20 Years Bavarian Contest Club (c/o: Ben,DL6RAI 27.06.2003)
It's been twenty years since a small group of individuals created the idea of the "Bavarian Contest Club". After such a long time, memories begin to fade and many of you may not even be aware of the historical context. Please allow me to share with you a short overview of the history of the BCC.
In 1981, the first contact was established between memebers of the "Bavarian DX Group" in the Munich area and the "East Bavarian DX Association" in eastern Bavaria. Perhaps the beginning of the common history we can be traced to a QSO from the log of GU5EAH (this was DL6RAI on his first DX-pedition) with DL1MAJ in Grünbach on August 22, 1981.
Friendship soon developed between members of both groups and the contact was intensified. So in 1983, the idea of a common name "BCC" emerged, with a charter to represent Bavaria in international competitions. The initial membership was completed by radio amateurs in Bavaria who were not members of either of the two groups.
The proposal, initially posted by DL7MAE and DL6RAI, was appreciated more and more and so in 1984 a first victory could be established over the Süddeutsche DX Gruppe (SDXG).
Since there was no real organisation in the first years, records from this era are very sparse. Please excuse any inaccuracies. The list of the founding members of the BCC who are still active today includes the following 18 callsigns:
BDXG: DF3CB DJ1OJ DL1MAJ DL3MAA DL5MAE DL6QW DL7MAE DL7MAT
EBDXA: DF2RG DF4RD DF7RX DJ3TF DK6NP DL4NAC DL6RAI
no affiliation: DK2OY DL5MBY DL6FBL
Since 1986, the BCC holds its annual meeting, the "Heilig-Drei-Königstreffen", around January 6th every year in the Landshut/Lower
The leading forces of the BCC (if we can call it that at all), initially were DL7MAE and DL6RAI, succeeded by DF7RX in 1990. Bernhard headed the BCC for nine consecutive years and was personally involved in many expeditions of the club. He was the secretary, newsletter editor and QSL manager of the BCC - all in a single person.
In 1999 a small task force led by DL8OH took over and reorganized the BCC. Rumors suggesting that the BCC is headed for the stock market are absolutely incorrect!
At this point I'd like to highlight some of the major Multi Operator activities of the BCC:
1988: HB0CZS und LX8A
1989: LX7A Multi-Multi European Records
1990: DA0BV und DL0CS Multi-Multi German Record
1991: RH2E (Turkoman)
1993: RW2F (Kalinigrad)
1995-1997: TK2C, TK1A, TK5NN
1998: 9Y4NW, C56T
1999-2000: CN8WW Multi-Multi World Records
BCC is not only active in Contests but also in many contest-related activieies, such as:
- Establishing and maintenance of the European Packet Cluster network since 1990 with the callsigns DB0BCC, DB0ABH and DB0CLX. DJ0ZY developed CLX, a PacketCluster compatible software still widely in use today.
- Promotion of communications inside the club using Web technology and an open E-Mail reflector (DF4RD, DL4NER).
- Development and deployment of contest-related software such as:
- UKWTEST - VHF/UHF/SHF contest logger by DL2NBU
- BV QSL management software by DF3CB
- RCKLOG Contest and RTTY Logging software by DL4RCK
- Developing equipment for the contest operations including:
- Band pass filters for Multi-Multi operations (DL7AV, DK4VW, DL2NBU)
- HF-Transceiver Contol (DL2NBU)
- BCC-Preselectror (DL2NBU)
- Head Phone Amplifier (DJ5IW)
- Different publications by members of the BCC
- DLCJ - German Contest Journal, on paper until 2000, nowadays a Web site
- The BCC Handbook for the Contester
- BCC runs the only (unique) worldwide Meteor Scatter Contest.
- BCC members took part in WRTCs 1996, 2000 and 2002.
- Contributions to many national and international events such as HAM RADIO Friedrichshafen, HF and VHF Conferences in Munich, Germany, International DX and Contest Meeting Helsinki, Finland.
Moreover, many BCC members are currently DARC officials and contest managers and are active in international affairs such as the CQ World Wide Committee.
BCC originated 20 years ago from a hand full of individualists. Today BCC's membership excedes 200 and is still rising. One can say the club today unites an organised group of active radio amateurs in Southern Germany and is open into all directions.
Let's all do our best to assure that the activities of the BCC continues on a high level!
- Let the young guys take over!
- Let's fight "Vereinsmeierei"!
- And let's support the activities of our members!
Then we can meet 30 years from today to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the BCC.