Convention Construction Competition

Young man constructing an amateur radio project

The RSGB annual Construction Competition is open for entries and judging will take place at the RSGB Convention in October.

The aim of the competition is to encourage home construction, experimentation, design and innovation.

The competition can be entered by individual members or groups of members where the build team will be treated as a single entrant.

The closing date is the end of September and any project that you have built, other than one that was a previous winner in this completion, may be entered.

Any Member, or group of Members, of the RSGB is eligible to enter. All entries must be available for judging at the RSGB Convention in October but the constructor need not be present.

Entries must have an amateur radio context. Examples might include receivers, transmitters, transceivers, aerials, instrumentation, test equipment, software, but are not limited to those examples.

Entries must contain an element of home-construction but we do not stipulate whether this is mechanical, electronic, software or system.

The judges would appreciate a succinct description of the project objective, its design, interesting problems that needed to be solved, and evidence that it works, such as showing it working, showing a video of it working, providing photographs, details of contacts made with it etc.

All entries will be judged together but the judges will consider awarding a prize in each of the following categories.

  • Innovation: The aim is to encourage and reward original designs, which can be software, hardware or a combination thereof. The entry will be judged on the elegance and innovation used to solve a new problem, or to solve a well-known problem in some better way. The entry will also be judged on the degree to which it advances the state of the art in amateur radio.
  • Construction: The aim here is to encourage traditional construction projects. Entries may be original or based on a published design. Kits may feature, either as a part or the whole of the project. For kit builders, credit will be given for personal additions, modifications or finishing touches. Entries in this category will be judged on the overall quality of the construction/excellence in craftsmanship.
  • Beginner: This category is aimed at those new to amateur radio. The entrant(s) must have an amateur radio licence for less than three years, and must not have prior professional experience in a related field.
  • Junior: This category is aimed at our young members. The entrant(s) must be a Junior member of the RSGB on the date of submission of the entry.

The judges will also select an overall winner and the constructor of the entry will receive the Louis Varney G5RV memorial trophy.

Please register your intention to enter the RSGB Construction Competition 2017 by clicking the button below.