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Sub payment instructions sent by email

posted 11 Jan 2021, 12:56 by Mike Brown

Please check your emails (and spam folder if necessary) for details of how to pay this year's subscriptions. If you can't see the details or need help please contact BBRC Treasurer Dave G4XDU/G8XCK, QTHR or email bbradioclub@gmail.com.

Happy New Year/subs due on Jan 1

posted 30 Dec 2020, 10:21 by Burnham RadioClub   [ updated 30 Dec 2020, 10:31 ]

Best wishes to all club members for a happy and healthy 2021. Good DX, a few sunpots and a shot of vaccine would be good too!

The club year runs from Jan-Dec, so subscriptions for 2021 are due on Jan 1. Subscriptions cost £20 for individuals and £25 for families.

Please fill out the membership form here (one per family member) and send it to Dave, G4XDU, preferably electronically, telling him if you are paying electronically. Keep an eye on club emails for ways of paying. If you cannot pay electronically a cheque will do.

ISS SSTV update

posted 23 Dec 2020, 09:11 by Mike Brown

The ARISS-SSTV blog is reporting that SSTV operation will start after 1640 on Dec 24 and end at 1815 on Dec 31. It looks as though operation may be continuous, which would be very good news as timed slots are often optimised for coverage over Russia. All times are UTC.

ISS SSTV Xmas bonanza

posted 18 Dec 2020, 09:28 by Mike Brown

Celebrating 20 years of Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, the ISS is due to broadcast Slow Scan TV images from December 24-31. As usual transmissions are subject to operational demands. SSTV signals will be in PD120 mode and are usually TX'd using wide FM on 145.800 MHz.

Signals can be decoded using smartphone apps or computer programs such as the open-source MMSSTV.

You can find out when the ISS is overhead here: https://www.n2yo.com/passes/?s=25544 NB Click the "All Passes"  tab to see daytime passes at times when the ISS won't be visible.

McMichael Rally 2021 - date agreed

posted 10 Dec 2020, 01:25 by Mike Brown

It looks like something like normal life will be returning in 2021 thanks to the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines. As a result it has been decided to go ahead with the McMichael Rally on Sunday 21 July 2021.

The rally will be at its regular venue just off the A4: Reading Rugby Club, Holme Park Farm Lane, Sonning Lane (B4446), Sonning on Thames, RG4 6SX. Talk-in should be available on 144.550 MHz.

SAQ Christmas TX'n cancelled

posted 1 Dec 2020, 04:19 by Mike Brown

SAQ, the Swedish Alexanderson transmitter at Grimeton won't be on the air for its usual December transmission this year. Unsurprisingly this is because of the Covid-19 pandemic - like many other countries Sweden appears to be suffering a rising rate of infections as winter approaches.

A vote of thanks to Greg, G4EBY

posted 25 Nov 2020, 05:17 by Mike Brown

The committee unanimously voted to thank Greg, G4EBY, for his work running the CW course. Greg puts many hours into preparing and running the weekly CW sessions and most, if not all, of the participants have had successful on-air CW QSOs.

Thanks Greg!

Uri, G0BBB, awarded for services to DX Picnickers

posted 8 Nov 2020, 14:31 by Mike Brown   [ updated 8 Nov 2020, 14:40 ]

The BBRC Committee recently decided to give a special Lifetime Achievement Award to Uri, G0BBB, for Service to DX Picnickers.

For more details and a photo see Uri, G0BBB, awarded for Services to DX Picnickers

Ofcom confirms EMF licence condition

posted 8 Oct 2020, 04:04 by Mike Brown

Ofcom has confirmed in a Statement that it will include a licence condition requiring amateurs comply with ICNIRP EMF limits and keep records showing they are compliant. It is consulting on the changes and has released a spreadsheet it believes will help licensees produce suitable records. Unfortunately the current example spreadsheet file doesn't work in most spreadsheet software but Ofcom say they will release a revised version soon.

On first reading, Ofcom's proposed licence conditions and spreadsheet instructions appear to be too prescriptive. Many amateur activities might need to be curtailed, not because they are dangerous but because amateurs may not be able to provide records that meet Ofcom's stringent requirements.

The Statement, consultation documents and spreadsheet can be found here: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/limiting-exposure-to-emf

The licence condition consultation closes on November 16 2020.


Foundation post-licence training

posted 2 Oct 2020, 12:59 by Mike Brown

The RSGB has launched 6 videos for Foundation licensees showing how to do common practical tasks such as setting up your first station, using an ATU and making your first SSB contact. More details here http://www.bbrc.info/courses.

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