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| October 10, 2014

The RSGB would like to extend their congratulations to Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, who has been awarded the IARU Region 1 Roy Stevens, G2BVN Memorial Trophy for his meritorious service to amateur radio over many years. Gaston was the chairman of the Eurocom Working Group and then the chairman of the Amateur Radio Space Exploration Working Group. Gaston, aged 87, has decided to step down as chairman.

On 18 October 1924, two-way communication was established between Frank Bell, 4AA in New Zealand and Cecil Goyder, 2SZ, operating from Mill Hill School in North London. To commemorate the 90th anniversary of this historic contact, radio amateurs at stations in Mill Hill School and New Zealand will recreate the first Goyder-Bell contact, hopefully on a wavelength close to that used in 1924. The callsign 2SZ will be aired from 11 to 18 October from Mill Hill School. Pupils will be able to visit the radio station, speak to the operators, and even speak over the air. Whilst the station won’t be open to the public, on 18 October there will be a live webcam at the school covering the communications and celebrations. In New Zealand, a special station, using the callsign ZL4AA, will be operating from Shag Valley in South Island during the same week.

The Chelmsford Ideas Festival runs from 20 October until 2 November and celebrates the creativity of Chelmsford’s people, past and present. Amongst the highlights is a talk by Professor Marconi, the grandson of Guglielmo Marconi. This will be complemented by an account of the extraordinary space technology that the company e2v produces today. Amateur radio features on two days. Members of the Chelmsford ARS will be giving presentations in the Ideas Hub on The World of Amateur Radio from 10am-4pm on Friday 31 October and Sunday 2 November.

There is still time to get involved with the new RSGB Youth Committee, which will provide a focus for the Society’s younger members and help promote amateur radio to younger sections of the community. Applicants must be under 26 years of age and be Full, Junior or Student Members of the RSGB. Information and details of how to join are on the RSGB website.

Following extensive work by a number of Training and Education Committee members, the Train the Trainers course has been redesigned and a date and venue has been set for a pilot course. The course is intended to increase the confidence of new tutors and those without any formal teaching qualifications, helping them deliver fun but effective amateur licence training. It has been designed by David, G0EVA, Derek, G7LFC and Paul, G4DCV who between them have over 50 years professional teaching experience, and they want to share many of the tricks, tips and secrets that they use daily. Following feedback from the pilot, the new course will be rolled out across the UK, with the aim of running three or four courses a year. There will be no charge for the course. The one-day event will take place on Saturday 31 January in Tamworth. Anyone interested in attending should contact the chairman of the Training and Education Committee, via

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