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Last Update

19 January, 2019

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

Club Callsigns

 G3XG          G6BRH         GX3XG

G6BRH DMR ID 2342500

Club is affiliated to the Radio Society of Great Britain

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Clubs new meeting day and venue

The committee has decided, due to circumstance beyond our control to find a new meeting place to hold our club meetings.

As from the start of April this year we will be meeting at:

St Peters Church Hall, St Peters Road, off The Causeway Braintree.

This is behind the Public Gardens in Braintree

(For Sat Nat users use the post code CM7 9AR)

This also means we will have to change the day of the meeting, we will now meet on the SECOND and FOURTH TUESDAY of each month

The new venue will give us better comfort, including inside toilets, a clean kitchen, a warmer room and enough car parking space for all.


 GB3BZ 70cm repeater based at Beazley End near Braintree

   Input 438.450   Output430.850

Tone 110.9Hz

GB7HA 70cm DMR repeater based in Halstead.

Tx 439.575  Rx 430.575

Colour Code 3

DF Hunt 20th June 2016

DF Hunt was won by Howard G6LXK and Mike G8DJO,

runners up were Colin M6NCU and Joe M6YEL

The fox was Melvin G0EMK and was found Hall Road Panfield.

construction trophy

Derek G3MMA receiving construction trophy for innovative 20/40m scratch built loop antenna.

Effective tested range 3000 miles

Icom Evening

To round off its 40th Anniversary Year,  on April 18th, the Braintree Club held an Icom evening. This was supported by ICOM UK, who also have just celebrated their 40th anniversary. Club members were invited to bring along their Icom radio equipment from the last 40 years. The members responded magnificently, with over 50 radios on display, all but one in working condition.

Models on display ranged from IC215 portable to IC400 hf base station and IC2e to IC E90 in the hand held range.. With a host of mobile and base VHF and UHF rigs including, IC 22, IC290, IC211, IC251, IC271 and IC471, the display was a joy to behold. The members spoke briefly about the history of their radios and there were even a couple of of original "new" original purchase receipts.  ICOM UK sponsored the raffle with a selection of prizes,our grateful thanks to them for thier help and support. With a really good turnout of members and guests, it was a great way to draw this anniversary year to a close.

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.

Club Members Only

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

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Tuesday 29th January @ 20.00

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Output: 430.850

Input: 438.450

Offset: +7.6MHz

Tone: 110.9


Output: 439.575

Input 430.575

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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.

Mills on the air 2018

11th 13th May

This year again BADARS was at

Alderford Mill Sible Hedingham for mills on the air.

We had three stations running over the weekend, HF and for the first time

we used DMR and Data Mode FT8.


Digital Voice

BADARS would like to thank Matt G6WPJ for his talk on Digital Voice Using speech coding Codec 2.

For further information go to https://freedv.org/

Matt also has his own blog http://g6wpj.blogspot.com.

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.


Local Repeater changes

GB3CL Clacton and GB3CE Colchester have changed CTCSS.

GB3CL: Output 433.225 - Input 434.825 (+1.6) CTCSS 67.0 Hz

GB3CE: Output 433.350 - Input 434.950 (+1.6) CTCSS 67.0 HZ

JOTA Weekend 2017

21st to 22nd October with the Halstead and Colne Valley Scouts.

We operated from Earls Colne Scout Hut, Station Road in Earls Colne

using the call sign GB1HCV.

This was the first time we had used DMR via GB7HA repeater for JOTA.

DMR was operated by Neil M0NAS and Colin M6NCU during the weekend and over 40 contacts made in different coutries via this mode including England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Canada and Ben N6ELF in Pearland 7850km away in the USA.

HF was operated by Melvin G0EMK over the weekend making contacts in Russia and a special call sign in Budapest Hungary HG500T. Several contacts made by Geoff G1GNQ via 2m on the Saturday even though being stationed in a valley made this difficult.

While all the operating was going on Edwin G0LPO, Neville G8CDG and John M5AJB completed some electrical constriction kits with the scouts and cubs.

The Cub and Scouts who attended this years JOTA all enjoyed themselves even camping in the cold and windy conditions.

Club News

Railways on the Air 2017.

23rd - 24th September

Was at the Colne Valley Railway Castle Hedingham.

 Over the weekend we operated from a former car transporter carriage next to the main railway. We used the call sign GB0CVR.

As well as using HF and 2m/70cm this year was the first time we used DMR via the local repeater GB7HA and make several contact via this mode.


Mills on the Air Weekend 12th - 14th May 2017

BADARS will be using the call sign GB2AWM

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

The club managed to get 55 contacts during the weekend

including making contact with 18 mills


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.

Call sign G3XG and G6BRH via BZ (430.850 +7.6 110.9Hz)

Next club net on Tuesday 29th January will be held via the BZ repeater at the usual time of 20.00

Input: 438.450   Output:  430.850   Tone: 110.9Hz