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Convention Programme now released

Join us between 11 and 13 October at Kents Hill Park, Milton Keynes for a weekend of the very best amateur radio lectures, and much more. With a wide range of lecture topics and range of activities there is genuinely something for everyone.

Most of the talks are now confirmed and you can find details of the lectures by clicking here – we have also released the provisional timetables and to find these click here.

This year we have:

Convention BuildathonFancy a dinner, good company and constructing a 40m receiver all at the same time?
The Buildathon at the RSGB Convention is a little different. Presented as an alternative to the Convention’s Gala Dinner taking place on Saturday 14 October, those attending get not only have a pleasant hot & cold buffet but an evening of surface mount construction to boot. For the same price as the Gala dinner, the event not only includes the food itself but also the SMD Sudden 2 – Direct Conversion 40m Receiver made and supplied by Kanga Products UK, use of all the needed equipment and a helpful team of volunteers to help you through the build. Not bad for £39.50 and a great evening too.  As an alternative to dinner at the Convention why not try something a little different this year and book a place at the RSGB Convention Buildathon.

Our Lecture highlights include:
We are delighted that Dave Sumner, K1ZZ will be giving the after dinner speech on Saturday evening and also the keynote address on Saturday morning. The morning presentation will be entitled Our Global Amateur Radio Community. Dave will share why he believes a bright future awaits generations of radio amateurs to come.

Ian White, GM3SEK, returns to update his 2015 Convention talk about reducing RF noise levels and the risk of causing interference. The original talk called Clean Up Your Shack has had over 7,000 views on the RSGB YouTube channel and many amateurs have successfully followed its recommendations. This year’s talk, Clean Up Your Shack – Revisited, reviews the practical user experience and updates the recommended RF chokes and filters.

For those of you interested in the aspects of amateur radio where the ‘boundaries are challenged’, Chris Whitmarsh, G0FDZ will talk about 122GHz and Up. Chris is a very well-known and respected microwaver who is constantly pushing the frontiers in the higher microwave bands. His talk will cover the 122, 134 and 241GHz bands and beyond, and the equipment that is typically used. He will also cover the operating challenges to enable the record breaking contacts to be made.

In the AMSAT stream we have a very topical presentation from Pat Norris FRAeS, FRIN, AIAA, CITP who is a retired space and IT engineer. Pat spent 50 years working on space projects including the Apollo Moon landings as a NASA contractor and the Hubble Space Telescope as a European Space Agency program manager.  His talk will be entitled Returning to the Moon 50 Years after Apollo 11.

ICQ Podcast ran a successful interactive session last year and are returning this year where the topic will be Grow, Merge or Disband your Club – Is your club relevant in today’s society? Is someone from your club going to attend this and participate?

This is just a few of the latest list of talks we are offering this year and you can find details of the lectures by clicking here – we have also released the provisional timetables and to find these click here.

All in all it’s shaping up to be another great Convention! Book now to join us in October.

Graham Murchie, G4FSG
RSGB Convention Chairman

 

Don’t forget we are also offering,

This year’s Convention will include the annual Construction Competition, a Pi workshop and we will be running all three levels of online* exams at the Convention for Syllabus 2019 and the current syllabus (for resits only).  We are delighted that Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, will be our after-dinner speaker on the Saturday evening. Dave is Secretary of the IARU and was active with the IARU during his entire 44-year career on the staff of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).

Why not make a weekend of it? Why not join us at the RSGB National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park on the Friday? Come and see the fascinating displays, chat with our volunteers and see the NRC’s radio station, GB3RS in action. Don’t forget RSGB Members can gain free entry to Bletchley Park and the NRC.

Following on from last year, we will have a dedicated room for partners.

We look forward to seeing you there!

*Special arrangements can be made for candidates with specific requirements, if we are notified at least one month in advance.

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