New Appointment as RSGB Region 12 Regional Representative

It is with great excitement I have been accepted for the post of Region 12 Regional Representative of the RSGB.

This post, working with the district reps is a vital interface between the Radio Society of Great Britain and it’s members.

It is an important conduit which represents the RSGB to the grass roots of the hobby, helps distribute information to clubs, represents the RSGB at Rally’s and other events, and also takes up issues on behalf of members and brings them to the attention of the RSGB.

Having served as a District Rep for just over a year and with Keith Gaunt stepping down as RR12, I thought it better that I stepped up to have a go at this position rather than it be left vacant and run by a caretaker rep from another area.

It is a challenging job, which is even more daunting due to the size of the area I now cover, which includes Cambridgshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex.

I look forward to meeting as many clubs and amateurs as I can over the coming months & will do my best to represent the best interest of the hobby for both the RSGB and it’s members.

1st official visit as District Rep 123

21st January was my first meeting as a District Representative of the RSGB.

Regional Rep for Region 12 Peter Onion also attended Bishops Stortford Amateur Radio Society (BSARS) to introduce me to the club.

It was a pleasant evening meeting the club members and exchanging news and views.

Coming up over the next couple of months, introductions at Thurrock Acorns, Harlow and Havering, plus an official visit to Lefars (my own club, but wearing a different shirt!)

So begins what looks to be shaping up for a busy year. With some clubs receiving all too infrequent visits in the past, I am aiming to visit all the clubs on my patch at least three times this year. I am looking forward to representing the clubs and working with the RSGB for all the radio amateurs on my patch.

GB2RS surprises

Some of you may know that I am a news reader for GB2RS, ‘The News Broadcasting Sevice of the RSGB’.

Most weeks it is a case of downloading the script on Saturday night, editing it for the local region and entering it ionto the autocue software I use for the next mornings reading. Then in the morning run downstairs into the shack, power up the radios, and key up on 145.525 and 433.525 Mhz at 09:00 to provide a simulcast for GB2RS.

Because the 2m frequency is used by the news reader from Ipswich at 09:30, I QSY to the local club frequency 144.725 Mhz to take signal reports.. and this weekend, I was suprised to hear ON3POJ pop up and say hi from Belgium!

This is not the first time either. I recently submitted a news story to RADCOM, the RSGB members magazine about unusual contacts I have had during the Signal Reports:

“Some amateurs go to great legnths to listen to GB2RS News but on the 11 March Hainault News reader Dave, M0MBD got a post-broadcast reception report from Steve M5BXB via his remote stationn in the Canary Islands.Steve often listens to GB2RS from home and gives reports, but this time he was using his phone to remote into his shack. Dave is used to DX reception  of his 2m & 70cm broadcasts, often ghetting reports from French stations and last December Johan, ON3POJ popped up with a report from Belgium.”

I would have loved to have scanned a copy of the news item and posted it here, but sadly copyright considerations prevent me from doing so.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the stations that call in with ‘Sig Reps’ (whichever Country you call from!) as it really make the news reading worthwhile. There is nothing worse than spending all the time prepping and being chained to the mic every Sunday morning if you are not sure if anyone is listening, or, worse still, no one is listening!