RSGB Releasing New Amateur Radio Exam Syllabus

RSGB has announced Syllabus 2019 for Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced amateur radio exams will be released during the week commencing 13th August 2018

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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 months 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.

We will also release a comparison document at the same time, enabling tutors to see at a glance what changes have been made between the old and new syllabuses.

RSGB Announcement -

2018 RSGB Examination Standards Committee report  -


Thailand 3rd Largest Ham Radio Nation

Thailand had the third highest number of licensed radio amateurs in the world with a total of 101,763

Totals by license class:

  • 100,800 Novice (100 watts 28 MHz, 60 W 144 MHz)
  • 703 Intermediate (200 watts all bands)
  • 260 Advanced (1 kW)

Thailand has a population of about 68 million and although the total of 101,763 amateurs looks good it actually represents a steep fall from the total of 247,676 achieved in May 2012.

It is only recently that Thai amateurs have been able to sit exams for the Intermediate and Advanced licenses

RAST report for IARU Region 3 Conference -


RSGB Retires AROS and Implements OAS

The Operating Advisory Service, OAS, is the RSGB’s new advisory and reporting service which replaces the Amateur Radio Observation Service, AROS. The RSGB is seeking an Honorary Officer, who will be known as the Operating Advisory Service Coordinator. They will coordinate this service, including recruiting and training a team of volunteer Regional Operating Advisers. The role requires patience and tact, good communication skills and a willingness to help create and continue to improve this new service.

In support of the Operating Advisory Service Coordinator the RSGB is also seeking Operating Advisory Service Regional Operating Advisers from around the country. There will be notionally one per RSGB Region, and they will be the first point of contact to provide advice for the Regional Team. They will be proactive in disseminating advice through clubs, repeater groups and events where radio amateurs may be found. The Regional Operating Advisers will be supported by, among other things, an email group to help develop best practice and common presentation materials.