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AMATEUR RADIO OPERATION IN GUERNSEY

LICENCES.
United Kingdom amateur licenses are valid in Guernsey. CEPT amateur licenses are now also valid in UK and Guernsey. Amateurs from other countries may obtain information about reciprocal licensing from OfCom.

ACCOMMODATION.
Intending visitors should ask the Guernsey Tourist and Accommodation Bureau, St. Peter Port, Guernsey for their up-to-date tourist brochure and list of accommodation. Tel +44(0)1481-723552 (www.visitguernsey.com). They will be happy to forward information by post. Visiting amateurs should beware of hotels with TV distribution systems which are wide open to TVI. Amateurs have successfully operated from the following, amongst others: Camp Sites: La Bailloterie Camp Site, Vale (Telephone +44(0)1481-243636) (www.campinginguernsey.com). Fauxquets Valley Camp Site. (Telephone +44(0)1481-255460) (www.fauxquets.co.uk). The Island of Herm, 5km E. of Guernsey, welcomes amateurs to its camp sites, self-catering cottages, and hotel  (Telephone +44(0)1481-750000) (www.herm.com). RADIO CLUB. Guernsey Amateur Radio Society membership includes a majority of the islands' radio amateurs. Meetings are held every Friday at 7.00pm at The Bunker, Beau Sejour, or at a local bar for a social evening (see home page for details) and visitors are welcome.

LOCAL FM ACTIVITY.
There is no 2-metre repeater on the island, so activity centres on the FM calling channel S20 (145.500MHz). The 70cm repeater GB3GU on RB13 (input 434.925 MHz, output 433.325MHz) is still not working at this time. We do have an Echolink "link" - MB7IGU - on 145.3375MHz. The node number is 262510.

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BROADCAST.
This is read each Sunday at 0930 local time on 145.525MHz (S21), followed by an 'after-news net' on 145.575MHz (S23)

PACKET ACTIVITY.
There is a DX Cluster, and it can be accessed on 144.900MHz. The call is GB7DXG-1, and the sysop is Keith GU6EFB. Other than that, there is little general packet activity.

QSL CARDS.
Even if alternative routes are specified at the time of contact, QSLs will be sent to Guernsey via the RSGB bureau. It is therefore essential that sufficient self-addressed envelopes (Guernsey stamps, or cash by arrangement) be maintained with the RSGB QSL Sub-Manager,   Phil Cooper, GU0SUP, 1 Clos au Pre, Hougue du Pommier, Castel. This service is available to non-members of RSGB, without charge. Please reply to all cards received, and thus help maintain Guernseys' high reputation for QSLing. Sadly, we have had quite a few visitors in the past that have not left forwarding arrangements for QSL cards. Please understand that we have no control over this situation, and although the sub-manager will try to make contact with the call involved, it is not always possible to arrive at a satisfactory conclusion.

OPERATING.
To safeguard the interests of future visitors and of local amateurs, visiting operators are asked to observe good operating practice, and to operate within UK licensing terms.  

The following operations have been hosted in Guernsey:

In 1999:
CQWW SSB by MU0BKA (QSL to K4ZLE)
CQWW CW by MU/OH9MM and MU/OH3GI (QSL to home calls)
WAE RTTY by GU0SUP and GU0AZT (QSL to W6/G0AZT)
ARRL 10m by MU0C (QSL to G0OFE). Outside the contest, the call was GU0OFE

In 2000:
Toshi M0CER came to Guernsey for a short break, and operated as MU0CER.
OH9MM and friends operated as MU2K in the CQWW CW contest.

In 2001:
GU8D in the IOTA contest.
CQWW CW operated by Hein DL2OBF as MU/DL2OBF.

In 2002:
GU8D in the IOTA contest.
MU0C for CQWW SSB.
MU5X for CQWW CW.

In 2003:
MU2A in the ARRL DX SSB contest.

In 2004:
MU/OH2LRE. GU8D in the IOTA contest.

In 2005:
GU8D in the IOTA contest.

USEFUL ADDRESSES.
Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), 3 Abbey Court, Fraser Road, Priory Business Park,Bedford, MK44 3WH. (www.rsgb.org) Telephone; +44(0)1234 832 700. Facsimile; +44(0)1234 831 496.

Visitors who pay attention to the above guide-lines will find a warm welcome in Guernsey. We look forward to seeing you soon! Whilst every care has been taken in the preparation of these notes, no responsibility or liability will be accepted for the accuracy of any information given. Enquiries should be made prior to your visit to ensure the facilities and information that you require are available and accurate.