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Last Update

18 August, 2020

The Radio Club was Founded in 1975 by Dave Penny, Nick Shepard, Peter West, and  Roy White

Club Callsign M0XG

Club is affiliated to the Radio Society of Great Britain

Anyone wishing to join the club, please contact our Club Secretary on


Club Net

Don’t forget club net is held on every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month (excluding Bank Holidays), when we have a 5th Tuesday in the month the club net will operate via the BZ repeater .

Over the last few nets we have been having an increase in the amount of members taken part.

Club Magazine

The committee decided that it would benefit members if old copies of the club magazine were available from the web site. Each month a PDF file of the previous months magazine will be available for download. To read the file directly it will be necessary for the viewer to have Adode Reader or a similar PDF reader installed on their PC

Back issues of the BARSCOM club magazine can be found here.

Club Members Only

Please submit any news items which you want published to the webmaster@badars.co.uk

Next Club Meeting

All club meeting are suspended until further notice due to Covid-19.

This decision will be reviewed

at the next committee meeting in August

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Club Net

Tuesday 25th August @ 20.00

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Input: 438.450

Offset: +7.6MHz

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Club Activities

Club Contest

On Saturday January 19th Four club members took part in the RSGB AFS 80/40 meter contest with a 100watts maximum power

Neil M0NAS, Dean G4WQI, Edwin G0LPO and Geoff G1GNQ took part in this contest.

BADARS team came 20th in the contest, this was a great result as this was the first team contest that BADARS had taken part in for many years.

Also a big congratulation to Neil M0NAS who came 1st in the 100W section of the contest.

Edwin G0LPO

Geoff G1GNQ

Neil M0NAS

Mills on the Air 2019 Weekend 11th - 12th May

BADARS used the call sign GB2AWM

Mills on the Air was held at Alderford Mill,  Alderford Street Sible Hedingham.

(Alderford Mill is one of the best preserved watermills in Essex. It was built around 1720

although there has been a mill on the site for many centuries).


75th Anniversary of D-Day & Museum On The Air (MOTA)

BADARS have been operating from the Ridgewell Air Museum for the last two weekends using the call sign GB5RAM.

On the first weekend we operated on the Sunday 9th June when the museum was open to the public.

This was for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings

The second weekend (15th-16th June) we operated over the whole weekend for Museum on the Air.

At MOTA BADARS were joined by Sudbury club members who helped on this event.

Many thanks for the helped received over these two  events.


BADARS set up a station for VHF National Field Day 2019 in Stisted near Braintree.

144 MHz station we used an Icom IC749 into a 12 Ele ZL Special.

432 MHz used a Yaesu FT897 into a 24 element beam.

The club didn’t operate for the full 24 hours. We used this opportunity to bush up on our skills for future contests which the club intends to take part in. Also to check our set up and that all our equipment is fully working?? and what equipment we might require for any future contests that the club may take part in.

144 MHz managed 73 QSOs and 432 MHz made 9 QSOs

This event was well tended by club member over the weekend with Tony G0IAG camping at the station over the weekend.

A big thank you to Geoff G1GNQ for setting up the station and of course for the catering including the very large cooked breakfast on the Sunday morning.

Geoff G1GNQ and Neil M0NAS

VHF National Field Day 2019

Contest 1 2019.mp4


Dave Willicombe G0DEC


Secretary, Data Processing and Training

Edwin Hume G0LPO



Treasurer & Membership

Neville Broadbent G8CDG


Non-Post Committee Members


Geoff Nurse G1GNQ



Vacant Position


Honorary President

John Button M5AJB


Club Magazine

Mike Adcock G8 DJO


BADARS Summer camp was held the weekend of 10th and 11th August.

Despite the weather this was well attended over the weekend by club members.

G0DEC stayed for three night with M0NAS and M6NCU staying only the Saturday night and managed to operate until 03.30

The club large tent was damaged with the winds during the Saturday and will need replacing for the next summer camp.


BADARS took part in ROTA at Colne Valley Railway on September 20th/21st.

BADARS used the call sign GB0CVR.

we will be operating HF, 2m/70cm & DMR via GB3BZ

Over the two days on the air there were

101 contacts made with 11 VHF, 23

DMR & 67 HF of these 12 were other

Railways stations.


M0XG  DMR ID 2347316

JOTA 2019 18th to 20th October.

This years JOTA was with 1st Coggeshall Scouts and Coggeshall Guides.

We used the call sign GB5CSG and this was held in the scout building at Honeywood School

We set up late on Friday afternoon and had a few scouts from Coggeshall stay over night..

The main event took place on the Saturday and Sunday and we had other scout groups join us over the two days including Earls Colne, Gosfield and Castle Hedingham.

The set up will consist of 2m vhf, 2 HF stations and DMR.

BADARS took part in this years SSB Field Day.

This was the first time the club had entered this contest and we came 9th in the Low Power Assisted Portable Section.

We operated from a tent in Stisted using a generator for power.

A few of the members stayed over night to keep the station working the 24 hours. Well done to all who took part in the contest.

SSB Field Day 2019

2019 Club Christmas party

Next Committee


24th August






10th July

As a coronavirus precaution the committee has agreed to cancel all club meetings with immediate effect.

A review of the situation will take place sometime in August at the next committee meeting.

10th August 2020

As all our club meetings and activities are now cancelled until better times. We are going to hold an informal net on 145.375 on the Tuesdays where we would have a club meeting.These will commence at 20:00 local time.

In addition to this we will be holding an informal welfare net each Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning on 145.375 at 10:00 local time.

The morning call is really for a quick check in that all is OK and a natter with other members and none members, all are welcome to take part

Club Updates

Club net will be held on (S15) 145.375 MHz

VJ day celebtations

13th to 17th August

Members of the club may be operating from there home QTH’s

Full details will be available soon

The weekend of 7th to 10th May saw Braintree & District Amateur Radio Society running a special event station to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

The original intention was to hold an event at the Stisted contest site and to have some displays of military wartime communications equipment as well as operating the club station.


The advent of Covid 19 and the restrictions on gatherings etc. meant we had to cancel the event, however after discussion with Ofcom it was confirmed that they had relaxed the regulations for operating special events and we could have club members operate from their individual stations.

This idea was very well supported and we had 16 separate stations operating to a schedule over the weekend that allowed coverage of all the HF and VHF/UHF bands. The first day of operating was Thursday 7th with a reasonable amount of activity across the bands.

In total 666 contacts were made using CW, SSB, FM and DMR.


SSB contacts were made into Brazil, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Canada, North America and many European countries. Many of our QSL’s are coming in via E-QSL and we also have cards ready to be sent out to those requesting a conventional response.

Thanks to all that took part and made the event a success

Geoff G1GNQ

Howard G6LXK shack


Club Annual Camp

With regret BADARS committee have to announce the annual summer camp will not be held this year.

It was felt that the risks associated with Covid 19 are to great and we would not be able to provide a safe environment for club members and the safe use of club equipment that would be operated by club members.