Appointed in early 2016, Steve Thomas, M1ACB took on the position of General Manager of the RSGB. He explained he was first licensed in 1999 and volunteered for the post of Deputy Regional Manager for Suffolk in 2008. In 2009 he became the Regional Manager for East & East Anglia. He stressed he believes in radio clubs and societies and seeks to support them.
Steve went on to explain the many duties of the RSGB, not all of which readily spring to mind. He also pointed out that there were only 15 paid workers at the HQ but the society relies on a further 1000 volunteers to get things done. The statistics for Foundation, Intermediate and Advance licenses were discussed and it was encouraging to see that almost half of those holding Foundation licenses advance to Intermediate. The trend from Intermediate to Advanced is also up. A total of 2861 exams were taken in 2015 with a high pass rate.
Also showing improvement is the number of visitors to the RSGB website, the number of visits this month being 31,300.
After a short Q&A, Steve went on to tell of the success of the schools’ programme to make contact with the International Space Station. Ten schools took part and numerous students began by earning their Foundation License. There was extensive coverage by the BBC, Sky and other news agencies which resulted in the Sandringham School having a total of 16 million TV viewers during their QSO with Tim Peake on the ISS.