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An active and thriving amateur radio community is what we need!

Part of our strategic goal for 2022 is to have an active and thriving amateur radio community. I’m going to explain this a little more and pose some questions for you, the Members.

The Strategy’s narrative says this about the 2022 goal: “The inescapable truth is that the amateur radio community is ageing and we need to seek out and encourage new people if that community is to thrive. We also need it to be active to show that amateur radio is not only alive but healthy and vibrant; a strong justification for our continued use of the wireless spectrum.” So where do we go to seek out new people and how do we plan to encourage them to join us?

The Society has made a real effort to give youngsters reasons to get involved. Through supporting initiatives like Tim Peake’s Principia mission, Jamboree on the Air, Thinking Day on the Air and Youngsters on the Air (YOTA), we have shown that amateur radio can be fun and educational. Peter Barnes, M0SWN who was one of the UK’s YOTA 2017 team members, has since gone on to Swansea University and has been busy re-starting the amateur radio club there, affiliating it to the RSGB and participating in YOTA month. So the events mentioned above act as springboards not only for youngsters to develop their own amateur radio interests but also to draw others in.

I was asked at the Convention “But what are you doing to attract older newcomers?” We have a promotional video in the pipeline intended to mirror the 21st Century Hobby video (which is aimed at youngsters) to publicise amateur radio to a more mature audience. The idea is to show a range of amateur radio activities, demonstrate how they support lifelong learning and

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