RSGB News Update (14th November 2022)
Tests - Chats - Space - Volunteers
RSGB Transatlantic Centenary Tests
The RSGB is hosting the Transatlantic Centenary Tests 2022 on the HF bands for the month of December 2022. Unlike those of the 1920s, which consisted of one-way communication, this event will encourage worldwide two-way communication with UK and Crown Dependency stations. There will be a series of awards available for making QSOs with those who are activating historic RSGB callsigns. The Club Log team has kindly agreed to provide the supporting infrastructure for this. The Society is looking for RSGB members to take part and make this historic event a success. You can read more on page 54 of the December RadCom and be inspired by the RSGB Convention Transatlantic Test presentation on the RSGB YouTube channel. To find out how to take part, go to rsgb.org/transatlantic-
RSGB Convention Chat Videos Released
The RSGB has just released two videos that feature a wide range of interesting interviews that took place at its recent convention. In the first, you can hear from three amateur radio presidents, RSGB Board members and other volunteers, as well as representatives of the European Space Agency and AMSAT-UK. The RadCom team introduce themselves, Convention attendees explain what they were looking forward to, and the RSGB General Manager and Convention Chair, Steve Thomas M1ACB, talks about the importance of the event. The second video focuses on the RSGB-affiliated special interest groups (SIG) and introduces RSGB SIG Manager Philip Hosey, MI0MSO. It was great to talk to them all and find out what they do and how you can get involved. You can find both videos and more in the RSGB 2022 Convention playlist on the Society’s YouTube channel.
RSGB National Radio Centre Closed Briefly For Maintenance
The RSGB’s National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park will be closed from Tuesday 22 November until Friday 25 November for the upgrading of essential equipment and the installation of a new fire alarm system. The Society apologises for any inconvenience this causes.
A Signal Across Space – A VR Experience Based on Marconi and Kemp
The Wales Millennium Centre is hosting a 360-degree virtual reality experience inspired by the wireless signals Marconi and Kemp exchanged between Flat Holm Island and Lavernock Point in 1897. Called ‘A Signal Across Space’ the experience takes the audience on a multi-layered journey that includes the history, mythology, language and nature of the area surrounding Lavernock. RSGB Regional Representative Glyn Jones, GW0ANA recorded a talk about Marconi which appears in snippets throughout the piece. In Welsh and English, it runs until 20 November and is free but you need to book tickets in advance. Go to www.wmc.org.uk and search for ‘A Signal Across Space’
Help needed for RSGB EMC Committee
Most of you will have experienced RF interference problems of one sort or another over the years. In this world of advanced digital technology and increasing wireless connectivity, the probability of interference is high and increasing rapidly. This is giving rise to an ever-increasing pollution of the radio spectrum which is threatening all wireless communication. To counter these problems, the RSGB EMC Committee makes the relevant authorities aware of issues by taking measurements and surveying any available documents and reports. The committee needs volunteers to help with that task. Deep technical knowledge or experience in EMC work is not necessary, but ideally, candidates should have a good understanding of radio. If you are an RSGB member and would like to help, please contact [email protected].
(Source: Heather Parsons, RSGB)