Amateur radio equipment

The BBRC celebrated its 80th birthday in 2017.

We ran a public access special event station over the weekend of 24/25 June in beautiful Burnham Beeches to introduce local residents and visitors to the Beeches to the wonders of Amateur radio. The event included both live demonstrations and a display of WWII radio equipment. A satellite station followed a number of amateur radio satellites passing overhead and even had a try with the International Space Station.

The Club set up a 48hr radio station close to the cafe to demonstrate how contacts can be made using relatively basic equipment.  A 15m mast was erected with a number of aerials and the base station housed in a superb tent lent by the Ditton Sea Scouts. We had handouts available for members of the public to take away and club members were on hand to explain what amateur radio is all about.

GB8OBB tent, mast and antennas

Over the weekend hundreds of new contacts were made to the special station, callsign  GB 8O BB.  (England 80 Burnham Beeches).  Many continents were spoken with and the furthest contact to the Falkland Islands on Sunday afternoon. There will be special GB8OBB 'QSL' contact confirmation cards for radio amateurs who contacted the station over the air.

The event was organised in collaboration with the Corporation of London at the historic Burnham Beeches woodland, located approximately 25 miles West of Central London in South Buckinghamshire (nearest postcode SL2 3LB).

More details can be found here.

About BBRC

The Burnham Beeches radio club meets at 8pm every first and third Monday normally at the Village hall in Farnham Common, but check below that the meeting isn't out and about.

We are a friendly club that encompasses all aspects of this fascinating hobby from those just starting out to more old hands.

For more information, please email. Club members wishing to sign up to the club's mail reflector can email the same account or contact Mike, G4RAA, at a club meeting.

Club Events



  • Foxhunt start 19:30 The next club meeting, on Monday Jun 18, is the Direction Finding Contest, aka the club foxhunt. The start is in the car park at Upton Court Park, Slough, SL3 ...
    Posted 6 Jun 2018, 07:30 by Burnham RadioClub
  • Club contest 19:30 start The next BBRC 'meeting' is the club VHF/UHF contest. As last year it will start at 19:30 local time and end at 21:00. Operation takes place on ...
    Posted 15 May 2018, 01:28 by Burnham RadioClub
  • Please attend the AGM! Free mug! Free drinks! The AGM takes place on Monday 30 April (yes, the fifth Monday of the month) at Farnham Common Village Hall. Please make every effort to attend as we need a ...
    Posted 17 Apr 2018, 10:25 by Mike Brown
  • Kempton and Eastbourne Rallies The Kempton Rally (The West London Radio Fair) takes place this Sunday, April 15 @ 10am. The November event has been cancelled, so this is the only Kempton rally this year ...
    Posted 13 Apr 2018, 01:20 by Mike Brown
  • ISS SSTV expected April 2-3 and 11-14 ISS Fan Club and Amsat UK report that April will be a great month for ISS SSTV activity. As ever, SSTV operation is dependent on other ISS mission priorities but ...
    Posted 28 Mar 2018, 04:28 by Mike Brown
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