Friday, October 01, 2010

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


Peter, M3PHP said...

I've also filled in the survey Tim, looking at the questions I don't think any of it was about the future of amateur radio, but more the future and direction of the society.

Whether they take heed to what people say in the survey, and make changes I guess only time will tell.. they certainly won't like my comments on the website ;-)

73 Pete (2e0sql)

Julian said...

I think the website is s--- too! On the other hand I hardly ever visit it. I expect the RSGB to provide me with a good magazine (which they do) and to stand up for our interests nationally and internationally.

I did enlighten them on my views of the future of the hobby in the light of shrinking gardens, increasing EMC threats, changing economic conditions and the impact of the internet, which I may expand upon in a future blog post, but I've posted enough this week already.

David Powell said...

They do seem to have managed to avoid some of the key issues in formulating the questions in their survey.

There's an interesting debate underway in Canada about the future of RAC (see for example ). I rather think that some of Peter's comments apply to the UK situation too.

Let me see, where on the RSGB website can we debate these issues?


Dex said...

I regret to say that the Survey is very limited in its "capture" of the issues in my opinion. Nothing in there about training and licensing, and the RSGB are not exactly the most dynamic of organisations leading the charge today. I don't think its likely to be the case after the results of this survey either.

To create interest with younger people, you must be far more "in touch", nimble, agile and fast to capture their attention and show where this hobby can "add value". It a much more competitive world, and neither Amateur Radio or the RSGB are keeping pace it seems to me.

I'd like to know more about the demographics in the UK, Age Ranges, Employed/Unemployed/Retired etc.

All that said, they are the only significant organisation in the UK to represent us and for that reason I'll always support them with my membership. But nothing they do bears any relevance to my day to day interests in the hobby.

Not sure this survey is designed well enough to capture the actual issues in the first place. Alas, I fear its not going to tell us anything we couldn't guess at today.


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