The History of the RAFARS QRV Journal
In 1935 a group of RAF radio amateurs stationed at the Electrical and Wireless School at RAF Cranwell began regular meetings to discuss their activities and technical problems. It was decided to form a Society with representation at Air Ministry level and in 1936 the Cranwell Amateur Radio Transmitting Society (CARTS) was founded.
In 1937 the CARTS journal ‘QRV’ was inaugurated to keep members at home and overseas in the picture and reduce the load of correspondence to the Secretary.
In the early months of 1938 membership increased rapidly and it was recognised that a Royal Air Force Society was needed and following authorization by the Air Ministry, the Royal Air Force Amateur Radio Society (RAFARS) was founded, based at RAF Cranwell.
‘QRV’ continued to be published regularly in locally produced A4 format until the Summer 1985 edition when the change to commercial printing in A5 format was made, with two editions per year being published. The journal is also produced in audio format for members who have difficulty reading the printed edition.
‘QRV’ is recognised as a source of historical material and is archived by the Ministry of Defence Central Library, the RAF Museum, the Imperial War Museum and by the Radio Society of Great Britain.
Can you help?
The post of QRV Editor has now become vacant and the Society are looking for a volunteer to take over this vitally important role with immediate effect. The biannual journal is produced as Spring and Autumn editions and other than the Website and monthly news letters, it remains the primary means of communication with the members.
With a worldwide membership of over 600, QRV is a high profile publication. It is distributed to all members by post; the current edition and a selected archive going back to 2002 is published on the RAFARS Website. The content of QRV is largely driven by submissions from the membership and includes topical, historical and technical articles in addition to the routine business of the Society.
The QRV Editor Post
In its simplest form, the role of the QRV editor consists of being a point of contact for all submissions for the journal, editing these submissions as appropriate and forwarding them to the commercial publishers for printing and distribution.
In order to be able to conduct this role, the minimum qualifications are the ability to be able to receive and edit both traditional and electronic manuscripts and photographs and to present these to the publishers in a form that allows the journal to be produced.
Notwithstanding the above, the editor may if they wish, produce a finished publication which would then be submitted for printing and distribution. The editor will work closely with the Council who will provide advice and guidance as appropriate.
If you are interested in taking up the role of QRV editor, or wish to discuss the post in more detail, contact the RAFARS General Secretary Vince G4DQP