About GB70

GB70 is a series of amateur radio special event stations, celebrating The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022

The occasion

Queen Elizabeth II leaves after attending the opening ceremony of the sixth session of the Senedd in Cardiff. Picture date: Thursday October 14, 2021.
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In 2022, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to reach the impressive milestone of celebrating a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service.

The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) and several of its affiliated clubs are marking the occasion by “activating” several special event amateur radio stations during June 2022 using special callsigns GB70x.

The stations

Special event stations will be located in all four nations of the UK (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland), and the Crown Dependencies (Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man). Each will operate using their own, special callsign ending in the letter (or “Regional Secondary Locator”) for that part of the country.

A map of the GB70 special event stations during the Platinum Jubilee weekend (2-5 June)

Aims of the GB70 project

The special event stations have three main aims:

  1. Provide a worldwide platform to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee through the medium of amateur radio, connecting all parts of the UK to the Commonwealth and the world
  2. Present amateur radio to the general public in a fun, engaging way and provide opportunities to visit one of the stations for a “hands on” experience (including talking to other stations “on the air”)
  3. Increase the public awareness of amateur radio and the benefits it provides to the community

How to get involved in GB70

There are many ways you can get involved with the GB70 special event station project.

Licenced amateur radio operators (in the UK and abroad) can make contact with the stations over the course of the Jubilee weekend (and some beyond during the month of June) using their radio equipment, using any of the “operating modes” (speech, morse/CW and digital modes).

No radio licence? No problem! We encourage anyone interested in amateur radio to come and visit us at one of the stations which are open to visitors over the course of the Jubilee weekend. There will be information and exhibits about amateur radio, experienced amateur radio operators to talk to – and of course the chance to experience radio “hands on” and speak to other stations across the world!

Please check the “visitor information” section on each station page for details on locations, opening times and other important information before you make the trip.

If you represent a group or institution and would like to organise a group visit or radio experience at one of our stations, please contact our team to discuss your requirements.

What is a special event station?

With special event stations (SES), the clue is in the name. They are (amateur radio) stations, usually in a special, publicly accessible location, set up to:

  • Commemorate and celebrate an event of special significance (in this case the Platinum Jubilee)
  • Provide a public display and an opportunity for the general public to experience and engage with amateur radio (see more on how to visit one of the stations)

Amateur radio stations use callsigns to identify each other “on the air” – and our special event stations will use the callsign GB70x – with a letter at the end indicating from where the station is transmitting. For example, GB70E will operate from England and GB70W from Wales.