I have just received the February 2012 issue of RadCom. As widely predicted, there will be some optional changes to UK callsigns to celebrate the two major events in 2012 – the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II, and the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.
From 0000 BST on 5th May until 2359 BST on 10th June, all individual and club licence holders will have the option to apply for a NoV allowing the addition or substitution of the letter ‘Q’ in place of the Regional identifier. For example, G3VQO could become GQ3VQO, MM0FMF could become MQ0FMF, and 2E1ZZZ could become 2Q1ZZZ.
From 0000 BST on 21st July until 2359 BST on 9th September, all individual and club licence holders will have the option to apply for a NoV allowing the addition or substitution of the letter ‘O’ in place of the Regional identifier. For example, G3VQO could become GO3VQO, MM0FMF could become MO0FMF, and 2E1ZZZ could become 2O1ZZZ.
As stated above, these options will be available by NoV. An on-line process for obtaining the NoVs will be available from 1st March.
The prefix GB2012 will also be available for Special Event Stations related to the Olympics, and four ‘flagship’ stations will appear using the form 2O12 followed by a single letter.
As these changes are subject to NoV, any visitors to the UK operating under CEPT rules will have to use the standard options of M/ or MM/ etc.
73 de Les, G3VQO