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

SARS Annual Dinner, Saturday 16th by Barry G8DXU

Our annual dinner for members and invited guests will be held this Saturday 16th of November at the Langham Hotel, Eastbourne.

Those attending should time their arrival for 1900 with dinner being at 1930 local time.

The Chairman and committee look forward to welcoming members to what has proved to be a popular and very enjoyable event.

BHRS will be open for the Bulgarian LZ/DX contest at 1200 on the HF bands.


ICOM IC-7300 Transceiver by Barry G8DXU

SARS is pleased to announce that the society has purchased a new ICOM IC-7300 Transceiver. This will be available for use at either of our two shack locations or by groups of members for contests and special events. This advanced technology Software Defined Radio (SDR) covers all bands between 160 metres to 4 metres with SSB, AM, RTTY and CW modes.


Members can reserve this Transceiver for meetings or scheduled events by filling in a form available from the committee. Subject to approval the radio can then be collected from the Chairman or other custodian.

West Dean English Heritage Open Days 7-8th September by Barry G8DXU

SARS members again exhibited items of WW II radio equipment in the courtyard of the Old Coach House in the historic village of West Dean. BN25 4AL

We also operated a special event station with the callsign GB2WD from this location. There were the usual displays of local arts and crafts in the Nags Barn plus some excellent catering in the Pop-Up Café.

Entry was free.  This included a guided tour of the award winning Elizabethan terrace and entry to the medieval Dovecote.