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Dates for your Diary

Sunday 30 March 2014: Start of A-14 schedule period. Clocks change to summer time in Europe. Many international broadcasters change their schedules on this date.

Saturday 19 April 2014: Reading DX meeting - Reading International Radio Group 1430-1700 GMT 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**.

Sunday 11 May 2014: National Vintage Communications Fair from 1000 BST at Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, The Fosse, Fosse Way, Leamington Spa CV31 1XN. Free parking, £8 admission. See NVCF web site for more details.

Friday 21 June 2014: BBC - British Antarctic Survey annual mid-winter broadcast to BAS staff in Antarctica on midwinter's day in Antarctica. (The schedule in 2013 was 2130-2200 UTC on 5965-Dhabbaya(UAE), 7350-Ascension 9890-Woofferton UK).

Saturday 12 July 2014: Reading DX meeting - Reading International Radio Group 1430-1700 GMT 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 2 August 2014: BDXC Summer Gathering, Twickenham Please note a change of month this year - partly to avoid a clash with the FIFA World Cup! Book the date in your diary now; it's a special summer for the club as we celebrate our 40th anniversary, so it would be great to see some new faces as well as old friends. Watch out for further details nearer the date in "Communication" and on the news group.

Friday 19 - Monday 22 September 2014: European DX Council Conference Tende in the French Alps, 80km northeast of Nice. See EDXC News weblog for more details.

September 2014 [dates to be confirmed]: All-Ireland Hurling & Football Finals Special extra shortwave transmissions from RTE for Irish residents in Africa. Schedule in 2013 was (*sites probalby Meyerton): 7405* (1300-1700), 11620* (1600-1700), 17725/17820 (1300-1600),7505* (1300-1700)UTC.

Saturday 21 February 2015: Annual SW broadcast of Radio Öömrang from Amrum Island, German North Frisian Islands. Tentatively 1600-1659 UTC on 15215 kHz via Nauen in Frisian dialect, German and English. QSLs via transmitter operator Media Broadcast: qsl-shortwave [at] media-broadcast.com

[next date to be confirmed]: SAQ Grimeton, 17.2 kHz Special transmissions from the historic VLF Alexanderson Alternator callsign SAQ at Grimeton, Sweden on 17.2 kHz. Reception reports may be sent by email to info [at] alexander.n.se or online. Further details SAQ web site

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 2014

For the FM and TV DXer, a list of key dates for when the major meteor showers will peak during 2014:

Name of shower Peaking date
Quadrantids 2-3 January
Lyrids 22-23 April
Eta Aquarids 5-6 May
Perseids 12-13 August
Orionids 21-22 October
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 inter-club meetings of the Reading International Radio Group are an opportunity for friends from all the UK DX clubs to meet together. They 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, though some members meet first in the RISC Global cafe/bar from about 1400. The meetings last about two and a half hours, followed by an optional drink and curry at a local Indian restaurant. For anyone attending the meeting by car there is free parking at the back of the RISC centre (NB access to the carpark 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]googlemail.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 or four 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. Fine weather cannot be guaranteed, of course, but it has accompanied us for four of the last five years. 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. Further details from Mark Savage email: mark[at]bdxc.org.uk ** or tel 07711 616908.

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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