Changes to UK Licensing

PCARS DXers & Contesters:

The UK has made some changes to their licensing, the most significant is that they have up’d the legal power from 400w to 1KW. Read below:

UK Licensing changes now in effect
By G4IRN, John Warburton

From 21st March 2024, the UK licensing authority OFCOM has made changes to UK amateur radio licenses. The full statement can be read here: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0029/278345/amateur-radio-general-notice-decision.pdf

Changes impacting DXers and contesters:

  • Holders of full licenses can now operate 1KW output on the primary amateur radio bands (up from 400W).
  • The use of ‘Regional Secondary Locators’ is now optional for call-signs beginning M or G. The RSL is the second letter of the call-sign where D=Isle of Man, G=Guernsey, I=Northern Ireland, J=Jersey, M=Scotland, W=Wales. Stations in these entities can now drop the second letter and use just their G or M prefix.
  • Stations in England can optionally add the Regional Second Locator letter ‘E’ – so their M0ABC call-sign can become ME0ABC.

The UK DX and contesting community envisage that most stations will continue to use their Regional Secondary Locators, however for contests where the DXCC entity is a multiplier, it is recommended that contest organisers mandate the use of a prefix that identifies their DXCC entity.

73 – Chuck W8PT


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DX/Contesting Special Interest Group – next Tuesday , February 27, at 7PM

Here is a friendly reminder that our DX/Contesting Special Interest Group meeting will take place next Tuesday evening, February 27, at 7PM at PCARS World HQ.

Our discussion will be on the upcoming PCARS Special Event: Freeze Your Acorns Off that takes place on March 2. We will also be discussing our participation in the Wisconsin and Idaho QSO Parties that take place the weekend of March 10

So I hope to see many of you in person or attending by ZOOM.

Event: DX/Contesting Special Interest Group meeting
Topic: FYAO & WI and ID QSO Parties
Time: February 27 at 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/98524721220?pwd=TDUwRjd3VHB5K1c3RTl5U3k4WkwxQT09

Meeting ID: 985 2472 1220
Passcode: 088557

73 – Chuck W8PT


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First 2024 Field Day Staff Meeting – Wednesday, 2/21/24, 7 pm

Field Day Staff:

The First FD 2024 Staff Meeting will be held this Wednesday, February 21st at 7:00 pm. in the PCARS Club Site Radio Room. See you all there! For anyone who can’t attend I will prepare and send minutes of the meeting to all.

Tony WA8AR
FD 2024 Chairman

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Antenna SIG – Tuesday February 20th at 7 PM

The next meeting of the PCARS Antenna Special Interest Group will be held February 20, 2024 at 7:00 PM.

We will be in-person at the PCARS club site, and on Zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/99273855876?pwd=VWhuemc0T3JRdWVUd2NTZGJZWnBUQT09

Meeting ID: 992 7385 5876
Passcode: 047804

I will be looking for inputs for the Antenna SIG Presentation at the March 2024 PCARS Club Meeting. What do you think club members would like to hear to get more participants in our monthly meeting?

The Antenna SIG meetings are open to all PCARS members and guests. All ham radio operators or anyone interested in Amateur Radio are also welcome to attend. We will be discussing all aspects of antenna design, construction, test equipment, and experimentation. Everyone is welcome to join in the discussion, and talk about their antenna related projects with the group.

Bob Hajdak N8QE

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2024 Hamvention Youth Forum Donations

Dear friend and fellow PCARS member, in the past, PCARS members have always shown great generosity in supporting different youth programs, and I’m confident that this time will be no exception. It’s that time of the year again when we gather our annual donations for the RCA Radio club, specifically for the Dayton Hamvention youth forums. Please make your checks payable to RCA Youth Activities, and they will be sent along with the club’s check. You can bring your cash donation or check to the next two general meetings, or if you prefer, you can mail them to the club’s address.

Once again, PCARS will proudly sponsor the Youth Forum, and our logo will be displayed on the podium sign.

Thank you for your generosity!

Mike , KP4VZ

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