RSGB Convention 2019

The RSGB Convention was held between 11 and 13 October at Kents Hill Park, Milton Keynes. It was a weekend of the very best amateur radio lectures, and much more. Proudly sponsored again by Martin Lynch & Sons, the RSGB Convention offered a wide range of lecture topics and range of activities, so there was genuinely something for everyone.

This year’s highlights included:

Convention Buildathon – The Buildathon at the RSGB Convention is presented as an alternative to the Convention’s Gala Dinner. Those attending not only get a hot & cold buffet but an evening of surface mount construction to boot. For the same price as the Gala dinner, the event not only included 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.

The RSGB Construction Competition was again sponsored by Martin Lynch & Sons and attracted more entries than in previous years. To find out about the winners and more please click here.

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

Ian White, GM3SEK, returned 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, reviewed 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 gave a 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 covered the 122, 134 and 241GHz bands and beyond, and the equipment that is typically used. He also covered the operating challenges to enable the record breaking contacts to be made.

In the AMSAT stream had 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 was entitled Returning to the Moon 50 Years after Apollo 11.

ICQ Podcast ran a successful interactive session again this year returning to the topic Grow, Merge or Disband your Club – Is your club relevant in today’s society?

These are just a few of the talks we had this year. We hope you can join us for the 2020 RSGB Convention which will take place at Kents Hill Park on the weekend of 9 to 11 October 2020.

Graham Murchie, G4FSG
RSGB Convention Chairman

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