British Science Week – RSGB Challenge

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The theme of British Science Week (BSW) this year was ‘Time’ and both time and the closely related concept of frequency are of vital importance to radio communications.

As part of its BSW 2024 activities, the RSGB announced a new challenge:

Using readily available components, material or other resources, provide a method of either measuring the frequency of a radio frequency source or signal, or providing a time reference to a radio operator or radio system.

Entry categories

  • Under 18, or still in school

  • Under 21, or an undergraduate up to the age of 23

  • No age restriction

We’ll give special consideration to the novelty of the method or its implementation.

The winner of each group will win a prize of £150.

How to enter

  • Email a description of your entry and up to four photographs to

  • If it is important to demonstrate how your entry works, please send in a very short video clip

  • Put ‘RSGB British Science Week Challenge’ as the title of your email

The deadline for entries is 1 September 2024

The judging panel will be led by the RSGB Board Chair, Stewart Bryant, G3YSX, who was a participant in the design of the IEEE Precision Clock Syntonisation Protocol IEEE Std 1588-2008

The results will be announced at the RSGB Convention in October.

Want to have a quick chat?

Please email RSGB British Science Week Coordinator, Ian Neal, M0KEO at