In reply to M0LMP:
This has been aired before after a large non SOTA group activated the cloud and were asked to leave. The old Yahoo reflector Message #12814 gives the response from the NT and as you say above there is no requirement for a licence to transmit on NT land provided your activation is low impact.
As the old reflector is not readily accessible any more I quote the message:=
"SOTA participants who subscribe to this group will be aware that there have
been instances where people doing activations have been asked to leave by
National Trust wardens. Such instances are very rare - especially when
compared to the number of activations that have taken place on NT
land and are outweighed by occasions when wardens have tacitly allowed
A SOTA participant recently contacted the Trust in an attempt to clarify the
access position. Although done with the best of intentions, this was a
high-risk course of action that was taken without discussion with the SOTA
Management Team. A reply has now been received from the National Trust and
fortunately it is quite positive. The relevant part of the reply is copied
below and is from the Trust’s Head of Access and Recreation.
“With regards to the Trust’s approach to allowing the use of its properties
by transreceiver operators we can see no difficulty in allowing such
activity without the need for formal permission. There may be some local
circumstances where permission should be sought but from an
organisation perspective this to my mind is a low impact activity.”
Activators intending to do activations on National Trust land should be
aware that this is not a charter to do as we wish but rather it simply
maintains what has always been the situation with regard to low impact
activities on Trust land.
The key thing here is that our activities must been seen as having a “low
impact” and it remains the case that SOTA activators should defer to the
wishes of NT staff and volunteer wardens - they are effectively charged with
assessing “impact” on the ground. It also remains the case that one of the
Trust’s Byelaws (believed to date from 1965) precludes the use of Trust Land
for broadcasting. Putting aside whether we broadcast or not, this byelaw has
been quoted to activators by wardens in the past as the sole reason why they
should not be there and remains as a potential point of conflict. It is also
the case that Trust land is effectively privately owned (as is virtually all
land in England and Wales) and it is not the case that we have any special
rights to do activations.
At present the SOTA MT does not intend opening up further dialogue with the
National Trust; we will however be updating our environmental page at
www.sota.org.uk over the winter to include a simple Code of Practice for
activators. We also wish to monitor the access situation and to that
effect we would be grateful of reports of access problems. Such reports
should be sent direct to the Management Team.
Please also read the guidance on access and related issues at:
From the SOTA Management Team"
However I think you are well aware of this and the crux seems to be whether a licence could be obtained. The trust does issue licences for such things as deer stalking, metal detecting and flying model aircraft. These are really permits. I have in the past obtained a permit to operate a special event station from an NT property so they are available.
As for an MT member having a licence I know you have had answers on your own board from two of the MT so why are you asking again here?