SPONSORSHIP is one of the key services provided by UKSMG and has been since the group’s inception. There is no fixed budget for this service. However the amounts awarded have remained fairly similar year on year. The mechanism is as follows:
Groups or individuals are invited to apply for sponsorship through the website here however, an email to the sponsorship manager will also start the ball rolling. There are a few caveats that we place upon recipients of our funds however these are not onerous and may be found at the link above.
Every application is checked first by the sponsorship manager then discussed with the committee to decide whether we are able to help with funding and if so, by how much. Alternatively UKSMG may offer practical assistance in the form of equipment/antenna either on loan or to be left at the expedition site.
There are various factors that are taken into account when coming to a decision on whether funding will be offered; in no particular order these include:
It is important to note that the likelihood of contacts with UK and Europe is NOT a factor when coming to a decision over funding. The UKSMG has membership worldwide however it is obvious that propagation will favour some areas over others.
Whilst we are pleased to offer this service for our members, we are determined to help 6m operators world-wide whether members or not.
In addition to Dx-pedition sponsorship we sponsor beacon operation in various parts of the world as well as helping to set up amateur stations, with a 6m bias, in remote areas.
We also have an arrangement with Justin of Innovantennas who is kindly donating a free year’s internet membership to UKSMG with each 6m antenna purchased.
Our available funds are determined very much by membership levels and we take great care to ensure that our member’s subscriptions are spent wisely.
If you are not already a member, please consider joining us in the knowledge that your subscription will be well spent.
G3ZYY 06 June 2014
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VU4KV - Andaman & Nicobar Is.
DXpedition in November 2014
Western Sahara S01A, S01WS