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

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

Exercise Blue Ham 100 (9th Oct) by G8DXU

Exercise Blue Ham was founded a few years ago to encourage communications between Military Cadets and radio amateurs.

Exercise Blue Ham 100 was held over the weekend of 13-14th October from 0800-1600 UTC with operation on a number of spot frequencies in the 60m Band.

G8DXU/P assisted by M6EYO and M6ONX entered the event from Drewsteignton in the Dartmoor National Park. Operations were from a military Land Rover 110 Defender FFR using Clansman RT321 running 40W pep into a Resonant Dipole supported from a Racal 8m Mast. We also used an ICOM IC-7300 to scan the band for activity. After the first six successful contacts with the Clansman equipment we used the IC-7300 for the rest of the event with 80W output.  

SARS members Bob G0UOI and Ian G7HFS also participated in the event from the Eastbourne area. Both G0UOI and G8DXU/P have gained sufficient contacts with cadet stations to gain certificates.  

The next Blue Ham event is to be planned for March 2019     Please see http//alphacharlie.org.uk for more information. 



West Dean English Heritage Open Days. 15th-16 Sept. (14th Aug) by G8DXU
This event enjoyed some great sunny weather and a record attendance!
With many thanks to those SARS members, their friends and family who visited us during the weekend. There was a lot of interest in our working displays of WWII radio equipment and special event station GB1WD.  

English Heritage Open days allow the public to gain access to some excellent historic locations with this one being centred on the Old Coach house and entirely free to visitors. 
Superb on-site catering and the Harvey’s Brewery mobile shop were certainly an added bonus to hungry and thirsty visitors!