Extrapolated from Mike’s RSS feed from the RSGB
Distance-learning course a great success
rsgb | May 15, 2015
The Bath-based radio training team have been running classroom courses for over 15 years but in 2011 they started running distance learning courses for the Advanced exam.
The courses have since proved to be far more popular than the team ever envisaged, with hundreds signing up to join.
Not all of those who start complete the course but, so far, the average pass rate is over 85%.
The June exam should see the number of successful candidates pass the 300 mark.
The team are now enrolling students for their next course that will run from July to the December exam.
A £30 deposit is taken to secure a place on the course, and the deposit is refunded to those who sit the exam.
Those that do not finish the course agree to donate their deposit to charity.
In reality, many of the successful students also donate their deposits and the team has so far raised over £4,000 for radio-related good causes.
Recent donations include the Radio Communications Foundation, RAIBC and the British Wireless for the Blind Fund.
Further details can be obtained from Steve Hartley, G0FUW, by emailing G0FUW@tiscali.co.uk.
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This evening sees another impromptu gathering at the Countryman Pub at Piece.
All are welcome and reasonably priced good food is available at the pub (ask Bob & Cheryll for confirmation). Tonight there should be a folk music evening too with on most occasions Mr Finbar Fury of the Fureys taking part.
Hope to see you there from around 7.15 onwards usually but no set time.
These are excellent to get you operational on the 2m & 70cm bands and I doubt you will beat these prices anywhere.
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Mike visited the Club last evening and presented to us in two parts:
1. The RSGB Youth
Mike 2E0MLJ is Chairman of the RSGB Youth Committee which promotes the interests of young people in the amateur radio community.
He talked about the aims of the Youth Committee and highlighted some of the sponsored activities offered courtesy of the RSGB and others.
Apparently there are 201 Youth Members of the Society with age range to 25 Yrs even though the membership is FREE. Josh is one of them.
There is a DX-Pedition to Wales in July with cost being just £50, the rest covered by the RSGB – Lots of SOTA activity in the Brecon Beacons
plus some ARDF and lots of fun activities including zip-wires and other dangerous activities enjoyed when you are young.
With Mike’s obvious passion and enthusiasm watch this space as the RSGB is actively targeting youth and, as Mike said the course really is
linked to maths and physics and an excellent boost to School learning.
We have been left with some application forms to get our other young members joined up.
2. The RSGB work
Numerous topics covered including:
- Subscription Cost
- EMC Committee
- Planning Help available
- RADCOM content level – perhaps a bit high for the majority of readers
- Perception of Value to prospective members
- The QSL Bureau
- Online additional magazines
- Club monthly magazine
Probably much more too. Mike answered most questions but has gone away with a few to ask the Society and will
provide responses to us. For example why did the Society stop taking part in IMD!
To ensure inclusion in GB2RS Mike has said he will get articles included if sent to him.
Apologies but this is all from memory and I no longer qualify for youth status Hi Hi
If you live within striking distance of Redruth and have a wish to become an Amateur Radio operator :
Contact Ken G0FIC at the earliest possible opportunity to find out more or to make arrangements to join the course.
Ken can be found on: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am sorry to report that Nike G1NRF’s Mother passed away on the evening of Tuesday 31st March after a long illness.
Our thoughts are with you and all the family Mike.
The next few weeks will be hard but things will improve with the passage of time.
Don’t worry, we will find you a job for the coming year at the AGM now we know you are willing to stand for Committee again.
It is hard to believe but here we are with the Annual General Meeting just a few days away.
Not only is it the AGM but it is also the first time we will be meeting at the new venue across the way from our old haunt at the former Gweal An Top School in Redruth.
The meeting will take place on Thursday April 2nd at 19.30 hours.
Refreshments will be available if we can find our way around the rather flashy new kitchen facilities that are to hand at the new venue.
On a sombre note, it will be one year since our old friend Charlie passed away as, if you recall it was on the night of the AGM when he was struck down in 2014.
Where has the time gone?
We had a great time at Gweal An Top on Saturday seeing many faces we had not seen for a while at the regular Club evenings and having a good natter session.
The French Contest on 40m seemed to be the predominant feature of the band covering up the majority of the TDOTA stations until mid afternoon.
Ed confused a Bulgarian operator by returning to his call made in English using the Bulgarian language, at least I assume it was as Ed had worked in that country for some time a while back.
James M6ZXZ had the important job of the Pasty run to Prima at Scorrier and those of us joining him in enjoying the delicacy enjoyed it to its fullest, could have done with more Swede and onion but very passable.
Well worth the effort just to see so many of the members coming along.