Amateur Radio Discovery Scheme

The RSGB will soon be launching an initiative called ‘Amateur Radio Discovery‘ (ARD), and this page is a placeholder in preparation for the launch. At the time of writing, not much has been made public about the scheme, but here’s what we know so far, based on information in the public domain (which may or may not be 100% accurate):

What is ARD?

The Amateur Radio Discovery project was first pitched to the RSGB Board in July 2018, and according to the August 2018 Board minutes, the ARD project will be complementary to another initiative called “Brickworks“, which is intended to encourage the retention of new licence holders and their development into active practitioners.

The October 2018 RadCom refers to “an awards scheme for newly-licensed individuals, executed by clubs but managed centrally” to promote and encourage progression” and providing “a mechanism to nurture individuals on their journey into amateur radio”. The, then unnamed, project was set to be launched by “mid-2019”.

The Board has agreed to support, promote and RSGB-brand Amateur Radio Discovery, and it is likely that this will be hosted on RSGB servers and the RSGB web site.

Who’s running Amateur Radio Discovery?

The RSGB TEC (Training & Education Committee) appears to be being replaced by a new group, the Amateur Radio Development Group (ARDG). According to the January 2019 RSGB Board Minutes, this new group will cover: Schools Link, Train the Trainers, project development, Beyond Exams, the Disability WG and Morse Competency.

We understand that ‘Discovery’ is part of “Beyond Exams”, so will be looked after by the new ARDG. In April 2019, the RSGB recruited for a Beyond Exams Champion to look after the launch and running of Beyond Exams initiatives, managing applications to the schemes and supplying timely information to enquirers, as well as promoting the schemes through RadCom, RSGB website, social media, events such as RSGB Convention, Hamfest, and to the VLT and Regional Team.

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That’s all we know so far. Heard anything? Please add a comment below…

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