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Club contest 19:30 start

posted 15 May 2018, 01:28 by Burnham RadioClub

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 6m, 2m and 70cm with a maximum of 10w TX power. You can work /p or from home but transmit power must be reduced if you are using a beam antenna. You need to exchange callsign, signal report and full 6 character locator with other stations. The full rules are here.

Please attend the AGM! Free mug! Free drinks!

posted 17 Apr 2018, 10:25 by Mike Brown

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 minimum of 50% of members present. If we don't manage it the whole thing will have to be rescheduled. As a special enticement this year only, all members attending will be awarded a stylish BBRC mug.

The AGM is your opportunity to vote for the club committee and indeed stand for it should you be interested. After the 'official' part of the meeting is over drinks and nibbles will be served.

Kempton and Eastbourne Rallies

posted 13 Apr 2018, 01:20 by Mike Brown

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. They have introduced talks this year, with 'Getting started on the 630m band (475kHz) by G0MRF at 1045 and 'Aerial circus revisited' by G4CDY at 1200.

SERF 2018, the Eastbourne Rally, has been CANCELLED due to lack of support. There are no plans for any future events.

ISS SSTV expected April 2-3 and 11-14

posted 28 Mar 2018, 04:28 by Mike Brown

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 is expected on Monday 2 April from 1505 to 1830 UTC and on Tuesday 3 April from 1415 to 1840 UTC. It is also expected to be active from April 11-14.

ISS SSTV transmissions are on 144.800MHz using wideband FM and they are expected to use the PD-120 SSTV format.

ISS signals are easy to receive, even using a simple 2m FM handheld. Ideally use a small beam such as the tape measure antenna. Decoding SSTV can be done using smartphone apps such as Robot36 and PC programs including HRD. There are SSTV programs from the Mac too, such as Multimode Cocoa.

AGM on 30th April

posted 26 Mar 2018, 03:29 by Burnham RadioClub   [ updated 26 Mar 2018, 07:52 ]

As previously advertised this year's AGM is being held on Monday 30 April at Farnham Common Village Hall. Unusually for a BBRC meeting this is the 5th Monday of the month. The AGM is your opportunity to vote for the club committee and indeed stand for it should you be interested. Please make make sure you attend if at all possible as the constitution requires a majority of members to be present. If this should not happen the AGM would need to be postponed again.

Next meeting 16 April - change of topic

posted 19 Mar 2018, 16:14 by Mike Brown

The first Monday in April is a bank holiday, so the next club meeting will be on April 16. We've been looking for an opportunity to ask Alison,G8ROG, to give the club another of her fascinating talks. Happily she has agreed to give us a talk about HF Digital Voice at that meeting.

Next meeting at The Pineapple

posted 16 Mar 2018, 01:25 by Mike Brown

Don't forget the 19 Mar meeting is a Natter Nite at the Pineapple pub, Lake End Rd, Dorney, SL4 6QS

Club operating awards refreshed

posted 15 Jan 2018, 04:03 by Mike Brown

Club members, are eligible for three operating awards - the Burnham Beeches Foundation Award, Burnham Beeches Century Club and the Burnham Beeches VHF/UHF Award (aka BBFA,BBCC and BBVU) . The rules for these have just been updated, partly to include use of the newer modes such as FT8. Although the awards are nominally based on the number and extent of your radio contacts the BBCC and BBVU awards are also available to SWL's. All of the awards are available at different levels including an introductory level. Why not look through your log? You may already have enough contacts to apply for an award!

Happy New Year (ps subs now due)

posted 2 Jan 2018, 03:33 by Mike Brown

Here's hoping that all club members have great DX in 2018 (even if they don't work Bouvet Island).

The subscription year starts on 1 January, so subs are now due. You'll be pleased to hear that the committee has decided to keep subs at the same low rates for 2018: £17.50 for individuals and £22.50 for families.

Please pay club treasurer Paul, G6TSF, asap and ideally at the 15 Jan meeting.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

posted 20 Dec 2017, 14:00 by Mike Brown

Well that's it for 2017 (aside from the club net on Sun 24th of course). Lots more fun coming in the new year, starting with the first meeting on Monday 15th, which will be your opportunity to let us know what you want by way of DX picnics, contests and other field events.

Meanwhile have a great Xmas & great DX in 2018!

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