The Southdown Amateur Radio Society is a club for anybody interested in amateur radio, with members across the South Downs and even other countries.

We meet on a weekly basis at one of our two radio sites, as well as once a month in our Eastbourne-based club rooms.

We have members interested in everything from CW to modern data mode and participate in many contests each year – you can read more about what we get up to on the blog, or below.

Latest News

Operating the ICOM IC-7300 SDR Transceiver by Barry G8DXU

Members attending the society meeting on Monday the 3rd of February at ESSC were treated to an excellent presentation on this outstanding transceiver.

The Power Point presentation which was extremely well researched, covered basic operation as well as many of the radios detailed features and facilities.

Photographs of virtually every available control parameter together with screen shots of the actual displays were provided in great detail. This presentation was carefully composed in four parts by SARS member Steve Sims MSc G8NFZ.

It is a must see for any serious user of the IC-7300. Steve would be pleased to consider making this presentation to other clubs and societies. Please use the contact form on this website for further information.


Beachy Head Radio Site…Access Policy by Barry G8DXU

Members holding keys to BHRS or who would like regular access to this site are requested to read the FORUM thread under “Misc. Discussion”


The results for the Christmas Cumulative Contests have now been published by the RSGB.

SARS have achieved 2nd place (Runner-Up) in the Open section of the 50MHz (6 metre) event. This is thanks to those members who gave up their time to participate on each of the three days after Boxing Day.