Planning your activity

Seek permission to operate from, or near, an RNLI or NCI station

Operating near, or on the property of, an RNLI or NCI station without permission is not recommended. Both organisation’s stations contain very sensitive communications equipment and radar installations that can be affected by amateur radio transmissions. We must remember that the primary role of the these organisations is saving lives and unwanted interference could put lives at risk.

Having said that, many RNLI stations have been more than happy to welcome amateur radio stations on to their premises in the past as their presence can be a draw to members of the public and this event is all-about raising awareness of the RNLI and NCI.

Make sure that you contact the relevant station in plenty of time before the event, don’t leave it to the last minute. This is because stations may have other activities planned, or it may be something as simple as tidal access would mean that the station is not accessible on your required day/s.

Public liability insurance

Please make sure that your event has adequate public liability insurance.

Members of clubs affiliated to the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) will be covered under the RSGB Club Insurance scheme. A copy of the certificate of insurance, policy documents and frequently asked questions can be found on the RSGB’s Club Insurance pages, make sure you print a copy of the documents and have them with you during your event.