brains of the DX-R8 and the brawn of the DX-SR8 to create the DX-SR9 hybrid amateur radio transceiver. Hybrid SDRs are generally a standard radio receiver with buttons and knobs that feature an IQ output […]
  • New Forum for Ham Radio Science 19/02/2014
    As of today, HRS has decommissioned the old forum. We were just getting too many spammers. The new forum will allow us a better opportunity to help reduce some of the spam. Unfortunately, we were not able to move the user database or the old posts to the new forum. If you were a member […]


  • CRAC – Social Evening 17/11/2015
    We are again meeting at the Countryman, Piece, Carnkie, Redruth from around 1930Hrs onwards. As ever food is available at the venue should you wish to treat yourselves. This week should be a Folk Evening for background ambience. Last week … Continue reading →
  • CRAC Social Evening 10/11/2015
    We are today meeting at the Countryman, Piece, Redruth from around 1930Hrs onwards for a chat session at the pub. Wednesday is Steak Night if you fancy treating yourself (other cooked food available) and it could be Folk Night to … Continue reading →
  • BBC piece on XH558 history and retirement 04/11/2015
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  • XH558 Final Flight at Doncaster the last Vulcan landing ever 02/11/2015
    No need to say anything, the film will say it all. Farewell to the Vulcan from our skies, a sad day. XH558 will continue to be maintained and will perform high speed ground runs and be used for educational purposes … Continue reading →
  • UAS – offers for CRAC Members 17/07/2015
    UAS Enterprises Ltd 10 ONLY £18.00 W-770HB Watson 2m/70cm Dualbander with Fold-over base * Bands 144 & 430MHz * 3dBi & 5.5dBi * 200W max * Length 1.1m * Base PL-259 SIRIO GPA 40 70 Base Antenna 4m 6m 6 … Continue reading →
  • The West Cornwall Motor Show 280615 29/06/2015
    As forecast we awoke to a wet and rather dismal day on Sunday with thick mist and driving drizzle being the order of the day. I arrived at the show site at around 10.15am and parked in public parking paying … Continue reading →
  • An excellent day out 24/06/2015
    Wadebridge Wheels, see photographs of previous years on the site, is an excellent day out for all the family. If it has wheels and an engine it may well be seen at this show from vintage tractors to Ferrari cars … Continue reading →
  • CRAC Social Evening 23/06/2015
    We are again meeting at the Countryman, Piece, Carnkie on Wednesday evening, June 24th from aroud 7.00pm onwards. Food available within the pub for those wishing to treat themselves. Its steak night on a Wednesday with I believe two steak … Continue reading →
  • Foundation Licence Training 16/06/2015
    With the unfortunate cancellation of the last planned course due to the inability of students to attend we are hoping to arrange a further course in September 2015. Keep a look out for further details. We can only set dates … Continue reading →
  • An end of an era begins 21/05/2015
    Today us the 76th anniversary of the formation of NAS 771. To mark the event 6 Sea King helicopters are carrying out a fly past sortie over West Cornwall leaving Culdrose at 10.30 BST. This also marks the start of … Continue reading →

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