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

Future meetings postponed due to COVID-19 by Tom 2E0ONX

After careful consideration and in light of the fact that a significant proportion of our membership is particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, the Committee has taken the decision to indefinitely postpone all future monthly meetings as well as meetings at the Cafe Continental on Wednesdays, until further notice. Meetings at the club shacks will continue with attendance at the discretion of members.

We hope to be able to reinstate future meeting dates as soon as possible, but in the meantime a special club net is planned, with the following details:

Every Wednesday 14:00 hrs, 70cm GB3ZX (Butts Brow) repeater
Output: 430.825 Mhz
Input: 438.425 MHz (+7.6 MHz)
Input tone: 88.5 Hz

The RSGB have temporarily suspended contest entries from Multi-Operator, Portable / Mobile stations etc..This means that all contest entries from G1KAR/P at Beachy Head are cancelled until further notice. Individual members can still enter contests from their home locations.

Operating the ICOM IC-7300 SDR Transceiver by Barry G8DXU

The final part of this presentation by Steve Sims G8NFZ was completed at the societies AGM on Monday 2nd March. .

This excellent presentation is a must see for any serious user of the IC-7300. Steve intends to make a pdf available on our website. There is also the possibility of making a video presentation available. Steve will be pleased to consider making this presentation to other clubs and societies. Please use the contact form on this website for further information.


SARS have achieved 2nd place (Runner-Up) in the Open section of the 50MHz (6 metre) Christmas Cumulative Contests. With many thanks to those members who gave up their time to participate.