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.
The BATC constitution adopted in September 2014 is available for download here
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 supports a 'Technical Liaison Committee', to look after the ever-increasing myriad of technicalities, so essential to keep amateur television abreast of current technology. Current members of the committee are Peter Blakeborough, G3PYB, Darren Storer, G7LWT, and Noel Matthews, G8GTZ.
The Club runs various ATV contests 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 September.
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.
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.