K for Kernow.
Radio Amateurs with a Main Station Address in Cornwall had an optional Temporary RSL “K” during 2016.
Following a campaign led by PARC members Chris, G3NHL, and John, G3UCQ, Ofcom announced in 2015 that Radio Amateurs with a Main Station Address in Cornwall could apply by the NoV procedure to have the RSL “K” during 2016. This was to be added to the prefix to their callsigns, except for intermediates, where it replaced the “E”. As examples: G3ABC became GK3ABC. 2E0ABC became 2K0ABC. This was purely optional, and a licencee who applied for the NoV did not have to use the “K” all the time.
The prefixes GK, MK, and 2K during 2016 indicated a station operating from Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
The NoV facility was available from early December, 2015, but the Variation stated that it was valid from 1st January, 2016. NoV applications could be made at any time until the end of 2016, but all expired on 31st December, 2016. The RSGB ran the NoV facility, and reported that 220 NoVs were issued.
This proved to be very successful and substantially stimulated on the air activity from Cornwall. PARC ran a number of special activity days during the year, using the Club callsign GK3MPD. A “Kernow Award” devised and managed by John, G3UCQ, attracted many entries.
Ofcom declined to extend this RSL “K” NoV facility to Amateurs visiting Cornwall who might have operated e.g. as /P during their visit.
An application to Ofcom in the Autumn of 2016 for the facility to be extended after 2016 was declined, but Ofcom indicated that the RSL “K” might be available sometime in the future for a further temporary period of up to 1 year.
The facility made available by Ofcom for 2016 follows the 2014 announcement by the UK government formally recognising the distinct identity of Cornish people, based on the Celtic link. Therefore no other English county can claim a similar facility. The Cornish people are given the same rights under the Framework Convention as those of other Celtic Nations such as the Welsh, Scottish and Irish as a result of the National Minority Status designation.