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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

Important message about the COVID-19 pandemic:- 


Following the more recent government announcements and in an attempt to mitigate the acceleration of Covid-19 infections, the committee has resolved to cancel all BDARS physical meeting events (including coffee meets) from today, 23rd March 2020 until further notice.

As a radio club, we recognise that social interaction between amateurs is a very important aspect of our hobby. The committee requests that everyone now makes a concerted effort to make more use of the repeaters, club nets and the forum.  Our club nets are listed in this link.

We now have a coffee time net every day at 10AM on our 2m repeater. We are also continuing our BDARS events using teleconferencing and/or radio nets. Please see the event calendar (right panel).

When on-air we must also remember to keep positive, and be mindful not to use our privileged medium to inadvertently spread gloom to others who may already be feeling somewhat anxious and isolated.

The President


VK4RDB Mt Cotton Repeater Frequencies (current 18 June 2020):-

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

    • IRLP node 6633
  •   438.450 / 431.450 MHz     FM 25 kHz bandwidth, 91.5 Hz Tone. Dual Mode FM and C4FM (System Fusion);

    • Yaesu Wires-X node 59002
    • Echolink node 580564
  •   438.825 / 431.825 MHz      12.5 kHz  b/w (experimental) multi-mode DMR repeater

    • VKDMR network  Static TGs TS1: 1,5,13; TS2: 505,3804
    • BM network (restricted TGs).  BM TG 505424 keys TG9 on TS1 locally. BM PCalls enabled.
  •   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 146.875 MHz at Alexandra Hills to extend the local area amateur coverage. A UHF repeater also with callsign VK4RBS, transmitting on 439.725 MHz 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.