Also in GB2RS this week…

| January 4, 2019

The RSGB’s National Radio Centre (NRC) at Bletchley Park welcomed 55,232 people through the doors in 2018, introducing the vast majority of them to amateur radio for the first time. Well done to Martyn, G0GMB and his team of volunteers who keep the NRC running. Please note that the NRC will be closed for a private event on Tuesday, 15 January 2019. Outside of this, volunteers look forward to welcoming visitors seven days a week, especially RSGB Members, who can download a free entry voucher for Bletchley Park from the RSGB Membership Services.

The final Advanced training course in Bath starts on Wednesday, 30 January 2019. The course will run on Wednesday evenings at the Scout HQ in Grove Street, Bath, aiming for an exam in July. This will be the last amateur radio course in Bath for some time due to the work required to implement the changes to the syllabus. The Bath team expect to be closed down for at least six months, maybe a year. The final Bath-based distance learning course, which will run in parallel with the classroom course, is now full and has a record number of students. If any one is looking to upgrade from Intermediate to Full, and can attend classes in Bath, please drop an email to the course leader, Steve Hartley, via

The RSGB is pleased to announce Bobby Wadey, MI0RYL has been appointed to the position of RSGB Awards Manager, taking over from Chris Burbanks, G3SJJ. The Society would like to thank Chris for his work as the RSGB Awards Manager.

RSGB Members are reminded that nominations are open for RSGB Board and Regional Representatives. Details are in the January RadCom and at These roles offer a good opportunity to help the RSGB develop and to promote amateur radio. Nominations close 31 January 2019.

Until 14 January 2019, 8,400 Scouts from every Australian state—plus representatives from 18 nations—will converge in South Australia to participate in the 25th Australian Scout Jamboree. One of the 150 activities on offer to the Scouts will be a chance to participate in amateur radio using VI25AJ and a direction-finding course. About 2000 Scouts are expected to experience amateur radio over the 10 day period. They will be active on the HF bands both SSB and digital modes, satellites, IRLP and Echolink. Full details such as operating schedules and frequencies will be available via the VI25AJ page. If you hear the call sign on the air, give the youngsters a call.

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