Abuse on air

Some of the operating on HF DX is disgraceful - what is the RSGB (and IARU) doing about it?
Although not a new subject it is an extremely difficult one to deal with. The RSGB’s work internationally started at the IARU General Conference in 2002, with further efforts in 2008 and more recently in 2011. Our efforts to put more of an enforcement culture in place in 2008 were met with little support and some strong resistance from Belgium and Austria. We did though get the DX Code of Conduct recognised at the 2011 General Conference and more recently, with one of its authors as Chair of the RSGB Board are developing and seeking to enforce it more for the DXpeditioner. This is because it has been observed that well run pile-ups suffer from far less DQRM.
While one can understand the reluctance of other national societies to adopt an enforcement culture, the past five years have shown that the education approach adopted by the IARU in 2008 has not addressed the few who are determined to disrupt the enjoyment of the many. National administrations like Ofcom and the judicial systems that are their final recourse to sanction can only deal with the most serious cases, so there is an important message for the amateur community to understand which is that we need to do much more to address this problem within the amateur community.
How do I report abuse on the air?
You can report abuse to the Amateur Radio Observation Service (AROS). AROS can be contacted by email at aros@rsgb.org.uk

Interference issues

I have interference problems - where can I get advice?
Go to our EMC technical section, and if the advice there does not help, visit the EMC Matters forum or contact one of our EMC technical advisers.

Licensing

How do I become a licensed amateur radio operator?
Full information available in Get Started and Becoming a Radio Amateur FAQ.
How do I register to get my lifetime licence?
Go to Ofcom Online Licensing Services and fill in the online form. You will be issued with a user name and password. This allows you to log into Ofcom’s licensing service and apply for your lifetime licence (Requires revalidating at intervals of not more than five years).
How often do I have to revalidate my lifetime licence?
At intervals of not more than five years, or if your personal details change—such as name and address. To revalidate, log in to Ofcom Online Licensing Services and amend any details as soon as possible, this will automatically revalidate your licence.
If you have not yet registered to use the Ofcom Online Licensing Service you will need to do so in order to access your licence online. When registering for the first time you will need to have details of your lifetime licence number, which can be found on page 1 of your 23 page licence document.
Who do I contact to renew my lapsed licence?
You need to contact Ofcom, asking for an OF346 application form, or download from the Ofcom website (11-page/466KB PDF). Please note that Ofcom will only permit a licencee to hold one Full Licence. If you wish to renew a Full Licence that has previously lapsed you will be required to surrender a current Full Licence if you hold one.
Is it true that Ofcom will be compelling Foundation and Intermediate Licencees to progress to the Full Licence?
Ofcom have issued a statement to the Society making it clear that it is not their intention to discourage people from the hobby and, whilst they want to set up a framework that encourages those interested in pursuing the technical hobby to stretch their knowledge and operating skill, they won’t be designing a regime that leaves or pushes people out.
Do I need an amateur licence to transmit video from my model aircraft?
Airborne transmissions of any kind are specifically prohibited in all UK amateur radio licences.
The official information on radio controlled models is OfW 311 - Radio Controlled Models. Section 11 of the page discusses amateur radio, airborne operation and licence exempt video transmission. When we checked in February 2015, airborne transmissions were legal from compliant equipment—see links from ofw311—operating on the 2.4GHz band with a maximum power of 10mW EIRP and on the 5.8GHz band with a maximum power of 25mW EIRP. Using a medium gain receiving aerial and a sensitive receiver, a video range of around a mile should be quite possible (but note that it is generally illegal to fly your model beyond unaided visual range). Further useful information about legal first-person view (FPV) video is provided by the British Model Flying Association (BMFA).

Planning issues

Where can I get advice on antenna planning issues?
Find details on the RSGB Planning Advisory Committee pages where you can also send your questions directly to the Committee.

RadCom and GB2RS

How does my club inform RSGB of up-and-coming events for RadCom and GB2RS?
There are two ways. If you also want the event displayed on UK Events Planner, log into your club’s Membership Services portal and complete the form in the Events Planner section. Alternatively, email details of your event to radcom@rsgb.org.uk which covers both RadCom and GB2RS. For submissions through the Events Planner and by email please note the RadCom copy deadlines.
What is the email address for GB2RS?
gb2rs@rsgb.org.uk
How can I subscribe to GB2RS email alerts?
Log into your Membership Services portal and use the Roles and Preferences service to add GB2RS email alerts to your personal preferences.
Where do I find the latest rally information?
How do I tell RadCom about my rally?
There are two ways. If you also want the rally displayed on UK Events Planner, log into your club’s Membership Services portal and complete the form in the Events Planner section. Alternatively, email details of the rally to radcom@rsgb.org.uk which covers both RadCom and GB2RS. For rallies submitted through the Events Planner and by email please note the RadCom copy deadlines.

Radio sport

I’m interested in contests, where can I find out more?
Check out Radio Sport.

Repeaters and packet nodes

How do I apply for a repeater or packet node?
Full details of how to make applications can be found on the RSGB ETCC website.
Where do I find information on repeaters and packet nodes?
Full details can be found on the RSGB ETCC website.

Special Event Stations

How do I apply for a special event station call sign?
Download the application form (2-page/36KB PDF) from Ofcom’s website, complete it and post it back to them.
Are special event station call signs available for Foundation or Intermediate licence holders?

Technical advice

Where can I get general technical advice?
Join the RSGBTech forum where you will find people able to help, contact your local Regional Manager, or choose option #4 Technical Advice from the RSGB switchboard on 01234 832 700.