Legacy Committee

Training and development is a Legacy Subcommittee priority

Training and development is a Legacy Committee priority

The Legacy Committee works 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 amateur radio service on a wider scale. 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). A second project was funded to develop software that will help radio amateurs detect, and hopefully help us combat, interference form VDSL (2017). 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). We have also provided funding to exam centres for the purchase of hardware that can facilitate on-line amateur radio examinations (2018). A trial workshop was sponsored to allow a wide range of people to gain experience of GNU programming (2018).

The Fund gave funding to support the further development of the internationally–popular Islands on the Air (IOTA) programme (2016).

The fund has supported projects to encourage radio construction — one in the south-west (2015) and the other in Scotland (2017). In 2017 a radio construction tool kit was funded to allow any Affiliated Radio Club to borrow all the gear needed to run group construction workshops. Funds have also been made available for buildathon workshops that helped newcomers develop their soldering skills and another helped some ‘old hands’ get to grips with surface mount construction (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.

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?

If you have an idea which you think might be right for legacy funding, get in touch with the Legacy Committee at legacy.chair@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, timetable and costings.

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.

How can I donate to the Legacy Fund?

The easiest way is to send a cheque made payable to the RSGB with a covering letter stating that it is for the Legacy Fund to:

Jackie Tite, Financial Controller, RSGB, 3 Abbey Court, Fraser Road, Priory Business Park, Bedford, MK44 3WH.

If you would prefer to make a bank transfer, please call Jackie on 01234 832700, or e-mail to Jackie.tite@rsgb.org.uk  for details of which bank account to make the payment to.

If you want to leave something for the Legacy Fund when you pass away, then just make your wishes known in your will and include the contact details above; your executors can then carry out your wishes.

We look forward to hearing from you.