RSGB conducts a survey of radio amateurs in the UK

The Radio Society of Great Britain are conducting a survey of radio amateurs based in the UK. On their website, RSGB say, “The objective of the survey is to gather as much information as possible on 21st century amateur radio operation in the UK. The survey, which is internet based, will run for three months and the data collected will be used to determine the direction that amateur radio takes over the next 10 to 20 years”.

With my cynical hat on, I’m afraid I’ll have to take issue with the last point. Amateur Radio will take its own direction, regardless of any survey results! In my opinion, perhaps a better way of putting it would be that the survey would help shape the RSGB’s attitude to taking amateur radio into the future.

I’ve just completed the survey myself and I encourage you to do so if you are based in the UK. I was surprised at some things that it dwelt upon and surprised at some of the things that it didn’t cover, or only lightly touched. There is more I might say about this, perhaps when the survey is over, but I wouldn’t want to be accused of leading the witness!

Either way – take a few moments to respond – it can only help for as many people as possible to take part in the survey.

It will be interesting to see what use is made of the results.

The RSGB’s Amateur Radio Survey can be found here

Tim Kirby, G4VXE, is a regular contributor to and writes from Oxfordshire, England. Contact him at [email protected].

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