Legacy Subcommittee

Training and development is a Legacy Subcommittee priority

Training and development is a Legacy Subcommittee priority

The Subcommittee’s trustees work with the RSGB Board to consider proposals for the use of the RSGB Legacy Fund

Helping good ideas happen

The RSGB Legacy Fund, thanks to the generosity of donors, has resources available to encourage and develop amateur radio. The fund currently stands at approximately £160,000. Some excellent projects have already been supported.  However, the fund is able to do more and inaction cannot be blamed on lack of resources!  To succeed, it needs good proposals.

Of course there are guidelines. We want the fund to help keep the amateur radio flame burning for current and future members. Its objectives are deliberately wide and projects must make a difference for lots of people. So this isn’t your opportunity to fund a brand-new software defined radio for your own shack – or even that of your club!

Here are examples of projects which have received funding in the past three years:

Funding has been provided for a new DX competition scoring system

Legacy funding was given for a new system to score ARDF competitions

Spectrum pollution and interference.  The increasing pollution of the spectrum affects many of us. While we benefit from the astonishing pace of technological growth, we are also increasingly at the mercy of a radio spectrum which is increasingly noisy.

The first project approved for Legacy Fund support was for the measurement of the noise floor – in order to provide scientifically-based evidence to back up our struggle to draw attention to the problem so it can be more effectively tackled. A second project has provided the EMC Committee with top quality equipment to help amateurs in addressing local QRM projects. More proposals would be welcome.

Specific activities. To support a very thriving activity, the Fund has provided equipment and software for ARDF – Amateur Radio Direction Finding.   Legacy Funding has helped it remain relevant and in tune with changes in technology.  The Fund has also given funding to support the further development of the internationally–popular Islands on the Air (IOTA) programme.

Young People. The Youth DXpedition to Wales in 2015 (Project DX15) was also part-supported by the fund.  Groups of young people worked together to learn more about the hobby – supported by some very generous volunteers.  A good project – learning, having fun and looking to the future.

Not necessarily young! The Legacy Fund exists to support the whole current age profile of the Society. The Cambridge Community Amateur Radio project enables continued enjoyment of the hobby by those who are restricted in some way – perhaps health problems, challenge of advancing years, disability, limited antenna space.

These examples are to give a feel of the sort of projects which might get support. They have all been aimed at support and development of amateur radio and have the potential value to reach a significant number of people.

Make contact. So how do you or your group make contact? The Legacy Sub-Committee makes recommendations to the RSGB Board.  Its current members are: G3RWF (Chair), G4EVK, G6HFF, G8PMA  and G8SSL.  If you have an idea which you think might be right for legacy funding, get in touch with the Sub-Committee trustees at legacy.chairman@rsgb.org.uk. Let them have your early thoughts so they can be talked through.  Then there is a simple application form to complete which asks for the details of your proposal, the skills of those proposing it and its benefit to the amateur radio community.  It also requires timetable and costings and is available on line see Legacy Fund Application Form. (2-page/742KB Microsoft Word document) The Sub-Committee makes recommendations to the RSGB Board which has the final word.

Please get your thinking caps on! It will benefit our hobby and also keep faith with those whose generosity has made such funding available. We look forward to hearing from you.

RSGB Legacy Sub-Committee