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The Propagation Studies Committee stemmed from a suggestion made in 1957 by Dr Smith-Rose, then Director of the Radio research Station, Slough, and later to become a President of the RSGB, that a small committee should be formed to attempt to correlate radio amateur observations with 'auroral, ionospheric or meteorological conditions'.

This led to the formation of the Scientific Studies Committee, which was re-named the Propagation Studies Committee in 1976. The original spirit of research has remained, as may be seen by the steady flow of papers on propagation topics included in professional conferences.

They also maintain close links with a number of professional organisations both at home and abroad, believing that a time of intensifying pressure on every part of the radio spectrum active and relevant propagation research by amateurs provides a strong argument in favour of maintaining the range of frequency allocations available to us.

Each member of the Committee is a specialist in at least one aspect of radio propagation and there are always several projects in hand, such as the work on VHF sporadic-E and on tropospheric propagation at 50 MHz currently under way. The Committee also supports the monthly Six and Ten Report, which reports and analyses propagation at 28 and 50 MHz, with the particular aim of reporting, discussing and analysing propagation on those bands and encouraging their more informed use.

The Committee provides a number of direct services to RSGB members through the monthly HF predictions in RadCom, weekly summaries of relevant solar and geophysical data or news of unusual events in GB2RS news bulletins and more frequent bulletins on the packet network. The Committee is represented at the main amateur radio conventions and members give talks to local societies and groups.

For more information and to find out more about the committee’s activities choose from the menu provided. Please report any failed/incorrect or suggested new links to Gwyn Williams at, thank-you.

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