100 years of radio since Marconi’s big breakthrough

In 1920, the first wireless radio broadcast in the UK took place, conducted by Guglielmo Marconi.

Marconi is credited with being the first person to transmit radio signals, doing so over a distance of a mile and a half in 1895 in Lavernock Point in the Vale of Glamorgan in Wales. He later set up his Wireless Telegraph and Signal Company in Chelmsford, in 1899.

His 1920 broadcast took place from there. On 15 June a song recital by Dame Nellie Melba was broadcast using a telephone transmitter and was heard in a number of different countries.

It’s fair to say a lot has happened in radio since Marconi’s breakthrough. Here we take a look at some of the major events.

For the full details please visit: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/100-years-of-radio


Essex Ham is offering their free online Amateur Radio Foundation Licence Training Course, the next start date is the 5th July 2020.

These Amateur Radio Training courses have proved very popular, as of April 2020 2242 have signed up and taken part, with a Mock Pass Rate: 84.6% which is excellent

For more info see: https://www.essexham.co.uk/train/foundation-online/

Lockdown VHF NFD 2020

VHF NFD is the next big event on the RSGB contest calendar, scheduled for 4 and 5 July 2020. It can’t be run in its normal multi-operator format, so the RSGB Contest Committee has designed an interesting alternative for single operator stations. The rules have been set for fixed stations only.

Many of our members will be taking part, for more information please visit: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/headlines/2020/06/12/lockdown-vhf-nfd-rules-announced/

Beyond Exams First Silver Cert Jan 2020

Silver cert

Many congratulations to Gary Swift (M0ONI) on being the first Radio Society Member to be awarded a Silver Beyond Exams Certificate.

Gary has put on a lot of effort into the scheme and its great to see it pay off.

We are privileged to be taking part in the scheme pilot, on behalf of the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB).

Currently, 13 radio society members have registered, with Beyond Exams, and three Bronze and one Silver Certificate has been awarded.

To Register All Worksop Radio Society Members need to do is to send an email to BE [at] g3rcw.org.uk  with their call sign and name. Full details will be sent to you.

Once you have completed sufficient activities to gain an award then you also need to send details to Carol Archer 2e0XCA who is our Worksop Radio Society Scheme champion. Carol can also help you with any questions you might have.

The RSGB is looking for feedback on the Beyond Exams Scheme, by Jan 17th, 2020. Please send that via Carol.



Worksop Likes Online Exams

exam team photoWorksop Likes Online Exams    


Having seen and tested the Online Exams at the National Hamfest, members’ Worksop Amateur Radio Society were keen to try out on lines Exams.

If was fortunate that we had a group of three members, who wanted to reset a Full License exam, the Exam Secretary Carol, 2E0XCA had a trial and discussion with Dave Wilson M0OBW RSGB President, about online exams, including how it worked from an Invigilator’s point of view, and what sort of Internet connection would be required and how much bandwidth was needed, Dace advised that the exams could be run from a mobile phone hot spot if required.

With all our candidates and exam team in agreement, we arranged for the exam to take place on the 19th of October. Dave Wilson very kindly volunteered to come along to assist and advise if required.

The candidates received emails before the exam date and were able to check their login and have a test of the system and how it works.

On the day of the exam, as everyone was using their own laptops, they arrived early to make sure they could connect to the Radio Societies WIFI. (Photo Exam A shows some of the candidates checking access to the WIFI before the exam started (due to start at 14:00) and before the room was placed under exam conditions).

If you are concerned to hear that people can use their own laptops, then there is no need to be as they are locked by the exam software for the duration of the exam.

All the candidates preferred the online exam format to the paper one, you are able to scroll backward and forward between questions, flag any that you wish to and return to them later. It’s also easier as only one question is shown at a time. One of the other additional benefits is that there is no time lost transferring answers to an optical marking sheet, or possible errors on transfer. Lastly, you get your result when you have finished your exam, there is no waiting.

July 2019 Great News if you like FT4


The RSGB HF Contest Committee:

Have made the following announcement. – New FT4 Contest Announced.

Please check the RSGB HF Contest Calendar for three new events that have just been added.

We are running a short series of one hour, “experimental”, FT4 Contests over the autumn. These are not part of the 80m Autumn Series but are slotted between Autumn Series weeks. The rules are available here. The first event is on Monday 2 September.

Note that the scoring is based on total QSO distance, rather than the number of QSOs, with a maximum distance score of 1,250kms. This is similar to many RSGB VHF contests.

We will have bonus points for working each of two HQ stations but there will be some strategic decisions to make if you are entering: do you try to work the bonus stations first with the danger of a long delay to make a QSO, or leave them until later in the hour? Is “running” or “S&P” the best way to operate? Lots to think about!

This will be an opportunity for us to assess FT4 in the context of domestic HF contests and a chance for you to try something different.

If you have any questions about the rules then please contact the RSGB HF Contest Committee Char

RSGB HF Contest Committee Chair


AROS Talk By Mark Jones G0MGX who is the AROS Co-ordinator

RSGB LogoMark Jones G0MGX  who is the AROS Co-ordinator will be giving a talk on the Amateur Radio Observation Service (AROS) is an advisory and reporting service of the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) which is intended to assist radio amateurs and others who may be affected by problems which occur within the amateur bands or which develop on other frequencies as a result of amateur transmissions.

All Talks start at 20:00

The date for this talk is 7th December 2017

RSGB Train the Trainers event – Update

RSGB LogoWorksop Amateur Radio Society is hosting an RSGB Train the Trainers event on Saturday, 18th November 2017 at the Crossing Centre, Worksop.  The Train the Trainers course is free to any RSGB member teaching at Foundation, Intermediate or Advanced level.

It is especially designed for anyone who does not have a professional background in teaching. The Course runs from 9am to 5pm, with a break for you to eat your own packed lunch. Tea and coffee are provided.

Places must be pre-booked. Please contact Steve Hambleton G0EAK by email g0eaksteve@gmail.com  to book your place.