Ofcom makes ham radio G5 plus 3 letter calls available

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  1. G4TUT

    G4TUT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ofcom makes ham radio G5 plus 3 letter calls available
    The UK regulator Ofcom has recently started issuing G5 + 3 letter callsigns to radio amateurs

    In the last century, from 1966 until 1981, G5 + 3 letter calls were issued to foreign citizens as Reciprocal licences:
    G5AAA-G5DZZ were used for Class A's and permitted operation on HF bands
    G5NAA-G5ZZZ were used for Class B's and permitted operation on 144 MHz and above

    From 1981 reciprocal callsigns no longer had a separate Prefix, instead they were issued from the standard Class A (G4) and Class B (G6) call blocks.

    In this century Ofcom has, when requested, reissued a few of the old G5+3 letter callsigns to their previous holders, but recently Ofcom have started issuing new calls from the G5 block.

    One of the beneficiaries has been the G-QRP Club, which is devoted to Low Power operation. That club now have the callsign G5LOW, see

    It has been reported on Twitter that an Intermediate holder who passed their RSGB Advanced in December has now got a G5 callsign


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  2. G3SEA

    G3SEA Ham Member QRZ Page

    The more the Merrier !

    Happy New Year or Hau'oli Makahiki Hou as we say here :cool:

  3. G3NYY

    G3NYY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Apparently they have also issued a few M5 + 2 letter callsigns. For example, M5ET and M5SB are now listed on QRZ.com. Does anyone know what special status these callsigns carry, and how does one obtain such a callsign?

    Walt (G3NYY)
  4. 2E0TWD

    2E0TWD Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Ofcom told me any unallocated G# or M# Callsigns are available provided you send a written request. I’m not sure there is anything recent about it.
  5. W2CSI

    W2CSI XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I think this is a great idea and will help raise interest in ham radio. I know when I got my vanity call sign I was very happy to have a shorter call sign.
  6. SE3X

    SE3X Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Help me understand .. W2CSI a Vanity call sign? A shorter call sign? What am i missing here? I was very happy when i received my Vanity call SE3X insted of my personal SA3BYC .

    Not trying to be funny or mean. I'm just trying to learn and understand your system if such a call, W2CSI, is a Vanity?
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  7. WB8NXR

    WB8NXR Ham Member QRZ Page

    "Vanity" call sign in the USA just means self-selected as opposed to sequentially assigned by the government when you passed the exams.
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  8. SE3X

    SE3X Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Ok, just learnt something new, again. Wonderful hobby hamradio :) Tnx!
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  9. M5ET

    M5ET Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hey Walt,

    Nothing special was required - I passed my advanced exam just like any other full licencee in the UK has to do these days, and applied for my callsign. It's a full licence callsign with all the privileges anyone else who passes their Advanced licence in the UK will get, carries the same CEPT status as any other, and when I passed my exam, I was issued the same HAREC that any UK full licencee gets.

    For the record, we believe mine was the first M5+2 issued. I know M5SB is a club callsign (which carries different requirements), but again, that was applied for the same way any UK club applies for a callsign, and carries the same UK club callsign privileges as any other club callsign (for example G2DX and M0AAA).

    Hope you catch you on the bands some time...

    John (M5ET)
  10. N8NU

    N8NU Ham Member QRZ Page

    If I had to guess, he might be a Crime Scene Investigator (an abbreviation made famous through a television series seen in the USA, called CSI. It is aired over a major over-the-air (equivalent to Freeview) network in the USA).

    My own call was acquired through the vanity callsign program, though it has no meaning pertaining to my own name. One can only obtain a four-character call in the USA only by using the vanity program.

    In my case, I came to dislike my sequentially assigned KD8EN call. On phone, people misheard the "D", the "E", or the "N". On code, people accustomed to working hams with 2x3 call signs repeatedly asked for the nonexistent third letter of my suffix.
    N8NU sounds great on CW or Phone.
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