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Last Update

11 December, 2019

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

Club Callsigns

M0XG         G3XG          G6BRH         GX3XG

Club is affiliated to the Radio Society of Great Britain

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Club Net

Don’t forget club net is held on every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month (excluding Bank Holidays).

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.

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Please submit any news items which you want published to the Web Manager Email

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Tuesday 24th December

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Club Net

Tuesday 17th  December @ 20.00

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Input: 438.450

Offset: +7.6MHz

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This year the Founders Shield was awarded to Edwin G0LPO for his contribution to the club in 2017/2018 organising club nights, TX Factor and more.

A big thank you to Roger Smith from the

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance.

Roger gave a talk to the club on the two air ambulances currently used around Essex and Hertfordshire.

These cost a great deal of money to keep running every day of the week and with a daily cost of about £17’500 every penny is needed to keep this vital service running.

Why not support the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance and do there Lottery or simply give a gift.


Club News

BADARS operated from the Ridgewell Air Museum on the 9th September from 11.00 with the call sign GB0RID.

The Ridgewell Air Field Museum is a growing private collection celebrating the life and times of the British and American servicemen and women that were stationed here. This year Ridgewell Air Museum is celebrating 75th anniversary of the 90th (B) RAF arriving.

For more detail http://www.rafcamuseum.co.uk/index.html

HF Field Contest

The club took part in a HF field contest on Saturday 1st September in Stisted.

We only operated for 4 hours to test our ability to take part in any future contests and it was a chance to try computer logging for the first time. During this event we managed to make 51 contacts in 11 different countries including 2 contacts in Japan. Total points 1958, that’s good for the first time and only operating for a short period

A big thank you to all that took part in this club event.

BADARS took part in (ROTA) Railways on the air over the weekend of 22nd &23rs September

Despite the weather Colne Valley Railway in Castle Hedingham still had many visiters

We used the call sign GB0CVR and we operating HF, 2m/70cm & DMR via GB7HA


JOTA 2018

JOTA this year was with the 1st castle Hedingham Scout at there own scout hut

BADARS operated HF, 2m/70cm FT8 and DMR using the call sign GB0CHS

During the weekend we managed to get a few scouts and a scout leader interested in getting there own Foundation Licences.

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


Web Master/Digital

Colin Johnson M6NCU


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 N6NCU 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.


GB3BZ is now a dual moded with analoge and DMR running on a MMDVM repeater.

GB3BZ has been having a few issue since becoming a dual mode one problem has been the TYTMD380. For some reason Tytera TYT MD380 are not able to open the DMR side of the repeater and be able to maintain a conversation at this current time, we are still trying to resolve this issue. So far this has been the only DMR handheld we have found to have issues with this new set up.

For any problems, issues or advise please email gb3bz@badars.co.uk


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

G6BRH DMR ID 2342500

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.


The Next Foundation Course will be in the spring 2020

Most of the training is practical, there is a small amount of radio and electronics theory but only enough for you to appreciate things like using the correct fuses in your equipment and how to build an antenna to get the most out of your radio station

If your interested in completing the next course please email training@badars.co.uk Once we have a course date set we can let you know further details

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

Call sign G3XG and G6BRH (S15) 145.375 MHz