Are you wondering why you very rarely hear BrtiSci on the air in the UK?

While propagation on 40m is becoming a little more settled than in January, the average Critical Frequency between 10 & 17H UTC is barely 6Mhz giving a MUF of 7.1MHz on paths over 400km (from IO92) - this results in a skip zone of 400km radius. This, in turn, means PARC cannot hear any stations from most of the UK. In these conditions, which are made worse by coronal hole effects, high speed solar winds and geomagnetic disturbances, it is virtually impossible to operate our programmes - it's all beyond out control.

The British Scientists Amateur Radio Award will continue until 31 March 2017

Poor propagation across the British Isles seriously affected the award scheme from early March 2016 onwards. To make up for lost opportunities PARC will continue with the programme until the end of March 2017. Two new award levels will be added - Platinum and Diamond: more news later.

This innovative Amateur Radio Award programme commemorates British Scientists and celebrates our scientific heritage on the Amateur Radio Bands.  The award is available for Radio Amateurs who make 5, 10 or 15 contacts or more (represented by Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards) with the commemorative radio stations, and to 'Short Wave Listeners'.

Because of the poor propagation during 2016 the award programme will be extended until the end of March 2017 and two new award levels - Platinum and Diamond - will be added shortly.

This website is a great introduction to the scientists being commemorated

The programme is a celebration of British Science, not a 'duck hunt' for callsigns, a contest or a "59 ~ ~73" 'grab-and-run' competition aiming for thousands of rubber stamp non-QSOs - there is more to amateur radio than that. 

The awards procedure is totally self-regulated, following the Phoenix Amateur Radio Club's well-established, popular and successful 'Keep It Simple', self-service, EeZee QSL Certificates formula.

The easy-to-use URL for this website is