Special Contest Call Sign
Make an application for a special contest call sign by downloading and completing the form on this page.
Please read the Ofcom guidance below before starting your application.
Policy and procedure
1. The holder of a UK Amateur Radio Full Licence, Full (Club) Licence or Full (Reciprocal) Licence may apply for a Special Contest Call sign (“SCC”). This call sign may only be used in amateur radio contests of no more than 48 hours duration, run with the aim of contacting as many other stations as possible in a given period of time and run by an amateur radio club, national or international amateur radio association or another organisation (including amateur radio publications), generally accepted within the amateur radio hobby (locally, nationally or internationally) as being a bona fide contest organiser
2. The call sign will be in the format ‘G’ or ‘M’, followed by a chosen digit and a chosen suffix letter. Examples are G8Z or M7R. We have made 520 call signs available, (G)(*)(#)(A-Z) and (M)(*)(#)(A-Z), where ‘*’ is an applicable Regional Secondary Locator (if any) and ‘#’ is a digit from 0 to 9.
3. Although variations are granted by Ofcom, the RSGB administers and distributes SCCs for us. Please apply on the following form giving three choices of call signs, in order of preference. The RSGB publishes a list of SCCs, which is a guide to availability. Applications take up to four weeks to be processed.
4.1 Participation criteria
Individual licensees (or the licence-holder in the case of club licensees) must be able to supply evidence of having entered at least five contests from the list in Table 1 within the last three years. Ofcom will also consider results from other contests, not listed in Table 1. In those cases, Ofcom will assess the suitability of the contest for the purposes of issuing an SCC. If you are requesting a variation to an individual licence (as opposed to a Full (Club) licence), you must have entered all of the contests as a single operator. If you are applying on behalf of a club, the contests may have been entered as a single operator or as a multi-operator team.
4.2 Achievement criteria
The applicant must have accrued five achievement points from the contests entered. One point is accrued if the licensee (or licence-holder) makes at least one fifth (20 percent) of the number of contacts of the leader. Two points are accrued if the licensee (or licence-holder) makes at least one half (50 percent) of the number of contacts of the leader. Note: If a UK call sign is listed as being used in a contest, ‘leader’ means the leading station in the UK in the section entered (if applicable). If a non-UK call sign is listed as being used in a contest, ‘leader’ means the overall leading station in the contest in the section entered (if applicable).
Table 1: List of qualification contests
|ARRL DX CW||ARRL DX SSB||ARRL 1.8MHz CW only|
|ARRL 28MHz||ARRL RTTY Roundup||BARTG HF RTTY|
|BARTG SPRINT||CQ WPX CW||CQ WPX RTTY|
|CQ WPX SSB||CQ WW CW||CQ WW RTTY|
|CQ WW SSB||CQ WW 160m CW||CQ WW 160m SSB|
|IARU HF Championship||RSGB IOTA (July)||WAE DX CW|
|WAE DX RTTY||WAE DX SSB||RSGB 50MHz Trophy (June)|
|RSGB 144MHz Trophy (Sept)||RSGB 432MHz – 248GHz (Oct)||RSGB March 144MHz/432MHz|
|RSGB May 432MHz – 248GHz||RSGB 144MHz Marconi Memorial||
5. Individual licensees wishing to apply for an SCC must supply details of achievements gained under their own individual call sign (including individual SCC if applicable).
6. If the Licence revalidation date falls due, during the term of the SCC variation, the variation may be withdrawn if the licensee fails to revalidate the Licence. This is covered by Clause 6(3) of the Licence.
7. The RSGB administers and distributes SCCs and also advises Ofcom on applications. However, the RSGB’s advice is only a recommendation and the final decision is Ofcom’s. Although the RSGB administers applications on our behalf, therefore, the variation to the licence is granted by Ofcom.
8. Any variation that we grant will be valid until 31 December 2019.
9. When your variation expires, you may request a fresh variation for the following three year period, keeping the same call sign, if you still qualify (see ‘Qualifying criteria’, above). You must apply between 1st January and 1st November of the year of expiry. If a fresh application is not received, the call sign will be withdrawn for a period of 2 years before it is made available again.
10. You may ask the RSGB Contest Committee to remind you about your renewal, using the following address firstname.lastname@example.org. While the RSGB has offered this facility, please note that it remains your responsibility to reapply, even if you do not receive a reminder.
Download the Ofcom application form from the link below.
- Application for an Amateur Radio Special Contest Call Sign (3-page/32.4KB Microsoft Word document)
The form is in Microsoft Word format, you can complete on-screen and then save and email, or print out on paper and post.
If you are posting the form, please print out on one side of the paper only and send it unfolded in an A4 envelope.
Details of where to send the form are on the form itself.