Bayside District Amateur Radio Society

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Foundation Licence exams – 12 June

Get your Foundation Amateur Radio licence and callsign!

BDARS plans a Foundation Course refresher and exams on Saturday 12th June.

We recommend candidates study the Foundation Manual book and undertake Ron Bertrand’s course in readiness for a Q&A refresher run by BDARS members and our own examiner. See

Some up to date practical information for beginners is also available from the RASA website; there is a free e-book “Welcome to Amateur Radio” which contains plenty of useful information to help with the exam knowledge.

Contact to reserve your spot!

BDARS Tech Night 15 March

A great Tech Night last evening at SES in Cleveland to kick off the new BDARS year!

Johan VK4KR gave us a great “show and tell” of his homebrew dummy load. Cleverly packaged with a recycled PC heatsink, he’d built it for less than $40, complete with colour TFT screen and Arduino logic.

Martin VK4MCU showed how easy it is to work the world with new digital voice gear. With a laptop, hotspots and a microphone to envy(!), Martin quickly reached into the UK from our meeting room. His DV demonstration was based around BlueDV, DVmega DVstick 30 and the Treehouse project. Martin is happy to help newcomers to digital voice – contact

Bob VK4YA rounded off the night by showcasing his homebrew home automation. Again, Bob packaged up very cost effective sensors with a Raspberry Pi to provide a reliable security and warning system.

All up a super night with good attendance.

WW2 Brisbane radio history

At a recent club meeting, Peter Dunn OAM was our guest speaker.  His talk on US Army radio facilities in the Brisbane area during WWII can be seen here .

Thanks to Councilor Paul Bishop for sharing this video!

Successful Foundation course 29 Feb and 1 Mar 2020

BDARS ran its popular Foundation Licence Course recently.  There were more candidates than we had exam papers, but that didn’t stop the extra people attending for the training sessions – they will be taking the exams very soon. Well done all candidates – our fingers are crossed waiting for the results!

We will be running the course again, so please register you interest with the Secretary, email: to book your place.

Successful John Moyle FD 2020

A small number of keen participants attended the BDARS field event supporting the John Moyle contest in the park at Cleveland. Operators were suitably spaced to accommodate the social distance rules. Lots of contacts were made. We are waiting to hear how the club went using the callsign VK4BAR giving this result:- Six Hour Portable Operation – Multiple Operator

VK6VSB – Multi Operator All Mode, All Bands, with 77 contacts and a score of 258 points.
VK4BAR – Multi Operator Phone Only, All Bands, with 128 contacts and a score of 302 points.
VK4QD – Multi Operator Phone Only, HF Bands, with 265 contacts and a score of 530 points.

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