- Radio Society of Great Britain
name = Radio Society of Great Britain
size = 63px
msize = 200px
mcaption = Lambda House, the RSGB headquarters in
Potters Barprior to their move to Bedfordin April 2008
abbreviation = RSGB
formation = 1913
purpose = Advocacy, Education
headquarters = 3 Abbey Court, Fraser Road, Priory Business Park,
BedfordMK44 3WH Coor Maidenhead|52.127804|-0.417352|yes
membership = 22,600
leader_title = President
leader_name = Colin Thomas G3PSM
main_organ = Board of Directors
International Amateur Radio Union
website = http://www.rsgb.org/
First founded in 1913 as the London Wireless Club, the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) is the
UK's recognised national society for amateur radio operators. The society's patron is Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburghand it represents the interests of the UK’s 60,000 licensed radio amateurs. Long recognised as one of the leading amateur radio organisations in the world, the society is a member organization in the International Amateur Radio Unionrepresenting the UK. It also acts as a medium for communication between the enthusiasts and the UK Government.
Role of the RSGB
The RSGB has traditionally acted as the organisation through which amateur radio enthusiasts interact with the official UK Government body,
Ofcom, for regulating radio usage. However, Ofcomhas recently used its website to solicit opinions directly from the interested parties. However, the RSGB continues to advise and to seek to influence Ofcomon the likely impact of proposed changes in many areas – from decisions on licensing and bandwidth controls through to the use of Broadband over Power Lines PLT (which it is thought would cause large amounts of electromagnetic noise).
RSGB also acts as a parent organisation to many smaller groups and societies. Some of these societies unite local areas (such as repeater groups) or groups of individuals (such as Forces service groups, or old timer groups) or even people interested in a particular bandwidth (such as 2m groups).
The society publishes a monthly magazine called
RadComalong with a range of technical books.
History of the RSGB
The RSGB made the first radio transmission across to the United States, but failed to have any receiving equipment. Many members were slightly annoyed by this fact and so formed other sections of the RSGB which were later absorbed into the RSGB itself.
During World War II the entire RSGB Council and many of its members were recruited into
MI8, also known as the Radio Security Service. Its mission to was to intercept clandestine enemy transmissions.cite book|last=West |first=Nigel |title=GCHQ: The Secret Wireless War 1900-1986 |id=ISBN 0-340-41197-X] cite web |publisher= CLUTCH Club|url=http://clutch.open.ac.uk/schools/emerson00/rss_page1.html |title=Radio Security Service]
In 2006 the RSGB co-operated with Ofcom to revise the amateur radio licence. Changes included removing the annual licence fee and requirement to log all transmissions, permission to operate one's amateur radio station remotely, and increasing the spectrum available to the lower classes of licensees.cite web |publisher=
RSGB|url=http://www.rsgb.org.uk/news/licencechanges.htm |title=RSGB AGM report|] .
Future of the RSGB
There are competing demands from more and more non-amateur uses of radio (for example mobile operators and wireless devices). Despite this the RSGB has been able to maintain existing amateur radio allocations and negotiate some new ones.
American Radio Relay League
Radio Amateurs of Canada
New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters
Wireless Institute of Australia
South African Radio League
National Institute of Amateur Radio(India)
Japan Amateur Radio League
* [http://www.rsgb.org.uk/ RSGB website]
* [http://www.ofcom.org.uk/ Office of Communications (Ofcom)]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/cumbria/content/articles/2004/08/23/amateur_radio_feature.shtml Cumbria - Features - Amateur Radio] BBC
* [http://www.southgatearc.org/news/november2006/pride_of_britain_video.htm Amateur Radio in ITV1 Pride of Britain Programme]
* Brown, Chris (ed) (2001) "Radio & Electronics Cookbook" Radio Society of Great Britain. ISBN 0-7506-5214-4
*Dennison, Mike and Lorek, Chris, eds. (2006). "RSGB Radio Communication Handbook". 8th Edition. Radio Society of Great Britain. ISBN 0-905086-09-1.
*Dodd, Peter (1996) "Antenna Experimenter's Guide, The" Radio Society of Great Britain. ISBN 1-872309-36-4
*Fielding, John (2006) "Power Supply Handbook" Radio Society of Great Britain. ISBN 1-905086-21-0
*Fielding, John (2006) "Amateur Radio Astronomy" Radio Society of Great Britain. ISBN 1-905086-16-4
*Hawker, Pat (2002) "Antenna Topics" Radio Society of Great Britain. ISBN 1-872309-89-5
*Poole, Ian (2004) "Radio Propagation -- Principles & Practice" Radio Society of Great Britain. ISBN 1-872309-97-6
RadComThe official journal of the Radio Society of Great Britain.
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