Legacy Committee

Training and development is a Legacy Subcommittee priority

Training and development is a Legacy Committee priority

The Committee’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 £180,000. 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! We are looking for projects which develop the service and make it more accessible. Please follow this link (2-page/92.3KB PDF) for more detailed guidelines to help you plan an application.

Here are examples of projects which have received funding

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.

There has been a project to provide the EMC Committee with top quality equipment to help amateurs in measuring and addressing interference (2013). That work continues with a further project in the pipeline. 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 (2014).

The Fund also gave funding to support the further development of the internationally–popular Islands on the Air (IOTA) programme (2016). Online examinations have been developed for those seeking licenses and legacy funding provided equipment for the early trials (2017) and has provided equipment to enable Clubs to offer the on-line option (2018).

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.  The fund has supported projects to encourage construction of equipment — one in the south-west (2015) and the other in Scotland (2017).

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 (2015).

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 to reach a significant number of people. More projects would be very welcome.

Make contact.  So how do you or your group make contact?

Legacy Committee members are currently: G0FUW (Chair), G6HFF, G8PMA, G8SSL and G7SOZ.  If you have an idea which you think might be right for legacy funding, get in touch with the Subcommittee 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—see below—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 online.

The 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.