ROYAL AIR FORCE AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY.
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Please Note. This page will be updated from time to time as amendments are found to be beneficial and in the interests of RAFARS and the AOTA event.
Regulations last updated 12th July 2010. Rules changed as per RAFARS Council Meeting 24th June 2010.
AIMS OF THE EVENTs.
1. To encourage RAFARS members and affiliated Clubs to become involved in events and so promote the society.
2. To encourage ATC squadrons and other youth groups involvement, with their participants becoming licensed and RAFARS members.
3. To encourage all amateur radio enthusiasts to participate in commemorating service airfields and bases, the personnel who serve, or those that served and the many who gave of their lives in that service.
REGULATIONS AND RULES OF AOTA.
1. An ongoing event with an operator certification award based upon contacting AOTA activations, including the nominated RAFARS AOTA weekend in early April and possibly late autumn.
2. To ‘Activate’ in a Radio sense, current or former RAF (Ministry of Defence or its predecessor) stations, airfields or bases, radar or radio sites, landing strips, including landing waters located in Great Britain & Northern Ireland, dating from 1914 to current times. Activating a station, current or disused, is deemed to be acceptable if made from a suitable location up to approximately 500 metres away from the (original) site of that station.
3. Single operator based for awards but who may be supported by a club or society’s portable operation. Only ATC Squadrons and other youth groups, may enter as a multi operator group award.
4. To utilise frequencies in the proximity of the RAFARS net frequencies as published in QRV. Primarily 1.855 mhz & 1.993 mhz, 3.515 mhz & 3.710 mhz, 7.015 mhz & 7.155 mhz plus the 20mtr and 21mtr band frequencies as conditions improve. For VHF & UHF use the standard ‘Calling Channels’ to establish contacts and then moving to an unoccupied channel to exchange information.
5. All power
levels may be used from QRP up to 100 watts output.
7. Specified RAFARS AOTA Days of portable activity will be published via the RAFARS Website, QSL.net/G4DQP Webpage, QRV, Packet Newsletter, and through the RAFARS net controllers wherever possible. Any operator or group may ‘Activate’ a station/airfield/base at any time or date as an ad hoc activation however, all activating stations must register their activity with G4DQP (this web site) prior to their activation date, if they wish their activation to count towards any RAFARS award.
8. Award certificates will be available for working 'AOTA' stations, with certificates as follows:
Awards Fee. £5.00
to cover administration and postage.
To claim an award send a copy of your relevant logs, the awards fee, a Cheque / Postal order made out to RAFARS and your signed declaration of operational conformity, To:
All airfield/airbase operations must include prior contact and permission to
operate from the location owner and or airfield/airbase operator / SATCO / CRO.
The activating operator / group will be responsible for finding out
and complying with all security and safety aspects throughout.
Where activation of a current service / RAF airfield is anticipated,
a written request must be made to the Officer Commanding or CRO of that
station, giving full details etc. A written reply must be received by
the operator / group before proceeding further. This must be done even
if the intended activation is from a position outside but near the station
boundary. It is highly desirable that a suitably large notice is visible
to the authorities and members of the public from the operating position
/ station; giving brief details of who the operator is and why the radio
station is present.
NB. Due to the covid-19 pandemic, operators may for 2021 theoreticly activate a station from their own homes; provided of course they state this in the QSO which hopefully will give history and information on the station they are representing.