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Waverley Amateur Radio Society

The Waverley Amateur Radio Society is the oldest, continuously licenced, amateur radio club in Australia. It was founded on January 27th, 1919 in Waverley, in the eastern suburbs of Sydney.

Today, the club is situated at Rose Bay, on the shores of beautiful Sydney Harbour, on the site of the historic Rose Bay Flying Boat Base.  It is the local amateur radio club for the City of Sydney, the Eastern Suburbs and the Inner West.  The Waverley Amateur Radio Society is a very active club catering for many aspects of amateur radio activities for its members, including electronics, shack nights, DX, contests, field days, the International Lighthouse and Lightships Weekend (Macquarie Lighthouse, Sydney Harbour; Hornby Lighthouse, Watsons Bay; Endeavour Lighthouse, Botany Bay), moon bounce and JOTA.  The club has had the privilege of contacting both the Mir Space Station (x1 contact) and the International Space Station (x4 contacts).

The club offers the opportunity for members and visitors to meet several times a month. These include regular monthly meetings for presentations, shack nights for radio operating, project days and weekly club working days. As the local club for the City of Sydney and the central business district, the club welcomes international visitors.  The WARS weekly net is held on Monday nights 8pm local time on our 2m repeater 147.025 MHz + 91.5 Hz CTCSS.



All logs are loaded to LOTW and eQSL (AG).  Paper QSLs are welcome via the bureau.  Direct QSLs should include a self addressed envelope and x1 IRC or x2USD, otherwise they will be returned via the bureau.



Waverley Amateur Radio Society operates the following repeaters:

Callsign Location Frequency Offset Mode CTCSS
VK2ROT Paddington 147.025 +600 kHz FM 91.5
VK2ROT Paddington 438.575 -5 MHz FM, P25, IRLP (#6250), Echolink (#725953) 91.5
VK2RBV Sydney City 438.1125 -5.4 MHz FM 91.5
VK2RBV Sydney City 438.1125 -5.4 MHz C4FM (AUTO-AUTO) / Wires-X (VK2RBV-RPT , VK2RBV-ROOM)  
VK2RBV Sydney City 438.775 -5 MHz DStar (VK2RBV B, VK2RBV G)  

Complete information on the club and our activities can be found on our club website, www.vk2bv.org


Waverley Amateur Radio Society callsigns 1920-2015

N249 (1920-1922), 2BV (1922-1925), A2BV (1925-27). OA2BV (1927-1929), VK2BV (1929-1939; 1946-2015), VI2BV90 (2009 - 90th Anniversary Special Callsign)

The Waverley Amateur Radio Society was founded as the Waverley Amateur Radio Club in 1919 and some of its founding members were among the first licensed Australian amateurs who received their licenses in 1911.  The club was issued its first callsign, N249 by the Department of the Navy in August 1920, when wartime restrictions on wireless were lifted.  This was an experimental license to trasnmit and receive and the club's first radio equipment was a 1 valve (VT1) receiver and a spark transmitter on the 200m band with an 80' inverted L antenna. The club's first transmission from Waverley was received in Campsie, a distance of 18km.

In 1922, the club was issued with a new callsign, 2BV by the Postmaster General's Department, with license to operate on the 1000m and 400m bands.  In 1922, 2BV transmitted what was probably the first musical broadcast in Australia to a Coogee dance hall audience. This year also saw the club along with the Wireless Institute of Australia, organise a trans-Pacfic contest with radio amateurs in California and trans-Tasman contests with New Zealand amateurs on the 80m band. In the years that followed, the club undertook further public musical transmissions, and obtained licenses to operate on the 90m, 40m, and 30m bands.

Changes to the callsign system by international agreement saw the club callsign change to A2BV in 1925 and OA2BV in 1927, and finally to VK2BV in 1929, by which time the club had gained a license to opertate on the 125m-250m bands.

In 1926, the club became affiliated with the Wireless Institute of Australia, and has remained continuously affiliated to the present day.

In 1933, two club members conducted what is believed to be the first television transmission in Australia, using the Baird scanning system from Waverley to North Bondi, a distance of approximately 2km.  In 1936, as a part of the Wireless Institute of Australia's amateur radio exhibition, club members conducted the first public TV demonstration in Australia.

In 1939, all amateur radio activities were suspended with the outbreak of World War II, but the club regained its licence and its old callsign, VK2BV in 1946.  VK2BV has been licensed continuously to the present day.  In 2009 the club was issued the special event callsign VI2BV90 as a part of its 90th anniversary celebrations.

This picture is from our 1st anniversary year in 1920, the year we received our first license.

The picture is from our 90th anniversary year in 2009.  It shows two of our oldest members, Neville VK2FNJA (L) & Colin VK2LV (SK) (R), two of our YLs, Sharni VK2FGKC (L) & Megan VK2FGGL (R) and our two youngest members Daniel VK2FDGW (L) and David VK2FHBK (R) at the station console.

  Waverley Amateur Radio Club QSL Card 1922

 Waverley Amateur Radio Club QSL Card 1927

 Waverley Amateur Radio Club QSL Card 1928

 Waverley Amateur Radio Club QSL Card 1929-1970

Waverley Amateur Radio Society QSL ILLW 2005

Waverley Amateur Radio Society QSL ILLW 2006

Waverley Amateur Radio Society QSL ILLW 2009

 Waverley Amateur Radio Society QSL Card 2009

Waverley Amateur Radio Society QSL Card 2009 - 2015


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