This year, amateur radio operators in the UK have been granted the use of two special prefixes after applying for a Notice of Variation (NoV). These two prefixes are GQ for the Jubilee and GO for the London 2012 Olympic games. I posted the news article about these prefixes here and about my NoVs here.
I only used GQ6NHU twice, to give away a couple of multipliers in the CQ WPX contest but as yesterday was the first day that the GO prefixes were allowed to be used I decided to give GO6NHU a good airing, starting off with the DMC-RTTY contest. I worked about 220 stations before an S9 level of local noise put paid to my entry. I could have waited for the noise to clear but I’d only just got home from holiday and decided that I’d be better off sleeping!
Today I’ve been calling CQ using a mixture of PSK31, PSK63 and RTTY and have added another 200 or so QSOs to my GO6NHU log without having to try very hard so the callsign is proving popular. This is despite the fact that HF conditions have been very poor all weekend. I’ve been spotted a few times on the DXCluster which only very rarely happens when using my normal callsign.
I’ll be uploading my log for GO6NHU to LoTW and have set up my ClubLog account for OQRS so it’ll be interesting to see how many requests I get for QSL cards for the special callsign. I’ve not designed a card yet but will deal with that once I get an idea how many cards I’m likely to need.
It’s nice to operate with a callsign that people want to work, I could get used to this!