Bracknell Methodist Church
Shepherds Lane, Bracknell, RG42 2DD
Bracknell Methodist Church
To find Bracknell Methodist Church take the Binfield Road B3018 from Bracknell town centre. Shortly past the Total garage turn right into Shepherds Lane at the crossroads. The church is located several hundred yards down on the left, just past the Prince of Wales public house. The car park is at the rear off Agar Crescent.
The Club aims to meet the needs of all interested in amateur radio, and has a varied programme of guest speakers, surplus sales, members' interests evenings, and social evenings.
For details of other amateur radio clubs in the area please visit the RSGB Region 9 website.
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Building work is currently being carried out at Bracknell Methodist Church. During this time the club will be meeting in the worship area of the Church with access via a door at the right-hand side of the building. Parking is severely restricted during the build phase.
Wednesday June 12th - Night on the Air - 80m Club Challenge
Wednesday July 10th - Barbecue at the QTH of David M0XDF
Club Net: 145.375MHz FM Wednesdays 8pm (except club nights)
Bracknell ARC will be on air on Monday 24th June as part of the RSGB Centenary celebrations when it tours Region 9. We plan to be operating from the scout hut in Freeborn Way throughout the day on the HF and VHF bands. See g4bra.org.uk/g100rsgb.htm for more details which will be added to nearer the time, all assistance will be welcome on the day and on the Sunday for setting up.
At our May meeting John Jackson M6JJL from Radiometrix gave us a fascinating talk on the use of low power licence exempt radio devices (433/458/869MHz) to remotely control antenna rotators and similar. The Raspberry Pi micro computer and its accessories formed a key part of the equipment he had on display, along with some working demonstrations.
Successful candidates at a recent course
The club is now able to offer courses for the amateur radio examinations. The first of these was a Foundation Licence course held on Saturdays September 8th and 15th 2007 at our club meeting place, Bracknell Methodist Church. Several more courses have been held since and a high pass rate has been achieved at all our courses.
If you are interested in future courses please contact .
Further information on Amateur Radio licences and the Foundation course can be found on the RSGB site.
One of the 2011 VHF NFD stations
More photos in our photo album
Other activities in our calendar include a barbecue, bring and show evening, and participation in local rallies.
The Dave Sugden Memorial Trophy is awarded annually by the committee to the member considered contributing the most to club or amateur radio activities.
And a flavour of what contest activity was like in 1978, kindly supplied by former member Chris Byard.
Weather unfortunately put paid to our hopes of entering VHF NFD in July 2012. Although the group did arrive on site, our usual one at Cerne Abbas in Dorset, by Saturday morning it was obvious that trying to erect antennas and operate in one of the wettest weekends in South West England was not going to sensible so the team reluctantly headed back home. We hope to be on in 2013!
Older items of news and what the club has been doing over the years can be found here.
The following have been elected to serve on the G4BRA Committee for the current year:
Stuart Bambury M6CBB
Subscription rates for 2013/14 are £15 for full membership and £7.50 for senior, junior and country members.For more information on the Bracknell Club and how to join please e-mail either the Secretary or the Treasurer
The Club Constitution is available for viewing on this website.
An email reflector has been set up for the use of members. To subscribe to this send a blank email to email@example.com and confirm by replying to the email you will receive. Alternately visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/g4bra/ and join from there (you will need to set up an account at Yahoogroups).
A club net takes place each Wednesday evening (except club nights) on 145.375MHz FM.