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.
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.
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.