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.
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!
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.
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The RSGB has posted videos from last years convention to YouTube, including this one by club member Noel G8GTZ:
Monday 16th is our Annual General Meeting.
Our September 18th meeting will be given by Paul (G4CSD) on the topic of antenna modelling software.
An introduction to the SDRPlay 2 receiver with a tour of the accompanying SDRuno software.
The demonstration will also show how to link SDRuno with other software such as FLDIGI and Audacity to record and decode signals through virtual audio cables.
It’s time for the first of this year’s Radio Fun days !
The event is open to club members and will be held this Saturday 13th May.
This is an opportunity to do radio stuff in the beautiful Hampshire countryside, taking advantage of the low noise floor to get those elusive signals and contacts.
Activities are expected to begin at 10:30 and close at around 18:30.
Full details in our Yahoo Group.
Not to be missed !!