Permanent Special Event Stations

Bletchley Park

The permanent special event callsign GB2BP operates from the world-famous Bletchley Park complex.

What are Permanent Special Event Stations?

A permanent special event station is one that is usually set up at a fixed venue or recurring event and because of that is given a callsign of its own that always stays the same.

Many of these permanent special event stations are set up in museums or other historical sights of amateur radio interest which can be visited.

If you visit any of these places of interest, it may be useful to take your licence validation document with you, as you may be allowed to operate the station during your visit.

To avoid disappointment check with the station operators beforehand to see if it is possible to operate from the station on the day of your visit.

QSL card for the GB4RNLI Special Event StationApplying for your own Permanent Special Event Station

If you want to set up your own permanent special event station, all applications have to be made to Ofcom, the UK communications regulator. You will need to enclose proof that your station is on show to the general public throughout the year, and details of the club station callsign.

Find out more on the amateur radio licensing section of the Ofcom website.

List of Permanent Special Event Callsigns

GB0IBC Radio Amateur Invalid and Blind Club (RAIBC)
GB0IWM Imperial War Museum
GB0REM Royal Engineers Museum, Brompton Barracks, Chatham, Kent ME4 4UC
GB0SNB Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, Essex CM14 5TL
GB0SUB Submarine ARC, HMS Collingwood, Newgate Lane, Fareham, Hants PO14 1AS
GB0SWR Sir Walter Raleigh (ship, occasional use)
GB1IBC RAIBC VHF net control
GB2AIR South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum, Sandy Lane, Doncaster, South Yorks
GB2ATG RTTY news service broadcast (issued by RA)
GB2BP Bletchley Park Museum, Milton Keynes, Bucks MK6 3LF
GB2CPM Chalk Pits Museum
GB2CW RSGB slow Morse service
GB2CWP Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre
GB2DHH The de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre, Salisbury Hall, London Colney, Herts AL2 1EX
GB2GM Guglielmo Marconi, Poldhu ARC, Poldhu, Mullion, Cornwall TR12
GB2GMM Guglielmo Marconi Memorial, The Needles Pleasure Park, Alum Bay, Isle of Wight PO39 0JD
GB2GP Gilwell Park Scouts, Gilwell Park, Chingford, London E4 7WQ
GB2IW RSGB Monitoring Service
GB2IWM Duxford Airfield, Imperial War Museum, Cambridge CB2 4QR
GB2LD Lizard Wireless Museum, Basspoint, The Lizard, Nr Helston, Cornwall TR12
GB2MC Muckleburgh Collection, Weybourne Military Camp, Weybourne, Norfolk NR25 7EG
GB2NAM North East Aircraft Museum, Old Washington Road, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear SR5 3HZ
GB2NLO Norman Lockyer Observatory, Salcombe Hill Road, Sidmouth, Devon EX10
GB2NSC National Space Science Centre, Exploration Drive, Leicester LE4 5NS
GB2OWM Orkney Wireless Museum, Kiln Corner, Junction Rd, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1LB
GB2PLY HMS Plymouth (temporarily off-air)
GB2RA RA Firepower Museum, Royal Arsenal Woolwich
GB2RAF RAF Neatishead, Air Defence Radar Museum, Norfolk NR12 8YB
GB2RGO Royal Greenwich Observatory, Herstmonceux Castle and Science Centre, Herstmonceux, East Sussex BN27 1RN
GB2RN Royal Navy, HMS Belfast, London
GB2RNR Royal Naval Reserve, TS Greenville, Sea Cadets Corps, 27 Ferguslie Main Rd, Paisley PA1 2QE
GB2SFL South Foreland Lighthouse, St Margaret’s Bay, Nr Dover, Kent
GB2SM Science Museum (dormant)
GB2VHF RSGB Special Activities Station
GB2WSM Windermere Steamboat Museum
GB3RN Royal Naval Amateur Radio Society, HMS Collingwood
GB3RS RSGB National Radio Centre Station
GB4HMS Her Majesty’s Ship (occasional use)
GB4ORH Raleigh International HQ (occasional use)
GB4RS RSGB (Presidential installation)