I have passed all three UK amateur radio examinations:
Foundation callsign M6LWY
Intermediate callsign 2E0HIS
Full callsign M0ODZ.
Now that I am a Full licence holder I can also apply to Ofcom for notices of variation (NoV) to my licence to allow me to access other frequencies and experiment with amateur radio.
One of the first things I applied for as a notice of variation is permission to run a BBS (bulletin board system) over Packet Radio. I will write about this in another post (or more likely quite a few posts).
I also tutor learners in my local amateur radio club, and that led me to be nominated for, and subsequently voted into, the position of Vice Chairman of the club which is a great honour considering the amount of experience and vast knowledge the members of the club have under their collective belts.
This in turn led to me being “headhunted” by the RSGB (Radio Society of Great Britain) to become a member of the ESRG (Exams and Syllabus Review Group), a very small group with some very big names in the amateur radio community. We meet twice weekly using video conferencing to discuss and decide on a variety of issues that affect amateur radio.
One of our main tasks is to source and vet new questions for the amateur radio examinations, and consider the suitability of questions already in the bank.
Another task is to consider challenges that examinees have with questions they disagree with, which I find extremely interesting.
We also generate the three Syllabus documents which is the set of documents that all the examination questions are based upon.
I myself have generated a good number of questions for the amateur radio examinations, which is one of the main reasons that I was originally headhunted for the group. I never knew of the group, and I absolutely never considered that such an important team would want me to join them.
We are currently in the middle of a nationwide lockdown due to the Covid 19 pandemic so I have been spending a massive amount of time at home. Considering just how much I enjoy driving this is a great relief for me, although it does mean that I keep randomly doing DIY at home – much to the chagrin of my darling Wife.
I’ve been spending a lot of time getting to grips with software defined radio (SDR), and finding open source software to offer my assistance with in relation to that. I have no doubt that I will be posting a lot about this in the near future, including snippets of knowledge I glean and need somewhere useful to store it.
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