Cricket World Cup Radio Marathon 2019

What is it?

The RSGB is hosting an International Amateur Radio Marathon on the HF bands to celebrate the Cricket World Cup which is being held in England and Wales.

  • The Marathon will run from 30 May to 14 July 2019.
  • Special UK and international call signs will be active on nine HF bands using SSB, CW and Digital modes. The UK will be activating 31 special call signs with 11 for the cricket grounds in England and Wales and ten for the tournament teams. There are also call signs for Scotland, Northern Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. All UK call signs start with the prefix GB19.
  • The marathon will encourage HF operation with an opportunity for all those who operate the special stations to enjoy being a sought after call sign.
  • Award certificates will be available based on the number of QSOs achieved with the special stations.
  • We are using the Hamlogs system to store the logs from all the special call signs. Progress can be tracked towards the awards.

What are the special UK call signs?

Each call sign has a QRZ.com page, linked to this list, which has a schedule showing when the call sign will be used.

GB19CWC 2019 Cricket World Cup HQ England
Call signs for the cricket grounds operated from England:
GB19OT Old Trafford, Manchester
GB19RG Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
GB19HL Headingley, Leeds
GB19EB Edgbaston, Birmingham
GB19LL Lord’s, London
GB19KO Kennington Oval, London
GB19RB The Rose Bowl, Southampton
GB19BG County Ground, Bristol
GB19TG The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
GB19TB Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Call signs for the teams operated from England:
GB19AFG Afghanistan
GB19AUS Australia
GB19BAN Bangladesh
GB19ENG England
GB19IND India
GB19NZ New Zealand
GB19PAK Pakistan
GB19SA South Africa
GB19SL Sri Lanka
GB19WI Windies
Call signs for Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man:
GB19CNI 2019 Cricket World Cup HQ Northern Ireland 1
GB19CGI 2019 Cricket World Cup HQ Northern Ireland 2
GB19CS 2019 Cricket World Cup HQ Scotland 1
GB19CGM 2019 Cricket World Cup HQ Scotland 2
GB19CW 2019 Cricket World Cup HQ Wales 1
GB19CGW 2019 Cricket World Cup HQ Wales 2
GB19SG Sophia Gardens, Cardiff – operated from Wales
GB19CG 2019 Cricket World Cup HQ Guernsey
GB19CJ 2019 Cricket World Cup HQ Jersey
GB19CIM 2019 Cricket World Cup HQ Isle of Man

What are the rules?

  1. A list of all the activating special call signs for the marathon will be published on the Hamlogs website.
  2. Special stations in England and Wales will represent the 11 venues and ten participating countries of the Cricket World Cup. In addition England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man will have a number of Cricket HQ stations.
  3. RSGB will welcome special stations from the 26 DXCC Countries who are Full International Cricket Council (ICC) members and the 117 DXCC countries who are Associate ICC members. Call signs with the suffix 19CWC will be encouraged but other activating call signs may also be used.
  4. Activating stations will call “CQ CWC” on CW or “CQ Cricket World Cup” on phone.
  5. All radio amateurs are welcome to take part in the marathon.
  6. Awards will be available for numbers of QSOs with the activating special stations. QSOs with the same special station will be valid on three different modes; CW, Phone, and Digital and per band, 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m & 10m.
  7. All QSOs must be made between 30 May and 14 July 2019 inclusive.
  8. Awards will be: Bronze – 50 QSOs, Silver – 125 QSOs, Gold – 250 QSOs and Platinum – 500 QSOs.
  9. All QSOs will be uploaded to LoTW at the end of the marathon. There will be no Paper QSL cards or eQSL cards for the Special UK Call signs.

How can I make QSOs with the Special Stations?

Special stations may attract a high number of callers, all transmitting at the same time.  In such cases, the station will advise callers that they are listening within a nearby range of frequencies. This is called “split-frequency” operating.

It is important, therefore—

  • to listen carefully to the special station before transmitting. The operators will announce if, and when, they are working “split” and give an indication of where they are listening. On CW this will normally be the word ‘up’ (rarely ‘dn’) to indicate the operator is listening higher (or lower) in frequency, typically 1 – 2 kHz. Be careful to watch for this if using a code reader.
  • not to transmit on the special station’s run frequency (where they are calling) if they are working “split”.

By carefully monitoring both the run frequency and the range of receiving frequencies, you can determine which frequency the special station is listening on at any instance and can plan your call to maximum effect.

How can I track my progress in the marathon?

The logs for the special stations will be uploaded to Hamlogs each day.

On the Hamlogs Cricket World Cup Radio Marathon 2019 page you will be able to enter your call sign and select “Check Your QSOs”. If you have had enough QSOs to qualify for a certificate you can download it from there. The Hamlogs page also shows where many of the special stations are currently active—and keeps a count of the QSOs that each special station has.

How can I get to operate with a CWC call sign?