|The Spalding &
District Amateur Radio Society (SDARS) is a vibrant, progressive and
well established society. Established in 1965 by the late Dennis G4OO,
Sam G3XBS and surviving member Roy G3VPR, we draw our members from
Spalding and the surrounding area, although it is pleasing to report
that some members still remain when they move district and country.
The membership is currently just over 50.
We are fortunate to have a club meeting room and a dedicated radio shack in the town centre, this is equipped for operation on HF, VHF and ATV; we actively encourage members to participate and can draw upon a wide range of experienced amateurs to assist in almost every aspect of the hobby.
The club has always run classes for the Radio Amateurs Examination and the Morse Test, we are of the opinion that through this route the hobby will continue to thrive, expand and push forward the boundaries of communication. It also played a part in the trials of the new 3-tier system for the Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced Licences. SDARS has been successful in getting more than 60 people through the new system. Some people have decided to stick with the foundation licence and some have gone all the way to achieve the Advanced Licence.
New for this year is a redesign of the clubs QSL card, with valuable assistance from the South Holland District Councils design team, reactivation of the Tulipland award, now to be known as the South Holland Award, to reflect the geographic area of the club and a revamp of the website. The G4OO special event callsign we operate in memory of Dennis is to be used more extensively with a new QSL card to be made available. The UHF repeater GB3TL came back on the air in December 2006, now run by the club, a useful addition to the area, listen on 433.350Mhz.
The premier event in the clubs calendar is the annual rally usually held on the first Sunday of June each year.
So if you live in, or near to South Lincolnshire and would like to "have a look at" amateur radio, then feel free to pop along on a Friday night and say hello, we donít bite.
If you hear us on the air using the clubs callsigns, G4DSP, G1DSP and G4OO give us a call, hope to see or hear you soon,