Group History

When did we form?

We formed officially ourselves into the “Bittern DX Group” on the 15th February 2004, following a meeting at Pinewood Park I.B.C.

Why did we form?

The 5 founder members had all been part of the operating team for the successful first activation of “Blakeney Mariners Light” for the ILLW 2003 (International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend) in August 2003. We were and of course still are all avid DX’ers with an array of experience, by being involved in other local clubs and members of International organisations.

We wanted to have a local group where operating was the emphasis, although based in Norfolk with a International appeal?

Why the name “Bittern DX Group?

Here on the North Norfolk coast we are privileged that the rare Great Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) male’s “Booming” calls can be heard across the marshes.

RSPB description:

A thickset heron with all-over bright, pale, buffy-brown plumage covered with dark streaks and bars. It flies on broad, rounded, bowed wings. A secretive bird, very difficult to see, as it moves silently through reeds at water’s edge, looking for fish. The males make a remarkable far-carrying, booming sound in spring. Its dependence on reedbeds and very small population make it a Red List species – one of the most threatened in the UK.

Also our local railway link to the City Of Norwich, is called the “Bittern Line”, some of our members are keen railway enthusiasts. Our name was decided, the “Bittern DX Group” also sometimes referred to as the “Bittern DXers” because of the rare bird’s booming call being heard across the marshes, just like our radio signals leaving Norfolk to the four corners of the world.

Hence our motto;

“Booming Out Across the Bands from Norfolk to the World…”

Our Ambitions when it all began?

The group started out with just the 5 originals so obviously the group’s membership had to grow to increase our activities, we knew it could take time and a lot of work for that to happen! Ambitions were to put our beloved and beautiful Norfolk on the radio map through on SES and Contest activity, becoming involved in sponsorship of DXpeditions.

Our Meeting Policy explained…

When the group began, meetings were kept to a bare minimum but as the membership has grown we have adapted accordingly.