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, Kent.
Bus routes 119, 146 and 314 are within 5 minutes walk. There is easy parking nearby.
Visitors are always welcome, your first two meetings are free. Annual subscription is just £15 with no meeting charge.
An Open Invitation
This year we are holding Question and Answer sessions at Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced levels in March, July and October. You can come along and ask your questions on how to set up your station, operating, antennas, EMC and so on.
All are invited, but particularly our training candidates
Our next meetings (3rd Tuesday of the month unless noted otherwise)
- 18th March - Foundation level mentoring - Q&A session on any topic, open to all and specifically for our Foundation candidates after they pass.
- 15th April - Club project 1 - deciding and arranging a BDARS portable event for the summer. SOTA or WAB activation for example.
- 20th May - How to put a mast up, from simple to large.
- 17th June - DF Hunt.
- 15th July - Intermediate level mentoring - Q&A session on any topic, and specifically for our Intermediate candidates after they pass.
- 19th August - Summer BBQ and social, operating if people wish.
- 16th September - Club project 2 - live experiments in digital modes, bring radio, dummy load and laptop (if you have one). Hopefully we can perhaps explore some of the more uncommon modes?
- 21st October - Advanced level mentoring - Q&A on any topic.
- 18th November Members short talks - maximum 15 minutes on any reasonable subject.
- 16th December - Project Night - bring something you have built during the year for critique, plus mince pies.
Our next Training Courses
- SUNDAYS, 6th April, 27th April and 11th May 2014 - Intermediate Course
- Autumn 2014 Foundation Course.
This comment was received from Jeff O’Brian, 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."
Another comment after the first day.
It was a really well presented day.
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 turn of the 20th Century, when experimenters tinkered with primitive spark gap Morse Code transmitters and receivers. In those early days, amateurs were at the leading edge of radio technology, pioneering developments such as international H.F. transmissions and SSB (single sideband). In addition, amateurs have traditionally been called on 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 very easy and won't cost and arm and a leg.
Today, Amateur Radio is a diverse hobby with many facets. As an amateur, one can work overseas stations on the H.F. bands (known as DX'ing), participate in contests, chat with amateur friends over the local VHF or UHF repeaters, build their own radios, antennas and accessories; communicate via orbiting satellites, try their hand at Morse Code (which is still as popular as ever), or even connect their personal computer to the world wide radio network. This list is far from exhaustive!
By international agreement in the past, amateur radio operators were required to have a qualification in Morse Code proficiency to use frequencies below 30 MHz. In 2003 the Word Radio Conference (WRC) met in Geneva, Switzerland, and Morse code is no longer internationally required for an amateur radio licence.
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 chatting !