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.
73
John GK3UCQ

The award is also available to SWL’s

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

 

OTHER AWARDS :-

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

http://crac.g4usb.net/cracblog/awards/the-cornish-award/

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

http://wab.intermip.net/Cornish%20Award%202016.php

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

www.whatsmylocator.co.uk/

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The Cornish Award

 

The Cornish award is offered by the Cornish Radio Amateur Club in
recognition of the applicant having worked the prescribed number
of resident Cornish Amateur Radio Stations operating from their
locations within the County of Cornwall, either fixed, mobile or portable

The award offers three levels of achievement for both HF & VHF
classes.

One point is given per QSO made;

any or all amateur bands and modes may be used within each Class, but SIMPLEX
contacts ONLY are eligible so no repeater, Satellite or Internet contacts will be counted.

There is no time limit, take as long as you link.

CLASS ONE – Amateur Bands 1.8 to 50MHz

Level One – 30 points.
Level Two – 20 points.
Level Three – 10 points.

CLASS TWO – Amateur Bands 144MHz and above

Level One – 15 points.
Level Two – 10 points.
Level Three – 6 points.

The award fee is £5.00, $10 US [No cheques in US$], or
10 IRC’s.

Cheques drawn in Sterling [UK-£] only,should be made payable to
Cornish Radio Amateur Club.

All contacts must be made using the same callsign, but /M /MM
or /P is acceptable. But,no claims from M3xxx and G7aaa for example
you will need to work the required number under an individual call.

Claims are welcomed for single mode, single band, /M etc, but
equally claims may be mixed.

Claims, in the form of a log extract, should be certified by an
officer of a radio club, or two licensed amateurs, that the log
has been inspected and agrees with the contacts.

Similar details apply for the SWL award, with the exception that
the claim should be a log extract, showing not only the Cornish
station heard, but also the station being worked.

Claims, together with the appropriate fee, should be sent to:-

Cornish Award Manager,
P.O. Box 100,
Truro,
Cornwall,
England.
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CLUB INFORMATION AND CONTACTS
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The Club meets at the Church Hall, Church Road, Perranarworthal,
Truro, TR3 7QE commencing at 1930 on the first Wednesday of each month.

The Computer Section meets at the same venue on the second Monday of
each month except in December when we hold a joint Christmas Party on
the 1st Wednesday.

For information regarding the Club, Amateur Radio generally, or the
Licence requirements and tuition, please contact:

Ken Tarry G0FIC (Chairman)

Tel: 01209-821073

e-mail: pendennis38@btinternet.com

For general information, please contact:

Steve Holland G7VOH (P.R.O.)

Tel: 01209-844939

e-mail: g7voh@btinternet.com

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News for England South-West – 20 December

News for England South-West – 20 December 2015

| December 18, 2015

North Bristol Amateur Radio Club has its 70cm open net today from 7pm on GB3BS. The club is closed on Christmas Day. Details from Mat, G7FBD, via email to g7fbd@gb3bs.co.uk.

On Monday Appledore and District Amateur Radio Club has its Christmas party. Contact Alan Fisher, M6CCH, on 01237 422 833.

On Monday Weston-super-Mare Radio Society has its Christmas party. Details form Paul, G3SDH, via email to g3sdh@btinternet.com.

On Tuesday Exeter Amateur Radio Society Tuesday has its net from 7.45pm on 145.575MHz. More information from Nick, M0NRJ, on 01363 775 756.

On Wednesday Riviera Amateur Radio Club has its net from 8pm on 145.425MHz. For details, email rivieraarc@gmail.com.

South Bristol Amateur Radio Club is closed on Christmas Eve. Details from Andrew Jenner, G7KNA, on 07838 695 471.

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WAB offering special Kernow award in 2016

WAB offering special Kernow award in 2016

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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.

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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.

W.A.B. Squares:

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.

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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..

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GB3SI

GB3SI

Adrian has obtained the necessary permissions and has GB3SI back on the air.

Apparently he could not stretch the coax quite far enough and the antenna will eventually be some 10ft higher whih may improve coverage even more.

Trevor G4BHD has veen able to work through it from Camborne and, at my QTH it is much stronger than from Water Ma Trout in Helston achieving endstop. I have monoitored it for the last couple of evenings and initially there was a heavy power supply buzz but that seems to be dying away now the capacitors have had a chance to recover. It was evidend during a chat Adrian was having with Ian M0IAF.

Access is stil via tone burst and not the 77hz ctcss suggested in the repeater App available for mobile telephones.

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News for England South-West – 13 December 2015

News for England South-West – 13 December 2015

| December 11, 2015

We start with news from clubs that have several events this week. North Bristol Amateur Radio Club has its 70cm open net from 7pm tonight and next Sunday on GB3BS. On Friday there’s a relax and chat evening. Details from Mat, G7FBD, via email to g7fbd@gb3bs.co.uk.

Exeter Amateur Radio Society is having a social night on Monday from 7pm. Tuesday sees the club net on 145.575MHz from 7.45pm. Contact Nick, M0NRJ, on 01363 775 756.

On Wednesday Riviera Amateur Radio Club has its 2m net from 8pm on 145.425MHz. Thursday sees a club night. Contact rivieraarc@gmail.com for details.

On Wednesday Thornbury and South Gloucestershire Amateur Radio Club has the chairman’s quiz night. Friday sees the club net, commencing on 145.500MHz at 8pm. For details, email tsgarc@gmail.com.

Now we return to the traditional listing in date order. On Monday Weston-super-Mare Radio Society is having a natter night. Contact Paul, G3SDH, via email to g3sdh@btinternet.com.

On Wednesday Burnham-on-Sea Amateur Radio Club is having a club night. More information from Brian, G4RGY, on 01278 683 645.

On Wednesday Exmouth Amateur Radio Club is holding its Christmas party. Contact Mike, G1GZG, on 01395 274 172.

On Thursday Cornish Radio Amateur Club is having a club evening. Details from Steve, G7VOH, on 01209 844 939.

On Thursday South Bristol Amateur Radio Club is having its Christmas social evening. Details from Andrew Jenner, G7KNA, on 07838 695 471.

On Friday Torbay Amateur Radio Society is having a club night and business meeting. For more information contact Dave, G6FSP, by email to g6fsp@tars.org.uk.

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News for England South-West – 6 December 2015

 

 

News for England South-West – 6 December 2015

| December 4, 2015

North Bristol Amateur Radio Club has its 70cm open net from 7pm tonight and next Sunday on GB3BS. On Friday there’s the Christmas social. Details from Mat, G7FBD, via email to g7fbd@gb3bs.co.uk.

On Wednesday Thornbury and South Gloucestershire Amateur Radio Club is on the air. Friday sees the club net, commencing on 145.500MHz at 8pm. For details, email tsgarc@gmail.com.

On Monday Weston-super-Mare Radio Society is having a natter night. Contact Paul, G3SDH, via email to g3sdh@btinternet.com.

On Tuesday Exeter Amateur Radio Society has its monthly repeater net on GB3EW from 7.45pm. Details from Nick, M0NRJ, on 01363 775 756.

On Tuesday Mid-Somerset Amateur Radio Club is holding its Christmas meal and social evening. Contact David Edwards, G8BFV, on 01749 670 085.

On Tuesday Plymouth Radio Club has its Christmas Party. Details from David Beck, 2E0DTC, via email to d.beck123@btinternet.com.

On Wednesday Riviera Amateur Radio Club has its 2m net from 8pm on 145.425MHz. Contact rivieraarc@gmail.com.

On Thursday South Bristol Amateur Radio Club is holding a table top sale. Details from Andrew Jenner, G7KNA, on 07838 695 471.

On Friday Torbay Amateur Radio Society is holding its Christmas party. For more information contact Dave, G6FSP, by email to g6fsp@tars.org.uk.

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News for England South-West – 29 January 2015

News for England South-West – 29 January 2015

| November 27, 2015

North Bristol Amateur Radio Club has its open net from 7pm to 8pm on GB3BS today and next Sunday. Friday sees an operating, training, relax and chat evening. Contact Mat, G7FBD, via email to g7fbd@gb3bs.co.uk.

Cornish Radio Amateur Club is holding a committee meeting on Wednesday and the main club meeting on Thursday. Details from Steve, G7VOH, on 01209 844 939.

Riviera Amateur Radio Club has its 2m net on Wednesday, commencing at 8pm on 145.425MHz. Thursday sees a club night. For details, email rivieraarc@gmail.com.

Thornbury and South Gloucestershire Amateur Radio Club is having a CPR training session by Fred Wilfred on Wednesday. Friday sees the club net on 145.500MHz from 8pm. For details, email tsgarc@gmail.com.

On Monday Bristol RSGB Group is having a talk by Stuart Robinson, GW7HPW on building a $50 satellite and putting it in orbit. Details from Robin Thompson, G3TKF, via email to robin@g3tkf.co.uk.

On Monday Weston-super-Mare Radio Society is having a natter night. Contact Paul, G3SDH, via email to g3sdh@btinternet.com.

On Tuesday Exeter Amateur Radio Society has its monthly UHF repeater net on GB3EX from 7.45pm. Contact Nick, M0NRJ, on 01363 775 756.

On Wednesday Burnham-on-Sea Amateur Radio Club is having a club night. Contact Brian, G4RGY, on 01278 683 645.

On Wednesday Callington Amateur Radio Society is holding a club meeting. More information from John, G4PBN, on 01822 835 834.

On Wednesday Exmouth Amateur Radio Club is holding the final part of its robot construction project. Details from Mike, G1GZG, on 01395 274 172.

On Friday Saltash and District Amateur Radio Club is holding its Christmas get-together. More information from Mark Chanter, M0WMB, on 01752 215 546.

On Friday Torbay Amateur Radio Society is having a club night. For more information contact Dave, G6FSP, by email to g6fsp@tars.org.uk.

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YOTA 2016

YOTA 2016

| November 23, 2015

The RSGB Youth Committee is seeking an experienced leader to take 3 or 4 young members to Austria as part of the IARU Region 1 YOTA programme at the end of July 2016. RSGB YC Logo
Key roles and responsibilities:
– Liaise with the RSGB Youth Chairman on any issues relating to the trip.
– Liaise with parents/guardians on matters such as special dietary needs, transport to/from the airport, etc.
– Liaise with the event organisers on any issues that may arise.
– Ensure that all relevant paperwork is completed e.g. YOTA booking forms, parental permissions, etc.
– Ensure that the booking process is completed for booking flights and tickets.
– Act as legal guardian for the young participants whilst they are away and supervise them as appropriate.
Essential criteria:
– Active Radio Amateur
– RSGB member
– Experience working with young people as a youth leader.
– No legal reason to prevent work with young people.
The successful applicant will be DBS checked in accordance with the RSGB safeguarding procedures.
If you’d like to apply for this role or have any questions about what the role and would like informal chat – please send a covering letter of applications through email to Mike Jones, RSGB Youth Chairman on youth.events@rsgb.org.uk.

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News for England South-West – 22 November 2015

News for England South-West – 22 November 2015

| November 20, 2015

On Sunday, 22 and 29 November North Bristol Amateur Radio Club is holding a 70cm net from 7pm to 8pm on GB3BS—every one is welcome. On Friday there is a talk on theodolites by Andy G4OEP. Details from Mat, G7FBD by email to g7fbd@gb3bs.co.uk.

On Monday Exeter Amateur Radio Society has an evening of bringing-in-something-interesting. On Tuesday there is a 2m net on 145.575 MHz at 7.45pm. Contact Nick, M0NRJ, on 01363 775 756.

On Monday Weston-super-Mare Radio Society is having a natter night. Details from Paul, G3SDH, by email to g3sdh@btinternet.com.

On Wednesday Riviera Amateur Radio Club has a 2m net at 8pm on 145.425MHz. Further information by email from rivieraarc@gmail.com

On Wednesday Thornbury and South Gloucestershire Amateur Radio Club is on the air. On Friday there is a VHF net at 8pm on 145.500MHz before to QSYing. Details by email to tsgarc@gmail.com

On Thursday South Bristol Amateur Radio Club has an open house and on the air night. Details from Andrew Jenner, G7KNA, on 07838 695 471.

On Thursday Yeovil Amateur Radio Club is on the air and holding a committee meeting. Details from Rodney Edwards, M0RGE, on 01935 825 791.

On Friday Torbay Amateur Radio Society is having a talk about Totnes Image Bank. For more information contact Dave, G6FSP, by email to g6fsp@tars.org.uk.

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