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Dates for your Diary

Most social events are currently suspended because of the pandemic but we hope that it will be possible to resume DX club meetings by Summer 2021. Meanwhile we continue to list some upcoming special SW broadcasts that may be of interest.

Sunday 21 February 2021: Annual SW broadcast of Radio Amrum (Radio Öömrang) from Amrum Island, German North Frisian Islands. Tentative schedule 1600-1659 UTC on 15215 kHz via Issoudun in German, Frisian dialect and English. QSLs via transmitter operator Media Broadcast: qsl-shortwave [at] media-broadcast.com

Monday 21 June 2021: at 2130-2200 UTC. BBC World Service annual mid-winter broadcast to Antarctica for British Antarctic Survey staff working in Antarctica on midwinter's day in Antarctica. Frequencies in 2021 were 5790-wof, 7360-wof, 9580-asc (Transmitter sites asc=Ascension Island, wof=Woofferton, UK). .

September 2021: European DX Council conference, Bucharest, Romania. Enquiries to Christian Ghibaudo chr.ghibaudo [at] gmail.com.

Thursday 24 December 2021: NDR Gruss an Bord 1900-2300 UTC. Annual Christmas eve broadcast to German seafarers around the world. Freqencies in 2020 were:

  • 1900-2100 6030-Yerevan, 6080-Nauen, 9570-Moosbrunn, 9740-Nauen, 9800-Issoudun, 11650-Issoudun.
  • 2100-2300 6145-Nauen, 6155-Yerevan, 9590-Issoudun, 9675-Moosbrunn, 9740-Nauen, 9830-Issoudun

    Amateur Radio Rallies

    These are held around the UK throughout the year. A full list of rallies and other amateur radio events may be found on the RSGB web site

    Meteor Showers in 2020

    For the specialist FM and TV DXer, a list of key dates for when the meteor showers will peak during 2021 (*minor meteor showers only):

    Name of shower Peaking date
    Quadrantids 3-4 January
    Lyrids 22-23 April
    Eta Aquarids 6-7 May
    Delta Aquarids* 28-29 July
    Perseids 12-13 August
    Draconids* 7-8 October
    Orionids 21-22 October
    Taurids* 4-5 November
    Leonids 17-18 November
    Geminids 13-14 December

    Regular DX Meetings

    The following meetings are held regularly. Feel free to go along and enjoy the chance to meet fellow radio enthusiasts! Details of the dates of future meetings are in the next section.

    Red PinReading DX Meeting - going strong for over 30 years!

    These meetings of the Reading International Radio Group have been held regularly since 1976 and are still proving to be very popular. Since February 2005 the meetings have been held in the meeting rooms at the Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC), 35-39 London Street, Reading, RG1 4PS. RISC has a cafe/bar (RISC Global Cafe) and shop (The World Shop) in London Street, the meeting rooms are at the back, the entrance is via a small passage just beyond the RISC shop - or ask for directions in the shop or bar. The meeting itself starts at 1430 and lasts about two and a half hours (including a break for refreshments). The meeting is followed by an optional drink at a nearby pub and a curry at a local Indian restaurant. For anyone attending the meeting by car there is free parking at the back of RISC(NB access to the car park is via East Street, off South Street). By rail, London Street is approx 12 minutes walk from Reading station. It is just south of the main town centre. Further details from Mike Barraclough on (01462) 643899 or via e-mail - barraclough.mike[at]gmail.com ** RISC has a web site including directions (see "Where Are We?") at www.risc.org.uk

    Red PinTwickenham Summer DX Meeting

    A Saturday in mid Summer has become a firm favourite event on the BDXC calendar. A lazy summer afternoon by the Thames supping a pint and chatting about anything and everything - though naturally radio is top of the agenda! - is the prospect and for those that wish to do so an Indian meal at a nearby restaurant follows at about 7pm. If you want to come to the meal please be sure to let us know well in advance so that we can book a place for you.

    Photo taken at our Twickenham DX meeting on 29 June 2013 (left to right: Gareth Foster, Alan Roe, Mark Savage, Mike Barraclough, Colin Ferris, Mike Terry, Dave Kenny, Chris Greenway, Stephen Howie, Darren Rozier, Michael Blake, Sergej Rogov, Chrissy Brand, Alan Pennington).

    Photo taken by the River Thames at our Twickenham DX meeting on 19 June 2010 (left to right: Merub Greenway, Chris Greenway, Darren Rozier, Mike Barraclough, Gareth Foster, Mark Savage, Mike Terry, Alan Roe, Colin Ferris, Ian Kelly, Dave Kenny with Tecsun AN-200 MW loop, Stephen Howie, Steven Overall, Stuart Heathcock, Alan Pennington).

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