FT8CALL now JS8Call

posted 10 Oct 2018, 10:34 by Mike Brown

FT8CALL's creator, Justin KN4CRD, has been very busy. There is a new version of this new QSO-friendly data mode with new features and a change of name - the mode is now known as JS8 and the program is named JS8Call. The name change seems to have been at the request of FT8's creators Franke & Taylor.

New features include message compression, that increases throughput to around 15 WPM, selective and group calling and a nifty way to adjust your time if away from an accurate time reference (eg at a DX Picnic). You can get the program here:

Relax antenna planning restrictions?

posted 23 Aug 2018, 02:44 by Mike Brown   [ updated 23 Aug 2018, 02:45 ]

There is a Parliamentary petition, created by M0PLT, asking that planning restrictions on amateur and CB antennas be relaxed. At the time of writing there are 2,952 signatures and government will respond at 10,000 signatures. 

You can sign up to the petition here:

FT8 derivative - FT8CALL

posted 16 Aug 2018, 13:24 by Mike Brown

Heard about the latest digital mode? Click on the Articles link in the navigation menu to find a new article all about it. How it works; where to download it.

Dig out your junk!

posted 12 Aug 2018, 06:49 by Burnham RadioClub

Those who didn't manage to shift their junk at the rally have another chance soon. The annual junk (and surplus equipment) sale takes place on 3 Sept.

Club project meeting

posted 15 Jul 2018, 05:38 by Mike Brown

The next meeting is to plan the next club construction project. One option is to build the ShackBox featured in Practical Wireless. Do you have any other ideas? Come along and discuss!

Rally preparation meeting

posted 24 Jun 2018, 06:31 by Mike Brown

Please make every effort to attend the 2 July club meeting. The McMichael rally, a major source of club funds. is coming up soon on Sunday 22 July at Reading Rugby Club in Sonning. As previously we need to cover a lot of bases to ensure the rally runs smoothly and the 2 July meeting will be your opportunity to hear about the arrangements this year. You'll also have a chance to say where and when you can help on the day.

Foxhunt winners

posted 24 Jun 2018, 06:24 by Mike Brown   [ updated 25 Jun 2018, 13:38 ]

Our illustrious Chairman Trevor, M0TDZ, aided and abetted by Colin (M6VVB) were the winners of the recent Foxhunt. The turnout wasn't great due to an unfortunate clash with an England World Cup game but those who made it had an enjoyable time. The fox was hiding in the car park of the newly refurbished Jolly Woodman in Littleworth Common, Burnham.

Foxhunt start 19:30

posted 6 Jun 2018, 07:14 by Burnham RadioClub   [ updated 6 Jun 2018, 07:30 ]

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 7LU. The contest rules are here.

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.

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