Jubilee special event call signs – GB70

RSGB “Special” Special Event Stations are being activated from the four UK Home Nations and three Crown Dependencies. The call signs are: GB70E England, GB70M Scotland, GB70W Wales, GB70I Northern Ireland, GB70J Jersey, GB70U Guernsey and GB70D Isle of Man.

The UK regulator Ofcom, has licensed a series of special call signs that will be active only during June 2022, including from 2-5 June 2022, which is the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend in the UK.

Jubilee Weekend Activation

For the Jubilee Weekend, operation will be on multiple bands and modes by one or more clubs operating from each of the seven nations/dependencies. These will be Special Event amateur stations run by teams of club members and several will be open to the public – goto GB70.co.uk for full details.

Activation during the rest of June – this is where we want your help!

After the first weekend of June, typically from Tuesday 7 June until Tuesday 28 June, the special call signs will be available for activation by RSGB affiliated clubs or individual RSGB members. As there are awards available for QSOs with the special calls, for the benefit of amateurs who are chasing them, we want to activate the calls whenever possible.

Taking part is very simple and we would really appreciate it if you could volunteer for one or more sessions. You can operate from home, a club or a public event, or maybe even out portable (but then don’t use /p after the call sign please).

Each call sign has a volunteer coordinator who will be responsible for allocating operating slots in the activation schedule and will collect the log files from those who have been activating. For each call sign the schedule is shown at the bottom of its QRZ.com page.

To take part you must please first check the relevant Activation Schedule on QRZ.com for a slot to suit your availability. Then contact the call sign coordinator, who will be keen to help. They will book you in and update the schedule.

The full schedule of call signs with links to both the QRZ.com pages and to the email addresses of coordinators is..

Country/Dependency QRZ page Coordinator Email Address
England GB70E GB70E@rsgbcc.org
Scotland GB70M GB70M@rsgbcc.org
Wales GB70W GB70W@rsgbcc.org
Northern Ireland GB70I GB70I@rsgbcc.org
Jersey GB70J GB70J@rsgbcc.org
Guernsey GB70U GB70U@rsgbcc.org
Isle of Man GB70D GB70D@rsgbcc.org

If you are logged in to QRZ.com you will see the coordinator’s email address at the top of QRZ.com page (look for.. Email: Use mouse to view..).

Activation Rules

So what are the rules governing activation and how can you qualify to activate or supervise others who wish to activate one of these call signs?

• You must be a full licensee, an RSGB member, and you must join the RSGB Contest Club to be able to operate under the terms of the licence (a very simple process that does not oblige you to take part in any contests). The call sign coordinator can enrol you in the RSGB Contest Club if you are not already a member.
• Each call sign may only be activated from the Nation or Crown Dependency denoted by the suffix – for example GB70E is exclusively for England.
• Providing your call sign or that of your group is shown on the QRZ.com schedule for the call sign as the “Activator Call”, you can operate.
• You must use computer logging and must send your log as an ADIF file to the call sign coordinator at the end of your activation slot please. They will be able to offer you advice with this if you are unsure.

Having sent in your ADIF file log, as an activator you will have no responsibility for Paper QSL cards, Club Log uploads or LoTW uploads, as these will be carried out by other RSGB volunteers, with Charles Wilmott, M0OXO, kindly agreeing to be the QSL manager for the call signs.

For further instuctions on activating a GB70 call sign please download our frequently asked questions document: GB70 Jubilee Activators (70kb pdf file)

How to get a QSL Card

If you would like a QSL card for a QSO with one or more of the special call signs then please follow the instructions on the relevant QRZ.com page. Bureau card will be available free of charge; cards by direct post will be subject to a postage and packing charge.