To celebrate the 20th anniversary of SOTA in GI, (Northern Ireland), I have 2 special calls until the end of July 2022.
From home I have GB2OGI (thats Oscar Golf India) and from the summit of GI/AH-003 I have the call GB5OTA
I look forward to many contacts using the special callsigns from home and and from the summit. Unfortunately the licensing authority in the UK will only allow the use of the calls from 1 specific location.
All contacts will be uploaded to LoTW (info is on QRZ)
Hi Victor, nice to work you earlier today from Wales as GW0MHF/P on my first hf activation. 40m was very sucessfull, but I only got one QSO on 20m, that into Slovakia.
Good luck with your special event callsigns.
Hi Victor !
A lot of work to send your call GB2OGI to other portable station
Always was on frequency and even despite your announcement they were a little surprised with this call sign
I was not present today but I hope that with GB5OTA it was easier
Hi Eric, I was surprised that I didn’t hear your call today. I had a good activation with GB5OTA and you will hopefully get a chance to get it in your log as I hope to get out a few more times with it before it expires on 31st July, always from GI/AH-003
Yes, you are correct that GB2OGI has thrown a few of the activators, but they are getting a bit more used to it now.
I have been asked by a few people why I used GB5OTA and not GB5OTA/P from the summit. The answer is simple, in the UK all licences for special callsigns beginning with GB are issued from a specific fixed location therefore the use of /P or /M with these calls is prohibited.
Victor, I heard you calling on 2m from GW/NW-037 as I was about to pack up.
I replied to you a couple of times but I don’t think you heard me with my measly 5W as you said you were going QRT. Would have been a good S2S contact - the conditions on 2m were good yesterday!
Hi Pete, that’s a shame as it would have been a good S2S. I was also running 5W but a local station popped up on the frequency without checking if it was clear and because of this I think I missed a few calls - oh well, next time
Today, Sunday 31st July, is the last day for using the special calls for GI and I hope to be on GI/AH-003 this morning with my good friend Robert GI0NCA. We will be using the call GB5OTA with me on CW and Robert on SSB on various bands.
Approx ETA is 10:00 UTC, we hope to hear from the summit.