Operate SOS Radio Week Special Event Station callsigns from home

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

Change of requirements for special event station callsigns

During March 2020 Ofcom announced that, due to the Covid-19 movement restrictions, they were temporarily relaxing the requirement that amateur radio special event stations (SESs) need to be open to members of the public. As a result, until further notice, applicants for special event station callsigns may disregard that requirement.

Applying for your special event station NoV

Special Events Station Notices of Variations (NoVs) are available for immediate download and free of charge from Ofcom’s online portal. Paper applications can still be made, Ofcom warn that they will take significantly longer to process than normal – resulting in you possibly not getting your NoV in time for the running of your station.