About Us


The Bayside District Amateur Radio Society (BDARS) is centred in the bayside area of Brisbane.  We welcome those interested in amateur radio, short wave listening and related electronic communications.  The interests of our members are diverse – covering HF, VHF, satellites, homebrewing, digital techniques and even good old ragchewing.

Our Club Station – HF Mast Installation

Tech Night Monday 18th November 
 Digital Mobile Practical Radio  Glenn VK4DU, and Glenn VK4PK will answer your DMR queries and help with programming Radios and Hotspots. Here is your chance to learn about DMR.  Get assistance with your code plug or copy a club standard code plug.  Glenn VK4DU has developed a club standard code plug with all the frequencies and TG you will require.  Bring along your Hotspots and Radios. Practise QSO’ing via hotspots and repeaters, and QSY’ing Talk Groups.   

VK4RDB Mt Cotton Repeater Frequencies (current 26 March 2019):-

  •   146.875 / 146.275 MHz      FM 25 kHz bandwidth, 91.5Hz Tone.

      • IRLP node 6633

  •   438.450 / 431.450 MHz     FM 25kHz bandwidth, 91.5Hz Tone. Dual Mode FM and C4FM;

      • Yaesu Wires-X node 59002

      • Echolink node 580564

  •   438.825 / 431.825 MHz      12.5 kHz  b/w (experimental multi-mode digital repeater – VKDMR + others)

  •   145.175 MHz                25 kHz (APRS 1200 baud)

The wonderful hobby of amateur radio encompasses about three million people worldwide and is a truly international pastime.

The aim of our Society is to progress amateur radio locally through training courses and accreditation examinations for those interested in joining the hobby. We like to attract young and old alike and develop technical skills across a wide range of activities by holding regular meetings and events.

We assist our members with our Member’s Shop (bulk purchase of items like coax and connectors). In addition, we have a small collection of high quality test gear available for member’s use.

You are very welcome to come and meet our members or contact us via the internet or by telephone. Our New Members Handbook with membership application form is here on our website. You can email the form to the secretary or send via Australia Post to our PO Box 411 Capalaba Qld 4157.

In 1991, the Society installed a VHF repeater VK4RBS transmitting on 146.875MHz at Alexandra Hills to extend the local area amateur coverage. A UHF repeater also with callsign VK4RBS, transmitting on 439.725MHz was donated and installed by club member, Russell Walker VK4DCM in 2009. Echolink (on the UHF repeater) and IRLP (Node 6633) operates on the VHF repeater. Your mobile phone can access Echolink via an app.

In August 2018 the society began an exciting project to commission three new repeaters located on Mount Cotton. More information can be found in the Blog section of this website.

The inaugural meeting of the Bayside District Amateur Radio Society was held at Alexandra Hills State High School on Friday 20th October 1989. There were 32 members and the first president was Don Thompson, callsign VK4YI (silent key) at that time.