RadCom delivery to Guernsey and the Isle of Man

Following complaints from some RSGB members, we have investigated a problem with non-delivery of RadCom on Guernsey and the Isle of Man. It seems that following changes at the Royal Mail, the labelling requirement for these copies was incorrectly applied by our printers and these copies didn’t go through the postal system correctly. We are […]

HF beacon list updated

The RSGB’s Propagation Studies Committee (PSC) has released a new HF beacon list, with the 10m listings completely revamped. The old list, which was started by Martin Harrison G3USF (SK), had been added to over the years, but was getting out of date and the only way to make it more accurate was to start […]

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) Amateur Radio & Electronics Society

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) Amateur Radio & Electronics Society has recently been ratified. Their Club Secretary, Grace McCormick, 2I0GYL, got in touch with the RSGB to tell us that she, along with other members, were keen to restart the University club, which has a long history at the campus dating back to the 1950s. Inaugural […]

EMF assessments reminder

Given that increased transmitter power limits are now available to UK licensees, all amateurs are reminded that they are required to carry out EMF assessments. To help you do this, advice and an online EMF calculator can be found on the RSGB website at rsgb.org/emf.

Ofcom consultation decisions announced

Ofcom has released its final decisions following its consultation on the amateur radio licensing framework last year. Revised licence conditions became effective on Wednesday 21 of February 2024. The changes to licence conditions include the optional use of Regional Secondary Locators, increased transmitter power levels and provide greater opportunity to bring newcomers into amateur radio. There […]

RSGB Band Plans

The RSGB Band Plans for 2024 were published in the March 2024 issue of RadCom. They are also available on the RSGB website. This year’s changes support the new Ofcom licensing framework and guidance, particularly in the VHF and UHF bands. All amateurs are reminded to consult the Band Plans before operating.

New British Science Week resources and events

The list of amateur radio events taking place in British Science Week and the resource suggestions are growing. GB3RS, the radio station at the RSGB National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park could be available for QSOs with stations operating as part of British Science Week. Contact the RSGB’s BSW coordinator, Ian Neal, M0KEO at bsw@rsgb.org.uk and he […]

RadCom paper wrapper trial

The RSGB has been trialling paper wrappers for RadCom as part of its plans to be more environmentally friendly. The Society has been collating feedback and is aware that there have been particular problems with the gluing of the RadCom wrappers this month. Please be assured that the RSGB is discussing this with its supplier […]

Amateur radio exams – timing explanation

On 6 February we gave an update on the amateur radio exams and their need to change to reflect the changes to the Ofcom licence conditions. Since that announcement, some members of the tutor community have raised questions about the RSGB’s decision to move the start of exams to the new licence conditions to 1 […]

2023 – a year in numbers

During a year when the global landscape shifted once more, with conflicts across the world and economic difficulties touching the lives of individuals, we were pleased to see that the amateur radio community continues to thrive. It may have changed shape and adapted with the times, but the RSGB has been there not only to […]

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