So What is BDARS All About?

Based 15 miles South-East of London in the UK, The Bromley and District Amateur Radio Society offer technical and general interest talks, contest group, special event & demonstrations group, direction finding hunts, construction competitions, mutual help, newsletter, Licence Course tuition + Much Much more.

Club Meetings are 7.30 for 8pm every third Tuesday of the month at Victory Social Club, Kechill Gardens, Hayes, Bromley, Kent BR2 7NG.

Bus routes 119 (between Bromley North and South Croydon), 146 (between Bromley North and Downe), 314 (between Eltham and New Addington), and 353 (between Orpington and New Addington) all have stops in Hayes within a few minutes' walk of Victory Social Club. There is easy parking nearby.

Visitors are always welcome, your first two meetings are free. Annual subscription is just £15 with no meeting charge.

Our next meetings (3rd Tuesday of the month unless noted otherwise)

  • Tuesday 15th March Fix-it Evening
  • Tuesday 19th April The RSGB
  • Tuesday 17th May Skills Night
  • Tuesday 21st June Direction Finding
  • Tuesday 19th July Aerials (Construction and testing)
  • Tuesday 16th August Social and On-Air Evening
  • Sunday 18th September Day One Foundation Course
  • Tuesday 20th September Digital Mobile Radio
  • Sunday 25th September Day Two Foundation Course
  • Tuesday 18th October Setting up your Station
  • Tuesday 15th November "Toilet-roll TRF"
  • Tuesday 20th December Quiz and Mince Pies
  • Tuesday 17th January 2017 AGM

Our next Training Courses

  • Advanced course starting soon.  
  • Two day Foundation Course 18th September and 25th September 2016
  • Three day Intermediate Course Early 2017 

This comment was received from Jeff, one of our recent students:

"I really enjoyed the Foundation Course, with so many contributions from different tutors I found it very interesting and educational and am very happy that I choose BDARS to do my courses as everyone is so friendly."

And this from Michael.
"The Foundation License Training was well explained and tutored by no less than perfect mentors and hobbyists. Systematic and well organized, even a non-technical person will understand. Kudos to all...Looking forward to seeing and chatting with you soon..."

Please see the licence training pages for more information.


Other services for members

  • BDARS Yahoo Group - for all the lastest news, comments and photo's.
  • Club Net - Wednesdays 21:00hrs call on 145.500FM and QSY to a free frequency.
  • Club Callsign - M0XBY

if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.

About Amateur Radio

Amateur radio has a long and proud history dating back to the 1900’s, when amateurs were pioneers of shortwave transmissions using primitive spark gap equipment.

Over 100 years later they are still at the leading edge, experimenting and tinkering with software defined radio and digital technologies, including in space. 

Radio amateurs have traditionally been asked to provide emergency communications in times of disaster, right up to the present day, offering their communication skills and equipment for public service.

Amateur radio is a great way to learn about communications technology and make friends all over the world. Getting involved in this fascinating hobby is easy and won't cost and arm and a leg.

Amateur radio is a diverse technologically based hobby with many facets, supported by worldwide international agreements. As a radio amateur, one can contact overseas stations on the shortwave bands (known as DX'ing), participate in radio sport, chat with amateur friends over the local VHF or UHF repeaters, design and/or build your own radios, antennas and accessories; try your hand at Morse Code (which is still as popular as ever), as well as combine radio, computer and software technologies.

And that’s only the start!  You can make and use television equipment, fiddle with the Raspberry Pi, Arduino and similar things, study and research propagation, through to monitoring and using dedicated amateur space satellites – the sky is literally no limit!

In the past amateur radio operators were required by law to be proficient in Morse Code for frequencies below 30 MHz. That is no longer the case; the requirement was removed in 2003.

Why not come along to a BDARS meeting and have a chat about amateur radio and see how easy it is to get on the air and start chatting or experimenting !