From 1st January 2016 to 31st December 2016, radio amateurs with a main address in the County of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly may apply to add the letter ‘K’ as a Regional Secondary Locator (RSL). E.g G3UCQ becomes GK3UCQ.

Why the ‘K’? Kernow is Celtic for Cornwall.

In April, 2014 The U.K. Government announced that the proud history, unique culture, and distinctive language of Cornwall would be fully recognised under European rules for the protection of national minorities.The decision to recognise the unique identity of the Cornish, now affords the County the same status under the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities as the UK’s other Celtic people, the Scots, the Welsh and the Irish.

OfCom have agreed to allow the use of the RSL for a period of one year to allow radio amateurs, with a main address in Cornwall, to add the letter K to their call signs and to celebrate the unique status of the County.

The Kernow Award is being offered by the Poldhu Amateur Radio Club to stations who make the required number of points. The award offers three levels of achievement for both HF & VHF classes. QSOs must be made between 1st January 2016 and 31st December 2016.

The Special station, GK3MPD will be active from Poldhu at various times during 2016 and will count 5 points for each QSO.

One point for each QSO made with a 2K, GK or MK station operating from Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Any bands and modes may be used. A station may be worked on the same band with different modes. E.g. QSOs with GK3UCQ on 20m CW and 20m SSB counts as 2 points. No repeater or internet QSOs are allowed.

HF Award – Amateur Bands 1.8 to 30MHz

Gold – 30 points.
Silver – 20 points.

Bronze – 10 points.

VHF Award (Operator outside Cornwall) – Amateur Bands 50 MHz and above
Gold – 15 points.
Silver – 10 points.
Bronze – 5 points.

VHF Award (Operator inside Cornwall) – Amateur Bands 50 MHz and above
Gold – 30 points.
Silver – 20 points.
Bronze – 10 points.

QSOs may be any mode and band the operator is legally entitled to use.
QSOs between 00:01 UTC 01/01/2016 and 23:59 31/12/2016 only will count.
The Kernow Award certificate will emailed to you as a .PDF file.
All QSOs must be made using the same call sign, but /M /MM or /P is acceptable.
The award is also available to SWL’s

Please email your log in adif format to:- The Award Manager. John Farrar, G3UCQ

Awards issued up to 05 May, 2016

AA1VX – Bronze HF bands
BRS47426 – Gold HF bands
G3VIR – Bronze HF bands
G4KAW- Gold VHF bands
GW4BKG- Bronze HF bands
HA6VH- Bronze HF bands
M0HEM- Gold HF bands
M0IAF- Gold VHF bands
M0XLT- Bronze HF bands
N7DR- Bronze HF bands
RV9DC- Gold HF bands
SWL Edward Baker – Bronze HF bands
MX0YHA – Bronze HF bands
UA3GJM – Bronze HF bands
S58MU – Bronze HF bands
S58MU – Silver HF bands


QSOs will only count with stations that have informed us of their successful ‘K’ NoV application.
You need to check with the station that he/she has informed us before claiming the points.
This only applies to stations operating from within the UK. 


The Cornish Radio Amateur Club is offering  “The Cornish Award”, please see link below:

The Worked All Britain Awards Group are offering the “Cornish Award 2016”, please see link below:

For the WAB Award you will need to know your WAB square, please see link below:

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