The recent RSGB Strategic review highlighted a number of priorities including Spectrum and closely related issues of Growth, Research and Participation.
One basic fact is that without spectrum there would be no amateur radio. The RSGB Spectrum Forum is unusual in its extensive range of participants from both inside the Society and external specialist groups. These include experts from HF to microwave enthusiasts and collectively represent a very wide cross-section of the hobby. Overall we take a broad outlook as we recognise there are aspects around Spectrum Access, Developments, Usage and Protection. These range from frequency allocations, licensing and band plans, via new technologies and modes, to EMC, background noise and a host of Ofcom and international matters. Our annual meeting generates a large collection of reports – the 2017 meeting proceedings have just been published and provide a snapshot on amateur radio activity, emerging trends, band plans, EMC, the recent IARU Region 1 Conference and the forthcoming World Radio Conference in 2019 (WRC-19).
Activities in 2017 included a record effort at the IARU Conference, as well as participation in CEPT preparatory meetings for WRC-19. The agenda includes the goal of 50MHz harmonisation and the innovations we plan for it whilst trying avoid the setbacks we saw with 5MHz and other threats. On the home front we also continue to facilitate innovation via a range of NoVs for additional frequencies at VHF and microwaves.