To the Radio Amateur, any event is an event worth celebrating or commemorating; be it historical or current affairs, of international or local importance – a Radio Amateur somewhere will want to set up a Special Event Station.
A Special Event Station is, quite simply, a temporary Amateur Radio station set up to publicise an event. For example, groups of Radio Amateurs around the UK established special event stations throughout 2001 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and in 2000 there were thousands of special event stations running around the world to commemorate the new millennium. Other Amateur Radio operators set up Special Event Stations to help raise money for charities; each year hundreds of Radio Amateurs raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) through SOS Radio Week, and British Wireless for the Blind (BWFB) to name just a couple.
Special Event Stations are our way of introducing the Amateur Radio hobby to the general public. Located inside a building, or outside in a tent, Radio Amateurs set up antennas and connect to them the necessary radio and computer equipment and then demonstrate their use, allowing visitors to the station to pass messages to the distant operator – sometimes on the other side of the world.
If you have an event that you think would benefit from having a Special Event Station present please contact us and we will be happy to meet with you and discuss your requirements.
SADARC Special Event Stations
Please refer to our calendar for details of what special event stations we will be running during the coming year.
Special event station documentation
To run a special event station with a special callsgn for the event you will need to download OfW287 from the Ofcom web site, fill it and send it off to them at least 28 days prior to the event.
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