MW1CFN via rec.radio.amateur.moderated Admin
2018-04-02 06:49:26 UTC
Grumpy Old Men in Radio (Number 2)
Posted: 01 Apr 2018 12:31 AM PDT
Very, very rarely, I apply for a special event station callsign for things
that I think a lot of people will find interesting.
OFCOM, the UK regulator, generally issue a SES for a maximum of one month.
But a problem has become evident this week, in that a one-month SES can
be 'held' as a separate callsign on QRZ.com permanently.
So an operator can be legitimately issued with a call once used by someone
else, but be unable to use QRZ.com for general information/QSLing purposes,
because a previous person who was issued with the same call refuses to
release it on QRZ.com.
This is precisely what happened this week, when I prompted a user - who
was, inevitably, elderly - to release a SES related to the Royal Air Force
The response? A thinly veiled 'get lost'.
The problem is exacerbated by elderly people tending to default, when under
criticism, to say things like: 'I was given this callsign thirty years
ago!' That kind of mindless stubbornness is very common, and yet another
aspect detrimental to a hobby already failing to attract new and younger
The only glimmer of hope is that QRZ.com, who I must say are not very good
at understanding non-US issues, have accepted in correspondence with me
that they need to improve how SES call retention duration is handled.