Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) Flag Falmouth lifeboat & RNAS Culdrose Sea King Search and Rescue helicopter at 2004 Coverack Lifeboat Day NCI East Prawle (cowbridgeguide.co.uk)

Operate SOS Radio Week Special Event Station callsigns from home

BIG news for 2020 – special event station callsigns can be used at home until further notice.

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The RNLI today

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has come a long way since 1824. Those early pioneers of the lifeboat service were unbelievable folk; they’d row out to a stricken vessel in a force 10 storm using just muscle power and determination, rescue a ship’s crew and row all the way back home again. What an […]

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National Coastwatch Institution

SOS Radio Week now also supports the invaluable work of the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) volunteers that provide vital eyes along the coastline to keep people safe.

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SOS Radio Week: Raising awareness of the RNLI and NCI throughout May

SOS Radio Week starts at 00:00 on the 1st May and end at 23:59 on 31st May every year. Its objective is to raise awareness of the invaluable work performed by the volunteers of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI).

SOS Radio Week – what is it?

SOS Radio Week is one month of fun, operating, an opportunity for amateur radio to celebrate the work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) and to raise much needed awareness and funds for them. Both of these organisations are funded 100% by voluntary donations. SOS Radio Week Registered stations Any […]

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SOS Radio Week – when is it?

SOS Radio Week takes place during the month of May every year to coincide with the Royal National Lifeboat Institute’s (RNLI’s) own Mayday fund-raising event. It starts at 00:00 on the 1st May and ends at 23:59 on the 31st May. Official SOS Radio Week stations will be on the air at various times during […]

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SOS Radio Week – register now!

Individual amateur radio operators and amateur radio clubs are invited to register to become an official SOS Radio Week station. Official SOS Radio Week stations run amateur radio stations to raise awareness of the brave Royal National Lifeboat Institution‘s (RNLI’s) crews that rescue folk in danger at sea and the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) volunteers […]

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National Coastwatch Institution

2019 sees SOS Radio Week extend its support of volunteer lifesavers to include the Watchkeepers of the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI). Formed after two fishermen lost their lives off the coast of Cornwall in sight of a recently closed Coastguard lookout, the NCI now managed more than fifty stations around the coast of the UK. […]

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SOS Radio Week: 1st – 31st May every year

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SOS Radio Week runs throughout the whole month of May to enable as many amateur radio operators and clubs to take part as possible.

Registered stations

Abersoch Lifeboat - Night launch

Registered SOS Radio Week stations will be on the air during these dates raising awareness of the work that the brave crews of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution perform every day of the year.

Register now to take part in SOS Radio Week as a registered station.