31st May 2006
Ofcom have issued a statement about their policy on transferring
Amateur Radio callsigns between individuals.
Highlights of the Ofcom policy statement are:-
- Once issued, an amateur radio call sign is permanently associated
with the individual concerned and is not re-issued
- An individual’s call sign will only be changed under exceptional
- Similarly, the transfer of a call sign from one radio amateur
to another is not normally permitted except under exceptional circumstances.
- Should a radio amateur allow their licence to lapse, their call sign
will be re-instated if they subsequently choose to renew their licence.
- Call signs are a finite resource and remain the property of
- Ofcom will transfer a call sign from one radio amateur to another
radio amateur providing that the call sign holder consents to the transfer.
Ofcom will require a letter of instruction from the call sign holder
as evidence of consent.
- Ofcom will also transfer a call sign from a deceased radio amateur
to another radio amateur. Ofcom will require a letter of instruction
from the call sign holder’s executor (or administrator) as evidence