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Sept 28th 1930hrs Prof Andy Nix "5G and beyond - a Bristol perspective"

This talk will focus on 5G communications and beyond. The University are partners in 2 of the 19 recently announced EU projects working to define Europe's 5G radio standard. This technology is planned for roll-out between 2020 and 2025.

The talk will cover new radio technologies such as Massive MIMO and mmWave communications and explain how these will be integrated with existing radio standards such as LTE-A and Wi-Fi. Andrew will give examples of technology demonstrators and projected 5G data rates.

The talk will also cover the Internet of Things with practical examples drawn from the automotive and healthcare industries. The University has built a test house in Bristol to evaluate "assisted living" technologies (radios, cameras, body worn sensors etc). The University is also a partner in Bristol Is Open (BIO), a smart city test-bed in collaboration with Bristol City Council. The talk will explain how the University is developing a "living lab" in the centre of Bristol!

Not to be missed !


FUTURE MEETINGS: dates for your diary

Oct 26th  Chat night back by popular demand ! Various speakers - come along and join in .

Nov 30th Stuart Robinson GW7HPW The $50 satellite

Other clubs & local events

Bath and District ARC http://badarc.webs.com/

Chepstow & District ARC http://www.gw4lwz.org.uk/

Chippenham & DARC http://www.g3vre.org.uk/archive.asp

Mid Somerset Radio Club http://www.midsarc.org.uk/

North Bristol ARC http://www.nbarc.org.uk/

Shirehampton ARC http://www.shirehampton-arc.org.uk/

South Bristol ARC http://www.sbarc.co.uk/

Thornbury& South Gloucs ARC http://tsgarc.uk/

Trowbridge and District  ARC http://www.radioclubs.net/trowbridgedarc/events.php


Meeting Details

Regular meetings are held at 7:30pm on the last Monday of each month at:

Bristol Lawn Tennis & Squash Club, Redland Green, Redland, Bristol BS6 7HF (see map).

Map of the meeting venue

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About the Bristol RSGB Group:

Bristol NFD Team 1954The present Group dates back to 1931, but its predecessor goes back to 1913 when it was called the Bristol Wireless Association. Apart from brief interruptions for war, it has remained in being until the present day. It has met at various venues the Half Moon in Stoke's Croft, Carwardine's restaurant, the Royal Fort and the Small Lecture Theatre at the University of Bristol - to name but a few.  Currently meetings are held at the Lawn Tennis Club in Redland.

The fortunes of the Group have waxed and waned, as is the case with all organisations - the most memorable happenings being the winning of NFD three times in a row in the early Fifties and the still talked about National Convention, which was held here in Bristol.

GB500JC QSL CardHowever, probably the most enduring event for which the Bristol RSGB Group is known is the Longleat Rally. For 45 years the Group organised and ran this very popular rally at Longleat House. In 1997 the Group helped in a small way with special event station GB5ØØJC celebrating John Cabot and the Matthew. As a spin-off from this it provided some of the equipment used for the historic first amateur radio transmission by HM the Queen in 1997.

To help encourage new blood into the hobby the Group continues to fund amateur radio licence courses currently held in Bath under the expert guidance of Steve Hartley, GØFUW. So the Bristol RSGB Group has a long history, of which it can justifiably be proud.


Group History Preserved

Many will know that Andy Cowley, M1EBV, researched the Bristol RSGB Group's history some years ago.  He published this on his web site so that the group could share the information he had found.  Sadly Andy passed away in 2012 and his web site has since been taken down.

Luckily I took an archive of most of the information and have been able to incorporated it into this web site.  You can now access it from the Bristol RSGB Group History tab on the Main Menu to the left.  Alternatively you can view it separately at http://g6yb.org/history.

Unfortunately this is still "work in progress" as there are a few pdf files and photos which are missing, so if anyone else took an archive, or has access to the original files, please let me know.  Also if anyone has further information about our history, photos or memorabilia, please let me know and I would be happy to add it to the site.


Alan Hydes, G3XSV


Bath Based Distance Learning

The Bath Training Team started running distance learning classes in parallel with their RSGB Bristol sponsored classroom sessions a few years ago. This initiative has grown to the point where the team now has twelve tutors across the country and nearly two hundred students have been enrolled, many passing the exam first time.

An article about the Distance Learning courses was featured in February 2012 edition of RadCom.

RSGB AGM 2012 - M0OBW presents Kenwood Trophy to the Distance Learning TeamAt this year's RSGB AGM the team were awarded the Kenwood Trophy for 'outstanding contribution to amateur radio training'. Picture shows e-tutors Steve Hartley, G0FUW, Phil Parkman, G3MGQ, Dan Trudgian, M0TGN, Lewis Thomas, G4YTN and Keith Williams, GW4OKT, recieving the trophy from RSGB President Dave Wilson, M0OBW. All tutors that were involved in 2011 received certificates. Picture courtesy of RSGB.

73, Steve, G0FUW