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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

VHF Field Day 2019

Indicative results as given at Monday’s meeting (official results not published yet) – all restricted section entries

6m: 4823 points from 31 contacts; 19th of 23 logs submitted (67 logs across all sections)
4m: 2003 points from 19 contacts;  21st of 21 logs submitted (67 logs across all sections)
2m: 28540 points from 150 contacts; 15th of 21 logs submitted (100 logs across all sections)

Our best DX was DK5QN, 666km on 2m – the top station made 340 contacts!
There seem to be lots of entries in the 2m Open section (400w Max) 
Our 4m aerial is a bit suspect – it will be thoroughly examined!

National Field Day 2019

BARC’s first field day outing of 2019 was during the RSGB National Field Day event on June 1st and 2nd.  Perfect weather on the Saturday saw members setting up camp and experiencing operations from a low-noise site.  We heard lots of station on 20m and some on 10m.  Although the club didn’t enter the contest Paul G0VVM, Alan G3UQW and Richard M0RNE provided contacts for a number of entrants during Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.  The experience was certainly enjoyed by all of us – and thank you to all who attended to support and help out.