Many thanks to the Southgate ARC who notes this recently published 1947 silent film from the Radio Society of Great Britain:
The RSGB has released a vintage silent black and white video of an Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) field day held in 1947 at Chipping Barnet which was then in Hertfordshire
The Incorporated Radio Society of Great Britain titled the video – D/F Field Day (North of the Thames) May 18th 1947. It has been added to the many amateur radio videos that can be viewed on the Society’s YouTube channel.
One thing that’s apparent from the video is the difference in the age range of those who participated in amateur radio in the late 1940’s compared to today.
Pages 69-70 of the RSGB Bulletin (forerunner of RadCom) for October 1947 contained a fully illustrated report on the North of the Thames ARDF event as well as the South of the Thames event held on July 6, 1947.
The two leading affiliated societies on May 18 were from Essex:
1st Romford and District Radio Society
2nd Southend and District Radio Society
The two clubs swapped positions for the July 6 event.
Fascinating! I love how everyone wore proper attire and much of the equipment was home brew. I imagine operators were happy to go back to field and enjoy all sorts of radio activity so close on the heels of WWII.
RSGB has announced Syllabus 2019 for Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced amateur radio exams will be released during the week commencing August 13
There will be a considerable amount of work to be done by volunteers to implement the changes. It is understood there will be at least 12 month’s advance notice before the syllabus changes are implemented.
The announcement on the RSGB site says the new syllabus was approved by the RSGB Board in July. The 2018 RSGB Examination Standards Committee report indicates Ofcom approved the syllabus in May.
The RSGB run an email group at groups.io to allow for regular updates, news and sharing of ideas between trainers. To join the group request membership from the web page: https://groups.io/g/RSGBtutors
A new RSGB web page highlights the role of Voluntary Interceptors in the Second World War and the crucial involvement of the Society
At the outbreak of WWII in 1939 MI5 established a unit known as the Radio Security Service (RSS) to detect and monitor enemy radio transmissions. The RSGB were approached to help pick and recruit radio amateurs with advanced Morse skills. These volunteers became known as the Voluntary Interceptors.