[AMRadio] Re: AMRadio Digest, Vol 51, Issue 7

Roger Basford roger at new-gate.co.uk
Mon Apr 14 12:26:33 EDT 2008

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> Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2008 11:34:50 -0400
> From: "Robert A. Poff" <wb3awj at comcast.net>
> Subject: RE: [AMRadio] Carrier Current Transmission (was
> WestinghouseTest Meter Unit Type TCT)
> To: "'Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service'"
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> Some of the older guys here have told me about using carrier current 
> during
> that time.
> And some bootleg operation on 5 meters.
> Also if I remember correctly in England they had an "no antenna" class of
> license.
> There was a specific prefix for them .... G3 maybe?

Hi Robert,

Pre-WWII here in Great Britain we had the "Artificial Aerial Licence" which 
allowed testing of transmitters but only into a dummy load! If you google 
Artificial Aerial Licence (note British spelling) you'll find a specimen 
licence. Callsigns were in the 2AAA-2ZZZ series but they never got beyond 
about 2GAA before the War intervened. After WWII, the callsigns were 
re-issued to surviving 2AAA, etc holders but with the G prefix added. The 
callsign series G2AAA-G2ZZZ was never completed, for some reason, and after 
WWII the G3AAA-G3ZZZ series was issued to new licensees, that sequence ran 
until the early 70's. There were no legal UK amateur operations during WWII 
apart from "Plan Flypaper", see 


Roger Basford/G3VKM

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