At 19:34 09/03/02, you wrote:
>I talked to GI3OBO via I-Link and he said there are several GB stations with
>permanent callsigns, like Gilwell park, but most are issued for special
>events, for a certain amount of time.
This is quite correct - most GB callsigns are only issued for 28 days to
cover a special event. GB2GP at Gilwell is an exception.
However, the GB calls are actually issued to individuals as temporary
licence holder, and they retain a right to re-apply for the same callsign
for up to 2 years after issue. Therefore you will find that special event
stations taking part in regular events such as JOTA will often use the same
callsign year after year - thereby giving an illusion that they are
permanent features! This also allows operators to become familiar with a
number of regular calls.
Look at the JOTA callsign lists on our web page
www.radio-scouting.org.uk/jota44.htm to get an idea of who you might hear!
Malcolm - G4CXT
GB4WDS - Woodbridge District Scouts
GB0FMS - First Martlesham Scouts