Change Of Call Sign Policy

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Dear Office of Communications,

Please list the Date when Ofcom changed published policy on re-issuing Amateur radio call signs.

Previously the RA, then Ofcom would only permit a previously issued call sign to be given to another amateur or a club, with written permission from the previous holder or the Previous holders Family. This was Policy for a number of years

Now anyone can apply for a call sign that was previously held or issued, which means we have recent licencees, Holding G3 call signs

When did Policy change, who agreed and why were us Amateurs not consulted on the Change, it is a insult to Silent Keys and almost like Graverobbing that you hear Old call signs on the Air and I urge Ofcom to reconsider Policy

Yours faithfully,

Ian Hope M5IJH

Alexander Mapletoft, Office of Communications

 
 

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Alexander Mapletoft
Information Requests

Freedom of Information request

Dear Ian Hope,

Thank you for your request for information about a change to amateur radio call
sign policy. Your request was received on 02/06/2021.

Where we hold the information you have requested we will endeavour to answer
your request in full and within 20 Working Days.

If we are unable to provide the information requested, we will explain why the
information has not been provided.

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Dear Mr Hope,

 

Please see attached our response to your information request.

 

Kind regards,

Alexander

 

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Dear Office of Communications,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Office of Communications's handling of my FOI request 'Change Of Call Sign Policy'.

Would Like a Review as you have not replied to my request for you to go through the archives and actually refresh your memory, As many amateurs have said it was policy and formed part of the licence documents under the RA/GPO.
Go back read history, and realise what a huge mistake you have made.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

Yours faithfully,

ian hope

Dear Alexander Mapletoft,

Suggest you look in your own Archieves as I pulled this from your server with 30 mins searching

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 circumstances.
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.
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 of consent.

So DONT tell me you never had a Policy, I expect a full written apology to me and every other Licenced amateur.

Yours sincerely,

ian hope

Information Requests, Office of Communications

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Dear Mr Hope,

 

Thank you for your two emails of 17 July. Given your request for an
internal review, we consider it to be appropriate to respond to both
emails as part of the review, meaning that you will receive one response.
We will be in touch in due course regarding the outcome.

 

Kind regards,

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Dear Information Requests,

This is the link to your own 2006 Policy, https://web.archive.org/web/201207131918...

Please answer request,with a formal apology by Friday at the Latest,you have had enough time to deal with this

Yours sincerely,

ian hope

Information Requests, Office of Communications

Dear Mr Hope,

Thank you for your email. The review of your original FOI request is currently being processed and, in line with procedure, we aim to provide a response within 20 working days. As your internal review request was submitted on 17 July, we therefore aim to provide you with a response by 14 August. Should we anticipate a delay, we will be in touch to let you know.

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Dear Information Requests,

Under published guide lines it should be 10 working days not 20, So I expect the answer by 17.30 on the 30th of July and no later
Yours sincerely,

ian hope

Information Requests, Office of Communications

Dear Mr Hope,

Thank you for your email. In line with the ICO guidance on internal reviews, Ofcom aims to provide responses to such requests within 20 working days. The guidance on this topic is available here: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/req...

While I appreciate this is not the response you were hoping for, please be assured that the review is being progressed and you should receive a response by 14 August.

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Dear Information Requests,

I Have been in touch with the ICO as this request keeps flagging as out of time, every time I log in, They suggest a compromise and suggest the request is processed by the 6th at the latest.

Yours sincerely,

ian hope

Information Requests, Office of Communications

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Dear Mr Hope,

 

Please see the attached response to your request for an internal review.

 

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Dear Information Requests,

Whilst This answers some questions and outline's some policy, It would be nice if you actually stuck to the Policy, as we know you have reused call signs within Months of someone Dying.
I request this is looked at again by a independant body as we know there was previous policy.

Yours sincerely,

ian hope

Information Requests, Office of Communications

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Dear Mr Hope,

 

Thank you for your email.

 

With regard to the existence of a previous policy, I am afraid there is
nothing further I can add to my previous response. With regard to the
current policy, I have spoken with the relevant Ofcom team which has
confirmed that, when assigning individual callsigns, our system actively
ignores any call sign that has been used before. While they advised of one
occurrence where a system error caused a previously used call sign to be
assigned, in all other cases this means that call signs assigned by the
system are new and will not have been previously assigned. The only
instance in which a call sign will have been previously assigned to
another person is when it is expressly requested by an applicant, in which
case the two year retirement rule applies.

 

The Team has advised that there may be two scenarios in which Ofcom might
sanction a call sign being “reused within Months of someone Dying”. First,
where the licensee has been inactive for two years but then dies, the
inactive period is taken into consideration if someone else (usually a
friend or family member wishing to preserve the licensee’s memory) has
requested the call sign. Second, where the licence has been held by an
individual on behalf of a club, and the club wishes to continue to use
that call sign.

 

I hope this information is useful.

 

Kind regards,

Internal Reviews

 

 

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