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Dates for your Diary

Saturday 22 July 2017: Reading DX meeting - Reading International Radio Group 1430-1700 BST in Room 3 at Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC), 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS. Further details Mike Barraclough 01462 643899 email barraclough.mike [at] gmail.com**.

Saturday 5 August 2017: BDXC Twickenham Summer Meeting at the Barmy Arms, The Embankment, Twickenham TW1 3DU. Our traditional annual gathering in the original home town of BDXC. Join us from 1530 BST onwards for congenial chat and reminiscing about the hobby, good beer and an optional meal. Weather permitting we will be on one of the large outdoor tables overlooking the Thames - look out for copies of Communication and other radio items. The meeting is followed by an optional curry from about 1915 BST. As an alternative pub meals are also avialable at the Barmy Arms. If joining us for the curry please email or phone Dave Kenny to reserve a place: email bdxc [at] bdxc.org.uk ** or phone 0790 663 0378.

18-20 August 2017: European DX Council 50th Conference. The 2017 EDXC conference will be held in Tampere, Finland, hosted by the Finnish DX Association FDXA/SDXL. An optional post-conference tour to Lapland is also available. Details on the EDXC web site and the FDXC web site.

Sunday 17-Friday 22 September 2017: Special SW broadcast from Radio DARC from the 24th IARU Region 1 Conference in Landshut near Munich, Germany.
1730 - 1800 UTC / 13775 kHz / 300 kW / for Africa
1730 - 1800 UTC / 9790 kHz / 100 kW / for Eastern Europe / Russia / Middle East
1800 - 1830 UTC / 6070 kHz / 100 kW / for Central, Northern and Southern Europe
1800 - 1830 UTC / 9540 kHz / 100 kW / for Western Europe
These SW relays are via high-power the Moosbrunn transmitter site in Austria (frequencies are tentative). Reports are welcome to radio [at] darc.de.

Tuesday 21 February 2018: Annual SW broadcast of Radio Amrum (Radio Öömrang) from Amrum Island, German North Frisian Islands. Tentatively 1600-1659 UTC on 15215 kHz via Issoudun or Nauen in Frisian dialect, German and English. QSLs via transmitter operator Media Broadcast: qsl-shortwave [at] media-broadcast.com

Thursday 21 June 2018: BBC World Service annual mid-winter broadcast to British Antarctic Survey to BAS staff working in Antarctica on midwinter's day in Antarctica. The schedule in 2016 and 2017 was 2130-2200 UTC on 5985-Woofferton(UK), 6035-Dhabbaya(UAE), 7360-Ascension Island.

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 2017

For the FM and TV DXer, a list of key dates for when the meteor showers will peak during 2017 (*minor meteor showers only):

Name of shower Peaking date
Quadrantids 3 January
Lyrids 22 April
Eta Aquarids 6 May
Delta Aquarids* 28 July
Perseids 12 August
Draconids* 7 October
Orionids 21 October
Taurids* 4 November
Leonids 17 November
Geminids 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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