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Radio club granted 2012 Olympic licence
12:50pm Monday 9th July 2012 in News
WARRINGTON Amateur Radio Club (WARC) have been granted a licence to cover both the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.
In a collaborative effort with West Manchester Radio Club and South Manchester Radio and Computing Club, WARC have been granted the special call sign GB2012MV (Manchester Venue) for the event at Old Trafford, home of Manchester United, one of the venues for the Olympic football tournament.
A spokesman for WARC said: “This is going to be a massive effort by a dedicated group of north west amateur radio enthusiasts, operating from three venues across the region, Warrington and two in Manchester.
“Following the popularity of GX4WAB Olympic torch call sign, we can see this being a fantastic event and look forward to adding many thousands of contacts in the UK and around the world to the station log.”
The decision by Ofcom means that GB2012MV will be one of only four nationwide to be permitted to broadcast.
While WARC will be leading the station, the two Manchester-based amateur radio clubs will be vital in providing equipment, volunteers and key locations close to the venue.
The club will begin transmissions on Wednesday, July 25, the start of the Olympic football tournament and end on September 9, the closing ceremony of the Paralympics.
The Mayor of Warrington, Clr Steve Wright will be visiting WARC at 10.30am on July 28 in order to officially kick off the GB2012MV event.
The station will be broadcast on a variety of bands and modes.