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(c) Guernsey Amateur Radio Society 1998
Revised June 2000
Notes for visiting Amateurs

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 The Radio Licensing Centre, Subscription Services Limited, PO Box 885, Bristol, BS99 5LG, England (Telephone +44(0)117-9258333).

The Network Director, Guernsey Telecoms, PO Box 3, Upland Road, St. Peter Port, Guernsey should be informed at least seven days in advance of any operation by a licensee who does not have a Bailiwick address on his/her licence.  (Ref. Radio Communication, August 1983). You are able to do this via email: (See below for email address)

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)1481-723555. 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).
Fauxquets Valley Camp Site. (Telephone +44(0)1481-255460).

The Island of Herm, 5km E. of Guernsey, welcomes amateurs to its camp sites, self-catering cottages, and hotel  (Telephone +44(0)1481-722377).

If you are planning to operate from our club, then a good, comfortable guest-house (not far from the club) is Pilatus Guest House, and you can contact them on +44 (0)1481 237322, or you can email them : click here to send an email or visit their web-site

RADIO CLUB.

Guernsey Amateur Radio Society membership includes a majority of the islands' radio amateurs.  Meetings are held each Tuesday and Friday at 8.00pm at The Lodge, La Corbinerie, Oberlands, St Martin, and visitors are welcome. (Telephone +44(0)1481-239773)
Postal address is The Secretary, GARS, P.O. Box 100, Guernsey, Channel Islands, GY1 3EL.

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 located in the parish of St. Peter Port, at Beau Sejour.

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.

This takes place on 144.850MHz, and includes the GB7GSY BBS (SysOp GU4WRP). Currently, we don't have access to a DX Cluster.

QSL CARDS.

Even if alternative routes are specified at the time of contact, QSLs will arrive via the RSGB bureau. It is essential that sufficient self-addressed envelopes (Guernsey stamps, or cash by arrangement) be maintained with the RSGB QSL Sub-Manager,   Phil Cooper,   GUØSUP, 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.

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.

GUERNSEY AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY PREMISES AND EQUIPMENT.

Subject to prior agreement the facilities of the Guernsey Amateur Radio Society may be made available to visiting amateurs. Please write to us well in advance of any planned trips to make the necessary arrangements.
With regard to using the Guernsey Amateur Radio Society premises we would like to draw your attention to the following guide-lines:-

  1. The visitor must use his/her own radio equipment for any operating whether casual or under contest conditions. Special arrangements may be made for emergency use of Guernsey Amateur Radio Society items of equipment, but only for a short period.

  2. Guernsey Amateur Radio Society aerials may be used, subject to the conditions of item (4) below.

  3. All individuals or groups who wish to use the Guernsey Amateur Radio Society premises outside normal club hours must be registered members at the Visitors Subscription Rate ruling at the time of their visit. This subscription should be received at least one clear month before the visit.

  4. All visitors equipment must be removed from use and Guernsey Amateur Radio Society equipment put back into commission for use on meeting nights (currently Tuesday and Friday) and for any other occasion on which it might be required during the visiting amateurs period of operation, unless the visitor is prepared for club members to make use of the equipment on such occasions.

  5. The visitor MUST use his own callsign at all times and not a call of the Guernsey Amateur Radio Society, unless operating under the auspices of the Society and/or the direct supervision of a Society member.

  6. Electricity must be paid for via the coin meter which takes 1 POUND coins (UK Sterling).

  7. The premises are not to be used under any circumstances as sleeping accommodation.

  8. If the visitor wishes to enter a contest then this should be cleared first to ensure that it does not clash with an event in which the Society wishes to participate. Should the Society be taking part in such an event, then the visitor will be welcome to take part under the auspices of the Society.

  9. The Guernsey Amateur Radio Society will accept no responsibility for any equipment and/or personal belongings brought onto the premises.

The following operation were hosted during 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

The following are provisionally booked for 2000: IOTA, CQWW CW.
If you would like to take advantage of the club facilities, then please email me for more details.  GUØSUP

USEFUL ADDRESSES.

Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), Lambda House, Cranborne Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, England, EN6 3JE. (Telephone; +44(0)1707-659015. Facsimile; +44(0)1707-645105).

The Radio Licensing Centre, Subscription Services Limited, PO Box 885, Bristol, England, BS99 5LG. (Telephone; +44(0)117-9258333).

The Network Director, Guernsey Telecoms, PO Box 3, Upland Road, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 3AB. Guernsey Telecoms

Visitors who pay attention to the above guide-lines will find a warm welcome in Guernsey.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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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.

Revised October 1999