Beacon Policy

beaconsThe Society’s beacon support policy extends to all frequencies and encourages the exploitation of modern technologies and sustainable systems.

The Society will consider providing assistance towards beacon costs where there is, or would be, a gap in the strategic requirements, or where there is a new technological development, and all other sources of funds have been exhausted. Applications for support should be submitted in the first instance to the General Manager, More detailed guidance for applicants is below.


Detailed Guidance

Both capital and running costs of Beacons should normally be met by the groups or individuals who own and maintain them.

However in recognition of the importance of beacons to Amateur Radio, the Society will contribute towards the capital costs of setting up and maintaining beacons in certain circumstances.

In order to encourage long-term sustainability, applications for financial support will only be considered from affiliated groups, not individual beacon keepers.

Applications for such support should include the following information:-

  • Details – of the group requesting funds, including relevant background/history
  • Technical – specification of the beacon (and/or upgrade). Use of modern/efficient technology
  • Benefits – service, coverage, strategic importance etc
  • Financing – overall capital and running costs, actual or envisioned
  • Funding – amount requested, and other sources of funding explored
  • Implementation – risks, timescales, proof of delivery (on-air reports, receipts etc)

Awards will be made on the basis of the above criteria and will be in the form of a grant to the group on the clear understanding that full financial responsibility for the beacon lies with the beacon group.


  • The Society will not normally fund routine running or day-to-day maintenance costs.
  • Other funding sources include local members, users, donations via an attractive website/paypal, specialist groups (UKSMG, UKuG etc)
  • Modern/efficient technology refers to measures which might minimise electricity consumption, exploit efficient power amplifiers, use of antenna gain to achieve erp, in addition to on-air frequency accuracy, innovative modulations etc