The Kernow Award

The Kernow Award

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From 1st January 2016 to 31st December 2016, radio amateurs with a main address in the County of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly may apply to add the letter ‘K’ as a Regional Secondary Locator (RSL). E.g G3UCQ becomes GK3UCQ.

Why the ‘K’? Kernow is Celtic for Cornwall.

In April, 2014 The U.K. Government announced that the proud history, unique culture, and distinctive language of Cornwall would be fully recognised under European rules for the protection of national minorities.The decision to recognise the unique identity of the Cornish, now affords the County the same status under the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities as the UK’s other Celtic people, the Scots, the Welsh and the Irish.

OfCom have agreed to allow the use of the RSL for a period of one year to allow radio amateurs, with a main address in Cornwall, to add the letter K to their call signs and to celebrate the unique status of the County.

The Kernow Award is being offered by the Poldhu Amateur Radio Club to stations who make the required number of points. The award offers three levels of achievement for both HF & VHF classes. One point is given per QSO made with a station using the ‘K’ in the call sign, any bands and modes may be used.  A station may be worked on the same band with different modes.

No repeater or internet QSOs are allowed. QSOs must be made between 1st January 2016 and 31st December 2016.

The Special station GK3MPD will be active during 2016 and, if so, will count  5 points for each QSO.

CLASS ONE – Amateur Bands 1.8 to 30MHz

Gold – 30 points.
Silver – 20 points.

Bronze – 10 points.

CLASS TWO – Amateur Bands 50 MHz and above

Gold – 15 points.
Silver – 10 points.
Bronze – 5 points.

QSOs may be any mode and band the operator is legally entitled to use.
QSOs between 00:01 UTC 01/01/2016 and 23:59 31/12/2016 only will count.
The Kernow Award certificate will be a free download .pdf file.
All QSOs must be made using the same call sign, but /M /MM or /P is acceptable.


While there is no requirement for the working of the Award for K NoV applicants to give me details of your NoV, that information will tell us what the likely activity will be.
Currently there are 45 ‘K’ NoVs that we know of.
It is not for cross checking logs because, as the Award is free, I see no incentive for an applicant to send a ‘ficticious’ log.
If anyone does not use electronic logging then you can send me a copy of the log by post or a scan e.g. .jpg image.
Enjoy your 2016 operation either as a Kernow operator or a Kernow Award chaser.

The award is also available to SWL’s

Please email your log in adif format to:- The Award Manager. John Farrar, G3UCQ



The Cornish Radio Amateur Club is offering  “The Cornish Award”, please see link below:

The Worked All Britain Awards Group are offering the “Cornish Award 2016”, please see link below:

For the WAB Award you will need to know your WAB square, please see link below:

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