UK amateur radio call signs

UK amateur radio call signs

Amateur radio call signs issued in the UK to individual operators, with class of licence and dates issued alongside are listed in the table below. For simplicity, these UK amateur radio call signs are categorised against the current Foundation, Intermediate, and Full classes.

CallsignClass of licenceDates issued
M7 + 3 letterFoundation2018 - onwards
M6 + 3 lettersFoundation2008 - 2018
M3 + 3 lettersFoundation2002 - 2008
M5 + 3 lettersFull1999 - 2000
M0 + 3 lettersFull1996 - onwards
M1 + 3 lettersFull1996 - 2000
2x0 + 3 lettersIntermediate1991 - onwards
2x1 + 3 lettersIntermediate1991 - 2000
G7 + 3 lettersFull1988 - 1996
G0 + 3 lettersFull1985 - 1995
G1 + 3 lettersFull1983 - 1987
G6 + 3 lettersFull1981 - 1982
G4 + 3 lettersFull1971 - 1984
G8 + 3 lettersFull1964 - 1981
G3 + 3 lettersFull1946 - 1971
G2/3/4/5/6/8 + 2 lettersFull1920 - 1939
G2 + 3 lettersFull1920 - 1939

The dates shown have been obtained by researching the RSGB Yearbook and therefore presumed to be correct. Some dates shown on other websites may differ from those shown here.


Amateur Radio Call Signs

Next RADARS Rally

Rochdale And District Amateur Radio Society (RADARS) Winter Rally

Date: 16 November 2019

Venue: St Vincent de Paul’s, Caldershaw Road, off Edenfield Road (A680), Norden, Rochdale, OL12 7QR.

Time: Doors open to the public at 10.15am with disabled visitors gaining access 15 minutes earlier.

Admission: £2.50 with those under 12 years free.

Traders: £5 per pitch (for traders with own tables) or £10 for a pitch with table provided.

Refreshments: hot drinks and snacks available including bacon and sausage butties.

Further details: Robert M0NVQ, by contact form https://m0nvq.me/contact/ or 07778113333.


What is amateur radio?

Amateur radio is a popular technical hobby and volunteer public service. As a radio amateur, you can transmit and receive radio signals on frequency bands allocated for use by amateur radio amateurs. Amateur radio operators use these designated bands of radio frequencies for non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communications. A 1910 announcement by the then HM Postmaster General licensed “experimental wireless”, which still uniquely gives radio amateurs the ability to innovate without commercial or statutory controls even in the closely regulated environment of the 21st century. Amateur radio is the only hobby governed by international treaty.

Amateur radio operators use the amateur radio bands for a variety of purposes:

  • Contacting people all over the world by radio which often leads to developing international friendships
  • Competing in international competitions to test the effectiveness of their equipment and their skill as a radio operator
  • Technical experimentation — many of the leaps forward in radio technology have been initiated by radio amateurs
  • Communication through amateur space satellites or with the International Space Station (which carries an amateur radio station)
  • Providing communications at times of emergencies and undertaking exercises to maintain that capability

There is no better way to explore the fascinating world of radio communications than by becoming a radio amateur.


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