RSGB 2022 Convention

We’re delighted to be holding our in-person Convention at Kents Hill Park, Milton Keynes between 7 and 9 October. We’re looking forward to meeting up again.

Day tickets will be available on the door. Under 21s can attend free of charge (Under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult). Tickets are issued on the door to those with suitable proof of age.

 

The programme

To provide a balance between the benefits of meeting in person and access to high-quality online content for those who can’t be there, we intend to livestream some of the presentations this year. We will also record other presentations to release during the months after the event.

The programme includes five streams, so there will be something for everyone. AMSAT-UK is joining us again this year and will host one of the streams.

There will be two social areas where you will find the Special Interest Groups and the ML&S stand, as well as a quiet room for partners. The trophy presentations and DXpedition raffle will take place on the Sunday.

Take a look at details of just some of the 50-plus lectures which will be running over the weekend.

The venue and catering

We are pleased to say that Kents Hill Park has undergone a refurbishment and now has much-improved Wi-Fi.

Prices are being held at pre-COVID prices, making it a good year to come and stay for the weekend.

Lunch tickets will be available for purchase on the day. The bar will open from 5.30pm on both Friday and Saturday evenings, and during the daytime there will be a bottle bar with light ‘tuck shop’ snacks available in the social area, along with tea and coffee during the breaks.

Please note: Kents Hill Park accepts card payments only at food outlets and the bar.

Arriving on the Friday?

The RSGB National Radio Centre (NRC) at Bletchley Park will be open on the Friday, and throughout the weekend, from 9.30am to 5pm.

Two special events have been organised for RSGB Members visiting on the Friday:

  • At 2.30pm there will be a private guided tour of Bletchley Park
  • At 4pm there will be a practical introduction to making a QSO using the QO-100 geostationary satellite.

Bletchley Park is located just a few miles from the Kents Hill Park and admission is free to RSGB Members. (Download your entry voucher at rsgb.org/bpvoucher). Bring a copy of your licence and, if there is sufficient time, you can operate the GB3RS station.

Keynote speaker

Our keynote speaker this year will be Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, President of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU).

The IARU has been the worldwide voice of radio amateurs, securing and safeguarding the amateur radio spectrum since 1925. Protecting spectrum access by qualified operators on a non-commercial basis is the IARU’s principal mission, and with various part of the spectrum under threat around the world, their role has never been more important.

EMF Compliance events

Two EMF compliance events will take place over the weekend – an update on developments, and an open compliance clinic. You can email your questions in advance to emc.chairman@rsgb.org.uk See further details on the Convention lecture page.

DXCC card checking

DXCC card checking and new user registrations for Logbook of the World (LotW) will be available on Saturday only. Online application and payment for LotW claims can be credited to DXCC scores but applicants must pay in advance, print off the LotW claim cover sheet and sign where indicated, print off the list of cards claimed and hand those with the QSL cards to the card checker on the day. New LotW registrants should bring a copy of their licence and proof of identity (passport or driving licence).

 

The RSGB Convention is proudly sponsored by Martin Lynch & Sons