Train the Trainer by Phil G3MGQ

On Saturday 26th April, Steve (M0SSR) and I went to the Train-the-Trainer session, mentioned in Vital Spark last month, arranged by the RSGB Regional Manager. Sadly Tony, G4KLF, who has so kindly helped me with the Morse for the Foundation students, was taken ill a few days earlier and so couldn’t go – we all hope Tony will be back to full health by the time you read this.

The session was held in the Tilgate Park Nature Centre in the Crawley ARC club shack – very impressive, with a separate very well equipped operating room, tea bar and spacious club room, and an impressive array of beams on a 70ft tower, several dipoles out to the trees around and even a frame aerial for 136kHz. Unfortunately we weren’t there to enjoy playing with all that!

The training was lead by Brian Reay, G8OSN, a RSGB Board Member as Chair of the Amateur Radio Development Committee and a secondary school science teacher. He was supported by Alan Betts, G0HIQ, ex-Radiocommunications Agency (the regulator predecessor of OFCOM), now Chief Examiner and Chair of the RCF Exam Committee and RSGB author of ‘Advance! The Full Licence Manual’; so we had the very top guys who really know the subject! The atmosphere was quite informal with plenty of audience interaction, and a lot less academic than I’d feared.

Brian started by giving an outline of how, and why, the licence structure had developed from the old City & Guilds theory-only paper I’d taken way back, and how the three levels might qualify in the near future for a GNVQ and hence the increasing importance of ensuring the integrity of the exam process. Being a teacher, Brian was able to give us some really practical tips on effective presentation, many of which were illustrated by his own presentations, and how to gauge our own performance and motivate students of varying technical background. He strongly advised working with neighbouring clubs to get courses going and rebuild the interest in amateur radio, and also involving other members of our clubs to utilise their expertise and enthusiasm – could this be you?

Alan asked us some testing questions to make sure that we fully understand the nuances of some of the technical as well as licence issues, some of which he had addressed in his RCF column in RadCom recently. He warned us that no one in any of the previous groups had got all the answers right and, sadly, we failed to change this! Although it was challenging, it was done in a way that was fun as well as instructive. It certainly clarified some points for me, and provided some useful ideas on presentation and demonstration resources that I shall use “next time”. A long but interesting and worthwhile day out.

Phil Parkman –  G3MGQ . From the Vital Spark, May 2008.

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