I have contacted OFCOM about the regular pirate intrusions onto the 60m band by some presumed fisherman from Ireland. The person I spoke to in the amateur and maritime section was exceptionally efficient and helpful and has passed my initial reports onto the next section. He stressed it may take some time before we seeing anything happening but in the meantime we can help.
The enforcement officers are better able to help us if we can help them. So that means they need logs of when the offences are committed. This is where SOTA chasers can help as we should be able to mobilise a large number of people who can monitor the band during daylight hours. The enforcement officers (sadly they know me well) have my details and will eventually contact me for more info. I am happy to act as central log holder and you can send me logs via email.
You should log times and frequencies you hear illegal activity. Also any information that may help with positive identification such as type of fish being caught, names, boat names, harbours etc. Most fisherman will give misleading position information over the air so that only their colleagues know the true position but these are still worth recording. You should also make sure you include your callsign and location (NGR or Maidenhead). Send these to me once a week (every Friday) to mm0fmf AT hotmail.com (do the obvious to that email address. I’ll make them available when requested.
We should be able to demonstrate amateurs acting in a positive and coordinated role here which should help with our continued access to this useful band. I’ve heard considerable QRMing of these pirate taking place. The most obvious source being frustrated amateurs. Everyone should also be aware that “official ears” may now be listening a lot more intently, so it’s time for our best behaviour then ladies!
Don’t let the fact I have contacted OFCOM stop you contacting them if you wish. I’m not sure whether many complaints will have more weight that giving them a single point of contact.
mm0fmf AT hotmail.com