Permanent Special Event Stations
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.
Applying 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|
|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)|