To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the start of the SOTA program in Scotland on 1st July 2002, I have obtained a special event call GB2OGM. The call sign is valid for the month of July. UK special event call signs are only valid for operation from a fixed place that has public access. The location for this call is from the summit of Scotland’s most popular SOTA summit, Tinto Hill GM/SS-064. I hope to activate the summit several times during the month on as many bands as possible. I’ll be happy for anyone to contact me and we can do a joint activation if they too want to use the callsign.
Roger MW0IDX had some problems with the call GB20SOTA and so I decided that I’d get a call that looked like it had a 20 in it as it could be applied for using the online process.
So the call is GB2OGM or Golf Bravo Two Oh Golf Mike
(And yes, I expect that to cause problems for some people! )
On using PHONE it’s not uncommon for stations to reply to me as Golf Four Zero Bravo Kilo. They are usually newly licenced hams who haven’t done much, if any short wave listening. It’s never happened on CW needless to say!
Yes, after the CQWW HF contests, the IARU HF contest is probably the most popular and brings lots of high-powered stations onto the already congested bands (especially in Europe).
So I would recommend looking to the WARC bands if conditions allow but be aware that all the people who have been pushed off the regular bands by the contest traffic will be on the WARC bands with you.
As my car is a little poorly, I’ve decided it’s not that wise an idea to drive out to do this tomorrow. As soon as it’s fixed (27th July as I wait for parts and Summer holidays to finish) I’ll put the call on at the end of the month. Sorry if you were all super excited about working this special call.
As discussed that’s Anne (GM4UXX) and myself set for Tinto GM/SS-064 on Saturday 16th. Should be QRV 1200Z. Will have HF 60, 40, 20M - SSB about 30W and FM/SSB on 144/145. Battery wise we should be operational for >3hrs. (13cms for Andrew G(M)4VFL S2S with GM/SS-250 ) Golf Bravo Two Oscar Golf Mike (GB2OGM).