In 1977, when I visited the RSGB station in the London Science Museum
(GB2SM?) on a fine Sunday afternoon, it was active and a crowd was
gathered around to see it in operation.
In 1983, there was one operator on duty and he seemed a bit annoyed at
my visit. I was the only visitor at the time.
In 1988, the station was unattended, dusty, and had a sign on the
counter telling interested people where they could write for
Hmmm. Firstly, you must realise that the station in the Science Museum is not
an "RSGB" station, much less the HQ station. The RSGB HQ station is at the RSGB
headquarters in Potter's Bar, about 20 miles North of London (and possibly
worth a visit). I suspect the Science Museum station (which, to my eternal
shame, I have never visited) is run by members of a local radio club, and
suffers from the usual problem of getting volunteers to do anything on a
regular basis. On the occasion I visited the Queen Mary in Long Beach, and
operated the station there, I was told that this was the first time that the
station had been open for "several weeks", so perhaps they suffer from the same
Out of interest I called the RSGB, and they had no information about GB2SM
other than the phone number of the Science Museum. I called the Science Museum,
but the station was unmanned (!) and the guy who knows about it unavailable.
Perhaps you have a point . . . .
<...I wonder if the station will even be there...>
I hope so. I suspect that much of this is due to the steady de-glamourisation
of Amateur Radio in the public eye. If no-one wants to come and look at GB2SM,
why should anyone bother to go and operate it?
<...when I return next year....>
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