Posted by: GW7AAV | April 21, 2011

Royal callsign security is nil

My thoughts on the NoV being issued to UK radio amateurs in celebration of the Royal Wedding are no secret, as I said previously I am not interested in the slightest in the marriage and I have no intention of applying for an GR callsign. Now it seems I do not need to bother because I have had some joker apply for one for me. I received this email this morning…

Applicant’s copy of Electronic Submission: Royal Wedding NoV
Royal Wedding NoV Application submitted: 4/20/2011 11:50:15 PM
Authentication Information: Remote IP Address: 173.45.178.82 Callsign: GW7AAV Email:Removed

Which would seem to indicate a bit of a security hole in the application process. Not that it is of great consequence but this sort of thing should not be allowed to happen. I actually got it wrong when I said you needed to apply to OFCOM, indeed they might well have made the application process a bit more secure. The real route for applications was the RSGB website, where a form that required no more than a callsign and an email address was required.

Bearing in mind the IP Address that the application was posted from is in New York, in the United States via Haefele TV Access high-speed Internet access it was easy to see it was not coming from me. Added to that they used a different email address to the one that RSGB and OFCOM should have on record.

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