Subs and AGM

We now have Internet banking on the club account. We have gone cashless. You can pay your subs electronically.

Previously we have had a small weekly fee plus an annual fee. A cash intensive process. Instead, we are moving to a single annual payment of £20.00. We can then get back to running in-person meetings.

You will be pleased to hear we are starting with a clean slate. Subs will start in March 2022.

We shall start face to face meetings at the shack at Whitehall Methodist Church Hall on TUESDAY nights at 7-00 pm, starting on Tuesday 5 April 2022, when everywhere will be warmer.

I will start to update the website in accordance with the new schedule.

We need to have AGM for election of Club Committee, approval of subs etc. and have to give 14 days’ notice and hold it on Zoom at 7-00 pm on Monday 11 April 2022. The secretary will send out Notice of AGM with Club Constitution with invitation to volunteers to become Committee member soon.

Getting Back to in-Person Meetings

The pandemic isn’t over yet and the club is continuing to monitor the public health advice from the Director of Public Health in Gateshead.

In the meantime work has gone ahead to re-decorate the club room and here are some of the results.

Club Room Photo 1
Club Room 1
Club Room 2
Club Room 2
Club Room 3
Club Room 3

Course and Exam Updates

The RSGB’s Examinations Standards Committee and Exam Syllabus Review Group have just released the latest version of the Syllabus: Syllabus 2019 version 1.5

New regulations from Ofcom require all UK radio amateurs to comply with the international guidelines for limiting exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF). The updated syllabus includes learning points relating to these new licence conditions. 

The adoption date for this version is 1 September 2022, meaning that after that date the examinations will include questions on the new EMF-related material at all levels.

Comments from the Secretary (Nancy Bone, G7UUR)

Firstly, the present 3 tier system has been agreed between Ofcom and the RSGB and will not change. It was introduced to attract more people especially children over 8 and young people into the hobby. Some people stay at Foundation level, but they must be literate and numerate and have a degree of understanding especially since they must go online to register for an exam and take it. A reader can be vetted and accepted to help blind people and dyslexics etc.  Ofcom wants amateurs to abide by licensing conditions; apply health and safety rules to keep themselves and others safe; and avoid interference.

Student Information (RSGB)