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The RSGB has announced that since the introduction of Remotely Invigilated amateur radio exams that can be done from home 2,000 people have successfully passed their Foundation exam

The Society says
"Yesterday [Oct 18] we reached the incredible total of 2,000 candidates passing the Foundation exam via remote invigilation! Congratulations to them all. If you hear new licensees on the airways do encourage and help them along #GOTA2C"


The RSGB also announced:
"We're also delighted that 268 new licensees have progressed and gained their Intermediate licence exam via remote invigilation - fantastic to see people learning and discovering more about amateur radio! #GOTA2C #hamr"


Prior to the introduction of Remotely Invigilated Exams in April 2020 only around 1300 people were passing their Foundation exam each year. In just 7 months the new online system has shown that making exams and training accessible to all enables many more people to take up the hobby.

Information on online training courses for amateur radio is at
https://rsgb.org/main/clubs-training/fo ... -students/


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Essex Ham interview Leslie Butterfields G0CIB who's been looking into Ofcom's proposal to require UK radio amateurs to complete risk assessments on their transmissions regarding exposure to electromagnetic fields

Watch the video of the interview at
https://www.essexham.co.uk/ofcom-emf-am ... rview.html

Responses from radio amateurs and other interested parties to the Ofcom consultation must be submitted by 5pm on November 16, details at
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations- ... ure-to-emf

The new consultation document with the proposed licence changes is at
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/ ... tation.pdf

Ofcom EMF Calculator
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/ ... lator.xlsx


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Following on from the success of the remote invigilation exams for the Foundation and Intermediate licence, the RSGB is now expanding that to include Full licence exams.

The automated booking system will accept exam bookings for all three licence levels.

Please note that the earliest date available for exam bookings at any level is Wednesday 21 October.

It is important to read the Candidate Instructions before booking an exam. You can find a link to these and the calendar to book your exam on our website https://rsgb.org/main/rsgb-examination-booking/


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The RSGB sometimes receives complaints regarding incidences of deliberate jamming and foul or inappropriate language on the air and is trying to quantify the size of the problem. A Freedom of Information request to Ofcom showed only three identifiable reports submitted between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2019.

The RSGB would like to hear from radio amateurs who have reported similar problems directly to Ofcom (not the RSGB) during the same period of time, and after following the Operating Advisory Service’s advice. For further information, including how to submit your reports to the Society, please see the RSGB website:
https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/rsgb-no ... behaviour/


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The RSGB sometimes receives complaints regarding incidences of deliberate jamming and foul or inappropriate language on the air and is trying to quantify the size of the problem. A Freedom of Information request to Ofcom showed only three identifiable reports submitted between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2019.

The RSGB would like to hear from radio amateurs who have reported similar problems directly to Ofcom (not the RSGB) during the same period of time, and after following the Operating Advisory Service’s advice. For further information, including how to submit your reports to the Society, please see the RSGB website:
https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/rsgb-no ... behaviour/



FoI response is here:-

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/ ... ervice.pdf

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The proceedings from the 19 September Board meeting are now online.

Key messages included: media and public interest in amateur radio continues and membership numbers are still rising; examination numbers are still buoyant with an increasing number of candidates progressing to the next licence level; interference reports to Ofcom are still at an extremely low level, presenting difficulties in pressing for action; with the announcement that Covid-19 issues are likely to continue for a minimum of another six months, there are major opportunities to engage with members and potential members though alternative communication channels:
https://thersgb.org/members/publications/board/5890.php


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The Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Emily Groves, M7MLE as the new Chair of the RSGB Legacy Committee. Emily will be working alongside the Committee to promote the availability of the RSGB legacy funds and to advise the Board regarding applications from projects seeking legacy funding.

The RSGB Legacy Fund, thanks to the generosity of donors, has resources available to encourage and develop amateur radio. Some excellent projects have already been supported. However, the fund is able to do more and, to succeed, it needs good proposals. Its objectives are deliberately wide and projects must make a difference for lots of people: www.rsgb.org/legacy


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The next Tonight@8 is this Monday, the 2nd of November. Heather Lomond, M0HMO will give a beginners’ introduction to using GNU Radio to create simple amateur radio projects. Starting from the beginning, Heather will introduce the GNU Radio programming environment, develop a little of the theory needed to understand SDRs, and then go on to use some simple GNU Radio blocks to build a receiver based on one of the super-cheap SDRs.

Finally, she will show how to build more complex radio systems and where to go to take things to the next level. Do encourage people to listen to this webinar, particularly if they are a new or returning licensee. More information is on our website at www.rsgb.org/webinars.


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Get on the air for Christmas (#GOTA4C) is the new focus for #GOTA2C. Running 19 Dec - 9 Jan it aims to provide a sense of community for radio amateurs at what might be a difficult time of year.

To kick it off, if you’re running a special net on 25, 26 Dec or anytime over the hol season, send info to radcom@rsgb.org.uk and we'll include it in the next issue, on the website and in GB2RS. We're planning other activities for radio amateurs to take part in and will add details to our new web page over the next month: www.rsgb.org/gota4c


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Get on the air for Christmas (GOTA4C)
As part of the ‘Get on the air to care’ campaign that the Society has been running with the NHS since April, we’re launching a new focus for Christmas.

Called ‘Get on the air for Christmas’ and shared on social media with the hashtag #GOTA4C, it will bring together a few activities that radio amateurs can participate in over the holiday period. It will run from Saturday 19 December to Saturday 9 January.

We know that Christmas can be difficult for many at the best of times, but with the extra restrictions due to Covid-19 we want to make sure that every radio amateur feels part of a caring amateur radio community.

We’re kicking off the campaign by asking clubs that are planning special nets for Christmas Day and Boxing Day, or indeed any time over the holiday season, to send details to radcom@rsgb.org.uk so we can publish them in the next RadCom issue, in the GB2RS news scripts and on our RSGB website.

Further information about the other activities in the campaign will be added to the campaign web page over the coming weeks.


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The Trustees of the Radio Communications Foundation have noted the surge in newcomers to amateur radio since lockdown. Newcomers may not be aware that RCF is a charity that is committed to supporting radio clubs in schools, colleges and universities. If any readers need help in establishing, resurrecting or improving a school, college or university amateur radio club they should contact the RCF. Details can be found at https://commsfoundation.org/contact-the-rcf/. The RCF continues to sponsor a number of Arkwright Engineering Scholarships and works with the UK Electronics Skills Federation.


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Volunteer as GB2RS Manager

The GB2RS News service is looking for a new volunteer manager following the sad passing of Ken Hatton, G3VBA, earlier this year.

The position involves appointing and liaising with GB2RS newsreaders, managing schedules and notices of variation, and working closely with the editorial staff at HQ.

For more information please contact the RSGB General Manager Steve Thomas, M1ACB, via email to gm.dept@rsgb.org.uk.


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We're delighted that Ofcom has confirmed that it is happy for radio amateurs to resume using /NHS as a suffix on their call signs as part of our 'Get on the air for Christmas' campaign - but you can start using it now if you wish before the official start of the campaign


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Amateur radio on BBC Radio Essex
On Tuesday, November 24, CB and amateur radio featured in Sonia Watson's popular Breakfast show on BBC Radio Essex

Among those interviewed was the Chair of Essex Ham, Pete M0PSX, who talked about the resurgence of interest in amateur radio.

Listen to the interview at 1:38:20 in this recording
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08xv7dv

You can find out more about amateur radio and the free Essex Ham Foundation Online training course at
https://www.essexham.co.uk/train/foundation-online/

You can follow Essex Ham on Twitter at
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