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Monday 30th November

The $50 satellite with Stuart Robinson GW7HPW

Not many people have built a satellite at home. Using a steel tape rule for an aerial and two 40mm square circuit boards, powered by a 3.7v lithium battery, it was in orbit for  over 18 months, and only recently turned off as the battery voltage indicated the end of its life. Stuart will be bringing a full working  model with him. He will also talk to us about LoRa , a wireless technology that has been developed to enable low data rate communications using very low power over Long Range - something we will probably ALL be using soon.


FUTURE MEETINGS: dates for your diary

Dec.  No Meeting - on air evening

January : Annual general meeting

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

Get directions in Google Maps


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 most of the information has been saved and 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.

If anyone has further information about our history, photos or memorabilia, please contact Alan G3XSV who would be happy to add it to the site.


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