The Radio Amateur Society of Australia met with the ACMA on 4 December 2018; read more about the meeting here:
A number of topics were covered, but the one we’re writing to you about is the possibility of a new callsign block, traditionally known as 2*1 callsigns (eg. VK3A, VK2B, VK7F, etc).
The keys points follow:
- Short “2 x 1 contest calls” are used in many countries;
- 2 x 1 callsigns to be used by bona fide club stations only for genuine contests (i.e. not for general use);
- the 26 callsigns available per call area and the restriction to club stations, would provide sufficient callsigns for genuine contest stations in the populous states; and
- there would be a limit of one 2*1 callsign per club.
It was agreed that RASA would seek input from the AR sector regarding 2 x 1 callsigns, with the view of implementing an update to the callsign template policy in 2019.
Any registered VK club wishing to use a 2*1 callsign for published contest operations (i.e. RD, CQWW, etc) could apply for a 2*1 club callsign.
For this proposal to proceed, feedback from Amateurs around the country is essential.
Please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, callsign and comments. If you represent a club, please include details of the club along with the number of members.
We’ll collate the responses, liaise with the ACMA, and report back early in the New Year.