I (Greg) recently completed my aim of passing all levels of the UK amateur radio examinations. This means that as a full license holder I could request a Notice of Variation (NOV) from OfCom to run a packet radio node.
With the ink still wet on my license I applied online for my NOV and it was granted very shortly after.
The callsign of the new node is GB7ODZ (golf bravo 7 oscar delta zulu) and the coverage should be Sunderland to the north, and towards Middlesbrough to the south.
Currently the now is only set up for mail (M0ODZ, mike zero oscar delta zulu) m0odz@gb7odz but I plan to do a full BBS in the near future.