Chair, Electromagnetic Compatibility Committee (EMC)

| November 29, 2019

The EMC Committee helps and advises RSGB members who have EMC problems, lobbies regulators and guides standards to protect the spectrum.

The Committee also investigates emerging EMC threats and updates members on these and other EMC matters.

The EMC Chair has a committee of volunteers who are expected to play an active role in addressing these matters.

The position of Chair of the EMC Committee is offered for an initial period of up to three years.

Role description

The Chair chooses who sits on the Committee, should ensure there is an appropriate mix of skills and that Committee members continue to contribute.

The Chair’s role is also to:

  • Ensure that Committee members bring their individual experience to resolving any EMC-related issues brought to their attention
  • Prepare guidance documents and occasional articles in RadCom
  • Chair regular committee meetings (typically by Skype or similar)
  • Appoint a secretary from the Committee to record concise Minutes of meetings and place them on the RSGB web site
  • Appoint a Communications contact within the Committee to assist the HQ Communications Manager with timely release of information of wider interest

The Chair is ex-officio a member of the Representation Team’s steering group. This is currently led by Murray Niman, G6JYB. The Chair is a member of the RSGB’s Volunteer Leadership Team which meets face-to-face three times a year.

The role holder is supported at Board level by one of the two Directors appointed to work with the Representation Team. Currently the contact for EMC is Philip Willis, M0PHI who can also raise on the Committee Chair’s behalf any issues needing consideration or approval by the RSGB Board.

The EMC Committee

One part of the Committee’s role is responding to complaints of interference which are technical in origin. This may involve identifying the nature of the noise, its origin, whether it exceeds statutory limits and what can be done to mitigate the effects. The Regional team may provide practical help locally if required.

In addition to this reactive role, the Committee is expected to identify emerging threats and to coordinate with others within the RSGB structure to formulate strategic responses. Typically this might lead to a well-informed position paper which can be used by RSGB in its dealings with Ofcom (which the EMC Chair would then typically attend), or with standards bodies or manufacturers or relevant arms of Government. Increasingly this strategic role is a vital and interesting part of the Committee’s activities.

In addition to the Committee, there is an informal group of technically-skilled advisers willing to provide advice from time to time.

Required characteristics

To fulfil the role you must be an RSGB Member, willing to agree to observe the Society’s Code of Conduct and Ethos and support the Society’s strategies.

You must:

  1. Have an understanding of EMC sufficient to appreciate the nature of problems being reported, in order to identify suitable approaches to gathering robust evidence
  2. Be conversant with both technical and policy issues surrounding the WTA & EMC Regulations; or demonstrably have sufficient experience to be able to become so
  3. Be a team builder and be willing to delegate, in order to get the most from the skills in the EMC Committee and to enable succession planning
  4. Plan skills development within the Committee and recognise when the need to recruit an additional member will strengthen the Committee, especially by understanding the need for new skills around emerging threats
  5. Be approachable, showing patience and tact within the Committee, with clients seeking help with EMC matters and when dealing with RSGB and regulators

Desirable characteristics include:

  1. Networking skills
  2. A basic appreciation of the kinds of messages appropriate to RSGB’s various communications channels, including electronic, print, web and media
  3. Good presentational skills

Category: Volunteer Vacancies