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February 1986

Beechlog
 
The on-line magazine of the Burnham Beeches Radio Club.
INDEX AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS


ISSUE No.17 FEBRUARY 1986



Page 1................Index
Page 2................Views but no News
Page 3................
Page 4................Data Protection Act
Page 4................Publicity
Page 5................News & Views
Page 6................Ad's
Page 7................What's coming
Page 8................Event's '86




Final date for articles etc for April...March 19th.





Editor................Dave Chislett G4XDU
Technical Editor......Dave Lomas G4XOW
Printer...............Dave Ayres G6GBC
Computer Editor.......Mike Brown G4RAA

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B.B.R.C. COMMITTEE

Chairman..............David Ayers G6GBC
Secretary.............Vacant
Treasurer.............Lynas Newton G6LYN
Member................Dave Bentley G6LKZ
Member................Dave Chislett G4XDU

Publicity.............Eileen Chislett G6EIL
Library...............Dave Bentley G6LKZ
Club Equipment........Lynas Newton G6LYN

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New Club Rooms...........Haymill Community Centre
112 Burnham Lane
Slough. SL1 6LZ

Meetings: 1st and 3rd Mondays each month

VIEWS BUT NO NEWS!

Welcome to the New Year. Looking back on last year as everybody
does at this time, we see the Club has had its ups and downs. The
year started with the move to Haymill. With long drawn out meetings
and two years of waiting the centre was given the go ahead. We
were given our own room No.50 shared with the Burnham Joggers, and
everyone was given membership to the centre. The club seemed to
suffer a bad patch with either no speakers turning up or two on one
night. However the hard core of members still came and I think the
latter part of the year saw a little better organisation with some
good speakers. The Spring and Autumn DX picnics were well attended
with a now almost permanant site at Princes Risborough. The
McMichael Rally was also a success with profits swelling the club's
funds.

The Thames Television Telethon was also a success. The final
figure was #600. It cost the club very little to organise with the
foyer at Haymill given for free. Well done everyone!

The year came to an end with a new venue for the Christmas Dinner
-Manners Restaurant in Cippenham. All who attended thought it
good.

What does the New Year hold for us? Well as you read this we will
have 50Mhz. I remember it was David Evans several years ago at a
meeting of the club who said that discussions were under way with
the Home Office as to a possible allocation although at that time
Band 1 T.V. was still in full swing with a closure plan that would
not have seen the last transmitter closed down till 1990. Although
most of the club seems to be 'A' licencees the RSGB has brought
'inflation down at a stroke', as far as amateurs are concerned, by
acquiring the right to organise the morse tests.

The Haymill Centre this year is to be the venue for the McMichael
'86 Rally. We thought that the demise of McMichaels would perhaps
bring the Rally to an end, but with Haymill agreeing to let us use
the site all the organisation is going ahead at great speed. It
promises to be a good Rally once again.

As you will see from the events a good series of talks and outside
activities are planned for the year. Even next year 1987 we are
planning a visit to the Bracknell Weather Centre which promises to
be a very good one with a special person on hand with knowledge of
our own field; could it be G3YLA? We shall have to wait and see.

Views but no News!..cont'

I hope that YOU will find something that interests you and that
YOU do turn up and support the talks and activities. Often I have
written and I have seen it in other club magazines the plea 'Please
let us know what you want' yet, no one ever suggests anything or
complains about anything except not turning up at meetings. The
Burnham Beeches Radio Club is NOT run for just a few committee
members who get their kicks by spending time and money having
meetings and organising talks for themselves. The BBRC is YOU. It
should reflect YOUR interest in this facinating hobby. The club
should be a tool just like your SWR bridge to get the best out of
your hobby. So what does this lead up to? Well get involved. If the
events are not what you like, TELL SOMEONE. I know we are great
people but we are not mind readers! If we have read you right and
got the balance right TELL US or better still help to arrange more
of the same. Why not get elected to the committee or take up one of
the other permanant posts like keeper of the library etc. After a
committee meeting a person told me that he got much much more out
of his membership of the club since he took a very active part on
the committee. I can vouch for that, even when I was not on the
committee I found editing the magazine and organising events gave
me a greater involvement, and hence more out of the club.

March brings the AGM and hopefully a new committee. This could be
your chance to be more involved. I am aware that some of you do not
wish to take on the responsibility of a committee post, because of
work or home commitments but one of the non-committee posts take up
very little time so WHY NOT?

I am trying this year to get BEECHLOG to you every other month. The
magazine will be a little different, not so large and some of the
pages like membership form will be missing. However, you should be
better informed and of course you will have to wait less time for
your For Sale items to appear. As above BEECHLOG like The BURNHAM
BEECHES RADIO CLUB is YOUR magazine so use it!

Dave G4XDU Editor.

DATA PROTECTION ACT

You will this year have been asked to fill out a membership form
and sign it. This has been brought about because this year, the
Data Protection Act which came on to the Statute book in 1984,
requires that all persons holding any information which could
identify a person on a computer be registered.

The BBRC has held all your membership details on computer, for
convenience of printing details in BEECHLOG and mailing purposes
and because it is easier for the person holding the records. The
membership details are held in strict confidence with only
committee members being given access to that information when
required for club business.

YOU have been asked to sign the membership form and indicate if you
object to your details being held on computer. If you don't object
then under the Act as a club we can hold the records without
registering. If you do object and if a lot of you do then we will
return to holding records using a card index as the club cannot
afford to register. Whatever the outcome we will not change our
policy on any information you give us about yourself.

Please fill out the membership form as fully as you can, and please
do not sign a form for someone else as the signature is required to
allow us to be exempted legally from the Act. The information on
interests and ideas will be used to plan future events for you.
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IN THE PUBLIC EYE.....

I hope you have noticed that publicity is getting out into
magazines and so on. Please let me know of any other mags which you
read and which would publicise the Club.

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to matter how clearly one writes to
papers, they make it up as they go along. Any of you who saw the
Slough Observer (Jan 17th) will know what I mean! I have spoken to
the reporter responsible for the inaccurate and misleading report
and look forward to seeing something to rectify the situation this
week (Jan 24th). Copy of the report will appear on the noticeboard,
I trust.

And have YOU doodled a new LOGO???

G6EIL Publicity Secretary

NEWS & VIEWS

While browsing through the pages of DataBox the new RSGB prestel
type service, I noticed that a new service was being offered.
Propagation forecasts on a daily basis, can't be bad I thought!!!





























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While on the subject of Prestel, I said I would report on my
experiences and say weather it was worth it. Well since moving I
found that I never used the system, the only time I needed the
service to book a bus journey I found that you couldn't even find
out the times of the buses. All that was available was adverts for
the line and a few demo pages. Unless you go to the Theatre alot I
think the service is a waste of money for the private user.
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FOR SALE or WANTED

2Mtr 9 Element crossed Tonna aerial #10

Contact Gerry G8VNA on 0932 52775.

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ST5MC RTTY terminal complete and working less case. #30

Contact Dave G4XDU on Maidenhead 25720

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SME pickup arm Series 11 detachable head. #10

Contact Dave G4XDU on Maidenhead 25720

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Two 32k Solidisk sideways Ram systems for BBC micros. #30 o.n.o.

Contact Gerry G8VNA on 0932 52775.

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Disc Drive Case with power supply 12v+5v @5amps made for full
height drives or 2/3 height drives internal fan etc. #5

Contact Dave G4XDU on Maidenhead 25720

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Sony B/W Camera With 4" View Finder, and fixed lens,
also available Canon TV Zoom 8:1 (C mount) lens,
as seen at Club talk. For further details.
Or swop for Disco/PA Speakers.

Contact Ray G8ZWS on Weybridge 52144

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WHATS IN STORE

AERIAL MEASUREMENTS....G0DCQ

Keith G0DCQ will be talking to the club on the 3rd February. The
subject is aerial measurements. Keith with a colleague has been
doing some tests with a variety of aerials over a set route. The
same car and roads were used and a special setup at the base
station was used to measure the signal strength. Further to the
original tests Keith realised that a better receiving arrangement
was necessary and this has been built. The talk will take us
through the original tests and describe the next series of tests.

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E.N.G..........G4XMJ

E.N.G. (electronic news gathering) is the subject of the talk on
17th March by Geoff. Geoff is an engineer in the ENG department at
Thames Televison. The talk will take us through the difference
between film and electronic news gathering and why film now takes a
back seat for local news. Also covered will be the special
requirements of lightweight equipment and the crews who use them.

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6Mtr OPERATION.....G3COJ

February sees the release of the 50Mhz band to 'A' licencees.
However, Brian was lucky to have a special permit to operate on the
band during last year. Brian's talk on the 7th April will enlighten
us all as to the delights of this new band and what to expect
during the Summer months to come.

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COMPUTER LANGUAGES...Tony Watson

Tony is not an amateur, but is well versed in the mysteries of the
computer. Tony's talk on the 19th May will explain about
programming languages, why there are so many different ones, and
what uses they may be put to. Most of us are familar with BASIC but
why do we use FORTH LISP and PASCAL?

Tony is the Training Manager at Thames Television.

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EVENTS 1986

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20th January..................Junk Sale

3rd February.................G0DCQ Aerial(mobile) measurements

17th February.................G3VA Pat Hawker

3rd March....................AGM + Wine&Cheese, Film.

17th March....................G4XMJ E.N.G.

7th April....................G3COJ 6Mtr Operation

21st April....................Power Supplies

3rd/4th/5th May..................Spring DX picnic

19th May......................Computer Languages. Tony

2nd June.....................FoxHunt

16th June.....................Microphones

7th July.....................Getting ready for Rally

20th July.....................McMichael 86 Rally
21st July.....................
4th August....................
18th August....................
1st September.................FoxHunt

15th September.................Junk Sale
6th October...................
20th October...................
3rd November..................
17th November..................
1st December..................Christmas Dinner

15th December..................Natter Nite

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