Only contacts made between 1st January and 31st December 2016 are valid for this award.
Prompted by the agreement from OFCOM to allow resident Cornish amateurs the opportunity to use the Regional Secondary Locator “K” in their call signs, this award is based on working (or for S.W.L.s, hearing) amateur radio stations and W.A.B. squares in Cornwall. It is based on a points system, with enhanced points for stations using the special Regional Secondary Locator (R.S.L) – i.e. stations with callsigns starting GK, MK or 2K.
The award is based on a points system, with stages able to be claimed at each 50 points earned, as follows:-
5 points for each Cornish W.A.B. Square worked/heard (for squares covering the Cornwall/Devon border, the station must be in Cornwall)
5 points for each station worked/heard in Cornwall not using the “K” R.S.L. (i.e. G, M, 2E, GB, GX)
10 points for each station worked/heard in Cornwall using the “K” R.S.L. (i.e. GK, MK, 2K)
There is also a separate award for mobiles/portables, again with stages able to be claimed at each 50 points earned, as follows:-
10 points for each Cornish W.A.B. Square activated
A Trophy will be awarded for earning 400 points.
Note:- to claim the trophy, all intermediate stages must be claimed before, or at the same time as, the Trophy claim.
The Worked All Britain Awards Group (W.A.B.) was devised by the late John Morris G3ABG in 1969. Intended to promote an interest in Amateur Radio in Britain and to sponsor a series of awards based on the geography of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. WAB
Since its inception, W.A.B. has grown through the voluntary efforts of many individuals. W.A.B. has many aims and has the motto “To assist others”.
W.A.B. aims to create more activity on the air by British amateurs and in doing to create friendships within this country and overseas. It is true to say that many lasting friendships have arisen through W.A.B. activity.
W.A.B. aims to improve and expand geographical knowledge of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Channel Isles. Indeed the W.A.B. programme has encouraged many people to travel to the more remote parts of the country. At the same time it has encouraged overseas interest and encouraged many people to visit Britain and have hospitality extended to them by British amateurs.
W.A.B. aims to help less fortunate amateurs and provides, when funds allow, donations to organisations like the Radio Amateur Invalid & Blind Club, QTI etc.
Another aim is to encourage all radio amateur licencees and short wave listeners to improve their operating techniques. Mobile and expedition activity is given encouragement. W.A.B. has done much to bring about an upsurge in mobile activity on the LF bands and has increased mobile activity on the VHF and higher bands. It is the intention of W.A.B. to assist in the preservation of existing frequency allocations against commercial interests.
The 10km x 10km “Small Square” alone does not constitute the W.A.B. Square.
The W.A.B. Square is the 10km small square and the Country, e.g. “SP87 England”. Small square numbered grid The Square must contain land, and the W.A.B Square is only that land or an inland waterway in the area.
Each claim Book/CD lists W.A.B. Squares in alpha-numeric order.
Care must be taken in the interpretation of areas from small-scale maps. The addresses of British Stations given in RSGB and International Call Books can be misleading. The postal address system tends to use old County names that no longer exist.
For example, there are some places in Wales that have an English postal address and vice versa. The same is true for places along the Scotland/England border. If the station does not know their W.A.B. Square, it is advisable to ask for their exact location..