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.
The date for the next Foundation course is TBA. The next Intermediate course will start on 21st April. Anyone interested in participating should contact Alan G3UQW (Club Secretary and Course Trainer) directly on 01256 883838
The next Foundation training course will start on the evening of Tuesday 21st January, with a target examination date of BARC’s February meeting (17th Feb) – anyone interested please contact Alan G3UQW (Club Secretary and Course Trainer) directly on 01256 883838
For our first meeting of the new decade, Alan G3UQW will be giving a talk on the history of radar, to be followed by our general natter session. Meet at our usual venue at May’s Bounty cricket club from 7:30 for a prompt 8pm start.
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!
This month’s meeting will include a talk by Alison G8ROG on Underwriters Laboratories, a global safety certification company that has one of the UK’s largest EMC and Wireless testing laboratories located in Basingstoke.
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…
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.
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.