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DX Diary

Dates for your Diary

Saturday 27 July 2019: 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]**.

Saturday 10 August 2019: Twickenham Summer Meeting at the Barmy Arms, The Embankment, Twickenham TW1 3DU from 1530 BST. All members welcome to join us for this informal afternoon by the River Thames. Depending on the weather, we hope to take up one of the large tables on the outdoor terrace in front of the pub. If the weather is poor, or if the terrace is too busy, look for us indoors in the side annex of the pub. We are always easy to spot - with copies of Communication, other radio magazines and, occasionally, radio sets on the tables. Not to mention a topical t-shirt or two! Optional evening meal in a nearby Indian restaurant from 1900 BST. Further info hfl [at]**.

Friday 6-Monday Sunday 8 September 2019: European DX Council Conference 2019 in Andorra Registration will open on the afternoon of Friday 6 September and the conference will start that evening. Conference sessions and excursions (still at the planning stages) will run on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September. We are also looking at possibilities of an EDXC visit to Toulouse after the conference.

The conference will be held at the Golden Tulip Andorra Fenix Hotel, C/Prat Gran 3-5, AD700, Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra. Single room €75.12; Double/Twin room €85.85; Triple room €122.33. Extra nights are at the same prices. To book, e-mail Specify ‘Golden Tulip EDXC Meeting’ and your name. You must also pay a deposit of 30% by credit card. The rest will be paid directly to the hotel. Cancellation rules: free cancellation up to 7 days before arrival, after 100% of the price will be charged. (These are the usual conditions of the hotel). If possible, please book accommodation before 1st June, but the price is still guaranteed after. Andorra Fenix Hotel

More details including travel options see EDXC web site

Tuesday 21 February 2020: Annual SW broadcast of Radio Amrum (Radio Öömrang) from Amrum Island, German North Frisian Islands. Tentatively 1600-1659 UTC on 15215 kHz via Issoudun in Frisian dialect, German and English. QSLs via transmitter operator Media Broadcast: qsl-shortwave [at]

Friday 21 June 2020: BBC World Service annual mid-winter broadcast to British Antarctic Survey for BAS staff working in Antarctica on midwinter's day in Antarctica. The schedule in 2019 was 2130-2200 UTC on 5875-Woofferton(UK), 7360-Ascension Island, 9455-Woofferton.

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 2019

For the specialist FM and TV DXer, a list of key dates for when the meteor showers will peak during 2019 (*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* 8 October
Orionids 21-22 October
Taurids* 5-6 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] ** RISC has a web site including directions (see "Where Are We?") at

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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