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Saturday 2 August 2014: BDXC Summer Gathering, Twickenham Our traditional annual gathering in the original home town of BDXC. 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. Congenial chat, reminiscing, good beer and food in idyllic summer surroundings on the banks of the Thames. Join us from 3pm onwards at the Barmy Arms, Embankment, Twickenham, TW1 3DU followed by an optional curry (as an alternative. pub meals are also available all day at the Barmy Arms). Please let Mark Savage know in advance if you would like to join us for the curry as we will need to make a reservation e-mail mark [at] bdxc.org.uk Phone number on the day on the day is 07711 616908.

Saturday 23 August 2014: Radio Nord Revival will be on the air to mark the 100th anniversary of Vaxholm coastal radio station. Broadcasts will be on MW 1512 kHz and SW frequencies in the 49 and 75 metre bands (frequencies to be confirmed). As well as a 5 and 10 kW shortwave transmitter at Sala they hope to have a smaller one operating from Vaxholm Castle, on an island in the Stockholm archipelago, where the radio day is to be held. More details Radio Nord web site

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 4 October 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 26 October 2014: Start of B-14 schedule period. Clocks change to winter time in most of Europe. Many international broadcasters change their schedules on this date.

Saturday 13 December 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 21 February 2015: 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 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

Saturday 25 April 2015: 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**.

[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

Sunday 21 June 2015: British Antarctic Survey annual mid-winter broadcast via BBC World Service to BAS staff in Antarctica on midwinter's day in Antarctica. (The schedule in 2014 was is 2130-2200 UTC on 5875-Woofferton UK, 5985-Dhabbaya(UAE), 7350-Ascension) .

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 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 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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