FIFA World Cup Marathon

The RSGB has agreed to participate in the FIFA World Cup Marathon which is being organised by the Union of Radio Amateur of Russia (RRC). 

The Marathon is set to run from 1 June to 15 July 2018 and two series of special event call signs are being used across the globe: one for the countries that qualified for the World Cup finals (xx18FWC); and one for FIFA member nations who did not qualify (xx18FIFA).

In the UK Ofcom has agreed the use of GB18FWC in England (who qualified for the finals) and MB18FIFA for use in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (who did not qualify).

These call signs will be available to clubs and groups on a daily basis and it is hoped they will move around the country and be active on every day of the Marathon.

This proved very popular when we ran the G100RSGB centenary stations.

Ofcom has also agreed that clubs and groups can operate with the suffix /FIFA for the duration of the Marathon.

To apply please download the application form below.

Please note there are a number of conditions of use included on the application form, please ensure you can meet these requirements before you apply.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday, 29 April 2018.

Successful applicants will be notified during the first week of May.

Steve Hartley, G0FUW, is leading this project. If you need more info he can be contacted via

We’ll be posting updates about the event on this page so do check back regularly.

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