BARC goes Virtual

It looks as if we will be suffering some degree of isolation for a while yet, so from May BARC is going to have a go at holding virtual meetings in place of physical ones.  The Zoom videoconferencing app is simple to use and you do not need an account to participate.  It should work on a smart phone as well as a PC or laptop, though the smaller screen size will inevitably limit functionality.
So on Monday 18th May there will be a videoconference session which will follow the usual club meeting format, with people joining from 7:45 and a formal start at 8 pm.  After any announcements, Alan G3UQW will give a short presentation entitled ‘Using FT4 for digital contacts’, and we will conclude with an attempt at a general natter session.
For security, the meeting details are being emailed to individual members.  These include a link into the videoconference call which you simply copy and paste into your browser.  This will admit you to the virtual Waiting Room and the Host will then admit you to the meeting proper.
If you have not received the email, or are not yet a club member but would like to take part, please email either myself or Alan G3UQW and we will send you the link. Only recognised participants will be admitted from the Waiting Room, so please don’t wait until Monday evening before asking for an invitation as the Host will be busy with setting things up.
As this is our first attempt at videoconferencing we will have a short ‘rehearsal’ session at 7:30 pm on Saturday 16th May.  This is to give people the chance to try out the system and check whether their PC/Laptop is correctly set up to participate.  I hope people will do this as it also gives the Host some experience in getting the whole thing set up.
I hope to see you on Monday 18th for what should be an educational experience for us all!
Paul G4CSD

BARC meetings on hold till further notice

Given the Government advice of this afternoon we will be suspending Club meetings for the time being.  The Monday night Net will continue as the Coronavirus has not yet achieved Foundation status.  Join us or listen in at 8pm on 145.45 MHz, or a nearby channel if this is occupied.

Xmas meeting – 9th (NOT 16th!) December

Please note that the December BARC meeting will be on the second Monday of the month and not the third which will be getting close to Christmas.

In keeping with the tradition of goodwill and conviviality to all we are inviting partners along to a meeting featuring a quiz, a non-technical talk and Christmas nibbles as supplied by yourselves. Please bring something tasty – sausage rolls, cheese, mince pies etc. Plates and cutlery provided.

The talk is will cover a little bit of history, on how thirty years ago we nearly ended up with a third ‘official’ broadcaster, namely British Satellite Broadcasting. It eventually all came to tears but along the way a vast amount of money was spent and all sorts of marketing hype thrown at an unsuspecting public. Paul G4CSD will give an insider’s view on the excitement, feuding, wild parties and eventual despair packed into three short years. As predicted, television did change forever, but not in the way it was intended!

October meeting, Monday 21st

Monday 21st October sees the club’s Annual General Meeting.  This will be short and sweet so that we can move on to more interesting things.  Alex M0ZER will be giving a short talk on Basingstoke Makerspace before we have a break to refill glasses ahead of a Rehousing Sale – aka Junk Sale. Bring out your forgotten and unused hardware and generate some space for new stuff!

This is an opportunity to review all of those radios, bits of radio, test equipment that you never use, projects that you never quite got around to, and anything else in the general world of radio and electronics – and bring it along to the club sale where it can be auctioned off! Proceeds will generally go to the club, but if it’s valuable then it can be auctioned on  a commission basis…

It is also an opportunity to purchase the bits that other people bring along – it will definitely be at a good price, “bargains galore” – and it could form the basis of your next project!
So dig around in your shack – demonstrate to the XYL that you are getting rid of some of that stuff that’s filling up the house, bring it along and replace it with other stuff…

September Meeting – Monday 16th

Monday sees our regular monthly meeting at Basingstoke Cricket Club when Noel G8GTZ will be providing an introduction to Oscar-100, the first geostationary satellite to carry an amateur radio transponder.  The transponders are carried on board the Es’hail-2 satellite positioned at 25.9 degrees East and should link radio amateurs across a third of the globe from Brazil to Thailand.

SSB Field Day 2019

The weekend of 7/8th September saw BARC’s participation in the 2019 RSGB SSB Field Day using the Lavender Field site.  The sterling efforts of Dan G7GIK and Paul G0VVM produced 462 QSO’s in the 24-hour period (with just a few from Alan G3UQW and Peter G0KQA) and BARC is currently 6th out of the 45 entries so far received.  Fine weather made for a very enjoyable contest.

2019 SSB Field Day