Club information

The BATC was founded in 1949 with the aim then, as now, to encourage and co-ordinate the activities of amateurs involved in all aspects of television as a hobby. The Club is the largest such specialist organisation in the World and is affiliated to the Radio Society of Great Britain and is run by its members on a voluntary, unpaid basis. The Club is non profit making, in that members are not paid for the work that they do. Any profits made from the sale of various printed circuit boards, components and publications are used in the administration of the Club's affairs and to provide such things as an annual convention, exhibits at various shows and rallies and sundry other services to members. To ensure that ATV is properly represented, the Club liases with other international ATV organisations and has been represented at international policy making conferences.

September 2014 EGM and GM

On 7 September 2014 the BATC held a formal EGM to adopt the constitution which is available for download here

At the subsequent General Meeting (draft minutes here) the current committee remained in place and were joined by Frank M0AEU and Clive G3GJA. See here for the current BATC committee list. 

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Club activities

BATC members' interests divide broadly into those who are licensed to transmit and receive television pictures on the amateur radio bands, and those whose interests lie in the technicalities of producing video equipment and programme material.

The cornerstone of the Club is the magazine 'CQ-TV', through which the Club keeps in touch with its members. The journal is largely technical in content, and includes many articles, circuits and projects dealing with all aspects of television at technical levels from the very simple to the advanced. Also included are equipment reviews and activity columns, overseas interest, in fact anything which is new and interesting to television amateurs. Members' small advertisements are inserted free of charge in the 'Market Place' section of the magazine, which carries advertisements for every conceivable piece of equipment that one could want. Each magazine also carries complete lists of printed circuit boards, special components and sundries, which generally made available in the BATC shop at cost plus prices to members.

CQ-TV is known throughout the World as a leading source of information for the television amateur, and is regularly read in over thirty countries.

The Club runs various ATV Activity Days throughout the year for fixed and portable stations. Also, there is an International ATV contest, organised each year by a different member country of the IARU, held over a weekend in June.

A major convention is put on each year by the BATC, at which members are able to exhibit their own equipment and see what others are doing, look at and buy all that is new to ATV from the various trade exhibits, and to meet other enthusiasts and talk to the Officers and Committee Members of the BATC. The Club also exhibits at many of the major amateur radio shows and rallies throughout the year and country, thus maintaining a personal contact with as many members as possible.

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Past Presidents

2006 - 2016 Peter Blakeborough G3PYB, C Eng, M Phil, M.I.E.T

2000 - 2006 Mike H. Cox, C.Eng., F.I.E.E

1991 - 2000 Arthur C. Clarke, C.B.E., B.Sc., F.R.S.A., F.R.A.S., F.B.I.S.

1990 - 1991 Vacant

1981 - 1989 Roger Appleton

1977 - 1980 R. C. Hills, G3HRH

1972 - 1976 R. S. Roberts, G6NR

1968 - 1972 Ivan P. James, G5IJ

1964 - 1968 S. N. Watson, M.I.E.E.

1960 - 1964 G.B. Townsend, B.Sc., F.Inst .P, A.M.I.E.E.

1951 - 1960 Sir Ernest Fisk

Sir Ernest Fisk accepted the position of first honorary president of the BATC. This was reported in CQ-TV 10. Before joining EMI he had been with Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Ltd, a company set up to develop the patents of both Marconi and Telefunken. Sir Ernest was one of the foundation directors of EMI, eventually becoming its Chairman. His 'roots' in wireless went back to his time from 1906 - 13 as a radio engineer for the Marconi Company.

Boris Townsend worked for GEC, whom he joined in 1940. He worked on colour television in the 1950s - building up knowledge of the fundamentals as well as the NTSC system. In 1963, he moved to Rank Cintel in Sydenham, and later became head of the engineering research department at ABC Television, before joining the IBA as head of the engineering information department. He was author of one of the 'standard texts' on colour television.

Neville Watson worked at the BBC Designs Department. He had worked on television transmission engineering in the early post war period, but from 1954 to 1957 he was involved with 405 line NTSC colour, with experimental transmissions from Alexandra Palace after the normal programmes had finished. Subsequently - in the early 1960s, following demonstrations at the EBU to compare the PAL, NTSC and SECAM systems - work was done on all 3 systems needed to be considered. Neville Watson was particularly concerned that TV receiver design needed to be 'got right', if colour in Europe was not to suffer from the problems experienced with early colour sets in America. He became Chief Engineer Television and Designs in 1969 Ivan James was one of the pioneering television amateurs. He was an active radio amateur, and as well as being a BATC president, later served as president of the Radio Society of Harrow. Professionally, he also took part in the development of colour television, in his case working on cameras for EMI, notably the 2001 and 2005.

Professor Ray Hills was one of those who did work in the mid 1950s on tropospheric propagation in the UHF band for the BBC's work in planning the UHF television networks. This was to minimise co-channel interference with European transmitters. He later joined the ITA [later IBA] at Crawley Court. He was Chairman of IBC Conference Committee.

Roger Appleton In 1973 he became Chief Engineer and later Director of Engineering at London Weekend Television.

Arthur C. Clarke, as well as being a world famous novelist also wrote scientific papers. One of the first of these was a proposal describing the possibility of geo-synchronous satellites for radio & television signals. In October 1945 Wireless World published "Extra-Terrestrial Relays" by Arthur C. Clarke.

Mike Cox Joined the BATC in 1955 and he accepted the honorary presidency in 2000 (CQ-TV 192). Mike started work with Rediffusion studios at Wembley and moved to ABC television at Teddington in 1961, where he was heavily involved in experimental colour development and demonstrations. Mike founded "Michael Cox Electronics" with the Coxbox colour synthesiser and going on to develop a very successful range of studio equipment. Mike joined the IBC management committee in 1988 and became deputy chairman in 1991.

Peter Blakeborough trained with the BBC and after 2 years with JBC Jamaica returned to the UK where he joined the new systems group at Link Electronics. They manufactured studio and OB installations for the world market including the BBC type 5 CMCRs and a Thames TV scanner. Peter returned to broadcasting with Yorkshire TV in 1981 where he became the Deputy Chief Engineer with a particular interest in regional news and satellite ENG. A move to Letchworth and Drake Electronics followed. DEL became DAL (Drake Automation) and later ENCODA. UPC Holland and SKY were key projects and directorships followed with both companies. A change of direction into microwave and digital radio systems with Wood & Douglas as a director working with flown and mobile digital services. Peter was an active radio amateur with interests in television, microwave and millimetric wavelenths. Licensed as G3PYB he held the UK distance record for 76GHz.

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Data Protection Act

On the 1st March 2000 the Data Protection Act 1998 took effect. The registration scheme established by the 1984 Act has been  replaced by a process called notification.

Under the 1998 Act there are exemptions from notification one of these being a 'Not for profit Organisation.' It has been determined that the  BATC falls under this category and therefore a 'I do not Intend to Notify' form has been returned to the Data Protection Notification  department.

However the BATC will continue to treat the personal data it keeps in strict confidence and the records kept are only used for Membership  records and mailing of CQ-TV Magazine. Your data will not been given to third parties and is only available to the Club's Committee.

We do occasionally receive requests from one member requiring the address of another. It has always been Club policy and will  continue to be that even in these circumstances not give out this information. We are, however quite happy to pass on any letter sent to the club secretary for forwarding onto another member so contact can be made.