This webpage explains the operation of, a newsgroup within the UK hierarchy. is, as its name suggests, a moderated newsgroup. Postings made to the group are reviewed against the moderation policy before they appear on the newsgroup. Some of the moderation mechanisms are automated, others require human intervention. Details of how to contact the moderation team, and the list of messages pending, accepted and rejected are shown below.

Further general information on the UK hierarchy is available at:

Charter for

( This is a copy of the official charter published at ) is for the discussion of amateur ("ham") radio, also known as the Amateur Radio Service, in the United Kingdom. Possible topics include past, present, and future operating practices; events; contests; past, present, and potential-future rules; power limitations; authorised frequencies; allowed modes and band plans (or other gentlemen's agreements) that govern how we are to operate; what constitutes the acceptable operation of amateur stations.

This newsgroup is only intended to supplement, not supercede, any other amateur radio newsgroups.

General communications law or government policy of various government agencies is also on-topic, as long as the discussion relates to amateur radio. Examples would be emergency communications, local antenna restrictions, and property deed restrictions applying to operation of amateur radio stations.

Discussion of other types of radio, such as Citizens Band, Broadcast, other Personal Radio Services, Commercial or Private Land Mobile, and Marine or Aviation services are off-topic, except when *directly* related to amateur radio. Similarly, discussion of methods violating applicable communications law and regulations concerning radio equipment or operations are off-topic.

Moderation Policy

(Last revised September 2017)

The following are prohibited:

Moderators are not obliged to accept any post.

Moderators may use whatever tools they feel appropriate to ensure the smooth running of the group.

The moderators shall keep and publish regularly a detailed policy document detailing how moderation is currently performed.

Moderators should attempt to ensure that discussions can continue without undue delay, and should therefore attempt to make a decision on all posts within a few hours of submission.

There shall be a team of moderators between 2 and 10 in number. The current moderators will elect a chief moderator to carry out the moderation administrative housekeeping actions and act as spokeperson. Moderators may appoint their own successors and may remove any active or inactive moderator at their discretion.

The moderation policy and tools used will enforce the following guidelines:

Posters who feel that their posts have been unfairly rejected, either for specific content or by a specific moderator, may appeal the decision. They may do so by contacting the moderators at the Administrative Contact address below. The moderators will discuss and vote on the appeal and respond within 14 days if the appeal is successful. The moderators will also reply within 14 days to unsuccessful submitters of any appeal that is on-topic, reasoned, civilly stated, and is not substantially an attempt to revisit the subject matter and arguments of a previous unsuccessful appeal.

The moderation panel makes decisions by consensus, or failing that by majority vote. The identity of the moderator responsible for a particular decision, and a moderators's vote in collective decisionmaking, are not revealed outside the panel - unless the moderator in question chooses to do so.

Submitters whose appeals have been rejected may seek redress of their ongoing grievance by appealing to the readers of the newsgroup. The moderators would prefer that those wishing to appeal moderation decisions for utilise that newsgroup's appeals process first, and only post to if that appeal is unsuccessful. Such publicly posted appeals should also contain the contents of the rejected (or approved) article in dispute and the full text of any replies from the moderators. Such appeals should also attempt to argue for or against a moderation decision based on the contents of the charter and moderation policies. The moderators may choose not to publicly reply to complaints about moderation decisions posted to that are not based on the charter or moderation policies, are uncivil, that misrepresent facts, or are substantially an attempt to revisit the subject matter and arguments of a previous unsuccessful appeal.

Contacting the moderators

The moderators can be reached at

If there are problems contacting the moderators, then you may contact the moderators via postmaster (at)

A summary of approved and rejected posts is available at


(Last revised, May 2017)

Matthew Vernon is not a moderator, but maintains the moderation machinery.

PGP key

The key used by the moderation robot to sign articles is as follows:
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