GB75RD is a special event station celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Reading and District Amateur radio club. QSL via M0DHO.
The Reading & District Amateur Radio Club, RADARC.
2010 sees the Reading & District Amateur Radio Club into its 76th year after a very successful 75th anniversary year in which the Club was the beneficiary of a large bequest of equipment which upgraded the Club’s contest capability and in addition raised £4000 for the Club. This has been used to create “The G3AKF Fund”. The purpose of the fund is to support RADARC and Amateur Radio in the widest possible sense.
The first record of the Club, is in the December 1934 T&R Bulletin, where Gerry Marcuse, G2NM, the “CR” for Berkshire announced he is holding monthly meetings with other members in the Reading District. Apart from a brief period of inactivity during WW2, the Club has remained continuously active since then. In 1946, the first Reading “Ham Fest” was held, claimed to be the first in the UK. Others followed in ‘47 and ’48. Current membership is around 90, with an age range of 10 to 70+. and with a very wide range of interests. Many members work in the “Thames Valley High Tech. Corridor” and our technical meetings and activities reflect this.
Some recent achievements and activities include:-
One of the Club members, Don Field, G3XTT is an RSGB Board Member and is Chairman of the RSGB Contest Committee. He is an internationally known DXpedition Operator and the Club has helped sponsor DXepeditions 3B9C, D68C and 3B7C.
We help with two walking events each year by providing communications for the 45 miles “3 Towers Scout Hike” across the Berkshire Downs and the South Oxfordshire Christian Aid walk. Several Members are in Berkshire Raynet, including the Controller, G4KWT.
RADARC, is one of the three sponsoring Clubs which organises the very successful annual McMichael Rally in July each year. This is now held at Sonning in Berkshire on a local sports field.
Certainly the most important contribution the Club makes to the future of Amateur Radio is running the Foundation and Intermediate courses and examinations. This is down to the enthusiasm of Harry Hogg, G3NGX who manages these with the help of several Club members. 71 foundations passes and 18 Intermediate passes achieved so far with another 8 attending the Summer 2009 course. Another Club member, Alison Johnson, G8ROG, RSGB Rep. for the Region runs the Advanced course and this has administrative support from the Club.
From 1991 to 1994, RADARC won HF NFD 4 years consecutively. To mark this achievement, RADARC sponsored the RSGB’s QRP Shield for HF NFD and won this shield a couple of times since. A small group of members are keen contesters and have won the UK entry for various bands of the ARRL CW and SSB, WPX CW and SSB, CQWW CW contests on several occasions between 1999 and 2007. For many years the Club entered VHF NFD from Watership Down in N. Hampshire. The Club uses the call signs M0AAA, G0EEE, G3ULT, G3AKF and the contest call, M4T.
In 2003, Club members obtained over 130 Ascom SE 550 low band PMR Radios and converted them for 70MHz operation. All were sold for Club funds, helping to revitalise this band, and enabling the Club to run a net on 4M on Tuesday evenings. In 2008/9, batches of very recent Simoco radios were obtained, both low band and UHF versions, programable for 4M and 70cm and sold to members.
A newsletter is published two or three times a year and sent in PDF format to all members. Two “junk” Sales and a construction contest each year add to the fun!
The Club is fortunate in being able to meet at the Woodley Pavilion, Woodford Park, Haddon Road, Woodley, Berkshire. This is a large community and sports centre with good facilities including a Bar. The Club meets in the Tea Room, on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month. A permanent HF doublet antenna is available for on air activities, and training demonstrations. In conclusion, RADARC is a busy, sociable Club with a membership and activities which reflect this. For further information see the Club’s excellent web site www.radarc.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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