A New Venue for the RSGB Convention
Those of you who have attended the last few Conventions at Horwood House will know that we have outgrown the location. After some searching we have identified a new location. The 2014 RSGB Convention will be held at Kents Hill Conference Centre in Milton Keynes. The event will run from 10 – 12 October 2014.
The new location has much more space for lectures, more bedrooms, a larger dining area and various other positive attributes. The five lecture rooms that we have identified have capacities of between 100 and 300, which is more than sufficient for the attendance that we anticipate. There are 330 bedrooms, parking for 800 cars and the Dinner can accommodate up to 330 people.
After a number of successful years, Dave Wilson, M0OBW has stood down as organiser and, as Chairman of the RSGB, I have taken on some of the responsibilities with Graham Coomber, G0NBI, the RSGB General Manager, and a number of others.
We have been in contact with a number of Special Interest Groups to ensure that we are able to offer a broad spectrum of attractive talks at the event. For example, we are delighted that the Contest University is being re-introduced. Mark Haynes, M0DXR, will be leading this stream that will cover many aspects of contesting. It will be attractive to operators across wide parts of the spectrum and, indeed, some of the talks, such as one on antennas, will likely include material suitable for non-contesters too.
We are also delighted to confirm that Brian Justin, WA1ZMS, has agreed to attend. Brian is known to many people as he is active from VLF right through into the millimetre wave frequencies where he holds a number of distance records. He is also a collector of vintage wireless equipment as well as being a key player in activating both 4m and 2m transatlantic beacons. He is a very popular speaker at various amateur radio events in the USA.
Please put this date in your diary and if you have any suggestions or offers of talks then please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. As the programme becomes clearer we will update the website so keep logging on. See you in October!
Graham Murchie, G4FSG