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The RSGB is looking for a Convention Chair to lead the team of people who will create this year’s Convention. If you understand the advantages of both online and in-person events and can contribute ideas for speakers and topics that will attract both audiences, this could be the role for you. For a full role description look on the volunteer vacancy page of the RSGB website

BBC journalist and long-time RSGB Member Laurie Margolis, G3UML broke the fact of the invasion of the Falklands through amateur radio. On Monday the 4th of April, he will share how that happened in the RSGB’s free Tonight@8 webinar. He will also cover his involvement in the 1970 King Hussein story. Watch and ask questions live on the RSGB YouTube channel or special BATC stream. Find out more about this and the Society’s other webinars via this link

On the 18th of April, radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of World Amateur Radio Day. It was on this day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in Paris. You can read more about the event, download posters and other publicity material for any special event station you may be planning from the website


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RSGB NRC needs volunteers

The RSGB National Radio Centre (NRC) welcomes thousands of people through its doors each month and introduces them to amateur radio.

The Society needs to expand the team of volunteers and is particularly looking for people who can be part of the team each Thursday.

If you are interested in becoming an NRC volunteer you should enjoy meeting people and be prepared to work a minimum of one, preferably two, days per month. Full training is given.

Please email NRC Coordinator Martyn Baker, G0GMB for further information: nrc.support@rsgb.org.uk

For more information about the NRC, see the website.


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Amateur radio led to teenager embarking on electronics career
The Bradford Telegraph and Argus reports amateur radio led to a career in electronics for Geoff Higgins G3UBD

The newspaper says:

Geoff Higgins started tinkering with radios in his early teens.

“After the war a lot of stuff was being sold off - it was a treasure trove of parts. I used to cycle down to Bairstow’s in Keighley on my bike - they sold lots of bits and pieces and I bought the bits that could be used for radios and transceivers. I would mess about with them. I pulled them apart and made new ones.”

Aged 16 he had an amateur radio licence. “My call sign - which I still have - is G3UBD. I did a lot of amateur radio and talked to people across the world.”

With a passion for electrics, Geoff considered joining the General Post Office to work in telephony. “But back then, to me, telephony was just about bits of wire - when you think what it has become, how wrong I was.”

He went to work for Leonard Dyer as an apprentice in Bingley, attending Bradford College studying TV and radio electrics on day release.

At the time, Bradford was a key player in the world of television, with Baird TV in Lidget Green manufacturing the bulk of the nation’s TV sets. At one time it was the most modern and largest TV factory in all of Europe.

Read the full story at
https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/ ... ics-geoff/


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Use your vote in the RSGB elections

Just a reminder that voting is still open in the RSGB AGM.

There are three resolutions to vote for including the endorsement of two Nominated Board Directors.

They have been put forward by the RSGB Nominations Committee but it is RSGB Members who choose whether or not to endorse them.

The Society encourages all members to read the CVs and personal statements of the Nominated Directors and then follow the voting links to cast a vote.

On the RSGB AGM web pages you can also see the RSGB Report and Accounts and submit a question for the RSGB Board to answer at the online AGM.

Go to the rsgb.org/agm to find all the information and links you need.

Please use your vote.


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Belgium’s national amateur radio society (UBA), has joined other national amateur radio societies in banning amateurs from Russia and Belarus from their contests—see the UBA website for full details.




Vacancy for DR71 in Wales

The RSGB is looking for someone to carry out the role of District Representative 71, covering Ceredigion & West Wales.

If you are an RSGB member and have time to help radio amateurs in this area, please contact Glyn Jones, GW0ANA who is the RSGB Representative for Region 7: rr7@rsgb.org.uk


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First RSGB Call Book in Science Museum
A first edition of the RSGB Amateur Radio Call Book, published in Autumn 1951, is held at the Science Museum

The book was donated to the museum by R.J.Pigiu.

See the Science Museum site at
https://collection.sciencemuseumgroup.o ... 1-magazine


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The IARU Region Political Relations Committee, in conjunction with the Region’s EMC Committee, has submitted a paper to a recent European Commission Call for Evidence with respect to Solar Energy Strategy. Solar energy systems, which include Solar PV, are a progressive technology whose use is to be encouraged. However, there are certain caveats to be noted in deployment and on-going use. The IARU concerns are not with solar technology, but with the potential noise pollution from so-called optimisers. The paper that was submitted detailed elements of the on-going research and monitoring by the EMC Committee in this area. The paper is available on the IARU Region 1 website.
https://www.iaru-r1.org/


Radio Amateurs of Canada is supporting World Amateur Radio Day on the 18th of April by encouraging amateurs to get on the air and contact as many Canadian stations as possible. RAC official stations will operate across Canada from 0000Z to 2359UTC on the 18th. Look out for these special event stations with callsigns ending in RAC. Those contacting one or more of these stations will be eligible for a special commemorative certificate. Full details are on their website.
https://www.rac.ca/


The RSGB and ARRL have been celebrating the centenary of the Transatlantic Tests. The Society has just released a video that highlights the fantastic exhibition put on by the National Heritage Centre in Saltcoats, the 1921 message re-enactment by the Kilmarnock and Loudoun Amateur Radio Club and also the 160m Transatlantic QSO Party. You’ll find the video on the RSGB YouTube channel.
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheRSGB


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Two new GB2RS broadcasts

The RSGB GB2RS News Service is delighted to announce two new broadcasts on Sundays.

With a nod to how it all started back in 1955, we have introduced a transmission using amplitude modulation.

This takes place in the 80m band on 3650kHz at 08.00 UK time from the station of G4JBD in Bedfordshire.

The intended coverage is the Midlands and the south-east of England but it may be heard more widely when propagation is favourable.

For those in the south-west Glasgow area who are busy on Sunday mornings, we are now offering an evening broadcast on 2m.

Delivered by 2M0GUI on 145.525MHz FM, the transmission is at 18.30 UK time.





VMARS nets
The Vintage Military Amateur Radio Society (VMARS) will be displaying at the Blackpool Rally on Sunday, 24 April 2022.

They have regular nets on 3.615kHz at 8.30am on Saturdays using AM, and at 8pm on Wednesdays using USB to facilitate the use of ex-military equipment.

On Fridays, the frequency remains as 3.615kHz at 7.30pm using LSB.

Find out more at vmars.org.uk.



This year’s CDXC Convention will take place on Saturday, 7 May 2022 at The Link Hotel, Loughborough. The AGM will take place on the same day but, for those who cannot attend, online voting will be available a few days before and instructions will be sent out nearer the time. An interesting list of speakers has been arranged and can be found on the CDXC website.
http://www.cdxc.org.uk/


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Service message for RSGB members

The RSGB President spoke about the new Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system at the AGM last Saturday.

The Society would like to pre-warn Members that they will not be able to update their membership details from Thursday 5 May to Tuesday 10 May.

This applies both to the online membership portal and for any telephone or email requests made to the Membership Team at HQ. This time will be a transition period as the new system is brought online.

Once it is active, RSGB Members will be asked to create a new password to enable them to access the membership portal and further details about this will be shared next week.

This is the first part of a series of upgrades being planned for Membership Services.




Open Zoom meeting on the ADIF processor

On Thursday evening, 5 May 2022, Wigtownshire Amateur Radio Club is hosting an open Zoom meeting.

It will be a talk by Mark Wickens, M0NOM The ADIF Processor.

This is an online tool, developed by Mark, for enriching your log files and visualising contacts in Google Earth.

Originally developed to help him record additional, useful information in his log files, it became a way of viewing QSOs and propagation paths in Google Earth.

You can read more and see some of the graphics of propagation paths on the club’s website at gm4riv.org.

To receive the Zoom link, please email in advance to events@gm4riv.org.

The link will be emailed to you on Thursday, 5 May, shortly before the ‘virtual doors’ open at 7.40pm.




Apply for YOTA Summer Camp

The 2022 Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) summer camp will be held in Croatia, not far from the capital city of Zagreb.

The Croatian Amateur Radio Association will be hosting the event, which will take place from 6 to 13 August 2022.

This is a chance in a lifetime for young RSGB Members to represent their country and national society.

Participants will join workshops where they will gain the skills to start similar amateur radio youth events when they return home.

There will also be time to enjoy operating the latest amateur radio equipment both locally and remotely, kit-building, and visiting the seaside and the capital city.

To apply, you need to be a Member of the RSGB, and aged between 15 and 25.

The deadline for applications is Sunday, 8 May 2022.

For further information see rsgb.org/yota, or for an application form please email youth.champion@rsgb.org.uk.


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The digital TV repeater, GB3JV, has undergone some major upgrades. A new 70cm reduced bandwidth TV input and a new repeater controller have been added. Justin, G8YTZ, the repeater keeper, hopes the upgrades will encourage more users. Listeners may be interested to know there is an article in the CQ-TV magazine, number 275, about the repeater controller. More details on the website https://g8ytz.com/


A reminder that the RSGB’s summer programme for Tonight@8 begins tomorrow, Monday the 9 May. Mark Haynes, M0DXR will talk about contesting. He will explain how this aspect of amateur radio can not only be a good test for your station but also a great way to make lots of QSOs with many countries in a short period of time. You can watch and ask questions live on the RSGB YouTube channel or find out more on the Society’s website https://rsgb.org/main/tonight-at-eight-live-webinars/


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Sunday YOTA deadline
This Sunday, 8 May, is the deadline for young radio amateurs to apply to represent their country and national society at this year’s Youngsters on the Air, or YOTA, summer camp.

The camp will be held in Croatia not far from the capital city of Zagreb from 6-13 August 2022. Participants will join workshops where they will gain the skills to start similar amateur radio youth events when they return home.

There will also be time to enjoy operating the latest amateur radio equipment, both locally and remotely, kit-building and visiting the seaside and the capital city.

To apply, you need to be a member of the RSGB, aged between 15 and 25.

For further information see the RSGB website at www.rsgb.org/yota or for an application form please email youth.champion@rsgb.org.uk


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Beyond Exams Club Scheme relaunches as Brickworks.

Brickworks was originally launched in early 2020 under the name of the ‘Beyond Exams Club Scheme’. It is a scheme run by local amateur radio clubs that have committed to helping all licensed amateur radio operators discover what the hobby has to offer.

When Covid struck, clubs were no long able to meet in person and it was harder to help radio amateurs to work through the Club Scheme activities.

Now life is opening up again, we’re delighted that Brickworks – as it will now be called – is being relaunched.

Is Brickworks for me?
Are you a new licensee? Have you returned to amateur radio? Do you want to try something new?

If you have answered yes to any of those questions, Brickworks is for you!

It will help you build your confidence, expand your knowledge, gain a greater understanding of how to get the best out of different modes, your equipment and time, and enjoy new experiences
Become an Accredited Club and it will help draw new members to your club, boost retention of newly-licensed members, promote progression through the licence tiers and provide your club with free publicity through established RSGB communication channels
If you are already a Beyond Exams Club Scheme accredited club you don’t need to register again.

Want to find out more and get involved? Take a look at the Brickworks pages on our website.
https://rsgb.org/main/beyond-exams-buil ... rickworks/


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RSGB Board Chair appointed

Following the elections at this year’s AGM, the RSGB Board has appointed Richard Horton, G4AOJ as its new Board Chair.

Richard takes over the role from Ian Shepherd, G4EVK who served as Board Chair for four years.

You can see the full list of Board Directors on our website.



New RSGB Company Secretary
The RSGB Board has appointed Stan Lee, G4XXI as the new Company Secretary. Stan will begin his role at the Board meeting on 14 May 2022.

He was an RSGB Board Director from 2013-2016 and during his career has held management, company secretarial, and trustee positions with a number of major charities.

The Board would like to record its thanks to General Manager Steve Thomas, M1ACB for carrying out the additional role of Company Secretary since June 2020.



Service update for RSGB members
All RSGB Members who have an email address linked to their membership, should have received an email by the end of this week.

This email explains how to set up a new password to access the updated membership portal. The email will have been sent to the email address linked to your membership account.

If you are an RSGB Member and don’t think you have received an email, please do check your junk folder.

If you still can’t see an email, please contact membership@rsgb.org.uk or call the RSGB during office hours on 01234 832 700 and choose option two.

While the Society has been sending out the emails, access to the online members’ resources such as RadCom have been turned off, but plans to make them accessible again early this week.


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Sad news now. Nancy Bone, G7UUR, the co-founder and long-time secretary of the Angel of the North ARC became a Silent Key last week. She was an RSGB Deputy Regional Manager for a number of years, a repeater licence holder, exam tutor and GB2RS news reader. In everything that she did, she approached it with enthusiasm and commitment that challenged and inspired others. We are thinking of her husband Warren, G7MWB, their family and many friends at this difficult time.


Since the AGM, the RSGB Board has made two appointments. Richard Horton, G4AOJ will be the new Board Chair and Stan Lee, G4XXI has taken on the role of Company Secretary. The Board would like to record its thanks to General Manager Steve Thomas, M1ACB for carrying out the additional role of Company Secretary since June 2020.


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RSGB launches Innovation 70 competition
The RSGB has launched the Innovation 70 competition as part of its Platinum Jubilee activities. The aim of this activity is to stir amateur radio creativity.

The challenge is to design and build a useful piece of equipment with no more than 70 connections, or a useful piece of software with no more than 70 lines of code. A selection of the most innovative entries will be published in RadCom and on the RSGB website.

The RSGB Technical Forum will judge the entries and results will be announced at the end of the year. The closing date is 30 September.

Go to the RSGB’s Platinum Jubilee web pages to find out more:
Innovation 70 - Radio Society of Great Britain


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